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New California laws address virus, fires, law enforcement

Posted at 3:53 AM, Dec 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-31 06:53:14-05

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Despite the coronavirus pandemic forcing California state lawmakers to twice shut down their sessions for weeks at a time, they still managed to pass hundreds of bills. Most take effect with the new year.

One new law requires an investigation by the state attorney general any time police kill an unarmed civilian.

Others allow more oversight of sheriffs and require evaluations of peace officers to include any racial bias.

One bill signed into law says homeowners in fire-prone areas must further reduce vegetation within 100 feet of structures. And another says employers must quickly notify workers of potential coronavirus exposure.