Of the new laws beginning in states throughout the United States on Jan. 1, one of the most controversial is the law being referred to as the “Facebook law”. Beginning Tuesday, employers in Illinois and California may no longer demand access to employees’ social network accounts by demanding that employees give their employer their passwords to such social networking sites as Facebook, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL).
Literally hundreds of new laws are taking effect on Tuesday - laws which were passed as future laws in various states in the recent past. Many legislative acts throughout the 50 states are worded with the time phrase: Beginning Jan. 1, of the next year. However, there are some laws that designate a date later in the new year. It is obviously advantageous for persons to be aware of new laws and when they take effect.
Other highly-publicized new laws for 2013 include same-sex marriages now allowed via the law of the land in Maryland, new abortion restrictions in New Hampshire, the new law regarding the fact that sex offenders won’t be allowed to hand out candy on Halloween or play Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny in Illinois anymore, and a new law which states that prison workers will no longer be allowed to have sex with inmates and prisoners in transport in California.