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Mississippi Enacting Dozens of New Laws Tuesday

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - New Mississippi laws provide teacher pay raises, require closer monitoring for concussions in school sports and attempt to limit the cost of obtaining public records.

Dozens of new laws take effect Tuesday, including one designed to make the criminal justice system more efficient and less expensive.

One new law adds "In God We Trust" to the state seal and says government can't put a substantial burden on religious practices.

Another law bans abortions at 20 weeks, the midpoint of a full-term pregnancy. There are exceptions for severe fetal abnormality or if the woman faces death or permanent injury because of the pregnancy. The 20-week ban won't affect the state's only abortion clinic, which says it stops at 16 weeks. State Health Department statistics show abortions after 20 weeks are rare.

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