As the legislative session moves into its final weeks, the House and the Senate are continuing to work on bills before the March 14 deadline. I am supporting legislation to keep Hoosiers safe on the road, support students with dyslexia and expand the Silver Alert system.
Senate Enrolled Act 100 allows fire departments to offer free vehicular carbon monoxide testing. Called “Savannah’s Law,” this legislation was proposed in response to the tragic death of Savannah Bettis in 2015. While in the car with her boyfriend who was driving at the time, Savannah lost consciousness after carbon monoxide reached dangerous levels within her car due to a degraded exhaust system. Savannah’s boyfriend also lost consciousness as he tried to take her to the emergency room, causing the car to crash. A colorless, odorless gas, carbon monoxide is toxic. Getting a free and simple test at your local fire department could help save lives.
The House also supported legislation that would provide more support to students with dyslexia. Senate Bill 217 would help in the early detection of dyslexia by screening students in kindergarten through second grade. This will help schools address a student’s specific learning needs, and educators better adjust their instructional techniques for their students.
Silver Alerts are issued by law enforcement and voluntarily broadcast by TV and radio stations when an adult wanders from their home or caregiver and is unlikely to return without assistance. House Bill 1248 would expand this system to include missing children with mental or physical disabilities who leave their home, school or care facility. Children with physical or mental disabilities who wander away on their own free will are not covered under Indiana’s current Emergency Alert System for abducted children, or Amber Alert. In Indiana, Silver Alerts helped locate 88 percent of reported missing persons from 2013 through 2017. Having been so successful in locating missing persons, this legislation could help recover these children more quickly.
If you have questions or comments as I consider proposals for new laws, please contact me at 317-232-9678 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about my bills and other legislation, visit iga.in.gov. Learn more about my work at the Statehouse by signing up to receive email updates at www.in.gov/h32.
State Rep. Tony Cook (R-Cicero) represents House District 32, which includes all of Tipton County
and portions of Hamilton, Madison, Delaware, Howard and Grant counties.
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