New year brings new laws

Angie Rumbo

Wikimedia Commons
New laws will be going into effect once the new year begins.


Starting at the beginning of January 2018, many new laws will be going into effect in the state of California. 


  • Cell phones while driving
  • Californians are no longer allowed to use a handheld wireless phone or device while driving, unless the device is placed on the dashboard so that it doesn’t get in the way of the driver’s view of the road.


  • Minimum Wage
  • Minimum will increase from $10 an hour to $10.50 an hour for businesses with 25 or fewer employees and increase from $10.50 to $11 per hour for businesses with 26 or more employees. 


  • Sexual assault clarification
  • Sexually assaulting an unconscious or severely intoxicated person will become ineligible for probation.


  • School mascots
  • Beginning Jan. 1, California public schools will be banned from using the name “Redskins” for sports teams and mascots.


  • Gender-neutral bathroom
  • Beginning March 1, it is requires that all single-user toilet facilities in any business or public place to be all-gender facilities.


  • Youth sports health protocol
  • Youth sports organizations will be required to notify parents or guardians of athletes under 17  years old that have been removed from physical activity because of  suspected concussion.


  • Recycled drinking water
  • It will be highly encouraged to drink and allowed for Californians to drink recycled water (purified reused water).