Child safety seats (AB 53, Garcia) Although this law was passed during the 2015 legislative session, it takes effect January 1, 2017. Children under two years of age must ride rear-facing in an appropriate child passenger safety seat. Children weighing 40 or more pounds, or standing 40 or more inches tall, are exempt. California law continues to require that all children under the age of eight be properly restrained in an appropriate child safety seat in the back seat of a vehicle.
Vehicles: Use of Wireless Electronic Devices (AB 1785, Quirk) Motorists are no longer permitted to hold a wireless telephone or electronic wireless communications device while driving a motor vehicle. Rather than holding the device, it must be mounted in the 7-inch square in the lower corner of the windshield farthest removed from the driver or in a 5-inch square in the lower corner of the windshield nearest to the driver. Another option is to affix the device to the dashboard in a place that does not obstruct the driver’s clear view of the road and does not interfere with the deployment of an airbag.
The law does allow a driver to operate one of these devices with the motion of a single swipe or tap of the finger, but not while holding it.
Driving under the influence: Ignition Interlock Device (SB 1046, Hill) This law requires a driving under the influence (DUI) offender to install an ignition interlock device (IID) on their vehicle for a specified period of time in order to get a restricted driver license or to reinstate their license. The law also removes the required suspension time before a person can get a restricted license, provided that the offender installs an IID on their vehicle. The law extends the current four-county (Sacramento, Los Angeles, Alameda, Tulare) DUI IID pilot program until January 1, 2019, at which time all DUI offenders statewide will be required to install an IID to have their license reinstated.
Vehicle Motorcycles: Lane Splitting (AB 51, Quirk) Current law does not change; lane splitting by a motorcyclist remains legal if done safely. This bill defines lane splitting as driving a motorcycle, which has two wheels in contact with the ground, between rows of stopped or moving vehicles in the same lane. The bill permits the CHP to develop lane splitting educational safety guidelines in consultation with other state traffic safety agencies and at least one organization focused on motorcycle safety.
School Bus Safety : Child Alert System (SB 1072, Mendoza) This law requires all school buses, school pupil activity buses, youth buses, and child care motor vehicles used to transport school-age children to be equipped with a "child safety alert system." Every school is required to have a transportation safety plan with procedures to ensure that a pupil is not left unattended in a vehicle.
Charter Bus Safety Improvements (SB 247, Lara) All buses manufactured after July 1, 2020, will be required to have emergency lighting fixtures that will turn on in the event of an impact or collision. The law also requires a bus company to ensure the driver of the charter bus provides oral and written, or video instructions to all passengers on safety equipment and emergency exits on the bus prior to any trip.
Tour Buses: Safety Inspections (AB 1677, Ting) This new law requires the CHP to develop protocols for entering into a memorandum of understanding with local governments to increase the number of inspections for tour buses operated within their jurisdiction.
Source : https://www.chp.ca.gov/PressReleases/Pages/New-Traffic-Safety-Laws-Take-Effect-in-2017.aspx
For complete information on bills enacted in 2016, please refer to the Legislative Counsel Web site at http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/.
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This article was sourced from the newsroom legislative updates from Governer Brown's Website:
SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. has signed the following bills as on September 30 2016..
• AB 54 by Assemblymember Kristin M. Olsen (R-Modesto) – Disability access: construction-related accessibility claims: demand letters.
• AB 501 by Assemblymember Marc B. Levine (D-Marin County) – State fabric.
• AB 1669 by Assemblymember Roger Hernández (D-West Covina) – Displaced employees: service contracts: collection and transportation of solid waste.
• AB 1678 by Assemblymember Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles) – Provision of incident reports to victims.
• AB 1682 by Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Scotts Valley) – Settlement agreements: sexual offenses.
• AB 1690 by Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside) – Community colleges: part-time, temporary employees. A signing message can be found here.
• AB 1906 by Assemblymember Melissa Melendez (R-Lake Elsinore) – Mental health: sexually violent predators.
• AB 1909 by Assemblymember Patty Lopez (D-San Fernando) – Falsifying evidence.
• AB 1998 by Assemblymember Nora Campos (D-San Jose) – Juveniles: data collection.
• AB 2263 by Assemblymember Catherine Baker (R-Dublin) – Protection of victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking, and reproductive health care service providers: address confidentiality.
• AB 2380 by Assemblymember Luis Alejo (D-Salinas) – Defendants: minor children.
• AB 2393 by Assemblymember Nora Campos (D-San Jose) – School employees: sick leave: parental leave.
• AB 2499 by Assemblymember Brian Maienschein (R-San Diego) – Sexual assault evidence kits.
• AB 2503 by Assemblymember Jay P. Obernolte (R-Big Bear Lake) – Workers' compensation: utilization review.
• SB 6 by Senator Cathleen Galgiani (D-Stockton) – Parole: medical parole: compassionate release.
• SB 1016 by Senator William W. Monning (D-Carmel) – Sentencing.
