New Indiana Laws In Effect
July 2, 2013 — Several Indiana laws are in effect starting July 1, 2013, part of 293 bills that this year’s Indiana General Assembly passed that became laws. Some laws focus on children such as HEA 1001 and HEA 1006 to help Indiana Department of Child Services hire more caseworkers and hotline staff and allow judges to contact local DCS workers directly to report potential cases of abuse or neglect, SEA 509 to fix a potential loophole in human trafficking law to protect children up to age 18, and HEA 1381 helps control selective student admittance to some schools by requiring public school corporations to set capacity limits on transfer students; with some exceptions for expelled and suspended students, a school corporation may not deny a request for transfer for any reason other than capacity.
Other new laws offer provisions to military veterans, such as SEA 115’s “combat to college” program to provide veterans attending state colleges and universities with centralized services specific to their needs, SEA 177 for veterans returning from duty out of state or overseas to qualify for in-state tuition at Indiana’s public colleges and universities, SEA 564 that expands state contracting opportunities for veteran-owned businesses, and SEA 290 for veterans medically-trained by military duty to get easier transition into civilian emergency medical professions.
Other new laws involve taxes, crimes and public assistance, such as measures that create a “blue alert” program to alert the public when a law enforcement officer is hurt, killed or missing in the line of duty, that prohibit welfare debit card usage at adult businesses like liquor stores and casinos, that give county governments the prerogative to exempt water, natural gas and internet systems from their property tax lists, that allows certain criminal offenders to have their criminal records expunged if they go a length of time without committing any further crimes, and that regulate sales of medicines containing ephedrine as a core illegal methamphetamine ingredient by allowing ephedrine/pseudoephedrine to be sold only by pharmacies or retailers participating in the national ephedrine sales tracking database.