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300 New Laws are in Effect Today

300 New Laws are in Effect Today



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Ashley Hayes ReportingThree-hundred new laws are now on Utah's books. They went into effect at midnight. While a lot of them won't have a direct impact on our lives, it's interesting to see what made it through the Legislature this year.

Lying about earning a military medal is now a misdemeanor offense. If you don't use your gift certificates they can expire. Segways and electric scooters can share the road with cars. They are permitted in bike lanes and on trails.

Some annoying driving habits are citable, as of today. Slow drivers who travel in the left lane and won't get out of the way could end up with a ticket. And drivers must turn their blinkers on for two seconds before changing lanes.

Several new laws affect minors. Parental consent is required for those under 18 who want to use a commercial tanning salon. High schoolers will also need their parents' permission to join any school clubs. And certain bad behaviors that land kids in the principal's office could end with a trip to juvenile court.

Parents are not off the hook, either. If they don't make their children go to class they could be cited with a misdemeanor.

In a more serious category, the death penalty law expands to include aggravated crimes against children.

Knowingly spitting on a police officer when a person has a communicable disease will also carry a stiffer penalty.

Other laws make videotaping theatrical movies a misdemeanor, and protests are limited to one hour before or after a military funeral.

The results of petitions on the issues of school vouchers and funding for the Real soccer stadium will come out this morning at 10. If enough voters signed petitions against the bills, they'll go up for a public vote instead of passing into law.

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