The Herald Bulletin

Evening Update

Local Politics

June 28, 2014

New state laws take effect Tuesday

More than 200 bills were voted into law by the Indiana General Assembly in its short session this year, and many of the new laws will take effect beginning Tuesday.

Here is a summary of a dozen of some of the most notable new state laws:

Guns at school

Individuals who legally own a firearm will be able to keep it in a motor vehicle parked in a school lot, as long as the gun is locked in the vehicle and out of sight.

Business tax cuts

The corporate tax rate will be reduced to 4.9 percent over six years and fully phased out by 2022. Local governments will be allowed to award as many as 20 years of business personal property tax abatements.

Cell phones and police

Police officers will be prohibited from downloading data from a cell phone without the owner’s consent for a traffic violation involving texting while driving.

Farm trespassing

This law increases the penalty — to the same level as trespassing in a church or school — for trespassing on or damaging agricultural property.

Athlete concussions

High school athletes must be removed from activity for at least 24 hours after a suspected concussion or head injury. As under current law, the athlete will not be allowed to return to play until he or she has been cleared by a licensed, trained health care provider.

Meth lab disclosure

Those seeking to sell properties where methamphetamine has been manufactured must disclose that fact to potential buyers.

Veterans treatment

This new law establishes the Veterans Disability Clinic Fund and the Indiana Veteran Recovery Program and Fund, initiatives designed to help veterans who suffer traumatic brain injuries or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Industrial hemp

The State Seed Commissioner at Purdue University, pending federal approval, will be able to license the cultivation and production of industrial hemp. Though genetically related to marijuana, hemp is not an intoxicant.

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