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Wednesday, October 3, 2018
A flurry of bills approved during California’s 2018 legislative session met their fate over the weekend.
 
Zack Ruskin, SF Weekly
 
One of the most substantial victories was AB 1793, which will automatically expunge or re-sentence prior cannabis convictions, expanding on efforts already underway in San Francisco and Alameda counties.
 
Monday, October 1, 2018
Adriana Sandoval, IHeartDogs.com
 
 
California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill Thursday that will give pets more status in divorce cases starting next year.
 
The law previously required judges to consider pets property, which had to be distributed equally between divorcing couples who couldn’t come to an agreement. This meant that multiple pets might be split between two homes, never to see each other again. Or that two people with history might be forced to meet periodically to pass a single pet.
 
Sunday, September 30, 2018
Courts will ask who takes the animal for walks, who pays the vets bills and who does it go to when called by both owners
 
Colin Drury, Independent
 
Judges in California as they have been granted powers to decide who keeps the family pet in contentious divorce cases.
 
Courts across the Golden State are to rule on cats, dogs and other household animals in the same way they do in child custody disputes, under a law set for 2019.
 
Judges will be told to weigh up such factors as who feeds the pet, who takes it for walks and who pays the vet bills. They will be allowed to put the creature between both owners and see who it goes to.
 
“A court may do like, 'OK, you get the dog a month at a time or a week at a time’," said family law attorney Atousa Saei, of Santa Monica.
 
Sunday, September 30, 2018
With AB 2274, California Becomes Third State to Treat Pets More Like Children During Divorce Proceedings
 
The new law goes into effect January 1, 2019, adding Section 2605 to California’s Family Code and requiring judges to consider a companion animal’s best interests in divorce disputes.
 
Keeley Nickelson, ForesterPurcell.com
 
With the legislative session wrapping up this weekend and his legacy on the line, Governor Jerry Brown has been busy. Not too busy, of course, for his daily walk with First Dog Colusa, who on September 27, 2018, reminded Brown that AB 2274 was still sitting on his desk. The Governor’s Corgis have often been in the spotlight during his tenure, so it came as no surprise that Brown signed AB 2274, which will give courts more guidance on how to treat pets during divorce proceedings.
 
Friday, September 28, 2018
John Rogers, Associated Press
 
LOS ANGELES — California courts could be going to the dogs — and maybe cats, too — under a new law granting judges authority to settle disagreements over who keeps the family pet in divorce cases the same way they handle child-custody disputes.
 
Until now, Fido and Kitty have been considered family property, a status giving them little more standing in a divorce than a family's big-screen TV.
 
Under a bill signed Thursday by Gov. Jerry Brown, pets will still be considered community property but a judge deciding who gets to keep them will have the discretion of weighing such factors as who feeds them, who takes them to the vet and on walks, and who protects them.
 
Friday, September 28, 2018
Abby Hamblin, San Diego Union Tribune
 
Who gets the family pet in a divorce?
It depends on many factors, including what state the owners live in, but California just began a new era for how dogs, cats and other pets with a new law that will take affect in 2019. Passed on Thursday, it makes sure pets are seen as more than just property when it come time to split up assets in a divorce.
 
Here’s what you should know.
 
What does the new bill do?
Friday, September 28, 2018
John Woolfolk, Mercury News
 
Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill Friday raising the age to buy rifles and shotguns in California to 21 as he acted on a host of proposed gun laws inspired by the Parkland, Florida, high school shooting massacre.
 
California currently bans handgun sales to people younger than 21, but other firearms including rifles and shotguns can be bought at age 18.
 
Under Senate Bill 1100 by Senator Anthony J. Portantino, D-La Cañada Flintridge, all firearm buyers must be at least age 21.
 
Portantino introduced his bill after a 19-year-old expelled student bought a military-style semiautomatic rifle and later allegedly marched into Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Valentine’s Day and fatally shot 14 students, a teacher, coach and the athletic director. Authorities charged Nikolas Cruz with 17 counts of murder.