What new things can and can’t Californians do starting this Sunday?

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Thinking about getting some ink before a minimum statewide standard for sterilization is imposed? You better decide on the perfect butterfly stencil before Sunday, July 1, when AB 300 and a handful of other new state laws go into effect.  

We wouldn’t want you getting caught breaking any new state laws, so here is a look at some that take effect this weekend:


AB 9, also known as Seth’s Law, authored by Assemblymember Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco), requires school districts to update or implement new uniform anti-bullying policies to include sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. 

AB 1156, authored by Assemblymember Mike Eng (D-Monterey Park), revises the definition of bullying, requires training of school staff in the prevention of bullying, and prioritizes school transfer requests made by bullying victims.  

CalFresh (formerly known as food stamps)

AB 69, authored by Assemblymember Jim Beall (D-San Jose), simplifies enrollment into CalFresh by granting counties access to the Social Security Administration benefits database to determine which seniors may be eligible for food stamps. 

AB 959, authored by Assemblymember Brian Jones (R-Santee), gives recipients of welfare and food stamps an extra month to correct any problems following the discontinuance of aid without having to reapply for benefits. 

Mandatory recycling

AB 341, authored by Assemblymember Wes Chesbro (D-Arcata), requires business and apartment buildings with five or more units establish recycling programs. 

Used vehicles

AB 1215, authored by Assemblymember Bob Blumenfield (D-Woodland Hills), mandates new car dealers use electronic vehicle registration for all car sales and requires used vehicle dealers flag cars as “junk,” “salvage,” or “flood”, and raises cap for document-processing fees. 

Delinquent taxpayers

AB 1424, authored by Assemblymember Henry Perea (D-Fresno), allows the state to suspend professional and/or driver’s licenses of the state’s highest tax delinquents, debtors on the Franchise Tax Board and the State Board of Equalization’s Top 500 debtor’s lists.

Health insurance

SB 222, authored by Senators Noreen Evans (D-Santa Rosa) and Elaine Alquist (D-Santa Clara), guarantees women coverage for maternity services regardless of their individual health insurance policy.


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