Californians will welcome 725 new laws on Jan. 1. Here’s a glance at some of the laws taking effect when you ring in the new year: AB 119 prevents insurance companies from charging different rates for men and women for identical coverage. AB 12 allows foster youth to acquire state services until the age of 21. AB 97 bans the use of trans-fats in food facilities. SB 1317 allows the state to slap parents with a $2,000 fine if their K-8 child misses more than 10 percent of the school year without a valid excuse. It also allows the state to punish parents with up to a year in prison for the misdemeanor. AB 537 will make food stamps an acceptable form of payment at farmers markets through an EBT process. SB 1449 makes the possession of up to one ounce of marijuana an infraction with a penalty of a $100 fine.
Just wanted to calm everyone’s nerves, like Drew nothing has changed in my new year, I still find California to be an absolute shithole. And I figure being The Economist made a triumphant return to commenting, this post would be fitting. 725 new laws? That’s why I’m glad the Texas Legislature only meets every other year for 140 days, tops. Gives them less time to screw everything up. Though I do like the law on the possession of weed. Congrats on that one.