A handful of new Maine laws have gone into effect with the beginning of the new year.
Beginning Thursday, high-ranking executive branch officials who leave their posts are barred from engaging in activities that would require registration as a lobbyist or lobbyist associate for at least one year. A similar law is now in place for lawmakers with the beginning of the 127th Legislature, which formally opened last month.
Another new law will allow nonresidents under the age of 16 to fish in Maine without a license. Previously, nonresidents between the ages of 12 and 16 had to buy a junior fishing license.
Meanwhile, insurance plans issued or renewed on or after Jan. 1 will have to cover chemotherapy in pill form if they already cover the treatment administered intravenously.