New California Laws in 2020

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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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AdamVant Dec 31, 2019 12:28 PM
New California Laws in 2020

More instrusive government. More busybodies. More scolding. More finger-wagging. Neat.

LCP112233 Dec 31, 2019 12:43 PM
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Hair discrimination. LOL. We don't have a housing crisis. It's an affordability crisis due to the exorbitant taxes and regulations in this state.

CoralineJones Dec 31, 2019 01:50 PM
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And these new laws, at least many of them, are only going to make it worse.

Shasta Guy Dec 31, 2019 01:28 PM
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Watch out for those state mandated penalties for those who decline way over priced insurance while the state gives away free insurance to the undocumented. When will the revolution begin?

DBD Dec 31, 2019 01:48 PM
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If you aren't getting health insurance you probably aren't filing tax returns either, lol. Who's going to walk through the creeks and freeway offramps collecting IOU's from the homeless? Joking aside, how does this sort of scenario work itself out?

a-1577829209 Dec 31, 2019 01:53 PM
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SHASTA GUY the revolution has begun - check out the Walk Away Campaign. There is an individual CA Walk Away group on FB as well, that you can join.

a-1577829310 Dec 31, 2019 01:55 PM
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ALSO as part of the revolution, there is a recall effort to get Newsom out. There is someone local in Goleta who has the mandated petitions - check out the RANAF fund website for location where you can pick up as many as 3 or have them mailed. Join the revolution!

a-1577833001 Dec 31, 2019 02:56 PM
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Yes. Please walk away and make more room for the rest of us. Thanks ever so much.

stewart14 Jan 01, 2020 02:38 AM
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Let me guess... an employed peasant with full benefits that has no clue to what the costs are for a self employed individual? Dude, I make decent money and cannot afford health insurance... so I take this personally.

a-1577829092 Dec 31, 2019 01:51 PM
New California Laws in 2020

CA is such an oppressive state to live in if you are a normal, working person or someone who owns a business. It really is starting to feel more and more like a communist government here. I don't care if CA is the 6th largest economy - that's just b/c of AG and Tech - live here awhile and you'll find its oppressive, heavy handed and awful. I choose freedom, and my stay here definitely has an expiration date. We need to vote out these incumbents who are ruining the state.

a-1577840822 Dec 31, 2019 05:07 PM
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Hope you enjoy your stay here, especially when eventually all the hard working normal people are gone and all you have left is the takers and slackers living off the government , which will include you when you cannot find a job b/c businesses went elsewhere.

macpuzl Dec 31, 2019 05:50 PM
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California has the most vibrant economy in the nation. If you can't make it here, you're incompetent.

Factotum Jan 01, 2020 03:25 PM
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A vibrant economy does not rely on the top 1% paying 50% of the taxes; nor having one third of the population live in statistical poverty. A vibrant economy does not continue to have a #45 ranked school system while spending 50% of all general tax revenues off the top for public education. A vibrant economy does not carry a one trillion dollar unfunded public pension liability it has foisted on to generations to taxpayers who were not even born when this public debt obligation was created. Look who #5 and #7 are when you brag California is the 6th largest global economy- because this is by no measure a vibrant economy; it is a very lop-sided and precarious one. Unless you are a current government employee who is absconding with all the state's revenues for themselves.

ZeroHawk Jan 02, 2020 01:24 PM
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if any of you find it so darned difficult to be and survive in California because of our crazy laws and crazy wacky ways...please....please go to Kansas and set up camp. The more of you that leave, the better for the rest of us.

macpuzl Jan 02, 2020 02:55 PM
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The top 10% own 80% of the wealth but account 68% of the income taxes collected, however...
Payroll taxes account for 34 percent of federal revenues. They only apply to income earned on the job – not income from capital gains on investments, which make up a much greater share of the income of the top 10 percent. And payroll taxes for Social Security are capped at $106,800 and the wealthiest 10 percent only pay 25 percent of all payroll taxes which further reduces their share of the Federal tax burden to around 50%.
So, in the real world, your beloved Aristocracy controls 80% of the nation's wealth and pays 50% of the taxes.

macpuzl Jan 02, 2020 03:16 PM
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Here's some actual data for California and the nation, in addition to the already cited WalletHub Information:

CoralineJones Dec 31, 2019 01:52 PM
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I thought the SCOTUS ruled that the individual mandate is unconstitutional? By issuing a penalty, that is in essence a mandate in a roundabout way. How can they get away with this?

mp805 Jan 04, 2020 09:34 AM
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A lower federal appeals court ruled that the mandate was unconstitutional...SCOTUS has yet to rule on this and it appears could so in short order. Just this week a coalition of blue states and congressional Democrats are asking for the SCOTUS to expedite the review this case.

