JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The new year not only ushers in new commitments, it also is the date in which new laws go into effect across the state.
One of the most visible laws deals with the manufacturing of light bulbs. Beginning Jan. 1 manufactures can longer produce 40 and 60 watt incandescent light bulbs. Instead consumers must buy more energy efficient light bulbs of either the halogen or fluorescent variety.
Remember the early voting fiasco of 2012? The legislature thinks they have a solution to prevent long lines and chaos at the polls.
According to a new bill, early voting now can commence 14 days before an election. Early voting locations will now be able to stay open later and ballots should be shorter, due to a 75 word limit on amendments.
Finally, the new year will be known for helping workers bring home more money in their paycheck.
Minimum wage in the state will rise by 14 cents from its current hourly rate of $7.79 to $7.93.
The new laws are just part of about 40,000 pieces of legislation that were passed in the U.S. last year, according to National Conference of State Legislatures.