New Laws That Will Take Effect On January 1st


There will be a number of new laws that will be put in place in California starting January 1st. The immigration laws will be reformed. Agencies that work with developmentally-disabled people and minors will not have to report their immigration status. Landlords will not be able to report the immigration status of their tenants. If they do report the immigration status, then they can face civil penalties.

Parents will no longer have to put their children's gender on their birth certificate. There will also be more changing rooms added to men's restrooms. The educational system in California will also be undergoing changes. Schools will no longer be able to deny food to students who have not paid for their meals. They will also be required to provide students who are in grades six through 12 with free sanitary supplies and tampons.

The California workplace will be undergoing some changes. The current minimum wage in California is $10.50 per hour. However, companies that have more than 26 employees will have to pay their workers $11.00 per hour. New parents that work for a company that has at least 20 employees will be able to get 12 weeks of parental leave. They will not be paid for the time that they take off, but they will not lose their healthcare coverage.

People who refinance their mortgage or make another real estate transaction will be charged a $75 fee. This fee will go towards low-income housing. School officials will not be able to carry conceable weapons on campus.

Families who have children in the justice system will not have to pay any fees. Juveniles will not serve life in prison without parole. People in marijuana will be able to smoke marijuana recreationally. However, some cities have tighter laws than others.

Commercial bus drivers will be required to wear a seatbelt. If they do not wear a seatbelt, then they could be charged a $20 fine. Drivers who are caught smoking weed while driving may also be fined.

A prescription is required for animals that need antibiotics. AIDs will be treated like every other communicable disease. Transmitting it is no longer considered a felony.



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