New California Driving Laws take effect January 1st, 2016

AB 208, Bigelow. Vehicles: highway: lane use.
Existing law (2015) requires, on a 2-lane highway where passing is unsafe due to specified reasons, *a slow-moving vehicle* behind
which 5 or more vehicles are formed in a line to turn off the roadway at the nearest place designed as a turnout or wherever sufficient area of a safe turnout exists in order to permit the vehicles following it to proceed.
This bill (2016) requires, on a 2-lane highway where passing is unsafe due to specified reasons, *any vehicle* proceeding upon the highway at a speed less than the *normal speed of traffic* moving in the same direction at that time, behind which 5 or more vehicles are formed in line, to turn off the roadway at the nearest place designated as a turnout or wherever sufficient area for a safe turnout exists.
"slow moving" vs "any vehicle at less than normal speed" https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id 1520160AB208
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This relates to anyone pulled over where the cellphone is confiscated.
This year, the California Electronic Communications Privacy Act goes into effect. CalECPA requires police to get a warrant before searching your electronic devices. It will be up to a judge to decide if police have probable cause to access your devices, location information and search history.
https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id 1520160SB178
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Hoverboard legislation starts January 1st, 2016.
AB 604 defines a hoverboard as an "electrically motorized board" which means riders must be 16 or older and wear a helmet while riding.
The law also restricts use to specially designated bikeways or highways, which means hoverboards are no longer legal in public places.
Full text: https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id 1520160AB604
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California law enforcement is expanding the already much abused Amber Alert program (DON'T FLUSH TOILETS WHILE DRIVING!) with a few new typically Californian wacko variations in 2016 (just like the already wacko five legally binding colors for curbs)
The first idiotic new alert is a 'Yellow Alert' which will go out on highway message boards with hit-and-run suspect vehicle descriptions. https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id 1320140AB47
The second idiotic new alert is a "Silver Alert', which will go out on highway message boards when a person 65 or older is missing. https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id 1520160AB643
Upcoming for next year ... White Alerts - warning when children don't brush their teeth or boys don't wash behind their ears!
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Another new crime!
It's already illegal for car drivers, but if you're on a bicycle, it's now illegal to use a headset, earplugs or earbuds in both ears while operating your bicycle.
https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id 1520160SB491 It's in there - buried deep down within the wholly unrelated crap.
(11) Existing law prohibits a person operating a motor vehicle or a bicycle from wearing a headset covering both ears, or from wearing earplugs in both ears, subject to certain exceptions.
This bill would also prohibit wearing earphones covering, resting on, or inserted in, both ears. Because a violation of these provisions would be a crime, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
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The always wacko state of California had to make a (temporary) law so as to NOT charge tolls for pedestrians on bridges!
AB 40 keeps toll bridges free for pedestrians and bicyclists but only until 2021, so hurry up!
https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id 1520160AB40
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Just to prove that the state is filled with wackos, starting January 1st, 2016, California DMV offices will begin issuing driver's licenses to people in the country *illegally*.
Under AB 60, applicants must prove who they are, that they live in California and, surprisingly for California, they must also pass a driving test.
A new law will also provide access to auto insurance.
DMV officials say they expect about 1.4 million *illegal* cheaters to apply for a driver's license in the first three years.
https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id 1520160AB60
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On 1/2/2016 8:42 AM, Mark Bannon wrote:

The last time I had "access to auto insurance" it was $300 cash or certified check, in person at their offices, for a 30 day policy. Wonder what these guys will pay, if anything..
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AMuzi laid this down on his screen :

I don't think issuing Cali drivers license to illegals will attract many illegals. That would mean they would have to get legal and buy insurance or have their ride confiscated and them jailed for no insurance. You can't jail the buggers because of being in country illegally, so off they go....on foot.
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Per Scott Dorsey:

I keep hearing that the net Mexico-USA migration is towards Mexico now.
If that's correct, are the numbers over-ridden by immigration from Central America ?
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wrote:

It certainly was, starting a little after the recession started.
Now that the recession is pretty much over, I would think things could reverse again, although of course they have to make it into the country again. No small feat.

