Law new is a term that has been used to describe the many ways legal firms are finding to provide services to clients in non-traditional ways. This includes providing legal help through technology, working with underserved communities and creating strategies that may not have been a focus for a firm in the past. Law new is a concept that all lawyers should be familiar with because it can offer them opportunities to grow their businesses and find new sources of revenue without impacting other areas that are the primary focus for their practice.
This week’s law new features bills that went into effect on January 1 across the country. Some of these laws are quirky, while others address issues currently dominating the national conversation.
The lawmaking branch of the federal government is Congress. This week’s law new looks at how a bill becomes a law in the House of Representatives and the Senate. Bills are introduced by senators or representatives, then assigned to a committee of lawmakers who research the topic and make changes to the bill. After being revised, the bill is sent to the full chamber for a vote. If the bill passes, it is sent to the other chamber for a similar process. If the two chambers are unable to agree on the final version of the bill, the proposal is returned to the original chamber for further work.
In New York City, this week’s law new features a bill that would require City agencies to provide employees and job applicants with notice regarding student loan forgiveness programs. The bill also amends the data breach notification laws to align them with requirements in New York’s SHIELD Act.
This week’s law new from around the state includes a new bill that allows voters to use a polling location other than their assigned one as long as they are in the correct county and assembly district. The bill also addresses access to voter registration records and requires that an election official be informed if a ballot has been altered or lost.
The law new search page allows you to view all laws enacted, vetoed or passed by a given legislative session. You can also filter by subject and switch what year you are looking at on the fly. You can also view laws by their slip law numbers, which are assigned after the bills pass through both chambers of the legislature and are published in the Statutes at Large.