New Year's Day inaugurates new state, federal laws

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UNDATED (AP) — A host of new laws kicks in Jan. 1, including several aimed at keeping employers from hiring illegal aliens.

Alabama, Georgia, and South Carolina will require many businesses to check the E-Verify system to make sure potential hires are in the country legally. In South Carolina, businesses could have their licenses yanked if they don't. Tennessee will also require that eligibility be checked, but need not use E-Verify.

In New Hampshire, girls who want an abortion must first tell their parents or a judge. In Colorado, coaches will have to bench players as young as 11 if they're believed to have a head injury.

And a new federal law raises insurance fees on new mortgages and refinancings backed by Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and the Federal housing Administration by 0.1 percent.

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