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State minimum wage hikes take effect in 2015, among other laws

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Nearly a thousand new laws are being put on the books in the New Year - most of which go into effect January 1.

Many workers will be looking for raises in 2015, as the minimum wage increases are planned in 21 states. The Economic Policy Institute reports that the wage increases will affect about 2.4 million employees.

In some states, such as Massachusetts and Minnesota, it's a fairly big spike - $1 more per hour. In Florida, though, minimum wage workers will only see an increase of 12 cents per hour.

Here's an overview of the laws starting New Year's Day in California:

Undocumented immigrants will be able to apply for driver's licenses.

Privacy protection will be extended in the New Year to people who take nude "selfies."

Childhood sex abuse victims will have until their 40th birthday to press charges. The previous age was 28.

Audrie's Law also goes into effect. This law ensures stricter penalties for teens convicted of sex acts on someone who is passed out from drugs or alcohol.

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