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California’s New Ban on ‘Hidden Fees’ to Take Effect July 1

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There are two new laws in California set to eliminate hidden fees, taking effect next month. In a statement released by the attorney general’s office, the purpose of the “Honest Pricing Law” is to ensure that “the price a Californian sees should be the price they pay.” While the laws are aimed at protecting consumers from unexpected charges on purchases like concert tickets and hotel reservations, many restaurant owners are concerned. They fear they may be forced to raise prices, potentially driving away customers. A third bill is swiftly moving through the Capitol with hopes of exempting restaurants from these regulations. We look into the details of these laws and their potential impact on you. Have hidden fees affected you?


Lauren Saria, deputy food editor; The San Francisco Standard

Dan Walters, columnist; CalMatters

Bill Dodd, California state senator, district 3; which includes Napa County and parts of Sonoma county


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