Kokomo baseball stadium

This image provided by Sen. Jim Buck shows the design of Kokomo's baseball stadium and the location of eight parcels of land with deed restrictions mandating they remain open space.

State Sen. Jim Buck’s, R-Kokomo, ‘cease and desist’ bill passed the third reading on the floor of the Indiana Senate today with a 41-8 vote.

The bill, which will give the Indiana Department of Homeland Security the opportunity to issue a cease and desist order for construction on Kokomo’s baseball stadium project, will be placed on the floor of the House of Representatives at a later date.

The House will be informed of the passage, but a date for a first reading has not been set.

Kokomo is not in compliance on a total of eight properties that are part of the stadium project area and were purchased using federal flood mitigation funds.

“I think this is a good bill, and I think this is an emergency,” Buck said during the Senate reading.

Sen. Karen Tallian, D-District 4, spoke against the bill.

“There are ongoing negotiations and they are trying to work out a solution,” she said. “We are trying to legislate a solution.”

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George Myers can be reached at 765-993-4724, by email at george.myers@kokomotribune.com or on Twitter @gpmyerskt.

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George Myers covers city and county government. He joined the Kokomo Tribune on November 18, 2014.

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