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Breaux initiatives effective July 1
Start Date: 7/10/2013 All Day
End Date: 7/10/2013
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Senator authored, sponsored major economic development and education measures

INDIANAPOLIS— In an effort to address the rising number of abandoned properties falling into disrepair in Marion County, a new law co-authored by Assistant Senate Democratic Leader Jean D. Breaux (D-Indianapolis) was approved during this past legislative session and became effective July 1, 2013. Senate Enrolled Act (SEA) 433 requires counties to report properties known to be abandoned annually to county auditor. Also, in an attempt to clean up abandoned properties, SEA 433 allows the county to transfer properties not sold at a tax sale to a nonprofit, neighbor or other party who agrees to repair and maintain the property.

Sen. Breaux co-authored SEA 162, an act requiring additional oversight of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) and those corporations receiving state incentives. The act requires corporations receiving incentives to submit a progress report to the IEDC that includes the projected number of employees hired versus the amount of jobs actually created, as well as the expected amount of financial investment. In addition, the act provides that incentive funds will be revoked if the company does not meet the conditions specified in the incentive contract.

Sen. Breaux also co-authored legislation requiring schools to adopt rules concerning the proper use of restraints and seclusion in schools. SEA 345 establishes the Commission on Seclusion and Restraint in Schools to study these measures and requires a school corporation and accredited non-public schools to have a restraint and seclusion plan in place for the 2014-15 school year.

Other new laws that Sen. Breaux guided through the legislative process include: House Enrolled Act 1159 providing public school facilities with more flexibility for community use; SEA 267 updating provisions and studying various issues regarding mental health matters in Indiana; and SEA 509 modifying criminal code to include individuals who recruit children under the age of 18 for the purpose of working in forced labor or prostitution. Currently, Indiana’s human trafficking laws only apply to those 16 years old and younger.

Sen. Breaux represents Indiana Senate District 34 which includes the near eastside of Indianapolis including portions of Center, Washington, Lawrence and Warren Townships. For more information on Sen. Breaux’s legislative agenda or other State Senate business call 1-800-382-9467 or visit www.IN.gov/S34.

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