17 new laws take effect in North Carolina

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Across North Carolina, several news laws take effect July 1. 

There are 17 laws, and 9 On Your Side checked some of them out Monday to see how they impact people in the East. 

HB 90 is making changes to education and election laws. 

Schools located in counties through which the Atlantic Coast Pipeline runs will receive funding. 

Some counties include Wilson, Nash and Halifax. 

It will also phase in class size requirements over four years. 

SB 616 is the Heroine and Opioid Prevention and Enforcement Act. 

Part of that act changes the penalties for certain drug violations. 

It also expresses the intent for funding of community-based substance use treatments and recovery services in the future. 

SB 335 creates a commission to ensure fair treatment of college student-athletes. 

Areas of interest deal with giving student-athletes enough time to dedicate to their studies, and making sure the university provides the means for student-athletes to complete their degrees even when their athletic scholarship has expired. 

It also addresses the issue of student-athletes getting concussions and other life-threatening injuries while playing. 

Lastly, SB 145 makes changes to transportation laws. 

Part of the bill’s goal is to improve the responsiveness and efficiency of the department of transportation. 

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