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New Year, New Laws Taking Effect In 2014

Story By: Larry Stine

 

 

 
 
 
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  Original Published: 1/1/2014

A new year means new laws. From Florida to Washington State, an estimated 40,000 will take effect in the new year. Rosa Flores has what you need to know, to stay on the right side of the new laws, in 2014. From flash mob crackdowns, to "pet lemon laws." In 2014 it will ring in nearly 40,000 new state rules. Here are the highs and lows. Don't toss the butt of a cigarette in a public street in Illinois. It's considered littering and you could pay in cash or jail time. And don't even think about lighting ine in a car with a chikd in Oregon. The Beaver State won't allow it. "First we said can you smoke in this part of the restaurant, then we said can you smoke outside, then we said can you smoke down the street and then we said can you move to another state?" says Danny Cevallos, CNN Legal Analyst and crimindal defense attorney. "I mean we do not like regular smokers. Meanwhile, when it comes to marijuana, marijuana is fast becoming a legal substance in the United States." But new moms in Oregin can get away with this, taking their placentas home from the hospital. If you're wondering why do that in the first place, some experts think eating it has positive health benefits. "As long as they are not giving it to other people to eat. I suppose it's OK," says Joy Getman, an Oregon mother. And talking about health. No more tanning beds for some teens in Illinois and Oregon. You'll have to be 18 to tan in a salon in those places. But you don't have to keep your new pet if it's sick. Illinois' new pet lemon law allows people to return a pet if an illness was not disclosed by the seller. In California, gender will no longer determine what school bathroom children can use. It's "gender identity" that matters. "The student who identifies as a different gender may feel comfortable in that bathroom but what about all the other students? asks Cevallos. "I think that is going to be a problem and I think we are going to see parents really revolting against this law." Serious "moves" could have "serious" consequences in Illinois. The maximum penalty, doubled to six years prison time, for organizing a violent flash mob using social media. Here's one more. If you're an Illinois driver, don't pass school buses when they're stopped. School districts are allowed to install cameras on buses. If you're caught, you'll be fined.

   
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