Summary of New California Laws: Effective January 1, 2023

Published January 4, 2023

Summary of New California Laws: Effective January 1, 2023

Below are summaries of laws that will be effective post-January 1, 2023.  For further details, see California Legislation 2022.


AB 1314 established an alert system for indigenous people who have gone missing “under unexplained or suspicious circumstances.”


SB-856 removes barriers to hunting destructive and invasive wild pigs whose population is increasing in most of California's counties.

AB-44 makes it illegal to sell or make clothing or products out of animal fur in California.


SB-1087 provides that the only individuals who can sell a catalytic converter is an automobile dismantler, repair dealers, or a person with documentation that they are lawful owners. 

AB-1740 requires those who recycle catalytic converters to obtain the year, make, and model of the car that the converter comes from and a copy of that car's title.


AB-2239 provides a person convicted of misdemeanor child or elder abuse on or after Jan. 1, 2023, is prohibited from possessing a firearm in California.  Currently, persons convicted of felonies and certain specified misdemeanors are prohibited from owning guns in the state.

AB-1788 will subject hotels to civil penalties if employees fail to inform police officials of sex trafficking at their establishment.

AB-2294 permits police to keep individuals in custody for misdemeanor or felony retail theft if that person has been arrested or convicted of theft from a store in the past six months and if that person is suspected of being part of an organized retail theft operation


SB-3 raises the statewide minimum wage on Jan. 1, 2023, from $14 to $15.50 per hour

AB-2223, the Contraceptive Equity Act (SB-523) protects employees from discrimination based on their reproductive health decisions, including using contraceptives and removes requirements for employees to disclose those decisions as a condition of employment.

AB-1949 will make it illegal for an employer to refuse to grant bereavement leave for up to 5 days for an employee upon the death of a family member.

AB-2183 expands protections for California farmworkers by allowing them to vote by mail in union elections rather than forcing them to vote in-person.

SB-960 provides that individuals are no longer required to be citizens or permanent residents of the United States to become police officers in California; they only need to be legally authorized to work in the U.S.


SB-846 extends the lifespan of the state's last operating nuclear plant at Diablo Canyon by up to five years.  The bill also authorizes a loan of $1.4 billion from the state to Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), which operates the power plant, to facilitate the extension.  The plant was previously scheduled to stop operating its Unit 1 in 2024 and Unit 2 in 2025.


AB-2223 also protects reproductive freedom by shielding pregnant people from criminal and civil liability in case of a miscarriage, stillbirth, or self-managed abortion.

SB-107 provides that families that come to California seeking medical treatment for transgender children and teens are protected from out-of-state subpoenas or warrants, as well as families that move to the state to avoid consequences for already seeking that treatment elsewhere.

SB-1338, also known as the Community Assistance, Recovery, and Empowerment Act, allows family members, first responders, and clinicians to ask a judge to order treatment for individuals diagnosed with schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders.  Those plans would include medication, housing, and therapy.  Those who refuse treatment could be placed in a conservatorship and ordered to comply with the treatment.

Holidays - State

AB-1655 recognizes Juneteenth as a new state holiday on Jun. 19.  Additionally, AB-2596 removes the requirement for the governor to declare Lunar New Year as a state holiday annually, and AB-1801 marks Apr. 24 as Genocide Remembrance Day in California.

Real Property

SB-561 requires an audit of all surplus state property to determine what land might be suitable for housing construction.

AB-2097 stops city and county governments across California from implementing a minimum requirement for housing developments to provide parking if those developments are within a half-mile of public transit.

Taxation – Pink Tax

AB-1287 makes it illegal for companies to charge different prices for products based on the gender referring to a practice "pink tax."


SB-717 creates a system for deploying broadband throughout California to provide improved connectivity for low-income and underserved communities.


AB-2147 decriminalizes jaywalking in California.

AB-1909 makes several changes to bicycle and vehicle laws.


SB-103 ensures the state's presidential electors cast ballots for candidates who win the popular vote and do not instead switch candidates or abstain from voting.

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