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New laws arrive in 2016 for Oregonians

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When 2016 arrives, there will be some new laws Oregonians need to know about. Some are even capturing the nation's attention.

Birth Control Effectiveness
In 2016, two new laws will give women easier access to birth control. 

The first law allows pharmacists to prescribe hormonal birth control that will still be covered by insurance. Until now, a doctor had to prescribe it.

The second law requires insurance agencies to cover a full year of the prescription.

Automatic Registration
Going into a big election year, Oregon and California will become the first states that will automatically register eligible voters who get or renew their driver's licenses.

Pot Tax
A 25% sales tax will be added to recreational marijuana products sold in dispensaries. The money will go toward state programs including the Common School Fund, Law Enforcement, and Treatment for Mental Health and Drug.

One shop owner told FOX 12, most of his customers don't mind the tax.

"There's a lot of people for it cause they know the tax is gonna go to a good thing, you know, we get charged tax so Oregon gets improved. Some people, everybody's gonna be negative but we have so much more positive right now," Adrian Perte, owner of Shango Hillsboro.

Those with a medical marijuana card will not be have to pay for that tax.

New Vaping Regulation
Also, people will no longer be able to vape in a public place.

Cheap Gas Tax Cut
Oregonians will be able to pump their own gas, but with a few conditions. You must be in a county with less than 40,000 people, between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m.

Bike/Motorcycle Red Light Legislation
Not everyone has to stop at red lights anymore. Anything on two wheels such as bicycles and motorcycles will get to go through a red light if the light goes through a full light cycle without turning green, leaving them stuck.

New Portland Charging Station Law
If you drive a "regular car", don't park it in a parking space for alternative fuel cars, or else you'll face a $250 fine.

Paid Sick Leave
Employers with ten or more workers will have to provide five paid sick days a year.

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