With a new year comes a new set of resolutions. A bit more daunting than the rules you set for yourself are the rules that others make for you. No worries – this year we’ve got you covered with a list of some of the new laws that go into effect on January 1, 2020. Check off “staying in the know” from your resolution list!
As of January 1, 2020, Californians must wait 30 days between purchases of semi-automatic rifles as outlined in SB-61. Marijuana retailers will be able to donate medical marijuana to low-income users without additional taxation, but smoking will be banned at state parks and beaches. Throwing away cigars and cigarettes at these places will also result in a fine.
After January 1, California will no longer renew contracts with private prison companies; however, private prisons will not be shut down and immigration detention facilities will not be phased out until 2028.
Good news if you’re looking to secure a loan this year – the interest rates of consumer loans between $2,500 and $9,999 will be capped at 36 percent above the Federal Reserve’s main interest rates. While that interest rate is a high one, it’s nice to know there will be more measures in place to prevent predatory lending.
Consumers will be receiving protections and the California Consumer Privacy Act will go into effect and grant consumers rights with regard to personal information held by businesses. This includes the right to know, access, and request the deletion of their data. Any personal information that a business holds is subjected to the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA).
On the topic of good news and loans, as of January 1, dreamers who want to obtain graduate degrees from California’s public universities will be eligible for the state’s college student loan program and in-state tuition.
The year 2020 will also see more protections put in place for foster children in California. AB-1061 states that social workers and probation offices must give children 14 days’ notice if their foster parents request a placement change, and it requires social workers to develop plans with foster families to avoid abrupt placement changes.
For more information about all of the legislation passed in 2019 that will go into effect in 2020, you can visit the California Legislative website at http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/.
Wishing you a happy and law-abiding new year!
Mallory Moser is a freelance writer