Governor Eric Holcomb has vetoed a measure that would have blocked Indiana cities from regulating rental properties.
Opponents to the measure argued it threatened local protections for tenants and favored landlords.
The state Senate voted 29-19 in favor of a House-Senate agreement on the bill, which the House later approved 64-32, before the legislative session adjourned March 12.
Before the bill was approved at the Statehouse, Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett signed an ordinance to create additional legal protection against unscrupulous landlords, which would have been nullified by the state measure.
Hogsett released a statement following the veto:
“I want to join voices from around the state in thanking Governor Eric Holcomb for his leadership in rejecting SEA 148. As we confront an unprecedented public health emergency that has cast a dark cloud of economic uncertainty over families across the state, now is not the time to uproot local protections for renters without understanding the consequences.
It is my hope that this action will allow local leaders and the General Assembly to give this topic the attention and time that such a complex, difficult question of public policy deserves. Indianapolis stands ready and willing to participate in these discussions so that we can make the kind of meaningful progress our constituents deserve and rightly demand.”