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To comment on a proposed rule, scroll down to the rulemaking docket at the bottom of this page.  The rulemaking docket includes a table of all rules pending before the Natural Resources Commission.  

Comment On A Proposed Rule

The Natural Resources Commission adopted nonrule policy document Information Bulletin #55 to provide consistency, transparency, and efficiency in the development of hearing officer reports by employees of the Natural Resources Commission Division of Hearings.  Pursuant to Information Bulletin #55, citizens must identify themselves when filing comments for those comments to be included in a report or to be considered by the hearing officer.  Further, Information Bulletin #55 provides that public comments on proposed rules will be accepted through the rulemaking docket, by United States mail sent to: Natural Resources Commission, Division of Hearings, 100 North Senate Avenue, Room N103, Indianapolis, Indiana 46204-2200 or by email sent to the rulewriter listed on the “Notice of First Comment Period”.

Comments on a rule proposal will not be accepted until the Legislative Services Agency has published a "Notice of First Comment Period" in the Indiana Register or when the Commission has granted preliminary adoption to the proposed rule, and it has been posted on the rulemaking docket.

Public comments submitted on rule proposals are considered by the hearing officer in making a report and are provided to the Department of Natural Resources (DNR).  In addition, the comments are considered public records and may be accessed by the public through a public records request submitted to the Commission by email or United States mail.  The rule for which the public records are being sought must be referenced in the request.

Rulemaking Docket

In accordance with IC 4-22-2.1-6, comments from the Indiana Economic Development Corporation Comments (IEDC) are made available with respect to the following proposed rule amendments:

No rules currently posted require IEDC comments.

Comments may be made by clicking on the "Submit Comments Here" link for the rule proposal on which you wish to comment.  If the comment period has ended for a particular rule, the "Submit Comments Here" link will be replaced with  "Comment Period Closed".

Rule Name: Deer Hunting Amendment Proposal (312 IAC 9-2; 312 IAC 9-3; 312 IAC 9-4)

Description: (LSA#24-49) Amends 312 IAC 9-2-15 to make a technical and conforming change. Amends 312 IAC 9-3-2 regarding a license to hunt a deer to: (1) remove the crossbow license; (2) establish a multiple season antlerless deer license; (3) prohibit taking an antlerless deer with a firearm on certain department of natural resources (department) properties; (4) set a new statewide limit to take an antlerless deer of six antlerless deer per year; and (5) authorize the department to allow an individual to take an antlerless deer if a harvested deer is unfit for human consumption. Amends 312 IAC 9-3-3 to: (1) remove the reference to the special antlerless season; (2) describe a cartridge that is legal to hunt a deer; (3) change the caliber for a muzzleloading long gun to .40 caliber; (4) change the dates on which a portable tree or a ground blind may be placed on certain department properties; and (5) remove the restriction on using an infrared detector to retrieve a deer. Amends 312 IAC 9-3-4 to: (1) establish the number of antlerless deer a youth hunter may take during the youth hunting season on certain department properties; (2) provide that one antlered deer may be taken statewide; (3) set deer reduction zones; (4) set the antlerless bag limit per county; and (5) eliminate the special antlerless firearm season. Amends 312 IAC 9-4-11 to make technical and conforming changes.

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OMB & SBA
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Rule Name: River Otter Trapping

Description: (LSA#24-86) Amends 312 IAC 9-3-18.2 to: (1) allow an individual to trap a river otter anywhere in the state; and (2) establish a statewide quota for the river otter trapping season.

Proposed Rule/
Regulatory Analysis

OMB & SBA
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Rule Name: Fees, Fines, Civil Penalties, Financial Benefit Limitations and Another Payment Amount for Multiple Department of Natural Resources Divisions and the Division of Entomology and Plant Pathology (312 IAC 1.5-1; 312 IAC 1.5-2; and 312 IAC 1.5-3)

Description:  (LSA#24-164) Adds  312 IAC 1.5-1 through 312 IAC 1.5-3 regarding: (1) the applicability of fees, fines, civil penalties, financial benefit limitations, or another payment amount set by an agency that otherwise qualifies as a rule to the department of natural resources (department); (2) the fees, fines, civil penalties, financial benefit limitations, or another payment amount set by an agency that otherwise qualifies as a rule charged by multiple divisions of the department; and (3) the fees, fines, civil penalties, financial benefit limitation, or another payment amount set by an agency that otherwise qualifies as a rule charged by the division of entomology and plant pathology.

