New Laws Prod Police, Protect Kids, Push Tax Cuts

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Tax breaks abound as a host of new state laws take effect Wednesday.

July 1 is the effective date for new laws in many states.

North Dakota will reduce taxes on income and other items.

Maryland will exempt domestic partners who co-own homes from the state inheritance tax.

Disabled veterans, the elderly and fishery owners get property tax relief in North Carolina.

Washington is giving newspaper printers and publishers a 40 percent cut in the main business tax.

SWAT teams in Maryland must now report on their missions to the governor every six months including death or injury to pets.

The law was spurred by a mistaken raid on a mayor's house during which his two black Labradors were killed.

And finally, downing a cold one at the corner bar will be easier in Utah, where patrons no longer have to be members.


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  • by anon on Jun 29, 2009 at 03:13 AM
    Elderly and disabled vets deserve a break. Marc Basnight probably had something to do with the fisheries getting a break. If the Gov will put highway patrol troopers in 4 cylinder sub-compacts the state could save money on cars and fuel to allow more breaks for everyone else.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 28, 2009 at 08:05 AM
    Are these the only new laws taking effect in NC? Disabled veterans, the elderly and fishery owners get property tax relief in North Carolina. How do the elderly go about getting the property tax relief and what is the age limit?
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