Hundreds of new state laws in 2019

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Hundreds of new state laws take effect as of midnight.  They range from protecting our oceans to harrassWwment in the workplace.What’s more, many are a  reflection, directly or indirectly of events that took place in 2018.

And so we begin with the MeToo Movement because the poster child for for the decades-long issue of secrecy– employers settlements with harrassed workers only if they signed non-disclosure agreements– was and remains Harvey Weinstein. In 2019, such secret settlements are prohibited.

We talked a lot in 2018 of the issue of plastics in our oceans– in the new year, in a full-service restaurant, you’ll only be given a plastic straw if you ask for one.

Guns:  The minimum age for purchasing a rifle or shotgun in California has been raised from 18 to 21.The new law also mandates a lifetime gun ban for anyone convicted of a serious domestic assault.

New Year’s Eve always brings a lot of focus on drinking and driving.  A DUI Conviction in 2019 means an ignition interlock device on your vehicle. Local attorney Vik Bajaj in studio on Good Morning San Diego: “An ignition interlock device does not allow a vehicle to start unless driver blows into breathalyzer and the reading is less than what the alcohol level is for that jurisdiction.”

The glut of animals at animal shelters and the issue of euthanasia because of overcrowding is also being addressed, along with the issue of so-called puppy mills.Retail pet stores are banned from selling dogs, cats and rabbits unless the animal was obtained from a public animal control agency or animal shelter:

And the state is catching up with local cities on the minimum wage:  $11 an hour for small business, $12 dollars businesses with 26 or more employees.

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