New state laws taking effect in 2013

Tuesday, January 1, 2013 - 5:14pm

As the calendars turn over to 2013, new laws will be taking effect all over the country.

In Maryland and Maine, for example, gay marriage was passed and the recreational use of marijuana was approved in Colorado and in Washington state.

Some of the laws taking effect today will be in Illinois and California.

Employers may no longer force their employees to provide their passwords to the social media accounts. The same is true if you are applying for a job in either one of those states.

In Oregon, employers in that state are no longer allowed to post a job opening, unless they're willing to hire the unemployed.

In Maryland, arsenic is banned in chicken feed. Why? Well, it's a measure to help protect the Chesapeake Bay from any toxins.

In California, they are now banning any treatment aimed at changing the sexual orientation of someone that is under the age of 18.

If you are a shark fan, you're going to like this one.  There's a law in Illinois that may help protect that species.  The sale, trade, and possession of shark fins is illegal in Illinois.

In Florida, if you owned a swamp buggy, you no longer have to register it as a motor vehicle.  It is no longer declared such in that state.

In Kentucky it is now illegal to release a wild hog into the wild.  Yep. That's what that law says.

Good news for some in 2013, some will get a bump in their paycheck.  Ten states voted to raise their minimum wage in 2013.

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