A broad range of new laws are set to take effect in 2017. From tax relief on tampons to gun control, Fox News has released an article sharing some of the bizarre new laws going into effect today.
— Marijuana is now legal in several new states for recreational use, such as Massachusetts, Nevada and Maine.
— Minimum wage is increased in Colorado, Maine, Arizona and Washington. In Colorado, the wage will jump from $8.31 to $9.30 per hour for non-tipped workers. It is also slated to increase by $0.90 per hour each year until 2020, when it reaches $12.00 an hour.
— In regards to tax relief, Illinois decided to do away with a 6.25% “luxury” tax on tampons.
— Illinois also introduced several other new laws that start on January 1st. For example, it will no longer be illegal to catch catfish using a spear-gun, pitchfork or bow and arrow. Also, hunting terminology in Illinois will be updated. “Public hunting ground for game birds” will now replace “public hunting ground for pheasants.”
— In Portland Oregon a first of its kind ‘CEO tax’ was introduced. The law will tax publicly traded companies whose CEO earns 100 times more than the median wage of other company employees. A surcharge of 10 percent of the base tax liability would be imposed on those companies beginning on Jan. 1.
— Utah will now require online retailers such as Amazon, to charge consumers a 4.7% state sales tax at the point of sale. According to Fox 13, Utah has lost more than an estimated $180 million in sales tax revenues due to the fact that the state didn’t require the sales tax of all online retailers.
— In California, Governor Jerry Brown signed a new law that bans the purchase of semi-automatic rifles that have “evil features.” The “evil features” include pistol grips, flash hiders and bullet-buttons. Brown also signed a law that calls for prostitutes under the age of 18 to NOT be charged with a crime if caught in acts of prostitution.
H/T: Fox News
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