Starting New Year's Day, California residents can register to vote online, minors will be prohibited from purchasing over-the-counter cough syrup, possessing shark fins will be illegal and classrooms must teach about the contributions of gays and lesbians to American history.
Also, a new law allows for inmate-produced goods to be sold to non-profit organizations.
Here's a list of just some of the 760 bills Gov. Jerry Brown managed to sign off in 2011:
- Health insurers must include coverage for autism;
- Stores will be banned from selling expired infant food or formula;
- All ballot initiatives will be voted on in November elections, instead of June primaries;
- The importation, production and sale of beer with added caffeine will be banned;
- A $4 million fund will be devoted to work on a high-speed rail system between L.A. and San Diego;
- Schools can suspect students for bullying classmates on social networking sites;
- Illegal immigrants accepted into public universities and community colleges will be eligible for scholarships;
- Courts can revoke, for up to a decade, the driver's license of anyone convicted of three or more DUIs;
- Foster care will be extended beyond age 18 to 21.
Some new laws take effect later in 2012.