12/31/2012 06:43 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

New California Laws That Take Effect In 2013: Foreclosure Protection, Funeral Picketing & Birth Control (PHOTOS)

Homeowners behind on their mortgage payments and negotiating with their banks to find a way to work things out won't have to worry about getting a surprise foreclosure notice.

Women will have expanded access to birth control, as registered nurses will be able to dispense contraceptives such as the pill.

Apartment dwellers concerned about the possibility of carbon monoxide poisoning will be able to breathe easier.

Employers will not be allowed to require workers or job applicants to divulge their social media accounts or provide passwords to them.

Those are among the legal changes in California that will kick in Tuesday as a result of some of the 876 laws signed by Gov. Jerry Brown in 2012. By historic standards it was a somewhat low number but was the most new laws put on the books in the state since 2006.

The following is a list of some new laws. More information on them is available by searching the bill number under "Bill information" at

All captions by Ventura County Star.

New CA Laws That Take Effect In 2013