New California Laws in 2020

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New California Laws in 2020
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By edhat staff

Starting January 1, 2020, several new laws will go into effect addressing issues like housing, gun ownership, healthcare, and more in California.

Here's a look at new state laws to know at the start of the new year:

Consumer Protection

AB 375: Data privacy for consumers

The state's sweeping new consumer data privacy law gives Californians the right to learn what companies like Facebook and Google know about them — and to stop the sharing or selling of their data. They will also be able to sue over data breaches if companies fail to adequately protect their data.

AB 539: Predatory lending

Caps the interest that can be charged on loans between $2,500-$10,000.

Criminal Justice

AB 218: Statute of limitations: Childhood sexual abuse

Extends statute of limitations for adult victims of childhood sexual abuse to report their abusers from age 26 to age 40.

AB 602: Deepfake pornography

Allows a victim of nonconsensual deepfake pornography to sue for damages.

SB 273: Statute of limitations: Domestic violence

Extends statute of limitations for domestic violence felonies from 3 years to 5.

SB 310: Felons serving on juries

Convicted felons who have completed their sentences, parole, probation and supervision will no longer be disqualified from serving as jurors.

SB 439: Prosecution of children under 12

Ends the prosecution of children under age 12 who commit crimes other than murder and forcible sexual assault.

Domestic Partnership

SB 30: Domestic partnership expansion

Opens up domestic partnerships to all Californians, regardless of age or sexual identity. Until now, they've been restricted to same-sex couples, or opposite-sex couples aged 62 and up (for social security reasons).


AB 1707: Smart phones in polling places

Allows voters to use handheld electronic devices to help them cast their ballots at polling places, as long as they don't violate other election laws.

AB 2188: Campaign finance disclosure: Digital ads

Requires digital ads to clearly display "Who funded this ad?" and link to a website that contains such disclosures.

SB 47: Campaign finance disclosure: Ballot measure petitions

Requires signature petitions for initiatives, referenda and recalls to list their campaigns' top contributors.


SB 1249: Animal testing ban: Cosmetic products

Bans sale of cosmetic products with ingredients that were tested on animals on or after January 1, 2020.

SB 8: Smoking ban: State parks and beaches

Bans smoking at state parks and beaches. It comes with a caveat: people can still smoke on paved surfaces like parking lots.


AB 205: Definition of 'beer'

Expands the definition of beer to include alcoholic beverages fermented with fruit, honey, herbs and other newly approved ingredients.

AB 619: Reusable food containers

Allows restaurant customers to bring — and eat with/from — their own food containers and silverware. It also allows food vendors at fairs, festivals, and farmers markets to use reusable items, which has been against the code until now.

SB 677: Foodserver latex glove ban

Prohibits the use of latex gloves in food facilities and retail food establishments and requires food employees to use nonlatex utensils, including nonlatex gloves.


AB 577: Maternal mental health coverage

Ensures that mothers diagnosed with a maternal mental health disorder whose providers leave their insurance network can still see that provider and be fully covered for up to 12 months. A separate change in the budget extends Medi-Cal coverage to moms with mental health disorders to one year, up from the current 60 days.

State Budget: Health insurance mandate

Californians who go without health insurance in 2020 will have to pay a penalty on their 2021 tax returns, under a new state-imposed mandate. Gov. Newsom has proposed using revenue from this mandate to fund premium assistance for low and middle income Covered California enrollees.

State Budget: Medi-Cal benefits

Allows adults enrolled in Medi-Cal to obtain several optional benefits that were eliminated during the recession. Among them: audiology, incontinence creams and washes, eyeglasses, podiatry, speech therapy.

State Budget: Health coverage for undocumented young adults

Expands Medi-Cal coverage to income-eligible undocumented young adults ages 19-25.


AB 1482: Rent cap and tenant protections

Caps annual rent increases at 5% plus inflation, and prohibits landlords from evicting tenants without just cause.

AB 68: Accessory dwelling units

Makes it cheaper and faster for Californians to build granny-flats on their property, considered a way to address state's housing crisis.

SB 329: Housing voucher discrimination

Prohibits landlords from issuing blanket denials against the 300,000 low-income Californians who receive Section 8 housing vouchers.


AB 588: Dog bite disclosure

Requires public and private animal shelters to disclose a dog's biting history to a potential new owner if a dog has broken a human's skin at age 4 months or older.


AB 5: Independent contractor rules

Codifies California Supreme Court decision that established a new test for classifying workers as independent contractors, while providing exemptions for a number of industries.

AB 9: Workplace harassment complaints

Extends time limit to file complaint of workplace harassment or discrimination with the state Dept. of Fair Employment & Housing from 1 year to 3.

