By Fox News. Several new state laws are set to take effect on New Year’s Day, including unprecedented minimum wage hikes, equal pay requirements and new abortion statutes — and in California, the legislation will curb gun rights, reduce criminal sentences and force publicly held corporations to elevate women to senior positions.
While the federal minimum wage remains $7.25 per hour, Seattle’s largest companies will have to start paying $16 an hour on Tuesday, after lawmakers brushed aside studies showing that the city’s ongoing minimum wage hikes are actually hurting the low-income workers they aim to help. Many New York City businesses, meanwhile, will have to begin paying at least $15 per hour this week. . .
One new Illinois law will extend the current 72-hour waiting period for purchasing handguns to all firearms; another will allow relatives or law officers to ask courts to remove guns from people believed to be a danger to themselves or others. . .
A Tennessee law will ban local governments from having “sanctuary” policies for people living in the country illegally. It bans local government policies that restrict compliance with federal immigration detainers. . .
A Kansas law, facing a court challenge, bans telemedicine abortions, in which patients seeking abortion pills consult with doctors through teleconferencing. (Read more from “New State Laws for the New Year. Here’s What We Have to Look Forward to in 2019.” HERE)
New Year Brings New California Laws
By ABC 30. . .You’ll find some of the most noticeable changes at your favorite fast food joint or restaurant.
Kids meals now come with either milk or water, unless you specifically ask for a sugary drink. . .
The state is trying to go straw free to keep beaches cleaner. . .
There’s also a big change for California Drivers Licenses.
You no longer have to identify as male or female. (Read more from “New Year Brings New California Laws” HERE)
Hillary Clinton Calls 2018 ‘a Dark Time for Our Country’
By Fox News. Former secretary of state Hillary Clinton bid farewell to 2018 on Instagram Monday by calling the previous 365 days “a dark time for our country.”
Captioning a photo of herself, husband Bill and daughter Chelsea, the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee wrote that she was “grateful to everyone who brought light into it”, including “activists who protected kids at the border, journalists who stood up for truth, organizers who mobilized voters for the 2018 elections, candidates who ran races with grit and inspiration, voters who made their voices heard, and absolutely everyone who marched, donated, called, and protested to fight for the values we share.”
“Here’s to more light in 2019, and to a shared commitment to make it as bright as possible,” she concluded.
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In many ways, 2018 was a dark time for our country. As it ends, I'm grateful to everyone who brought light into it: activists who protected kids at the border, journalists who stood up for truth, organizers who mobilized voters for the 2018 elections, candidates who ran races with grit and inspiration, voters who made their voices heard, and absolutely everyone who marched, donated, called, and protested to fight for the values we share. Here's to more light in 2019, and to a shared commitment to make it as bright as possible. Happy New Year.
It’s unclear what 2019 will hold for Clinton, even as longtime loyalists have left open the possibility that she will make a third run for the White House in 2020. (Read more from “Hillary Clinton Calls 2018 ‘a Dark Time for Our Country'” HERE)