Law New: New Laws That Affect People’s Lives

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Law new is the place to find news, commentary and analysis of legal issues that are affecting people’s lives. It covers the latest in legislation, lawsuits and developments in the practice of law. Articles in the series are curated and written by members of NYU School of Law’s editorial staff, which includes many practicing lawyers, professors and students.

A new year brings a host of laws that will impact people’s lives as they go about their daily activities, from how they work and live to how they enjoy their leisure time. Some of these laws take effect in January, such as AB 12 that limits how much landlords can charge for security deposits and AB 362 that gives consumers the right to tell data brokers to delete personal information from their databases.

Other laws that take effect on the first of the month include SB 452 that eliminates the statute of limitations for childhood sexual abuse victims to recover damages and allows cities and counties to adopt nuisance ordinances, and AB 973 that enables private employers to provide workers’ compensation insurance coverage for their employees who are injured in the course of performing their employment duties. Also taking effect in January are a new state law that gives the public access to all government documents and a law that allows counties to make their budgetary records publicly available.

The Committee on Open Government may promulgate guidelines regarding deletion of identifying details or withholding of records otherwise available under this article in order to prevent unwarranted invasions of personal privacy. The Committee on Open Government shall report annually to the Governor and the Legislature on its activities and findings regarding articles six and seven of this chapter, including recommendations for change in law.