Pike County lawmakers highlight new Indiana laws effective July 1

Posted by: Adam Aasen  | Friday, July 2, 2021

STATEHOUSE (July 2, 2021) – From investing in teachers to supporting law enforcement, Pike County lawmakers said Hoosiers should be aware of several new state law effective July 1.

 "Even with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, Indiana continues to move forward and invest in the future," State Rep. Shane Lindauer (R-Jasper) said. "Indiana families, teachers and small businesses will all benefit from many new policies that put Hoosiers first."

The lawmakers highlighted several new and notable laws:

Supporting Law Enforcement
Indiana directed $70 million to improve law enforcement training facilities and programs. Departments can apply for grants to purchase body-worn cameras. House Enrolled Act 1006, co-authored by Lindauer and State Rep. Cindy Ledbetter (R-Newburgh), received bipartisan support and total backing from law enforcement to give police more tools to vet candidates and hire the best officers.

 "It's important to express gratitude to our police officers for protecting Hoosiers every day," Ledbetter said. "Lawmakers showed their support not just in words, but with action by appropriating funds for new equipment, upgraded facilities and additional training. These tools will help keep our communities safe."   

Prioritizing Students, Teachers
House Enrolled Act 1001 funds critical government services and proven programs while making Indiana schools a priority. K-12 education will receive a $1.9 billion increase in funding over the next two years, including $600 million to boost teacher pay, which exceeds the Next Level Teacher Compensation Commission's funding recommendations to make teacher pay more competitive.

Improving Our Health
A new grant program established under House Enrolled Act 1007 directs $50 million to initiatives targeting chronic health conditions across Indiana in order to increase Hoosiers' overall health. Preference will be given to proposals focused on improving health problems such as diabetes, obesity and heart disease.

 "This strategic investment promotes preventative care in order tackle health challenges statewide," Ledbetter said. "Ongoing medical issues can negatively affect someone's quality of life and ability to make a living."

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, authored by Lindauer, 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.

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 State Rep. Cindy Ledbetter (R-Newburgh) represents House District 75, 
which includes portions of Pike, Spencer and Warrick counties.

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 State Rep. Shane Lindauer (R- Jasper) represents House District 63,
which includes portions of Daviess, Dubois, Pike and Martin counties.
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