The Indiana General Assembly stayed busy last winter, adopting 150 new laws that cover just about all aspects of life in Indiana. Most all take effect Tuesday.
Perhaps the best law to come out of the session was Senate Bill 222. That law requires football coaches and assistant coaches obtain concussion awareness training. The law also requires student athletes who have sustained a concussion to not participate in sports for at least 24 hours.
Concussions are serious health issues for anyone, but especially for high school athletes because detection and treatment have historically been lax.
In recent years steps have been taken to strengthen diagnosis of student athlete concussions and this law will, thankfully, continue that trend.
ONE OF THE MOST discussed new laws will allow people who can legally carry guns to have them in their vehicles on school property. Parents, teachers and students who are gun club members and members of shooting teams can all keep their firearms in their locked cars. Previously, such behavior was considered a felony in Indiana.
We wonder at the need for the law, but we also understand that people who have been approved by the Indiana State Police to carry concealed weapons have been deemed safe to do so. And, as we have seen in outrageous criminal shootings around the country, it has been deranged people or criminals who have not been licensed to carry firearms who have caused so much harm in school shootings.
The new law will also prevent local school boards from adopting their own rules counter to the state law.
ANOTHER NEW LAW will be noticed by all vehicle owners. The state’s gas tax law is changing from a set 19 cents per gallon tax to a tax that will be 7 percent of the average price of gasoline in Indiana the previous month. This new system means that when the new tax is calculated each month, the price of gasoline will swing up or down independent of what’s going on in the oil markets.