Proposed Rule/
Regulatory Analysis

OMB & SBA
Approval

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Rule Name: Fees, Fines, Civil Penalties, Financial Benefit Limitations and Another Payment Amount for the Divisions of Fish and Wildlife and Nature Preserves (312 IAC 1.5-4)

Description:  (LSA#24-165)  Adds 312 IAC 1.5-4 regarding the fees, fines, civil penalties, financial benefit limitations, and another payment amount set by an agency that otherwise qualifies as a rule charged by the divisions of fish and wildlife and nature preserves for the department of natural resources.

Proposed Rule/
Regulatory Analysis

OMB & SBA
Approval

Notice of Public
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Remote Hearing
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Rule Name: Fees, Fines, Civil Penalties, Financial Benefit Limitations and Another Payment Amount for the Divisions of Forestry; Historic Preservation; Land Acquisition; Reclamation; State Parks; and Water (312 IAC 1.5-5; 312 IAC 1.5-6; 312 IAC 1.5-7; 312 IAC 1.5-8; 312 IAC 1.5-9; 312 IAC 1.5-10

Description:  (LSA#24-163)  Adds 312 IAC 1.5-5 through 312 IAC 1.5-10 regarding the fees, fines, civil penalties, financial benefit limitations, and another payment amount set by an agency that otherwise qualifies as a rule charged by the divisions of: (1) forestry; (2) historic preservation and archeology; (3) land acquisition; (4) reclamation; (5) state parks; and (6) water for the department of natural resources.

Proposed Rule/
Regulatory Analysis

OMB & SBA
Approval

Notice of Public
Comment Period

Notice of
Public Hearing

Remote Hearing
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Interim Rule Name: Deer Hunting License

Description: (LSA#24-XX) Amends 312 IAC 9-2-15 to make a technical and conforming change. Amends 312 IAC 9-3-2 regarding a license to hunt a deer to: (1) remove the crossbow license; (2) establish a multiple season antlerless deer license; (3) prohibit taking an antlerless deer with a firearm on certain department of natural resources (department) properties; (4) set a new statewide limit to take an antlerless deer of six antlerless deer per year; and (5) authorize the department to allow an individual to take an antlerless deer if a harvested deer is unfit for human consumption. Amends 312 IAC 9-3-3 to: (1) remove the reference to the special antlerless season; (2) describe a cartridge that is legal to hunt a deer; (3) change the caliber for a muzzleloading long gun to .40 caliber; (4) change the dates on which a portable tree or a ground blind may be placed on certain department properties; and (5) remove the restriction on using an infrared detector to retrieve a deer. Amends 312 IAC 9-3-4 to: (1) establish the number of antlerless deer a youth hunter may take during the youth hunting season on certain department properties; (2) provide that one antlered deer may be taken statewide; (3) set deer reduction zones; (4) set the antlerless bag limit per county; and (5) eliminate the special antlerless firearm season. Amends 312 IAC 9-4-11 to make technical and conforming changes.

Proposed Rule/
Regulatory Analysis

Governor
Approval

Notice of Public
Comment Period

Notice of
Public Hearing

Remote Hearing
Information and Link

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Interim Rule Name: Invasive Carp Harvest Permit

Description: (LSA#24-188)

Invasive carp has become an issue throughout the Midwest, and impact not only native ravine ecosystems, but also boating and fishing recreational activities on rivers.

The proposed interim rule creates a new permit allowing specific fishing gear, which is not currently allowed by sport anglers and nor in waters where commercial fishing takes place, to be used to harvest invasive carp. The rule includes required oversight provisions to ensure native fish are not impacted by the new fishing methods permitted under the rule, and also adds a new opportunity for commercial fishing permit holders to catch additional invasive carp and sell it with no cost for the permit.

Proposed Rule/
Regulatory Analysis

Governor
Approval

Notice of Public
Comment Period

Notice of
Public Hearing

Remote Hearing
Information and Link

Other Notices

Anticipated Timeline

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