New Laws For 2024


Last updated 2/15/2024 at 11:23am

There are many new laws for Californians this year, which include an increase in minimum wage, coverage of health care and the asking of a specific question at a traffic stop. However, it seems some laws may be controversial, while others beneficial.

Traffic Stop (AB-2773)

Starting January 1, police officers across the state will no longer be able to ask the question, “Do you know why I pulled you over?” during traffic stops. This is part of California Assembly Bill 2773, which was signed into law by Governor Gavin Newsom last September. This means that law enforcement will now have to explain why they pulled someone over, and it applies to pedestrians as well.

But there’s a noteworthy exception in the language of the law: if officers believe there is a threat to life or property, law enforcement is not required to disclose the reason for stopping you.

Health Care Coverage

A new health care proposal has been put in place by the Governor Newsom in 2022, which paves the way for all low-income adults to get health care — regardless of immigration status through Medi-Cal.

More than 700,000 undocumented migrants living in California, regardless of age, are now eligible to receive health care.

San Diego County District 5 Supervisor Jim Desmond has criticized the new law, calling it a “disaster” for a state that’s nearly at a $70 billion deficit. Right now, state finance officials project a $68 billion deficit in 2024.

State leaders expect the expanded health care coverage will cost over $1 billion through the first six months of the new year, and eventually $3.1 billion per year.

Work from Home (SB-731)

Still working remotely? There are also new protections for that. Senate Bill 731 now requires employers to provide a 30-day written notice before requiring employees working from home to return to the office. The legislation also provides the right for an employee to remain remote as an accommodation, if they have a disability.

According to a statewide survey by PPIC, roughly 14% of Californians currently work from home, while 21% have a hybrid schedule.

Minimum Wage Increase

Wages are also going up across California. The minimum wage is going up to $16 an hour, up from $15.50. Fast Food Restaurant employers, this will be effective on April 1. This is due to a state law that requires minimum wage to adjust for inflation.

For those working in the City of San Diego, wages are going up to $16.85.

Health care workers that work under covered health care facilities in California can expect their minimum wage to rise to $23 an hour, effective June 1.

State Oil Companies (SB-X1-2)

The pain at the pump might not be as painful in the new year.

Governor Newsom has established an independent watchdog to monitor market or price manipulation when it comes to oil prices. The goal is to hold big oil companies accountable.

Senate Bill X1-2 also gives the California Energy Commission the authority to penalize oil refineries if they exceed the maximum gross gasoline refining margin.

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