Senate panel to hear bill to limit state environmental rules

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By: Associated Press

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Environmental activists are set to present arguments before a Senate committee on a bill to limit rules that Indiana can place on environmental regulation.

The bill due to discussed Monday already passed the House. It would restrict the state from enacting environmental rules that are tougher than federal laws.

Opponents of the bill have argued that it is important for the state to retain its rights to make laws specific for Indiana. But bill author Republican Rep. David Wolkins of Winona Lake has argued the measure would prevent Indiana lawmakers from overreaching and stifling economic development.

Wolkins has proposed similar bills in the past, but has never received a committee hearing in the Senate.