This Week’s Law New

A new year means a few new laws are taking effect. Undocumented immigrants can now qualify for Medi-Cal, telehealth for pets is legal and the minimum wage is rising for fast food workers. Plus, a shield law goes into effect that protects people seeking abortion or gender-affirming care. This week’s law new covers these and other stories.

A bill (or statute) is an official rule passed by Congress or another legislative body. It is then formally enacted by a state’s governor or other executive branch official, making it an official part of the law of the land. The history of a bill, which includes committee reports and the explanations of the votes to approve it or amend it, is known as its legislative record.

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