New California Laws Effective July 1, 2024

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CALIFORNIA (June 12, 2024)California is set to implement a series of new laws starting July 1, covering a diverse range of topics that could impact many residents — from hidden fees and housing to student health and consumer rights. Here’s a breakdown of some new California laws that might affect you directly:

 

Transparent Pricing

 

Senate Bill 478 and Assembly Bill 537 will require businesses to advertise or display prices that include all mandatory fees, excluding government taxes. This aims to eliminate the surprise of hidden charges at the time of purchase, with SB 478 applying broadly across many business types and AB 537 focusing specifically on short-term lodging rates, including services like Airbnb.

 

Expanded Access to Menstrual Products

 

Assembly Bill 230 expands an existing law requiring public schools serving grades 6 through 12 to provide free menstrual products in bathrooms. The new law extends this requirement down to students in grades 3 through 5, recognizing that many girls begin menstruating before entering sixth grade.

 

Drug Testing Kits in Bars

 

In an effort to combat drink spiking, bars and restaurants with alcohol licenses will now be required to sell drug-testing kits. Establishments must offer these kits at a minimal markup, accompanied by signs urging patrons to stay safe from drink spiking.

 

Speeding Up Housing Development

 

Senate Bill 684 is designed to accelerate the approval process for housing projects in urban areas, specifically targeting projects with no more than 10 housing units. By expediting the approval of subdivision maps, this law aims to increase the availability of medium-density housing like duplexes, townhomes, and garden apartments.

 

Right to Repair

 

Senate Bill 244 mandates that manufacturers of electronics priced at $50 or more for wholesale must provide access to documentation and spare parts for repairs. For products priced at $100 or more, these resources must be available for at least seven years after the last manufacture date, facilitating easier and potentially cheaper repairs by consumers or third parties.

 

These changes reflect California’s ongoing efforts to enhance consumer protection, public health, and housing accessibility. For individuals directly impacted by these new regulations or seeking more detailed advice, legal consultation may be helpful to fully understand and navigate these adjustments.

If you need legal advice after being injured due to someone’s negligence, recklessness, or failure to adhere to California laws, contact the personal injury lawyers at RTM Law Firm. We help victims get medical care and recover financial compensation for their losses. Call us for a free case review.

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