Indiana lawmakers considering several environmental bills
Indiana lawmakers will consider several bills that are important to the environment this legislative session. They cover solar, state forests, safe drinking water and factory-farm pollution. Tim Maloney with the Hoosier Environmental Council says there is another effort this year to cut back on logging in some of the state’s pristine forests. He says regulators ignored pleas of state residents when they approved a logging plan for the Yellowwood Forest last year. That prompted three Republican senators to author a bill that would set aside 30 percent of state forest land. Maloney says another issue the Hoosier Environmental Council will be watching this session is redistricting. He says the way districts are drawn up can allow some lawmakers to ignore discontent among voters, dilute the representation of urban environmental interests, and depress civic engagement in general.
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