Law New: New Laws and Their Impact

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Law New is a weekly column that explores new laws and their impact. The column also discusses the legal process by which a bill becomes law and provides insight into how our legislature works.

This week: Undocumented immigrants can now get Medi-Cal, California’s care courts are overhauled, telehealth is now available for pets and a shield law protects people seeking abortion or gender-affirming care. Read more about these and other new laws that went into effect on Monday here.

When a committee votes to “report” a bill to the House, the staff writes a committee report explaining the purpose and scope of the legislation and why it should be recommended for approval by the full House. These reports are useful to judges, executive departments and the public.