Monday, October 3, 2022

New Year, New Laws for US States

A new year brings a new mayor for New York City and new laws in several of the 50 US states.

FILE - New York City's elected Mayor Eric Adams smiles at supporters in New York, November 2, 2021.

FILE – New York City’s elected Mayor Eric Adams smiles at supporters in New York, November 2, 2021.

Democrat Eric Adams was elected in November as the next leader of the largest city in the United States. He will replace Bill de Blasio, who served two terms as mayor in 2014.

The opening ceremony, which was to be held on Saturday, was postponed due to a rise in cases of the Omicron type of COVID-19.

On the other side of the country, the city of Seattle is also getting a new mayor, with Bruce Harrell taking office on Saturday.

FILE - Mayor-elect Bruce Harrell speaks to supporters in Seattle, November 2, 2021.

FILE – Mayor-elect Bruce Harrell speaks to supporters in Seattle, November 2, 2021.

Many of the new laws to be implemented at the state level include increasing the minimum wage in several states, including California, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New Mexico.

Such laws are the result of legislation approved by state legislatures and governors, and in some cases, the minimum wage increase will take effect in phases over the course of several years.

animal rights, voting rights

Virginia has a new law prohibiting cosmetics companies from testing their products on animals.

In Washington state, people who have served prison sentences for a felony now regain their right to vote as soon as they leave prison.

Nevada is making it easier for people to cast their vote by mail with a new law that requires all registered voters to receive a ballot by mail for each election.

to help others

A new Texas law provides an estate tax exemption for some charity groups that provide housing or other assistance to people experiencing homelessness.

In Illinois, people who work at restaurants and truck stops will receive the necessary training to help identify potential cases of human trafficking and report suspected cases to authorities.

New Hampshire law strengthens penalties against people convicted of several offenses of drunken driving, where they harm or kill someone.

A new law in Colorado will make it easier for people who were sexually assaulted as children to report their attacks, removing the existing statute of limitations for prosecuting such cases.

health and wellness

The state of Connecticut is putting restrictions on how much people pay for insulin and other diabetes management supplies.

Montana is joining states that allow the recreational sale of marijuana. It will be valid in those parts of the state where majority of the voters approved it.

In Pennsylvania, the city of Philadelphia is prohibiting employers from conducting pre-employment tests for marijuana.

And in Missouri, health insurance providers must provide coverage for certain mental health conditions as part of their plans.

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