There are some new laws for Virginia and North Carolina.
The eminent domain measure Virginia voted on in November went into effect January 1, 2013, with the start of the new year.
That measure says local governments can only seize property for public use.
Also in Virginia – insurance agents have to inform property owners if their policy excludes earthquake damage coverage. This bill was in response to the August 2011 earthquake.
In North Carolina – child care providers must have a record check prior to employment. They’ll have to continue to get checked every three years.
And if you steal cooking oil – it’s now a misdemeanor or felony based on the value of the oil. And businesses and local governments with more than 100 employees must use the e-verify system to verify the legal immigration status of employees.
Businesses with 25 or more employees will have to start using the system in July.