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New Law Helps These Racewalkers Cross The Street

Dec 20, 2017
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Andy Blackledge/Flickr

This is part of our series on new California laws taking effect in 2018.

Starting in the new year, Californians will have more time to legally begin crossing the street.

Take Sacramento competitive racewalkers Karen Stoyanowski and Nicolle Goldman. As a former Olympic trial competitor and a national champion, respectively, they can cross the street faster than most pedestrians.

California Minimum Wage Increases Begin January 1

Dec 20, 2017
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Bob Moffitt / Capital Public Radio

This is part of our series on new California laws taking effect in 2018.

California’s minimum wage goes up another 50 cents in January, as part of a law gradually raising it to $15 an hour over the next few years.

California’s new minimum wage in January will be $11 an hour—or $10.50 for businesses with fewer than 26 employees.

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This is part of our series on new California laws taking effect in 2018.

In an effort to help young girls remain comfortable while learning, California will require free tampons and pads in some schools next year. 

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U.S. Department of Agriculture / flickr

This is part of our series on new California laws taking effect in 2018.

A new California law will put an end to shaming students for unpaid school lunch fees. 

New California Laws 2018

Dec 18, 2017
The California State Capitol on September 12, 2017.
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The California State Capitol on September 12, 2017.

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Every year hundreds of new California laws take effect Jan. 1. Many of them won't have much effect on your daily life. Here's a closer look at some that might in 2018.

To learn more about a law, click its title. More stories will be added throughout the month.

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Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio / File

This is part of our series on new California laws taking effect in 2018.

The sale of recreational pot will be legal at shops across California starting in January 2018.

School Firearm Ban Among New California Gun Laws

Dec 18, 2017
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Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

This is part of our series on new California laws taking effect in 2018.

Several new California gun laws take effect in the New Year. 

One of the new laws closes a loophole in an earlier statute that Democratic Assemblyman Kevin McCarty of Sacramento says let school superintendents decide whether people with concealed weapons permits could bring guns to school in cases of domestic violence for example.

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PolitiFact California looks at claims made by elected officials, candidates and groups and rates them as: True, Mostly True, Half True, Mostly False, False and Pants On Fire.

Top Republicans in California have strongly opposed the state’s gas tax increase, saying it’s a costly burden on drivers.

Orange County Assemblyman Travis Allen is a GOP candidate for governor and a leading critic of the 12 cent per gallon tax hike.

Editor's Note: We are re-posting this story, originally aired August 10, 2017, after the FCC voted today to repeal the so-called "net neutrality" rules that regulate businesses that connect consumers to the internet. You can read more about today's vote in this NPR story.

A recent vote by the federal government could bring real changes to anyone using a computer. The proposal would roll back net neutrality and create internet fast lanes for owners of websites willing to pay more. NSPR's Nolan Ford talked with consumer advocates, internet service providers and tech companies here in the North State about the potential impacts of new legislation.

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As deal-making over the Republican tax reform bill proceeds in Washington, local critics were briefly out in force in Oroville Tuesday, picketing the office of Congressman Doug LaMalfa, a supporter of the bill. 

The supportive honking of horns far outnumbered one-fingered salutes from drivers as about 75 demonstrators appeared in front of the office of Republican Congressman Doug LaMalfa. 

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