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In response to the growing problem of harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie and other state waterways, Ohio legislators passed two bills addressing agricultural nutrient management.

The Public Disclosure Act bans the release of police mug shots unless the person requesting them signs a sworn statement the photos will not be published on a website that charges for their removal. The Act does not cover those who have been convicted of crimes, but only those who have been acquitted.

The Act requires that in the event of a data security breach information holders are to contact anyone whose data may have been accessed by an unauthorized person. Additionally, this Act requires that cloud computing service providers will not process student data without parental permission.

The Act allows anyone arrested in Georgia limited ability to request removal of their mugshot from commercial websites without a fee. The Act states that in certain cases, such photos must be removed within 30 days, free of charge when a written request is made and sent by certified mail, return receipt requested or by statutory overnight mail to the registered agent or principal place of business of the web site.

The Act establishes crime victim address protection program for victims of domestic violence and abuse, stalking, and felony sexual offenses. It allows crime victims to use an address provided by the Secretary of State in lieu of the person's actual physical address and allows program participants to vote by mail-in absentee ballot.

Powers of Appointment are routinely included in trusts drafted throughout the United States, but there is little statutory law governing their use. Instead, estate-planning attorneys rely on a patchwork of common-law decisions. The Uniform Powers of Appointment Act codifies the law on powers of appointment, relying heavily on the Restatement (Third) of Property: Wills and Other Donative Transfers, published in 2011 by the American Law Institute. Therefore, estate planners will already be familiar with the provisions of this uniform act.

The Act allows the Department of Public Safety (DPS) to establish a program to alert the public when a hit-and-run accident involving serious bodily injury or death occurs and law enforcement needs assistance in locating the suspect's vehicle.

The Act bans the possession of automated business record falsification devices. These devices, commonly known as zappers or phantom-ware, use software installed on point-of-sale terminals to evade retail sales tax. The software manipulates electronic records to hide and/or under report sales.

The Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act, or JJDPA, contains provisions that limit detention, mandate service provision and provide guidelines for status offenders who violate a valid court order, or VCO. And over the past several years, many states have passed additional legislation to decriminalize status offenses—crimes that are only illegal because of the offender’s age. A wide range of behaviors may be considered status offenses (laws related to status offenses vary by state), including truancy, running away from home, curfew violations, being beyond a parent or guardian’s control, and underage consumption of alcohol or tobacco. Some states have integrated status offender changes into larger juvenile justice reform legislation.

The Act provides civil liability protections to licensed professional engineers and licensed architects who voluntarily provide professional services at the request of officials during or after a declared emergency, disaster, or catastrophe; establishes limitations to liability protection; requires the Division of Emergency Management to promulgate administrative regulations.

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