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New California Laws For 2019

  

Editor's Note: This is a look at laws taking effect in 2019. For a look at laws passed in 2018, see our roundup 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 2019.

We'll be posting more stories throughout December, so check back to learn more about the impacts of each law.

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State Government

More Than 200,000 Clean Cars Will Lose California HOV Access In 2019

January 2, 2019 | Randol White

California is changing the rules for who can access the state’s carpool lanes, and the new law will affect more than 200,000 drivers of Clean Air Vehicles.

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State Government

Californians Will Have Access To Police Use-Of-Force Records Under New Law

January 2, 2019

A California law that took effect Jan. 1 allows public access to police records in use-of-force cases, and to sustained investigations into on-the-job dishonesty or sexual assault.

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Environment

Want A Straw In Your Drink At A California Diner? You'll Have To Ask For One Starting Jan. 1

December 31, 2018 | Ezra David Romero

California will be the first state to prohibit sit-down restaurants from serving drinks with plastic straws, though diners will still be able to request them.

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State Government

It Will Soon Be Easier For Sidewalk Vendors To Operate Legally In California

December 28, 2018 | Julia Mitric

California will limit the kinds of rules and punishments local governments can impose on sidewalk vendors under a law going into effect Jan. 1.

Ezra David Romero / Capital Public Radio

State Government

If Counties Get On Board, Selling Food From Your Own Kitchen Could Become Legal In California

December 21, 2018 | Ezra David Romero

It's not usual to buy food from a friend that they make in their own kitchen. That's illegal in California, but a new law may change that.

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State Government

New Law Will Protect California Employees From Defamation Lawsuits After Reporting Sexual Harassment

December 20, 2018 | Nadine Sebai

A new law taking effect Jan. 1 aims to protect California workers from being sued for defamation when they accuse someone of inappropriate behavior, as long as they do so in good faith.

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State Government

California To Require Release Of Law Enforcement Videos In Shootings, Use-Of-Force Incidents Within 45 Days

December 19, 2018 | Bob Moffitt

Several agencies — including the Sacramento and Los Angeles police departments — have been releasing these records for some time.