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

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January 1, 2014 12:00:00 AM PST
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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