New California laws you need to know in 2024

December 28, 2023


A large number of new laws, passed during the latest legislative session, will impact employers, renters and other Californians in 2024. These include laws to boost the minimum wage, assist renters and provide subsidies for low income residents.

Wage-based electric bills

Remember when electric bills were based on how much electricity a household used? Well that was then and this is now. Under Assembly Bill 205, lower income households will be able to save about $300 a month while households making $180,000 a year or more may have to pay an extra $500 a year.

Regulators will need to approve the suggested changes by July 1, 2024.

Another increase in California’s minimum wage

California’s minimum wage is increasing from $15.50 an hour to $16 an hour. Based on several new laws, certain workers will be paid more. Starting in April, fast food restaurants must pay their employees at least $20 an hour.

Limits on rental deposits on some properties

A new law caps security deposits at one month rent, for some. Landlords with no more than two properties, or four units, can charge two months rent.

Landlords can no longer require a credit report

SB 267 prohibits landlords from requiring a person’s credit history in order to secure rental housing. Landlords are now required to offer applicants the option of providing verifiable alternative evidence of their ability to pay their rent, such as government benefit payments, pay records and bank statements.

Retirement benefits for mixed-martial arts fighters at 50 years of age

Mixed-martial arts fighters with a minimum of 39 rounds fought in California will be eligible for retirement benefits starting at age 50.

California employees can smoke pot, off the job

SB 700 makes it illegal for an employer to discriminate against a person in hiring, job description or termination based on their off-the-job cannabis use.

Gender neutral toy sections required at department stores

Retail stores with at least 500 employees across California will need to have a gender neutral toy section, with signage. In that section, “a reasonable selection of the items and toys for children that it sells shall be displayed, regardless of whether they have been traditionally marketed for either girls or for boys,” according to Assembly Bill 1084.

Cruising and lowrider vehicle bans outlawed

In support of the cultural significance of cruising, AB 46 does not allow cities and counties to enact their own cruising and lowrider bans.

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The Wage-based electric bills is a complete crock. There are already subsidies for low income people. Why should I have to pay $500 to the power company if I did the right thing and installed solar and use zero net energy yet lower income people get a break for wasting power?

I would tend to agree, except that quite often it is the wealthy who drive up the prices of energy, because they can “afford” it. Power companies tend to be monopolies (which, IMHO) should not exist. I would prefer they be publicly owned and regulated by elected officials in a system that is not run by political donations of the uberwealthy. We are talking about the use of resources that are, currently and in most cases, not replaceable, that should not be controlled by private interests. Those same interests raise prices against us and use a fraction of the profits to buy the politician of their choice to see that the game stays rigged in their favor.

The answer to most of our problems is MONEY OUT OF POLITICS. If you don’t like the way the game is played against us, help overturn “Citizens United”, which is anything but, and get some actual representatives of The People in office.

Poor Us!!!

Wow! So glad I got out of California when I did. What’s a gallon of gasoline up to? I just paid $2.39 driving through Idaho.

You gotta think why it’s so cheap in Idaho? Need a big house for winter exercise, need to get subsidized by warm states to afford others to live where it is cold, need to like it cuz coming back is not affordable? Commy California is not so bad cuz you just know not to trust local government and don’t look back, they’ll can get caught playing grab @$$, resign or get fired, a business model soon to face budget cuts, like their home will be the collateral for such violations.

Unfortunately Jorge, it IS CA causing the higher price.