New laws in 2015: What we’ll see from the California Legislature

Dec 31, 2014

San Francisco To Ban Non-Recyclable Plastic Bags

People walk with groceries in plastic bags in Chinatown on March 28, 2007 in San Francisco, California.; Credit: David Paul Morris/Getty Images

In 2014, the California Legislature passed and Governor Jerry Brown signed more than 900 bills into law. The drought forced the Legislature into action and bills were passed to regulate groundwater for the first time and override homeowners associations that fined members for changing their lawns to drought-tolerant landscaping. California also became the first state to ban single-use plastic bags and the first state to create a “yes means yes” standard for sex between college students.

While there are several laws set to go into effect on January 1, 2015, there is also the question of what the priorities and focus of the Legislature will be this year. How will the Legislature spend its surplus budget money? Will a better economic outlook mean fewer bills passed? What should California’s Legislature be focusing on in 2015?


Dan Walters, political columnist, Sacramento Bee

Ben Adler, Capital Bureau Chief at Capital Public Radio in Sacramento

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