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CA AB 100 - Philip Y. Ting
Budget Acts of 2021 and 2022.
05/04/2023 - Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 11 a.m.
AB 100, Ting. Budget Acts of 2021 and 2022. The Budget Act of 2021 and Budget Act of 2022 made appropriations for the support of state government for the 2021–22 and 2022–23 fiscal years.This bill would amend the Budget Act of 2021 and Budget Act of 2022 by amending and adding items of appropriation and making other changes.The bill would declare that it is to take effect immediately as a Budget Bill.

CA AB 1000 - Eloise Gomez Reyes
Qualifying logistics use projects.
02/01/2024 - From committee: Filed with the Chief Clerk pursuant to Joint Rule 56.
AB 1000, as amended, Reyes. Qualifying logistics use projects. (1) Existing law, the Planning and Zoning Law, sets forth various requirements relating to the review of development project permit applications and the issuance of development permits for specified classes of development projects.This bill would prohibit the County of Riverside, the County of San Bernardino, any city located within those counties, and the agencies, boards, or commissions, charter cities, joint powers authorities, regional agencies, public districts, and redevelopment agencies, and any other political subdivisions located within those counties, from approving the development or expansion of any qualifying logistics use, as defined, within 1,000 feet of sensitive receptors, as defined, except as provided. The bill would authorize a public agency, as defined, to approve the development or expansion of a qualifying logistics use greater than 500 feet from a sensitive receptor and within 1,000 feet of a sensitive receptor only if the qualifying logistics use complies with certain requirements, including that all heavy-duty vehicles domiciled onsite meet certain requirements. The bill would require these minimum setback measurements to be made from the property line of the sensitive receptor to the property line of the qualifying logistics use by using a straight-line method.By modifying the duties of local agencies with regard to qualifying logistics use projects, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.The bill would authorize an individual affected by a violation of these provisions or the Attorney General to bring an action to enjoin a violation of the provisions of this bill. The bill would provide that these provisions do not relieve a public agency from complying with the California Environmental Quality Act.(2) The bill would include findings that changes proposed by this bill address a matter of statewide concern rather than a municipal affair and, therefore, apply to all cities, including charter cities.(3) This bill would make legislative findings and declarations as to the necessity of a special statute for the Counties of Riverside and San Bernardino, the cities located within those counties, and the agencies, boards, or commissions, charter cities, joint powers authorities, regional agencies, public districts, and redevelopment agencies, and any other political subdivisions located within those counties.(4) The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.

CA AB 101 - Philip Y. Ting
Budget Act of 2023.
08/14/2023 - Re-referred to Com. on B. & F.R.
AB 101, as amended, Ting. Budget Act of 2023. This bill would make appropriations for the support of state government for the 2023–24 fiscal year.This bill would declare that it is to take effect immediately as a Budget Bill.

CA AB 102 - Philip Y. Ting
Budget Act of 2023.
06/27/2023 - Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 4:30 p.m.
AB 102, Ting. Budget Act of 2023. The Budget Act of 2023 made appropriations for the support of state government for the 2023–24 fiscal year.This bill would amend the Budget Act of 2023 by amending, adding, and repealing items of appropriation and making other changes.This bill would declare that it is to take effect immediately as a Budget Bill.

CA AB 103 - Philip Y. Ting
Budget Acts of 2021 and 2022.
06/30/2023 - Chaptered by Secretary of State - Chapter 33, Statutes of 2023.
AB 103, Ting. Budget Acts of 2021 and 2022. The Budget Act of 2021 and Budget Act of 2022 made appropriations for the support of state government for the 2021–22 and 2022–23 fiscal years. This bill would amend the Budget Act of 2021 and Budget Act of 2022 by amending and adding items of appropriation and making other changes. The bill would declare that it is to take effect immediately as a Budget Bill.

CA AB 104 - Philip Y. Ting
Budget Acts of 2022 and 2023.
09/13/2023 - Re-referred to Com. on B. & F.R.
AB 104, as amended, Ting. Budget Acts of 2022 and 2023. The Budget Act of 2022 and the Budget Act of 2023 made appropriations for the support of state government for the 2022–23 and 2023–24 fiscal years.This bill would amend the Budget Act of 2022 and the Budget Act of 2023 by amending and adding items of appropriation and making other changes.This bill would declare that it is to take effect immediately as a Budget Bill.

CA AB 1045 - Gregg Hart
Hazardous materials: public notices.
02/01/2024 - From committee: Filed with the Chief Clerk pursuant to Joint Rule 56.
AB 1045, as amended, Hart. Hazardous materials: public notices. Existing law provides that the Department of Toxic Substances Control regulates the handling and management of hazardous substances, materials, and waste. Existing law requires the department to, among other things, issue hazardous waste facilities permits to facilities handling hazardous waste and to enforce the requirements of the hazardous waste control laws. The Carpenter-Presley-Tanner Hazardous Substance Account Act establishes a program authorizing certain responses to releases of hazardous substances, including spills and hazardous waste disposal sites that pose a threat to the public health or the environment, and imposes liability for hazardous substance removal or remedial actions.Existing law requires the department, a local agency, or a regional board, as applicable, to publish specified public notices in a newspaper of general circulation, as described, in connection with various proceedings governed by the hazardous waste control laws and the laws governing hazardous substances, including, among other notices, a notice of intent to file an application for a land use decision for a specified hazardous waste facility project, notice regarding a proposed agreement for a hazardous waste easement, covenant, restriction, or servitude, as described, upon the present and future uses of land, notice regarding public hearings on a proposed hazardous waste management plan, and specified notices regarding removal or remedial actions with respect to hazardous substances.This bill would require the department, a local agency, or regional board, as applicable, in addition to publishing a notice in a newspaper of general circulation, as specified, to use any other reasonable means to publicize the notices, including, but not limited to, the online versions of newspapers, community bulletin boards, civic engagement platforms, app-based platforms, or other digital platforms, if the department, local agency, or regional board determines, based on research about the affected community, as described, a baseline community survey, or interviews with affected community members, that the targeted community receives information primarily through other means. By imposing a higher level of service on local agencies, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.This bill would provide that, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that the bill contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to the statutory provisions noted above.

CA AB 1065 - James Norwood Patterson Jr.
Communications: California Advanced Services Fund.
01/25/2024 - Consideration of Governor's veto stricken from file.
AB 1065, Jim Patterson. Communications: California Advanced Services Fund. Existing law vests the Public Utilities Commission with regulatory authority over public utilities, including telephone corporations. Existing law requires the commission to develop, implement, and administer the California Advanced Services Fund (CASF) to encourage deployment of high-quality advanced communications services to all Californians that will promote economic growth, job creation, and the substantial social benefits of advanced information and communications technologies. Existing law authorizes the commission to impose a surcharge, until December 31, 2032, to collect up to $150,000,000 per year for deposit into the CASF. Existing law requires the commission to establish specified accounts within the CASF, including the Broadband Infrastructure Grant Account and the Federal Funding Account, as specified.This bill would expressly authorize otherwise eligible wireless broadband service providers to apply for and receive funding from the Broadband Infrastructure Grant Account and the Federal Funding Account, as provided. The bill would specify that the changes made by the bill do not require the commission to initiate or reopen any proceeding as a result of the bill.

CA AB 1099 - James M. Gallagher
Goat herders: labor protections.
02/01/2024 - From committee: Filed with the Chief Clerk pursuant to Joint Rule 56.
AB 1099, as introduced, Megan Dahle. Goat herders: labor protections. Existing law establishes specified labor protections for goat herders, as defined, relating to wages, meal and rest periods, lodging, and other conditions of employment. Existing law imposes civil penalties, as prescribed, for violations of these provisions. Existing law requires the Labor Commissioner, on or before January 1, 2024, to issue a report to the Legislature on wage violations, including minimum wage and overtime, affecting sheepherders and goat herders. These goat herder provisions are repealed on January 1, 2024.This bill would delete the repeal language, thereby making the provisions operative indefinitely.

CA AB 1124 - Evan Low
Department of Managed Health Care: employee assistance programs.
02/01/2024 - From committee: Filed with the Chief Clerk pursuant to Joint Rule 56.
AB 1124, as amended, Low. Department of Managed Health Care: employee assistance programs. Existing law, the Knox-Keene Health Care Service Plan Act of 1975, establishes the Department of Managed Health Care to ensure that health care service plans provide enrollees with access to quality health care services and to protect and promote the interests of enrollees.This bill would require the department to create a report that, among other things, examines and analyzes limitations to employee access to behavioral health for employee assistance programs, as defined, and makes related findings and recommendations. The bill would require the department to issue the report to specified members and committees of the Legislature and to post the report on the department’s public internet website no later than June 30, 2024.

CA AB 1131 - Eduardo Garcia
Health care: Hospitals First Revolving Fund.
02/01/2024 - From committee: Filed with the Chief Clerk pursuant to Joint Rule 56.
AB 1131, as amended, Garcia. Health care: Hospitals First Revolving Fund. Existing law establishes the Department of Health Care Access and Information, which administers, among other programs, the Rural Hospital Grant Program, which provides grants to alternative rural hospitals and rural hospitals that are sole community providers to encourage the development and transition to an alternative rural hospital model, and to provide essential access to services not available at the alternative rural hospital level, and the Small and Rural Hospital Relief Program for the purpose of funding seismic safety compliance with respect to small hospitals, rural hospitals, and critical access hospitals in the state.This bill would establish the Hospitals First Revolving Fund, administered by the department, to offer grants and low-cost loans to hospitals in rural and medically underserved communities to prevent the closure of a hospital or facilitate the reopening of a closed hospital.

CA AB 114 - House Budget Committee
Education finance: education omnibus budget trailer bill.
08/14/2023 - Re-referred to Com. on B. & F.R.
AB 114, as amended, Committee on Budget. Education finance: education omnibus budget trailer bill. (1) Existing law establishes a public school financing system that requires state funding for school districts, county offices of education, and charter schools to be calculated pursuant to a local control funding formula, as specified. Existing law requires the Superintendent of Public Instruction to annually calculate a county local control funding formula for each county superintendent of schools that includes, among other things, an alternative education grant, as specified. Existing law includes, among other things, a base grant based upon average daily attendance as a component of that alternative education grant.This bill would revise the alternative education grant by, among other things, increasing the base grant component of the alternative education grant, revising the calculation of average daily attendance for purposes of the alternative education grant, as specified, and establishing add-ons of $200,000 for each county office of education that operates a juvenile court school and $200,000 for each county office of education that operates a county community school. The bill would require the Superintendent to allocate $3,000 per unit of average daily attendance for a Student Support and Enrichment Block Grant, as provided. The bill would make these provisions applicable commencing with the 2023–24 fiscal year.(2) Existing law, commencing with the 2018–19 fiscal year, requires the Superintendent to add $200,000 and other specified amounts, that are dependent upon the number and size of school districts under its jurisdiction and that are determined to be in need of differentiated assistance, to a county superintendent of school’s local control funding formula allocation, as specified.This bill, commencing with the 2023–24 fiscal year, would increase the above-described add-on by $100,000.(3) Existing law, commencing with the 2015–16 fiscal year, requires the Superintendent to add $2,000,000 to the Los Angeles County Office of Education’s local control funding formula allocation for the purpose of supporting statewide professional development and leadership training for education professionals related to antibias education and the creation of inclusive and equitable schools.This bill would, commencing with the 2023–24 fiscal year, increase that add-on for the Los Angeles County Office of Education by $1,000,000 to instead be $3,000,000.(4) The Early Education Act requires the Superintendent to administer the California state preschool program. The act also requires the Superintendent, in consultation with the Director of Social Services and the executive director of the State Board of Education, to convene a statewide interest holder workgroup to provide recommendations on best practices for increasing access to high-quality universal preschool programs for 3- and 4-year-old children offered through a mixed-delivery model that provides equitable learning experiences across a variety of settings. The act requires the Superintendent, in consultation with the director, to provide a report to the appropriate fiscal and policy committees of the Legislature and the Department of Finance with the recommendations of the workgroup no later than January 15, 2023.This bill would delay the reporting of those recommendations described above to instead be no later than March 31, 2024.(5) Existing law establishes the California Prekindergarten Planning and Implementation Grant Program as a state early learning initiative with the goal of expanding access to classroom-based prekindergarten programs. Existing law appropriates $300,000,000 from the General Fund to the State Department of Education in both the 2021–22 fiscal year and the 2022–23 fiscal year for allocation to local educational agencies as base grants, enrollment grants, and supplemental grants, as specified.The bill would authorize the department to allocate or prorate un

CA AB 1147 - Eduardo Garcia
Disability Equity and Accountability Act of 2023.
09/13/2023 - Ordered to inactive file at the request of Senator Menjivar.
AB 1147, as amended, Addis. Disability Equity and Accountability Act of 2023. The Lanterman Developmental Disabilities Services Act makes the State Department of Developmental Services responsible for providing various services and supports to individuals with developmental disabilities, and for ensuring the appropriateness and quality of those services and supports. Pursuant to that law, the department contracts with regional centers to provide services and supports to persons with developmental disabilities.This bill would enact the Disability Equity and Accountability Act of 2023, which would make various changes to the act for purposes including providing increased oversight of regional center operations and performance. The bill would require an evaluation of regional center performance by the department, which would be implemented using a common set of performance measures. The bill would require the department to establish standards, consisting of benchmarks above which indicate good performance and minimum benchmarks below which a regional center shall undertake efforts to improve, for these performance measures, as specified, by July 1, 2025. The bill would require the department, in consultation with stakeholders, including consumers and family members, to annually establish, update, and review these benchmarks.Existing law requires the department, in consultation with stakeholders, to identify a valid and reliable quality assurance instrument that assesses consumer and family satisfaction, provision of services in a linguistically and competent manner, and personal outcomes, as specified.This bill would require the department by March 1, 2025, to advise the Legislature describing the extent to which the requirements of this section have been met, including the surveying of all consumers, including those who have not purchased services, and providing specific steps and the schedule by which these requirements will be met.Existing law declares the intent of the Legislature to ensure that the individual program plan (IPP) and provision of services and supports by the regional center system is centered on the individual and the family of the individual with developmental disabilities and takes into account the needs and preferences of the individual and the family, as prescribed. Existing law requires an IPP to be developed for any person who, following intake and assessment, is found to be eligible for regional center services, and requires these plans to be completed within 60 days of the completion of the assessment, as specified.This bill also would declare the intent of the Legislature to ensure that goals in any plan allow for innovation and nontraditional service delivery, as specified. The bill would require the service coordinator, as part of the initial IPP meeting and each review of the IPP, as specified, to provide the consumer or, if appropriate, their parents, legal guardian, conservator, or authorized representative, oral and written information about the Self-Determination Program, as prescribed. The bill would require the regional center service coordinator to provide specified information regarding the program within 5 business days of the consumer expressing interest.The bill would revise the criteria applicable to regional center governing boards with which the state contracts, including with respect to training and ongoing support, and executive director performance standards. The bill would require the department to establish and adopt a grievance procedure for governing board members, as specified. The bill also would, beginning on January 1, 2025, make regional centers subject to requirements of the California Public Records Act. Notwithstanding any other law, the bill would require access to records regarding an applicant for, or recipient of, services to be provided, upon request, to the applicant, recipient, or their authorized representative, as specified, unless expressly prohibited by law.T

CA AB 1153 - David Alvarez
San Diego Unified Port District.
02/01/2024 - From committee: Filed with the Chief Clerk pursuant to Joint Rule 56.
AB 1153, as introduced, Alvarez. San Diego Unified Port District. Existing law authorizes the establishment of the San Diego Unified Port District for the acquisition, construction, maintenance, operation, development, and regulation of harbor works and improvements for the harbor of San Diego and for the promotion of commerce, navigation, fisheries, and recreation. Existing law establishes the board of commissioners of the port district, which is required to draft a master plan for harbor and port improvement and for the use of all the tidelands and submerged lands under the port district’s jurisdiction.This bill would require the board, in implementing the master plan, to include funding for cooperative infrastructure and capital projects that directly address maritime industrial impacts by the port in cities that host maritime terminals, as specified. In addition to that funding, this bill would require the board to dedicate 1% of the port’s revenue, as specified, for those cooperative infrastructure and capital projects.This bill would also require the board to dedicate 1% of the port district’s rental income, as specified, to converting industrial properties in disadvantaged communities, as defined, within the district to open space. By requiring the board to provide this funding, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.This bill would provide that, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that the bill contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to the statutory provisions noted above.

CA AB 1157 - Lori D. Wilson
Rehabilitative and habilitative services: durable medical equipment and services.
09/01/2023 - In committee: Held under submission.
AB 1157, as amended, Ortega. Rehabilitative and habilitative services: durable medical equipment and services. Existing law, the Knox-Keene Health Care Service Plan Act of 1975, requires the Department of Managed Health Care to license and regulate health care service plans and makes a willful violation of the act a crime. Other existing law requires the Department of Insurance to regulate health insurers. Existing law requires an individual or small group health care service plan contract or health insurance policy issued, amended, or renewed on or after January 1, 2017, to include, at a minimum, coverage for essential health benefits pursuant to the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Under existing law, essential health benefits includes, among other things, rehabilitative and habilitative services. Existing law requires habilitative services and devices to be covered under the same terms and conditions applied to rehabilitative services and devices under the plan contract or policy, and defines habilitative services to mean health care services and devices that help a person keep, learn, or improve skills and functioning for daily living.This bill would specify that coverage of rehabilitative and habilitative services and devices under a health care service plan or health insurance policy includes durable medical equipment, services, and repairs, if the equipment, services, or repairs are prescribed or ordered by a physician, surgeon, or other health professional acting within the scope of their license. The bill would define “durable medical equipment” to mean devices, including replacement devices, that are designed for repeated use, and that are used for the treatment or monitoring of a medical condition or injury in order to help a person to partially or fully acquire, improve, keep, or learn, or minimize the loss of, skills and functioning of daily living. The bill would prohibit coverage of durable medical equipment and services from being subject to financial or treatment limitations, as specified.The bill would require the Secretary of California Health and Human Services to communicate to the federal Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight that the coverage of durable medical equipment is necessary to comply with federal requirements for purposes of being considered essential health benefits not subject to defrayal payments. If the center overrules the state’s determination that the additional coverage subjects the state to defrayal payments, the bill would require the secretary to reevaluate California’s essential health benefits benchmark plan to incorporate the coverage without triggering the defrayal requirement. The bill would require the secretary, no later than one year after the center makes its determination, to submit a report to the Legislature recommending the corresponding changes to the essential health benefits benchmarking process in order for the Legislature to approve submission of a new benchmark plan proposal to the center. Because a violation of the bill’s provisions by a health care service plan would be a crime, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.

CA AB 116 - House Budget Committee
Early childcare and education.
06/27/2023 - Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 4:30 p.m.
AB 116, Committee on Budget. Early childcare and education. (1) Existing law, the Child Care and Development Services Act, administered by the State Department of Social Services, establishes a system of childcare and development services for children up to 13 years of age. Existing law requires the department to contract with local contracting agencies for alternative payment programs for childcare services to be provided throughout the state. Existing law requires an alternative payment program to reimburse a licensed provider for the childcare of a subsidized child based on the rate charged to nonsubsidized families or the rate established by the provider for prospective nonsubsidized families, as specified, and requires a licensed childcare provider to submit to the alternative payment program a copy of the provider’s rate sheet listing the rates charged and other specified policies and statements.This bill would provide that a license-exempt childcare provider is not required to submit rate sheets. The bill would, if a childcare provider’s reimbursement rate category could be construed as either full-time weekly or full-time monthly, require the alternative payment program, county, or contractor to reimburse the provider either (A) the applicable rate category that most closely corresponds to the rate category listed on the licensed childcare provider’s rate sheet, or (B) if the alternative payment program, county, or contractor cannot determine a single applicable rate category from the licensed childcare provider’s rate sheet, or if the license-exempt childcare provider does not have a rate sheet on file, the applicable rate category that results in the higher reimbursement.Existing law requires the department, in collaboration with the State Department of Education, to implement a reimbursement system plan that establishes reasonable standards and assigned reimbursement rates, and specifies the reimbursement rate for contractors. Existing law requires the reimbursement rate to be increased by the above-described cost-of-living adjustment.The bill would suspend the annual cost-of-living adjustment for the reimbursement rate for the 2023–24 and 2024–25 fiscal years. The bill would state the intent of the Legislature that any adjustment in the 2023–24 and 2024–25 fiscal years related to reimbursement for programs funded pursuant to these provisions be subject to a ratified agreement and subject to future legislation, as specified.Under existing law, for purposes of establishing initial income eligibility for services under the act, “income eligible” means that a family’s adjusted monthly income is at or below 85% of the state median income, adjusted for family size. Existing regulations provide how to calculate a family’s adjusted monthly income for purposes of determining income eligibility and calculating a family fee, and require that when a family’s income fluctuates because of migrant, agricultural, or seasonal work, inconsistent or unstable employment; self-employment; or intermittent income, the adjusted monthly income be determined by averaging the total countable income from the preceding 12 months.This bill would codify that regulation, except the bill would require that when a family experiences income fluctuation due to any of those previously mentioned reasons, a family may choose to provide up to the 12 preceding months of income information as necessary for purposes of determining income eligibility or calculating a family fee. The bill would require that the monthly income be determined by averaging the total countable income from at least 2 months, as applicable based on the income provided, to determine income eligibility or calculating a family fee. The bill would authorize the department to implement and administer these provisions by all-county letters, bulletins, or similar written instructions until regulations are adopted. The bill would require the department to adopt regulations no later than Jul

CA AB 118 - House Budget Committee
Budget Act of 2023: health.
06/27/2023 - Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 4:30 p.m.
AB 118, Committee on Budget. Budget Act of 2023: health. (1) Existing law, the Knox-Keene Health Care Service Plan Act of 1975, provides for the licensure and regulation of health care service plans by the Department of Managed Health Care and makes a willful violation of the act a crime. Existing law requires a health care service plan to provide disclosures regarding the benefits, services, and terms of the plan contract, as specified, to provide the public, subscribers, and enrollees with a full and fair disclosure of the provisions of the plan.This bill would require the department to develop standard templates for the disclosure form and evidence of coverage, to include, among other things, standard definitions, benefit descriptions, and any other information that the director determines, consistent with the goals of providing fair disclosures of the provisions of a health care service plan. The bill would require the department to consult with the Department of Insurance and interested stakeholders in developing the standard templates. The bill would require health care service plans, beginning January 1, 2025, to use the standard templates for any disclosure form or evidence of coverage published or distributed, except as specified. Because a willful violation of these requirements is a crime, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.This bill would authorize the department to develop standard templates for a schedule of benefits, an explanation of benefits, a cost-sharing summary, or any similar document. The bill would authorize the department to require health care service plans to use the standard templates, except as specified, and would authorize the director to require health care service plans to submit forms the health care service plan created based on the department’s templates for the purpose of compliance review. The bill would additionally specify that the department may implement these provisions by issuing and modifying templates and all-plan letters or similar instructions, without taking regulatory action. The bill would also update cross-references in various provisions.(2) Existing law requires a health care service plan contract or disability insurance policy to cover mental health and substance use disorder treatment, including medically necessary treatment of a mental health or substance use disorder provided by an in-network or out-of-network 988 center or mobile crisis team. Existing law prohibits a health care service plan or insurer from requiring prior authorization for medically necessary treatment of a mental health or substance use disorder provided by a 988 center or mobile crisis team.This bill would instead specify that mental health and substance use disorder treatment includes behavioral health crisis services that are provided by a 988 center, mobile crisis team or other provider of behavioral health crisis services. The bill would prohibit a health care service plan or health insurer from requiring prior authorization for behavioral health crisis stabilization services and care, but would authorize prior authorization for medically necessary mental health or substance use disorder services following stabilization from a behavioral health crisis addressed by services provided through the 988 system.This bill would require a health care service plan or health insurer that is contacted by a 988 center, mobile crisis team, or other provider of behavioral health crisis services to, within 30 minutes of initial contact, either authorize poststabilization care or inform the provider that it will arrange for the prompt transfer of the enrollee’s care to another provider. The bill would require the plan or insurer to reimburse a provider for poststabilization care in specified circumstances, including if the plan or insurer did not respond within 30 minutes to authorize care or arrange for transfer. The bill would require a plan or insurer to prominently display on its internet w

CA AB 1182 - Cottie Petrie-Norris
Energy: Decarbonization Funding Plan.
09/01/2023 - In committee: Held under submission.
AB 1182, as amended, Petrie-Norris. Energy: Decarbonization Funding Plan. Existing law creates the Department of Finance and provides that the department has general powers of supervision over all matters concerning the financial and business policies of the state, including collecting financial information related to federal awards received, which includes schedules of cash and noncash federal assistance and passthrough amounts.Existing law, the California Climate Crisis Act, declares that it is the policy of the state both to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions as soon as possible, but no later than 2045, and achieve and maintain net-negative greenhouse gas emissions thereafter, and to ensure that by 2045, statewide anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions are reduced to at least 85% below the 1990 levels. Existing law establishes the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) within the Governor’s office to serve the Governor as the lead entity for economic strategy and the marketing of California on issues relating to business development, private sector investment, and economic growth. Existing law establishes, within GO-Biz, the Energy Unit to accelerate the planning, financing, and execution of critical energy infrastructure projects that are necessary for the state to reach its climate, energy, and sustainability policy goals, including by making recommendations, coordinating between the state’s climate and energy agencies, and cooperating with local, regional, federal, and California public and private businesses and investors. This bill would require the Department of Finance, in conjunction with the Governor’s Budget, to submit a decarbonization funding plan (plan) to the Joint Legislative Committee on Climate Change and to post the plan on its internet website. The bill would require the plan to, among other things, identify decarbonization opportunities to help the state reach its targets to reduce the effects of climate change and set out priorities for funding, suggest efficiencies distributing decarbonization funds, including expediting the application and award process, and provide recommendations on how to effectively align state decarbonization incentives and allocated general fund moneys with federal funds from the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 and the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. The bill would require, by July 1, 2024, the department to establish an internet web portal for purposes of identifying decarbonization funding opportunities with specified information. The bill would require GO-Biz to post a link to the internet web portal on its internet website. The bill would repeal these provisions on January 1, 2033.This bill would set forth related legislative findings and declarations.

CA AB 1197 - Gregg Hart
Agricultural Protection Planning Grant Program: local food producers.
09/01/2023 - In committee: Held under submission.
AB 1197, as amended, Hart. Agricultural Protection Planning Grant Program: local food producers. Existing law establishes the Agricultural Protection Planning Grant Program within the Department of Conservation, to provide planning grants to improve the protection of agricultural lands and grazing lands, including oak woodlands and grasslands. Existing law provides these planning grants to, among other things, maintain local food supplies and agricultural economies through the protection of agricultural lands. Existing law authorizes certain purposes for which these grants may be made for agricultural protection, including, among others, to develop public-private partnerships for the long-term protection and stewardship of agricultural lands. Existing law prohibits the department from awarding a grant in excess of $500,000 to any applicant and $750,000 if the department determines that the grant application is for collaborative planning activities proposed to include 2 or more adjacent counties, cities, or city and county.This bill would additionally authorize a nonprofit organization to apply to the department for a planning grant to assist in identifying and mapping local food producers, as defined, if the department receives an appropriation from the Legislature for those purposes. The bill would authorize planning grants to be awarded for the purpose of maintaining local food producers through the protection of agricultural lands, as specified. The bill would, among other purposes for which these grants may be made for agricultural protection, authorize the development of public-private partnerships for the long-term protection and stewardship of local food producers, as specified. The bill would also make nonsubstantive changes.

CA AB 120 - House Budget Committee
Human services.
06/27/2023 - Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 4:30 p.m.
AB 120, Committee on Budget. Human services. (1) Existing law, the California Community Care Facilities Act, provides for the licensing and regulation of community care facilities, including group home facilities, short-term residential therapeutic programs (STRTPs), and adult residential facilities (ARFs), by the State Department of Social Services. Under existing law, the department similarly regulates residential care facilities for the elderly. A violation of provisions relating to these facilities is a misdemeanor. Existing law requires administrators of these facilities, with specified exemptions, to complete a department-approved certification program, uniformly referred to as administrator certification training programs. Under existing law, these programs require a specified minimum number of hours, depending on the facility type, of classroom instruction that provides training on a uniform core of knowledge in specified areas. Existing law also requires administrator certificates to be renewed every 2 years, conditional upon the certificate holder submitting documentation of a specified number of hours of continuing education, based on the facility type. Existing law permits up to one-half of the required continuing education hours to be satisfied through online courses, and the remainder to be completed in a classroom instructional setting, as prescribed.This bill would revise those provisions by deleting the classroom instruction requirement for initial certification and continuing education purposes, and instead would require instruction that is conducive to learning and allows participants to simultaneously interact with each other as well as with the instructor. The bill would authorize up to one-half of continuing education hours to be satisfied through self-paced courses, rather than online courses. The bill would make various conforming changes.Existing law authorizes the department to license as ARFs, subject to specified conditions, adult residential facilities for persons with special health care needs (ARFPSHNs), which provide 24-hour services to up to 5 adults with developmental disabilities who have special health care and intensive support needs, as defined. Existing law requires the department to ensure that an ARFPSHN meets specified administrative requirements, including requirements related to fingerprinting and criminal records.This bill additionally would require an ARFPSHN to meet the administrator certification requirements of an ARF, including, but not limited to, completing a department-approved administrator certification training program requiring a designated minimum number of hours of instruction conducive to learning, in which participants are able to simultaneously interact with each other as well as with the instructor, that provides training on the uniform core of knowledge applicable to ARFs, as specified. The bill would require an applicant for an administrator’s certificate to submit an application for certification to the department and pass an examination, as prescribed.Because a violation of the above-described requirements would be a crime, this bill would create a state-mandated local program.Existing law includes within the definition of a community care facility, full-service adoption agencies and noncustodial adoption agencies, both of which are licensed entities authorized to provide specified adoption services. Under existing law, a facility is deemed to be an unlicensed community care facility and maintained and operated to provide nonmedical care if it is unlicensed, not exempt from licensure, and if it satisfies one of several specified conditions, including, among others, performing any of the functions of an adoption agency or holding itself out as performing any of the functions of an adoption agency, as specified. Existing law prohibits the operation of an unlicensed community care facility in the state and makes a violation of these provisions punishable as a misd

CA AB 1202 - Tom Lackey
Medi-Cal: health care services data: children and pregnant or postpartum persons.
02/12/2024 - Consideration of Governor's veto stricken from file.
AB 1202, Lackey. Medi-Cal: health care services data: children and pregnant or postpartum persons. Existing law establishes the Medi-Cal program, which is administered by the State Department of Health Care Services and under which qualified low-income individuals receive health care services through various health care delivery systems, including managed care pursuant to Medi-Cal managed care plan contracts. The Medi-Cal program is, in part, governed and funded by federal Medicaid program provisions.Existing law establishes, until January 1, 2026, certain time or distance and appointment time standards for specified Medi-Cal managed care covered services, consistent with federal regulations relating to network adequacy standards, to ensure that those services are available and accessible to enrollees of Medi-Cal managed care plans in a timely manner, as specified. Existing law sets forth various limits on the number of miles or minutes from the enrollee’s place of residence, depending on the type of service or specialty and, in some cases, on the county.This bill would require the department, no later than January 1, 2025, to prepare and submit a report to the Legislature that includes certain information, including an analysis of the adequacy of each Medi-Cal managed care plan’s network for pediatric primary care, including the number and geographic distribution of providers and the plan’s compliance with the above-described time or distance and appointment time standards.Under the bill, the report would also include data, disaggregated as specified, on the number of children and pregnant or postpartum persons who are Medi-Cal beneficiaries receiving certain health care services during the 2021–22, 2022–23, and 2023–24 fiscal years. The report would also include additional information regarding the department’s efforts to improve access to pediatric preventive care, as specified. The bill would require that the report be made publicly available through its posting on the department’s internet website.The bill would repeal these reporting provisions on January 1, 2029.

CA AB 1208 - Pilar Schiavo
California Health Benefit Exchange: Health Care Affordability Reserve Fund.
02/01/2024 - From committee: Filed with the Chief Clerk pursuant to Joint Rule 56.
AB 1208, as amended, Schiavo. California Health Benefit Exchange: Health Care Affordability Reserve Fund. Existing federal law, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), requires each state to establish an American Health Benefit Exchange to facilitate the purchase of qualified health benefit plans by qualified individuals and qualified small employers. Existing state law creates the California Health Benefit Exchange, also known as Covered California, to facilitate the enrollment of qualified individuals and qualified small employers in qualified health plans as required under PPACA. Existing law requires the Exchange to administer a program of financial assistance to help low- and middle-income Californians, by providing financial assistance to residents with household incomes at or below 600% of the federal poverty level, including appropriate subsidies designed to make health care coverage more accessible and affordable for individuals and households. Existing law requires a premium assistance subsidy provided by the program to be able to be advanced to a program participant and remitted by the Exchange to a qualified health plan issuer, based on specified factors.Existing law establishes the Health Care Affordability Reserve Fund, and authorizes the Controller to use funds in the Health Care Affordability Reserve Fund for cashflow loans to the General Fund. Existing law requires the fund to be used, upon appropriation by the Legislature, for the purpose of health care affordability programs operated by the Exchange. Existing law requires the Exchange to consult with the Legislature and stakeholders to develop options to reduce cost sharing for low- and middle-income Californians, as specified.This bill would require the Exchange to annually update the proposed program design for cost-sharing reduction, as specified, and would require the Exchange, in developing benefit designs, to maximize the number of low- and middle-income Californians with zero deductibles. The bill would provide that the premium assistance subsidy program would not be operative in any year in which federal premium subsidies are equal to or greater than those provided for the 2023 program year, and would require the program to include subsidies for cost sharing and maximum out-of-pocket limits until January 1, 2029, if federal premium subsidies continue at the level for the 2023 coverage year. The bill would make related conforming changes and delete obsolete provisions.

CA AB 1216 - Benjamin J. Allen
Wastewater treatment plants: monitoring of air pollutants.
09/07/2023 - Senate amendments concurred in. To Engrossing and Enrolling.
AB 1216, as amended, Muratsuchi. Wastewater treatment plants: monitoring of air pollutants. Existing law generally designates air pollution control and air quality management districts with the primary responsibility for the control of air pollution from all sources other than vehicular sources. Existing law authorizes the State Air Resources Board or the air district to adopt rules and regulations to require the owner or the operator of an air pollution emission source to take any action that the state board or the air district determines to be reasonable for the determination of the amount of air pollution emissions from that source. Existing law requires the air pollution control officer to inspect, as the officer determines necessary, the monitoring devices installed in every stationary source of air contaminants located within a jurisdiction that is required to have those devices to ensure that the devices are functioning properly. Existing law authorizes the district to require reasonable fees to be paid by the operator of that source to cover the expense of the inspection and other costs related thereto. A person who violates these requirements, or any rule, regulation, permit, or order of the state board or of a district adopted pursuant to these requirements is guilty of a misdemeanor and subject to a specified fine or imprisonment, or both a fine and imprisonment, as provided.This bill would require, on or before January 1, 2027, the owner or operator of a wastewater treatment facility that is located within 1,500 feet of a residential area and has an original design capacity of 425,000,000 gallons or more per day to develop, install, operate, and maintain a wastewater treatment-related fence-line monitoring system approved by the appropriate air quality management district. The bill would require the wastewater treatment-related fence-line monitoring system to include equipment capable of measuring pollutants of concern, as provided, emitted into the atmosphere that the appropriate air quality management district deems appropriate for monitoring. The bill would provide that it does not alter the responsibility of an owner or operator of a wastewater treatment facility to not exceed limits for nitrogen oxides and volatile organic compounds emitted into the atmosphere established in existing air quality regulations, as provided, and would require source testing for these pollutants to be conducted pursuant to a protocol approved by the appropriate air quality management district.This bill would require the owner or operator of a wastewater treatment facility to collect real-time data from the wastewater treatment-related fence-line monitoring system, to maintain records of that data for at least 3 years, and to transmit that data to the appropriate air quality management district. In addition, the bill would require, to the extent feasible, the data generated by these systems to be provided to the public in a publicly accessible format that provides a real-time data display. This bill also would require the owner or operator of a wastewater treatment facility to be responsible for specified costs related to the wastewater treatment-related fence-line monitoring system, including all costs incurred by the air quality management district related to the wastewater treatment-related fence-line monitoring system and source testing at the wastewater treatment facility, and the costs associated with providing the required data to the air quality management district and the public.By adding to the duties of air districts and by expanding the scope of crimes, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for specified reasons.

CA AB 1228 - Christopher R. Holden
Fast food restaurant industry: Fast Food Council: health, safety, employment, and minimum wage.
09/28/2023 - Chaptered by Secretary of State - Chapter 262, Statutes of 2023.
AB 1228, Holden. Fast food restaurant industry: Fast Food Council: health, safety, employment, and minimum wage. Existing law, which is suspended pursuant to a referendum petition, establishes, until January 1, 2029, the Fast Food Council (council) within the Department of Industrial Relations and prescribes its powers. Existing law, among other things, prescribes the purposes, duties, and limitations of the council, including a requirement that the council promulgate minimum fast food restaurant employment standards. Existing law sets standards for any minimum wage the council establishes.This bill would repeal those existing provisions on January 1, 2024, if a specified referendum is withdrawn by its proponents by that date.If the referendum is withdrawn, in addition to that repeal, this bill would, until January 1, 2029, or as otherwise provided, establish the Fast Food Council and prescribe the council’s purposes, duties, and limitations, as described, establish an hourly minimum wage for fast food restaurant employees, as described, authorize the council to increase the hourly minimum wage pursuant to specified parameters, and set forth requirements, limitations, and procedures for adopting and reviewing fast food restaurant health, safety, and employment standards. The bill would require all standards, rules, and regulations developed by the council to be issued, amended, or repealed, as applicable, in the manner prescribed in the Administrative Procedure Act, but as modified, and would require the council to petition the Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board and the Civil Rights Council if any minimum standards fall within their jurisdiction.Existing law prohibits, among other things, an employer or any person acting on behalf of the employer from making, adopting, or enforcing any rule, regulation, or policy preventing an employee from disclosing information to a government or law enforcement agency, among other individuals and entities, if the employee has reasonable cause to believe that the information discloses specified violations of law, regardless of whether disclosing the information is part of the employee’s job duties. Existing law imposes, in addition to other penalties, a civil penalty on certain employers for each violation of this provision, except as specified.This bill would also deem the council a governmental agency for purposes of the above-described prohibition. The bill would additionally prohibit a fast food restaurant operator from discharging or in any manner discriminating or retaliating against any employee due to the employee’s participation in or testimony to any proceeding convened by the council.This bill would prohibit any city, county, or city and county from enacting or enforcing any ordinance or regulation applicable to fast food restaurant employees that sets the amount of wages or salaries for fast food restaurant employees, except as provided. By imposing additional requirements on local agencies, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.Existing law establishes in the Department of Industrial Relations the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement under the direction of the Labor Commissioner. Existing law authorizes the Labor Commissioner to investigate employee complaints and to provide for a hearing in any action to recover wages, penalties, and other demands for compensation.This bill would require the Labor Commissioner to enforce compliance with the minimum fast food restaurant employment standards and any other standards promulgated pursuant to the bill’s provisions and would set forth procedures for enforcing the standards. By expanding the application of crimes associated with those enforcement procedures, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.This bill would make legislative findings and declarations as to the necessity of a special statute for fast food restaurant workers.The bill would include findings that changes proposed by this bill

CA AB 123 - House Budget Committee
Energy.
08/14/2023 - Re-referred to Com. on B. & F.R.
AB 123, as amended, Committee on Budget. Energy. (1) The California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 designates the State Air Resources Board as the state agency charged with monitoring and regulating sources of emissions of greenhouse gases. Existing law requires the state board, by July 1, 2025, to develop, in consultation with specified stakeholders, a framework for measuring and then reducing the average carbon intensity of the materials used in the construction of new buildings, including those for residential uses. Existing law requires the framework to include a comprehensive strategy for the state’s building sector to achieve a 40% net reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of building materials, as determined from a baseline calculated using data reported for the 2026 calendar year, as specified. Existing law requires the strategy to achieve this target as soon as possible, but no later than December 31, 2035, with an interim target of 20% net reduction by December 31, 2030. Existing law requires the state board, by July 1, 2029, to evaluate the feasibility and cost impact of achieving the interim target of 20% net reduction by December 31, 2030.This bill would extend the date by which the state board is required to develop the above-described framework from July 1, 2025, to December 31, 2026, and would require the framework to only measure the average carbon intensity of the materials used in the construction of new buildings, including those for residential uses. The bill would require the board to develop the comprehensive strategy for the state’s building sector to achieve a 40% net reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of building materials, by December 31, 2028. The bill would extend the date by which the state board is required to evaluate the feasibility and cost impact of achieving the interim target of 20% net reduction from July 1, 2029, to December 31, 2029.(2) Existing law requires an electric vehicle charging station that requires payment of a fee to allow a person desiring to use the station to pay by credit card or mobile technology. Existing law authorizes the State Air Resources Board to adopt interoperability billing standards for network roaming payment methods for electric vehicle charging stations, as provided.This bill would require an electric vehicle charging station that is newly installed or made publicly available to offer specified payment methods, as provided. The bill would authorize the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission (Energy Commission), by regulation that is effective no earlier than January 1, 2028, to add or subtract from the payment methods required by the bill, as appropriate in light of changing technologies. The bill would vest the authority to implement and enforce those requirements on electric vehicle charging stations with the Energy Commission and would specify that the state board has the authority to enforce the requirements on electric vehicle charging stations until the commission adopts regulations implementing those requirements.(3) Existing law establishes the Energy Commission and requires the commission to be composed of 5 members. Existing law provides an annual salary for members of the Energy Commission, effective as of January 1, 1988, and prescribes a method by which it may be increased.This bill would, for the 2023–24, 2024–25, and 2025–26 fiscal years, provide for an additional increase of 5% to the annual compensation of the members of the Energy Commission.(4) Existing law establishes the self-generation incentive program to increase the deployment of distributed generation and energy storage systems to facilitate the integration of those resources into the electrical grid, improve efficiency and reliability of the distribution and transmission system, and reduce emissions of greenhouse gases, peak demand, and ratepayer costs. Existing law requires the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to require the administration of the

CA AB 1230 - Avelino Valencia
Medi-Cal and Medicare: dual eligible beneficiaries: special needs plans.
02/01/2024 - From committee: Filed with the Chief Clerk pursuant to Joint Rule 56.
AB 1230, as introduced, Valencia. Medi-Cal and Medicare: dual eligible beneficiaries: special needs plans. Existing law establishes the Medi-Cal program, which is administered by the State Department of Health Care Services and under which qualified low-income individuals receive health care services. The Medi-Cal program is, in part, governed and funded by federal Medicaid program provisions. Existing federal law establishes the Medicare Program, which is a public health insurance program for persons who are 65 years of age or older and specified persons with disabilities who are under 65 years of age.Existing law sets forth various provisions, including within the Coordinated Care Initiative (CCI) and the California Advancing and Innovating Medi-Cal (CalAIM) initiative, relating to beneficiaries who are dually eligible for the Medicare Program and the Medi-Cal program, for purposes of promoting more integrated care through those beneficiaries’ aligned enrollment in a Medicare Advantage Dual Eligible Special Needs Plan (D-SNP), as defined.This bill would require the department, commencing no later than January 1, 2025, to offer contracts to health care service plans for Highly Integrated Dual Eligible Special Needs Plans (HIDE-SNPs) and Fully Integrated Dual Eligible Special Needs Plans (FIDE-SNPs), as defined, to provide care to dual eligible beneficiaries.The bill would require that a HIDE-SNP or FIDE-SNP contract authorize a beneficiary to select from a number of available options and to maintain their established or selected health care providers. The bill would also require a contracting plan to perform all applicable required care coordination and data-sharing functions, and to provide documentation demonstrating the care integration that dual eligible beneficiaries receive through a HIDE-SNP or FIDE-SNP contract.

CA AB 1232 - Damon Connolly
Department of Food and Agriculture: resilient and higher welfare grant program.
02/01/2024 - From committee: Filed with the Chief Clerk pursuant to Joint Rule 56.
AB 1232, as amended, Connolly. Department of Food and Agriculture: resilient and higher welfare grant program. Existing law requires the Department of Food and Agriculture to promote and protect the agricultural industry of the state. Existing law, the Cannella Environmental Farming Act of 1995, requires the department to establish and oversee an environmental farming program to provide incentives to farmers whose practices promote the well-being of ecosystems, air quality, and wildlife and their habitat.This bill would require the department to establish and administer a resilient and higher welfare grant program to support the implementation of higher standards of care and more climate-smart farming practices by providing education materials, outreach, and incentives to producers and processors seeking to improve farm animal welfare and increase capacity to meet growing demand for higher welfare and welfare-certified products, to comply with regulatory requirements, and to make necessary climate adaptations. The bill would require the department to establish an annual competitive grant application process that enables producers and processors seeking to improve farm animal welfare to apply to the department for financial assistance and to give priority to certain applications. The bill would require the department to conduct outreach and education to producers and processors with regard to the program and to publish a report on or before January 1, 2029, on its internet website summarizing the results of the program.

CA AB 1239 - Lisa Calderon
Incarcerated persons: Family Planning, Access, Care, and Treatment Program.
09/14/2023 - In Senate. Held at Desk.
AB 1239, as amended, Calderon. Incarcerated persons: Family Planning, Access, Care, and Treatment Program. Existing law establishes the Medi-Cal program, which is administered by the State Department of Health Care Services and under which qualified low-income individuals receive health care services. The Medi-Cal program is, in part, governed and funded by federal Medicaid program provisions. Under existing law, the Medi-Cal program, pursuant to a federal waiver, administers the Family Planning, Access, Care, and Treatment (Family PACT) Program to provide comprehensive clinical family planning services to any person who has a family income at or below 200% of the federal poverty level and who is eligible to receive those services pursuant to the waiver.Existing law requires the suspension of Medi-Cal benefits for an individual who is an inmate of a public institution, effective the date they become an inmate, and generally requires the suspension to end on the date they are no longer an inmate, as specified. Under existing law, subject to implementation of the California Advancing and Innovating Medi-Cal (CalAIM) initiative, and no sooner than January 1, 2023, a qualifying inmate of a public institution is eligible to receive targeted Medi-Cal services for 90 days, or as otherwise approved in the CalAIM Terms and Conditions, before they are released from a public institution, if otherwise eligible for the services.Existing law requires the board of supervisors in each county, in consultation with the county sheriff, to designate an entity or entities to assist county jail inmates with submitting an application for a health insurance affordability program, as defined, consistent with federal requirements. Existing law sets forth the procedures for designating a specified county official or a community-based organization to perform those functions. This bill would require the State Department of Health Care Services, no later than September 1, 2025, to issue a list of Family PACT Program providers and clinics to an entity designated by the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation for voluntary partnership with the department to assist a prison inmate with continuing and receiving specified health care services upon their release. The bill would impose a similar requirement on the State Department of Health Care Services for purposes of a list of Family PACT Program providers and clinics to assist county jail inmates, with the list being issued to an entity designated by county jails. Under the bill, any assistance provided to inmates would be provided only to the extent that the inmate elects to apply for the program and receive assistance, as specified.

CA AB 124 - House Budget Committee
Energy.
08/14/2023 - Re-referred to Com. on B. & F.R.
AB 124, as amended, Committee on Budget. Energy. (1) The Bergeson-Peace Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank Act establishes the California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank (I-Bank) in the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development, governed by a board of directors. The act, among other things, authorizes the I-Bank to make loans, issue bonds, and provide financial assistance for various types of projects that qualify as economic development or public development facilities.The Climate Catalyst Revolving Loan Fund Act of 2020 authorizes the I-Bank, under the Climate Catalyst Revolving Loan Fund Program, to provide financial assistance to any eligible sponsor or participating party for eligible climate catalyst projects, as defined, either directly to the sponsor or participating party or to a lending or financial institution, as specified. The act, beginning in the 2021–22 fiscal year, requires the I-Bank to adopt a climate catalyst financing plan, as specified, after meeting and conferring with authorized consulting agencies concerning specific categories of climate catalyst projects. The act establishes the Climate Catalyst Revolving Loan Fund, a continuously appropriated fund, in the state treasury for the purpose of implementing the objectives and provisions of act.This bill, beginning in the 2023–24 fiscal year, would require a climate catalyst financing plan to authorize the I-Bank to provide financial assistance and to use all financing authorities provided under the Bergeson-Peace Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank Act in its implementation of a climate catalyst financing plan. The bill would additionally authorize specified state agencies to provide consultation on climate catalyst projects to leverage federal funding available under the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund, as provided, and would authorize the Climate Catalyst Revolving Loan Fund to receive moneys from the federal government and funds sourced from federal appropriations, as specified. The bill would require use of the moneys and funds to comply with specified criteria. (2) Existing law requires the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission (Energy Commission) and the State Air Resources Board, on or before December 31, 2024, to prepare a Transportation Fuels Transition Plan and requires the Energy Commission and the state board to prepare the plan in consultation with the state’s fuel producers and refiners and a multistakeholder, multiagency workgroup, including the California Environmental Protection Agency and the Natural Resources Agency, that is convened by the Energy Commission and the state board.This bill would instead require the Energy Commission, the state board, the California Environmental Protection Agency, and the Natural Resources Agency to convene the multistakeholder, multiagency workgroup and would require the workgroup to consist of members representing specified interests and groups, including the state’s fuel producers and refiners.Existing law, beginning on June 26, 2023, establishes the Independent Consumer Fuels Advisory Committee within the Energy Commission to advise the Energy Commission and the Division of Petroleum Market Oversight. Existing law specifies that the committee has access to all information submitted to the Energy Commission or to the division necessary to fulfill its duties.This bill would instead specify that the committee has access to aggregated or otherwise anonymized information submitted to the Energy Commission or to the division necessary to fulfill its duties under conditions as the Energy Commission determines necessary to ensure that public disclosure of specific information does not result in an unfair competitive disadvantage to the person supplying the information or adversely affect market competition. (3) Existing law creates the Demand Side Grid Support Program, and requires the Energy Co

CA AB 126 - Nancy Skinner
Vehicular air pollution: Clean Transportation Program: vehicle registration and identification plate service fees: smog abatement fee: extension.
09/21/2023 - Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 3:30 p.m.
AB 126, Reyes. Vehicular air pollution: Clean Transportation Program: vehicle registration and identification plate service fees: smog abatement fee: extension. Existing law, until January 1, 2024, increases the smog abatement fee on certain vehicles by a specified amount and requires the revenues generated by the increase to be deposited in the Air Quality Improvement Fund and the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Fund.Existing law, until January 1, 2024, increases vehicle registration fees and certain service fees for identification plates by specified amounts. Existing law requires the revenue generated by the increase in those fees to be deposited in the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Fund and either the Air Quality Improvement Fund or the Enhanced Fleet Modernization Subaccount, as provided.This bill would extend the increases in those charges to July 1, 2035.Existing law, until January 1, 2024, prohibits the State Air Resources Board from enforcing any element of its clean fuels outlet regulations or other regulation that requires or has the effect of requiring suppliers, as defined, to construct, operate, or provide funding for the construction or operation of publicly available hydrogen-fueling stations. Existing law, until January 1, 2024, requires the state board to aggregate and make available certain information regarding projected leases and sales of, and the registration of, hydrogen-fueled vehicles, to evaluate, based on that information, the need for additional publicly available hydrogen-fueling stations for the actual and projected number of hydrogen-fueled vehicles, the geographic areas where fuel will be needed, and station coverage, and to report the finding of the evaluation to the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission (Energy Commission). Existing law, until January 1, 2024, requires the Energy Commission to annually allocate $20,000,000 to fund the number of publicly available hydrogen-fueling stations identified by the state board, not to exceed 20% of the moneys appropriated by the Legislature from the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Fund, until at least 100 publicly available hydrogen-fueling stations are operating in the state. This bill would extend the above-described provisions to July 1, 2035, and would repeal them as of January 1, 2036. The bill would require the annual allocation described above to instead be no less than 15% of the moneys appropriated by the Legislature from the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Fund from revenues attributable to specified sources, would require the commission to make that allocation only until July 1, 2030, and would impose other specified requirements. The bill would also delete the requirements that the hydrogen-fueling stations be publicly available and that there be at least 100 hydrogen-fueling stations operating in the state.Existing law creates the Enhanced Fleet Modernization Program to provide compensation for the retirement and replacement of passenger vehicles and light-duty and medium-duty trucks that are high polluters. Existing law requires the Bureau of Automotive Repair to administer the program and the state board to adopt the guidelines for the program. Existing law requires the guidelines to ensure vehicle replacement or a mobility option be an option for all motor vehicle owners and may be in addition to compensation for vehicles retired.This bill would require the guidelines to ensure each replacement vehicle in the program be either a plug-in hybrid or zero-emission vehicle unless the state board makes a specified determination regarding either the availability of vehicles or the availability of charging and refueling capabilities in consultation with the Energy Commission, as specified. Existing law establishes the Air Quality Improvement Program under the administration of the State Air Resources Board for the purpose of fundi

CA AB 1263 - Richard Dale Roth
Vehicles: Bureau of Automotive Repair: smog check program.
09/21/2023 - Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 3:30 p.m.
AB 1263, Berman. Vehicles: Bureau of Automotive Repair: smog check program. (1) Existing law, the Automotive Repair Act, provides for the registration and regulation of automotive repair dealers by the Bureau of Automotive Repair in the Department of Consumer Affairs. A violation of these provisions is a misdemeanor unless otherwise specified. Existing law authorizes the Director of Consumer Affairs to adopt and enforce those rules and regulations that the director determines are reasonably necessary to carry out the purposes of the act and declare the policy of the bureau. Existing law subjects the bureau to review by the appropriate policy committees of the Legislature, as specified, and requires that review to be performed as if the act were scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2024.This bill would extend the above-described date to January 1, 2028.(2) Existing law defines “automotive repair dealer” for purposes of the Automotive Repair Act to mean a person who, for compensation, engages in the business of repairing or diagnosing malfunctions of motor vehicles.This bill would amend that definition to additionally include a person who engages in the business of collecting compensation for automotive repair services that are referred or sublet to someone other than the dealer or their employees.(3) Existing law prohibits a person required to have a valid registration under the Automotive Repair Act from having the benefit of a lien for labor or materials or the right to sue on a contract for motor vehicle repairs unless the person possesses a valid registration.This bill would authorize the Bureau of Automotive Repair to adopt regulations to carry out that prohibition as necessary.(4) Existing law requires the Director of Consumer Affairs to adopt regulations that prescribe the equipment and other qualifications as a condition to licensing a station as an official station for adjusting lamps or brakes and to prescribe the qualifications of adjusters employed in those stations. Existing law requires a licensed adjuster in a licensed station to issue a certificate of adjustment when requested by the owner or driver of the vehicle if the adjuster determines that the lamps or the brakes of the vehicle conform with the applicable requirements of law. Under existing law, a violation of the provisions regulating lamp and brake adjusting stations is an infraction.Existing law requires the Director of Consumer Affairs to issue vehicle safety systems inspection licenses to stations and technicians to conduct inspections of, and repairs to, safety systems of vehicles. Existing law requires the director to develop inspection criteria and standards for specific safety systems and components of the vehicle in order to promote the safe and uniform installation, maintenance, and servicing of vehicle safety systems and components. Existing law requires the director to adopt regulations by January 1, 2024, including, but not limited to, the application fee and process for applicants and the certification process for vehicles, as specified.Existing law provides that the vehicle safety systems inspection license replaces licenses issued pursuant to the existing provisions governing the licensure of lamp and brake adjusting stations and adjusters and repeals those provisions on the effective date of the new regulations. Existing law provides that licenses and certificates issued pursuant to those repealed provisions remain valid for 6 months after the adoption of those regulations.This bill would instead repeal those provisions 6 months after the effective date of the new regulations and would also provide that licenses and certificates issued pursuant to those repealed provisions remain valid for 6 months after the effective date of the new regulations. The bill would make conforming changes. By extending the operation of those provisions regulating lamp and brake adjusting stations, the violation of which is an infraction, this bill would imp

CA AB 1265 - James M. Gallagher
Transportation fuels: gasoline specifications.
01/03/2024 - From committee: Without further action pursuant to Joint Rule 62(a).
AB 1265, as amended, Gallagher. Transportation fuels: gasoline specifications. The California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 establishes the State Air Resources Board as the state agency responsible for monitoring and regulating sources emitting greenhouse gases. The act requires the state board to approve a statewide greenhouse gas emissions limit equivalent to the statewide greenhouse gas emissions level in 1990 and to ensure the statewide greenhouse gas emissions are reduced to at least 40% below the statewide greenhouse gas emissions limit by 2030. The act authorizes the state board to include the use of market-based compliance mechanisms in its regulation of greenhouse gas emissions.This bill would specify that transportation fuels are not subject to regulations implementing a market-based compliance mechanism for greenhouse gas emissions.Existing law authorizes the state board to adopt and implement motor vehicle fuel specifications for the control of air contaminants and sources of air pollution. Existing law authorizes the state board to grant variances from the gasoline specifications, as provided.This bill would require the state board to grant variances from gasoline specifications, including for gasoline imported from outside the state, whenever a refinery outage or other supply interruption would result in substantial short-term price increases, as specified.Existing law requires the state board to establish, by regulation, maximum standards for volatility of gasoline, as provided. Pursuant to these authorities, the state board has adopted the California Reformulated Gasoline regulations, which include regulations establishing the maximum Reid vapor pressure of gasoline for various regions of the state at specified time periods.This bill would require the state board to waive the Reid vapor pressure requirement on summer-blend gasoline under the California Reformulated Gasoline regulations and to allow for the early transition to winter-blend gasoline if the state board determines that the gasoline market is experiencing a sudden and unusual increase in gasoline prices.

CA AB 1267 - Philip Y. Ting
Zero-emission vehicle incentive programs: gasoline superusers.
02/01/2024 - From committee: Filed with the Chief Clerk pursuant to Joint Rule 56.
AB 1267, as amended, Ting. Zero-emission vehicle incentive programs: gasoline superusers. Existing law generally designates the State Air Resources Board as the state agency with the primary responsibility for the control of vehicular air pollution. Existing law establishes various incentive programs that are administered or funded by the state board to provide financial assistance for the purchase of zero-emission vehicles by individuals, including, among others, the Clean Cars 4 All Program.This bill would require the state board, upon appropriation by the Legislature, to ensure that beginning January 1, 2025, an additional incentive, to be known as a “superuser incentive,” is awarded under a zero-emission vehicle incentive program that is administered or funded by the state board to a gasoline superuser, as defined, who otherwise qualifies for an incentive under the zero-emission vehicle incentive program. The bill would require the state board to set the amount of the superuser incentive at a level that maximizes the displacement of gasoline and the reduction of emissions of criteria pollutants and greenhouse gases per dollar spent. The bill would require specified information to be provided by an applicant for the additional incentive under penalty of perjury. By expanding the crime of perjury, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program. The bill would require the state board, on or before January 1, 2025, to develop and implement a strategy to, among other things, identify the drivers who are gasoline superusers and are low or moderate income and expedite the replacement of the vehicles of those drivers, as specified. The bill would require the state board to submit a report to the Legislature on or before January 1, 2025, and every 2 years thereafter, regarding the zero-emission vehicle incentive programs administered or funded by the state board.The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.

CA AB 127 - House Budget Committee
State government.
06/27/2023 - Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 4:30 p.m.
AB 127, Committee on Budget. State government. (1) Existing law, the California Age-Appropriate Design Code Act, among other things, requires a business that provides an online service, product, or feature likely to be accessed by children to comply with specified requirements, including a requirement to configure all default privacy settings offered by the online service, product, or feature to the settings that offer a high level of privacy, unless the business can demonstrate a compelling reason that a different setting is in the best interests of children, and to provide privacy information, terms of service, policies, and community standards concisely, prominently, and using clear language suited to the age of children likely to access that online service, product, or feature.Existing law establishes the California Children’s Data Protection Working Group to deliver a report to the Legislature on or before January 1, 2024, and every 2 years thereafter, regarding best practices for the implementation of these provisions, as specified. Existing law requires the working group to select a chair and a vice chair from among its members and requires the working group to consist of 10 members, as specified.This bill would specify that the working group is within the Office of the Attorney General, and would require the report to, instead, be delivered on or before July 1, 2024, and every 2 years thereafter. The bill would instead require the working group to consist of 9 members, as specified. The bill would permit meetings of the working group to be conducted by means of remote communication, as specified.(2) The California Constitution generally prohibits the total annual appropriations subject to limitation of the state and each local government from exceeding the appropriations limit of the entity of government for the prior fiscal year, adjusted for the change in the cost of living and the change in population, and prescribes procedures for making adjustments to the appropriations limit. The California Constitution defines “appropriations subject to limitation” of the state to mean any authorization to expend during a fiscal year the proceeds of taxes levied by or for the state, exclusive of, among other things, state subventions for the use and operation of local government, except as specified. The California Constitution defines “appropriations subject to limitation” of an entity of local government to mean any authorization to expend during a fiscal year the proceeds of taxes levied by or for that entity and the proceeds of state subventions to that entity, except as specified, exclusive of refunds of taxes.Existing statutory provisions implementing these constitutional provisions establish the procedure for establishing the appropriations limit of the state and of each local jurisdiction for each fiscal year. Under existing law, revenues and appropriations for a local jurisdiction include subventions and with respect to the state, revenues and appropriations exclude those subventions. Existing law defines, for those purposes, “state subventions” as only including money received by a local agency from the state, the use of which is unrestricted by the statute providing the subvention.For fiscal years commencing with the 2020–21 fiscal year, existing law defines “state subventions” to additionally include money provided to a local agency pursuant to certain state programs and requires any money received by a local agency pursuant to that provision to be included within the appropriations limit of the local agency, up to the full appropriations limit of the local agency, as prescribed.This bill would require the Department of Finance to, no later than February 1 of each year, calculate the individual subvention amounts for each of those state programs and provide this information on an annual basis to the California State Association of Counties and the League of California Cities for distribution to local agencies. The bi

CA AB 1275 - Akilah Faizah Weber
Health information.
09/14/2023 - Re-referred to Com. on RLS.
AB 1275, as amended,  Weber. Health information. Existing law establishes the California Health and Human Services Agency, which includes departments charged with the administration of health, social, and other human services. Existing law establishes the Center for Data Insights and Innovation within the California Health and Human Services Agency to ensure the enforcement of state law mandating the confidentiality of medical information. Existing law also establishes the State Department of Health Care Services and requires the department, among other things, to administer the Medi-Cal program.This bill would require the department, in collaboration with the agency, to collect appropriate data and identify indicators for tracking telehealth outcomes associated with impacting individual patient outcomes and overall population health. The bill would require the department to use the data collected to measure health outcomes of populations, as specified. The bill would make a related intent statement.

CA AB 1286 - Matt Haney
Pharmacy.
09/21/2023 - Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 3:30 p.m.
AB 1286, Haney. Pharmacy. Existing law, the Pharmacy Law, provides for the licensure and regulation of pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and pharmacies by the California State Board of Pharmacy, which is within the Department of Consumer Affairs. Existing law authorizes the board to appoint an executive officer to exercise the powers and perform the duties delegated by the board. A violation of the Pharmacy Law is a crime.(1) Existing law requires every pharmacy to designate a pharmacist-in-charge who is responsible for a pharmacy’s compliance with all state and federal laws and regulations pertaining to the practice of pharmacy. This bill would authorize a pharmacist-in-charge to make staffing decisions to ensure sufficient personnel are present in the pharmacy to prevent fatigue, distraction, or other conditions that may interfere with a pharmacist’s ability to practice competently and safely. The bill would authorize a pharmacist on duty, if the pharmacist-in-charge is not available, to adjust staffing according to workload if needed. The bill would require a pharmacist-in-charge or pharmacist on duty to immediately notify store management of any conditions that present an immediate risk of death, illness, or irreparable harm to patients, personnel, or pharmacy staff. The bill would require store management to take immediate and reasonable steps to address and resolve those conditions, and, if those conditions are not resolved within 24 hours, would require the pharmacist-in-charge or pharmacist on duty to ensure the board is notified. The bill would require the executive officer, upon a reasonable belief that conditions within a pharmacy exist that present an immediate risk of death, illness, or irreparable harm to patients, personnel, or pharmacy staff, to issue a cease and desist order, as specified. The bill would make a failure to comply with the cease and desist order unprofessional conduct for a pharmacy corporation.(2) Existing law, with specified exceptions, prohibits a community pharmacy from requiring a pharmacist employee to engage in the practice of pharmacy at any time the pharmacy is open to the public, unless either another employee of the pharmacy or, if the pharmacy is located within another establishment, an employee of the establishment within which the pharmacy is located, is made available to assist the pharmacist at all times.This bill would require a chain community pharmacy to be staffed at all times with at least one clerk or pharmacy technician fully dedicated to performing pharmacy-related services. The bill would prohibit the board from taking action against a pharmacy for a violation of this requirement if specified conditions apply, including if the pharmacist on duty waives the requirement in writing during specified hours based on workload needs. The bill would require, if staffing of pharmacist hours within a chain community pharmacy does not overlap sufficiently, that scheduled closures for lunch time for all pharmacy staff be established and publicly posted and included on the outgoing telephone message.The bill would require a licensed community pharmacy, as defined, to report all medication errors to an entity approved by the board and to maintain records, as prescribed. The bill would deem these reports confidential and not subject to discovery, subpoena, or disclosure pursuant to the California Public Records Act, except that the board would be authorized to publish certain deidentified information compiled from the data in the reports in accordance with specified requirements.(3) Existing law authorizes a pharmacy technician to perform prescribed nondiscretionary tasks only while assisting, and while under the direct supervision and control of, a pharmacist who is responsible for the duties performed under their supervision by a technician. Existing law prohibits a pharmacy with only one pharmacist from having more than one pharmacy technician performing these tasks.This bill would

CA AB 1325 - Eduardo Garcia
Microenterprise home kitchen operations.
07/11/2023 - Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 3 p.m.
AB 1325, Waldron. Microenterprise home kitchen operations. The California Retail Food Code (code) authorizes the governing body of a city, county, or city and county, by ordinance or resolution, to permit microenterprise home kitchen operations (MHKO) if certain conditions are met. Existing law requires an MHKO, as a restricted food service facility, to meet specified food safety standards, including, among others things, that the food is prepared, cooked, and served on the same day. Under existing law, the food preparation is limited to no more than 30 individual meals per day, or the approximate equivalent of meal components when sold separately, and no more than 60 individual meals, or the approximate equivalent of meal components when sold separately, per week. Existing law also requires an MHKO to have no more than $50,000 in verifiable gross annual sales, as adjusted annually for inflation. A violation of the code is a misdemeanor.This bill would require the food preparation to be limited to no more than 90 individual meals, as defined, or the approximate equivalent of meal components when sold separately, per week. The bill would also allow an MHKO to have no more than $100,000 in verifiable gross annual sales, adjusted for inflation.This bill would declare that it is to take effect immediately as an urgency statute.

CA AB 1335 - Rick Chavez Zbur
Local government: transportation planning and land use: sustainable communities strategy.
07/12/2023 - From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 11. Noes 2.) (July 11). Re-referred to Com. on APPR.
AB 1335, as amended, Zbur. Local government: transportation planning and land use: sustainable communities strategy. (1) Existing law requires specified designated transportation planning agencies to prepare and adopt a regional transportation plan directed at achieving a coordinated and balanced regional transportation system, as described. Existing law requires the plan to include specified information, including a sustainable communities strategy prepared by each metropolitan planning organization, and requires each transportation planning agency to adopt and submit, every 4 years, an updated plan to the California Transportation Commission and the Department of Transportation. Existing law requires the sustainable communities strategy to include specified information, including an identification of areas within the region sufficient to house all the population of the region over the course of the planning period of the regional transportation plan, as specified, and an identification of areas within the region sufficient to house an 8-year projection of the regional housing need for the region, as specified.This bill would additionally require each metropolitan planning organization to include in the sustainable communities strategy the total number of new housing units necessary to house all the population of the region over the course of the planning period of the regional transportation plan, as specified, and the total number of new housing units necessary to house the above-described 8-year projection, as specified. By imposing additional duties on metropolitan planning organizations, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.(2) Existing law requires the planning agency of a city or county to provide an annual report to HCD by April 1 of each year that includes, among other information, the city’s or county’s progress in meeting its share of regional housing needs, as described.This bill would require the annual report to also include specified information with respect to areas identified for residential or mixed-use developments in the applicable sustainable communities strategies or alternative planning strategies. By imposing additional duties on cities and counties, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.(3) The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.This bill would provide that, with regard to certain mandates, no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.With regard to any other mandates, this bill would provide that, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that the bill contains costs so mandated by the state, reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to the statutory provisions noted above.

CA AB 1372 - David Alvarez
Vehicular air pollution: medium- and heavy-duty vehicles: land ports of entry.
02/01/2024 - From committee: Filed with the Chief Clerk pursuant to Joint Rule 56.
AB 1372, as introduced, Alvarez. Vehicular air pollution: medium- and heavy-duty vehicles: land ports of entry. Existing law imposes various limitations on emissions of air contaminants for the control of air pollution from vehicular and nonvehicular sources. Existing law generally designates the State Air Resources Board as the state agency with the primary responsibility for the control of vehicular air pollution and air pollution control and air quality management districts with the primary responsibility for the control of air pollution from all sources other than vehicular sources. Existing law requires the state board, no later than January 1, 2021, and every 5 years thereafter, to update its 2016 mobile source strategy to include a comprehensive strategy for the deployment of medium- and heavy-duty vehicles in the state for purposes of bringing the state into compliance with federal ambient air quality standards and reducing motor vehicle greenhouse gas emissions from the medium- and heavy-duty vehicle sector. Under its existing authority, the state board has adopted the Advanced Clean Truck Regulation, which requires manufacturers who sell medium- and heavy-duty vehicles to sell zero-emission vehicles as an increasing percentage of their annual sales and requires certain fleet operators to report to the state board certain information regarding their vehicular usage.This bill would, before January 1, 2026, prohibit the state board from enforcing any regulations requiring the purchase and use of zero-emission vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating of over 8,500 pounds operating in a land port of entry on the California-Mexico border within a commercial zone, as defined. The bill would, on and after January 1, 2026, prohibit the state board from enforcing any regulations requiring the purchase and use of zero-emission vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating of over 8,500 pounds operating at a land port of entry on the California-Mexico border within a commercial zone under certain conditions. The bill would specify that the state board has the burden of proof in demonstrating the fleet operator has reasonable access to an economically feasible charging or fueling infrastructure in enforcing those regulations for vehicles operating at a land port of entry on the California-Mexico border within a commercial zone.This bill would require the Legislative Analyst, on or before September 1, 2024, to report to the Legislature on certain information regarding international commerce at the state’s land ports of entry on the California-Mexico border within commercial zones.

