Every year there are many new laws that may have an impact on our lives. Therefore, it may be useful at this time of year to examine the legal horizon, identify the most important group, and see if new trends have emerged.
Here’s what we did, and here are some of the things we found:
The death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis Police on Memorial Day 2020 sparked a wave of protests across the U.S. In response, several legislatures passed new laws to improve police oversight with civilian review committees.
Many laws were passed Prohibition of strangling the police. Some have moved in the opposite direction. Georgia, for example, has passed a new law that is defined as “bias-motivated intimidation,” which applies to death or serious injury to police, firefighters, or emergency personnel.
High minimum wage
This was a noticeable trend in 2020, and it continues. Low-wage workers in 20 states It got raises on January 1 when the minimum wage increases went into effect.
California has the highest minimum wage in the state, $ 14 an hour. The The municipality with the highest minimum wage required It is Emeryville, California, at $ 16.84 an hour, followed by Seattle at $ 16.69. As of December 31, the minimum wage in New York City is $ 15 an hour.
New COVID laws
An enormous number of laws It comes into effect this year as a direct result of the Coronavirus epidemic.
Some states have greatly expanded family leave programs. In California, for example, employers with at least five employees must provide at least 12 weeks of unpaid, protected job leave for employees to care for young children or sick family members.
Georgia and Virginia have passed laws to protect people from getting sudden medical bills, such as those from off-grid providers, during an emergency.
To overcome Republican lawmakers’ resistance, Oklahoma residents approved a constitutional amendment to expand Medicaid coverage in July. It is expected to help around 215,000 low-income residents.
Starting October 1, your old driver’s license will not be enough to bypass airport security. You will need a driver’s license compatible with true identity, a US passport, US military ID card, or other acceptable ID to board a commercial airliner in the United States
This change was scheduled to take effect on October 1, 2020, but has been delayed for a year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Legal pot and drug reform
On Election Day 2020, voters in four states – Arizona, Montana, New Jersey and South Dakota – voted yes to recreational marijuana. The dates in effect vary this year – ArizonaFor example, the April launch is estimated after licensing procedures have been reconciled and entered New Jersey Nobody knows because disputes over penalties for using the pot for minors have made things forgotten.
This brings the number of states that now allow recreational marijuana to 15.
at the same time, Oregon It becomes the first country to decriminalize possession of small quantities of hard drugs.
Here and there…
- All children born or adopted after January 1, 2021, in Illinois $ 50 will be deposited into the College Savings Plan.
- a New California law It requires all businesses out there to have at least one board member representing an ethnic or national minority by the end of the year. More numbers will be needed in 2022.
- Starting July 1, it will be illegal to carry a mobile phone and drive Virginia.
- Delaware It became the eighth country to ban plastic shopping bags.
- As of January 1, Greyhound racing is banned in Florida.