News Alert!!: Colorado River Tri-State: New California, Arizona, and Nevada Laws for 2016.
As we all welcome in the New Year 2016, here are a few of the new laws for 2016 that will be or is in effect for California, Arizona, and Nevada.
**** In California: ****
** (Note: S.B. = Senate Bill and A.B. = Assembly Bill): **
– (S.B. 1047): Missing senior citizen alert:
A “Silver Alerts” will now be broadcast on California highway signs when the missing person may be driving. Silver Alerts are used to send regional or statewide alerts about missing and at-risk senior citizens, individuals with developmental disabilities or who are cognitively impaired.
– (A.B. 8): Hit-and-run suspect alert:
A “Yellow Alert” will let law enforcement post information about a hit-and-run suspect vehicle description on highway message boards.
– (S.B. 491): No earbuds or headsets while driving, etc.:
The law prohibits the use of wearing a headset, earplugs and earphones in both ears while driving or riding a bicycle.
– (S.B. 61): Driving under the influence additional restrictions:
You better reconsider getting behind the wheel after a few drinks. This law extends the existing Ignition Interlock Device (I.I.D.) pilot project to counties of Sacramento, California and Tulare, California. According to the law, a person convicted of a Driving Under the Influence (D.U.I.) has to install an Ignition Interlock Device (I.I.D.) for 5 months upon a first offense, 12 months for a second offense, 24 months for a third offense, and 36 months for a fourth or subsequent offense.
– (S.B. 530): Brew bikes are now considered pedicabs:
Midtown Sacramento will see those brew bikes more often. This law expands the definition of pedicab to include pedal-powered vehicles, such as brew bikes. These vehicles cannot travel more than 15 miles per hour and passengers can drink alcohol, depending on the city and county laws.
– (A.B. 604): Hoverboards are defined as electrically motorized skateboards:
This law defines “electrically motorized board” to include hoverboards. The law restricts hoverboards from being used in public places, limits their speeds to 35 mph, requires boards to be equipped with safety equipment as well as gives cities and counties the ability to regulate their use. Riders must be 16 years old or older and wear a helmet and safety equipment at night. It also illegal to use the board while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
– (A.B. 1422): Department of Motor Vehicles (D.M.V.) now monitors Uber and Lyft:
This law requires ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft to be a part of the Department of Motor Vehicles (D.M.V.)’s pull-notice system to regularly check participating drivers’ driving records.
– (S.B. 277): Mandatory Vaccinations for K-12 students:
This law eliminates the personal belief exemption for immunizations and requires nearly all public schoolchildren to be vaccinated. The law still allows medical exemptions for children with serious health issues.
– (A.B. 775): Displaying of reproductive services advertisements:
This law requires licensed facilities that offer pregnancy-related services to advertise the availability of family planning services, including abortions.
– (S.B. 178): Search warrants needed for electronic communication:
This law prohibits law enforcement from accessing personal information from electronic communication such as email, text messages, Internet search history, etc. without a search warrant.
– (S.B. 707): No concealed firearms on campus:
This law prohibits concealed firearms on college and K-12 school campuses.
– (S.B. 199): Distinguishing features for toy guns:
This law requires all realistic-looking air guns or B.B. guns to have more distinguishing features such as colorful trigger guards. This is to help law enforcement distinguish toy guns from real ones.
– (A.B. 1014): Access to gun restraining orders:
This law allows family members to obtain a temporary restraining order for a person they perceive as being a danger to themselves and to others around them.
– (A.B. 1517): Processing rape kits quickly:
This law encourages law enforcement agencies to collect forensic evidence gathered from victims of sexual assaults and send it to the crime labs for faster processing.
– (S.B. 588): Employees accrue back wages:
This law allows the Labor Commissioner to help employees receive what they are owed by their employers by putting a lien on the employer’s property in order to get the unpaid wages.
– (S.B. 358): Equal pay for women:
This law prohibits an employer from paying any of their employees salaries less than those paid to employees of the opposite sex for “substantially similar work.” It also allows employees to talk about their salary and ask about the salary of others without facing disciplinary action from their employer.
– (A.B. 359): Protection for grocery store employees:
Grocery store employees are now protected when new owners take over. Assembly Bill 359 makes it mandatory for new grocery store owners to retain current employees for a 90 day period. The new owners are prohibited from releasing workers without reason during that time and can consider keeping employees after the time ends.
– (A.B. 202): Pro-team sports cheerleaders are protected employees:
Pro-team sports cheerleaders have something to cheer about. This law requires California pro-sports teams to classify their cheerleaders as employees, providing protection for the cheerleaders under California wage and hour laws.
