(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) - Several new state laws take effect in Indiana on July 1.
In addition to the new laws for every Hoosier to follow, the State of Indiana’s new biennial budget kicks in. The $30.6 billion spending plan gives nearly 64 percent of funding to K-12 and college education.
Here is a recap of some of the other important laws now on the books:
School Bullying – House Enrolled Act 1423
Teachers will receive training on how to spot the signs of bullying and are required to report the incidents to administrators. Administrators will then be required to tell the parents.
Vaccinations – House Enrolled Act 1464
Pharmacists are permitted to administer vaccinations for a variety of illnesses such as pneumonia, tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis, HPV and meningitis to people age 11 or older. Previously, only flu and shingles vaccinations could be given by pharmacists.
Criminal Records – House Enrolled Act 1482
A law authored by State Rep. Jud McMillin (R-Brookville) will allow Hoosiers convicted of some misdemeanors and low-level, non-violent felonies to have the convictions or non-convicted cases erased from their record once in a lifetime. Read more on the law here.
Motorist Insurance – Senate Enrolled Act 620
Police statewide will now accept proof of automobile insurance in both paper and electronic form, such as an app on a smartphone displaying insurance information during a traffic stop.
Inheritance Tax – House Enrolled Act 1001 (Budget Bill)
The new state budget reference above eliminates the state inheritance tax retroactive to January 1, 2013.
Blue Alerts – House Enrolled Act 1151
Also authored by State Rep. Jud McMillin, the Blue Alert law creates a statewide system for notifying citizens about dangerous criminals that are at-large, especially in situations when a police officer has been harmed or killed. Similar to Amber Alerts or Silver Alerts, the Blue Alerts are not required to be carried on Indiana radio or television stations, but can be included in announcements or newscasts.
School Safety – Senate Enrolled Act 1
Establishes the Indiana Secured School Fund under the Indiana Department of Homeland Security to provide matching grants up to $50,000, depending on enrollment, to school districts to hire a school resource officer, purchase safety equipment, or study school safety.
Child Care Background Checks – House Enrolled Act 1494
People working at or volunteering at a child care facility must pass state and national background checks before they are permitted to have contact with children.
Electronic Cigarettes – House Enrolled Act 1225
It is illegal to sell electronic cigarettes to a minor. It is also now against the law for a person under 18 to possess an electronic cigarette.
School Vouchers – House Enrolled Act 1003
A student who lives in a school district where a school has been given an “F” rating by the Indiana Department of Education may immediately attend a private school with the help of a voucher without first attending at least one year of public school. Makes other changes to expander voucher program eligibility.
A full list of the 2013 bills that become law, as well as those which did not pass, can be found online at http://www.in.gov/apps/lsa/session/billwatch/billinfo?year=2013&session=1&request=all.