770 new laws are coming to California. Here are some highlights –


Bacon Ban

WHAT THE LAW DOES

Proposition 12 — the Farm Animal Confinement Proposition — was overwhelmingly passed by voters back in 2018. Beginning in 2022, pork producers will have to abide by Proposition 12, a California farm animal cruelty law passed in 2018 that introduces minimum space requirements for veal calves, egg-laying hens and breeding pigs. National veal and egg producers are optimistic they can meet the new standards, but only 4% of hog operations now comply with the new rules. Unless the courts intervene or the state temporarily allows non-compliant meat to be sold in the state, California will lose almost all of its pork supply, much of which comes from Iowa, and pork producers will face higher costs to regain a key market.

Gender-neutral toy sections

WHAT THE BILL DOES

AB1084 would require large department stores that sell kids’ products to maintain a gender-neutral section of toys and child care items. Stores that do not comply would face a light penalty: a fine of up to $250 for first offenses, and a fine of up to $500 for second offenses. It’s carried by Democratic Assemblymembers Evan Low of San Jose and Cristina Garcia of Bell Gardens.

Ethnic studies to graduate

WHAT THE BILL DOES

This is the third attempt by Democratic Assemblymember Jose Medina of Riverside to require ethnic studies for all California public school students, and this time he succeeded. AB101 makes ethnic studies a graduation requirement. The law will go into effect by the 2024-25 school year, beginning with the class of 2030. School districts could either develop their own lessons or use the model curriculum developed by the state board of education.

Ending secret settlements

WHAT THE BILL DOES

SB331 would ban employers from using secret settlements to prevent workers from speaking out about all kinds of illegal harassment or discrimination, with some limited exceptions. Carried by Democratic Sen. Connie Leyva of Chino, it builds on a law passed in 2018, which limited the use of non-disclosure agreements to settle cases of sexual discrimination, harassment or assault.

WHAT THE BILL DOES

AB453 would make it illegal to remove a condom without consent during sexual intercourse. This bill by Democratic Assemblymember Cristina Garcia of Downey would make it so that “stealthing” — nonconsensual condom removal — be considered sexual battery under the state’s Civil Code, allowing victims to sue their sexual partners for damages.   

Food delivery and facility personnel will keep all of their tips.

WHAT THE BILL DOES

AB 286 makes it unlawful for a food delivery platform to retain any portion of amounts designated as a tip or gratuity. Instead, food delivery platforms must pay any tip or gratuity for a delivery order to the person delivering the food or beverage.  Any tip or gratuity for a pickup order must be paid in its entirety to the food facility.

End of Life Option

WHAT THE BILL DOES

AB 15 will has implement the End of Life Option Act to provide aid in dying for qualifying terminally ill California residents. This law legalizes physician aid-in-dying and has a sunset clause and is scheduled to expire on January 1, 2016. Any terminally ill adult California resident with an anticipated lifespan of 6 months or less and with intact decision making capacity has the right to request her/his attending physician for an ‘aid-in-dying’ drug prescription.

Restaurants Can Continue to Sell “To Go” Cocktails

WHAT THE BILL DOES

AB 61 allow restaurants to continue selling to-go cocktails, using parking lots for expanded seating, and serving alcohol in parklets. The laws are already in effect but are now made permanent—at least until 12/31/2026.

Banning the sale of new gas-powered leaf blowers 

WHAT THE BILL DOES

AB 1346 requires all newly sold small-motor equipment primarily used for landscaping to be zero-emission — essentially to be battery-operated or plug-in — by that target date or as soon as the California Air Resources Board determined it is feasible. New portable gas-powered generators also must be zero-emission by 2028, which also could be delayed at the discretion of the state agency.

Offering year-round fishing licenses.

WHAT THE BILL DOES

AB 817 now authorizes the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to issue (the option for) a 365-day fishing license as well as an option for a digital fishing license (displayed via your mobile device).

Allow Local Governments to Reduce Speed Limits

WHAT THE BILL DOES

AB 43 Caltrans requires cities to set the speed limit at the speed of the car going faster than 85 out of 100 car drivers. The bill would allow communities to set lower speed limits.

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