Monroe County GOP Legislators Highlight New Laws Effective July 1, 2024

Written from a press release

Monroe County Legislators Highlight New Laws Effective July 1

STATEHOUSE (June 26, 2024) — As summer begins in Indiana, local lawmakers are drawing attention to a wide array of new state laws that will take effect on July 1, according to a press release from the Indiana House Republicans.

State Rep. Bob Heaton (R-Terre Haute) announced that many new laws from the 2024 legislative session will become active, including an expansion of work-based learning opportunities. High school students across Indiana can now apply for a Career Scholarship Account to participate in internships, apprenticeships, and other work-based learning programs. The $5,000 scholarship will cover various expenses such as training, career coaching, driver’s education, and certification exams. More information can be found at in.gov/tos/csa or by calling 317-232-0723.

“Expanding work-based learning opens doors for Hoosier students to gain valuable hands-on experience in their chosen fields,” said Heaton, who co-authored the new law. “Through these accounts, Indiana is investing in our students’ futures and helping them succeed in high-demand careers.”

State Rep. Peggy Mayfield (R-Martinsville) emphasized the legislature’s efforts on critical issues, including safeguarding Indiana’s farmland. A new law will prevent individuals or entities associated with foreign adversaries such as Russia and China from purchasing or leasing agricultural land, as well as mineral, water, or riparian rights. Additionally, these nations, along with North Korea and Iran, will be barred from acquiring land within a 10-mile radius of military installations.

“Protecting our agricultural land and food supply is a top priority,” said Mayfield. “Preventing bad actors from acquiring land rights in Indiana ensures these resources remain secure.”

The press release doesn’t specify who the “bad actors” are.

Other new laws highlighted by local legislators include:

Curbing Surprise Ambulance Bills: Hoosiers will soon be protected from unexpected bills from out-of-network ambulance providers. Health insurance companies will be required to reimburse these providers, regardless of network status, and copays and deductibles for out-of-network services will be capped at in-network rates.

Boosting Student Reading Proficiency: With 1 in 5 Hoosier third graders struggling to read, the state is enhancing its remediation efforts and providing more targeted classroom support starting in the second grade. Schools will also be mandated to offer summer reading courses beginning this year.

“Literacy is one of the core pillars to our students’ success both in and out of the classroom,” said State Rep. Dave Hall (R-Norman). “By bolstering Indiana’s efforts to improve reading rates, we can ensure they have a stronger foundation to grow from.”

For more details on these and other new state laws, visit iga.in.gov.

Contact Information:

  • State Rep. Dave Hall (R-Norman) represents House District 62, which includes all of Brown County, and portions of Monroe and Jackson counties.
  • State Rep. Bob Heaton (R-Terre Haute) represents House District 46, which includes all of Owen County, and portions of Clay, Monroe, and Vigo counties.
  • State Rep. Peggy Mayfield (R-Martinsville) represents House District 60, which includes portions of Johnson, Morgan, and Monroe counties.

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