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New laws in 2016 show states are diverging on guns, voting

11 months 1 week 5 days ago December 30, 2015 Dec 30, 2015 Wednesday, December 30 2015 December 30, 2015 11:29 AM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Geoff Mulvihill

TRENTON- Laws taking effect in the new year illustrate how states are diverging on some hot-button issues.
               
Texas will allow licensed owners to carry handguns openly in public places, while California will allow people to ask a judge to have weapons taken away from relatives who are believed to pose a threat.
               
California and Oregon will become the first states that automatically register eligible voters who obtain or renew a driver's license. North Carolina will join the list of states requiring that photo IDs be presented at polling places.
               
The differences are a sign of a nation that is polarized politically.
               
Minimum wages are rising in several states, a contrast to inaction on the issue in Congress.

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