August sees new laws take effect

Published 9:23 am Wednesday, August 5, 2015

A number of new laws passed by the state Legislature took effect at the start of August.

New laws and penalties dealt with topics that ranged from sending “revenge” pornography to new penalties for littering.

Regarding revenge porn, sharing a nude or partially-nude picture without the consent of the person in the picture is now illegal. Penalties for the person caught doing such a thing include facing a possible term of two years in prison and a $10,000 fine. It was already a crime to send a nude image of someone under 17, but this new law now protects everyone

Those who litter face a $150 fine. That is twice the amount of the fine than before Aug. 1. A second offense for littering could cost up to $1,000. A fine of $300 was already on the book for throwing cigarette butts on the ground or tossing them or tossing them out the car window.

New laws say domestic abuse is now grounds for an immediate divorce.

Abusers under a protective order are banned from possessing a firearm. Persons convicted of a domestic abuse-related battery are banned from possessing a firearm for up to 10 years.

Tanning beds also did not escape the lawmakers’ pens. Teenagers under 18 are now banned from using tanning beds.

Lawmakers also tried to do something about the ever-increasing use of drones. Drones can no longer fly over petroleum and alumina refineries, or chemical, rubber or nuclear power plants without the consent of the owner.

Finally, regarding automobile inspection stations, such stations may now inspect automobiles in the rain.