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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