CA AB 140 - House Budget Committee
Early childcare and education.
09/13/2023 - Re-referred to Com. on B. & F.R.
AB 140, as amended, Committee on Budget. Early childcare and education. Existing law, the Child Care and Development Services Act, administered by the State Department of Social Services, establishes a system of childcare and development services for children up to 13 years of age. Existing law, the Early Education Act, among other things, requires the Superintendent of Public Instruction to administer all California state preschool programs, including, but not limited to, part-day and full-day developmentally and age-appropriate programs for 3- and 4-year-old children. Existing law requires the State Department of Social Services to coordinate with the State Department of Education and others to develop the state plan for purposes of the federal Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF).Existing law requires the State Department of Social Services, in collaboration with the State Department of Education, to implement a reimbursement system plan that establishes reasonable standards and assigned reimbursement rates. Existing law requires the state and Child Care Providers United - California to establish a Joint Labor Management Committee to develop recommendations for a single reimbursement rate structure that addresses quality standards for equity and accessibility while supporting positive learning and developmental outcomes for children, as specified. Existing law also requires the department, in collaboration with the State Department of Education, to develop and conduct an alternative methodology, as specified, in order to set reimbursement rates for state-subsidized childcare and development services.This bill would, among other things, require the State Department of Social Services to, no later than May 15, 2024, report the status of the draft CCDF state plan to specified budget subcommittees and the Legislative Analyst’s Office on the state’s proposed single rate structure, and to, no later than July 1, 2024, submit the necessary information to support use of a single rate structure utilizing the alternative methodology to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families in the state plan or an amendment to the state plan. The bill would also require the department to provide the same budget subcommittees and the Legislative Analyst’s Office with an outline of implementation components for the approved single rate structure within 60 days of federal approval of the single rate structure utilizing the alternative methodology in the state plan, and would require that single rate structure to apply to specified subsidized childcare and development programs under the department and state preschool programs under the State Department of Education.This bill would require, on or before March 1, 2024, a contractor operating a California state preschool program through a family childcare home education network and each county and contractor that reimburses childcare providers for the provision of state-funded subsidized childcare and development services to develop, implement, and publish a plan for timely payment to providers, as specified. This bill would allocate previously appropriated funds in the Budget Act of 2023 to the State Department of Social Services and State Department of Education to provide specified family childcare providers and childcare centers with a monthly cost of care plus rate commencing January 1, 2024, and through June 30, 2025, inclusive, and a flat-rate, one-time payment, as specified.Existing law previously appropriated funds for the establishment of the Joint Child Care Providers United - State of California Training Partnership Fund and to establish a health care benefits trust administered by Child Care Providers United - California, as specified.This bill would allocate additional funds for those purposes, as specified. The bill would also appropriate $100,0000 from the General Fund to the State Department of Social Services for a one-time cont

CA AB 1401 - Eduardo Garcia
Low Carbon Fuel Standard regulations: alternative diesel fuel regulations.
02/01/2024 - From committee: Filed with the Chief Clerk pursuant to Joint Rule 56.
AB 1401, as amended, Garcia. Low Carbon Fuel Standard regulations: alternative diesel fuel regulations. The California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 establishes the State Air Resources Board as the state agency responsible for monitoring and regulating sources emitting greenhouse gases. The act requires the state board to adopt rules and regulations to achieve the maximum technologically feasible and cost-effective greenhouse gas emissions reductions to ensure that the statewide greenhouse gas emissions are reduced to at least 40% below the statewide greenhouse gas emissions limit, as defined, no later than December 31, 2030. Pursuant to the act, the state board has adopted the Low Carbon Fuel Standard regulations.This bill would require the state board, in administering the Low Carbon Fuel Standard, to deem a Tier 2 pathway application certified under specified circumstances.Existing law requires the State Air Resources Board to adopt and implement motor vehicle emission standards, in-use performance standards, and motor vehicle fuel specifications for the control of air contaminants and sources of air pollution the state board has found to be necessary, cost effective, and technologically feasible, to carry out specified purposes, unless preempted by federal law. Pursuant to this and other authority, the state board adopted regulations governing the commercialization of alternative diesel fuels.This bill would require the state board to revise those regulations to authorize the sale, offer for sale, or supply of alternative diesel fuel for use in the state that contains up to 20% biodiesel by volume.

CA AB 1417 - James D. Wood
Elder and dependent adult abuse: mandated reporting.
09/22/2023 - Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 11:30 a.m.
AB 1417, Wood. Elder and dependent adult abuse: mandated reporting. Existing law, the Elder Abuse and Dependent Adult Civil Protection Act, sets forth various provisions for the reporting, investigation, and prosecution of elder and dependent adult abuse. Existing law requires specified people, known as mandated reporters, to report cases of elder or dependent adult abuse. Under existing law, failure to report the abuse is a misdemeanor.Existing law establishes certain procedures for mandated reporters to report known or suspected instances of abuse by telephone followed by a written report, or through a confidential internet reporting tool, as specified. If the abuse is physical abuse, and the abuse occurred in a long-term care facility, with exceptions, existing law sets forth the reporting conditions, including those relating to the format, timelines, and recipients of the reporting. Under existing law, the reporting conditions are based on whether or not the suspected abuse results in serious bodily injury, or whether the suspected abuse is allegedly caused by a resident with a physician’s diagnosis of dementia and there is no serious bodily injury, as specified. If the abuse is not physical abuse, and the abuse occurred in a long-term care facility, with exceptions, existing law requires a telephone report and a written report to be made to the local ombudsperson or the local law enforcement agency.This bill would delete and reorganize some of those reporting provisions. Under the bill, if the abuse that occurred in a long-term facility was allegedly caused by another resident of the facility with dementia diagnosed by a licensed physician and there was no serious bodily injury, the reporter would be required to submit a written report within 24 hours to the long-term care ombudsperson and the local law enforcement agency. Under the bill, in all other instances, immediately or as soon as practically possible, but no longer than 2 hours, the reporter would be required to submit a verbal report to the local law enforcement agency, and to submit a written report within 24 hours to the aforementioned recipients. Under the bill, the time limit for reporting would begin when the mandated reporter observes, obtains knowledge of, or suspects the abuse or neglect. The bill would make conforming changes to related provisions.By expanding the scope of the mandated reporting crime, and to the extent the bill would change the duties of local entities receiving the reports, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.This bill would provide that with regard to certain mandates no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.With regard to any other mandates, this bill would provide that, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that the bill contains costs so mandated by the state, reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to the statutory provisions noted above.

CA AB 143 - House Budget Committee
State government.
09/13/2023 - Re-referred to Com. on B. & F.R.
AB 143, as amended, Committee on Budget. State government. (1) Existing law, the Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act, requires, with specified exceptions, that all meetings of a state body be open and public and all persons be permitted to attend any meeting of a state body. The act authorizes meetings through teleconference under specified conditions, including, among others, that each teleconference location be accessible to the public and that at least one member of the state body be physically present at the location specified in the notice of the meeting.Prior to July 1, 2023, existing law authorized, subject to specified notice and accessibility requirements, a state body to hold public meetings through teleconferencing and suspended certain requirements of the act, including the requirements referenced above.This bill, until December 31, 2023, would reinstate the above-described authorization for a state body to hold public meetings through teleconferencing.(2) Existing law establishes a State Allocation Board and sets forth its powers and duties, including, among other things, requiring the board to apportion funds to eligible school districts pursuant to the Leroy F. Greene School Facilities Act of 1998, as provided. Under existing law, the board consists of the Director of Finance, the Director of General Services, the Superintendent of Public Instruction, 3 Senators appointed by the Senate Committee on Rules, and 3 Assembly Members appointed by the Speaker of the Assembly, as provided.This bill would instead vest the power of appointment for Senators to the board in the President pro Tempore of the Senate.(3) Existing unemployment compensation disability law requires workers to pay contribution rates based on wages received in employment for payment into the Unemployment Compensation Disability Fund, a special fund in the State Treasury. Under existing law, those funds are continuously appropriated for the purpose of providing disability benefits and making payment of expenses in administering those provisions. Existing law authorizes the Director of Employment Development to increase or decrease the rate of worker contributions, up to a certain amount, if the director determines the adjustment is necessary to reimburse the Unemployment Compensation Disability Fund for disability benefits paid or estimated to be paid or to prevent the accumulation of funds in excess of those needed to maintain an adequate fund balance.Under existing law, until January 1, 2024, the remuneration of a worker over a specified amount is not subject to the contribution levels described above. Under that law, specifically, the worker contribution provision does not apply, until January 1, 2024, to that part of a worker’s remuneration which, after remuneration with respect to employment equal to 4 times the maximum weekly benefit for each calendar year specified, multiplied by 13 and divided by 55%, has been paid to an individual by an employer, is paid to the individual by the employer. Under existing law, that law is repealed as of January 1, 2024.This bill would make a nonsubstantive change by, in lieu of repealing the provision, providing that the remuneration limitation described above does not apply with respect to wages paid on or after January 1, 2024.(4) Existing law requires the Department of Industrial Relations, upon appropriation by the Legislature, to establish a Women in Construction Priority Unit, to be overseen by the Director of Industrial Relations, to coordinate and help ensure collaboration across the department’s divisions, and maximize state and federal funding to support women and nonbinary individuals in the construction workforce. Existing law sets forth the duties of the unit, which include providing resources for employers and project owners to improve construction worksite culture.This bill would specify that preapprenticeship programs are eligible for resources provided by the unit.(5) Existing law establishes specif

CA AB 1461 - James Norwood Patterson Jr.
California Advanced Services Fund: Federal Funding Account.
02/01/2024 - From committee: Filed with the Chief Clerk pursuant to Joint Rule 56.
AB 1461, as introduced, Jim Patterson. California Advanced Services Fund: Federal Funding Account. Existing law vests the Public Utilities Commission with regulatory authority over public utilities, including telephone corporations. Existing law requires the commission to develop, implement, and administer the California Advanced Services Fund program to encourage deployment of high-quality advanced communications services to all Californians. Existing law establishes various accounts in the fund, including the Federal Funding Account. Existing law requires the commission, upon the deposit of state or federal infrastructure moneys into the account, to implement a program using those moneys to expeditiously connect unserved and underserved communities by applicable federal deadlines. Under existing law, of the $2,000,000,000 appropriated to the commission to fund last-mile broadband infrastructure in the Budget Act of 2021, the commission is required to allocate $1,000,000,000 for projects in rural counties and $1,000,000,000 for projects in urban counties, except that any of those moneys that are not encumbered on or before June 30, 2023, will be available to the commission to allocate for the construction of last-mile broadband infrastructure anywhere in the state.This bill would revise those provisions related to the account to also require the commission to implement the program upon the allocation of moneys for purposes of the account, expand the requirement that the commission separately allocate $1,000,000,000 to projects in rural and urban counties to apply to the $2,000,000,000 appropriated or otherwise committed to the commission to fund last-mile broadband infrastructure in the Budget Act of 2021, and delete the provision that would make those moneys that have not been encumbered on or before June 30, 2023, available for projects anywhere in the state.

CA AB 1465 - Buffy Wicks
Nonvehicular air pollution: civil penalties.
09/06/2023 - Ordered to inactive file at the request of Senator Skinner.
AB 1465, as amended, Wicks. Nonvehicular air pollution: civil penalties. Existing law prohibits a person from discharging from nonvehicular sources air contaminants or other materials that cause injury, detriment, nuisance, or annoyance to the public, or that endanger the comfort, repose, health, or safety of the public, or that cause, or have a natural tendency to cause, injury or damage to business or property, as specified. Existing law establishes maximum civil penalties for a person who violates air pollution laws from nonvehicular sources. Existing law provides that civil penalties for specified violations are to be assessed and recovered in a civil action brought by the Attorney General, by any district attorney, or by the attorney for any district in which the violation occurs.This bill would triple specified civil penalties if the violation results from a discharge from a stationary source required by federal law to be included in an operating permit program established pursuant to specified provisions of the federal Clean Air Act, and the discharge contains or includes one or more air contaminants, as specified. The bill would define “source” for this purpose. The bill would require, in assessing penalties, that health impacts, community disruptions, and other circumstances related to the violation be considered, as specified. The bill would also require that civil penalties for a violation be assessed and recovered in a civil action brought by the Attorney General, by any district attorney, or by the attorney for any district in which the violation occurs.

CA AB 1481 - Rebecca Bauer-Kahan
Medi-Cal: presumptive eligibility.
09/12/2023 - Senate amendments concurred in. To Engrossing and Enrolling. (Ayes 68. Noes 2.).
AB 1481, as amended, Boerner. Medi-Cal: presumptive eligibility. Existing law establishes the Medi-Cal program, which is administered by the State Department of Health Care Services, under which qualified low-income individuals receive health care services. The Medi-Cal program is, in part, governed and funded by federal Medicaid Program provisions. Existing federal law, as a condition of receiving federal Medicaid funds, requires states to provide health care services to specified individuals. Existing federal law authorizes states to provide presumptive eligibility to pregnant women or children, and existing state law requires the department to provide presumptive eligibility to pregnant women and children, as specified.This bill would expand the presumptive eligibility for pregnant women to all pregnant people, renaming the program “Presumptive Eligibility for Pregnant People” (PE4PP). For a pregnant person covered under PE4PP who applies for full-scope Medi-Cal benefits, if the application is submitted at any time from the date of their presumptive eligibility determination through the last day of the subsequent calendar month, the bill would require the department to ensure the pregnant person is covered under PE4PP until their full-scope Medi-Cal application is approved or denied, as specified. The bill would require the department to require providers participating in the PE4PP program to provide information to pregnant persons enrolled in PE4PP on how to contact the person’s county to expedite the county’s determination of a Medi-Cal application.The bill would make conforming changes to related provisions. Because counties are required to make eligibility determinations, and this bill would expand Medi-Cal eligibility, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.This bill would provide that, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that the bill contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to the statutory provisions noted above.

CA AB 1504 - Kevin McCarty
Planning and zoning: electric vehicle charging infrastructure: public right-of-way.
02/01/2024 - From committee: Filed with the Chief Clerk pursuant to Joint Rule 56.
AB 1504, as amended, McCarty. Planning and zoning: electric vehicle charging infrastructure: public right-of-way. Existing law prescribes various requirements on the review and approval of applications to install electric vehicle charging stations. Existing law requires every city, county, and city and county to administratively approve an application to install electric vehicle charging stations and hydrogen-fueling stations through the issuance of a building permit or similar nondiscretionary permit and requires the review of an application to install an electric vehicle charging station or a hydrogen-fueling station to be limited to the building official’s review of whether it meets all health and safety requirements of local, state, and federal law. Existing law prohibits a city, county, or city and county from denying an application for a use permit to install an electric vehicle charging station or a hydrogen-fueling station unless it makes written findings that the proposed installation would have a specific, adverse impact upon the public health or safety, and there is no feasible method to satisfactorily mitigate or avoid the specific, adverse impact. Existing law requires that any conditions imposed on an application to install an electric vehicle charging station or a hydrogen-fueling station be designed to mitigate the specific, adverse impact upon the public health or safety at the lowest cost possible. Existing law defines “electric vehicle charging station” or “charging station” for these purposes. Existing law repeals these provisions as they pertain to hydrogen-fueling stations on January 1, 2030.This bill would provide that the provisions described above do not apply to applications to install an electric vehicle charging station or hydrogen-fueling station in a public right-of-way. The bill would require local agencies to complete a plan for the installation of electric vehicle charging stations in the public right-of-way that includes, but is not limited to, a permitting process. In developing the plan and permitting process, the bill would require local agencies to take specified actions. The bill, except as specified, would require local agencies with populations of 250,000 or more to comply with these provisions by January 1, 2027, and local agencies with populations of fewer than 250,000 residents to comply with these provisions by January 1, 2029. The bill would define various terms for these purposes. By imposing additional duties on local agencies, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.Existing law requires the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission (Energy Commission), working with the State Air Resources Board and the Public Utilities Commission (PUC), to prepare a statewide assessment of the electric vehicle charging infrastructure needed to support the levels of electric vehicle adoption required for the state to meet its goals of putting at least 5,000,000 zero-emission vehicles on California roads by 2030, and of reducing emissions of greenhouse gases to 40% below 1990 levels by 2030. Existing law requires the Energy Commission, as a part of the assessment, to identify workforce development and training resources needed to meet those goals.This bill would require the Energy Commission, working with the state board and the PUC, to instead prepare a statewide assessment of the electric vehicle charging infrastructure needed to support the levels of light- and heavy-duty electric vehicle adoption required for the state to meet the goals of a specified executive order, a mobile source strategy, and achieving carbon neutrality as soon as possible and no later than 2045. The bill would require that the assessment also analyze different direct current fast charger power levels, and evaluate the impact of certain deployment scenarios on equitable access to publicly available direct current fast chargers, as specified. The bill would require the Energy Commission

CA AB 1525 - Mia Bonta
Transportation projects: priority populations.
02/01/2024 - From committee: Filed with the Chief Clerk pursuant to Joint Rule 56.
AB 1525, as amended, Bonta. Transportation projects: priority populations. Existing law establishes within state government the Transportation Agency, which consists of the Department of the California Highway Patrol, the California Transportation Commission, the Department of Motor Vehicles, the Department of Transportation, the High-Speed Rail Authority, and the Board of Pilot Commissioners for the Bays of San Francisco, San Pablo, and Suisun. The agency is under the supervision of the Secretary of Transportation, who has the power of general supervision over each department within the agency. The secretary, among other duties, is charged with developing and reporting to the Governor on legislative, budgetary, and administrative programs to accomplish coordinated planning and policy formulation in matters of public interest, including transportation projects. This bill would require the agency, the Department of Transportation, and the California Transportation Commission, on or before July 1, 2025, to jointly develop and adopt criteria and an evaluation process for purposes of jointly evaluating each agency, Department of Transportation, or California Transportation Commission project, as defined, to, among other things, determine if the project would be located in a priority population, address an important need of a priority population, and provide a direct, meaningful, and assured benefit to a priority population, as specified. The bill would require the agency, the Department of Transportation, and the California Transportation Commission, on and after July 1, 2025, to jointly evaluate all new proposed projects by the criteria, and, on or before July 1, 2026, and annually thereafter, to jointly submit a report to the Legislature that evaluates how projects funded during the prior year impacted priority populations, as specified. The bill would require the agency, the California Transportation Commission, and the Department of Transportation, on or before July 1, 2026, and triennially thereafter, to jointly establish a percentage, of at least 60%, of moneys allocated for agency, Department of Transportation, or California Transportation Commission projects, excluding administrative costs, to be allocated for projects that are located in priority populations, address an important need of priority populations, and provide at least 5 direct, meaningful, and assured benefits, or additional cobenefits, to priority populations, and would require those entities to allocate moneys consistent with that established percentage.

CA AB 1533 - House Utilities and Energy Committee
Electricity.
07/03/2023 - In committee: Set, first hearing. Hearing canceled at the request of author.
AB 1533, as amended, Committee on Utilities and Energy. Electricity. (1) Existing law requires the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission (Energy Commission) to biennially adopt an integrated energy policy report. Existing law requires the Energy Commission to timely incorporate firm zero-carbon resources into that report, and, for purposes of that requirement, defines “firm zero-carbon resources” as electrical resources that can individually, or in combination, deliver electricity with high availability for the expected duration of multiday extreme or atypical weather events and facilitate integration of eligible renewable energy resources into the electrical grid and the transition to a zero-carbon electrical grid.This bill would clarify that, for purposes of that requirement, “firm zero-carbon resources” are those electrical resources described above that deliver zero-carbon electricity.Existing law creates the Demand Side Grid Support Program, and requires the Energy Commission to implement and administer the program to incentivize dispatchable customer load reduction and backup generation operation as on-call emergency supply and load reduction for the state’s electrical grid during extreme events. Existing law requires entities with generation or load reduction assets that are incentivized pursuant to the Distributed Electricity Backup Assets Program to participate in the program, and requires all energy produced as a result of the program to be settled at a relevant reference energy price. This bill would delete the requirements that those entities participate in the program and the produced energy be settled at a relevant reference energy price. Existing law authorizes the Department of Water Resources to construct, own and operate, or contract for the construction and operation of, contract for the purchase of electricity from, or finance through loans, reimbursement agreements, or other contracts actions to secure resources for summer reliability or to preserve the option to extend the life of specified facilities. Existing law requires the department, from October 31, 2022, to October 31, 2026, inclusive, to submit applications for certification to the Energy Commission for sites on which those facilities are located, as specified. Existing law requires the department, beginning on January 31, 2023, and on May 1, August 1, and December 1 annually thereafter, to issue a written report to the Joint Legislative Budget Committee detailing certain actions undertaken by the department in the period since the previous report, as specified.This bill would require the department to issue that report in consultation with the Energy Commission and require that report to also detail certain actions undertaken by the Energy Commission, as specified.(2) Existing law prohibits an electrical corporation from beginning the construction of, among other things, a line, plant, or system, or of any extension thereof, without having first obtained from the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) a certificate that the present or future public convenience and necessity require or will require that construction. Under existing law, the extension, expansion, upgrade, or other modification of an existing electrical transmission facility, including transmission lines and substations, does not require a certificate that the present or future public convenience and necessity requires or will require its construction.This bill would require the PUC, in a proceeding evaluating the issuance of a certificate of public convenience and necessity for a proposed transmission project, to establish a rebuttable presumption with regard to need for the proposed transmission project in favor of an Independent System Operator governing board-approved need evaluation if specified requirements are satisfied.(3) Existing law requires the PUC to convene or continue, until August 26, 2025, an independent peer review panel to conduct an independe

CA AB 1567 - Kevin Michael McCarty
Safe Drinking Water, Wildfire Prevention, Drought Preparation, Flood Protection, Extreme Heat Mitigation, Clean Energy, and Workforce Development Bond Act of 2024.
06/14/2023 - Referred to Coms. on N.R. & W. and GOV. & F.
AB 1567, as amended, Garcia. Safe Drinking Water, Wildfire Prevention, Drought Preparation, Flood Protection, Extreme Heat Mitigation, Clean Energy, and Workforce Development Bond Act of 2024. The California Drought, Water, Parks, Climate, Coastal Protection, and Outdoor Access For All Act of 2018, approved by the voters as Proposition 68 at the June 5, 2018, statewide primary election, authorizes the issuance of bonds in the amount of $4,100,000,000 pursuant to the State General Obligation Bond Law to finance a drought, water, parks, climate, coastal protection, and outdoor access for all program. Article XVI of the California Constitution requires measures authorizing general obligation bonds to specify the single object or work to be funded by the bonds and further requires a bond act to be approved by a 2/3 vote of each house of the Legislature and a majority of the voters.This bill would enact the Safe Drinking Water, Wildfire Prevention, Drought Preparation, Flood Protection, Extreme Heat Mitigation, Clean Energy, and Workforce Development Bond Act of 2024, which, if approved by the voters, would authorize the issuance of bonds in the amount of $15,995,000,000 pursuant to the State General Obligation Bond Law to finance projects for safe drinking water, wildfire prevention, drought preparation, flood protection, extreme heat mitigation, clean energy, and workforce development programs.This bill would provide for the submission of these provisions to the voters at the March 5, 2024, statewide primary election.

CA AB 1570 - Evan Low
Optometry: certification to perform advanced procedures.
02/01/2024 - From committee: Filed with the Chief Clerk pursuant to Joint Rule 56.
AB 1570, as amended, Low. Optometry: certification to perform advanced procedures. Existing law, the Optometry Practice Act, establishes the State Board of Optometry in the Department of Consumer Affairs for the licensure and regulation of the practice of optometry. Existing law makes a violation of the act a misdemeanor. Existing law excludes certain classes of agents from the practice of optometry unless they have an explicit United States Food and Drug Administration-approved indication, as specified.This bill would add neuromuscular blockers to the list of excluded classes of agents. By expanding the scope of a crime, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.Existing law requires an optometrist who holds a therapeutic pharmaceutical agents certification and meets specified requirements to be certified to medically treat authorized glaucomas.This bill would authorize an optometrist certified to treat glaucoma to obtain certification to perform specified advanced procedures in a patient 18 years of age or older if the optometrist meets certain education, training, examination, and other requirements, as specified. By requiring optometrists, qualified educators, and course administrators to certify or attest specified information relating to advanced procedure competency, thus expanding the crime of perjury, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program. The bill would require the board to set a fee for the issuance and renewal of the certificate authorizing the use of advanced procedures, which would be deposited in the Optometry Fund. The bill would require an optometrist who performs advanced procedures pursuant to these provisions to report certain information to the board, including any adverse treatment outcomes that required a referral to or consultation with another health care provider. The bill would require the board to compile a report summarizing the data collected and make the report available on the board’s internet website.The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.

CA AB 1585 - Christopher M. Ward
Name changes: copies of order granting petition.
02/01/2024 - From committee: Filed with the Chief Clerk pursuant to Joint Rule 56.
AB 1585, as amended, Ward. Name changes: copies of order granting petition. Existing law establishes the procedure for a person to change their name. When a proceeding for a change of name is commenced by the filing of a petition, existing law requires the court to issue an order reciting the filing of the petition, the name of the person by whom it is filed, and the name proposed. Existing law requires that the fee for certifying a copy of any paper, record, or proceeding on file in the office of the clerk of any court is $40. Existing law requires that the fee for preparing a copy of any paper, record, or proceeding on file is $.50 per page.This bill would require that up to 3 copies of the order granting the petition for change of name be provided at no charge to the petitioner at the time the petition is granted.

CA AB 1594 - Eduardo Garcia
Medium- and heavy-duty zero-emission vehicles: public agency utilities.
09/21/2023 - Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 3:30 p.m.
AB 1594, Garcia. Medium- and heavy-duty zero-emission vehicles: public agency utilities. Executive Order No. N-79-20 establishes the goal of transitioning medium- and heavy-duty vehicles in California to zero-emission vehicles by 2045 for all operations where feasible and by 2035 for drayage trucks, and requires the State Air Resources Board to develop and propose medium- and heavy-duty vehicle regulations to meet that goal.Existing law establishes the Air Quality Improvement Program that is administered by the board for purposes of funding projects related to, among other things, the reduction of criteria air pollutants and improvement of air quality, and establishes the Medium- and Heavy-Duty Zero-Emission Vehicle Fleet Purchasing Assistance Program within the Air Quality Improvement Program to make financing tools and nonfinancial supports available to operators of medium- and heavy-duty vehicle fleets to enable those operators to transition their fleets to zero-emission vehicles.This bill would require any state regulation that seeks to require, or otherwise compel, the procurement of medium- and heavy-duty zero-emission vehicles to authorize public agency utilities to purchase replacements for traditional utility-specialized vehicles that are at the end of life when needed to maintain reliable service and respond to major foreseeable events, including severe weather, wildfires, natural disasters, and physical attacks, as specified. The bill would define a public agency utility to include a local publicly owned electric utility, a community water system, a water district, and a wastewater treatment provider, as specified.

CA AB 1605 - James M. Gallagher
High schools: military services: United States Space Force.
08/29/2023 - Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 11:30 a.m.
AB 1605, Gallagher. High schools: military services: United States Space Force. (1) Existing law prohibits each school district offering instruction in any of grades 9 to 12, inclusive, that provides on-campus access to employers, from prohibiting access to the military services. Existing law defines “military services” for these purposes to include the United States Army, the United States Navy, the United States Air Force, the United States Marine Corps, the United States Coast Guard, or any reserve component of those federal forces, the National Guard, the State Guard, and the active militia.This bill would additionally prohibit each county office of education and charter school offering instruction in any of grades 9 to 12, inclusive, that provides on-campus access to employers, from prohibiting access to the military services. The bill would expressly include the United States Space Force in that definition.(2) Existing law ratifies the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children to, among other things, facilitate the enrollment, placement, advancement, and transfer of the academic records of the children of military families for the purpose of removing barriers to their educational success due to the frequent moves and deployment of their parents. The compact defines “Uniformed Services” to mean the United States Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard, as well as the Commissioned Corps of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the United States Public Health Services.This bill would include the United States Space Force in the definition of Uniformed Services for purposes of the compact. To the extent the change to the definition imposes additional duties on local educational agencies, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.(3) The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.This bill would provide that, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that the bill contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to the statutory provisions noted above.

CA AB 1609 - Eduardo Garcia
Air pollution: motor vehicle registration: pollution reduction.
02/01/2024 - From committee: Filed with the Chief Clerk pursuant to Joint Rule 56.
AB 1609, as amended, Garcia. Air pollution: motor vehicle registration: pollution reduction. (1) Existing law requires a registration fee to be paid to the Department of Motor Vehicles for the registration of each vehicle or trailer coach of a type subject to registration under the Vehicle Code, except those vehicles that are expressly exempted from the payment of registration fees. Existing law, until January 1, 2024, increases vehicle registration fees by $3 and requires revenues from those fees to be used, upon appropriation by the Legislature, for programs to reduce air pollution from motor vehicles.This bill would impose an additional annual $4 charge on each motor vehicle registered in the state except those vehicles that are expressly exempted from the payment of registration fees, thereby imposing a tax. The bill would require the department to collect the charge and deposit revenues from the charge in the Air Quality Improvement Fee Fund, which the bill would create. The bill would continuously appropriate the revenues in the fund to the department for distribution to air pollution control districts and air quality management districts based upon the amount of the charges collected from motor vehicles registered within each air district, thereby creating an appropriation. The bill would require these revenues to be used for the reduction of air pollution from motor vehicles and for related planning, monitoring, enforcement, and technical studies, as specified, or for the attainment or maintenance of state or federal ambient air quality standards or the reduction of toxic air contaminant emissions from motor vehicles. The bill would also authorize the department to withhold up to 1% of the annual revenues collected from the charge to cover its administrative costs, and the bill would authorize an air district to use not more than 6.25% of the revenues distributed to the air district for its administrative costs. The bill would require the charge to be increased annually based on the California Consumer Price Index, as specified.(2) Existing law authorizes an air pollution control or air quality management district, except the Sacramento district, to levy a surcharge of up to $6 on the registration fees for motor vehicles registered in the air district, as specified by the governing body of the air district. Existing law requires the Department of Motor Vehicles to collect that surcharge if requested by an air district, and requires the department, after deducting its administrative costs, to distribute the revenues to the air districts. Existing law, until January 1, 2034, authorizes a $2 increment of that surcharge to be used for the reduction of air pollution from motor vehicles and for related planning, monitoring, enforcement, and technical studies, as specified, or for the attainment or maintenance of state or federal ambient air quality standards or the reduction of toxic air contaminant emissions from motor vehicles.This bill would authorize that increment to be used for both of those purposes indefinitely.(3) This bill would include a change in state statute that would result in a taxpayer paying a higher tax within the meaning of Section 3 of Article XIII?A of the California Constitution, and thus would require for passage the approval of 2/3 of the membership of each house of the Legislature.

CA AB 1628 - Tina McKinnor
Microfiber filtration.
01/29/2024 - Consideration of Governor's veto stricken from file.
AB 1628, McKinnor. Microfiber filtration. Existing law, to protect public health and water quality, regulates a broad range of consumer products and processes, including water softeners, water treatment devices, and backflow prevention devices, among others.This bill would require, on and after January 1, 2029, that all new washing machines sold or offered for sale in California for residential or state use contain a microfiber filtration system, as defined, with a mesh size not greater than 100 micrometers, and bear a label with a specified consumer notice, as provided. The bill would provide that a violation of these provisions is punishable by a specified civil penalty, upon an action brought by the Attorney General, a city attorney, a county counsel, or a district attorney. The bill would also include legislative findings and declarations.

CA AB 1633 - Philip Y. Ting
Housing Accountability Act: disapprovals: California Environmental Quality Act.
09/21/2023 - Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 3:30 p.m.
AB 1633, Ting. Housing Accountability Act: disapprovals: California Environmental Quality Act. Existing law, the Housing Accountability Act, prohibits a local agency from disapproving a housing development project, as described, unless it makes certain written findings based on a preponderance of the evidence in the record. The act defines “disapprove the housing development project” as including any instance in which a local agency either votes and disapproves a proposed housing development project application, including any required land use approvals or entitlements necessary for the issuance of a building permit, or fails to comply with specified time periods. Existing law, the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), requires a lead agency, as defined, to prepare, or cause to be prepared, and certify the completion of, an environmental impact report on a project that the lead agency proposes to carry out or approve that may have a significant effect on the environment or to adopt a negative declaration if the lead agency finds that the project will not have that effect.This bill, until January 1, 2031, would define “disapprove the housing development project” as also including any instance in which a local agency fails to make a determination of whether the project is exempt from CEQA or commits an abuse of discretion, as specified, or fails to adopt a negative declaration or addendum for the project, to certify an environmental impact report for the project, or to approve another comparable environmental document, if certain conditions are satisfied. Among other conditions, the bill would require a housing development project subject to these provisions to be located on a legal parcel or parcels within an urbanized area and to meet one or more of specified criteria, and to meet or exceed 15 dwelling units per acre. By imposing additional duties on local officials, the bill would create a state-mandated local program.Existing law requires a petition to enforce the Housing Accountability Act to be brought pursuant to a specified procedure and be filed no later than 90 days from the effective date of a decision of the local agency imposing conditions on, disapproving of, or any other final action taken on a housing development project.This bill, until January 1, 2031, would provide that a local agency’s failure to make a determination that the project is exempt from CEQA, abuse of discretion, as defined, or failure to adopt, approve, or certify a negative declaration, addendum, environmental impact report, or comparable environmental review document, is deemed final for purposes of filing a petition to enforce the provisions of the act if the local agency did not make a final decision on whether to approve or disapprove a statutory or categorical exemption or a negative declaration, addendum, environmental impact report, or comparable environmental review document under CEQA, as specified, within a specified time period of the applicant’s notice.The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.

CA AB 1642 - Michael A. Gipson
School facilities: master plan for green schoolyards: greening programs.
09/05/2023 - In committee: Held under submission.
AB 1642, as amended, Gipson. School facilities: master plan for green schoolyards: greening programs. The Field Act requires the Department of General Services under the police power of the state to supervise the design and construction of any school building or the reconstruction or alteration of or addition to any school building, if not exempted, to ensure that plans and specifications comply with adopted rules and regulations and building standards published in regulations, and to ensure that the work of construction is performed in accordance with the approved plans and specifications for the protection of life and property.This bill would require the State Department of Education and the Natural Resources Agency, in consultation with the Office of Planning and Research, the Division of the State Architect, the Office of Public School Construction, and any other appropriate state entities, as determined by the department and the agency, to facilitate an interagency and stakeholder engagement process to prepare, on or before December 1, 2024, a master plan for green schoolyards that, among other things, recommends a statewide goal for the number of schools with green schoolyards to be achieved by a specified date, recommends strategies to overcome identified barriers to green schoolyards, and identifies recommendations and best practices to prevent or mitigate the impacts of extreme heat in schools. The bill would require the Natural Resources Agency, the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, and the Department of Parks and Recreation to incorporate the recommendations and best practices from the master plan into the guidelines for specified state programs. The bill would provide that the master plan is advisory for local educational agencies, defined as school districts, county offices of education, and charter schools. The bill would require the department and the agency to submit the master plan for green schoolyards to the appropriate policy and fiscal committees of the Legislature on or before December 1, 2024.

CA AB 1644 - Buffy Wicks
Medi-Cal: medically supportive food and nutrition services.
02/01/2024 - From committee: Filed with the Chief Clerk pursuant to Joint Rule 56.
AB 1644, as amended, Bonta. Medi-Cal: medically supportive food and nutrition services. Existing law establishes the Medi-Cal program, which is administered by the State Department of Health Care Services and under which qualified low-income individuals receive health care services. The Medi-Cal program is, in part, governed and funded by federal Medicaid program provisions.Existing law requires the department to establish the Medically Tailored Meals Pilot Program and the Short-Term Medically Tailored Meals Intervention Services Program, to operate in specified counties and during limited periods for the purpose of providing medically tailored meal intervention services to eligible Medi-Cal beneficiaries with certain health conditions, including congestive heart failure, cancer, diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or renal disease.Existing law, subject to implementation of the California Advancing and Innovating Medi-Cal (CalAIM) initiative, authorizes a Medi-Cal managed care plan to elect to cover community supports approved by the department as cost effective and medically appropriate in a comprehensive risk contract that are in lieu of applicable Medi-Cal state plan services. Under existing law, community supports that the department is authorized to approve include, among other things, medically supportive food and nutrition services, including medically tailored meals.This bill would make medically supportive food and nutrition interventions, as defined, a covered benefit under the Medi-Cal program, upon issuance of final guidance by the department. The bill would require medically supportive food and nutrition interventions to be covered when determined to be medically necessary by a health care provider or health care plan, as specified. In order to qualify for coverage under the Medi-Cal program, the bill would require a patient to be offered at least 3 of 6 specified medically supportive food and nutrition interventions and for the interventions to be provided for a minimum duration of 12 weeks, as specified. The bill would only provide coverage for nutrition support interventions when paired with the provision of food through one of the 3 offered interventions. The bill would require a health care provider to match the acuity of a patient’s condition to the intensity and duration of the medically supportive food and nutrition intervention and include culturally appropriate foods whenever possible.The bill would establish a medically supportive food and nutrition benefit advisory workgroup to advise the department in developing final guidance related to eligible populations, the duration and dosage of medically supportive food and nutrition interventions, the ratesetting process, determination of permitted providers, and continuing education for health care providers, as specified. The bill would require the workgroup to include certain stakeholders knowledgeable in medically supportive food and nutrition interventions and stakeholders from Medi-Cal consumer advocacy organizations. The bill would require the workgroup to meet at least quarterly and would require the department to issue final guidance on or before July 1, 2026. The bill would also include findings and declarations of the Legislature relating to the need for medically supportive food and nutrition intervention coverage under the Medi-Cal program.

CA AB 1645 - Rick Chavez Zbur
Health care coverage: cost sharing.
01/29/2024 - Consideration of Governor's veto stricken from file.
AB 1645, Zbur. Health care coverage: cost sharing. Existing law, the Knox-Keene Health Care Service Plan Act of 1975, provides for the licensure and regulation of health care service plans by the Department of Managed Health Care, and makes a willful violation of the act a crime. Existing law provides for the regulation of health insurers by the Department of Insurance. Existing law requires a group or individual nongrandfathered health care service plan contract or health insurance policy to provide coverage for, and prohibits a contract or policy from imposing cost-sharing requirements for, specified preventive care services and screenings.This bill would prohibit a group or individual health care service plan contract or health insurance policy issued, amended, or renewed on or after January 1, 2024, from imposing a cost-sharing requirement for office visits for the above-described preventive care services and screenings and for items or services that are integral to their provision. The bill would prohibit large group contracts and policies issued, amended, or renewed on or after January 1, 2024, and an individual or small group health care service plan contract or health insurance policy issued, amended, or renewed on or after January 1, 2025, from imposing a cost-sharing requirement, utilization review, or other specified limits on a recommended sexually transmitted infections screening, and from imposing a cost-sharing requirement for any items and services integral to a sexually transmitted infections screening, as specified. The bill would require a plan or insurer to directly reimburse a nonparticipating provider or facility of sexually transmitted infections screening that meets specified criteria for screening tests and integral items and services rendered, as specified, and would prohibit a nonparticipating provider from billing or collecting a cost-sharing amount for a sexually transmitted infections screening from an enrollee or insured. Because a violation of the bill’s requirements by a health care service plan would be a crime, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.

CA AB 1651 - Kathryn Sanchez
Pupil health: emergency medical care: epinephrine auto-injectors.
09/12/2023 - In Assembly. Ordered to Engrossing and Enrolling.
AB 1651, as amended, Sanchez. Pupil health: emergency medical care: epinephrine auto-injectors. Existing law requires school districts, county offices of education, and charter schools to provide emergency epinephrine auto-injectors to school nurses or trained volunteer personnel, and authorizes school nurses and trained personnel to use epinephrine auto-injectors to provide emergency medical aid to persons suffering, or reasonably believed to be suffering, from an anaphylactic reaction, as provided. Existing law defines “volunteer” and “trained personnel” for these purposes to mean an employee who has volunteered to administer epinephrine auto-injectors, as provided.This bill would require school districts, county offices of education, and charter schools to, among other things, store those emergency epinephrine auto-injectors in an accessible location upon need for emergency use and include that location in specified annual notices. This bill would extend the definition of “volunteer” and “trained personnel” to include the holder of an Activity Supervisor Clearance Certificate, as specified, who has volunteered to administer epinephrine auto-injectors, as provided. To the extent the bill would impose additional duties on local educational agencies, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.This bill would provide that, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that the bill contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to the statutory provisions noted above.

CA AB 1660 - Tri Ta
Cosmetic products: perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).
02/01/2024 - From committee: Filed with the Chief Clerk pursuant to Joint Rule 56.
AB 1660, as amended, Ta. Cosmetic products: perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). Existing law requires the State Air Resources Board to adopt regulations to achieve the maximum feasible reduction in volatile organic compounds emitted by consumer products, as defined, if the state board determines adequate data exist to establish the regulations are necessary to attain state and federal ambient air quality standards and the regulations are commercially and technologically feasible and necessary.Existing law prohibits, beginning January 1, 2025, a person or entity from manufacturing, selling, delivering, holding, or offering for sale in commerce any cosmetic product that contains intentionally added perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). Existing law defines, for these purposes, “PFAS” to mean a class of fluorinated organic chemicals containing at least one fully fluorinated carbon atom, and “intentionally added PFAS” to mean PFAS chemicals that a manufacturer has intentionally added to a product and that have a functional or technical effect on the product, or PFAS chemicals that are intentional breakdown products of an added chemical.This bill would authorize a person or entity to petition the board to exempt an intentionally added PFAS from that prohibition, and would authorize the state board to, in consultation with the State Water Resources Control Board, the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, and the Department of Toxic Substances Control, exempt an intentionally added PFAS from that prohibition if the state board determines that the intentionally added PFAS meets specified qualifications. The bill would require the petitioner to provide specified information in their exemption petition to the board, including, among other things, the name of the intentionally added PFAS proposed for exemption, its intended end use, and its intended concentration in the proposed cosmetic product.

CA AB 1685 - Isaac G. Bryan
Child welfare services.
02/01/2024 - Died at Desk.
AB 1685, as introduced, Bryan. Child welfare services. Existing law requires the State Department of Social Services to implement a single statewide Child Welfare Services Case Management System to administer and evaluate the state’s child welfare services and foster care programs. Existing law states the intent of the Legislature for the department to enhance the statewide child welfare information system to include information concerning the level of care required, educational accomplishments, and health history of children placed in foster care.This bill would make technical, nonsubstantive changes to that provision.

CA AB 1687 - Megan Dahle
Greenhouse gas emissions: fixed-mount generators.
02/01/2024 - From committee: Filed with the Chief Clerk pursuant to Joint Rule 56.
AB 1687, as amended, Megan Dahle. Greenhouse gas emissions: fixed-mount generators. Existing law requires the State Air Resources Board to establish a uniform statewide system of annual reporting of emissions of criteria pollutants and toxic air contaminants for a stationary source, as defined. Existing law also classifies refrigerated trailers as mobile sources and requires that they be regulated by the state board on a statewide basis to prevent confusion concerning whether the trailers are stationary sources when not being driven and to prevent inconsistent regulation by districts of vehicles that are operated in more than one air pollution control and air quality management district.This bill would require a fixed-mount generator to be classified as a stationary source. The bill would require the state board to adopt regulations consistent with that requirement.

CA AB 1711 - Juan Carrillo
Energy: hydrogen: Clean Energy Equity Act.
02/01/2024 - From committee: Filed with the Chief Clerk pursuant to Joint Rule 56.
AB 1711, as amended, Juan Carrillo. Energy: hydrogen: Clean Energy Equity Act. Existing law, until January 1, 2024, requires the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission to allocate $20,000,000 annually, not to exceed 20% of the moneys appropriated by the Legislature from the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Fund, to fund the number of stations identified by the state board until at least 100 publicly available hydrogen-fueling stations are in operation in California. This bill would enact the Clean Energy Equity Act and would require the commission to equitably allocate moneys appropriated by the Legislature for hydrogen-fueling infrastructure to specifically prioritize rural communities and low-income communities. The bill would require the commission and the State Air Resources Board, except as provided, to jointly review and submit a report to the Legislature on the progress toward establishing hydrogen-fueling infrastructure that is equally accessible to all communities, especially rural communities and low-income communities.

CA AB 1716 - Tri Ta
Hazardous wastes and materials: certified unified program agencies.
09/13/2023 - Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 3 p.m.
AB 1716, Committee on Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials. Hazardous wastes and materials: certified unified program agencies. (1) Existing law, as part of the hazardous waste control laws, requires any waste identified by the Department of Toxic Substances Control as hazardous or extremely hazardous to be managed in accordance with permits, orders, and regulations issued or adopted by the department. Existing law authorizes the department to grant a variance from these requirements for certain wastes, including recyclable materials, as defined, under specified conditions. Existing law provides that a recyclable material shall be excluded from classification by the department as a waste only if the recyclable material is held in a container or tank that is labeled, marked, and placarded in accordance with department requirements, the owner or operator of the business location where the recyclable material is located has a business plan, as specified, and the recyclable material is stored and handled in accordance with all local ordinances and codes. This bill would revise the requirements for the exclusion of a recyclable material from classification by the department as a waste by requiring, among other things, that the material be held in a container, tank, containment building, or waste pile that is labeled, marked, and placarded in accordance with the department’s hazardous waste labeling, marking, and placarding requirements applicable to generators, as provided. The bill would also require that the material be managed in accordance with specified regulations.Existing law requires a person who recycles more than 100 kilograms per month of recyclable material under a claim that the material qualifies for exclusion or exemption to provide specified information in writing every 2 years to the local officer or agency authorized to enforce those provisions. Existing law also authorizes the local officer or agency to exempt a person who operates an antifreeze recycling unit or solvent distillation unit, as specified, from that requirement or to require less information from that person than existing law requires pursuant to that provision.The bill would require a person who generates more than 100 kilograms of a material in any month under the claim that the material qualifies for exemption or exclusion as a recyclable material to submit, in the first month that more than 100 kilograms of the material is generated, specified information to the statewide information management system, as provided. The bill would require a person who is not the generator, and who accumulates, manages, or recycles the recyclable material identified by the generator as exempt or excluded, to submit the information to that system. The bill would also require these persons to submit the information to the system within 60 days of the date when the generation, accumulation, management, or recycling of the material is permanently discontinued. The bill would require a person who generates, accumulates, manages, or recycles more than 100 kilograms of recyclable material in any month to resubmit the required information, as described, by July 1 of each even-numbered year. The bill would eliminate the authority of the local officer or agency to exempt a person who operates an antifreeze recycling unit or solvent distillation unit from some or all of these information requirements.A violation of the hazardous waste control laws is a crime. By expanding the scope of crimes, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program. (2) Existing law regulates the disposal of hazardous waste aerosol cans. Existing law defines an “aerosol can” to mean a container in which gas under pressure is used to aerate and dispense any material through a valve in the form of a spray or foam. Among other things, existing law requires that a container used to accumulate or transport universal waste aerosol cans, or the contents removed from a universal waste aerosol can or

CA AB 1722 - Megan Dahle
Pupil health: credentialed school nurses, registered nurses, and licensed vocational nurses.
09/22/2023 - Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 11:30 a.m.
AB 1722, Megan Dahle. Pupil health: credentialed school nurses, registered nurses, and licensed vocational nurses. (1) Existing law requires the governing board of a school district to give diligent care to the health and physical development of pupils, and authorizes the governing board of a school district to employ properly certified persons for that work. Existing law authorizes a school nurse, if authorized by the governing board of the school district, to perform various pupil health care services. Existing law requires a school nurse to be currently licensed as a registered nurse, as provided, and to have met the minimum requirements for a credential in school nursing, as specified.This bill would require a licensed vocational nurse, as defined, hired pursuant to this bill to be supervised by a credentialed school nurse, as defined, who is employed as a school nurse at the same local educational agency (LEA) or at another LEA. The bill would prohibit interpreting that provision to allow a licensed vocational nurse to go beyond the approved scope of practice pursuant to the Vocational Nursing Practice Act. The bill would require an LEA employing a credentialed school nurse who is supervising a licensed vocational nurse at another LEA, and a credentialed school nurse who is supervising a licensed vocational nurse at another LEA, pursuant to these provisions to have indemnification for the supervisorial liability, as specified. The bill would require certain LEAs to enter into a written agreement containing specified information, including, among other information, a communication policy delineating how the licensed vocational nurse and the credentialed school nurse are to communicate, as provided. The bill would require an LEA to only hire a licensed vocational nurse if a diligent search has been conducted for a suitable credentialed school nurse each school year, as provided. The bill would require a local educational agency to seek approval from its governing board or body before hiring a licensed vocational nurse, including by submitting a declaration to its governing board or body containing certain information. The bill would require a local educational agency electing to hire a licensed vocational nurse to certify to the State Department of Education, upon penalty of perjury, that a diligent recruitment effort to hire a credentialed school nurse was made. By expanding the scope of the crime of perjury, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program. The bill would, if an LEA uses its authority pursuant to the above-mentioned provisions, require the local educational agency to report its use of that authority to the department. The bill would require the department to, on or before January 1, 2028, submit a report to the Legislature containing a list of the LEAs that have used that authority, as provided. The bill would repeal the above-mentioned provisions on January 1, 2029.(2) Existing law requires the governing board of a school district to provide for the adequate testing of the sight and hearing of each pupil enrolled in the schools of the school district to be given only by specified persons, including, among others, certificated employees of the school district or of the county superintendent of schools who possess the qualifications prescribed by the Commission for Teacher Preparation and Licensing.This bill would expand that described authorization to allow those tests to be additionally given by certificated employees, registered nurses, or licensed vocational nurses, under the supervision of a credentialed school nurse, of the school district, charter school, or the county superintendent of schools who possess the qualifications prescribed by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing.(3) Existing law requires a school nurse or other authorized person to appraise the vision of a pupil during kindergarten, or upon first enrollment or entry of that pupil in a California school district at an elementary s

CA AB 1743 - Steve Bennett
Lower Emissions Transition Program.
02/01/2024 - From committee: Filed with the Chief Clerk pursuant to Joint Rule 56.
AB 1743, as amended, Bennett. Lower Emissions Transition Program. Existing law imposes various limitations on emissions of air contaminants for the control of air pollution from vehicular and nonvehicular sources. Existing law generally designates the State Air Resources Board as the state agency with the primary responsibility for the control of vehicular air pollution and air pollution control and air quality management districts with the primary responsibility for the control of air pollution from all sources other than vehicular sources.Existing law, upon the appropriation of funds by the Legislature, requires the state board to allocate funds on a competitive basis for projects that are shown to achieve the greatest emission reductions from each emission source identified as specified, from activities related to the movement of freight along California’s trade corridors, commencing at the state’s airports, seaports, and land ports of entry.This bill would, until January 1, 2032, enact the Lower Emissions Transition Program. The program would be administered by the state board and would require the state board to approve projects that reduce cumulative emissions from cargo handling equipment, as defined, sources at seaports in the state during the transition period to zero-emissions cargo handling equipment requirements. The bill would prohibit the approval of a project after the compliance date required by any applicable statute, regulation, or rule that requires a change in equipment to a zero-emission standard. The bill would require the state board to establish guidelines to determine eligibility for project approvals. The bill would describe certain types of eligible projects and would require the state board to approve projects that meet specified criteria. The bill would require the state board to establish an application fee, as specified. The bill would require the application fees to be deposited in the Air Pollution Control Fund and made available to the state board upon appropriation by the Legislature. The bill would establish eligibility criteria for projects. The bill would require the state board, by January 1, 2027, and January 1, 2031, to evaluate the impact of the program on state and local clean air efforts to meet state and local clean air goals and to hold at least one public workshop before completing the evaluation.

CA AB 1751 - Michael A. Gipson
Opioid prescriptions: information: nonpharmacological treatments for pain.
02/01/2024 - From committee: Filed with the Chief Clerk pursuant to Joint Rule 56.
AB 1751, as amended, Gipson. Opioid prescriptions: information: nonpharmacological treatments for pain. Existing law requires a prescriber, with certain exceptions, before directly dispensing or issuing for a minor the first prescription for a controlled substance containing an opioid in a single course of treatment, to discuss specified information with the minor, the minor’s parent or guardian, or another adult authorized to consent to the minor’s medical treatment.This bill would extend that requirement for the prescriber by applying it to any patient, not only a minor, under those circumstances. The bill would also require the prescriber to discuss the availability of nonpharmacological treatments for pain, as defined.Existing law makes an exception to the requirement for the prescriber in the case of a patient who is being treated for a diagnosis of chronic intractable pain, as specified.This bill would remove that exception and would instead make an exception in the case of a patient who is currently receiving hospice care.The bill would require the prescriber, after discussing the information, to obtain consent from the patient, a minor patient’s parent or guardian, or another authorized adult, as specified.Existing federal law, the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), requires a health benefit plan issuer that offers coverage in the small group or individual market to ensure that the coverage includes the essential health benefits package, as defined.This bill would make legislative findings and declarations relating to addiction associated with overreliance on prescription medication for pain management, and providing that nonpharmacological treatments for pain should be considered during the next update to the state’s essential health benefits benchmark plan.

CA AB 1754 - House Judiciary Committee
Maintenance of the codes.
07/25/2023 - Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 4 p.m.
AB 1754, Committee on Judiciary. Maintenance of the codes. Existing law directs the Legislative Counsel to advise the Legislature from time to time as to legislation necessary to maintain the codes.This bill would make nonsubstantive changes in various provisions of the law to effectuate the recommendations made by the Legislative Counsel to the Legislature.

CA AB 1760 -
Fish and Game Code.
07/25/2023 - Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 4 p.m.
AB 1760, Committee on Water, Parks, and Wildlife. Fish and Game Code. (1) Existing law requires the California Law Revision Commission to study, and limits the commission to studying, topics approved by resolution of the Legislature or by statute. The Legislature has, by resolution, authorized and requested that the commission study whether the Fish and Game Code and related statutory law should be revised to improve its organization, clarify its meaning, resolve inconsistencies, eliminate unnecessary or obsolete provisions, standardize terminology, clarify program authority and funding sources, and make other minor improvements, without making any significant substantive change to the effect of the law.This bill would make technical revisions to provisions of the Fish and Game Code proposed by the commission.(2) Existing law requires that funds deposited in the Big Game Management Account be available for expenditure upon appropriation by the Legislature to the Department of Fish and Wildlife only for certain purposes, including, among other things, to implement programs to benefit wild pigs. This bill, beginning July 1, 2024, would eliminate the authorization to expend those funds to implement programs to benefit wild pigs.

CA AB 1808 - Laurie Davies
Childcare and development services: eligibility.
04/03/2024 - From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. with recommendation: To Consent Calendar. (Ayes 7. Noes 0.) (April 2). Re-referred to Com. on APPR.
AB 1808, as introduced, Stephanie Nguyen. Childcare and development services: eligibility. Existing law, the Child Care and Development Services Act, administered by the State Department of Social Services, requires the department to administer childcare and development programs that offer a full range of services to eligible children from infancy to 13 years of age, inclusive. Under the act, upon establishing initial eligibility or ongoing eligibility for services, a family is considered to meet all eligibility and need requirements for those services, is required to receive those services before having their eligibility or need recertified, and shall not be required to report changes to income or other changes, for at least 24 months, except as specified. Among other exceptions, a family receiving services under a CalWORKs Stage 1, Stage 2, or Stage 3 program is considered to meet all eligibility and need requirements for those services, is required to receive those services before having their eligibility or need recertified, and shall not be required to report changes to income or other changes, for at least 12 months.This bill would delete that 12-month exception for CalWORKs Stage 1, Stage 2, or Stage 3 programs.

CA AB 1812 - Jesse Gabriel
Budget Act of 2024.
01/16/2024 - Referred to Com. on BUDGET.
AB 1812, as introduced, Gabriel. Budget Act of 2024. This bill would make appropriations for the support of state government for the 2024–25 fiscal year.This bill would declare that it is to take effect immediately as a Budget Bill.

CA AB 1834 - Eduardo Garcia
Electricity Supply Strategic Reliability Reserve Program: local publicly owned electric utilities.
04/01/2024 - Re-referred to Com. on U. & E.
AB 1834, as amended, Garcia. Electricity Supply Strategic Reliability Reserve Program: local publicly owned electric utilities. Existing law establishes the Department of Water Resources Electricity Supply Reliability Reserve Fund and continuously appropriates moneys in the fund to the Department of Water Resources for purposes of (1) implementing projects, purchases, and contracts to carry out specified purposes, (2) constructing, owning, and operating, or contracting for the construction and operation of, contracting for the purchase of electricity from, or financing through loans, reimbursement agreements, or other contracts actions to secure resources for summer reliability or to preserve the option to extend the life of specified facilities, and (3) reimbursing electrical corporations for the value of imported energy or import capacity products that were delivered or capable of being delivered between July 1, 2022, and on or before October 31, 2023, and were procured at above-market costs or in excess of procurement authorizations set by the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) and above the requirements needed to serve the electrical corporation’s bundled customers in support of summer electric service reliability. Existing law requires the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission (Energy Commission), on or before January 31, 2024, in consultation with the PUC, to submit a report to the appropriate policy and budget committees of the Legislature that includes an assessment of whether each local publicly owned electric utility exceeded, met, or failed to meet its minimum planning reserve margin and specified system resource adequacy requirements, as specified. Upon the submission of that report, if the department determines that resources it procured through the Electricity Supply Strategic Reliability Reserve Program were used in a given month to meet an identified reliability need, existing law requires the executive director of the Energy Commission, on and before June 30, 2027, to annually assess a capacity payment on each local publicly owned electric utility in the Independent System Operator balancing area that during that same month fails to meet its minimum planning reserve margin, as specified. This bill would expressly provide that the identified reliability need is the identified reliability need of the local publicly owned electric utility.

CA AB 1857 - Corey A. Jackson
State Air Resources Board: air quality regulation: valleys.
04/10/2024 - In committee: Set, first hearing. Referred to suspense file.
AB 1857, as introduced, Jackson. State Air Resources Board: air quality regulation: valleys. Existing law imposes various limitations on emissions of air contaminants for the control of air pollution from vehicular and nonvehicular sources. Existing law generally designates the State Air Resources Board as the state agency with the primary responsibility for the control of vehicular air pollution and air pollution control and air quality management districts with the primary responsibility for the control of air pollution from all sources other than vehicular sources.This bill would require the state board to adopt regulations to improve air quality in population centers located in valleys and would require each local air district to implement those regulations with regard to stationary sources located within its jurisdiction. The bill would make those requirements inoperative on January 1, 2029, and would require the state board, on or before January 1, 2030, to submit a report to the Legislature and specified committees of the Legislature describing any air quality improvements resulting from those regulations.By adding to the duties of local air districts, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.This bill would provide that, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that the bill contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to the statutory provisions noted above.

CA AB 1886 - David A. Alvarez
Housing Element Law: substantial compliance: Housing Accountability Act.
04/02/2024 - Re-referred to Com. on H. & C.D.
AB 1886, as amended, Alvarez. Housing Element Law: substantial compliance: Housing Accountability Act. (1) The Planning and Zoning Law requires a city or county to adopt a general plan for land use development within its boundaries that includes, among other things, a housing element. Existing law, commonly referred to as the Housing Element Law, prescribes requirements for a city’s or county’s preparation of, and compliance with, its housing element, and requires the Department of Housing and Community Development to review and determine whether the housing element substantially complies with the Housing Element Law, as specified. If the department finds that a draft housing element or amendment does not substantially comply with the Housing Element Law, existing law requires the legislative body of the city or county to either (A) change the draft element or amendment to substantially comply with the Housing Element Law or (B) adopt the draft housing element or amendment without changes and make specified findings as to why the draft element or amendment substantially complies with the Housing Element Law despite the findings of the department. Existing law requires a planning agency to promptly submit an adopted housing element or amendment to the department and requires the department to review the adopted housing element or amendment and report its findings to the planning agency within 60 days.This bill would require a planning agency that makes the above-described findings as to why a draft housing element or amendment substantially complies with the Housing Element Law despite the findings of the department to submit those findings to the department. The bill would require the department to review those finding in its review of an adopted housing element or amendment. The bill would create a rebuttable presumption of validity for the department’s findings as to whether the adopted element or amendment substantially complies with the Housing Element Law. Because the bill would require planning agencies to submit specified findings to the department with an adopted housing element or amendment, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.(2) Existing law, the Housing Accountability Act, among other things, prohibits a local agency from disapproving, or conditioning approval in a manner that renders infeasible, a housing development project for very low, low-, or moderate-income households unless the local agency makes written findings as to one of certain sets of conditions, as specified. One set of conditions is that (A) the jurisdiction has adopted a housing element that is in substantial compliance with the Housing Element Law, and (B) the jurisdiction has met or exceeded its share of the regional housing need allocation for the planning period for the income category proposed for the housing development project.This bill would provide that, for purposes of disapproving or conditionally approving a housing development project for very low, low-, or moderate-income households, a housing element or amendment is considered substantially compliant with the Housing Element Law when the local agency has adopted a housing element or amendment and the department or a court of competent jurisdiction determines the adopted housing element or amendment to be in substantial compliance with the Housing Element Law. The bill would specify that a determination of substantial compliance continues until the department or a court of competent jurisdiction determines otherwise or the end of the applicable housing element cycle. The bill would provide that these provisions are declaratory of existing law.(3) The Housing Accountability Act also requires a housing development project to only be subject to the ordinances, policies, and standards adopted and in effect when a preliminary application was submitted, except as specified.This bill would provide that a housing element or amendment must be considered in substantial complia

CA AB 1889 - Laura Friedman
conservation element: wildlife and habitat connectivity.
04/02/2024 - Re-referred to Com. on L. GOV.
AB 1889, as amended, Friedman. conservation element: wildlife and habitat connectivity. Existing law, the Planning and Zoning Law, requires the legislative body of a city or county to adopt a comprehensive general plan that includes various elements, including land use, housing, and conservation elements, as specified. Existing law requires the conservation element to consider the effect of development within the jurisdiction on natural resources located on public lands.This bill would additionally require the conservation element to consider the effect of development within the jurisdiction on the movement of wildlife and habitat connectivity. The bill would require the conservation element, upon the next update of one or more elements on or after January 1, 2026, to, among other things, identify and analyze connectivity areas, permeability, and natural landscape areas within the jurisdiction, identify and analyze existing or planned wildlife passage features, and consider the impacts of development and the barriers caused by development to wildlife and habitat connectivity. The bill would authorize a city, county, or city and county to incorporate by reference into their general plan an existing plan that meets these requirements. The bill would require a city, county, or city and county preparing to update its conservation element to consider incorporating appropriate standards, policies, and zoning, consult with specified entities, and consider relevant best available science. The bill would authorize a city, county, or city and county to consult with other appropriate entities and include the above-described required information in a separate component or section of the general plan entitled a wildlife connectivity element. The bill would include related legislative findings and declarations. By adding to the duties of county and city officials in the administrating of their land use planning duties, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.

CA AB 1893 - Buffy Wicks
Housing Accountability Act: housing disapprovals: required local findings.
04/02/2024 - Re-referred to Com. on H. & C.D.
AB 1893, as amended, Wicks. Housing Accountability Act: housing disapprovals: required local findings. The Planning and Zoning Law requires a city or county to adopt a general plan for land use development within its boundaries that includes, among other things, a housing element. Existing law, commonly referred to as the Housing Element Law, prescribes requirements for a city’s or county’s preparation of, and compliance with, its housing element, and requires the Department of Housing and Community Development to review and determine whether the housing element substantially complies with the Housing Element Law, as specified.Existing law, the Housing Accountability Act, among other things, prohibits a local agency from disapproving, or conditioning approval in a manner that renders infeasible, a housing development project for very low, low-, or moderate-income households unless the local agency makes written findings as to one of certain sets of conditions, as specified. Under the act, one set of conditions available to a local agency for the finding necessary to disapprove a housing development project for very low, low-, or moderate-income households is that (A) the jurisdiction has adopted a housing element that is in substantial compliance with the Housing Element Law, and (B) the jurisdiction has met or exceeded its share of the regional housing need allocation for the planning period for the income category proposed for the housing development project.Existing law defines “housing for very low, low-, or moderate-income households” for purposes of the Housing Accountability Act to mean at least 20% of the total units shall be sold or rented to lower income households or 100% of the units are sold or rented to persons and families of moderate income.This bill would revise that definition to mean at least 10% of the units are dedicated to lower income households, 100% of the units are dedicated to lower income households at an affordable rent consistent with rent limits established by the California Tax Credit Allocation Committee, 100% of the units are sold or rented to persons and families of moderate income, or the housing development consists of 10 units or fewer.This bill would also repeal that set of conditions described above as a basis for the findings necessary to disapprove a housing development project for very low, low-, or moderate-income households. Another set of conditions under the Housing Accountability Act that is a basis for findings necessary to disapprove a housing development project is that (A) the jurisdiction has adopted a housing element that is in substantial compliance with the Housing Element Law, and (B) the housing development project is inconsistent with both the jurisdiction’s zoning ordinance and general plan land use designation as specified in any element of the general plan as it existed on the date the application was deemed complete.Existing law authorizes a development proponent to submit an application for a development subject to a streamlined, ministerial approval process if the development complies with certain objective planning standards, including, among others, that the development is compliant with the maximum density allowed within that land use designation. Existing law, the Affordable Housing and High Road Jobs Act of 2022, until January 1, 2033, authorizes a development proponent to submit an application for a mixed-income housing development that meets specified objective standards and affordability and site criteria, including satisfying specified density thresholds. The act makes a development that meets those objective standards and affordability and site criteria a use by right and subject to a streamlined, ministerial review process.This bill would authorize a local agency that has failed to adopt a housing element that is in substantial compliance with the Housing Element Law to disapprove or conditionally approve a housing development project for very low, low

CA AB 1894 - Tri Ta
Nonvehicular air pollution: civil penalties.
03/14/2024 - In committee: Set, first hearing. Hearing canceled at the request of author.
AB 1894, as amended, Ta. Nonvehicular air pollution: civil penalties. Existing law establishes the State Air Resources Board as the state agency with primary jurisdiction over the regulation of air pollution. Existing law generally designates air pollution control districts and air quality management districts with the primary responsibility for the control of air pollution from all sources other than vehicular sources. Existing law subjects violators of specified air pollution laws or any rule, regulation, permit, or order of a district or of the state board to specified civil penalties.This bill would require a district to provide a small business, as defined, with a period of not less than 30 days to rectify a violation before the small business may be subject to those civil penalties. By increasing the duties of air pollution control districts and air quality management districts, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.

CA AB 1906 - Michael A. Gipson
California Law Revision Commission: persons with disabilities: terminology.
04/10/2024 - In committee: Set, first hearing. Referred to suspense file.
AB 1906, as amended, Gipson. California Law Revision Commission: persons with disabilities: terminology. Existing law establishes the California Law Revision Commission to, among other things, examine the law for defects or anachronisms and recommend changes to modify or eliminate antiquated or inequitable rules of law. Existing law requires the commission to study any topic that the Legislature, by concurrent resolution or statute, refers to the commission. Existing law establishes the Committee on Revision of the Penal Code, within the commission, to study and make recommendations related to the Penal Code to achieve various objectives, including simplifying criminal law and procedure.Existing law uses the terms “dependent adult” and “dependent person” to refer to a person, regardless of whether the person lives independently, who is between the ages of 18 and 64 and has physical or mental limitations that restrict their ability to carry out normal activities or to protect their rights, as specified. Existing law uses those terms in various provisions related to, among other topics, prohibitions on, prescribes penalties for, mandated reporting of, and settlements, protective orders, and law enforcement training related to, the commission of specified offenses committed against those persons.Existing federal law requires the Governor to designate a private nonprofit corporation in this state for the protection and advocacy of persons with disabilities, as specified. Existing state law refers to this entity as “the protection and advocacy agency.”This bill would require the California Law Revision Commission, with input from stakeholders, including the protection and advocacy agency, to complete and submit to the Legislature a study on how to remove the terms “dependent adult” and “dependent person” from existing code sections, including those that use the term “dependent” in conjunction with the term “elder,” as specified. The bill would require the commission, as part of the study, to convene a working group that includes the protection and advocacy agency, persons described by those terms, and groups representing those persons. The bill would require the study to include recommendations on how to replace the terms “dependent adult” and “dependent person” with new terminology that would respectfully describe those persons and would preserve the legal rights and protections of those and other persons, as specified.The bill would make related findings and declarations.

CA AB 1923 - Laurie Davies
Green Assistance Program.
04/10/2024 - In committee: Set, first hearing. Referred to suspense file.
AB 1923, as introduced, Davies. Green Assistance Program. Existing law creates the California Environmental Protection Agency, consisting of various boards, offices, and departments, including the State Air Resources Board. Existing law, the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, establishes the State Air Resources Board as the state agency responsible for monitoring and regulating sources emitting greenhouse gases. The act authorizes the state board to include the use of market-based compliance mechanisms. Existing law requires all moneys, except for fines and penalties, collected by the state board as part of a market-based compliance mechanism to be deposited in the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund and to be available upon appropriation by the Legislature.This bill would establish the Green Assistance Program within the California Environmental Protection Agency to, among other things, assist small businesses and small nonprofit organizations in applying for moneys from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund. The bill would authorize the Secretary for Environmental Protection to apply for and accept grants or contributions of funds from any public or private source for the program.

