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Here Are Some Of The New Laws That Take Effect Around The U.S. In 2015

Tiger selfies are now illegal in New York.

Posted on January 1, 2015, at 1:10 p.m. ET

In California, farmers raising egg-laying chickens cannot confine them to cages.

This new law allowing chicks to roam free extends to other states that ship eggs to California, too.
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This new law allowing chicks to roam free extends to other states that ship eggs to California, too.

Out-of-state wineries can ship bottles directly to consumers in Massachusetts.

The law was championed by former New England Patriots quarterback-turned-wine connoisseur Drew Bledsoe.
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The law was championed by former New England Patriots quarterback-turned-wine connoisseur Drew Bledsoe.

In Utah, cities can no longer ban specific breeds of dogs.

In 2014, at least 10 cities in the state banned owning breeds such as pit bulls, the Associated Press reported.
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In 2014, at least 10 cities in the state banned owning breeds such as pit bulls, the Associated Press reported.

The "Yes Means Yes" consent law goes into effect at California colleges.

The law requires "an affirmative, conscious and voluntary agreement to engage in sexual activity." Any university receiving financial aid must adopt it.
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The law requires "an affirmative, conscious and voluntary agreement to engage in sexual activity." Any university receiving financial aid must adopt it.

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Louisiana law enforcement agencies must disclose the number of untested rape kits.

The law went into effect in August, and Louisiana is supposed to report this number by Jan. 1, 2015.
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The law went into effect in August, and Louisiana is supposed to report this number by Jan. 1, 2015.

Michigan is cracking down on the buying of large quantities of cold medicine in an effort to control meth production.

The state will now limit the amount of cold medicine consumers can purchase.

In Louisiana, 16- and 17-year-olds can now register to vote.

They still can't cast a ballot until age 18, though.
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They still can't cast a ballot until age 18, though.

In New York, you are now required to recycle old computers, video games consoles, and televisions.

New Yorkers can't just throw their old MacBooks into the garbage anymore.
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New Yorkers can't just throw their old MacBooks into the garbage anymore.

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In New York, it becomes illegal in February to take a photo with a lion, tiger, or other big cat.

Sorry! No more tiger selfies, New Yorkers!
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Sorry! No more tiger selfies, New Yorkers!

In Louisiana, smoking will be banned within 25 feet of entrances to state office buildings.

Good news for public officials who hate secondhand smoke.
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Good news for public officials who hate secondhand smoke.

Nevada high school students can be denied driver's licenses for skipping too much school.

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In California, distributing "revenge porn" will be made illegal.

The bill, which goes into effect in July, will make it a crime to share someone's sexually explicit photos, including selfies.
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The bill, which goes into effect in July, will make it a crime to share someone's sexually explicit photos, including selfies.

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On Jan. 1, the minimum wage goes up in several states, including Arkansas, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio, Maryland, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island.

And more states will raise their minimum wage in 2015.
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And more states will raise their minimum wage in 2015.

In California, undocumented immigrants will be eligible to apply for a driver's license.

The Safe and Responsible Driver Act (AB60), passed in 2013, goes into effect this year.
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The Safe and Responsible Driver Act (AB60), passed in 2013, goes into effect this year.

Gasoline leaf blowers are banned in Los Gatos, California.

The city says it's getting rid of leaf blowers because they "pollute the air and degrade the quality of life."
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The city says it's getting rid of leaf blowers because they "pollute the air and degrade the quality of life."

E-cigs must be sold behind the counter in Illinois.

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In Illinois, epilepsy will be added to the list of illnesses that can be treated with medical marijuana.

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In Iowa, pimps will be fined $1,000 under a new law passed to crack down on human trafficking.

In Oregon, home sellers are required to disclose to buyers if a house was previously a meth lab.

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