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Almost 400 new laws take effect Friday

• https://azcapitoltimes.com by Howard Fischer

There also will be new limits on the ability of cities to require public disclosure of campaign donations.   And judges will be deciding who gets frozen embryos following a divorce based on who wants to actually use them.

Oh, and Arizona will have an official state dinosaur: the Sonorasaurus.

State legislators approved more than 300 measures before adjourning in May. While some took effect immediately, most kick in on Aug. 3.

And what happens that day covers a grab-bag of issues.

Law and order:

Lawmakers voted to make it illegal to have "non-disclosure agreements" that bar someone who has settled a case of sexual assault or harassment from responding to questions from police or prosecutors or making statements in any criminal proceedings.

Rep. Maria Syms, R-Paradise Valley, called those agreements a "sexual predator loophole." She said they leave future potential victims unaware that the person with whom they are dealing has a history of harassment or rape.

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