Introduced Version






SENATE BILL No. 426

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DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL



Citations Affected: IC 4-4-31.4; IC 9-18-44-4.

Synopsis: Native American Indian affairs fund. Establishes the Native American Indian affairs fund (fund). Requires the commissioner of the bureau of motor vehicles to distribute to the fund money received from the annual fee for an Indiana Native American trust license plate. (Current law requires the distributions to be made to The Museums At Prophetstown, Inc.) Authorizes the Native American Indian affairs commission to: (1) engage in; and (2) use money in the fund for; special projects. Continuously appropriates money in the fund.

Effective: July 1, 2005.





Waterman




    January 13, 2005, read first time and referred to Committee on Appropriations.







Introduced

First Regular Session 114th General Assembly (2005)


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SENATE BILL No. 426



    A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning state offices and administration and to make an appropriation.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Indiana:

SOURCE: IC 4-4-31.4-8; (05)IN0426.1.1. -->     SECTION 1. IC 4-4-31.4-8 IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2005]: Sec. 8. (a) The commission shall study problems common to Native American Indian residents of Indiana in the areas of employment, education, civil rights, health, and housing. The commission may make recommendations to appropriate federal, state, and local governmental agencies concerning the following:
        (1) Health issues affecting Native American Indian communities, including data collection, equal access to public assistance programs, and informing health officials of cultural traditions relevant to health care.
        (2) Cooperation and understanding between the Native American Indian communities and other communities throughout Indiana.
        (3) Cultural barriers to the educational system, including barriers to higher education and opportunities for financial aid and minority scholarships.
        (4) Inaccurate information and stereotypes concerning Native

American Indians, including the accuracy of educational curriculum.
        (5) Measures to stimulate job skill training and related workforce development, including initiatives to assist employers to overcome communication and cultural differences.
        (6) Programs to encourage the growth and support of Native American Indian owned businesses.
        (7) Public awareness of issues affecting the Native American Indian communities.
        (8) Issues concerning preservation and excavation of Native American Indian historical and archeology sites, including reburial of Native American Indians.
        (9) Measures that could facilitate easier access to state and local government services by Native American Indians.
     (b) The commission may engage in special projects related to the topics set forth in subsection (a) using funds provided from the Native American Indian affairs fund established by section 10 of this chapter.

SOURCE: IC 4-4-31.4-10; (05)IN0426.1.2. -->     SECTION 2. IC 4-4-31.4-10 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA CODE AS A NEW SECTION TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2005]: Sec. 10. (a) The Native American Indian affairs fund is established to provide money for special projects of the commission.
    (b) The fund shall be administered by the treasurer of state.
    (c) Expenses of administering the fund shall be paid from money in the fund.
    (d) The fund consists of:
        (1) gifts;
        (2) contributions;
        (3) money donated to the commission; and
        (4) donations received from the annual fee set forth in IC 9-18-44-3(a)(2).
    (e) The treasurer of state shall invest the money in the fund not currently needed to meet the obligations of the fund in the same manner as other public funds may be invested.
    (f) Interest accrues to the fund.
    (g) Money in the fund at the end of a state fiscal year does not revert to the state general fund.
    (h) Money in the fund is appropriated continuously for the purpose stated in subsection (a).

SOURCE: IC 9-18-44-4; (05)IN0426.1.3. -->     SECTION 3. IC 9-18-44-4 IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2005]: Sec. 4. (a) The Indiana

Native American trust fund is established.
    (b) The treasurer of state shall invest the money in the Indiana Native American trust fund not currently needed to meet the obligations of the Indiana Native American trust fund in the same manner as other public trust funds are invested. Interest that accrues from these investments shall be deposited in the Indiana Native American trust fund.
    (c) The commissioner shall administer the Indiana Native American trust fund. Expenses of administering the Indiana Native American trust fund shall be paid from money in the Indiana Native American trust fund.
    (d) On June 30 of each year, the commissioner shall distribute the money from the fund to the Museums At Prophetstown, Inc. Native American Indian affairs fund.
    (e) Money in the fund at the end of a state fiscal year does not revert to the state general fund.