INDIANAPOLIS – Today, State Senator Karen Tallian’s (D-Ogden Dunes) proposal, Senate Bill (SB) 553, was approved by the Senate Natural Resources Committee. SB 553 defines the rights of the public to use the Lake Michigan shoreline for recreational activities. In a 2018 Indiana Supreme Court ruling, the Lake Michigan shoreline was deemed the property of the State of Indiana, but it was left up to the General Assembly to define the public rights on the beaches. Sen. Tallian had the following comments on the progression of her bill:
“I’m pleased to see SB 553 move on to the full Senate for consideration. My district encompasses half of Indiana’s Lake Michigan shoreline, so I decided to step up and make sure the rights of Hoosiers to use Lake Michigan’s beaches are clearly defined.
“My bill sets forth the recreational activities that people can take part in on our beaches, as well as providing guidelines on how to determine the boundaries of these state beaches. I also want to make sure that local cities and towns can protect their own resident shorelines and regulate the activities that happen within their own borders.
“It’s important that the General Assembly take charge of this issue and make it clear that all Hoosiers have the right to use the Lake Michigan shoreline.”