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Spartz: Bill to expand Youth Assistance Program passes House

Contact: Lindsey Ross, Senior Press Secretary 

STATEHOUSE (March 26, 2019) – A bill authored by State Sen. Victoria Spartz (R-Noblesville) that would help assist Indiana’s at-risk youth and families with wrap-around services recently passed the House of Representatives unanimously.

Senate Enrolled Act 596 would allow the Indiana Supreme Court to create a two-year pilot program to assist juvenile court judges in five Indiana counties by providing voluntary preventative programs for at-risk children.

“Helping young Hoosiers succeed is one of my top priorities as a legislator, as today’s children are tomorrow’s adults,” Spartz said. “If signed into law, SEA 596 would be a step forward in making sure our children who are struggling stay on the correct path now and in the future and turn the corner on some juvenile challenges.”

The bill would also require the Supreme Court Office of Judicial Administration to report to the Legislative Council specific information regarding the pilot program.

SEA 596 is sponsored by State Reps. Donna Schaibley (R-Carmel), Tony Cook (R-Cicero), Chuck Goodrich (R-Noblesville), and Edward DeLaney (D-Indianapolis) in the House.

SEA 596 will now be considered by Gov. Eric Holcomb.


For a high-resolution photo of Sen. Spartz, click here.