One of my New Year’s resolutions is to blog more, so I figured I’d kick things off with an entry about the new year. According to this article, there are an estimated 40,000 laws that will take effect in 2012.
After doing a little more research, it looks like many of these measures could affect young people in the near future.
- Minors under 18 will be banned from tanning salons in California due to potential health risks.
- Students in Illinois can be suspended or expelled for making threats to teachers or students on the Internet.
- Those earning minimum wage will be payed more in Arizona, Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Florida, Montana, Ohio and Vermont.
- Student athletes must be benched in Colorado if they are believed to have suffered a head injury.
- Distracted driving rules are growing, and texting-and-driving is now illegal in more than 30 states across the country.
- Minors in California will need a special prescription to buy certain types of cough syrup because of problems with dangerous “robo-tripping” trends.
- Florida is taking control of school food programs from the federal government, and school cafeterias will serve more locally-grown fruits and vegetables.
- Undocumented students in California will be allowed to apply for private financial aid this year. (A second law will allow those students to access public aid in 2013).
Other new laws focus on immigration, election rules, abortion and entitlement programs. If you want to learn more about them, I recommend doing a quick news search on Google — you’ll find dozens of articles like this one from MSNBC.