STATEHOUSE (July 9, 2021) – State Rep. Tony Cook (R-Cicero) said Hoosiers should be aware of several new state laws effective July 1, including the new state budget and efforts to increase school performance transparency and strengthen students' civic education.
"Lawmakers worked hard this session to take input from constituents and turn them into laws that can benefit all Hoosiers," Cook said. "Whether it's investing more money in our students and schools or supporting small-business owners, many of these new laws are a direct result of individuals contacting their state legislator to make their voices heard."
Cook 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.
Strengthening Civics Education
A 2020 poll found only 51% of U.S. adults could name the three branches of government. While high school seniors often take a government class, under Cook's House Enrolled Act 1384 middle school students will complete a semester-long civics education course to learn about their government and how to be engaged voters.
Increasing Transparency, Accountability
School districts will publish online results of certain statewide assessments like ILEARN and other benchmark exam scores. Cook authored House Enrolled Act 1514, which will help Hoosier families and students stay informed about school performance.
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.
Visit iga.in.gov for more information on these and other new laws.
State Rep. Tony Cook (R-Cicero) represents House District 32,
which includes all of Tipton County and portions of Hamilton,
Madison, Delaware, Howard and Grant counties.
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