A new law in California will make it a misdemeanor to sell, dispense or
distribute a synthetic cannabinoid compound, commonly known as "spice"
or "K2". At least 40 states have adopted laws or departmental rules to
ban chemical substances related to synthetic cannabinoids. California SB 420
Another California law prohibits the production, distribution or sale of
beer to which caffeine has been directly added as a separate
ingredient. California SB 39
Legislation in Oregon establishes requirements for closing or
restricting access to public lands for hunting. It specifies that public
lands currently accessible for hunting must remain open unless a state
agency restricts access for reasons of public safety. It also requires
that additional lands be opened to hunting if land that is normally
available for hunting is closed. Oregon HB 2875
A new law in California makes it a misdemeanor to openly carry an
exposed, unloaded handgun while in a public place or on a public street
in an incorporated city, or in specified prohibited areas of an
unincorporated county. California AB 144
A new law in Delaware will require people who become members of the
Delaware Pension Fund on or after Jan. 1, 2012, to make larger
contributions than earlier members. It also will require those new
members to be older or to work longer than current members to earn a
pension benefit. Delaware HB 81
New laws requiring voters to present photo identification will go into effect in Kansas (HB 2067), Rhode Island (HB 5680), Tennessee (SB 16) and Texas (SB 14).
A law in New Hampshire will require election day registrants who do not
present a photo ID to return a mailed identify verification (HB 487).
An additional Tennessee law will require election officials to identify
possible non-citizens who are registered to vote and require them to
present proof of citizenship in order to remain a registered voter (SB 352).