More new Calif. laws, at a glance

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 28, 2013 at 12:16 pm •  Published: December 28, 2013
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Some of the bills signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown that will take effect in the new year, by category:

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Protections for certain groups

— People who are required by law to report suspected child abuse or neglect are no longer required to do so based on homelessness alone.

— State officials must give journalists five days' notice before they subpoena reporters' telephone records. The legislation responds to the U.S. Justice Department's retrieval of Associated Press telephone logs.

— School officials can suspend or expel students who engage in cyberbullying, using computers, smartphones and social media on- and off-campus. Private school employees who work with minors must undergo fingerprint background checks. Youth sports programs can run criminal background checks on potential volunteer coaches.

— Inmates who were sentenced to lengthy prison terms for crimes they committed before they turned 18 may get quicker parole hearings. And law enforcement agencies must videotape interrogations when a minor is suspected or accused of committing murder.

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Criminal justice

— Anyone making fake 911 calls could face a fine of up to $10,000 to cover the costs of the emergency mobilization. The practice is referred to as "swatting" because SWAT units sometimes have had to respond.

— Photographers who harass celebrities and their children face tougher penalties under a law supported by actresses Halle Berry and Jennifer Garner.

— Paroled sex offenders who cut off their GPS tracking devices will receive harsher punishments, up to six months in county jail. Offenders have frequently faced little punishment because many jails are overcrowded, leading them to be released after just a couple of days.



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