California increased their state gas tax another 5.6 cents a gallon, extending their lead over the nation, and is rolling out several other laws to take effect mid-year, according to The Siskiyou Daily News.
Motorists in California paid an average of $1.04 per gallon more than the national average as of late June. Californians pay an average of $3.75 per gallon while the national average sits at $2.71.
This is the latest increase from a 2017 law that intended on raising about $5 billion a year for road infrastructure programs. The money, split between state and local governments, will go towards fixing roads and bridges as well as going towards public transportation, biking and walking trails, and other projects.
Several other laws to take effect at mid-year include:
A 2018 bill that requires physicians, surgeons, osteopaths, naturopathic doctors, chiropractors, podiatrists, and acupuncturists to notify patients if they are on probation for serious misconduct. The bill was supported by the athlete victims of former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar.
A 2018 bill that requires law enforcement agencies to make body camera footage recorded during an incident causing death of serious injury public within 45 days, intended on rebuilding trust with communities.
Restrictions imposed by voters in 2016 that will tighten its already strict firearm laws. California will ban all lead ammunition for hunting, but will continue to allow it for target shooting. Background checks will be required for anyone buying ammunition and California will ban ammo sales except through licensed dealers.
It will become illegal for anyone to use a social media bot with the intent to spur a purchase or influence a vote.
Hospitals must have a written homeless patient discharge planning policy and log to stop the practice of “patient dumping” of “indigent patients”.
Homeless and lower income military veterans will be able to have “veteran” printed on their drivers’ license for free, so they no longer need to carry around discharge papers and veterans separation documents.
It will be unlawful to sell larger quantities of non-odorized butane, intended to curb illegal hash oil operations.