FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Kellyn Harrison, Press Secretary
STATEHOUSE (Feb. 6, 2023) – State Sen. Gary Byrne (R-Byrneville) passed his first bill, which would enable Hoosiers to install alternative residential onsite sewage systems, out of the Senate today by a vote of 44-5.
Senate Bill 414, which Byrne authored, would establish a framework, including a permitting process and other requirements that must be met, to install an alternative residential onsite sewage system on a property unsuitable for a standard septic tank.
"Across the state, there are many failing standard septic systems in need of replacement, but some properties are no longer suitable to reinstall the same system for a variety of reasons, including soil type," Byrne said. “This bill simply ensures Hoosier property owners can use an alternative and reliable septic system without harming the environment."
The bill would require the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) and local health departments to oversee the permitting process of these systems under the standards and specifications adopted by the IDEM Environmental Rules Board.
SB 414 will now move to the Indiana House of Representatives for further consideration. To learn more about the bill, visit iga.in.gov.
State Sen. Gary Byrne (R-Byrneville) represents Senate District 47,
which includes Harrison and Washington counties, and most of Floyd County.
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