California’s new laws for 2016

December 28, 2015
Gov. Jerry Brown

Gov. Jerry Brown

The New Years is right around the corner and it comes with new laws regarding requirements for graduating high school, gun rights, internet privacy and many other issues. Here are some of the laws that will likely impact state residents.

SB 172: Suspends the California High School Exit Exam and allows student who did not receive a diploma because they failed the exam to graduate. SB 172 permits students who earned the units but failed the exam going back to the 2003/2004 school year to receive diplomas.

SB 707: Prohibits people with valid concealed firearm license from bringing a gun on a college or university campus or within 1,000 feet of any school providing instruction in kindergarten or grades 1 through 12.

SB 178: This bill prohibits officers or government entities from examining citizens’ emails, text messages, Internet search history and other digital data without a search warrant, wiretap order, order for electronic reader records or subpoena. The law does not apply to certain emergency situations.

AB 1014: Shortly after a man with mental health issues killed six UC Santa Barbara students and wounded 13 others, Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation that temporarily prohibits gun ownership for people determined by the courts to be a threat to themselves or others. Family members, friends and law enforcement personnel can seek to have guns removed from citizens.

AB 329: Makes participation in sex education courses mandatory for students in grades 7 through 12 unless parents opt-out. Schools are required to teach comprehensive sexual health education and HIV prevention.

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And what about all those parents who shelled out $400 to buy their kid a “hoverboard” for Christmas:

As for California state law, these regulations will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2016 concerning electrically motorized boards:

Riders must be 16 years or older to use the boards.

Riders must wear a helmet when riding the boards on highways, bikeways or any other public bicycle paths, sidewalks or trails.

Riders can only use the boards on streets where there are speed limits of 35 mph or less, unless they’re in a bike lane.

Riders can go no faster than 15 mph on highways, bikeways, public paths, sidewalks and trails.

The boards must be equipped with safety equipment like reflectors and lights for nighttime operation on roads.

Riders are prohibited from operating the board while under the influence of an alcoholic beverage or any drug, or combination of both.

Convictions for violating this law is punishable by a fine of up to $250.

I’ve just returned from a road trip and that trip took me through southern and central California…I know a good law that was not passed down from on high. That law is…(state legislators and the Governor can not continue to ignore the road and rest area conditions in our state).

Four out of six rest areas from Riverside to the Arizona state line were closed for no apparent reason. Travelers were stopping on the side of the highway to relive themselves. The McDonald’s stores were ten deep waiting their turn to use the rest room.

I realize that the powerful do not drive these roads but we the tax payers do and they should be kept up and open.

Once you cross over the border into AZ the whole world changes. Everything is clean, the rest areas are open the roads are well paved.

Let me see if I can figure out what the difference is between our two states. Hmmmmm I got it…it’s the party in power. It must be.

So Mr Brown you can take your new laws and place them in a very dark place. Sir you are dropping the ball badly and you need to take a drive.

“The party in power”. Like that makes such a huge difference. The same players, behind the scenes, control the money and make the withdrawals from what should go to our infrastructure, medical needs, education, and other practicalities of life. As long as we are stuck in the game of “our team against theirs”, which benefits the elite VERY well, we will continue to fail to address the real reasons why our country is failing. Trillions of $$$$$$$$ going off shore as tax breaks, while children and the elderly live in poverty or, worse, go homeless. Disabled vets living on the streets. On and on. California had, in my youth and under dem. leadership, some of the best highways in the world. The best schools. Great business climate. What was different? The tax structure comes to mind. And proportionally, the minimum wage was far better, so people spent more and businesses did better and could afford to and did pay taxes.

I am registered as “Decline to State”, or whatever that is currently called, because I do not believe that either party is blameless in this situation. They are all controlled by corporate and banking money, some of it foreign. Until we address this issue, get used to inappropriate budget cuts and substandard living conditions. Your money is going to those who actually have no real need for it whatsoever and will not spend it for the good of you or the needy or the country.

If anyone is wondering why Trump is gaining support read the post above. Spot on in my opinion.

And there are others, according to the Paso Robles Daily News:

I am particularly fond of the

Highway lane use law, requiring slow-moving passenger vehicles to pull over safely to let traffic pass.

Bicycles will now be included in the legal requirement that slow-moving vehicles use the next available turnout or other area to let backed-up traffic – five or more vehicles – get by.

They will live longer that way…I suppose that’s a good thing