The New Year will bring a slew of new laws that take effect from Saturday on issues ranging from surprise medical bills to restrictions for the pet.
Protections against unexpected medical bills take effect on New Years Day. A new federal law, the No Surprises Act, requires insurance companies to cover even off-grid expenses that may arise, especially in emergencies. .
Two-thirds of adults fear unforeseen medical bills, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. He said the bills for one-fifth of emergency treatment and one-sixth of network hospitalizations include at least one off-network charge.
In Ohio, students entering high school in the New Year won’t be allowed to graduate until they complete a financial literacy course, covering adult issues like taxes. , interest rates and obtaining a loan. Proponents of the legislation have said the state has a duty to prepare young people for success.
Emmanuel Velkos, a student at North Royalton High School, south of Cleveland, said this is what students need to know.
“I would say yes, definitely the most important, because it helps you manage your money,” he said.
Dog ties, insurance discrimination
Starting in January, it will be illegal to chain a dog in Texas. Any outdoor restraint should be lighter and more flexible, and dogs should have adequate shelter, shade and water. Fines can go up to $ 500 for the first offenses, and repeat offenders can be sentenced to jail.
“Too many dogs are seen as burglar alarms or some sort of security device instead of the living things that they are, and they are chained,” said Rachel Wolf of VOICE for Animals, an animal rights group. .
Governor Greg Abbott, who initially vetoed the law, signed a new version after being hit by a storm of tweets with the hashtag #AbbottHatesDogs.
A new Nevada law prohibits insurance companies from denying owners coverage or charging more based on the breed of their dogs. Insurers say they must be able to consider the potential liability of potentially aggressive animals, but supporters have said the law protects pet owners from “breed discrimination.”
Internet access, hot car alarms
Washington state, home to tech giants, has new law requiring anyone selling a home to disclose whether the property has access to internet service.
“During the pandemic, lack of internet access was a problem in many parts of our state,” said Law Enforcement Representative Carolyn Eslick. She said this ensures that homebuyers get full disclosure of high-speed Internet access in sellers’ statements “before they sign on to the bottom line.”
Florida will now require child care providers to install alarms in any car, bus or van that will alert drivers to make sure everyone is out before locking up. The law aims to reduce the number of deaths of children accidentally left in hot cars.
State Senator Linda Stewart of Orlando began work on the measure after the death of a 3-year-old boy who was locked in the back seat of a pickup truck for more than 12 hours. “It saves lives. It costs the daycare operator very little, ”she said.
Sterilized coats, cocktails to take away
Utah becomes the first state to require manufacturers and distributors of clothing and bedding filled with down or other material to include a label indicating that the filling material has been sterilized to ensure its safety. The law will apply to quilted bedspreads and down jackets called down jackets.
And Oregon is saying “cheers” by allowing bars and restaurants to sell take-out cocktails even after the pandemic is over. Drinks should be sold in sealed containers – open at home, where they can help celebrate the New Year.
The United States Distilled Spirits Council said 15 other states had adopted similar measures, which it said “have served as a vital lifeline for restaurants during the pandemic and continue to provide a significant source of revenue as they are starting to bounce back ”.