What Are Some Laws in California That Went Into Effect in 2015?


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Some of the more than 900 California laws that take effect in 2015 affect students, cellphone users and undocumented immigrants, according to KQED. Other new laws reduce penalties for crack cocaine crimes and require employers to provide sick leave to workers who had none.

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A new law requires students who play contact sports to wait seven days and have a doctor's note before playing after a head injury. The law also limits full-contact practices to twice a week, KQED reports. Other new laws prevent school officials from expelling or suspending students in most cases of disruptions or defying authority and make it easier for school districts to terminate teachers accused of sexual abuse of students.

Cellphone manufacturers in California now must include a method that allows phone owners to disable a phone when it isn't in their possession. The law is an answer to rampant cellphone theft, explains KQED. Under other new laws, undocumented immigrants can apply for California driver's licenses and people convicted of possessing or selling crack cocaine will face the same penalties as those convicted of powder cocaine crimes. Previously, penalties for crack were harsher.

Workers who previously didn't get sick time will now get it under a law requiring employers to provide at least three paid sick days after 90 days of work, according to KQED. The law will affect more than 6.5 million people.

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