New laws for a new year

Jan 1, 2014 5:22 PM

Along with resolutions for the New Year, Californians also have a list of new laws to keep in mind for 2014.

As a direct result from the legal case of a Chico lawyer named Sergio Garcia, who was brought to California illegally as a child, undocumented immigrants who pass the bar are allowed to practice law.

Immigration rights were a hot topic in 2013.

The DMV will be designing licenses for immigrants who are in the country illegally.

Additionally, employers are prohibited from punishing workers on the basis of their immigration statuses.

Workers will also be benefiting when minimum wage is raised to $9 per hour on July 1.

Another group gaining rights is transgender students, who can now compete on gender-specific sports teams and use restrooms based on their gender identities.

And some laws addressing two big California issues; cars and guns.

Drivers will no longer get tickets for parking at a broken meter.

Teens will have no excuses for distracted driving. They aren't allowed to read or send texts, even with a hands-free device.

On the gun front, the Department of Justice will be allowed to retain data about rifle and shotgun purchases.

Tougher gun laws in general--rifle owners are required to undergo safety training, and it's now illegal to buy kits that alter magazines to hold more than 10 rounds.

Good news for veterans--anyone stationed in California before their discharge or who intends to settle here can get in-state tuition at public colleges or Cal State Universities.

One other law benefiting over 220,000 people in California--the income limit for Cal-Fresh eligibility has been changed, allowing more people to participate in the food stamp program.


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