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New laws for 2019: California's new rules on drinking straws, helmets for scooter riders, guns, criminal justice, the workplace and more

New laws for 2019: California's new rules on drinking straws, helmets for scooter riders, guns, criminal justice, the workplace and more

Hundreds of new California laws will take effect Jan. 1, 2019; imposing a raft of new mandates on scores of issues, including rules dictating when plastic straws will be handed out at restaurants, that workplace sexual harassment settlements are disclosed and that set new limits on the ownership of guns.

Some laws were the direct result of recent events — among them proposals crafted following the national #MeToo discussion and rules aimed at avoiding a repeat of recent catastrophic and deadly wildfires. A few laws taking effect in 2019 are holdovers from years past, with delayed implementation designed to smooth the transition for the state's businesses and the public.

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