CA AB 1925 - Anthony Rendon
Childcare and development programs: eligibility.
04/03/2024 - From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 5. Noes 0.) (April 2). Re-referred to Com. on APPR.
AB 1925, as introduced, Rendon. Childcare and development programs: eligibility. Existing law, the Child Care and Development Services Act, administered by the State Department of Social Services, requires the department to administer childcare and development programs that offer a full range of services to eligible children from infancy to 13 years of age, inclusive. The act requires that families meet specified requirements to be eligible for federal and state subsidized childcare and development services, including that a family is a current aid recipient or is income eligible, among other eligible statuses, and the family needs childcare services because, among other reasons, the family is homeless.This bill would extend eligibility for childcare and development programs to families whose child is eligible for services under the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and a family who needs the childcare services because the child is identified as eligible for services under the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

CA AB 1943 - Akilah Weber
Medi-Cal: telehealth.
04/08/2024 - Re-referred to Com. on P. & C.P.
AB 1943, as amended, Weber. Medi-Cal: telehealth. Existing law establishes the Medi-Cal program, which is administered by the State Department of Health Care Services, under which qualified low-income individuals receive health care services. The Medi-Cal program is, in part, governed and funded by federal Medicaid program provisions.Under existing law, in-person, face-to-face contact is not required under the Medi-Cal program when covered health care services are provided by video synchronous interaction, audio-only synchronous interaction, remote patient monitoring, or other permissible virtual communication modalities, when those services and settings meet certain criteria.This bill would require the department to produce a public report on telehealth in the Medi-Cal program that includes analyses of, among other things, (1) telehealth access and utilization, (2) the effect of telehealth on timeliness of, access to, and quality of care, and (3) the effect of telehealth on clinical outcomes, as specified. The bill would authorize the department, in collaboration with the California Health and Human Services Agency, to issue policy recommendations based on the report’s findings.

CA AB 1961 - Buffy Wicks
End Hunger in California Act of 2024.
04/10/2024 - From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on AGRI. (Ayes 5. Noes 0.) (April 9). Re-referred to Com. on AGRI.
AB 1961, as amended, Wicks. End Hunger in California Act of 2024. Existing law establishes the Strategic Growth Council in state government consisting of various state agency heads and 3 public members. Existing law requires the council to identify and review activities and funding programs of state agencies that may be coordinated to improve air and water quality, improve natural resource protection, increase the availability of affordable housing, improve transportation, meet greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals, encourage sustainable land use planning, and revitalize urban and community centers in a sustainable manner. Existing law requires the council to manage and award grants and loans to support the planning and development of sustainable communities.Under existing law, the policy of the state is that every human being has the right to access sufficient, affordable, and healthy food. Existing law establishes various food assistance programs, including, among others, the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), known in California as CalFresh, under which supplemental nutrition assistance benefits allocated to the state by the federal government are distributed to eligible individuals by each county. This bill would require the Strategic Growth Council, in consultation with specified entities, to appoint and convene the End Hunger in California Master Plan Task Force to make recommendations for future comprehensive strategies aimed at addressing access to healthy and culturally relevant food for all Californians. The bill would require the task force to meet at least quarterly and to be composed of up to 40 members, from specified agencies and with specified knowledge and expertise in various food-related subject matters. The bill would authorize the council, subject to an appropriation from the Legislature for this purpose, to provide members with a reasonable per diem allowance for each day of attendance and reimbursement for actual and necessary travel expenses incurred in connection with their official duties involving the task force. The bill would also authorize the task force to form ad hoc advisory committees to learn more about specific issues regarding recommending future comprehensive strategies aimed at addressing access to healthy and culturally relevant food.The bill would require the council to serve as the lead agency for developing the End Hunger in California Master Plan and assist the task force in carrying out its duties. The bill would authorize the council to use existing resources and to accept and expend nongovernmental funds for its work with the task force.The bill would require the plan to be distributed to the Legislature no later than January 1, 2026, and to include specified actions, among others, identification of barriers to bringing retailers to specific locations, inclusion of a strategy to maximize eligible individuals’ participation in specified federal and state nutritional programs, identification and facilitation of stakeholder engagement, and analysis of state programs currently investing in regional food systems. The bill would make related findings and declarations.

CA AB 1969 - Juan Alanis
State Air Resources Board: Clean Off-Road Equipment Voucher Incentive Project: unmanned aerial systems.
04/10/2024 - In committee: Set, first hearing. Referred to suspense file.
AB 1969, as introduced, Hart. State Air Resources Board: Clean Off-Road Equipment Voucher Incentive Project: unmanned aerial systems. The California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 designates the State Air Resources Board as the state agency charged with monitoring and regulating sources of emissions of greenhouse gases. Existing law creates the Air Quality Improvement Program, administered by the state board, for the purpose of funding, upon appropriation by the Legislature, air quality improvement projects relating to zero-emission fuel and vehicle technologies. Existing law limits the program to competitive grants, revolving loans, loan guarantees, loans, and other appropriate funding measures that further the purposes of the program, including for projects that provide mitigation for off-road gasoline exhaust and evaporative emissions. As part of the program, the state board administers the Clean Off-Road Equipment Voucher Incentive Project (CORE) to provide vouchers that offset the cost of zero-emission off-road equipment, including agricultural equipment.This bill would require the state board to include unmanned aerial systems, commonly known as drones, in the meaning of agricultural equipment for purposes of CORE, which the bill would define as the program established by the state board as part of the Air Quality Improvement Program, as provided.

CA AB 1977 - Tri Ta
Health care coverage: behavioral diagnoses.
04/10/2024 - From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 16. Noes 0.) (April 9). Re-referred to Com. on APPR.
AB 1977, as amended, Ta. Health care coverage: behavioral diagnoses. Existing law, the Knox-Keene Health Care Service Plan Act of 1975, provides for the licensure and regulation of health care service plans by the Department of Managed Health Care, and makes a willful violation of the act a crime. Existing law provides for the regulation of health insurers by the Department of Insurance. Existing law requires a health care service plan contract or health insurance policy to provide coverage for behavioral health treatment for pervasive developmental disorder or autism.This bill would prohibit a health care service plan contract or health insurance policy issued, amended, or renewed on or after January 1, 2025, from requiring an enrollee or insured previously diagnosed with pervasive developmental disorder or autism to be reevaluated or receive a new behavioral diagnosis to maintain coverage for behavioral health treatment for their condition. Because a willful violation of this provision by a health care service plan would be a crime, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.

CA AB 2012 - Alexander T. Lee
Rabies control data.
04/02/2024 - From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 18. Noes 0.) (April 2). Re-referred to Com. on APPR.
AB 2012, as introduced, Lee. Rabies control data. Existing law governs the seizure, rescue, adopting out, and euthanasia of abandoned and surrendered animals by animal control officers, law enforcement officers, animal shelters, and rescue organizations. Existing law requires the governing body of each city, city and county, or county to maintain or provide for the maintenance of an animal shelter system and a rabies control program. This bill would require the State Department of Public Health to collect certain rabies control program data from each city, city and county, or county, as outlined. The bill would authorize the department to contract out this requirement to a California accredited veterinary school. By increasing the data collected from each city, city and county, and county, this bill would create a state-mandated local program.The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.This bill would provide that, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that the bill contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to the statutory provisions noted above.

CA AB 2026 - Devon John Mathis
Disabilities: person-first terminology.
03/12/2024 - In committee: Set, first hearing. Hearing canceled at the request of author.
AB 2026, as introduced, Mathis. Disabilities: person-first terminology. Existing law makes various references to the terms “autistic children,” “developmentally disabled children,” “developmentally disabled adults,” “disabled adults,” “severely disabled children,” and “seriously emotionally disturbed children” in provisions of the Health and Safety Code and Welfare and Institutions Code.This bill would make technical changes to those terms to put the person first, and would make other technical, nonsubstantive changes.

CA AB 2028 - Liz Ortega
Medical loss ratios.
02/12/2024 - Referred to Com. on HEALTH.
AB 2028, as introduced, Ortega. Medical loss ratios. Existing law, the Knox-Keene Health Care Service Plan Act of 1975, provides for the licensure and regulation of health care service plans by the Department of Managed Health Care, and makes a willful violation of the act a crime. Existing law provides for the regulation of health insurers by the Department of Insurance. The federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act requires a health insurance issuer to comply with minimum medical loss ratios (MLRs) and to provide an annual rebate to each insured if the MLR of the amount of the revenue expended by the issuer on costs to the total amount of premium revenue is less than a certain percentage, as specified. Existing law requires health care service plans and health insurers that issue, sell, renew, or offer a contract or policy, excluding specialized dental and vision contracts and policies, to comply with a minimum MLR of 85% and provide specified rebates. Existing law requires a health care service plan or health insurer that issues, sells, renews, or offers a contract or policy covering dental services to annually report MLR information to the appropriate department.This bill would require a health care service plan or health insurer that issues, sells, renews, or offers a specialized dental health care service plan contract or specialized dental health insurance policy to comply with a minimum MLR of 85% and to provide a specified rebate to an enrollee or insured. Because a willful violation of these provisions by a health care service plan would be a crime, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.

CA AB 2052 - Reginald Byron Jones-Sawyer Sr.
School-Based Health and Education Partnership Program.
04/09/2024 - Re-referred to Com. on ED.
AB 2052, as amended, Jones-Sawyer. School-Based Health and Education Partnership Program. Existing law requires the State Department of Public Health, in cooperation with the State Department of Education, to establish a Public School Health Center Support Program to assist health centers in schools and school districts. Existing law requires the State Department of Public Health, subject to an appropriation, to establish a grant program to provide funding for, among other things, expansion, renovation, and retrofitting of existing school health centers. Existing law requires the State Department of Public Health to develop a request for proposal process in order to collect information on applicants and determine which proposals shall receive funding. Existing law requires the State Department of Public Health to give preference to, among others, schools with a high percentage of low-income and uninsured children and youth or schools with a shortage of health professionals. Existing law defines, among other things, a “school health center” for those purposes to mean a center or program, located at or near a local educational agency, that provides age-appropriate health care services at the program site or through referrals. This bill would instead define a “school-based health center” for those purposes to mean a student-focused health center or clinic that, among other things, is located at or near a school and is organized through school, community, and health provider relationships. The bill would instead require, on or before January 1, 2026, the State Department of Public Health to collaborate with the Office of School-Based Health Programs within the State Department of Education in order to award grant funding, as specified, to applicants. This bill would revise and reorganize the above-described preferred recipients and give preference to school-based health centers, as defined, serving, among others, schools in which more than 55% of pupils serviced are unduplicated pupils, as defined, or areas experiencing health disparities in child and adolescent access to primary care, behavioral health, preventive health, or oral health services.Existing law requires the above-described Public School Health Center Support Program to perform various functions, including, serving as a liaison between organizations within the department, as specified.This bill would instead require the State Department of Public Health, in collaboration with the Office of School-Based Health Programs within the State Department of Education, to provide the above-described assistance to school-based health centers. The bill would also repeal a related provision requiring the Public School Health Center Support Program, in collaboration with the State Department of Education, to act as a liaison for school-based health centers.Existing law requires the State Department of Public Health, upon appropriation, to establish standardized data collection procedures and collect certain data, relating to services and funding, from school health centers on an ongoing basis.This bill would require the school-based health centers to report data to the State Department of Public Health if they receive grant funding. The bill would eliminate the requirement on the State Department of Public Health to collect data on health services provided at a local educational agency outside a school health center.This bill would make other conforming changes.

CA AB 2053 - Josh Hoover
Pupil instruction: abusive relationships.
04/10/2024 - From committee: Do pass. To Consent Calendar. (Ayes 14. Noes 0.) (April 10).
AB 2053, as introduced, Mathis. Pupil instruction: abusive relationships. Existing law, the California Healthy Youth Act, requires school districts to ensure that all pupils in grades 7 to 12, inclusive, receive comprehensive sexual health education and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) prevention education, as specified. Under the act, this instruction includes, among other things, information about adolescent relationship abuse and intimate partner violence, including the early warning signs thereof.This bill would require the comprehensive sexual health education and HIV prevention education to also include information about resources available to pupils related to adolescent relationship abuse and intimate partner violence, including the National Domestic Violence Hotline and local domestic violence hotlines, as provided. By imposing additional duties on school districts, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program. The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.This bill would provide that, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that the bill contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to the statutory provisions noted above.

CA AB 2066 - Eloise Gomez Reyes
The California Food Safety Act.
04/09/2024 - Re-referred to Com. on HEALTH.
AB 2066, as amended, Reyes. The California Food Safety Act. Existing law, the California Food Safety Act, prohibits a person or entity from manufacturing, selling, delivering, distributing, holding, or offering for sale in commerce a food product for human consumption that contains a specified substance, including, among others, red dye 3.This bill, commencing January 1, 2027, would prohibit a person or entity from using methylene chloride in the process of decaffeinating coffee, or selling, delivering, distributing, holding, or offering for sale in commerce coffee that has been decaffeinated in a process using methylene chloride. The bill would make a violation of these provisions punishable by a civil penalty not to exceed $5,000 for a first violation and not to exceed $10,000 for each subsequent violation, upon an action brought by the Attorney General, a city attorney, a county counsel, or a district attorney.

CA AB 2083 - Marc Berman
Industrial facilities’ heat application equipment and process emissions.
04/09/2024 - From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on U. & E. (Ayes 9. Noes 0.) (April 8). Re-referred to Com. on U. & E.
AB 2083, as amended, Berman. Industrial facilities’ heat application equipment and process emissions. The Warren-Alquist State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Act requires the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission to adopt building design and construction standards and energy and water conservation standards for new residential and nonresidential buildings to reduce the wasteful, uneconomic, inefficient, or unnecessary consumption of energy, including energy associated with the use of water. The act requires those standards to be cost effective when taken in their entirety and when amortized over the economic life of the structure compared with historic practice.The act requires the commission to adopt, on a biennial basis, an integrated energy policy report containing an overview of major energy trends and issues facing the state, as specified.This bill would require the commission, on or before July 1, 2026, to assess the potential for the state to reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases from the state’s industrial facilities’ heat application equipment and processes by at least 85% below 1990 levels by January 1, 2045, as specified. The bill would require the commission to include in the 2027 edition of the integrated energy policy report, and in all subsequent integrated energy policy reports, a report on the emissions of greenhouse gases associated with the supply of energy to industrial facilities by fuel type.

CA AB 2125 - Eduardo Garcia
Judicial officers: disqualification.
04/10/2024 - Read second time and amended.
AB 2125, as amended, Garcia. Judicial officers: disqualification. Existing law authorizes a party or attorney in an action or proceeding to move to disqualify a judge, court commissioner, or referee for prejudice against a party or attorney or the interest of a party or attorney, as specified. Prejudice may be established by an oral or written motion without notice supported by affidavit or declaration under penalty of perjury, or an oral statement under oath, that the judge, court commissioner, or referee is prejudiced against a party or attorney, or the interest of the party or attorney, so that the party or attorney cannot, or believes that they cannot, have a fair and impartial trial or hearing. Existing law requires, in specified circumstances, the Chair of the Judicial Council to assign some other judge, court commissioner, or referee to try the cause or hear the matter as promptly as possible. Existing law specifies that these provisions do not apply to a judge designated or assigned to serve on the appellate division of a superior court in the judge’s capacity as a judge in that division.This bill, from January 1, 2025, to January 1, 2031, would repeal that exclusion and would extend these provisions to authorize a party or attorney to disqualify a justice or justices of an appellate court for prejudice against a party or attorney, or the interest of a party or attorney, as specified. The bill would authorize the motion directed to one or more justices of a court of appeal to only be made following reversal by the California Supreme Court of a court of appeal’s decision, and may only be directed to the justice or justices who authored or concurred in the prior decision and who is or are assigned to further consider the matter. The bill would authorize the party who obtained the reversal of a decision of a court of appeal to make that motion regardless of whether that party or side has previously done so. The bill would require, for cases reversed on or after January 1, 2025, the motion to be made within 30 days after the party or the party’s attorney has been notified of the assignment. The bill would require, for cases reversed before January 1, 2025, and remaining pending as of the effective date of this act, the motion to be made on or before January 31, 2025. The bill would require, if the motion is duly presented and the affidavit or declaration under penalty of perjury is duly filed or an oral statement under oath is duly made, that the presiding justice assign other justice or justices or transfer the case to another panel of justices. The bill would also require, in specified circumstances, the Chair of the Judicial Council to assign some other justice or justices to hear the matter as promptly as possible.The bill would require the California Law Revision Commission to deliver, on or before September 30, 2027, a study regarding the recusal of judicial officers for prejudice and conflict of interest, as specified. The bill would require the California Law Revision Commission to consult with the Commission on Judicial Performance in developing the study. This bill would make these provisions inoperative on September 30, 2031, and would repeal it as of January 1, 2032.

CA AB 2147 - Devon John Mathis
Clean Transportation Program: hydrogen-fueling stations: report: job creation and workforce development.
04/09/2024 - From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. with recommendation: To Consent Calendar. (Ayes 15. Noes 0.) (April 8). Re-referred to Com. on APPR.
AB 2147, as amended, Mathis. Clean Transportation Program: hydrogen-fueling stations: report: job creation and workforce development. Existing law requires the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission to allocate, until July 1, 2030, no less than 15% annually of the moneys appropriated by the Legislature from the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Fund, under the Clean Transportation Program to fund hydrogen-fueling stations to support hydrogen vehicles until there is a sufficient network of hydrogen-fueling stations, as specified. Existing law requires the commission and the State Air Resources Board to annually jointly review and report on progress toward establishing a hydrogen-fueling network that provides the coverage and capacity to fuel vehicles requiring hydrogen fuel that are being placed into operation in the state. Existing law requires the commission and the state board to consider several things, including, but not limited to, the available plans of automobile manufacturers to deploy hydrogen-fueled vehicles in California and their progress toward achieving those plans in their report.This bill would require the commission and state board’s joint review and report to also include information on the progress made on job creation and workforce development in support of hydrogen fueling, limited to the construction, operation, and maintenance of hydrogen-fueling stations that are funded by active commission agreements. The bill would require the report to include the number of related workforce training programs in the state, the number of participants in those workforce training programs, the number of graduates of those workforce training programs, and the number of related jobs in the state that are created annually.

CA AB 2199 - Marc Berman
California Environmental Quality Act: exemption: residential or mixed-use housing projects.
03/19/2024 - Re-referred to Com. on NAT. RES.
AB 2199, as amended, Berman. California Environmental Quality Act: exemption: residential or mixed-use housing projects. The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) requires a lead agency, as defined, to prepare, or cause to be prepared, and certify the completion of an environmental impact report on a project that it proposes to carry out or approve that may have a significant effect on the environment or to adopt a negative declaration if it finds that the project will not have that effect.Existing law, until January 1, 2025, exempts from CEQA residential or mixed-use housing projects, as defined, located in unincorporated areas of a county meeting certain requirements. Existing law requires a lead agency, if the lead agency determines that a residential or mixed-use housing project qualifies for this exemption from CEQA and determines to approve or carry out the project, to file a notice of exemption with the Office of Planning and Research and the county clerk in the county in which the project is located.This bill would extend the operation of that exemption indefinitely. By also extending indefinitely the requirement on a lead agency to determine the applicability of the exemption and to file a notice of exemption with the office and the county clerk, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.

CA AB 2200 - Alexander T. Lee
Guaranteed Health Care for All.
04/10/2024 - Re-referred to Com. on HEALTH.
AB 2200, as amended, Kalra. Guaranteed Health Care for All. Existing federal law, the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), requires each state to establish an American Health Benefit Exchange to facilitate the purchase of qualified health benefit plans by qualified individuals and qualified small employers. PPACA defines a “qualified health plan” as a plan that, among other requirements, provides an essential health benefits package. Existing state law creates the California Health Benefit Exchange, also known as Covered California, to facilitate the enrollment of qualified individuals and qualified small employers in qualified health plans as required under PPACA.Existing law, the Knox-Keene Health Care Service Plan Act of 1975, provides for the licensure and regulation of health care service plans by the Department of Managed Health Care. Existing law provides for the regulation of health insurers by the Department of Insurance. Existing law provides for the Medi-Cal program, which is administered by the State Department of Health Care Services, under which qualified low-income individuals receive health care services. The Medi-Cal program is, in part, governed and funded by federal Medicaid program provisions.This bill, the California Guaranteed Health Care for All Act, would create the California Guaranteed Health Care for All program, or CalCare, to provide comprehensive universal single-payer health care coverage and a health care cost control system for the benefit of all residents of the state. The bill, among other things, would provide that CalCare cover a wide range of medical benefits and other services and would incorporate the health care benefits and standards of other existing federal and state provisions, including the federal Children’s Health Insurance Program, Medi-Cal, ancillary health care or social services covered by regional centers for persons with developmental disabilities, Knox-Keene, and the federal Medicare Program. The bill would make specified persons eligible to enroll as CalCare members during the implementation period, and would provide for automatic enrollment. The bill would require the board to seek all necessary waivers, approvals, and agreements to allow various existing federal health care payments to be paid to CalCare, which would then assume responsibility for all benefits and services previously paid for with those funds.This bill would create the CalCare Board to govern CalCare, made up of 9 voting members with demonstrated and acknowledged expertise in health care, and appointed as provided, plus the Secretary of California Health and Human Services or their designee as a nonvoting, ex officio member. The bill would provide the board with all the powers and duties necessary to establish CalCare, including determining when individuals may start enrolling into CalCare, employing necessary staff, negotiating pricing for covered pharmaceuticals and medical supplies, establishing a prescription drug formulary, and negotiating and entering into necessary contracts. The bill would require the board, on or before July 1 of an unspecified year, to conduct and deliver a fiscal analysis to determine whether or not CalCare may be implemented and if revenue is more likely than not to pay for program costs, as specified. The bill would establish an Advisory Commission on Long-Term Services and Supports to advise the board on matters of policy related to long-term services and supports. The bill would require the board to convene a CalCare Public Advisory Committee to advise the board on all matters of policy for CalCare, an Advisory Committee on Public Employees’ Retirement System Health Benefits to provide recommendations related to public employee retiree health benefits, and a CalCare Health Workforce Working Group to provide the board with input on issues related to health care workforce education, recruitment, and retention. The bill would establish an Office of Hea

CA AB 221 - Philip Y. Ting
Budget Act of 2023.
01/26/2023 - Referred to Com. on BUDGET.
AB 221, as introduced, Ting. Budget Act of 2023. This bill would make appropriations for the support of state government for the 2023–24 fiscal year.This bill would declare that it is to take effect immediately as a Budget Bill.

CA AB 2217 - Akilah Weber
Tianeptine.
04/02/2024 - In committee: Set, first hearing. Hearing canceled at the request of author.
AB 2217, as introduced, Weber. Tianeptine. Existing law provides for the regulation of the safety of food products, including adulterated and misbranded food, wholesale food, and food in retail food facilities.This bill, commencing January 1, 2027, would prohibit a person or entity from manufacturing, selling, delivering, distributing, holding, or offering for sale, in commerce a food product for human consumption that contains tianeptine. The bill would make a violation of these provisions punishable by a civil penalty not to exceed $5,000 for a first violation and not to exceed $10,000 for each subsequent violation, upon an action brought by the Attorney General, a city attorney, a county counsel, or a district attorney.

CA AB 2250 - Akilah Weber
Social determinants of health: screening and outreach.
04/03/2024 - From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 15. Noes 0.) (April 2). Re-referred to Com. on APPR.
AB 2250, as introduced, Weber. Social determinants of health: screening and outreach. Existing law, the Knox-Keene Health Care Service Plan Act of 1975, provides for the licensure and regulation of health care service plans by the Department of Managed Health Care, and makes a willful violation of the act a crime. Existing law provides for the regulation of health insurers by the Department of Insurance. Existing law requires health care service plans and health insurers to include coverage for screening for various conditions and circumstances, including adverse childhood experiences. Existing law provides for the Medi-Cal program, administered by the State Department of Health Care Services and under which qualified low-income individuals receive health care services. The Medi-Cal program is, in part, governed and funded by federal Medicaid program provisions.This bill would require a health care service plan contract or health insurance policy issued, amended, or renewed on or after January 1, 2027, to include coverage for screenings for social determinants of health, as defined. The bill would require providers to use specified tools or protocols when documenting patient responses to questions asked in these screenings. The bill would require a health care service plan or health insurer to provide physicians who provide primary care services with adequate access to peer support specialists, lay health workers, social workers, or community health workers in counties where the plan or insurer has enrollees or insureds, as specified. The bill would authorize the respective departments to adopt guidance to implement its provisions. Because a violation of the bill’s requirements by a health care service plan would be a crime, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.This bill would make social determinants of health screenings a covered benefit for Medi-Cal beneficiaries and would require the State Department of Health Care Services or a Medi-Cal managed care plan to provide reimbursement for those screenings, as specified.The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.

CA AB 2256 - Laura Friedman
Net energy metering.
04/02/2024 - Re-referred to Com. on U. & E.
AB 2256, as amended, Friedman. Net energy metering. Existing law vests the Public Utilities Commission with regulatory authority over public utilities, including electrical corporations. Existing law requires every electric utility, defined to include electrical corporations, local publicly owned electric utilities, and electrical cooperatives, to develop a standard contract or tariff for net energy metering, as defined, for generation by a renewable electrical generation facility, as defined, and to make this contract or tariff available to eligible customer-generators, as defined, upon request on a first-come-first-served basis until the time that the total rated generating capacity used by eligible customer-generators exceeds 5% of the electric utility’s aggregate customer peak demand.Existing law requires the commission to have developed a 2nd standard contract or tariff for each large electrical corporation, as defined, to provide net energy metering to additional eligible customer-generators in the electrical corporation’s service territory and imposes no limitation on the number of new eligible customer-generators entitled to receive service pursuant to this 2nd standard contract or tariff. Existing law requires the commission, in developing the 2nd standard contract or tariff, to ensure that customer-sited renewable distributed generation continues to grow sustainably and to include specific alternatives designed for growth among residential customers in disadvantaged communities. Existing law authorizes the commission to revise the 2nd standard contract or tariff as appropriate. Pursuant to that authorization, the commission has instituted rulemakings and issued decisions relating to the 2nd standard contract or tariff.This bill would require the commission, as appropriate, to revise the above-described standard contract or tariff to, among other things: ensure that customer-sited renewable distributed generation continues to grow at a pace identified by the state as needed to meet the state’s climate goals, rather than sustainably; ensure that the standard contract or tariff is based on an independent assessment of the cost of service analysis and the total benefits of the renewable electrical generation facility, including quantifiable nonenergy benefits, as defined; and, ensure that the total benefits of the standard contract or tariff to all customers and the electrical system are approximately equal to or greater than the total costs. The bill would prohibit that cost consideration from compromising the state’s climate goals or quantifiable nonenergy benefits, as specified. The bill would require every large electrical corporation to make the standard contract or tariff, as revised, available to all new eligible customer-generators upon that revision.Under existing law, a violation of any order, decision, rule, direction, demand, or requirement of the commission is a crime.Because this bill would require a commission action to implement its requirements, the violation of which is a crime, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.

CA AB 2258 - Rick Chavez Zbur
Health care coverage: cost sharing.
04/10/2024 - From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 13. Noes 0.) (April 9). Re-referred to Com. on APPR.
AB 2258, as amended, Zbur. Health care coverage: cost sharing. Existing law, the Knox-Keene Health Care Service Plan Act of 1975, provides for the licensure and regulation of health care service plans by the Department of Managed Health Care, and makes a willful violation of the act a crime. Existing law provides for the regulation of health insurers by the Department of Insurance. Existing law requires a group or individual nongrandfathered health care service plan contract or health insurance policy to provide coverage for, and prohibits a contract or policy from imposing cost-sharing requirements for, specified preventive care services and screenings.This bill would prohibit a group or individual nongrandfathered health care service plan contract or health insurance policy issued, amended, or renewed on or after January 1, 2025, from imposing a cost-sharing requirement for items or services that are integral to the provision of the above-described preventive care services and screenings. The bill would require those contracts and policies to cover items and services for those preventive care services and screenings, including home test kits for sexually transmitted diseases and specified cancer screenings. Because a willful violation of this provision by a health care service plan would be a crime, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.

CA AB 2277 - Greg Wallis
Community colleges: part-time faculty.
03/07/2024 - Re-referred to Com. on HIGHER ED.
AB 2277, as amended, Wallis. Community colleges: part-time faculty. Existing law establishes the California Community Colleges under the administration of the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges. Existing law authorizes the establishment of community college districts under the administration of community college governing boards, and authorizes these districts to provide instruction at community college campuses throughout the state. Existing law requires community colleges, as a condition of receiving funding allocated for the Student Success and Support Program, to negotiate in good faith with the exclusive representatives for part-time, temporary faculty regarding the terms of reemployment preference for part-time, temporary faculty assignments based on minimum standards up to the range of 60% to 67% of a full-time equivalent load and a regular evaluation process for part-time, temporary faculty, as specified.This bill would instead require community colleges, as a condition of receiving funding allocated for the Student Equity and Achievement Program, to negotiate in good faith with the exclusive representative for part-time, temporary faculty on the terms of the reemployment preference for part-time, temporary faculty assignments and the regular evaluation process for part-time, temporary faculty. The bill would instead require that negotiation on reemployment preference for part-time, temporary faculty assignments be based on the minimum standards up to the range of 80% to 85% of a full-time equivalent load, and would prohibit the community college district from restricting the terms of the negotiated agreement to less than that range, unless explicitly agreed upon by an individual part-time, temporary faculty member and the district. The bill would require the community college district to commence the negotiation of these terms no later than the expiration of any negotiated agreement in effect on January 1, 2025, and for any community college district that does not have a collective bargaining agreement in effect as of January 1, 2025, on January 1, 2025. The bill would require, in all cases, part-time, temporary faculty assignments to be less than 30 hours per week, consistent with the terms and guidelines of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The bill would make conforming changes and repeal obsolete provisions.Under existing law, a person employed to teach adult or community college classes for not more than 67% of the hours per week of a full-time employee having comparable duties, excluding substitute service, is classified as a temporary employee and not a contract employee. This bill would change the maximum time a part-time, temporary employee may teach, without becoming a contract employee, to 85% of the hours per week of a full-time employee having comparable duties.

CA AB 2298 - Damon Connolly
Coastal resources: voluntary vessel speed reduction and sustainable shipping program.
04/09/2024 - From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. with recommendation: To Consent Calendar. (Ayes 10. Noes 0.) (April 8). Re-referred to Com. on APPR.
AB 2298, as amended, Hart. Coastal resources: voluntary vessel speed reduction and sustainable shipping program. Existing law establishes the Ocean Protection Council in state government to, among other things, establish policies to coordinate the collection, evaluation, and sharing of scientific data related to coastal and ocean resources among agencies. Existing law requires the council to develop and implement a voluntary sustainable seafood promotion program for the state, to consist of specified components, including a competitive grant and loan program for eligible entities, including, but not limited to, fishery groups and associations, for the purpose of assisting California fisheries in qualifying for certification to internationally accepted standards for sustainable seafood.This bill would require the council, on or before January 1, 2027, in coordination and in consultation with various entities, including the State Air Resources Board, to implement a statewide voluntary vessel speed reduction and sustainable shipping program for the California coast in order to reduce air pollution, the risk of fatal vessel strikes on whales, and harmful underwater acoustic impacts. The bill would require the program to expand a certain existing program and would authorize the program to include specified components, including incentives to program participants based on a percentage of distance traveled by a participating vessel at a reduced speed, as provided. The bill would limit application of the program to vessels that are 300 gross tons or greater. The bill would require the council, on or before December 31, 2028, to submit a report to the Legislature regarding the implementation of the program.

CA AB 2313 - Steve Bennett
Farmer Equity Act of 2017: Regional Farmer Equipment and Cooperative Resources Assistance Pilot Program.
02/26/2024 - Referred to Com. on AGRI.
AB 2313, as introduced, Bennett. Farmer Equity Act of 2017: Regional Farmer Equipment and Cooperative Resources Assistance Pilot Program. The Cannella Environmental Farming Act of 1995 requires the Department of Food and Agriculture to establish and oversee an environmental farming program to provide incentives to farmers whose practices promote the well-being of ecosystems, air quality, and wildlife and their habitat. The act also requires the department to establish the Healthy Soils Program and a technical assistance grant program, as specified.Existing law, the Farmer Equity Act of 2017, requires the department to ensure the inclusion of socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers, as defined, in the development, adoption, implementation, and enforcement of food and agriculture laws, regulations, and policies and programs, as specified.This bill would require the department, in collaboration with certain entities, to establish the Regional Farmer Equipment and Cooperative Resources Assistance Pilot Program as part of the Farmer Equity Act of 2017 to provide financial and technical assistance to support regional farm equipment sharing and enhance cooperative benefits first for socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers and, if funding is available, for limited resource farmers and ranchers or eligible entities that serve socially disadvantaged or limited resource farmers and ranchers, as specified. The bill would specify the entities eligible for financial assistance under the program and would require that applications for financial assistance to develop and expand equipment sharing programs include certain information. The bill would repeal these provisions on January 1, 2030.

CA AB 2318 - Diane Papan
State Water Pollution Cleanup and Abatement Account: receipts and expenditures: report.
04/10/2024 - In committee: Set, first hearing. Referred to suspense file.
AB 2318, as introduced, Papan. State Water Pollution Cleanup and Abatement Account: receipts and expenditures: report. Under existing law, the State Water Resources Control Board and the 9 California regional water quality control boards regulate water quality and prescribe waste discharge requirements in accordance with the Porter-Cologne Water Quality Control Act and the federal National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit program established by the federal Clean Water Act. Existing law requires each regional board to formulate and adopt water quality control plans for all areas within the region, as provided.Existing law requires specified moneys to be paid into the State Water Pollution Cleanup and Abatement Account, which is established in the State Water Quality Control Fund, including, among other moneys, the proceeds of civil penalties for violations of certain waste discharge requirements. Existing law continuously appropriates moneys in the account for specified purposes, including, among others, the payment of grant moneys to eligible entities to assist in cleaning up a waste, abating the effects of a waste on waters of the state, or addressing an urgent drinking water need.This bill would require the State Water Resources Control Board to, no later than January 1 of each year, post on its internet website a report describing the receipts and expenditures of the State Water Pollution Cleanup and Abatement Account, as provided. The bill would require the board to provide the initial report no later than January 1, 2026, and to include data from the years 2017 to 2025, inclusive, in that report.

CA AB 2352 - Jacqui V. Irwin
Behavioral health and psychiatric advance directives.
04/10/2024 - Read second time and amended.
AB 2352, as amended, Irwin. Behavioral health and psychiatric advance directives. (1) Existing law establishes the requirements for executing a written advance health care directive that is legally sufficient to direct health care decisions. Existing law provides a form that an individual may use or modify to create an advance health care directive. Under existing law, a written advance health care directive is legally sufficient if specified requirements are satisfied, may be revoked by a patient having capacity at any time, and is revoked to the extent of a conflict with a later executed directive. Existing law requires a supervising health care provider who knows of the existence of an advance health care directive or its revocation to record that fact in the patient’s health record. Existing law sets forth requirements of witnesses to a written advance health care directive. A written advance health care directive or similar instrument executed in another jurisdiction is valid and enforceable in this state under existing law. A person who intentionally falsifies, forges, conceals, defaces, or obliterates an individual’s advance health care directive or its revocation without the individual’s consent is subject to liability of up to $10,000 or actual damages, whichever is greater, plus reasonable attorney’s fees.Existing law authorizes an appeal of specified orders relating to an advance health care directive. Existing law generally prohibits involuntary civil placement of a ward, conservatee, or person with capacity in a mental health treatment facility, subject to a valid and effective advance health care directive. Existing law prohibits specified entities, including a provider, health care service plan, or insurer, from requiring or prohibiting the execution or revocation of an advance health care directive as a condition for providing health care, admission to a facility, or furnishing insurance. Existing law requires the Secretary of State to establish a registry system for written advance health care directives, but failure to register does not affect the directive’s validity and registration does not affect a registrant’s ability to revoke the directive.Under existing law, an advance psychiatric directive is a legal document, executed on a voluntary basis by a person who has the capacity to make medical decisions and in accordance with the requirements for an advance health care directive, that allows a person with mental illness to protect their autonomy and ability to direct their own care by documenting their preferences for treatment in advance of a mental health crisis. An individual may execute both an advance health care directive and a voluntary standalone psychiatric advance directive.This bill would extend the above-described advance health care directive provisions to psychiatric advance directives and would make conforming changes. The bill would specify that a psychiatric advance directive is a legal written or digital document, executed as specified, that allows a person with behavioral health illness to document their preferences for treatment and identify a health care advocate in advance of a behavioral health crisis. Under the bill, a written or digital psychiatric advance directive may include the individual’s nomination of a health care advocate who is in agreement to uphold the person’s preferences for treatment in the case of a behavioral health crisis. If the health care advocate is informed of the directive’s revocation, the bill would require them to promptly communicate that fact to the supervising health care provider and any health care institution where the patient is receiving care. The bill would specify that a psychiatric advance directive is legally sufficient if it contains the date of its execution and is signed by the individual, their health care advocate or another adult in the individual’s presence and at the individual’s direction, and one additional, unrelated witness.(2) Exi

CA AB 2400 - Luz Rivas
California Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Financing Authority Act.
04/02/2024 - From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on REV. & TAX. (Ayes 15. Noes 0.) (April 1). Re-referred to Com. on REV. & TAX.
AB 2400, as introduced, Luz Rivas. California Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Financing Authority Act. Existing sales and use tax laws impose taxes on retailers measured by the gross receipts from the sale of tangible personal property sold at retail in this state, or on the storage, use, or other consumption in this state of tangible personal property purchased from a retailer for storage, use, or other consumption in this state. The California Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Financing Authority Act establishes the California Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Financing Authority. The act authorizes, until January 1, 2026, the authority to provide financial assistance to a participating party in the form of specified sales and use tax exclusions for projects, including those that promote California-based manufacturing, California-based jobs, advanced manufacturing, reduction of greenhouse gases, or reduction in air and water pollution or energy consumption. The act prohibits the sales and use tax exclusions from exceeding $100,000,000 for each calendar year, except as provided. The Sales and Use Tax Law, for the purposes of the taxes imposed pursuant to that law, until January 1, 2026, excludes the lease or transfer of title of tangible personal property constituting a project to any contractor for use in the performance of a construction contract for a participating party that will use that property as an integral part of the approved project.This bill would extend the authorization to provide financial assistance in the form of a sales and use tax exclusion for qualifying projects to January 1, 2031, and would extend the sales and use tax exclusion to January 1, 2031. The bill would make other conforming changes.This bill would take effect immediately as a tax levy.

CA AB 2401 - Philip Y. Ting
Clean Cars 4 All Program.
04/10/2024 - Re-referred to Com. on TRANS.
AB 2401, as amended, Ting. Clean Cars 4 All Program. Existing law establishes the Clean Cars 4 All Program, which is administered by the State Air Resources Board, to focus on achieving reductions in the emissions of greenhouse gases, improvements in air quality, and benefits to low-income state residents through the replacement of high-polluter motor vehicles with cleaner and more efficient motor vehicles or a mobility option. Existing law requires the implementing regulations to ensure that the program complies with certain requirements.This bill would require the implementing regulations for the Clean Cars 4 All Program to additionally ensure that, among other things, incentives provided under the program are available in all areas of the state and that, in those areas where a local air district has not elected to manage the distribution of incentives, the state board manages the distribution of incentives to eligible residents of those areas, and would make certain conforming changes in that regard. The bill would require, as one of the program goals for replacement of passenger vehicles and trucks, the state board to prioritize vehicle retirement in areas of the state that meet specified criteria, including those areas with the highest percentage of people residing in disadvantaged and low-income communities. The bill would also require the state board to update the guidelines for the program no later than July 1, 2026, as specified.Existing law requires the state board to annually post on its internet website a performance analysis of the replacement and mobility options component of the Clean Cars 4 All Program that includes an evaluation of the funding for targeted outreach in low-income or disadvantaged communities, as specified.This bill would require that evaluation to instead address the funding for targeted outreach in low-income or disadvantaged communities with the highest number of vehicles manufactured before 2004 or that are at least 20 years old that are driven most and have the poorest fuel economy, as specified.Existing law requires the state board to consider certain metrics in allocating funding under the program to local air districts participating in the program.This bill would require the state board, in allocating funding to local air districts participating in the program and to the portion of the program managed by the state board, to consider additional metrics relating to retired vehicles.The bill would also require the state board, in coordination with local air districts and specified organizations, to establish a means-based strategy to identify potential recipients of incentives under the Clean Cars 4 All Program that meet certain criteria and, as part of that strategy, require an increased incentive to be provided under the program to those individuals.

CA AB 241 - Luz Maria Rivas
Vehicular air pollution: Clean Transportation Program: vehicle registration and identification plate service fees: smog abatement fee: extension.
06/30/2023 - Measure version as amended on June 26 corrected.
AB 241, as amended, Reyes. Vehicular air pollution: Clean Transportation Program: vehicle registration and identification plate service fees: smog abatement fee: extension. Existing law, until January 1, 2024, increases the smog abatement fee on certain vehicles by a specified amount and requires the revenues generated by the increase to be deposited in the Air Quality Improvement Fund and the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Fund.Existing law, until January 1, 2024, increases vehicle registration fees and certain service fees for identification plates by specified amounts. Existing law requires the revenue generated by the increase in those fees to be deposited in the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Fund and either the Air Quality Improvement Fund or the Enhanced Fleet Modernization Subaccount, as provided.This bill would extend the increases in those charges to July 1, 2035.Existing law, until January 1, 2024, prohibits the State Air Resources Board from enforcing any element of its clean fuels outlet regulations or other regulation that requires or has the effect of requiring suppliers, as defined, to construct, operate, or provide funding for the construction or operation of publicly available hydrogen-fueling stations. Existing law, until January 1, 2024, requires the state board to aggregate and make available certain information regarding projected leases and sales of, and the registration of, hydrogen-fueled vehicles, to evaluate, based on that information, the need for additional publicly available hydrogen-fueling stations for the actual and projected number of hydrogen-fueled vehicles, the geographic areas where fuel will be needed, and station coverage, and to report the finding of the evaluation to the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission. Existing law, until January 1, 2024, requires the commission to annually allocate $20,000,000 to fund the number of publicly available hydrogen-fueling stations identified by the state board, not to exceed 20% of the moneys appropriated by the Legislature from the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Fund, until at least 100 publicly available hydrogen-fueling stations are operating in the state.This bill would extend the above-described provisions to July 1, 2035, and would repeal them as of January 1, 2036. The bill would lower the annual allocation described above to $10,000,000, require the commission to make that allocation only until July 1, 2030, and impose other specified requirements. The bill would also delete the requirements that the hydrogen-fueling stations be publicly available and that there be at least 100 hydrogen-fueling stations operating in the state.Existing law creates the Enhanced Fleet Modernization Program to provide compensation for the retirement and replacement of passenger vehicles and light-duty and medium-duty trucks that are high polluters. Existing law requires the Bureau of Automotive Repair to administer the program and the state board to adopt the guidelines for the program. Existing law requires the guidelines to ensure vehicle replacement or a mobility option be an option for all motor vehicle owners and may be in addition to compensation for vehicles retired. Existing law creates the Enhanced Fleet Modernization Subaccount in the High Polluter Repair or Removal Account and makes available, upon appropriation, all moneys in the account to establish, implement, and administer the program.This bill would require the guidelines to ensure each replacement vehicle in the program be either a plug-in hybrid or zero-emission vehicle unless the state board makes a specified determination regarding either the availability of vehicles or the availability of charging and refueling capabilities in consultation with the commission, as specified.Existing law establishes the Clean Transportation Program that is administered by the commission to provide financial assistanc

CA AB 2425 - Bill Essayli
Bowie’s Law: animals: adoption, shelter overcrowding, and breeding.
04/02/2024 - Re-referred to Com. on B. & P.
AB 2425, as amended, Essayli. Bowie’s Law: animals: adoption, shelter overcrowding, and breeding. (1) Existing law declares that it is the policy of the state that no adoptable animal should be euthanized if it can be adopted into a suitable home. Existing law also declares that it is the policy of the state that no treatable animal should be euthanized.This bill, Bowie’s Law, would require an animal shelter, as defined, to provide public notice in a conspicuous location on its internet website or a third-party internet website that contains a list of all animals that are available for adoption or that are being held pursuant to specified laws, except as provided. The bill would also require the Department of Food and Agriculture to conduct a study on certain topics, including, among other topics, the overcrowding of California’s animal shelters, and, on or before January 1, 2027, to submit a report on that study to the Legislature, as provided. The bill would repeal these study and reporting requirements on January 1, 2031.To the extent that this bill would impose a new program or higher level of service on local public animal control agencies or shelters, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.(2) The existing Polanco-Lockyer Pet Breeder Warranty Act requires every breeder of dogs to meet certain requirements relating to housing and maintaining dogs and to disclose specified information. The act defines “dog breeder” and “breeder” to mean a person, firm, partnership, corporation, or other association that has sold, transferred, or given away all or part of 3 or more litters or 20 or more dogs during the preceding 12 months that were bred and reared on the premises of the person, firm, partnership, corporation, or other association.This bill would change that definition to a person, firm, partnership, corporation, or other association that has sold, transferred, or given away all or part of 2 or more litters or 10 or more dogs during the preceding 12 months, as specified. The bill would additionally require a breeder, before a dog reaches eight weeks of age, to have a microchip device implanted in the dog that identifies the breeder, except as provided. The bill would require the breeder, upon the sale or transfer of the dog, to register the identity of the new owner with the microchip registry company as the primary owner on the microchip device and would require the breeder to provide certain information to the new owner regarding the microchip. The bill would prohibit a dog from being sold or otherwise transferred by a breeder, whether for compensation or otherwise, until it has been immunized against common diseases and has a documented health check from a licensed veterinarian.(3) The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.This bill would provide that, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that the bill contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to the statutory provisions noted above.

CA AB 2427 - Kevin McCarty
Electric vehicle charging stations: permitting: curbside charging.
04/03/2024 - Re-referred to Com. on L. GOV.
AB 2427, as amended, McCarty. Electric vehicle charging stations: permitting: curbside charging. Existing law creates the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development, known as “GO-Biz,” and requires GO-Biz to serve the Governor as the lead entity for economic strategy and the marketing of California on issues relating to business development, private sector investment, and economic growth. Existing law continues into existence the zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) division within GO-Biz as the Zero-Emission Vehicle Market Development Office. Existing law references GO-Biz’s Electric Vehicle Charging Station Permitting Guidebook, which recommends best practices for electric vehicle supply equipment permitting.This bill would require the office to develop a model permitting checklist, model zoning ordinances, and best practices for permit costs and permit review timelines to help local governments permit curbside charging stations as part of the office’s development of the Electric Vehicle Charging Station Permitting Guidebook or any subsequent updates. The bill would also require the office to consult with local governments, electric vehicle service providers, and utilities while developing the above-described materials.Existing law, the Planning and Zoning Law, authorizes the legislative body of any county or city to adopt prescribed zoning ordinances within its jurisdiction. Existing law declares that it is the policy of the state to promote and encourage the use of electric vehicle charging stations and to limit obstacles to their use. Existing law prescribes various requirements on the review and approval of applications to install electric vehicle charging stations. Existing law requires every city, county, and city and county to administratively approve an application to install electric vehicle charging stations and hydrogen-fueling stations through the issuance of a building permit or similar nondiscretionary permit and requires the review of an application to install an electric vehicle charging station or a hydrogen-fueling station to be limited to the building official’s review of whether it meets all health and safety requirements of local, state, and federal law. Existing law defines “electric vehicle charging station” or “charging station” for these purposes.This bill would require local agencies to, among other things, develop a checklist that includes all of the information required for a complete application for a permit or other authorization to install an electric vehicle charging station within the public right-of-way, as defined. As part of that process, this bill would require local agencies to consider the Electric Vehicle Charging Station Permitting Guidebook from the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development. The bill would require local agencies with populations of 250,000 or more to comply with these provisions by January 1, 2027, and local agencies with populations of fewer than 250,000 residents to comply with these provisions by January 1, 2029. The bill would define various terms for these purposes. By imposing additional duties on local agencies, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.Existing law requires the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission (Energy Commission) to develop and adopt an investment plan to determine priorities and opportunities for the Clean Transportation Program. As part of the development of the investment plan, existing law requires the Energy Commission, in consultation with the State Air Resources Board, to assess whether electric vehicle charging station infrastructure is disproportionately deployed by population density, geographical area, or population income level, including whether direct current fast charging stations are disproportionately distributed and whether access to these charging stations is disproportionately available, as specified.This bill would require the Energy Commission to additionally asse

CA AB 2435 - Brian K. Maienschein
California Health Benefit Exchange.
04/10/2024 - From committee: Do pass. (Ayes 10. Noes 4.) (April 10).
AB 2435, as introduced, Maienschein. California Health Benefit Exchange. Existing federal law, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), requires each state to establish an American Health Benefit Exchange to facilitate the purchase of qualified health benefit plans by qualified individuals and qualified small employers. Existing state law creates the California Health Benefit Exchange, also known as Covered California, governed by an executive board, to facilitate the enrollment of qualified individuals and qualified small employers in qualified health plans as required under PPACA. Existing law specifies the powers of the executive board. Existing law authorizes the executive board to adopt necessary rules and regulations by emergency regulations until January 1, 2025, with the exception of regulations implementing prescribed provisions relating to criminal background history checks for persons with access to confidential, personal, or financial information. Existing law authorizes the Office of Administrative Law to approve more than 2 readoptions of emergency regulations until January 1, 2030. Existing law provides that these extensions apply to a regulation adopted before January 1, 2022.This bill would extend the authority of the executive board to adopt necessary rules and regulations by emergency regulations until January 1, 2030, and would extend the authority of the Office of Administrative Law to approve more than 2 readoptions of emergency regulations until January 1, 2035. The bill would provide that these prescribed time extensions apply to a regulation adopted before January 1, 2025.

CA AB 2449 - Tri Ta
Health care coverage: qualified autism service providers.
03/15/2024 - In committee: Set, first hearing. Hearing canceled at the request of author.
AB 2449, as introduced, Ta. Health care coverage: qualified autism service providers. Existing law, the Knox-Keene Health Care Service Plan Act of 1975, provides for the licensure and regulation of health care service plans by the Department of Managed Health Care. Existing law provides for the regulation of health insurers by the Department of Insurance. Existing law requires a health care service plan contract or health insurance policy to provide coverage for behavioral health treatment provided for pervasive developmental disorder or autism and requires a plan or policy to maintain an adequate network of qualified autism service providers. Under existing law, a “qualified autism service provider” means, among other things, a person who is certified by a national entity, such as the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, with a certification that is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies.This bill would clarify that the Qualified Applied Behavior Analysis Credentialing Board is also a national entity that may certify a qualified autism service provider, and would authorize the certification to be accredited by the American National Standards Institute.

CA AB 2465 - Michael A. Gipson
Equity: socially disadvantaged groups and organizations: nonprofit organizations: grants.
04/10/2024 - Read second time and amended.
AB 2465, as amended, Gipson. Equity: socially disadvantaged groups and organizations: nonprofit organizations: grants. (1) Existing law, the Farmer Equity Act of 2017, requires the Department of Food and Agriculture to ensure the inclusion of socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers, defined as a member of a socially disadvantaged group, as defined, in the development, adoption, implementation, and enforcement of food and agriculture laws, regulations, and policies and programs, as specified.This bill would expand the definition of socially disadvantaged group to include descendants of enslaved persons in the United States.(2) Existing law establishes the Wildlife Conservation Board, the Department of Conservation, the Director of Forestry and Fire Protection, the Department of Parks and Recreation, the State Coastal Conservancy, the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Conservancy, the Sierra Nevada Conservancy, the California Environmental Protection Agency, and the Department of Water Resources. Existing law authorizes these entities to award grants, as provided.This bill would require the above entities, until January 1, 2031, when awarding those grants, to prioritize the awarding of grant funding to socially disadvantaged organizations, as defined, as provided.(3) Existing law requires the Secretary of the Natural Resources Agency to manage and award financial assistance to specified entities, including a nonprofit organization, in order to support the development of sustainable communities, as provided. Existing law requires the secretary to give additional consideration to awarding moneys for a project that meets at least 2 of a list of specified criteria.This bill would, until January 1, 2031, add to this list of criteria a project that is undertaken by a socially disadvantaged organization, as defined.

CA AB 247 - Lori D. Wilson
Education finance: school facilities: Transitional Kindergarten Through Community College Public Education Facilities Bond Act of 2024.
09/01/2023 - In committee: Held under submission.
AB 247, as amended, Muratsuchi. Education finance: school facilities: Transitional Kindergarten Through Community College Public Education Facilities Bond Act of 2024. (1) The California Constitution prohibits the Legislature from creating a debt or liability that singly or in the aggregate with any previous debts or liabilities exceeds the sum of $300,000, except by an act that (1) authorizes the debt for a single object or work specified in the act, (2) has been passed by a 2/3 vote of all the Members elected to each house of the Legislature, (3) has been submitted to the people at a statewide general or primary election, and (4) has received a majority of all the votes cast for and against it at that election.This bill would set forth the Transitional Kindergarten Through Community College Public Education Facilities Bond Act of 2024 as a state general obligation bond act that would provide $14,000,000,000 to construct and modernize education facilities, as specified. This bond act would become operative only if approved by the voters at an unspecified 2024 statewide election. The bill would also provide for the submission of the bond act to the voters at that election.(2) The Leroy F. Greene School Facilities Act of 1998 provides for the adoption of rules, regulations, and procedures, under the administration of the Director of General Services, for the allocation of state funds by the State Allocation Board for the construction and modernization of public school facilities.This bill would require the Department of General Services to process all applications received under the act on and after an unspecified date and to present those applications to the State Allocation Board within 120 days of receipt. The bill would require a school district that applies for bond funding under the act to supply designated information about the facilities at each school in the school district to the State Department of Education. The bill would amend the methodology for calculating the local contribution a school district is required to make in order to be eligible to receive state funding under the act, as specified.The bill would authorize the allocation of state funds under the act for the replacement of school buildings that are at least 50 years old, for specified assistance to school districts with a school facility located on a military installation, as specified, and small school districts, as defined, and for the testing and remediation of lead levels in water fountains and faucets used for drinking or preparing food on schoolsites, as provided. The bill would authorize new construction and modernization grants to be used for seismic mitigation purposes, certain health and safety projects, and, among other things, to establish schoolsite-based infrastructure to provide broadband internet access. The bill would also authorize modernization grants to be used for the control, management, or abatement of lead. The bill would increase the maximum level of total bonding capacity, as defined, that a school district could have in order to be eligible for financial hardship assistance under the act from $5,000,000 to $15,000,000. The bill, commencing in the 2025–26 fiscal year, would increase that $15,000,000 maximum by a specified inflation adjustment. The bill would authorize the State Allocation Board to provide assistance for purposes of procuring interim housing to school districts and county offices of education impacted by a natural disaster for which the Governor has declared a state of emergency. The bill would also make conforming changes.The bill would make these provisions effective upon the adoption of the Transitional Kindergarten Through Community College Public Education Facilities Bond Act of 2024 by the voters at the unspecified 2024 statewide election.

CA AB 2480 - Eduardo Garcia
Zero-emission schoolbus replacement grants: private contractors.
03/21/2024 - Re-referred to Com. on TRANS.
AB 2480, as amended, Garcia. Zero-emission schoolbus replacement grants: private contractors. Existing law appropriates, for the 2023–24 fiscal year, $375,000,000 from the General Fund to the State Air Resources Board for the Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Voucher Incentive Project to fund grants to local educational agencies, as defined, for zero-emission schoolbuses to replace heavy-duty internal combustion schoolbuses owned by local educational agencies, as specified, and $125,000,000 from the General Fund to the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission to fund grants to local educational agencies for zero-emission schoolbus charging or fueling infrastructure and related activities, including, but not limited to, charging or fueling stations, equipment, site design, construction, and related infrastructure upgrades, in order to complement those vehicle investments, as specified.This bill would include, for the definition of a local educational agency for purposes of these provisions, a private contractor with ownership of title for a schoolbus that is used to provide transportation services for a school district, county office of education, or charter school, as provided. The bill would require, if a private contractor acquires a schoolbus pursuant to these provisions and subsequently ceases to contract with any school district, county office of education, or charter school to provide transportation services using the schoolbus, ownership of title for the schoolbus to be transferred to the school district, county office of education, or charter school that it last contracted with. By expanding the scope of eligibility for purposes of an appropriation, the bill would make an appropriation.

CA AB 2501 - David A. Alvarez
Water quality control plans: donations and grants.
04/10/2024 - In committee: Set, first hearing. Referred to suspense file.
AB 2501, as amended, Alvarez. Water quality control plans: donations and grants. Under existing law, the State Water Resources Control Board and the 9 California regional water quality control boards regulate water quality. Existing law requires each regional board to formulate and adopt water quality control plans for all areas within the region, as provided. Existing law establishes in the continuously appropriated State Water Quality Control Fund the continuously appropriated State Water Pollution Cleanup and Abatement Account, which is administered by the state board. Existing law authorizes the State Water Resources Control Board on behalf of itself or a regional board, to accept donations of moneys from a permittee for the purpose of updating a water quality control plan. This bill would authorize the state board, on behalf of itself or a regional board, to accept moneys from donations, grants, or contributions, or through contractual agreements, from public agencies, foundations, or other not-for-profit entities for the purpose of planning, permitting, or providing technical support for projects of public benefit, as defined, within the state board’s or regional board’s jurisdiction. The bill would require all funds received to be deposited, and separately accounted for, in the State Water Pollution Cleanup and Abatement Account, for expenditure in accordance with the terms of the donation, grant, contribution, or contractual agreement. The bill would require the state board to provide notice, as specified, before accepting those moneys. Because the funds deposited would be a new source of funds in the continuously appropriated State Water Pollution Cleanup and Abatement Account within the continuously appropriated State Water Quality Control Fund, the bill would make an appropriation.

CA AB 2513 - Laura Friedman
Gas stoves and ranges: warning label.
04/04/2024 - Re-referred to Com. on E.S. & T.M.
AB 2513, as amended, Pellerin. Gas stoves and ranges: warning label. Existing law sets forth various health and safety requirements and prohibitions, including product safety label requirements.This bill would prohibit a person from selling, attempting to sell, or offering to sell to a consumer in this state a gas stove, as defined, that is manufactured on or after January 1, 2025, unless the gas stove bears a label that sets forth a specified statement relating to air pollutants that can be released by gas stoves and that is attached to the gas stove in a conspicuous location, among other requirements.

CA AB 2514 - Cecilia M. Aguiar-Curry
Solid waste: organic waste: diversion: hydrogen: biomethane.
04/10/2024 - Read second time and amended.
AB 2514, as amended, Aguiar-Curry. Solid waste: organic waste: diversion: hydrogen: biomethane. (1) The California Integrated Waste Management Act of 1989 generally regulates solid waste disposal, management, and recycling. The act requires each city, county, and regional agency to develop a source reduction and recycling element of an integrated waste management plan. The act requires that element to include a 50% solid waste diversion requirement, as specified, and provides that up to 10% may be achieved through biomass conversion under certain conditions, with biomass conversion defined as the production of heat, fuels, or electricity by certain means from specified materials. One of the conditions for using biomass conversion to satisfy a portion of the solid waste diversion requirement is that pyrolysis not be included in the source reduction and recycling element. Pyrolysis is not defined for that purpose or for other purposes in the act.This bill would define pyrolysis as the thermal decomposition of organic material at elevated temperatures in the absence or near absence of oxygen. (2) Existing law requires the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, in consultation with the State Air Resources Board, to adopt regulations, as specified, to achieve the reduction in the organic waste disposed of in landfills. The department’s regulations provide for, among other things, the calculation by the department of recovered organic waste product procurement targets for each local jurisdiction and a list of eligible recovered organic waste products for purposes of the procurement targets.This bill would require the department, no later than January 1, 2026, to amend those regulations to include, as a recovered organic waste product attributable to a local jurisdiction’s procurement target, hydrogen and pipeline biomethane converted exclusively from source separated diverted organic waste, as specified.(3) Existing law requires the department, in consultation with the state board, to analyze the progress that the waste sector, state government, and local governments have made in achieving the reduction targets for the amounts of organic waste disposed of in landfills. Existing law authorizes the department to provide incentives to facilitate progress toward the reduction targets if the department determines that sufficient progress has not been made.This bill would require the department, when providing incentives to facilitate progress toward the reduction targets, to consider the life-cycle effects of different projects and then prioritize incentives for landfill diversion projects with the greatest life-cycle benefits.

CA AB 2522 - Wendy Carrillo
South Coast Air Quality Management District: district board: compensation.
03/11/2024 - Referred to Com. on NAT. RES.
AB 2522, as introduced, Wendy Carrillo. South Coast Air Quality Management District: district board: compensation. Existing law provides for the creation of the South Coast Air Quality Management District in those portions of the Counties of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino included within the area of the South Coast Air Basin, as specified. Existing law provides that the south coast district is governed by a district board consisting of 13 members and that each member of the board shall receive compensation of $100 for each day, or portion thereof, but not to exceed $1,000 per month, while attending meetings of the board or any committee thereof or, upon authorization of the board, while on official business of the district, and the actual and necessary expenses incurred in performing the member’s official duties.This bill would provide that each member of the board shall receive compensation of $200 for each day, or portion thereof, but not to exceed $2,000 per month, while attending meetings of the board or any committee thereof or, upon authorization of the board, while on official business of the district, and the actual and necessary expenses incurred in performing the member’s official duties. The bill would provide that the compensation of each member of the board may be increased beyond this amount by the board, as specified. This bill would make legislative findings and declarations as to the necessity of a special statute for the board.

CA AB 2528 - Joaquin Arambula
Williamson Act contracts: cancellation: energy projects.
04/08/2024 - Re-referred to Coms. on U. & E. and AGRI. pursuant to Assembly Rule 96.
AB 2528, as amended, Arambula. Williamson Act contracts: cancellation: energy projects. Existing law, the California Land Conservation Act of 1965, otherwise known as the Williamson Act, authorizes a city or county to enter into contracts with owners of agricultural land to preserve the land for agricultural use, as specified, in return for reduced property tax assessments. The act authorizes a landowner to petition the city council or board of supervisors, as applicable, for cancellation of the Williamson Act contract under specified circumstances and imposes a cancellation fee equal to 12.5% of the fair market value of the land without the restriction of the Williamson Act contract. The act also authorizes a landowner of specified agricultural land to petition the board to cancel the Williamson Act contract in order to designate the land as a farmland security zone, whereby the land is eligible for a specified property tax valuation and taxed at a reduced rate for specified special taxes. The act authorizes a landowner to petition the council or board, as applicable, to cancel a farmland security zone contract under specified circumstances and imposes a cancellation fee equal to 25% of the fair market value of the land without the restriction of the contract.This bill would authorize a landowner to petition the board or council to cancel a Williamson Act contract or a farmland security zone contract if the land meets specified criteria, including, among other things, not having permanent access to sufficient water to support commercially viable irrigated agricultural use on the land, and the landowner would be subject to a land use entitlement for specified energy projects. The bill would authorize a board or council to approve the cancellation if the board or council finds that the land does not have permanent access to sufficient water to support commercially viable irrigated agricultural use and the landowner would be subject to a land use entitlement for the specified energy projects that would use less water than the agricultural use on the land. The bill would prohibit the imposition of a cancellation fee.The act requires a board or council, as applicable, to adopt rules governing the administration of agricultural preserves, including rules related to compatible uses consistent with specified principles of compatibility.This bill would specify that a cancellation under the bill’s provisions does not prevent a board or council from determining that the specified energy projects are a compatible use on contracted land.

CA AB 2549 - James M. Gallagher
Patient visitation.
04/10/2024 - From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on HUM. S. with recommendation: To Consent Calendar. (Ayes 16. Noes 0.) (April 9). Re-referred to Com. on HUM. S.
AB 2549, as amended, Gallagher. Patient visitation. Existing law provides for the licensure and regulation by the State Department of Public Health of health facilities, as defined. Existing law requires a health facility to allow a patient’s domestic partner, the children of the patient’s domestic partner, and the domestic partner of the patient’s parent or child to visit unless no visitors are allowed, the facility reasonably determines that the presence of a particular visitor would endanger the health or safety of a patient, member of the health facility staff, or other visitor to the health facility, or would significantly disrupt the operations of a facility, or the patient has indicated to the health facility staff that the patient does not want this person to visit. A violation of this provision is a misdemeanor.This bill would require a health facility to allow specified persons to visit, including the patient’s children and grandparents. The bill would require the health facility to develop alternate visitation protocols, if circumstances require the health facility to restrict visitor access to the facility due to health or safety concerns, that allow visitation to the greatest extent possible while maintaining patient, visitor, and staff health and safety. Notwithstanding the requirement mentioned above, the bill would prohibit a health facility from prohibiting in-person visitation in end-of-life situations unless the patient has indicated to the health facility staff that the patient does not want this person to visit. By expanding an existing crime, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.This bill would require the State Department of Public Health to, no later than January 1, 2026, provide specific clinical guidance related to safe visitation during a pandemic event for hospitals. The bill would, among other things, prohibit the guidance provided from including a prohibition on visitation rights, and requires the guidance to explicitly consider the potential negative impacts of restrictive visitation policies on patient well-being, mental health, and the overall quality of care.This bill would require all hospitals to adopt visitation policies in compliance with the department’s guidance no later than July 1, 2026.The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.

CA AB 2550 - Jesse Gabriel
Business establishments: building standards: retail food safety.
04/10/2024 - From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on B. & P. (Ayes 16. Noes 0.) (April 9). Re-referred to Com. on B. & P.
AB 2550, as amended, Gabriel. Business establishments: building standards: retail food safety. (1) Existing law, the California Building Standards Law, establishes the California Building Standards Commission within the Department of General Services. Existing law requires the commission to approve and adopt building standards and to codify those standards in the California Building Standards Code. Existing law requires the commission to publish the code every 3 years, and, in intervening periods, supplements, as necessary.This bill would require the commission, as part of the next triennial update of the California Building Standards Code that occurs on or after January 1, 2025, to adopt specified building standards for business establishments, including, among other things, standards authorizing (A) a business establishment with less than 150 square feet of seating area or that is takeout only to operate without providing customer restrooms; (B) a business establishment with a maximum occupancy of 100 occupants to operate without drinking fountains; and (C) a business establishment to operate cooking equipment, for the purpose of baking, that does not produce cooking odors, smoke, grease, or vapor without installing a Type 1 hood, as described in specified regulations, over the cooking equipment.(2) Existing law, the California Retail Food Code, establishes uniform health and sanitation standards for retail food facilities. Under existing law, local health agencies are primarily responsible for enforcing these standards. Under existing law, a person who violates any provision of the California Retail Food Code is guilty of a misdemeanor, except as otherwise provided.Existing law prohibits a food facility from locating a grease trap or grease interceptor in a food handling area, unless approved by an enforcement agency. Existing law exempts from the prohibition a food facility with an approved grease trap or grease interceptor that was in operation before the effective date of the code.This bill would instead prohibit a food facility from locating a grease trap or grease interceptor in a food preparation area. The bill would additionally exempt an aboveground grease trap installed under a 3-compartment sink from this prohibition.Existing law limits the size of a passthrough window service opening to 216 square inches. Existing law authorizes a passthrough window of up to 432 square inches if equipped with an air curtain device.This bill would increase the size of a passthrough window service opening to 432 square inches and make a conforming change.Existing law requires a food facility’s walls and ceilings to be durable, smooth, nonabsorbent, and easily cleanable. Existing law exempts from this requirement walls and ceilings of bar areas in which alcoholic beverages are sold or served directly to the consumers, except wall areas adjacent to bar sinks and areas where food is prepared, among other things. Existing law also exempts from this requirement restrooms that are used exclusively by the consumers, except that the walls and ceilings in the restrooms shall be of a nonabsorbent and washable surface.This bill would instead exempt walls and ceilings of any areas in which beverages are prepared, or sold or served directly to the consumers, except wall areas adjacent to sinks and areas where food is prepared. The bill would also instead exempt restrooms that are used exclusively by employees or consumers, except that the walls and ceilings in the restrooms shall be of washable surface.Existing law requires temporary food facilities to be equipped with overhead protection for all food preparation, food storage, and warewashing areas. Existing law requires overhead protection to be made of wood, canvas, or other materials that protect the facility from precipitation, dust, bird and insect droppings, and other contaminants. Existing law exempts from these requirements a temporary food facility that is approved for limited food pr

CA AB 2572 - Albert Y. Muratsuchi
Ocean carbon dioxide removal projects.
04/01/2024 - Re-referred to Com. on NAT. RES.
AB 2572, as amended, Muratsuchi. Ocean carbon dioxide removal projects. Existing law requires the State Air Resources Board to establish a Carbon Capture, Removal, Utilization, and Storage Program to capture, remove, and store carbon dioxide, as provided. Existing law requires the program, among other things, to evaluate the efficacy, safety, and viability of specified technologies and to facilitate the capture and sequestration of carbon dioxide from these technologies, where appropriate.This bill would require the state board, among other things, to develop criteria to determine whether an ocean carbon dioxide removal project is environmentally safe and sustainable, and to qualify environmentally safe and sustainable projects for inclusion in carbon credit programs, including, but not limited to, the Low Carbon Fuel Standard regulations and the market-based compliance mechanism, as provided. The bill would require the state board and any agency with a relevant financial incentive program, as specified, to consider an ocean carbon dioxide removal program to the extent the program achieves similar or better climate and environmental policy goals.

