Local Lawmaker’s Code Reduction Bill Becomes Law
By Mike Perleberg
(Indianapolis, Ind.) –State Rep. Jud McMillin’s bill curtailing outdated, redundant, and unnecessary provisions of the Indiana Code has been signed into law.
Governor Mike Pence signed House Enrolled Act 1005 on Monday. McMillin (R-Brookville) authored the bill.
McMillin said the new law works to remove layers of bureaucracy and cut red tape for Hoosier businesses at a time when federal regulations are “escalating out of control.”
“Often times, lawmakers pass legislation that adds language to the code, which has nearly doubled in size since 1976, so I was proud to lead the charge this session to remove provisions that have become burdensome, archaic or duplicated over the years. Not only does this legislation eliminate confusion and streamline the code, it also increases government efficiency for businesses and Hoosiers alike,” McMillin said.
Among the changes made by the law, the Responsible Property Transfer Law requiring documentation to be disclosed for certain property transfers is removed. The law’s write said that while the RPTL was revolutionary in 1989, over the years the private sector has developed its own safeguards.
Another provision in HEO 1005 does away with a 1965 law requiring businesses to file a notice with county clerk of courts when they have a “going out of business” sale. Other laws now prevent businesses from repeatedly using the close of business to drum up sales.
The law also makes changes to the Indiana Code’s Title 9 section and removes obsolete language no longer used by the Department of Labor, the Indiana Department of Homeland Security and the Family and Social Services Administration.