August 1st ushers in a series of new laws. One of the more controversial pieces of legislation deals with sex offenders and social media sites like Facebook.
Louisiana Representative Jeff Thompson wrote House Bill 249. He says it is an update on the sex offender notices you seen in the newspaper or in your mailbox.
"This is a natural progression of the existing notice requirement to this new digital, technological age," Thompson said.
Breeders will not be able to sell puppies or kittens on the side of Louisiana streets Wednesday. Act 700 also covers flea markets, public parks, playgrounds, and swimming pools. If a seller wants to set up in parking lots, he or she will need permission first from the land's owner.
A number of traffic laws are going into effect. First time drivers will have to yield to Act No. 475. State Police say requiring new drivers ages 17 and up to complete more educational hours will make their jobs easier and save lives.
"It will make these teenagers more experienced behind the wheel," said Trooper Matt Harris. "They'll be more educated about the traffic laws. They will feel more confident when they get in the vehicle, which in turn makes the roadway safer for the motoring public."
The act requires 17-year-olds to spend 30 hours in the classroom- up from six. The students will also put in eight hours behind the wheel.
First time drivers ages 18 and older also have to complete the eight hours driving time.
A new law allows police to tow a car on the spot if the driver can't show insurance. This replaces a more lax ordinance where cars were towed only after the second or subsequent offense.
Another law toughens penalties against drunk drivers. If someone is convicted of driving under the influence twice in one year, the offender would spend at least 30 days behind bars - no chance for parole, probation, or suspension of the sentence.