Ubelhor: New Indiana laws part 1

Tuesday, July 10, 2012 7:00 pm

Start Date:  7/10/2012  Start Time:  8:00 AM
End Date:  7/10/2012  End Time:  8:00 AM

The majority of new Indiana laws went into effect July 1. It is important that everyone is aware of changes Indiana is making, which is why this will be part one of a four-part series of columns discussing new Indiana laws.

Since our nation celebrates its independence this week, I wanted to highlight three new laws regarding our active military and their families that I supported this past session.

House Enrolled Act 1059 – Military Family Relief Fund
This law extends the application deadline for grants from the Military Family Relief Fund from one year to three years. Grant monies can be used to help pay for food, housing, utilities, medical services, basic transportation, child care, education, employment or workforce, and other essential family support expenses. The grant is available for a service member or a service member’s family and is funded by the sales of “Hoosier Veteran,” “POW-MIA” and “Support Our Troops” license plates.

House Enrolled Act 1116 – Military Education & Training
This law requires all state educational institutions to adopt a policy to award educational credit to a former or current military person who enrolls in a state educational institution after successfully completing courses that are part of their military service. The courses taken while in the military must meet the standards of the American Council on Education and meet the state educational institution’s role, scope and mission.

House Enrolled Act 1065 – Military Custody & Parenting Time Matters
Servicemen and women facing divorce and child custody proceedings at the time of their deployment are often unable to attend or set a hearing because of their military duties. This new law allows an expedited hearing in determining child custody and also allows the servicemen or women to delegate their parenting time to a person who has a close and substantial relationship with the child as long as the court determines it is in the child’s best interest.

Click here for a complete list of new Indiana laws. As always, please feel free to contact me with any questions, concerns or input by calling 317­-232­-9509 or emailing H62@in.gov.