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BATON ROUGE – More than 200 new Louisiana laws take effect with the start of August.

Beginning Tuesday, public school children can bring sunscreen to school without a doctor’s note. Minors face tougher restrictions for getting an abortion. Colleges can’t ask unlimited questions about applying students’ criminal histories.

While 38 of Louisiana’s 69 public school districts allow schools to use corporal punishment, paddling will be outlawed for students with disabilities.

Cities and towns that use cameras to catch speeders have to post signs notifying drivers, or won’t be able to use the images to ticket motorists. Drivers-in-training can soon expect lessons on how to respond to police during a traffic stop.

Free parking is required for disabled veterans at airports.

The changes were passed in the regular legislative session that ended in June.

Back-to-school sales tax discount will happen August 4th & 5th

BATON ROUGE – The State Department of Revenue says Back-to-school supplies that include: electronics, appliances and most other retail purchases are subject to reduced sales tax during the 2017 Louisiana Annual Sales Tax Holiday Friday, August 4 and Saturday, August 5.

During these two days, most purchases of tangible personal property are subject to only three percent state sales tax instead of the full five percent. The exemption applies to the first $2,500 of the purchase price of each eligible item when the customer:

– Buys and accepts delivery of eligible property;
– Places property on layaway;
– Acquires property that was previously placed on layaway; or
– Places an order for immediate delivery, even if the delivery must be delayed, provided the customer has not requested delayed delivery

The sales tax holiday does not apply to:

– Vehicles subject to title and license;
– Meals prepared for consumption on premises or to-go; and
– Taxable services such as hotel occupancy, laundry services, printing services, telecommunication services, the furnishing of cold storage space, leases or rentals of tangible personal property, repairs to tangible personal property, and admission to athletic, amusement, or recreational facilities or events

This sales tax reduction applies only to the state sales tax.

Man arrested for allegedly trafficking teen

BATON ROUGE – Baton Rouge Police officers arrested 26-year-old Henry Tillman on charges that include human trafficking and drug possession. According to the arrest report released Monday, officers say he admitted to “pimping” the teen for sexual favors four times over three days.

Detectives say, Tillman was with a missing 17-year-old girl, at an address in Baton Rouge when officers found her.

Tillman was also arrested for having a stolen handgun, crystal meth and MDMA pills.

Tillman remains in the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison and has not been assigned a bond as of the time of this posting.

Police say, Tillman convinced the teen to runaway so she could prostitute.

LIVE UPDATES: Monday traffic report

BATON ROUGE – News 2’s Ashley Fruge has you covered with live updates for your Monday morning commute.

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