Bills signed into law by Gov. Mitch Daniels
By The Associated Presss
With just a few days left until Friday, when the current General
Assembly session is set to expire, here are some of the bills
passed by the Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Mitch
- Creates the Indiana Economic Development Corp., a 12-member,
quasi-government group in charge of the state's economic
- Allows pre-permitting for industrial sites so that they can be
"shovel ready" for developers who want to move in to a community
on short notice.
- Creates a state Department of Homeland Security to take over
duties from several state agencies that will be abolished.
- Forms a Military Base Planning Council to help protect
southern Indiana's Crane Naval Surface Warfare Center from possible
closure in the next round of base closings. The council is to find
ways to enhance the economic potential and benefits of military
bases like Crane. The law also exempts Crane from some planning and
zoning regulations, and grants the base immunity from lawsuits
about noise problems and telecommunications disruptions.
- Provides health coverage for the surviving spouse and
dependent children of active Indiana State Police officers killed
in the line of duty.
- Requires state government vehicles to run on agriculture-based
fuels such as biodiesel, ethanol or gasohol whenever possible.
- Increases the penalty for voyeurism from a misdemeanor to a
felony if the offender has a previous conviction for voyeurism.
- Creates the Indiana Abraham Lincoln bicentennial commission to
help highlight Indiana's association with Lincoln and to help plan
events and projects to celebrate the 200th anniversary of his
- Starts a "Code Adam" program to help find missing children
in certain state buildings. The system would notify state employees
about a missing child in the building, and workers could then stop
normal work to help search for the child and monitor exits.
- Allows a court to order offenders on home detention to wear
monitoring devices that can track their location.
- Makes it a misdemeanor for someone to intentionally practice
dental hygiene without a license.
- Repeals the requirement that a woman less than 50 years old
who is applying for a marriage license must be tested for rubella.
- Prohibits a private employer from penalizing a volunteer
firefighter or emergency medical technician for being absent
because they are responding to emergency calls.
- Requires a health care provider to give a woman information
about the availability of ultrasound images and heartbeat sounds of
a fetus before an abortion is performed.
- Makes it a Class D felony for an operator of an Internet site
to knowingly use the Internet to engage in unlawful or professional
- Requires a person convicted of possessing child pornography
who has a prior conviction for that offense to register as a sex
- Allows the state to seek life in prison without parole for a
person who commits a Class A felony constituting a sex offense
against a child if that person has committed a previous, unrelated
Class A felony offense involving a sex crime against a child.
- Requires the State Board of Education to develop standards and
guidelines on cheerleading safety in schools.
- Allows a person's documented blood type information to be on
the person's driver's license, driver's permit or identification
card at the person's request.
- Requires schools to display a U.S. flag in each classroom,
provide a daily opportunity to recite the Pledge of Allegiance and
establish a daily moment of silence in each classroom or on school
- Creates a separate, cabinet-level agriculture department,
consolidating several agencies and functions into a single entity.
- Requires state Department of Health to adopt guidelines
concerning the safety of children during bad weather and distribute
the guidelines to the Department of Education.
(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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