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July 1st marks start of new laws in DC, Maryland, and Virginia

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July 1st marks the start of a number of new laws across our region and D.C.s minimum wage increase to $9.50 per hour.

Here is the breakdown:

New laws taking effect in Maryland

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- A ban on grain alcohol sales and new laws aimed at helping victims of crime and their family members are taking effect in Maryland.

The new laws go on the books Tuesday.

Maryland is banning the sale of alcohol that is 190-proof and stronger. The law had strong backing from leaders of colleges, who said grain alcohol provides a cheap way for students to get drunk quickly.

Another new law requires the Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention to establish and expand programs for family members of homicide victims. The state budget includes $500,000 for a grant program to help them.

A new law will enable victims of crime to receive faster information about court cases through email. Previously, those notices came by mail through the U.S. Postal Service.

New Virginia laws go into effect July 1

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- A host of new Virginia state laws goes into effect Tuesday, including new rules affecting hunting on Sundays and treatment for the mentally ill.

Legislation passed earlier this year by the General Assembly and signed by Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe becomes law on July 1.

Under the new laws, hunters can now hunt on Sunday, which Virginia law had previously deemed a day of rest for wild birds and animals.

Also, a series of measures aimed at improving the state's emergency treatment of the mentally ill goes into effect. The laws were passed in the wake the suicide of Sen. R. Creigh Deeds' son.

Another new law reduces the number of standardized tests middle and elementary school students have to take.

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