January 22, 2022

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New year, new laws. Wage legislation or abortion legislation will change in the United States

In the United States, as the new year comes, laws will go into effect on issues ranging from tax policy to abortion restrictions to police standards.

The minimum wage will go up

The minimum wage will rise in several states, and in California, excluding small businesses, it will be as high as $15 an hour, the AP reports today.

This minimum wage already exists in some US cities, including Washington and New York. California will become the first US state to require a minimum wage of $15 an hour from companies with more than 25 employees.

It raised the minimum salary in more than 20 states to values ​​below $15 on Saturday.

Other newly introduced laws touch on hot topics, such as a woman’s right to have an abortion. In New Hampshire, abortion is prohibited from New Year’s Eve after 24 weeks, unless the mother’s health is at risk.

The tightening of the rules comes at a time when there is a case in the US Supreme Court that could erode the right to abortion across the United States.

In the wake of last year’s wave of protests against police violence, some countries are putting new standards in place to improve police performance.

Changes in the police as well

Illinois standardizes the accreditation process for police officers and allows for punishment for repeated misconduct or unethical behavior.

New Oregon law, in turn, sets deadlines for reporting crimes noted by police officers to their colleagues and for a subsequent investigation into the incident.

In Georgia, New Mexico and Oklahoma, tax rules are changing, with the latter lowering corporate income tax from six percent to four percent.

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In Connecticut, unmarried and adopted parents, including same-sex couples, will be able to obtain parental rights by filling out a simple form, and Montana will become another state where the sale of marijuana is legal for recreational purposes.

Voters supported legalization in last year’s referendum.