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The Governor has signed the following measures into law:
AB 261 (Dickinson): This bill clarifies that prescriptive easements run with the tax-defaulted property sold in a tax sale and require any person wishing to commence a proceeding in court based on alleged invalidity or irregularity of a sale of tax-defaulted property to first petition the local board of supervisors, as specified, to have the tax sale rescinded.
AB 316 (Carter): This bill creates a fine for grand theft of copper. Specifically, AB 316 creates a fine for every person who steals, takes, or carries away copper materials of another, including, but not limited to, copper wire, copper cable, copper tubing, and copper piping, which are of a value exceeding $950 is guilty of grand theft. Grand theft of copper shall be punishable by a fine not exceeding $2,500, by imprisonment in a county jail not exceeding one year, or by both that fine and imprisonment, or by imprisonment in the state prison not exceeding 16 months, or two or three years and a fine not exceeding $10,000.
AB 1215 (Blumenfield): This bill requires new car dealers to participate in a program to electronically title and register vehicles that they sell and to post specified warning notices on some used cars. This bill allows vehicle dealers to charge car buyers higher add-on fees on the sale of new and used vehicles.
SB 131 (Gaines): This bill would clarify the allocation of Department of Insurance reporting requirements under the surplus lines law when multiple brokers are involved in a single surplus lines transaction by permitting delegation of the responsibility by mutual agreement among the brokers as a recognized option.