9 Controversial California Laws Taking Effect on Jan. 1

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As Californians get acceptable to crook the leafage connected 2022, hundreds of caller laws volition spell into effect starting Jan. 1. From expanding the minimum wage to legalizing jaywalking to shielding transgression records, the caller laws volition interaction employment, wellness care, housing, nationalist safety, and user protection.

Here’s a look astatine what to expect successful 2023.

Minimum Wage (SB 3)

California’s minimum wage volition increase by 50 cents to $15.50 per hour, which volition besides grow to astir each workers—regardless of the fig of employees astatine a business.

This 3.33 percent summation is little than fractional of the 7.9 percent ostentation summation betwixt 2021 and 2022 calculated by California’s Department of Finance.

According to the instrumentality signed by Gov. Jerry Brown successful 2016, if yearly ostentation increases by much than 7 percent, it triggers the minimum wage to increase.

Currently, the minimum wage is $15 per hr for companies with 25 oregon much employees and $14 per hr for those with 25 oregon less employees.

Epoch Times Photo A pedestrian carries a buying container portion crossing the thoroughfare successful San Francisco connected Nov. 16, 2022. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Jaywalking (AB 2147)

Under the caller “Freedom to Walk Act,” pedestrians volition nary longer beryllium fined for crossing the thoroughfare extracurricular of designated intersections oregon crosswalks unless the idiosyncratic causes a hazard connected the street.

Supporters of the instrumentality authorities that it volition trim inequitable policing toward definite radical groups. Some besides suggest that the instrumentality volition promote much radical to locomotion alternatively of drive.

Opponents interest that it volition pb to much accidents and yet origin much pedestrian deaths.

In California, the basal good for jaywalking is $25 and it tin spell up to $250 per ticket.

COVID Misinformation (AB 2098)

This instrumentality allows doctors to look subject for spreading so-called misinformation or disinformation astir COVID-19—including accusation astir vaccine effectiveness and untested treatments—and categorizes it arsenic unprofessional conduct.

Physicians and surgeons are regulated by the Medical Board. Under existent law, the committee is required to enactment against immoderate licensed doc who is charged with unprofessional conduct.

Epoch Times Photo A antheral is arrested by a Sheriff’s Deputy successful Yucaipa, Calif., connected Aug. 1, 2020. (John Fredricks/The Epoch Times)

Criminal Records (SB 731)

At slightest 225,000 Californians with anterior convictions oregon arrests volition beryllium capable to person their records automatically sealed from transgression inheritance checks owed to a caller law.

While these records volition beryllium automatically sealed erstwhile radical implicit their condemnation and spell 4 years without caller arrests, others volition beryllium capable to petition a justice to person theirs sealed.

In California, determination are astir 8 cardinal radical that person transgression records, according to Californians for Safety and Justice.

Loitering (SB 357)

A caller California instrumentality decriminalizes loitering for the intent to prosecute successful enactment enactment prostitution.

Also known arsenic the “Safer Streets for All Act,” the instrumentality was introduced past twelvemonth by Sen. Scott Weiner (D-San Francisco). In a statement, Weiner said it “eliminates an anti-loitering discourtesy that leads to harmful attraction of radical for simply ‘appearing’ to beryllium a enactment worker.”

However, opponents said that the instrumentality volition spot the assemblage astatine hazard by encouraging higher numbers of prostitutes and “Johns” successful public. Los Angeles Sheriff Department officials besides stated it volition instrumentality a large instrumentality distant from instrumentality enforcement, particularly for targeting enactment buyers.

Epoch Times Photo Los Angeles Sheriffs Department (LASD) deputies patrol astatine Venice Beach successful Los Angeles connected June 16, 2021. (Patrick T. Fallon/AFP via Getty Images)

Parking Requirements (AB 2097)

The instrumentality volition prohibit cities crossed the authorities from enforcing a minimum fig of parking spaces connected a improvement task if the task is located wrong a half-mile of nationalist transit.

The instrumentality was established to enactment the improvement of affordable lodging units by reducing the outgo and onshore abstraction required for development.

Critics of the instrumentality accidental that it will, instead, trim developers’ efforts to physique affordable housing, due to the fact that galore cities are already reducing parking requirements arsenic an inducement for developers to see affordable units successful their projects.

FAST Recovery Act (AB 257)

The caller instrumentality applies to fast-food chains that person 100 oregon much locations nationally and would make a assembly that would acceptable industry-wide minimum standards connected wages, moving hours, and different conditions.

Under the law, minimum wages could emergence to arsenic precocious arsenic $22 an hr for 2023, with the enactment to summation further each twelvemonth based connected inflation.

Opponents reason that the instrumentality would pb to higher nutrient prices and occupation losses. Additionally, the effects of the instrumentality won’t beryllium constricted to conscionable large fast-food chains, but tiny businesses arsenic well—since they volition beryllium compelled to rise wage to vie for staff.

Epoch Times Photo Pro-abortion activists chant portion marching from City Hall to a Planned Parenthood session successful Santa Monica, Calif., connected July 16, 2022. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Abortion (SB 1375)

Starting January, caregiver practitioners volition beryllium capable to execute first-trimester abortions without a doctor’s supervision nether a caller law.

The instrumentality was introduced successful February by Sen. Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) and was intended to assistance grow entree to termination arsenic California expects to spot an influx of patients coming from different states to get abortions.

In November, voters besides passed Proposition 1 to alteration the California Constitution to accidental the authorities cannot contradict oregon interfere with a person’s determination whether oregon not to person an termination oregon whether to usage contraceptives.

Salary Transparency (SB 1162)

The caller instrumentality requires companies with much than 15 employees to commencement including wage scales successful their occupation postings successful 2023.

Sophie Li