New laws go into effect across New York state

New York state is ringing in the new year with some new laws that are now in effect.
Among them is Briana’s Law. This is a law that requires operators of mechanically propelled boats to complete a boating safety course. It is named for Briana Lieneck, an 11-year-old girl who was killed by a speeding and intoxicated boater on the Great South Bay in 2005. The law is now in effect.
Another law now in effect is the New York Collegiate Athletic Participation Compensation Act. This law will now allow collegiate athletes to be paid when their name or photo is used for profit. They will not lose their scholarships either.
Siblings are being added to the definition of “family” for paid family leave under another new law. This means that New York residents can qualify for up to 12 weeks of paid time off to care for a brother or sister.
Airports will be considered public spaces this year. This means that airports across New York will have to provide private spaces equipped with chairs and an outlet for mothers to breastfeed.
And finally – New York voters will be able to cast their ballots in any polling location – even if it is not the one they are assigned to. This change comes after redistricting caused a lot of confusion for voters. New York voters will only have to make sure they are in the right county and state Assembly district and their vote will count.