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New laws took effect Sunday

From reports

Several laws took effect Sunday, July 1, due to actions taken by the Indiana General Assembly. During the 2018 legislative session, more than more than 200 bills were passed. Most of these bills either went into effect when signed by Gov. Eric Holcomb or went into effect yesterday.

Here are some of the new laws:  

Safety for Motorists

Senate Enrolled Act 100 allows fire departments to provide free vehicular carbon monoxide testing to the owner of a vehicle at the owner's request.

Crimes that Result in Loss of a Fetus

Senate Enrolled Act 203 allows a perpetrator to be charged with murder, voluntary manslaughter, involuntary manslaughter or feticide, depending on the circumstances of the event, for the loss of a fetus at any stage of development.

New State Insect 

Following advocacy from West Lafayette fourth graders, Senate Enrolled Act 236 designates Pyractomena angulata, also known as "Say's Firefly," as Indiana's official state insect. 

Property Rights

House Enrolled Act 1035 prohibits local governments from enacting ordinances that ban homeowners from using their primary residence as a short-term rental. 

For a full list of 2018 legislation, click here.


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