New Laws For a New Year

U.S.

If you’re hoping for change in the new year, then boy do lawmakers have something for you!

State legislatures alone passed nearly 40,000 bills this year — ranging from drone policy to minimum wage — on top of local ordinances and what little came out of Congress, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Residents of California, Illinois and Oregon are in for a particular shock: Laws passed in those states generally go into effect Jan. 1. In other states, laws may take effect July 1, 90 days after passage, or on the date specified.

Here’s a look at some of the most notable changes due to become law in 2014:

Healthcare: Insurance policies purchased under the Affordable Care Act, President Barack Obama’s signature domestic achievement, go into effect Jan. 1, as does the expanded Medicaid coverage in participating states.

Minimum wage: California’s minimum hourly wage is on…

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