New Laws Take Effect January 1

A wide range of new state laws go into effect on January 1, 2020. Here is what you need to know –

HB 38:
Enhances criminal penalties for violence committed in a place of worship.

HB 889:
Mandates insurance coverage of tick-borne illnesses.

HB 1873:
Doubles fines for illegally passing a school bus.

HB 2135:
Eliminates statute of limitations for prosecution of criminal sexual assault.

SB 162: 
Makes mammograms more accessible. Specifically requires coverage for comprehensive ultrasound screenings if a mammogram demonstrates heterogeneous or dense breast tissue, or when medically necessary as determined by a licensed physician. The new law also requires coverage for diagnostic mammograms.

SB 651: 
A consumer protection bill that targets abusive and unscrupulous alternative retail energy and gas suppliers; also holds harmless suppliers that play by the rules in the competitive retail electric or natural gas markets.

SB 944: 
Adds motorcycles to the types of vehicles for which an eligible applicant may be issued a set of license plates for veterans with disabilities.

Click here for the full list of new state laws.