The new year brings new federal and state laws. Here are just a few of them:
Roll out of the Affordable Care Act will continue in 2014. The following are some of the provisions taking effect in the new year:
Coverage begins Wednesday in the health insurance marketplace. Open enrollment ends March 31.
Health insurance companies, Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program can't refuse coverage for pre-existing conditions. The exception is grandfathered plans (purchased by yourself and not through your employer).
The minimum wage increases 10 cents to $7.95 an hour.
A law taking effect Feb. 5 allows motor vehicle owners to purchase three new special license plates. The plates are:
Combat Action Ribbon or Combat Action Badge plates are available to any person who was awarded the combat action ribbon or combat action badge. There are no additional contributions or fees to purchase the plates.
Nationwide Children's Hospital license plate: A $25 contribution is paid to the Nationwide Children's Hospital Foundation. There is also a $10 Bureau of Motor Vehicles fee charged.
Power Squadron license plate designed by the Mansfield Power Squadron. There is a $15 contribution paid to the United States Power Squadrons' districts 7, 11, 24 and 29. The U.S. Power Squadrons is a nonprofit boating educational organization. There is also a $10 BMV fee.
Colorado: A new law permits 16-year-olds to pre-register to vote with registration becoming automatically active when they turn 18. Also, anyone over 21 will be able to purchase up to 1 ounce of marijuana at state-licensed retail outlets.
Delaware: The possession, sale and distribution of shark fins is prohibited.
Illinois: Human trafficking victims who were tattooed by their captors can have their tattoo removed with funds from the Crime Victims' Compensation Act. Another new law makes it illegal for websites that post mug shots to solicit or accept money in exchange for removing the photos from their websites.
New Hampshire: Increases the age from 6 years to 7 years where a child has to be properly fastened and secured by child-restraint system.
Oregon: Eligible workers may take up to two weeks of family leave for the death of a relative. Also in Oregon, a new law bans smoking in motor vehicles when children are present.
Rhode Island: The Ocean State will become with eighth state to limit the use of criminal records when hiring a worker.
Utah: High schools are allowed to conduct annual earthquake-evacuation drills.
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