California law easing restrictions for new development

Over the last three years, the government of California, under the leadership of the strong green economy advocate governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., has signed many bills into law to ease restrictions on new developments. Most of these bills are unique in their own right, as no other states in the United States have such in effect.

U.S. Senate Bill 54 Laws

In a counter to U.S. Senate Bill 54, which was an agenda of President Donald Trump’s to deport undocumented immigrants, California limits the ability of state and local police to cooperate with federal immigration enforcement.

The state also passed Assembly Bill 291, which prohibits landlords from reporting undocumented occupants; Senate Bill 257, which permits students whose parents are deported to continue their schooling in California; and Assembly Bill 450, which prevents employers from giving any tangible information or allowing immigration enforcement raids at their work sites without a court order.

Easier Education

Assembly Bill 830 eliminates the high school final exam, which was initially mandatory to ensure students demonstrated a minimum proficiency in English and mathematics before graduating. Statistics reveal more than 10,000 students fail the exam yearly, causing them not to receive a diploma. The new law prohibits any student from taking the exam, enabling all students to earn their diploma.

Affordable Education

California’s Assembly Bill 19 allows the state to cover the cost of any first-time student who enrolls full-time in any of the state’s 114 community colleges. This is the response of the state and other Democrat-ruled states in trying to reduce the skyrocketing cost of education.

Transgender Registration

With the Senate Bill 179, the government of California is able to reduce the onerous process of updating identification documents for transgenders. The law also allows the registration of nonbinary individuals on all IDs, such as driver’s licenses.

Affordable housing

To generate funds for affordable housing projects, Senate Bill 2 adds a charge of $75-$225 on real estate transactions. This initiative is expected to generate about $300 million annually to provide shelter for homeless people and to sponsor long-term development planning.  In addition to this, Assembly Bill 167 allows homeowners to build in their backyard, and also limits the fees for connecting such unit to basic amenities.

Bail is Free Law

The passing of a bill that prohibits any monetary payment for bail of suspects awaiting trial is the first of its kind in the United States. People arrested for misconduct will be taken in to get their information and released without any assessment, while people charged with a felony will go through a pre-trial risk assessment; if a judge deems it fit to release them, they will be placed under the supervision of a government agency or a licensed organization .

In addition to its green economy vision for 2045, the state of California can be said to be doing its best to ensure the improvement of its citizen’s lifestyle and new development.