Meth property disclosure law moves forward in House

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – A bill that would provide additional oversight on the sale of former methamphetamine labs is one step closer to becoming law.

Last year, I-Team 8 found some of former meth labs weren’t being disclosed during property sales due to a loophole in state law. I-Team 8’s investigation also showed a “master list” of former methamphetamine labs maintained by the federal Drug Enforcement Agency was outdated and incomplete.

House Bill 1141, authored by Rep. Wendy McNamara (R-Mount Vernon), is intended to close those loopholes, and make buyers aware of a property’s true history. It would remove provisions in the state’s current law that allow records concerning formerly contaminated properties, including rental properties, to become confidential.

The measure was approved by the House Government and Regulatory Reform Committee on Tuesday.

It also requires Indiana State Police to publish an online list of both contaminated and decontaminated properties. I-Team 8’s investigation found some homes may still contain high levels of dangerous meth residue years after they were declared “clean.”

The bill now moves to the full House for consideration. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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