Florida has enacted one hundred and thirty new laws this year, half of which have gone into effect already. One of the chief changes to Florida legislature that affects numerous citizens every year is their decision to cut back on tests given to students. That’s right, you read that correctly; Florida is cutting back on standardized testing. This law will allow students to actually think in the classroom and benefit those who were convicted with drug possession, without being restricted by what material is on which test.
That One for Old Glory
Florida also passed a law that simultaneously boosts American economy and shows the ultimate act of patriotism. They passed a bill into law requiring any purchase of American flags to come from an American company. So long, made in China tag, Floridian Flags bleed red, white, and blue!
Growl and Drink
Florida has lifted a ban on breweries this year. From now until the next bill that bans it again, anyone with a growler may have the container filled up at a brewery for off-site consumption. Along with new growler laws, other alcohol related legislation was passed as well. One such law limits the cup size of a beer tasting to 3.5 ounces. The law also ended the tourism exemption law that had been in place since the early 60s.
Revising the Computer Law
In 2013, Florida made a goof on the wording of a law that essentially made all public computers illegal. This included gaming systems in restaurants such as Dave & Busters and Chuck E. Chesse’s. But have no fear Floridians; your government corrected their mistake. They have no allowed the use of these computer systems, while banning the public computers and Internet cafes that they had meant to ban in the first place.
Be Gone Ticket Quotas, Go Back to the Shadows
Florida has rid itself of police officers having ticket quotas as a result of an abused speed trap in a North Florida town. It is strictly, unequivocally illegal now! Hooray for Florida for wanting their cops to focus on real crime and not having to meet silly quotas for speeders.
The first state in the Union, Delaware continues to be its bold and unique self. Among the laws passed this year in Delaware is a mix of loosening laws against marijuana to strengthening laws against resisters. They have also loosened some laws pertaining to the sale of liquor and operation of liquor stores. Overall, it seems like Delaware was attempting to be more welcoming of all of its citizens, but they eclectic mix of laws is very interesting and warrants getting an immigration lawyer.
Providing Driver Licenses to Special Education Students
One new law that passed Delaware’s legislative system was a law to provide students receiving special education a graduated driver’s license upon completion of driver’s education in school. The one provision of the law is that the student must be under the age of 22 to receive this graduated license. Among the benefits to this law is the ability that special education students would gain to drive themselves to their workplace. Many of them work before or after school, and their transportation can be somewhat burdening on their parents who are trying to work their own jobs to stay afloat.
Don’t Pull Fire Alarms, You Will Go to Jail
Delaware has stomped down hard on those who want to incite terror on unsuspecting victims by pulling fire alarms or anything else that would be a terroristic threat. Under their new law, participating in this kind of unintelligent behavior would hold the possibility of being put in jail for up to five years.
Loosening laws on Marijuana and Liquor
It is now legal to be in private possession of up to an ounce of marijuana in Delaware. Among other changes to the law is the change to the penalty for simple possession, which has now been reduced to a nice, cheap $100 fine.
As far as the liquor laws are concerned, one law allows for the sale of liquor to begin earlier during the holiday season in Delaware; stores may open at 8am on Fridays and Saturdays and 10am on Sundays during October, November, and December.
All older, seasoned humans say roughly the same thing: “These young kids have no idea how to drive.” Now, they are receiving some vindication of that saying from Hoosier lawmakers. Legislation passed that bans any form of telecommunication in cars for drivers under the age of twenty-one, with the exception of calling 911 in emergencies. Another piece of legislation limits who can ride with new drivers under 21 when they first obtain their driver’s license.
If you’ve been caught driving under the influence then you’ll want to get a DWI lawyer.
According to the law, again with a few exceptions like family and children, any passenger with a new driver must be over the age of twenty-five. Before going any further, it is important to note that cars have far too many other distractions now for phones to be the only problem. With integrated Bluetooth technology, are drivers under 21 not allowed to utilize this function? What about the bright touch screen that has replaced knobs in some cars? That will certainly be a distraction as well. It will be interesting to watch this law develop with the people of Indiana.
