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Broden legislation to become law
Start Date: 5/1/2013Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 5/1/2013End Time: 11:59 PM
Entry Description
INDIANAPOLIS—State Senator John Broden (D-South Bend) shaped legislation this session to improve Hoosiers’ lives in a number of ways, ranging from strengthening protections for Hoosier children to invigorating Indiana’s workforce and employers. Sen. Broden’s initiatives have been approved by the General Assembly and several have already been signed into law by the governor. Most new laws become effective July 1, 2013.

Overhaul of Department of Child Services oversight
The Commission on Improving the Status of Children created in
Senate Enrolled Act (SEA) 125, authored by Sen. Broden, will take on numerous responsibilities to better assist vulnerable Hoosier children. In addition to studying issues and legislation relating to the safety of children, the commission will also create a committee to specifically oversee the Department of Child Services and a child fatality review committee to designate local teams to look into cases of child death.

Assistance for children in need of services
Sen. Broden authored
SEA 164 to give greater access to state services for children who need them. Under the new law, a county prosecutor may file a petition with a juvenile court that a child is in need of services and represent the interests of the state in the related legal proceedings. The measure seeks to intervene in cases where a child may be a danger to him or herself or to others and may need additional health or counseling services.

Corporation accountability for economic incentives
Additional transparency and accountability regarding job creation under the Indiana Economic Development Council (IEDC) will be accomplished under
SEA 162. The IEDC is responsible for the state’s job creation endeavors, which have been called into question numerous times over the past several years by legislators and the media. The measure requires corporations receiving incentives to submit an annual progress report to the IEDC to include the projected number of employees hired versus the amount of jobs actually created and an expected amount of financial investment. In addition, the act provides that incentive funds will be revoked if the company did not meet conditions specified in the incentive contract.

Workforce training
Co-authored by Sen. Broden,
SEA 465 establishes an Indiana Works Council in various regions of the state to assess local technical and vocational job opportunities available to high school graduates. The councils would develop, subject to the approval of the Indiana State Board of Education, an alternative career, technical or vocational educational curriculum for high school students in each region. The curriculum must offer students opportunities to pursue internships and apprenticeships, learn from qualified instructors, and have a goal of establishing a career pathway to a high-wage, high-demand job available in the region.

Expanded senior living options
House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1359, sponsored by Sen. Broden, cities and towns will have the option to create a program for age-restricted communities under a redevelopment commission. The program will allow developers to start up the new neighborhoods using the same resources and funding mechanisms used for developing blighted areas, such as by issuing bonds and creating special tax districts. Including age-restricted communities in redevelopment commissions also offers local governments an alternative solution to housing problems in some areas.

Sen. Broden represents Senate District 10, which includes the cities of South Bend and Mishawaka, and portions of Portage, Penn, Centre and Clay townships in St. Joseph County. For more information on Sen. Broden, visit


NOTE: A photo of Sen. John Broden can be downloaded at

Contact Information:
Name: Elise Shrock-Mannies
Phone: 317-232-9496
Sen. Broden
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