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Moseley's adult ed bill clears Indiana House

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The Indiana House passed bills authored by State Rep. Chuck Moseley, D-Portage, dealing with funding for adult education and improved worker compensation benefits.

H.B. 1117 would provide grants to school corporations with stand-alone adult education programs. The grants would be part of the state tuition support distribution appropriation in the 2010-11 fiscal year.

“This bill will ensure that additional state support will follow any student who has left a traditional K-12 school and plans on entering an adult education program,” Moseley said.

Under the bill, the state funding for adult education would be provided monthly rather than in two annual installments. The bill is not expected to have a fiscal impact to the state, because it would move the current statewide appropriation for adult education to the tuition disbursements that the state provides to schools.

Frank Bush, executive director of the Indiana School Board Association, spoke in support of the bill at a committee hearing, hailing it as a “step in the right direction.” He said Moseley’s bill would clarify the confusion that officials have felt for the last five years when trying to sort out funding for adult education programs in Indiana.

“I have been working on this issue for a number of years now and think it has always been seen as a backseat issue,” said Moseley. “It is now time for adult education to have a chance to be on the forefront.”

The bill passed the House by a vote of 53-44.

Moseley’s second bill that made it through the House, H.B. 1116, seeks to improve the care provided to employees receiving treatment through worker’s compensation. Currently, employees can be treated in emergency situations only by the doctor specified by the worker’s employer. The bill would make it possible for workers suffering from serious or potentially permanent injuries to receive care from any physician in the emergency room until the physician chosen by the company can treat them.

“Think of how much permanent disability could be avoided by quick and efficient care if workers could be treated by any doctor in emergency situations,” Moseley said. “Improving the worker’s compensation system could not only improve the treatment received by a worker after an accident but could save the state and taxpayers millions by decreasing the amount of permanent disability in this state.”

The bill passed with a vote of 93-3. Both bills now move to the Indiana Senate.

 

Posted 2/3/2010

 

 

 

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