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Tallian 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 Karen Tallian (D-Portage) proposed several bills during the 2013 legislative session that were approved by the General Assembly and all are expected to be signed into law by the governor. Among her legislative initiatives this session were bills aimed at developing job creation measures and increasing community fitness.

Budget negotiations
Sen. Tallian led several initiatives to shape the state’s biennial budget,
House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1001.  Senate Democrats successfully advocated for several proposals, including increased local road funding, additional resources to address back-logged maintenance and building projects for the state’s public universities, and an appropriation for statewide programs for community corrections. Sen. Tallian also directed the caucus’s objection of an unprecedented expansion of the state’s school voucher program, securing a $25 million reserve in the event the program expands beyond initial estimates and to prevent a large displacement of public school funding.

Limited school liability for facility use
HEA 1159
will limit the liability placed on schools that provide their facilities for community physical fitness and exercise use. The legislation will enable both public and charter schools to open up their facilities for use by organizations seeking to offer physical fitness programs to the public, such as the American Heart Association. Schools have previously been unavailable for this type of use due to liability if program participants are injured on site.

Worker’s compensation
Co-sponsored by Sen. Tallian,
HEA 1320 updates worker’s compensation payments by increasing maximum average weekly wages by 20 percent and graduated percentage increases for degrees of disablement. After June 30, 2013, the act details the financial liability for worker’s compensation to a medical services facility, linking it to 200 percent of a determined amount through Medicaid program reimbursement methods. In addition, the act allows the Worker’s Compensation Board to review medical records and bills of medical service providers if they are not complying with the schedule of charges or is requiring unfair services. 

Sen. Tallian represents Senate District 4 which encompasses portions of northern Porter County and Michigan City, Coolspring and New Durham townships in LaPorte County. For more information on Sen, Tallian, her legislative agenda or other State Senate business call 1-800-382-9467 or visit



NOTE: A photo of Sen. Karen Tallian can be downloaded at

Contact Information:
Name: Elise Shrock-Mannies
Phone: 317-232-9496
Sen. Tallian
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    Senate Democratic Caucus

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