"Play for Kate" Bill Passes Senate on Kate's 13th Birthday

A 13th birthday is a big day in any young girl's life, but for Kate Bruggenschmidt, who was tragically killed in an ATV crash in July of 2015, this birthday is a milestone for a different reason.

Ashlee Bruggenschmidt with the Play for Kate Foundation said, "Actually the bill was scheduled to be heard Tuesday or Wednesday, but once they heard that Thursday was Kate's birthday they kind of made it their mission that they wanted it to pass the senate on Kate's 13th birthday."

House bill 1200, also known as the “Play for Kate” bill has passed the house, and now senate, with a vote of 37 to 12.

March 30 is always a painful day for Kate's mother Ashlee Bruggenschmidt.

Bruggenschmidt said,"getting out of bed is hard enough every morning after you lose someone you love."

But this year it was a little bit easier to put her feet on the floor.

Bruggenschmidt said,"you have to channel that grief into something positive to try and make a difference, if not I think you'd just want to give up."

Especially after Bruggenschmidt says shes given Kate “the best birthday present we could want for her and I know she would want for herself."

While also receiving a gift of her own, a sense of healing.

Bruggenschmidt said,"I'm not sure I can put it into words how amazing it is to actually see it all come together, with everyone you love and who supported us, I'm not sure i could do it justice."

And just as Kate's mom says she would want it, her day is not all about her.

Indiana State Representative Lloyd Arnold, who's backed the bill since the beginning, said, "really the overall goal is to help others and make sure that they don't go through what they've gone through, and also losing a young life is tragic so hopefully we'll be able to stop that with this bill."

And once the house okay's a minor amendment added by the senate Thursday afternoon, Bruggenschmidt and State Representative Arnold are hopeful they can jump start Kate's legacy a little earlier than July 1.

Bruggenschmidt said,"we're really hoping to meet with Governor Holcomb and see if we can get that process expedited due to so many kids riding four wheelers and ATV's during the summer, its spring break right now for a lot of kids."

The senate's minor amendment to the bill addresses who would be penalized for a violation.

The house will vote to concur on the amendment next week.

It will then move on to Governor Eric Holcomb's desk to be signed into law.


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