STATEHOUSE— The 2013 legislative session has concluded. State Representative Wendy McNamara (R-Mt. Vernon) is pleased to see three of her bills become law this session: House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1110, HEA 1111 and HEA 1151.
HEA 1110 extends the authority for school corporations to use money in their respective capital projects funds to pay the costs of utilities and insurance through the 2016 calendar year. State law currently authorizes capital projects funds to be used for paying insurance and utilities costs, only through the 2013 calendar year. HEA 1110 provides an extension through the 2016 calendar year.
“By giving schools this extended flexibility, they will be able to use their other resources in the ways they best see fit to serve their students,” said Rep. McNamara.
HEA 1111 gives SWAT team professionals, who are currently trained in tactical emergency medicine, the legal recognition to use their trained skills to save wounded victims. Trained SWAT professionals will now have the go ahead to act instead of waiting for others to assist them.
“These professionals are trained in emergency medicine, and they should be given the authority to treat wounded victims,” said Rep. McNamara. “The faster treatment can be provided, the better odds victims have to survive.”
HB 1151 creates a ‘Blue Alert’ notification system that will be run by the Indiana State Police Department. The Blue Alert program, similar in concept to the Amber and Silver Alerts, is designed to notify the public when a law enforcement officer has been killed, seriously injured or becomes missing in the line of duty.
“The Blue Alert program will make communities aware of serious situations involving law enforcement officers,” said Rep. McNamara. “Our intention is to provide peace of mind to the men and women who serve and to their families.”
Rep. McNamara (R-Mount Vernon) represents portions of Posey and Vanderburgh counties.