Special Olympics bus bill passes Senate
By Darrell Crenshaw
INDIANAPOLIS – The Senate Thursday passed House Bill 1507 that will allow Special Olympics organizations to use school buses for transportation to their events.
The bill was introduced because the Porter County Special Olympics program was using the Valparaiso School District buses to transport children. However, an insurance company determined that because the program is funded and operated by volunteers, state law barred them from renting the buses.
The Porter County group had frequently rented the buses and when the insurance company intervened, they were forced to find another way for the youngsters to make it to their events.
The bill, authored by House Rep. Edmond Soliday, passed by a 49-0 margin and now moves to the governor to sign in order to make it a law.
Darrell Crenshaw is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.