INDIANAPOLIS (AP) —
Indiana's gasoline taxes are going up 10 cents a gallon. Children are being
required to wear helmets when using off-road vehicles. And those who use
drones for nefarious, sexual purposes could be charged with a crime.
Those are just a
few of the new Indiana laws that took effect on Saturday.
Republican-dominated Legislature considered well over a thousand bills
during this year's legislative session and GOP Gov. Eric Holcomb signed 271
into law, according to his spokeswoman, Stephanie Wilson.
"emergency" clauses and took effect right away, while others won't phase in
until next year or beyond. But many, from minor policy tweaks to substantial
changes, started Saturday. Here's a look at some:
FEES AND TAXES
measures to raise money for infrastructure improvements. As a result, the
state will now collect 28 cents a gallon total from the gas tax, which was
last increased in 2002. Many motorists will also be on the hook for a new
$15 licensing fee. Electric vehicle owners will have to pay more — a $150
fee. Hybrid drivers will pay a $50 fee.
Those are just a
smattering of the more than 45 fees different taxes and fees lawmakers
decided to impose or increase this year. They will affect the cost of
everything from notary services (an increase of up to $10), to teacher
background checks (a cost of $30 to $40 every five years), occupational
licensing (between $10 and $400) and college student vaccinations for
meningitis (between $100 and $150), according to The (Northwest Indiana)
Indiana is joining
a majority of states by allowing people with certain kinds of epilepsy to
use a low-THC form of medical marijuana that can't get a person high.
A recent study by
the New England Journal of Medicine found that the medicine — a liquid form
of cannabidiol often referred to as CBD oil — cuts seizures in kids with a
severe form of epilepsy.
Supporters, including Holcomb, say the new law is about compassion. But many
in the Legislature remain doubtful and are wary of any law that could open
the door to legalizing recreational or full-scale medical marijuana.
Anyone under the
age of 18 could receive an infraction for riding or operating an off-road
vehicle without a helmet, under a law sponsored by Republican Rep. Lloyd
Arnold, of Leavenworth. The law also prohibits an owner of an off-road
vehicle from allowing a minor to ride without a helmet.
"Helmets can save
lives," Arnold said after a ceremonial bill signing event in June. His
office says fatalities tied to off-road vehicle accidents have risen over
the past three years, with 22 last year. Of those, only three of the people
were wearing helmets.
A new law sponsored
by state Sen. Eric Koch bans the use of aerial drones for voyeurism.
The "remote aerial
voyeurism" measure specifically targets those with nefarious intentions who
use drones to invade people's privacy or capture images of them in
Indiana is joining at least three other states that similarly regulate the
technology to address "peeping Tom" activities.
Koch, a Bedford
Republican, said he wanted the state to get in front of technology and
create "some rules of the road." The law also bars people from using drones
to interfere with public safety officials or to harass someone.
Those who take out
an order of protection will be allowed to carry a handgun without a license
for a period of 60 days. The law also allows someone with a protective order
to carry a handgun without out a license for a period of 60 days once they
apply for a license.
Proponents of the
law say it will empower victims of domestic abuse by allowing them to arm
themselves. Critics contend that many victims of gun violence are harmed
with their own weapons. The bill also requires the state police to expedite
the process of issuing a handgun license to someone who has a protective
don't have 60 days to wait for a piece of paper to arrive in the mail," said
the measure's sponsor, Republican Rep. Sean Eberhart, of Shelbyville.
Find House Enrolled Acts 1002, 1148, 1200 and Senate Enrolled Acts 299 and
43 online at: https://iga.in.gov/