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New fiscal year brings new laws

A new budget year starting in North Carolina on Wednesday brings with it several new laws, including dog-tethering, parking costs at RDU, property tax breaks and hunting and fishing licenses.

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RALEIGH, N.C. — A new budget year starting in North Carolina brings with it several new laws.

A Raleigh ordinance regulating the unattended restraint of dogs goes into effect Wednesday.

Under the measure, a dog cannot be tied outdoors on a rope, chain or other line meant to restrain for more than three hours total during a 24-hour period.

The cost of parking at Raleigh-Durham International Airport is going up effective Wednesday. The hourly rate for parking in the daily section of the garage will increase from $1 to $2; the daily maximum will still be $10.

Park-and-ride lots will also see a fee change. Hourly parking at those lots will be eliminated. Everyone who parks there will pay a $6 per day flat fee.

Also starting Wednesday, state government takes over completely the Medicaid cost-sharing payments that counties paid for decades.

The state gasoline tax that was supposed to drop by 2 cents a gallon will remain the same.

A $675 million-plus bailout of the health insurance plan for teachers and state employees takes effect.

The state also expands property tax breaks for completely disabled veterans, the elderly and people with "working waterfront" property such as fisheries.

State residents serving active military duty and home on leave can hunt or fish without a license.

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