In part to fight such overcrowding, State Enrolled Act No. 415 was passed July 1.
The new law allows parole boards to shorten the sentences of certain nonviolent offenders who complete approved degree or community re-entry programs.
To be considered for early release, prisoners must have been incarcerated for at least 21 consecutive years and have completed the equivalent to four years of what the text of the law deemed “credit time” — a college degree, GED, high school diploma or other approved community transition program, according to the law.
Indiana correctional facilities are not only overcrowded, but expensive, State Sen. Dennis Kruse, R-Auburn, said on his website.
“Every year of incarceration costs taxpayers at least $20,000 per inmate,” Kruse said on his website.
Under State Enrolled Act 75, sales clerks are now required to ask all patrons for photo identification to verify that they are at least 21 years old for the carry-out purchase of alcohol. The new law also allows Indiana’s microbreweries to sell alcohol for carry-out on Sundays. (idsnews.com)
‘Drew’s Law’ changes drunk driving policies:
The bill, called “Drew’s Law” in honor of Brookshire’s unborn child, makes it an aggravated offense to unlawfully terminate another’s pregnancy by driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Senator Allen Paul helped in passing this much needed law. (in.gov.com)
Also, teenagers will have to wait longer to get a driver’s license. The law also states that Indiana teenagers now have to wait until they are 16 years and 180 days old and log at least 50 hours of driving time to obtain an official driver’s license.
“This law is giving students more practice time behind the wheel, said Valerie Lindsey, owner of Bloomington Driving School.
House Enrolled Act 1068 aims to keep the names, addresses and other identifying information of more than 300,000 Indiana residents with handgun licenses confidential. However, House Enrolled Act 1065 prohibits most employers from stopping their employees from bringing a gun to work as long as the guns are licensed, locked in their cars and out of sight. There are some regulations for those who work at school and daycare centers. (idsnews.com)
Child Support Collections:
Indiana’s riverboat casinos and horse racing facilities are now required to withhold cash winnings of those individuals who are delinquent in child support payments.
The new law applies to those individuals who owe $2,000 or more and are at least three months late in child support payments.
Teens and Sexting:
Lawmakers took steps to address the complicated legal issues surrounding “Sexting” this year.
Under the new law schools may now offer instruction on the risks and consequences of sending suggestive text messages, e-mails and other online messages.
Pharmacies to Post Warning Signs:
Pharmacies and other retailers selling drugs containing ephedrine or pseudoephedrine will now be required to post a sign warning customers of that the purchase of more than 3.6 grams of the substance within one day is a criminal offense in Indiana.
The new law is intended to make customers aware of state laws restricting the drugs, which are commonly found in cold medications and are used in the production of methamphetamine.
Senate Enrolled Act 356 expands the data collected by Indiana’s prescription monitoring program. The law also allows INSPECT to release information about prescribers and patients to the state toxicologist, Medicaid fraud investigators and substance abuse assistance programs to prevent prescription drug abuse among Hoosiers.
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