Lawmakers considering ban on building nursing homes

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana lawmakers are advancing a proposal that would place a three-year moratorium on construction of most new nursing homes around the state.

The House Public Health Committee voted 8-2 Monday to endorse the bill, a version of which won Senate approval last month.

A similar proposal failed in 2014 after last-minute private lobbying by a senior Republican lawmaker whose family business faced losing millions of dollars under a moratorium.

House health committee Chairman Ed Clere of New Albany says he believes the moratorium is needed because many new facilities are being built even as the state has about a 24 percent vacancy among its nursing homes.

Opponents of the measure include developers and construction unions, who say it would cost the state jobs and violate free-market principles. 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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