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Major Laws That Go Into Effect in 2012

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Nearly 40,000 new laws go into effect this year.  Some will have less impact on American’s everyday lives, others will be very influential.  Below you will find some of the most influential and interesting laws to go into effect in 2012.

Minimum Wage


The following 8 states will be raising their minimum wage in 2012:  Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Montana, Ohio, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington.  Additionally, the city of San Francisco will raise its minimum wage, making it the highest minimum wage in U.S. history.

Illegal Immigration


Several states will see laws affecting illegal immigrants go into effect:

Alabama employers will now be required by law to use E-Verify, a federal system that verifies that employees are in the U.S legally.

Georgia will begin implementing a similar system similar to Alabama.  A gradual implementation, by July of 2013 Georgia will require all businesses with more than 10 employees to use the E-Verify system on new employees. 

Tennessee will also implement a system like Alabama and Georgia’s; the state will see a law that requires all business with 6 or more employees to utilize the E-Verify system on employees. 

South Carolina will implement a law that allows for businesses to have their licenses rescinded if they do not use E-Verify on their employees. 

California will implement several immigration related laws.  For instance, undocumented state university students can now receive payment for working in student government, and private financial aid.

Other Laws



By law, California schools will now require that gay and disabled people who made historical contributions to the world be included in their educational teaching programs.


Motorcyclists can officially run red lights after waiting a, “reasonable amount of time,” at a red light in Illinois.  Very interesting also is that another law going into effect will allow schools to expel or suspend students who threaten school personnel or other students online; this law is an obvious response to the cyber bullying issue that has come to light recently.


Michigan sees a change in its hunting laws.  Now children of any age can hunt under the condition that they are accompanied by someone who is aged 21 or older.

New Hampshire

Young girls seeking abortions are now required to either tell their parents or go before a judge before they can legally have an abortion.

Rhode Island and Tennessee

Both states will implement a law that requires all voters to present a photo ID when they go to vote. 


By law, restaurants, bars, and so on can no longer offer drink specials in an effort to cut down on drinking and driving.

Amber Paley is a guest post and article writer bringing to us some of the laws that go into effect in 2012.  Amber also writes about nursing home abuse.

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