INDIANAPOLIS – With the start of the 2019 session, State Senator Lonnie M. Randolph (D-East Chicago) has authored multiple bills to improve the lives of Hoosiers.

Sen. Randolph’s first two proposals focus on education. Senate Bill (SB) 17 would increase the tax credit for teachers who purchase school supplies using their own funds. The second proposal, SB 103, would provide a loan to the School City of East Chicago. This loan would be transferred to the School Disaster Loan Fund and would help pay off a $3 million loan that was given to the city in 2016 in order to relocate the former Carrie Gosch Elementary School.

Sen. Randolph also filed two bills that work to protect the best interests of Hoosier children. SB 151 would require the court to grant a petition to intervene in the proceeding filed by a foster parent when conducting a periodic case review of a child. SB 106 would allow grandparents and great-grandparents to request visitation rights in situations where there is estrangement between children and their parents. It would also allow great-grandparents access to the child if it is in the best interest of that child.

Another proposal, would provide for the state’s many veterans. SB 107 would afford disabled veterans unlimited admission to state parks and other Department of Natural Resources properties, without being charged the Golden Hoosier Passport fee.

“I believe that all the legislation I introduced this session is necessary to improving the lives of Hoosiers,” Sen. Randolph said. “Our schools, children and veterans deserve to have us looking out for them, and I believe my bills are effective proposals that my colleagues on both sides of the aisle can get behind and support.”