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New State Laws Take Effect

New State Laws Take Effect

Effective today, tweeting while driving can get you a ticket. Posting the names of people who apply for concealed handgun permits can land you in jail. And selling cakes and cookies you bake at home face looser regulation.

Those are among nearly 250 statutory changes that hit the books with the start of August.

Lifetime concealed handgun permits will be available to Louisiana residents.  Another new law makes it illegal to release information about those who hold concealed handgun permits or who have applied for them. Over 55,000 permits have been issued in Louisiana.

Public schools will have to hold annual safety drills to rehearse crisis management plans, a response to last year's school shooting in Connecticut.

The new law that may be most immediately noticed has broadened Louisiana's ban on texting while driving to also prohibit accessing, reading and posting to social media sites behind the wheel. Violators face a fine of up to $175 for the first offense.

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