California's New Laws For 2012





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Of 760 bills signed by California Gov. Jerry Brown in 2011, most take effect Jan. 1. Here are some highlights.

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-Hand guns: no longer be able to carry handguns openly in public
-Bullet train: provides $4 million for planning work on a section of a high-speed rail system proposed between Los Angeles and San Diego.
-Alcohol: no longer buy alcohol at self-serve checkout stands
-Cyber-bullying: allows schools to suspend students for bullying classmates on social networking sites such as Facebook. (Teach kids from a very early age that their actions online have consequences).
-Autism: requires health insurers to include coverage for autism.
-Athlete safety: requires school districts to develop a process for identifying cases in which students suffer concussions in sports mishaps and require a parent to give written permission for the athlete to return to the lineup.
-Ballot measures: requires all ballot initiatives and referenda to be decided in November general elections, which typically have higher turnout than do June primaries. Excludes measures placed on the ballot by the Legislature.
-Dream Act: The portion of the California Dream Act taking effect this year makes illegal immigrants accepted at California public universities and community colleges eligible for privately funded scholarships administered by the schools.
-Drunk drivers: authorizes courts to revoke, for up to a decade, the driver's license of any person convicted of three or more DUIs in a 10-year period. Another law bars police agencies that set up drunk-driving checkpoints from impounding cars from sober but unlicensed drivers if there is a legal driver available to take the wheel.
-Food stamps: eliminates the requirement that food stamp recipients be fingerprinted to prevent fraud. Another law calls for state agencies to promote more enrollment in the federal food stamp program.
-Job applicants: bars employers from using credit reports in deciding whether to hire someone.
-Medical consent: gives children 12 and older the authority to get medical care for the prevention of sexually transmitted disease, including the HPV vaccine, without parental consent.
-Needles: empowers cities and counties to allow pharmacists to furnish a customer with up to 30 hypodermic needles and syringes without a prescription. Another law permits the state Department of Public Health to allow select groups to provide hypodermic needles and syringe exchange services in any area where it determines that conditions exist for the rapid spread of HIV.
-Presidential primary: moves the state's presidential primary election from February to June and consolidates it with the statewide primary election to save $100 million.
-Recycling: establishes as state policy that 75% of solid waste should be diverted from landfills to recycling and other processes by 2020.
-Restaurants: may use up their supplies of shark fins — a delicacy in Chinese cooking — purchased before Jan. 1. After that, sale and possession of shark fins will be illegal.
-Saving parks: allows nonprofits to take over the operation of state parks that otherwise would be closed because of budget problems.
-Tax break: provides a tax credit to California farmers for the cost of fresh fruit and vegetables donated to California food banks.
-Work rules: establishes an employee's right to as many as three days of bereavement leave within three months following the death of a spouse, child, parent, grandchild, sibling or domestic partner.
-Maternity leave: requires employers to maintain and pay for health coverage while women are on maternity leave.

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