The California hepatitis A outbreak is on the verge of reaching statewide epidemic status, as cases have spread through homeless tent cities from San Diego north to Sacramento.
Another explanation may be the city’s decision to ban plastic bags, which deprived homeless people of an alternative means of disposing of human waste when bathrooms were not available.
Knowingly exposing others to HIV will no longer be a felony in California
The measure also applies to those who give blood without telling the blood bank that they are HIV-positive.
All new buses must have seat belts under a state agency rule that went into effect in November 2016. With that in mind, State Sen. Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo) introduced Senate Bill 20 a month later.
“This is common-sense legislation that will save lives,” Hill said in a statement.
Gov. Jerry Brown signed a law on Sunday to require passengers on commercial buses equipped with seat belts to use them, a decision following a recommendation by the National Transportation Safety Board after a San Jose bus crash that killed two people.
The new law requires bus drivers to tell passengers before each trip that they are required to buckle up. Failure to do so will be punishable by a fine of up to $20 for the first offense, and up to $50 for the following offenses.