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New Year, New Laws

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(photo courtesy: State of Nevada)

(photo courtesy: State of Nevada)

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CARSON CITY, Nev. (KXNT/AP) —Forty-five bills passed by the Nevada legislature in 2013 became law at the stroke of midnight on January 1, 2014.

Tens of thousands of Nevada immigrants living in the United States without legal permission will be able to get behind the wheel and travel the roads of the Silver State legally under a new law that takes effect with the new year.

SB303 was passed overwhelmingly by the 2013 Nevada Legislature and signed into law by Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval, Nevada’s first governor of Hispanic descent.

The Department of Motor Vehicles is now taking applications for and issuing driver authorization cards to Nevada residents who cannot meet citizenship requirements for a standard driver’s license or identification card.

Nevada becomes one of 13 states and the District of Columbia with programs or plans to offer similar cards.

Another law taking effect paves the way for medical marijuana dispensaries in the Sliver State. It will be some time before they begin opening for business. The application process for licenses to grow or sell, which was supposed to begin April 1, will be delayed.  State officials say it could be summer before final regulations are adopted.

Court records of convicted drunk drivers are no longer sealed if the case involves a death.

Nevada homeowners associations must now detail any violations before imposing a fine. The homeowner will be given a “reasonable opportunity” to correct the problems.

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