New Indiana laws take effect Friday
Indianapolis, Ind. – It’s the first of July and for many Hoosiers, that doesn’t just signal the flip of the calendar. Several new laws are in effect in Indiana and there are a few notable changes that could affect you and your family.
A new body camera law gives police agencies across the state the right to withhold their video for a few reasons, but it also gives the public some rights.
If your family member is killed, you’ll have the right to watch the footage twice.
Police don’t have to give you a copy. If you want a copy and police refuse, you can challenge them in court.
The new law also requires police departments to keep their videos for 190 days.
“It gives the officers such a feeling of protection now that you can`t get those guys to not run those cameras,” said Greenwood Police Assistant Chief Matt Fillenwarth.
There is a new law to protect students athletes, regardless of the sport they play.
All interscholastic football coaches have had to take training to spot the signs of a concussion since 2014, but now every interscholastic coach for grades 5-12 is required to undergo the same training, no matter the sport.
Coaches have until July 1, 2017 to complete the course work. Each certification lasts for two years.
“Any sport where there’s potential contact of any kind can result in head trauma, so yeah, I think it’s a great move in the right direction,” said Bruce Scifres, football coach for Roncalli High School.
Starting Friday, pharmacists can deny the sale of cold medicine to customers they believe are illicit drug makers. Those customers will need to go to a doctor and get a prescription.
And there are changes to alcohol laws. Distilleries and breweries can now sell their products on Sundays. Wineries can now refill growlers.
In the fantasy sports world, Indiana is now the second state to formally legalize fantasy sports, but the law sets a minimum age of 18 to play. It also prohibits betting on college and high school sports.