The new year is bringing 800 new laws to California, many of which will be effective tomorrow. Some of those include the following:
Public schools will be required to allow transgender students to pick which restroom and locker room they want to use and which sport teams to join based on the gender with which they identity.
Teen drivers will be prohibited from writing, sending or reading text-messages while driving, even if using a hands-free device.
When passing a bicyclist heading in the same direction, motorists are required to pass with no less than 3-feet between the vehicle and the bicycle.
Clean air vehicles will continue to be allowed to drive in carpool lanes without meeting the occupancy requirement of two or more passengers .
The increase of the minimum wage for California from $8 to $9 per hour will begin on July 1. An employer that fails to pay the new minimum wage may be subject to liquidated damages to the employee.
Also effective July 1, employers will be prohibited from considering prior criminal convictions during a background check if the conviction has been judicially dismissed.