New state, local laws on the books in 2013

No more smoking at the bus stop in Petaluma. No more hunting bears with dogs. And banks can no longer work with a home owner on a mortgage modification while simultaneously moving toward foreclosing.

Those are among the multitude of new ordinances and laws that go into effect in the new year for local and state residents.

Also, as a result of the Nov. 6 passage of Prop. 30, the state sales tax rate will increase by a quarter-percent for four years and income taxes on the wealthy will rise for seven years. The money raised is supposed to go to education and public safety.

Petaluma's new smoking ban covers cigarettes, electronic cigarettes and marijuana. It forbids lighting up in several additional places next year, including inside one's home if it's part of a multi-unit housing apartment or condo complex.

The ban, which is scheduled to be formally adopted on Jan. 7, will be phased in beginning in February and culminating with the housing ban that will start Jan. 1, 2014.

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