New state laws take effect today
January 1, 2010
In with the New Year comes hundreds of new laws out of Sacramento, covering everything from plastic surgery, to trans fats, to controls over paparazzi. [Los Angeles Times]
Lawmakers also added two new statewide days of recognition: March 30, in honor of Vietnam veterans, and May 22, to celebrate slain gay-rights leader Harvery Milk.
Starting Jan. 1, 2010, penalities for betting in office pools are reduced, but fines for watching a dog fight are increased. Dairy farmers are banned from cutting cows’ tails and penalties are increased for human trafficking and providing minors with nitrous oxide. California restaurants are no longer allowed to use oils and shortening with more than a gram of trans fat per serving.
New laws also create the California Blueberry Commission and exempts the City of Industry from certain environment laws so they can proceed with a new professional football stadium. You’ll have to have a physical exam if you want cosmetic surgery. And if you chase celebrities with a camera, you can be fined up to $50,000 if you violate their “personal or familial” space.