Here are some of the new CA laws that will come into effect in 2022


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A list of new California laws due Jan. 1 spans everything from police accountability and housing reform to packages of ketchup and how vets collect blood donations for them. sick animals.

Some laws signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom last year, such as banning the sale of leaf blowers and gas-powered lawn mowers and requiring large retailers to maintain a children’s area, will not enter. in effect only in a few years. .

Here’s a roundup of some of the high-profile laws that will apply on New Years Day:

Affordable housing

California’s sky-high housing costs have forced lawmakers to consider easing barriers to construction, leading to the passage of a package of bills aimed at creating more housing.

Senate Bill 8 maintains limits on the ability of local governments to “dezone” neighborhoods without planning to increase density in other areas until 2030. The law also regulates policies that would make it more difficult to construction of affordable housing.

Senate Bill 9 allows landowners to build a duplex on single-family land, or divide their property in half for a total of four units.

Senate Bill 10 ensures that cities or counties can pass an ordinance allowing for the simplified construction of up to 10 units on a single plot.

Police responsibility

One of the most high-profile laws to roll out of the California legislature in 2021 was Senate Bill 2, which gives the state the power to remove police misconduct records from their certification.

The law aims to prevent cops with a history of misconduct from resigning before being punished and applying for a job in another jurisdiction in the state.

By law, the Peace Officer Training and Standards Commission would be able to review a local agency’s investigation into an officer’s behavior and determine whether to revoke certification. by a two-thirds vote.

Physical violence, gang activity, sexual assault, dishonesty or tampering with evidence could trigger a review. The law allows the police to review and challenge any disciplinary measure.

Another law that came into force on January 1, Assembly Bill 48, restricts the ability of law enforcement agencies to use kinetic and chemical weapons, such as rubber bullets or tear gas, during firefighting. demonstrations.

By law, the police must make an effort to defuse the situation and allow people to leave the scene. The law also requires the police to make an “objectively reasonable effort” to identify those who engage in acts of violence, versus those who are not, and prohibits the police from shooting indiscriminately at crowds.

Finally, Senate Bill 98 is expected to come into force in the new year, allowing journalists access to banned protests and demonstrations.

Business changes

Companies operating in California will have to go through some changes starting in the new year.

On the one hand, companies like Amazon that maintain warehouses in the Golden State will be required under Assembly Bill 701 to notify their employees of quotas, and will also be barred from using quotas if high that employees would be denied the opportunity to take a meal or bathroom break.

Another change coming in 2022 will affect the California beauty industry: barbers and cosmetologists will only be required to complete 1,000 hours of training to obtain their license, under Senate Bill 803; this is down from the previous requirement of 1,600 hours.

Permanent postal ballots

If you enjoyed getting your ballot in the mail in the last election, here’s the good news: Assembly Bill 37 makes statewide mail-in ballots a permanent feature of future elections. .

The new law requires all county election officials in the state to send a ballot to every active registered voter, whether or not that voter requests it.

If you’re a fan of in-person voting, don’t worry – physical polling stations will still be available. The new law does not change that.

Sex crimes

In 2022, California will officially eliminate the legal distinction between “rape” and “marital rape”.

While marital rape was already a crime in California, Assembly Bill 1171 modernizes the state’s “antiquated” legal language and prohibits different penalties depending on whether or not the victim is married to her attacker.

From January 1, it will also become illegal for someone to remove a condom during sex without obtaining verbal consent from their partner. Assembly Bill 453 expands the definition of sexual violence in the legal code to include “theft,” as the act is referred to.

Canine blood colonies

California will begin phasing out closed canine “blood colonies” – used to draw blood for veterinary medicine – starting in 2022.

The new law, Assembly Bill 1282, empowers veterinarians to operate community animal blood banks, sourcing blood from pets voluntarily provided by their owners.

It also demands that the California Department of Food and Agriculture cease licensing closed colony captive canine blood banks within 18 months of determining that community blood banks have sold an annual amount of blood. canine in California equal to or greater than what closed colony blood banks sold over a period of four consecutive quarters.

Restaurants and bars

Say “goodbye” to those packets of single-use plastic ketchup and forks that you get with your food order. Unless you request them, they will not be included, under Assembly Bill 1276.

The new law requires restaurants to reduce plastic waste by withholding single-use plastic items such as plastic items or soy sauce pouches, unless specifically requested by the customer.

The law gives jurisdictions until June 1, 2022 to authorize an enforcement agency to enforce the requirement.

The good news is, you can still take this champagne cocktail with you.

While the California Department of Alcohol Beverage Control has allowed restaurants to sell take-out cocktails due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the policy was due to expire at the end of 2021. Enter Senate Bill 389, which extends the order until the end of 2026.

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Andrew Sheeler covers California’s unique political climate for the Sacramento Bee. He covered crime and politics from the interior of Alaska to the oil fields of North Dakota to the rugged coast of southern Oregon. He attended the University of Alaska Fairbanks.


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