Jan. 2nd, 2007
New Rules!  

No, really.

In case you're like me and don't generally watch the news, if you live in Cali, a slew of new laws went into effect yesterday (910 according to the LA Times).

The ones (possibly) worth mentioning:

  • College administrators may not censor college newspapers.
  • Landlords must give 60 days' notice of eviction to tenants who have been renting from them for at least a year and are not at fault for eviction.
  • It's illegal to leave an animal in an unattended vehicle, endangered by cold or heat.
  • Human eggs and embryos may not be sold for medical research.
  • It's illegal to tie a dog to a stationary object for more than three hours a day.
  • Drivers must slow or change lanes for emergency vehicles stopped along freeways.
  • All contacts require a prescription, including those that change eye color.
  • Electronic voting machines in California must use paper of sufficient quality that ballots are readable at least 22 months after an election.
  • It costs $23 to register with the secretary of state as domestic partners, with the fee devoted to countering domestic abuse among gays.
  • Bags of cat litter sold in the state must include a message asking people not to dispose of the litter in toilets, gutters or storm drains. An organism in cat feces kills sea otters.
  • All cigarettes sold must be self-extinguishing.
  • Electronic versions of a person's wishes regarding resuscitation and life support are legally valid.
  • People served with restraining orders must immediately relinquish their guns.
  • Long-term power sellers to utilities must meet new greenhouse gas emission standards.
  • The state can issue 10,000 more decals to hybrid vehicle owners so they may use carpool lanes.
  • Penalties increase for repeat identity thieves and those possessing data on 10 or more people with intent to defraud.
  • City and county workers who enforce illegal dumping laws have the power to arrest people.
  • Landlords who fail to remedy lead hazards face tougher penalties.
Source (and for a more comprehensive list): LA Times.
Mood: nerdy
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Robbyoldnavy_rl_gap on January 3rd, 2007 - 01:45 am
some of those are fucked up...
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gethenix on January 3rd, 2007 - 02:29 am
I love half of these laws. Brilliant.
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Bobbyshouldvesmiled on January 3rd, 2007 - 04:09 am
Drivers must slow or change lanes for emergency vehicles stopped along freeways.

That's been a law here for about 5 years. There are big yellow and black signs that say "MOVE OVER OR SLOW DOWN FOR STOPPED EMERGENCY VEHICLES. IT'S THE LAW" (In addition to "BUCKLE UP FOR SAFETY - IT'S THE LAW IN ILLINOIS" that greet you when you enter Illinois.
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Stewie...erm, Stanley: Vanity plateroamer1 on January 3rd, 2007 - 06:43 am
This has become the law in most states over the past few years...Tennessee, among others, has signs up everywhere, and while Georgia doesn't have signs all over the place, we have the law here as well. Besides, it's simple common sense...
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matadormexicano on January 10th, 2007 - 02:50 am
well there goes my spree of ramming into emergencey cars stopped along freeways....

blasted californians!
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eviltickles on January 3rd, 2007 - 05:39 am
most interesting fact ever:
"An organism in cat feces kills sea otters"
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Stewie...erm, Stanley: Mr. Tongueroamer1 on January 3rd, 2007 - 06:45 am
"every time a cat poops into water, a sea otter dies" :-/
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eviltickles on January 3rd, 2007 - 06:48 am
so i'm actually doing the ecosystem a favor by having god kill kittens right?
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erikelo_sf on January 3rd, 2007 - 05:53 am
Sigh, sure some of these are great ideas but a lot more them make me want to erase every law after 10 years or something so we don't just keep making laws indefinitely to infinity.
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Stewie...erm, Stanley: Georgia 400roamer1 on January 3rd, 2007 - 06:41 am
Wow... Some of the new rules are perfectly reasonable, but some of them are just petty and crazy.

Did California ban flushable cat litter too? That's what we use in my house, and yes, we flush the stuff rather than throw it out :) -- but sea otters aren't an issue in this part of the country.

Not much changed here in Georgia other than the penalty for toll evasion on Georgia 400 going up to $70 for repeat offenders.
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