BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - A dozen new state laws went into effect Tuesday.
Here’s a look at a few of them:
The minimum wage in the state of California went up today for the first time in six years.
It is now $9 an hour and will go up to $10 an hour in 2016.
A lesser known part of the law requires salaried supervisors to make at least twice the minimum wage.
"Many of our employees make above 9 dollars or higher depending on their position, length of experience and their desire to advance," said Jim Darling, Community Relations Director for McDonalds.
There is also a new law regarding high capacity gun magazines.
There is some confusion about the law.
Some think it bans the possession of high capacity magazines, but a small technicality nullifies that part of the law so possession is still legal.
The law does tighten existing restrictions on the sale and transfer of high capacity magazines.
"All these laws they make is for the common person, they are not really for the criminals, all they keep doing is restricting us," said Leo Gonzales, Assistant Manager at Second Amendment Sports.
There is also a new law covering smoke detectors.
All new homes built must have a smoke detector with a sealed 10 year battery.
“They will have a 10 year battery inside of them and that battery is sealed up inside the smoke detector so you don’t have to worry about changing the battery every six months," said Brandon Hill, Public Information Officer for the Kern County Fire Department.
Manufacturers can now only produce this type of detector in the state.
The hope is it will keep people from disabling their detectors.
"People nowadays, if they burn some toast, they are going to pull the battery out to try and get it to stop beeping they forget to put the battery back in and now you no longer have a working smoke detector," Hill said.
The new detectors will have a hush button to quiet the alarm in case of burned food.
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