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New Laws For 2022

2022 came rolling in with not just the same ole legal story, but ushering in some new laws that you may or may not be aware of.  Here are just a few:

Minimum wage increases

Many states have moved in recent years to increase their minimum wage requirements. Starting Saturday, 20 states saw a rise in their minimum wages take effect, while New York’s increase began in 2022.

New York’s hike — along with those in California, Delaware, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Rhode Island — is part of scheduled raises to reach $15-per-hour minimums, according to a report from Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory US, which provides finance, compliance and regulatory information.

States also increased rates because of previously approved legislation or ballot initiatives, and other state-mandated wage increases — in places like Arizona, Colorado, Maine, Minnesota, Montana, Ohio, South Dakota, Vermont and Washington — are due to automatic cost-of-living adjustments that are based on inflation.

Missouri voters passed a proposition in 2018 that gradually increases the statewide minimum wage to $12 over five years. Michigan, New Mexico and Virginia adopted similar legislation with $12 goals.

Surprise medical bills

Though the pandemic will bring some medical woes into 2022, Americans can bid farewell to at least one health care headache thanks to the No Surprises Act, which bans most surprise medical bills starting Saturday.  The federal ban — which Congress approved in late 2020 — prohibits most unexpected medical charges from out-of-network providers and will apply to about 10 million bills a year, according to federal estimates.It protects patients when they receive emergency care or scheduled treatment from doctors and hospitals that are not in their insurance networks and that they did not choose. Consumers are responsible only for their in-network cost-sharing in these situations.

School curriculum and Home

The year 2021 saw fierce national and local debates over what students learn in schools, with a major point of contention being critical race theory. In Illinois, lawmakers moved to prioritize Asian American history by passing legislation requiring it in public schools.  On Saturday, the state’s Teaching Equitable Asian American History Act went into effect, making Illinois the first state to have such a requirement.In Washington, those selling houses will now have to disclose whether the property has access to the internet.

Alcohol and recreational cannabis

Californians of legal drinking age had something else to cheer to at midnight: several more years of to-go alcohol sales.  The state had been allowing restaurants and some bars to sell alcoholic beverages to go since the early days of the pandemic, but a new law that went into effect Saturday extends the rule — which was set to expire at the end of 2021 — through December 31, 2026.”For many establishments, flexibilities like outdoor parklets and to-go cocktails have helped bring in critical revenue that allowed them to maintain operations during challenging times and keep workers on the payroll,” Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom said in a statement.

And in Montana, residents 21 and older will be allowed to purchase cannabis for recreational use in some counties starting Saturday.  A new law permits the possession and purchase of “up to one ounce of cannabis, which may include up to eight grams of concentrate and/or up to 800 mg of THC in edible form,” according to the Marijuana Policy Project. Adults can also “cultivate up to two cannabis plants in their home, with no more than four plants per household,” the group said.  The law applies only to counties that approved a 2020 ballot initiative related to recreational cannabis use.

Environment

In Texas, Tax assessors will be banned from including chicken coops and rabbit pens in the value of homes.California will have the country’s strictest standards for living space for breeding pigs starting January 1, 2022.

For residents of Washington, DC, it’s gas-powered leaf blowers.  A regulation passed in 2018 outlaws the use of the tools by residents and landscapers, and carries fines of up to $500.  The rule is because they “can be as loud as heavy traffic and cause health problems for people who breathe their fumes.”

Conclusion

There are new laws, not just every year, but literally everyday.  Just federally over 3,000 modifications or new laws have been made since 2015.  Thus, I can not blame you for not knowing that you could not take your leaf blower to Washington, D.C.

Therefore if you find yourself needing an attorney or having a question about the law, please call the Winslow Law Firm, 843-357-9301 and we are happy to serve you.  it just is not the same happiness you might find in Montana – however we do have a great criminal attorney on team should you need him.

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