Committee votes to extend temporary stage rigging rules

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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.

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  • Ken Slater

    I can't help but wonder how much money in committees, investigations and policy changes has been wasted because of this freak accident. The threat of something like this happening will always be there no matter what is done to prevent it. Stop wasting taxpayers money and looking for someone or excuse to blame it on, just move on. jezzzzz typical political waste.

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