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Almost 400 new laws take effect Friday

• 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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