Several new laws go into effect on Saturday in Indiana
New laws in the Hoosier state address several issues including drugs, abortions and domestic violence.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- On Saturday, Indiana's gas tax increases tens cents a gallon. The hike is expected to generate an extra $1.2 billion in the next eight years.
The money will be used to pay for a 20-year infrastructure and road improvement plan.
Hoosiers also will be required to pay sales tax for all items they buy online. Businesses currently are not required to collect that tax if they don't have a physical presence in the state. However, some expect the new law to be challenged, because it goes against a 1992 Supreme court ruling.
Just like in Kentucky, Indiana has launched a major crackdown on opioids, passing 20 new laws.
One limits opioid prescriptions to seven days for children and first-time adult users. Another law bans the synthetic opioid known as "pink," that can currently be bought on the internet from foreign countries. There will also be a pilot project to provide opioid treatment to pregnant women and mothers of newborns.
It will also be tougher for people to fool a drug test using fake urine. The sale of the substance will be illegal in the Hoosier State.
Indiana domestic violence victims will have new protections. They will now be able to carry a handgun without a license for 60 days, as long as they have a protective order against their abuser. Critics have said they believe the law could actually put victims at greater risk.
And, the Hoosier State is getting tough with drone operators. A new law makes it illegal to use drones for voyeurism or harassment. The bill also prohibits people from using drones to interfere with public safety officials, including police and firefighters.
Another law requiring parents to be informed if their daughter is under 18 and wants to get an abortion was also supposed to take Saturday.
However, a federal judge is blocking that law for now, after a challenge from the ACLU and Planned Parenthood.
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