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Some New Laws Don't Take Effect For A Few More Months

Brandon Smith
IPB News

The vast majority of laws passed each year by the Indiana General Assembly take effect either immediately or on July 1.

But there are always a few measures each year that don’t take effect for a few more months.

The General Assembly sometimes delays implementation of new legislation to give more time to adjust to the law’s changes.

This year, one such measure changes the way welfare eligibility will be calculated. Up to now, if a child of a family getting government assistance has, for instance, a paid internship, that income would count against the family’s eligibility. Starting Jan. 1, that will no longer be the case – any work-based learning course or apprenticeship won’t be used to determine whether a family gets help.

There is one element of that measure that’s already taken effect – anyone doing temporary work for the U.S. Census won’t get it counted against them for welfare eligibility.

Another law whose changes take effect Jan. 1 – making it a little easier for diabetics to get insulin. Hoosiers will no longer need a prescription to do so.

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Brandon Smith is excited to be working for public radio in Indiana. He has previously worked in public radio as a reporter and anchor in mid-Missouri for KBIA Radio out of Columbia. Prior to that, he worked for WSPY Radio in Plano, Illinois as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. His first job in radio was in another state capitol, in Jefferson City, Missouri, as a reporter for three radio stations around Missouri. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.