USPA Acts Against Indiana Bill

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Within days of learning from USPA members and Indianapolis attorneys Amy Romig and Brett Nelson that a bill to regulate skydiving had been introduced in the Indiana State Senate, a “steering committee” comprised of Romig, Nelson, Mideastern Regional Director Randy Allison, USPA Director of Government Relations Randy Ottinger, and USPA Executive Director Ed Scott conferenced and devised a plan. Within a week, Scott and Romig convened a meeting of Indiana drop zone operators and their S&TAs in Indianapolis. The group then met with the sponsoring state senator and pressed him for the reasons he had introduced the bill. Hearing no good reason from him, we parted agreeing to disagree. Later that day, a smaller group was able to speak to the chairman of the Senate Commerce & Economic Development Committee, through which the bill would have to pass. The chairman wanted more information from USPA about existing federal regulations and about USPA’s safety programs. USPA provided that information within less than a day, along with an argument that FAA regulation and USPA oversight worked well. The USPA also highlighted that there are certainly no safety problems in Indiana. The USPA heard a few weeks ago that the committee chairman was convinced that state regulation of skydiving is unnecessary and that the Senate Commerce & Economic Development Committee will not move the bill. As of February 23, the last day for the third reading of Senate bills, the proposed legislation had not been called for either a 2nd or a 3rd reading and will therefore not pass as drafted this legislative session. Thanks go out to the Indiana DZOs and S&TAs who dropped what they were doing to join us on very short notice, and to all Indiana members of USPA for their assistance. This outcome is a great example of how the USPA and its members can work together to ensure that the best interests of skydiving are represented in each state.

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3 Responses to “USPA Acts Against Indiana Bill”

  1. Mike Sanes Says:

    USPA,

    Thank you for looking out for our sport and keeping it safe from govt regulation. It makes me feel much better about paying dues and giving when I see things like this happen.

  2. Alex Nuckolls Says:

    USPA,

    I started skydiving last year and jump in Indiana and I wanted to say thank you for helping to keep us jumping!

  3. Victoria Bhardwaj Says:

    I feel that all of our DZOs and jumpers should keep this type of legislation in mind. It absolutely can potentially happen in any state, even those with a large military presence. Politics, money and opinion can always bear on any fact. Including skydiving-

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