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New Washington Laws Going into Effect This Year

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YAKIMA, Wash.-- As we start into the new year, new laws have gone into effect.

We've already told you about the minimum wage increase, new digging laws, and the requirement for carbon monoxide alarms in rentals and new houses.

Other new laws include a requirement to use barbless hooks for salmon, steel head, and cutthroat trout in the Columbia River above McNary Dam.

There's also the "Better Brakes Law". It requires brake pad manufacturers to report the amount of toxic chemicals, mainly copper, in their products. The law lays out a plan to phase those chemicals out of the pads over the next few years.

"As you brake, a certain amount of that material fluffs off onto the roadway and then it washes into our water ways and it's harmful to salmon," says Department of Ecology Spokesperson Kathy Davis.

One law that is not in effect is the requirement to recycle compact fluorescent light bulbs instead of just throwing them away.

The Department of Ecology says that requirement is postponed until they set up a system of recycling sites around the state. They say that could take a few months.

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