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Many new laws take effect in Idaho

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BOISE, Idaho - Smoking is now banned in Idaho bowling alleys, and no smoking signs ought to be in English because that's now the state's official language. Those are two of 363 laws that the Idaho Legislature passed last session, with most of them going into effect yesterday.

Another new law limits the number of unrelated passengers in vehicles operated by newly licensed drivers under age 17 in an attempt to reduce accidents. As of yesterday it's also a misdemeanor to maliciously and willfully disrupt a funeral or memorial service.

That law is partially aimed at a Kansas group that sends protesters to the funerals of soldiers and has appeared in Idaho. Minors seeking an abortion must now get parental consent, though similar parental consent laws have been overturned in court.

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