Below are some of the bills Senator Randolph worked on during the 2019 legislative session.
Defending students against water contamination
This session, Senator Randolph drafted legislation to mandate the annual lead testing of school drinking water in Hammond and Gary. This came in direct response to dangerous levels of lead found in the water of schools in Northwest Indiana. This legislation would have been instrumental in protecting our students, yet it did not receive a committee hearing in the House of Representatives.
Waiving the loan for Carrie Gosch Elementary School
Several years ago, Carrie Gosch Elementary school was forced to relocate after harmful amounts of lead were found in and around the building. The necessary loan taken out to relocate pushed the school into crippling debt, but this session Senator Randolph drafted legislation to waive the loan. Unfortunately, this legislation never received a committee hearing and efforts to amend this language into the budget were voted down by the Republican supermajority.
Increased pay for fire protection trustees
Senator Randolph’s proposal, Senate Enrolled Act (SEA) 156, was approved by the legislature and signed into law by the governor. This legislation will increase the maximum amount that a fire protection trustee can receive per workday from $20 to $100. This increase was necessary to attract more board members responsible for managing fire services, as officials have reported issues with recruitment.