5 of the Most Impactful New Laws Effective January 1, 2024

Written by Henrik Rothen

Dec.27 - 2023 10:59 PM CET

Photo: Pexels
Photo: Pexels
5 of the Most Impactful New Laws Effective January 1, 2024

Trending Now

As the calendar flips to 2024, a raft of new legislation across various U.S. states will come into effect.

These laws reflect evolving societal needs and priorities. From health care reforms to public safety, each law carries significant implications for residents.

Here are five of the most impactful laws set to take effect on January 1, 2024:

  1. Virginia - Health Insurers Required to Cover Hearing Aids for Minors: This law mandates health insurance coverage for hearing aids and related services for individuals 18 years and younger, recommended by an otolaryngologist. The coverage includes one hearing aid per impaired ear every 24 months, up to a cost of $1,500​​.

  2. California - New Firearm Possession and Relinquishment Laws: In California, defendants in mental health diversion are now prohibited from owning or possessing firearms, as ordered by the court. This law also includes stricter measures for firearm confiscation in domestic violence situations​​.

  3. Tennessee - GPS Tracking on Car Breathalyzers for DUI Offenders: Tennessee's new law requires breathalyzers installed in vehicles of DUI convicts to have GPS technology. This addition aims to ensure sobriety of the driver and adds an extra layer of monitoring​​.

  4. Washington - Increase to State's Minimum Wage: Washington state is set to increase its minimum wage to $16.28 an hour, making it the highest in the nation. This increase is significant in the context of the ongoing discussions about living wages and economic stability​​.

  5. Minnesota - "Red Flag Law" for Firearm Possession: Minnesota is implementing a "red flag law," allowing family members, law enforcement, or city officials to petition for an order prohibiting a person from possessing firearms for up to one year if they pose a significant danger​​.

Most Read