Increased Sales Tax, Other New July 1 Laws in Santa Clara County

New laws will be in place July 1 in Santa Clara County, including an increased sales tax rate and new school bullying regulations.


With July 1 just around the corner, a handful of new laws will be in effect. From increased sales tax in Santa Clara County to new bullying standards for schools to follow, changes are ahead for Californians. To make sure that you don’t get caught by surprise when a new law is enforced, read about the new laws below. 



AB 9, authored by Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco), requires schools to implement bullying complaint procedures and alternative discipline policies for bullying.

AB 69, authored by Jim Beall (D-San Jose), grants counties access to the Social Security Administration to determine seniors who are eligible to receive food stamps.

AB 300, authored by Fiona Ma (D-San Francisco), imposes minimum standards for sterilizing, sanitizing and maintaining safety at body piercing, tattoo and permanent cosmetic businesses.

AB 341, authored by Wes Chesbro (D-Arcata), requires recycling for businesses and apartment buildings of more than four units that have more than four cubic years of waste per week.

AB 959, authored by Brian Jones (R-Santee), allows welfare and food stamp recipients an extra month to file quarterly reports.

AB 1156, authored by Mike Eng (D-Monterey Park), revises the definition of bullying, gives bullied victims priority for transferring schools and requires bullying-prevention training.

AB 1215, authored by Bob Blumenfield (D-Woodland Hills), mandates used vehicle dealers to participate in a program for flagging salvaged and junk as well as raises the maximum document-processing fee for vehicles.

AB 1424, authored by Henry Perea (D-Fresno), mandates that the state suspend licenses from the state’s highest tax delinquents.

SB 190, authored by Alan Lowenthal (D-Long Beach), changes the enforcement of mechanics liens and requires a person to forfeit his lien if he includes labor of materials in a claim. 

SB 222, authored by Noreen Evans (D-Santa Rosa) and Elaine Alquist (D-Santa Clara), ensures that all women receive maternity coverage regardless of their health insurance policies.

SB 424, authored by Michael Rubio (D-Bakersfield), authorizes a design professional to convert a lien assuming that certain requirements are satisfied.

SB 510, authored by Lou Correa (D-Santa Ana), authorizes a broker to appoint a manager of a branch office and delegate supervising responsibility to him.

SB 841, authored by Lois Wolk (D-Davis), imposes indemnity obligations on local agencies that fail to obtain approval.


Santa Clara County

The sales tax rate will increase from 8.25% to 8.375% countywide. Since Campbell already has a special district rate, it will increase from 8.50% to 8.625% in the 95008 zip code. See the rates for all cities in California. 


Do you know of other laws effective July 1? Let us know about them in the comments section below. 

Judi Weidenfeld June 27, 2012 at 05:51 AM
I'm now going to be doing all my shopping at the exact same stores that I would be shopping at here in Mountain View in Redwood City to avoid increased sales tax. I will go to Target in RWC, for instance & purchase an item there that would cost more at the Sunnyvale Target. Why wouldn't I? And what will this increase be put toward?


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