ZeroHawk Jan 02, 2020 01:23 PM
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Hey Adam, explain to us why a felon on a jury is a bad thing or why a felon allowed to vote is bad. I'm a felon, and i've been on many juries and have voted for decades. I've had my lame felon expunged from my record, but still a felon who votes and does more great things. I hope that ruins your day.

a-1577833190 Dec 31, 2019 02:59 PM
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Hooray for the Environment laws. Ban animal testing and ban public smoking. Why allow smoking on paved surfaces, though? Boo. And-------yes to bringing your own "to go" containers to restaurants. We've been doing that for over a decade.

JoeG Jan 03, 2020 08:30 AM
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I agree with all the environmental laws, but when the HELL is the City going to start enforcing the gas powered leaf blower ban??? One stupid device that creates noise and air pollution. The ban has been on the books for over 20 years and the City pays no attention to it!

Icre84U Dec 31, 2019 03:43 PM
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AB-5 is a serious blow to many successful, self-employed and independent contractors that I know. They pay for their own insurances, put money aside into retirement accounts, pay social security, and now will be penalized for living in California.
I believe Labor Unions are the biggest proponent of AB-5, to the detriment of otherwise independent business men and women.

Shasta Guy Dec 31, 2019 07:49 PM
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AB-5 is going to turn many liberal minded people into walkaways who vote republican. It’s going to shut down the gig economy, then they’ll be fined for not buying a Care California health plan.

biguglystick Jan 01, 2020 01:12 PM
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NO, it won't. This Republican party is shameful and has no ethics. NOTHING will ever make me vote Republican. It would take a miracle at this point. That party has lost all of it's class, values, goodness and decency.

a-1577839095 Dec 31, 2019 04:38 PM
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Cue up the self-important, all-knowing, open-minded folks who spew, insult, shut down, regulate, and hate those who disagree with them. Only people who have too much can afford to expend all that energy on half the country. Help the homeless. Help the elderly. Help the child who does not have enough to eat. There is so much need out there, no need to spend all that time focusing on the hate. Life is too short. Enjoy and co-exist, as the bumper sticker reads, with everyone....even the folks you hate.

SantaBarbaraObserver Dec 31, 2019 05:51 PM
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These folks are really good at making toothless, superfluous laws arent they? I wonder if they ever look back at the mounds of errors in previous legislation or is it all about forging their own personal legacy... So many ways to tell us how to live and so few ways to fix the myriad of other, real problems. Talking at you Hannah Beth (taxin') Jackson.

macpuzl Dec 31, 2019 06:01 PM
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I realize most of the regressive whiners here are immune to facts, but:

CoastWatch Dec 31, 2019 06:39 PM
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If you are a legal, U.S. Citizen, over 18, you will be penalized for not having medical insurance... If you are an illegal foriegn citizen, no worries in California, we are so rich, you have FREE Med-Cal until you are 25 yrs old...
WOW- Just WOW...!

a-1577864021 Dec 31, 2019 11:33 PM
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I prefer Trump’s policy of remove 3 regulations for every 1 new one. Worst are: 1 felons voting 2 ADU law creates costs rica zoning 3 children 12 and under can commit any crimes they want besides murder and rape they’ll be exploited by gangs.

If the state is so worried about climate change why pass a law that’ll double housing in short order and therefore double water use? When the next drought hits watch out.

a-1577893802 Jan 01, 2020 07:50 AM
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I thought Trump’s policy was to break or ignore 3 laws for each one he follows, then to verbally attack those who point this out to him.

Sam The Dog Jan 01, 2020 11:24 AM
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Please name 3 laws he has broken, then let Congress know because after ten of millions of dollars and three years they weren't able to come up with a single law he's broken.

ZeroHawk Jan 02, 2020 01:18 PM
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wait how is felons being able to vote a bad thing? you think because someone has a felony that they are a bad human and shouldn't be allowed to vote? They sure as f**K pay taxes, so they can vote. I have a felony. I also work a professional job, raised two kids, mentor two other kids and chip in at any community event that is near myself or family. I know people without felonies that shouldn't have a voter registration card, in fact most non felons i know shouldn't be able to vote. Just to squash questions, mine was for carrying a concealed butterfly knife. Same as carrying a sawed off shotgun. A butterfly knife you can open with one hand. Sure give me a felony at 18 for a 4" knife, but it's the same offense as a sawed off shotgun. Of course i had it removed and expunged and I vote. I hope that wrecks your day.

