New California Laws Set To Take Effect July 1st

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California already has some of the toughest gun control laws in the nation. But Proposition 63 aims to tighten them even further, while also placing new regulations on selling or buying ammunition. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

New Law Requires Background Checks for All Ammunition Purchases

If you’re a gun owner in California, starting today, a criminal background check will be required every time you want to purchase bullets. That law is part of a series of gun control measures passed by voters and lawmakers in recent years. Governor Gavin Newsom says it'll help keep ammo out of the hands of felons.

The California Reporting Project: Los Angeles

It's now been six months since KQED and other news organizations around the state launched the California Reporting Project, an initiative to expose officer misconduct. The effort corresponds with the state's landmark police transparency law that went into effect in January and requires law enforcement to share documents of investigations into sexual assaults, lies and deadly use-of-force by officers.
Reporter: Annie Gilbertson, KPCC

New Law May Fine Cities and Counties for Not Building Enough Housing

Legislation is expected to pass the Senate and Assembly this week allowing courts to fine cities and counties up to 600-thousand dollars per month for not building enough housing. It's connected to California’s new state budget which Governor Newsom signed last Thursday.
Reporter: Ben Adler, Capital Public Radio

Unaccompanied Minors with Mental Health Disabilities Not Getting Enough Treatment at Immigration Facilities

Advocates say migrant children with disabilities held at immigration facilities throughout California are not getting the services they need.
Reporter: Angela Corral, KQED

California Set to Ban Natural Hair Discrimination in the Workplace

California is set to become the first state in the Nation to ban natural hair discrimination as State Senator Holly Mitchell's Senate Bill 188 passed both houses of the legislature and has gone to Governor Gavin Newsom's desk.

LAPD is Using Artificial Intelligence to Battle Bacteria Infections In the Station

The LAPD has been dealing with bacterial infections at some of its stations, and officers are worried about rats and the spread of disease from patrolling nearby homeless encampments. The  department’s Skid Row station  is turning to artificial intelligence  to handle the concern.
Reporter: Gabriel Cortes, KPCC