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Purple paint, vehicle lights and sunscreen highlight new laws

Purple spray paint may be flying off of local shelves now that Indiana’s new law, the purple paint law, or House Bill 1233, is in effect.
When hunters take to the woods or fields this fall, they may see purple paint on trees or posts, a warning sign of no trespassing.
The law allows property owners to declare no trespassing areas with purple paint on trees or posts. Signs or other markers are now no longer needed.
The law states each purple mark on trees must be vertical and at least eight inches long, with the bottom of the line between three and five feet off the ground. All lines on trees must be less than 100 feet apart.
Lines on posts must cover at least the top two inches of the post with the bottom of the mark between three feet and five feet, six inches off the ground. Lines on posts must be less than 36 feet apart.
If a purple mark is to be visible on a post dividing two private properties, both property owners must agree to use the paint.
Another law now in effect deals with the color of headlights on vehicles. The law bans popular headlight colors such as red, blue, green and yellow on the front of vehicles.
Stop lamps, or taillights, must all be red, and license plate lights can only be white. The back-up lights are also restricted to only amber or white.
Emergency vehicles are exempt from the law.
The bright LED lights on new vehicles, that have a blue hue to them, will be allowed as long as they come from the manufacturer, according to state police officials.
Indiana House Bill 1248 amended silver alerts to including missing endangered child.
The amended law defines a ‘missing endangered child’ as one who is believed to be incapable of returning to the missing child’s residence without assistance because of mental illness, intellectual disability or another physical or mental disability.
The change in the law has resulted in an update to the Silver Alert criteria, as listed below:
The person must be a Missing Endangered Adult, Missing Endangered Child, High Risk Missing Person or have a mental impairment validated through a credible medical authority (physician, physician’s assistant or nurse practitioner).
There must be enough descriptive information to believe the broadcast will help.
Request must be recommended by the law enforcement agency of jurisdiction.
Enter the person into Indiana Data and Communications System/National Crime Information Center.
There is no change to the AMBER Alert criteria, as listed below:
The child must be under 18 years of age.
The child must be believed to be abducted and in danger of serious bodily harm or death.
There must be enough descriptive information to believe the broadcast will help.
Request must be recommended by the law enforcement agency of jurisdiction.
If you know someone who goes missing, immediately contact your local law enforcement.
Other laws, out of 250 that were passed, include:
Sex education ‘ bill requires schools to ask parents for consent to teach their child sex education.
Gas tax ‘ a one-cent increase was added per gallon of gas across the state following last year’s 10-cent hike.
Sunscreen in schools ‘ students can carry and apply their own sunscreen without a doctor’s note.
School bullying ‘ the law will better hold schools accountable for bullying by requiring them to submit reports by July 1. It also allows the Indiana Dept. of Education to audit schools to ensure they’re reporting bullying correctly.
Adoption records ‘ Indiana residents placed for adoption before Jan. 1, 1994, can request access to their birth records from the Indiana State Dept. of Health. These records have been generally unavailable to adoptees until now.
A list of all active bills can be found at