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Randolph 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 economic development opportunities

INDIANAPOLIS—State Senator Lonnie M. Randolph (D-East Chicago) proposed several bills during the recently adjourned legislative session that were approved by the General Assembly and several have already been 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 improving economic growth for Lake County.

Sen. Randolph authored Senate Enrolled Act (SEA) 173, which expands economic development opportunities for industries on Lake Michigan. In an effort to draw more businesses and tourism, the act allows waterfront restaurants receiving local, state or federal funding to sell alcoholic beverages if they participate in lakefront development projects. SEA 173 increases competition for Northwest Indiana towns, such as Whiting, seeking to revitalize their waterfronts in order to attract more businesses.

SEA 1, co-authored by Sen. Randolph, seeks to increase safety for Hoosier school children. The act assists schools in hiring more school resource officers and specifies how to implement school resource officer programs. Individuals would need to complete training requirements for law enforcement officers, as well as receive an additional 40 hours of certified school officer training. SEA 1 helps schools hire school resource officers by providing nearly $20 million in various grant opportunities. The act also makes it optional for schools to hire school resource officers. In addition, a summer study committee will be tasked with researching further safety measures in schools.

SEA 529, co-authored by Sen. Randolph, establishes the Indiana Office of Energy Development (OED) to develop and implement a comprehensive energy program for the state. Overseen by the governor, the OED will administer a variety of grant programs and funds, including the Energy Development Fund and the Indiana Coal Research Grant Fund. The act transfers all energy development powers from the lieutenant governor to the OED, which may adopt rules to carry out its responsibilities. In addition, SEA 529 creates the Indiana Office of Defense Development, which will oversee defense duties and rules previously managed by the Office of Energy and Defense Development.

House Enrolled Act 1111, co-sponsored by Sen. Randolph, modifies the definition of who can provide tactical emergency medicine. The act now includes emergency medical technicians, law enforcement officers experienced in field medical treatment, and individuals who have completed appropriate training. Individuals must be certified as a tactical medicine provider and may only use these skills within the scope of their training. In addition, the Emergency Medical Services Commission will develop emergency rules that incorporate pre-existing requirements. 

Sen. Randolph authored SEA 275, which gives Hoosier taxpayers greater flexibility in paying property taxes. The act allows county auditors to remove real property from a sales tax list if the county treasurer and the taxpayer agree to arrange a payment for delinquent taxes. Current law provides that the auditor may implement a payment plan based on the treasurer and taxpayer. Also included in SEA 275, if a county council does not allow taxpayers to make property tax installment payments, the county treasurer will develop a plan accepting partial payments.

Co-authored by Sen. Randolph, SEA 125 develops and improves Indiana’s system for child protection services. The act creates the Commission on Improving the Status of Children to study issues, review legislation and work with other groups concerning vulnerable children. In addition, SEA 125 creates an oversight committee to review data from the Department of Child Services in order to make recommendations and submit an annual report to the commission. A local child fatality review team will be established in every Indiana county to review the circumstances involving child deaths, which will be compiled and analyzed by a statewide committee.

SEA 177, co-authored by Sen. Randolph, 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.

Sen. Randolph co-authored SEA 207, which amends a 2011 law that interrupted the schooling of about 200 Indiana college students. The law required students to show proof of citizenship in order to receive resident tuition rates. As a result, students who came to Indiana as children but lacked documentation saw their tuition rates more than triple from the time they enrolled, and many were forced to withdraw. SEA 207 will restore resident tuition status to those students so they may resume their education

Sen. Randolph represents Indiana Senate District 2 which encompasses portions of Lake County, including the communities of East Chicago, Whiting, and portions of Gary, Griffith, Hammond, Hobart and Merrillville.

For more information on Sen. Randolph, his legislative agenda or other State Senate business call 1-800-382-9467 or visit www.IN.gov/s2.

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

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