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Ending Gender Discrimination in Schools Tops New Laws for 2014

Gov. Jerry Brown signed nearly 1,000 bills into law in 2013; here's a selection of some of the more notable measures that will soon go into effect.

By Rob Klindt

It was a busy year for California lawmakers. The 2013 Legislative session ended with almost 1,000 bills signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown.

A boost in the state’s minimum wage, enhanced bicycle safety, and new rules aimed at stopping gender discrimination in public schools are just some of the laws that will kick in during 2014.

Here are a few of the notable measures which go into effect on Jan. 1, unless noted otherwise.

  • Minimum wage. Assembly Bill 10 by Assemblyman Luis Alejo, D-Salinas, increases the California minimum wage to $9 effective July 1, 2014. Locally, the minimum wage in San Jose and San Francisco will increase to $10.15 per hour and $10.74 per hour respectively effective Jan. 1, 2014.
  • Emergency Amber Alert. Assembly Bill 535 by Assemblyman Bill Quirk, D-Hayward, amends the statewide Amber Alert emergency system by requiring authorities to send an alert after receiving a report that a child has been abducted by anyone, including a custodial parent or guardian, who may cause serious injury or death to the child.
  • State disability insurance. Senate Bill 770 by Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara, expands paid family leave by allowing employees to receive up to six weeks of state disability insurance to care for an ill child, spouse, parent, domestic partner, or to build a relationship with an adopted or foster child.
  • Bicycle safety. Assembly Bill 1371 by Assemblyman Steven Bradford, D-Gardena, will require motorists to stay at least three feet away from bicyclists when passing them on a public roadway. The measure, also known as the “Three Feet for Safety Act,” will go into effect Sept. 16, 2014.
  • Distracted driving. Senate Bill 194 by Sen. Cathleen Galgiani, D-Stockton, will make it illegal for drivers younger than 18 to use any kind of electronic wireless communications device to write, send or read an electronic text while driving, even if the item is equipped with a hands-free device.
  • Pupil rights. Assembly Bill 1266 by Sen. Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco, will prohibit California public schools from discriminating on the basis of gender, gender identity and gender expression. Students may choose which bathrooms they use and which sex-segregated programs and activities they want to participate in regardless of the gender listed on the student’s records.
Diane Griego January 01, 2014 at 01:09 PM
Pupils rights? What a joke. Once again the moral majority are being bullied by government and allow mentally ill students access to any gender they feel like for the day without any concern for the 98%! What was not noted are the many petitions submitted to stop this farce and bring it to the people for a vote. Although just like prop 8 the voters of California will be desensitized then just bullied into accepting this madness. Tolerance is one thing but stupidity filled with immorality and the millions of male on male sex deaths brought on by this sickness disguised as love is ignorance and an injustice to our children.
sjs January 02, 2014 at 01:50 PM
"Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person." To those who don't know this quote, it's from the bible. Those who claim to be Christians yet spout hate messages should read this verse and rethink what they saying. It doesn't change the truth though. The bible also says that those who practice homosexual behavior will not inherit the kingdom of heaven. "Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality," Instead of persecuting and spouting hate, we need to let people know the bible's truth.
Diane Griego January 02, 2014 at 04:33 PM
Christians are the salt of the earth and are supposed to speak truth which is called hate no matter how loving it is presented. The problem is christians have not taken hold of the fact that we are kings and queens and should vote, speak and pray his moral compass which he has clearly given to us to speak boldly and unashamed. Truth is not hate and is another politically correct tactic of the enemy and his coherts.
sjs January 03, 2014 at 09:48 PM
Did you not read the verse? "Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person". We can speak the truth in grace, right? What if instead of calling people mentally ill, you say they're deceived? What if you show them the verses that tell them they're sinning, and that He wants all to be repent and be saved? God's compass is true, but if we call people names they will never want to be part of His kingdom. Jesus showed people their sin and forgave them, telling them not to sin any longer. He didn't say "you harlot!". He called them on their sin, not by calling them names.
Diane Griego January 05, 2014 at 09:32 AM
You obviously have had no interaction with radical homosexuals or are just one of those enabling christians who has fallen prey to politically correct desensitization and now believes that truth is hate. You are deceived when you believe the truth is hate. And I am not Jesus, he is the only perfect one. Other then you.
Frank Mockery January 05, 2014 at 01:46 PM
Idolatry + Ignorance = Intolerance !!! Only foolish cowards afraid of their own mortality would allow themselves to be duped into believing that there is an afterlife to reward them for their faithful adherence to flat earth era religious beliefs. Then these imbeciles have the unbridled audacity to claim that they're more virtuous & better human beings than everybody else when nothing could be further from the truth. Q: What did Jesus say when they nailed him to the cross ? A: Hey,I can see my house from here ! Oh well I guess you had to be there to appreciate how funny Jesus really was while entertaining the illiterate populous with his magic act. It was standing room only,only because the chair hadn't been invented yet & the sun was still thought to be revolving around the earth back then. So put up or shut up,if you can't provide bonafide evidence of your Gods existence then keep your unsubstantiated faith-based testimonials to yourselves !
Diane Griego January 05, 2014 at 04:24 PM
Only an ignorant person who has not done their due diligence and spews lies hoping if they say it enough that naive folk will believe it make claims as you. Even scientists know Jesus lived and of his sacrifice for even fools like you. There is so much evidence it would make your hateful heart melt with embarrassment. Keep living the miserable life you have chosen but one day you will bow to the magician, whether you are entertained or believe his magic act or not. We will all reap what we sow.

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