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New 2014 CA laws affect transgender students, teen drivers, guns

Wednesday, January 01, 2014
A bathroom door is seen in this file photo.

A bathroom door is seen in this file photo. (KABC Photo)

Transgender students, teen drivers and gun owners are among those who will be impacted by new state laws in 2014. Here is a look at some of the new laws:

- If it's not overturned, California will become the first state to allow transgender students to choose which restroom they use and whether to play on girls or boys sports teams.

- Eleven new gun measures kick in, including restrictions on the ability of mentally ill people to possess firearms.

- Teen drivers will be banned from texting while driving, even with hands-free devices.

- The minimum wage will go up to $9 an hour starting in July. It's the first of two dollar-an-hour boosts that will push the base minimum wage to $10 by 2016, making it one of the nation's highest minimums.

-L.A.'s single-use carryout bag ordinance, which took effect Wednesday, means large grocers, drug stores, even "big box" stores will no longer offer plastic bags for purchases.

- Any photographer caught harassing celebrities and their children could face up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $10,000.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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