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About 40,000 New State Laws Take Effect Across the Nation In 2012

Posted Jan 5, 2012 12:34 PM CDT
By Rachel M. Zahorsky

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Nearly 40,000 new state laws took effect as merrymakers were ringing in the New Year earlier this week.

Changes in abortion laws in New Hampshire, stricter rules governing young athletes in Colorado and even mandates governing golf carts in Georgia, are among the new regulations, MSNBC reports. Eight states will also see a boost in minimum wage laws.

Many of the new laws reflect concerns over immigration, the cost of government and the best way to protect and benefit young people, according to MSNBC.

Every new law has its advocates and critics, but what does a flood of new regulations every January mean for American society?

“What this speaks to, in the big picture sense, is that we've become a nation of people who believe that everything, every ill, every wrong, every potential problem, every potential good, requires a law,” opines a post on Simple Justice: A New York Criminal Defense Blog. “Anyway you twist it, 40,000 is a lot of laws.”

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