A change in Indiana's child labor laws is now law thanks in part to the efforts of a 13-year-old boy from Newburgh.
State Representatives Suzanne Crouch (R-Evansville) and Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) co-sponsored Senate Enrolled Act (SEA) 153, which was signed into law today by Governor Pence. SEA 153 amends Indiana's child labor laws to allow Hoosiers under age 14 to work as referees, umpires or officials for youth athletic programs.
“Matthew Burkhart, a 13-year-old from Newburgh, brought this idea to me because he wanted to make a difference,” said Rep. Crouch. “This bill could help as many as 300 young Hoosiers, just like Matthew, to realize their dreams of serving as referees.”