Senator Randy Head 2019In a recent release Senator Head said, “During the 2019 legislative session, the Indiana General Assembly passed many bills to improve our state. Most of these bills went into effect when signed by Governor Eric Holcomb or will go into effect July 1.”

Here are some of the laws that will take effect July 1.

Senator Head said, “Senate Enrolled Act 1, which I co-authored, expands the legal rights of foster parents by allowing them to be heard in court cases involving the children in their care.”

House Enrolled Act 1284 allows a person to receive a voter registration form at a police station while they are there to apply for a gun permit.

House Enrolled Act 1211 makes dismemberment abortions illegal unless necessary to prevent a serious health risk to the mother or to save the mother’s life.

Senate Enrolled Act 110 enhances the penalty for dealing drugs near a substance-abuse rehabilitation program.

Another bill Senator Head sponsored and was passed was House Enrolled Act 1607, which allows a person to get a protective order against someone who has been harassing them. Previously, one could only get a protective order against someone who had committed violence against them.

Senate Enrolled Act 243 makes it a crime to distribute an intimate image of another person without their consent.

Senate Enrolled Act 216 allows direct family members of returning veterans to be eligible for in-state tuition at Indiana public universities, even if they have never lived in Indiana before.

Senate Enrolled Act 85 increases retirement benefits for police, firefighters and emergency personnel who retire after July 1.

In addition to these bills going into effect on July 1, House Enrolled Act 1010 retroactively went into effect on Jan. 1, 2019. HEA 1010 increases the income tax deduction for retired military members and their families, supporting our own Hoosier veterans while attracting others to the state. Over the next four years HEA 1010 will phase into a full income tax deduction for veterans’ military pension benefits.

For more information on these laws and others passed by the General Assembly, click here.

Senator Head closed his release stating, “As always, if you have any questions, comments or concerns about these new laws or other issues, please contact me by email at or by phone at 800-382-9467.”