CA AB 2583 - Marc Berman
School zones and walk zones.
04/09/2024 - Re-referred to Com. on TRANS.
AB 2583, as amended, Berman. School zones and walk zones. Existing law, the Planning and Zoning Law, requires the legislative body of a city or county to adopt a comprehensive general plan that includes various elements, including a circulation element to plan for transportation routes.This bill would require, upon any substantive revision of the circulation element on or after January 1, 2025, the legislative body of a city or county, to identify and establish school walk zones for all schools located within the scope of the general plan. The bill would define a “school walk zone” to mean all roadways and sidewalks within1/2 mile in all directions of the boundary line of a school grounds. By placing new duties on county and city officials with respect to their land use planning, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.Existing law establishes a prima facie speed limit of 25 miles per hour when approaching or passing a school building or grounds contiguous to a highway or when the school grounds are not separated from the highway, as specified. Existing law authorizes a local authority, by ordinance or resolution, to reduce the prima facie speed limit based on an engineering and traffic survey, as specified. Existing law authorizes a local authority, by ordinance or resolution, to modify the prima facie speed limit based on distance from the school, if the highways have a maximum of two traffic lanes and a maximum posted prima facie speed limit of 30 miles per hour immediately before and after the school zone, as specified.This bill would, beginning on January 1, 2027, establish a prima facie speed limit of 20 miles per hour in a school zone, as defined, during certain hours and days a school is in operation. The bill would, until January 1, 2027, authorize a local authority, by ordinance or resolution, to determine and declare a prima facie speed limit of 20 miles per hour in a school zone, as specified. The bill would authorize a local authority, by ordinance or resolution, to determine and declare a prima facie speed limit of 25 miles per hour when approaching a school at a distance of 500 to 1,000 feet, without the above-mentioned conditions, as specified. The bill would also make conforming changes to implement these new speed limits and authorizations.Existing law defines a “speed trap,” under certain circumstances, to mean, among other things, a particular section of a highway or state highway with a prima facie speed limit that is provided by law, as specified, if that prima facie speed limit is not justified by an engineering and traffic survey conducted within a certain specified time period, and enforcement of the speed limit involves the use of radar or another specified electronic device. Existing law exempts application of that definition to a local street, road, or school zone, senior zone, business activity district, or speed limit adopted by a local authority under certain conditions.This bill would expand the above-described exemption from what constitutes a speed trap to include school zones as described above.The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.This bill would provide that, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that the bill contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to the statutory provisions noted above.

CA AB 2610 - Eduardo Garcia
Protected species: authorized take: System Conservation Implementation Agreement.
04/11/2024 - Re-referred to Com. on APPR.
AB 2610, as amended, Garcia. Protected species: authorized take: System Conservation Implementation Agreement. The California Endangered Species Act generally prohibits the take of a species determined to be an endangered, threatened, or candidate species under the act. Existing law authorizes the Department of Fish and Wildlife, if certain conditions are fulfilled, to authorize the take of species, including fully protected species, resulting from impacts attributable to implementation of the Quantification Settlement Agreement on specified lands and bodies of water.This bill would additionally authorize the department, if certain conditions are fulfilled, to authorize the take of species resulting from impacts attributable to the implementation of any System Conservation Implementation Agreement between the United States Bureau of Reclamation and the Imperial Irrigation District to implement the Lower Colorado River Basin System Conservation and Efficiency Program, as provided, on the specified lands and bodies of water.This bill would declare that it is to take effect immediately as an urgency statute.

CA AB 2614 - Eduardo Garcia
Water policy: California tribal communities.
04/10/2024 - From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on W., P., & W. (Ayes 6. Noes 0.) (April 9). Re-referred to Com. on W., P., & W.
AB 2614, as amended, Ramos. Water policy: California tribal communities. (1) The Porter-Cologne Water Quality Control Act establishes a statewide program for the control of the quality of all the waters in the state and makes certain legislative findings and declarations. Existing law defines the term “beneficial uses” for the purposes of water quality as certain waters of the state that may be protected against quality degradation, to include, among others, domestic, municipal, agricultural, and industrial supplies.This bill would add findings and declarations related to California tribal communities and the importance of protecting tribal water use, as those terms are defined. The bill would add tribal water uses as waters of the state that may be protected against quality degradation for purposes of the defined term “beneficial uses.” The bill would require any project or regulatory program subject to approval by the State Water Quality Control Board or a regional water quality control board, within a specified environmental review, and in any findings and declarations presented for state board or a regional board approval, to describe, with both quantitative and qualitative information, how the project or regulatory program will impact tribal water uses, and would require, on or before December 1, 2025, and every 2 years thereafter, the state board to publish a report on implementation of this provision on its internet website.(2) Existing law requires the state board to consult with and carefully evaluate the recommendations of concerned federal, state, and local agencies during the process of formulating or revising state policy for water quality control.This bill would additionally require the state board to consult and carefully evaluate the recommendations of concerned California tribal communities.(3) Existing law requires the state board to formulate and adopt state policy for water quality control. Existing law requires each regional board to formulate and adopt water quality control plans for all areas within the region and prohibits a water quality control plan, or a revision of the plan, adopted by a regional board from becoming effective unless it is approved by the state board. Existing law authorizes the state board to adopt certain water quality control plans. Existing law requires a regional board to establish water quality objectives in water quality control plans that in its judgment will ensure reasonable protection of beneficial uses and the prevention of nuisance and requires each regional board to consider specified factors in establishing water quality objectives.This bill would require, on or before January 1, 2026, the state board to incorporate water quality standards to achieve reasonable protection of tribal water uses into the water quality control plan for the San Francisco Bay and Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta watershed.This bill would add consultations with California tribal communities and environmental justice considerations as factors for a regional board to consider in establishing water quality control objectives. The bill would exempt adoption of tribal water uses within water quality control plans from the California Environmental Quality Act, and would require, on or before January 1, 2028, each regional board to adopt water quality standards to achieve reasonable protection of tribal water uses into water quality control plans.(4) Existing law requires the California Environmental Protection Agency and the Natural Resources Agency, on or before December 1, 2007, to enter into a memorandum of understanding for the purposes of establishing the California Water Quality Monitoring Council, which the state board is required to administer. Existing law requires the monitoring council to review existing water quality monitoring, assessment, and reporting efforts and to recommend specific actions and funding needs necessary to coordinate and enhance those efforts. Existing law requires the m

CA AB 2678 - Greg Wallis
Vehicles: high-occupancy vehicle lanes.
04/09/2024 - From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 15. Noes 0.) (April 8). Re-referred to Com. on APPR.
AB 2678, as amended, Wallis. Vehicles: high-occupancy vehicle lanes. Existing state law authorizes the Department of Transportation to designate certain lanes for the exclusive use of high-occupancy vehicles (HOVs). Existing federal law authorizes, until September 30, 2025, a state to allow specified alternate fuel and plug-in electric or hybrid vehicles to use lanes designated for HOVs.Existing state law authorizes the Department of Motor Vehicles to issue decals or other identifiers to qualified vehicles, as specified. Existing state law allows a vehicle displaying a valid decal or identifier issued pursuant to these provisions to be operated in a lane designated for the exclusive use of HOVs regardless of the occupancy of the vehicle.These existing state laws, by operation of their provisions, become inoperative on the date the federal authorization expires. Existing state law also repeals these provisions on September 30, 2025.This bill would extend the repeal date of these provisions until January 1, 2027.

CA AB 2714 - Greg Wallis
Pupil health: epinephrine delivery systems.
04/04/2024 - From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. with recommendation: To Consent Calendar. (Ayes 7. Noes 0.) (April 3). Re-referred to Com. on APPR.
AB 2714, as introduced, Wallis. Pupil health: epinephrine delivery systems. Existing law requires school districts, county offices of education, and charter schools to provide emergency epinephrine auto-injectors to school nurses or trained volunteer personnel, and authorizes school nurses and trained personnel to use epinephrine auto-injectors to provide emergency medical aid to persons suffering, or reasonably believed to be suffering, from an anaphylactic reaction, as provided. Existing law requires school districts, county offices of education, and charter schools to, among other things, store those emergency epinephrine auto-injectors in an accessible location upon need for emergency use and include that location in specified annual notices.Existing law authorizes a pupil to carry and self-administer prescription auto-injectable epinephrine if the school district receives specified written statements from a physician and surgeon or a physician assistant, and from the parent, foster parent, or guardian of the pupil, as specified.This bill would replace all references to epinephrine auto-injectors or auto-injectable epinephrine with references instead to epinephrine delivery systems, as defined. To the extent the bill would impose additional duties on local educational agencies, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.This bill would provide that, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that the bill contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to the statutory provisions noted above.

CA AB 2734 - Damon Connolly
Agriculture: Cannella Environmental Farming Act of 1995.
04/11/2024 - From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 10. Noes 0.) (April 10). Re-referred to Com. on APPR.
AB 2734, as introduced, Connolly. Agriculture: Cannella Environmental Farming Act of 1995. Existing law, the Cannella Environmental Farming Act of 1995, requires the Department of Food and Agriculture to establish and oversee an environmental farming program to provide incentives to farmers whose practices promote the well-being of ecosystems, air quality, and wildlife and their habitat. The act requires the Secretary of Food and Agriculture to convene the Scientific Advisory Panel on Environmental Farming, as prescribed, for the purpose of providing advice to the secretary on the implementation of the Healthy Soils Program and the State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program and assistance to federal, state, and local government agencies on issues relating to the impact of agricultural practices on air, water, and wildlife habitat, as specified.This bill would require the panel to consult with the California Organic Products Advisory Committee in relation to certified organic producers and the Healthy Soils Program, as specified.The act requires the department, in consultation with the panel, to establish and oversee a Healthy Soils Program to seek to optimize climate benefits while supporting the economic viability of California agriculture by providing incentives, including loans, grants, research, and technical assistance, and educational materials and outreach to farmers whose management practices contribute to healthy soils and result in net long-term on-farm greenhouse gas benefits. Existing law authorizes the Healthy Soils Program to also include the funding of on-farm demonstration projects that further the goals of the program.This bill would require the department to provide grants of up to 5 years for on-farm demonstration projects. The bill would require the department to establish an advance payment rate of up to 50%, as specified, for incentive payments made pursuant to the program, and would authorize the department to consider regional variation in input costs when setting incentive payment rates.The act establishes the Climate Smart Agriculture Technical Assistance Grant Program to provide funds to technical assistance providers to provide technical assistance to applicants of the Healthy Soils Program, the Alternative Manure Management Program, and the State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program.This bill would require the department to allow equipment sharing, as specified, to be funded as part of the grant awards under the Climate Smart Agriculture Technical Assistance Grant Program.This bill would require the department, on or before January 1, 2027, to establish a common application for all of the Climate Smart Agriculture incentive programs, as provided.

CA AB 2749 - Jim Wood
California Health Benefit Exchange: financial assistance.
04/11/2024 - Read second time and amended.
AB 2749, as amended, Wood. California Health Benefit Exchange: financial assistance. Existing federal law, the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), requires each state to establish an American Health Benefit Exchange to facilitate the purchase of qualified health benefit plans by qualified individuals and qualified small employers. PPACA authorizes a state to apply to the United States Department of Health and Human Services for a state innovation waiver of any or all PPACA requirements, if certain criteria are met, including that the state has enacted a law that provides for state actions under a waiver. Existing state law creates the California Health Benefit Exchange (Exchange), also known as Covered California, to facilitate the enrollment of qualified individuals and qualified small employers in qualified health plans as required under PPACA. Existing law requires the Exchange, upon appropriation by the Legislature, to administer a program of financial assistance beginning July 1, 2023, to help Californians obtain and maintain health benefits through the Exchange if they lose employer-provided health care coverage as a result of a labor dispute, as specified. Under existing law, if specified eligibility requirements are met, an individual who has lost minimum essential coverage from an employer or joint labor management trust fund as a result of a strike, lockout, or other labor dispute receives the same premium assistance and cost-sharing reductions as an individual with a household income of 138.1% of the federal poverty level, and is also not required to pay a deductible for any covered benefit if the standard benefit design for a household income of 138.1% of the federal poverty level has zero deductibles. Existing law excludes from gross income any subsidy amount received pursuant to that program of financial assistance.This bill would revise various provisions of the financial assistance program, including deleting the exclusion of financial assistance received under the program from gross income, and specifying the criteria required for an individual to be qualified to receive coverage under the program. The bill would specify that an individual would no longer be eligible for financial assistance under the program when the Exchange verifies that employer-provided minimum essential coverage from the employer has been reinstated for the individual and dependents, as specified. The bill would require an employer or labor organization to notify the Exchange before employer-provided coverage is affected by a strike, lockout, or labor dispute, and would authorize the Exchange to contact the employer, labor organization, or other appropriate representative to determine information necessary to determine eligibility for the financial assistance program, as prescribed.

CA AB 2750 - James M. Gallagher
Electricity: procurement: generation from biomass.
04/08/2024 - Re-referred to Com. on U. & E.
AB 2750, as amended, Gallagher. Electricity: procurement: generation from biomass. Existing law vests the Public Utilities Commission with regulatory authority over public utilities, including electrical corporations, while local publicly owned electric utilities are under the direction of their governing boards. Existing law requires electrical corporations, in addition to other requirements to procure generating capacity from bioenergy projects, to collectively procure, by December 1, 2023, their proportionate share of 125 megawatts of cumulative rated generating capacity from bioenergy projects that commenced operations before June 1, 2013, and that use certain feedstocks.This bill would extend that procurement deadline to July 1, 2025.Existing law requires electrical corporations, local publicly owned electric utilities, and community choice aggregators with contracts to procure electricity generated from biomass that expire on or before December 31, 2028, to seek to amend the contracts or to seek approval for new contracts that include expiration dates 5 years later than the expiration dates in the contracts that were operative in 2022. Existing law specifies that this requirement does not apply to biomass facilities located in federal severe or extreme nonattainment areas for particulate matter or ozone.This bill would require those entities to seek to amend the contracts or seek approval for new contracts to include expiration dates at least 5 years later, rather than expiration dates 5 years later, than the expiration dates in the contracts that were operative in 2022. The bill would specify that this contracting requirement applies to a biomass facility located in an area that voluntarily opts for severe or extreme nonattainment status for particulate matter or ozone but the air district has determined that the continued operation of the facility does not impede the air district’s ability to meet its applicable attainment deadline.Under existing law a violation of the Public Utilities Act or an order, decision, rule, direction, demand, or requirement of the commission is a crime.Because a provision of this bill would be a part of the act, and a violation of a commission action implementing the bill’s requirements would be a crime, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.

CA AB 2753 - Liz Ortega
Rehabilitative and habilitative services: durable medical equipment and services.
04/03/2024 - From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 12. Noes 0.) (April 2). Re-referred to Com. on APPR.
AB 2753, as introduced, Ortega. Rehabilitative and habilitative services: durable medical equipment and services. Existing law, the Knox-Keene Health Care Service Plan Act of 1975, requires the Department of Managed Health Care to license and regulate health care service plans and makes a willful violation of the act a crime. Other existing law requires the Department of Insurance to regulate health insurers. Existing law requires an individual or small group health care service plan contract or health insurance policy issued, amended, or renewed on or after January 1, 2017, to include, at a minimum, coverage for essential health benefits pursuant to the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Under existing law, essential health benefits include, among other things, rehabilitative and habilitative services. Existing law requires habilitative services and devices to be covered under the same terms and conditions applied to rehabilitative services and devices under the plan contract or policy, and defines habilitative services to mean health care services and devices that help a person keep, learn, or improve skills and functioning for daily living.This bill would specify that coverage of rehabilitative and habilitative services and devices under a health care service plan or health insurance policy includes durable medical equipment, services, and repairs, if the equipment, services, or repairs are prescribed or ordered by a physician, surgeon, or other health professional acting within the scope of their license. The bill would define “durable medical equipment” to mean devices, including replacement devices, that are designed for repeated use, and that are used for the treatment or monitoring of a medical condition or injury in order to help a person to partially or fully acquire, improve, keep, or learn, or minimize the loss of, skills and functioning of daily living. The bill would prohibit coverage of durable medical equipment and services from being subject to financial or treatment limitations, as specified.The bill would make related findings and declarations, including that coverage of durable medical equipment is necessary to comply with federal requirements for purposes of being considered essential health benefits not subject to defrayal payments. Because a violation of the bill’s provisions by a health care service plan would be a crime, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.

CA AB 2760 - Albert Y. Muratsuchi
Lower Emissions Equipment at Seaports and Intermodal Yards Program.
04/09/2024 - Re-referred to Com. on TRANS.
AB 2760, as amended, Muratsuchi. Lower Emissions Equipment at Seaports and Intermodal Yards Program. Existing law, upon the appropriation of funds by the Legislature, requires the State Air Resources Board to allocate funds on a competitive basis for projects that are shown to achieve the greatest emission reductions from each emission source identified, as specified, from activities related to the movement of freight along California’s trade corridors, commencing at the state’s airports, seaports, and land ports of entry.This bill would, until January 1, 2032, enact the Lower Emissions Equipment at Seaports and Intermodal Yards Program. The program would be administered by the state board and would require the state board to approve as covered equipment applicable cargo handling equipment that will reduce cumulative emissions at seaports and intermodal yards in the state. The bill would require a covered equipment application to be approved by the state board if the applicant demonstrates that the total surplus emissions from covered equipment are lower cumulative emissions than the emissions resulting from compliance with the current applicable cargo handling equipment statute, regulation, or rule, as determined by the state board pursuant to the methodology established by the bill, or that the covered equipment meets the standards and definitions for zero emissions set forth under a specified European Union regulation. The bill would require the state board to certify cargo handling equipment as covered equipment if the applicant seller, reseller, distributor, or manufacturer of the cargo handling equipment demonstrates to the state board that the equipment satisfies specified criteria. The bill would require the state board to establish an application fee, as specified, and would require the application fees to be deposited in the Air Pollution Control Fund and made available to the state board upon appropriation by the Legislature. The bill would require a covered equipment application to be provided to the state board for approval before December 31, 2025. The bill would require the state board, by January 1, 2027, and January 1, 2031, to evaluate the impact of the program on state and local clean air efforts to meet state and local clean air goals and to hold at least one public workshop before completing the evaluation.

CA AB 2761 - Luz Rivas
Product safety: plastic packaging: Reducing Toxics in Packaging Act.
04/10/2024 - From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on JUD. (Ayes 5. Noes 2.) (April 9). Re-referred to Com. on JUD.
AB 2761, as amended, Hart. Product safety: plastic packaging: Reducing Toxics in Packaging Act. Existing law prohibits any person from distributing, selling, or offering for sale in the state any food packaging that contains regulated perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), as defined, and requires a manufacturer to use the least toxic alternative when replacing regulated PFAS in food packaging to comply with this requirement. Existing law similarly prohibits, beginning January 1, 2025, a person from manufacturing, distributing, selling, or offering for sale in the state any new, not previously owned, textile articles that contain regulated PFAS, except as specified.This bill would enact the Reducing Toxics in Packaging Act, which would prohibit, beginning January 1, 2026, a person from manufacturing, selling, offering for sale, or distributing in the state plastic packaging that contains certain chemicals, as specified. The bill would exclude from that prohibition packaging used for certain medical, drug, and federally regulated products. The bill would authorize the imposition of a civil penalty for a violation of that prohibition, as specified.

CA AB 2783 - David A. Alvarez
San Diego Unified Port District.
04/11/2024 - From committee: Amend, and do pass as amended and re-refer to Com. on JUD. (Ayes 5. Noes 1.) (April 10).
AB 2783, as amended, Alvarez. San Diego Unified Port District. (1) The San Diego Unified Port District Act authorizes the establishment of the San Diego Unified Port District for the acquisition, construction, maintenance, operation, development, and regulation of harbor works and improvements for the harbor of San Diego and for the promotion of commerce, navigation, fisheries, and recreation. The act establishes the board of commissioners of the port district and vests it with specified authority and responsibilities regarding the management of the district.This bill would require the board to adopt a code of ethics and to accept and respond to ethics complaints, as specified. The bill would require the board to appoint a board of ethics to provide independent ethics advice to the board, as specified. The bill would require the board to submit ethics complaints to the board of ethics, as specified. The bill would require the board of ethics, upon the conclusion of an investigation into the conduct of a commissioner, to provide all findings from the investigation to the city that appointed the commissioner that was subject to the investigation.This bill would prohibit a commissioner from lobbying, contracting with, or being employed by the board or the district for 2 years after serving as a commissioner. The bill would require the board to publish a report regarding its lobbying activities, as specified.(2) The act requires the City of San Diego to appoint 3 commissioners and other specified cities to appoint one commissioner each to the board of commissioners. The act specifies a commissioner’s term is for 4 years, as specified.This bill would limit the commissioners to 3 terms. The bill would authorize a commissioner to continue to serve beyond an expired term for 6 months until a replacement is appointed. The bill would require the City of San Diego to make a good faith attempt to appoint one commissioner that resides in one of 5 specified neighborhoods within that city.(3) The act requires the board of commissioners to annually elect from its members a chairperson, a vice chairperson, and a secretary. The act requires the board of commissioners to make rules and regulations for its own government and procedure. Existing law, the Ralph M. Brown Act, requires each legislative body of a local agency to provide notice of the time and place for its regular meetings and also requires that all meetings of a legislative body be open and public, and that all persons be permitted to attend unless a closed session is authorized. The California Public Records Act requires state and local agencies to make their records available for public inspection, unless an exemption from disclosure applies. Existing law requires the board of commissioners to comply with those acts, except as specified.This bill would prohibit a commissioner from being elected chairperson or vice chairperson a second time, except as specified. The bill would prohibit a commissioner from serving as chairperson unless the commissioner has served on the board for at least one year. The bill would clarify that the board of commissioners, if it acts to censure or strip a commissioner of their duties based on alleged unethical or unlawful conduct, to disclose to the public all documents and evidence related to the alleged conduct in accordance with the requirements of the Ralph M. Brown Act and the California Public Records Act. The bill would require the board, before acting to censure or strip a commissioner of their duties, to provide 72 hours’ notice of the proposed action to censure or strip a commissioner of their duties to the city council and mayor of the city that appointed the commissioner.(4) The act prohibits a commissioner from receiving a salary from the district and requires a commissioner to be reimbursed for necessary traveling and other expenses incurred while engaged in the performance of the commissioner’s duties.This bill would require the district

CA AB 2786 - Mia Bonta
Mobile farmers’ markets.
03/04/2024 - Referred to Com. on HEALTH.
AB 2786, as introduced, Bonta. Mobile farmers’ markets. (1) Existing law, the California Retail Food Code, establishes uniform health and sanitation standards for mobile food facilities and various types of food venues. Existing law authorizes local health agencies to be primarily responsible for enforcing the code, but requires the State Department of Public Health to provide technical assistance, training, and standardization. A person who violates any provision of the code is guilty of a misdemeanor, except as otherwise provided. This bill would revise the California Retail Food Code to include a mobile farmers’ market, as defined, and impose upon the mobile farmers’ market the uniform health and sanitation standards for mobile food facilities and general food safety requirements. The bill would authorize mobile farmers’ markets to sell or provide a variety of foods, including shell eggs, honey, and refrigerated fresh meats. The bill would authorize a mobile farmers’ market to be operated by a third party, including a nonprofit organization incorporated in California that buys, aggregates, sells, or distributes foods grown by local farmers. The bill would also require that agricultural products sold by the mobile farmers’ market be grown or produced by local farmers, with an emphasis on small- and medium-sized farms, socially disadvantaged farmers or ranchers, as defined, and food grown using regenerative, organic, or other climate-smart practices. The bill would also require packaged agricultural products to be labeled with the name and address of the farm of origin. By imposing new enforcement requirements on local health agencies, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program. (2)  Existing law, the California Special Supplemental Nutrition Food Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC Program), authorizes establishment of a statewide program, administered by the State Department of Public Health, for providing nutritional food supplements to low-income pregnant women, low-income postpartum and lactating women, and low-income infants and children under 5 years of age, who have been determined to be at nutritional risk. Existing law requires the department, in order to effectively manage and administer the federal and state requirements for the vendors in the WIC Program, to establish criteria used for vendor authorization. This bill would require the department to establish criteria for the authorization of mobile farmers’ markets when establishing criteria for vendor authorization.(3) The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.

CA AB 2796 - David A. Alvarez
Equitable Access to Zero-Emissions Vehicles Fund.
03/11/2024 - Referred to Coms. on TRANS. and NAT. RES.
AB 2796, as introduced, Alvarez. Equitable Access to Zero-Emissions Vehicles Fund. Existing law establishes the Air Quality Improvement Program for the purpose of funding air quality improvement projects relating to fuel and vehicle technologies. Under existing law, the State Air Resources Board is required to administer the program and to provide preference in awarding funding to projects with higher benefit-cost scores that maximize the purposes and goals of the program. Existing law also authorizes the state board to give additional preference in funding awards to projects based on specified criteria, including the ability of the project to promote the use of clean alternative fuels and vehicle technologies, as specified. This bill would establish the Equitable Access to Zero-Emission Vehicles Fund and would make moneys in the fund available, upon appropriation by the Legislature, for a new vehicle rebate program and for other specified purposes. The bill would require the state board, by July 1, 2025, to establish a program to offer rebates for the purchase of zero-emission vehicles and other specified vehicles from moneys made available from the fund. The bill would require the state board to submit a biennial report to the Legislature that includes certain information relating to the expenditures from the fund.

CA AB 2851 - Mia Bonta
Metal shredding facilities: fence-line air quality monitoring.
04/10/2024 - From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on NAT. RES. (Ayes 5. Noes 2.) (April 9). Re-referred to Com. on NAT. RES.
AB 2851, as amended, Bonta. Metal shredding facilities: fence-line air quality monitoring. Existing law defines a “fence-line monitoring system,” for purposes of specified laws requiring the monitoring of toxic air contaminants from nonvehicular sources, to mean monitoring equipment that measures and records air pollutant concentrations at or adjacent to a stationary source that may be useful for detecting or estimating emissions of pollutants from the source, including the quantity of fugitive emissions, and in supporting enforcement efforts.Existing law requires the Department of Toxic Substances Control to adopt, and revise when appropriate, standards and regulations for the management of hazardous wastes to protect against hazards to the public health, to domestic livestock, to wildlife, or to the environment, including the operation of metal shredding facilities for appliance recycling. Existing law authorizes the department to collect an annual fee from all metal shredding facilities that are subject to the requirements of the hazardous waste control laws, and to deposit those fees into a subaccount in the Hazardous Waste Control Account. Existing law makes those moneys available to the department, upon appropriation by the Legislature, to reimburse the department’s costs to implement the hazardous waste control laws applicable to metal shredder facilities.This bill would require, on or before July 1, 2025, the department, in consultation with affected local air pollution control and air quality management districts, to develop requirements for facilitywide fenceline air quality monitoring at metal shredding facilities. Those requirements would include, among other things, monitoring light fibrous material, lead, zinc, cadmium, and any other substance required to be monitored by the department, and a requirement that, if the monitoring indicates a potential adverse impact on air quality or public health, the local public health department issue a community notification, as provided. The bill would also require all metal shredding facilities that are subject to the hazardous waste control laws to implement the fenceline air quality monitoring requirements. The bill would require the department to oversee and enforce the implementation of the fenceline air quality monitoring requirements on or before December 31, 2025. The bill would also authorize any regulatory costs incurred by the department in implementing the bill’s requirements to be reimbursed from the subaccount in the Hazardous Waste Control Account. By imposing new duties on local public health departments, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.This bill would provide that, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that the bill contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to the statutory provisions noted above.

CA AB 287 - Eduardo Garcia
California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006: Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund: competitive grant programs: funding objectives.
05/18/2023 - In committee: Held under submission.
AB 287, as introduced, Garcia. California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006: Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund: competitive grant programs: funding objectives. The California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 designates the State Air Resources Board as the state agency responsible for monitoring and regulating sources emitting greenhouse gases. The act authorizes the state board to include the use of market-based compliance mechanisms in regulating these sources. Existing law requires all moneys, except for fines and penalties, collected by the state board from the auction or sale of allowances as part of a market-based compliance mechanism to be deposited in the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund and to be available upon appropriation by the Legislature. Existing law requires the moneys from the fund to be used to facilitate the achievement of reductions of greenhouse gas emissions consistent with the act and, where applicable and to the extent feasible, to maximize economic, environmental, and public health benefits to the state, among other goals. This bill, beginning July 1, 2025, would require state agencies administering competitive grant programs that allocate moneys from the fund to give specified communities preferential points during grant application scoring for programs intended to improve air quality, to provide for a specified application timeline, and to allow applicants from the Counties of Imperial and San Diego to include daytime population numbers in grant applications.This bill, for competitive grant programs that involve housing, urban forestry, urban greening, or planning and that allocate moneys from the fund after July 1, 2025, would require state agencies administering those moneys from the fund to develop at least 3 categories for applications based on the population and density of the communities in which the proposed project is to be located and to develop scoring criteria for each category.This bill would additionally require the moneys in the fund to be used to facilitate the achievement of reductions of greenhouse gas emissions consistent with the act and, where applicable and to the extent feasible, to promote climate adaptation, accelerate the development of low-carbon technology and reduce vehicle miles traveled, and promote partnerships between jurisdictions and public agencies, Native American tribes in the state, nonprofits, and other community institutions, among other objectives.This bill also would require the Department of Finance to include in an annual report to the Legislature specified information on the applications received for each grant program allocating moneys from the fund.

CA AB 2885 - Rebecca Bauer-Kahan
Artificial intelligence.
04/02/2024 - Re-referred to Com. on P. & C.P.
AB 2885, as amended, Bauer-Kahan. Artificial intelligence. Existing law establishes the Government Operations Agency, which is governed by the Secretary of Government Operations. Existing law requires the Secretary of Government Operations to develop a coordinated plan to, among other things, evaluate the impact of the proliferation of deepfakes, defined to mean audio or visual content that has been generated or manipulated by artificial intelligence that would falsely appear to be authentic or truthful and that features depictions of people appearing to say or do things they did not say or do without their consent, on state government, California-based businesses, and residents of the state.Existing law establishes within the Government Operations Agency the Department of Technology, which is supervised by the Director of Technology. Existing law requires the Department of Technology to conduct, in coordination with other interagency bodies as it deems appropriate, a comprehensive inventory of all high-risk automated decision systems that have been proposed for use, development, or procurement by, or are being used, developed, or procured by, any state agency. Existing law defines an “automated decision system” as a computational process derived from machine learning, statistical modeling, data analytics, or artificial intelligence that issues simplified output, including a score, classification, or recommendation, that is used to assist or replace human discretionary decisionmaking and materially impacts natural persons.Existing law requires each local agency, as defined, to provide specified information to the public before approving an economic development subsidy, as defined, within its jurisdiction, and to, among other things, hold hearings and issue annual reports on those subsidies, as provided. Existing law requires those reports to contain, among other things, information about any net job loss or replacement due to the use of automation, artificial intelligence, or other technologies, if known.Existing law establishes the California Online Community College, under the administration of the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges, for purposes of creating an organized system of accessible, flexible, and high-quality online content, courses, and programs focused on providing industry-valued credentials compatible with the vocational and educational needs of Californians who are not currently accessing higher education. Existing law requires the California Online Community College to develop a Research and Development Unit to, among other things, focus on using technology, data science, behavioral science, machine learning, and artificial intelligence to build out student supports, as provided.Existing law, the Plastic Pollution Prevention and Packaging Producer Responsibility Act administered by the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, among other things, requires manufacturers of certain single-use packaging and plastic food service ware to ensure that those products achieve specified recycling rates, as provided. Existing law requires the department to prepare one or more needs assessments designed to determine the necessary steps and investment needed for covered material, that includes an evaluation of integrating innovative and advanced technologies throughout a materials recovery facility that utilize artificial intelligence to improve data collection in order to identify, categorize, and track the disposition of covered materials throughout the recycling process.Existing law requires a social media company, as defined, to submit a terms of service report on a semiannual basis to the Attorney General, as prescribed. Existing law requires the terms of service report to include, for each social medial platform owned or operated by the company, specified information that is disaggregated into categories, including how content was flagged or actioned by company employees or contractors, ar

CA AB 2900 - Esmeralda Soria
Small agricultural truck fleet assistance program.
04/01/2024 - Re-referred to Com. on TRANS.
AB 2900, as amended, Soria. Small agricultural truck fleet assistance program. Existing law imposes various limitations on emissions of air contaminants for the control of air pollution from vehicular sources. Existing law generally designates the State Air Resources Board as the state agency with the primary responsibility for the control of vehicular air pollution. Existing law requires the board, upon appropriation by the Legislature, to allocate funds on a competitive basis for projects that are shown to achieve the greatest emission reduction from sources associated with the movement of freight along California’s trade corridors.This bill would require the state board, in order to minimize the impact of the energy transition on the supply chains in the critical agricultural sector and ensure that disadvantaged communities equitably share in the benefits of and investments in emission reductions, to establish the Small Agricultural Truck Fleet Assistance Program to provide dedicated technical and funding assistance, upon an appropriation by the Legislature for this purpose, to owner-operators or owners of small fleets to support the transition to cleaner emission-compliant trucks, as provided.

CA AB 2902 - Brian Dwain Dahle
Organic waste: reduction regulations: exemptions.
04/11/2024 - Re-referred to Com. on APPR.
AB 2902, as amended, Wood. Organic waste: reduction regulations: exemptions. (1) Existing law requires the State Air Resources Board to complete, approve, and implement a comprehensive strategy to reduce emissions of short-lived climate pollutants in the state to reduce statewide methane emissions by 40% below 2013 levels by 2030. Existing law requires methane emissions reduction goals to include specified targets to reduce the landfill disposal of organics. Existing law requires the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, in consultation with the state board, to adopt regulations that achieve those targets for reducing organic waste in landfills, as provided. The department’s organic waste regulations provide different organic waste procurement targets for local jurisdictions based on population and provide waivers and exemptions from collection and procurement requirements for rural, low-population, and high-elevation jurisdictions. Existing law provides that the exemption for rural jurisdictions is valid until December 31, 2026, as specified.This bill would extend the rural jurisdiction exemption until January 1, 2037, except as provided, and would require the department to adopt regulations to establish a process to renew the exemption after that date for periods of up to 10 years. The bill would require, commencing January 1, 2027, those jurisdictions to take specific actions to help reduce, divert, or recycle organic waste. The bill would require the department to exclude residents included in department-issued low population or elevation waivers from the population in determining a local jurisdiction’s organic waste procurement target. The bill would require a jurisdiction that no longer qualifies for a rural exemption due to an increase in population to have 3 years from the date of that population increase to comply with the organic waste collection services and procurement requirements, as specified. The bill also would authorize nonexempt counties that generate less than 200,000 tons of solid waste annually to request the department’s approval of a different organic waste diversion and recycling program. The bill would authorize a nonexempt jurisdiction to request a waiver from the department from a requirement to separate and recover food waste and food-soiled paper if there are significant public safety issues associated with food waste collection as a result of local bear populations, as provided.(2) Existing law requires the department, in consultation with the state board, to analyze the progress made in achieving the reduction targets for the amounts of organic waste disposed of in landfills and authorizes the department to provide incentives to facilitate progress toward the reduction targets, as provided.This bill would require the department’s organic waste regulations to evaluate ways to incentivize carbon farming, and would require the department to develop training and technical assistance materials to assist local governments in expanding community composting operations, to create a model ordinance and franchise provisions that exempt small-scale community composting operations from specific regulatory and exclusivity provisions, and to evaluate ways to maximize the local benefits of edible food recovery programs and explore circumstances in which recovered food may be more suitable for use in local animal feed operations.This bill would authorize the department, in conjunction with the California Pollution Control Financing Authority and the California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank, to provide information to the owners and operators of landfill and composting operations that may be a potential source of methane emissions about financing that may fund facility improvements to increase the capture, or reduce the escape, of methane emissions.

CA AB 2914 - Mia Bonta
Health care coverage: essential health benefits.
04/11/2024 - Re-referred to Com. on HEALTH.
AB 2914, as amended, Bonta. Health care coverage: essential health benefits. Existing law, the Knox-Keene Health Care Service Plan Act of 1975, requires the Department of Managed Health Care to license and regulate health care service plans. Existing law requires the Department of Insurance to regulate health insurers. Existing law requires an individual or small group health care service plan contract or health insurance policy issued, amended, or renewed on or after January 1, 2017, to include, at a minimum, coverage for essential health benefits pursuant to the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Existing law requires a health care service plan contract or health insurance policy to cover the same health benefits that the benchmark plan, the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan Small Group HMO 30 plan, offered during the first quarter of 2014, as specified.This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to review California’s essential health benefits benchmark plan and establish a new benchmark plan for the 2027 plan year. The bill would limit the applicability of the current benchmark plan benefits to plan years on or before the 2027 plan year.

CA AB 2932 - Joe Patterson
Pupil instruction: sextortion prevention.
04/09/2024 - Re-referred to Com. on APPR.
AB 2932, as amended, Joe Patterson. Pupil instruction: sextortion prevention. Existing law establishes the Instructional Quality Commission and requires the commission to, among other things, recommend curriculum frameworks to the State Board of Education. This bill would require the Instructional Quality Commission, when the health curriculum framework is next revised on or after January 1, 2025, to consider providing for inclusion, in that curriculum framework, content on sextortion, as defined.

CA AB 2956 - Tasha Boerner
Medi-Cal eligibility: redetermination.
03/14/2024 - Re-referred to Com. on HEALTH.
AB 2956, as amended, Boerner. Medi-Cal eligibility: redetermination. Existing law establishes the Medi-Cal program, which is administered by the State Department of Health Care Services, under which qualified low-income individuals receive health care services. The Medi-Cal program is, in part, governed and funded by federal Medicaid program provisions.Existing law generally requires a county to redetermine a Medi-Cal beneficiary’s eligibility to receive Medi-Cal benefits every 12 months and whenever the county receives information about changes in a beneficiary’s circumstances that may affect their Medi-Cal eligibility. Existing law conditions implementation of the redetermination provisions on the availability of federal financial participation and receipt of any necessary federal approvals. Under existing law, if a county has facts clearly demonstrating that a Medi-Cal beneficiary cannot be eligible for Medi-Cal due to an event, such as death or change of state residency, Medi-Cal benefits are terminated without a redetermination.Existing law requires the department, subject to federal funding, to extend continuous eligibility to children 19 years of age or younger for a 12-month period, as specified. Under existing law, operative on January 1, 2025, or the date that the department certifies that certain conditions have been met, a child is continuously eligible for Medi-Cal up to 5 years of age. Under those provisions, a redetermination is prohibited during this time, unless certain circumstances apply, including, voluntary disenrollment, death, or change of state residency.This bill would require the department to seek federal approval to extend continuous eligibility to individuals over 19 years of age. Under the bill, subject to federal funding, and except as described above with regard to death, change of state residency, or other events, an individual would remain eligible from the date of a Medi-Cal eligibility determination until the end of a 12-month period, as specified.The bill would make various changes to the above-described redetermination procedures. The bill would, among other things, require the county, in the event of a loss of contact, to attempt communication with the intended recipient through all additionally available channels before completing a prompt redetermination. The bill would require the county to make another review of certain obtained information in an attempt to renew eligibility without needing a response from a beneficiary.The bill would require the county to complete a determination at renewal without requesting additional information or documentation if specified conditions are met, relating to, among other things, prior income verification and no contradictory information on file.When income is found not reasonably compatible from electronically available sources, the bill would require the county to first attempt to obtain a reasonable explanation through a verbal or written explanation, in an attempt to resolve a discrepancy between the beneficiary’s self-attestation and information received through electronic data sources on required eligibility factors. For purposes of the income verification process only, when a renewal is received without a reasonable explanation or other income verification, the bill would require a county to accept self-attested information, as specified.Under the bill, for a beneficiary whose eligibility was discontinued due to failure to provide needed information and who submits to the county that information, as specified, the beneficiary would be entitled to a Medi-Cal eligibility determination for the 3 months immediately prior to the month in which the beneficiary provided the information, unless the beneficiary opts out. The bill would make conforming changes to related provisions.In the case of a redetermination due to a change in circumstances, each time a Medi-Cal beneficiary who is considered a member of a vulnerable or difficult-to-reach populatio

CA AB 2958 - Lisa Calderon
State Air Resources Board: board members: compensation.
04/09/2024 - From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. with recommendation: To Consent Calendar. (Ayes 10. Noes 0.) (April 8). Re-referred to Com. on APPR.
AB 2958, as amended, Calderon. State Air Resources Board: board members: compensation. Existing law establishes the State Air Resources Board consisting of 14 members with 12 members appointed by the Governor, with the consent of the Senate. Existing law provides that, of the 12 members appointed by the Governor, 6 of those members are to be from certain air quality management districts or air pollution control districts, as provided. In addition to the 14 members of the state board, existing law provides that 2 Members of the Legislature serve on the state board as ex officio, nonvoting members of the state board. Existing law provides that members appointed as members from the air districts serve on the state board without compensation. Existing law provides that the elected official members of the state board receive $100 for each day, or a portion of that amount, but not to exceed $1,000 in any month, attending meetings of the state board or its committees, or upon authorization of the state board while on official business of the state board (per diem amount). Existing law specifies the annual salary of each member of the state board.This bill would repeal the prohibition on compensation of the members of the state board from air districts and would specify that those members are to receive the annual salary provided to other members of the state board. The bill would repeal the per diem amount provided to elected official members of the state board.

CA AB 3043 - Luz Rivas
Occupational safety: fabrication activities.
04/09/2024 - Re-referred to Com. on L. & E.
AB 3043, as amended, Luz Rivas. Occupational safety: fabrication activities. Existing law establishes the Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board within the Department of Industrial Relations to promulgate and enforce occupational safety and health standards for the state, including standards dealing with exposure to harmful airborne contaminants. Existing law requires the Division of Occupational Safety and Health within the department to enforce all occupational safety and health standards, as specified. A violation of these standards and regulations under specific circumstances is a crime.This bill would prohibit a person engaged in fabrication activities or fabrication shops from using dry methods, and require the use of effective wet methods in any fabrication activities. The bill would make a violation of these provisions grounds for, among other disciplinary action, an immediate order prohibiting continued fabrication activities. The bill would authorize the Attorney General, upon request of the department, to petition the superior court to impose civil penalties for a violation of these provisions.The bill would require, on or before July 1, 2025, the department to consult with representatives of approved apprenticeship programs to adopt a training curriculum regarding the safe performance of fabrication activities that meets specified requirements, including classroom instruction, and to certify an individual who has completed that curriculum immediately upon completion. The bill would prohibit, beginning July 1, 2026, an owner or operator of a slab product fabrication shop from permitting any individual from performing fabrication activities or employing an individual to perform work on the shop floor where those activities are conducted, unless the individual is certified by the department as having completed the training curriculum, except as specified.The bill would require, on or before January 1, 2026, the department to develop an application and licensing process for fabrication shops to lawfully engage in fabrication activities known as a “slab product fabrication activity” license. The bill would authorize fabrication shops to engage in fabrication activities during the pendency of the application development and licensing process.The bill would require, beginning January 1, 2026, the department to grant a 3-year license to a fabrication shop that demonstrates satisfaction of specified criteria involving workplace safety conditions and precautions, and would authorize license renewal, as specified. Among other conditions, the bill would establish certain regulatory fees in specified amounts for the license and renewal thereof. The bill would authorize the department to suspend or revoke a licensee in certain cases, including for gross negligence, as specified. The bill would prohibit a person or entity, or an employee thereof, from engaging in fabrication activities unless the person or entity has a license.The bill would require, beginning January 1, 2026, an owner or operator of a slab product fabrication shop to pay each employee at least the general prevailing rate of per diem wages for the geographic area for performing fabrication activities, except as otherwise specified. The bill would authorize the department to, among other disciplinary action, suspend or revoke a license if the department finds that the owner or operator willfully violated that provision.The bill would prohibit, beginning January 1, 2026, a person from supplying a slab product directly to a person or entity engaged in fabrication activities if the person or entity does not have a valid license. The bill would require a person that, among other things, supplies a slab product to a person or entity engaged in fabrication services to verify the person or entity has a license, as specified. The bill would require a person that supplies a slab product to a person or entity that is not engaged in fabrication activities to rely on

CA AB 3059 - Akilah Weber
Human milk.
03/12/2024 - Re-referred to Com. on HEALTH.
AB 3059, as amended, Weber. Human milk. Existing law licenses and regulates tissue banks and generally makes a violation of the requirements applicable to tissue banks a crime. Existing law exempts a “mothers’ milk bank,” as defined, from paying a licensing fee to be a tissue bank.This bill would specify that a general acute care hospital is not required to have a license to operate a tissue bank to store or distribute pasteurized human milk that was obtained from a mothers’ milk bank.Existing law, the Knox-Keene Health Care Service Plan Act of 1975, requires the Department of Managed Health Care to license and regulate health care service plans and makes a willful violation of the act a crime. Other existing law requires the Department of Insurance to regulate health insurers. Existing law requires health care service plans and health insurers, as specified, to provide certain health benefits and services, including, among others, maternity hospital stays, inpatient hospital and ambulatory maternity services, and maternal mental health programs. This bill would require a health care service plan contract or health insurance policy that is issued, amended, delivered, or renewed on or after January 1, 2025, to cover the same health benefits for human milk and human milk derivatives covered under the Medi-Cal program as of 1988.Because a violation of the bill’s provisions by a health care service plan would be a crime, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.

CA AB 3070 - Mia Bonta
School buildings: construction plans: climate change.
03/21/2024 - In committee: Set, first hearing. Hearing canceled at the request of author.
AB 3070, as introduced, Bonta. School buildings: construction plans: climate change. Existing law establishes the State Allocation Board and specifies its membership and duties. Existing law imposes specified duties on the board with respect to the allocation and expenditure of state funds for the construction of public school facilities. Existing law requires the board to obtain construction plans for school buildings appropriate for school districts in various climates and geographical conditions of the state and requires the plans to meet the needs of school districts that require school buildings of various sizes. Existing law authorizes these plans to include designs that promote, among other things, the efficient use of energy and water.This bill would expressly authorize the above-described plans to also include designs that promote the use of materials and strategies to address climate change. The bill also would make nonsubstantive changes.

CA AB 310 - Joaquin Arambula
CalWORKs.
06/27/2023 - In committee: Set, first hearing. Hearing canceled at the request of author.
AB 310, as amended, Arambula. CalWORKs. Existing federal law provides for allocation of federal funds through the federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant program to eligible states. Existing law establishes the California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) program, under which, through a combination of state and county funds and federal funds received through the TANF program, each county provides cash assistance and other benefits to qualified low-income families. Existing law imposes various eligibility requirements for the CalWORKs program, including that a child is deprived of parental support or care, a child has received all age-appropriate immunizations, and specified applicants or recipients who are apparently eligible for unemployment insurance shall meet the conditions of eligibility for and accept any unemployment insurance benefits for which they are eligible.This bill would, among other things, repeal the parental deprivation and immunization requirements, and would instead only require that those specified applicants and recipients whom the county has evidence that they are eligible for unemployment insurance to apply for, but not meet the conditions of, unemployment insurance benefits. By expanding eligibility for the CalWORKs program, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.Existing law generally requires a recipient of CalWORKs benefits to participate in welfare-to-work activities as a condition of eligibility for aid, except if they are exempt or excused from participation for good cause. Existing law requires a participant to enter into a written welfare-to-work plan with the county, and specifies the work activities that may be included in a participant’s plan, including mental health, substance abuse, and domestic violence services that are necessary to obtain and retain employment. Existing law also requires participants to participate in job search activities for a period of up to 4 consecutive weeks, as specified. This bill would, among other things, revise and recast the welfare-to-work program, by renaming it as the family assistance program, repealing the provision that makes participation in work activities a condition of eligibility for CalWORKs aid, and instead requiring that every recipient be provided with an opportunity to participate in family assistance activities. The bill would expand the list of work activities by including home visiting services and financial literacy classes and coaching that are necessary to obtain and retain employment or improve family or financial well-being, activities that develop and enhance workplace skills, and activities that build foundations for employment, as specified. The bill would repeal the job search requirements. The bill would require a county to provide the participant with a plan form within 60 days after the date that a participant’s eligibility for aid is determined or the date the participant chooses to participate in work activities wherein the recipient may select the activities and the number of hours they want to participate in, including any and all available support services. By increasing the duties of counties administering the CalWORKs program, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.Under existing law, when an individual fails or refuses to comply with specified components of the CalWORKs program without good cause, and conciliation efforts have failed, the individual is subject to a financial sanction that requires the family’s grant to be reduced by removing the noncomplying family member from the assistance unit. Existing law prohibits sanctions from being applied for a failure or refusal to comply with program requirements if, among other reasons, the employment, offer of employment, activity, or other training, or for employment discriminates on specified bases or involves conditions that are in violation of applicable health and safety standards, among other

CA AB 3104 - Avelino Valencia
California Travel Insurance Act.
04/10/2024 - Re-referred to Com. on INS.
AB 3104, as amended, Valencia. California Travel Insurance Act. Existing law authorizes the Insurance Commissioner to issue a limited lines travel insurance agent license to any organization engaged in transacting travel insurance through travel retailers that do not meet other specified requirements. Existing law requires the transaction of travel insurance under the license of an organization holding a limited lines travel insurance agent license to be subject to specified conditions, including that a limited lines travel insurance agent may authorize a travel retailer to transact travel insurance if the limited lines travel insurance agent is clearly identified on marketing materials and fulfillment packages distributed by travel retailers to customers. Existing law requires an applicant for a limited lines travel insurance agent license to submit specified documents to the commissioner, including a written application for licensure signed by the applicant or officer of the applicant. Existing law requires the person or organization licensed pursuant to these provisions to pay the costs associated with any enforcement action.This bill would enact the California Travel Insurance Act and would revise and recast these provisions by, among other things, expanding and modifying definitions, including adding to the definition of travel insurance for coverage for personal risks emergency evacuation and the repatriation of remains.The bill would require a travel insurer to pay premium tax on travel insurance premiums paid by specified individuals, including primary certificate holders under a group travel insurance policy and individual primary policyholders, who are residents of this state. The bill would require a travel insurer to document the state of residence of the policyholder or certificate holder and report as premium only the amount allocable to travel insurance.The bill would also authorize travel protection plans, as defined, to be offered for one price for the combined features of the plan if specified conditions are met, including that the plan clearly discloses to the consumer that it includes travel insurance, travel assistance services, as defined, and cancellation fee waivers, as defined, at or prior to the time of purchase and the fulfillment materials, as defined, describe the included services in the plan and include the travel insurance disclosures and contact information for those providing the services.The bill would require a person offering travel insurance to be subject to existing provisions governing unfair trade practices regarding the business of insurance and would require the documents provided to consumers prior to the purchase of travel insurance to be consistent with the policy itself. The bill would require the fulfillment materials, as defined, to be provided to a policyholder or certificate holder as soon as practicable. The bill would authorize the policyholder or certificate holder to cancel a policy or certificate for a full refund from the date of purchase of a travel protection plan until certain specified dates, including 15 days following the date of delivery, as defined, of the plan’s fulfillment materials by postal mail. The bill would also expressly prohibit a person transacting travel insurance or travel protection plans from using a negative option or opt out requiring an affirmative action to deselect coverage.The bill would prohibit a person from representing themselves as a travel administrator, as defined, unless the individual is a licensed property and casualty insurance agent or holds other specified licenses, including a valid managing general agent license. The bill would hold an insurer responsible for the acts of a travel administrator, administrative travel insurance underwritten by the insurer, and for the travel administrator maintaining all books and records relevant to the insurer. The bill would require the travel administrator to make those records available to t

CA AB 3141 - Michael A. Gipson
Property taxation: possessory interests: seaport environmental improvements.
04/01/2024 - Re-referred to Com. on REV. & TAX.
AB 3141, as amended, Gipson. Property taxation: possessory interests: seaport environmental improvements. Existing property tax law requires that all property subject to tax be assessed at its full cash value, and includes certain possessory interests among those property interests that are subject to tax. Existing property tax law defines a taxable possessory interest to be a use that is independent, durable, and exclusive. Existing property tax law specifies, for purposes of the definition of a taxable possessory interest, various types of possession or use that are not considered independent possession or use of land, including when that possession or use is a tenancy in a residential unit of a publicly owned housing project by a low-income household, as specified.This bill would provide, for the 2025–26 fiscal year to the 2029–30 fiscal year, inclusive, that there is no independent or exclusive possession or use of land or improvements if that possession or use is of any infrastructure at a public seaport, as defined, that is newly constructed on or after January 1, 2025, as described, as part of a nonrevenue-generating environmental improvement, as defined. The bill would, among other things, deem the construction or installation made or used for the operation of any fully automated cargo handling equipment, as defined, to be independent, durable, and exclusive, as specified. The bill would continue to exclude a possessory interest from exclusion under the bill’s provisions after the 2029–30 fiscal year, if the interest is excluded prior to the inoperative date of the bill’s provisions, until there is a subsequent change in ownership of the interest or until the date the nonrevenue-generating environmental improvement is used for the operation of any fully automated cargo handling equipment, whichever is earlier. By requiring local tax officials to administer the bill’s provisions, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program. The bill would make related legislative findings and declarations.Existing law requires any bill authorizing a new tax expenditure to contain, among other things, specific goals, purposes, and objectives that the tax expenditure will achieve, detailed performance indicators, and data collection requirements.This bill would specify that it does not authorize a tax expenditure.The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.This bill would provide that, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that the bill contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to the statutory provisions noted above.Existing law requires the state to reimburse local agencies annually for certain property tax revenues lost as a result of any exemption or classification of property for purposes of ad valorem property taxation.This bill would provide that, notwithstanding those provisions, no appropriation is made and the state shall not reimburse local agencies for property tax revenues lost by them pursuant to the bill.This bill would take effect immediately as a tax levy.

CA AB 3243 - Tri Ta
Vehicle registration fees: penalties.
04/04/2024 - Re-referred to Com. on TRANS.
AB 3243, as amended, Ta. Vehicle registration fees: penalties. Existing law authorizes the Department of Motor Vehicles to impose a registration fee for vehicles registered for use in California. Existing law imposes penalties for the failure of a person to pay the registration fee. Existing law permits the department to suspend, cancel, or revoke the registration of a vehicle when the department determines that the required fee has not been paid.Existing law requires, prior to the expiration of the registration of a vehicle, if that registration is not to be renewed prior to its expiration, the owner of the vehicle to file a specified certification that the vehicle will not be operated, moved, or left standing upon a highway without first making an application for registration of the vehicle, including full payment of all fees, except as specified. Existing law authorizes certifications to be filed after the expiration of the registration, but not later than 90 days after the expiration date, subject to the payment of specified filing fees and delinquency penalties.This bill would, notwithstanding any law, prohibit a person who is subject to these delinquency penalties and has been determined to have a current income level that meets the eligibility requirements for specified public social services programs, including, among others, the California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) program, from being required to pay the delinquency penalty in order to renew the registration of their vehicle. The bill would instead authorize the person to delay payment of their penalty until after the vehicle is registered, but by no later than the expiration date of the vehicle’s registration. If the delayed penalty payment is not received by the expiration date of the vehicle’s registration, the bill would prohibit the person from renewing their registration the following year until the penalty is paid.

CA AB 332 - Alexander T. Lee
Rabies control data.
09/01/2023 - In committee: Held under submission.
AB 332, as amended, Lee. Rabies control data. Existing law governs the seizure, rescue, adopting out, and euthanasia of abandoned and surrendered animals by animal control officers, law enforcement officers, animal shelters, and rescue organizations. Existing law requires the governing body of each city, city and county, or county to maintain or provide for the maintenance of an animal shelter system and a rabies control program. This bill would require the State Department of Public Health to collect certain rabies control program data from each city, city and county, or county, as outlined. By increasing the data collected from each city, city and county, and county, this bill would create a state-mandated local program.The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.This bill would provide that, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that the bill contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to the statutory provisions noted above.

CA AB 350 - Cecilia M. Aguiar-Curry
Regional transportation plans: Sacramento Area Council of Governments.
09/21/2023 - Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 3:30 p.m.
AB 350, Aguiar-Curry. Regional transportation plans: Sacramento Area Council of Governments. Existing law requires certain transportation planning agencies, including the Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG), to prepare and adopt a regional transportation plan directed at achieving a coordinated and balanced regional transportation system. Certain of these agencies are designated under federal law as metropolitan planning organizations. Existing law requires each regional transportation plan to include, among other things, a sustainable communities strategy prepared by each metropolitan planning organization, as specified, which is designed to achieve certain targets for 2020 and 2035 established by the State Air Resources Board for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from automobiles and light trucks in the region. After adopting a sustainable communities strategy, existing law requires a metropolitan planning organization to submit the strategy to the state board for review to determine whether the strategy, if implemented, would achieve the greenhouse gas emission reduction targets. Existing law requires each transportation planning agency to adopt and submit to the California Transportation Commission and the Department of Transportation an updated regional transportation plan every 4 or 5 years, as specified.This bill would require the updated regional transportation plan, sustainable communities strategy, and environmental impact report adopted by the SACOG on November 18, 2019, to remain in effect for all purposes until the SACOG adopts its next update to its regional transportation plan, which the bill would require it to adopt and submit on or before December 31, 2025, as specified. The bill would require the SACOG, on or before July 1, 2026, and biennially thereafter, to report on the regional implementation of its most recently adopted sustainable communities strategy in a publicly available format on its internet website, as provided, thereby imposing a state-mandated local program.Existing law creates the Solutions for Congested Corridors Program to fund projects designed to achieve a balanced set of transportation, environmental, and community access improvements within highly congested travel corridors throughout the state, as specified. Existing law authorizes regional transportation planning agencies, county transportation commissions, certain transportation authorities, and the Department of Transportation to nominate projects for funding through the program, as specified.This bill would, until December 31, 2025, authorize a project located in the region within the jurisdiction of the SACOG to be nominated for funding through the Solutions for Congested Corridors Program only if the project would also satisfy the eligibility requirements of one or more specified programs.This bill would make legislative findings and declarations as to the necessity of a special statute for the SACOG.The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.

CA AB 364 - Isaac G. Bryan
Street furniture data: statewide integrated data platform.
06/19/2023 - In committee: Set, first hearing. Hearing canceled at the request of author.
AB 364, as amended, Bryan. Street furniture data: statewide integrated data platform. Existing law authorizes the Department of Transportation to develop, in cooperation with local and regional transportation entities, the full potential of all resources and opportunities that are now, and may become, available to the state and to regional and local agencies for meeting California’s transportation needs. Existing law authorizes the department to do any act necessary, convenient, or proper for the construction, improvement, maintenance, or use of all highways that are under its jurisdiction, possession, or control.This bill would require the department to develop guidelines for data sharing, documentation, public access, quality control, and promotion of open-source and accessible platforms and decision support tools related to street furniture data, as provided. The bill would define “street furniture” as objects and pieces of equipment installed along a street or road to provide amenities for pedestrians, including, but not limited to, bus shelters, trash receptacles, benches, or public toilets. The bill would require the department to develop the guidelines, in collaboration with specified state and local agencies, and submit a report to the Legislature by January 1, 2025, and every 3 years thereafter, describing those guidelines. To the extent this imposes duties on local agencies, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program. The bill would also require the department to designate the Integrated Climate Adaptation and Resiliency Program Technical Advisory Council, or another entity with expertise and experience working on equity, to advise on the development of the initial and subsequent guidelines, and review the reports related to those guidelines, as provided.The bill also would require the department, in consultation with the Office of Planning and Research, to use the California Minimum General Transit Feed Specification guidelines to integrate statewide and publicly accessible street furniture data on a statewide integrated data platform on a specified schedule. The bill would require the department to, among other things, publicize those data sharing protocols to allow trip planner applications to use the street data furniture, thereby allowing transit customers to plan trips based on the data, and make available existing street furniture data held by state agencies on the platform. The bill would require the statewide integrated data platform to, at a minimum, integrate existing data from multiple autonomous databases managed by state, local, and academic entities, and integrate specified datasets, as provided. To the extent this imposes duties on local agencies, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.This bill would provide that, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that the bill contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to the statutory provisions noted above.

CA AB 365 - Cecilia M. Aguiar-Curry
Medi-Cal: diabetes management.
09/12/2023 - Ordered to inactive file at the request of Senator Limón.
AB 365, as amended, Aguiar-Curry. Medi-Cal: diabetes management. Existing law establishes the Medi-Cal program, which is administered by the State Department of Health Care Services and under which qualified low-income individuals receive health care services. The Medi-Cal program is, in part, governed and funded by federal Medicaid program provisions. Existing law sets forth a schedule of benefits under the Medi-Cal program. This bill would add continuous glucose monitors and related supplies required for use with those monitors as a covered benefit under the Medi-Cal program for the treatment of diabetes when medically necessary, subject to utilization controls. The bill would require the department, by July 1, 2024, to review, and update as appropriate, coverage policies for continuous glucose monitors, as specified. The bill would authorize the department to require a manufacturer of a continuous glucose monitor to enter into a rebate agreement with the department. The bill would limit its implementation to the extent that any necessary federal approvals are obtained and federal financial participation is available. The bill would make related findings and declarations.

CA AB 373 - Michael A. Gipson
Intersession programs: foster children and homeless youth: priority access.
09/13/2023 - Senate amendments concurred in. To Engrossing and Enrolling.
AB 373, as amended, Gipson. Intersession programs: foster children and homeless youth: priority access. Existing law states the intent of the Legislature to ensure that all pupils in foster care and those who are homeless, as defined, have a meaningful opportunity to meet the challenging state pupil academic achievement standards to which all pupils are held. Existing law requires educators, county placing agencies, care providers, advocates, and the juvenile courts to work together to maintain stable school placements and to ensure that each pupil is placed in the least restrictive educational programs, and has access to the academic resources, services, and extracurricular and enrichment activities that are available to all pupils, as provided.Existing law authorizes the governing board of any school district to initiate and carry on any program, activity, or to otherwise act in any manner that is not in conflict with or inconsistent with, or preempted by, any law and that is not in conflict with the purposes for which school districts are established.This bill would require a school district, county office of education, or charter school, if the local educational agency operates an intersession program, as defined, to grant priority access to foster children and homeless youth, as provided. The bill would, notwithstanding any other law, provide that if a foster child or homeless youth will be moving during an intersession period, the pupil’s parent, guardian, educational rights holder, or Indian custodian, as defined, in the case of an Indian child, or, if there is no parent, guardian, educational rights holder, or Indian custodian, the unaccompanied homeless youth, as applicable, shall determine which school the pupil attends for the intersession period, if applicable.This bill would incorporate additional changes to Section 48853.5 of the Education Code proposed by AB 723 to be operative only if this bill and AB 723 are enacted and this bill is enacted last.

CA AB 392 - Blanca E. Rubio
Multicultural health.
02/22/2023 - Re-referred to Com. on HEALTH.
AB 392, as amended, Blanca Rubio. Multicultural health. Existing law, the Information Practices Act of 1977, prohibits an agency, as defined, from disclosing personal information in a manner that would link the information to the individual to whom it pertains unless a specified exemption applies, including that the information is disclosed to a governmental entity if required by state or federal law.This bill would permit an agency to disclose personal information to the California Tribal Epidemiology Center (CTEC) for a specific purpose.Existing law establishes the Department of Health Care Access and Information in the California Health and Human Services Agency. Existing law requires an organization that operates, conducts, owns, or maintains a health facility, each hospital, and each general acute care hospital and freestanding ambulatory surgery clinic to make and file with the office certain information regarding patients that is recorded on a Hospital Discharge Abstract Data Record, an Emergency Care Data Record, and an Ambulatory Surgery Data Record, respectively, as described. The information includes, among other things, the date of birth, race, date of services, and principal diagnosis of the patient. Existing law requires the department to disclose this information to certain entities, including, among others, any California hospital and tribal epidemiology centers, except as specified. Existing law prohibits those entities from disclosing that information except in response to a court order, search warrant, or subpoena, or as otherwise required or permitted by specified federal law.Existing law requires the State Department of Public Health to establish a list of reportable communicable and noncommunicable diseases and conditions and specify the timeliness requirements related to the reporting of each disease and condition. Existing law also requires the State Department of Public Health to collect data on coccidioidomycosis cases from the California Reportable Disease Information Exchange (CalREDIE) system and any other electronic data system used by a local health department.This bill would require the State Department of Public Health to enter into a data sharing agreement with the CTEC for access to and use of the CalREDIE and the California Immunization Registry systems no later than January 1, 2024, and would prohibit the CTEC from disclosing the information, as described above.

CA AB 4 - Maria Elena Durazo
Covered California: expansion.
07/13/2023 - Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on APPR.
AB 4, as amended, Arambula. Covered California: expansion. Existing federal law, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), requires each state to establish an American Health Benefit Exchange to facilitate the purchase of qualified health benefit plans by qualified individuals and qualified small employers. Existing state law creates the California Health Benefit Exchange, also known as Covered California, to facilitate the enrollment of qualified individuals and qualified small employers in qualified health plans as required under PPACA. Existing law requires the Exchange to apply for a federal waiver to allow persons otherwise not able to obtain coverage through the Exchange because of their immigration status to obtain coverage from the Exchange.This bill would delete that requirement and would instead require the Exchange to administer a program to allow persons otherwise not able to obtain coverage by reason of immigration status to enroll in health insurance coverage in a manner as substantially similar to other Californians as feasible given existing federal law and rules. The bill would require the Exchange to undertake outreach, marketing, and other efforts to ensure enrollment. The bill would also require the Exchange to adopt an annual program design for each coverage year to implement the program, and would require the Exchange to provide appropriate opportunities for stakeholders, including the Legislature, and the public to consult on the design of the program.

CA AB 403 - Joaquin Arambula
Health systems: community benefits plan.
04/12/2023 - In committee: Set, first hearing. Hearing canceled at the request of author.
AB 403, as amended, Arambula. Health systems: community benefits plan. Existing law establishes the Department of Health Care Access and Information to oversee various aspects of the health care market, including oversight of hospital facilities and community benefits plans. Existing law requires a private, not-for-profit hospital to adopt and update a community benefits plan that describes the activities the hospital has undertaken to address identified community needs within its mission and financial capacity, including health care services rendered to vulnerable populations. Existing law defines “community benefit” to include the unreimbursed cost of services, as specified, among other things. Existing law requires a hospital to conduct a community needs assessment to evaluate the health needs of the community and to update that assessment at least once every 3 years. Existing law requires a hospital to annually submit a community benefits plan to the department not later than 150 days after the hospital’s fiscal year ends. Existing law authorizes the department to impose a fine not to exceed $5,000 against a hospital that fails to adopt, update, or submit a community benefits plan, and requires the department to annually report on its internet website the amount of community benefit spending and list those that failed to report community benefit spending, among other things.This bill would redefine the term “community benefit” to include the unreimbursed cost of services as reported in a specified federal tax filing, would require a hospital to annually submit a copy of that completed tax filing, and would require a community benefits plan to include community benefits reported by category consistent with that filing. The bill would increase the maximum fine for failure to adopt, update, or submit, a community benefits plan to $25,000 and would specify that the community benefits plan should address the community needs identified by the community needs assessment.

CA AB 405 - Devon John Mathis
Organic products.
09/01/2023 - In committee: Held under submission.
AB 405, as amended, Connolly. Organic products. Existing law, the California Organic Food and Farming Act, requires the Secretary of Food and Agriculture, county agricultural commissioners, and the Director of Public Health to enforce state and federal laws governing the production, labeling, and marketing of organic products, as specified. Existing law requires every person engaged in the state in the processing or handling of specified products for human consumption that are sold as organic to register with the director, as specified. Existing law requires the director to provide a registration form for those purposes and requires specified information on the registration form. The bill would require the director to create an online registration and payment option on or before January 1, 2026.

CA AB 408 - Damon Connolly
Climate-resilient Farms, Sustainable Healthy Food Access, and Farmworker Protection Bond Act of 2024.
09/01/2023 - In committee: Held under submission.
AB 408, as amended, Wilson. Climate-resilient Farms, Sustainable Healthy Food Access, and Farmworker Protection Bond Act of 2024. Existing law requires the Department of Food and Agriculture to promote and protect the agricultural industry of the state. Existing law under Article XVI of the California Constitution requires measures authorizing general obligation bonds to specify the single object or work to be funded by the bonds and further requires a bond act to be approved by a 2/3 vote of each house of the Legislature and a majority of the voters.This bill would enact the Climate-resilient Farms, Sustainable Healthy Food Access, and Farmworker Protection Bond Act of 2024, which, if approved by the voters, would authorize the issuance of bonds in the amount of $3,650,000,000 pursuant to the State General Obligation Bond Law, to finance programs related to, among other things, agricultural lands, food and fiber infrastructure, climate resilience, agricultural professionals, including farmers, ranchers, and farmworkers, workforce development and training, air quality, tribes, disadvantaged communities, nutrition, food aid, meat processing facilities, and fishing facilities.The bill would make its provisions severable.The bill would provide for the submission of the bond act to the voters at the November 5, 2024, statewide general election.This bill would declare that it is to take effect immediately as an urgency statute.

CA AB 412 - Anna Marie Caballero
Distressed Hospital Loan Program.
06/14/2023 - Referred to Com. on HEALTH.
AB 412, as amended,  Soria. Distressed Hospital Loan Program. The California Health Facilities Financing Authority Act authorizes the California Health Facilities Financing Authority to, among other things, make loans from the continuously appropriated California Health Facilities Financing Authority Fund to participating health institutions, as defined, for financing or refinancing the acquisition, construction, or remodeling of health facilities.This bill would create the Distressed Hospital Loan Program, until January 1, 2032, for the purpose of providing loans to not-for-profit hospitals and public hospitals, as defined, in significant financial distress, or to governmental entities representing a closed hospital to prevent the closure or facilitate the reopening of a closed hospital. The bill would require, subject to an appropriation by the Legislature, the Department of Health Care Access and Information to administer the program and would require the department to enter into an interagency agreement with the authority to implement the program. The bill would require the department, in collaboration with the State Department of Health Care Services, the Department of Managed Health Care, and the State Department of Public Health, to develop a methodology to evaluate an at-risk hospital’s potential eligibility for state assistance from the program, as specified. Notwithstanding that methodology, the bill would deem a hospital applying for aid to be immediately eligible for state assistance from the program if the hospital has 90 or fewer days cash on hand and has experienced a negative operating margin over the preceding 12 months. The bill would require a hospital or a closed hospital to provide the authority and the department with financial information, in a format determined by the authority, demonstrating the hospital’s need for assistance due to financial hardship. The bill would additionally require that the department, in consultation with the authority, develop a loan forgiveness application and approval process, as specified. The bill would specify that the authority and the department may implement these provisions by information notices or other similar instructions, without taking any further regulatory action.This bill would create the Distressed Hospital Loan Program Fund, a continuously appropriated fund, for use by the department and the authority to administer the loan program, as specified. The bill would authorize both the authority and the department to recover administrative costs from the fund, as specified. By creating a continuously appropriated fund, the bill would make an appropriation.Existing law generally requires a health care facility to report specified data to the department, including total inpatient and outpatient revenues by payer, including Medicare and Medi-Cal. Existing law requires the department to adopt regulations regarding the identification and reporting of charity care services, and specifies various obligations to provide hard copies of hospital data reports submitted pursuant to these provisions.This bill would additionally require data for total inpatient and outpatient revenues by payer to include commercial coverage payers. The bill would require a hospital subject to these data reporting requirements to submit a balance sheet detailing the assets, liabilities, and net worth at the end of the quarter as specified by the department. The bill would also remove the provisions regarding regulations related to charity care services and obligations to provide hard copies of hospital data reports.This bill would declare that it is to take effect immediately as an urgency statute.

