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Education issues keeping Representative Vernon G. Smith busy this session

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For immediate release:
April 18, 2013


INDIANAPOLIS - Keeping busy during the second half of this legislative session, State Representative Vernon G. Smith (D-Gary) has passed three bills into law, with two more awaiting the governor’s signature and one more awaiting Senate approval.

Due to his expertise in education, Smith has made education matters a priority by passing into law Senate Bills 115 and 338. Senate Bill 115 creates the Combat-to-College Program to help Hoosier veterans receive their college education, and Senate Bill 338 establishes an interim study committee to examine various education issues.

Smith’s third bill to receive the governor’s signature, Senate Bill 465, deals with agricultural issues.

Two more education bills, Senate Bills 406 and 422, have been approved by the Indiana General Assembly at currently await the governor’s signature. The first bill provides postsecondary enrollment opportunities for high school students, and the second bill establishes the Family Friendly School Designation.

Smith’s final bill, which awaits Senate approval, authorizes the governor to form geographic regions for the Indiana Works Council. The councils would evaluate the career, technical, and vocational education opportunities available to high school students in their prospective regions.

“Education has always been my top priority,” Smith said. “I believe educating our young people is the best way to ensure a bright future for them, for the state of Indiana, and for the entire country. I plan to continue working with legislators to strive to make Indiana a leader in education.”

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