SACRAMENTO — From immigration to online privacy to even driverless cars, hundreds of new laws go into effect at midnight in California.
Depending on what you’re driving in 2013, you could save a few bucks when it comes to getting your smog test.
Cars made in the year 2000 or later will no longer require a tail pipe emissions test. The new law is meant to save motorists money and time.
And while you’re on the road, watch out for driverless cars. In 2013, they’ll be allowed on public roads, but just for testing purposes.
The cars won’t be completely unmanned either — someone must be sitting in the driver’s seat just in case.
When it comes to your privacy online, a new law will offer an extra layer of protection from your boss.
California will prohibit employers from obtaining usernames and passwords from employees’ social media accounts in the new year.
Inspired by the Jerry Sandusky scandal, a new state law will require coaches and administrators in public and private schools to report suspicion of child sex abuse.
The new year will also bring increased access to birth control.
Registered nurses will be able to start handing out drugs like the pill without a doctor’s signature or prior visit.
On immigration, young undocumented immigrants who qualify for President Obama’s deferred action status will be able to get a California driver’s license.
In the new year, clergy members who are opposed to gay marriage will be exempt from performing same-sex marriage ceremonies.
And on the topic of gay rights legislation, there’s a possible setback for 2013.
A bill signed into law banning a form of psychotherapy aimed at turning gay teenagers straight is now on hold until further notice.
The outlaw of this type of conversion therapy is being challenged in court and is currently under constitutional review.