State Rep. Barrett highlights several new laws effective July 1

Barrett says notable changes support Hoosier teachers, patients & farmers

Posted by: Lydia Kirschner  | Tuesday, June 30, 2020

STATEHOUSE (June 30, 2020) – With many new laws effective July 1, State Rep. Brad Barrett (R-Richmond) said several important changes support Hoosier teachers, patients and farmers.

"July is an exciting time in Indiana, with many new laws taking effect," Barrett said. "They impact a number of Hoosiers, from helping our valued teachers, to curbing health care costs and taking off some burdens on our hardworking farmers."

Here's a look at notable new laws Barrett said Hoosiers should know about:

Teachers, Students and Schools

Barrett 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.

Barrett said House Enrolled Act 1283 supports students with mental health issues, including those involved in bullying, and experiencing behavioral problems or physical illnesses. The new law ensures aspiring educators receive training on best practices to recognize students' behavioral reactions to trauma so they can address these issues in their classrooms with increased understanding and insight.


Barrett authored House Enrolled Act 1080 requiring insurance companies to cover screenings for colorectal cancer starting at the age of 45, instead of 50, to help more Hoosiers catch and treat it sooner.

Under House Enrolled Act 1004, co-authored by Barrett, 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, Barrett sponsored Senate Enrolled Act 5 requiring hospitals, outpatient surgery centers and urgent care clinics to publish their average prices online. Barrett 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, sponsored by Barrett, allows the Indiana Farm Bureau to offer a health benefits plan to its members. He 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.

For more information on these and other new laws set to take effect July 1, visit


State Rep. Brad Barrett (R-Richmond) represents House District 56,

which includes portions of Wayne County.

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