New California Laws 2016

Hundreds of new California laws took effect on Jan. 1. Capital Public Radio looked at the tangible impacts of these laws on the lives of Californians.

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Hundreds of new California laws will take effect on New Years Day - including many that will affect Californians' daily lives. In the workplace, California will have a higher minimum wage, stronger equal pay and wage theft protections, and the ability for parents to take time off to find childcare for their kids or watch them do a school presentation. Law enforcement agencies will begin enforcing new gun control laws, but will no longer be able to search or mine data from cell phones and electronic communications without a warrant. And Californians who enjoy alcoholic beverages will have new opportunities to consume them.

In this series, we've chosen to focus on laws that will have a tangible impact on Californians' lives right away. Note that some of the most controversial measures that became law this year, such as vaccine and end-of-life legislation, either will not take effect or will not affect Californians' daily lives until later this year.

 New California Laws 2016

Melody Stone

Former Interactive Producer

After working in newspapers and doing print journalism for years, Melody transitioned into digital marketing and design. With a healthy blend of journalistic and digital media skills she builds out interactive web stories for Capradio.org.  Read Full Bio 

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