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5 New Laws for 2013 That Will Make You Shake Your Head

New year leads to new ... and crazy ... laws


When the clock struck midnight, we rolled into a new year — and with that came a whole host of new laws.

The laws — passed in 2012 and taking effect in 2013 — are part of more than 400 new pieces of legislation set to kick in, Reuters reports. Laws covering items as important as gun control and abortion all begin enforcement with the new year.

However, not all the laws enacted are of the gravest importance. Some of them will have you scratching your head in disbelief, either in that they were enacted or that they needed to be enacted.

Here are five crazy new laws for 2012:

  • Prison workers and officers are now forbidden from engaging in sex acts with prisoners in California.
  • It is now illegal to release wild hogs in Kentucky.
  • The term “motor vehicle” can no longer be applied to ATVs with oversized tires in Florida.
  • Sex offenders can no longer hand out Halloween candy in Illinois.
  • Employers in Oregon can no longer advertise to fill jobs if they won’t consider people who are currently out of work.

And a bonus one: In California and Illinois, it is now illegal for your bosses to require you to turn over your social media passwords. The two states have joined Michigan in securing workers’ rights to social media privacy.

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