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New California Laws 2018

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The California State Capitol on September 12, 2017.

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Editor's Note: This is a look at laws taking effect in 2018. For a look at laws passing in 2018, follow our coverage of the California Legislature here.


Every year hundreds of new California laws take effect Jan. 1. Many of them won't have much effect on your daily life. Here's a closer look at some that might in 2018.

To learn more about a law, click its title. More stories will be added throughout the month.



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California Skydiving Centers Must Ensure Instructors Are Certified

January 4, 2018 | Bob Moffitt

The death of a young man and his unlicensed skydiving instructor in Lodi has led to changes in the rules for California skydiving centers.

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California Increasing Family Leave Benefits In 2018

December 26, 2017 | Ben Adler

California parents who want to take time off work with their brand-new babies could soon be eligible for both a financial boost and some job security.

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Dentists Can Offer More Services To Low-Income Californians

December 21, 2017 | Ben Bradford

Low-income Californians will have access to dental services they’ve lacked since 2009, under a law taking effect on New Year’s Day.

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California Ranchers Will Need Vet's Prescription To Use Livestock Antibiotics

December 20, 2017 | Julia Mitric

A new law requires California ranchers to get a veterinarian's prescription to administer antibiotics to livestock.

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State Government

LGBT Seniors To Have More Protections In California Nursing Homes

December 20, 2017 | Randol White

A new California law aims to protect vulnerable LGBT seniors who may not have family members who can advocate for them or who may feel the need to go back into the closet for fear of retaliation by the nursing home.

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State Government

Free Tampons, Pads To Become Available In California Schools

December 18, 2017 | Sammy Caiola

Starting January, a new law will require schools serving low-income teens and pre-teens to provide feminine hygiene products free of cost.

Hundreds of new California laws will take effect Jan. 1. We're taking a closer look at some that could have an impact on your daily life.