CA AB 418 - Buffy Wicks
The California Food Safety Act.
10/07/2023 - Approved by the Governor.
AB 418, Gabriel. The California Food Safety Act. Existing law provides for the regulation of the safety of food products, including adulterated and misbranded food, wholesale food, and food in retail food facilities.This bill, commencing January 1, 2027, would prohibit a person or entity from manufacturing, selling, delivering, distributing, holding, or offering for sale, in commerce a food product for human consumption that contains any specified substance, including, among others, brominated vegetable oil and red dye 3. The bill would make a violation of these provisions punishable by a civil penalty not to exceed $5,000 for a first violation and not to exceed $10,000 for each subsequent violation, upon an action brought by the Attorney General, a city attorney, a county counsel, or a district attorney.

CA AB 425 - David Alvarez
Medi-Cal: pharmacogenomic testing.
09/21/2023 - Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 3:30 p.m.
AB 425, Alvarez. Medi-Cal: pharmacogenomic testing. Existing law establishes the Medi-Cal program, which is administered by the State Department of Health Care Services and under which qualified low-income individuals receive health care services. The Medi-Cal program is, in part, governed and funded by federal Medicaid program provisions. Existing law sets forth a schedule of covered benefits under the Medi-Cal program.This bill would, commencing on July 1, 2024, add pharmacogenomic testing as a covered benefit under Medi-Cal, as specified. The bill would define pharmacogenomic testing as laboratory genetic testing that includes, but is not limited to, a panel test, to identify how a person’s genetics may impact the efficacy, toxicity, and safety of medications.The bill would condition implementation of this benefit coverage on receipt of any necessary federal approvals and the availability of federal financial participation. The bill would authorize the department to implement these provisions through all-county letters or similar instructions.The bill would also make related legislative findings.

CA AB 488 - Stephanie Nguyen
Medi-Cal: skilled nursing facilities: vision loss.
02/01/2024 - From committee: Filed with the Chief Clerk pursuant to Joint Rule 56.
AB 488, as introduced, Stephanie Nguyen. Medi-Cal: skilled nursing facilities: vision loss. Existing law establishes the Medi-Cal program, which is administered by the State Department of Health Care Services and under which qualified low-income individuals receive health care services. The Medi-Cal program is, in part, governed and funded by federal Medicaid program provisions.Existing law requires the department, subject to any necessary federal approvals, for managed care rating periods that begin between January 1, 2023, and December 31, 2026, inclusive, to establish and implement the Workforce and Quality Incentive Program under which a network provider furnishing skilled nursing facility services to a Medi-Cal managed care enrollee may earn performance-based directed payments from the Medi-Cal managed care plan with which they contract, as specified. Existing law, subject to an appropriation, requires the department to set the amounts of those directed payments under a specified formula.Existing law requires the department to establish the methodology or methodologies, parameters, and eligibility criteria for the directed payments, including the milestones and metrics that network providers of skilled nursing facility services must meet in order to receive a directed payment from a Medi-Cal managed care plan, with at least 2 of these milestones and metrics tied to workforce measures.This bill would require that the measures and milestones include program access, staff training, and capital improvement measures aimed at addressing the needs of skilled nursing facility residents with vision loss. The bill would make related legislative findings.

CA AB 503 - Michael A. Gipson
Health care: organ donation enrollment.
02/01/2024 - From committee: Filed with the Chief Clerk pursuant to Joint Rule 56.
AB 503, as amended, Juan Carrillo. Health care: organ donation enrollment. Existing law, the Uniform Anatomical Gift Act, authorizes the creation of a not-for-profit entity to be designated as the California Organ and Tissue Donor Registrar and requires that entity to establish and maintain the Donate Life California Organ and Tissue Donor Registry for persons who have identified themselves as organ and tissue donors upon their death.Existing law provides for the Medi-Cal program, administered by the State Department of Health Care Services and under which qualified low-income individuals receive health care services. The Medi-Cal program is, in part, governed and funded by federal Medicaid program provisions. Existing law requires the department, in consultation with the board governing the California Health Benefit Exchange, to develop a single paper, electronic, and telephone application for insurance affordability programs, including Medi-Cal.This bill would require the department to modify the electronic application for insurance affordability programs to add an option for individuals to enroll in the Donate Life California Organ and Tissue Donor Registry. The bill would require the option to include specified check boxes for an applicant to indicate whether to add the applicant’s name to the registry. The bill would require the option to be voluntary to complete and to not be a required part of the application. The bill would also require a specified disclosure related to organ and tissue donations to be included with the check boxes described above. The bill would require the department to electronically transmit specified information related to enrollment in the registry on a weekly basis to the Donate Life California nonprofit organization.

CA AB 536 - Lori D. Wilson
Bay Area Air Quality Management Advisory Council: compensation.
06/29/2023 - Chaptered by Secretary of State - Chapter 16, Statutes of 2023.
AB 536, Wilson. Bay Area Air Quality Management Advisory Council: compensation. Existing law establishes the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, which is vested with the authority to regulate air emissions located in the boundaries of the Counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara and portions of the Counties of Solano and Sonoma. Existing law establishes a district board (bay district board) to govern the district. Existing law also establishes the Bay Area Air Quality Management Advisory Council, which is appointed by the bay district board, to advise and consult with the bay district board and the bay district air pollution control officer, as provided. Existing law requires council members to serve without compensation, but authorizes actual expenses incurred in the discharge of their duties.This bill would repeal the compensation prohibition and would instead authorize each council member to receive actual and necessary expenses incurred in the discharge of their duties. The bill would also authorize each council member to receive compensation, to be determined by the bay district board for either attending a meeting of the council or attending a meeting, upon authorization of the bay district board, as a representative of the council.

CA AB 552 - Steve Bennett
Farmer Equity Act of 2017: Regional Farmer Equipment and Cooperative Resources Assistance Pilot Program.
01/25/2024 - Consideration of Governor's veto stricken from file.
AB 552, Bennett. Farmer Equity Act of 2017: Regional Farmer Equipment and Cooperative Resources Assistance Pilot Program. The Cannella Environmental Farming Act of 1995 requires the Department of Food and Agriculture to establish and oversee an environmental farming program to provide incentives to farmers whose practices promote the well-being of ecosystems, air quality, and wildlife and their habitat. The act also requires the department to establish the Healthy Soils Program and a technical assistance grant program, as specified.Existing law, the Farmer Equity Act of 2017, requires the department to ensure the inclusion of socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers, as defined, in the development, adoption, implementation, and enforcement of food and agriculture laws, regulations, and policies and programs, as specified.This bill would require the department, upon appropriation by the Legislature and in collaboration with certain entities, to establish the Regional Farmer Equipment and Cooperative Resources Assistance Pilot Program as part of the Farmer Equity Act of 2017 to provide financial and technical assistance to support regional farm equipment sharing and enhance cooperative benefits first for socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers and, if funding is available, for limited resource farmers and ranchers or eligible entities that serve socially disadvantaged or limited resource farmers and ranchers, as specified. The bill would specify the entities eligible for financial assistance under the program and would require that applications for financial assistance to develop and expand equipment sharing programs include certain information. The bill would repeal these provisions on January 1, 2029.

CA AB 555 - Juan Carrillo
California state preschool programs: reimbursement amounts: adjustment factors.
09/01/2023 - In committee: Held under submission.
AB 555, as amended, Juan Carrillo. California state preschool programs: reimbursement amounts: adjustment factors. Existing law, the Early Education Act, among other things, requires the Superintendent of Public Instruction to administer all California state preschool programs, including, but not limited to, part-day and full-day age and developmentally appropriate programs for 3- and 4-year-old children. Existing law requires each state preschool program applicant or contracting agency to give priority for part-day and full-day programs according to a specified priority ranking. Existing law requires the 3rd priority for services to be given to eligible 4-year-old children who are not enrolled in a state-funded transitional kindergarten program and requires the 4th priority to be given to eligible 3-year-old children.This bill would instead require the 3rd priority for services to be given to eligible 3- and 4-year old children who are not enrolled in a state-funded transitional kindergarten program, and would revise the remaining priorities accordingly.Existing law requires the State Department of Education, in collaboration with the State Department of Social Services, to implement a reimbursement system plan that establishes reasonable standards and assigned reimbursement rates, which vary with the length of the program year and the hours of service, for purposes of the act. Existing law requires those contractors who, as of December 31, 2021, received the established?standard reimbursement rate to be reimbursed at the greater of the 75th percentile of the?2018?regional market rate survey or the contract per-child reimbursement amount as of December 31, 2021, as increased by a specified cost-of-living adjustment.This bill would instead require, for a contract whose period of performance begins on and after July 1, 2023, the contract reimbursement to be based on the lesser of the maximum reimbursable amount stated in the contract, the net reimbursable program costs, or the product of the adjusted child days of enrollment for certified children times the contract rate set forth in the above-described provisions. Existing law establishes adjustment factors to reflect the additional expense of serving full-day and part-day preschool children who have exceptional needs, are being provided with early childhood mental health consultation services, or are 47 months or younger, as provided. Existing law additionally establishes adjustment factors to reflect the additional expense of serving full-day preschool children who are at risk of neglect, abuse, or exploitation or who are dual language learners. Existing law prohibits days of enrollment for children who meet more than one of the criteria eligible for adjustment from being reported under more than one of those categories. This bill would, on and after July 1, 2024, additionally apply those adjustment factors for children who are at risk of neglect, abuse, or exploitation or who are dual language learners to part-day preschool children. The bill would also eliminate the prohibition on reporting children under more than one of the above-specified categories eligible for adjustment and make conforming changes.

CA AB 558 - Joaquin Arambula
Fresno County Transportation Authority.
02/01/2024 - From committee: Filed with the Chief Clerk pursuant to Joint Rule 56.
AB 558, as amended, Arambula. Fresno County Transportation Authority. (1) The Fresno County Transportation Improvement Act provides for the creation of the Fresno County Transportation Authority with 9 members, as specified. Existing law authorizes the authority to raise revenue, as specified, and to fund regional and local transportation improvements.Existing law imposes various requirements on public works projects, including a requirement that, at minimum, all workers employed on a public works project be paid the general prevailing rate of per diem wages for work of a similar character in the locality in which a public work is performed, as specified.This bill would increase the membership of the authority to 13 members by adding to the authority a member of the public at large who represents a labor organization, a youth member, a local community member who is from a disadvantaged, unincorporated area of the county, and an educational member representing the county, as specified. The bill would require the authority, for a project that it funds, to ensure that certain prevailing wage requirements are satisfied if the project is not in its entirety a public work project and, for a construction or development project it funds, to enforce and promote environmental protections and regulations adopted pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act, as specified. By imposing new requirements on the authority, the bill would create a state-mandated local program.(2) Existing law authorizes a retail transactions and use tax ordinance to be imposed by the authority, as specified. Existing law requires a county transportation expenditure plan to be prepared by the transportation planning agency for the expenditure of specified revenues and funds expected to be available for transportation improvements, for the period during which the tax is to be imposed. Existing law provides various requirements on the transportation planning agency regarding the approval of a county expenditure plan, including, but not limited to, public hearings and amendment procedures. Existing law prohibits a county transportation expenditure plan from being adopted by the authority until it has received the approval of the board of supervisors and of the city councils representing both a majority of the cities in the county and a majority of the population residing in the incorporated areas of the county.This bill would require the plan to be considered a project subject to the requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act, as specified, and would require that the projects funded by the authority help mitigate any further pollution in disadvantaged communities or in disadvantaged unincorporated communities. The bill would place additional requirements on the transportation planning agency before preparing a plan, including, but not limited to, establishing a participatory public process that allows members of the public to inform and propose the plan and implementing guidelines and ensuring proposals for transportation improvements comply with state climate, air quality, and equity goals before adopting amendments. The bill would place additional requirements on the authority before adopting amendments to the plan, including, among other things, holding public hearings, as specified, and ensuring the amendments comply with state climate, air quality, and equity goals. By imposing new requirements on the authority and the transportation planning agency, the bill would create a state-mandated local program.The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.

CA AB 585 - Cottie Petrie-Norris
Climate change: infrastructure and clean energy projects: assessments.
09/21/2023 - Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 3:30 p.m.
AB 585, Robert Rivas. Climate change: infrastructure and clean energy projects: assessments. The California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 designates the State Air Resources Board (state board) as the state agency responsible for monitoring and regulating sources emitting greenhouse gases. Existing law vests the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) with regulatory jurisdiction over public utilities, including electrical corporations, as provided. Existing law requires the PUC and the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission (Energy Commission) to undertake specified actions to advance the state’s clean energy and pollution reduction objectives.Existing law requires various state entities responsible for the state’s energy, climate change, and air quality goals to produce various reports relating to those duties.Existing law finds and declares that the California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) was organized as a nonprofit corporation at the request of the Legislature for the specific purpose of offering expert advice to the state government on public policy issues significantly related to science and technology.Existing law creates the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development, known as “GO-Biz,” and requires GO-Biz to serve the Governor as the lead entity for economic strategy and the marketing of California on issues relating to business development, private sector investment, and economic growth. Existing law authorizes GO-Biz to undertake various activities relating to economic development, including the provision of prescribed information.This bill would request the CCST, in its discretion, every 3 years, to assess the infrastructure project types, scale, and pace necessary to achieve the state’s energy, climate change, and air quality goals, as specified. The bill would also require GO-Biz, in consultation with the Energy Commission, the PUC, and the state board, to prepare an assessment of the barriers, challenges, and impediments limiting the deployment and development of clean energy projects, as specified. The bill would require GO-Biz to submit this assessment to the Legislature on or before January 1, 2026. The bill would also require the assessment to be considered and incorporated into the work carried out by the Infrastructure Strike Team convened by the Governor.This bill would declare that it is to take effect immediately as an urgency statute.

CA AB 586 - Lisa Calderon
Medi-Cal: community supports: climate change or environmental remediation devices.
02/01/2024 - From committee: Filed with the Chief Clerk pursuant to Joint Rule 56.
AB 586, as amended, Calderon. Medi-Cal: community supports: climate change or environmental remediation devices. Existing law establishes the Medi-Cal program, which is administered by the State Department of Health Care Services and under which qualified low-income individuals receive health care services. The Medi-Cal program is, in part, governed and funded by federal Medicaid program provisions.Existing law, subject to implementation of the California Advancing and Innovating Medi-Cal (CalAIM) initiative, authorizes a Medi-Cal managed care plan to elect to cover community supports approved by the department as cost effective and medically appropriate in a comprehensive risk contract that are in lieu of applicable Medi-Cal state plan services. Under existing law, community supports that the department is authorized to approve include, among other things, housing deposits, environmental accessibility adaptations or home modifications, and asthma remediation.This bill would add climate change or environmental remediation devices to the above-described list of community supports. For purposes of these provisions, the bill would define “climate change or environmental remediation devices” as coverage of devices and installation of those devices, as necessary, to address health-related complications, barriers, or other factors linked to extreme weather, poor air quality, or climate events, including air conditioners, electric heaters, air filters, or backup power sources, among other specified devices for certain purposes.

CA AB 598 - Buffy Wicks
Sexual health education and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) prevention education: school climate and safety: California Healthy Kids Survey.
07/05/2023 - In committee: Set, second hearing. Hearing canceled at the request of author.
AB 598, as amended, Wicks. Sexual health education and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) prevention education: school climate and safety: California Healthy Kids Survey. Existing law, the California Healthy Youth Act, requires school districts to ensure that all pupils in grades 7 to 12, inclusive, receive comprehensive sexual health education and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) prevention education, as specified. Under the act, this instruction includes, among other things, information about local resources related to sexual and reproductive health, pregnancy prevention and care, and assistance with sexual assault and intimate partner violence, and information about pregnancy, including parenting, adoption, and abortion, as provided.This bill would revise the information included in this instruction related to local resources, as specified, and would require that pupils receive a physical or digital resource detailing certain local resources upon completion of the applicable instruction. By imposing additional duties on local educational agencies, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.Existing law authorizes anonymous, voluntary, and confidential research and evaluation tools to measure pupils’ health behaviors and risks, including tests, questionnaires, and surveys containing age-appropriate questions about the pupil’s attitudes concerning or practices relating to sex, to be administered to any pupil in grades 7 to 12, inclusive. The California Healthy Kids Survey is an anonymous, confidential survey of school climate and safety, student wellness, and youth resiliency.This bill would require the State Department of Education to ensure the California Healthy Kids Survey includes questions about sexual and reproductive health care as a core survey module for pupils in grades 7, 9, and 11. The bill would require each school district serving pupils in any of grades 5, 7, 9, or 11 to administer the California Healthy Kids Survey to pupils in the applicable grades, as provided. By imposing new requirements on local educational agencies, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.This bill would provide that, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that the bill contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to the statutory provisions noted above.

CA AB 6 - Laura Friedman
Transportation planning: regional transportation plans: Solutions for Congested Corridors Program: reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
06/14/2023 - Referred to Coms. on TRANS. and E.Q.
AB 6, as amended, Friedman. Transportation planning: regional transportation plans: Solutions for Congested Corridors Program: reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. Existing law requires certain transportation planning agencies to prepare and adopt regional transportation plans directed at achieving a coordinated and balanced regional transportation system. Existing law requires that each regional transportation plan also include a sustainable communities strategy prepared by each metropolitan planning organization in order to, among other things, achieve certain targets established by the State Air Resources Board for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from automobiles and light trucks in the region for 2020 and 2035, respectively.This bill would require the state board, after January 1, 2024, and not later than September 30, 2026, to establish additional targets for 2035 and 2045, respectively, as specified.Existing law requires a metropolitan planning organization, before starting a specified public participation process, to submit a description to the state board of the technical methodology it intends to use to estimate the emissions of greenhouse gases from its sustainable communities strategy and, if appropriate, its alternative planning strategy. Existing law encourages a metropolitan planning organization to work with the state board until the state board concludes that the technical methodology operates accurately.This bill would instead require a metropolitan planning organization, at least 60 days before starting that public participation process, to submit that description of the technical methodology to the state board for approval. The bill would require, rather than encourage, a metropolitan planning organization to work with the state board until the state board concludes that the technical methodology operates accurately and approves its use.Existing law requires a metropolitan planning organization to submit an adopted sustainable communities strategy or an alternative planning strategy, if applicable, to the state board for review. Existing law limits the state board’s review to acceptance or rejection of the metropolitan planning organization’s determination that the strategy submitted would, if implemented, achieve the greenhouse gas emission reduction targets established by the state board. Existing law requires the state board to complete its review within 60 days.This bill would instead require a metropolitan planning organization, within 120 business days after adoption, to submit an adopted sustainable communities strategy or an alternative planning strategy, if applicable, to the state board for both review and approval. The bill would instead require that the state board’s review include acceptance or rejection of the metropolitan planning organization’s determination described above. The bill would require the state board to complete its review within 180, instead of 60, business days.To the extent this bill would impose new requirements on a metropolitan planning organization, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.Existing law creates the Solutions for Congested Corridors Program to fund projects designed to achieve a balanced set of transportation, environmental, and community access improvements within highly congested travel corridors throughout the state, as specified. Existing law authorizes regional transportation planning agencies, county transportation commissions, certain transportation authorities, and the Department of Transportation to nominate projects for funding through the program, and requires each project nomination to include documentation regarding the quantitative and qualitative measures validating the project’s consistency with the policy objectives of the program.This bill would additionally require each project nomination to demonstrate how the project would contribute to achieving the state’s greenhouse gas emission reduction targets.The California

CA AB 610 - Christopher R. Holden
Fast food restaurant industry: Fast Food Council: health, safety, employment, and minimum wage.
01/30/2024 - Re-referred to Com. on RLS pursuant to Senate Rule 29.10(c).
AB 610, as amended, Holden. Fast food restaurant industry: Fast Food Council: health, safety, employment, and minimum wage. Existing law, until January 1, 2029, establishes the Fast Food Council and prescribes the council’s purposes, duties, and limitations, as described. Existing law establishes an hourly minimum wage for fast food restaurant employees, as described, authorizes the council to increase the hourly minimum wage pursuant to specified parameters, and sets forth requirements, limitations, and procedures for adopting and reviewing fast food restaurant health, safety, and employment standards. Existing law defines terms for these purposes, including defining “fast food restaurant” to mean a limited-service restaurant in the state that is part of a national fast food chain. Existing law exempts from the definition of “fast food restaurant” an establishment that on September 15, 2023, operates a bakery in a prescribed manner, as long as it continues to operate such a bakery. Existing law also exempts certain restaurants in grocery establishments. This bill would exempt additional restaurants from the definition of “fast food restaurant,” including such restaurants in airports, hotels, event centers, theme parks, museums, and certain other locations, as prescribed.This bill would declare that it is to take effect immediately as an urgency statute.

CA AB 625 - Cecilia M. Aguiar-Curry
Forest biomass: management: emissions: energy.
02/01/2024 - From committee: Filed with the Chief Clerk pursuant to Joint Rule 56.
AB 625, as amended, Aguiar-Curry. Forest biomass: management: emissions: energy. (1) Existing law establishes in the Natural Resources Agency the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL-FIRE), and requires CAL-FIRE to be responsible for, among other things, fire protection and prevention, as provided. Existing law establishes the State Board of Forestry and Fire Protection in CAL-FIRE to represent the state’s interest in the acquisition and management of state forests and requires the board to maintain an adequate forest policy. The former Governor, Edmund G. Brown Jr., issued Executive Order No. B-52-18 that, among other things, established a Forest Management Task Force, now known as the Wildfire and Forest Resilience Task Force, involving specified state agencies to create the action plan for wildfire and forest resilience. The executive order also established a Joint Institute for Wood Products Innovation, to be located within the state board.This bill would establish the Forest Biomass Waste Utilization Program to be administered by the state board’s Joint Institute for Wood Products Innovation to develop an implementation plan to meet the goals and recommendations of, and the comprehensive framework to align with the state’s wood utilization policies and priorities and focused market strategy of, specified statewide forest management plans, and to develop a workforce training program to complement the workforce needs associated with the implementation plan. The bill would require the state board, in coordination with the Wildfire and Forest Resilience Task Force, to submit an annual report to the Legislature, beginning January 1, 2025, on the progress made on implementing the implementation plan.This bill would require the Natural Resources Agency, in furtherance of the program, to facilitate the integration of recommendations for forest biomass waste utilization in relevant, state climate adaptation plans.(2) The Warren-Alquist State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Act establishes the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission (Energy Commission) and requires the Energy Commission to undertake various actions in furtherance of meeting the state’s clean energy and pollution reduction objectives. Existing law requires the Energy Commission, in consultation with specified state and federal agencies and at least every 2 years, to conduct assessments and forecasts of all aspects of energy industry supply, production, transportation, delivery and distribution, demand, and prices. Existing law requires the Energy Commission, in consultation with specified entities, to adopt a biennial integrated energy policy report containing certain information.This bill would require the Energy Commission, in furtherance of the Forest Biomass Waste Utilization Program, to prepare and submit a report to the Legislature, on or before December 31, 2024, that evaluates innovative bioenergy technologies that use forest biomass waste, as specified. The bill would also require the Energy Commission to include, as part of the 2025 edition of the integrated policy report, an assessment of the potential for forest biomass waste energy to provide firm renewable power.(3) The California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 designates the State Air Resources Board (state air board) as the state agency charged with monitoring and regulating sources of emissions of greenhouse gases. The act requires the state air board to adopt a statewide greenhouse gas emissions limit, as specified, and to adopt rules and regulations in an open public process to achieve the maximum technologically feasible and cost-effective greenhouse gas emission reductions. The act requires the state air board to develop, on or before December 31, 2020, and every 5 years thereafter, a report that assesses greenhouse gas emission associated with wildfire and forest management activities.This bill would require the state air board, in the repor

CA AB 627 - Corey A. Jackson
Drayage trucks: voucher incentive project.
01/29/2024 - In Senate. Read first time. To Com. on RLS. for assignment.
AB 627, as amended, Jackson. Drayage trucks: voucher incentive project. Existing law establishes the State Air Resources Board as the state agency responsible for monitoring and regulating sources emitting greenhouse gases. The state board, in this capacity, administers the California Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project under which the agency issues a limited number of vouchers to incentivize the purchase and use of zero-emission commercial vehicles. The Budget Act of 2023 appropriated funds from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund to the state board for zero-emission drayage trucks to be administered through the project and, in expending those funds, requires the state board, before January 1, 2025, to limit the number and award amount levels under the project based on fleet size.This bill would require the state board to ensure that a voucher provided under the project for the purchase of a new, or the retrofit of a used, drayage truck is provided to an operator in an amount determined pursuant to a sliding scale established by the state board, based on the number of drayage trucks the operator owns. In administering the project, the bill would require the state board to prioritize the award of those vouchers to operators meeting certain criteria. The bill would also require the state board to ensure that these vouchers may be used to purchase a new drayage truck using, or to retrofit a used drayage truck to use, hydrogen fuel cell or battery electric technology as its source of propulsion.

CA AB 659 - Cecilia M. Aguiar-Curry
Cancer Prevention Act.
09/13/2023 - Senate amendments concurred in. To Engrossing and Enrolling.
AB 659, as amended, Aguiar-Curry. Cancer Prevention Act. Existing law prohibits the governing authority of a school or other institution from unconditionally admitting any person as a pupil of any private or public elementary or secondary school, childcare center, day nursery, nursery school, family daycare home, or development center, unless prior to their admission to that institution they have been fully immunized. Existing law requires the documentation of immunizations for certain diseases, including, among others, measles, mumps, pertussis, and any other disease deemed appropriate by the State Department of Public Health, as specified. Existing law authorizes certain exemptions from these provisions subject to specified conditions.This bill, the Cancer Prevention Act, would declare that pupils in the state are advised to adhere to current immunization guidelines, as recommended by specified health entities, regarding full human papillomavirus (HPV) immunization before admission or advancement to the 8th grade level of any private or public elementary or secondary school. The bill would, upon a pupil’s admission or advancement to the 6th grade level, require the governing authority to submit to the pupil and their parent or guardian a notification containing a statement about that public policy and advising that the pupil adhere to current HPV immunization guidelines before admission or advancement to the 8th grade level, as specified. The bill would require that the notification also include a statement containing certain health information. The bill would incorporate that notification into existing provisions relating to notifications by school districts. By creating new notification duties for school districts, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.Existing law requires the Trustees of the California State University and, subject to a resolution, the Regents of the University of California to require the first-time enrollees at those institutions who are 18 years of age or younger to provide proof of full immunization against the hepatitis B virus prior to enrollment, with certain exemptions.This bill would declare the public policy of the state that students who are 26 years of age or younger are advised to adhere to current immunization guidelines, as specified, regarding full HPV immunization before first-time enrollment at an institution of the California State University, the University of California, or the California Community Colleges. The bill would make a conforming change to a consultation-related provision.Existing law, the Knox-Keene Health Care Service Plan Act of 1975, provides for the licensure and regulation of health care service plans by the Department of Managed Health Care, and makes a willful violation of the act a crime. Existing law provides for the regulation of health insurers by the Department of Insurance. Existing law requires a health care service plan contract or health insurance policy issued, amended, or renewed on or after January 1, 2002, as specified, to provide coverage for an annual cervical cancer screening test, including an HPV screening test that is approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA).This bill would expand the coverage requirement for an annual cervical cancer screening test to disability insurance policies that provide coverage for hospital, medical, or surgical benefits and would require a health care service plan contract, or a disability insurance policy that provides coverage for hospital, medical, or surgical benefits, issued, amended, or renewed on or after January 1, 2024, to provide coverage without cost sharing for the HPV vaccine for persons for whom the vaccine is FDA approved. Because a willful violation of the bill’s requirements relative to health care service plans would be a crime, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and schoo

CA AB 660 - Jacqui V. Irwin
Food and beverage products: labeling: quality dates, safety dates, and sell by dates: recycling.
08/17/2023 - From committee chair, with author's amendments: Amend, and re-refer to committee. Read second time, amended, and re-referred to Com. on AGRI.
AB 660, as amended, Irwin. Food and beverage products: labeling: quality dates, safety dates, and sell by dates: recycling. (1) Existing law requires the Department of Food and Agriculture, in consultation with the State Department of Public Health, to publish information to encourage food manufacturers, processors, and retailers responsible for the labeling of food products to voluntarily use specified uniform terms on food product labels to communicate quality dates, as defined, and safety dates, as defined. Existing law also requires the Department of Food and Agriculture to encourage food distributors and retailers to develop alternatives to consumer-facing “sell by” dates, defined to mean a date on a label affixed to the packaging or container of food that is intended to communicate primarily to a distributor or retailer for purposes of stock rotation and that is not a quality date or a safety date. The Food and Agricultural Code provides that, unless a different penalty is expressly provided, a violation of any provision of that code is a misdemeanor.This bill would instead require, on and after January 1, 2025, a food manufacturer, processor, or retailer responsible for the labeling of food items for human consumption that chooses, or is otherwise required by law, to display a date label to communicate a quality or safety date on a food item manufactured on or after January 1, 2025, to use one of the specified terms on the date label, as provided. The bill would prohibit a person from selling or offering for sale in the state a food item for human consumption manufactured on or after January 1, 2025, that displays a quality or safety date label that is not labeled in accordance with these terms. The bill would prohibit a person from selling or offering for sale in the state a food item for human consumption manufactured on or after January 1, 2025, that is labeled with the phrase “sell by,” as specified. The bill would also require the State Department of Public Health to make certain updates to its regulations involving the California Retail Food Code, as provided. The bill would specify that, unless otherwise required by law, nothing in these provisions shall be construed to require the use or display of a date label on a food item for human consumption unless the food item displays a date label, and would provide that these provisions do not prohibit a label that allows consumers to view online information about a food item for human consumption. The bill would not apply the above-mentioned provisions to infant formula, eggs, and pasteurized in-shell eggs. By creating new requirements regarding the labeling of food items, the violation of which would be a crime, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.(2) Existing law, the California Retail Food Code, establishes uniform health and sanitation standards for retail food facilities for regulation by the State Department of Public Health, and requires local enforcement agencies to enforce those provisions.Existing law, located within the California Retail Food Code, requires a food facility that packages food using a reduced-oxygen packaging method and Clostridium botulinum to have an approved plan, as specified, that, among other things, limits the refrigerated shelf life to no more than 30 calendar days from packaging to consumption, except the time product is maintained frozen, or the original manufacturer’s “sell by” or “use by” date, whichever occurs first. This bill would retain that requirement before January 1, 2025, and, on and after January 1, 2025, would limit the refrigerated shelf life to no more than 30 calendar days from packaging to consumption, except the time the product is maintained frozen, or the original safety date, as specified, whichever occurs first.Existing law, located within the California Retail Food Code, requires raw shucked shellfish to be obtained in nonreturnable packages that bear a legible label that identifies the name,

CA AB 666 - Joaquin Arambula
Health systems: community benefits plans.
02/01/2024 - From committee: Filed with the Chief Clerk pursuant to Joint Rule 56.
AB 666, as amended, Arambula. Health systems: community benefits plans. Existing law establishes the Department of Health Care Access and Information to oversee various aspects of the health care market, including oversight of hospital facilities and community benefits plans. Existing law requires a private, not-for-profit hospital to adopt and update a community benefits plan that describes the activities the hospital has undertaken to address identified community needs within its mission and financial capacity, including health care services rendered to vulnerable populations. Existing law defines the term “community” as the service areas or patient populations for which the hospital provides health care services, defines “vulnerable populations” for these purposes to include a population that is exposed to medical or financial risk by virtue of being uninsured, underinsured, or eligible for Medi-Cal, Medicare, California Children’s Services Program, or county indigent programs, and defines “community benefit” to mean the hospital’s activities that are intended to address community needs, such as support to local health departments, among other things. Existing law requires a hospital to conduct a community needs assessment to evaluate the health needs of the community and to update that assessment at least once every 3 years. Existing law requires a hospital to annually submit a community benefits plan to the department not later than 150 days after the hospital’s fiscal year ends. Existing law authorizes the department to impose a fine not to exceed $5,000 against a hospital that fails to adopt, update, or submit a community benefits plan, and requires the department to annually report on its internet website the amount of community benefit spending and list those that failed to report community benefit spending, among other things.This bill would require the department to define the term “community” by regulation within certain parameters, would redefine the term “community benefit” to mean services rendered to those eligible for, but not enrolled in the above-described programs, the unreimbursed costs as reported in specified tax filings, and the support to local health departments as documented by those local health departments, among other things, and would redefine the term “vulnerable populations” to include those eligible for, but not enrolled in the above-described programs, those below median income experiencing economic disparities, and certain socially disadvantaged groups, such as those who are incarcerated. The bill would require that a community needs assessment include the needs of the vulnerable populations and include a description of which vulnerable populations are low or moderate income, coordination with a local health department, and require that it be updated at least once every 2 years. The bill would require that a community benefits plan demonstrate alignment with the State Health Improvement Plan and the Community Health Improvement Plan, include the proportion and amount of community benefit spending on vulnerable populations, and include measurable objectives that outline equity benchmarks. The bill would additionally require a hospital to annually submit a copy of a specified Internal Revenue Service form to the department. The bill would increase the maximum fine for failure to adopt, update, or submit, a community benefits plan to $25,000 and would authorize the department to impose a maximum fine of $50,000 for a hospital’s failure to demonstrate implementation of a community benefits plan. The bill would require the department to include in its annual report the amount of community benefits spending attributable to public health needs and a list of hospitals that fail to comply with specified requirements.

CA AB 7 - Laura Friedman
Transportation: planning: project selection processes.
09/11/2023 - Ordered to inactive file at the request of Senator Blakespear.
AB 7, as amended, Friedman. Transportation: planning: project selection processes. (1) Existing law establishes within state government the Transportation Agency, which consists of the Department of the California Highway Patrol, the California Transportation Commission, the Department of Motor Vehicles, the Department of Transportation, the High-Speed Rail Authority, and the Board of Pilot Commissioners for the Bays of San Francisco, San Pablo, and Suisun. The agency is under the supervision of the Secretary of Transportation, who has the power of general supervision over each department within the agency. The secretary, among other duties, is charged with developing and reporting to the Governor on legislative, budgetary, and administrative programs to accomplish coordinated planning and policy formulation in matters of public interest, including transportation projects. On and after January 1, 2025, and to the extent applicable, feasible, and cost effective, this bill would require the agency, the Department of Transportation, and the California Transportation Commission to incorporate specified goals into program funding guidelines and processes.(2) Existing law requires the Department of Transportation to prepare the California Transportation Plan for submission to the Governor and the Legislature, to complete the 3rd update to the plan by December 31, 2025, and to update the plan every 5 years thereafter, as a long-range planning document that incorporates various elements and is consistent with specified expressions of legislative intent.This bill would require the California Transportation plan to include a financial element, as specified, and, to the extent applicable and feasible, an analysis of how certain entities are achieving principles outlined in the Climate Action Plan for Transportation Infrastructure, the federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act of 2021, and the federal Justice40 initiative, as provided.

CA AB 719 - Tasha Boerner
Medi-Cal: nonmedical and nonemergency medical transportation.
01/25/2024 - Consideration of Governor's veto stricken from file.
AB 719, Boerner. Medi-Cal: nonmedical and nonemergency medical transportation. Existing law establishes the Medi-Cal program, which is administered by the State Department of Health Care Services and under which qualified low-income individuals receive health care services. The Medi-Cal program is, in part, governed and funded by federal Medicaid program provisions. Existing law establishes a schedule of benefits under the Medi-Cal program, including medical transportation and nonmedical transportation for a beneficiary to obtain covered Medi-Cal services. Existing law requires nonmedical transportation to be provided by the beneficiary’s managed care plan or by the department for a Medi-Cal fee-for-service beneficiary.This bill would require the department to require Medi-Cal managed care plans that are contracted to provide nonmedical transportation or nonemergency medical transportation to contract with public paratransit service operators who are enrolled Medi-Cal providers for the purpose of establishing reimbursement rates for nonmedical and nonemergency medical transportation trips provided by a public paratransit service operator. The bill would require the rates reimbursed by the managed care plan to the public paratransit service operator to be based on the department’s fee-for-service rates for nonmedical and nonemergency medical transportation service, as specified. The bill would condition implementation of these provisions on receipt of any necessary federal approvals and the availability of federal financial participation.

CA AB 723 - Sharon Quirk-Silva
Pupil placement: special education: foster children: nonpublic, nonsectarian schools or agencies: school of origin.
09/12/2023 - Senate amendments concurred in. To Engrossing and Enrolling. (Ayes 80. Noes 0.).
AB 723, as amended, Quirk-Silva. Pupil placement: special education: foster children: nonpublic, nonsectarian schools or agencies: school of origin. Existing law requires a local educational agency serving a foster child to allow the foster child to remain at the child’s school of origin upon the initial detention or placement, any subsequent change in placement, or the termination of the court’s jurisdiction, or pending resolution of a dispute regarding school of origin placement, as provided. Existing law defines “school of origin” as the school that the foster child attended when permanently housed or the school in which the foster child was last enrolled, except as specified. Existing law sets forth a method for providing special education and related services to pupils who are individuals with exceptional needs, as defined. Existing law permits, under certain circumstances, contracts to be entered into for the provision of those services by nonpublic, nonsectarian schools or agencies, as defined. Existing law authorizes a master contract for special education and related services provided by a nonpublic, nonsectarian school or agency only if the school or agency has been certified as meeting specified standards. Existing law sets forth the certification process and procedures for the nonpublic, nonsectarian schools or agencies that seek certification from the Superintendent of Public Instruction.This bill would, for a foster child who is an individual with exceptional needs, define “school of origin” as also including a placement in a certified nonpublic, nonsectarian school, as provided. The bill would require, commencing with the 2024–25 school year, a nonpublic, nonsectarian school or agency seeking certification or already certified to agree in writing, for any foster child it serves, to be designated as the school of origin of the foster child and to allow the foster child to continue their education in the school, as specified.This bill would incorporate additional changes to Section 48853.5 of the Education Code proposed by AB 373 to be operative only if this bill and AB 373 are enacted and this bill is enacted last.

CA AB 744 - Juan Carrillo
California Transportation Commission: data, modeling, and analytic software tools procurement.
09/21/2023 - Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 3:30 p.m.
AB 744, Juan Carrillo. California Transportation Commission: data, modeling, and analytic software tools procurement. Existing law establishes the California Transportation Commission in the Transportation Agency. Existing law vests the California Transportation Commission with various powers and duties relative to the programming of transportation capital projects and allocation of funds to those projects pursuant to the state transportation improvement program and various other transportation funding programs.This bill would require the commission to convene relevant state agencies to assess the procurement and implementation of data, modeling, and analytic software tools to support the state’s sustainable transportation, congestion management, affordable housing, efficient land use, air quality, economic, and climate change strategies and goals, as provided. On or before July 1, 2025, the bill would require the commission to develop a proposal to procure data, modeling, and analytic software tools and a process to grant access to the data it procures directly, or provide a process for direct allocation of funding to agencies for data procurement, or both of those, as provided.

CA AB 753 - Diane Papan
State Water Pollution Cleanup and Abatement Account: annual proceeds transfers.
02/01/2024 - Consideration of Governor's veto stricken from file.
AB 753, Papan. State Water Pollution Cleanup and Abatement Account: annual proceeds transfers. Under existing law, the State Water Resources Control Board and the 9 California regional water quality control boards regulate water quality and prescribe waste discharge requirements in accordance with the federal national pollutant discharge elimination system permit program established by the federal Clean Water Act and the Porter-Cologne Water Quality Control Act. Existing law requires each regional board to formulate and adopt water quality control plans for all areas within the region, as provided. Existing law authorizes the imposition of civil penalties for violations of certain waste discharge requirements and requires that penalties imposed pursuant to these provisions be deposited into the Waste Discharge Permit Fund, to be expended by the state board, upon appropriation by the Legislature, for specified purposes related to water quality. For violations of certain other waste discharge requirements, including the violation of a waste discharge requirement effluent limitation, existing law imposes specified civil penalties, the proceeds of which are deposited into the continuously appropriated State Water Pollution Cleanup and Abatement Account, which is established in the State Water Quality Control Fund. This bill would create the Waterway Recovery Account within the Waste Discharge Permit Fund, and would annually transfer from the State Water Pollution Cleanup and Abatement Account, excluding administratively imposed civil liabilities that include a supplemental environmental project in connection with a monetary penalty, 40% of the annual proceeds to the Waterway Recovery Account. The bill would provide that moneys in the account created by the bill are continuously appropriated to the state board without regard to fiscal years. The bill would require the state board to allocate the Waterway Recovery Account moneys to each regional board on a proportional basis, based on moneys generated in each region, and would require the regional boards to allocate those moneys to third parties for restoration projects, as specified, with priority given to third parties that will undertake projects with multiple benefits that provide greenspace within disadvantaged communities, as provided.By creating a new continuously appropriated account, and by transferring funds from an existing continuously appropriated account, the bill would make an appropriation.

CA AB 772 - Corey A. Jackson
Child day care facilities.
01/18/2024 - In Senate. Read first time. To Com. on RLS. for assignment.
AB 772, as amended, Jackson. Child day care facilities. Existing law, the California Child Day Care Facilities Act, provides for the licensure and regulation of daycare centers by the State Department of Social Services. Existing law generally requires child daycare facilities that are licensed by the State Department of Social Services to require proof of each child’s immunizations, including tuberculosis testing, and to maintain files of this proof on the premises, but exempts from these requirements any child daycare center that exclusively offers a program of services for which there is no contract or agreement between the parent and the center for the regular care of the child, and there is no prearranged schedule of care for any child. Existing law requires parents using these exempt child daycare centers to sign a form acknowledging that they understand the center is not required to verify immunizations and tuberculosis testing for any children accepted for care.This bill would include physician’s assessments in the list of documents that the child daycare centers described above are exempt from verifying and maintaining. The bill would also require the parental acknowledgment form described above to also include physician’s assessments.

CA AB 805 - Joaquin Arambula
Sewer service: disadvantaged communities.
01/30/2024 - In Senate. Read first time. To Com. on RLS. for assignment.
AB 805, as amended, Arambula. Sewer service: disadvantaged communities. Under existing law, the State Water Resources Control Board and the 9 California regional water quality control boards regulate water quality in accordance with the Porter-Cologne Water Quality Control Act and the federal Clean Water Act. Existing law authorizes a regional board to order the provision of sewer service by a receiving sewer system, as defined, to a disadvantaged community served by an inadequate onsite sewage treatment system, as defined.This bill would authorize the state board to require a sewer service provider to contract with an administrator designated or approved by the state board for administrative, technical, operational, legal, or managerial services to assist a designated sewer system with the provision of adequate sewer service, as defined. The bill would also authorize the state board to order a designated sewer system to accept those services, including full management and control of all aspects of the designated sewer system, from an administrator. The bill would define “designated sewer system” for these purposes as a sewer system that serves a disadvantaged community and that the state board finds to be either an inadequate sewage treatment system or a sewer system that has demonstrated difficulty in maintaining technical, managerial, and financial capacity to prevent fraud and mismanagement, or a sewer system that voluntarily accepts financial assistance for the provision of adequate sewer service.The bill would require the state board to take specified actions before determining that a sewer service provider is a designated sewer system, including providing the sewer service provider an opportunity to show that it has taken steps to timely address its failure to provide adequate sewer service, conducting a public meeting, and providing an opportunity for public comment. The bill would authorize the state board to grant specified authority over the designated sewer system to the administrator, including the authority to expend money for various purposes and to set and collect sewer rates and fees, subject to approval by the state board. The bill would require the state board to work with the administrator and the communities served by the designated sewer system to develop, within the shortest practicable time, adequate technical, managerial, and financial capacity to deliver adequate sewer service so that the services of the administrator are no longer necessary.Existing law creates the State Water Pollution Cleanup and Abatement Account in the State Water Quality Control Fund and continuously appropriates moneys in the account to the state board for specified purposes, including providing grants for cleaning up a waste, abating the effects of a waste on waters of the state, or addressing an urgent drinking water need, as provided.This bill would authorize the state board to also use moneys in the account to provide grants to administrators to provide administrative, technical, operational, legal, or managerial services to a sewer service provider. By expanding the purposes for which moneys in a continuously appropriated account may be spent, the bill would make an appropriation.This bill would declare that it is to take effect immediately as an urgency statute.

CA AB 824 - Lisa Calderon
Highway greening: statewide strategic plan.
09/01/2023 - In committee: Held under submission.
AB 824, as amended, Calderon. Highway greening: statewide strategic plan. Existing law establishes the Department of Transportation and vests it with full possession and control of all state highways and all property and rights in property for state highway purposes. Under existing law, the department administers the Clean California Local Grant Program of 2021 to provide funding, upon appropriation, for grants to specified local entities for purposes of beautifying and cleaning up local streets and roads, tribal lands, parks, pathways, transit centers, and other public spaces, and administers the Clean California State Beautification Program of 2021 to provide funding, upon appropriation, for purposes of beautifying and cleaning up state highways.This bill would enact the Highway Greening Act, which would require the department to complete a statewide strategic plan, as specified, to work to achieve at least a 10% increase of green highways, as defined, in urban areas, disadvantaged communities, and low-income communities by 2035. The bill would require the department to submit the plan to the Legislature and specified committees of the Legislature on or before June 30, 2025.

CA AB 844 - Michael A. Gipson
Zero-emission trucks: insurance.
09/07/2023 - Senate amendments concurred in. To Engrossing and Enrolling.
AB 844, as amended, Gipson. Zero-emission trucks: insurance. Existing law establishes the Air Quality Improvement Program, administered by the State Air Resources Board, for the purposes of funding projects related to, among other things, the reduction of criteria air pollutants and improvement of air quality. As part of the funding plan for the Air Quality Improvement Program, existing law requires the state board to include a 3-year investment strategy for zero- and near-zero-emission heavy-duty vehicles and equipment commensurate with meeting state greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals.Existing law provides for the regulation of insurance by the Department of Insurance, which is under the control of the Insurance Commissioner.This bill would require the department to implement specific data collections on the availability and affordability of insurance for heavy-duty trucks and truck fleets. The bill would require the department to issue a bulletin on or before February 1, 2024, to initiate the first data collection, and would require admitted insurers to respond on or before May 1, 2024. The bill would require the surveys and data calls to include specified information, including, among other things, whether an insurance company offers insurance for zero-emission truck options. The bill would require the information to be submitted to the commissioner and to be confidential, as specified. The bill would require the commissioner to publish the information in the aggregate, and would prohibit the identification of an individual respondent or insurer, except as specified. The bill would require the commissioner to establish and maintain a link on the department’s internet website that provides public access to this aggregate information.This bill would require the department, in consultation with the State Air Resources Board, to create a consumer-focused online insurance information resource tool for the public to use to readily find information and insurance options for battery-powered, hydrogen-powered, or other zero-emission advanced truck technology to provide a “one-stop” for the public. The bill would also require the department, in consultation with the state board, to create a strategy, on or before January 1, 2025, to address insurance gaps for new heavy-duty truck technologies, as specified.Existing constitutional provisions require that a statute that limits the right of access to the meetings of public bodies or the writings of public officials and agencies be adopted with findings demonstrating the interest protected by the limitation and the need for protecting that interest.This bill would make legislative findings to that effect.

CA AB 849 - Eduardo Garcia
Community emissions reduction programs.
09/01/2023 - In committee: Held under submission.
AB 849, as amended, Garcia. Community emissions reduction programs. Existing law requires the State Air Resources Board to prepare, and to update at least once every 5 years, a statewide strategy to reduce emissions of toxic air contaminants and criteria air pollutants in communities affected by a high cumulative exposure burden. Existing law requires the state board to include in the statewide strategy, among other components, an assessment and identification of communities with high cumulative exposure burdens for toxic air contaminants and criteria air pollutants, prioritizing disadvantaged communities and sensitive receptor locations based on specified factors. Existing law requires the state board, based on the assessment and identification of communities with high cumulative exposure burdens, to select locations around the state for preparation of community emissions reduction programs. Existing law requires an air district encompassing any location selected by the state board to adopt, in consultation with the state board, within one year of the state board’s selection, a community emissions reduction program to achieve emissions reductions for the location selected using cost-effective measures, as specified. Existing law also requires an air district to submit the community emissions reduction program to the state board for review and approval as prescribed. Existing law requires the air district and the state board to implement and enforce the measures in the community emissions reduction program consistent with their respective authority.This bill would additionally require the air district, in adopting a community emissions reduction program, to consult with other relevant state agencies. By imposing additional duties on air districts, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program. The bill would, for a community emissions reduction program adopted by an air district and approved by the state board that includes a measure that is not within the authority of the air district or the state board, authorize the state board to assign the measure to the state agency with authority over the measure. The bill would require a state agency to implement and enforce the measure assigned to it unless the state agency finds that the measure is infeasible at a public meeting of its governing body, or, for an agency without a governing body, if the highest ranking officer of the agency finds and declares in writing, after allowing a 30-day opportunity for public comment, that the measure is infeasible.Existing law requires the state board to provide grants to community-based organizations for technical assistance and to support community participation in the implementation of the community emissions reduction program. In the implementation of the requirement for community participation, various air districts have established community steering committees for each location selected by the state board for the preparation of a community emissions reduction program.This bill would specify that grants provided, to the extent the Legislature appropriates funds specifically for this purpose, include allocations of funds to serve as a budget for the committee of persons who are designated by a district to participate in the development and adoption of a community emissions reduction program for administrative items, which includes, but is not limited to, translation services, meeting venue, meeting coordination, training, and stipends, as authorized by the district, for members of the committee.The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.This bill would provide that with regard to certain mandates no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.With regard to any other mandates, this bill would provide that, if the Commission on State Mandates determine

CA AB 85 - Akilah Faizah Weber
Social determinants of health: screening and outreach.
09/21/2023 - Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 3:30 p.m.
AB 85, Weber. Social determinants of health: screening and outreach. (1) Existing law, the Knox-Keene Health Care Service Plan Act of 1975, provides for the licensure and regulation of health care service plans by the Department of Managed Health Care, and makes a willful violation of the act a crime. Existing law provides for the regulation of health insurers by the Department of Insurance. Existing law requires health care service plans and health insurers to include coverage for screening for various conditions and circumstances, including adverse childhood experiences. Existing law provides for the Medi-Cal program, administered by the State Department of Health Care Services and under which qualified low-income individuals receive health care services. The Medi-Cal program is, in part, governed and funded by federal Medicaid program provisions.This bill would require a health care service plan contract or health insurance policy issued, amended, or renewed on or after January 1, 2027, to include coverage for screenings for social determinants of health, as defined. The bill would require providers to use specified tools or protocols when documenting patient responses to questions asked in these screenings.The bill would require a health care service plan or health insurer to provide physicians who provide primary care services with adequate access to community health workers, peer support specialists, lay health workers, community health representatives, or social workers in counties where the health care service plan or health insurer has enrollees or insureds, as specified. The bill would authorize the respective departments to adopt guidance to implement its provisions. Because a violation of the bill’s requirements by a health care service plan would be a crime, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.The bill would make social determinants of health screenings a covered benefit for Medi-Cal beneficiaries and would require the State Department of Health Care Services or a Medi-Cal managed care plan to provide reimbursement for those screenings, as specified.(2) Existing law establishes the Department of Health Care Access and Information, under the control of the Director of the Department of Health Care Access and Information, to administer programs relating to areas including health policy and planning.This bill would require the department to convene a working group, with specified membership, to determine standardized methods of data documentation to be used in recording social determinants of health screening responses, to create a standardized model and procedures for connecting patients with community resources, to assess the need for a centralized list of accredited community providers, and to determine gaps in research and data to inform policies on system changes to address social determinants of health. The bill would require the working group to submit a report to the Legislature with specified recommendations related to social determinants of health by July 1, 2026.(3) This bill would make these provisions contingent on specified appropriations or funding from an outside source, as specified.(4) The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.

CA AB 865 - Eduardo Garcia
Sale of agricultural products: requirements for sale.
02/01/2024 - From committee: Filed with the Chief Clerk pursuant to Joint Rule 56.
AB 865, as amended, Garcia. Sale of agricultural products: requirements for sale. (1) Existing law requires all California state-owned or state-run institutions, except segments of public postsecondary education or local educational agencies, as defined, that purchases agricultural food products to implement necessary practices to achieve a goal of ensuring that at least 60% of the agricultural food products that it purchases in a calendar year are grown or produced in the state by December 31, 2025. Existing law establishes within the Department of Food and Agriculture a public and private collaboration known as the “Buy California Program” to encourage consumer nutritional and food awareness and to foster purchases of high-quality California agricultural products.This bill would require a grower or producer that sells bell peppers, blueberries, dates, honeydew melons, lemons, olives, or table grapes to a distributor, as defined, to attest to the distributor under penalty of perjury, using a self-attestation form developed by the department, whether the agricultural product was produced in compliance with specified California health and environmental protection laws and specified California labor laws, as defined. By expanding the crime of perjury, this bill would create a state-mandated local program.The bill would require a distributor that sells one of those agricultural products to a retailer with more than one retail location to provide to the retailer the self-attestation form received from a grower or producer. The bill would prohibit a distributor from selling the agricultural products to these retailers if the self-attestation form provided to the distributor is incomplete or indicates that the agricultural products were not produced in compliance with the above-described laws. The bill would provide that a violation of these provisions is subject to a $500 civil penalty for each violation.The bill would require the department to adopt regulations to administer and enforce these requirements, as specified. The bill would prohibit the department from imposing additional fees on growers or producers to meet the requirements of this bill.(2) The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.

CA AB 899 - Albert Y. Muratsuchi
Food safety: baby food.
09/21/2023 - Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 3:30 p.m.
AB 899, Muratsuchi. Food safety: baby food. Existing law, the Sherman Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Law, provides for the regulation of various subjects relating to the manufacturing, processing, labeling, advertising, and sale of food, drugs, and cosmetics, under the administration and enforcement of the State Department of Public Health. A violation of these provisions is punishable as a misdemeanor.This bill would require a manufacturer of baby food for sale or distribution in this state, beginning on January 1, 2024, to test a representative sample of each production aggregate of the manufacturer’s final baby food product, at a proficient laboratory meeting certain criteria, for toxic elements, as defined, at least once per month. The bill would require a manufacturer to provide test results to any authorized agent of the department upon their request, as specified. The bill would require a manufacturer of a final baby food product sold, manufactured, delivered, held, or offered for sale in the state on and after January 1, 2025, to provide specified information disclosures to consumers, including making publicly available on its internet website the name and level of each toxic element present in each production aggregate of the final baby food product.If a product is tested for a certain toxic element subject to an action level, regulatory limit, or tolerance established by the United States Food and Drug Administration, the bill would require manufacturers to include on the product label a quick response (QR) code that links to a page on the manufacturer’s internet website containing, among other information, test results for the toxic element and a link to related FDA guidance, as specified.The bill would prohibit a person or entity from selling in the state or manufacturing, delivering, holding, or offering for sale in the state any baby food that does not comply with these provisions. By creating a new crime, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.

CA AB 912 - Reginald Byron Jones-Sawyer Sr.
Strategic Anti-Violence Funding Efforts Act.
02/01/2024 - Consideration of Governor's veto stricken from file.
AB 912, Jones-Sawyer. Strategic Anti-Violence Funding Efforts Act. (1) Existing law establishes the Youth Reinvestment Grant Program within the Board of State and Community Corrections to grant funds, upon appropriation, to local jurisdictions and Indian tribes for the purpose of implementing trauma-informed diversion programs for minors, as specified. This bill would repeal these provisions. The bill would reestablish the Youth Reinvestment Grant Program, to be administered by the Office of Youth and Community Restoration, for the purpose of implementing a mixed-delivery system of trauma-informed health and development diversion programs for youth, as specified. The bill would create the Youth Reinvestment Fund to be used, upon appropriation by the Legislature, by the office for the purposes of the program. The bill would require applicants for the program to be nongovernmental agencies or tribal governments, as specified. The bill would provide that an applicant under this program be awarded no less than $50,000, and no more than $2,000,000, and would specify the requirements of diversion programs to qualify for funding under these provisions.(2) Existing law establishes, until January 1, 2025, the California Violence Intervention and Prevention Grant Program, administered by the Board of State and Community Corrections, to award competitive grants for the purpose of violence intervention and prevention. This bill would establish, upon appropriation by the Legislature, the Department of Justice Violence Reduction Grant Program to be administered by the department for the purpose of supporting evidence-based, focus-deterrence collaborative programs that conduct outreach to targeted gangs and offer supportive services to preemptively reduce and eliminate violence and gang involvement. The bill would require the department to award grants on a competitive basis, with preference given to cities and local jurisdictions that are disproportionately impacted by violence and gang involvement. The bill would require the department to form a grant selection advisory committee, as specified. The bill would require grantees to report to the department, in a form and at intervals prescribed by the department, regarding the progress in achieving the grant objectives, and would require the department to report to the Legislature on the impact of violence prevention initiatives supported by the grant program.(3) Existing law requires the governing board of a school district to give diligent care to the health and physical development of pupils and authorizes the governing board of a school district to employ properly certified persons for the work. Existing law requires a school of a school district or county office of education and a charter school to notify pupils and parents or guardians of pupils no less than twice during the school year on how to initiate access to available pupil mental health services on campus or in the community, or both, as provided.This bill would also establish, upon appropriation by the Legislature, within the California Health and Human Services Agency a program to evaluate applications and award grants, in 5-year cycles, to schools to implement the Trauma Intervention Program to implement evidence-based interventions for pupils impacted by trauma. The bill would give the priority to the Counties of Alameda, Fresno, Merced, Tulare, Kern, and Los Angeles, as specified. The bill would require the agency to open eligibility for grants every 5 years, with priority to the top 6 counties that have the highest rate of violent crime and homicide, as reported by the Department of Justice’s annual crime data report. The bill would also require grants to be awarded to a research organization to conduct a study on the effects of the treatment, including any effect on subsequent criminality.This bill would make legislative findings and declarations as to the necessity of a special statute for the Counties of Alameda, Fresno

CA AB 914 - Laura Friedman
Electrical infrastructure: California Environmental Quality Act: review time period.
09/01/2023 - In committee: Held under submission.
AB 914, as amended, Friedman. Electrical infrastructure: California Environmental Quality Act: review time period. The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) requires a lead agency, as defined, to prepare, or cause to be prepared, and certify the completion of an environmental impact report on a project that it proposes to carry out or approve that may have a significant effect on the environment or to adopt a negative declaration if it finds that the project will not have that effect. CEQA also requires a lead agency to prepare a mitigated negative declaration for a project that may have a significant effect on the environment if revisions in the project would avoid or mitigate that effect and there is no substantial evidence that the project, as revised, would have a significant effect on the environment. CEQA requires each state agency to establish, by resolution or order, time limits for completing the environmental review of a project where the state agency is the lead agency for the project, as specified.This bill, until January 1, 2031, would require a state agency, acting as the lead agency, to complete its environmental review for an electrical infrastructure project and to approve or deny the project within 2 years of the submission and acceptance of a complete application for the issuance of a lease, permit, license, certificate, or other entitlement for use for electrical infrastructure to the state agency. If the state agency fails to meet this deadline, the bill would require the state agency to submit to the Legislature a report setting forth the reasons that the review could not be completed within the time period and identifying potential impacts to the electrical system that could result from the delay.

CA AB 927 - Albert Y. Muratsuchi
School buildings: construction plans.
02/01/2024 - From committee: Filed with the Chief Clerk pursuant to Joint Rule 56.
AB 927, as introduced, Muratsuchi. School buildings: construction plans. Existing law establishes the State Allocation Board and specifies its membership and duties. Existing law imposes specified duties on the board with respect to the allocation and expenditure of state funds for the construction of public school facilities. Existing law requires the board to obtain construction plans for school buildings appropriate for school districts in various climates and geographical conditions of the state and requires the plans to meet the needs of school districts that require school buildings of various sizes. Existing law authorizes these plans to include designs that promote, among other things, the efficient use of energy and water.This bill would expressly authorize the above-described plans to also include designs that promote an efficient response to extreme heat and climate change.

CA AB 930 - Laura Friedman
Local government: Reinvestment in Infrastructure for a Sustainable and Equitable California (RISE) districts.
01/18/2024 - From committee: Amend, and do pass as amended. (Ayes 12. Noes 3.) (January 18).
AB 930, as amended, Friedman. Local government: Reinvestment in Infrastructure for a Sustainable and Equitable California (RISE) districts. Existing law authorizes certain local agencies to form a community revitalization authority within a community revitalization and investment area, as defined, and authorizes an authority to, among other things, provide for low- and moderate-income housing and issue bonds, as provided. Existing law authorizes a community revitalization and investment plan to provide for the division of taxes within the plan area.This bill would authorize the legislative bodies of 2 or more cities or counties to jointly form a Reinvestment in Infrastructure for a Sustainable and Equitable California district (RISE district) in accordance with specified procedures. The bill would authorize a special district to join a RISE district, by resolution, as specified. The bill would require the Office of Planning and Research (OPR) to develop standards for the formation of RISE districts no later than November 30, 2025. The bill would provide for the establishment of a governing board of a RISE district with representatives of each participating local government.After the formation of a RISE district, the bill would require that district’s governing board to prepare, or cause to be prepared, and adopt a RISE development plan that includes an identification of any intended source of revenue for financing a project or projects within the boundaries of the district and an identification of any tools or authority needed to implement the RISE development plan, as provided. The bill would require the standards developed by OPR to require a RISE development plan to provide that at least 50% of the total funding received by the district be spent on infill supportive infrastructure, as specified, and to provide that at least 30% of the total funds received by the district be spent on residential units created within the district that are restricted to persons and families of low or moderate income, as specified. The bill would require all projects that receive funding from a RISE district to either be located within 1/2 mile of public transit or at least 75% of the site of the development to adjoin parcels that are developed with urban uses. The bill would require the RISE district to consider adoption of the RISE development plan at 3 public hearings that take place at least 30 days apart and to provide specified notice to land owners within the RISE district, as specified. The bill, after the RISE development plan is adopted, would require the governing board to submit the RISE development plan to OPR for review. The bill would require OPR to review the plan within 90 days and make a determination as to whether the plan complies with all applicable planning standards and other requirements under state law. The bill would deem the plan to be in effect as of the date that OPR approves the plan. The bill would require a RISE district to review the RISE development plan at least annually and make any amendments that are necessary and appropriate and would require the preparation of an annual independent financial audit. The bill would require a RISE district, every 15 years, at the public hearing held for adopting the annual report, to consider whether the property owners and residents within the plan area wish to propose amendments to the RISE development plan, as specified.This bill would authorize a RISE district to utilize various sources of revenue for district purposes, including the division of property tax revenues, local sales and use taxes, and transient occupancy taxes.This bill would also, upon appropriation by the Legislature, require the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development to establish the RISE Revolving Loan Fund. The bill would provide that the purpose of the fund is to provide RISE districts with initial startup funding for projects contained within the RISE district’s certified RISE develop

CA AB 953 - Gregg Hart
Coastal resources: voluntary vessel speed reduction and sustainable shipping program.
09/01/2023 - In committee: Held under submission.
AB 953, as amended, Connolly. Coastal resources: voluntary vessel speed reduction and sustainable shipping program. Existing law establishes the Ocean Protection Council in state government to, among other things, establish policies to coordinate the collection, evaluation, and sharing of scientific data related to coastal and ocean resources among agencies. Existing law requires the council to develop and implement a voluntary sustainable seafood promotion program for the state, to consist of specified components, including a competitive grant and loan program for eligible entities, including, but not limited to, fishery groups and associations, for the purpose of assisting California fisheries in qualifying for certification to internationally accepted standards for sustainable seafood.This bill would require the council, on or before January 1, 2026, in coordination and in consultation with various entities, including the State Air Resources Board, to implement a statewide voluntary vessel speed reduction and sustainable shipping program for the California coast in order to reduce air pollution, the risk of fatal vessel strikes on whales, and harmful underwater acoustic impacts. The bill would require the program to expand a certain existing program and would authorize the program to include specified components, including incentives to program participants based on a percentage of distance traveled by a participating vessel at a reduced speed, as provided. The bill would limit application of the program to vessels that are 300 gross tons or greater. The bill would require the council, on or before December 31, 2026, to submit a report to the Legislature regarding the implementation of the program.

CA AB 964 - Liz Ortega
State contracts: certification process.
02/01/2024 - From committee: Filed with the Chief Clerk pursuant to Joint Rule 56.
AB 964, as amended, Ortega. State contracts: certification process. Existing law requires a contract entered into by any state agency for the procurement or laundering of apparel, garments, or corresponding accessories, or the procurement of equipment, materials, or supplies, other than procurement related to a public works contract, to require that a contractor certify that nothing furnished to the state pursuant to the contract has been laundered or produced by certain types of labor. Existing law makes specified violations of these certification requirements a misdemeanor.This bill would revise the above contracting requirements to also require a contractor to certify, under penalty of perjury, that the contract complies with specified requirements relating to human trafficking, including certain prohibitions on contractors, contractor employees, subcontractors, subcontractor employees, and their agents. The bill would require contractors and subcontractors to notify employees of specified prohibited activities and the actions that may be taken against them for violations. The bill would provide that a contractor is ineligible for, and shall not bid on, or submit a proposal for, a contract under these provisions if the contractor has failed to certify its compliance. The bill would also require a contractor to exercise due diligence in ensuring that its subcontractors comply with those requirements, including requiring each subcontractor to sign a certification under penalty of perjury. By expanding the scope of a crime, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.This bill would require, before a contract or subcontract is awarded, a proposed contractor or proposed subcontractor to provide a certification to the contracting officer or contractor, as applicable, that states the contractor or subcontractor has implemented a compliance plan, as specified, and has conducted due diligence that either (1) to the best of the contractor’s or subcontractor’s knowledge and belief, certain parties have not engaged in any specified prohibited activities or (2) if the contractor or subcontractor is aware of abuses relating to the specified prohibited activities, then certain parties have taken the appropriate remedial and referral actions. The bill would also require, after the contract or subcontract is awarded and during the performance period of the contract or subcontract, a contractor or subcontractor to provide an annual certification to the contracting officer or contractor, as applicable, that states that the above-mentioned compliance plan has been implemented and has conducted due diligence regarding the above requirements.This bill would specify certain actions a contractor would be required to take if a contractor, contractor employee, subcontractor, subcontractor employee, or agent violates these provisions or specified federal provisions, including, among others, notifying it’s employees of the actions that will be taken against the employee or agent for violations.Existing law authorizes certain sanctions to be imposed if a contractor contracting with the state who knew or should have known that the apparel, garments, corresponding accessories, equipment, materials, or supplies furnished to the state were laundered or produced in violation of specified conditions, including, among others, voiding the contract under which the prohibited apparel, garments, or corresponding accessories, equipment, materials, or supplies were laundered or provided at the option of the state agency and removing the contractor from the bidder’s list for a period not to exceed 360 days.This bill would authorize additional sanctions, including, among others, requiring a contractor to remove a contractor employee from the performance of the contract, requiring the contractor to terminate a subcontractor, and suspending contract payments until the contractor has taken appropriate remedial action. The bill would also specify that these req

CA AB 982 - Carlos Villapudua
Public Utilities Public Purpose Programs Fund.
02/01/2024 - From committee: Filed with the Chief Clerk pursuant to Joint Rule 56.
AB 982, as amended, Villapudua. Public Utilities Public Purpose Programs Fund. Existing law vests the Public Utilities Commission with regulatory authority over public utilities, including electrical corporations. Under existing law, the commission administers, or otherwise oversees, various public purpose programs, including energy efficiency and conservation programs, cost-effective energy efficiency programs, the Family Electric Rate Assistance program, the California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE) program, rate assistance programs for eligible food banks, and home insulation financial assistance programs. Under existing law, those programs are generally funded through a charge on electrical service, which is collected through customer rates.This bill would establish the Public Utilities Public Purpose Programs Fund, and would, upon appropriation, require the commission to allocate the moneys in the fund for purposes of funding programs funded through an electrical corporation’s public purpose program rate component as of December 31, 2023, and other programs determined by the commission to provide public benefits, except the Family Electric Rate Assistance program and the CARE program, as specified.Under existing law, a violation of the Public Utilities Act or any order, decision, rule, direction, demand, or requirement of the commission is a crime.Because certain of the above provisions would be part of the act and a violation of a commission action implementing this bill’s requirements would be a crime, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program. The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.

CA AB 985 - Joaquin Arambula
San Joaquin Valley Unified Air Pollution Control District: emission reduction credit system.
09/13/2023 - Motion to reconsider made by Assembly Member Arambula.
AB 985, as amended, Arambula. San Joaquin Valley Unified Air Pollution Control District: emission reduction credit system. Existing law imposes various limitations on emissions of air contaminants for the control of air pollution from vehicular and nonvehicular sources. Existing law generally designates the State Air Resources Board as the state agency with the primary responsibility for the control of vehicular air pollution and air pollution control and air quality management districts with the primary responsibility for the control of air pollution from all sources other than vehicular sources. Existing law requires the board of every air district to establish by regulation a system by which all reductions in the emission of air contaminants that are to be used to offset certain future increases in the emission of air contaminants be banked prior to use to offset future increases in emissions, except as specified. Existing law requires the state board to develop and adopt a methodology for use by air districts to calculate the value of credits issued for emission reductions from stationary, mobile, indirect, and areawide sources when those credits are used interchangeably, consistent with certain requirements. Existing law also requires the state board to periodically update the methodology as it applies to future transactions, if necessary.Existing law provides for the establishment of the San Joaquin Valley Unified Air Pollution Control District vested with the authority to regulate air emissions from stationary sources located in the San Joaquin Valley Air Basin.This bill would require the state board, except as provided, to conduct an analysis of each credit identified in the San Joaquin Valley Unified Air Pollution Control District’s ledger of available emission reduction credits to determine if any credits were issued in violation of state, local, or district laws, rules, regulations, or procedures in place at the time of original issuance, and to complete the analysis no later than January 1, 2027. The bill would require, upon completion of the analysis, the state board to submit a report to the Legislature that includes a summary of the results of the analysis.This bill would require the district to aggregate and make publicly available on its internet website specified information regarding permits issued during a specified time period that require or required the use of one or more emission reduction credits. By adding to the duties of the district, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.This bill would make legislative findings and declarations as to the necessity of a special statute for the San Joaquin Valley Air Basin.The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.

