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New laws going into effect today

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

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....

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Very interesting!

-- Posted by ibclean76@yahoo.com on Wed, Jul 1, 2009, at 6:46 AM

Boondoggle: Dropout Prevention Fund? Wow! So, since I funded my own kids' DPF, why did I not get a check from the the state? When are we going to plug the rat holes and let people just be responsible for themselves. Answer: NEVER. because, if you don't have DPF (and other rat hole lubricating funds), you can't award political favors to your lobbyists and compaign contributors. Just another job of the oldest profession on the planet: prostitution. Politics is prostitution without taking your clothes off. I sometimes wonder why I try to do ANYTHING on my own without whining to the state about needing money. Everyone else seems to be willing to absorb my tax money. Stop the waste. Fire your representatives next time you vote.

-- Posted by TheRider on Wed, Jul 1, 2009, at 9:08 AM

Investments in education pay off big in terms of improved long--term economic opportunities. If we keep more kids in school they hopefully learn more. The smarter a community is, other things go down. Such as crime, poverty, unemployment, drugs, and even hatred. I say we give a little extra money to help ensure that we get kids to stay in school and off the streets.

And therider, if your kids went to public school, I paid for their education too. And you can't fire your representatives, you can only change them, it's a democracy. If you don't like it, I suggest other areas of the world that function on different forms of government.

-- Posted by washdcfan on Wed, Jul 1, 2009, at 4:01 PM

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