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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

2013 will bring with it some new laws. Some say the laws are more of that feel-good legislation and there are other issues out there that deserve better enforcement. Here's a look at what will take effect starting January 1, 2013.

There are new laws set to take effect Tuesday. One could be called the Daylight Savings Time effect. In 2013, voters are losing an hour at the polls. In the past, precincts opened at 6 a.m. on election days. But after statistics showed few people cast a ballot in the first hour, the start time is being pushed back to 7 a.m. Polls will still close at 8 p.m.

Another new law, people convicted of sex offenses with children under 13 will be banned from libraries at times when children are likely to be around. Some lawmakers admit this one will be tough to enforce.

Louisianans we talked to have some suggestions for our state leaders about what they'd like to see looked at in the new year.

For most, safety seems to be at the top of the list.

"I would like to see laws are upheld for people who don't have kids in their safety seats, in backseat of their car," said Lyn Gobert.

After another year of hearing about DUI offenders with multiple offenses, Shawn Perry says lawmakers need to crack down.

"Tougher DUI and DWI laws go into effect. And tougher seatbelt laws, I've seen a lot of people without their seatbelt," Perry said. "I think if you've been caught more than once, laws should be more stringent. People take it too lightly. 'I got caught once or twice. I'm not going to get caught again'."

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