Niki Kelly has an article for the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette on the new law that allows some low stakes gambling in local taverns. The law authorizes issuance of licenses for a limited number of bars to sell pull tabs, punch boards, and tip boards. Somehow I don’t envision a group of friends sitting around a table, having a few beers, and enjoying a couple of pull tabs. Rather, I see this as being more for the belly-up-to-the-bar crowd. It’s been awhile since I was very familiar with the bar scene, so maybe I’m wrong. But, I’m not.
The article also references other laws going into effect on July 1. (July 1 being the default date for most new laws to go into effect on a given year – it can be changed, if necessary, but Legislative Services default boilerplate for bill drafting uses July 1.) They include a requirement that employers with more than 25 employees provide support for mothers to pump breast milk; and a domestic violence law that requires incarceration for 8 hours before someone arrested is released on bail.