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New laws go into effect Thursday

New laws go into effect Thursday in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. (FOX19 NOW) New laws go into effect Thursday in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. (FOX19 NOW)

Some new laws go into effect now that it's 2015. 

One of the biggest is Ohio's minimum wage increase. Beginning Thursday, more than 250,000 people will see an increase on their paycheck thanks to a 2006 vote calling for annual increases.

Ohio's minimum wage increases to $8.10 an hour. This is a .15 cent increase from 2014. 

It's also better than the national minimum wage at $7.25 an hour. For tipped employees, the minimum wage rises to $4.05 an hour, a .6 cent increase. 

The increase applies to people working at businesses with annual gross receipts of more than $297,000 dollars per year. Washington has the highest minimum wage at $9.23 an hour. Six other states are also increasing their minimum wage Thursday.

Good news for drivers in Kentucky: the gas tax will drop by 4.3 cents a gallon starting Thursday. 

But it might be bad for Kentucky roads: the drop in taxes will result in a loss of $129 million to the Kentucky Road Fund, which helps repair roads and bridges. 

In Indiana, license plates will be required on motor scooters for the first time. This follows complaints about unsafe driving by people who've lost their licenses because of drunk driving arrests. 

And in Ohio, a new scrap metal law should help prevent theft in 2015. The law will require scrap metal dealers to make copies and keep records of the seller's identification and license plate number.

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