Written by Whitney Wetzel
Last updated on January 02, 2013 @ 6:45PM
Created on January 02, 2013 @ 4:55PM
A new year brings new changes. Just two days into 2013, states all over the country are preparing for new laws that will take effect at some point over the next 12 months.
Washington, Maine, and Maryland have already legalized same-sex marriage, making nine states that will issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
In Illinois and California, employers won't be allowed to ask job applicants for their passwords to social media sites.
In Florida, drivers can get pulled over for flashing their lights to warn other drivers of a speed trap. But they'll be able to show proof of insurance on their smart phone.
In West Virginia, talking on your cell phone will become illegal come July, joining 10 other states that have banned all cell phone use while driving.
"Lawmakers believe that it's a good idea and I personally agree with that. That way there's no more distraction while you're driving," said Sheriff Joe Carpenter, Marion County Sheriff's Department.
Federally, parts of President Obama's health care law will take effect throughout this year and next.
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Jan 03, 2013 at 1:15 PM
What this country needs are more unemployed politicians. – Edward Langley
Jan 03, 2013 at 1:11 PM
There's no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible to live without breaking laws. – Ayn Rand
Slowly but surely we've allowed ignorant men to keep trying to protect everyone like a child in a bubble. Soon, we won't be allowed to walk outside. Sometimes I think some of these lawmakers have some sort of obsessive fear of everything around us and calm themselves by passing more restrictive laws that do nothing to protect anyone.