Big changes to some Ohio laws start today

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CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Big changes to some Ohio laws start today.

Gov. John Kasich signed 17 bills into law on the same day back in December. So now, many of them start now.

**For a list of dozens of laws that went into effect in 2017, click here**

See below for a list of some of those bills:

Red Light Law
A new state law will let drivers in Ohio legally drive through a red light.

That means that drivers, after first coming to a full stop at a light, must believe the red light is malfunctioning -- but can then drive through it.

The burden of proving the red light is malfunctioning lies with the driver. If they cause a traffic accident and it turns out the light was working properly, they will be the at-fault driver.

Read more here. 

Concealed Carry
Starting Tuesday, Senate Bill 199 allows anyone with a concealed carry license to take their firearms more places. This includes day care facilities and non-secure areas of airports and private planes.

It also includes drop-off locations and certain baggage areas.

Senate Bill 199 also allows employees to store their guns or bullets in their cars while at work.

Colleges can now allow certain people or groups to carry weapons on campus.

For more on that law, click here. 

A new law also requires drivers to leave at least three feet of space when passing bicyclists.

Ohio reported 282 crashes between cyclists and vehicles in Cuyahoga County last year. Nearly 238 of them involved injuries.

Violators face a minor misdemeanor and potential fine of up to $150.

There are 17 other states that already have this law.

For more on this law, click here. 

Wireless Equipment
Senate Bill 331 would, in part, allow wireless providers like AT&T to install new cell phone towers in public spaces without the city's approval.

It's part of a so-called Christmas tree law. The bill war originally written to regulate dog sales, but lawmakers added several amendments at the last minute, including this bill. It would potentially allow companies to place cell equipment over sidewalks, traffic signals and streets.

Mayor Frank Jackson claims the law violates the city of Cleveland's rights under home rule. So the city is seeking a temporary restraining order to block it from going into effect.

Cleveland is one of 80 cities suing the state over this law.

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