Californians get 372 new laws in 2021

January 2, 2021

Gov. Gavin Newsom

On New Year’s Day 2021, California Gov. Gavin Newsom passed 372 new laws including dozen made in response to the coronavirus and concerns over systemic racism.

Here are some of the new laws:

Requirement for hospitals to maintain a three-month supply of personal protective equipment. Hospitals that fail to maintain a three-month stockpile face $25,000 fines per violation.

Law against price gouging after an emergency is declared. This law was inspired by those who bought up products amid the pandemic and then attempted to sell the items for a profit.

Employers must inform employees in writing of exposure to the coronavirus within 24 hours or face fines.

Law banning law enforcement from using chokeholds, which cut off a person air supply, and neck restraints, which cuts off blood flow to the brain.

A law limiting probation to a maximum of one year for most misdemeanors and two years for felonies.

A requirement for the California Attorney General’s Office to investigate fatal police shootings when the deceased was unarmed.

Inmates who worked as firefighters can now petition to have their records expunged and their parole waived. The law was passed to make it easier for inmates to get jobs as firefighters following their release from prison.

Homeowners must create a 5-foot ember resistant zone surrounding their homes and decks. Keeping the 5 feet closest to your residence clear of flammable materials greatly improves the chance of surviving a fire.


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MrYan

On New Year’s Day 2021, California Gov. Gavin Newsom passed 372 new laws ……


CCN—-Newsom signed 372 bills that have been passed by the legislature into law. The Governor does not “pass” anything himself. You imply he has power he does not.


One would hope CCN would understand the difference. I think you do. So why mislead purposely?

Are you a news organization or a here to push an agenda? Pick a lane CCN.


Adam Trask

Of the eight laws listed, I think they are all needed and appropriate. At the end of 2019, Newsom signed over 1,200 laws and 1,000 more in 2018, so obviously the pandemic slowed down the legislature this year.


kayaknut

But it didnt slow down their pay, they all received all their salaries, even many received raises, thanks Governor Newsom


mazin

Cut, cut , cut salaries and benefits. The taxpaying poor are being robbed by the gov’t employed entitled.


Adam Trask

I wonder where your evidence is that the “taxpaying poor are being robbed by the gov’t employed entitled”? What, wages would be higher if the county clerks made less money?


Most government employees are your friends and neighbors. The average government pay in SLO County is $71k (and that number is inflated because of a few highly trained individuals who make six-digit salaries—most make about $50k) which is 16% higher than the national average. The cost of living in SLO County, however, is 45% higher than the national average. These people are not rich.


As for benefits, private sector pensions used to be much higher than their government counterparts. Unfortunately, 40 years of “trickle down” economics and the destruction of unions have robbed the middle class of trillions of dollars. Currently, the top 1% owns 50% of America’s wealth.


I’m sad that there are poor people in a country that has a $22 trillion GDP, but I would suggest that it is not the fault of hard working civil servants.


Messkit

Can’t run a socialist utopia without plenty of stupid laws, can we now?


Rambunctious

No new laws regarding protests and riots?…unbelievable considering the destruction and cost to many areas of our state….


mazin

And how to formulate the law that you suggest? I don’t necessarily disagree, but how to avoid freedom of speech concerns?


kayaknut

Well past time for a proposition that says Sacremento can not pass any new laws without removing an old one, or better yet 2 for 1.