From straw bans to a $15 minimum wage, July brings new laws

By Madison Park

Published July 12, 2018

Hundreds of new laws went into effect in July across the country. Here's a look at some of the brand-new rules:

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Seattle bans plastic straws and utensils

This goes for all food service businesses. Violators are subject to a $250 fine.


More recess time in Virginia

A new law permits unstructured recreational time "in any calculation of total instructional time or teaching hours, provided that such unstructured recreational time does not exceed 15 percent of total instructional time or teaching hours."


New rules for California marijuana products

Marijuana products sold in California must pass additional tests for certain chemicals, pesticides and foreign materials. Recreational marijuana became legal in the Golden State at the beginning of the year.

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Some teachers will be armed in Florida

As part of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act, every superintendent must designate a school safety specialist and the school board must determine how many of its personnel will carry a weapon.


Must be 18 years or older to get hitched in Florida

Floridians under age 18 may not get marriage licenses. The new law is intended to protect minors who may be pressured into early marriages.


Some adoption records open in Indiana

Indiana residents who were adopted before January 1, 1983, may request access to their records. This access is only permitted to eligible individuals such as an adult adoptee, adoptive parent, birth parent and birth sibling. A biological parent can file to block access.


Tighter alcohol rules for California's ride-share drivers

Drivers for services such as Uber or Lyft will face lower blood alcohol limits. The limit for DUIs for these drivers is 0.04 down from 0.08.

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Sunscreens allowed in school without doctor's note

Indiana students can bring and apply sunscreen lotion at school without a doctor's note or prescription and no longer have to store it in a specific place. The same goes for Maryland students as schools are now educating students about sun safety.