Every year brings new laws. Makes you wonder how we survived the previous year without them, doesn't it?
Here are some of the new laws in my state, North Carolina:
Starting Sunday, pharmacies will be required to enter customers into a national database when they want to buy cold medicine that contains pseudoephedrine, a key ingredient in making methamphetamine. The database will block the sale if the person has gone on a buying spree for the drug.
Other new laws include one that means more criminals convicted of misdemeanors will be housed in county jails rather than in state prisons. It's part of a new policy approved by the Legislature with the goal of reducing correctional costs and recidivism.
New laws also mean changes to how teenagers in North Carolina get their licenses.
The law requires teenagers with a learner's permit will have to do a little more paperwork before moving on to the next step in the state's three-step graduated license program for adolescent drivers. The first log requires 60 hours of time behind the wheel under the supervision of a parent or other experienced driver. The second log, for Level 2 drivers, requires 12 additional hours. Signed copies of the logs have to be presented before moving to the next level.
And then there is this one:
State tax collector will have fewer powers to force corporations to redo their tax returns if they're suspected of dodging taxes.
Nice! Who is in power again?