STATEHOUSE (July 6, 2021) – State Rep. David Abbott (R-Rome City) said Hoosiers should be aware of several new state laws effective July 1, including the new state budget and those supporting small businesses, law enforcement and education.
"My focus remains on how to best serve Hoosiers and their families," Abbott said. "The new state budget is a big win for Indiana, and it supports our communities in so many ways without raising taxes."
Abbott highlighted several new and notable laws:
Funding Hoosier Priorities
Indiana's next two-year, $37 billion state budget reduces taxpayer-funded debt by over $1 billion, and provides opportunities for future tax cuts and reforms. House Enrolled Act 1001 funds critical government services and proven programs while making historic investments in K-12 education, broadband and economic development.
Helping Small Businesses
Senate Enrolled Act 1 and House Enrolled Act 1002 support employers and jobs by extending civil liability protections related to COVID-19 to employers, schools and health care entities. House Enrolled Act 1004, effective since mid-April, allows local employers impacted by the pandemic to apply for a Small Business Restart Grant to pay for a portion of business and payroll-related expenses. Hoosier employers can learn more and apply at backontrack.in.gov.
Supporting Law Enforcement
Indiana directed $70 million in the state budget to improve law enforcement training facilities and programs. Departments can apply for grants to purchase body-worn cameras. Abbott co-authored House Enrolled Act 1006, which received bipartisan support and total backing from law enforcement, to give police more tools to vet candidates and hire the best officers.
Prioritizing Students, Teachers
With House Enrolled Act 1001, K-12 education will receive a historic, $1.9 billion increase in funding over the next two years to support students and teacher pay raises. A new, $150 million grant program established under House Enrolled Act 1008 supports students who are at risk of falling behind or scored below academic standards because of disruptions caused by COVID-19.
Visit iga.in.gov for more information on these and other new laws.
State Rep. David Abbott (R-Rome City) represents House District 82, which includes
all of Noble County and portions of Allen, Elkhart, LaGrange and Whitley counties.
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