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My legislative priorities for 2018

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Mark Messmer

Indiana Senate District 48

 

The 2018 legislative session has begun with lawmakers discussing and proposing bills. This year, I have authored two bills that look to protect homeowners’ personal property rights and historical sites in Indiana.

Short-term rental services, like AirBnB, allow homeowners to rent out their home, or even just a spare bedroom in their home, for a week or over a weekend. These businesses give homeowners the ability to supplement their income, while also giving travelers the option to experience the conveniences of staying in a house rather than a hotel while they are traveling away from home.

Due to the increasing popularity of these rental companies, some communities around our state have recently attempted to ban property owners from renting out their homes on a short-term basis. This is why I have authored Senate Bill 382, which would prohibit a local government from restricting homeowners who wish to offer these short-term rental services in their personal properties.

The bill allows local communities to pass ordinances related to zoning, noise and parking if they wish and would require permitting procedures for property that is not your primary residence.

Another bill that I have authored this year is Senate Bill 380, which aims to protect and preserve historical sites and structures throughout our state. This bill would also expedite the approvals process for infrastructure projects dealing with roads and sidewalks near historical sites. These designated sites and structures represent our state’s rich heritage, and it is our civic duty to preserve these artifacts for future generations of Hoosiers to enjoy.

These are just two of the bills which I will pursue during the 2018 legislative session. To stay up to date on these and other issues, you can visit www.in.gov/iga.

As always, feel free to contact my office directly with your questions and concerns by email at Senator.Messmer@iga.in.gov or by phone at (800) 382-9467.

Messmer represents Spencer County in the Indiana Senate.