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Among 40,000 signed bills: No happy hours in Utah, safer golf carts in Georgia
About 40,000 state laws taking effect at the start of the new year will change rules about getting abortions in New Hampshire, learning about gays and lesbians in California, getting jobs in Alabama and even driving golf carts in Georgia.
Several federal rules change with the new year, too, including a Social Security increase amounting to $450 a year for the average recipients and stiff fines up to $2,700 per offense for truckers and bus drivers caught using hand-held cellphones while driving.
NBC News, the National Conference of State Legislatures, The Associated Press, and other organizations tracked the changes and offered their views on the highlights.
Many laws reflect the nation's concerns over immigration, the cost of government and the best way to protect and benefit young people, including regulations on sports concussions.
Eight states will raise the minimum wage, NBC News reported. They include Arizona, Oregon, Washington, Montana, Colorado, Ohio, Vermont and Florida, NBC News said. San Francisco will become the first city to raise its minimum wage above $10 per hour. The new $10.24 minimum is nearly $3 above the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour, set in 2009.
Irvis Orozco, 24, is a senior studying international relations at the University of California, Davis. Under a new state law affecting infants brought to the United States illegally, Orozco will be able to receive private financial aid at California's public colleges.
Remember that ignorance of the law is not a defense.
A California law will add gays and lesbians and people with disabilities to the list of social and ethnic groups whose contributions must be taught in history lessons in public schools. The law also bans teaching materials that reflect poorly on gays or particular religions.
Originally posted by Asktheanimals
I'm going to laugh while the country implodes from stupidity and political correctness.
Eight states will raise the minimum wage...San Francisco will become the first city to raise its minimum wage above $10 per hour.
Alabama...will require all employers who do business with any government entity to use a federal system known as E-Verify to check that all new employees are in the country legally.
Georgia is putting a similar law into effect requiring any business with 500 or more employees to use E-Verify to check the employment eligibility of new hires.
Tennessee will also require businesses to ensure employees are legally authorized to work in the U.S.
A South Carolina law would allow officials to yank the operating licenses of businesses that don't check new hires' legal status through E-verify.
In Colorado, coaches will be required to bench players as young as 11 when they're believed to have suffered a head injury. The young athletes will also need medical clearance to return to play.
The law also requires coaches in public and private schools and even volunteer Little League and Pop Warner football coaches to take free annual online training to recognize the symptoms of a concussion. At least a dozen other states have enacted similar laws with the support of the National Football League.
Florida will take control of lunch and other school food programs from the federal government...
I just can't believe it! I didn't think there were so many paranoid people just looking for disasters!!
OMG they're raising minimum wage! This must be a plot to manipulate us and make us poorer!!!!
Keep in mind that the cost of living continuously goes up. This is not a good thing, but raising minimum wage so that they can keep feeding their families is a very good "plaster" for now.... at least there won't be even more people living in the street!!
I've never been one to support our capitalist system by any means... I actually think we need a new system... but that doesn't mean we should let people starve.
Talking on your cell phone is dangerous... hell driving is dangerous thus we should put all of our attention to the road! When one hand is busy, chances are you react slower and do not prevent that accident. The fines are to try and discourage people from doing something that is stupid in the first place.....
Today, we live in a world of ever changing technology.. and with new tech and advances, laws usually follow to keep up with the times.
You see, there are always those who exagerate, and everybody kind of pays for the stupidity of the few. It's sad, but it's a part of living in society... for it to function properly, we need to make certain concessions.
Now I don't think fines are the best way to go since we don't know where the money goes
but sometimes it's enough to deter most people from doing it.