(WASHINGTON) -- Tens of thousands of new laws go into effect Saturday in cities and states all across the country. Some of the laws have far-reaching goals, like making roads safer. Three more states – Delaware, Kansas and Kentucky – now ban text messaging while driving.
Others have more specific targets. In California, photographers now face beefed up penalties or false imprisonment for blocking cars. New laws make it more difficult to be a food cart owner in Des Moines, Iowa; they are now banned at night because of their tendency to attract crowds.
Many of the new laws deal with technology. In California, Hawaii, Massachusetts, New York, and Texas, for example, impersonating someone through social media or email is now a crime.
In Connecticut, the fine for those pesky telemarketers who violate the “Do Not Call” registry just jumped to $11,000 per violation.
There are now stricter penalties if you’re convicted of holding a dog fight within 1,000 feet of an Illinois school, park or playground.
And don’t try subletting your New York City apartment for just a few days or weeks. A new law that takes affect in May bans renting your apartment for less than a month.
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