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Check out new laws that will take effect as of January 1, 2016 and have a safe and happy New Year!
- •AB 8 (Yellow Alert)Local law-enforcement officers may utilize the state’s existing network of freeway signs to broadcast information about vehicles suspected in hit-and-run incidents. Alerts will only be issued by local law-enforcement when there is a sufficient description of the offending vehicle or the identity of the suspect is known.
- •AB 1116 (Smart TV Privacy)Californians will now be protected from television voice-recognition features that might surreptitiously record private conversations in the home. Manufacturers of “Smart” TVs must ensure users of internet-connected televisions are prominently informed that their voices may be recorded and transmitted back to the manufacturers.
- •AB 139 (Revocable Transfer on Death Deed)Creates a new, non-probate property transfer tool known as the “Revocable Transfer on Death Deed.” In California, to pass the contents almost any asset—a bank account, a multi-million-dollar stock account, a car of any value—upon death, all an individual needs to do is fill out a simple “Payable On Death” form. However, for most middle-class Californians, there is no easy way to transfer the title for a house.