News From Terre Haute, Indiana

February 17, 2014

Indiana lawmakers debate meth lab disclosure

By SUMMER BALLENTINE
Associated Press

---- — INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Houses once used as methamphetamine labs would have to be listed online under a proposal being considered by Indiana lawmakers.

The state Senate Civil Law Committee discussed the measure today. The bill also would transfer control of the reporting website from the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute to the state police.

Properties could be taken off the list 90 days after they are cleaned and declared habitable.

State police say about 1,800 meth labs were found across Indiana last year. The Indiana Department of Environmental Management reports contaminated homes pose health hazards, particularly for children.  

The proposal earlier passed the Indiana House unanimously. Approval from the full Senate and governor is needed before it can become law.

A committee vote is expected next week.