New Laws of 2013

2013 will host a slew of new national laws along with those based by individual states.  More than 800 new laws will go into effect in California alone, and many more across the country. With all the laws they have passed this year, I wonder if these legislators will have the time to pass a national budget?

Anyway, here is a brief list of new laws set to hit California.

According to the SF Examiner:


You can show proof of insurance on your smart phone

Texting behind wheel legal with a hands-free device - Drivers in California can now text and email while they drive if they use voice-operated systems that keep their hands free for driving.

Mortgage protection: New laws will restrict banks from pursuing so-called dual-track foreclosures in which they simultaneously work on renewing a borrower’s mortgage terms while also proceeding with foreclosure of a home; make banks give homeowners a single, knowledgeable point of contact for their loan; and require purchasers of foreclosed homes to give tenants a 90-day notice before starting eviction proceedings. These laws and others constitute the Homeowners Bill of Rights.

Marriage: A law by state Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, will guarantee that clergy members do not have to perform nuptials that violate their religious beliefs, such as same-sex marriages. The law also protects denominations from losing their tax-exempt status because of the refusal to perform such a marriage.

Pipeline safety: A handful of laws upgrade natural-gas pipeline safety, including one by Assemblyman Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, that will force the California Public Utilities Commission to respond to recommendations made by the National Transportation Safety Board in the wake of the fatal San Bruno pipeline explosion. Other laws set safety goals for pipeline operators and require the disclosure of gas transmission lines when homes are sold.

Gay Therapy Bill (Senate Bill 1172)

Texting Behind the Wheel with Hands Free Device

Driverless Vehicle Consideration

Funerals: It will become a crime to picket a funeral one hour before, during and up to one hour after the ceremony.

Bullying: A law will allow schools to suspend any student who creates a so-called burn page, a social-media profile that impersonates someone in order to bully, intimidate or mock them.

Social media: Two new laws will prevent employers and higher-education officials from asking for applicants’ social-media passwords.

Breast-feeding: The law protects breast-feeding women from discrimination by their employers.

Juvenile sentencing: A law by state Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, will allow many juveniles sentenced to life without parole the chance to petition for a sentence of 25 years to life.

Pets: The law prohibits landlords from requiring pet owners 
to declaw or devocalize their pets in order to rent a 

Red-light cameras: Cities will be barred from considering revenue generation when considering installation of red-light cameras. Such decisions would have to be based upon safety considerations.

Medical release: A law by Leno would allow county sheriffs to parole medically incapacitated inmates in the same way the state already can.

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