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CA AB 1003 - Juan Alanis
California Cadet Corps.
02/01/2024 - Died at Desk.
AB 1003, as introduced, Alanis. California Cadet Corps. Existing law establishes the California Cadet Corps and requires the Adjutant General to fulfill specified responsibilities in overseeing the corps, including providing suitable training regulations and providing for the recreation of cadets.This bill would make technical, nonsubstantive changes to these provisions.

CA AB 1006 - Tina McKinnor
Aging and Disability Resource Connection program: No Wrong Door System.
09/01/2023 - In committee: Held under submission.
AB 1006, as amended, McKinnor. Aging and Disability Resource Connection program: No Wrong Door System. Existing law establishes an Aging and Disability Resource Connection (ADRC) program, administered by the California Department of Aging, to provide information to consumers and their families on available long-term services and supports (LTSS) programs and to assist older adults, caregivers, and persons with disabilities in accessing LTSS programs at the local level. Existing law requires the California Department of Aging to administer the Aging and Disability Resource Connection (ADRC) Infrastructure Grants Program for the purpose of implementing a No Wrong Door System, a system that enables consumers to access all long-term services and supports (LTSS) through one agency, organization, coordinated network, or portal. Existing law makes related legislative intent statements regarding the No Wrong Door System, including that it is the intent to provide consumers and their caregivers access to information and services, regardless of income or benefit level. Existing law also establishes the Aging and Disability Resource Connection Advisory Committee, within the California Department of Aging, as the primary adviser in the implementation of the No Wrong Door System. Existing law authorizes the committee to use the staff of the California Department of Aging to accomplish its purposes.This bill would instead require the committee to use the staff of the California Department of Aging. The bill would also instead require the No Wrong Door System to serve seniors and individuals with disabilities, as specified, and would require, no later than December 31, 2025, the system to also establish a statewide respite referral registry to connect consumers enrolled in the Medi-Cal program with culturally competent, prescreened respite providers, and create and implement a consumer directed employer program to assist in the provision of the statewide respite referral system.

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 1014 - Pilar Schiavo
Property taxation: exemption: principal residence: disabled veterans and their unmarried surviving spouses.
02/01/2024 - From committee: Filed with the Chief Clerk pursuant to Joint Rule 56.
AB 1014, as amended, Schiavo. Property taxation: exemption: principal residence: disabled veterans and their unmarried surviving spouses. The California Constitution provides various veteran’s real property tax exemptions, including a $1,000 exemption for veterans meeting certain criteria, a $1,000 exemption for unmarried spouses of deceased veterans meeting certain criteria, and a $1,000 exemption for parents of deceased veterans meeting certain criteria (regular veteran’s exemptions).The California Constitution also authorizes the Legislature to exempt from property taxation in whole or in part the home of a person or a person’s spouse, including an unmarried surviving spouse, if the person incurred specified injuries or died while on active duty in military service, as described. Existing property tax law, pursuant to this authorization, provides a disabled veteran’s property tax exemption for the principal place of residence of a veteran, the veteran’s spouse, or the veteran and veteran’s spouse jointly, and the unmarried surviving spouse of a veteran, as provided, if the veteran is blind in both eyes, has lost the use of 2 or more limbs, or is totally disabled as a result of injury or disease incurred in military service, or if the veteran has, as a result of a service-connected injury or disease, died while on active duty in military service (disabled veteran’s exemption). Existing law exempts that part of the full value of the residence that does not exceed $100,000, or $150,000 if the household income of the claimant does not exceed $40,000, as adjusted for inflation, as specified.Existing property tax law provides that a disabled veteran’s exemption granted to a claimant is in lieu of the regular veteran’s exemptions and any other real property tax exemption to which the claimant may be entitled.This bill, for property tax lien dates occurring on or after January 1, 2024, would instead allow a claimant to combine the disabled veteran’s exemption with any other real property exemption to which the claimant may be entitled, including the regular veteran’s exemptions. By imposing additional duties on local tax officials, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.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 state the intent of the Legislature to comply with these 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.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 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 1023 - Diane Papan
California Cybersecurity Integration Center: school cybersecurity.
09/13/2023 - Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 3 p.m.
AB 1023, Papan. California Cybersecurity Integration Center: school cybersecurity. Existing law requires the Office of Emergency Services to establish and lead the California Cybersecurity Integration Center (Cal-CSIC), to be composed of representatives from the specified organizations, with a primary mission to reduce the likelihood and severity of cyber incidents that could damage California’s economy, its critical infrastructure, or public and private sector computer networks in our state.This bill would require Cal-CSIC to include representatives from the State Department of Education.Existing law requires Cal-CSIC to serve as the central organizing hub of the state government’s cybersecurity activities and coordinate information sharing with, and share cyber threat information received from, specified public and private entities. Existing law also requires a school district, county office of education, or charter school to report any cyberattack, as defined, impacting more than 500 pupils or personnel to Cal-CSIC.This bill would explicitly include school districts, county offices of education, and charter schools among the specified entities with which Cal-CSIC coordinates information sharing, including cyber threat information.

