New California Laws in 2019

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There are a few new laws that went into effect in 2019 in the state of California. 

It's 2019. New year, new LAWS and BILLS. Out of the full list, here are a few that went into effect in 2019.

  • SB 1046 - Requires that any Californians found guilty of driving under the influence must temporarily install breathalyzers in their vehicles in order to get their driver’s licenses back.
  • AB 1976 - All employers must make reasonable efforts to provide a room or place for breastfeeding that is NOT a bathroom.
  • AB 1884 - Restaurants statewide may not give out single-use straws UNLESS customers request it. Restaurants violating the law could be fined $25 daily for violations, or a maximum of $300 per year. OUCH.
  • AB 626 - California cities and counties may authorize and regulate the sale of homemade foods in their jurisdictions.
  • AB 485 - This will prohibit the sale of dogs, cats and even rabbits in pet stores and will require these animals to only be obtained from animal shelters or rescue groups.
  • SB 439 - 12 years of age will be the minimum age for prosecution in juvenile court, UNLESS a minor that is younger than 12 has committed murder or rape.
  • SB 1391 - Courts are no longer able to try a defendant under the age of 16 as an adult. This bill would repeal the authority of a district attorney to make a motion to transfer a minor from juvenile court to a court of criminal jurisdiction in a case in which a minor is alleged to have committed a specified serious offense when he or she was 14 or 15 years of age, unless the individual was not apprehended prior to the end of juvenile court jurisdiction, thereby amending Proposition 57. 
  • AB 748 - Will require video and any audio recordings from police officer body cameras to be disclosed to the public within 45 days after a police shooting or excessive force causes death or injury to a person.
  • AB 3129 - Prohibits anyone that convicts a misdemeanor domestic violence offense AFTER Jan. 1, 2019 from ever owning or carrying a firearm for the rest of their lives.
  • AB 2103 - Requires all gun owners who have a concealed carry license to go through a minimum of 8-hours of training, and show proficiency and safety on the shooting range.

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