New Louisiana laws in effect Aug. 1; including abortion restrictions, sentencing

(Source: KSLA News 12)
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Published: Aug. 1, 2017 at 9:57 AM CDT|Updated: Aug. 1, 2017 at 12:20 PM CDT
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LOUISIANA (KSLA) - 200 new Louisiana laws go into effect starting Tuesday including laws about abortion and a criminal justice overhaul.

August 1 marks the day each year new laws take effect in Louisiana.

This year some of the laws include:

Minors face tougher restrictions for getting an abortion - a legal guardian now must provide an I.D. along with a notarized statement allowing the procedure.

Cities and towns that use cameras to catch speeders will have to post signs notifying drivers. If there are no signs, those communities can not use the images from the traffic cameras to ticket motorists.

Pieces of Gov. Edwards' overhaul take effect, including sentencing law changes, a statute aimed at helping ex-offenders obtain occupational licenses, and a provision to shrink fines and court fees if they cause financial hardship.

A new "Ban the Box" law involving Louisiana Colleges will now prohibit admissions from asking someone about their criminal past while applying. Exceptions involve convictions of stalking, rape, or sexual assault or battery. After being accepted, administration can ban ex-offenders from certain campus activities.

A new curriculum will now be mandatory for those trying to get their driver's license. The class will teach would be drivers how to better communicate with officers when being pulled over.

House Bill 241, which was signed into law, is aimed at decreasing tensions between officers and motorists amid violent encounters around the country.

Louisiana's public safety department has to add instruction on police procedures for traffic stops, demonstrations of "appropriate interactions with law enforcement" and training on "maintaining integrity and respect."

For a full list of new laws, go here to the Louisiana State Legislature's website.

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