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Newsom's woke weekend: California governor signs flurry of bills into law

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California’s title as the "wokest," most liberal state in America apparently won’t be relinquished as long as Gov. Gavin Newsom is in office. He just closed the current legislative session by signing a flurry of bills ranging from banning gas-powered landscaping equipment to requiring gender-neutral toy sections in department stores.

Many of the new mandates for businesses and residents come at a time when the cost of everything from food to gasoline to housing is among the steepest in the nation. Only Hawaii has a higher cost index. Newsom is coming off a resounding victory in a recall election over taxation and government control.

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“In a time when the state and country are more divided than ever, this legislative session reminds us what we can accomplish together,” Newsom said in a press release. “What we’re doing here in California is unprecedented in both nature and scale. We will come back from this pandemic stronger than ever before.”

Over the weekend, Newsom signed 32 bills, including:

No more gas-powered lawn mowers and leaf blowers

An air pollution bill co-authored by 13 legislators would prohibit the sale of and use of gardening equipment that uses gas-powered motors manufactured after 2024. This bill also applies to “small offroad engines” such as golf carts. The new law will affect 50,000 small businesses, and funds currently allocated to offset equipment replacement are inadequate, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Last year, Newsom banned the sale of all cars and trucks that use gasoline by 2035. California has the strictest air quality mandates in the nation.

Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks during a news conference at James Denman Middle School in San Francisco, Friday, Oct. 1, 2021. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) Jeff Chiu/AP

Menstrual products must be supplied in school restrooms

Female baby boomers will recall that these items used to be for sale in most restrooms for a quarter. Gradually, the dispensers were removed, but now, they must be reinstalled to offer free products in colleges and grades six to 12. It will cost about $11 million to implement and $4.5 million a year to operate.

It’s all about gender equity, a Stanford student said.

“As a nonmenstruating individual, I don’t have to worry about where my toilet paper is going to be or if I’m going to have access to toilet paper when I’m in the bathroom,” freshman Jason Chen told CalMatters.

Gender-neutral toy sections in stores

If you are a parent confused over the labeling of toys for your child under age 12, don’t worry — California has you covered. Beginning in 2024, all stores must have a gender-neutral section with items that appeal to both sexes. Stores that don’t comply can be fined up to $500.

The law doesn’t dictate what these items are, instead leaving it to the discretion of merchants. Forcing parents to shop in aisles dedicated to either boys or girls “makes it more difficult for the consumer to compare the products and incorrectly implies that their use by one gender is inappropriate,” the bill states.

Ethnic studies requirement

In the most hotly debated law of the bunch, students starting high school after 2026 must now pass an ethnic studies course before graduating. Opponents worry that this will increase the use of critical race theory.

So far, $50 million has been dedicated to funding the new curriculum. However, that appears to be a fraction needed, as one school district plans on spending $40 million, with some contractors charging $1,500 an hour, the Daily Mail reported.

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This extra funding comes at a time when aging school districts are placing pricey propositions on the ballot to pay for renovations to dilapidated buildings. Any approved funding is passed on to homeowners through property taxes. A massive 2020 statewide bond backed by Newsom was defeated after being rejected by residents. The proposed price tag? $15 billion.

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