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December 31, 2013

Now in effect

Here is a sampling of new laws in some states

Each new year brings a plethora of new laws enacted by the various states. (Congress passed fewer than 60 laws this year, the smallest number in 66 years.)

Here are a few of the most newsworthy:

• Marijuana stores become legal in Colorado — under state laws — and medical marijuana is now legal in Illinois. Actual sales may not occur for some time because of bureaucratic issues.

• Towns and cities in Wisconsin may legalize pedal pubs, multiple-person bicycles that ferry riders to and from taverns. A driver steers while multiple riders sit at a bar mounted behind him, each with his or her own pedal-and-chain assembly.

• Transgender students may choose which restroom to use and whether to play on girls’ or boys’ sports teams in California. The law may be subject to referendum.

• Photographers who harass celebrities and their children may face a year in jail and a fine of up to $10,000 in California. They also can be sued for damages and attorney fees.

• Illegal immigrants in Nevada can apply for driver authorization cards. Illegal immigrants in Maryland can obtain a driver’s license or identification card if they have filed a state tax return or were claimed as a dependent for each of the past two years.

• Upon request, health care providers in Maine will have to provide patients a price list of their most common health services and procedures.

• California’s minimum wage will go to $9 an hour starting in July. Domestic workers will have to be paid time and a half if they work more than nine hours in one day or more than 45 hours in a week. Baby sitters are exempt.

• Ohio’s minimum wage for will rise from $7.85 an hour to $7.95 for untipped workers and $3.93 to $3.98 plus tips for workers who receive tips.

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  • Life-saving law Life-saving law

    Not many pieces of legislation to come out of Annapolis can be described as a matter of life or death. But the CPR law signed by Gov. Martin O’Malley is just that.
    Known as Brenna’s Law, the legislation requires that all Maryland high schoolers will be required to complete CPR training as part of the graduation requirement.

    April 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Wildfires Wildfires

    The huge woods fire in nearby Pennsylvania shows just how much devastation can take place when a blaze breaks out during early spring. In this case, 900 acres of forest — much of it public game land — became engulfed in flames.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Street flowers Street flowers

    Walk along Frostburg’s Main Street in the spring and summer and one can’t miss the beautiful floral arrangements that adorn the lampposts.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • First base First base

    The idea of spending up to $7,500 for a study about the possibility of bringing a minor league baseball team to the area should at least be allowed to reach first base.

    April 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Restore them Restore them

    There are an estimated 47,000 deceased veterans whose remains are unidentified and unclaimed throughout the U.S. A group of senators and congressmen hope to do something to
    bring these men and women some dignity after death.

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Support the March for Babies May 3 at Canal Place

    At the March of Dimes, we promise to work tirelessly toward the day when all babies are born healthy.
    The March of Dimes has worked for more than 75 years to help babies get a healthy start in life.

    April 20, 2014

  • Happy Easter

    For the world’s more than 2 billion Christians, Easter is the day that defines their faith.
    The exact date of Christ’s resurrection is unknown, and even the precise locations of his crucifixion and burial are uncertain. This hasn’t stopped some people from saying they know the answer to these questions and others from trying to find out for themselves, or simply arguing about it.
     

    April 20, 2014

  • We concur We concur

    We’re certain that Donald Rumsfeld, who served as Secretary of Defense under Presidents Gerald Ford and George W. Bush, echoes what many Americans feel about the complexity of filing income tax returns.
    When he filed his return, Rumsfeld sent the following letter to the Internal Revenue Service:

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • The first step The first step

    If all goes as planned, Frostburg State University will one day offer a doctorate in nursing, a physician’s assistant program and a new health sciences building on campus.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Where to look Where to look

    Drive anywhere in Maryland and it seems there is one highway construction project after another. While it is good to see our roads and bridges being upgraded, it can be nerve-wracking for anyone traveling a long distance.

    April 14, 2014 1 Photo