INDIANAPOLIS (March 9)—A bill that would have quadrupled the Indiana scrap tire fund fee from 25 cents to $1 per new tire sold in the state was defeated in the Indiana House of Representatives.
The measure, House Bill 1381, was sponsored by Rep David Wolkins, R-18th District, and fell victim to a revolt of Democratic legislators which also killed a number of other bills, according to a staff person for Wolkins. "We're hoping we can add the language to a Senate bill, but right now the bill is dead," she said.
The Illinois-Indiana Tire Dealers Association opposes Bill 1381. "We're not opposed to a $1 fee for proper tire disposal and development of new technologies for scrap tire recycling," said John F. Buettner Sr., IITDA executive director. "But till they can provide us with a clear picture of where the money will be directed, we see no need to increase the fee." There is already a $4.6 million surplus in the state's scrap tire fund, he added.