STATEHOUSE- Rep. Mike Speedy (R-Indianapolis) addressed the concerns of his district by authoring House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1134, which would prevent parents and students from being charged a fee for transportation to and from school. The bill was signed into law this week.
The new law provides that no fee may be charged to a parent or student for transportation to and from school if a school corporation provides transportation or contracts with an educational service center to provide transportation. It also provides that third party contracts do not apply to transportation provided by an educational service center.
HEA 1134 was originally heard in the House Education Committee and was then passed out of the House with a 92-2 vote on Jan. 31. A few weeks later, the bill was passed out of the Senate, 48-2.
“I want to help protect the budgets of Hoosier families and the safety of Hoosier children,” said Rep. Speedy. “Many constituents contacted me about their concerns with these school bus fees being implemented in Franklin Township. I know in these hard economic times, this had a huge strain on Hoosiers’ wallets. This law further clarifies what the current law states and protects families from transportation fees being instituted in the future.”
Rep. Speedy also co-authored House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1192 which was also signed into law recently. This law provides up to $5 million in Rainy Day Fund loans to school corporations in financial duress. Schools must be designated as “distressed” by the Distressed Unit Appeals Board (DUAB) before any additional funding may be provided. Specifically, this legislation would provide debt relief to the Franklin Township school corporation.
In an effort to address the debt before loans are disbursed, HEA 1192 also allows the DUAB to recommend a distressed school district sell unused property or modify contracts entered into by the school corporation in order to provide additional flexibility within their funding.