INDIANAPOLIS – An Indiana House committee gave its approval to a plan that would extend regulations on temporary outdoor stage rigging for another two years.
The rules create an eight-foot buffer zone that prevents people from standing in an area around stages. They’re designed to protect fans in case of a collapse and were developed in the aftermath of the Aug. 2011 stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair that killed seven people and injured dozens more.
The House public safety committee voted 11-0 to send the bill to the full House. The proposal would keep the temporary rules in place until 2016, giving lawmakers time to hold hearings and discuss the steps needed for permanent rules.