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Home Legislation Moves to Senate Committee
March 4, 2009 - After overwhelmingly passing out of the Indiana House of Representatives last week, legislation that would prevent closure of the Indiana Soldiers' and Sailors' Children's Home (ISSCH) has been assigned to a committee in the Senate.
House Bill 1722, authored by Rep. Scott Reske (D-Dist. 37), would change the name of the ISSCH to Morton Residence Academy and have the school operate year-round with "an age appropriate military structure." It would also take oversight of the Home away from the Indiana State Department of Health, the agency that currently administers it and wants to close it in May.
The House passed HB 1722 on Feb. 24 by a vote of 81-17, with 29 Republicans joining all 52 Democrats in voting for the bill. The next day, the bill was assigned to the Senate's Committee on Rules and Legislative Procedure for first reading. As of Tuesday's deadline, no action had been taken on the bill in committee.
The Senate's Rules Committee is chaired by Sen. David Long (R-Dist. 16) of Fort Wayne, the Senate's president pro tempore, and is comprised of seven other Republicans and four Democrats. The other senators are Richard Bray (R-Dist. 37), Beverly Gard (R-Dist. 28), Lindel Hume (D-Dist. 48), Tim Lanane (D-Dist. 25), Connie Lawson (R-Dist. 24), Teresa Lubbers (R-Dist. 30), James Merritt (R-Dist. 31), Vi Simpson (D-Dist. 40), Connie Sipes (D-Dist. 46), Brent Steele (R-Dist. 44), and Thomas Wyss (R-Dist. 15).
Senators Gard and Lanane are two of HB 1722's three sponsors in the Senate. The third sponsor is Sen. Jean Leising (R-Dist. 42), in whose district the Home is located.
Persons wishing to contact members of the Senate's Rules Committee can mail correspondence to them at the Statehouse, 200 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46204. Senators can also be contacted by e-mail at e-mail addresses that begin with a lowercase letter "s" followed by the senator's district number, then "@in.gov." For example, the e-mail address for Committee Chairman Long is firstname.lastname@example.org. They can also be reached by calling (317) 232-9400 or (800) 382-9467.
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