Indiana University

Commission Legislation

SOURCE: ; (09)SE0365.1.78. -->     SECTION 78. [EFFECTIVE UPON PASSAGE] (a) As used in this SECTION, "commission" refers to the commission on childhood poverty in Indiana established by subsection (b).

    (b) The commission on childhood poverty in Indiana is established. The commission shall evaluate the costs and effects of childhood poverty and provide a plan to reduce childhood poverty by fifty percent (50%) in Indiana by the year 2020.
    (c) The commission consists of the following members:
        (1) The dean of the Indiana University School of Social Work, or the dean's designee, who shall serve as chairperson of the commission.
        (2) The state superintendent of public instruction, or the superintendent's designee.

         (20) Two (2) members of the senate appointed by the president pro tempore of the senate. The members appointed under this subdivision may not be members of the same political party.
        (21) Two (2) members of the house of representatives appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives. The members appointed under this subdivision may not be members of the same political party.

The speaker of the house of representatives shall appoint the
SOURCE: ; (09)SE0365.1.79. -->     SECTION 79. [EFFECTIVE UPON PASSAGE] IC 31-30-1-2.5, as amended by this act, applies to proceedings pending on or initiated on or after the effective date of this SECTION.
SOURCE: ; (09)SE0365.1.80. -->     SECTION 80. An emergency is declared for this act.


        (3) The director of the division of family resources, or the director's designee.
        (4) The director of the Indiana housing and community development authority, or the director's designee.
        (5) The director of the department of workforce development, or the director's designee.
        (6) The commissioner of the state department of health, or the commissioner's designee.
        (7) The director of the office of faith based and community initiatives.
        (8) One (1) representative from the National Association of Social Workers - Indiana Chapter.
        (9) One (1) representative from the Indiana Community Action Association.
        (10) One (1) representative from the Children's Coalition of Indiana.
        (11) One (1) representative from the Indiana Youth Services Association.
        (12) One (1) representative from the Indianapolis Urban League.
        (13) One (1) representative from the Coalition for Homelessness, Intervention, and Prevention.
        (14) One (1) representative from the Indiana Association of United Ways.
        (15) One (1) representative from Indiana Legal Services.
        (16) One (1) representative from the Purdue University Department of Early Childhood and Family Development.
        (17) One (1) representative from the University of Notre Dame, Institute for Latino Studies.
        (18) One (1) representative from an Indiana branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
        (19) One (1) representative from the Riley Hospital for Children, Department of Pediatrics.

members described in subdivisions (8), (10), (12), (14), (16), (18), and (21). The president pro tempore of the senate shall appoint the members described in subdivisions (9), (11), (13), (15), (17), (19), and (20). Vacancies shall be filled by the appointing authority for the remainder of the unexpired term. The initial appointments shall be made not later than August 15, 2009.
    (d) Each member appointed under subsection (c) must have knowledge concerning childhood poverty in Indiana.
    (e) A majority of the voting members of the commission constitutes a quorum.
    (f) The Indiana University School of Social Work shall staff the commission.
    (g) The commission shall meet:
        (1) at the call of the chairperson; and
        (2) as often as necessary to carry out the purposes of this SECTION.
However, the commission shall meet at least quarterly.
    (h) The commission has the following responsibilities:
        (1) Identifying and analyzing the occurrence and root causes of urban and rural poverty in Indiana.
        (2) Analyzing the long term effects of poverty on a child, the child's family, and the child's community.
        (3) Analyzing the costs of child poverty to municipalities and Indiana.
        (4) Providing information on statewide public and private programs that address the reduction of child poverty.
        (5) Examining the percentage of the target population served by programs described in subdivision (4) and the current state funding levels for the programs.
        (6) Preparing reports consisting of the commission's findings and recommendations.
        (7) Presenting an implementation plan that includes procedures and priorities for implementing strategies and biannual benchmarks to achieve the reduction of childhood poverty by fifty percent (50%) in Indiana by 2020. The plan must include, but is not limited to, provisions for improving the following for parents and children living in poverty:
            (A) Workforce training and placement to promote career progression.
            (B) Education opportunities, including higher education opportunities and literacy programs.
            (C) Affordable housing.


            (D) Child care and early education programs.
            (E) After school programs and mentoring programs.
            (F) Access to affordable health care, including access to mental health services and substance abuse programs.
            (G) Streamlining of services through public and private agencies providing human services to low income children and families.
    (i) In carrying out its duties, the commission shall consider pertinent studies concerning childhood poverty and take testimony from experts and advocates in the human services field.
    (j) The affirmative votes of a majority of the commission's members on the commission are required for the commission to take action on any measure, including making recommendations for the reports required by this SECTION.
    (k) Each member of the commission who is not a member of the general assembly is not entitled to the minimum salary per diem provided by IC 4-10-11-2.1(b). The member is also not entitled to reimbursement for traveling expenses as provided under IC 4-13-1-4 and other expenses actually incurred in connection with the member's duties, as provided in the state policies and procedures established by the Indiana department of administration and approved by the budget agency.
    (l) Each member of the commission who is a member of the general assembly is entitled to receive the same per diem, mileage, and travel allowances paid to legislative members of interim study committees established by the legislative council. Per diem, mileage, and travel allowances paid under this subsection shall be paid from appropriations made to the legislative council or the legislative services agency.
    (m) The commission shall submit the reports required in subsection (h)(6) and the plan required in subsection (h)(7) to the governor and the legislative council by the following dates:
        (1) Not later than December 31, 2010, the commission shall submit an interim report that contains interim findings and recommendations by the commission under subsection (h)(6).
        (2) Not later than December 31, 2011, the commission shall submit the commission's final report that contains:
            (A) the findings and recommendations of the commission under subsection (h)(6); and
            (B) the implementation plan under subsection (h)(7).
The report to the legislative council must be in an electronic format under IC 5-14-6.


    (n) The commission shall make the final report available to the public upon request not later than December 31, 2011.
    (o) This SECTION expires January 1, 2012.