INDIANAPOLIS–Senate Bill (SB) 258, authored by State Senator Frank Mrvan (D-Hammond) is well on its way to becoming a law. The proposal, which would ban individuals on the sex offender registry from working in child care services and other institutions where children are present, has made its way through the legislature with an overwhelming amount of bipartisan support. The bill, which passed out of the House of Representatives unanimously Monday evening with two amendments, will return to the Senate to be reviewed by Sen. Mrvan before it goes to the governor for final signature.
“I’m glad that my colleagues on both sides of the aisle have been able to recognize the importance of this measure,” Sen. Mrvan said. “SB 258 was drafted to address a troubling loophole in the law that allowed registered sex offenders to work in child care services. It’s extremely concerning that this loophole, which put our children at risk, existed in the first place.
“I’m happy that we’ll soon be able to close that loophole and make Indiana safer for our most vulnerable Hoosiers. They are not capable of looking out for themselves, so it’s our duty to do everything in our power to protect them. I will continue to fight for our children and push for legislation that protects them.”