July 20, 2017

Local leaders remain opposed to Airbnb bill

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INDIANAPOLIS — The future of legislation poised to change local control over short-term property rentals took something of a turn in the Indiana General Assembly recently.

House Bill 1133 would remove city and county authority over banning such properties and was given a conference committee hearing Thursday after its passage through the Indiana Senate a week earlier . The bill, in addition to eliminating local control, proposes limiting Airbnb properties to operating no longer than 30 consecutive days and 180 days in a calendar year, though a proposed amendment would eliminate the annual limit.

State Sen. Jeff Raatz, R-Centerville, said he voted "yes" on the bill with hopes that changes could come during the conference committee period.

"I voted to pass the bill through the Senate on good faith that it would end up in (that) committee and could be examined further by those familiar with its language," said Raatz, who isn’t part of the committee. "Doing that gave the group a window of time to reexamine the bill and see what could be (changed)."

Committee members had until the end of the week to present their ideas, which included affirmations to eliminate an insurance requirement for property owners, changes to the list […]

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