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California Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom signed a law this month that prohibits the sale of new gas-powered lawn equipment, topping a long list of things banned since he took office in 2019.

The new state law, which goes into effect January 1, 2024, will eliminate sales of new gas-powered equipment using small off-road engines, anything from lawn mowers to backup generators to pressure washers. may also be involved. It also orders regulators to offer discounts for landscaping businesses to replace their equipment in time for 2024.


California requires menstrual products in public schools

He is one of dozens signed by the governor earlier this month after he defeated a Republican-led effort to recall him. A law signed by the governor on October 8 prohibits large retailers from not including gender-neutral aisles or sections for children’s toys. Beginning in 2024, stores with 500 or more employees will be required to maintain a gender-neutral zone with children’s goods and toys, except clothing, and those that do not comply will receive $250 and $250 for the first violation. 500 fine will have to be paid. subsequent violations.

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Other laws signed by Newsom this month include a mandate to provide menstrual products free of charge in public schools and colleges, and that all high school students graduate in the 2029-30 school year to have a degree in ethnic studies. do the course. He also signed a law that prohibits restaurants from giving away single-use plastic utensils, condiments and utensils unless specifically requested by the customer.

Last month, it made it illegal to film near an abortion clinic for the purpose of intimidating anyone – a law that is believed to be the first of its kind in the country.

In June, the Newsom administration added five more states, including Florida, to California’s list of places that have banned state-funded travel because of laws that discriminate against the LGBTQ community. California’s total list of states restricted for non-essential travel now stands at 18, or more than a third of the country.

In April, Newsom banned new fracking permits starting in 2024 and ordered the California Air Resources Board to analyze how to end all oil extraction in the state by 2045. In June of last year, Newsom, by signing an executive, temporarily banned state executions. California bans the death penalty. A few months later, he ordered regulators to ban the sale of all new gas-powered cars and trucks in California by 2035.

In 2019, Newsom signed a law making California the first state to ban the manufacture and sale of animal fur starting in 2023, and it banned most animals from circus shows, except cats, dogs, and horses. Gave.

Newsom issued an unprecedented number of executive orders closing private businesses, churches and indoor dining in his state at the start of the coronavirus pandemic. In November last year, he came under fire after mingling with California Medical Association officials without a mask at a semi-indoor party at The French Laundry restaurant in Napa. He later called it a “bad mistake”—the same day he banned indoor dining in most counties.

Newsom’s heavy-handed approach to the pandemic played a key role in a recall effort against the governor last month, which failed.