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The Indiana State Police is preparing for new laws, including measures involving electronic cigarettes and cyber-bullying,that go on the books July 1.
Each year, the Indiana State Police’s legal division provides an update to all state police officers on legal changes taking place July 1– the date most new legislation becomes effective.
State Police spokesman Ron Galaviz says many of the changes revolve around new or updated technology. This year, for example, he says that includes an addition of electronic threats to the intimidation statute, which makes threatening another person a crime.
“This kind of helps add, put a little teeth into that intimidation law so that we can encompass Facebook and Twitter, texting and things like that,” he says.
Galaviz says state police officers will also be on the lookout for minors in possession of electronic cigarettes, which is a relatively new technology that was not previously illegal for children under 18 to buy and use.
He also notes the legal changes do not always involve additional crimes, such as a new law allowing drivers to show proof of insurance on their cell phone.
Galaviz says officers also receive updates that do not necessarily change the way they operate, such as increasing penalties for child seduction, a change made this past legislative session.