New Year, New Laws

From a ban on buying medications like Nyquil without an ID to more benefits for pregnant women,  a number of new laws goes into effect on January, here’s a list of the most relevant.

Parents and Minors

  • In California children will have to remained in car booster seats for an additional two years, until they reach the age of eight, or they hit 49 inches, whichever comes first.
  • In California minors no longer be able to buy drugs that contain dextromethorphan an ingredient found popular in over-the counter cough suppressants, including Robitussin and Dimetapp. The law was prompted by an increase  in the use of these drugs by teens to get high.
  • But children as young as 12 will be able to get the HPV vaccine, California will allow them to get preventive treatment for sexually transmitted diseases withouth parental permission.
  • Teens in California will have to hit the beach if they want a tan, the nation’s first tanning bed ban for younger than 18 will go in effect next year, the las was pushed by Melanoma survivor Lisa Andrews.
Pregnant Women
  • California employers will be required to continue health coverage benefits for up to four months in a 12-month period, regardless of an employee’s length of service with the company and applies to employers with 5 or more employees.
Education
  • California Public Schools will have to start including gay history in the curriculum
  • California approved, The Dream Act, which expands eligibility for institutional grants and fee waivers to undocumented students at the state;s university systems and community colleges.
  • California will require school districts to ban students suspected of having suffered a concussion from participating in sports.
Drivers
  •  Nevada will prohibit drivers from texting messaging and using handheld phones.
  • North Dakota law bans all drivers from texting and drivers under the age of 18 from using cell phones in their cars.
Voting
2012 is en election year and  if you live in these states you could be affected,
  •  Kansas, Rhode Island, Tennessee and Texas  will require voters to present photo ID before casting ballots. supporters of the law said they are needed to combat voter fradu buy civil right groups argue the laws aimed at suppressing minority-voting.
At Work
  • Employers in California can no longer consider your credit report when you apply for a job where money or finances are not involved.
  • But if you live in Louisiana, South Carolina, Tennessee and Georgia, employers will be required to use E-verify to determine the eligibility of their employees. California on the contrary will prohibit any state or local government from requiring employers ro use E-Verify program unless required by federal law.

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