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Broden initiatives effective July 1
Start Date: 7/10/2013 All Day
End Date: 7/10/2013
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Senator authored, sponsored major child services, workforce assistance measures

INDIANAPOLIS— In an effort to improve the welfare of Hoosier children, State Senator John Broden (D-South Bend) authored number of bills during that were approved this past legislative session and became effective July 1, 2013. Senate Enrolled Act (SEA) 125, authored by Sen. Broden, creates the Commission on Improving the Status of Children in Indiana and the Child Services Oversight Committee to study issues concerning vulnerable youth and reviewing data from the Department of Child Services (DCS) to determine the department’s performance. The new law also allows each county to employ local child fatality review teams to investigate, report and relay data on any child deaths in the state.

Sen. Broden authored SEA 164, an act that allows a juvenile court to authorize the filing of a petition by a prosecutor that a child is in need of state services. The act is designed to assist children who may not receive adequate care in the areas of physical or mental health. This is particularly important for children with distinct health care needs that are going untreated.

Sen. Broden also authored SEA 202, an act that aims to protect children who have been subject to child abuse or neglect. In these cases, if a person files a petition to establish or modify guardianship, visitation or child custody, the party to the proceeding must inform the court if the person has been a perpetrator in a substantiated report of child abuse or neglect.

Other new laws that Sen. Broden guided through the legislative process include: SEA 465 establishing an Indiana Works Council to evaluate the career, technical or vocational programs available to high school students for each region designated by the governor; SEA 162 increasing transparency for those corporations that receive state incentive funds; SEA 207 amending a 2011 law that interrupted the schooling of about 200 Hoosier college students born outside the United States; SEA 433 requiring counties to report properties known to be abandoned annually and allowing the transfer of abandoned properties to a party that agrees to repair and maintain the property; and House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1359 allowing a redevelopment commission to establish a program for age restricted housing (this act became effective May 15, 2013).

Sen. Broden represents Senate District 10, which includes the cities of South Bend and Mishawaka, and portions of Portage, Penn, Centre and Clay townships in St. Joseph County. For more information on Sen. Broden, visit


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Name: Elise Shrock
Phone: 317-232-9496
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