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Protecting our personal freedoms

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State Sen. Mark Messmer

District 48

 

As I continue to prepare legislation for the upcoming session, protecting Hoosiers’ personal freedoms remains a top priority of mine.

I authored and sponsored various bills during the 2018 session with this goal in mind, including House Enrolled Act 1035.

Short-term rental services like AirBnB allow homeowners to rent out their homes or a spare bedroom in their homes for a short period of time, whether it be for one night, a few months or anywhere in between. Over the past few years, these services have become increasingly popular, and it’s easy to see why. Homeowners benefit by being able to supplement their income, and travelers benefit by having the option to stay in a fully furnished home, often at a more affordable rate than a hotel room.

However, due to the rise in popularity of these short-term rental companies, some communities in our state have discussed banning property owners from renting their homes on a short-term basis.

To address this issue, I sponsored HEA 1035, which prohibits local governments from enacting ordinances that restrict homeowners who choose to offer short-term rental services on their primary homestead. It does allow local regulations on investment property.

Short-term rental services help attract visitors to our state and propel Indiana’s tourism economy forward. I am proud HEA 1035, which went into effect July 1, is now in place, and I look forward to supporting more bills that protect Hoosiers’ personal freedoms in 2019 and beyond.