INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -
The Indiana Legislature could again consider prohibiting cities and towns
from putting restrictions on short-term rental services like Airbnb.
A legislative study
panel has recommended that lawmakers block local governments from adopting
what it calls “any undue restrictions” on using someone’s primary residence
as a short-term rental.
A bill for such a
ban narrowly failed during this year’s legislative session and the issue
could be debated when state lawmakers start a new session in January.
Indiana) Times reports Republican Sen. Mark Messmer of Jasper says his
intention is to let municipalities keep existing ordinances reasonably
limiting short-term rentals, particularly in Lake Michigan beach towns.
Sen. Tim Lanane of
Anderson argues local governments should be allowed to prevent largely
unregulated hotels from existing in residential neighborhoods.