Governor signs Presselís bill providing more transportation options to Hoosiers with disabilities

Posted by: Hannah Carlock  | Thursday, February 23, 2017 3:35 pm

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 23, 2017) – Gov. Eric Holcomb today signed into law a bill co-authored by State Rep. Jim Pressel (Rolling Prairie) providing more transportation options for Hoosier students with developmental disabilities.

House Enrolled Act 1507 will allow school corporations to enter into agreements with organizations serving Hoosiers with developmental disabilities, like the Special Olympics, in order to be able to use school buses to transport passengers.

“My goal with this legislation was to make sure our community continued to support our local organizations,” Pressel said. “With this new law we can provide available resources such as buses, to organizations like the Special Olympics, that are outside school districts.”

Pressel said HEA 1507 allows for transportation to be provided to students not living within the contracted school’s district if they are involved with the organization using the bus.

According to Pressel, lawmakers acted quickly to get this legislation enacted in time so school buses could be used for transporting athletes to the Special Olympics in March. Pressel said this expedited process would not have been possible without House Speaker Brian Bosma and Senate President Pro Tempore David Long.

“This is a great milestone as a new representative,” Pressel said. “Not only is this my first bill, it also is the first bill to be signed into law by our new governor.”

Visit iga.in.gov to learn more about HEA 1507.

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State Rep. Jim Pressel represents House District 20,
which includes portions of LaPorte and Starke counties.

Note to the Editor: Attached and below is a picture of Gov. Eric Holcomb (front center) signing State Rep. Jim Pressel’s (R-Rolling Prairie) (second row, left center) bill providing transportation to organizations like the Special Olympics.