State Senator Mike Bohacek said about the conclusion of the 2023 Legislative Session,”I am happy a number of pieces of legislation passed this session, especially bills protecting children and expanding health care options for Hoosiers.”

“To close the loophole in Indiana’s child seduction law, I sponsored House Enrolled Act 1228, which ensures that a coach of a youth sports organization or a workplace supervisor is charged with the criminal offense of child seduction if the person engages in sexual activity with a child between the ages of 16 and 18.”

“I also sponsored House Enrolled Act 1313, which allows Medicaid reimbursements to children’s hospitals located outside Indiana through July 2025. Families with sick children will often seek care at hospitals closer to their home, so HEA 1313 helps families who don’t have a nearby Hoosier hospital seek out-of-state care and still receive Medicaid reimbursement.”

“I am also pleased to support the passage of the state budget, especially the $2.9 billion increase in state funding for K-12 education. I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues throughout the interim to prepare for the next session.”