July 1 is new law day

July 1, 2010
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It’s July 1, and that means new laws take effect in Indiana. Many of the 115 new laws passed by the General Assembly this year become effective today.

Don’t be offended if the cashier at your favorite liquor store or supermarket asks for your ID, even if you are obviously older than 21. The new law requires everyone to be carded.

If you owe money on your child support, best to stay away from our state’s riverboat casinos and horse-racing facilities. They are required to withhold cash winnings from delinquent parents who owe more than $2,000 and are at least three months behind in payments.

Pharmacies and other retailers will have to warn you that if you buy more than 3.6 grams of medicine with ephedrine or pseudoephedrine, you’re committing a crime. Look out for signs posted about the warning.

The courts can require the defendant in a domestic violence case to wear a GPS tracking devices as a condition of bail.

Certain courts also may now establish a problem-solving court for alternative treatment and rehabilitation.

If you drive your car while committing or attempting to commit operating while intoxicated, and kill a pregnant woman, you could be charged with involuntary manslaughter.

If you try to find out if your neighbor has a gun permit, you may have trouble. A new law says information submitted by someone to get or renew a gun permit and the name, address, or any other info that may be used to identify that person is confidential and not open to public inspection.

There are obviously many more laws that take effect today. You can read them all at http://www.in.gov/legislative/index.htm.
 

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