(Versailles, Ind.) - A plan to look into making Versailles State Park’s lake into a larger reservoir is likely sunk this year.
State Rep. Randy Frye (R-Greensburg) authored House Bill 1051, which would create an 11-person task force to look into the benefits and cost of creating a dam to provide a larger lake in central Ripley County.
Frye told Eagle 99.3 Monday that the legislation is likely to be put on hold this year because of the Democrat walkout and the need to focus on bigger legislative issues like the budget.
The bill did pass the House unanimously in February before business in the chamber was brought to a standstill, but has yet to receive a hearing in the Senate. If any changes are made to the bill in the Senate it would require a conference committee which Frye was not optimistic about.
The project had an estimated price tag of $40 million.
Frye said if the bill does not pass the legislature this year, he is not opposed to reintroducing it in 2012.