Are You Ready for 2019 and These New California Laws?


Restaurants with children’s meals can no longer offer sugary drinks, such as juice and soda, as the primary choice on their menus. The default option must be milk, water or flavored water with no added sweeteners.

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Children under the age of 16 will no longer be tried in adult courts or be incarcerated in adult prisons. Instead, they will go to juvenile facilities regardless of the nature of the crime of which they are convicted.

Juvenile court judges will no longer have the ability to suspend the driver’s license of a minor who is a habitual truant.

Employers must ensure that breastfeeding mothers have a private lactation space must that is not a bathroom.


Judges will be able to decide who gets custody of a pet during a divorce.

Pet stores can sell only animals from shelter or rescue groups.


Any publicly traded corporation headquartered in California must have at least one woman in their board of directors by the end of 2019. And by December 31, 2021, the required minimum number increases to two female directors if the corporation has five directors or to three female directors if the corporation has six or more directors.

Have you ever wanted to sell food that you’ve cooked yourself? Now, anyone who can cook can start a business under AB 626. It allows people to sell food made in their home kitchens to the public or prepare dinners in their homes for paying guests. The home kitchens must first undergo food safety inspections.

Street vendors will also have more freedom to sell food. Cities and counties will not be able to ban sidewalk vendors but they can regulate them. Vendors can no longer face criminal charges.


In full-service restaurants, don’t expect a plastic straw with your sodas. You’ll only be given a plastic straw if you ask for one.

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Ride-hailing apps will be required to provide passengers with the driver’s name, picture, image of the vehicle and license plate number.

Bicyclists could face felony hit-and-run charges if they leave the scene of an accident where someone was injured or died.

Starting Jan. 1, 2019, repeat DUI offenders and first-timer offenders involved in injury crashes will be required to install an ignition interlock device in their vehicles. The device measures blood alcohol concentration after an individual blows into the device and prevents a car from starting if the driver is not sober.

When requested, the California Department of Motor Vehicles will issue driver licenses that don’t have a traditional binary gender preference like male or female, and will instead mark that space with an “X.”

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Adults 18 or older will be allowed to ride electric scooters without a helmet. It would still be illegal to ride a motorized scooter on a sidewalk.


No one under the age of 21 will be able to purchase a rifle or shotgun in California. Anyone under 21 wanting to buy a rifle or shotgun must do so before January 20, 2019 and pick up the firearm before the law is implemented on February 1.

Anyone convicted of serious domestic assault faces a lifetime gun ban.

There will be a lifetime gun ban for anyone hospitalized more than once in a year for mental health problems.

Anyone seeking a concealed weapons permit. gun safety training must take an eight hour gun safety training course.

What do you think? Do you like any of these new laws? Which ones would you keep?

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