CA SB 100 - Nancy Skinner
Budget Acts of 2021 and 2022.
05/08/2023 - Re-referred to Com. on BUDGET pursuant to Assembly Rule 97.
SB 100, as amended,  Skinner. Budget Acts of 2021 and 2022. The Budget Act of 2021 and Budget Act of 2022 made appropriations for the support of state government for the 2021–22 and 2022–23 fiscal years.This bill would amend the Budget Act of 2021 and Budget Act of 2022 by amending and adding items of appropriation and making other changes.The bill would declare that it is to take effect immediately as a Budget Bill.

CA SB 101 - Nancy Skinner
Budget Act of 2023.
06/15/2023 - Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 11:20 a.m.
SB 101, Skinner. Budget Act of 2023. This bill would make appropriations for the support of state government for the 2023–24 fiscal year.This bill would declare that it is to take effect immediately as a Budget Bill.

CA SB 102 - Nancy Skinner
Budget Act of 2023.
06/26/2023 - Ordered to third reading.
SB 102, as amended,  Skinner. Budget Act of 2023. The Budget Act of 2023 made appropriations for the support of state government for the 2023–24 fiscal year.This bill would amend the Budget Act of 2023 by amending, adding, and repealing items of appropriation and making other changes.This bill would declare that it is to take effect immediately as a Budget Bill.

CA SB 103 - Nancy Skinner
Budget Acts of 2021 and 2022.
06/26/2023 - Ordered to third reading.
SB 103, as amended,  Skinner. Budget Acts of 2021 and 2022. The Budget Act of 2021 and Budget Act of 2022 made appropriations for the support of state government for the 2021–22 and 2022–23 fiscal years. This bill would amend the Budget Act of 2021 and Budget Act of 2022 by amending and adding items of appropriation and making other changes. The bill would declare that it is to take effect immediately as a Budget Bill.

CA SB 1031 - Philip Y. Ting
San Francisco Bay area: local revenue measure: transportation improvements.
04/12/2024 - Set for hearing April 24 in REV. & TAX. pending receipt.
SB 1031, as amended, Wiener. San Francisco Bay area: local revenue measure: transportation improvements. (1) Existing law creates the Metropolitan Transportation Commission as a local area planning agency for the 9-county San Francisco Bay area with comprehensive regional transportation planning and other related responsibilities. Existing law creates various transit districts located in the San Francisco Bay area, with specified powers and duties relating to providing public transit services. This bill would authorize the commission to raise and allocate new revenue and incur and issue bonds and other indebtedness, as specified. In this regard, the bill would authorize the commission to impose a retail transactions and use tax, a regional payroll tax, a parcel tax, and a regional vehicle registration surcharge in all or a subset of the 9 counties of the San Francisco Bay area, in accordance with applicable constitutional requirements. The bill would require the parcel tax to be collected by counties and the other 3 taxes to be collected by specified state agencies, and would require the net revenues from those taxes to be remitted to the commission, as prescribed. The bill would require the revenue generated pursuant to these provisions to be used for transportation improvements in the San Francisco Bay area, including for various transit purposes, and would require the commission to distribute those revenues in accordance with specified requirements and expressions of legislative intent. By adding to the duties of local officials with respect to elections procedures for revenue measures on behalf of the commission, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program. (2) Existing law establishes the Transportation Agency, consisting of various state agencies under the supervision of an executive officer known as the Secretary of Transportation, who is required to develop and report to the Governor on legislative, budgetary, and administrative programs to accomplish comprehensive, long-range, and coordinated planning and policy formulation in the matters of public interest related to the agency. This bill would require the Transportation Agency to select a transportation institute, as defined, to conduct an assessment of the associated advantages and disadvantages of consolidating all of the transit agencies, as defined, that are located in the 9-county San Francisco Bay area, as specified. The bill would require that assessment to be completed on or before January 1, 2026, and would require, as part of that assessment, the transportation institute to provide recommendations on how to consolidate those transit agencies and to include certain information in the assessment. Based on the findings of the assessment, the bill would require the Transportation Agency, on or before January 1, 2027, to recommend a comprehensive plan to consolidate all of the transit agencies located in the San Francisco Bay area, as provided. The bill would establish the Bay Area Transit Consolidation Technical Assistance Fund in the State Treasury for the deposit of moneys that can be used for specified purposes, including paying for the cost of conducting the assessment and preparing the comprehensive plan, as specified. The bill would require the assessment and the comprehensive plan to be submitted to the Legislature upon completion. (3) Existing law requires the Metropolitan Transportation Commission to adopt rules and regulations to promote the coordination of fares and schedules for all public transit systems within its jurisdiction, as specified.This bill would revise and recast this provision by, among other things, providing that the commission is responsible for implementing a seamless transit rider experience across the San Francisco Bay area and requiring those rules and regulations to also promote the coordination of mapping and wayfinding, real-time transit information, and other customer-facing operating policies, as specified. The b

CA SB 104 - Nancy Skinner
Budget Acts of 2022 and 2023.
09/13/2023 - Chaptered by Secretary of State. Chapter 189, Statutes of 2023.
SB 104, Skinner. Budget Acts of 2022 and 2023. The Budget Act of 2022 and the Budget Act of 2023 made appropriations for the support of state government for the 2022–23 and 2023–24 fiscal years.This bill would amend the Budget Act of 2022 and the Budget Act of 2023 by amending and adding items of appropriation and making other changes.This bill would declare that it is to take effect immediately as a Budget Bill.

CA SB 1045 - Catherine S. Blakespear
Composting facilities: zoning: air and water permits.
04/10/2024 - From committee with author's amendments. Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on L. GOV.
SB 1045, as amended, Blakespear. Composting facilities: zoning: air and water permits. Existing law provides that the Office of Planning and Research serves the Governor and the Governor’s Cabinet as staff for long-range planning and research, and constitute the comprehensive state planning agency. In that capacity, existing law requires the office to, among other things, assist local governments in land use planning. Existing law, the California Integrated Waste Management Act of 1989, establishes the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery to administer an integrated waste management program. Existing law establishes a goal that statewide landfill disposal of organic waste be reduced from the 2014 level by 75% by 2025.This bill, on or before June 1, 2026, would require the Office of Planning and Research, in consultation with the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, to develop and post on the office’s internet website, a technical advisory, as provided, reflecting best practices to facilitate the siting of composting facilities to meet the organic waste reduction goals. The bill would require the office to consult with specified entities throughout the development of the technical advisory.The Planning and Zoning Law requires each county and city to adopt a comprehensive, long-term general plan for its physical development, and the development of certain lands outside its boundaries, that includes, among other mandatory elements, a land use element that designates the proposed general distribution and general location and extent of the uses of the land for housing, business, solid and liquid waste disposal facilities, and other categories of public and private uses of land, as prescribed. This bill, upon a substantive revision of the land use element, as specified, on or after January 1, 2028, would require a city, county, or city and county to consider, among other things, the best practices reflected in the technical advisory and to consider updating the land use element to identify areas where composting facilities may be appropriate as an allowable use. By increasing duties on a city, county, or city and county, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.Existing law vests air pollution control districts and air quality management districts with the primary responsibility for control of air pollution from all sources other than vehicular sources, including from composting facilities. Existing law authorizes every district board to establish, by regulation, a permit system that requires, except as otherwise provided, before any person builds, erects, alters, replaces, operates, or uses any article, machine, equipment, or other contrivance that may cause the issuance of air contaminants, the person to obtain a permit to do so from the air pollution control officer of the district.Existing law, the Porter-Cologne Water Quality Control Act, designates the State Water Resources Control Board and the California regional water quality control boards as the principal state agencies with authority over matters relating to water quality. Under existing law, the state board and the 9 California regional water quality control boards regulate water quality and prescribe waste discharge requirements in accordance with the federal National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit program established by the federal Clean Water Act and the act.This bill would require, no later than 30 calendar days after a district or a regional board, as applicable, has received a permit application for a new or revised permit for a compost facility, the district or regional board to determine in writing whether the permit application is complete and correct and to immediately transmit the determination to the applicant for the permit. The bill would further require, no later than 60 calendar days after acceptance of a permit application for a new or revised permit for a compost facility as complete and correct, the dist

CA SB 1054 - Susan Rubio
Climate Pollution Reduction in Homes Initiative: natural gas: customer credit.
04/04/2024 - Set for hearing April 22.
SB 1054, as amended, Rubio. Climate Pollution Reduction in Homes Initiative: natural gas: customer credit. Existing law requires the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission (Energy Commission) to prescribe, by regulation, among other things, lighting, insulation, climate control system, and other building design and construction standards, energy and water conservation design standards, and appliance efficiency standards to reduce the wasteful, uneconomic, inefficient, or unnecessary consumption of energy and to manage energy loads to help maintain electrical grid reliability, as specified. This bill would require the Energy Commission, in consultation with the Department of Community Services and Development, to develop and supervise the Climate Pollution Reduction in Homes Initiative to require gas corporations to jointly award grants for local service providers, as defined, nonprofit organizations, and regional collections of local governments to provide financial assistance to low-income households for the purchase of zero-carbon-emitting appliances. The bill would require the Energy Commission, as part of developing and administering the initiative, to develop guidelines, as specified, and authorize local service providers, nonprofit organizations, and regional collections of local governments to use those grant moneys for outreach and technical assistance, rebates, loans, installation, educational information, and other support services to assist low-income households.Existing law vests the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) with regulatory authority over public utilities, including gas corporations. The California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 designates the State Air Resources Board as the state agency charged with monitoring and regulating sources of emissions of greenhouse gases. The act authorizes the state board to include the use of market-based compliance mechanisms in regulating those emissions. The implementing regulations adopted by the state board provide for the direct allocation of greenhouse gas allowances to electrical corporations and gas corporations pursuant to a market-based compliance mechanism.This bill would authorize the PUC to require gas corporations to annually use up to 15% of the revenues received as a result of that allocation of allowances to fund the Climate Pollution Reduction in Homes Initiative, and would require the PUC to direct the balance of those revenues, including any accrued interest, received by a gas corporation to be credited directly to the residential customers of the gas corporation. The bill would require the PUC to annually direct gas corporations to distribute the credit, as specified.Under existing law, a violation of the Public Utilities Act or any order, decision, rule, direction, demand, or requirement of the PUC is a crime.Because certain of the above-described provisions would be part of the act and a violation of a PUC action implementing this bill’s requirements would be a crime, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.

CA SB 106 - Scott D. Wiener
Budget Acts of 2022 and 2023.
04/08/2024 - Ordered to second reading.
SB 106, as amended,  Wiener. Budget Acts of 2022 and 2023. The Budget Act of 2022 and the Budget Act of 2023 made appropriations for the support of state government for the 2022–23 and 2023–24 fiscal years.This bill would amend the Budget Act of 2022 and the Budget Act of 2023 by amending, adding, and repealing items of appropriation and making other changes.This bill would declare that it is to take effect immediately as a Budget Bill.

CA SB 1062 - Brian Dwain Dahle
Energy: conversion of biomass energy generation facilities.
04/04/2024 - Set for hearing April 16.
SB 1062, as amended, Dahle. Energy: conversion of biomass energy generation facilities. Existing law requires the Public Utilities Commission to direct electrical corporations to collectively procure at least 250 megawatts of cumulative rated generation capacity from developers of bioenergy projects that commence operation on or after June 1, 2013, as provided.This bill would require the Department of Conservation to develop the Biomass Technology Transition Program to support the conversion of energy generation facilities using biomass and traditional combustion technologies to newer advanced bioenergy technology facilities that result in reductions in the emissions of criteria pollutants, toxic air contaminants, and greenhouse gases. The bill would require the department, on or before December 1, 2025, to identify generation facilities with a generation capacity of 10 megawatts or greater that uses, or are in the process of recommissioning or the redevelopment of those facilities to use, any type of clean woody biomass and the operators of those facilities have demonstrated to the department their sincere interest, to the satisfaction of the department, in converting the facilities to advanced bioenergy technologies that result in a reduction in emissions of criteria pollutants, toxic air contaminants, and greenhouse gases. The bill would require the department to request the relevant local air pollution control district or air quality management district to provide information for each identified generation facility about best available control technologies, and other potential advanced emission control technologies, that would be required if the generation facility requests a permit, as provided. The bill would require the department, on or before January 1, 2032, to establish a grant program to support the distribution of advanced bioenergy technologies from those identified generation facilities that meet certain requirements.The bill would require electrical corporations with 100,000 or more connections and local publicly owned electric utilities with 100,000 or more connections to collectively procure, through financial commitments of 15 years, 125 megawatts of cumulative rated generation capacity from those facilities identified by the department that receive applicable air permits from the relevant air district, develop business plans, and commit to the conversion of the generation facilities to advanced bioenergy technology facilities, as provided. By imposing additional requirements on local publicly owned electric utilities, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program. The bill would prohibit the financial commitments from extending beyond January 1, 2041, and authorize a financial commitment to be terminated early if the facility has converted to an advanced bioenergy technology facility that does not produce electricity, as provided.Under existing law, a violation of the Public Utilities Act or an order, decision, rule, direction, demand, or requirement of the commission is a crime.Because certain provisions of the bill would be a part of the act and a violation of a commission action implementing requirements of the bill would be a crime, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for specified reasons.

CA SB 1087 - Shannon L. Grove
Oil imports: air quality emissions data.
04/04/2024 - Set for hearing April 22.
SB 1087, as introduced, Grove. Oil imports: air quality emissions data. Existing law, the Petroleum Industry Information Reporting Act of 1980, requires refiners, as defined, to report monthly to the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission (Energy Commission), for each of their refineries, specified information, including the origin of petroleum receipts and the source of imports of finished petroleum products.This bill would express the intent of the Legislature that the Energy Commission monitor foreign countries that export oil to California and identify on its internet website which of those countries have demonstrated human rights abuses, as documented by the United States Department of State, and which of those countries have lower environmental standards for the production of oil than California.Existing law imposes various limitations on the emissions of air contaminants for the control of air pollution from vehicular and nonvehicular sources. Existing law requires the State Air Resources Board to post on its internet website information on air quality conditions and trends statewide and to develop and conduct a program of monitoring airborne fine particles smaller than 2.5 microns in diameter (PM 2.5).This bill would require the state board to annually produce an assessment of the greenhouse gas emissions associated with the transportation of oil in California, as specified, and to include that assessment on the board’s internet website. The bill would also require the Energy Commission to annually provide data collected pursuant to the Petroleum Industry Information Reporting Act of 1980 to the state board for the purposes of the assessment.Under existing law, the Geologic Energy Management Division in the Department of Conservation regulates the drilling, operation, maintenance, and abandonment of oil and gas wells in the state.This bill would require the division to provide a link on its internet website to air quality emissions data associated with the transportation of oil imported into the state.

CA SB 1091 - Caroline Menjivar
School facilities: school ground greening projects.
04/03/2024 - From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 6. Noes 0.) (April 3). Re-referred to Com. on APPR.
SB 1091, as amended, Menjivar. School facilities: school ground greening projects. The Field Act requires the Department of General Services under the police power of the state to supervise the design and construction of any school building or the reconstruction or alteration of or addition to any school building, if not exempted, to ensure that plans and specifications comply with adopted rules and regulations and building standards published in regulations, and to ensure that the work of construction is performed in accordance with the approved plans and specifications for the protection of life and property.The California Building Standards Code requires that specified buildings, structures, and facilities be accessible to, and useable by, persons with disabilities, including that when alterations or additions are made to existing buildings or facilities, an accessible path of travel to the specific area of alteration or addition is provided. Existing law limits the cost of complying with the requirement to provide an accessible path of travel to a free-standing, open-sided shade structure project that meets specified requirements and that is on a school district, county office of education, charter school, or community college campus to 20% of the adjusted construction cost, as defined, of the shade structure project.This bill would additionally limit the cost of complying with the requirement to provide an accessible path of travel to a school ground greening project, as defined, that is on a school district, county office of education, charter school, or community college campus to 20% of the adjusted construction cost, as defined, of the school ground greening project.

CA SB 1117 - John Laird
Organic products.
04/02/2024 - From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on JUD. with recommendation: To consent calendar. (Ayes 4. Noes 0.) (April 2). Re-referred to Com. on JUD.
SB 1117, as amended, Laird. Organic products. (1) Existing law, the California Organic Food and Farming Act, requires the Secretary of Food and Agriculture and county agricultural commissioners to enforce state and federal laws governing the production, labeling, and marketing of organic products, as specified. Existing law authorizes, to the extent that funds are available, the secretary, in consultation with the California Organic Products Advisory Committee, to establish procedures for and conduct specified activities, including conducting periodic spot inspections and conducting periodic substance testing on products labeled as organic. Existing law also authorizes the secretary and county agricultural commissioners to conduct a program of spot inspections to determine compliance with the act.This bill would authorize the secretary to establish procedures for and conduct announced and unannounced periodic spot inspections and collect samples to conduct periodic substance testing on products labeled as organic and would prohibit any charge to the inspector or investigator for the samples taken. The bill would authorize the secretary and county agricultural commissioners to conduct a program of announced and unannounced spot inspections.(2) Existing law requires every person engaged in the state in the processing or handling of specified products for human consumption that are sold as organic to register with the secretary or the State Public Health Officer and to pay a registration fee pursuant to a fee schedule based on total gross sales by the registrant of the product, as specified. Existing law authorizes the secretary to lower the amounts specified in the fee schedule by regulation. Existing law makes it unlawful for a person to produce or handle a product sold as organic unless duly registered. Existing law makes a violation of the provisions relating to organic products a crime.This bill would also require a person who takes title of an organic product that is outside the jurisdiction of the State Public Health Officer, packs, repacks, labels, sorts, or otherwise handles the product, and provides only handling services for the product, to register and pay a fee according to the fee schedule, as specified. The bill would instead make it unlawful for a person to sell, advertise, label, or otherwise represent any product as organic unless duly registered. By expanding the scope of a crime, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.(3) Existing law requires a registrant to notify the secretary of a change of information reported on the registration form within a reasonable time and requires the secretary, to the extent funds are available, to establish procedures for handling complaints. Existing law authorizes a person to appeal to the secretary for a hearing for the denial or revocation of any registration. Existing law requires an appeal to be submitted to the secretary in writing within 30 days from the date of the action or the letter proposing the action.This bill would change the time frames for the above-described procedures and appeals, as specified. The bill would also authorize a person to appeal to the secretary for a hearing under specified federal regulations and for the suspension of any registration. The bill would provide that an adverse action becomes final and nonappealable unless an appeal is timely filed.(4) Existing law authorizes, in lieu of prosecution, the secretary or a county agricultural commissioner to levy a civil penalty in a specified amount of not more than $5,000 against a person under the secretary’s enforcement jurisdiction who violates this act or implementing regulations.This bill would authorize, notwithstanding these penalties, the secretary or county agricultural commissioner to levy a civil penalty in an amount not more than an amount specified under federal law, if they find that a person or responsibly connected person knowingly sells or labels a person as organic in

CA SB 1136 - Damon Connolly
California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006: report.
04/09/2024 - Read second time. Ordered to third reading.
SB 1136, as introduced, Stern. California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006: report. The California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 designates the State Air Resources Board as the state agency charged with monitoring and regulating sources of emissions of greenhouse gases. The act requires the state board to prepare and approve a scoping plan for achieving the maximum technologically feasible and cost-effective reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and to update the scoping plan at least once every 5 years. Existing law requires the state board to present an informational report on the reported emissions of greenhouse gases, criteria pollutants, and toxic air contaminants from all sectors covered by the scoping plan at least once a year at a hearing of the Joint Legislative Committee on Climate Change Policies.This bill would instead require that informational report to cover topics related to the scoping plan, as directed by the Joint Legislative Committee on Climate Change Policies.

CA SB 114 - Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee
Education finance: education omnibus budget trailer bill.
06/27/2023 - Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 4:45 p.m.
SB 114, as amended, Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review. Education finance: education omnibus budget trailer bill. (1) Existing law establishes a public school financing system that requires state funding for school districts, county offices of education, and charter schools to be calculated pursuant to a local control funding formula, as specified. Existing law requires the Superintendent of Public Instruction to annually calculate a county local control funding formula for each county superintendent of schools that includes, among other things, an alternative education grant, as specified. Existing law includes, among other things, a base grant based upon average daily attendance as a component of that alternative education grant.This bill would revise the alternative education grant by, among other things, increasing the base grant component of the alternative education grant, revising the calculation of average daily attendance for purposes of the alternative education grant, as specified, and establishing add-ons of $200,000 for each county office of education that operates a juvenile court school and $200,000 for each county office of education that operates a county community school. The bill would require the Superintendent to allocate $3,000 per unit of average daily attendance for a Student Support and Enrichment Block Grant, as provided. The bill would make these provisions applicable commencing with the 2023–24 fiscal year.(2) Existing law, commencing with the 2018–19 fiscal year, requires the Superintendent to add $200,000 and other specified amounts, that are dependent upon the number and size of school districts under its jurisdiction and that are determined to be in need of differentiated assistance, to a county superintendent of school’s local control funding formula allocation, as specified.This bill, commencing with the 2023–24 fiscal year, would increase the above-described add-on by $100,000.(3) Existing law, commencing with the 2015–16 fiscal year, requires the Superintendent to add $2,000,000 to the Los Angeles County Office of Education’s local control funding formula allocation for the purpose of supporting statewide professional development and leadership training for education professionals related to antibias education and the creation of inclusive and equitable schools.This bill would, commencing with the 2023–24 fiscal year, increase that add-on for the Los Angeles County Office of Education by $1,000,000 to instead be $3,000,000.(4) The Early Education Act requires the Superintendent to administer the California state preschool program. The act also requires the Superintendent, in consultation with the Director of Social Services and the executive director of the State Board of Education, to convene a statewide interest holder workgroup to provide recommendations on best practices for increasing access to high-quality universal preschool programs for 3- and 4-year-old children offered through a mixed-delivery model that provides equitable learning experiences across a variety of settings. The act requires the Superintendent, in consultation with the director, to provide a report to the appropriate fiscal and policy committees of the Legislature and the Department of Finance with the recommendations of the workgroup no later than January 15, 2023.This bill would delay the reporting of those recommendations described above to instead be no later than March 31, 2024.(5) Existing law establishes the California Prekindergarten Planning and Implementation Grant Program as a state early learning initiative with the goal of expanding access to classroom-based prekindergarten programs. Existing law appropriates $300,000,000 from the General Fund to the State Department of Education in both the 2021–22 fiscal year and the 2022–23 fiscal year for allocation to local educational agencies as base grants, enrollment grants, and supplemental grants, as specified.The bill would authorize the department to allo

CA SB 1140 - Anna Marie Caballero
Enhanced infrastructure financing district.
03/21/2024 - Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on E.Q.
SB 1140, as introduced, Caballero. Enhanced infrastructure financing district. Existing law authorizes the legislative body of a city or a county to designate a proposed enhanced infrastructure financing district, with a governing body referred to as the public financing authority, by adopting a resolution of intention to establish the proposed district. Existing law requires an enhanced infrastructure financing district to only finance public capital facilities and specified other projects that provide significant benefits to the district or surrounding community, including projects that enable communities to adapt to the impacts of climate change. Existing law requires the legislative body to direct the city official or county official, as applicable, selected by the legislative body, to mail a copy of the resolution to each affected taxing entity. This bill would authorize the city official or county official, as applicable, to, instead, electronically submit a copy of the resolution to each affected taxing entity. The bill would also specify that an enhanced infrastructure financing district is authorized to finance projects intended to improve air quality.Existing law requires the public financing authority of an enhanced infrastructure financing district to hold a meeting and 3 public hearings on a proposed infrastructure financing plan, as provided. Existing law requires the infrastructure financing plan, among other things, to be sent to each owner of land within the proposed district and to each affected taxing entity. Existing law also requires a written notice of each meeting or public hearing to be mailed to each landowner, each resident, and each taxing entity at least 10 days before the meeting or public hearing, and a notice to be published in a newspaper of general circulation, as specified. Alternative to mailing the documents and notices, existing law authorizes an official designated by the city or county to, instead, mail a notice to each landowner, resident, and affected taxing entity at least 40 days before the first scheduled public hearing on the plan. Existing law requires the notice, among other things, to include a summary of the plan and the internet website where specified documents will be made available for public viewing or inspection. For the 2nd and 3rd public hearings, existing law requires additional notices to be provided with the above-described alternative procedures.Existing law requires the public financing authority to review the infrastructure financing plan at least annually and make any amendments that are necessary and appropriate. Existing law requires amendments to an approved infrastructure financing plan to be approved by a majority vote of the governing board at a public hearing held following the provision of a 30-day mailed notice describing the proposed changes to all property owners, residents, and affected taxing entities. Existing law requires a public financing authority to adopt an annual report, as provided, after holding a public hearing, and complying with certain notice requirements, including that the notice be mailed by first-class mail, but may be addressed to “occupant.”This bill would revise and recast the public hearing and meeting requirements to instead require the public financing authority to hold 2 public hearings, as specified. The bill would remove the requirement that a notice for the public hearings be published in a newspaper of general circulation. The bill would remove the requirement that annual report notices be mailed by first-class mail.This bill would revise and recast the alternative notice procedures and would authorize the alternative notice procedures to be used instead of the above-described notice requirements for amendments and annual plans. The bill would also remove the additional notice requirements for the 2nd and 3rd public hearings, as specified. The bill would additionally require the alternate notice to include a description of

CA SB 1157 - Melissa Hurtado
State contracts: certification process: forced labor and human trafficking.
04/11/2024 - Set for hearing April 17.
SB 1157, as amended, Hurtado. State contracts: certification process: forced labor and human trafficking. Existing law requires a contract entered into by any state agency for the procurement or laundering of apparel, garments, or corresponding accessories, or the procurement of equipment, materials, or supplies, other than procurement related to a public works contract, to require that a contractor certify that nothing furnished to the state pursuant to the contract has been laundered or produced by certain types of labor, including forced labor, as defined. Existing law makes any person who falsely certifies pursuant to these provisions guilty of a misdemeanor.This bill would revise the above contracting requirements to also require a contractor to certify that the contract complies with specified requirements relating to human trafficking, including certain prohibitions on contractors, contractor employees, subcontractors, subcontractor employees, and their agents. The bill would revise the definition of forced labor to mean knowingly providing or obtaining labor or services of a person by, among other things, threats of serious harm to, or physical restraint against, that person or another person. The bill would require contractors and subcontractors to notify employees of specified prohibited activities and the actions that may be taken against them for violations. The bill would provide that a contractor is ineligible for, and shall not bid on, or submit a proposal for, a contract under these provisions if the contractor has failed to certify its compliance. The bill would also require a contractor to exercise due diligence in ensuring that its subcontractors comply with those requirements, including requiring each subcontractor to sign a certification. By expanding the scope of a crime, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.This bill would require, before a contract or subcontract is awarded, a proposed contractor or proposed subcontractor to provide a certification to the contracting officer or contractor, as applicable, that states the contractor or subcontractor has implemented a compliance plan, as specified, and has conducted due diligence that either (1) to the best of the contractor’s or subcontractor’s knowledge and belief, certain parties have not engaged in any specified prohibited activities or (2) if the contractor or subcontractor is aware of abuses relating to the specified prohibited activities, then certain parties have taken the appropriate remedial and referral actions.This bill would require a contractor or subcontractor to take specified actions to ensure compliance with the above-described provisions, including requiring the contractor or subcontractor to disclose to the contracting officer and the state agency with oversight information sufficient to identify the nature and extent of a violation of a prohibited activity. The bill would specify certain actions a contractor would be required to take if a contractor, contractor employee, subcontractor, subcontractor employee, or agent violates these provisions or specified provisions, including, among others, notifying its employees of the actions that will be taken against the employee or agent for violations.Existing law authorizes certain sanctions to be imposed if a contractor knew or should have known that the apparel, garments, corresponding accessories, equipment, materials, or supplies furnished to the state were laundered or produced in violation of specified conditions, including, among others, voiding the contract under which the prohibited apparel, garments, or corresponding accessories, equipment, materials, or supplies were laundered or provided at the option of the state agency and removing the contractor from the bidder’s list for a period not to exceed 360 days.This bill would authorize additional sanctions, including, among others, requiring a contractor to remove a contractor employee from the performance of the contr

CA SB 1158 - Bob J. Archuleta
Carl Moyer Memorial Air Quality Standards Attainment Program.
04/11/2024 - Set for hearing April 23.
SB 1158, as introduced, Archuleta. Carl Moyer Memorial Air Quality Standards Attainment Program. Existing law establishes the Carl Moyer Memorial Air Quality Standards Attainment Program (Carl Moyer Program), which is administered by the State Air Resources Board, to provide grants to offset the incremental cost of eligible projects that reduce emissions of air pollutants from sources in the state and for funding a fueling infrastructure demonstration program and technology development efforts. Existing law requires that funds be allocated under the program to local air districts for liquidation in accordance with grant criteria and guidelines adopted by the state board. Existing law provides that any funds reserved for a local air district by the state board are available for disbursement to the district for a period of not more than 2 years from the time of reservation. Existing law requires funds not liquidated by a district by June 30 of the 4th calendar year following the date of the reservation to be returned to the state board within 90 days for future allocation under the program. Beginning January 1, 2034, existing law reduces the deadline for that period of liquidation to June 30 of the 2nd calendar year following the date of reservation.This bill would extend the deadline for the period of liquidation to June 30 of the 6th calendar year following the date of disbursement and would make other conforming changes.Under the Carl Moyer Program, existing law limits the amount of moneys that a local air district may use from its allocation for indirect costs of implementation of the program. Under existing law, that limit is 6.25% of the allocated moneys for a district with a population of 1,000,000 or more and 12.5% of the allocated moneys for a district with a population of less than 1,000,000.This bill would instead set that limit at 12.5% for all local air districts regardless of population.

CA SB 116 - Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee
Early childcare and education.
06/26/2023 - Ordered to third reading.
SB 116, as amended, Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review. Early childcare and education. (1) Existing law, the Child Care and Development Services Act, administered by the State Department of Social Services, establishes a system of childcare and development services for children up to 13 years of age. Existing law requires the department to contract with local contracting agencies for alternative payment programs for childcare services to be provided throughout the state. Existing law requires an alternative payment program to reimburse a licensed provider for the childcare of a subsidized child based on the rate charged to nonsubsidized families or the rate established by the provider for prospective nonsubsidized families, as specified, and requires a licensed childcare provider to submit to the alternative payment program a copy of the provider’s rate sheet listing the rates charged and other specified policies and statements.This bill would provide that a license-exempt childcare provider is not required to submit rate sheets. The bill would, if a childcare provider’s reimbursement rate category could be construed as either full-time weekly or full-time monthly, require the alternative payment program, county, or contractor to reimburse the provider either (A) the applicable rate category that most closely corresponds to the rate category listed on the licensed childcare provider’s rate sheet, or (B) if the alternative payment program, county, or contractor cannot determine a single applicable rate category from the licensed childcare provider’s rate sheet, or if the license-exempt childcare provider does not have a rate sheet on file, the applicable rate category that results in the higher reimbursement.Existing law requires the department, in collaboration with the State Department of Education, to implement a reimbursement system plan that establishes reasonable standards and assigned reimbursement rates, and specifies the reimbursement rate for contractors. Existing law requires the reimbursement rate to be increased by the above-described cost-of-living adjustment.The bill would suspend the annual cost-of-living adjustment for the reimbursement rate for the 2023–24 and 2024–25 fiscal years. The bill would state the intent of the Legislature that any adjustment in the 2023–24 and 2024–25 fiscal years related to reimbursement for programs funded pursuant to these provisions be subject to a ratified agreement and subject to future legislation, as specified.Under existing law, for purposes of establishing initial income eligibility for services under the act, “income eligible” means that a family’s adjusted monthly income is at or below 85% of the state median income, adjusted for family size. Existing regulations provide how to calculate a family’s adjusted monthly income for purposes of determining income eligibility and calculating a family fee, and require that when a family’s income fluctuates because of migrant, agricultural, or seasonal work, inconsistent or unstable employment; self-employment; or intermittent income, the adjusted monthly income be determined by averaging the total countable income from the preceding 12 months.This bill would codify that regulation, except the bill would require that when a family experiences income fluctuation due to any of those previously mentioned reasons, a family may choose to provide up to the 12 preceding months of income information as necessary for purposes of determining income eligibility or calculating a family fee. The bill would require that the monthly income be determined by averaging the total countable income from at least 2 months, as applicable based on the income provided, to determine income eligibility or calculating a family fee. The bill would authorize the department to implement and administer these provisions by all-county letters, bulletins, or similar written instructions until regulations are adopted. The bill would require the department to adopt

CA SB 1167 - Catherine S. Blakespear
Solid waste: single-use drinking vessels.
04/04/2024 - From committee with author's amendments. Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on E.Q.
SB 1167, as amended, Blakespear. Solid waste: single-use drinking vessels. Existing law prohibits a full-service restaurant, as specified, from providing single-use plastic straws, as defined, to consumers unless requested by the consumer. Existing law requires a city, county, or city and county, to authorize an enforcement agency to enforce these provisions. Existing law specifies that the first and 2nd violations of these provisions would result in a notice of violation and any subsequent violation would be an infraction punishable by a fine of $25 for each day the full-service restaurant is in violation, but not to exceed an annual total of $300. This bill would require a chain restaurant, before serving a beverage, to ask a customer if the customer intends to consume the beverage on the premises or off the premises. The bill would prohibit a chain restaurant from serving a beverage in a single-use vessel if a customer indicates intent to consume the beverage on the premises, as specified, and would subject a violator to the enforcement provisions described above. By expanding the scope of a crime, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program. The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.

CA SB 118 - Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee
Budget Act of 2023: health.
06/26/2023 - Ordered to third reading.
SB 118, as amended, Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review. Budget Act of 2023: health. (1) Existing law, the Knox-Keene Health Care Service Plan Act of 1975, provides for the licensure and regulation of health care service plans by the Department of Managed Health Care and makes a willful violation of the act a crime. Existing law requires a health care service plan to provide disclosures regarding the benefits, services, and terms of the plan contract, as specified, to provide the public, subscribers, and enrollees with a full and fair disclosure of the provisions of the plan.This bill would require the department to develop standard templates for the disclosure form and evidence of coverage, to include, among other things, standard definitions, benefit descriptions, and any other information that the director determines, consistent with the goals of providing fair disclosures of the provisions of a health care service plan. The bill would require the department to consult with the Department of Insurance and interested stakeholders in developing the standard templates. The bill would require health care service plans, beginning January 1, 2025, to use the standard templates for any disclosure form or evidence of coverage published or distributed, except as specified. Because a willful violation of these requirements is a crime, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.This bill would authorize the department to develop standard templates for a schedule of benefits, an explanation of benefits, a cost-sharing summary, or any similar document. The bill would authorize the department to require health care service plans to use the standard templates, except as specified, and would authorize the director to require health care service plans to submit forms the health care service plan created based on the department’s templates for the purpose of compliance review. The bill would additionally specify that the department may implement these provisions by issuing and modifying templates and all-plan letters or similar instructions, without taking regulatory action. The bill would also update cross-references in various provisions.(2) Existing law requires a health care service plan contract or disability insurance policy to cover mental health and substance use disorder treatment, including medically necessary treatment of a mental health or substance use disorder provided by an in-network or out-of-network 988 center or mobile crisis team. Existing law prohibits a health care service plan or insurer from requiring prior authorization for medically necessary treatment of a mental health or substance use disorder provided by a 988 center or mobile crisis team.This bill would instead specify that mental health and substance use disorder treatment includes behavioral health crisis services that are provided by a 988 center, mobile crisis team or other provider of behavioral health crisis services. The bill would prohibit a health care service plan or health insurer from requiring prior authorization for behavioral health crisis stabilization services and care, but would authorize prior authorization for medically necessary mental health or substance use disorder services following stabilization from a behavioral health crisis addressed by services provided through the 988 system.This bill would require a health care service plan or health insurer that is contacted by a 988 center, mobile crisis team, or other provider of behavioral health crisis services to, within 30 minutes of initial contact, either authorize poststabilization care or inform the provider that it will arrange for the prompt transfer of the enrollee’s care to another provider. The bill would require the plan or insurer to reimburse a provider for poststabilization care in specified circumstances, including if the plan or insurer did not respond within 30 minutes to authorize care or arrange for transfer. The bill would require a plan or insurer to promine

CA SB 120 - Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee
Human services.
06/26/2023 - Ordered to third reading.
SB 120, as amended, Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review. Human services. (1) Existing law, the California Community Care Facilities Act, provides for the licensing and regulation of community care facilities, including group home facilities, short-term residential therapeutic programs (STRTPs), and adult residential facilities (ARFs), by the State Department of Social Services. Under existing law, the department similarly regulates residential care facilities for the elderly. A violation of provisions relating to these facilities is a misdemeanor. Existing law requires administrators of these facilities, with specified exemptions, to complete a department-approved certification program, uniformly referred to as administrator certification training programs. Under existing law, these programs require a specified minimum number of hours, depending on the facility type, of classroom instruction that provides training on a uniform core of knowledge in specified areas. Existing law also requires administrator certificates to be renewed every 2 years, conditional upon the certificate holder submitting documentation of a specified number of hours of continuing education, based on the facility type. Existing law permits up to one-half of the required continuing education hours to be satisfied through online courses, and the remainder to be completed in a classroom instructional setting, as prescribed.This bill would revise those provisions by deleting the classroom instruction requirement for initial certification and continuing education purposes, and instead would require instruction that is conducive to learning and allows participants to simultaneously interact with each other as well as with the instructor. The bill would authorize up to one-half of continuing education hours to be satisfied through self-paced courses, rather than online courses. The bill would make various conforming changes.Existing law authorizes the department to license as ARFs, subject to specified conditions, adult residential facilities for persons with special health care needs (ARFPSHNs), which provide 24-hour services to up to 5 adults with developmental disabilities who have special health care and intensive support needs, as defined. Existing law requires the department to ensure that an ARFPSHN meets specified administrative requirements, including requirements related to fingerprinting and criminal records.This bill additionally would require an ARFPSHN to meet the administrator certification requirements of an ARF, including, but not limited to, completing a department-approved administrator certification training program requiring a designated minimum number of hours of instruction conducive to learning, in which participants are able to simultaneously interact with each other as well as with the instructor, that provides training on the uniform core of knowledge applicable to ARFs, as specified. The bill would require an applicant for an administrator’s certificate to submit an application for certification to the department and pass an examination, as prescribed.Because a violation of the above-described requirements would be a crime, this bill would create a state-mandated local program.Existing law includes within the definition of a community care facility, full-service adoption agencies and noncustodial adoption agencies, both of which are licensed entities authorized to provide specified adoption services. Under existing law, a facility is deemed to be an unlicensed community care facility and maintained and operated to provide nonmedical care if it is unlicensed, not exempt from licensure, and if it satisfies one of several specified conditions, including, among others, performing any of the functions of an adoption agency or holding itself out as performing any of the functions of an adoption agency, as specified. Existing law prohibits the operation of an unlicensed community care facility in the state and makes a violation of these p

CA SB 1204 - Bob J. Archuleta
Planning and Zoning Law: electric vehicle charging stations.
02/29/2024 - Referred to Com. on RLS.
SB 1204, as introduced, Archuleta. Planning and Zoning Law: electric vehicle charging stations. Existing law, the Planning and Zoning Law, with regard to zoning regulations, requires every city, county, and city and county to administratively approve an application to install electric vehicle charging stations and, until January 1, 2030, hydrogen-fueling stations that meet certain requirements, through the issuance of a building permit or similar nondiscretionary permit, as prescribed.This bill would make nonsubstantive changes to those provisions.

CA SB 1206 - Josh Becker
GO-Biz: next generation batteries.
04/09/2024 - Set for hearing April 15.
SB 1206, as amended, Becker. GO-Biz: next generation batteries. Existing law establishes the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz), which serves the Governor as the lead entity for economic strategy and the marketing of California on issues relating to business development, private sector investment, and economic growth. Existing law authorizes GO-Biz, until July 1, 2025, to undertake measures that are necessary or useful to prepare and submit an application to receive funding from the regional clean hydrogen hubs program established by the Secretary of the United States Department of Energy or to otherwise participate in the regional clean hydrogen hubs program. Existing law requires grants made from any funding received from the regional clean hydrogen hubs program to be used as specified. The California Renewables Portfolio Standard Program requires the Public Utilities Commission to establish a renewables portfolio standard, as defined, requiring all retail sellers, as defined, to procure a minimum quantity of electricity products from eligible renewable energy resources, as defined, so that the total kilowatthours of those products sold to their retail end-use customers achieves 25% of retail sales by December 31, 2016, 33% by December 31, 2020, 44% by December 31, 2024, 52% by December 31, 2027, and 60% by December 31, 2030. The California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 designates the State Air Resources Board as the state agency responsible for monitoring and regulating sources emitting greenhouse gases. The act requires the state board to prepare and approve a scoping plan for achieving the maximum technologically feasible and cost-effective reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and to update the scoping plan at least once every 5 years.This bill would, until January 1, 2030, authorize GO-Biz to undertake measures that are necessary or useful to prepare and submit an application to receive funding from next generation battery hub programs, as defined. The bill would require that grants made from any funding received from next generation battery hub programs under its provisions support projects in California, including, but not limited to, in the San Francisco Bay area and the Sacramento Valley, that advance progress toward resource adequacy goals and the targets of the scoping plan and the California Renewables Portfolio Standard Program. The bill would also require that grants made from any funding received from next generation battery hub programs under its provisions prioritize projects that meet any of the specified conditions, including that the project help reduce costs and increase access to batteries. Prior to the submission of any applications to receive funding from next generation battery hub programs, the bill would require a partnership entered into pursuant to the above-described provisions to adopt a community benefits plan that includes specified elements. The bill would require GO-Biz to submit a report to the relevant budget and policy committees of the Legislature on or before March 1, 2030, and annually thereafter, regarding the status of any partnership entered into pursuant to the above-described provisions.This bill would make legislative findings and declarations as to the necessity of a special statute for the San Francisco Bay area and the Sacramento Valley.

CA SB 1216 - Catherine S. Blakespear
Transportation projects: Class III bikeways: prohibition.
04/03/2024 - Set for hearing April 23.
SB 1216, as introduced, Blakespear. Transportation projects: Class III bikeways: prohibition. (1) Existing law establishes 4 classifications of bikeways and defines a “Class III bikeway” as a bikeway that provide a right-of-way on-street or off-street, designated by signs or permanent markings and shared with pedestrians and motorists.This bill would prohibit, on and after January 1, 2025, an agency responsible for the development or operation of bikeways or highways where bicycle travel is permitted from installing a Class III bikeway or restriping a Class III bikeway on a highway that has a posted speed limit greater than 30 miles per hour.(2) Existing law establishes the Active Transportation Program in the Department of Transportation for the purpose of encouraging increased use of active modes of transportation, such as biking and walking, with specified available funds to be allocated to eligible projects by the California Transportation Commission and regional transportation agencies. Existing law requires the commission to develop guidelines and project selection criteria for the program, as provided. Existing law requires the guidelines regarding project eligibility to include, among other guidelines, the development of new bikeways and walkways, or improvements to existing bikeways and walkways, that improve mobility, access, or safety for nonmotorized users. Existing law requires the guidelines regarding project selection to include, among other guidelines, increasing and improving connectivity and mobility of nonmotorized users.This bill would prohibit, on and after January 1, 2025, funds appropriated to the program from being allocated to a project that creates a Class III bikeway. The bill would prohibit, on and after January 1, 2025, the commission’s guidelines with regard to project eligibility from including the development of Class III bikeways. The bill also would prohibit, on and after January 1, 2025, the commission’s guidelines with regard to project selection from including the connection of a bikeway connecting to a Class III bikeway as increasing and improving connectivity and mobility of nonmotorized users.

CA SB 1221 - David K. Min
Gas corporations: gas distribution infrastructure: zero-emission alternatives.
04/04/2024 - Set for hearing April 16.
SB 1221, as amended, Min. Gas corporations: gas distribution infrastructure: zero-emission alternatives. Existing law vests the Public Utilities Commission with regulatory authority over public utilities, including gas corporations. Existing law requires every public utility to furnish and maintain adequate, efficient, just and reasonable service, instrumentalities, equipment, and facilities as are necessary to promote the safety, health, comfort, and convenience of its patrons, employees, and the public.This bill would require each gas corporation, by July 1, 2025, to annually file a map containing certain information, including the location of all potential gas distribution line replacement projects identified in its distribution integrity management plan and other foreseeable gas distribution pipeline replacements. The bill would require the commission, by January 1, 2026, to do various things, including the establishment of criteria and methodology for determining the cost-effectiveness of zero-emission alternatives, as defined, the determination of the appropriate rate of return and recovery period that a gas corporation is eligible to receive their costs to implement zero-emission alternatives, the designation of priority neighborhood decarbonization zones taking into consideration certain factors, and the adoption of a long-term gas distribution system planning process to evaluate and implement zero-emission alternatives for gas distribution line replacement projects and other capital investments in the gas distribution system. The bill would require the commission to evaluate the costs and benefits of thermal energy networks and identify potential implementation barriers. The bill would prohibit a gas corporation from involuntarily laying off employees as a result of the implementation of zero-emission alternatives.This bill would authorize a gas corporation to cease providing service if adequate substitute energy service is reasonably available to support the energy end use of the affected gas corporation customers.This bill would require the commission, by January 1, 2026, to direct each electrical corporation to offer incremental discounts or other rate adjustments, if needed, to enable the adoption of building electrification technologies by participants in the California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE) program or the Family Electric Rate Assistance (FERA) program, as provided.Under existing law, a violation of the Public Utilities Act or an order, decision, rule, direction, demand, or requirement of the commission is a crime.Because the above requirements are codified in the act and a violation of those requirements or a commission’s action implementing those requirements would be a crime, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.

CA SB 123 - Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee
Energy.
06/27/2023 - Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 4:45 p.m.
SB 123, as amended, Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review. Energy. (1) The California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 designates the State Air Resources Board as the state agency charged with monitoring and regulating sources of emissions of greenhouse gases. Existing law requires the state board, by July 1, 2025, to develop, in consultation with specified stakeholders, a framework for measuring and then reducing the average carbon intensity of the materials used in the construction of new buildings, including those for residential uses. Existing law requires the framework to include a comprehensive strategy for the state’s building sector to achieve a 40% net reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of building materials, as determined from a baseline calculated using data reported for the 2026 calendar year, as specified. Existing law requires the strategy to achieve this target as soon as possible, but no later than December 31, 2035, with an interim target of 20% net reduction by December 31, 2030. Existing law requires the state board, by July 1, 2029, to evaluate the feasibility and cost impact of achieving the interim target of 20% net reduction by December 31, 2030.This bill would extend the date by which the state board is required to develop the above-described framework from July 1, 2025, to December 31, 2026, and would require the framework to only measure the average carbon intensity of the materials used in the construction of new buildings, including those for residential uses. The bill would require the board to develop the comprehensive strategy for the state’s building sector to achieve a 40% net reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of building materials, by December 31, 2028. The bill would extend the date by which the state board is required to evaluate the feasibility and cost impact of achieving the interim target of 20% net reduction from July 1, 2029, to December 31, 2029.(2) Existing law requires an electric vehicle charging station that requires payment of a fee to allow a person desiring to use the station to pay by credit card or mobile technology. Existing law authorizes the State Air Resources Board to adopt interoperability billing standards for network roaming payment methods for electric vehicle charging stations, as provided.This bill would require an electric vehicle charging station that is newly installed or made publicly available to offer specified payment methods, as provided. The bill would authorize the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission (Energy Commission), by regulation that is effective no earlier than January 1, 2028, to add or subtract from the payment methods required by the bill, as appropriate in light of changing technologies. The bill would vest the authority to implement and enforce those requirements on electric vehicle charging stations with the Energy Commission and would specify that the state board has the authority to enforce the requirements on electric vehicle charging stations until the commission adopts regulations implementing those requirements.(3) Existing law establishes the Energy Commission and requires the commission to be composed of 5 members. Existing law provides an annual salary for members of the Energy Commission, effective as of January 1, 1988, and prescribes a method by which it may be increased.This bill would, for the 2023–24, 2024–25, and 2025–26 fiscal years, provide for an additional increase of 5% to the annual compensation of the members of the Energy Commission.(4) Existing law establishes the self-generation incentive program to increase the deployment of distributed generation and energy storage systems to facilitate the integration of those resources into the electrical grid, improve efficiency and reliability of the distribution and transmission system, and reduce emissions of greenhouse gases, peak demand, and ratepayer costs. Existing law requires the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to require the admi

CA SB 1237 - Henry I. Stern
Methane.
04/04/2024 - Set for hearing April 16.
SB 1237, as introduced, Stern. Methane. Existing law regulates natural gas in various contexts, including for purposes of manufacturing, transportation, energy generation, utility service, and storage, and establishes various programs, funds, and charges related to natural gas, including the Natural Gas Services Program and the natural gas surcharge. Existing law defines “natural gas,” for specified purposes, as all gas produced in this state, natural or manufactured, except propane, for light, heat, or electricity.Existing law requires the Director of General Services to operate the Natural Gas Services Program to consolidate and address the needs of multiple state agencies for the procurement of natural gas and related services. Existing law creates the Department of General Services Natural Gas Services Program Account, which is continuously appropriated to the department for purposes of operating that program.Existing law requires the Public Utilities Commission to impose a surcharge on all natural gas consumed in this state to fund low-income assistance programs, cost-effective energy efficiency and conservation activities, and public interest research and development that are not adequately provided by the competitive and regulated markets. Existing law establishes the Gas Consumption Surcharge Fund, which is continuously appropriated to that commission for specified purposes, as prescribed.This bill would generally replace the term “natural gas” with the term “methane” throughout all of the state’s codes. Because some natural gas is not methane and some methane is not natural gas, the bill would authorize the expenditure of continuously appropriated moneys for new purposes, thereby making an appropriation, and would also change the applicability of various charges, and the purposes for which revenues from those charges may be used.Under existing law, a violation of the Public Utilities Act or any order, decision, rule, direction, demand, or requirement of the Public Utilities Commission is a crime.Because certain of the above provisions would be part of the act and a violation of a Public Utilities Commission action implementing this bill’s requirements would be a crime, and to the extent this bill would mandate that a local entity provide a new program or higher level of service, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.This bill would provide that with regard to certain mandates no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.With regard to any other mandates, this bill would provide that, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that the bill contains costs so mandated by the state, reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to the statutory provisions noted above.

CA SB 1238 - Susan Talamantes Eggman
Lanterman-Petris-Short Act: designated facilities.
04/11/2024 - From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on JUD. (Ayes 11. Noes 0.) (April 10). Re-referred to Com. on JUD.
SB 1238, as amended, Eggman. Lanterman-Petris-Short Act: designated facilities. Under existing law, the Lanterman-Petris-Short Act (act), when a person, as a result of a mental health disorder, is a danger to others or to themselves, or gravely disabled, as defined, the person may, upon probable cause, be taken into custody for a period of up to 72 hours for assessment, evaluation, and crisis intervention, or placement for evaluation and treatment in a facility designated by the county for evaluation and treatment and approved by the State Department of Health Care Services.Existing law defines the above-described designated facility as a facility that is licensed or certified as a mental health treatment facility or a hospital by the State Department of Public Health, and may include, but is not limited to, a licensed psychiatric hospital, a licensed psychiatric health facility, and a certified crisis stabilization unit.This bill would expand the definition of a “facility designated by the county for evaluation and treatment” or “designated facility” by specifying that it may also include a facility that both (1) has appropriate services, personnel, and security to safely treat individuals being held involuntarily and (2) is licensed or certified as a skilled nursing facility, mental health rehabilitation center, social rehabilitation facility, or as a facility capable of providing treatment at American Society of Addiction Medicine levels of care 3.7 to 4.0, inclusive. The bill would authorize a county to designate a facility for the purpose of providing one or more specified treatments required by the act. Existing regulations prohibit a licensed psychiatric health facility or licensed mental health rehabilitation center from admitting an individual who is diagnosed only with a substance use disorder.This bill would require the State Department of Health Care Services to authorize licensed psychiatric health facilities and licensed mental health rehabilitation centers to admit an individual who is diagnosed only with a severe substance use disorder, as defined.Existing law requires a person admitted to a facility for 72-hour treatment and evaluation to receive an evaluation as soon as possible after the person is admitted and to receive whatever treatment and care the person’s condition requires for the full period that they are held, as specified.This bill would require the State Department of Health Care Services to ensure that designated facilities are reimbursed for evaluation and treatment of stand-alone substance use disorders at reimbursement rates equivalent to those provided for evaluation and treatment of mental health disorders.This bill would authorize the State Department of Health Care Services to implement, interpret, or make specific these provisions, in whole or in part, by means of information notices, provider bulletins, or other similar instructions, without taking any further regulatory action.

CA SB 124 - Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee
Energy.
07/05/2023 - Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 4 p.m.
SB 124, as amended, Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review. Energy. (1) The Bergeson-Peace Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank Act establishes the California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank (I-Bank) in the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development, governed by a board of directors. The act, among other things, authorizes the I-Bank to make loans, issue bonds, and provide financial assistance for various types of projects that qualify as economic development or public development facilities.The Climate Catalyst Revolving Loan Fund Act of 2020 authorizes the I-Bank, under the Climate Catalyst Revolving Loan Fund Program, to provide financial assistance to any eligible sponsor or participating party for eligible climate catalyst projects, as defined, either directly to the sponsor or participating party or to a lending or financial institution, as specified. The act, beginning in the 2021–22 fiscal year, requires the I-Bank to adopt a climate catalyst financing plan, as specified, after meeting and conferring with authorized consulting agencies concerning specific categories of climate catalyst projects. The act establishes the Climate Catalyst Revolving Loan Fund, a continuously appropriated fund, in the state treasury for the purpose of implementing the objectives and provisions of act.This bill, beginning in the 2023–24 fiscal year, would require a climate catalyst financing plan to authorize the I-Bank to provide financial assistance and to use all financing authorities provided under the Bergeson-Peace Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank Act in its implementation of a climate catalyst financing plan. The bill would additionally authorize specified state agencies to provide consultation on climate catalyst projects to leverage federal funding available under the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund, as provided, and would authorize the Climate Catalyst Revolving Loan Fund to receive moneys from the federal government and funds sourced from federal appropriations, as specified. The bill would require use of the moneys and funds to comply with specified criteria. (2) Existing law requires the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission (Energy Commission) and the State Air Resources Board, on or before December 31, 2024, to prepare a Transportation Fuels Transition Plan and requires the Energy Commission and the state board to prepare the plan in consultation with the state’s fuel producers and refiners and a multistakeholder, multiagency workgroup, including the California Environmental Protection Agency and the Natural Resources Agency, that is convened by the Energy Commission and the state board.This bill would instead require the Energy Commission, the state board, the California Environmental Protection Agency, and the Natural Resources Agency to convene the multistakeholder, multiagency workgroup and would require the workgroup to consist of members representing specified interests and groups, including the state’s fuel producers and refiners.Existing law, beginning on June 26, 2023, establishes the Independent Consumer Fuels Advisory Committee within the Energy Commission to advise the Energy Commission and the Division of Petroleum Market Oversight. Existing law specifies that the committee has access to all information submitted to the Energy Commission or to the division necessary to fulfill its duties.This bill would instead specify that the committee has access to aggregated or otherwise anonymized information submitted to the Energy Commission or to the division necessary to fulfill its duties under conditions as the Energy Commission determines necessary to ensure that public disclosure of specific information does not result in an unfair competitive disadvantage to the person supplying the information or adversely affect market competition. (3) Existing law creates the Demand Side Grid Support Program, and requ

CA SB 127 - Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee
State government.
06/26/2023 - Ordered to third reading.
SB 127, as amended, Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review. State government. (1) Existing law, the California Age-Appropriate Design Code Act, among other things, requires a business that provides an online service, product, or feature likely to be accessed by children to comply with specified requirements, including a requirement to configure all default privacy settings offered by the online service, product, or feature to the settings that offer a high level of privacy, unless the business can demonstrate a compelling reason that a different setting is in the best interests of children, and to provide privacy information, terms of service, policies, and community standards concisely, prominently, and using clear language suited to the age of children likely to access that online service, product, or feature.Existing law establishes the California Children’s Data Protection Working Group to deliver a report to the Legislature on or before January 1, 2024, and every 2 years thereafter, regarding best practices for the implementation of these provisions, as specified. Existing law requires the working group to select a chair and a vice chair from among its members and requires the working group to consist of 10 members, as specified.This bill would specify that the working group is within the Office of the Attorney General, and would require the report to, instead, be delivered on or before July 1, 2024, and every 2 years thereafter. The bill would instead require the working group to consist of 9 members, as specified. The bill would permit meetings of the working group to be conducted by means of remote communication, as specified.(2) The California Constitution generally prohibits the total annual appropriations subject to limitation of the state and each local government from exceeding the appropriations limit of the entity of government for the prior fiscal year, adjusted for the change in the cost of living and the change in population, and prescribes procedures for making adjustments to the appropriations limit. The California Constitution defines “appropriations subject to limitation” of the state to mean any authorization to expend during a fiscal year the proceeds of taxes levied by or for the state, exclusive of, among other things, state subventions for the use and operation of local government, except as specified. The California Constitution defines “appropriations subject to limitation” of an entity of local government to mean any authorization to expend during a fiscal year the proceeds of taxes levied by or for that entity and the proceeds of state subventions to that entity, except as specified, exclusive of refunds of taxes.Existing statutory provisions implementing these constitutional provisions establish the procedure for establishing the appropriations limit of the state and of each local jurisdiction for each fiscal year. Under existing law, revenues and appropriations for a local jurisdiction include subventions and with respect to the state, revenues and appropriations exclude those subventions. Existing law defines, for those purposes, “state subventions” as only including money received by a local agency from the state, the use of which is unrestricted by the statute providing the subvention.For fiscal years commencing with the 2020–21 fiscal year, existing law defines “state subventions” to additionally include money provided to a local agency pursuant to certain state programs and requires any money received by a local agency pursuant to that provision to be included within the appropriations limit of the local agency, up to the full appropriations limit of the local agency, as prescribed.This bill would require the Department of Finance to, no later than February 1 of each year, calculate the individual subvention amounts for each of those state programs and provide this information on an annual basis to the California State Association of Counties and the League of California Cities for distribu

CA SB 1289 - Richard Dale Roth
Medi-Cal: county call centers: data.
04/08/2024 - From committee with author's amendments. Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on HEALTH.
SB 1289, as amended, Roth. Medi-Cal: county call centers: data. Existing law establishes the Medi-Cal program, which is administered by the State Department of Health Care Services and under which qualified low-income individuals receive health care services. The Medi-Cal program is, in part, governed and funded by federal Medicaid program provisions. Existing law sets forth various responsibilities for counties relating to eligibility determinations and enrollment functions under the Medi-Cal program.Existing federal law sets forth Medicaid reporting requirements for each state during the period between April 1, 2023, and June 30, 2024, inclusive, relating to eligibility redeterminations, including, among other information, the total call-center volume, average wait times, and average abandonment rate for each call center of the state agency responsible for administering the state plan, as specified.This bill would require the department to establish statewide minimum standards for assistance provided by county call centers to applicants or beneficiaries applying for, renewing, or requesting help in obtaining or maintaining Medi-Cal coverage. The bill would require promulgation of the standards in regulation by July 1, 2026, as specified. The bill would authorize the department to develop alternate standards for a county that does not operate a call center for Medi-Cal applicants and beneficiaries.The bill would require a county to collect and submit to the department on April 1, 2025 and each quarter thereafter call-center data metrics, including, among other information, call volume, average call wait times by language, and callbacks. Commencing on July 1, 2025, and each quarter thereafter, the bill would require a county that does not operate a call center for Medi-Cal applicants and beneficiaries to collect and submit to the department approved alternative metrics. By creating new duties for counties relating to call data, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.The bill would require the department to prepare a report, excluding any personally identifiable information, on county call data, identifying challenges and targets or standards for improvement. The bill would require the department to post the report on its internet website on a quarterly basis no later than 45 calendar days after the conclusion of each quarter. The bill would require the initial report on county call-center data from counties operating call centers to be due on May 15, 2025.The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.This bill would provide that, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that the bill contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to the statutory provisions noted above.

CA SB 1290 - Richard Dale Roth
Health care coverage: essential health benefits.
04/12/2024 - Set for hearing April 22.
SB 1290, as introduced, Roth. Health care coverage: essential health benefits. Existing law, the Knox-Keene Health Care Service Plan Act of 1975, requires the Department of Managed Health Care to license and regulate health care service plans and makes a willful violation of the act a crime. Other existing law requires the Department of Insurance to regulate health insurers. Existing law requires an individual or small group health care service plan contract or health insurance policy issued, amended, or renewed on or after January 1, 2017, to include, at a minimum, coverage for essential health benefits pursuant to the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Existing law requires a health care service plan contract or health insurance policy to cover the same health benefits that the benchmark plan, the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan Small Group HMO 30 plan, offered during the first quarter of 2014, as specified.This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to review California’s essential health benefits benchmark plan and establish a new benchmark plan for the 2027 plan year. The bill would limit the applicability of the current benchmark plan benefits to plan years on or before the 2027 plan year.The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.

CA SB 1307 - Josh Becker
Childcare and development services: eligibility and priority.
04/04/2024 - Set for hearing April 15.
SB 1307, as introduced, Becker. Childcare and development services: eligibility and priority. Existing law, the Child Care and Development Services Act, administered by the State Department of Social Services, requires the department to administer childcare and development programs that offer a full range of services to eligible children from infancy to 13 years of age, inclusive. The act requires that families meet specified requirements to be eligible for federal and state subsidized childcare and development services, including that a family is a current aid recipient or is income eligible, among other eligible statuses, and the family needs childcare services because, among other reasons, the family is homeless. This bill would extend eligibility for subsidized childcare and development services, to the extent funds are available in the next state plan, to families with a family member who has verified employment of at least 20 hours or more per week at a childcare center or family childcare home, regardless of household income. Existing law establishes priority for federal and state subsidized child development services with first priority given to neglected or abused children who are recipients of child protective services and 2nd priority given to income eligible families, as specified. This bill would give 3rd priority, to the extent funds are available in the next state plan, to families that are eligible due to a family member’s employment at a childcare center or family childcare home.

CA SB 1358 - Janet Q. Nguyen
Rabies control data.
03/26/2024 - April 3 set for first hearing canceled at the request of author.
SB 1358, as introduced, Nguyen. Rabies control data. Existing law governs the seizure, rescue, adopting out, and euthanasia of abandoned and surrendered animals by animal control officers, law enforcement officers, animal shelters, and rescue organizations. Existing law requires the governing body of each city, city and county, or county to maintain or provide for the maintenance of an animal shelter system and a rabies control program.This bill would require the State Department of Public Health to collect certain rabies control program data from each city, city and county, or county, as outlined. By increasing the data collected from each city, city and county, and county, this bill would create a state-mandated local program.The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.This bill would provide that, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that the bill contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to the statutory provisions noted above.

CA SB 1360 - Marie Alvarado-Gil
Water quality: state board certification.
03/18/2024 - From committee with author's amendments. Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on RLS.
SB 1360, as amended, Alvarado-Gil. Water quality: state board certification. Under existing law, the State Water Resources Control Board and the California regional water quality control boards prescribe waste discharge requirements in accordance with the Federal Water Pollution Control Act and the Porter-Cologne Water Quality Control Act. Under federal law, any applicant seeking a federal license or permit for an activity that may result in any discharge into the navigable waters of the United States is required to first seek a state water quality certification, as specified. The Porter-Cologne Water Quality Control Act authorizes the state board to certify or provide a statement to a federal agency, as required pursuant to federal law, that there is reasonable assurance that an activity of any person subject to the jurisdiction of the state board will not reduce water quality below applicable standards. The federal act provides that if a state fails or refuses to act on a request for this certification within a reasonable period of time, which shall not exceed one year after receipt of the request, then the state certification requirements are waived with respect to the federal application. Existing law authorizes the state board to issue the certificate or statement before completion of the required environmental review if the state board determines that waiting until completion of that environmental review to issue the certificate or statement poses a substantial risk of waiver of the state board’s certification authority under the Federal Water Pollution Control Act or any other federal water quality control law, as provided.This bill would require the state board to issue the certificate or statement before completion of the required environmental review if the state board and Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development, in consultation with an applicant, jointly determine that the applicant’s project will help the state meet its clean energy goals and increase electric reliability and waiting until completion of that environmental review to issue the certificate or statement poses a risk to the applicant of not being eligible for federal tax credits or incentives, as provided.

CA SB 1368 - Rosilicie Ochoa Bogh
School curriculum: sexual health education and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) prevention education: health framework: pregnancy centers.
02/29/2024 - Referred to Com. on ED.
SB 1368, as introduced, Ochoa Bogh. School curriculum: sexual health education and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) prevention education: health framework: pregnancy centers. Existing law establishes the Instructional Quality Commission and requires the commission to, among other things, recommend curriculum frameworks to the State Board of Education.This bill would require the commission, when the Health Framework for California Public Schools is next revised after January 1, 2025, to include information on pregnancy centers as a resource in that health framework.Existing law, the California Healthy Youth Act, requires school districts to ensure that all pupils in grades 7 to 12, inclusive, receive comprehensive sexual health education and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) prevention education, as specified. Under the act, this instruction includes, among other things, information about local resources related to sexual and reproductive health and pregnancy prevention and care, as provided.This bill would require the department to make information about pregnancy centers available on its internet website and would require pregnancy centers to be included by school districts in the above-described information about local resources. By imposing additional duties on school districts, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.This bill would provide that, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that the bill contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to the statutory provisions noted above.

CA SB 1383 - Steven Craig Bradford
California Advanced Services Fund: Broadband Public Housing Account.
04/12/2024 - Set for hearing April 22.
SB 1383, as amended, Bradford. California Advanced Services Fund: Broadband Public Housing Account. Existing law requires the Public Utilities Commission to establish the Broadband Public Housing Account in the California Advanced Services Fund and makes the moneys in the account available to the commission to award grants to low-income communities to finance projects to connect broadband networks that offer free broadband service that meets or exceeds state standards for residents of low-income communities.This bill would make moneys in the account available instead for grants and loans to finance projects to connect broadband networks that offer broadband service for residents of low-income communities and would revise the requirement that the broadband service be free to require certain grantees to provide residential subscribers within low-income communities with a free or low-cost broadband internet access service plan, as provided. The bill would authorize the commission to make grants to support the deployment of network devices to address barriers to consistent deployment of broadband services in a low-income community. The bill would specify that the requirement to provide a free or low-cost broadband internet access service plan does not apply to a grantee that is awarded grants for the sole purpose of deployment network devices to improve broadband services.Under existing law, a violation of the Public Utilities Act or an order, decision, rule, direction, demand, or requirement of the commission is a crime.Because the requirement related to the provision of a free or low-cost broadband internet access service plan would be a part of the act and a violation of a commission action implementing that requirement would be a crime, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.

CA SB 140 - Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee
Early childcare and education.
09/13/2023 - Chaptered by Secretary of State. Chapter 193, Statutes of 2023.
SB 140, Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review. Early childcare and education. Existing law, the Child Care and Development Services Act, administered by the State Department of Social Services, establishes a system of childcare and development services for children up to 13 years of age. Existing law, the Early Education Act, among other things, requires the Superintendent of Public Instruction to administer all California state preschool programs, including, but not limited to, part-day and full-day developmentally and age-appropriate programs for 3- and 4-year-old children. Existing law requires the State Department of Social Services to coordinate with the State Department of Education and others to develop the state plan for purposes of the federal Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF).Existing law requires the State Department of Social Services, in collaboration with the State Department of Education, to implement a reimbursement system plan that establishes reasonable standards and assigned reimbursement rates. Existing law requires the state and Child Care Providers United - California to establish a Joint Labor Management Committee to develop recommendations for a single reimbursement rate structure that addresses quality standards for equity and accessibility while supporting positive learning and developmental outcomes for children, as specified. Existing law also requires the department, in collaboration with the State Department of Education, to develop and conduct an alternative methodology, as specified, in order to set reimbursement rates for state-subsidized childcare and development services.This bill would, among other things, require the State Department of Social Services to, no later than May 15, 2024, report the status of the draft CCDF state plan to specified budget subcommittees and the Legislative Analyst’s Office on the state’s proposed single rate structure, and to, no later than July 1, 2024, submit the necessary information to support use of a single rate structure utilizing the alternative methodology to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families in the state plan or an amendment to the state plan. The bill would also require the department to provide the same budget subcommittees and the Legislative Analyst’s Office with an outline of implementation components for the approved single rate structure within 60 days of federal approval of the single rate structure utilizing the alternative methodology in the state plan, and would require that single rate structure to apply to specified subsidized childcare and development programs under the department and state preschool programs under the State Department of Education.This bill would require, on or before March 1, 2024, a contractor operating a California state preschool program through a family childcare home education network and each county and contractor that reimburses childcare providers for the provision of state-funded subsidized childcare and development services to develop, implement, and publish a plan for timely payment to providers, as specified. This bill would allocate previously appropriated funds in the Budget Act of 2023 to the State Department of Social Services and State Department of Education to provide specified family childcare providers and childcare centers with a monthly cost of care plus rate commencing January 1, 2024, and through June 30, 2025, inclusive, and a one-time payment, as specified.Existing law previously appropriated funds for the establishment of the Joint Child Care Providers United - State of California Training Partnership Fund and to establish a health care benefits trust administered by Child Care Providers United - California, as specified.This bill would allocate additional funds for those purposes, as specified. The bill would also appropriate $100,0000 from the General Fund to the State Department of Social Services for a one-time contribut

CA SB 1418 - Josh Newman
Hydrogen-fueling stations: expedited review.
04/08/2024 - Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on TRANS.
SB 1418, as amended, Archuleta. Hydrogen-fueling stations: expedited review. Existing law, the Planning and Zoning Law, requires every city, county, and city and county to administratively approve an application to install electric vehicle charging stations and hydrogen-fueling stations through the issuance of a building permit or similar nondiscretionary permit.Existing law, the Planning and Zoning Law, requires each city, county, and city and county to adopt an ordinance that creates an expedited, streamlined permitting process for electric vehicle charging stations. Existing law authorizes a city, county, or city and county developing an ordinance to refer to the recommendations contained in the most current version of the “Plug-In Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Permitting Checklist,” as specified. Existing law requires a city, county, and city and county, in developing the expedited permitting process, to adopt a checklist of all requirements with which electric vehicle charging stations must comply to be eligible for expedited review. For these purposes, existing law defines “hydrogen-fueling station” to mean the equipment used to store and dispense hydrogen fuel to vehicles according to industry codes and standards that is open to the public. Existing law requires a hydrogen-fueling station to meet certain requirements, including any rules established by the State Air Resources Board, Energy Commission, or Department of Food and Agriculture regarding safety, reliability, weights, and measures.This bill would modify the definition of “hydrogen-fueling station” to mean the equipment and structural design components necessary to ensure the safety of the fueling station, including hydrogen-refueling canopies, that are used to store and dispense hydrogen fuel to vehicles according to industry codes and standards that are open to the public. This bill would modify the requirements a hydrogen-fueling station must meet to include all applicable state laws and regulations pertaining to hydrogen fueling, including any rules established by the State Air Resources Board, Energy Commission, or Department of Food and Agriculture regarding safety, reliability, weights, and measures.This bill would require every city, county, or city and county to adopt an ordinance that creates an expedited, streamlined permitting process for hydrogen-fueling stations, as specified. This bill would authorize a city, county, or city and county developing an ordinance to refer to the recommendations contained in the most current version of the “Electric Vehicle Charging Station Permitting Guidebook” or the “Hydrogen Station Permitting Guidebook,” as specified. The bill would require a city, county, and city and county, in developing the expedited permitting process, to adopt a checklist of all requirements with which hydrogen-fueling stations must comply to be eligible for expedited review. The bill would require a city, county, or city and county with a population of 200,000 or more residents to comply with these provisions on or before September 30, 2025, and would require a city, county, or city and county with a population of less than 200,000 residents to comply with these provisions by September 30, 2026. The bill would repeal these provisions, except with regard to a city, county, or city and county being authorized to refer to the recommendations contained in the most current version of the “Electric Vehicle Charging Station Permitting Guidebook,” on January 1, 2030.The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.

