This is excerpted from Fox’s rather lengthy piece on new legislation some states have to look forward to in 2015, primarily in New York and California. Go figure.
Click on the link above to read the complete list.
Soon, more Americans will be able to legally light a joint. Workers across the country will see a higher minimum wage. And states will crack down on everything from pet tattoos to cramped hen cages to selfies with tigers.
The new year will usher in thousands of new laws, covering these areas and much, much more:
Animal tattoos. In New York, a law signed Dec. 15 by Gov. Andrew Cuomo will make it a crime to pierce or tattoo animals. The law reportedly gained traction after the case of a woman trying to sell “gothic kittens” with piercings, as well as a New Yorker who tattooed his pit bull. The law takes effect in about four months.
Driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants. Starting Thursday, California illegal immigrants will be able to apply for a state drivers’ license under a 2013 law. Hundreds of thousands of applicants are expected.
Data destruction. A Delaware law takes effect Jan. 1 requiring companies to scrub a host of customer information. It requires all “commercial entities” to take “all reasonable steps” to destroy consumers’ personal identifying information that is “no longer to be retained by the commercial entity” by “shredding, erasing, or otherwise destroying or modifying” it — “to make it entirely unreadable or indecipherable through any means.”
Tiger selfies. In New York in February, it becomes illegal to pose for a photo with a lion, tiger or other big cat. The measure, which specifically prohibits contact between members of the public and big cats at animal shows, passed after self-portraits with the animals started becoming more popular online, particularly with some young men on dating sites.
‘Yes means yes.’ In California, a “yes means yes” standard for sex between college students takes effect on Thursday, requiring “an affirmative, conscious and voluntary agreement to engage in sexual activity,” meaning silence or a lack of resistance can no longer be deemed consent.
Sweet-beverage tax. In November, voters in Berkeley, Calif. passed a one-cent tax on certain sugary drinks, including soda and other beverages such as Snapple and Gatorade. The tax, in effect Jan. 1, will be paid by distributors, not retailers, but it is unclear how or if the higher cost will be passed on to consumers.
It’s hard to believe we have to tell people not to get their pets tattooed, let alone have a need for laws that make it illegal.
Not having visited young men’s dating sites, I wasn’t aware that tiger selfies were a hot thing. Is that intended to attract potential girl friends or boy friends?
While this legislation is at the state level, rest assured our federal lawmakers will be working on equally worthy subject matter.
Happy New Year, y’all.