From marijuana use to boater safety, host of new laws slated for 2018

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| From marijuana use to boater safety, host of new laws slated for 2018

From the legalization of recreational marijuana to wearing seat belts on buses, a host of new laws will go into effect New Year’s Day in California.

Following is just a sampling of new legislation about to go online.

Regarding cannabis, though recreational use will be legal that doesn’t mean you can drive stoned.

If found driving while “high,” you may still face a charge of driving under the influence.

Also, the state is set to have regulations in place for proposed marijuana-related businesses to operate.

Firearm enthusiasts should note that there will be a change in how ammunition can be bought.

In person sales can only be made through an authorized seller of firearms and ammunition.

As for online sales, delivery must be made to a licensed vendor. The buyer must then collect the ammunition from the vendor.

Public safety-wise, there’s much coming our way.

Local law enforcement will have stricter limits on how much they can assist federal immigration agents and juvenile offenders facing incarceration will have a life term without parole taken off the table.

Current juvenile inmates serving life, meanwhile, could be paroled after 25 years.

Interested in boats?

Before you make that joyride happen, consider — how old are you?

If you’re under the age of 21, you’ll need a boater safety card before taking the helm.

Regarding vehicles, riders will now have to buckle up when on a bus.

Effective in July, passengers on buses equipped with seat belts will have to wear the restraints or risk a fine.

In the fall, school buses will be required to have a child safety alert system installed, slated to ensure no youths are left behind.

Vehicle registration fees are going up between $25-$175, depending on the vehicle’s value, to help pay for road repairs.

Also increasing — minimum wage. It’ll bump to $11 an hour in 2018 and $1 more each year through 2022, when it hits $15 per hour.

Families with babies can rejoice in more ease in changing their infant’s diapers. Changing tables will be mandated in both men’s and women’s public restrooms.

Want a pet?

You’ll no longer be able to buy dogs, cats or rabbits at the pet store unless they are rescue animals.

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Elections are slated to change, too, as neighborhood polling places will go away in favor of vote-by-mail ballots.

Sacramento, San Mateo, Madera, Napa and Nevada counties are slated to be among the first to experience the trend.

Across the nation, community members have been horrified when hot lunches were snatched away from school children who have insufficient lunch funds. At least in California, that draconian act will be no more.

Renters have long dealt with myriad housing issues, like rising costs. The matter of bedbugs will be addressed on New Year’s, with landlords being made to offer information on identifying and reporting the nasty critters.

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