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New Laws Address Switchblades, Cyber Bulling And Electronic Cigarettes

Last updated on Wednesday, June 19, 2013

(UNDATED) - Police are preparing for new laws, including measures involving electronic cigarettes and cyber-bullying that go on the books July 1.

Indiana State Police spokesman Ron Galaviz says many of the changes revolve around new or updated technology. This year, for example, he says that includes an addition of electronic threats to the intimidation statute, which makes threatening another person through texting, Facebook or Twitter and other media will now be a crime.

Police will also be on the lookout for minors in possession of electronic cigarettes, which was not previously illegal for children under 18 to buy and use.

Legal changes do not always involve additional crimes - one new law will allow drivers to show proof of insurance on their cell phone.

A small provision tucked into a larger hunting and fishing bill does away with a 1957 law that made it a misdemeanor crime to manufacture, possess, display, offer, sell, lend, give away, or purchase switchblades in Indiana.

Indiana legislators put the switchblade language into House Bill 1563, a wildlife and fishing bill that makes it also legal for hunters to use lawfully possess suppressors, also known as silencers, on firearms while hunting.

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