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New Laws starting July 1st

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Today is July 1st and the date that a variety of new laws go into effect, not only here in Montana but nation wide. Now over 100 laws go into effect today.

A big controversial issue and now a law that has been addressed is abortion. The new law requires girls under the age of 18 to obtain parental consent before getting access to abortions.

Senate Bill 175 which is to improve school funding and help reduce the burden of the money coming from property tax payers also passed legislation.

For the first time in four years a pay increase is taking place for state employees to add five cents to wages each year for the next two years, this is the biggest contributor to the new budget that is also going into effect.

Montana's new budget increases spending of state money nearly 11% over the next two years. In which most of the money stems from federal money and other big programs like Medicaid. This increase is to help a variety of social services like Medicaid and Department of Corrections.

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