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New California Laws in Effect 2019

Here are a few changes coming to food, transportation and your workplace in California 2019.

Posted: Dec 26, 2018 6:43 PM
Updated: Dec 26, 2018 6:49 PM

A new year means new laws for our state of California. 

Healthier Meals 

Senate Bill 1192. California restaurants will be required to make milk or water the default beverage that's served with kids meals. That's opposed to sugary soda or juice

Straws Upon Request 

Assembly Bill 1884. Sit-down restaurants in California will only provide a straw when the customer requests it. California will be the first state to ban the offering of plastic straws. the bill goes into effect July 1st.

Craft Whiskey

Senate Bill 1164. You'll soon be able to buy your favorite whiskey direct from a craft distillery. The new bill allows liquor lovers to get up to 2.25 liters of alcohol per day. That's about three bottles.

California IDs

Senate Bill No. 179. Effective January 1st, people who apply for a California drivers license or ID can expect a new gender category section. Applicants can choose between male, female or nonbinary. Those who select "nonbinary" will get a card with an "x" in the gender category of their cards.

Helmets, Please

Assembly Bill No. 3077. Teens and kids under 18 will need to strap on a helmet before heading out. Those spotted on a bike, scooter, skateboard or skates without a helmet will get a fix-it ticket.

Loud Drivers, Not Allowed

Assembly Bill No. 1824. A mandatory fine comes into effect for loud drivers on the road. Those cited for modified or loud exhaust or muffler systems will have to pay up.

Minimum wage

MW-2019. In 2019, companies with 25 or fewer employees must pay workers at least $11 per hour. Larger companies must pay workers at least $12 per hour.

Equal Representation

Senate Bill 826. Publicly traded companies based in California must have at least one woman on their board of directors by the end of 2019.

Daylight Savings

Assembly Bill 7. Californians may never have to "fall back" an hour again. Back in November, voters approved Prop 7.  That gave the state legislature the power to end daylight saving time. But the amendment still needs to get the thumbs up from both the state and the federal government to go into effect. 

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