It's July 1: Hundreds of New Laws Go Live

On everything from drones to tanning to Election Day drinking, and more
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 1, 2013 7:36 AM CDT
It's July 1: Hundreds of New Laws Go Live
No tanning for NJ minors as of today.   (Shutterstock)

The Jersey Shore is about to get a little paler. As of today, minors in the state won't be allowed to use tanning beds—and anyone under age 14 won't even be able to get a spray tan there. It's July 1, the day hundreds of of new laws go into effect around the nation. The AP rounds up the most notable of the bunch:

  • Colorado's new gun limits (including background checks for private and online gun sales) kick in. On the other end of the spectrum, at least 18 states have actually loosened gun laws. In Kansas, for example, schools can arm employees starting today.
  • In Washington, your boss can no longer compel you to add him as your Facebook "friend." Similarly, eight states now prohibit businesses from demanding social media passwords before hiring someone.
  • Drivers in Hawaii and West Virginia aren't permitted to use handheld devices anymore.

  • At least 13 states passed new abortion limits, though two are waiting for governors to sign off. (See more on the dramatic fight in Texas, which restarts today.)
  • No spying on anyone with a drone in Idaho, starting today. Four other states also instituted anti-drone laws.
  • One of the quirkier new laws: In Kentucky, you can now buy alcohol on Election Day.
  • And in Washington, state books are getting a gender-equality overhaul. In addition to the obvious ("his" changed to "his or her"), there are some switches you may not have anticipated, like references to "penmanship" being changed to "handwriting."
Click for more new laws, including one on edible landscaping in Maine. (More Colorado stories.)

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