Freedom-loving Californians likely in for a world of hurt with crushing new laws in ‘22

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As the nation heads into an uncertain 2022, California’s progressive Governor Gavin Newsom has ensured that the Golden State will be crushed under a deluge of new laws that will oppress residents even more due to the pandemic and, in turn, affect other states and the federal government.

Newsom vetoed only 66 of 836 bills that made it to his desk, according to the Los Angeles Times. Most of the legislation will go into effect on Jan. 1. As expected, it’s a Democrat smorgasbord of spending, regulation, and freedom-shredding edicts. The new laws will impose significant changes in law enforcement oversight, criminal justice, and healthcare.

Here are the biggest hits of Newsom’s big government push:

Health insurance companies will be forced to provide free COVID testing to their customers.

Up to four housing units can now be built on a single-family lot in some California communities. It is also now easier to rezone areas near mass transit operations for up to 10 housing units in a given location.

Middle schools and high schools will be required to start classes no earlier than 8 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. in order to let preteens and teens get more sleep. The law exempts rural school districts.

All California residents and businesses will be required to sort their organic waste from the rest of their garbage or be fined for it.

There will now be mandatory menstrual products provided in schools. The law affects public schools with grades 6 through 12, community colleges, and public universities.

Removing a condom without the consent of your partner can now be charged as sexual battery under state criminal law.

Judges can also order probation instead of imprisonment for more crimes related to the possession of drugs such as heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamine. They can also reduce prison time for gang-related crimes.

“Ghost guns” can be seized by police officers while executing a temporary gun violence restraining order.

Officers can lose their badges for serious misconduct, including excessive force, racial bias, and dishonesty. They are also no longer allowed to kneel on a suspect’s neck to subdue them. Rubber bullets and tear gas are now prohibited at protests.

The minimum wage will rise to $15 an hour statewide. Businesses with 25 or fewer employees must raise their minimum wage to $14 an hour.

California death certificates must now offer a choice of “nonbinary” in marking the deceased person’s gender.

Voters in all statewide elections, regardless of whether they signed up for absentee voting or not, will receive a ballot in the mail. Those who still want to vote in person can do so by surrendering the mailed ballot at a voting location.

An animal welfare law passed by voters in 2018 takes effect this year. It requires that breeding pigs, egg-laying chickens, and veal calves have enough room to stand and turn around, according to KTLA5.

The word “alien” will be stricken from the California state code. It will be replaced with words such as “noncitizen” or “immigrant.”

Starting Jan. 1, terminally ill patients won’t have to wait very long to check out. The waiting period between the two required requests for life-ending drugs will drop from 15 days to 48 hours.

California is mandating that companies add more women to their boards. Companies with five directors are now required to have at least two of them be women, and companies with six or more directors need at least three women.

Starting on Jan. 1, California is launching a pilot program that will allow people to collect and eat roadkill. The law allows for residents to collect and eat “deer, elk, pronghorn antelope, or wild pig” that have been hit and killed by a vehicle.

The state is banning all single-use utensils from restaurants unless a patron asks for them.

California becomes the first state in the nation to require large department stores with at least 500 employees to display products such as toys and toothbrushes in gender-neutral ways.

There are more bills in the pipeline and a number of them affect things such as generators and the use of energy. The climate change activists are getting ready to have a field day in California.

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