As January 1st came and went, so did the implementation of a bevvy of new laws. Here are some that you may or many not have known about. (Spoiler Alert: if you read your Capitol Update religiously last year, then you already know about these new laws!)
-Plastic Straw Ban: At our state's restaurants and fast food joints, plastic straws will not be given with drinks unless directly asked for by the customer. The final language of this bill is much softer, thanks, in part, to the pressure of our CFRW members on our legislators.
-Kid's Soda/Juice Ban: Similarly, at our state's restaurants and fast food establishments, soda, juice, and flavored milk will no longer be offered with kid's meals unless directly asked for by the customer. Water and unflavored milk will be the default drink given with all kid's meals.
-Gender X: You now have a third gender option when you register for your driver's license. Male, female, or nonbinary are the new options available to you on state official documents such as birth certificates and driver's licenses.
-Prepaid Stamps on Ballots: As you may recall, California will be a total vote-by-mail state for the next election, and onward. To make voting even simpler for everyone, the state will provide prepaid envelopes for mailing your ballot back. So easy, a child can do it!
- California Federation of Republican Women
Nam-Yong Horn, President