INDIANAPOLIS (WLFI) — An effort to revive plans to put a stone quarry near Americus has died at the Statehouse. State Senator Ron Alting says a House committee voted down a last-minute amendment to a Senate bill that would have authorized a quarry.
Americus residents have been protesting the planned quarry since it was first announced about seven years ago. Efforts to revive the quarry have been made at the state level in the past.
Alting says former State Representative Sally Siegrist made him aware of the amendment this morning, and he reached out to the Senate bill's author to get it blocked.
Alting says the amendment asks the state to permit the quarry, over-riding the decision of the community surrounding it.
“I have a deep respect for the local governments that make up our great state and believe it is unacceptable for state legislators to disregard the wishes of the community. I am pleased this language has once again been defeated, and I will remain vigilant against such measures that demean our local government," said Alting.