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New Laws Take Effect Today In Louisiana

Over 200 laws are set to take effect Thursday, August 1, in Louisiana. Here’s a few of them:


Louisiana lawmakers have made it a crime to harass referees and officials, both verbally and physically. The proposed bill calls for those who commit the crime to pay up to $500 in fines, serve a maximum of 90 days in prison, 40 hours of community service work, and mandatory counseling.


Child safety seat laws are changing: The law requires children 2 years old and younger to be restrained in a rear-facing child safety seat until they reach the highest point of either the height or weight limit.

A child who has outgrown the rear facing seat and who is at least 2 years old must be restrained in a forward-facing child safety seat with an internal harness until they reach the height or weight limit.

A child 4 years old or older and who has outgrown the forward-facing safety seats must be restrained by a belt-positioning booster seat secured with a seat belt.

A child 9 years old or older or who has outgrown a booster seat can use the car's adult seat belt if it fits correctly on their body.

If a child can fall into more than one of these categories you should use the “more protective category.”

State Police say to use the Five Step test.

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