California new laws you need to know in 2020

December 29, 2019

Gov. Gavin Newsom

By CCT Staff

A large number of new laws, nearly 900 passed by Governor Gavin Newsom during the latest legislative session, will impact employers, renters and other Californians in 2020. Promoting his progressive values, Newsom backed public healthcare for undocumented immigrants, tenant protections and a controversial law regarding contract employees.

Laws of note:

Three new protections for renters

California renters can rest a little easier as the state helps them stay in their homes in 2020. While many cities had rent caps in place, AB 1482 sets an annual statewide cap on rent increases at 5 percent plus inflation and limits reasons landlords can use to evict tenants.  Another new law, SB 329, bans landlords from discriminating against prospective tenants who utilize government assistance programs to pay their rent.

Health care for undocumented immigrants

California increased the state’s low-income health insurance program, Medi-Cal, coverage for undocumented immigrants, which has covered undocumented children since 2016. Now, low-income adults from 19 to 26 will can also garner health coverage through Medi-Cal.

Independent contractor restrictions

Multiple companies have cut ties with independent contractors in California because of AB 5, a law enacted to force companies like Uber and Lyft to provide employee benefits. The poorly written law has already led to legal challenges.

Hairstyle discrimination

Want to wear dreadlocks to work? With the passage of SB 188, employers can no longer discriminate for styles such as afros, braids, twists and locks.

No more elephants, tigers and bears at the circus

The Circus Cruelty Prevention Act, SB 313, bans circuses from using exotic animals like elephants and tigers in performances. After 2020, under the big top in California, attendees will see acts with only dogs, cats and domestic horses.

Animal testing on cosmetic products

SB 149 bans the sale of cosmetic products, sold primarily in the United States, when the ingredients have been tested on animals. The law does not apply to products sold internationally, where animal testing is required by law.


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Jorge Estrada

If I see a hairball hanging over my food, guess I’ll smile, say thank you and leave. More factual data: If you are Canadian, with that proclaimed great socialized medicine, you will need to pay $100 per day, with a $3000 deductible, to be covered when traveling to San Luis Obispo. I’m very curious about which retirees have the best travel medical, privately funded retirees or taxpayer funded retirees?


LameCommenter

Sorry this post runs long due to so much crap to work in…….skip it if you prefer the terse posts…..


Maddening. Outrageous. Some of the laws by our children legislators who are in full control of their sandbox SEVERELY impact one’s (former) rights to be an employer or landlord.


“…..Another new law, SB 329, bans landlords from discriminating against prospective tenants who utilize government assistance programs to pay their rent.”

EVER HAD a section eight tenant? Might be some good or deserving ones but for me, geez, nightmarish stuff. With full pride I admit to having run off EVERY section eight applicant after I learned my lesson. (Dirt, problems, combative with other tenants, self-empowered, anyway she was a FRAUD false single parent mother who moved in her husband right after she got occupancy).


“Health care for undocumented immigrants

….covered undocumented children since 2016. Now, low-income adults from 19 to 26”.

Of course we all know this is just an increment. Next it will be so-called devastated needy senior ILLEGALS from age 27 and up who receive taxpayer funded care while the rest of us pay out of pocket.


“Hairstyle discrimination ……With the passage of SB 188, employers can no longer discriminate for styles such as afros, braids, twists and locks.”

No, that doesn’t fully describe the law, it is worse because except for industrial safety your hired staff can now apply and wear ANY extreme of hair and grooming…… “You want purple hair shards with those french fries, Sir?”


I pity current employers, and soon the laws will disappear that currently exempt small potatoes landlords like me and many of us from the craziest California landlord/tenant stuff.


Newsom is road vomit championing the destruction of the Golden State.


Paso_citizen

900 ‘new’ laws!! And very few of them will have measurable impact on the everyday person, just trying to make ends meet and create a life for themselves and their family.


As has been stated before – this country will never fall from an outside force or threat, But it will, and is currently, falling from within. Why it is felt that a ‘law’ has to be enacted to control almost every part of our lives is ridiculous?


JamesD

Spot on sloweb. No bigger circus than Hollywood. Why not “all performances” using exotic animals?


sloweb

No surprise that the SB313 ban against performing animals does not include animals performing in TV shows or movies by their Hollywood mega donors.


kayaknut

We need to pass a proposition that says for every new law passed one old law need to be removed from the books. 900 new laws is ridiculous.


copperhead

Great..1000 new and creative ways to further restrict our liberty and confiscate our property. How exciting


Rambunctious

Speechless….what a way to run a state….


Ralph Snart

900 new laws…. that is just ridiculous.