New Laws for the New Year Affecting Young People

Xandra Lancaster, Staff Writer

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As of January 1st, 2018 there are 4 new laws that will have an effect on many teens across California. Some of the people that they will have the biggest effect on are, female students, students who have after school/weekend jobs, students planning on attending community college, and students preparing to graduate

New California law AB 19 makes one full year of Community College free! Yes, you read that right– you can have one year of Community College free, but there are a couple of conditions.

First, you have to be enrolled in 12 or more semester units, which would make you a full time student. Second, you are required to complete and submit one of the following items: a Free Application For Federal Student Aid or a California Dream Act application. If you’ve been stressing about how you’re going to pay for college, then you should seriously consider taking this route.

New California law AB 830 will completely eliminate the high school exit exam. For those who don’t know, the high school exit exam is a test of mathematics and English language arts that fit the state curriculum. These exit exams were required to obtain your diploma. A previous law removed the exam for classes of 2016, 2017, and 2018, but law AB 830 eliminates the exam as a requirement for all future classes.

New California law AB 10 requires schools that have a pupil poverty rate of 40% to supply free feminine hygiene products in 50% of their school’s restrooms. This law also prohibits schools from charging for menstrual products.

New California law SB 3 raises minimum wage by 50 cents. For businesses with 26 employees or more, minimum wage goes up to $11 an hour. For businesses with fewer than 26 employees, minimum wage goes up to $10.50 an hour. This law will also allow minimum wage to slowly raise to $15 an hour over the next few years.

For more information on these laws you can go to http://www.latimes.com/projects/la-pol-ca-new-2018-laws/ .

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