New New York Laws to Please Ice-Cream Men, Anti-Graffiti Cops, and Samuel Gompers

The Daily News has a rundown this morning of the new laws that went into effect with the new year. The tab lets us know that Mister Softee trucks are now allowed to play the jingle when moving but not when stopped, that minimum wage has raised from one amount that's too little to live on to another amount that's too little to live on, and that people under 21 are not allowed to own spray paint, among other things. Also:

Harkening back to the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire, in which 146 women died because they were locked into the building, the city is outlawing any locking of doors that endangers workers. Penalties for obstructing exits will be increased.

Such quick response to a tragedy is always gratifying to see.

Out With the Old Laws, In With the New [NYDN]