SB 1343: Sexual harassment training

Requires employers to provide sexual harassment training to all employees. Under current law, only supervisors at most employers have to receive training.

SB 142: Lactation rooms at work

Expands requirements for lactation rooms in workplaces and requires employers provide female workers a break each time they need to express milk.

SB 188: CROWN Act: Hair-based discrimination

Known as the CROWN Act, prevents discrimination in workplaces and schools based on traits historically associated with race, including certain hairstyles such as braids, twists and locks.


SB 61

The bill extends the prohibition from buying more than one handgun a month to include semiautomatic rifles as well.

The law that prohibits people from purchasing more than a handgun a month would be extended to those who want to buy a long gun as well. The law would also restrict people under the age of 21 from buying a gun. 

AB 1968 

Prohibits a person from owning a gun for life if they've been admitted into a health facility more than once within a one-year.

A person who is admitted because they were either a danger to themselves or others would have a lifetime ban from owning a gun. That person would be able to request a court hearing to prove that they will be able to use a firearm safely. The burden would fall on the district attorney to show strong evidence that the person in question would use a gun on themselves or others.

AB 12 

This law extends the amount of time before a person can buy a gun to five years, if they have a gun violence restraining order placed against them.

The new law would allow a law enforcement officer to file for a gun violence restraining order on behalf of their agency. The bill would also change how long a restraining order and the renewal to from one to five years. 

The court would determine how long the restraining order would last by considering how long that person would remain a threat. If someone has a restraining order against them, they could try once a year to submit a request to terminate the restraining order.

Police Use of Force

AB 392

The California Act to Save Lives, introduced this year by Assemblymember Shirley Weber (D-San Diego), redefines the Police Use of Force by:

  • Use of lethal force would be authorized only when necessary to prevent imminent and serious bodily injury or death.
  • Police departments can discipline or fire officers who use unnecessary deadly force.
  • Officers could face criminal charges where the use of force was not in self-defense or in defense of another person.
  • Officers should use warnings, verbal persuasion, or other nonlethal methods of resolution or de-escalation where the use of deadly force is not deemed necessary.


(The majority of the list was compiled by Capital Public Radio)

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Resident Jan 02, 2020 04:47 PM
New California Laws in 2020

Zero, That is a strange concept - number of laws based on population. Hard for me to see why we in CA need 25% more laws and individual mandates than NY.

Sagepup Jan 02, 2020 05:38 PM
New California Laws in 2020

Resident, I'm at a loss on that one as well, Glad to know I wasn't the only one who was questioning Zeros logic on this

bigone Jan 01, 2020 11:23 AM
New California Laws in 2020

Gee, Edhat, no mention of the new restrictive gun laws that will do absolutely nothing to curtail firearm crimes but will continue to tax law abiding citizens? And with all these hundreds of new laws now in effect, I wonder how many laws each of us break every day without even knowing it? Thank goodness the legislature also didn't pass a new law requiring you to disclose that your dog may lick people - my poor guy would have to be put be in doggie prison. I can hardly wait to see what fabulous new laws will be introduced in 2020. And praise be to Newsom and Becerra to use our tax dollars to continue initiating unconstitutional lawsuits against the federal government on our behalf. You've just gotta love this wonderful state and it's one-party dictatorship.

biguglystick Jan 01, 2020 01:10 PM
New California Laws in 2020

Guns SUCK. No one needs a gun. We should outlaw them entirely. So SICK of the gun worship in this country. I've gotten even more extreme with my views on guns as I watch the destruction in the path of it. Sickening. I vote for the most strict gun controls I can. Screw your Second Amendment. a cache of guns will NEVER stop the government from invading or arresting you if they want to. The police and the American government are militarized to the Nth degree, they have night vision, thermal weapons, technology that your stupid guns won't save you from. All guns are good for is killing. And I hate it.

a-1577921192 Jan 01, 2020 03:26 PM
New California Laws in 2020

Gee, BUS, I guess this means you won't be renewing your membership in the NRA. CA sounds like the perfect state for you, though.

420722 Jan 01, 2020 05:44 PM
New California Laws in 2020

Hey BUS, and outlawing guns does NOT mean that guns will go away. It means only criminals will have them. How safe is that? Drugs are illegal yet I can get any kind of drug I want with a phone call or text.

pstarSR Jan 02, 2020 09:33 AM
New California Laws in 2020

Hey, BUS "No mention of the new restrictive gun laws........ " did you miss the section titled "Firearms"

ZeroHawk Jan 02, 2020 01:10 PM
New California Laws in 2020

@722, so you think with new gun laws, that only criminals will have them? my right wingers live in a constant fear of criminals and good presidents.

