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Rep. Lucas sums up important new laws

With many new laws effective July 1, State Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) said several important changes supporting Hoosier teachers, patients, farmers and gun owners.
"Many of Indiana' laws go into effect this month, "Lucas said. "This includes legislation passed in 2019 to help law-abiding Hoosiers gain access to firearms to protect themselves and their families."
According to Lucas, 98% of the new laws enacted by the Indiana General Assembly during the 2020 legislative session passed with bipartisan support.
Here is a look at notable new laws:
Teachers, Students and Schools
• Lucas 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.
• Lucas 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.
Patients
• 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 Lucas 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. Lucas 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.
Gun Owners
• Lucas authored House Enrolled Act 1284 in 2019, with provisions effective in July 1 of this year eliminating the fee for a five-year handgun carry permit. He said aspects of the law effective last year include providing civil protections for Hoosiers who use justified force to protect themselves and others.
For more information on these and other new laws taking effect July 1, visit iga.in.gov.





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