New laws are often a chance to do something that was not possible in the past. Law firms are embracing this as a means to unleash their potential and offer the kind of help that can be valuable to clients in ways that they might not have been able to otherwise.
Some of these laws will be minor fixes to existing laws and others will be more specialized to a particular industry or sector. Still, some of these new laws could have a big impact on the lives of Californians or on the state’s policy direction.
Among the most notable laws passed this year were those that would shield women from criminal prosecution for committing an abortion. Other new laws are focused on reducing human trafficking and making it harder for people to die by the state’s death penalty.
One of the most sweeping of these new laws is one that will shield all people in the state from death by the state’s death penalty, even those who have been convicted of murder or manslaughter. The bill was signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom, who has imposed a moratorium on the death penalty.
Another notable law is one that will make it illegal to charge a fee for changing a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity. This is an important move because it will help protect those who are experiencing discrimination and harassment.
More laws related to this issue are also being enacted in the city, including the addition of safety measures for hotels that are deemed to be frequent sources of human trafficking and beauty, hair and nail salons that have been identified as being places where trafficking happens. Other bills include one that will require airports and bus stations to post information about human trafficking, and a measure that will slap fines on hotel supervisors who don’t notify law enforcement, a national hotline or victim advocacy groups when they are informed of a potential trafficking situation.
In an effort to reduce the use of cigarettes in the city, Mayor de Blasio enacted a new law that will limit the number of licenses to sell tobacco in each community district by capping their numbers at half the current level. This is in addition to the prohibition of street vending that was already in effect.
The law will also require all street vendors to have at least one supervisor present in their cart at all times and prohibit them from operating after 5:00 p.m. It will also create a dedicated vending law enforcement unit to enforce the new laws.
These new laws will all be phased in over time and some of them may only be implemented at certain points during the year. The best way to determine how these changes will affect your business is to contact your attorney for a review of your specific case or situation.
Other changes that will be in effect in 2023 are ones that will help protect the state’s citizens from exploitation. These laws will expand the amount of safe leave that can be granted to victims of family offense matters, sexual assault, stalking and human trafficking.