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On April 24, 2008, Governor Mitch Daniels signed Senate Bill 176 in a ceremony in his office at the Statehouse. The bill creates a Courthouse Preservation Advisory Committee to advise county officials on the preservation of the over 80 historic courthouses around Indiana.
The bill establishes a 12 member commission charged with the following tasks when requested by county officials:
1) traveling to historic courthouses to assess potential rehabilitation projects
2) reviewing and providing recommendations on architectural or engineering plans for courthouse-related projects
3) providing information concerning funding sources for courthouse preservation projects
4) Providing technical assistance for courthouse rehabilitation projects to encourage proper preservation projects
The commission is also to submit a report to the Indiana General Assembly by August 2011 that:
1) Makes an assessment concerning the importance of preserving historic courthouses to the history and identity of county seats and counties.
2) Makes an assessment of the importance of preserving historic courthouses to the economic revitalization of county seats and counties.
3) Investigates the need for rehabilitation, restoration and maintenance of the historic courthouses.
4) Studies the condition of historic courthouses.
5) Studies the needs of county official; in planning for the successful restoration, rehabilitation, and maintenance of historic courthouses.
The following counties either do not have a historic courthouse or the courthouse is not listed on the National Register of Historic Places.