9 New Laws Now on the Books in 2016
Depending on what state you live in, you can start toting guns in public, lock your prescription drugs, or even freeze your child's credit.
1. Animal Abusers Registry in Tennessee
The online registry of animal abusers is the first of its kind in the nation -- and works just like a sex offender registry.
2. Bicycling/Driving With Ear Buds Illegal in California
Of course, that includes headphones as well. One ear bud, however, is still OK.
3. Hawaii Raises Legal Smoking Age to 21
The law, the first of its kind in the United States, applies not only to the sale or use of tobacco products — including cigarettes and cigars — but also to smoking electronic cigarettes. Governor David Ige said nearly nine out of 10 smokers in the state adopt the habit before turning 21.
6. Open Carry Is Legal in Texas
More than 40 states allow some type of open carry, but Texas is the first with a all-encompassing law. To qualify, Texans must have a concealed-handgun permit and must submit their fingerprints and pass a criminal background check.
7. Styrofoam Food Containers Banned in D.C.
D.C. joined New York City in passing a law to ban styrofoam containers at food establishments. They will be replaced with more environmentally-friendly receptacles.
8. Pill Bottles With Locks in Illinois
The new law that allows (not mandates) pharmacies to dispense pill bottles with locks on them is designed to deter a person’s family members from accessing and abusing medication containing hydrocodone.