By MELINDA DESLATTE
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - More than 500 new laws take effect Wednesday.
Among the changes, impersonating someone on Facebook and other online sites can land someone in jail. Selling dogs and cats along roadsides or at flea markets is banned. Everyone in a sport utility vehicle must wear a seat belt. And the pirogue is officially Louisiana's state boat.
The laws were passed in the regular session that ended in June.
The list includes new restrictions on abortion. The pardon and parole boards are being merged. People who report child sexual abuse to authorities now have whistleblower protection.
Most noticeable to teenagers and their parents may be the boosted number of hours of training required for new drivers. Seventeen-year-olds, who previously needed six classroom training hours, now must attend a 38-hour driver education course.