There are a number of new laws taking effect with the new year and here’s a breakdown of what some of them are according to our sister station, WCMH.
From snow day guidelines to gun laws, new regulations take effect in Ohio
The new laws in Ohio Cover a wide range of areas, from Education to driving. In terms of Education, Schools can no longer suspend or expel a student just for excessive truancy. Districts with truancy levels over 10 percent are required to implement an absence-intervention team in an attempt to avoid truancy charges. The Ohio Department of Education will no longer have to approve a district’s plan to make up snow days or the “blizzard bags” that schools send to students’ homes. Schools will work out a solution on their own.
When it comes to health, abortions are now banned after 20 weeks of pregnancy. It was 24 weeks, previously. Assisted suicide is now considered a third-degree felony and it is punishable by up to five years in prison. Health-insurance plans are now required to provide coverage for treatments of autism-spectrum disorders.
When we talk about animals this new law is now in effect, It if now a felony if you engage in cockfighting.
Drivers, If a traffic light does not detect your vehicle, you may drive through the intersection as long as you yield to oncoming traffic. A vehicle passing a bicycle must now give at least 3 feet of space.
And of course there is a new minimum wage, but let’s not get too excited.
Cities can no longer try to raise the wage above the state minimum, which is $8.15 per hour in 2017, which is a nickel more than in 2016.