FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Jesse Cordray, Press Secretary
Emma Balzer, Press Secretary Intern
STATEHOUSE (Feb. 2, 2021) — A bill authored by State Sen. Stacey Donato (R-Logansport) that would allow conservancy district boards to meet electronically unanimously passed the Senate today.
Under current law, a conservancy district grants land owners the ability, through a circuit court process, to organize a special taxing district to solve specific local issues related to water resource management; however, the conservancy district's board of directors is required to meet in person.
Senate Bill 68 would allow a conservancy district board of directors to adopt rules that would allow directors joining a meeting virtually to be considered present, vote at the meeting and participate in any final action taken at the meeting electronically.
"COVID-19 has forced conservancy districts to adapt and meet virtually," Donato said. "SB 68 makes those adaptations lawful and will further increase transparency and accountability."