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New CA laws affect housing, policing, labor, mental health & more

California ballot by mail
Under AB 37 elections officials will mail every active registered voter in California a ballot for all future elections

On this edition of Your Call, we’re looking at some of the new laws taking effect in California this year.

The California Legislature passed 770 new bills in their last legislative session, and many went into effect on January 1st. They cover a huge range of issues, including vote-by-mail, composting, the hiring of police officers, protections for garment workers, prescribed burns, and more.

Later in the hour, we'll discuss the new laws on policing and criminal justice, and how they fit into the bigger picture of California's approach to law enforcement, incarceration and justice. What questions do you have about California's newest laws?


Alexei Koseff, State Capitol reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle

Lara Bazelon, Professor of Law and Director of the Criminal Juvenile Justice and Racial Justice Clinical Programs at the University of San Francisco School of Law, and author of Rectify: The Power of Restorative Justice After Wrongful Conviction

Web Resources:

San Francisco Chronicle: Here are 22 new laws Californians must start following in 2022

CalMatters: Eleven new California laws for 2022, explained in one minute

San Francisco Chronicle: Does Amazon’s need for speed hurt warehouse workers? A proposed California law could help

Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular media roundtable guest in 2001. In 2019, the San Francisco Press Club named Your Call the best public affairs program. In 2017, The Nation named it the most valuable local radio show.