New laws, includng saggy pants law, goes into effect

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    UNDATED (KTHV) -- More than 500 new laws will take effect Wednesday including a law that will change the way some students dress in public school.

    Starting Wednesday Act 835 states that students can't wear clothing that exposes underwear and certain body parts in public schools.

    Also, school districts must write discipline policies regarding dress code including punishments.

    "The more we can eliminate distractions and things that should not be part of the school day. The school system will be the better for it," says the bill's sponsor Rep. Tracy Steele.

    The Act is aimed for students to prepare to enter the workforce by wearing appropriate clothing that they would wear to work.

    Several other laws taking effect, that were hotly debated during the legislative session include-- 

    Act 811 which makes it illegal to smoke in a vehicle containing a child who is under the age of 14.

    Act 1193, which makes it illegal to sell scrap metal, including copper, without documentation of the origin of the metal. 

    Act 570 which hopes to decrease prison overcrowding. This was a hot button issue not only for law enforcement, but for Governor Beebe himself.

    Studies revealed that certain changes to the system could save the state $875 million over the next ten years.


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