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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  1. KUDOS to the Indiana Supreme Court for realizing that some bureacracies need to go to the stake. Recall what RWR said: "No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size. Government programs, once launched, never disappear. Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we'll ever see on this earth!" NOW ... what next to this rare and inspiring chopping block? Well, the Commission on Gender and Race (but not religion!?!) is way overdue. And some other Board's could be cut with a positive for State and the reputation of the Indiana judiciary.

  2. During a visit where an informant with police wears audio and video, does the video necessary have to show hand to hand transaction of money and narcotics?

  3. I will agree with that as soon as law schools stop lying to prospective students about salaries and employment opportunities in the legal profession. There is no defense to the fraudulent numbers first year salaries they post to mislead people into going to law school.

  4. The sad thing is that no fish were thrown overboard The "greenhorn" who had never fished before those 5 days was interrogated for over 4 hours by 5 officers until his statement was illicited, "I don't want to go to prison....." The truth is that these fish were measured frozen off shore and thawed on shore. The FWC (state) officer did not know fish shrink, so the only reason that these fish could be bigger was a swap. There is no difference between a 19 1/2 fish or 19 3/4 fish, short fish is short fish, the ticket was written. In addition the FWC officer testified at trial, he does not measure fish in accordance with federal law. There was a document prepared by the FWC expert that said yes, fish shrink and if these had been measured correctly they averaged over 20 inches (offshore frozen). This was a smoke and mirror prosecution.

  5. I love this, Dave! Many congrats to you! We've come a long way from studying for the bar together! :)

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