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Bevy of new laws begin in 2013

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

An assortment of new laws takes effect in Tennessee on Jan. 1.

Starting in the New Year, if you are over 60 and get a driver's license, your picture will be on it. This change is happening because of the new photo ID law to vote.

About 230,000 people had no pictures on their licenses and had to upgrade in order to cast a ballot.

However, if you already have a driver's license without a photo, you don't have to change if you don't want to.

A new law also goes into effect that's designed to help curb prescription drug abuse.

Starting in the new year, all doctors will have to check the controlled substances database before prescribing certain powerful drugs like Oxycontin.  This hopes to make sure that patients haven't been recently prescribed the same medications by others.

Also, all newborns in the state will also be screened for serious heart defects.

Congenital heart defects are blamed for more infant deaths in the first year of life than any other birth defect.

Finally, a new law takes effect that bans the use of telemedicine for abortions. This would prohibit the prescription of RU-486, the so-called abortion pill, through phone teleconferencing.

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