ZeroHawk Jan 02, 2020 01:13 PM
New California Laws in 2020

hey BUS i'm with you. guns are lame and our government and politians are just as lame and just aking money to keep the gun thing alive. it's too much. we're a few steps away from impressing El Salvador with our constant shootings and gun related murders and school shootings. The right wingers are just marching along doing what their government convinces them to do, ignoring facts and reality. I've travelled to a lot of countries with NO guns at all allowed, and those countries are great. Safe. Active. Flourishing. We just constantly look over our back worried that someone's going to shoot us. A bit much and a bit obnoxious for the right side to ignore kids being shot just for going to school....

Sagepup Jan 02, 2020 02:30 PM
New California Laws in 2020

PSTARSR, When this post was first put up , the Gun Law section and Police Use Of Force section was not on here. Those sections was added after They made their post.

pstarSR Jan 03, 2020 08:16 AM
New California Laws in 2020

Really? There is no edit tag, no note of a change. Which edhat normally does.

jqb Jan 01, 2020 11:26 AM
New California Laws in 2020

Most of these are good laws (with the exception of AB5) ... no wonder right wingers are against them.

a-1577907165 Jan 01, 2020 11:32 AM
New California Laws in 2020

Yes, JQB, and left-wingers just keep wanting more taxes and restrictions on individual freedoms. Gotta keep all the rats living in the box known as Kalifornia under control, you know.

ZeroHawk Jan 02, 2020 01:09 PM
New California Laws in 2020

@142 find me a lefty that wants more taxes and more government control. while you are at it, find me a republican politician that is actually a conservative (lol)

ZeroHawk Jan 02, 2020 01:09 PM
New California Laws in 2020

@142 find me a lefty that wants more taxes and more government control. while you are at it, find me a republican politician that is actually a conservative (lol)

biguglystick Jan 01, 2020 01:14 PM
New California Laws in 2020

HOORAY for no more animal testing!! About time! No fur either!

ZeroHawk Jan 02, 2020 01:07 PM
New California Laws in 2020

no fur? Dude...humans have used fur since the dawn of time. That's not going to change. It's called being resourceful. Go buy a faux leather jacket and boots and let the rest of us do as we will.

LCP112233 Jan 02, 2020 02:25 PM
New California Laws in 2020

So true Zero. And think about the process by which this fake stuff is made. Using petroleum based polyurethane. Must be toxic to the environment all the way down the line.

Coolio Jan 02, 2020 11:20 AM
New California Laws in 2020

AB-5 was needed because too many employers (especially Gig economy) have been screwing workers on fair wages, OT, benefits, workers comp, etc... just so they can reap more profit.

surfergirl69 Jan 02, 2020 05:11 PM
New California Laws in 2020

AB 5 definitely NOT good. A vast majority of gig workers are semi-retired or students who want flexible hours. They already have health insurance (which is "affordable" now). Also, "gig" is really a SMALL BUSINESS. A 1099 is filed by company and "gig" workers are responsible for paying their own taxes, on PROFITS...minus business expenses. That is a real benefit of having your own business. Paying people by the hour won't work . People like to do personal errands, study, care-take family members, etc in between deliveries/rides and the companies don't want to pay people for stand-by.
I'm normally a Democrat, but NO THANKS for this mess ! Lots of people are going to lose income, and it will increase costs to consumers !! The small fraction of people that WANT this...should get a job with the Post Office etc.

Shasta Guy Jan 02, 2020 05:38 PM
New California Laws in 2020

Apparently there is a new draconian water use law, 55 gal per person per day. **** I didn’t know about until I ran across the story. There apparently is. $1,000 fine associated with it. It looks like CA is going to everybody for everything.

Shasta Guy Jan 02, 2020 05:58 PM
New California Laws in 2020

Here’s another link about this draconian water usage law:

macpuzl Jan 02, 2020 06:27 PM
New California Laws in 2020

55 gallons per person per day is Draconian??? Maybe if you've got a big Montecito lawn.

macpuzl Jan 02, 2020 06:32 PM
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That comes out to 4.4 HCF per month for a two person household. That's twice what our family uses in a month. Doesn't sound very Draconian to me. Conservation is a good idea.

Shasta Guy Jan 02, 2020 06:52 PM
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Hardly. Most of us in SB are already pretty water wise. I’m left with just succulents, lavenders, and decomposed granite in my yard.

macpuzl Jan 02, 2020 07:01 PM
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Then why would you think such a restriction was unreasonable, or "Draconian". Our world has limits on what we can consume, despite the NeoCon attacks on environmental protections.

macpuzl Jan 02, 2020 07:13 PM
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Looks more to me like California is going to fine people with sociopathic behavior. Win-win.

