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New laws go into effect Tuesday

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With the new year comes a number of new laws, including one that's expected to impact thousands of drivers across the state. 

Learning how to drive is not just required for teenagers anymore. Starting Tuesday, adults will need a learner's permit before taking a road test.

The new law said those 18 or older who want a license, must have the permit for at least four months and also take an eight-hour course. Some drivers say they think its a good idea.

"Many 18-year-olds are responsible, but this make sure they are ready for the responsibility of driving themselves and driving others," said Deb Lembo.

A new law for veterans aims to make identification a little easier. From now on, veterans can get a little flag on their license to show their military status.

Army veteran Bob Christensen said he always carries around his card from the Veterans Affairs Hospital as identification, but by having the flag right on his license will make things easier.

"There are some places that give a discount for veterans, like Denny's down here they take 20 percent off if you're a veteran," Christensen said.

He told Eyewitness News he's all for the change, because it will help so many veterans get the benefits they deserve.

"It's about time they did something to take care of the veterans," Christensen said.

A new vaccine law also starts Jan. 1. It doesn't require vaccines, but according to state health leaders will expand the number of them available for children in the state.

"It's what I describe as the number one way to protect children, their well being and their safety," said Dr. Jewel Mullen.

Another law going into effect is making voting easier for disabled voters to by automatically mailing their ballots before an election.

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