Public safety legislation to benefit Hoosiers

Friday, March 13, 2015

Public safety legislation to benefit Hoosiers

This session, I co-authored several bills that improve the quality of life for Hoosier families. This includes increasing funding to $5M per year for domestic violence treatment and prevention as well as $1M per year for sexual assault victim assistance.

I also worked on House Bill (HB) 1010, known as Connect2Help 2-1-1, in order to expand the 2-1-1 dialing service to help more Hoosiers in need. This additional funding would allow for the expansion of the program's current operations to include assistance for domestic violence, infant mortality, veterans, senior citizens, vulnerable children and public health.

Funding within the state's biennial budget was included to support HB 1004, the Safety P.I.N. (Protecting Indiana's Newborns) grant program. This outcomes-based grant program works to reduce Indiana's infant mortality rate by incentivizing organizations to create plans with measurable goals. I was proud to co-author this legislation.

Additionally, I worked to get more resources to families that report missing or runaway children. HB 1216 would require Indiana's police officers to have information concerning the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the National Runaway Safeline. Police officers would also have this information on hand so victims would have more opportunities to learn about the assistance and resources available to them. This legislation also gives amnesty to those under 18 picked up for prostitution and requires the police to call the Indiana Department of Child Services.

The safety of all Hoosiers is extremely important, and I am pleased to be able to address these issues. To learn more about these bills, click here. Feel free to reach out to me about any concerns you may have concerning public safety or any other issue impacting our community.

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