Bill Signing, Government That Works, Human Services, Press Release, Public Safety Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today signed Senate Bill 663, sponsored by Senator Randy Vulakovich, into law, which would enhance protections for victims of rape. Wolf also signed Senate Bill 678.Senate Bill 663, now Act 40, amends Title 23 (Domestic Relations) to allow a court to terminate the parental rights of a convicted rapist, thereby eliminating the abuser’s access to full, partial, or supervised custody of a child conceived by rape. The bill does maintain the offender’s obligation to pay child support even if parental rights are terminated.“This is an important fix to what was clearly an imperfect law and we can now ensure victims that their children are not punished economically because of a parent’s crime or placed in a potentially unsafe environment,” Governor Wolf said. “I applaud Sen. Vulakovich and bi-partisan colleagues in both houses for their efforts to get this done.”Additionally, the bill provides the victim with the opportunity to object to the termination of rights if she wishes to stay in contact with the child’s biological father.Senate Bill 678, also signed today, was sponsored by Senator Lloyd Smucker and is now Act 41. The legislation amends the defined term “grounds” for a school’s campus to include roads and bicycle trails and sidewalks that traverse or abut the land. The bill provides a legislative fix to a 2014 court decision that could have hampered the ability of any campus police to protect the health and safety of the campus and their students. October 01, 2015 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Wolf Signs Bill Protecting Victims of Rape into Law
Greensburg, In. — North Decatur Elementary School teacher, Dottie Hellmich is a finalist for the Indiana Department of Education “Teacher of the Year” award.Hellmich is a 24-year educator who graduated from IUPUI in 1993 and began teaching at St. Mary’s School in Greensburg. She began teaching at North Decatur Elementary School in 1996. Until 2013 she taught sixth graders, fourth graders and gifted students. Since 2013, she has been the technology and integration specialist.This year, Hellmich earned “Teacher of the Year at North Decatur Elementary School and the district.The top 10 finalists will be revealed by September and the winner will be introduced in October.
Indianapolis, In. — With the start of the 2019 legislative session just around the corner, I am grateful for another opportunity to serve our community. This session, legislators will work to address many topics. Personally, I am excited to start working on workforce development opportunities for public safety officers, safety protocol improvements for local schools and our state budget.As a former firefighter with the Indianapolis Fire Department for 26 years, I know the important role public safety officers play in our community. I plan to introduce legislation that would provide public safety officers with workforce ready scholarship grants so they can pursue an associate degree or bachelor’s degree from either Ivy Tech Community College or Vincennes University. These educational opportunities would help public safety officers gain and maintain valuable skills, while making public safety a more attractive career option.Throughout my years as a firefighter, I learned every minute counts in emergency situations. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, uncontrolled post-trauma bleeding is the leading cause of preventable death among trauma patients. “Stop the Bleed” is a nationwide initiative to place life-saving control kits in public venues like schools and community centers in case of emergencies. Under legislation I plan to author, “Stop the Bleed” protocols and kits would be placed in every school. All school personnel would be trained to use these kits, and they would be mounted on the wall near AEDs, or automated external defibrillators, for easy access.Our top priority this session will be crafting the state’s biennial budget. Indiana has a history of strong fiscal discipline and honestly balanced budgets. Our AAA credit rating lowers the state’s borrowing rates, making projects like roads and bridge maintenance less expensive. During this legislative session, we will work to sustainably fund education, Medicaid, health and human services, corrections, public safety and capital projects while continuing to live within our means just like Hoosiers do every day.Once session starts, you can track these bills and other legislation as they move through the process and watch live committee meetings and House proceedings by visiting iga.in.gov.Throughout the year, it is important we stay connected. I will continue to provide updates on legislation as it moves through the process, and I encourage you to sign up to receive my e-newsletters by visiting in.gov/h67. Knowing your thoughts and opinions on topics impacting the state help me make decisions on legislation that comes before me, and you can contact me at 312-234-9450 or email@example.com.