New California Laws 2012

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Hundreds of new state laws took effect January 1st, 2012. In this series of reports we take a closer look at some of the most significant and talked-about laws Californians will now have to observe.


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    First Half of DREAM Act Starts Jan. 1

    Monday, January 02, 2012

    Starting this year, California college students who are undocumented immigrants are now eligible to receive privately-funded scholarships. That’s the first half of the two-part “DREAM Act." The second half starts in 2013, barring a voter referendum.

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    New Law: It's Not "Card Check," But...

    Friday, December 30, 2011

    A law intended to prevent the intimidation of California farm workers who attempt to unionize takes effect starting in the new year. It’s a compromise reached by farm workers, Senate President Darrell Steinberg and Governor Jerry Brown.

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    New Law Extends Foster Care Emancipation Age in Calif.

    Thursday, December 22, 2011

    We continue our series on new California laws that take effect January 1st with a look at a measure that could help older teens in the foster care system turn their lives around. The law will extend benefits for foster kids from age 18 to 21.

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