Indiana General Assembly at 2023 State of the State address

More education dollars and speed cameras: Here are some of the new laws going into effect July 1

Jul 01, 2023

The 2023 legislative session ended months ago, but most laws go into effect July 1.  This year, Hoosiers will have more access to state education dollars, but may have to watch out for speed cameras. 

Here are nine of the new laws that could impact you:

School choice

The budget contained a massive expansion of the school choice voucher program. This past school year, a family of four had to earn around $154,000 per year or less for a student to qualify to receive state money to attend a private school. Lawmakers expanded the eligibility to allow those making 400% of the income required to qualify for free or reduced-price lunches to participate in the school choice program. 

That means a family of four earning up to $220,000 per year will qualify this upcoming year, including students who have already been attending private school on their family’s own dime.

Pre-K expansion

Hoosiers with higher incomes also will be eligible for state money for pre-K. Lawmakers expanded the eligibility requirement of those who qualify for a pre-K voucher from income at 127% of the federal poverty level to 150% of the federal poverty level.

AirTag tracking

Under Senate Bill 161, it will be a crime to track someone using devices such as Apple AirTag without their consent. 

Speed cameras

Better watch your speed in work zones. The state will be permitted to use speed cameras to ticket cars in highway work zones under House Bill 1015.

College financial aid

Two new laws will impact college aid. The first is an automatic enrollment of all eligible students into the 21st Century Scholars Program. The second requires all families to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). 

Sex education

House Bill 1608 prohibits schools from teaching human sexuality to students through third grade and requires schools to notify parents if their child wants to use a different name or pronoun. (State Affairs previously wrote about where that bill and others came from during the legislative session.)

College transcripts

Senate Bill 404 prohibits state and private for-profit colleges from withholding transcripts from people who owe money as long as the current or former student is making an effort to pay down their debt. The new law, though, doesn’t apply to Indiana’s nearly 30 private, nonprofit, post-secondary schools.

Food delivery apps

Moving forward, food delivery apps, such as Grubhub or DoorDash must obtain permission from restaurants to list them on the apps under House Bill 1279

Throwing stars

This one is an unusual one: Under Senate Bill 77, throwing stars will now be legal. Like other weapons, they can’t be carried onto school property. The law stemmed from a request to allow the weapons for recreational use, much like axes.

You can see a complete list of the laws passed this spring here.

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Header image: Members of the Indiana General Assembly clap in response to legislative changes proposed during the 2023 State of the State Address on Jan. 10, 2023, at the Indiana Statehouse. (Credit: Ronni Moore for State Affairs)