New California Laws Take Effect on July 1

A wide-ranging collection of new state laws will take effect in California on Monday, including a ban on hidden hotel and concert fees, a shift in how school students are disciplined and a requirement making it easier for people to repair their electronic devices.

Gov. Gavin Newsom approved 890 new laws last year. Most of them went into effect at the beginning of the calendar year, but a few have July 1 start dates. Here are four of the most important ones.

Responding to workplace violence

To make workplaces safer, Senate Bill 553 will require all employers in the state to create and implement workplace violence prevention plans. Every violent incident at work will have to be logged, and employees will have to be trained in how to respond to violence.

The law was inspired by the 2021 mass shooting at the Valley Transit Authority rail yard in San Jose, in which a worker killed nine co-workers before turning the gun on himself.

“On that horrible day, we quickly realized how safety protocols can and must be enhanced,” State Sen. Dave Cortese, the San Jose Democrat who wrote the bill, said in a statement after the governor signed the bill. “This groundbreaking law will help workers and employers establish a plan for the types of workplace violence that are on the rise.”

Bars must stock drug testing kits

Assembly Bill 1013 requires that bars and nightclubs offer their patrons the means to test their drinks for the presence of common date-rape drugs, known as “roofies.”

The 2,400 establishments affected by the new law must either provide test kits to customers at no charge or sell them at a low price. And they must display a sign in a prominent location reading: “Don’t get roofied! Drink spiking drug test kits available here. Ask a staff member for details.”

Higher gun taxes

Anyone who buys firearms or ammunition in California will now pay an 11 percent tax, with the proceeds to be used for school safety and violence prevention programs. The tax, created by A.B. 28, is expected to generate $160 million annually.

Capping security deposits

Until now, landlords have been allowed to require a security deposit equal to as much as three months’ rent. Under A.B. 12, most landlords will be limited to requiring no more than the equivalent of one month’s rent for a security deposit, a change intended to make housing more accessible and affordable for people without much savings.

Small landlords will be exempt from the limit if they own no more than two properties that collectively have no more than four units for rent.

Soumya Karlamangla is a reporter with California Today, published by The New York Times. Copyright 2024, The New York Times.


  1. How about california’s 24billion dollar Government funding to Tackle homelessness and provide affordable housing for Californians Living on the streets that Gavin Newson misplaced (as if you can Actually misplace $24 billion.) being recovered and Used for its intended purpose, and if not investigation being done on its mysterious Disappearance with reprimand and possibly charges filed on Gavin Newson and his administration for being so careless and incompetent. $24 billion is a lot of money and can do a whole lot of good and put to use in many ways for the American people. With today’s inflation and prices and with our government deficit $24 billion is a lot to just do nothing. Wouldn’t anybody agree?

  2. Those deficits have already been paid out. It’s all made to keep the middle and lower classes under control

  3. The purpose of the long original 1st, and last month, was incase a tenant took off without notice to vacate. The security deposit is for repairs not related to regular wear and tear.
    As far as suggesting a renter be allowed to give 1 months notice…we gave or tenant 3 months notice as a curtesy because we were moving back. They left 3 weeks later. Our curtesy was a big mistake, because, by law we were suppose to return their security deposit within a couple weeks.
    When we got back to house, the new flooring put in 3yrs early was totally warped because they soaked the laminant. The new counter had been scorched, and oven door and body of stove looked as if they had jumped on it. Tbey also re did the electrical, burning out outlets that had been in perfect working order prior to their occupancy. All of the new carpeting was damaged beyond repair, and they allowed entire backyard to die, because they wanted water for their unauthorized pot growing business in the garage. They were a nightmare.
    This had been our family home. We only rented it out due to a temporary job location.

  4. This is why if you arent living in same area you hire a property management co. to collect rent to walk thrus etc. Landlords have rights just renters do. Yo need to know both. Background and credit checks can weed out pitential bad tenants.

  5. “Audit finds California spent $24B on homelessness in 5 years, didn’t consistently track outcomes. California spent $24 billion to tackle homelessness over the past five years but didn’t consistently track whether the huge outlay of public money actually improved the situation, according to state audit released Tuesday.” Not good, but doesn’t mean it “disappeared,” exactly.

  6. Ms. Grenier

    Excellent observation. Yes, that money did not disappear, it landed in the pockets of your overlords and masters, the NGO C-levels, Department Heads, the elites who concoct “public/private partnerships”, etc.; certainly not in the hands of our most vulnerable.

    What is it like to be a mark, know you’re a mark, and shill for the con artists who shamelessly fleece the good will of the Californian people, yourself included? How much self-hate have you manifested in the place your soul used to be? You should be ashamed of yourself; I hope you don’t have kids.

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