Take a look at the new laws taking effect Thursday as the state begins its new fiscal year:
Additional gas tax
Californians will start paying a little more for a gas station as the state’s gas tax will rise another 0.06 cents.
It increases the state gas tax to over 51 cents a gallon, the highest in the country. The gas tax was signed back in 2017 and is increasing annually to help fund the repair of roads and bridges.
One of the state’s most recent tax-funded projects was the State Route 99 Bridge, which closed the highway from 47th Avenue to the US 50 interconnect for four days. State Republican leaders say the raise will cost state drivers and an additional $ 83 million.
Extended ban on buying more than one pistol
Other new laws coming into effect include a measure extending California’s ban on the purchase of more than one pistol in a 30-day period to include semi-automatic centerfire rifles. This includes some rifles that fit the California definition of an assault rifle.
More protection for student loan borrowers
Then a new big law for student loan borrowers comes into effect. He appoints someone to defend and investigate complaints from borrowers facing predatory practices.
Outpatient mental health care
The Laura Act, a 2002 measure that allows judges to demand intensive outpatient mental health care, is becoming permanent. To qualify, a person must have a serious mental illness and a recent history of psychiatric hospitalization, incarceration, or violent behavior.
Closing juvenile colonies by 2023
The state also enacted a new law on Tuesday that requires its three juvenile prisons to stop accepting new admissions in 2023.
Wildfire Recovery Help
Plus parts of two laws designed to help homeowners who lost property in wildfires during the state of emergency went into effect, including provisions to cover living expenses.
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