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[s18] Gov. Pence Signs Sen. Head’s Local Government, Student Safety Bills into Law
Start Date: 5/8/2013Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 5/8/2013End Time: 11:59 PM
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STATEHOUSE (May 8, 2013) — Today, Gov. Mike Pence signed into law two bills authored by State Sen. Randy Head (R-Logansport).

The first bill – Senate Enrolled Act 343 – contains several provisions to streamline the process of local government reorganization if political subdivisions choose to merge.

“Reorganization is a voluntary process, but if two locations decide to merge, this law establishes a simplified way to do it,” Head said. “I’ve worked on this issue for several years, and the legislation signed today will essentially remove excess steps in a complicated process. We’re closing holes in the system and ensuring that reorganization is done in the most efficient and accountable manner.”

Senate Enrolled Act 345 was also signed into law today. This legislation establishes a Commission on Seclusion and Restraint in Schools to construct a model plan for Indiana schools on the proper methods, standards and training for student seclusion and restraint in the rare instances when such actions are necessary to protect students from harming themselves or others. Each school corporation would also have to develop its own plan based on the commission’s standards.

“Most schools do an excellent job with discipline and student safety, but we can’t leave any room for error,” Head said. “This legislation will provide necessary training to teachers and staff, adding extra assurance that every situation is handled with the proper level of care. That’s a crucial step to creating a safer environment for our children.”

Contact Information:
Name: Tracy Lytwyn
Phone: 317-234-9221
Email: tlytwyn@iga.in.gov
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