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Deery: Bill to support workforce transportation passes Senate

Contact: Lance Gideon, Press Secretary

Deery: Bill to support workforce transportation passes Senate

STATEHOUSE (April 18, 2023) — A bill sponsored by State Sen. Spencer Deery (R-West Lafayette) that would support workforce transportation opportunities passed the Senate today by a vote of 37-13.

House Bill 1046 would allow a public transportation corporation in one county to cross into an adjacent county to transport individuals, as long as the county commissioners and county council agree.

This change could allow residents in rural counties to use public transportation to travel to a neighboring county for work.

"Senate District 23 is home to both rural and urban communities that could benefit from the ability to extend public transportation across county lines," Deery said. "With large employers like Caterpillar and Subaru in Tippecanoe County – the region has a lot to offer the surrounding area if we can remove the hurdles that keep more from joining the workforce and gaining access to high-paying jobs."

Because the bill was amended in the Senate, it will now return to the House of Representatives for further consideration.

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State Sen. Spencer Deery (R-West Lafayette) represents Senate District 23,
which includes Fountain, Parke, Vermillion and Warren counties,
and portions of Montgomery and Tippecanoe counties.
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