INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Democratic Party released the following statement from Chair Mike Schmuhl on the signing of House Enrolled Act 1383, which significantly restricts existing wetland protections in Indiana:
“Indiana’s wetlands serve a vital purpose in protecting the groundwater and properties of millions of Hoosiers. As extreme weather becomes more common, our wetlands will only become increasingly important in protecting our communities from flooding. Instead of protecting them for our future, the Republican supermajority rushed to give developers the ability to destroy more Hoosier wetlands. This bill was negotiated behind closed doors with only the building lobby at the table. Water regulators, environmental advocates, and local officials were shut out of any negotiations. This bill is not a compromise, it’s just corruption.
“20 years of one party Republican control is putting special interests above what’s best for Hoosier families. It’s time to shake things up in Indianapolis, and that starts by electing Jennifer McCormick to the governor’s office and breaking the unaccountable Republican supermajority this November.”