INDIANAPOLIS — Members of the Indiana General Assembly are required by state law to conclude their annual legislative session sometime before midnight Wednesday.
That means, starting Monday, lawmakers will be racing to the finish line as they strive to strike compromises on myriad outstanding issues, ranging from workforce development and school safety, to the legalization of cannabidiol, also known as CBD oil, and autonomous vehicle regulations.
At the same time, Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb already has begun signing into law a variety of proposals that have won majority support in both the House and Senate.
Here's a look at some of the new laws proposed by the Republican-controlled chambers and approved by the governor. Most take effect July 1.
Day cares — State officials can immediately shut down any licensed day care facility, home or ministry if weapons of any kind are found in a place that is accessible to children. This law was inspired by a 2017 dangerous day care incident in Merrillville reported in The Times. (House Enrolled Act 1073)
Sunscreen — Public school students are allowed to carry and use nonaerosol sunscreen without having to provide a doctor's note to their school or store their sunscreen in a specific school location. School personnel also can help students apply sunscreen with the written permission of the student's parent. (Senate Enrolled Act 24)
Active duty — National Guard members from Indiana or an adjoining state who attend an Indiana public university are entitled to a tuition refund or credit and guaranteed re-enrollment if called to active duty during an academic term. (HEA 1047)
Trail access — Landowners are not liable for injuries to individuals who cross private property to access a trail, greenway or similar recreation area. (HEA 1115)
Diabetes — The State Department of Health is directed to collaborate with the Family and Social Services Administration to develop a strategic plan for reducing diabetes and prediabetes among Hoosiers. (HEA 1175)
Pretrial diversion — The initial fee for participating in a pretrial diversion program is set at $50 for a misdemeanor and increased to $75 for a felony, up from $50. The monthly fee for continuing participants is doubled to $20. (HEA 1057)
Contraband — State prisons, mental hospitals and benevolent institutions may use funds dedicated to inmate, patient or student recreation to also purchase equipment for detecting forbidden contraband. (SEA 44)
CO testing — Firefighters are authorized to provide free carbon monoxide testing of the interior of any vehicle to ensure there are no exhaust system leaks that threaten the health or life of a motorist. (SEA 100)
Heat training — School sports coaches and assistant coaches must participate in a certified coaching education course on heat-related medical issues involving student athletes. (HEA 1024)
Overdose drugs — Trained community corrections and probation officers join police, firefighters and emergency medical personnel as individuals permitted to procure and administer overdose intervention drugs without risk of civil liability. (SEA 13)
Storage units — Property storage businesses may now charge a late fee for untimely rent payments of either $20 or 20 percent of the monthly rent, as well as reasonable costs and expenses for rent collection and lien enforcement. (HEA 1194)
Foster care — The maximum number of foster children that can live in one home is increased to six, from five. (SEA 184) The Department of Child Services is directed to develop a foster parents' bill of rights. (SEA 233)
Newborn screening — Spinal muscular atrophy and severe combined immunodeficiency are added to the list of disorders for which newborn babies must be screened. (HEA 1017)
Home detention — Criminals sentenced to home detention no longer must have an operating landline phone if they have a working cellular or wireless phone or communications device. (HEA 1034)
Murder bail — A person accused of murder is entitled to be bailed out of jail unless the state shows the proof is evident or the presumption is strong. Previously, a person charged with murder carried the burden of proof for bail eligibility. (HEA 1328)
Electronic documents — Wills (HEA 1303) and vehicle titles (HEA 1095) may be maintained and issued in an electronic format.
Township boards — Township board members can decide to adopt staggered four-year terms beginning in 2022. (SEA 165)