With the New Year comes a fresh start, an opportunity to make new goals and resolutions. For Arizonans, January 1st is a time to put new laws into effect. As we head into 2019, it’s important for families to know how these newly passed laws will impact their lives.
According to a report by the Seidman Research Institute at Arizona State University, Arizona has one of the highest percentages of workers earning the minimum wage, or just slightly higher. Effective January, the minimum wage in Arizona will increase to eleven dollars an hour. This will mark the third of four annual increases, which was mandated by voters in 2016 from Proposition 206. For more information about the Arizona Labor Department’s minimum wage law, visit azica.gov.
Arizona will also be increasing its vehicle registration fees in 2019. Arizona drivers will have a new $32 fee to register their vehicles that will apply to registration renewals beginning in January. Street-legal golf carts and off-highway vehicles will pay $5. The fees aim to raise enough to fund the DPS highway patrol operations. For more information, visit azdot.gov.
Arizona Governor Doug Ducey signed legislation which will mandate that all Arizona public schools and charter schools provide at least two recess periods per day for students through fifth grade starting in August of 2019. The legislation currently only mandates that students through third grade have two recesses. The law doesn’t require a set time for the recess and schools may decide how to incorporate the two recess periods into the daily schedule. Classes like physical education can count toward the daily recess requirement.
Lastly, the Farm Bill has been passed by the House and Senate and is awaiting signature from President Trump. Once signed, the $867 billion Farm Bill will legalize industrial hemp and the CBD wellness industry. CBD is a “phytocannabinoid”, a plant-derived compound derived from the hemp plant which contains no THC. When the hemp industry becomes fully legalized, the bill will remove industrial hemp from the list of controlled substances and legalize its production for the first time since 1937. For more information about the Farm Bill, visit agriculture.house.gov.
If you run into any legal trouble, or have questions about any new laws going into effect in 2019, it’s important to contact your attorney.
Written by: Stephanie Webb, Radix Law
Stephanie Webb is an associate attorney at Radix Law. Her focus is on complex commercial litigation and bankruptcy law. Her experience includes multiple jury trials, as well as bench trials and motion practice in Superior Court, Federal Court and Bankruptcy Court. Radix Law has more than a dozen attorneys specializing in the law of Business, Real Estate, Commercial Litigation, Bankruptcy, and Estate Planning. The Radix Law office is located in the Kierland Commons in North Scottsdale, at 15205 N Kierland Blvd #200, Scottsdale, AZ 85254. For more information, visit www.radixlaw.com..