New Ind. laws on immunizing, records take effect

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INDIANAPOLIS More than 100 new Indiana laws take effect on Monday, and they cover a wide range of areas.

One new law allows pharmacists to offer more immunizations and let people convicted of most felonies and misdemeanors to petition to have their record expunged if they haven't re-offended in several years.

The new immunization law allows pharmacists to inoculate against pneumonia, tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis, HPV infections, and meningitis. It also lowers the age limit of those receiving vaccines from pharmacists to 11.

Indiana State Department of Health chief medical officer Dr. Joan Duwve tells the Journal Gazette the state had been looking for ways to expand access to immunizations for several years.

The criminal record law means expunged convictions would no longer show up in public records. Some expungings will be automatic, others up to a judge's discretion, and some need approval from prosecutors.

There are new laws when it comes to the kiddos as well.

A new state law will require child care providers to conduct more extensive background checks and increase staff training.

That includes fingerprinting employees and conducting FBI background checks every three years.

Another law hopes to help prevent bullying in schools.

It requires schools to develop guidelines to assist in bully prevention.

That includes, school training on bully prevention, reporting bullying and providing support services to victims.

If you are looking for a new car, this law will certainly help.

It requires a dealer or seller to give a buyer information, in writing, if meth had been made in the car within the last two years.It also requires a decontamination report.

If you get a new car, make sure you don't park that new car in a handicap spot. The new law has increased the minimum fine from $50 to $100.

But wait, there's more.

The Child Protection Agency gets an extra $35 million to add staff to the Child Abuse Hotline, and prosecutors can now ask judges to intervene on behalf of an abused child if Child Services does not want to.

Also, new school voucher measures take effect.

Students who have not attended public school for a year can receive a voucher if their public school is rated an “F” by the state or if their sibling already had a voucher.

There is also a limit on purchasing some cold medication. Effective on Monday, the law allows just over 61 grams of ephedrine or pseudo-ephedrine to be purchased by an individual each year.

For more information on all the law changes, click on the Big Red Bar.

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