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Californians will welcome 725 new laws on Jan. 1. Here’s a glance at some of the laws taking effect when you ring in the new year:
- AB 119 prevents insurance companies from charging different rates for men and women for identical coverage.
- SB 782 prevents landlords from evicting tenants who are victims of domestic or sexual abuse or stalking.
- AB 1844—informally known as Chelsea’s Law and authored by local Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher—will increase penalties, parole provisions and oversight of sex offenders, including a “one-strike, life-without-parole penalty” for some.
- AB 1871 allows people to lease out their cars when they are not being used—alleviating the need to purchase additional insurance.
- AB 537 will make food stamps an acceptable form of payment at farmers markets through an EBT process.
- SB 1411 makes it a misdemeanor to maliciously impersonate someone via a social media outlet or through e-mails.
- SB 1317 allows the state to slap parents with a $2,000 fine if their K-8 child misses more than 10 percent of the school year without a valid excuse. It also allows the state to punish parents with up to a year in prison for the misdemeanor.
- AB 715 makes a change to the California Green Building Standards code. The change will require new California buildings to be energy efficient.
- SB 1449 makes the possession of one ounce of marijuana an infraction with a penalty of a $100 fine.
- AB 12 allows foster youth to acquire state services until the age of 21.
- SB 1399 allows California to medically parole state prison inmates with physical incapacitating conditions and ultimately shifts some of the cost of care to the federal government.
- AB 97 bans the use of trans-fats in food facilities.