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New Washington State Laws for January 1st

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Eleven new laws take effect in Washington state on New Year's Day, including a measure to create special license plates for fans of the Seattle Sounders FC and the Seattle Seahawks. Eleven new laws take effect in Washington state on New Year's Day, including a measure to create special license plates for fans of the Seattle Sounders FC and the Seattle Seahawks.

SEATTLE, WA - Eleven new laws take effect in Washington state on New Year's Day, including a measure to create special license plates for fans of the Seattle Sounders FC and the Seattle Seahawks.  

The majority of new laws passed by the Legislature go into effect in July, but a few are marked for the beginning of the calendar year. The Seahawks and Sounds FC license plates will be available starting January 2nd.  

Also on the list this year is a law changing the name of the crime "rioting" to criminal mischief. Lawmakers decided that making it easier to charge people who participate in such activities.  

Another new law says businesses should be charged a $2 fee when they request information from the state Department of Licensing about the owner of a vehicle. That law also requires the owner of the vehicle to be notified when the Department of Licensing shares their information with an attorney or private investigator.

Minimum wage is Washington state will go up January 1st, maintaining its position at the highest in the country. It will increase by 15 cents, to $9.32 per hour. 

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