New Year, New Laws in Effect in Ohio

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CLEVELAND – A new year also means some new laws.

On January 1, the minimum wage in Ohio went up from $7.85 an hour to $7.95 an hour. For employees who receive tips, their wage goes up a nickel an hour from $3.93 to $3.98 an hour.

Another new law bans new ownership of wild animals, and Ohioans who currently have exotic animals in Ohio must get a license to keep them.

This comes after fifty tigers, bears, lions, wolves and monkeys had to be shot and killed in 2011 after their owner released them into the community of Zanesville before killing himself.

A new traffic law says drivers must move over to give room for construction workers on the highway.

It’s lights out for the old incandescent light bulbs. As of January 1, a new federal law kicked-in banning the manufacture of light bulbs that are not energy efficient.

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