18.07.03 New Laws

July 3, 2018
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New Month, New Laws

Coast to coast new rules have gone into effect tackling everything from plastic straws, marriage, school recess – even your eyes aren’t off limits.

Practical to bizarre…

No Plastic Straws & Utensils in Seattle

  • New Seattle law bans plastic straws & utensils for 5,000 food service businesses.
  • Violators subject to a $250 fine.
  • Businesses can instead use more environmentally-friendly materials like paper, steel & bamboo.
  • 1st major city to do so; NYC introduced similar legislation in May.

Must Be 18 Years or Older to Marry in Florida

  • Anyone under 17 will not be allowed to marry.
  • Anyone marrying a 17-year-old must be no more than 2 years older – minors need parental consent.
  • Old law allowed 16- & 17-year-olds to marry with parental consent.
  • Law stems from forced, minor marriages.

More Recess in Virginia

  • New law allows school systems to count recess as part of the instructional day.
  • One county’s elementary schools which currently gets 15 minutes will double to 30.
  • Others will likely add time as well – as long as itA does not exceed 15% of total instructional time or teaching hours.

Don’t Dial & Drive

  • Georgia joins 16 other states and Washington, D.C.A banning hand-held cellphone use while driving.
  • Drivers may not hold a phone with their hands or use any part of their body to support the device.
  • Georgia has notoriously bad traffic – and traffic deaths are up 30% in 2 years.
  • ALSO, new law in Arizona bans teen drivers from using phones.

No Eyeball Tattooing in Indiana

  • Tattooists will now be prohibited from coloring the whites of an individual’s eyes or face $10K fine.
  • UM, SAY WHAT? The bill’s sponsor admits he wasn’t aware of any incidents in Indiana but says the idea came after a model in Canada had complications.
  • Oklahoma is the only other state with a similar law.

No Slow Pokes in the Left Lane in Idaho

  • Who doesn’t get annoyed by slow drivers in the left lane? Now it’s grounds for a ticket in Idaho.
  • Law forbids slow drivers in the far-left lane from impeding other drivers who are traveling at the speed limit.
  • Citations would be handled like a speeding ticket & could cost you $90.

Hundreds of new laws went into effect on July 1 for many state & local governments as a by-product of their 2018 legislative session. We want to know what you think about them? Email us at info@smarthernews.test.

by Jenna Lee,