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Lanane legislation to become law
Start Date: 5/1/2013Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 5/1/2013End Time: 11:59 PM
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Acts address variety issues, including child protection and job growth

INDIANAPOLIS—Senate Democratic Leader Tim Lanane (D-Anderson) proposed several bills during the recently adjourned legislative session that were approved by the General Assembly and expected to be signed into law by the governor. Most new laws will become effective July 1, 2013. Included in his legislative initiatives this session were bills aimed at improving child services and increasing economic growth in Indiana.

Sen. Lanane authored Senate Enrolled Act (SEA) 125, which develops and improves Indiana’s system for child protection services. As a result of recommendations offered by the Department of Child Services (DCS) and extensive public testimony presented to an interim study committee last summer, the act creates the Commission on Improving the Status of Children to study issues, review legislation and work with other groups concerning vulnerable children. In addition, SEA 125 creates an oversight committee to review data from the DCS in order to make recommendations and submit an annual report to the commission. A local child fatality review team will be established in every Indiana county to review the circumstances involving child deaths, which will be compiled and analyzed by a statewide committee. From this information, the statewide committee will review child mortality records and create strategies for preventing child injuries and death.

Sen. Lanane sponsored House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1002, which creates the Indiana Career Council to oversee and align the state’s system for education, job skills development and career training. The act provides that the council submit to the Indiana General Assembly a list of career training agencies, a strategic plan for improving workforce training and a progress report by specified dates. HEA 1002 also includes a plan for the development of the Indiana Workforce Intelligence System. Indiana agencies will submit statewide data on education and workforce information to the system, which would then be used to provide reports on the economic opportunities of individuals to better guide decision makers.

SEA 382, authored by Sen. Lanane, protects Hoosier seniors from financial scams and fraud. In collaboration with Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller, the act creates the Senior Consumer Protection Act defending senior citizens 60 years and older from illegal misuse of assets through fraud, extortion or intimidation. Individuals who commit financial abuse of seniors will have their assets frozen, be issued an injunction and have to pay investigation or prosecution costs. The bill would also increase civil penalty costs from $50 to up to $5,000 per violation. Violations of trust, including spouses, children and attorneys will result in stiffer penalties.

Sponsored by Sen. Lanane, HEA 1069 authorizes the creation of new outdoor event equipment regulations. In response to safety issues associated with the Indiana State Fair stage collapse in August 2011, the act is a result of legislation passed last year setting up a summer study committee to research safety laws regarding stage equipment. In 2012, SEA 273 created standards for stage construction and inspection, as well as authorized the Fire Protection and Building Safety Commission (FPBSC) to establish temporary emergency rules for stage regulation. HEA 1069 continues this by extending FPBSC’s ability to enact rules regulating public use of outdoor event equipment for performances. The bill provides that the director of the Indiana Department of Homeland Security (DHS) can implement rules concerning emergency response plans for performances with outdoor event equipment. It also modifies the definition of “outdoor stage equipment” to include venues where an entertainment or amusement permit is required.

Sen. Lanane advocated for a provision in the state’s biennial budget, HEA 1001, that will provide more funding for a career training project in Indiana. The budget allocates $5 million for a developmentally disabled hospitality hotel in Muncie, Indiana, where disabled individuals will be able to train for jobs in the hospitality industry. The project was developed by The Arc of Indiana, an organization focused on providing assistance to those with developmental disabilities. Funding for the project will be distributed through the Indiana Economic Development Corporation and is likely to be built near the city’s Horizon Convention Center.

Sen. Lanane represents Indiana Senate District 25 includes the portions of Madison and Delaware counties, including the City of Muncie and the southeastern portion of the City of Anderson. For more information on Sen. Lanane, his legislative agenda or other State Senate business call 1-800-382-9467 or visit www.IN.gov/S25.

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NOTE: A photo of Sen. Tim Lanane can be downloaded at http://www.in.gov/legislative/senate_democrats/images/headshots/Lanane.JPG
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Name: Elise Shrock-Mannies
Phone: 317-232-9496
Email: emannies@iga.in.gov
Sen. Lanane
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