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

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 26, 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 passed the Indiana Senate unanimously yesterday.

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.

"I am happy to see this legislation pass out of the Senate today by a bipartisan, unanimous vote," Zay said. "I look forward to working with my colleagues in the House to help pass this bill and create new ways to fund services for children facing unfortunate circumstances."

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 Indiana House of Representatives.


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