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New California Laws Effective July 1

From stricter hygiene standards for body piercing to help for children being bullied at school, there are a host of new state laws you should be aware of.

Several new laws take effect today in California. Here are a few Patch thought you'd want to be aware of.

AB 9, authored by Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco), requires schools to implement bullying complaint procedures and alternative discipline policies for bullying.

AB 69, authored by Jim Beall (D-San Jose), grants counties access to the Social Security Administration to determine seniors who are eligible to receive food stamps.

AB 300, authored by Fiona Ma (D-San Francisco), imposes minimum standards for sterilizing, sanitizing and maintaining safety at body piercing, tattoo and permanent cosmetic businesses.

AB 341, authored by Wes Chesbro (D-Arcata), requires recycling for businesses and apartment buildings of more than four units that have more than four cubic yards of waste per week.

AB 959, authored by Brian Jones (R-Santee), allows welfare and food stamp recipients an extra month to file quarterly reports.

AB 1156, authored by Mike Eng (D-Monterey Park), revises the definition of bullying, gives bullied victims priority for transferring schools and requires bullying-prevention training.

AB 1215, authored by Bob Blumenfield (D-Woodland Hills), mandates used vehicle dealers to participate in a program for flagging salvaged vehicles and junk as well as raises the maximum document-processing fee for vehicles.

AB 1424, authored by Henry Perea (D-Fresno), mandates that the state suspend licenses from the state’s highest tax delinquents.

SB 190, authored by Alan Lowenthal (D-Long Beach), changes the enforcement of mechanics liens and requires a person to forfeit his lien if he includes labor or materials in a claim that were not furnished to the property in the claim.

SB 222, authored by Noreen Evans (D-Santa Rosa) and Elaine Alquist (D-Santa Clara), ensures that all women receive maternity coverage regardless of their health insurance policies.

SB 424, authored by Michael Rubio (D-Bakersfield), authorizes a design professional to convert a lien assuming that certain requirements are satisfied.

SB 510, authored by Lou Correa (D-Santa Ana), authorizes a broker to appoint a manager of a branch office and delegate supervising responsibility to him.

SB 841, authored by Lois Wolk (D-Davis), imposes indemnity obligations on local agencies that fail to obtain approval.

SB 1520, authored by John Burton (D-San Francisco) in 2004, bans the in the state of California.

PATCH WANTS TO KNOW - What do you think of these new laws? Have an opinion on any of them? Share it with us in the comments.

Always Right July 02, 2012 at 02:13 AM
This state is broke. These idiots spend time authoring stupid laws. Why don't they do something that would help our economy. Nice to note that all but one of these useless laws were authored by democrats. In my view, democrats are the biggest part of the problem in the state and the country. This will change on the national level in November.
Kent McCaman, Captain of Industry July 02, 2012 at 06:56 PM
The old phrase, "They're straightening deck chairs on the Titanic" comes to mind. Be wary of people who enable government to be intrusive. As the government nanny state gets bigger, the individual becomes diminished.
Always Right July 02, 2012 at 08:46 PM
Exactly right Kent. We are rapidly reaching total government control.
lynn July 02, 2012 at 09:15 PM
Two comments: Bullying is on the rise because people gave up the right to defend themselves and tougher laws arent going to make it better; and total government control happened when the people gave them control. Wake up folks. Who's in charge anyways?
Dennis July 04, 2012 at 01:43 AM
It is interesting that our elected representatives of the people appear more interested in getting what they think our homes and commjunity should look like but cannot get their own houses in order. Perhaps more time on the budget and less time tinkering with our lives. I recommend a constitutional amendment: No legislative business may be conducted in either house until a balanced budget is in place. To further that, it must conform to generally accepted accounting practices.

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