INDIANAPOLIS –On Monday, two bills backed by State Senator Mark Stoops (D-Bloomington) received hearings in committee.

Senate Bill (SB) 154, co-authored by Sen. Stoops, advanced out of the Senate Committee on Family and Children Services with a vote of 7-1. SB 154 calls for the removal of asset limits to be eligible for the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP). The purpose of the legislation is to base eligibility for the program on income, and not necessarily on the value of assets owned by the individual and their immediate family. The bill now moves to the full Senate for further consideration.

A bill to allow schools to have emergency supplies of medication available to students, passed the Senate today. SB 392 would expand the definition of “emergency medication” to include epinephrine, albuterol and naloxone to treat severe allergic reaction, asthma attacks, and drug overdoses respectively. Current law allows for schools to only distribute epinephrine in the form of an EpiPen. The legislation provides for certain immunities from liability and requires the school nurse or school employee to file a report with the Indiana Department of Education each time emergency medication is administered. After passing out of committee unanimously, the bill was passed by the full Senate 39-10, and moves to the House for further consideration.

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Sen. Stoops represents Indiana Senate District 40 which encompasses Bloomington and Monroe County. For more information on Sen. Stoops, his legislative agenda or other State Senate business call 1-800-382-9467 or visit https://www.indianasenatedemocrats.org/S40.

A photo of Sen. Stoops is available at: https://www.indianasenatedemocrats.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/16731816417_b9ac7cdb9c_o.jpg