New Indiana laws go into effect on Monday

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Several new Indiana laws will go into effect on Monday. Criminal offenses included in the new laws range from revenge porn to the distribution of synthetic drugs.

The following is a list of the new laws that are of note:

    • SEA 551 – This allows parents to seek a protective order against a person they believe is grooming their child for sexual activity.

    • HEA 1186 – This allows prosecutors to charge the abuse and trafficking of a synthetic drug as the drug it is designed to mimic.

    • SEA 186 – This bill makes all Operating While Intoxicated Causing Death cases Level 4 felonies.

    • SEA 240 – This bill deals with intimidation, particularly threats to schools and school buildings.

    • SEA 198 – This new law makes it an aggravating circumstance if a crime was committed due to the perceived or actual characteristics,     traits, beliefs, practices, or associations of the victim. This includes color, creed, disability, national origin, race, religion or sexual     orientation.

    • HEA 1615 – This legislation broadens language in the animal abuse statutes to make it easier to charge offenses related to animals.

    • SEA 243 – It is a crime for distributing an intimate image of another person without that person’s consent.

    • HEA 1342 – This bill requires 911 dispatchers to complete a telephone cardiopulmonary resuscitation (T-CPR) training program.

For the full list of laws to take effect on Monday, visit the Indiana General Assembly website.

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