Big Day for New Laws
This past Saturday was a big day for a slew of new laws that came into effect. New restrictions on expert witnesses, minors seeking abortions, and local governments with gun ordinances kick in Saturday as new bills passed by lawmakers earlier this year go into effect.In all, 29 new laws go on the books Oct. 1, the first day of many local governments’ fiscal years and the last major push of legislation passed during the 2011 Legislative session.Among the most controversial measures is one that places heavy fines on local governments that enact tougher gun laws than those imposed by the state. Despite being on the books for decades, laws prohibiting cities and counties from enacting stricter gun laws lacked any teeth. No more.