ZeroHawk Jan 02, 2020 01:21 PM
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obstruction of justice/congress, abuse of powers. those are two that he was convicted of. the list of bad things and tasteless things and his bullying, rudeness, embarassing comments, etc well that list just goes on and on and on. You righty's sure love to vote in presidents that end up being corrupt...*thinks of 75% of the regan admin that were arrested*

Sam The Dog Jan 02, 2020 03:24 PM
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Sorry Zerohawk, not only has he not been convicted (yet, and won't), 1) there is no "abuse of power" criminal statue and 2) Trump refusing to let staff testify / respond to congressional subpoenas by claiming Executive Privilege (fully within his powers) does not equal obstruction of Congress. See, here in the US the Executive and the Legislative are both SEPARATE BUT EQUAL branches. Executive Privilege is a perfectly good reason to refuse a Congressional subpoena. Had Congress gone to the third branch, the Judicial, and the Judicial ruled that in this case Executive Privilege did not apply and the Executive Branch should comply with the Legislative branch's subpoena, and then the Trump administration didn't, that would be obstruction of congress. As this is all political theater congress didn't seek a ruling from the Judicial branch so no obstruction. Do take this as me supporting Trump, just correcting your inaccurate statements. Still waiting on a crime Trump has committed....

a-1578010362 Jan 02, 2020 04:12 PM
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Zerohawk, Trump has been "convicted" of nothing, as SAM THE DOG points out, among other fallacies perpetrated by "journalists" like Rachel Maddow and other numerous members of the MSM, who seem to influence a great many people who have an intense hatred of this elected President. He was "impeached", which means "to bring charges against" - again, it does not mean "convicted". He could have been impeached for wearing a black suit instead of green on St. Patrick's day if the Democrats wanted to do so, and that would have more weight than the current charges. In addition, the "impeachment" will not be an impeachment if the House does not submit their partisan articles to the Senate. We will see how this circus plays out in 2020, but I suspect there's going to be a lot more crying and gnashing of teeth coming from the Left on November 5.

Sam The Dog Jan 02, 2020 04:45 PM
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That second to last line should read "Don't take this as me ..." but I think people understood.

ZeroHawk Jan 03, 2020 09:19 AM
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@ 563. nope. wrong. this is all clear and the house made it CRYSTAL clear that he has abused power of office for personal gain as well as obstruction of justice. there is A LOT more. deny all you like, just like the climate change deniers, you'll be proven wrong in the end. Fact is fact. You can put a twist on words all you want, but the evidence is there.

ZeroHawk Jan 03, 2020 09:23 AM
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Sam, no. Being a president doesn't give you the right to ignore a congressional subpoena. Claiming Executive Priv when you're on the hot seat, shows the entire world you are guilty as can be. Otherwise, why not show up and present the facts to the powers that be? Why hide? Because he's guilty and he knows it. I bet you also felt Regan was a good president...or Nixon. Trump has abused more powers and has commited more crimes in office than Regan and Nixon and Clinton combined. History will show this and time will prove it. Meanwhile, i'll be eating popcorn and watching the show. Clearly you do know your stuff and have done some reading, which i fully appreciate. i hate discussing this topic with people that aren't educated on it, such as you are. So thanks for actually looking into this before posting. But I still firmly disagree, so we will have to agree to disagree on this one man...

Sam The Dog Jan 03, 2020 10:22 AM
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Zero, follow you own words. The act of claiming executive privilege means it wasn't ignored. i stated how if this was anything but political theater they would have gotten a judge to rule on the matter and force the witnesses to testify (the fact that this wasn't done should be telling). I'll also disagree with your idea that him claiming executive privilege shows the world he's guilty. With how the democratic politicians have openly stated they would impeach the president the second he was inaugurated, before he even had the chance to commit "treason, bribery, or other high crimes or misdemeanors", how they lied to the american people for years "we have proof Trump colluded with the Russians",(really? where? Muller spent months and tens of millions and couldn't find any), how the liberal media has spun and twisted his comments ( see among others), why on God's earth would he ever agree to participate in this partisan political theater? Your comment on Trump abusing his power and committing more crimes than Nixon, Regan, and Clinton is based purely on emotion and not on any factual basis. If there are any facts to support he "has committed more crimes in office than.." you bet your a$s the democrats would have uncovered them.

a-1577897132 Jan 01, 2020 08:45 AM
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CA already has about 100,000 more laws and mandates than the next closest state (NY) - almost 400,000 on the books compared to under 300,000 for NY. But every year the elites in Sacramento keep adding more in an attempt to control how we live our lives. It's a sad situation that is unlikely to change.

ZeroHawk Jan 02, 2020 01:14 PM
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@142 that is because we are also the most populated state in the nation. More people = more laws. That's just how it goes. I've been here 49 years and our laws don't hinder my life, livliehood, fun, adventure, etc.


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