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551 new laws take effect Friday in Louisiana

4 years 7 months 2 weeks ago Thursday, July 31 2014 Jul 31, 2014 July 31, 2014 10:34 AM July 31, 2014 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Melinda Deslatte

BATON ROUGE - More than 550 new laws take effect Friday, passed by lawmakers in the legislative session that ended in June.

Slug a referee at your child's sports game? You'll face jail time.

Sixteen and trying to improve your tan? You'll have to head outside because minors are barred from the tanning bed.

Want to snoop in your employee's social media accounts? You're prohibited from demanding access.

Many laws are minor, naming the mayhaw tree as Louisiana's official state fruit tree, or offering new specialized license plates for master gardeners and NRA members.

Others impact health care options and change educational programs.

Many of the laws focus on crime. For example, aiming a laser at an aircraft and flying drones over chemical plants are newly prohibited, carrying possible prison sentences for violators.

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