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

STATEHOUSE (March 11, 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 recently passed out of the Indiana House of Representatives with unanimous support.

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 Indiana 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.

"Creating more revenue streams for this trust fund will allow the program to reach more young Hoosiers in difficult situations," Zay said. "I remain a strong advocate for at-risk youth and will continue to advocate for policies that will support them."

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.

Having been amended in the House, SB 137 will now return to the Senate for further consideration.


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