With the start of the New Year, new changes come as well. The State of California has implemented new laws that may affect you. Some of these laws will bring changes to the environment, gun rights, criminal justice, workplace as well as wildfire safety and funding. Here are some of the major changes for 2019:
- Plastic straws will only be given in full-service restaurants if requested.
- California enacts state law to limit use of certain refrigeration chemicals
- No one under the age of 21 can purchase a rifle or shotgun in CA
- State requires new gun safety training for anyone having a concealed weapon
- Children under the age of 16 will no longer be tried in adult courts
- Secret settlements with employers for sexual assault or harassment are now prohibited
- State cannot refuse a professional license to someone who has nonviolent criminal record
- New and used cars must have a temporary, paper license before they are driven off dealer’s lot
- CA DMV will issue driver licenses that do not have a traditional bindery gender preferences which will be marked with an X, when requested.
- State government funds will be spent on additional wildfire-prevention efforts, including tree and brush removal programs. Utilities will have new ways to mitigate the cost of fire related payments
- Effective this summer, new garage doors installed will require a backup battery that can lift door in case of a power outage
- Homeowners will have new rules for creating defensible space, free of fire prone brush for prevention
- Wildfire victims have new flexibility on how to use insurance coverage for rebuilding their home
- Wildfire victims will get an extra year to rebuild home for a total of three years
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