It's not just recreational marijuana. Hundreds of new laws are set to take effect in California in January. Here are some of the most important measures.
Fee to fund affordable housing: California homeowners will pay a new $75 fee on each document of a real estate transaction, such as a mortgage refinance or the redemption of a foreclosed home. The total fee is capped at $225 and does not include home purchases. In 2018, half of the funds (estimated at $200 to $300 million annually) will be used to address homelessness, with the other half going to local governments for the purpose of updating zoning and environmental reviews to streamline housing production.
Rules to boost housing construction: Developments in cities that have not kept up with their benchmarks for approving new housing will be able to bypass certain local reviews. Other measures require cities to replace lost housing units, and punish municipalities if they deny certain projects.
No more juvenile fees: Counties are barred from collecting administrative fees from families with kids in the juvenile justice system.
Miranda rights protections for youth: Kids 15 and younger must consult with legal counsel before they choose to waive their right to silence during interrogation.