I don't know but I don't think the Central American numbers are as great as the Mexican.
I've heard that when NAFTA was passed, the North American Free Trade Act, it cost some/quite a few Americans their manufacturing jobs as Mexicans did it cheaper, but the corn farms in the midwest with their enormously efficient farm machinery could raise corn a lot cheaper, and this stopped 10's of thousands of Mexicans from making a living on the small farms they owned or worked, and that that's why there was such a burst of Mexicans entering the US after NAFTA.
Googling, these, written in 2014 and 2012, says that very thing: http://www.politicalresearch.org/2014/10/11/globalization-and-nafta-caused-migration-from-mexico/#sthash.Ynu1utVN.dpbs and http://www.thenation.com/article/how-us-policies-fueled-mexicos-great-migration/
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On 01/03/2016 01:44 AM, Micky wrote:

Yup. And then the push for ethanol raised the price of corn -- and of tortillas, a major source of protein in the diet of poor Mexicans.
Thank you, George H. w. Bush, Clinton, George W. Bush, obama, et al.
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On 1/3/2016 2:26 PM, rbowman wrote:

I didn't know that, thanks. Turns out one 20g corn tortilla has 1 gram of protein:
http://www.popsugar.com/fitness/Comparing-Nutritional-Value-Corn-Flour-Tortillas-11189166
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wrote:

No, you have it wrong. The price was much lower. If ethanol had any effect, any increase, it was small compared to the lowering effect of the corn imported from the US.

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On 01/04/2016 01:05 AM, Micky wrote:

http://www.technologyreview.com/news/407304/ethanol-demand-threatens-food-prices/
http://www.actionaidusa.org/press/us-ethanol-policy-costs-mexico-250-500-million-each-year-fuels-hunger
http://www.ase.tufts.edu/gdae/policy_research/EthanolCostMexico.html
http://www.motherjones.com/tom-philpott/2013/01/how-us-eu-biofuel-policy-beggars-global-south
http://www.sfgate.com/business/article/Nothing-flat-about-tortilla-prices-Some-in-2623910.php
Would you like some more links?
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And THAT was an interesting one because it took a couple seasons to happen so there was some warning about it taking place. The corn you want to grow for tortillas is very different than the corn you want to grow for ethanol, and they are both very different than the sweet corn people think of when they think of corn. So farmers had to decide what to plant and then had a good lag time before they harvested it.

For the most part I don't think NAFTA has been a bad thing for either the US or Mexico, but there certainly was some ugly adjustment. --scott
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First of all, anybody who gives you actual numbers is basing them on insufficient information. The guys on the right point to the guys on the left as having made-up numbers. The guys on the left point to the guys on the right as having made-up numbers. They are both right. Undocumented immigrants are just that, undocumented, and all of the numbers you see are based on basic statistics.
Secondly, in addition to the normal flow of illegal immigrants and the recent new flow of refugees, we also have a lot of seasonal workers that come across the border to work the harvest and then go back to Mexico before the winter. These people aren't immigrants, and the number and direction depends on what time of year you try to measure it. So if you look in the late fall you will always see "migration towards Mexico" even though the people moving are not doing so for immigration purposes.
But... if you go down to the southern border of Mexico, you can see a huge number of people trying to get into Mexico from Honduras and Guatemala, Nicaragua and El Salvador, because the situations there are even worse than they are in Mexico. Many of those people are on their way into the US, but some of them stay in Mexico.

There is a whole lot of that going on right now, and it's something you never saw a decade ago. Until there is some degree of stability in central america and people are able to live their lives with some degree of security rather than live under the thumb of drug lords, this is going to get worse rather than better. --scott
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On 1/2/2016 6:52 AM, AMuzi wrote:

The alternative to not issuing drivers licenses is to have them drive without licenses, or insurance.
State governments don't have the power to deport anyone. The federal government doesn't want to act for several reasons. First, illegals pay far more more in federal taxes than they receive in federal benefits. Second, the companies that employ illegals in large numbers, corporate agriculture, meat packing, hotel chains, etc. would be in big trouble if the supply of low-cost exploitable labor dried up.
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On Sat, 2 Jan 2016 14:36:48 -0000 (UTC), Mark Bannon

Great, typical chickenshit gvt/representative BS so that when they allow the lobbyists to get their money it will be years later and that way the chickeshit legislators who passed this won't get the blame when it happens.
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On Sat, 2 Jan 2016 14:31:13 -0000 (UTC), Mark Bannon

So does this make the use of hearing aids illegal while driving or bicycling or are they an exemption.
It's all typical stupid big brother gvt assholery.
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