New laws take effect July 1

New laws take effect July 1

Friday, June 28, 2019

During the 2019 legislative session, the Indiana General Assembly passed more than 290 bills to improve our state. Most of these bills went into effect when signed by Gov. Eric Holcomb or will go into effect Monday, July 1.

Here are some of the laws that will take effect.

Senate Enrolled Act 1 expands the legal rights of foster parents by allowing them to be heard in court cases involving the children in their care.

Senate Enrolled Act 85 increases retirement benefits for police, firefighters and emergency personnel who retire after July 1.

Senate Enrolled Act 110 enhances the penalty for dealing drugs near a substance-abuse rehabilitation program.

Senate Enrolled Act 216 allows direct family members of returning veterans to be eligible for in-state tuition at Indiana public universities, even if they have never lived in Indiana before.

Senate Enrolled Act 243 makes it a crime to distribute an intimate image of another person without their consent.

House Enrolled Act 1284 allows a person to receive a voter registration form at a police station while they are there to apply for a gun permit.

House Enrolled Act 1607 allows a person to get a protective order against someone who has been harassing them. Previously, one could only get a protective order against someone who had committed violence against them.

House Enrolled Act 1649 clarifies how electric scooters should be treated under motor vehicle laws. Local governments still have authority to regulate scooters at the local level.

For a full list of the 2019 legislation, click here.