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Zay: Bill to help fund Kids First Trust Fund passes committee

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 12, 2021) — A bill authored by State Sen. Andy Zay (R-Huntington) that would allow the Kids First Trust Fund board to create a new way to raise money unanimously passed the Senate Committee on Family and Children Services this week.

Senate Bill 137 would allow the Kids First Trust Fund board to create a nonprofit subsidiary corporation to solicit and accept private funding, gifts and donations. This would create another revenue source to secure more dollars for child services offered by the partners of the trust fund and the Department of Child Services. The Kids First Trust Fund is currently only funded with the sales of the special "Kids First" license plate through the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles.

"The Kids First Trust Fund helps children in abusive homes and educates parents through prevention programs and presentations," Zay said. "With this legislation, the trust fund would be able to further its mission and keep investing in the future of Indiana's children."

Founded in 1994, the Kids First Trust Fund was designed to grant money to community programs throughout the state for projects addressing prevention of child abuse and neglect.

SB 137 will now be considered by the full Senate.


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