New laws set to begin July 1 across the Mid-South - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

New laws set to begin July 1 across the Mid-South

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

Hundreds of new laws hit the books Wednesday.

In Mississippi, anyone caught texting and driving will be penalized. For the first year, the fine is $25, but next year it increases to $100.

Another law eliminates the need for a concealed-carry license to carry a gun in a purse or briefcase. Plus, Mississippi drivers no longer have to get car inspections.

July 1 also brings new laws to Tennessee.

Anyone driving without insurance could have their car towed. It's part of sweeping legislation changes against uninsured drivers spearheaded by our own Chief Consumer Investigators Andy Wise.

Also, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation must now form a human trafficking council. Plus, minors suspected of prostitution must be given the number of the state human trafficking hotline.

Recently, Governor Bill Haslam passed legislation to help the state of Tennessee recruit construction workers

For a complete list of Tennessee laws going into practice July 1, click here.

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