BATON ROUGE -- Starting today, employees can bring their firearms to work, but can't ride in the bed of a pickup truck if they take interstate highways to get there.
It also is now illegal to display nooses in public with the intention of intimidating others, and those charged with violent crimes must post a bond before going to trial, not just promise to show up. And contractors who take up-front payments from homeowners and don't start the work within 45 days without a good reason can be charged with home improvement fraud.
The new do's and don'ts are among the 467 laws that go into effect today, half of the 937 that lawmakers passed at their recent session. Another seven passed but are proposed changes in the state Constitution and must go before voters Nov. 4.
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