Starting today, many new laws are taking effect in the state.
Here is a breakdown of a few of the new laws:
* Senate Enrolled Act (SEA) 39 -- Veterans' benefits.
Removes the requirement that a Purple Heart recipient must have entered active duty service in the armed forces of the United States or the Indiana National Guard after Sept. 10, 2001, to be eligible for an exemption from tuition and fees at a state educational institution.
* SEA 228 -- End of route inspection by bus drivers.
Requires the operator of a school bus or special purpose bus to visually inspect each seat within the bus at the end of each trip during which passengers are transported to determine that no passengers remain on the bus.
* SEA 236 -- Sentence enhancement for feticide.
Provides that a person who, while committing or attempting to commit murder or felony murder, causes the termination of a human pregnancy may be sentenced to an additional term of imprisonment of six to 20 years. Increases the penalty for feticide from a Class C felony to a Class B felony.
* House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1205 -- Injured volunteer firefighters.
Provides the state, a political subdivision or a private employer may not discipline an employee who is a member of a volunteer fire department who is injured or absent from work because of an injury that occurs while the employee is engaged in emergency firefighting or emergency response activities.
This act also requires an employer to administer the absence in a manner consistent with the federal Family and Medical Leave Act.
* HEA 1343 -- School dropout prevention.
Creates the dropout prevention fund to provide money for school corporation programs which identify students who are at risk of dropping out of school, and provide appropriate interventions for those students. The department of education will be in charge of administering this fund.
* HEA 1578 -- GPS monitoring and restraining orders.
Permits a court to require a person who is subject to an order of protection to wear a GPS tracking device if the court finds that the person violated an order for protection. Requires the division of state court administration to provide reports to the general assembly concerning GPS tracking, and to create, manage and maintain an Internet based registry of protective orders.
For more information on these and the other enrolled act passed during the 2009 General Assembly, log on to www.in.gov/apps/lsa/session/billwatch/bi....