GPS tracking devices for some accused domestic abusers, a ban on texting while driving and expanded sunshine laws for statewide groups that represent local governments are among topics covered by laws set to take effect next week.
The state constitution specifies that new laws take effect 90 days following the adjournment of the legislature, unless a bill contains another effective date or is declared an emergency. New drug laws and revised options for low-performing schools, for example, have been in force since being signed into law by the governor.
The General Assembly adjourned sine die on April 15, making the new laws effective the first moment of July 15, 2010.
Of the 163 bills and eight joint resolutions set to become law, all or part of 23 had special effective dates, including emergency legislation.
Among the new laws that will take effect on July 15 are the following: