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igllilliHIIllliiltiiliilLHHili iiliJl lid IIIIIKIUI:I Page 12 Vot Jl~ (~.OMMLJNITV " ra - January 11,2012 As you read this, your neigh- pie in other professions - hence the • Underage restaurant work- in 2012, lower than they've been for Children, the state Department of bar's minimum-wage salary has change, ers: This law requires restaurant the last three years, but still higher Human Services or law enforce- gone up, you run a greater risk of Anyone can call 9-1"-1 while operators to provide proof, when than the rate was before Measure ment. Failure to do so could result in getting a ticket for talking on your . driving and it is still legal to talk requested by health or liquor control 66. a misdemeanor charge. The measure cellphone while driving your car, with a hands-free device, such as authorities, that their employees are • Shark ban: Shark fin soup, updates an older law that requires you can get in big trouble with that Bluetooth. The fine for a violation above minimum age requirements. a Chinese delicacy, will be off the film processors to report suspected shark fin on your dining room table is still $90. If such evidence can't be provided, menu thanks to this law, which child pornography. and if you've been convicted of driv- • DUI violators: Also new is a the authorities can force the employ- makes it illegal to possess or sell • Free college for foster kids: ing drunk it's going to cost you more law that requires all those convicted ee in question to stop working and shark fins in Oregon, in an effort to Oregon universities and colleges are to get your license back. of drunken driving, first-timers or the failure to provide proof is con- quash demand for illegally killed now required to waive tuition and Welcome to 2012, in which otherwise, to get an ignition inter- sidered prima facie evidence that a sharks, fees for foster youths under 25 who many of more than 300 new laws lock device installed in their cars. A violation of minimum age laws has • Green incentive gone: Most are applying to their programs and passed last year by the Oregon legis- driver is required to breathe into an occurred, energy-efficient appliances are no the Oregon Student Assistance Com- lature kicked in a moment past mid- interlock machine before starting the • Bounced paychecks: If an longer eligible for tax credits; same mission must give foster children night Sunday, Jan. 1. engine and his or her breath may be employee's paycheck bounces in goes for alternative-fuel vehicles and preference for Oregon Opportunity Following is a summary of checked intermittently to keep a ve- Oregon, the check's recipient is al- vehicle conversion equipment.Grants. Oregon is the 17th state to some of the new rules: hicle running, ready permitted to sue for up to tri- • Gift cards! As of Jan. 1, if you create such a waiver. • Cell phones: The excuse that Many convicted drunken driv- pie the mount for which the check is have a gift card that has been used • Idling trucks: The only no- "I was making a business-related ers are already required to use inter- drawn. A new law, though, permits at least once and whose value has table piece of trucking-related legis- call" is history for most people after locks, but first-time offenders have the Bureau of Labor and Industries slipped below $5, you can redeem it lation passed by Oregon lawmakers legislators closed a loophole in the been generally sent to diversion pro- to impose additional penalties and for cash, per a new state law. last year, this law prohibits commer- state's hand-held cell phone usage grams, subjects the employer who wrote the • Tell the truth: Filing a false cial trucks over 10,000 pounds from ban for drivers. • Payday: Minimum wage bad check to statutory damages and report of child abuse to the Depart- idling the engine for more than five Now, only police officers and has gone up again, a 30-cent jump, attorney's fees. ment ofHuman Services or a law en- minutes in a 60-minute period on emergencY workers, such as tow from $8.50 to $8.80 this time, after • Tax break: Oregon residents forcement agency will be punishable premises open to the public. truck operators, are allowed to talk a 10-cent hike last year. The increase making more than $125,000 a year by a maximum of one year's impris- There are exceptions, such as on a hand-held phone while driving could mean $12 more a week for -- $250,000 for joint fliers -- will onment, $6,250 fine, or both.when a vehicle is loading or unload- following the removal of a vague the average person working a rain- see some tax relief as top rates drop • Tell what you saw: Computering, or when it is being repaired or provision that permitted driving and imum-wage job - $624 a year. The under voter-approved Measure 66, technicians who believe they may is stopped in traffic - Or equipment talking as"necessary for the person's boost keeps Oregon as the state with the controversial referendum that have spotted images of child pornog- necessary for temperature control in job." 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