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New laws start Wednesday in Washington

December 31st, 2013 - 11:51am

SEATTLE (AP) - Eleven new laws take effect in Washington state on New Year's Day, including a measure to create special license plates for fans of the Seattle Sounders FC and the Seattle Seahawks.

The majority of new laws passed by the Legislature go into effect in July, but a few are marked for the beginning of the calendar year.

Also on the list this year is a law changing the name of the crime of riot to criminal mischief, making it easier to charge people who participate in such activities.

Another new law says businesses should be charged a $2 fee when they request information from the state Department of Licensing about a vehicle owner. That law also requires notification of the vehicle owner when their information is shared with an attorney or private investigator.

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