It is the first of July, and that typically means new state laws go into effect. One new law helps victims of domestic violence better protect themselves. SAVAN, also known as the Statewide Automated Victim Assistance and Notification Program, offers free, anonymous, telephone alerts to victims on the jail release status and court case information on their attackers. The program will be expanded, with alerts posted online, and detailed calls going out to victims when a sex offender moves into their neighborhood. Domestic violence services director Renee McGill-Cox said, "They can be notified if the person is released or they can just call to see what the status is. Are they going to be moved? Are they going to get an early release date or if something else happens, so it keeps the victim notified about what's happening which of course gives them piece of mind." The upgrades go into effect this fall. The Division of Motor Vehicles is changing the way it issues driver licenses. You'll still be required to take your driving test and get your picture made at the DMV, but you won't walk out with your license. Instead you'll walk out with a certificate until your license is sent to you in the mail, and keep your old license for identification. The DMV says this will help fight identity theft and address fraud.
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