Here are Indiana’s new laws to know before they come into effect on July 1 | Government and Politics
Governor Eric Holcomb signed 167 new state laws approved by the Republican-controlled Indiana House and Senate in the 2020 legislative session, which ran from Jan.6 to March 11.
While some “emergency” laws came into effect immediately, such as Senate registration deed 2, holding schools harmless from the impact of poor student performance on the new standardized ILEARN test, most of the new statutes adopted by the Republican CEO come into effect on July 1.
Here’s a look at some notable new laws Hoosiers should know about:
Lake Michigan – The shore of Lake Michigan to the ordinary high water mark is, and always has been, state property, and the Hoosiers have the right to use the shore for walking, fishing, boating , swimming and any other recreational purpose for which Lake Michigan is ordinarily used. Owners of adjacent private properties are not entitled to exclusive use of the beach or water. (House Enrolled Act 1385)
Smoking age – Hoosiers under the age of 21 are prohibited from purchasing or owning cigarettes, e-cigarettes, or vaping products under state law, as well as federal laws. Retailers in Indiana that sell tobacco products to underage buyers can face fines of between $ 400 and $ 2,000, double the previous fines. New tobacco retailers cannot be located within 1000 feet of a school. (Registration act in the Senate 1)