New Laws Set To Take Effect In Hoosier State

By Jeff Neumeyer

June 30, 2010 Updated Jun 30, 2010 at 6:38 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, IN (Indiana's NewsCenter) --- Hoosiers will see several law changes starting Thursday, including ones that effect drivers, fraud victims and child support enforcement.

Laws passed by the legislature often are scheduled to be put in force on July first.

New age restrictions will take effect for learner's permits and probationary licenses, and schools will be charged with boosting awareness of the consequences of dating violence and “Sexting”.

Also, Indiana is kicking off the nation's first securities restitution fund, so fraud victims can recover a portion of their losses, and people becoming investment advisers will now be subject to FBI criminal background checks.

Gamblers who owe child support should beware.

Winnings from riverboat casinos and horse racing facilities can now be captured and diverted to pay delinquent support.

It will result in some new collections.

Mike McAlexander/Allen County Chief Deputy Prosecutor: " Not everybody, because not everybody plays, and obviously, not everybody wins, but for those that are successful at it, it will have an immediate impact and their winnings will go to support their children."

A couple of other important law changes are also coming.

Employees will now be allowed to bring firearms to work, provided they are kept out of sight in a locked vehicle, and if you go to buy carryout alcohol, you'll need photo identification, because store clerks will now be required to card patrons, regardless of their age.

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