New Laws

America's new laws: Health care, drug abuse and sex offenders

Today is the start of the new fiscal year in many states, and that means many new laws are taking effect. Several deal with health issues.

A law in South Dakota designed to get health-care consumers to comparison shop requires hospitals to post prices for the most common medical procedures. Colorado is adding guidance on weight problems to its Medicaid coverage in hopes of getting people to shed pounds now, to avoid health problems later. I

n Colorado, adults who provide teens with alcohol now risk losing their driver's license.

In Georgia, parents can now be held responsible for damage caused by law-breaking children. But it's also now legal in Georgia to noodle. That's the practice of catching fish with your bare hands.