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12 New California Laws for 2018


As we all try to adjust to 2018, it is important to also consider the new laws going into effect across the state. Governor Brown and the legislature passed almost 900 bills in 2017 addressing a wide array of issues. See the list below for some of the most interesting and important laws to consider in 2018.

1. California is officially a Sanctuary State

Neither State nor Local law enforcement may use funds or personnel to investigate, detain, or arrest anyone for immigration enforcement purposes.

2. Free Tampons for Low-Income Students

All public schools with at least a 40% poverty rate must provide feminine hygiene products in restrooms, free of charge.

3. Reduced Costs for Continuing Education

Tuition for the first year of full-time community college will be waived for first-time in-state students.

4. Maternity/Paternity Leave is Guaranteed

Businesses with between 20 and 49 employees must provide parents with three months of unpaid maternity or paternity leave.

5. Minimum Wage Rises

Minimum Wage across the state increases to $11 per hour for business with more than 25 employees and $10.50 for businesses with 25 or fewer.

6. Employers Can’t Ask About Prior Salaries

In an effort to narrow the pay gap between men and women, employers can no longer ask job applicants about past salaries.

7. No More Incandescent Light Bulbs

Incandescent light bulbs no longer meet the energy efficiency standards imposed under a 2007 Federal Law. California has moved to instate the new law 2 years before the 2020 deadline imposed on the rest of the country.

8. Baby-Changing Tables are now Required in Men’s Public Restrooms

Shopping malls, sports arenas, and large buildings must provide diaper-changing stations in men’s restrooms or places accessible to both men and women.

9. Recreational Marijuana is Legal

Retailers who have obtained both a State and Local license may legally sell recreational marijuana to consumers over the age of 21.

10. Ammunition Can No Longer be Shipped to Homes

Ammunition purchased online must be shipped directly to a licensed vendor, and can no longer be shipped to a consumer’s home.

11. Convicted Felons Have to Give up Guns

Individuals convicted of felonies or certain misdemeanors, such as assault or battery, can no longer own firearms.

12. Social Media Criminals Face Tougher Penalties

Videotapes and streams of certain violent crimes may now be considered as aggravating factors leading to longer sentences.

While this list is by no means exhaustive, these new regulations will affect a large portion of California’s population. California also made several changes to the Criminal Justice System, allowing juvenile and elderly inmates new opportunities for early parole.

If you are directly affected by any of the above regulation changes, or need additional help in understanding how your rights may be affected, contact our office or a local attorney today.