Here is a sampling of the dozens of new state laws that went into effect in 2020. Many affect seniors.
Washington: more older residents are eligible for property tax relief, as the threshold for relief rises based upon median county income.
Minnesota: a new law requires assisted living facilities to be licensed and sets minimum standards for safety, staffing, training and protections for people with dementia.
Nevada: Employers in the private sector with 50 or more employees are now required to provide 40 hours a year for paid leave that can be used for caregiving.
Arizona: Under a new $1 million pilot program, family caregivers may apply for reimbursement of up to $1000 for home modifications and assistive technology.
Mississippi: Court-appointed guardians may now represent at-risk adults who can no longer make decisions.
Iowa: Guardianship and conservator laws were updated to better protect Iowa’s most vulnerable residents.
AB 1482: Rent control
Communities without their own rent control laws will now be covered by statewide rent control protections. The law limits rent increases to 5 percent each year plus inflation, but never above 10 percent total. The law does not apply to housing built in the 15 years prior. The limit is a rolling number so the date housing is excluded changes every year.
SB 222: Housing discrimination
This law expands existing law to protect veterans and military personnel against housing discrimination.
AB 375: Online privacy
Want to know what information companies like Facebook or Google are collecting about you. The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) gives internet users more control over their data. Among other things, the law gives users the right to know what data is collected, the right to reject the sale of your information and the right to delete your data.
SB 167: Public safety power shutoffs
Requires utilities like PG&E to devise plans on reducing the negative impact of planned power shutoffs to first responders and people with disabilities.
AB 247: Tree trimming
Gives the California Public Utilities Commission more oversight over tree trimming efforts by utilities. Power companies would have to submit timely reports on their brush and tree trimming work.
Marc has 36 years in financial services and 6 years in teaching.
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