Hundreds of New Laws Take Effect in California

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTLA) — It’s a new year, and that means new laws. More than 800 new laws went into effect in California on January 1.

Texting while driving is legal again — if you use some sort of voice-activated software and not your fingers to do it.

Another law takes aim at gun rights advocates, who in recent years have taken to demonstrating their rights to openly carry unloaded long guns in incorporated cities.

Assembly Bill 1527 has largely taken those rights away, as an earlier bill already did with handguns.

While that law restricts previous rights, Assembly Bill 131 expands them, at least when it comes to illegal immigrants who want to attend state colleges.

Passed in 2011, the law took effect on Jan. 1, and allows certain people who are in the country illegally to receive state-funded financial aid for college.

Finally, for those fond of Facebook, one new law might be a bit of a relief.

Assembly Bill 1844 prevents employers or potential employers from requesting your social media usernames and passwords.

Another bill prevents colleges from requesting that same information from students or prospective students.

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