Kristin Lam USA TODAY Published 11:06 PM EST Dec 31, 2018 New year, new state laws. A slew of new state laws take effect with the turn of the calendar — ranging from minimum wage changes to pink hunting gear to a mandatory cursive writing curriculum. One state will even begin paying people to relocate for remote work. A few of the more notable changes: Minimum wages will increase At the start of the new year, 19 states and 21 cities will increase their minimum wage, according to the National Employment Law Project. About 17 million people from New York to California will have received pay bumps, the project estimates, once additional minimum wage increases are phased in throughout the year. Illinois hunters can wear bright pink Hunting enthusiasts in Illinois have a new wardrobe choice. In addition to bright orange, hunters can wear bright pink in 2019 to meet safety requirements during gun deer … [Read more...] about 2019 new laws: Illinois OKs pink hunting vests, Ohio requires cursive
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Janna Herron and Adam Shell USA TODAY Published 10:47 AM EDT Sep 21, 2018 One of the best ways to protect yourself from identity theft is now free. Starting Friday, a new federal law allows people to freeze and unfreeze their credit at the three major credit bureaus without being charged. Before, it cost consumers in almost half the states $3 to $12 per bureau to freeze or unfreeze their credit reports. A freeze prevents lenders from pulling a person's credit report – a key part of the approval process for a credit card or loan – essentially preventing fraudsters from opening a new account in that person's name or the name of someone in their family. The new law comes more than a year after Equifax disclosed a major data breach that exposed the personal information of 148 million Americans and prompted lawmakers to rethink identity security. The new law also extends how long a fraud alert remains on your credit reports from 90 days to one year. Less … [Read more...] about Equifax: Credit freeze is free under new law
Jessica Guynn USA TODAY Published 11:41 p.m. UTC Aug 31, 2018 SAN FRANCISCO — California lawmakers passed the nation’s toughest net neutrality protections late Friday. If signed by Gov. Jerry Brown, the new law would set up a legal fight with federal regulators who rolled back Obama-era internet rules this year. Broadband providers would not be able to slow down or block websites or charge higher fees for faster speeds, according to the legislation sponsored by Sen. Scott Wiener, a Democrat from San Francisco. It also places new limits on certain types of data plans. Telecommunications industry groups including the California Cable and Telecommunications Association and the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association opposed the legislation. Opponents say the federal government should make the rules, not individual states. California is one of nearly three dozen states weighing net neutrality rules after the Federal … [Read more...] about California on the verge of enacting nation’s toughest net neutrality law
US Ambassador to New Zealand Scott Brown says the new visa law signed by US President Donald Trump will "make bilateral commerce even easier". Mr Trump has signed a new law allowing Kiwis better business access to the United States, which was welcomed on Thursday by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. The signing of the Knowledge Innovators and Worthy Investors Act (which just happens to spell KIWI when abbreviated) gives New Zealanders access to E1 and E2 visas, the latter which allows an individual to enter and work inside of the US based on an investment. Donald Trump signs new visa law for New Zealanders Jacinda Ardern and Donald Trump exchange friendly fire Revealed: The two letters Donald Trump has sent to Jacinda Ardern "The KIWI Act allows eligible New Zealanders to take advantage of a special visa class that is designed to facilitate business and innovation in the United States. This is called the E1/E2 Treaty Trader Investment visa," Mr Brown told … [Read more...] about What does Donald Trump’s new visa law mean for Kiwis?
The United States welcomes the law on Ukraine's national security adopted by the Verkhovna Rada and signed by President Petro Poroshenko, State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert has said. "The law is consistent with Western principles and provides a framework for increasing the Ukrainian Armed Forces' NATO interoperability," Nauert said in a statement posted on the official website of the U.S. State Department on Friday, July 6. It notes that full implementation of the law, including the establishment of a Rada oversight committee for the security sector and a new law on the Security Service of Ukraine, will further deepen Ukraine's Western integration. "The United States stands ready to continue supporting Ukraine's defense and security sector reforms to bolster Ukraine's ability to defend its territorial integrity," Nauert said. As reported, on July 5, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko signed into law the bill on Ukraine's national security approved by the Verkhovna Rada, … [Read more...] about U.S. welcomes Ukraine’s new law on national security