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News Last Updated: Aug 2nd, 2017 - 08:28:39

New laws to take effect
By The Waldron News
August 1 marked 92 days since Arkansas lawmakers officially ended the regular session of the 91st General Assembly and now hundreds of new laws have gone into effect. Some of these laws include:
Act 313 allows direct shipment of wine from small farm wineries to Arkansas homes without having an initial on-site visit with the winery.
Act 478 requires high school students to pass the civics portion of the naturalization test used by the Citizenship and Immigration Services to receive their diploma.
Act 480 requires high school students to take a personal finance class.
Act 538 states rapists who were "convicted of rape by forcible compulsion" will be required to stay on the sex offender registry for life.
Act 706 A first offense for texting while driving will go from a warning to a fine of up to $250. The law also clarifies that using Facebook or other social media counts as texting.
Act 707 changes the name of the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department to the Arkansas Transportation Department.
Act 849 makes it illegal to have an open container of alcohol in a car where the driver a passenger can get it. The offense would now be considered as a Class C misdemeanor.
Act 862, allows school districts to avoid making up snow days by assigning students work online.
Act 876 allows for the purchase of state lottery tickets with debit cards.
Act 911 requires superintendents to display "In God We Trust" -- the national motto -- in classrooms and libraries if funds are donated.
Act 1071  allows it to be legal for employees with concealed carry licenses to keep their guns in their car while at work.
Act 1075 legalizes some ‘fantasy’ sports online betting.
Act 1097 allows speed limits up to 75 mph, at the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department's discretion; rural highways from 60-65 mph.
Act 1466 makes impersonating a member of the military or pretending to have received a military honor for the purpose of receiving some benefit will be a Class C felony.