CA SB 143 - Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee
State government.
09/13/2023 - Chaptered by Secretary of State. Chapter 196, Statutes of 2023.
SB 143, Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review. State government. (1) Existing law, the Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act, requires, with specified exceptions, that all meetings of a state body be open and public and all persons be permitted to attend any meeting of a state body. The act authorizes meetings through teleconference under specified conditions, including, among others, that each teleconference location be accessible to the public and that at least one member of the state body be physically present at the location specified in the notice of the meeting.Prior to July 1, 2023, existing law authorized, subject to specified notice and accessibility requirements, a state body to hold public meetings through teleconferencing and suspended certain requirements of the act, including the requirements referenced above.This bill, until December 31, 2023, would reinstate the above-described authorization for a state body to hold public meetings through teleconferencing.(2) Existing law establishes a State Allocation Board and sets forth its powers and duties, including, among other things, requiring the board to apportion funds to eligible school districts pursuant to the Leroy F. Greene School Facilities Act of 1998, as provided. Under existing law, the board consists of the Director of Finance, the Director of General Services, the Superintendent of Public Instruction, 3 Senators appointed by the Senate Committee on Rules, and 3 Assembly Members appointed by the Speaker of the Assembly, as provided.This bill would instead vest the power of appointment for Senators to the board in the President pro Tempore of the Senate.(3) Existing unemployment compensation disability law requires workers to pay contribution rates based on wages received in employment for payment into the Unemployment Compensation Disability Fund, a special fund in the State Treasury. Under existing law, those funds are continuously appropriated for the purpose of providing disability benefits and making payment of expenses in administering those provisions. Existing law authorizes the Director of Employment Development to increase or decrease the rate of worker contributions, up to a certain amount, if the director determines the adjustment is necessary to reimburse the Unemployment Compensation Disability Fund for disability benefits paid or estimated to be paid or to prevent the accumulation of funds in excess of those needed to maintain an adequate fund balance.Under existing law, until January 1, 2024, the remuneration of a worker over a specified amount is not subject to the contribution levels described above. Under that law, specifically, the worker contribution provision does not apply, until January 1, 2024, to that part of a worker’s remuneration which, after remuneration with respect to employment equal to 4 times the maximum weekly benefit for each calendar year specified, multiplied by 13 and divided by 55%, has been paid to an individual by an employer, is paid to the individual by the employer. Under existing law, that law is repealed as of January 1, 2024.This bill would make a nonsubstantive change by, in lieu of repealing the provision, providing that the remuneration limitation described above does not apply with respect to wages paid on or after January 1, 2024.(4) Existing law requires the Department of Industrial Relations, upon appropriation by the Legislature, to establish a Women in Construction Priority Unit, to be overseen by the Director of Industrial Relations, to coordinate and help ensure collaboration across the department’s divisions, and maximize state and federal funding to support women and nonbinary individuals in the construction workforce. Existing law sets forth the duties of the unit, which include providing resources for employers and project owners to improve construction worksite culture.This bill would specify that preapprenticeship programs are eligible for resources provided by the unit.(5) Existing law establishes

CA SB 1475 - Anna Marie Caballero
Food safety: hamburger and imitation hamburger.
02/29/2024 - Referred to Com. on RLS.
SB 1475, as introduced, Caballero. Food safety: hamburger and imitation hamburger. Existing law, the Sherman Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Law, requires a restaurant selling hamburger or imitation hamburger, as defined, to accurately inform the consumer public of the contents. Existing law prohibits a restaurant from using the term “hamburger” or “burger” in any advertisement or menu to refer to imitation hamburger.This bill would make technical, nonsubstantive changes to that provision.

CA SB 149 - Robert A. Rivas
California Environmental Quality Act: administrative and judicial procedures: record of proceedings: judicial streamlining.
07/05/2023 - Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 4 p.m.
SB 149, as amended, Caballero. California Environmental Quality Act: administrative and judicial procedures: record of proceedings: judicial streamlining. The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) requires a lead agency, as defined, to prepare, or cause to be prepared, and certify the completion of an environmental impact report (EIR) on a project that it proposes to carry out or approve that may have a significant effect on the environment or to adopt a negative declaration if it finds that the project will not have that effect. CEQA also requires a lead agency to prepare a mitigated negative declaration for a project that may have a significant effect on the environment if revisions in the project would avoid or mitigate that effect and there is no substantial evidence that the project, as revised, would have a significant effect on the environment.CEQA provides that, in certain specified actions or proceedings, the plaintiff or petitioner may elect to prepare the record of proceedings, subject to certification of its accuracy by the public agency. CEQA requires that a copy of the certified record of proceedings be lodged with the court.This bill would authorize the public agency to deny the request of the plaintiff or petitioner to prepare the record of proceedings, as provided, in which case the bill would require the public agency or the real party in interest to bear the costs of preparation and certification of the record of proceedings and would prohibit the recovery of those costs from the plaintiff or petitioner. The bill would require the court to schedule a case management conference within 30 days of the filing of an action to review the scope, timing, and cost of the record of proceedings. The bill would require that an electronic copy of the certified record of proceedings be lodged with the court.The Jobs and Economic Improvement Through Environmental Leadership Act of 2021 (Leadership Act) authorizes the Governor, before January 1, 2024, to certify projects that meet specified requirements for streamlining benefits related to CEQA, including the requirement that judicial actions challenging the action of a lead agency for projects certified by the Governor be resolved, to the extent feasible, within 270 days after the filing of the record of proceedings with the court, and a requirement that the applicant agrees to pay the costs of preparing the record of proceedings for the project concurrent with review and consideration of the project, as specified. The Leadership Act provides that if a lead agency fails to approve a project certified by the Governor before January 1, 2025, the certification is no longer valid. The Leadership Act provides that it is repealed on January 1, 2026.This bill would extend the Governor’s authority to certify a project to before January 1, 2032. The bill would expressly provide that the cost of preparing the record of proceedings for the project is not recoverable from the plaintiff or petitioner before, during, or after any litigation. The bill would provide that if a lead agency fails to approve a project certified by the Governor before January 1, 2033, the certification is no longer valid. The bill would repeal the Leadership Act on January 1, 2034. Because the bill would extend the duties of the lead agency under the Leadership Act, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.This bill would establish procedures for the preparation of the record of proceedings for projects that are certified by the Governor as an infrastructure project, as defined. The bill would require an action or proceeding challenging the certification of an EIR for those projects or the granting of any project approvals, including any potential appeals to the court of appeal or the Supreme Court, to be resolved, to the extent feasible, within 270 days of the filing of the record of proceedings with the court. The bill would authorize a project applicant to apply to the Governor for the ce

CA SB 15 - Shannon L. Grove
Oil imports: air quality emissions data.
09/01/2023 - September 1 hearing: Held in committee and under submission.
SB 15, as amended, Grove. Oil imports: air quality emissions data. Existing law, the Petroleum Industry Information Reporting Act of 1980, requires refiners, as defined, to report monthly to the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission (Energy Commission), for each of their refineries, specified information, including the origin of petroleum receipts and the source of imports of finished petroleum products.This bill would express the intent of the Legislature that the Energy Commission monitor foreign countries that export oil to California and identify on its internet website which of those countries have demonstrated human rights abuses, as documented by the United States Department of State, and which of those countries have lower environmental standards for the production of oil than California.Existing law imposes various limitations on the emissions of air contaminants for the control of air pollution from vehicular and nonvehicular sources. Existing law requires the State Air Resources Board to post on its internet website information on air quality conditions and trends statewide and to develop and conduct a program of monitoring airborne fine particles smaller than 2.5 microns in diameter (PM 2.5).This bill would require the state board to annually produce an assessment of the greenhouse gas emissions associated with the transportation of oil in California, as specified, and to include that assessment on the board’s internet website. The bill would also require the Energy Commission to annually provide data collected pursuant to the Petroleum Industry Information Reporting Act of 1980 to the state board for the purposes of the assessment.Under existing law, the Geologic Energy Management Division in the Department of Conservation regulates the drilling, operation, maintenance, and abandonment of oil and gas wells in the state.This bill would require the division to provide a link on its internet website to air quality emissions data associated with the transportation of oil imported into the state.

CA SB 1511 - Senate Health Committee
Health omnibus.
04/09/2024 - From committee with author's amendments. Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on HEALTH.
SB 1511, as amended, Committee on Health. Health omnibus. (1) Existing law, the Knox-Keene Health Care Service Plan Act of 1975, provides for the licensure and regulation of health care service plans by the Department of Managed Health Care. Existing law defines a “group contract,” for purposes of the act, as a contract that by its terms limits the eligibility of subscribers and enrollees to a specified group.This bill would clarify that reference to a “group” in the act does not include a Medi-Cal managed care contract between a health care service plan and the State Department of Health Care Services to provide benefits to beneficiaries of the Medi-Cal program.(2) Existing law, the Compassionate Access to Medical Cannabis Act or Ryan’s Law, requires specified health care facilities to allow a terminally ill patient’s use of medicinal cannabis within the health care facility, as defined, subject to certain restrictions. Existing law requires the State Department of Public Health to enforce the act. Existing law prohibits a general acute care hospital, as specified, from permitting a patient with a chronic disease to use medicinal cannabis.This bill would authorize a general acute care hospital to allow a terminally ill patient, as defined, to use medicinal cannabis.(3) Existing law establishes the Distressed Hospital Loan Program, administered by the Department of Health Care Access and Information, in order to provide interest-free cashflow loans to not-for-profit hospitals and public hospitals in significant financial distress or to governmental entities representing a closed hospital, except as otherwise provided, to prevent the closure of, or facilitate the reopening of, those hospitals. Existing law establishes the Distressed Hospital Loan Program Fund, with moneys in the fund being continuously appropriated for the department. Existing law authorizes the Department of Finance to transfer up to $150,000,000 from the General Fund and $150,000,000 from the Medi-Cal Provider Payment Reserve Fund to the Distressed Hospital Loan Program Fund in state fiscal year 2023–24 to implement the program. Existing law requires any funds transferred to be available for encumbrance or expenditure until June 30, 2026.This bill would instead require any funds transferred to be available for encumbrance or expenditure until December 31, 2031. By extending the amount of time continuously appropriated funds are available for encumbrance and expenditure, this bill would make an appropriation.(4) Existing law provides for the Medi-Cal program, which is administered by the State Department of Health Care Services, under which qualified low-income individuals receive health care services. The Medi-Cal program is, in part, governed by, and funded pursuant to, federal Medicaid program provisions. Existing law establishes the Administrative Claiming process under which the department is authorized to contract with local governmental agencies and local educational consortia for the purpose of obtaining federal matching funds to assist with the performance of administrative activities relating to the Medi-Cal program that are provided by a local governmental agency or local educational agency (LEA).Existing law requires the department to engage in specified activities relating to the LEA Medi-Cal Billing Option, including amending the Medicaid state plan to ensure that schools are reimbursed for all eligible services, consulting with specified entities in formulating state plan amendments, examining methodologies for increasing school participation in the LEA Medi-Cal Billing Option, and conducting an audit of a Medi-Cal Billing Option claim consistent with prescribed requirements, such as generally accepted accounting principles. Existing law requires the department to issue and regularly maintain a program guide for the LEA Medi-Cal Billing Option program. Existing law requires the department to file an annual report with the Legislature that includ

CA SB 1525 - Senate Judiciary Committee
Maintenance of the codes.
04/04/2024 - Set for hearing April 23.
SB 1525, as introduced, Committee on Judiciary. Maintenance of the codes. Existing law directs the Legislative Counsel to advise the Legislature from time to time as to legislation necessary to maintain the codes.This bill would make nonsubstantive changes in various provisions of the law to effectuate the recommendations made by the Legislative Counsel to the Legislature.

CA SB 1526 -
Consumer affairs.
04/03/2024 - Referred to Com. on B., P. & E. D.
SB 1526, as introduced, Committee on Business, Professions and Economic Development. Consumer affairs. (1) Existing law establishes the Department of Consumer Affairs in the Business, Consumer Services, and Housing Agency. Existing law establishes various entities within the department for the licensure, regulation, and discipline of various professions and vocations.Existing law establishes the Professions and Vocations Fund in the State Treasury, which consists of specified special funds and accounts. Other existing law, the Naturopathic Doctors Act, establishes the Naturopathic Doctor’s Fund in the State Treasury.This bill would include the Naturopathic Doctor’s Fund in those special funds and accounts in the Professions and Vocations Fund.(2) Existing law, the Dental Practice Act, provides for the licensure and regulation of dental hygienists by the Dental Hygiene Board of California. Existing law defines “dental hygiene board” to mean the Dental Hygiene Board of California and “dental board” to mean the Dental Board of California.This bill would correct references to these boards.(3) Existing law, the Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists and Hearing Aid Dispensers Licensure Act, provides for the licensure and regulation by the Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology and Hearing Aid Dispensers Board of, among others, speech-language pathology assistants, hearing aid dispensers, and dispensing audiologists.Existing law requires a person applying for approval as a speech-language pathology assistant to have graduated from a speech-language pathology assistant associate of arts degree program, or equivalent course of study, approved by the board.This bill would require graduation from a speech-language pathology assistant associate degree program, or equivalent course of study, approved by the board.Existing law, as it relates to hearing aid dispensers and dispensing audiologists, refers to a “hearing aid dispenser’s license.”This bill would instead refer to a “hearing aid dispenser license.”(4) Existing law, the Nursing Practice Act, establishes the Board of Registered Nursing to license and regulate the practice of nursing.Existing law requires an applicant for licensure as a registered nurse to comply with prescribed requirements, including a requirement to have successfully completed the courses of instruction prescribed by the board for licensure, in a program in this state accredited by the board for training registered nurses, or to have successfully completed courses of instruction in a school of nursing outside of this state that, in the opinion of the board at the time the application is filed, are equivalent to the minimum requirements of the board for licensure established for an accredited program in this state.This bill would replace references to an “accredited program” with “approved program.”Existing law prohibits an individual from holding themselves out as a public health nurse or using a title that includes the term “public health nurse” unless that individual is in possession of a valid California public health nurse certificate. Existing law establishes minimum and maximum amounts for a fee for an evaluation of qualifications to use the title “public health nurse,” a fee for an application for renewal of the certificate to practice as a public health nurse, and a penalty fee for failure to renew a certificate to practice as a public health nurse within the prescribed time.This bill would delete the minimum amounts for those public health nurse fees.(5) Existing law, the Physician Assistant Practice Act, provides for the licensure and regulation of physician assistants by the Physician Assistant Board.This bill would make nonsubstantive changes in that act.(6) Existing law, the Naturopathic Doctors Act, establishes the California Board of Naturopathic Medicine. Existing law changed the name of the former Naturopathic Medicine Committee to the board and former law changed the name of the Bureau of

CA SB 23 - Anna Marie Caballero
Water supply and flood risk reduction projects: expedited permitting.
02/01/2024 - Returned to Secretary of Senate pursuant to Joint Rule 56.
SB 23, as amended, Caballero. Water supply and flood risk reduction projects: expedited permitting. (1) Existing law prohibits an entity from substantially diverting or obstructing the natural flow of, or substantially changing or using any material from the bed, channel, or bank of, any river, stream, or lake, or deposit or dispose of debris, waste, or other material containing crumbled, flaked, or ground pavement where it may pass into any river, stream, or lake, except under specified conditions, including requiring the entity to send written notification to the Department of Fish and Wildlife regarding the activity in the manner prescribed by the department.This bill would require a project proponent, if already required to submit a notification to the department, to submit to the department the certified or adopted environmental review document, as applicable, for the activity in the notification. The bill would require the department, under prescribed circumstances, to take certain actions within specified timelines, or within a mutually agreed-to extension of time. The bill would require, on or before January 1, 2025, and annually thereafter, the department to prepare, provide public notice of, make available for public review on its internet website, and submit to the relevant legislative committees, as specified, a report regarding the water supply projects and flood risk reduction projects for which final agreements have been issued pursuant to these provisions. The bill would repeal these provisions on January 1, 2029.(2) Under the Porter-Cologne Water Quality Control Act, the State Water Resources Control Board (state board) and the California regional water quality control boards (regional boards) are the principal state agencies with primary authority over water quality matters. Existing law authorizes the state board to issue permits and promulgate procedures consistent with federal law. This bill would require, if an applicant requests a preapplication consultation, the state board or regional boards to adhere to specified procedures and timelines in reviewing the application before issuing project certification. The bill would authorize a project proponent to petition the state board to reconsider its determination of application completeness, or to appeal to the state board any regional board’s determination of application completeness.This bill would require the state board or regional boards to use specified approved conservation and habitat management plans as watershed plans, as specified, unless the permitting authority makes a determination in writing, based on substantial evidence in the record, that an approved plan does not meet the definition of a watershed plan, as defined. The bill would require the state board and regional boards, as part of their implementation of the “State Wetland Definition and Procedures for Discharges of Dredged or Fill Material to Waters of the State,” to address the impacts of dredge and fill activities from water supply and flood risk projects. The bill would require, on January 1, 2025, and annually thereafter, the state board and regional boards to prepare, provide public notice of, make available for public review on its internet website, and submit to the relevant legislative committees, as specified, a report regarding specified information related to water supply projects and flood risk reduction projects.This bill would authorize a state agency, defined to mean any agency, board, or commission, including the state board or the regional boards, with the power to issue a permit that would authorize a water supply project or authorize a flood risk reduction project, to take specified actions in order to complete permit review and approval in an expeditious manner. The bill would make findings and declarations related to the need to expedite water supply projects and flood risk reduction projects to better address climate change impacts while protecting the environmen

CA SB 230 - Kelly Seyarto
Income tax: health savings accounts.
01/29/2024 - In Assembly. Read first time. Held at Desk.
SB 230, as amended, Seyarto. Income tax: health savings accounts. The Personal Income Tax Law authorizes various deductions in computing income that is subject to tax under that law.This bill, for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2023, and before January 1, 2028, would allow a deduction in computing adjusted gross income in connection with health savings accounts in modified conformity with federal law. In general, the deduction would be an amount equal to the aggregate amount paid in cash during the taxable year by, or on behalf of, an eligible individual, as defined, to a health savings account of that individual, as provided. The bill, for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2023, and before January 1, 2028, would also provide related conformity to that federal law with respect to the allowance of rollovers from Archer Medical Savings Accounts, health flexible spending arrangements, or health reimbursement accounts to a health savings account, and penalties in connection therewith.Existing law requires a bill authorizing a new tax expenditure to contain, among other things, specific goals, purposes, and objectives the tax expenditure will achieve, detailed performance indicators, and data collection requirements. This bill would include additional information required for any bill authorizing a new tax expenditure. This bill would take effect immediately as a tax levy.

CA SB 28 - Steven M. Glazer
Education finance: school facilities: Public Preschool, K–12, and College Health and Safety Bond Act of 2024.
09/01/2023 - September 1 hearing postponed by committee.
SB 28, as introduced, Glazer. Education finance: school facilities: Public Preschool, K–12, and College Health and Safety Bond Act of 2024. (1) Existing law authorizes the governing board of any school district or community college district to order an election and submit to the electors of the district the question of whether the bonds of the district shall be issued and sold to raise money for specified purposes. Existing law generally requires, to pass a school bond measure, that either at least 2/3 of the votes cast on the proposition of issuing bonds be in favor of issuing the bonds to pass the measure, or, if certain conditions are met, at least 55% of the votes cast on the proposition of issuing bonds be in favor of issuing the bonds. Existing law prohibits the total amount of bonds issued by a school district or community college district from exceeding 1.25% of the taxable property of the district, as provided.This bill would raise that limit to 2%.(2) Existing law also authorizes a unified school district to issue bonds receiving at least 55% of the votes cast on the proposition of issuing the bonds that, in aggregation with bonds issued with a 2/3 favorable vote, do not exceed 2.5% of the taxable property of the district, as provided.This bill would raise that limit to 4%. The bill would make a similar percentage increase for community college districts.(3) The Leroy F. Greene School Facilities Act of 1998 provides for the adoption of rules, regulations, and procedures, under the administration of the Director of General Services, for the allocation of state funds by the State Allocation Board for the construction and modernization of public school facilities.This bill would, among other things, require a school district to submit to the Department of General Services a 5-year school facilities master plan or updated 5-year school facilities master plan, as provided, as a condition of participating in the school facilities program under the act, would require the school district to submit specified information in the school district’s application for an apportionment of state funds, and would make other changes to requirements a school district is required to comply with before participating in programs under the act. The bill would require the department to process applications to participate in the program, as specified, and would make other changes to the method by which the board makes apportionments of moneys under the act.This bill would establish the 2024 State School Facilities Fund, and authorize the board to apportion, and make disbursements of, moneys in the fund, as provided. The bill would require, for bonds approved by voters in 2024 or thereafter, the board to adjust a school district’s required local and state contribution, as specified. The bill would authorize new construction and modernization grants to be used for seismic mitigation purposes and, among other things, to establish schoolsite-based infrastructure to provide broadband internet access. The bill would also authorize modernization grants to be used, among other things, for the control, management, or abatement of lead and for the demolition and construction of a building on an existing schoolsite that meets specified conditions. The bill would prohibit the use of new construction and modernization grants for the purchase of portable electronic devices with a useful life of less than 3 years.This bill would authorize funding for health and safety projects by a school district, as provided.This bill would authorize the board to provide a grant to test for lead in water outlets used for drinking or preparing food on schoolsites serving kindergarten or any of grades 1 to 12, inclusive, as provided. The bill would specify procedures that small school districts, as defined, may use to obtain project and construction management, new construction grants, and modernization grants.The bill would also make conforming changes in, and remove inopera

CA SB 291 - Josh Newman
Pupil rights: recess.
10/13/2023 - Chaptered by Secretary of State. Chapter 863, Statutes of 2023.
SB 291, Newman. Pupil rights: recess. Existing law requires the State Department of Education to encourage school districts to provide daily recess periods for elementary school pupils. Existing law authorizes the governing board of a school district to adopt reasonable rules and regulations to authorize a teacher to restrict for disciplinary purposes the time a pupil is allowed for recess.This bill would delete the latter provision. The bill would require, commencing with the 2024–25 school year, recess, as defined, that is provided by a public school operated by a school district or county office of education, or that is a charter school, to be at least 30 minutes on regular instructional days and at least 15 minutes on early release days, as provided. The bill would prohibit school staff members from restricting a pupil’s recess unless there is an immediate threat to the physical safety of the pupil or the physical safety of one or more of the pupil’s peers, as provided.

CA SB 299 - Caroline Menjivar
Voter registration: California New Motor Voter Program.
06/13/2023 - From committee with author's amendments. Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on HEALTH.
SB 299, as amended,  Limón. Voter registration: California New Motor Voter Program. Existing law requires, in conformance with federal law, that the Secretary of State and the Department of Motor Vehicles establish and implement the California New Motor Voter Program for the purpose of increasing opportunities for voter registration for qualified voters. Existing law requires the department to transmit to the Secretary of State specified information related to a person’s eligibility to vote, which the person provides when applying for a driver’s license or identification card or when the person notifies the department of an address change. Existing law requires that if this information transmitted to the Secretary of State constitutes a completed affidavit of registration, the Secretary of State must register or preregister the person to vote, as applicable, unless the person affirmatively declines to register or is ineligible to vote, as specified.This bill would additionally require the Department of Motor Vehicles to transmit specified information to the Secretary of State for a person submitting a driver’s license application who provides documentation demonstrating United States citizenship and that the person is of an eligible age to register or preregister to vote. The bill would deem this information to constitute a completed affidavit of registration for such persons, and require the Secretary of State to register or preregister the person to vote, unless the Secretary of State determines they are ineligible. The bill would require, if a person is registered or preregistered to vote in this manner, that the county elections official send a notice to the person advising that they may decline to register or preregister to vote and providing additional information. The bill would also require the county elections official to send a notice to a person who is already registered to vote, but for whom the Secretary of State changes their registration information after receiving updated name or address information from the department.This bill would prohibit the department from providing a person the opportunity to attest to meeting voter eligibility requirements when they submit a driver’s license application, if the person provides a document to the department during the transaction demonstrating that the person is not a United States Citizen.This bill would expand the definition of “voter registration agency” to include entities designated by the Secretary of State. The bill would require the Secretary of State to establish a schedule whereby specified voter registration agencies must provide the Secretary of State electronic information regarding individuals who are eligible to vote or who provide updated registration information.This bill would make these provisions operative on the earlier of January 1, 2026, or 5 days after the Secretary of State certifies that the information technology infrastructure to substantially implement the bill is functional. The bill would allow the Secretary of State, commencing January 1, 2024, to perform administrative actions necessary to implement these provisions.By imposing new duties on county elections officials with respect to voter registration, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.This bill would provide that, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that the bill contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to the statutory provisions noted above.

CA SB 3 - Shannon L. Grove
Oil imports: air quality emissions data.
03/28/2023 - From committee without further action.
SB 3, as introduced, Grove. Oil imports: air quality emissions data. Existing law, the Petroleum Industry Information Reporting Act of 1980, requires refiners, as defined, to report monthly to the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission (Energy Commission), for each of their refineries, specified information, including the origin of petroleum receipts and the source of imports of finished petroleum products.This bill would express the intent of the Legislature that the Energy Commission monitor foreign countries that export oil to California and identify on its internet website which of those countries have demonstrated human rights abuses, as documented by the United States Department of State or by human rights organizations, and which of those countries have lower environmental standards for the production of oil than California.Existing law imposes various limitations on the emissions of air contaminants for the control of air pollution from vehicular and nonvehicular sources. Existing law requires the State Air Resources Board to post on its internet website information on air quality conditions and trends statewide and to develop and conduct a program of monitoring airborne fine particles smaller than 2.5 microns in diameter (PM 2.5).This bill would require the state board to annually produce an assessment of the greenhouse gas emissions associated with the transportation of oil in California, as specified, and to include that assessment on the board’s internet website. The bill would also require the Energy Commission to annually provide data collected pursuant to the Petroleum Industry Information Reporting Act of 1980 to the state board for the purposes of the assessment.Under existing law, the Geologic Energy Management Division in the Department of Conservation regulates the drilling, operation, maintenance, and abandonment of oil and gas wells in the state.This bill would require the division to provide a link on its internet website to air quality emissions data associated with the transportation of oil imported into the state.

CA SB 301 - Robert J. Archuleta
Vehicular air pollution: Zero-Emission Aftermarket Conversion Project.
09/13/2023 - Ordered to inactive file on request of Assembly Member Bryan.
SB 301, as amended, Portantino. Vehicular air pollution: Zero-Emission Aftermarket Conversion Project. Existing law directs the State Air Resources Board to coordinate efforts to attain and maintain ambient air quality standards. Existing law creates the Air Quality Improvement Program, administered by the state board, to fund, upon appropriation by the Legislature, air quality improvement projects relating to fuel and vehicle technologies.This bill would require the state board to establish the Zero-Emission Aftermarket Conversion Project (ZCAP), upon appropriation by the Legislature in the annual Budget Act or other statute or, at the discretion of the state board, using moneys available from another clean transportation program, to provide an applicant who is a California resident with a rebate for an eligible vehicle that has been converted into a zero-emission vehicle. The rebate issued pursuant to the ZACP would be limited to one per vehicle and a value of up to $4,000. The bill would require the state board to establish guidelines for the ZACP that, among other things, define qualifying conversion-types for used vehicles and establish minimum eligibility criteria for an applicant to be eligible for the rebate. The bill would also require the state board’s guidelines to require that an eligible zero-emission vehicle have a range of at least 100 miles and have completed an inspection of safety systems and components by a licensee of the Bureau of Automotive Repair, as provided.

CA SB 303 - Benjamin J. Allen
Solid waste: Plastic Pollution Prevention and Packaging Producer Responsibility Act.
01/25/2024 - Veto sustained.
SB 303, Allen. Solid waste: Plastic Pollution Prevention and Packaging Producer Responsibility Act. The California Integrated Waste Management Act of 1989, administered by the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, generally regulates the disposal, management, and recycling of, among other solid waste, plastic packaging containers and single-use foodware accessories.Existing law establishes the Plastic Pollution Prevention and Packaging Producer Responsibility Act, which covers certain single-use packaging and plastic single-use food serviceware, as provided. As part of its comprehensive statutory scheme, existing law requires producers, as defined, of these covered materials to source reduce plastic covered material, to ensure that all covered material offered for sale, distributed, or imported in or into the state on or after January 1, 2032, is recyclable or compostable, and to ensure that plastic covered material offered for sale, distributed, or imported in or into the state achieves specified recycling rates, as provided.The act prohibits a producer from selling, offering for sale, importing, or distributing covered materials in the state unless the producer is approved to participate in the producer responsibility plan of a producer responsibility organization (PRO), as prescribed, for the source reduction, collection, processing, and recycling of covered material, except as provided.The act requires the department to establish a producer responsibility advisory board for specified purposes. The act authorizes an affected entity that asserts that specific actions taken to meet the requirements of the act are disrupting or otherwise adversely affecting the sustained operation or commercial viability of solid waste collection programs, solid waste recycling facilities, or composting facilities providing services in accordance with local solid waste handling requirements, to bring the concern and evidence supporting that assertion to the advisory board for discussion and to ask the advisory board to conduct a preliminary evaluation of the information. If the evaluation demonstrates that specific actions are disrupting or otherwise adversely affecting existing operations, the act requires the advisory board to submit the concern to the department for further analysis. The act requires the department to analyze the information provided by the advisory board and authorizes the department to offer a recommendation for resolution.This bill would instead authorize an affected entity that asserts that specific actions taken by the PRO, a producer, or an entity under contract with the PRO are not consistent with specified prohibitions and requirements of the act and are disrupting or otherwise adversely affecting the sustained operation or commercial viability of solid waste collection programs, solid waste recycling facilities, or composting facilities providing services in accordance with local solid waste handling requirements to bring that concern and supporting evidence to the advisory board. The bill would delete the requirement that the board submit the concern to the department for further analysis and would instead require that the advisory board, rather than the department, offer a recommendation for resolution within 90 days of submission of the request for a preliminary evaluation. The bill would thereafter authorize either party to initiate nonbinding arbitration, as specified. The bill would specify the duties and the authority of the arbitrator, as described, including requiring the arbitrator to transmit the proposed decision to the department and the advisory board. The bill would require the department to review the arbitrator’s proposed decision within 60 days of receipt and to make a specified determination. If the arbitrator proposes a revision to an approved producer responsibility plan, the bill would require the department to publicly notice the proposed plan revision on its internet website, as pr

CA SB 305 - Pilar Schiavo
Aliso Canyon Recovery Account.
06/14/2023 - From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. with recommendation: To consent calendar. (Ayes 13. Noes 0.) (June 14). Re-referred to Com. on APPR.
SB 305, as amended, Stern. Aliso Canyon Recovery Account. Existing law vests the Public Utilities Commission with regulatory authority over public utilities, including gas corporations. Existing law creates the Aliso Canyon Recovery Account and requires all moneys collected pursuant to any settlements, unless restricted by a court for another purpose, abatement orders, fines, or penalties by the commission from a gas corporation serving the Los Angeles Basin pursuant to an administrative enforcement or legal proceeding relating to a certain well failure at the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility to be deposited into the account. Existing law authorizes moneys in the account to be allocated, upon appropriation by the Legislature, for purposes of mitigating impacts on local air quality, public health, and ratepayers resulting from the well failure at Aliso Canyon, as specified.This bill would clarify that those purposes include mitigating impacts on public health in vulnerable communities, as specified.

CA SB 306 - Anna Marie Caballero
Climate change: Equitable Building Decarbonization Program: Extreme Heat Action Plan.
09/13/2023 - Assembly amendments concurred in. (Ayes 39. Noes 0.) Ordered to engrossing and enrolling.
SB 306, as amended, Caballero. Climate change: Equitable Building Decarbonization Program: Extreme Heat Action Plan. Existing law requires the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission to establish the Equitable Building Decarbonization Program, which includes establishing a statewide incentive program for low-carbon building technologies and the direct install program to fund certain projects, including installation of energy efficient electric appliances, energy efficiency measures, demand flexibility measures, wiring and panel upgrades, building infrastructure upgrades, efficient air-conditioning systems, ceiling fans, and other measures to protect against extreme heat, where appropriate, and remediation and safety measures to facilitate the installation of new technologies. Existing law authorizes the commission to administer the direct install program through regional direct install third-party implementers, as specified. Existing law requires that the direct install program give preference to projects in buildings that meet specified criteria. The Budget Act of 2022 appropriated $112,000,000 from the General Fund for purposes of the Equitable Building Decarbonization Program.This bill would require the commission, on or before September 1, 2024, and annually thereafter until the moneys described above have been expended, to submit a report to the relevant policy committees of the Legislature that includes information about the progress of the direct install program, including the selected administrators and implementers and implementation progress, as specified.Existing law establishes the Office of Planning and Research in state government in the Governor’s office. Existing law establishes the Integrated Climate Adaptation and Resiliency Program (ICARP) to be administered by the office to coordinate regional and local efforts with state climate adaptation strategies to adapt to the impacts of climate change, as prescribed. The Budget Act of 2022 appropriated $50,000,000 for state operations or local assistance for the ICARP Extreme Heat and Community Resilience Grant Program.This bill would require the office and the Natural Resources Agency, on or before July 1, 2026, and every 3 years thereafter, in consultation with relevant state agencies, to update the Extreme Heat Action Plan, as defined, to promote comprehensive, coordinated, and effective state and local government action on extreme heat, as provided. The bill would require the Extreme Heat Action Plan and subsequent updates to be posted on the office’s and agency’s internet websites and provided to the relevant fiscal and policy committees of the Legislature.

CA SB 310 - Bill M. Dodd
Prescribed fire: civil liability: cultural burns.
09/01/2023 - September 1 hearing postponed by committee.
SB 310, as amended, Dodd. Prescribed fire: civil liability: cultural burns. Existing law provides that no person shall be liable for any fire suppression or other costs otherwise recoverable for a prescribed burn if specified conditions are met, including, among others, that a burn boss, as certified through a certification program developed by the State Fire Marshal, has reviewed and approved a written prescription for the burn, the burn complies with that written prescription, and either the landowner has provided written permission or the governing body of a Native American tribe has given approval, as provided. Existing law exempts cultural burns, as defined, conducted by a cultural fire practioner, as defined, from those requirements that a person certified as a burn boss review and approve a written prescription and that the burn be conducted in compliance with the written prescription.This bill would revise and recast those provisions by, among other things, expanding the definition of burn boss to also include a person qualified for specified positions through the National Wildfire Coordinating Group, as provided, and limiting the tribal approval condition to the approval of the governing body of a California Native American tribe. The bill would also revise and recast the definitions of cultural burn and cultural fire practitioner by, among other things, specifying that the definitions only apply to California Native American tribes. Existing law imposes various permitting requirements and prohibitions related to prescribed burns, as provided. This bill would authorize the Secretary of the Natural Resources Agency, with the concurrence of the Secretary for Environmental Protection, to enter into agreements with federally recognized California Native American tribes in support of tribal sovereignty with respect to cultural burning. The bill would provide that, in deference to tribal sovereignty, the secretary may agree, with regard to cultural burning, that compliance with specified state permitting or regulatory requirements is not required. In order to support those agreements, the bill would also require the secretary to convene a cultural burn working group consisting of specified state agencies, California Native American tribes, local air pollution control districts, and local governments, with the goal of determining a framework to enable conditions conducive to cultural burning, as specified. The bill would require the working group to report its findings to the Legislature on or before January 1, 2025. The bill would repeal these provisions on January 1, 2029.

CA SB 326 - Susan Talamantes Eggman
The Behavioral Health Services Act.
09/21/2023 - Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 4 p.m.
SB 326, Eggman. The Behavioral Health Services Act. (1) Existing law, the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA), an initiative measure enacted by the voters as Proposition 63 at the November 2, 2004, statewide general election, funds a system of county mental health plans for the provision of mental health services. Existing law authorizes the MHSA to be amended by a 2/3 vote of the Legislature if the amendments are consistent with and further the intent of the MHSA. Existing law authorizes the Legislature to add provisions to clarify procedures and terms of the MHSA by majority vote.If approved by the voters at the March 5, 2024, statewide primary election, this bill would recast the MHSA by, among other things, renaming it the Behavioral Health Services Act (BHSA), expanding it to include treatment of substance use disorders, changing the county planning process, and expanding services for which counties and the state can use funds. The bill would revise the distribution of MHSA moneys, including allocating up to $36,000,000 to the department for behavioral health workforce funding. The bill would authorize the department to require a county to implement specific evidence-based practices.This bill would require a county, for behavioral health services eligible for reimbursement pursuant to the federal Social Security Act, to submit the claims for reimbursement to the State Department of Health Care Services (the department) under specific circumstances. The bill would require counties to pursue reimbursement through various channels and would authorize the counties to report issues with managed care plans and insurers to the Department of Managed Health Care or the Department of Insurance.The MHSA establishes the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission and requires it to adopt regulations for programs and expenditures for innovative programs and prevention and early intervention programs established by the act. Existing law requires counties to develop plans for innovative programs funded under the MHSA.This bill would rename the commission the Behavioral Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission and would change the composition and duties of the commission, as specified. The bill would delete the provisions relating to innovative programs and instead would require the counties to establish and administer a program to provide housing interventions. The bill would provide that “low rent housing project,” as defined, does not apply to a project that meets specified criteria.This bill would make extensive technical and conforming changes.(2) Existing law, the Bronzan-McCorquodale Act, contains provisions governing the operation and financing of community mental health services for persons with mental disorders in every county through locally administered and locally controlled community mental health programs. Existing law further provides that, to the extent resources are available, community mental health services should be organized to provide an array of treatment options in specified areas, including, among others, case management and individual service plans. Under existing law, mental health services are provided through contracts with county mental health programs.The bill would authorize the State Department of Health Care Services to develop and revise documentation standards for individual service plans, as specified. The bill would revise the contracting process, including authorizing the department to temporarily withhold funds or impose monetary sanctions on a county behavioral health department that is not in compliance with the contract. (3) The bill would provide that its provisions are severable.(4) The bill would provide for the submission of specified sections of this bill and AB 531 to the voters at the March 5, 2024, statewide primary election, as specified.(5) This bill would declare that it is to take effect immediately as an urgency statute.

CA SB 339 - Michael A. Gipson
HIV preexposure prophylaxis and postexposure prophylaxis.
01/29/2024 - Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 11 a.m.
SB 339, Wiener. HIV preexposure prophylaxis and postexposure prophylaxis. Existing law, the Pharmacy Law, provides for the licensure and regulation of pharmacists by the California State Board of Pharmacy. Existing law authorizes a pharmacist to furnish at least a 30-day supply of HIV preexposure prophylaxis, and up to a 60-day supply of those drugs if certain conditions are met. Existing law also authorizes a pharmacist to furnish postexposure prophylaxis to a patient if certain conditions are met.This bill would authorize a pharmacist to furnish up to a 90-day course of preexposure prophylaxis, or preexposure prophylaxis beyond a 90-day course, if specified conditions are met. The bill would require the California State Board of Pharmacy to adopt emergency regulations to implement these provisions by October 31, 2024.Existing law, the Knox-Keene Health Care Service Plan Act of 1975, provides for the licensure and regulation of health care service plans by the Department of Managed Health Care and makes a willful violation of the act a crime. Existing law also provides for the regulation of health insurers by the Department of Insurance. Existing law prohibits a health care service plan or health insurer from covering preexposure prophylaxis that has been furnished by a pharmacist in excess of a 60-day supply once every 2 years, except as specified.Existing law provides for the Medi-Cal program administered by the State Department of Health Care Services and under which qualified low-income individuals receive health care services pursuant to a schedule of benefits. The existing schedule of benefits includes coverage for preexposure prophylaxis as pharmacist services, limited to no more than a 60-day supply furnished by a pharmacist once every 2 years, and includes coverage for postexposure prophylaxis, subject to approval by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The Medi-Cal program is, in part, governed and funded by federal Medicaid program provisions.This bill would require a health care service plan and health insurer to cover preexposure prophylaxis and postexposure prophylaxis furnished by a pharmacist, including the pharmacist’s services and related testing ordered by the pharmacist, and to pay or reimburse for the service performed by a pharmacist at an in-network pharmacy or a pharmacist at an out-of-network pharmacy if the health care service plan or health insurer has an out-of-network pharmacy benefit, except as specified. The bill would include preexposure prophylaxis furnished by a pharmacist as pharmacist services on the Medi-Cal schedule of benefits. Because a willful violation of these provisions by a health care service plan would be a crime, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.This bill would declare that it is to take effect immediately as an urgency statute.

CA SB 38 - John Scott Laird
Battery energy storage facilities: emergency response and emergency action plans.
09/13/2023 - Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 4 p.m.
SB 38, Laird. Battery energy storage facilities: emergency response and emergency action plans. Existing law vests the Public Utilities Commission with regulatory authority over public utilities, including electrical corporations. Existing law requires the commission to implement and enforce standards for the maintenance and operation of facilities for the generation and storage of electricity owned by an electrical corporation or located in the state to ensure their reliable operation.This bill would require each battery energy storage facility located in the state and subject to the requirement described above to have an emergency response and emergency action plan that covers the premises of the battery energy storage facility, as specified. The bill would require the owner or operator of the facility, in developing the plan, to coordinate with local emergency management agencies, unified program agencies, and local first response agencies. To the extent the bill would impose new duties on local government agencies, the bill would create a state-mandated local program. The bill would require the owner or operator of the facility to submit the plan to the county and, if applicable, the city where the facility is located.Under existing law, a violation of the Public Utilities Act or any order, decision, rule, direction, demand, or requirement of the commission is a crime.Because the above provisions would be part of the act and a violation of a commission action implementing this bill’s requirements would be a crime, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.This bill would provide that with regard to certain mandates no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.With regard to any other mandates, this bill would provide that, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that the bill contains costs so mandated by the state, reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to the statutory provisions noted above.

CA SB 39 - John Scott Laird
Sierra Nevada Conservancy: Sierra Nevada Region: subregions: climate resilience and equity.
07/05/2023 - Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 4 p.m.
SB 39, Laird. Sierra Nevada Conservancy: Sierra Nevada Region: subregions: climate resilience and equity. Existing law establishes the Sierra Nevada Conservancy in the Natural Resources Agency and prescribes the functions and duties of the conservancy with regard to the preservation of specified lands in the Sierra Nevada Region, as defined, and the 6 subregions, as defined, in which the Sierra Nevada Region is located.This bill would revise and recast the definition of “subregion.” The bill would require the conservancy to support efforts that advance climate resilience and equity. The bill would also revise certain legislative findings related to the conservancy and make nonsubstantive and conforming changes.

CA SB 394 - Lena A. Gonzalez
Master Plan for Healthy, Sustainable, and Climate-Resilient Schools.
01/25/2024 - Veto sustained.
SB 394, Gonzalez. Master Plan for Healthy, Sustainable, and Climate-Resilient Schools. Existing law requires the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission to develop contingency plans to deal with possible shortages of electrical energy or fuel supplies to protect public health, safety, and welfare. Existing law establishes the Clean Energy Job Creation Program for purposes of funding projects for energy efficiency retrofits and clean energy installations, along with related improvements and repairs that contribute to reduced operating costs and improved health and safety conditions, on public schools. Existing law requires certain moneys appropriated for purposes of the program to be allocated to local educational agencies, as specified. Existing law authorizes the commission to adjust the funding allocation to local educational agencies and requires the commission, in allocating grants to local educational agencies, to give priority to certain local educational agencies, as provided.This bill would require, if an appropriation is made for this purpose, the commission to develop a Master Plan for Healthy, Sustainable, and Climate-Resilient Schools on or before March 31, 2025, or 15 months after the appropriation is made, whichever is later. The bill would require the commission to consult with specified state agencies and engage with a diverse group of stakeholders and experts regarding the development of the master plan, as provided. The bill would require the master plan to include specified elements, including, but not limited to, assessments of a representative sample of the state’s public elementary and secondary school buildings and grounds, as provided, and a set of priorities, benchmarks, and milestones for health, resilience, and decarbonization of public school campuses and support facilities.

CA SB 408 - Angelique Ashby
Foster youth with complex needs: regional health teams.
07/13/2023 - Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on APPR.
SB 408, as amended, Ashby. Foster youth with complex needs: regional health teams. Existing law generally provides for the placement of foster youth in various placement settings, and governs the provision of child welfare services, which is defined to mean public social services that are directed toward the accomplishment of specified purposes, including protecting and promoting the welfare of all children, preventing the unnecessary separation of children from their families, and restoring to their families children who have been removed. Existing federal law, the Family First Prevention Services Act of 2018, among other things, provides states with an option to use federal funds under Title IV of the federal Social Security Act to provide mental health and substance abuse prevention and treatment services and in-home parent skill-based programs to a child who is a candidate for foster care or a child in foster care who is a pregnant or parenting foster youth, as specified.This bill would require the State Department of Health Care Services, in consultation with the State Department of Social Services, to establish up to 10 regional health teams throughout the state, to serve foster youth and youth who may be at risk of entering foster care. The bill would require the department to submit a state plan amendment to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services no later than July 1, 2024, to implement the Medicaid Health Home State Plan Option, as specified, in establishing the regional health teams. The bill would require the department to coordinate with the State Department of Social Services and the State Department of Developmental Services, and to convene and engage specified stakeholders, to develop the regional health teams.The bill would make regional health teams available to children and youth and any adult caregiver or other adult connected with the child or youth under 26 years of age, who are experiencing severe mental illness, emotional disturbance, substance use, intellectual or developmental disability, or special health care needs or chronic health issues, or any combination of those conditions. The bill would specify the required membership of the regional health teams, including, but not limited to, a physician, a licensed clinical social worker, and a public health nurse. The duties of the regional health team would include, but not be limited to, receiving and responding to referrals received from staff from county child welfare agencies, county probation departments, regional centers, and others, developing a person-centered care plan, and coordinating and delivering various categories of care and services.The bill would require the department to provide grants, upon appropriation, to create the necessary startup infrastructure for 10 health teams that are geographically situated to support access to services equitably throughout the state, as specified. The bill would require the regional health teams to be funded by the department pursuant to a competitive procurement process. The bill would declare the intent of the Legislature that the health home state plan option begin no later than December 1, 2024, as specified.The bill would condition implementation of these provisions on the availability of federal financial participation and receipt of any necessary federal approvals. The bill would authorize the department to implement these provisions through all-county letters or similar instructions.

CA SB 410 - Josh Becker
Powering Up Californians Act.
09/21/2023 - Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 4 p.m.
SB 410, Becker. Powering Up Californians Act. Existing law vests the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) with regulatory authority over public utilities, including electrical corporations. Existing law authorizes the PUC to establish an expedited distribution grid interconnection dispute resolution process with the goal of resolving disputes over interconnection applications within the jurisdiction of the PUC in no more than 60 days from the time the dispute is formally brought to the PUC. Existing law requires the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission (Energy Commission), in collaboration with the State Air Resources Board, the PUC, and other relevant stakeholders, to annually gather from state agencies, as provided, specified entities’ fleet data for on-road and off-road vehicles in the medium- and heavy-duty sectors and share that data with electrical corporations to help inform electrical grid planning efforts, as specified. Existing law requires electrical corporations, as part of their distribution planning processes, to consider that produced fleet data, and other available data, to facilitate the readiness of their distribution systems to support the state’s anticipated level of electric vehicle charging, as specified.This bill, the Powering Up Californians Act, would require the PUC to establish, on or before September 30, 2024, reasonable average and maximum target energization time periods, as defined, and a procedure for customers to report energization delays to the PUC, as provided. The bill would require the PUC to require the electrical corporation to take remedial actions necessary to achieve the PUC’s targets and would require all reports to be publicly available, among other reporting requirements.The bill would require, as part of each annual report, including any updates, and in each general rate case application, each electrical corporation to include a detailed analysis of its current qualified staffing level and future required qualified staffing level for each job classification, as specified, among other requirements related to staffing and apprentice training. The bill would, among other requirements placed on electrical corporations, require an electrical corporation to consider, in its annual distribution planning process, known load, and projections of load provided by the Energy Commission, in addition to certain standards, plans, regulations, policies, and requirements. The bill would, until January 1, 2027, require the PUC to ensure that each electrical corporation has sufficient and timely recovery of costs, as specified. If requested by the electrical corporation, the bill would, until January 1, 2027, require the PUC to authorize, within 180 days of the request, the use of a ratemaking mechanism that, among other things, authorizes the electrical corporation to track costs for energization projects placed in service after January 1, 2024, that exceed the costs included in the electrical corporation’s annual authorized revenue requirement for energization, as specified. The bill would, until January 1, 2027, require an electrical corporation, as part of its request for a ratemaking mechanism, to include in its request specified information, including, among other information, a detailed summary of energization costs authorized in its current general rate case or any other proceeding. The bill would, until July 1, 2028, require an electrical corporation that requests the use of a ratemaking mechanism to agree to retain an independent third-party auditor to, among other things, review the electrical corporation’s business practices and procedures for energizing new customers and how the electrical corporation is planning for demand growth, prohibit the electrical corporation from recovering the costs of the third-party auditor from ratepayers, and require the third-party auditor to report to the PUC on a biannual basis, as specified. The bill would authorize the PUC to mo

CA SB 415 - Maria Elena Durazo
Air quality: rules and regulations: socioeconomic impacts assessment.
02/01/2024 - Returned to Secretary of Senate pursuant to Joint Rule 56.
SB 415, as amended, Durazo. Air quality: rules and regulations: socioeconomic impacts assessment. Existing law requires a local air pollution control district or an air quality management district (local air district) that intends to propose the adoption, amendment, or repeal of a rule or regulation that will significantly affect air quality or emissions limitations to perform, except as specified, an assessment of the socioeconomic impacts of the proposed adoption, amendment, or repeal of the rule or regulation, as provided. Existing law defines “socioeconomic impacts” to include, among other things, the type of industries or business, including small business, affected by the rule or regulation, the impact of the rule or regulation on employment and the economy of the region affected by the adoption of the rule or regulation, and the range of probable costs, including costs to industry or business, including small business, of the rule or regulation.This bill would require a local air district, whenever it intends to propose the adoption, amendment, or repeal of a rule or regulation that will significantly affect air quality or emissions limitations, to perform an assessment of the socioeconomic impacts of the proposed action on the rule or regulation on families living within the jurisdiction whose annual income is less than $100,000. The bill would change the definition of “socioeconomic impacts” to, among other things, remove from consideration the types of industry and business, other than small business, that is affected, to remove from consideration the impact of the proposed change on the economy of the region affected, and to include the range of probable costs for families living within the jurisdiction with an annual income of less than $100,000. By creating an income threshold and changing the parameters of a socioeconomic impacts assessment conducted by a local air district, this bill would increase the requirements on local officials, thereby imposing a state-mandated local program.This bill would additionally require the State Air Resources Board, except as specified, to conduct an assessment of the socioeconomic impacts, as defined, on families living within the jurisdiction whose annual income is less than $100,000, of a proposed adoption, amendment, or repeal of a rule or regulation that will significantly affect air quality or emissions limitations, as provided, and similarly authorize the state board to contract with a third party to conduct the required assessment of socioeconomic impacts, or portion thereof, as provided. The bill would specify minimum standards for the assessment of socioeconomic impacts, and would require the state board or a third-party contractor to include in the assessment of socioeconomic impacts specified information and analysis, including an econometric analysis that includes, among other things, a baseline estimate of the costs on families living within the jurisdiction whose annual income is less than $100,000, as provided. The bill would prohibit the state board from approving an assessment of socioeconomic impacts that fails to meet those requirements.The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.This bill would provide that, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that the bill contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to the statutory provisions noted above.

CA SB 420 - Josh Becker
Electricity: electrical transmission facility projects.
01/25/2024 - Veto sustained.
SB 420, Becker. Electricity: electrical transmission facility projects. Existing law vests the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) with regulatory authority over public utilities, including electrical corporations, while local publicly owned electric utilities are under the direction of their governing boards. Existing law, implemented by the PUC through a general order, generally prohibits an electrical corporation from beginning the construction of a line, plant, or system, or of any extension thereof, without having first obtained from the commission a certificate that the present or future public convenience and necessity require or will require its construction, as specified. However, existing law exempts the extension, expansion, upgrade, or other modification of an existing electrical transmission facility, including transmission lines and substations, from that certification requirement.This bill would additionally exempt the rebuilding of an existing electrical transmission facility from that requirement, and would provide that the construction of a new electrical transmission facility, or the extension, expansion, upgrade, rebuilding, or other modification of an electrical transmission facility, including lines and substations, by an electrical corporation serving 10,000 or more retail customers does not require that certification, a permit to construct, or any other discretionary permit from the commission, if the new or modified electrical transmission facility meets certain requirements. The bill would also require the PUC, no later than January 1, 2025, to revise the general order to implement these changes, as specified.Under existing law, a violation of the Public Utilities Act or any order, decision, rule, direction, demand, or requirement of the commission is a crime.Because certain provisions of this bill would be a part of the act and a violation of a commission action implementing its requirements would be a crime, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.

CA SB 422 - Anthony J. Portantino Jr.
California Environmental Quality Act: expedited environmental review: climate change regulations.
09/12/2023 - Ordered to inactive file on request of Assembly Member Bryan.
SB 422, as amended, Portantino. California Environmental Quality Act: expedited environmental review: climate change regulations. The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) requires a lead agency, as defined, to prepare, or cause to be prepared, and certify the completion of an environmental impact report (EIR) on a project that it proposes to carry out or approve that may have a significant effect on the environment or to adopt a negative declaration if it finds that the project will not have that effect. CEQA also requires a lead agency to prepare a mitigated negative declaration for a project that may have a significant effect on the environment if revisions in the project would avoid or mitigate that effect and there is no substantial evidence that the project, as revised, would have a significant effect on the environment. CEQA requires specified public agencies, including air pollution control districts and air quality management districts, to perform, at the time of adoption of a rule or regulation requiring the installation of pollution control equipment or a performance standard or treatment requirement, an environmental analysis of the reasonably foreseeable methods of compliance.This bill would also require those specified public agencies, at the time of adoption of a rule or regulation requiring the reduction in emissions of greenhouse gases, criteria air pollutants, or toxic air contaminants, to perform an environmental analysis of the reasonably foreseeable methods of compliance. By imposing additional requirements on air districts, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.CEQA authorizes the use of a focused EIR for a project that consists solely of the installation of pollution control equipment required by those specified public agencies in compliance with those rules or regulations. This bill would require those projects to comply with certain labor requirements in order for the use of a focused EIR.CEQA requires lead agencies to perform the environmental review for projects consisting solely of compliance with a performance standard or treatment requirement imposed by those specified public agencies in a certain manner.This bill would additionally require those projects to comply with certain labor requirements. To the extent that this requirement would impose additional duties on lead agencies, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.

CA SB 424 - Maria Elena Durazo
Medi-Cal: Whole Child Model program.
06/08/2023 - Referred to Com. on HEALTH.
SB 424, as amended, Durazo. Medi-Cal: Whole Child Model program. Existing law establishes the California Children’s Services (CCS) Program, administered by the State Department of Health Care Services and a designated agency of each county, to provide medically necessary services for persons under 21 years of age who have any of specified medical conditions and who meet certain financial eligibility requirements.Existing law establishes the Medi-Cal program, which is administered by the department and under which qualified low-income individuals receive health care services. The Medi-Cal program is, in part, governed and funded by federal Medicaid program provisions. Existing law requires the department to establish a statewide Whole Child Model program stakeholder advisory group that includes specified persons, including CCS case managers, and to consult with that advisory group on prescribed matters. Existing law terminates the advisory group on December 31, 2023.This bill would extend the operation of the advisory group until December 31, 2026.

CA SB 425 - Josh Newman
Clean Vehicle Rebate Project: fuel cell electric pickup trucks: battery electric pickup trucks.
09/01/2023 - September 1 hearing: Held in committee and under submission.
SB 425, as amended, Newman. Clean Vehicle Rebate Project: fuel cell electric pickup trucks: battery electric pickup trucks. Existing law establishes the Air Quality Improvement Program that is administered by the State Air Resources Board for the purposes of funding projects related to, among other things, the reduction of criteria air pollutants and improvement of air quality. Pursuant to its existing statutory authority, the state board has established the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project, as a part of the Air Quality Improvement Program, to promote the production and use of zero-emission vehicles by providing rebates for the purchase of new zero-emission vehicles. The bill would require the state board, as a part of the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project, to provide rebates for zero-emission electric pickup trucks, as defined, so that fuel cell electric pickup trucks and battery electric pickup trucks receive rebates that are $2,500 more than the rebates that are provided for other fuel cell electric vehicles and battery electric vehicles, respectively.

CA SB 43 - Scott D. Wiener
Behavioral health.
09/21/2023 - Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 4 p.m.
SB 43, Eggman. Behavioral health. Existing law, the Lanterman-Petris-Short Act, provides for the involuntary commitment and treatment of a person who is a danger to themselves or others or who is gravely disabled. Existing law, for purposes of involuntary commitment, defines “gravely disabled” as either a condition in which a person, as a result of a mental health disorder, is unable to provide for their basic personal needs for food, clothing, or shelter or has been found mentally incompetent, as specified.This bill expands the definition of “gravely disabled” to also include a condition in which a person, as a result of a severe substance use disorder, or a co-occurring mental health disorder and a severe substance use disorder, is, in addition to the basic personal needs described above, unable to provide for their personal safety or necessary medical care, as defined. The bill would also expand the definition of “gravely disabled,” as it applies to specified sections, to include, in addition to the basic needs described above, the inability for a person to provide for their personal safety or necessary medical care as a result of chronic alcoholism. The bill would authorize counties to defer implementation of these provisions to January 1, 2026, as specified. The bill would make conforming changes. To the extent that this change increases the level of service required of county mental health departments, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.Existing law also authorizes the appointment of a conservator, in the County of Los Angeles, the County of San Diego, or the City and County of San Francisco, for a person who is incapable of caring for the person’s own health and well-being due to a serious mental illness and substance use disorder. Existing law establishes the hearsay rule, under which evidence of a statement is generally inadmissible if it was made other than by a witness while testifying at a hearing and is offered to prove the truth of the matter stated. Existing law sets forth exceptions to the hearsay rule to permit the admission of specified kinds of evidence.Under this bill, for purposes of an opinion offered by an expert witness in any proceeding relating to the appointment or reappointment of a conservator pursuant to the above-described provisions, the statements of specified health practitioners or a licensed clinical social worker included in the medical record would not be made inadmissible by the hearsay rule under specified conditions. The bill would authorize the court to grant a reasonable continuance if an expert witness in a proceeding relied on the medical record and the medical record has not been provided to the parties or their counsel.Existing law requires the State Department of Health Care Services to collect data quarterly and publish, on or before May 1 of each year, a specified report that includes, among other things, the number of persons for whom temporary conservatorship are established in each county and an analysis and evaluation of the efficacy of mental health assessments, detentions, treatments, and supportive services provided, as specified.This bill would, beginning with the report due May 1, 2024, require the report to also include the number of persons admitted or detained, as specified, for conditions that include, among others, grave disability due to a mental health disorder, severe substance use disorder, or both a mental health disorder and a severe substance use disorder.The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.This bill would provide that, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that the bill contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to the statutory provisions noted above.

CA SB 450 - Toni G. Atkins
Housing development: approvals.
09/05/2023 - Read second time. Ordered to third reading.
SB 450, as amended, Atkins. Housing development: approvals. (1) The Planning and Zoning Law provides for the creation of accessory dwelling units by local ordinance, or, if a local agency has not adopted an ordinance, by ministerial approval, in accordance with specified standards and conditions.Existing law requires a proposed housing development containing no more than 2 residential units within a single-family residential zone to be considered ministerially, without discretionary review or hearing, if the proposed housing development meets certain requirements, including that the proposed housing development does not allow for the demolition of more than 25% of the existing exterior structural walls, except as provided. Existing law authorizes a local agency to impose objective zoning standards, objective subdivision standards, and objective design standards, as defined, except as specified, on the proposed housing development. Existing law authorizes a local agency to deny a proposed housing development if specified conditions are met, including that the building official makes a written finding that the proposed housing development project would have a specific, adverse impact upon public health and safety or the physical environment, as provided. This bill would remove the requirement that a proposed housing development does not allow for the demolition of more than 25% of the existing exterior structural walls to be considered ministerially. The bill would prohibit a local agency from imposing objective zoning standards, objective subdivision standards, and objective design standards that do not apply uniformly to development within the underlying zone, but would specify that these provisions do not prohibit a local agency from adopting or imposing objective zoning standards, objective subdivision standards, and objective design standards on the development if the standards are more permissive than applicable standards within the underlying zone. The bill would remove the authorization for a local agency to deny a proposed housing development if the building official makes a written finding that the proposed housing development project would have a specific, adverse impact upon the physical environment. The bill would require the local agency to consider and approve or deny the proposed housing development application within 60 days from the date the local agency receives the completed application, and would deem the application approved after that time. The bill would require a permitting agency, if it denies an application, to provide a full set of comments to the applicant with a list of items that are defective or deficient and a description of how the application can be remedied by the applicant. (2) The Subdivision Map Act vests the authority to regulate and control the design and improvement of subdivisions in the legislative body of a local agency and sets forth procedures governing the local agency’s processing, approval, conditional approval or disapproval, and filing of tentative, final, and parcel maps, and the modification of those maps.Existing law requires a local agency to ministerially approve a parcel map for an urban lot split that meets certain requirements. Existing law authorizes a local agency to impose objective zoning standards, objective subdivision standards, and objective design standards, as defined, except as specified. Existing law authorizes a local agency to deny an urban lot split if specified conditions are met, including that the building official makes a written finding that the proposed housing development project would have a specific, adverse impact upon public health and safety or the physical environment, as provided. This bill would specify that objective zoning standards, objective subdivision standards, and objective design standards imposed by a local agency must be related to the design or improvements of a parcel. This bill would remove the authorization for a local agency

CA SB 476 - Miguel Santiago
Food safety: food handlers.
09/13/2023 - Assembly amendments concurred in. (Ayes 30. Noes 8.) Ordered to engrossing and enrolling.
SB 476, as amended, Limón. Food safety: food handlers. Existing law, the California Retail Food Code, provides for the regulation of health and sanitation standards for retail food facilities by the State Department of Public Health. Existing law, with specified exceptions, requires a food handler to obtain a food handler card within 30 days of their date of hire and to maintain a valid food handler card for the duration of their employment as a food handler. Under existing law, a food handler card is issued only upon successful completion of a food handler training course and examination that meets certain requirements. Existing law requires that at least one food handler training course and examination cost no more than $15, including a food handler card. A violation of the California Retail Food Code is generally a misdemeanor.This bill would require an employer to consider the time that it takes for the employee to complete the training and the examination as compensable “hours worked,” for which the employer would pay, and to pay the employee for any necessary expenditures or losses associated with the employee obtaining a food handler card. The bill would require the employer to relieve an employee of all other work duties while the employee is taking the training course and examination. The bill would prohibit an employer from conditioning employment on the applicant or employee having an existing food handler card.Under existing law, the provisions relating to a food handler card do not apply to a food handler subject to an existing local food handler program that took effect before January 1, 2009.This bill would make the new provisions described above also applicable to a food handler who is subject to one of those existing programs.The bill would require the department, by January 1, 2025, to post on its internet website a link to the internet website of certain accredited food handler training programs. The bill would require a local public health department to provide a link to that web page on its own internet website.By increasing the scope of a crime and creating new duties for local public health departments, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.This bill would provide that with regard to certain mandates no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.With regard to any other mandates, this bill would provide that, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that the bill contains costs so mandated by the state, reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to the statutory provisions noted above.

CA SB 477 - Senate Housing Committee
Accessory dwelling units.
03/20/2024 - Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 2 p.m.
SB 477, Committee on Housing. Accessory dwelling units. Existing law provides for the creation by local ordinance, or by ministerial approval if a local agency has not adopted an ordinance, of accessory dwelling units in areas zoned for single-family or multifamily dwelling residential use in accordance with specified standards and conditions. Existing law also provides for the creation of junior accessory dwelling units by local ordinance, or, if a local agency has not adopted an ordinance, by ministerial approval, in single-family residential zones in accordance with specified standards and conditions.This bill would make nonsubstantive changes and reorganize various provisions relating to the creation and regulation of accessory dwelling units and junior accessory dwelling units, including the provisions described above, and would make related nonsubstantive conforming changes.This bill would declare that it is to take effect immediately as an urgency statute.

CA SB 485 - Josh Becker
Elections: election worker protections.
09/21/2023 - Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 4 p.m.
SB 485, Becker. Elections: election worker protections. Existing law makes interfering in any manner with the officers holding an election or conducting a canvass or with a voter lawfully exercising their right of voting at an election, in order to prevent the election or canvass from being fairly held and lawfully conducted, a crime punishable by imprisonment for 16 months or 2 or 3 years.This bill would specify that for purposes of this crime, “officers holding an election or conducting a canvass” include, but are not limited to, the Secretary of State and their staff, in their performance of any of their duties related to administering the provisions of the Elections Code, an elections official and their staff, including temporary workers and poll workers, or a member of a precinct board, in their performance of any duty related to holding an election or conducting a canvass in order to prevent the election or canvass from being fairly held and lawfully conducted. The bill would clarify that “holding an election or conducting a canvass” for purposes of this crime includes the election observation process.By expanding the scope of an existing crime, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.

CA SB 488 - Marie Alvarado-Gil
California Renewables Portfolio Standard Program: bioenergy projects: community choice aggregators.
02/01/2024 - Returned to Secretary of Senate pursuant to Joint Rule 56.
SB 488, as amended, Alvarado-Gil. California Renewables Portfolio Standard Program: bioenergy projects: community choice aggregators. Existing law vests the Public Utilities Commission with regulatory authority over public utilities, including electrical corporations, while local publicly owned electric utilities are under the direction of their governing boards. Existing law requires electrical corporations, by December 1, 2023, to collectively procure, through financial commitments of 5 to 15 years, inclusive, their proportionate share of 125 megawatts of cumulative rated generating capacity from existing bioenergy projects that commenced operations before June 1, 2013, and requires a local publicly owned electric utility serving more than 100,000 customers to procure its proportionate share of 125 megawatts of cumulative rated generating capacity from bioenergy projects subject to terms of at least 5 years, but exempts from these requirements a local publicly owned electric utility that previously entered into 5-year financial commitments for its proportionate share under certain conditions.This bill would authorize the cumulative rated generating capacity to be procured from bioenergy projects regardless of when the projects commence operations. The bill also would authorize a community choice aggregator to procure, subject to terms of at least 5 years, any portion of a local publicly owned electric utility’s required proportionate share of 125 megawatts of cumulative rated generating capacity from bioenergy projects that was not procured because of the exemption described above. The bill would require the commission to ensure that the costs of any contract procured by a community choice aggregator are recoverable, as specified.

