Skip to content
Search events. View events.

Senate Democratic Caucus

Submit Events

Welcome to the Calendar. Please use the Help button to the right for any assistance while using the Calendar.

Click for help in using calendar displays. Print the contents of the current screen.

Advanced Search

(New Search)




Entry Details
Notify me if this event changes.Add this event to my personal calendar.Email this entry to a friend.
Go Back
RELEASE: Breaux legislation to become law
Start Date: 3/17/2014 All Day
End Date: 3/17/2014
Entry Description

INDIANAPOLIS—Assistant Democratic Leader Jean D. Breaux (D-Indianapolis) proposed several bills during the recently adjourned legislative session that were approved by the General Assembly and are expected to be signed into law by the governor. Most new laws will become effective July 1, 2014. The initiatives address minority health, neonatal abstinence syndrome, cultural sensitivity training and athlete safety.


Senate Enrolled Act (SEA) 139, authored by Sen. Breaux, amends the definition of “attendant care services” to include providing assistance for the taking of medications that include controlled substances and prescription drugs. Current law only allows a person under contract of a licensed home health agency or a personal services agency to assist a client in need of controlled substances. The act will therefore reduce the burden for the client by eliminating the need for a licensed or certified health care provider to visit the home or facility where the client is located.  SEA 139 also removes the July 1, 2014 expiration date on the distribution of donations made by individuals registering motor vehicles who want to donate money to promote the procurement of organs for anatomical gifts. The collection process would remain in place, as would the distribution of donated funds to the Indiana Donation alliance Foundation and Donate Life Indiana.


Sen. Breaux co-authored SEA 343, which requires law enforcement agencies to provide training on cultural diversity and U nonimmigrant Visas (U-Visas).  The use of the U-Visa will benefit those who do not hold legal status in the United States and are victims of violent crimes. An understanding of the U-Visa process by law enforcement officers is important as certification of a victim’s cooperation by an officer is a prerequisite to a victim’s application for U-Visa status with the federal government. U-Visas would not serve as a shortcut to citizenship, but instead a vehicle for cooperation. Law enforcement agencies would be educated on the purpose of U-Visas and their role as an authorizer. Law enforcement officers would only be liable for indicating whether a victim was cooperative or are likely to be helpful in the future. 


Also co-authored by Sen. Breaux, SEA 408 establishes a definition for neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) as the various adverse effects that occur in a newborn infant who was exposed to addictive, illegal, or prescription drugs while in the mother’s womb. The act requires the Indiana Department of Health (IDOH) to meet with representatives of various hospital and pediatric associations to study and make recommendations on issues concerning NAS. IDOH officials would then be required to report to the Indiana General Assembly information including accumulated data and statistics on NAS. Finally, SEA 408 requires that before June 1, 2015, the IDOH may establish one or more pilot programs with hospitals that consent to participate in the programs to implement appropriate and effective models for NAS identification, data collection, and reporting.


SEA 397 was co-authored by Sen. Breaux and requires the office of Medicaid Policy and Planning to reimburse in a specified manner for a specialized or nonstandard wheelchair for a child recipient who resides in a nursing facility.


Sen. Breaux sponsored HEA 1358, which extends the expiration date for the Office of Minority Health from July 1, 2014 to July 1, 2017. Established in 1991, the Office of Minority Health funds minority health programs and expands, develops, and implements community awareness of minority health problems. The office is also charged with conducting research within minority populations as well as monitoring minority health progress. In addition, the act requires a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder at any age to be reported to the birth problems registry (current law provides reporting be made before a child's fifth birthday). HEA 1358 allows not more than 50 percent of the monies in the Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Fund to be used to develop a statewide trauma system. Lastly, the act requires the state Department of Health to adopt rules concerning the regulation of facilities for treatment of traumatic brain injuries, and to make recommendations to the Legislative Council and Health Finance Commission concerning food handling law changes.


Beginning January 1, 2015, SEA 1391, sponsored by Sen. Breaux, establishes the Community Living Pilot Program until June 30, 2017. The act sets forth eligibility requirements to participate in the program, and requires the Division of Aging to administer the program, establish a cost participation schedule, and establish certain standards for the program. In addition, the act requires the Office of the Secretary of Family and Social Services to provide the following reports to the General Assembly: a report concerning nursing facility beds, a report concerning and long term care, and a report to the Budget Committee and the General Assembly concerning any risk-based managed care program for specified Medicaid recipients.


Sen. Breaux also sponsored HEA 1290, legislation pertaining to the health of student athletes. The act adds athletic trainers to the definition of "health care provider" for purposes of laws concerning hospitals and public health measures. It requires both the Department of Education and the Commission on Higher Education to disseminate guidelines, information sheets, and forms to school corporations, charter schools, public schools, accredited nonpublic schools and postsecondary educational institutions to inform and educate coaches, student athletes, and parents and legal guardians of student athletes of the nature and risk of sudden cardiac arrest. Among other provisions, the act requires instruction in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and use of an automated external defibrillator for students.


Sen. Breaux represents Indiana Senate District 34 which includes the near eastside of Indianapolis including portions of Center, Washington, Lawrence and Warren Townships. For more information on Sen. Breaux’s legislative agenda or other State Senate business call 1-800-382-9467 or visit




NOTE TO THE EDITOR: A photo of Sen. Jean Breaux can be downloaded at:

Contact Information:
Name: Elise Shrock
Phone: 317-232-9496
Entry Type:
Press Release
Entry Category:
  • Announcements
  • Category:
  • Government
  • Agency Name
    Senate Democratic Caucus

    Calendar Software powered by Active Calendar and Active Data Calendar   
    Select item(s) to Search

    Select item(s) to Search
    Select item(s) to Search

    Select item(s) to Search