Committee pushes Olthoff's bills forward

Posted by: Brenda Holmes  | Wednesday, January 27, 2016

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Committee pushes Olthoff’s bills forward 

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 27, 2016) – The House Committee on Family, Children and Human Affairs voted unanimously today to pass two bills authored by State Rep. Julie Olthoff (R-Crown Point).

The first proposal, House Bill 1407, would give individuals with disabilities the ability to open a special account, where they can save up to $14,000 per year without jeopardizing their eligibility for Social Security or other government programs. The Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) funds will help families pay for disability needs. Indiana is enabled to do this by the federal ABLE Act which was signed into law in 2014.

“There are an estimated 67,000 disabled children in Indiana. The ABLE accounts will allow individuals with disabilities to pay for education, housing, assistive technology, and so much more,” Olthoff said. “This change would allow the account holder to receive up to $14,000 each year from one or more persons until the cap of $100,000 is achieved.”

The other bill, HB 1233, partners the Victim Services Division of the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute with the Indiana Coalition to End Sexual Assault to work together to direct the $1 million per year our budget provides for helping rape victims.

“I was able to pass a bill that expands the programs to include establishing and maintaining rape crisis centers and addressing physical, psychological, and emotional needs of victims,” Olthoff said. “We want to make sure the funds are going to the right place at the right time.”

House Bills 1407 and 1233 will now be heard by the House.

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Rep. Olthoff (R-Crown Point) represents Lake County.