The turn of the new year often brings new laws. And 2006 will be no different.
Nearly 40 new laws in our state take effect January 1. Among those are voting changes.
Due to the nearly 4,500 lost votes in Carteret County last year, the State Board of Elections will give anyone who's vote is lost an additional two weeks to revote.
Other new laws include a smoking ban inside prisons and the opportunity before the end of this year to get a lifetime saltwater fishing license. The license, which isn't needed until 2007, will cost much more if you wait until next year to get one.