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Discuss how laws have changed or is changing to reflect new social norms within our society. Basically, how legislation is maintaining pace with a changing society. Over 300 words with reference.

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As society continues to evolve to meet the wants and needs for different groups around the Nation, our judicial system does the same. The evolution of technology has caused social norms to take a twist. Lawmakers are continually making changes to legislation to ensure that the legal rights of society are taken into consideration when handing down judgments. Due to the pace in which society is evolving, the new generation has found new ways to approach lawmakers and legislation on a whole new platform; the internet. Below we'll discuss how laws have changed or changing to reflect new societal norms of society.

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As society continues to evolve to meet the wants and needs for different groups around the Nation, our judicial system does the same. The evolution of technology has caused social norms to take a twist. Lawmakers are continually making changes to legislation to ensure that the legal rights of society are taken into consideration when handing down judgments. Due to the pace in which society is evolving, the new generation has found new ways to approach lawmakers and legislation on a whole new platform; the internet. Below we'll discuss how laws have changed or changing to reflect new societal norms of society.

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