Another new year has begun, which means dozens, if not hundreds, of laws have gone into effect as of January 1st, 2024. While we cannot cover all new 2024 laws in California, Arizona, Texas, and Kentucky, we will focus on a few we feel have the greatest impact on your everyday lives.
Gavin Newsom signed 890 bills into law last year. Some were relatively insignificant, while others were more impactful. For a comprehensive list, click here.
California understands the importance of your health. Under AB 352, companies handling electronic health records are required to safeguard sensitive information, such as abortion, gender-affirming care, and pregnancy loss, for residents and visitors of California. Meanwhile, AB 663 enables mobile pharmacies to dispense treatment for opioid addictions in any community across the state.
As California’s minimum wage rises to $16 per hour, fast food workers will see their minimum wage increase to $20 per hour thanks to AB 1228, while SB 525 raises the minimum wage for healthcare workers to $23.
For anyone looking to rent an apartment, AB 12 limits the security deposit amount a landlord charges to a single month.
And finally, the California Privacy Protection Agency (CPPA) will create a way for consumers to force data brokers to delete their personal information by 2026. In order to activate this resource, SB 362 requires data brokers to register with the CPPA.
Several new laws in Arizona focused on bettering your finances.
Prop 206 increases the minimum wage to $13.85, based on the 2021-2022 inflation rate. At the same time, a tax reform package replaces the state’s income tax scale with a 2.5% flat tax rate — a year ahead of schedule.
Also, depending on the situation, one of Arizona’s new laws allows someone arrested, charged, or convicted of a crime the opportunity to request case records for that specific crime to be sealed.
Texas had a grueling year as it concerns the number of laws drafted and passed last year. Click here for a more comprehensive list.
SB 3 will affect 70,000 businesses, which exempts them from the state’s franchise tax. The exemption will now allow for up to $2.47 million on the business’s total taxable revenue, doubling the previous exemption rate.
Universities across the state may not be as excited. SB 17 bans publicly funded universities from activating Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) initiatives. This includes creating DEI offices, hiring employees to work for DEI initiatives, and implementing DEI training as a condition of hiring or admission.
Less than a dozen laws go into effect in Kentucky.
The most important involves income triggers from previous laws, which have now allowed the state income tax to drop from 4.5% to 4%. Meanwhile, electric vehicle owners must now pay $120 per year for road maintenance and upkeep. (Hybrid and electronic motorcycle owners will pay half that cost.) Learn more here.