New Laws Kick In Next Week

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New Laws Kick In Next Week

It's going to be a brave new world come next week, since July 1 is the effective date for most new laws passed by our state representatives at the 2013 legislative session.

Here are just a few new rules for living, courtesy of the Wyoming Legislature:

First of all, it's a good idea to fill up your gas tank over the weekend, because the 10-cent fuel tax will hit the pumps starting Monday. Estimates are the tax will raise $70 million per year (House Bill 69).

Also starting Monday, employers are no longer required to compensate employees who quit or are fired for their accrued vacation time. This means employees who plan to quit would be best off taking their vacation time before doing so (House Bill 79).

Hunters can now use silencers on firearms while hunting (Senate File 132), and can hunt big game and trophy animals with a shotgun (Senate File 17). Guns and deadly weapons are now officially banned in courtrooms (House Bill 216).

The legislature cleaned up an old inheritance law, and Wyoming citizens, like residents of most other states, can now transfer their real estate to an heir without having to have it put through probate court. (House Bill 201)

The state may also participate in a nationwide lottery or run it's own (House Bill 77). However, to date, there's nowhere to buy tickets yet, as state officials are still setting up a lottery administration. Experts have estimated lottery tickets will be on sale in Wyoming by the end of the calendar year.

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