A smoking ban in Georgia, strict sanctions against sex offenses in Iowa and legal procedures for disposing of unclaimed cremated remains in Connecticut are among hundreds of new state laws that take effect July 1. Stateline.org highlights some of the laws, including a package of Iowa laws designed to protect children from pedophiles by doubling penalties and mandating electronic monitoring of sex convicts.
On July 1, California begins using a Web site to inform the public about certain sex offenders. Montana will require serious sex offenders to register for a satellite-monitoring program, and New Mexico is starting a new sex offender DNA identification system. A number of states are launching new efforts to curb methamphetamine production by limiting the sale of psuedoephedrine, a key component of the narcotic. In six states, new laws taking effect that aim to improve road safety. Among other laws: Mississippi allows municipalities to ban the hourly rental of motel rooms; Georgia restricts a maximum jury award for pain and suffering caused by medical malpractice to $350,000; New York prohibits the unrestricted marketing of credit cards on college campuses, and Idaho allows prosecution of parents who allow their child to become a habitual truant.