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[s14] KRUSE REPORT: 2013 Summary of New Laws
Start Date: 7/1/2013Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 7/1/2013End Time: 11:59 PM
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In our recent legislative session, the Indiana General Assembly passed 293 bills that became laws. I wanted to inform you about some new laws that will go into effect on July 1.

This session featured several bills focused on better protecting our children, including:

•    HEA 1001 and HEA 1006 – Will help the 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 – Fixed a potential loophole in our human trafficking law to protect children up to age 18.

Indiana’s deep commitment to those who have served in our armed forces was reinforced with the following new laws:

•    SEA 115 - Creates the “combat to college” program, which will provide veterans attending state colleges and universities with centralized services specific to their needs.

•    SEA 177 - Allows 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 - Expands state contracting opportunities for veteran-owned businesses.

•    SEA 290 - Gives those who have been medically trained in the military an easier transition into emergency medical professions after they return to civilian life.

Other new laws addressing a variety of issues include:

•    HEA 1151 – Creates the blue alert program to inform the public when a law enforcement officer is hurt, killed or missing in the line of duty.

•    SB 559 – Prevents the use of welfare debit cards at adult businesses like liquor stores and casinos.

•    SEA 560 – Gives county governments the option to exempt water, natural gas and internet systems from their property taxes, which will encourage utility expansion in underserved areas. 

•    HEA 1482 – Allows certain offenders who have served their sentences to have their criminal records expunged if they go a length of time without committing any further crimes.

•    SEA 496 – Regulates the sales of medicines containing ephedrine, a major meth ingredient, by allowing ephedrine/pseudoephedrine to be sold only at pharmacies or retailers participating in the national ephedrine sales tracking database.

•    HEA 1381 – Helps regulate “cherry-picking” (selective student admittance) 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.
  
If you have any questions regarding any new laws, don’t hesitate to contact me by email at Senator.Kruse@iga.in.gov or by phone at 800-382-9467.

As these new laws go into effect, I welcome your thoughts on how the legislature can continue to improve life in Indiana.

What do you think?

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Contact Information:
Name: Brady Hagerty
Phone: 317-232-9425
Email: bhagerty@iga.in.gov
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