New laws take effect July 1


Sunday alcohol sales, among 209 other passed bills, was perhaps the most notable thing to come out of the Indiana General Assembly’s 2018 legislative session, but tomorrow, a slew of new laws will take effect statewide.

Here are breakdowns of laws holding public interest or laws considered strange.


SB 13: Administration of overdose intervention drugs: Allows community corrections officers and probation officers to administer an overdose intervention drug, but only after they have received education and training.

SB 65: Instruction on human sexuality: Requires schools to provide parents with a written consent before the student can receive such instructional materials on human sexuality. Also requires school corporations to make those materials available to parents.

SB 74: Controlled substances: Adds 12 synthetic forms of heroin to be classified as Schedule I controlled substances. They are: acrylfentanyl, methoxyacetyl fentanyl, ortho-fluorofentanyl, tetrahydrofuranyl fentanyl, cyclopentylfentanyl, isobutyryl fentanyl, ocfentanil, para-chloroisobutyryl fentanyl, para-fluorobutyryl fentanyl, para-methoxybutyryl fentanyl and valeryl fentanyl.

SB 100: Carbon monoxide emissions testing: Requires all fire departments to provide vehicular carbon monoxide testing to any owner of any vehicle at no cost. The bill also protects fire department employees or volunteers from potential liability.

SB 184: Maximum number of foster children: Increases the number of allowed foster children in a single home from five to six.

SB 203: Crimes resulting in the loss of a fetus: Crimes of murder, manslaughter, voluntary manslaughter, involuntary manslaughter and feticide may now be charged if a woman is attacked or assaulted, and, as a result, her unborn child dies. Under this law, offenses do not apply to a lawfully performed abortion.

SB 217: Dyslexia: Requires school corporations to have the capability to screen for dyslexia as a service to students and parents in the form of a dyslexia specialist on staff.

SB 404: Operating while intoxicated: Removes the minimum age requirement for a person to be convicted of operating a vehicle while intoxicated resulting in death. Those age 18 to 21 can now be charged and convicted as Level 4 felons, and children under 18 can be waived to adult court.

HB 1024: Heat preparedness training for coaches: Requires head coaches and assistant coaches who coach interscholastic sports or intramural sports to complete a certified coaching education course that includes content for prevention of or response to heat-related medical issues that may arise from a student athlete’s training.

HB 1115: Landowner immunity for trail access: Restricts a landowner’s liability for injury to a person or property due to the person using the landowner’s property to access recreational amenities like trails, greenways, parks, etc.

HB 1191: Reporting of human trafficking: Removes the requirement that a licensed health practitioner report that an adult patient is a suspected victim of human trafficking to a local law enforcement agency. Now, licensed health practitioners are required to provide information concerning available resources and services to a patient who is a suspected victim of human trafficking.

HB 1359: Drug dealing resulting in death: Makes manufacturing or dealing certain controlled substances resulting in the death of a user (1) a Level 1 felony if the controlled substance is cocaine, methamphetamine or aSchedule I, II, III controlled substance; (2) a Level 2 felony if the controlled substance is a schedule IV controlled substance; and (3) a Level 3 felony if the controlled substance is a schedule V controlled substance or a synthetic drug or synthetic drug lookalike.


SB 24: Student possession and use of sunscreen: Student may possess and use a topical, non-aerosol sunscreen while on school property or at a school-sponsored event or activity without being required have a doctor’s note or prescription or store the sunscreen in a specific location, like a central office or school nurse’s office.

SB 158: Scleral (eyeball) tattooing: Prohibits the act of performing or offering to perform scleral tattooing. Penalties of up to $10,000 per violation of the statute will be in effect.

SB 178: Taking sand from the bed of Lake Michigan: Sand taken from the bed or from under the bed of Lake Michigan may only be deposited on the beach of Lake Michigan and may not be removed to any other place or used for any other purpose.

SB 236: State insect: Designates pyractomena angulata, also known as “Say’s Firefly,” as the official state insect of Indiana. Prior to the passing of this bill, Indiana was one of only three states without an official insect.

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