Most Interesting New Laws Taking Effect Today
And a bonus law about tiger selfies taking effect next month
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 1, 2015 7:52 AM CST
A lion cub named Dominjun, right, and a tiger cub named Jangbori wear Santa Claus caps during an event to celebrate Christmas at the Everland amusement park in Yongin, South Korea, Dec. 23, 2014.   (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

(Newser) – It's Jan. 1, and you know what that means: Many new state laws take effect, some of them weird. Highlights from the AP:

  • Wine lovers in Massachusetts can finally have out-of-state wineries ship bottles directly to them. The new law, stalled for years, got a boost when former New England Patriots quarterback Drew Bledsoe, now a winemaker in Washington, complained about being unable to send wine to people like, say, former teammate Tom Brady.
  • In California, a 2008 ballot initiative aimed at making life better for animals takes effect today. It gives more space to egg-laying hens, breeding sows, and veal calves.

  • No more breed bans in Utah. The state no longer allows specific breeds of dogs to be banned; at least 10 cities currently do have such restrictions on breeds like pit bulls.
  • Yes officially means yes in California, where a new law regarding college students is now in place: "An affirmative, conscious, and voluntary agreement to engage in sexual activity" is now required, and silence or lack of resistance does not mean consent.
  • Don't throw away your old computer, TV, or video game console in New York, where it's now legally required that you recycle such electronics instead.
  • Undocumented immigrants can now get driver's licenses in California.
  • And you'll need a license plate to drive a motor scooter in Indiana, where people have complained about unsafe driving by people who've lost their licenses over drunk-driving arrests or other problems.
  • Massachusetts finally will allow "hold open" clips on self-service gasoline pumps, which will make motorists much happier in winter.
  • A bonus law: Starting next month in New York, it will be illegal to take a selfie with a lion, tiger, or other big cat. The law passed after such photos started gaining popularity online, "particularly with some young men on dating sites," the AP notes.
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