New Laws Go Into Effect Friday

New Laws Go Into Effect Friday

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The new state budget and dozens of laws kick in tomorrow.

The nearly $9 billion budget is up by more than 6 percent, thanks to surging tax revenues that could leave the budget with a big surplus.

Legislators are spending 1(M) million-dollars of the extra money on a Motion Picture Incentive Fund.

They hope the incentives will rescue Utah's lagging film industry.

There's one law that's supposed to take effect tomorrow but won't --- a requirement that Internet Service providers give customers filters to block pornographic Web sites.

Civil liberties, publishing and other groups are suing to overturn that law. State attorneys are putting plans for a Web site blacklist on hold to fight the lawsuit.

But the state is setting up an e-mail registry to keep spammers from pitching stuff to children they shouldn't see. That includes pornography, prescription drugs, alcohol, tobacco, gambling, firearms and fireworks.

Other measures taking effect tomorrow:

--Gov. Jon Huntsman gets final authority to streamline economic development and administrative offices.

--Salt Lake's airport police will be able to retire after 20 years of service instead of 30 years.

The change matches the retirement benefit enjoyed by most other Utah law enforcers. Legislators said the airport has seen a lot of turnover in police ranks because of its inferior retirement plan.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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