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Hundreds of new state laws will take effect on January 1st, 2013. 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.


Stories from Capital Public Radio News

  • California Lumber Tax Starts With the New Year

    Friday, January 04, 2013

    A one percent lumber tax goes into effect in California beginning this month. The tax will shift the burden of paying timber harvest fees from the forestry industry to the consumer.

  • New Laws Protects Some Homeowners From Foreclosure

    Wednesday, January 02, 2013

    Homeowners will have new rights under laws designed to reduce foreclosures in California. The package of laws known as the “Homeowner Bill of Rights” takes effect this year.

  • More Carbon Monoxide Calls Anticipated

    Wednesday, December 26, 2012

    Cases of carbon monoxide poisoning go up in the winter. Typically it’s because of a faulty gas heater, or other heat generating device that’s not working properly, and lack of ventilation. But an expanding California law is designed to change that.

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    2nd Chance for Inmates Sentenced as Teenagers

    Wednesday, December 26, 2012

    About 300 California prison inmates have been sentenced to life without parole for crimes they committed while teenagers. A new law will give some of them a second chance.

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    Two Tiers of Pension Benefits for Calif. Public Employees

    Wednesday, December 26, 2012

    We continue our “New Laws” series with a look at California’s major pension changes that take effect in the new year. It creates a second tier of public employees with lower pension benefits than their co-workers.

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    Calif. Law Will Allow Electronic Proof of Auto Insurance

    Monday, December 17, 2012

    We continue our series on new California laws that take effect January 1st with a measure that could affect everyone who drives a car. Drivers will soon be able to prove they have auto insurance electronically.

  • Workers' Compensation Law Takes Effect January 1

    Monday, December 17, 2012

    We begin a series that looks at new laws taking effect January 1st with a measure that will overhaul the state’s workers’ compensation system. Its backers say it could save California between $500 million and $1 billion in the first year.

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