Along with this change, there is also a change affecting all drivers in the Hoosier state. That law states that police can fine a driver that holds up traffic in the left lane. The curiosity here would be how long you are allowed to “hold up” traffic before receiving your fine. And how are police going to be objective about how and who they give tickets to.
Indiana has also adopted a new law related to the statute of limitations in certain rape cases. Prior to this year, the limit had been five years. However, this year Indiana passed “Jenny’s Law” that allows for the statute of limitations in some rape cases to be a range of ten years instead of the traditional five.
A Statute of Limitations, of course, refers to the prohibition of a prosecutor from charging a person of a crime that happened outside of the range provided in the law, in this case ten years. It is meant to ensure that cases are tried with evidence that has not deteriorated with time.
Kansas’ three big law changes come in the form of taxes and concealment. First of all, they are raising their state sales tax from 6.15 percent to 6.5 percent. While the .4% increase seems large, the sales tax in the state is still relatively low compared to that of other states. Granted, Kansas is really only known for the Jayhawks and Toto, so the low sales tax makes sense in comparison to more densely populated states.
Along with an increase in increase in sales tax, the tax on cigarettes and e-cigs has gone up as well. Cigarette tax experienced a hike of fifty cents, bringing the tax on one pack to $1.29 plus whatever the sales price of the pack is. Many Kansans have claimed they will drive to Missouri to shop and buy cigarettes. Meanwhile, a 20-cent raise per milliliter of consumable material has been added to the sale of e-cigs. This is Kansas’ first tax on the new form of cigarettes.
Guns, Guns, Everywhere…Little Did You Know
Meanwhile, another law passed in Kansas that has people a little spooked, unless they are the carriers of the guns, then they are quite all right with the law. The newly enacted law allows gun owners to carry a concealed weapon without a permit. This law is known as constitutional carry and is currently in place in six states now that Kansas has passed this law.
There are concerns with the law, though. One such concern is that people believe that one should have training to carry a weapon, let alone a concealed weapon. This may be a well-founded concern, however opponents to this theory think that since it is their constitutional right to bear arms, the government should not be heavily regulating that right. Another concern is that you won’t know who is carrying a gun and further, who knows how to wield the gun they are so coyly concealing. Some are concerned for their wellbeing, as well as the wellbeing of their entire family in a state where guns can be kept secret. Opponents to this line of thought claim that it will keep gun owners from robbing people if the number of good people with guns is increased, yet veiled.
Connecticut passed into law a bill that won’t effect your local Glendale car accident attorney but changes the effects of having your license suspended for a DUI inside of it’s own state. If you have had your license suspended, and would like to get your license back to continue driving places, you will need to install an ignition interlock device, also known as an IID, in order to have your license back. This device, while installed, is meant to deter you from being under the influence while attempting to operate the vehicle in question. With the device installed in the ignition, the car will only start if the operator can blow less than a 0.025 blood alcohol content level. Anything above that will result in the operator being stranded at their location unless they walk or wait until their BAC level is below the limit. Moral of the story, don’t get temporarily mentally impaired before attempting to operate your vehicle.
Lower Tuition for Illegal Immigrants
The state is also granting lower tuition rates to illegal immigrants who have attended a state high school for at least two years. Previously, this benefit was granted after attending for all four years of high school. This law only pertains to those immigrants without proper documentation and only at in-state public colleges and universities. In case of doubts you should hire a civil rights lawyer to evaluate your case.
College Students Succeed
College students at UCon succeeded in getting legislation passed that allows for treatment of sexual assault victims within hospitals run by colleges and universities. Previously, students at UConn would have had to travel 8 miles to receive any treatment or examinations. Now, they will feel comforted in being able to stay on campus to receive this treatment.
Immunizations Win a Victory
In the past, immunizations were a requirement. Then, people started having the choice to opt out of immunizing their children, causing uproars around the country. This year, Connecticut has amped up their requirement for a parent opting not to immunize their child but expose them to public school. These parents must sign a letter stating the conflict to their child’s religious belief (the old rule) AND NOW must also have an official signature endorsing the note from someone such as a town clerk.