2 California laws to take effect on July 1

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Two recently signed California laws will take effect on July 1. These laws will affect school schedules and gun regulation. 

The new laws are part of the 770 bills signed by Gov. Gavin Newson in October 2021. 

Senate Bill 328 addresses concerns that classes start too early, depriving students of adequate sleep. According to California legislative information, current law requires schools’ governing board to fix the length of the school day. 

On July 1, middle schools — including those operated as charter schools — cannot start before 8 a.m, while high school campuses cannot begin earlier than 8:30 a.m. 

The legislation aims to resolve health and development concerns and provide preteens and teenagers with more sleep. 

The law exempts rural school districts and will affect all other students and teachers during the 2022-23 academic year. 

Another law to take effect this July 1 is related to the increasing gun violence in the country. California lawmakers are aiming to remove guns from the streets. However, 3D printers and other advanced technology make this a difficult task. 

There’s also a rise in homemade ghost guns. These illegal weapons are made without a serial number, making them untraceable. They are increasingly used by trafficking gun rings across the country and are popular among criminals. 

But starting July 1, concerned Californians are permitted to request a judge to seize ghost guns from someone they classify as a danger to themselves or the public.