3:21 PM EST, January 17, 2012
A state Senate committee has passed a bill that calls for tougher inspections of outdoor stages.
Last August, the main stage at the Indiana State Fair collapsed during a storm, killing seven people.
A proposed law would require concert promoters to prove that engineers or architects have inspected their stages for safety.
“I think in terms of the millions of dollars in medical costs alone incurred by the victims of what happened Aug. 13 and so you weigh that,” said Senator Tom Lanane (D-Anderson). “It’s gonna add thousands of dollars to the whole process here to get this done in a professional safe manner. Perhaps, but I think that’s worth it.”
The Senate’s homeland security committee approved the bill Tuesday. Now, it will be sent to the full Senate for their consideration.
Senators admit the bill is only a stop gap measure until a final state investigation suggests changes in state law.