New laws take effect for 2013 beginning Tuesday

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With the New Year comes new laws! These new laws take effect in 2013, and some are serious, while others are peculiar.

When the ball drops in Times Square on New Year’s Eve, a host of new laws will take effect across parts of the country. 

Gay couples in Maryland will be able to tie the knot legally. Nine states and the District of Columbia have legalized same-sex marriage. Maryland is the first state south of the Mason-Dixon line to make gay marriage legal.

Workers in two more states can say no to bosses demanding access to their social media accounts, like Facebook or Twitter. Laws in California and Illinois are taking effect, making it illegal for employers to make workers give access to their password protected social networking accounts.

Hundreds of thousands will ring in the New Year with more money in their paychecks. 10 states across the country are raising the minimum wage for 2013. Most of the pay bumps come from state cost-of-living adjustments which account for inflation.

Washington state will still hold the title of having the highest minimum wage in the country at $9.19 an hour after the 15-cent bump kicks in.

A new law in the state of Kentucky will make it illegal for residents to release feral or wild hogs back into the wild.

A Florida law taking effect no longer considers the “All-Terrain Wheeled Machines” motor vehicles.