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DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL
Historic preservation and department of heritage. Establishes the department of Indiana heritage. Provides that the department consists of: (1) the office of the commissioner; (2) the historic preservation and archeology division (DHPA); (3) the history division; (4) the Indiana state library division; (5) the public records division; and (6) the Indiana state museum division. Enables DHPA to take immediate action to protect state owned historic properties affected by disaster and to make recommendations to the historic preservation review board on applications to change state owned historic properties. Requires the DHPA to survey and rate state owned historic properties and provide an educational program concerning those properties. Requires each state entity having historic property to have a historic preservation officer. Gives the Historic Landmarks Foundation standing to take court action to enforce the historic preservation law. Requires a person who seeks a court order to remove a deceased human being from a cemetery to show that the removal complies with an archeological plan or a development plan approved by the DNR. Eliminates the library and historical board. Creates the Indiana heritage commission to act as an advisory board for the department of Indiana heritage. Makes conforming amendments.