2013 Indiana General Assembly

Plan for unlicensed school chiefs heads to governor

2013-04-22T16:06:00Z 2013-04-22T21:23:08Z Plan for unlicensed school chiefs heads to governorBy Dan Carden dan.carden@nwi.com, (317) 637-9078 nwitimes.com

INDIANAPOLIS | The Republican-controlled Indiana House voted 55-40 Monday to allow school corporations to hire any person as superintendent so long as he or she has a master's degree in any subject.

State Rep. Todd Huston, R-Fishers, the sponsor of House Bill 1357, originally wanted school boards to have complete freedom to hire any person they thought could best lead their school corporation.

However, he consented to the master's degree requirement added by the Republican-controlled Senate to send the legislation to Republican Gov. Mike Pence for his signature or veto.

Other measures approved Monday where the original chamber concurred with changes made by the other included:

- Police dogs: House Bill 1093, sponsored by state Rep. Shelli VanDenburgh, D-Crown Point, and state Sen. Jim Arnold, D-LaPorte, requires judges order a person convicted of injuring or killing a police dog to reimburse the dog's owner for the full cost of buying and training a new police dog.

- Expungement: House Bill 1482 creates a process and conditions allowing courts to wipe clean a person's criminal record once in his or her lifetime.

- Tuition: Senate Bill 207 permits military veterans who move to Indiana within 12 months of discharge to immediately qualify for in-state college tuition. It also allows students paying in-state tuition when a 2011 law was enacted requiring students prove legal immigration status to qualify for in-state tuition, to continue paying the reduced rate.

- Bus safety: Senate Bill 421, sponsored by state Sen. Earline Rogers, D-Gary, and state Rep. Ed Soliday, R-Valparaiso, requires drivers of school buses equipped with seat belts to instruct riders on how to use them, and the emergency exit, once a semester.

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