The New Year doesn’t only bring a celebration with champagne or the start of your New Year resolutions. It also welcomes the new laws that will be taking place this year. Here is a list of the new Sacramento laws that will begin in 2017 stated by the Sacramento Bee:
1. Mascot Names
As of January 1st, the Assembly Bill 30 gave public schools until 2017 to ditch a mascot now widely denounced as racist and insensitive to Native Americans: The Redskins.
2. Welfare Payments
The repealing of a policy known as the “maximum family grant” that bars women who get pregnant while on welfare from drawing additional benefits has officially succeeded. As of Jan. 1, women in that situation can apply for benefits to cover the new child. They can also apply to cover children who are still minors and were previously excluded.
3. Minimum Wage
California’s minimum wage rises to $10.50 per hour for businesses with 26 or more employees.
4. Assault Weapons
Senate Bill 880 and Assembly Bill 1135 sought to ban guns that circumvent a previously passed assault weapon law with reloading devices called “bullet buttons.”
5. Park Names
Assembly Bill 2249 bars businesses who win state park concession contracts from trademarking names associated with the park
Senate Bill 465 compels the California Department of Industrial Relations and the Division of Occupational Safety and Health to tell the Contractors State License Board when the state punishes wayward builders. The measure, watered down amid heavy lobbying from the building industry, also requires contractors to tell the licensing board about past convictions for felonies or other crimes that could affect their work
7. Gun Loans
Assembly Bill 1511 outlaws most gun loans, though it makes exceptions for hunting guides and for a limited number of loans to family members.
8. Prostitution decriminalization
Senate Bill 1322 bars law enforcement from arresting minors for prostitution or loitering with intent
9. Prostitution sentencing
Senate Bill 1129 removes mandatory minimum sentences for repeat prostitution offenders
10. Sexual assault
Assembly Bill 2888 mandates a prison term for sexually assaulting people who are unconscious
11. Rape sentencing
Senate Bill 813 eliminates the statute of limitations for rape cases, allowing prosecutors to bring charges no matter how much time has passed since the crime.
12. Distracted driving
Assembly Bill 1785 limits motorists to simple actions on mounted phones.
13. Car seats
Assembly Bill 53 requires that kids under the age of two be fastened into rear-facing child safety seats.
14. Public financing
Senate Bill 1107 allows more local governments to set up public financing.
15. Mail ballots
Senate Bill 450 Voters can now return mail ballots at any county elections office in the state, not just in the county that issued the ballot.
16. Voter registration
Assembly Bill 1436 allows people to register to vote on Election Day, with county elections headquarters serving as registration hubs starting two weeks before Election Day.
Assembly Bill 1386 allows pharmacies to dispense the devices to colleges, private businesses and other venues that have a plan in place for using Epi-Pens.
18. State travel
Assembly Bill 1887 state agencies cannot require employees to travel to states with laws on the books permitting “discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender.”
19. Asset forfeiture
Senate Bill 443 limits law enforcement seizing private property under a tactic known as “asset forfeiture.”
20. Felons voting
Assembly Bill 2466 allows those convicted of low-level felonies the right to vote.
21. Hot dogs
Assembly Bill 797 allows good Samaritans to liberate animals who are showing signs of distress, provided they can’t find the owner, out of a hot vehicle. However, they must call law enforcement first.
22. Date rape drugs
Senate Bill 1182 allows prosecutors to pursue felony charges for people who possess drugs like ketamine, GHB and flunitrazepam and can be proven to have the intent to commit sexual assault.
23. Ballot sharing
Assembly Bill 1494 allows in any event, in future elections you can snap pics of your filled-out ballot and post it wherever you like, free from government harassment.
Assembly Bill 1668 allows drug manufacturers to make available treatments that haven’t gone through the full Food and Drug Administration approval process.
Get ready for a New Year with new laws!