New Laws in 2022

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New Laws in 2022
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By edhat staff

It's a new year with new laws and here are just a few that go into effect today on issues from surprise medical bills to extending cocktails to-go for customers.

Federal Law: No Surprises Act

The No Surprises Act went into effect on January 1 and bans most unexpected medical charges from out-of-network providers.

It covers most emergency services provided in hospitals and urgent care centers, and applies to air ambulance services, but not ground ambulances.

The law covers non-emergency care from out-of-network providers at in-network facilities -- such as an out-of-network anesthesiologist working with an in-network surgeon or an out-of-network radiologist reading an X-ray ordered by an in-network doctor. In these situations, consumers are responsible only for their in-network deductibles, copays or coinsurance.

If patients choose to see out-of-network providers, the providers would be prohibited from billing the patients the balance unless they provide notice of their network status and estimates of charges, generally 72 hours in advance. The patients would also have to consent to receiving out-of-network care that could cost them more.

New California Laws

Cocktails to-go Until 2027

Cocktails, beer, and wine will still be able to purchase as to-go items from restaurants until 2027 courtesy of Senate Bill 389.

This is a  five-year extension of an emergency rule from early in the pandemic. Beverages sold for off-premises consumption must be sold with food and must be in sealed and labeled containers, picked up by the customer, who must still provide identification. Customers are limited to two to-go alcoholic beverages per individual meal.

Two Bills to Increase Housing

Senate Bill 9 will make it easier to build duplexes and multifamily housing in lots zoned for single-family housing.

Senate Bill 10 makes it easier for local governments to build multifamily housing, allowing them to bypass much of the environmental review.

New Health and Safety Standards at Homeless Shelters

Assembly Bill 362 requires cities and counties to enforce statewide health and safety standards at homeless shelters, similar to the mandate for residential dwellings.

Local governments can also inspect shelters when they receive a complaint about substandard conditions and must follow up to ensure violations are corrected. If not, operators who don’t fix the issues can be fined. 

Increase in Prescribed Burns

To minimize the risk of wildfires, a new law will reduce the liability risk for people who set prescribed fires.

Those who set the burn can still be fined if the fire gets out of control, but only if they are grossly negligent.

Recycling Truth

The standard three arrow recycling symbol will now have stricter guidelines when added to products. 

It's estimated that nearly 80% of the single-use plastics Californian's put in recycle bins wind up in landfills instead.

Products will only have the recycling arrow symbol if they're collected in at least 60% of the state's curbside programs and manufacturers have until the summer of 2025 to get their products into compliance.

New Education Requirement for Law Enforcement Officers

Assembly Bill 89 would require all California community colleges to create a universal policing curriculum. The new law would also require that, in four years, all incoming officers have at least an associate’s or bachelor’s degree. The bill will also raise the minimum age for new officers from 18 to 21.

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Bird Jan 02, 2022 10:21 AM
New Laws in 2022

Directly impacting residents is a new food scraps law, SB 1383, that requires residents to dispose of food scraps in the green waste barrels --- and NOT in the trash. Effective 1/1/22. It is _not_ mentioned on the city's website for recycling, yet one more lack of openness and transparency of the city government and the failure of Council oversight. (Goes with no minutes for Council meetings readily apparent on the city website, unlike for volunteer commission meetings.)

See the LAT article re waste, coffee grounds, meal scraps, etc.:

a-1641151571 Jan 02, 2022 11:26 AM
New Laws in 2022

Bird, as I understand it, the local agencies have the year to comply. SB County is ahead of the game, others are coming on line later. (SLO started this a couple of years ago I think.) Why be so negative instead of cheering this new and healthy process?

Chuey Craig Jan 02, 2022 11:35 AM
New Laws in 2022

From the LAT:
…”the program will be rolled out gradually for homes and businesses in the coming months, with the actual startup date varying, depending on the location of your home or business.”

“CalRecycle, the state agency overseeing the change, has lots of information about the new requirements on its website.”

a-1641155126 Jan 02, 2022 12:25 PM
New Laws in 2022

For those in the Santa Barbara / Goleta area, there is no change. Food scraps are to be placed in the normal trash bin, not the green bin, and they are sorted out for the digestion facility at the Tajiguas site. We're already doing what the new law mandates.

Bird Jan 02, 2022 09:08 PM
New Laws in 2022

How does this meet the requirement,
"Collection Requirements
Single-Family Home Residents and Multifamily Complexes of Less than Five Units
Residents are required to subscribe to and participate in their jurisdiction’s organics curbside collection service.
Residents are required to properly sort their organic waste into the correct containers.
Some jurisdictions will allow residents to self-haul their organic waste. If this is the case, the jurisdiction will provide information about the requirements for self-hauling."
And how will Tajiguas separate the organic waste, coffee grounds, orange peels and rice, for examples, from the inorganic? And @11:26AM, why do you think it is "negative" to point out this very positive new law that is designed to benefit the environment and the need for Santa Barbara residents to respond to it by separating their food scraps from the trash?

a-1641188034 Jan 02, 2022 09:33 PM
New Laws in 2022

9:08 - OK, since you need another pointer:

a-1641188275 Jan 02, 2022 09:37 PM
New Laws in 2022

And, right here on Edhat:

a-1641227976 Jan 03, 2022 08:39 AM
New Laws in 2022

Thanks for clarifying; that's what I thought after reading about the law (can't remember which sources now.)

doulie Jan 02, 2022 10:29 AM
New Laws in 2022

Re AB 89 - Is anyone aware of a law enforcement agency that appoints persons under the age of 21 to a sworn peace officer position? Why wait four years for the education requirement to take affect? It only takes two years to receive an associate's degree.

Sail380 Jan 02, 2022 05:27 PM
New Laws in 2022

No mention of the pig and chicken law? Our breakfast will more tender and tasty and cost more!!!

a-1641229612 Jan 03, 2022 09:06 AM
New Laws in 2022

Any laws removed or are we just going to add more and more laws in perpetuity until we have the largest government the universe has ever seen!?

PitMix Jan 03, 2022 03:46 PM
New Laws in 2022

With more laws, you have more ability to pick and choose the ones you want to obey. So it is really an anarchist move. A libertarian's dream.

biguglystick Jan 03, 2022 09:35 AM
New Laws in 2022

About time they start policing the police! BRAVO! Make it more regulated and make sure they are committed to being PEACE officers, and not bullies with guns and motorcycles.

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