New laws on wages, privacy, recreational marijuana taking effect in 2020

SUMMIT, NJ — For every hour that Emy Rubio spends here working, he earns an additional one U.S. dollar. The minimum wage in New Jersey has gone up from $10 an hour to $11 an hour on Wednesday.

“It makes a difference, it makes. Even though it’s a little, it makes a difference.”

New Jersey is among the 24 states across the country that raised wages in 2020. The Garden State is on track to eventually increase wages to $15 an hour by 2024.

Rubio doesn’t think a payroll raise should affect small businesses, which many critics have argued.

“Kasi tinataas din nila ang price eh, it goes with the flow.”

Illinois is another state that increased its minimum wage from $8.25  to $9.25 this week, and then to $10 in July.

But the one new law out of the 256 new Illinois laws that has drawn a lot of attention, the legalization of recreational marijuana.

Thousands lined up at weed dispensaries across the state before sunrise on Wednesday.

Under Illinois law, anyone over 21 with a valid state id or driver’s license can purchase recreational marijuana from licensed retailers. Illinois governor JB Pritzker had pardoned more than 11,000 marijuana convictions on Tuesday.

But one of the biggest laws that has gone into effect this new year that will have repercussions nationwide is the California Consumer Privacy Act.

It is one of the most far-reaching privacy laws.

The law allows consumers to see more clearly what personal data companies are keeping on them and what they are doing with it.

While it is aimed at the big social media giants such as Twitter and Facebook, it will affect any large company that has customers in California and collects data.

One of the most controversial laws that also took effect this new year is the red flag law. It allows family members and law enforcement to request guns be seized from people who are ultimately deemed to be a threat to themselves or to others.

Some law enforcement officials said it violates the 2nd amendment.

Colorado has seen its share of mass shootings with Columbine High School in 1999 and Aurora movie theater in 2012 that left a total of 27 people dead.

Amanda Williams lives in Colorado and spoke to BA back in April when another shooter situation was threatening the area.

“Unfortunately it’s kind of the world we live in right now. Being in Colorado and being in between Littleton where Columbine is and where the movie theater is and it’s way too close to home and we take these things seriously.”

Red flag laws also go into effect this year in Hawaii and Nevada, joining a dozen other states, including New Jersey, that have similar laws.

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