Shasta Guy Jan 02, 2020 07:41 PM
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Some more info on this water law. *** Sacramento knows what’s best for you. Who knows what the unintended consequences will be.

macpuzl Jan 02, 2020 08:52 PM
New California Laws in 2020

OK, I'll interpret your silence: You saw a flap and squawk misinterpretation of the law on a right-wing "news" site, with the facts twisted in a way that would inflame true believers. You didn't realize that even that interpretation allowed *each person* 2 HCF per month. Then you finally stumbled upon the actual provisions of the law, which have nothing to do with individual limits, and are meant to encourage conservation by regional water providers, and are totally reasonable, and have punted to muttering about "unintended consequences".

Shasta Guy Jan 02, 2020 09:15 PM
New California Laws in 2020

I’m on vacation in Mount Shasta right now with my family. I haven’t dug deep into this thing yet. Dig into it all you want. Let’s see how this law shakes out the state.

a-1578036057 Jan 02, 2020 11:20 PM
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"Water-wise" except that a great many homeowners and businesses seem to allow their "gardeners" to do whatever, however, whenever. I have actually heard people say they are "afraid" to tell their gardeners what to do-------afraid the guys will quit. There have always been a faction of UN-water-wise gardeners hosing down sidewalks and driveways. Get a little rain and a lot of us lapse back to water wasteful habits. But more important is the fact that many of these yard maintenance guys *never* got the water conservation message in the first place. They should be taught that water is not only too ex$pensive, but also too precious to waste.

a-1578036145 Jan 02, 2020 11:22 PM
New California Laws in 2020

Sad fact of life: A great many people won't do the right thing unless they are forced to do the right thing. Hence all these laws.

Sam The Dog Jan 03, 2020 09:01 AM
New California Laws in 2020

to quote MAC: "Our world has limits on what we can consume". Yes, we live in a world with finite resources, so how is it NONE of the green policies or politicians pushing green agendas mention overpopulation. A city, state, county, or world with finite resources can not have an infinite population.

a-1578019348 Jan 02, 2020 06:42 PM
New California Laws in 2020

"I've travelled to a lot of countries with NO guns at all allowed, and those countries are great. Safe. Active. Flourishing." ........................I also took a Disney Ship to Disney Island and at Disney food and danced with the Disney cast members and had safe water and safe food and safe everything.............. My goodness, what a boring way to travel. Yelp Review by safe traveller types with bank: "The tea cakes were faaaaabuuuuuulussss; the staff members were soooooo attentive we gave an extra 1% tip; we loved the white-glove treatment; our vegan meals were prepared by the locals who bathed daily, which surprised us; the mints on our pillows were delicious." Save travel = boring travel. Get out to the real world and do it, otherwise, stick to your safe/clean/antiseptic/boring travels. Can't wait to tell you that we're busy when you invite us over to view the boring pics....we have plans to watch re-runs of 'The Price Is Right' on the telly.

Shasta Guy Jan 02, 2020 10:23 PM
New California Laws in 2020

Here’s a link to the actual text of the 2020 water law. ***** It is so Byzantine that will take a whole new bureaucracy to enforce it. I put it here for all to review. Yes, it mentions 55 gal/day/person, $1,000 fines for individuals and $10,000 fines for water suppliers. I didn’t study it to figure out what triggers those. There are also deadlines that kick in later this year, so I figure we’ll be seeing the consequences of this roll out all year long. Someone with some time on their hands could try to condense this into an understandable summary.

JoeG Jan 03, 2020 08:41 AM
New California Laws in 2020

This ridiculous law is tied to an entire flawed policy. Sacramento orders cities to build their way out of a so-called housing crisis. At the same time cities INCREASE development, we're all now ordered to restrict our water use; and natural gas, and electricity. Looks like the whole reason we're all asked to ration is so Sacramento can order us to keep building! The end result will NOT solve any housing crisis. It WILL ruin the quality of life in cities all over California. The sad part of this whole mess is that people keep electing these lunatics.

Sam The Dog Jan 03, 2020 08:52 AM
New California Laws in 2020

All the while we'll keep pumping the last of our groundwater to grow crops in the middle of a desert.

Sagepup Jan 03, 2020 10:22 AM
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JOEG, You are correct , It is time to elect the lunatics out of office, it is not so much local offcials as it is at the top with the governor and top law makers in this state. They will say anything to get re-elected, but never think anything through when they go pass a bill or new law. Sad.


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