CA SB 493 - David K. Min
Air pollution: alternative vehicles and electric and hydrogen infrastructure.
01/25/2024 - Veto sustained.
SB 493, Min. Air pollution: alternative vehicles and electric and hydrogen infrastructure. Existing law requires the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission (Energy Commission) to undertake various actions in furtherance of meeting the state’s clean energy and pollution reduction objectives, including actions related to electric vehicles. Existing law requires the Energy Commission, in consultation with the State Air Resources Board (state board) and the Public Utilities Commission (PUC), to prepare a statewide assessment of fuel cell electric vehicle fueling infrastructure and fuel production needed to support the adoption of zero-emission trucks, buses, and off-road vehicles at levels necessary for the state to meet the goals and requirements of Executive Order No. N-79-20 and any state board regulatory action that requires or allows zero-emission vehicles in the heavy-duty vehicle and off-road sectors. Existing law also requires the Energy Commission, working with the state board and the PUC, to prepare a statewide assessment of the electric vehicle charging infrastructure needed to support the levels of electric vehicle adoption required for the state to meet its goals of putting at least 5,000,000 zero-emission vehicles on California roads by 2030, and of reducing emissions of greenhouse gases to 40% below 1990 levels by 2030.This bill would require the assessment of the fuel cell electric vehicle fueling infrastructure and fuel production to additionally include an assessment of storage and transport facilities, and the assessment of the electric vehicle charging infrastructure to additionally include electric system infrastructure and electric generation. The bill would expand the scope of the latter assessment to include the electric vehicle charging infrastructure, electric system infrastructure, and electric generation needed for the state to meet the goals of Executive Order No. N-79-20 and any state board regulatory action that requires or allows zero-emission vehicles in the heavy-duty vehicle and off-road sectors. The bill would require both assessments to identify any barriers to the deployment of hydrogen infrastructure and any barriers to the deployment of electric infrastructure, respectively, for medium- and heavy-duty fleets and recommendations for addressing those barriers. The bill would require the Energy Commission to publish a determination regarding the adequacy of completed or planned charging or fueling sites for the 5 years following the completion of the initial statewide assessment and the findings of the electric vehicle charging infrastructure assessment, as provided. The bill would also require the Energy Commission to identify any charging or fueling site deficiencies and categorize those deficiencies by refueling speed and by type of facility, as either a public facility or a private facility. The bill would require the Energy Commission to update the electric vehicle charging infrastructure assessment and the determination at least once every 2 years.The California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 designates the state board as the state agency charged with monitoring and regulating sources of emissions of greenhouse gases. Existing law requires the state board, at least every 5 years, as provided, in consultation with the Department of Transportation, the Energy Commission, and the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development and in collaboration with relevant stakeholders, to update the state board’s 2016 mobile source strategy to include a comprehensive strategy for the deployment of medium-duty and heavy-duty vehicles in the state for the purpose of bringing the state into compliance with federal ambient air quality standards and reducing motor vehicle greenhouse gas emissions from the medium-duty and heavy-duty vehicle sector. Existing law requires the state board to recommend reasonable and achievable goals for reducing emissions from medium-duty an

CA SB 524 - Anna Marie Caballero
Pharmacists: furnishing prescription medications.
02/01/2024 - Returned to Secretary of Senate pursuant to Joint Rule 56.
SB 524, as amended, Caballero. Pharmacists: furnishing prescription medications. (1) Existing law, the Pharmacy Law, provides for the licensing and regulation of pharmacists by the California State Board of Pharmacy in the Department of Consumer Affairs. A violation of the Pharmacy Law is a crime. Existing law generally authorizes a pharmacist to dispense or furnish drugs only pursuant to a valid prescription, with prescribed exceptions. Existing law authorizes a pharmacist or a pharmacy to perform skin puncture in the course of performing routine patient assessment procedures, as defined, or in the course of performing prescribed clinical laboratory tests or examinations. Under existing law, the definition of “routine patient assessment procedures” includes clinical laboratory tests that are classified as waived pursuant to the federal Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA) and specified regulations adopted pursuant to the CLIA. Existing law also authorizes a pharmacist to perform any aspect of a test approved or authorized by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that is classified as waived pursuant to the CLIA, under specified conditions.This bill, with respect to the conditional performance of tests approved or authorized by the FDA and classified as waived pursuant to the CLIA, would instead authorize a pharmacist to order, perform, and report those tests. The bill, until January 1, 2034, would authorize a pharmacist to furnish prescription medications pursuant to the results from a test classified as waived pursuant to the CLIA performed by the pharmacist that is used to guide diagnosis or clinical decisionmaking for SARS-CoV-2, Influenza, Streptococcal pharyngitis, or conjunctivitis, in accordance with specified requirements. The bill would require a pharmacist, in providing these patient care services, to utilize specified evidence-based clinical guidelines or other clinically recognized recommendations, and in accordance with standardized procedures or protocol designed and approved by the board and the Medical Board of California. The bill would require the pharmacist to document, to the extent possible, the testing services provided, as well as the prescription drugs, devices, or other treatments furnished, to the patient pursuant to the test result, in the patient’s record in the record system maintained by the pharmacy. The bill would require a pharmacy or health care facility in which a pharmacist is furnishing treatment to provide an area designed to maintain privacy and confidentiality of the patient. Because a violation of these requirements would be a crime, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.(2) Existing law provides for the Medi-Cal program, which is administered by the State Department of Health Care Services, under which qualified low-income individuals receive health care services pursuant to a schedule of benefits, including pharmacist services, which are subject to approval by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The Medi-Cal program is, in part, governed and funded by federal Medicaid program provisions.This bill would expand the Medi-Cal schedule of benefits to include ordering, performing, and reporting any test approved or authorized by the FDA that is classified as waived pursuant to the CLIA, as authorized by existing law, that is used to guide diagnosis or clinical decisionmaking. The bill would also expand the schedule of benefits to include furnishing prescriptions pursuant to the result from a test, as authorized by the bill’s provisions, that is used to guide diagnosis or clinical decisionmaking.(3) The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.

CA SB 529 - Lena A. Gonzalez
Electric vehicle sharing services: affordable housing facilities.
02/01/2024 - Returned to Secretary of Senate pursuant to Joint Rule 56.
SB 529, as amended, Gonzalez. Electric vehicle sharing services: affordable housing facilities. Existing law creates the Clean Transportation Program, administered by the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission (Energy Commission), to provide, among other things, competitive grants and revolving loans to specified entities for those entities to develop and deploy innovative technologies that transform California’s fuel and vehicle types to help attain the state’s climate change policies. Existing law requires the Energy Commission to develop and adopt an investment plan to determine priorities and opportunities for the program. Existing law requires the Energy Commission, in consultation with the State Air Resources Board, as part of the development of the investment plan, to assess whether charging station infrastructure is disproportionately deployed, as specified, and, upon finding disproportionate deployment, to use moneys from the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Fund, as well as other mechanisms, including incentives, to more proportionately deploy new charging station infrastructure, except as specified.This bill would require the Energy Commission to create a program to award grants to facilitate electric vehicle sharing services, as defined, operated at affordable housing facilities, as defined. The bill would specify the eligible entities that may be awarded grants pursuant to the program, and would require those eligible entities to submit an application to the Energy Commission, as specified. The bill would require the Energy Commission to consider specified criteria in awarding grants and would require a grant recipient to only use grant funds for specified purposes to facilitate an electric vehicle sharing service operated at an affordable housing facility. The bill would require that a grant recipient, at a minimum, purchases, or commits to purchase, 2 electric vehicles and 2 electric vehicle charging stations with Level 2 electric vehicle service equipment. The bill would provide that a grant recipient may be eligible to purchase up to 2 direct current fast chargers if the grant recipient meets specified requirements. The bill would require, as a condition of receiving a grant, a grant recipient to annually submit a report to the Energy Commission that includes specified information. The bill would require implementation of the program to be subject to an appropriation of funds by the Legislature for purposes of developing and implementing the program.

CA SB 541 - Caroline Menjivar
Sexual health: contraceptives.
01/25/2024 - Veto sustained.
SB 541, Menjivar. Sexual health: contraceptives. (1) Existing law, the California Healthy Youth Act, requires school districts, defined to include county boards of education, county superintendents of schools, the California School for the Deaf, the California School for the Blind, and charter schools, to ensure that all pupils in grades 7 to 12, inclusive, receive comprehensive sexual health education and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) prevention education, as specified.This bill would, in order to prevent and reduce unintended pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections, on or before the start of the 2024–25 school year, require each public school, including schools operated by a school district or county office of education, charter schools, and state special schools, to make internal and external condoms available to all pupils in grades 9 to 12, inclusive, free of charge, as provided. The bill would require these public schools to, at the beginning of each school year, inform pupils through existing school communication channels that free condoms are available and where the condoms can be obtained on school grounds. The bill would require a public school to post at least one notice regarding these requirements, as specified. The bill would require this notice to include certain information, including, among other information, information about how to use condoms properly. The bill would require each public school serving any of grades 7 to 12, inclusive, to allow condoms to be made available during the course of, or in connection with, educational or public health programs and initiatives, as provided. The bill would authorize a state agency, the State Department of Education, or a public school to accept gifts, grants, and donations from any source for the support of a public school carrying out these provisions, including, but not limited to, the acceptance of condoms from a manufacturer or wholesaler. The bill would, in order to comply with these provisions, encourage public schools to explore partnerships, including, but not limited to, partnerships with local health jurisdictions, as defined, community health centers, nonprofit organizations, and the State Department of Public Health. By imposing additional duties on public schools, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program. The bill would additionally prohibit a public school, as defined, maintaining any combination of classrooms from grades 7 to 12, inclusive, a school district, the State Department of Education, or a county office of education from prohibiting certain school-based health centers, as defined, from making internal and external condoms available and easily accessible to pupils at the school-based health center site.(2) Under existing law, the Sherman Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Law, the State Department of Public Health generally regulates the packaging, labeling, advertising, and sale of food, drugs, devices, and cosmetics, in accordance with the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. A violation of those provisions is generally a crime. Existing law sets forth various other provisions relating to the furnishing and health care coverage of certain types of contraception.This bill would, with certain exceptions, prohibit a retail establishment, as defined, from refusing to furnish nonprescription contraception to a person solely on the basis of age by means of any conduct, including, but not limited to, requiring the customer to present identification for purposes of demonstrating their age. Under the bill, a violation of that prohibition would be exempt from the above-described criminal penalty.(3) The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.This bill would provide that, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that the bill contains costs mandated by the state, reim

CA SB 563 - Bob J. Archuleta
Air pollution control districts and air quality management districts: dependent and independent special districts: funding.
02/01/2024 - Returned to Secretary of Senate pursuant to Joint Rule 56.
SB 563, as amended, Archuleta. Air pollution control districts and air quality management districts: dependent and independent special districts: funding. Existing law provides for the establishment of air pollution control districts and air quality management districts. Existing law declares a district a body corporate and politic and a public agency of the state, and prescribes the general powers and duties of a district. Existing law authorizes a district to receive funding from specified sources, including, but not limited to, grants, permit fees, and penalties. Existing law also defines dependent special districts and independent special districts for purposes of the Cortese-Knox-Hertzberg Local Government Reorganization Act of 2000.This bill would designate a district as a special district for purposes of receiving state funds or funds disbursed by the state, including federal funds. The bill would also require, if eligibility for funds requires a district to be considered either a dependent or an independent special district, the entity distributing those funds to use the definitions for those terms set forth in the Cortese-Knox-Hertzberg Local Government Reorganization Act of 2000, as specified, to determine eligibility.

CA SB 576 - Janet Q. Nguyen
General plans: land use element: military sites.
02/01/2024 - Returned to Secretary of Senate pursuant to Joint Rule 56.
SB 576, as amended, Nguyen. General plans: land use element: military sites. Existing law, the Planning and Zoning Law, requires the legislative body of a city or county to adopt a comprehensive general plan that includes various elements, including a land use element. Existing law requires the land use element, among other things, to consider the impact of new growth on military readiness activities carried out on military bases, installations, and operating and training areas when proposing zoning ordinances or designating land uses covered by the general plan for land, or other territory adjacent to military facilities, or underlying designated military aviation routes and airspace. Existing law also requires cities and counties to address military impacts based on information from the military and other sources.This bill, commencing January 1, 2025, would require the legislative body of a city or county, upon any substantive revision of its land use element, to modify that element to prohibit high-density housing, as defined, from being built within a 5-mile radius of a military installation or other site deemed sensitive to national security by the United States Department of Defense, except as specified. By placing new duties on county and city officials with respect to their land use planning, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.

CA SB 583 - Stephen C. Padilla
Salton Sea Conservancy.
09/13/2023 - Ordered to inactive file on request of Senator Padilla.
SB 583, as amended, Padilla. Salton Sea Conservancy. Existing law authorizes various conservancies to acquire, manage, direct the management of, and conserve lands in the state. Under existing law, the Salton Sea Authority, a joint powers authority, is authorized to form an infrastructure financing district for purposes of restoring the Salton Sea. Existing law creates the Salton Sea Lithium Fund in the State Treasury and continuously appropriates moneys in the fund to the Natural Resources Agency for restoration projects developed or required pursuant to specified plans, State Water Resources Control Board orders, including Order WR 2017-0134, and grants.This bill would establish the Salton Sea Conservancy within the Natural Resources Agency for specified purposes related to the Salton Sea region, including, among other things, to oversee the operation, maintenance, and management of projects to fulfill the state’s obligations as detailed in State Water Resources Control Board Order WR 2017-0134 and to acquire, hold, and manage land or property rights within the Salton Sea Region after restoration projects are built. The bill would require the conservancy to carry out programs, projects, and activities to further those purposes. The bill would require, by January 1, 2026, the conservancy to be governed by a board of directors composed of designated membership. The bill would set forth the powers, duties, and limitations of the board of directors and the conservancy, as provided. The bill would create the Salton Sea Conservancy Fund and would make moneys in the fund, including authorized proceeds from the sale of bonds and allocations from the Salton Sea Lithium Fund, available, upon appropriation by the Legislature, for purposes of the conservancy. By imposing new duties on local agencies, this bill would create a state-mandated local program.The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.This bill would provide that, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that the bill contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to the statutory provisions noted above.

CA SB 595 - Richard Dale Roth
Covered California: data sharing.
09/07/2023 - Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 4 p.m.
SB 595, Roth. Covered California: data sharing. Existing federal law, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), requires each state to establish an American Health Benefit Exchange to facilitate the purchase of qualified health benefit plans by qualified individuals and qualified small employers. Existing state law creates the California Health Benefit Exchange (Exchange), also known as Covered California, to facilitate the enrollment of qualified individuals and qualified small employers in qualified health plans as required under PPACA. Existing law requires the Exchange, beginning no later than September 1, 2023, and at least monthly thereafter, to request from the Employment Development Department (EDD) specified information of each new applicant for unemployment compensation, state disability, and paid family leave. Existing law requires the EDD to provide that information in a manner prescribed by the Exchange. Existing law requires the Exchange to market and publicize the availability of health care coverage through the Exchange, and engage in outreach activities, to the individuals whose contact information is received by the Exchange from the EDD, as specified. Existing law prohibits the Exchange from disclosing the personal information obtained from the EDD without the consent of the applicant.This bill would prohibit the disclosure of information by the Exchange to a certified insurance agent, a certified employment counselor, or any other entity without the consent of the applicant, except as provided. The bill would authorize the Exchange to disclose information obtained from the EDD to outreach and marketing vendors under contract to the Exchange. The bill would require outreach and marketing conducted pursuant to these provisions to include, in a conspicuous and easy to access manner, the ability for individuals to decline all future outreach and marketing. The bill would require the Exchange to only request from the EDD, use, or disclose the minimum amount of information necessary to accomplish the purposes for which it was obtained. The bill would require a person or entity that receives information from the Exchange pursuant to these provisions to take all necessary measures to safeguard the confidentiality of any information obtained from the Exchange and would prohibit a person or entity from using or disclosing that information for any purpose other than to market and publicize the availability of health care coverage through the Exchange to individuals, as directed by the Exchange. The bill would require a person or entity to only request from the Exchange, use, or disclose the minimum amount of information necessary to accomplish the purposes for which it was received. The bill would require information received by the Exchange from the EDD to be destroyed in a manner that maintains confidentiality. The bill would require the Exchange to ensure that information disclosed to outreach and marketing vendors or any other entity pursuant to these provisions (1) complies with applicable privacy and information security-related requirements arising under both federal and state law and (2) be destroyed in a manner that maintains confidentiality. The bill also would make conforming changes to a related provision.

CA SB 605 - Stephen C. Padilla
Wave and tidal energy.
09/21/2023 - Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 4 p.m.
SB 605, Padilla. Wave and tidal energy. Existing law requires the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission (Energy Commission) to undertake various actions in furtherance of meeting the state’s clean energy and pollution reduction objectives, including actions related to energy infrastructure.This bill would require the Energy Commission, as part of a specified 2024 energy policy review, in consultation with other appropriate state agencies to evaluate the feasibility, costs, and benefits of using wave energy and tidal energy, as specified. The bill would require the commission, in coordination and consultation with the California Coastal Commission, the Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Ocean Protection Council, and the State Lands Commission, to work with other state and local agencies and stakeholders to identify suitable sea space for offshore wave energy and tidal energy projects in state and federal waters. The bill would require the Energy Commission to submit a written report to the Governor and the Legislature on or before January 1, 2025, that includes a summary of findings from the evaluation and considerations that may inform legislative and executive actions, as specified.

CA SB 607 - Anthony J. Portantino Jr.
Controlled substances.
01/22/2024 - In Assembly. Read first time. Held at Desk.
SB 607, as amended, Portantino. Controlled substances. Existing law requires a prescriber, with certain exceptions, before directly dispensing or issuing for a minor the first prescription for a controlled substance containing an opioid in a single course of treatment, to discuss specified information with the minor, the minor’s parent or guardian, or another adult authorized to consent to the minor’s medical treatment.This bill would extend that requirement for the prescriber by applying it to any patient, not only a minor, under those circumstances.

CA SB 619 - Stephen C. Padilla
State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission: certification of facilities: electrical transmission projects.
01/25/2024 - Veto sustained.
SB 619, Padilla. State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission: certification of facilities: electrical transmission projects. (1) The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) requires preparation of specified documentation before a public agency approves or carries out certain projects. Existing law makes an environmental leadership development project, as defined, that meets specified requirements and is certified by the Governor eligible for streamlined procedures under CEQA. In particular, existing law requires the adoption of rules of court that expedite certain CEQA actions and proceedings related to an environmental leadership development project to resolve those actions and proceedings, to the extent feasible, within 270 days.Existing law authorizes persons proposing eligible facilities, including electrical transmission lines carrying electricity from certain other facilities that are located in the state to a point of junction with any interconnected electrical transmission system, to file applications, on or before June 30, 2029, with the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission (Energy Commission) to certify sites and related facilities as environmental leadership development projects, as specified. Existing law makes a site and related facility certified by the Energy Commission as an environmental leadership development project subject to streamlined procedures under CEQA with no further action by the applicant or the Governor. Under existing law, the Energy Commission’s certification of sites and related facilities is in lieu of any permit, certificate, or similar document required by any state, local, or regional agency, or federal agency to the extent permitted by federal law, for the use of the sites and related facilities, and supersedes any applicable statute, ordinance, or regulation of any state, local, or regional agency, or federal agency to the extent permitted by federal law, except as specified.This bill would expand the facilities eligible to be certified as environmental leadership development projects by the Energy Commission to include electrical transmission projects. The bill would require an applicant applying for certification of an electrical transmission project to take certain actions, including, among other actions, to avoid or minimize significant environmental impacts in any disadvantaged community.(2) Existing law vests the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) with regulatory authority over public utilities, including electrical corporations. Existing law prohibits an electrical corporation from beginning the construction of a line, plant, or system, or any extension of a line, plant, or system, without having first obtained from the PUC a certificate that the present or future public convenience and necessity require its construction. Under existing law, a violation of the Public Utilities Act or any order, decision, rule, direction, demand, or requirement of the PUC is a crime.The bill would authorize an electrical corporation that files an application with the PUC to authorize the new construction of any electrical transmission facility to simultaneously submit to the Energy Commission an application for certification of the facility as an environmental leadership development project, as specified. The bill would authorize the Energy Commission to recover the reasonable administrative costs incurred from evaluating an application, as specified. The bill would provide that the Energy Commission’s certification of a facility proposed by an electrical corporation satisfies and replaces the PUC’s obligations under CEQA with respect to that facility. The bill would prohibit the PUC from approving an application until after the Energy Commission has issued a decision on certification of the proposed facility. Because these provisions would be part of the Public Utilities Act and a violation of these requirements or a PUC action implementing these req

CA SB 628 - Melissa Hurtado
State Healthy Food Access Policy.
10/13/2023 - Chaptered by Secretary of State. Chapter 879, Statutes of 2023.
SB 628, Hurtado. State Healthy Food Access Policy. Existing law establishes various food assistance programs, including, among others, the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), known in California as CalFresh, under which supplemental nutrition assistance benefits allocated to the state by the federal government are distributed to eligible individuals by each county. This bill would declare that it is the established policy of the state that every human being has the right to access sufficient affordable and healthy food. The bill would require all relevant state agencies to consider this state policy when revising, adopting, or establishing policies, regulations, and grant criteria when those policies, regulations, and grant criteria are pertinent to the distribution of sufficient affordable food.

CA SB 642 - Sabrina Cervantes
Hazardous materials: enforcement: county counsel.
09/01/2023 - Chaptered by Secretary of State. Chapter 154, Statutes of 2023.
SB 642, Cortese. Hazardous materials: enforcement: county counsel. Existing law regulates the generation, transportation, and disposal of hazardous materials. Existing law authorizes the city attorney, district attorney, and the Attorney General, at the request of the Department of Toxic Substances Control or a unified program agency, to bring an action seeking to enjoin a violation of laws and regulations governing the generation, transportation, and disposal of hazardous materials. Existing law specifies that every civil action brought at the request of the department or a unified program agency is to be brought by the city attorney, the county attorney, the district attorney, or the Attorney General in the name of the people of the State of California and that those actions relating to the same processing or disposal of hazardous waste may be joined or consolidated.This bill would authorize the county counsel to bring an action seeking to enjoin a violation of laws and regulations governing the generation, transportation, and disposal of hazardous materials. The bill would specify that county counsel, at the request of the department or a unified program agency, is authorized to bring a civil action in the name of the people of the State of California to enforce laws and regulations governing the generation, transportation, and disposal of hazardous materials.Existing law requires certain businesses that handle hazardous materials to prepare a business and area plan relating to the handling and release or threatened release of hazardous materials and authorizes the city attorney, district attorney, and Attorney General to bring an action to enforce these requirements. Existing law regulates the operation of underground storage tanks and aboveground storage tanks and authorizes the city attorney, district attorney, and the Attorney General to bring an action to enforce these requirements. Existing law regulates the handling, storage, and disposal of medical waste and authorizes the city attorney, district attorney, and the Attorney General to bring an action to enforce these requirements.This bill would authorize the county counsel to bring an action to enforce the requirements related to the business and area plans, underground storage tanks, aboveground storage tanks, or medical waste.This bill would, if a county counsel or the district attorney brings an action described above, require the county counsel or district attorney, within 7 days of the filing of the action, to give notice to the district attorney or county counsel, as applicable, of the related county and would make various conforming changes.

CA SB 674 - Lena A. Gonzalez
Air pollution: refineries: community air monitoring systems: fence-line monitoring systems.
09/01/2023 - Ordered to third reading.
SB 674, as amended, Gonzalez. Air pollution: refineries: community air monitoring systems: fence-line monitoring systems. Existing law requires a refinery-related community air monitoring system to be installed near each petroleum refinery that meets certain requirements. Existing law requires the owner or operator of a petroleum refinery to develop, install, operate, and maintain a fence-line monitoring system in accordance with guidance developed by the appropriate air quality management district or air pollution control district. Existing law requires the air districts and the owners or operators of refineries to collect real-time data from those monitoring systems, maintain records of that data, and, to the extent feasible, provide to the public the data in a publicly accessible format.This bill would expand the definition of a refinery for these purposes to include related facilities located on contiguous or adjacent properties and to include refineries engaging in other types of refining processes, including those using noncrude oil feedstock. The bill would require the refinery-related community air monitoring system and the fence-line monitoring system to be updated or installed on or before January 1, 2028, after a 30-day public comment period, as specified. The bill would require the appropriate air district to establish pollutants for the monitoring systems to monitor and would include certain pollutants identified by the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment. The bill would authorize the air district to exclude a pollutant for monitoring at those monitoring systems, as provided. The bill would require air districts, on a 5-year basis, to review the list of pollutants being measured and would authorize the air districts to revise the list, as provided. The bill would require the air districts and the owners and operators of refineries to maintain records of the data collected from those systems for at least 5 years and would require the owners and operators to post online, and to notify the public of the availability of, quarterly reports containing certain information. The bill would require owners and operators of refineries to notify the air district and the public, as provided, as quickly as possible of any exceedances of specified pollutant thresholds. The bill would require the owners or operators of refineries, within 24 hours of a fence-line monitoring system detecting an exceedance of those thresholds, to initiate a root cause analysis and to determine appropriate corrective action, as provided. The bill would require the owners or operators of refineries to conduct third-party audits of its fence-line monitoring system, as provided, to ensure the accuracy of the system. Because the bill would impose additional duties on air districts, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.Under existing law, a violation of requirements for stationary sources or any rule, regulation, permit, or order of the state board or of an air district is a crime.Because this bill would impose the monitoring systems requirement on owners or operators of refineries engaging in other types of refining processes and would impose additional requirements on owners and operators of refineries, a violation of which would be a crime, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for specified reasons.

CA SB 687 - Susan Talamantes Eggman
Water Quality Control Plan: Delta Conveyance Project.
02/01/2024 - Returned to Secretary of Senate pursuant to Joint Rule 56.
SB 687, as amended, Eggman. Water Quality Control Plan: Delta Conveyance Project. Existing law establishes the State Water Resources Control Board and the 9 California regional water quality control boards as the principal state agencies with authority over matters relating to water quality. Existing law requires the state board to formulate and adopt state policy for water quality control. Existing law authorizes the state board to adopt water quality control plans for waters that require water quality standards pursuant to the Federal Water Pollution Control Act, and provides that those plans supersede any regional water quality control plans for the same waters to the extent of any conflict.This bill would require the board to adopt a final update of the 1995 Water Quality Control Plan for the San Francisco Bay/Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Estuary, as provided, before the board may consider a change in point diversion or any other water rights permit or order for the Delta Conveyance Project. The bill would also, if, after completing the update of the plan and in compliance with existing law, the board approves a change in point of diversion or any other water rights permit or order associated with the Delta Conveyance Project, prohibit the operation of the Delta Conveyance Project unless and until the updated plan is fully implemented. The bill would specify that these provisions do not constitute an authorization for or approval of funding for the Delta Conveyance Project or any other project that includes isolated Delta conveyance facilities, and do not reduce any statutory or other regulatory conditions or permit requirements for Delta conveyance projects.

CA SB 701 - Melissa Hurtado
Fruit and vegetable wholesalers: registration fees.
09/07/2023 - Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 4 p.m.
SB 701, Hurtado. Fruit and vegetable wholesalers: registration fees. Existing law authorizes the board of supervisors of a county with a population of 6,000,000 or more to require registration, and establish a schedule of annual registration fees, not to exceed $250, to be paid by any person who acts as a wholesaler of fresh fruit and vegetables under certain required licenses and who maintains an office or salesroom or conducts that business in the county. Existing law requires that the schedule be designed to pay not more than 1/3 of the costs of the county for its administration and enforcement of specified laws and regulations pertaining generally to fruit, nut, and vegetable standards.This bill would delete this fee schedule design requirement, authorize the board of supervisors of a county to set the fee schedule up to a maximum registration fee of $500, and authorize the board of supervisors of any county, regardless of population, to require registration and establish a schedule of annual registration fees, as described above.

CA SB 709 - Benjamin J. Allen
Low-Carbon Fuel Standard regulations: biogas derived from livestock manure.
02/01/2024 - Returned to Secretary of Senate pursuant to Joint Rule 56.
SB 709, as amended, Allen. Low-Carbon Fuel Standard regulations: biogas derived from livestock manure. The California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 establishes the State Air Resources Board as the state agency responsible for monitoring and regulating sources emitting greenhouse gases. The act requires the state board to adopt rules and regulations to achieve the maximum technologically feasible and cost-effective greenhouse gas emissions reductions to ensure that the statewide greenhouse gas emissions are reduced to at least 40% below the statewide greenhouse gas emissions limit, as defined, no later than December 31, 2030. Pursuant to the act, the state board has adopted the Low-Carbon Fuel Standard regulations.Existing law requires the state board to approve and begin implementing a comprehensive strategy to reduce emissions of short-lived climate pollutants in the state to achieve, among other things, a reduction in methane emissions to 40% below 2013 levels by 2030. Existing law requires the state board, in consultation with the Department of Food and Agriculture, to adopt regulations to reduce methane emissions from livestock manure management operations and dairy manure management operations consistent with the strategy, as specified. Existing law requires those regulations to be implemented on or after January 1, 2024, if the state board, in consultation with the department, makes certain determinations.Existing law requires the state board to provide guidance on credits generated pursuant to the Low-Carbon Fuel Standard regulations, and the market-based compliance mechanism, adopted pursuant to the act from the methane reduction protocols described in the comprehensive strategy for short-lived climate pollutants. Existing law requires the state board to ensure that projects developed before the implementation of the regulations to reduce methane emissions from livestock manure management operations and dairy manure management operations receive credit under the Low-Carbon Fuel Standard regulations and the market-based compliance mechanism for at least 10 years. Existing law also makes projects eligible for an extension of credits after the first 10 years, as specified.This bill would eliminate the requirement that the state board ensure those projects receive credit for at least 10 years and would eliminate the requirement for those projects to be eligible for an extension of credits after the first 10 years.This bill would require the state board, in implementing the Low-Carbon Fuel Standard regulations, to update the carbon intensity of each pathway for fuel derived from livestock manure to include all emissions of greenhouse gases generated from the production of the fuel and all emissions of greenhouse gases generated from the production of the feedstock. The bill would require the state board to limit the generation of credits for fuel pathway holders for biogas derived from livestock manure to the volume of feedstock at each associated dairy or livestock operation on January 1, 2017, or on the date the pathway was certified, whichever is less. The bill would require a new fuel pathway application that includes the use of biogas derived from livestock manure to include all information and calculations used to determine carbon intensity and would require the state board to make that information publicly available on its internet website. The bill would also require an existing fuel pathway holder whose pathway includes the use of biogas derived from livestock manure to file a document that includes all information and calculations used to determine carbon intensity with the state board on or before January 31, 2024, and would require the state board to make that information publicly available on its internet website on or before March 31, 2024.

CA SB 72 - Nancy Skinner
Budget Act of 2023.
02/01/2024 - Returned to Secretary of Senate pursuant to Joint Rule 56.
SB 72, as introduced, Skinner. Budget Act of 2023. This bill would make appropriations for the support of state government for the 2023–24 fiscal year.This bill would declare that it is to take effect immediately as a Budget Bill.

CA SB 720 - Henry I. Stern
Aviation: airports: report: emissions: GO-Biz.
07/10/2023 - Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on NAT. RES.
SB 720, as amended, Stern. Aviation: airports: report: emissions: GO-Biz. Existing law establishes the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) to serve the Governor as the lead entity for economic strategy and the marketing of California on issues relating to business development, private sector investment, and economic growth. Existing law authorizes GO-Biz, among other things, to make recommendations to the Governor and the Legislature on new state policies and to provide data, information, and assistance, as specified.This bill would require GO-Biz to create a stakeholder group, as provided, to identify and pursue opportunities to attract and develop sustainable aviation fuel production and infrastructure in the state to help reach the goal of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions in California, as specified.The State Aeronautics Act governs aeronautics in the state for the purpose of furthering and protecting the public interest in aviation and aeronautical progress through identified means. The California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 designates the State Air Resources Board as the state agency charged with monitoring and regulating sources of emissions of greenhouse gases. A violation of the State Aeronautics Act is a crime.This bill would require, as part of an update to its general plan or sustainability plan, or if no plan exists, on or before June 1, 2025, each public or private airport that has more than 50,000 annual takeoffs in a disadvantaged community to submit a report to the State Air Resources Board (state board), for review and approval, as specified. The bill would require, upon approval of a report, as specified, the state board to notify GO-Biz, as provided.Because a violation of certain provisions of this bill would be a crime, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.

CA SB 768 - Anna Marie Caballero
California Environmental Quality Act: State Air Resources Board: vehicle miles traveled: study.
01/29/2024 - In Assembly. Read first time. Held at Desk.
SB 768, as amended, Caballero. California Environmental Quality Act: State Air Resources Board: vehicle miles traveled: study. The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) requires a lead agency, as defined, to prepare, or cause to be prepared, and certify the completion of an environmental impact report (EIR) on a project that it proposes to carry out or approve that may have a significant effect on the environment or to adopt a negative declaration if it finds that the project will not have that effect. CEQA also requires a lead agency to prepare a mitigated negative declaration for a project that may have a significant effect on the environment if revisions in the project would avoid or mitigate that effect and there is no substantial evidence that the project, as revised, would have a significant effect on the environment.Existing law requires the Office of Planning and Research to prepare, develop, and transmit to the Secretary of the Natural Resources Agency for certification and adoption proposed revisions to guidelines establishing criteria for determining the significance of transportation impacts of projects within transit priority areas to promote the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, the development of multimodal transportation networks, and a diversity of land uses.Existing law creates the State Air Resources Board as the state agency charged with coordinating efforts to attain and maintain ambient air quality standards, to conduct research into the causes of and solution to air pollution, and to systematically attack the serious problem caused by motor vehicles, which is the major source of air pollution in many areas of the state. Existing law authorizes the state board to do those acts as may be necessary for the proper execution of the powers and duties granted to, and imposed upon, the state board. This bill would require the state board, by January 1, 2026, to conduct and submit to the Legislature a study on how vehicle miles traveled is used as a metric for measuring transportation impacts pursuant to CEQA, as specified.

CA SB 781 - Henry I. Stern
Methane emissions: natural gas producing low methane emissions.
09/01/2023 - September 1 hearing: Held in committee and under submission.
SB 781, as amended, Stern. Methane emissions: natural gas producing low methane emissions. The California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 designates the State Air Resources Board as the state agency responsible for monitoring and regulating sources of emissions of greenhouse gases that cause global warming in order to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases. The act requires all state agencies to consider and implement strategies to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.This bill would additionally require state agencies to prioritize strategies to reduce methane emissions, including emissions from imported natural gas, where feasible and cost effective. The bill would require the state board, no later than December 31, 2024, to establish a certification standard for natural gas producing low methane emissions. The bill would require the state board to encourage natural gas procurement on behalf of the state to shift to certified natural gas producing low methane emissions. The bill would also require the state board, the Public Utilities Commission, and other relevant agencies to timely consider programs, or changes to existing programs, to reduce methane emissions, including emissions from imported natural gas procured by utilities and other large gas users.Existing law requires the state board to inventory sources of air pollution within the air basins of the state and determine the kinds and quantity of air pollutants. Existing law requires the state board to make available, and update at least annually, on its internet website the emissions of greenhouse gases, criteria air pollutants, and toxic air contaminants for each facility that reports to the state board and air pollution control and air quality management districts as well as the emissions of greenhouse gases, criteria air pollutants, and toxic air contaminants throughout the state broken down to a local and subcounty level for stationary sources and to at least a county level for mobile sources, as specified. Existing law also requires the state board to quantify and publish annually the amount of greenhouse gas emissions resulting from the loss or release of uncombusted natural gas to the atmosphere and emissions from natural gas flares during all processes associated with the production, processing, and transporting of natural gas imported into the state from out-of-state sources.This bill would require the state board to annually request and incorporate, as part of this quantification for annual publication, information from utilities and other large gas users regarding any contract for and use of natural gas certified to have a methane emissions intensity of less than 0.2% across the natural gas supply chain, as data are available, or the use of other best practices to minimize emissions of methane and greenhouse gases from natural gas supplying California. The bill would also require the state board to quantify and publish annually, commencing January 1, 2025, an estimate of potential greenhouse gas emissions reductions associated with the use of natural gas certified to have a methane emissions intensity of less than 0.2% across the natural gas supply chain, as data are available, or the use of other best practices applied to natural gas supplies to California.

CA SB 805 - Anthony J. Portantino Jr.
Health care coverage: pervasive developmental disorders or autism.
09/12/2023 - Assembly amendments concurred in. (Ayes 39. Noes 0.) Ordered to engrossing and enrolling.
SB 805, as amended, Portantino. Health care coverage: pervasive developmental disorders or autism. Existing law, the Knox-Keene Health Care Service Plan Act of 1975, provides for the licensure and regulation of health care service plans by the Department of Managed Health Care and makes a willful violation of the act a crime. Existing law also provides for the regulation of health insurers by the Department of Insurance. Existing law requires a health care service plan contract or a health insurance policy to provide coverage for behavioral health treatment for pervasive developmental disorder or autism, and defines “behavioral health treatment” to mean specified services and treatment programs, including treatment provided pursuant to a treatment plan that is prescribed by a qualified autism service provider and administered either by a qualified autism service provider or by a qualified autism service professional or qualified autism service paraprofessional who is supervised as specified. Existing law defines a “qualified autism service professional” to refer to a person who meets specified educational, training, and other requirements and is supervised and employed by a qualified autism service provider. Existing law defines a “qualified autism service paraprofessional” to mean an unlicensed and uncertified individual who meets specified educational, training, and other criteria, is supervised by a qualified autism service provider or a qualified autism service professional, and is employed by the qualified autism service provider.This bill would expand the criteria for a qualified autism service professional to include a psychological associate, an associate marriage and family therapist, an associate clinical social worker, or an associate professional clinical counselor, as specified. The bill would require those positions to meet the criteria for a Behavioral Health Professional, as provided.Existing law, the Lanterman Developmental Disabilities Services Act, requires the State Department of Developmental Services to contract with regional centers to provide services and supports to individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. Existing law defines developmental disability for these purposes to include, among other things, autism. This bill would require the department to adopt regulations, on or before July 1, 2026, to address the use of Behavioral Health Professionals and Behavioral Health Paraprofessionals in behavioral health treatment group practice. The bill would require the department to establish rates and the educational or experiential qualifications and professional supervision requirements necessary for these positions to provide behavioral intervention services, as specified.Because a willful violation of the bill’s provisions by a health care service plan would be a crime, it would impose a state-mandated local program.The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.

CA SB 84 - Eloise Gomez Reyes
Air quality programs: funding.
02/01/2024 - Died on file pursuant to Joint Rule 56.
SB 84, as amended, Gonzalez. Air quality programs: funding. (1) Existing law creates the Enhanced Fleet Modernization Program to provide compensation for the retirement and replacement of passenger vehicles and light-duty and medium-duty trucks that are high polluters. Existing law requires the Bureau of Automotive Repair to administer the program and the State Air Resources Board to adopt the guidelines for the program. Existing law requires the guidelines to ensure vehicle replacement or a mobility option be an option for all motor vehicle owners and may be in addition to compensation for vehicles retired. Existing law creates the Enhanced Fleet Modernization Subaccount in the High Polluter Repair or Removal Account and makes available, upon appropriation, all moneys in the account to establish, implement, and administer the program.This bill would require the guidelines to ensure each replacement vehicle in the program be either a plug-in hybrid or zero-emission vehicle unless the state board makes a specified determination in consultation with the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission, as specified.(2) Existing law establishes the Clean Transportation Program, administered by the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission, to provide funding to certain entities to develop and deploy innovative technologies that transform California’s fuel and vehicle types to help attain the state’s climate change policies. Existing law requires the commission to give preference to those projects that maximize the goals of the program based on specified criteria and to fund specified eligible projects, including, among others, alternative and renewable fuel projects to develop and improve alternative and renewable low-carbon fuels. Existing law creates the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Fund, to be administered by the commission, and requires the moneys in the fund, upon appropriation by the Legislature, to be expended by the commission to implement the program.This bill would expand the purpose of the program to include developing and deploying innovative technologies that transform California’s fuel and vehicle types to help reduce criteria air pollutants and air toxics. The bill would no longer require the commission to provide certain project preferences. The bill would provide that the goals of the program shall be to advance the state’s clean transportation, equity, air quality, and climate emission policies and would require the commission to ensure program investments support specified requirements. The bill would require the commission, on and after January 1, 2025, to expend at least 50% of the moneys appropriated to the program on programs and projects that directly benefit or serve residents of disadvantaged and low-income communities and low-income Californians, and would require at least 50% of funding for tangible location-based investments to be expended in disadvantaged and low-income communities.(3) Existing law establishes the Air Quality Improvement Program under the administration of the State Air Resources Board for the purpose funding air quality improvement projects relating to fuel and vehicle technologies. The primary purpose of the program is to fund projects to reduce criteria air pollutants, improve air quality, and provide funding for research to determine and improve the air quality impacts of alternative transportation fuels and vehicles, vessels, and equipment technologies. Existing law establishes a list of projects eligible for funding under the program. Existing law creates the Air Quality Improvement Fund, and requires the state board to expend the moneys in that fund, upon appropriation by the Legislature, to implement the Air Quality Improvement Program.This bill would instead provide that the purpose of the program is to fund air quality improvement projects relating to zero-emission fuel and vehicle technologies and that the primary

CA SB 849 - Henry I. Stern
Air pollution: emissions from ports.
02/01/2024 - Returned to Secretary of Senate pursuant to Joint Rule 56.
SB 849, as introduced, Stern. Air pollution: emissions from ports. Under existing law, the State Air Resources Board has adopted the Ocean-Going Vessels At Berth Regulation to increase emissions reductions from oceangoing vessels at berth in state ports to provide more air quality and health benefits to the people living and working in and around California’s busiest seaports. This bill would state the intent of the Legislature to enact subsequent legislation to reduce emissions at the ports of California.

CA SB 867 - Bill M. Dodd
Drought, Flood, and Water Resilience, Wildfire and Forest Resilience, Coastal Resilience, Extreme Heat Mitigation, Biodiversity and Nature-Based Climate Solutions, Climate Smart Agriculture, Park Creation and Outdoor Access, and Clean Energy Bond Act of 2024.
07/06/2023 - July 10 hearing postponed by committee.
SB 867, as amended, Allen. Drought, Flood, and Water Resilience, Wildfire and Forest Resilience, Coastal Resilience, Extreme Heat Mitigation, Biodiversity and Nature-Based Climate Solutions, Climate Smart Agriculture, Park Creation and Outdoor Access, and Clean Energy Bond Act of 2024. The California Drought, Water, Parks, Climate, Coastal Protection, and Outdoor Access For All Act of 2018, approved by the voters as Proposition 68 at the June 5, 2018, statewide primary election, authorizes the issuance of bonds in the amount of $4,100,000,000 pursuant to the State General Obligation Bond Law to finance a drought, water, parks, climate, coastal protection, and outdoor access for all program. Article XVI of the California Constitution requires measures authorizing general obligation bonds to specify the single object or work to be funded by the bonds and further requires a bond act to be approved by a 2/3 vote of each house of the Legislature and a majority of the voters.This bill would enact the Drought, Flood, and Water Resilience, Wildfire and Forest Resilience, Coastal Resilience, Extreme Heat Mitigation, Biodiversity and Nature-Based Climate Solutions, Climate Smart Agriculture, Park Creation and Outdoor Access, and Clean Energy Bond Act of 2024, which, if approved by the voters, would authorize the issuance of bonds in the amount of $15,500,000,000 pursuant to the State General Obligation Bond Law to finance projects for drought, flood, and water resilience, wildfire and forest resilience, coastal resilience, extreme heat mitigation, biodiversity and nature-based climate solutions, climate smart agriculture, park creation and outdoor access, and clean energy programs.This bill would provide for the submission of these provisions to the voters at the March 5, 2024, statewide primary election.This bill would become operative only if SB 638 of the 2023–24 Regular Session is enacted and takes effect on or before January 1, 2024.

CA SB 889 - Senate Governance and Finance Committee
California Department of Tax and Fee Administration: earnings withholding orders: settlement agreements: excise taxes.
09/21/2023 - Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 4 p.m.
SB 889, Committee on Governance and Finance. California Department of Tax and Fee Administration: earnings withholding orders: settlement agreements: excise taxes. (1) Existing law, the Wage Garnishment Law, sets forth procedures for the levy of a judgment debtor’s wages when required to enforce a money judgment.This bill, for purposes of the Sales and Use Tax Law, the Use Fuel Tax Law, the Cigarette and Tobacco Products Tax Law, Alcoholic Beverage Tax Law, the Timber Yield Tax Law, the Energy Resources Surcharge Law, the Emergency Telephone Users Surcharge Act, the Hazardous Substances Tax Law, the Integrated Waste Management Fee Law, the Oil Spill Response, Prevention, and Administration Fees Law, the Underground Storage Tank Maintenance, the Diesel Fuel Tax Law, and various taxes and fees collected in accordance with the Fee Collections Procedures Law, would authorize the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA), or the State Board of Equalization (BOE) in the case of the Alcoholic Beverage Tax Law, to serve earnings withholding orders for taxes, fees, or surcharges, as applicable, and any other notice or document required to be served or provided in connection with an earnings withholding order according to the Wage Garnishment Law to government and private employers by electronic transmission or other electronic technology, as provided.(2) The CDTFA administers various taxes, fees, and surcharges in accordance with the Fee Collections Procedures Law, including, among others, the Lead-Acid Battery Recycling Act of 2016, the Electronic Waste Recycling Act of 2003, and the Healthy Outcomes and Prevention Education (HOPE) Act.This bill would specify that a feepayer subject to liability under the Sales and Use Tax Law is also subject to liability for the same periods for taxes, fees, and surcharges administered pursuant to the Fee Collections Procedures Law, as applicable.(3) Existing law authorizes the CDTFA to enter into settlement agreements regarding protests, appeals, or refund claims for certain taxes and fees if it is determined that the settlement amount is consistent with a reasonable evaluation of the costs and risks associated with litigation. Existing law authorizes the executive director or the chief counsel to recommend a settlement and to approve a settlement on the advice of the Attorney General. Existing law requires joint approval from the executive director and chief counsel for settlements involving a reduction of tax or penalties in settlement not exceeding $5,000.This bill would specify that the director, rather than the department, is authorized to make various decisions pertaining to settlements, and would require the approval of only the director. The bill would, instead, require the Attorney General to advise only the chief counsel. The bill would remove the joint approval requirement for settlements involving a reduction of tax and penalties in settlement not exceeding $5,000, leaving approval solely to the discretion of the director, and would increase that $5,000 limitation to $11,500. Commencing July 1, 2029, and every 5th fiscal year thereafter, the bill would require the department to adjust for inflation the $11,500 limitation concerning settlements involving a reduction of tax and penalties by using the California Consumer Price Index, as calculated by the Department of Finance.Under the existing settlement authority, the executive director is required to create a public record of reduction of tax or penalties or total tax and penalties in settlement in excess of $500. Under existing law, the public record is required to include the name or names of the taxpayers who are parties to the settlement, the total amount in dispute, the amount agreed to pursuant to the settlement, a summary of the reasons why the settlement is in the best interests of the State of California, and, for any settlement approved by the department, the Attorney General’s conclusion as to whether the rec

CA SB 91 - Thomas J. Umberg
California Environmental Quality Act: supportive and transitional housing: motel conversion: environmental leadership transit projects.
09/13/2023 - Assembly amendments concurred in. (Ayes 39. Noes 0.) Ordered to engrossing and enrolling.
SB 91, as amended, Umberg. California Environmental Quality Act: supportive and transitional housing: motel conversion: environmental leadership transit projects. The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) requires a lead agency, as defined, to prepare, or cause to be prepared, and certify the completion of an environmental impact report (EIR) on a project that it proposes to carry out or approve that may have a significant effect on the environment or to adopt a negative declaration if it finds that the project will not have that effect. CEQA also requires a lead agency to prepare a mitigated negative declaration for a project that may have a significant effect on the environment if revisions in the project would avoid or mitigate that effect and there is no substantial evidence that the project, as revised, would have a significant effect on the environment.Existing law, until January 1, 2025, exempts from CEQA projects related to the conversion of a structure with a certificate of occupancy as a motel, hotel, residential hotel, or hostel to supportive or transitional housing, as defined, that meet certain conditions.This bill would extend indefinitely the above exemption.Existing law, until January 1, 2025, establishes specified procedures for the preparation of the EIR for, and judicial review of the certification of the EIR and approvals granted for, an environmental leadership transit project, as defined, proposed by a public or private entity or its affiliates that is located wholly within the County of Los Angeles or connects to an existing transit project wholly located in that county and that is approved by the lead agency on or before January 1, 2024.This bill would, extend the application of those procedures for environmental leadership transit projects to January 1, 2026, for projects approved on or before January 1, 2025.Because the bill would extend the duties of lead agencies to determine the applicability of the above exemption and to comply with specific procedures for the preparation of the EIR for environmental leadership transit projects, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.

CA SB 917 - Nancy Skinner
Budget Act of 2024.
01/10/2024 - To print.
SB 917, as introduced, Skinner. Budget Act of 2024. This bill would make appropriations for the support of state government for the 2024–25 fiscal year.This bill would declare that it is to take effect immediately as a Budget Bill.

CA SB 934 - Lena A. Gonzalez
Zero-emission freight infrastructure: interagency coordination: report.
04/11/2024 - Set for hearing April 22.
SB 934, as amended, Gonzalez. Zero-emission freight infrastructure: interagency coordination: report. Existing law requires the California Transportation Commission to develop the Clean Freight Corridor Efficiency Assessment, in coordination with other state agencies, with the goal of identifying freight corridors, or segments of freight corridors, and infrastructure needed to support the deployment of zero-emission medium- and heavy-duty vehicles, as specified.Existing law requires the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission (Energy Commission), working with specified state agencies, to prepare a statewide assessment of the electric vehicle charging infrastructure needed to support the levels of electric vehicle adoption required for the state to meet its goals of putting at least 5,000,000 zero-emission vehicles on California roads by 2030, and of reducing the emissions of greenhouse gases to 40% below 1990 levels by 2030.This bill would require the California Transportation Commission and the Energy Commission to jointly convene the Zero-Emission Freight Central Delivery Team, composed of representatives from various state agencies, to lead the statewide coordination of zero-emission freight infrastructure planning and implementation, including carrying out specified actions. The bill would require the Zero-Emission Freight Central Delivery Team, in consultation with the California Transportation Commission and the Energy Commission, to submit an annual report to the Legislature beginning March 1, 2026, that includes, among other things, a description of the actions taken by the Zero-Emission Freight Central Delivery Team in the previous calendar year.

CA SB 938 - David K. Min
Electrical and gas corporations: rate recovery: political activities and advertising.
04/04/2024 - Set for hearing April 16.
SB 938, as amended, Min. Electrical and gas corporations: rate recovery: political activities and advertising. Existing law vests the Public Utilities Commission with regulatory jurisdiction over public utilities, including electrical and gas corporations. Existing law authorizes the commission to fix the rates and charges for public utilities and requires those rates and charges to be just and reasonable.This bill would prohibit, except as provided, an electrical or gas corporation from recording various expenses associated with political influence activities, as defined, or with advertising, as defined, to accounts that contain expenses that the electrical or gas corporation recovers from ratepayers. The bill also would require an electrical or gas corporation, for each business unit of the corporation that performs work associated with political influence activities or advertising, to annually file with the commission a report containing specified information. The bill would require the commission to make the report publicly available. The bill would require the commission to assess a civil penalty against an electrical or gas corporation that violates the prohibition described above, or that fails or neglects to comply with any part or provision of any order, decision, decree, rule, direction, demand, or requirement of the commission related to implementing the prohibition, as provided. The bill would require 3/4 of the moneys collected pursuant to any settlement or penalties collected by the commission for a violation of the prohibition to be deposited into the Zero-Emission Equity Fund, which the bill would establish in the State Treasury. The bill would authorize the moneys in the Zero-Emission Equity Fund, upon appropriation by the Legislature, to be allocated for purposes of assisting low-income households in transitioning to zero-emission appliances to mitigate air quality and public health impacts of using combustion appliances. The bill would require the balance of the moneys collected, upon appropriation by the Legislature, to be used by the commission to increase resources for enforcing the bill’s requirements.Under existing law, a violation of the Public Utilities Act or any order, decision, rule, direction, demand, or requirement of the commission is a crime.Because the above provisions would be part of the act and a violation of a commission action implementing this bill’s requirements would be a crime, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program. The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.

CA SB 945 - Marie Alvarado-Gil
The Wildfire Smoke and Health Outcomes Data Act.
03/21/2024 - Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on E.Q.
SB 945, as amended, Alvarado-Gil. The Wildfire Smoke and Health Outcomes Data Act. Existing law establishes the State Department of Public Health and sets forth its powers and duties pertaining to, among other things, protecting, preserving, and advancing public health. Existing law requires the department, in consultation with specified stakeholders, to develop a plan, addressing specified issues, with recommendations and guidelines for counties to use in the case of a significant air quality event caused by wildfires or other sources. This bill, the Wildfire Smoke and Health Outcomes Data Act, would require the State Department of Public Health, in consultation with the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, the Wildfire and Forest Resilience Task Force, and the State Air Resources Board to create, operate, and maintain a statewide integrated wildfire smoke and health data platform that, among other things, would integrate wildfire smoke and health data from multiple databases. The bill would require the State Department of Public Health to develop the data platform in accordance with a to be specified schedule. Under the bill, the purposes for the data platform would include providing adequate information to understand the negative health impacts on California’s population caused by wildfire smoke and evaluating the effectiveness of investments in forest health and wildfire mitigation on health outcomes in California.This bill would require the State Department of Public Health, in consultation with the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, the Wildfire and Forest Resilience Task Force, and the State Air Resources Board to develop, among other things, protocols for data sharing, documentation, quality control, and promotion of open-source platforms and decision support tools related to wildfire smoke and health data.This bill would create the Wildfire Smoke and Health Administration Fund. Under the bill, moneys in the fund would be available, upon appropriation, to the State Department of Public Health, the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, the Wildfire and Forest Resilience Task Force, and the State Air Resources Board for the collection, management, and improvement of wildfire smoke and health data for the purposes of the act. The bill would make related findings and declarations.

CA SB 953 - Caroline Menjivar
Medi-Cal: menstrual products.
04/08/2024 - April 8 hearing: Placed on APPR suspense file.
SB 953, as amended, Menjivar. Medi-Cal: menstrual products. Existing law establishes the Medi-Cal program, which is administered by the State Department of Health Care Services and under which qualified low-income individuals receive health care services. The Medi-Cal program is, in part, governed and funded by federal Medicaid program provisions. Existing law establishes a schedule of covered benefits under the Medi-Cal program.This bill would add menstrual products, as defined, to that schedule of covered benefits. The bill would require the department to seek any necessary federal approvals to implement this coverage. The bill would require the department to seek, and would authorize the department to use, any and all available federal funding, as specified, to implement this coverage.

CA SB 957 - Scott D. Wiener
Data collection: sexual orientation and gender identity.
04/03/2024 - From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 9. Noes 2.) (April 2). Re-referred to Com. on APPR.
SB 957, as introduced, Wiener. Data collection: sexual orientation and gender identity. (1) Existing law, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Disparities Reduction Act, requires the State Department of Public Health, among other specified state entities, in the course of collecting demographic data directly or by contract as to the ancestry or ethnic origin of Californians, to collect voluntary self-identification information pertaining to sexual orientation, gender identity, and intersexuality.Existing law, as an exception to the provision above, authorizes those state entities, instead of requiring them, to collect the demographic data under either of the following circumstances: (a) pursuant to federal programs or surveys, whereby the guidelines for demographic data collection categories are defined by the federal program or survey; or (b) demographic data are collected by other entities, including other state agencies, surveys administered by third-party entities and the state department is not the sole funder, or third-party entities that provide aggregated data to a state department.This bill, notwithstanding the exception above, would require the State Department of Public Health to collect the demographic data from third parties, including, but not limited to, local health jurisdictions, on any forms or electronic data systems, unless prohibited by federal or state law. To the extent that the bill would create new duties for local officials in facilitating the department’s data collection, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program. Existing law requires the above-described state entities to report to the Legislature the data collected and the method used to collect the data, and to make the data available to the public, except for personally identifiable information. Existing law deems that personally identifiable information confidential and prohibits it disclosure. Existing law sets forth different deadlines, depending on the specified state entity, for complying with those requirements.This bill would require the State Department of Public Health, for purposes of the data collected by the department on sexual orientation, gender identity, and intersexuality, to comply with the above-described requirements by July 1, 2026.(2) Existing law authorizes local health officers and the State Department of Public Health to operate immunization information systems. Existing law requires health care providers and other certain agencies, including schools and county human services agencies, to disclose specified immunization and other information about the patient or client to local health departments and the State Department of Public Health. Existing law authorizes local health departments and the State Department of Public Health to disclose most of that same information, as specified, to each other and to other entities. Existing law authorizes a patient or a patient’s parent or guardian to refuse to permit recordsharing, as specified.Under existing law, the information that is subject to disclosure under those provisions includes, among other things, certain data on immunizations received, the patient’s or client’s date of birth, race and ethnicity, and gender.This bill would add the patient’s or client’s sexual orientation and gender identity to the list of information subject to disclosure. The bill would make conforming changes to the above-described provisions on data sharing. By expanding the duties of local officials with regard to disclosing demographic information to certain entities, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.(3) The bill would require the State Department of Public Health to prepare an annual report concerning sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) data collected by the department. The bill would require the department to annually post and make available the report on the department’s internet website, and to annually submit the report to the Legislature, exclu

CA SB 967 - Eduardo Garcia
University of California: pilot project: dust forecast and warning system: Imperial County and Coachella Valley.
04/02/2024 - Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on APPR.
SB 967, as amended, Padilla. University of California: pilot project: dust forecast and warning system: Imperial County and Coachella Valley. Existing law generally designates the State Air Resources Board as the state agency with the primary responsibility for the control of vehicular air pollution, and air pollution control districts and air quality management districts with the primary responsibility for the control of air pollution from all sources other than vehicular sources.The California Constitution provides that the University of California constitutes a public trust, and requires the university to be administered by the Regents of the University of California, a corporation in the form of a board, with full powers of organization and government, subject to legislative control only for specified purposes. This bill would request the Regents of the University of California to conduct a pilot project in the County of Imperial and the Coachella Valley to develop a 3-day wintertime regional dust forecast capability and a dust storm early warning system for the monsoon season, as specified. The bill would repeal its provisions on January 1, 2030.

CA SB 996 - Scott Thomas Wilk
Comprehensive sexual health education and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) prevention education.
04/04/2024 - Set for hearing April 17.
SB 996, as introduced, Wilk. Comprehensive sexual health education and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) prevention education. The California Healthy Youth Act requires school districts, defined to include county boards of education, county superintendents of schools, the California School for the Deaf, the California School for the Blind, and charter schools, to ensure that all pupils in grades 7 to 12, inclusive, receive comprehensive sexual health education and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) prevention education, as specified. The act authorizes a school district to provide that education earlier than grade 7 with age-appropriate and medically accurate information. The act requires each school district to notify parents and guardians of pupils about its plan to provide sexual health education and HIV prevention instruction for the upcoming school year and to inform them, among other things, that the written and audiovisual educational materials used in comprehensive sexual health education and HIV prevention education are available for inspection.This bill would require the governing board of a school district to adopt a policy at a publicly noticed meeting specifying how parents and guardians of pupils may inspect the written and audiovisual educational materials used in comprehensive sexual health education and HIV prevention education, including that the materials, including updates or changes to the materials, are made available, within prescribed timeframes, at each schoolsite and, except as provided, publicly posted on the school district’s internet website or, if applicable, on a school district’s parent or guardian portal, as specified. By imposing additional duties on local educational agencies, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program. The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.This bill would provide that, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that the bill contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to the statutory provisions noted above.

CA SB 999 - David D. Cortese
Health coverage: mental health and substance use disorders.
04/08/2024 - From committee with author's amendments. Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on HEALTH.
SB 999, as amended, Cortese. Health coverage: mental health and substance use disorders. Existing law, the Knox-Keene Health Care Service Plan Act of 1975, requires the Department of Managed Health Care to license and regulate health care service plans and makes a willful violation of the act a crime. Existing law also requires the Department of Insurance to regulate health insurers. Existing law requires a health care service plan or disability insurer, as specified, to base medical necessity determinations and the utilization review criteria the plan or insurer, and any entity acting on the plan’s or insurer’s behalf, applies to determine the medical necessity of health care services and benefits for the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of mental health and substance use disorders, on current generally accepted standards of mental health and substance use disorder care.This bill would require a health care service plan and a disability insurer, and an entity acting on a plan’s or insurer’s behalf, to ensure compliance with specific requirements for utilization review, including maintaining telephone access and other direct communication access during California business hours for a health care provider to request authorization for mental health and substance use disorder care and conducting peer-to-peer discussions regarding specific patient issues related to treatment. Because a willful violation of these provisions by a health care service plan would be a crime, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.

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  • CA AB 1857 - Corey A. Jackson
    State Air Resources Board: air quality regulation: valleys.
    04/10/2024 - In committee: Set, first hearing. Referred to suspense file.
  • CA AB 1906 - Michael A. Gipson
    California Law Revision Commission: persons with disabilities: terminology.
    04/10/2024 - In committee: Set, first hearing. Referred to suspense file.
  • CA AB 1923 - Laurie Davies
    Green Assistance Program.
    04/10/2024 - In committee: Set, first hearing. Referred to suspense file.
  • CA AB 1943 - Akilah Weber
    Medi-Cal: telehealth.
    04/08/2024 - Re-referred to Com. on P. & C.P.
  • CA AB 1961 - Buffy Wicks
    End Hunger in California Act of 2024.
    04/10/2024 - From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on AGRI. (Ayes 5. Noes 0.) (April 9). Re-referred to Com. on AGRI.
  • CA AB 1969 - Juan Alanis
    State Air Resources Board: Clean Off-Road Equipment Voucher Incentive Project: unmanned aerial systems.
    04/10/2024 - In committee: Set, first hearing. Referred to suspense file.
  • CA AB 1977 - Tri Ta
    Health care coverage: behavioral diagnoses.
    04/10/2024 - From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 16. Noes 0.) (April 9). Re-referred to Com. on APPR.
  • CA AB 2052 - Reginald Byron Jones-Sawyer Sr.
    School-Based Health and Education Partnership Program.
    04/09/2024 - Re-referred to Com. on ED.
  • CA AB 2053 - Josh Hoover
    Pupil instruction: abusive relationships.
    04/10/2024 - From committee: Do pass. To Consent Calendar. (Ayes 14. Noes 0.) (April 10).
  • CA AB 2066 - Eloise Gomez Reyes
    The California Food Safety Act.
    04/09/2024 - Re-referred to Com. on HEALTH.
  • CA AB 2083 - Marc Berman
    Industrial facilities’ heat application equipment and process emissions.
    04/09/2024 - From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on U. & E. (Ayes 9. Noes 0.) (April 8). Re-referred to Com. on U. & E.
  • CA AB 2125 - Eduardo Garcia
    Judicial officers: disqualification.
    04/10/2024 - Read second time and amended.
  • CA AB 2147 - Devon John Mathis
    Clean Transportation Program: hydrogen-fueling stations: report: job creation and workforce development.
    04/09/2024 - From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. with recommendation: To Consent Calendar. (Ayes 15. Noes 0.) (April 8). Re-referred to Com. on APPR.
  • CA AB 2200 - Alexander T. Lee
    Guaranteed Health Care for All.
    04/10/2024 - Re-referred to Com. on HEALTH.
  • CA AB 2258 - Rick Chavez Zbur
    Health care coverage: cost sharing.
    04/10/2024 - From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 13. Noes 0.) (April 9). Re-referred to Com. on APPR.
  • CA AB 2298 - Damon Connolly
    Coastal resources: voluntary vessel speed reduction and sustainable shipping program.
    04/09/2024 - From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. with recommendation: To Consent Calendar. (Ayes 10. Noes 0.) (April 8). Re-referred to Com. on APPR.
  • CA AB 2318 - Diane Papan
    State Water Pollution Cleanup and Abatement Account: receipts and expenditures: report.
    04/10/2024 - In committee: Set, first hearing. Referred to suspense file.
  • CA AB 2352 - Jacqui V. Irwin
    Behavioral health and psychiatric advance directives.
    04/10/2024 - Read second time and amended.
  • CA AB 2401 - Philip Y. Ting
    Clean Cars 4 All Program.
    04/10/2024 - Re-referred to Com. on TRANS.
  • CA AB 2435 - Brian K. Maienschein
    California Health Benefit Exchange.
    04/10/2024 - From committee: Do pass. (Ayes 10. Noes 4.) (April 10).
  • CA AB 2465 - Michael A. Gipson
    Equity: socially disadvantaged groups and organizations: nonprofit organizations: grants.
    04/10/2024 - Read second time and amended.
  • CA AB 2501 - David A. Alvarez
    Water quality control plans: donations and grants.
    04/10/2024 - In committee: Set, first hearing. Referred to suspense file.
  • CA AB 2514 - Cecilia M. Aguiar-Curry
    Solid waste: organic waste: diversion: hydrogen: biomethane.
    04/10/2024 - Read second time and amended.
  • CA AB 2528 - Joaquin Arambula
    Williamson Act contracts: cancellation: energy projects.
    04/08/2024 - Re-referred to Coms. on U. & E. and AGRI. pursuant to Assembly Rule 96.
  • CA AB 2549 - James M. Gallagher
    Patient visitation.
    04/10/2024 - From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on HUM. S. with recommendation: To Consent Calendar. (Ayes 16. Noes 0.) (April 9). Re-referred to Com. on HUM. S.
  • CA AB 2550 - Jesse Gabriel
    Business establishments: building standards: retail food safety.
    04/10/2024 - From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on B. & P. (Ayes 16. Noes 0.) (April 9). Re-referred to Com. on B. & P.
  • CA AB 2583 - Marc Berman
    School zones and walk zones.
    04/09/2024 - Re-referred to Com. on TRANS.
  • CA AB 2610 - Eduardo Garcia
    Protected species: authorized take: System Conservation Implementation Agreement.
    04/11/2024 - Re-referred to Com. on APPR.
  • CA AB 2614 - Eduardo Garcia
    Water policy: California tribal communities.
    04/10/2024 - From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on W., P., & W. (Ayes 6. Noes 0.) (April 9). Re-referred to Com. on W., P., & W.
  • CA AB 2678 - Greg Wallis
    Vehicles: high-occupancy vehicle lanes.
    04/09/2024 - From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 15. Noes 0.) (April 8). Re-referred to Com. on APPR.
  • CA AB 2734 - Damon Connolly
    Agriculture: Cannella Environmental Farming Act of 1995.
    04/11/2024 - From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 10. Noes 0.) (April 10). Re-referred to Com. on APPR.
  • CA AB 2749 - Jim Wood
    California Health Benefit Exchange: financial assistance.
    04/11/2024 - Read second time and amended.
  • CA AB 2750 - James M. Gallagher
    Electricity: procurement: generation from biomass.
    04/08/2024 - Re-referred to Com. on U. & E.
  • CA AB 2760 - Albert Y. Muratsuchi
    Lower Emissions Equipment at Seaports and Intermodal Yards Program.
    04/09/2024 - Re-referred to Com. on TRANS.
  • CA AB 2761 - Luz Rivas
    Product safety: plastic packaging: Reducing Toxics in Packaging Act.
    04/10/2024 - From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on JUD. (Ayes 5. Noes 2.) (April 9). Re-referred to Com. on JUD.
  • CA AB 2783 - David A. Alvarez
    San Diego Unified Port District.
    04/11/2024 - From committee: Amend, and do pass as amended and re-refer to Com. on JUD. (Ayes 5. Noes 1.) (April 10).
  • CA AB 2851 - Mia Bonta
    Metal shredding facilities: fence-line air quality monitoring.
    04/10/2024 - From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on NAT. RES. (Ayes 5. Noes 2.) (April 9). Re-referred to Com. on NAT. RES.
  • CA AB 2902 - Brian Dwain Dahle
    Organic waste: reduction regulations: exemptions.
    04/11/2024 - Re-referred to Com. on APPR.
  • CA AB 2914 - Mia Bonta
    Health care coverage: essential health benefits.
    04/11/2024 - Re-referred to Com. on HEALTH.
  • CA AB 2932 - Joe Patterson
    Pupil instruction: sextortion prevention.
    04/09/2024 - Re-referred to Com. on APPR.
  • CA AB 2958 - Lisa Calderon
    State Air Resources Board: board members: compensation.
    04/09/2024 - From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. with recommendation: To Consent Calendar. (Ayes 10. Noes 0.) (April 8). Re-referred to Com. on APPR.
  • CA AB 3043 - Luz Rivas
    Occupational safety: fabrication activities.
    04/09/2024 - Re-referred to Com. on L. & E.
  • CA AB 3104 - Avelino Valencia
    California Travel Insurance Act.
    04/10/2024 - Re-referred to Com. on INS.
  • CA SB 1031 - Philip Y. Ting
    San Francisco Bay area: local revenue measure: transportation improvements.
    04/12/2024 - Set for hearing April 24 in REV. & TAX. pending receipt.
  • CA SB 1045 - Catherine S. Blakespear
    Composting facilities: zoning: air and water permits.
    04/10/2024 - From committee with author's amendments. Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on L. GOV.
  • CA SB 106 - Scott D. Wiener
    Budget Acts of 2022 and 2023.
    04/08/2024 - Ordered to second reading.
  • CA SB 1136 - Damon Connolly
    California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006: report.
    04/09/2024 - Read second time. Ordered to third reading.
  • CA SB 1157 - Melissa Hurtado
    State contracts: certification process: forced labor and human trafficking.
    04/11/2024 - Set for hearing April 17.
  • CA SB 1158 - Bob J. Archuleta
    Carl Moyer Memorial Air Quality Standards Attainment Program.
    04/11/2024 - Set for hearing April 23.
  • CA SB 1206 - Josh Becker
    GO-Biz: next generation batteries.
    04/09/2024 - Set for hearing April 15.
  • CA SB 1238 - Susan Talamantes Eggman
    Lanterman-Petris-Short Act: designated facilities.
    04/11/2024 - From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on JUD. (Ayes 11. Noes 0.) (April 10). Re-referred to Com. on JUD.
  • CA SB 1289 - Richard Dale Roth
    Medi-Cal: county call centers: data.
    04/08/2024 - From committee with author's amendments. Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on HEALTH.
  • CA SB 1290 - Richard Dale Roth
    Health care coverage: essential health benefits.
    04/12/2024 - Set for hearing April 22.
  • CA SB 1383 - Steven Craig Bradford
    California Advanced Services Fund: Broadband Public Housing Account.
    04/12/2024 - Set for hearing April 22.
  • CA SB 1418 - Josh Newman
    Hydrogen-fueling stations: expedited review.
    04/08/2024 - Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on TRANS.
  • CA SB 1511 - Senate Health Committee
    Health omnibus.
    04/09/2024 - From committee with author's amendments. Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on HEALTH.
  • CA SB 934 - Lena A. Gonzalez
    Zero-emission freight infrastructure: interagency coordination: report.
    04/11/2024 - Set for hearing April 22.
  • CA SB 953 - Caroline Menjivar
    Medi-Cal: menstrual products.
    04/08/2024 - April 8 hearing: Placed on APPR suspense file.
  • CA SB 999 - David D. Cortese
    Health coverage: mental health and substance use disorders.
    04/08/2024 - From committee with author's amendments. Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on HEALTH.
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