STATEHOUSE (June 29, 2020) – With many new laws effective July 1, State Rep. Shane Lindauer (R-Jasper) said several important changes support Hoosier teachers, patients and farmers.
"In most cases, ideas for new laws come directly from constituents," Lindauer said. "These are just some of the new laws effective July 1 that support Hoosier teachers, hospital patients, farmers and local communities."
Here's a look at notable new laws Lindauer said Hoosiers should know about:
Teachers, Students and Schools
Lindauer said as part of House Enrolled Act 1002, standardized test scores will no longer be required to be a part of teacher performance evaluations. He said this should reduce the pressure educators often feel to teach to the test and, as a result, make teaching more attractive as a career. To help cut red tape, House Enrolled Act 1003 went into effect earlier this year to allow the State Board of Education to streamline the timing and frequency of required teacher trainings and grant waivers for schools to bypass over 1,500 regulations. As Indiana continues to transition to the new ILEARN exam, lawmakers passed Senate Enrolled Act 2 so that school accountability grades cannot be negatively impacted by student scores for two years.
Under House Enrolled Act 1004, patients will be protected from receiving surprise medical bills from out-of-network providers, and, in the case of an elective procedure, the patient will have the right to receive an upfront, good-faith estimate of expected charges. In addition, Senate Enrolled Act 5 requires hospitals, outpatient surgery centers and urgent care clinics to publish their average prices online, and Lindauer said a new HIPAA-compliant database of all health insurance claims will empower consumers by providing information about cost and quality.
Farmers and Rural Communities
Senate Enrolled Act 184 allows the Indiana Farm Bureau to offer a health benefits plan to its members. Lindauer said this plan is not health insurance, but would provide similar benefits to help many farmers who have limited access to affordable health care options. Other states, such as Kansas and Tennessee, have implemented similar programs through their Farm Bureaus.
To support rural communities, House Enrolled Act 1370 allows cities and towns to band together and enter into regional land banks to acquire tax-delinquent and blighted properties to restore them.
Lindauer co-authored House Enrolled Act 1091 so that military families can enroll their children in K-12 schools before moving to Indiana, which prevents educational disruptions. The law also waives the two-year residency requirement for receiving in-state college tuition rates for dependents and spouses of military personnel.
For more information on these and other new laws set to take effect July 1, visit iga.in.gov.
State Rep. Shane Lindauer (R- Jasper) represents House District 63,
which includes portions of Daviess, Dubois, Pike and Martin counties.
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