Hundreds Of New Laws Set To Go Into Effect January 1st!

Hundreds Of New Laws Set To Go Into Effect January 1st! 

With just a few days left on the calendar for 2017, hundreds of new laws are set to go into effect on January 1, 2018 here in the Golden State. A few of the major new laws include: Recreational Marijuana: Proposition 64 legalizes the recreational use of marijuana, by adults in California. Retail sales of recreational marijuana can officially begin January 1, 2018. However Retail sales are not permitted anywhere in Amador County, and personal growing is subject to different rules depending on which city you live in.  Minimum Wage Increase: SB 3 increases the state’s minimum wage from $10.50 per hour to $11 per hour for businesses with 26 or more employees. Small businesses with 25 or fewer employees will only be required to pay employees a minimum wage of $10.50 per hour.  Marijuana Use in Vehicles: SB 65 expands existing laws about the use of alcohol in vehicles to include prohibiting smoking or ingesting marijuana or marijuana products while driving or riding as a passenger in a vehicle.  Transportation Improvement Fee: SB 1 requires the DMV to begin collecting the Transportation Improvement Fee at the time of registration or renewal. This fee ranges between $25 and $175, based on the vehicle’s current value.   High School Exit Exam: Though passing the exit exam has not been a condition of graduation since 2015, AB 830 now permanently eliminates the test that once decided the fate of many potential graduates.  For a more comprehensive breakdown of 2018 laws see tomorrows issue of the Ledger Dispatch.

 

Written by KVGC Staff

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