INDIANAPOLIS – On Wednesday, two proposals offered by freshman legislator, State Senator Eddie Melton (D-Merrillville), were unanimously approved.

Senate Bill (SB) 475 would require the State Board of Education to amend its rule stating that developmental delay is a disability only identifiable for students between the ages of three and five years. It would change the statute, extending the upward age cap to nine years of age. The proposal was approved by the House of Representatives and now moves to the Governor for final consideration.

“SB 475 was my first bill as a state Senator to be approved by both the Senate and the House,” Sen. Melton said. “I am encouraged to see this important measure pass unanimously in both chambers and am assured that many deserving students will benefit from this bill if the governor signs it.”

Additionally, Senate Resolution 36 urging the study of Medicaid for patients in need of specialty care was approved unanimously by the Senate Health and Provider Services Committee Wednesday. The resolution came in response to a constituent in Sen. Melton’s district with a rare disorder who had difficulty navigating Medicaid restraints. The proposal now moves to the full Senate for further consideration.

“The family who inspired this resolution were able to testify in the Health committee today and I think their story really resonated with members of the committee,” Sen. Melton said. “I was proud to bring this important issue to the General Assembly and was pleased with the committee’s acknowledgement that this is an issue that affects Hoosiers across the state.”


Sen. Melton represents Indiana Senate District 3 which encompasses portions of Lake County. District 3 communities include Gary, Lake Station, New Chicago, Hobart, Ainsworth, Merrillville and Crown Point. For more information on Sen. Melton, his legislative agenda or other State Senate business call 1-800 382-9467 or visit

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