IN - Indiana Mulls Law Aiming to Give Up State’s Ownership of Large Swaths of Lake Michigan Shoreline

The bill would undo a landmark ruling that affirmed the shoreline of the lake is owned by the state

Indiana lawmakers are considering a bill that would undo a landmark Indiana Supreme Court ruling that affirmed that the shoreline of Lake Michigan is unquestionably owned by the state and held in trust for use by all residents.

The legislation, sponsored by state Rep. Doug Miller, would give up the state's ownership of large swaths of Indiana’s lake shoreline to adjacent private property owners if the property description in their deeds indicates the land extends to Lake Michigan.

The Indiana House Committee on Judiciary recently heard testimony from residents, interest groups and legislators on the proposed measure.

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