STATEHOUSE (Feb. 24, 2016) — Indiana Senators recently voted in support of State Rep. Denny Zent’s (R-Angola) bill that would provide additional resources to military families.
Zent said this bill would require the Department of Child Services (DCS) to notify the United States Department of Defense Family Advocacy Program (FAP) if a child of an active duty military member is the subject of a substantiated investigation of abuse or neglect. DCS could also seek assistance from the program in providing services.
“House Bill 1271 would help provide families and service members with the resources they need to get help,” Zent said. “Abuse can result from post-traumatic stress disorders and traumatic brain injuries of veterans who have been recently deployed and have returned home from service. This legislation would ensure abused or neglected children of military families be cared for responsibly.”
The Senate also unanimously passed HB 1187, co-authored by Rep. Zent, which would classify stolen valor as a Class A misdemeanor.
Stolen valor occurs when a person fraudulently claims to have received any of a series of particular military decorations and awards with the intention of obtaining money, property or other tangible benefit.
“A person who fraudulently represents themselves as an active military member or veteran should be held accountable,” Zent said.
These bills are currently awaiting the governor’s consideration.
For more information about these pieces of legislation, visit www.iga.in.gov.
Rep. Zent (R-Angola) represents most of LaGrange and Steuben Counties.