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Jim Porter: More new CA laws for 2014

Here are more new California laws for 2014 that may be of interest to some of you readers. Assuming there are readers.

NO LEAD AMMUNITION

The newly named Department of Fish and Wildlife (not Game) will be developing regulations effective no later than July 1, 2019 prohibiting the use of lead ammunition in all guns used for the taking of wildlife, including game mammals, game birds, non-game birds, and non-game mammals.

This of course includes ducks, upland game, deer, wild pigs, bears and even coyotes.

The first offense for a get-the-lead-out violation is $500; subsequent fines range between $1,000 and $5,000.

The most ridiculous part about AB 711 is the Commission must make non-lead ammunition available at no additional cost to users to the extent that funding is available.

Right. A feel-good loophole large enough to drive a turret-mounted tank through.

ARRESTED IMMIGRANTS

Federal law requires local law enforcement agencies to detain arrested immigrants. Under AB 4, jails can hold immigrants for federal immigration enforcement only if they have committed serious or violent crimes.

FRACKING

SB 4 is an attempt to regulate hydraulic fracturing, a gas-harvesting practice that involves blasting a mix of pressurized water and chemicals underground to free up petroleum products. But you know that.

Supposedly, there are ample petroleum products to be found but many folks are concerned about adverse environmental impacts.

The new California rules mandate ground water monitoring and require neighbors to be notified of new wells, and energy companies must disclose the fracking chemicals they use.

As they should.

STANDARDIZED SCHOOL TESTS

Schools have been hard at work implementing the national Common Core Standard as AB 484 nixes the existing Standardized Testing and Reporting Assessments in favor of tests using the new guidelines.

Students in California will take the incoming Common Core-related tests by the end of the 2014-2015 school year.

GUN STORAGE

AB 500 requires a gun owner in a household where someone is prohibited from owning a gun to lock up any firearms. Lock up all firearms in your home. Trigger-locks are inexpensive.

TEENAGE DRIVER’S CALLS

SB 194 prohibits anyone under 18 from using a phone in a vehicle for texting or otherwise even if it is equipped with a hands-free device — except in an emergency. The first violation is $20, then $50 for each subsequent offense.

OVERTIME PAY

You can tell that Democrats control Sacramento with the new Domestic Worker Bill of Rights. AB 241 entitles housekeepers, nannies, maids, house cleaners, care givers of people with disabilities and other in-home laborers to overtime pay.

I kid you not.

Babysitters under 18 are exempted. Employment more than 9 hours in any workday or more than 45 hours in any work week has to be paid at 1 1/2 times the employee’s regular pay.

PLUMBING UPGRADES

SB 407, adopted in 2009, starts taking effect over the next few years, mandating expensive water-efficient toilets and faucets. Residential and commercial. More on this comprehensive new law in a future column.

Jim Porter is an attorney with Porter Simon licensed in California and Nevada, with offices in Truckee and Tahoe City and Reno. Jim’s practice areas include real estate, development, construction, business, HOA’s, contracts, personal injury, mediation and other transactional matters. He may be reached at porter@portersimon.com or www.portersimon.com.


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