Two Newly Enacted California Statutes-Noose Hanging and Sports Betting Pools
According to A.B. 412 any person who hangs a “noose,” knowing it to be a symbol representing a threat to life and for the purpose of terrorizing another, on the property of a school, park, or place of employment can now be punished by imprisonment in the county jail and or/fined up to $5,000! This act is considered a hate crime.
According to A.B. 58 participation in a bet, wager, or betting pool (football season is here!) with another person, or group of persons, who are not acting for gain, hire or reward other than that which is at stake for every participant based on the result of a contest or event, including a sporting event, shall no longer be a misdemeanor nor felony! Yep, that means prior to this change any of you that got in on the office pool for events like the World Series or Superbowl could have been convicted of a misdemeanor or felony! Well that law has been changed. Now, it is only an infraction (like getting a ticket), punishable by a fine not to exceed $250.00 (whew, just in time for the upcoming baseball playoffs. LOL).