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New laws target meth drug & banking fees

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - July first means new laws on the books across the nation. The new Mississippi law that will have the most impact on the most people is the one requiring a doctor's prescription to buy medicine containing pseudoephedrine.

Mississippi lawmakers moved to restrict access to the popular decongestant because it's also used to make the illegal drug methamphetamine.

The new law is patterned after a similar law in Oregon, where taking the over the counter medicine back in the hands of pharmacists dramatically reduced meth cases there.

Mississippians will has have quicker access to government records thanks to a change in our states Freedom of Information law. State and local government agencies have to provide public records to citizens and the media within seven days of the request. The old law allowed for a 14 day wait.

There's a change in banking laws across the nation. The Federal Reserve Board will bar banks from automatically enrolling new customers into certain types of overdraft programs.

Customers who want to take advantage of programs to cover checks or debits when their account is short will have to opt-in.

The overdraft protection comes at a cost, one Consumer advocates say is too high. Consumer watchdog groups warn banks will be aggressive in trying to get customers to sign up, so the profit from those fees don't dry up.

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