New Laws to Take Effect 

(AP) – Beginning Thursday, adult adoptees who were born in Maine can obtain their original birth certificates. That is among a scattering of new state laws that take effect on Jan. 1, 2009.

The law restores rights that were taken away in 1953 when Maine passed a law requiring adoptees to get court orders to access their original birth certificates.

Another new law puts Maine among the states that bar human trafficking, the forced transfer of people for prostitution, factory work and other forms of forced labor.

The new law allows victims to sue for damages and collect compensation through criminal restitution laws.

Most newly enacted state laws kick in 90 days after the close of the legislative session, which would have been last summer. Some, such as the adoption and trafficking bills, set specific effective dates.