Jim Merritt

A year and a half after the Indiana State Fair stage collapse, state lawmakers are ready to enact permanent rules aimed at preventing future tragedies at outdoor events. 

Last session, the General Assembly gave emergency rule-making power to the state Fire Marshal and Department of Homeland Security to develop temporary regulations for outdoor event and stage equipment.  This session, the legislature is prepared to make those rules permanent. 

Senator Tim Lanane (D-Anderson) says the new regulations give additional responsibilities to the Department of Homeland Security.