Minimum wage workers in Arizona will get a raise this week, a hike of ten cents an hour. That is a new law starting with the New Year, but several other Arizona laws have made some waves in 2013.
Tucson News Now is offering a look back on some of the biggest changes.
One of the laws called attention to the gun buyback event that happened here at the Tucson Police Substation at Alvernon Way and 22nd Street. The law now tells police what to do with all of those surrendered weapons. Back in January, 200 guns were traded in for grocery gift cards, and it happened as private buyers lined the sidewalk.
Governor Brewer eventually signed a law saying TPD or any Arizona agency holding buy back events – cannot destroy the guns, but must sell them to federally licensed dealers.
Here are a few more laws that went into effect in 2013:
Medicaid coverage was expanded to cover hundreds of thousands more low-income Arizonans.
New election rules allow the state to trim down its early voting lists and limit who can turn in a ballot for you.
There is also a new sales tax change that makes it easier for businesses with locations in different cities to file taxes.
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