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Laws for the New Year

With the onset of new year some new laws went into effect on January 1, 2008.

Here is the list:

1. This might help the new year resolution to quit smoking. One could be subject to fines of up to $100 if caught smoking in an vehicle if there is anyone under 18 years of age in it, and a citation can only be given if the vehicle was stopped for other reasons such as for speeding or erratic driving and not solely for smoking.

2. If your child happens to be a gang member then Courts can require parents and guardians to attend parenting classes.

3. This is to protect deceptive advertising and to protect music fans who buy tickets to oldies concerts. The performing group has to meet certain authentication standards and ensure that at least one member of the group has the legal right to use the name of the original recording artist, but this doesn’t apply to tribute groups.

4. Now, this is a biggie and I totally support it. It bans employers or anyone requiring employees or others to have a RFID or radio frequency identification device under the skin which could be used to track and get personal information about the user.

5. I thought that the government was cracking down on illegal immigration and this law seems to help illegal immigration. Landlords are no longer required to obtain and report the immigration status of their tenants to cities and counties. It further prohibits ordinances preventing landlords from renting to illegal immigrants.

6. Without obtaining a conditional use permit, cities and counties must designate areas where homeless shelters can be located.

7. I don’t really support this law since there could be room for manipulation. The requirement that patients fill out a form to be tested for HIV or AIDS is being dropped and verbal consent to the doctor is sufficient.

8. Looks like this law is a trickle down effect from the federal government. The California Public Employees Retirement System and the California State Teachers Retirement System will be prohibited from investing in companies that have a defense or nuclear related business with Iran.

9. I really don’t understand the significance of this law which allows shoppers to receive cash when a gift certificate has less than $10 left in value 🙂

10. From July 1, 2008 “Don’t talk and Drive”, so if a driver has a cell phone plastered to his or her ears they will get a traffic ticket and fine. Also drivers under 18 years prohibited from using any wireless device while driving.

11. Birth Certificates will be issued for still born babies.

Note: Source for the above was from the Argus newspaper dated January 01, 2008.

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January 3, 2008 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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