California to Ban Sales of Gas-Powered Leaf Blowers and Lawn Mowers

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Gavin Newsom also signs legislation mandating gender-neutral classes in toy stores and ethnic-studies classrooms for high school graduates

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No new law is effective immediately.

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A ban on the sale of gas-powered lawn mowers, leaf blowers and other small off-road equipment engines could begin as early as 2024, as part of the state’s effort to reduce carbon emissions that contribute to climate change. . Opponents said relying only on electrical equipment that needs to be recharged would be a burden for professional landowners and gardeners.

Mr Newsom signed an order last year that aims to end sales of gas-powered passenger cars in the state by 2035. California has long been one of the most aggressive states in the country in regulating emissions that contribute to air pollution. Because of California’s size, state-enforced regulations often affect what companies make and sell nationally.

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The bill requiring all major state retailers selling toys or baby care items to maintain a gender-neutral category will go into effect in 2024. The new law only applies to stores with 500 or more employees.

Stores without such sections may be fined up to $250 for the first violation and up to $500 for additional violations. They would still be allowed to have boys and girls classes.

Supporters said this would help reduce gender stereotypes among children. Some Republican lawmakers and other critics said the government should not be involved in guiding how businesses choose to organize how they sell.

Under a third bill signed into law by Mr Newsom, California high-school students in the 2030s and beyond must complete a one-semester ethnic-study class in order to graduate. The new law comes amid a national debate about how issues of race should be taught in American schools. Critics of ethnic-studies curricula have argued that they are racially divisive.

After widespread criticism, including from Jewish groups, Mr Newsom vetoed a similar bill last year, calling for a revised version that would include more communities.

“Ethnic-Studies courses enable students to learn the stories of themselves and their classmates, and numerous studies have shown that these courses promote student achievement in the long run – particularly among students of color, ‘ Mr Newsom said in one go. Signature statement.

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