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New laws to go into effect July 1

New laws to go into effect July 1 New laws to go into effect July 1

Multiple laws were passed before the Indiana legislative session ended. Three notable ones will go into effect Wednesday, July 1.

Here is a brief description of some of the laws:

Distracted driving — It will now be illegal to use a cellular device while driving, except in certain circumstances. The device can be used with the aid of hands-free or voice-operated technology or to call 911. This law goes into effect July 1.

Surprise billing — Public Law 93 aims to reduce the chances of surprise billing in the health care industry. The law gives consumers the right to ask for a “good faith estimate” of non-emergency health care services.

It also sets a number of provisions an out-of-network health care provider must meet before charging a person covered by insurance in an in-network facility an out-of-network cost. These provisions are providing a written notice and estimate of the increased cost and receiving a signature from the person getting the notice.

This law goes into effect July 1.

Panhandling — Panhandling within 50 feet of the entrance or exit of a bank, business, restaurant or public monument will now be a Class C misdemeanor. This law will also extend the time when panhandling is illegal to all times of the day. Prior to its effect on July 1, the time frame was between sunset and sunrise.

These next two laws went into effect earlier this year:

Age to buy tobacco or nicotine products — Public Law 49 prohibits anyone under the age of 21 to buy or possess tobacco or electronic cigarettes. It also prohibits vaping or tobacco businesses from operating within 1,000 feet of a public or private elementary or secondary school. Violation of this clause is a Class C misdemeanor.

Charter school funding — Charter schools can distribute money from its operation fund to the school corporation in the district where the school is located. School corporations can also give money received from a referendum tax levy to a charter school within its district, excluding a virtual charter school.

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