Indiana Manufacturers Association’s Statement on Governor Pence’s Veto of “No-More-Stringent” Compromise Bill

Indianapolis – Governor Pence vetoed HB 1082 today. HB 1082 originally began as Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) “No-More-Stringent-Than-EPA” language, but was amended with compromise language that still provided for legislative review before IDEM rules become effective.

Indiana Manufacturers Association Statement:

Indiana Manufacturers Association (IMA) President Brian Burton stated, “We are very disappointed in Governor Pence’s veto of HB 1082. The IMA, along with our coalition partners, lobbied heavily for HB 1082. HB 1082 would have provided a common-sense approach to environmental rulemaking for the State of Indiana. Even though the Governor indicated early support for this legislation, he reversed his position and his staff actively lobbied against the bill.”

Burton added, “Consistent and predictable environmental policy while at the same time maintaining a healthy environment is of utmost importance. This is what HB 1082 would have done. The bill would not have restricted IDEM’s ability to act in cases of emergencies, such as the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. The Governor’s veto of this common-sense legislation in no way helps Indiana achieve the Governor’s goal of moving Indiana from ‘Good to Great.’ We will meet with legislative leaders to examine possible future action on this issue.”

Should you have questions regarding this issue, please contact Stephanie Wells at or 317-506-7921.

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