STATEHOUSE — The 2013 legislative session has come to a finish. State Representative Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) is pleased to see three of his top priority bills become law this session: Senate Enrolled Act (SEA) 1, SEA 32 and SEA 403.
SEA 1 establishes the Indiana Secured School Fund to provide matching grants to public schools to employ school safety professionals, conduct threat assessments of school buildings or purchase safety equipment and technology. School safety professionals would be required to go through 40 hours of training. They would be the first line of defense against an active shooter situation, at least until the police could arrive.
“In the wake of tragedies like Sandy Hook, it is crucial that we look at ways to protect school employees and children,” said Rep. Lucas. “During the Sandy Hook tragedy, the school followed every safety protocol perfectly, but it was not enough. Ironically, they placed a call to 911 to have trained and armed individuals respond to the scene immediately. Had someone already been on site, the outcome might have been different.”
SEA 32 allows county commissioners extra time to set up their regularly scheduled meetings. Current law requires that they finalize their meeting dates and times at their first meeting in January. SEA 32 gives county commissioners until their February meeting to schedule their regular meetings. They are able to schedule sooner if possible, but their new deadline is February.
“As a former local officeholder, I understand the burdens that come with a new position,” said Rep. Lucas. “This legislation gives each county commissioner more time to get established before they have to set regular meeting dates.”
SEA 403 expands the issuing of Disabled Hoosier Veterans license plates from a veteran who is disabled to a veteran who:
• Has been rated by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA)as being at least 50 percent disabled with at least a 30 percent mobility disability rating; and
• receives service connected compensation from the DVA
“This bill is an excellent way for us to honor those men and women who have served and sacrificed to protect our freedom,” said Rep. Lucas. “As a veteran myself, this is an issue that is very close to my heart. Expanding the plate’s eligibility shows our appreciation and gratitude for disabled veterans in our local communities.”
Rep. Lucas (R-Seymour) represents portions of Bartholomew, Jackson, Jennings and Jefferson counties.