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Hume legislation to become law
Start Date: 5/1/2013Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 5/1/2013End Time: 11:59 PM
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Acts address variety of issues, including job assistance for veterans

INDIANAPOLIS—State Senator Lindel Hume (D-Princeton) proposed several bills during the recently adjourned legislative session that were approved by the General Assembly and expected to be signed into law by the governor. Most new laws will become effective July 1, 2013. Among his legislative initiatives this session were bills aimed at increasing job opportunities for Hoosier veterans.

Sen. Hume authored Senate Enrolled Act (SEA) 290 allowing medically-trained military personnel to be certified as emergency medical providers. The act gives the Indiana Emergency Medical Services Commission the ability to issue licenses to military service applicants who have prior training in medical service fields and who pass testing requirements. In addition, veterans who need to complete additional training would be issued temporary licenses by the commission.

Sen. Hume co-authored SEA 177, which assists veterans in attending college after completion of their service. The act makes veterans eligible for in-state tuition rates in undergraduate courses within 12 months after their honorable discharge. Veterans will be required to provide proof of their Indiana residency through voter registration and driver’s license no later than one year after enrollment. Veterans who are unable to provide this information will be subject to tuition policies determined by the universities and will need to repay the in-state and out-of-state tuition difference. Veterans who enroll after the 12-month period or in graduate degree programs would also be subject to tuition policies.  

SEA 564, co-authored by Sen. Hume, improves economic opportunities for veteran-owned small businesses (VOSB). The act allows VOSBs to participate in state purchases and receive a 15 percent price preference that is already available to small businesses in the state. The Indiana Department of Administration (IDOA) will be tasked with increasing contract opportunities for VOSBs in order to reach a state contract goal of three percent. The IDOA can also receive assistance from the Indiana Economic Development Corporation to compile a list of Indiana VOSBs, determine which purchases are consistent with the contract goal and simplify contract terms to increase VOSB opportunities.

Sen. Hume represents Indiana Senate District 48 which includes all or portions of Dubois, Gibson, Knox, Pike, Spencer and Warrick Counties. For more information on Sen. Hume his legislative agenda or other State Senate business call 1-800-382-9467 or visit www.IN.gov/S48.

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NOTE: A photo of Sen. Lindel Hume can be downloaded at http://www.in.gov/legislative/senate_democrats/images/headshots/Hume.jpg

Contact Information:
Name: Elise Shrock-Mannies
Phone: 317-232-9496
Email: emannies@iga.in.gov
Sen. Hume
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