New Louisiana abortion, policing, marijuana laws take effect

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FILE – In this Tuesday, July 20, 2021, file photo, state Sen. Beth Mizell, R-Franklinton speaks during a veto session in the Senate Chambers in Baton Rouge, La. Louisiana is ending jail time for possession of small amounts of recreational marijuana, adding new requirements for doctors administering the abortion pill and restricting when police officers can use chokehold restraints, as more than 250 new laws take effect Sunday. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — More than 250 new Louisiana laws take effect Sunday. Louisiana is ending jail time for possession of small amounts of recreational marijuana, adding new requirements for doctors administering the abortion pill and restricting when police officers can use chokeholds. Candidates for office are newly able to take unlimited sums from political action committees.

Louisiana’s official state songs list will now include “Southern Nights” by New Orleans native Allen Toussaint. And people convicted of felonies in Louisiana who have been off probation or parole and out of prison for five years will be able to serve on jury duty. Lawmakers passed the changes in the regular session that ended in June.

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