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Oct. 1 brings 153 new laws in Nevada

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A billboard promotes the new "Proceed On Red Law" that takes effect Oct. 1, 2013. (File/FOX5) A billboard promotes the new "Proceed On Red Law" that takes effect Oct. 1, 2013. (File/FOX5)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

The first day of October brought with it a lot of firsts. Not only was it the first day of the first government shutdown in 17 years and the first day of Obamacare, but also the first day that 153 new laws take effect in Nevada.

Assembly Bill 117, also called the "Proceed On Red Law," allows riders to go straight or left through red lights after waiting for two complete signal cycles. The intersection must be clear of traffic and pedestrians before the rider can continue, according to the law.

State Assemblyman Richard Carillo helped put the law into motion and get it passed in May.

"You are going to have people that don't follow the law, and they'll get reprimanded for that," said Carillo, who rides a motorcycle.

Metro police said they'll be watching intersections and aggressively ticketing riders who break the rules. Fines start at $200. Police also said cyclists, motorcyclists and scooter drivers that go through red lights assume all liability if they get into an accident.

Another law that hit the books Tuesday is Senate Bill 181, which makes it illegal for employers to ask employees for passwords to their social media accounts.

The law not only limits an employer's access to their workers' social media pages, but it also prohibits firing, disciplinary action or discrimination against an employee who will not provide them access. The same rights apply to someone who is applying for a job.

However, the law still allows employers an internet search for the employee or applicant and act based on what they find there. They can also act on social media that is shown to them by another employee, even if that information could not be found through a search engine.

Nevada is among 10 other states that have adopted similar laws.

On Tuesday, a law known as the "Homeowner's Bill Of Rights" also took effect. It was enacted to help ease the pain for those who are facing foreclosure.

Banks are now required to assign a homeowner one contact person to prevent the homeowner from being bounced around without getting answers. The law also requires banks to give homeowners a 30-day notice before determining a loan to be in default. Banks must also attempt several times by mail and phone to inform the homeowner of programs that may help prevent foreclosure.

The new law also allows a relative to buy a distressed property.

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