CREATED Jul. 1, 2012
SACRAMENTO (AP) — Car buyers, ducks and geese, and those in search of tattoos or body piercing all get increased protections under new laws that take effect July 1.
All or part of about two-dozen laws are taking effect at midyear, including measures to discourage bullies and encourage low-income seniors to eat healthier.
California's nation-leading ban on the culinary delicacy foie gras has received the most attention. The product is created by force-feeding ducks or geese through funnel-like tubes until their livers grow to more than 10 times their normal size.
The state also is enacting a first-in-the-nation law to protect those shopping for used cars.
Starting Sunday, car dealers must mark vehicles with bright red warning stickers if they are listed in a national database as junk, salvage or inundated during floods.