Several news laws that provide Mississippians with extra protection went into effect July 1.
It is now a misdemeanor offense to impersonate someone online. A person would face a fine ranging from $250 to $1,000 dollars -- or at least ten days, up to one year in jail, or both.
Three misdemeanor vulnerable person offenses committed within a five year period is now a felony.
The kidnapping statute now includes vulnerable persons.
It's a misdemeanor for someone to prevent a victim from seeking emergency medical or law enforcement assistance which carries a maximum fine of $1,000 dollars and/or up to six months in jail.
The drug statutes have been amended to make certain addictive pain killers and muscle relaxers scheduled drugs.
Nathan's Law requires motorists to stay at least 10 feet from a stopped school bus. Violators could be fined up to $750 dollars for a first offense. A second offense could result in a fine and up to a year in prison.
Individual officials could face fines of $500 to $1,000 dollars for improperly closing meetings that should be open to the public.
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