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By Marie Waldron
State Assemblymember 75th District 

"New Laws for 2024"


Last updated 2/15/2024 at 11:29am

Bills passed by the Legislature and signed by the Governor usually go into effect January 1st of the following year.

Here are just a few:

Business-related laws

California’s hourly minimum wage will increase to $16 for most workers on January 1st and to $20 for fast food workers in April. Wages for healthcare workers will increase gradually to $25 by 2033

Employers will be prohibited from asking about an employee’s prior or current off-site cannabis use

Employees will now be entitled to a minimum of five paid sick days each year

Retailers will be required to have a gender-neutral toy section

Manufacturers will be required to provide consumers and repair shops with parts or instructions to repair devices valued over $50

Hidden fees will have to be disclosed, including for hotels, short-term rentals and food delivery services.

Firearms-related laws

New restrictions will be placed on concealed carry permit holders, despite the recent Supreme Court ruling

An 11% tax will be placed on firearms and ammunition

Criminal penalties

Child sex trafficking will now be defined as a serious felony, allowing life sentences for repeat offenders

Prison sentences for those trafficking over a kilo of fentanyl will be enhanced

The statute of limitations to receive damages for victims of childhood sexual assault will be eliminated

Penalties for those using swastikas or other hate symbols at schools, religious institutions, cemeteries and other locations will increase


Local jurisdictions will no longer be able to ban cruising

Landlords will only be allowed to charge one month’s rent as a security deposit

Counties will have more leeway to put those suffering from severe mental illness into treatment or temporary psychiatric holds

For better or worse, these are just a few new laws for 2024. The Legislature returns to Sacramento January 3rd – many more are on the way.

Marie Waldron

– State Assemblymember, 75th District