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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.

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