Governor signs Soliday’s bill providing more transportation options to Hoosiers with disabilities

Posted by: Emily Gaylord  | Thursday, February 23, 2017

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 23, 2017) – Gov. Eric Holcomb today signed State Rep. Ed Soliday’s (R-Valparaiso) bill into law, providing more transportation options for Hoosier students with developmental disabilities.

HEA 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.

“Organizations that are outside school districts, like the Special Olympics, will now be able to use local school corporation buses,” said Soliday, chair of the House Committee on Roads and Transportation. “This new law maintains that we continue to support organizations that represent our community and provide them with the resources we already have available.”

Soliday said House Enrolled Act 1507 allows for transportation to be provided to students not living within the contracted school’s district if involved with the organization using the bus.

According to Soliday, 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. Soliday said this expedited process would not have been possible without House Speaker Brian Bosma and Senate President Pro Tempore David Long.

Soliday’s measure was the first bill signed into law by Indiana’s new governor and the first to clear both chambers.

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

TRANSPORTATION OPTIONS: State Rep. Ed Soliday (sitting, left) joins Gov. Eric Holcomb (sitting, center) for the signing of Soliday’s bill into law. Soliday’s (R-Valparaiso) bill works to provide more transportation options for Hoosier students with developmental disabilities.

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State Rep. Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso) represents House District 4, which includes portions of Porter County.

A high-resolution photo of Soliday can be downloaded by clicking here.