Governor Pence to visit Elkhart County Wednesday

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By Jason Krug  WNDU TV SOUTH BEND

Elkhart County, Ind.– Governor Mike Pence will be in Elkhart County Wednesday to ceremonially sign two different laws.

He will first visit the Goshen Theater to sign the Regional Cities Initiative funding bill.

It allocates $42 million to communities across Indiana that will provide grants and loans to development authorities. The goal is to make communities more attractive to people and businesses, to spur growth.

St. Joseph, Elkhart, and Marshall Counties comprise one of the regional cities regions. Warsaw is included in the Fort Wayne region. Pence ceremonially signed the bill in Evansville Tuesday.

He will also head to Middlebury Town Hall for a ceremony to sign Kirk’s Law.

The law looks to protect kids by providing a state-wide registry of caregivers and baby sitters. It will document if they have been convicted of a crime.

The measure is titled Kirk’s Law in memory of Kirk Coleman, a 19-month-old New Paris boy who died in the care of a babysitter who previously pleaded guilty to neglect.

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