Senator DonatoA bill authored by State Senator Stacey Donato (R-Logansport) that would allow conservancy district boards to meet electronically unanimously passed the Senate Tuesday.

Under current law, a conservancy district grants landowners the ability, through a circuit court process, to organize a special taxing district to solve specific local issues related to water resource management; however, the conservancy district’s board of directors is required to meet in person.

Senate Bill 68 would allow a conservancy district board of directors to adopt rules that would allow directors joining a meeting virtually to be considered present, vote at the meeting and participate in any final action taken at the meeting electronically.

“COVID-19 has forced conservancy districts to adapt and meet virtually,” Donato said. “SB 68 makes those adaptations lawful and will further increase transparency and accountability.”


SB 68 will now move to the House of Representatives for further consideration. To learn more about SB 68, click here.