– (A.B. 10): Minimum wage increased:
Assembly Bill 10, which was signed into law in 2013 by California Governor Jerry Brown, will raise the minimum wage for Californians to $10 an hour starting Friday, January 1st, 2016.
– (A.B. 329): Updated Sex Education Curriculum:
To keep up with the changing times on sexuality and health, this law requires sex education courses to be mandatory for students unless parents seek to opt-out. Also, the curriculum will be updated to include information on topics such as H.I.V. and gender identity.
– (S.B. 695): “Yes means yes”:
Teaching students about consent will now be included in high school health education classes. This law requires schools districts to include in their health classes, which are mandatory for graduation, lessons on the importance of consent for sexual acts, or that “Yes means Yes.”
– (S.B. 172): No more high school exit exams:
This law revokes the high school exit exam as a graduation condition, lifting the requirement through the class of 2017-2018 school year. It also applies retroactively until the class of 2004, so students who have completed all graduation requirements can apply for diplomas.
– (A.B. 1100): Increase in ballot fees:
This law will increase the filling fee from $200 to $2,000, which is meant to prevent or discourage proposals that are deemed as unconstitutional.
** You can search for more laws for California is at the following California Legislative Information website address: **
**** In Arizona: ****
** (Note: S.B. = Senate Bill): **
– (S.B. 1370): Requires access to database for controlled substances:
Requires access to a database for controlled substances. It helps pharmacists or doctors keep track of patients and what you’re being prescribed. Working with the database can help medical professionals share records and signal any red flags for too many prescriptions or possible abuse.
– (S.B. 1117): Anyone unable, or unwilling, to pay court costs, fees, fines or other restitution, work the debt off:
Anyone unable, or unwilling, to pay court costs, fees, fines or other restitution will be able to work off the debt through community service at a rate of $10.00 per hour.
– (S.B. 1035): Provide treatment programs to domestic violence offenders:
Allows superior courts to provide treatment programs to domestic violence offenders.
** You can search for more laws for Arizona is at the following Arizona State Legislature website address: **
**** In Nevada: ****
** (Note: S.B. = Senate Bill and A.B. = Assembly Bill): **
– (S.B. 231): Workers’ Compensation:
The law will make it harder to file a claim if you’re injured on the job and under the influence of a controlled substance. Some argue, this could make it tough for workers who may have a doctor’s prescription for say, pain medication, and get hurt or re-injured on the job.
– (A.B. 152): Helping Children:
This new law requires them to provide appropriate and private space for breastfeeding. It also requires certain facilities to provide physical activity for the children. It also prohibits them from withholding physical activity as a form of discipline.
– (A.B. 483): Helping Teachers:
The law requires School Boards to set aside a reserve to establish a program of performance pay and enhanced compensation to recruit and retain teachers and administrators.
– (S.B. 307): Takes aim at lobbyists, gifts, lawmakers:
The law prohibits lobbyists from giving public officers and candidates gifts exceeding $100 in value in an aggregate calendar year. The law aims to clear up the ambiguity by creating a special category for educational trips and requiring lawmakers and lobbyists to publicly report them. The law would be more lenient about educational travel, such as a trips that included policy workshops, than it would be about gifts, such as a recreational cruises.
– (A.B. 121): New “prestige” license plates:
The law will allow for certain licenses plates that will give older vehicles a prestige designation of “Classic Rod.”
– (S.B. 137 ): Consumer protection regarding dental insurance.
The new law will help consumers who undergo certain dental surgical procedures. If they have both stand-alone and health care coverage that provide dental care, right now, Nevada law does not require both insurance carriers to work together or coordinate care. This new law would not only require that, but it would prohibit one carrier from denying claims based on the notion the other carrier should be responsible for payment.
– (A.B. 288): Controlled substances:
The law requires those who prescribe or dispense controlled substances to have access to the database that tracks these kinds of prescriptions.
– (S.B. 354): Motorized wheelchairs in bike lanes:
The law gives authority over certain circumstances for a motorized wheelchair to use a bike lane.
– (A.B. 94): Elections:
The law will allow you to get your sample ballot electronically instead of through the mail.
– (A.B. 162): Police Body Cameras:
The law helps the Nevada Highway Patrol to set up body camera protocols and procedures. The Nevada Highway Patrol is the only Nevada law enforcement agency mandated to implement body cameras by 2017. The biggest concern for the agency is data storage as well as developing the protocols and procedures regarding mobile body cameras for troopers.
** You can search for more laws for Nevada is at the following Nevada Legislative Information website address: **