New Laws For 2017

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Every January 1st, a whole bunch of new laws go into effect in California. The new laws this year include the following:

• Minimum wage: any business that employs 26 or more people will be raising their minimum wages to $10.50, up $0.50 per hour. By 2022, it will be $15.
• Gun laws: anyone who previously owned magazines that hold more than 10 rounds are required to surrender them. Anyone who wishes to purchase ammunition must pass a background check each time. Just like civilians, law enforcement officers are required to securely store their handguns in a lockbox out of plain view.
• Cell phone use while driving: any app usage on a cell phone is prohibited while driving. The current law references texting only, but the new law expands to include GPS mapping, and social media.
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Did You Know: The Police Need a Warrant to Search Your Cell Phone?

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In the broadest answer as to whether the police need a warrant to search your cell phone in California, the answer is yes, they need a warrant unless you give your consent. Technically, the police cannot even look at the screen without a warrant, even if they press the button to turn it off.

Cell phones are a major part of our everyday lives now. We have text messages, GPS data, emails, and phone calls on there. Many people keep sensitive information entrusted on their phones. People are very private about their cell phones, even if there is no passcode to unlock it. People often do not want others looking over their shoulder, nor do they want to be that person just peeking over at the person next to them. It is a common-courtesy privacy thing, really.

So call it a major win for well, eve...