California has many new laws that could change your life. Every year, scores of new laws take effect that impact your safety, work, education and environment. Here are a few that stand out:
- Cross Walk Danger: Assembly Bill 390, now makes it legal to enter a crosswalk when the countdown clock is flashing. Although you probably did not realize it before AB 390 each time you entered a crosswalk while the clock was flashing was a violation which subjected you to a $250 fine. That is no longer the case. BE CAREFUL!
- Guns in our Schools: Assembly Bill 424 California School Employees with concealed carry permits are prohibited from bringing firearms onto campus.
- Bus Safety: Senate Bill 20 which goes into effect on July 1, 2018 will require you to use seat belts on commercial buses like Greyhound and Megabus. Both drivers and passengers are required to wear seat belts. If you fail to do so you are subject to a $20 fine for a first offence and $50 hereafter.
- Young Boat Operators Need a License: Senate Bill 941 which goes into effect on January 1, 2018 mandates that boaters 20 years of age and younger will be required to have a California Boater Card. To qualify for the card, applicants will need to take a state approved safety course. Each year after 2018, a new age group will need to have the card.
- College Tuition: Assembly Bill 19 establishes the initial stage of “free college” program, waiving the first year of fees for any first-time student who enrolls full-time at one of California’s 114 community colleges.
- Diaper Changing Stations: Assembly Bill 1127 requires state and local agencies, as well as public venues such as movie theaters, grocery stores, sports arenas and restaurants to provide at least one diaper-changing station accessible to women and men. The law applies to new construction or significant renovations of facilities.
- Legal Marijuana: Adults age 21 and older can buy marijuana from licensed dispensaries between the hours of 6 AM and 10 PM.
Strick Injury Law and Mediation represents people throughout the Bay Area for injuries. Please call our injury attorneys if you believe Strick Injury Law and Mediation can help you with pedestrian, vehicular, boating or bus injury cases.