New Fiscal Year, New State Laws
July 2, 2001
A wave of new state laws took effect Sunday as the new fiscal year arrived in some states. Issues addressed by the laws ranged from unsafe schools to identity theft, abandoned babies, eco-terrorists and seatbelts left unbuckled.
- So far this year, 15 states have made efforts to save abandoned babies -- with Mississippi and South Dakota allowing young or overwhelmed mothers to leave their babies at hospitals without fear of prosecution.
- In Iowa, eco-terrorists can get up to 10 years in prison for destroying crops or interfering with animal enterprises.
- Colorado pinpointed another emerging threat -- would-be thieves who wear aluminum-lined pants or carry aluminum-lined bags to thwart store security monitors.
- Responding to another growing trend, Florida and Colorado have made identity theft a state crime.
Source: Associated Press, "New Fiscal Year Brings on Wave of State Laws," USA Today, July 2, 2001.
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