Gov. Eric Holcomb has signed several bills into law, including measures to help our military members, prevent drug abuse and reduce the number of cervical cancer deaths in Indiana. It’s the governor’s job to look over the bills approved by both the House and Senate. He then has seven days to sign or veto these bills. If he does not sign, the bill automatically becomes law on the eighth day. Below are some highlights of the pieces of legislation Holcomb has signed into law.
Nearly one-third of military spouses have careers requiring a professional license, including teachers. Because relocation from state to state is such a common occurrence for military families, the new law will make their transition to Indiana easier. Starting in July, this bill requires the State Board of Education to adopt rules when active-duty military spouse’s move to Indiana. SBOE will expedite the issuance, renewal or reinstatement of their teaching license. Current law allows, but does not require, the State Board to adopt such rules.
In an effort to fight the deadly drug epidemic in Indiana, a new law adds two dangerous drugs to the controlled substances list. These synthetic drugs – Etizolam and U-47700 – both have been linked to multiple deaths. By adding them to the controlled substances list, it will now be illegal to purchase or distribute these drugs in our state.
According to the Indiana Cancer Consortium, approximately 250 new cervical cancer cases and 86 cervical cancer-related deaths occur annually among women in Indiana. A new law is tasking the Indiana State Department of Health with developing a statewide strategic plan to attack this problem. The department must work to identify barriers to cervical cancer prevention, screening and treatment, while also developing public and private partnerships to increase cervical cancer awareness and recommend actions to reduce the number of Hoosier deaths associated with the disease.
As we work to wrap up the 2017 session, lawmakers will be coming together to pass the next two-year state budget and a comprehensive, long-term road funding plan, among other new policies. Conference committees are now meeting to agree on the finalized proposals for new laws. Their hearings are streamed live online at iga.in.gov. By law, session must adjourn before midnight on April 29.