• SB 1146 by Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) – Discrimination: postsecondary education.
• SB 1311 by Senator Steven M. Glazer (D-Orinda) – Vehicles: confidential home address.
• SB 1336 by Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) – Dependent children: investigation: relatives.
• SB 1379 by Senator Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia) – Community colleges: part-time, temporary employees.
• SB 1406 by Senator Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia) – Construction-related accessibility: education entities.
Governor Brown announced that the following bill will become law without his signature:
• SB 1182 by Senator Cathleen Galgiani (D-Stockton) – Controlled substances.
The Governor also announced that he has vetoed the following bills:
• AB 840 by Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas (D-Los Angeles) – Nurses and certified nursing assistants: overtime. A veto message can be found here.
• AB 969 by Assemblymember Das G. Williams (D-Santa Barbara) – Postsecondary education: sexual assault cases. A veto message can be found here.
• AB 1505 by Assemblymember Roger Hernández (D-West Covina) – Statute of limitations: public contracts. A veto message can be found here.
• AB 1643 by Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) – Workers' compensation: permanent disability apportionment. A veto message can be found here.
• AB 2069 by Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside) – Part-time faculty office hours. A veto message can be found here.
• AB 2086 by Assemblymember Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) – Workers' compensation: neuropsychologists. A veto message can be found here.
• AB 2218 by Assemblymember Autumn R. Burke (D-Inglewood) – Gambling: licenses. A veto message can be found here.
• AB 2272 by Assemblymember Tony Thurmond (D-Richmond) – Occupational safety and health standards: plume. A veto message can be found here.
• AB 2493 by Assemblymember Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) – Firefighters: disability. A veto message can be found here.
• AB 2826 by Assemblymember Shirley N. Weber (D-San Diego) – Teachers: evaluation and assessment. A veto message can be found here.
• SB 654 by Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) – Unlawful employment practice: parental leave. A veto message can be found here.
• SB 897 by Senator Richard D. Roth (D-Riverside) – Workers' compensation. A veto message can be found here.
• SB 1052 by Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) – Custodial interrogation: juveniles. A veto message can be found here.
• SB 1088 by Senator Janet Nguyen (R-Garden Grove) – Wrongful concealment: statute of limitations. A veto message can be found here.
• SB 1439 by Senator Marty Block (D-San Diego) – Postsecondary education: academic and administrative employees: disclosure of sexual harassment. A veto message can be found here.
For full text of the bills, visit: http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov
On November 8th 2016 California citizens will have the right to vote on whether to legalize Marijuana for recreational purposes. The supporters of this ballot (CALIFORNIA PROPOSITION 64) refer to it at the Adult Use of Marijuana Act.
A "yes" vote supports legalizing recreational marijuana and hemp under state law and establishing certain sales and cultivation taxes.
A "no" vote opposes this proposal legalizing recreational marijuana and hemp under state law and establishing certain sales and cultivation taxes.
The current status of marijuana in California remains illegal unless obtained by medical marijuana license under Prop 215. Prop 64 would make recreational marijuana legal in California State law and would allow adults aged 21 years or older. Revenues from the taxes would be spent on drug research, health and safety programs, public youth programs, and other environmental impacts associated with marijuana.
Last October 2015 California Governor Brown signed into the legislation Senate Bill No.178 which affects cell phone records, computer records and all other electronic data.
Now in effect, government authorities must obtain a warrant to search and obtain any access to the content on your electronic devices.
The warrant must also describe in particularity what it is they are looking to seize exactly, it can't be a general search of your electronic contents to find whatever it may be they need.. The text goes on to entail the prohibitions..
"This bill would prohibit a government entity from compelling the production of or access to electronic communication information or electronic device information, as defined, without a search warrant, wiretap order, order for electronic reader records, or subpoena issued pursuant under specified conditions, except for emergency situations, as defined. The bill would also specify the conditions under which a government entity may access electronic device information by means of physical interaction or electronic communication with the device, such as pursuant to a search warrant, wiretap order, or consent of the owner of the device. " read more on California's legislative website
Earlier this week, Superior Court Judge Daniel Ottolia in Riverside denied a request to issue a temporary injunction to stop the measure signed into law earlier this year by California Gov. Edmund G. Brown known as the "Right to Die Law" or "END OF LIFE OPTION ACT". The measure allowed people who are terminally ill to choose to take their own life, under medical supervision.
Prior to the passing of the measure, medically supervised assisted suicide was punishable under the California Penal Code..
"Every person who deliberately aids, or advises, or encourages another to commit suicide, is guilty of a felony."
Now California, among 5 other states allows citizens who are 18 and older may be aided with prescription pills under authorization of a medical examiner to end their terminal illness by the end of life option act.
To read more about the legislative text on this issue click here
Andria Elkhettab is a J.D. graduate of Pacific Coast University School of Law who has been employed in the California Workers' Compensation Field since 2008.
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