10 New State Laws That Could Affect You

October 24, 2018

Capitola Soquel Times Staff

California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed 1,016 of the 1,217 bills that came his way in 2018 making them new laws for us Califonrians. Here are 10 that might affect you:

Voting By Mail Is Now Postage Free
Assembly Bill 216 (Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego)

If you choose to vote by mail, you’ll no longer have to pay postage requiring elections officials include a return envelope with prepaid postage when delivering vote by mail ballots. Local agencies can ask the state to reimburse them which are estimated at $5.5 million state-wide.

Motorized Scooter Rider Safety
Assembly Bill 2989 (Heath Flora, R-Ripon)

A Motorized Scooter is defined as 2-wheeled device that has handlebars, a floorboard that is designed to be stood upon when riding, and is powered by an electric motor or a source other than electric power.

The bill would NOT require the operator of a motorized scooter to wear a helmet. Only If the operator is under 18 years of age, is a helmet is required.

Local authorities may authorize the operation of a motorized scooter on a highway with a speed limit of UP TO 35 miles per hour and on a highway with a higher speed limit if the motorized scooter is operated within a Class IV bikeway.

The new law goes into effect in 2019.

Old Marijuana Convictions could be stricken from a person’s criminal record
Assembly Bill 1793 (Rob Bonta, D-Alameda)

The Department of Justice will have until July 1, 2019, to review records and identify past convictions that may be eligible for recall or dismissal of a sentence.

Doctor Probation Disclosure
Senate Bill 1448 (Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo)

Starting in July 2019, your physicians, surgeons, podiatrists, acupuncturists, chiropractors and osteopathic and naturopathic doctors will have to inform you if they are on probation for ethical violations like gross negligence, substance abuse, inappropriate prescribing or sexual misconduct, before they can treat you.