New Utah Laws Take Effect Monday

New Utah Laws Take Effect Monday

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Just after midnight tonight, 233 new Utah laws will become effective.

Legislators passed a total of 312 new laws during the 2005 general session. Some took immediate effect when signed by Gov. Jon Huntsman. And a few others won't be on the books until July 1.

But the bulk of the new legislation goes into effect tomorrow, including a measuring that requires mediation in divorces and a law requiring drivers to exchange insurance information in minor traffic accidents.

Lay midwives will be able to practice legally after today, and some parents of disabled children could be eligible for tax breaks if they put their kids in private schools.

Also on the books, the Parker Jensen law, that gives parents more latitude in making medical decisions for their children.

Tax breaks will also be in place for homeowners who are the victim's of natural disasters.

And motorists will be required to stay at least three-feet from bicyclists, unless road conditions prevent it.

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

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