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Laws that impact everything from gun sales to when schools can start and how people should sort their trash are taking effect on July 1.
Here is a round-up of some of the new laws.
The law requires cities and counties to provide organic waste collection services. That means in many cases that people have to separate their food waste from other garbage. The new recycling program is required statewide by law in an effort to reduce methane emissions by limiting what is going into landfills.
But jurisdictions are complying in different ways and on different timelines. Some counties have exemptions. Click here for how to find out what the rules are in your county.
Starting Friday, California will extend its micro-stamping requirement for handguns. Microstamping is the process of imprinting tiny markings on cartridges so that when they’re fired from a weapon it’s easier for police to identify them. This was signed into law by then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
In addition, California is now adding ghost guns to the list of guns that can be seized if a court issues a red-flag order against a person.
This law requires the school day for middle schools to begin no earlier than 8 a.m. For high schools, the time is 8:30 a.m. The bill cited the impact of sleep deprivation on teens.
This law requires non-flushable disposable wipes to be labeled clearly with the phrase “Do Not Flush.” The aim is to help protect groundwater and other water sources from potential contamination. Lara Wyss with the Responsible Flushing Alliance explains in the video below.
A 3-cent gas tax increase for drivers takes effect on July 1 because of a planned cost of living increase that state lawmakers decided against suspending despite some calls to do so, including by California’s governor.
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