While you were ringing in the new year a champagne bottle, various new state laws went into effect as soon as the ball dropped. California led the pack with more than 1,000 new laws
from everything including requiring employers to make private space available for breastfeeding at work, restaurants to be fined for giving you straws for your drink without you asking for one, to banning NDAs in sexual harassment, assault, and discrimination cases. Other law enforcement and criminal reforms also took effect, such as requiring police transparency and public access to police records, and prohibiting juvenile criminal defendants from being prosecuted as adults. California also added misdemeanor domestic violence or battery “including harmful touching of a spouse, roommate or dating partner - to the crimes that permanently disqualifies a person from ever owning a gun.”
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21 cities and 19 states have now raised the minimum wage to $15, including New York City and Seattle, and about 10 California cities. New York City now bans restaurants and stores from using foam takeout containers and cups. New Yorkers
will now get up to 10 weeks of paid leave to care for a new child, care for a sick family member or to help loved ones when a family member is deployed abroad for military service. Florida
will restore the voting rights of all former felons except those convicted of murder or a felony sexual offense, which would allow about 1.4 million more possible voters in Florida. Few states (Oregon, Vermont, Washington, Colorado, Hawaii, and California) now allows terminally ill and suffering patients to end their lives with the help of a doctor, legalizing physician-assisted suicide.