January 2012: New California lawsLoading
  • APTOPIX Abbott Infant Recall
    Food and drugs
    AB 688 prohibits stores from selling baby food, infant formula or over-the-counter drugs after their expiration or "use by" date. (Assemblyman Richard Pan, D-Sacramento)

    Marlene Kraft removes containers of powdered Similac infant formula from the shelves of a grocery store. File photo.
    Amy Sancetta | AP
  • 1W11REINDEER
    Cadmium in jewelry
    SB 929 bans the use of cadmium in children's jewelry. (From a 2010 bill by then-Sen. Fran Pavley, D-Agoura Hills, that called for delayed implementation.)

    Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer charms varied from 82 percent to 91 percent cadmium content.
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    Gay history
    SB 48 requires social science instruction in public schools to include the contributions of gays, lesbians, bisexual and transgender Americans, as well as people with disabilities. (Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco)

    Transgender student Benji Delgadillo, who attends high school in San Juan Capistrano, asked his history teacher to include gay rights in his lessons about the civil rights movement. His teacher, hesitant at first, complied. File photo.
  • UC Davis King Hall expansion
    Military and college tuition
    AB 882 ensures that military service members and their dependents do not lose residency status at California colleges if they are sent outside the state. (Assemblymen Paul Cook, R-Yucca Valley, and Bob Blumenfield, D-Woodland Hills)

    Students walk in the courtyard at UC Davis law school. File photo.
    Paul Kitagaki Jr. | pkitagaki@sacbee.com
  • Grant High math teacher Kadhir Rajagopal
    English, math standards
    AB 250 creates a process to align school curriculum, instruction and student testing with the common core standards in English and mathematics that were adopted in 2010. (Assemblywoman Julia Brownley, D-Santa Monica)

    Grant High math teacher Kadhir Rajagopal helps his ninth-and 10th-grade Algebra II students with practice problems before they take a quiz. File photo.
    Paul Kitagaki Jr. | pkitagaki@sacbee.com
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    Student athletes
    AB 25 requires schools to remove from play a student athlete who sustains a possible concussion, and mandates that the player receive medical clearance before returning to competition. (Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi, D-Castro Valley)

    John Fitzgerald, a tight end at Rosemont High School who suffered a concussion, is checked out by assistant coach David Batts. As a precaution, Fitzgerald did not compete in his final high school game. File photo.
    RENÉE C. BYER | rbyer@sacbee.com
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    Shark fins
    AB 376 bans possession, sale or distribution of shark fins in California, with limited exceptions. (Assemblymen Paul Fong, D-Cupertino, and Jared Huffman, D-San Rafael)

    Shark fins were selling for $198 per pound at one San Francisco shop in February. File photo.
    PAUL SAKUMA | Associated Press
  • 4M4SORT
    ELECTIONS

    June presidential primary
    AB 80 moves California's presidential primary election from February to June, consolidating it with the state's direct primary election. (Assemblyman Paul Fong, D-Cupertino)

    November ballot measures
    SB 202 restricts ballot initiatives and referendums to the November ballot, when turnout tends to be higher and more advantageous to Democrats. (Sen. Loni Hancock, D-Berkeley)

    New citizens
    AB 84 allows California residents who become new U.S. citizens in the final days before an election to register and cast votes until polls close. (Assemblyman Paul Fong, D-Cupertino)

    Sex offenders
    AB 193 prohibits the homes of registered sex offenders from being used as polling places. (Assemblyman Steve Knight, R-Palmdale)

    Tenants and political signs
    SB 337 bars landlords from prohibiting the posting of small political signs by tenants. (Sen. Christine Kehoe, D-San Diego)

    Sacramento County election clerk Matt Bailey goes through vote-by-mail ballots. File photo.
    ANDY ALFARO | aalfaro@sacbee.com
  • 4B22RENTSIGN
    Smoking and rentals
    SB 332 permits landlords to ban smoking in or around their rental units. (Sen. Alex Padilla, D-Los Angeles)
    RANDY PENCH | rpench@sacbee.com
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