New Laws in Washington D.C.

The legal field is one that moves at a fast pace. What works in one quarter may not be effective the next, so attorneys must constantly be looking for new ways to serve clients. One concept that has gained traction is called “law new.” Law new refers to innovative approaches for providing legal services that are outside the realm of traditional practice. These methods can include working with underserved communities, developing new strategies for reaching clients and creating legal technology products.

A bill is a proposed law that is presented to Congress or another legislative body for consideration and debate. Once a bill is passed by both houses of the legislature, it becomes an official law, known as a statute. When the Governor receives a bill, he or she has 10 days to sign it, veto it, or let it become law without his or her signature. If the Governor vetoes a bill, two-thirds of the members of both houses can override his or her veto by passing the same bill again with the Governor’s statement of disapproval attached to it.

Local Law 13 of 2022 (Measures to Improve Data Breach Responses)

This bill would require City agencies to notify individuals whose private information is breached in the event that their personal identification has been accessed, disclosed or used by an unauthorized individual, in addition to submitting a report to the City’s Office of the Chief Privacy Officer and to the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications. The bill also would align City laws with the requirements of New York State’s SHIELD Act.

Local Law 12 of 2022 (Licensing Third-Party Food Delivery Services)

This law would require third-party food delivery services to be licensed in the City. The law would apply to the business operations of these services within the City, and it would amend existing provisions in Chapter 5 of Title 20 of the Administrative Code, relating to food delivery service providers, to add licensing requirements.

Local Law 17 of 2022 (Measures To Reduce Fentanyl Overdose Deaths)

This measure would allow pharmacies and health care providers to give out fentanyl and other drug adulterant testing supplies, in order to lower the risk of accidental overdose deaths. The measure is named after Matthew Horan, who died of a fentanyl overdose in 2020.

The term “law new” can be misleading for those not familiar with the legal industry. However, those who do understand the concept of law new can use it to their advantage and develop the type of innovative practices that will help them stay ahead of the competition. By developing these types of strategies, it is possible for lawyers to create a separate revenue stream and provide their clients with the legal services that they need. This is a trend that all legal firms should be watching and taking note of. It’s a way to expand their business and remain competitive in the legal industry.