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 1033 - Philip Y. Ting
Accessory dwelling units: local ordinances: separate sale or conveyance.
09/11/2023 - Senate amendments concurred in. To Engrossing and Enrolling. (Ayes 49. Noes 17.).
AB 1033, as amended, Ting. Accessory dwelling units: local ordinances: separate sale or conveyance. Existing law, the Planning and Zoning Law, authorizes a local agency, by ordinance or ministerial approval, to provide for the creation of accessory dwelling units in areas zoned for residential use, as specified. Existing law requires the ordinance to include specified standards, including prohibiting the accessory dwelling unit from being sold or otherwise conveyed separate from the primary residence, except as provided by a specified law.Existing law, notwithstanding the prohibition described above, requires a local agency to allow an accessory dwelling unit to be sold or conveyed separately from the primary residence to a qualified buyer if certain conditions are met, including that the property was built or developed by a qualified nonprofit corporation and that the property is held pursuant to a recorded tenancy in common agreement that meets specified requirements.This bill would, in addition, authorize a local agency to adopt a local ordinance to allow the separate conveyance of the primary dwelling unit and accessory dwelling unit or units as condominiums, as specified, and would make conforming changes.By imposing new duties on local governments with respect to the approval of accessory dwelling units, 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.This bill would also make a related statement of legislative findings and declarations.This bill would incorporate additional changes to Section 65852.2 of the Government Code proposed by AB 976 to be operative only if this bill and AB 976 are enacted and this bill is enacted last.

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 1088 - Blanca E. Rubio
Licensed craft distillers: direct shipping.
09/13/2023 - Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 3 p.m.
AB 1088, Blanca Rubio. Licensed craft distillers: direct shipping. Existing law, the Alcoholic Beverage Control Act, which is administered by the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, regulates the application, issuance, and suspension of alcoholic beverage licenses. Existing law provides for the licensure and regulation of craft distillers and prohibits issuance of a craft distiller’s license to any person, or any officer, director, employee, or agent of a person, among others, who manufactures more than 150,000 gallons of distilled spirits per year within or without the state, as specified. Existing law, until January 1, 2024, authorizes a licensed craft distiller to directly ship distilled spirits manufactured or produced by the licensee at its premises to a consumer pursuant to specified requirements.This bill would extend, until January 1, 2025, the authorization for a licensed craft distiller to directly ship distilled spirits.

CA AB 1097 - Luz Maria Rivas
Use tax: registration: qualified purchaser.
09/12/2023 - In Assembly. Ordered to Engrossing and Enrolling.
AB 1097, as amended, Luz Rivas. Use tax: registration: qualified purchaser. Existing sales and use tax law requires a qualified purchaser to register with the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration to facilitate the collection of the use tax. Existing law defines “qualified purchaser” for this purpose to include a person that satisfies specified conditions, including that the person receives at least $100,000 in gross receipts from business operations per calendar year.This bill would, until January 1, 2029, amend the definition of qualified purchaser by removing the condition that the person receives at least $100,000 in gross receipts per calendar year, and would add as a condition that the person makes more than $10,000 in purchases subject to the use tax per calendar year if the use tax imposed on those purchases has not otherwise been paid to a retailer, as provided. The bill would also make nonsubstantive changes to these provisions.

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 1140 - House Insurance Committee
Insurance.
09/05/2023 - Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 3 p.m.
AB 1140, Committee on Insurance. Insurance. (1) Existing law requires an owner or operator of a motor vehicle, or an owner of a vehicle used to transport passengers for hire not regulated by the Public Utilities Commission, to maintain liability insurance coverage for the named insured and any other person using the vehicle with permission in the amount of $15,000 for the bodily injury or death of any one person, $30,000 for the bodily injury or death of all persons, and $5,000 for damage to the property of others resulting from any one accident.Commencing on January 1, 2025, existing law would increase those minimum coverage amounts to $30,000 for the bodily injury or death of any one person, $60,000 for the bodily injury or death of all persons, and $15,000 for damage to the property of others resulting from any one accident, and would again increase those amounts, as specified, on January 1, 2035.This bill would limit application of the above-described increases for minimum liability insurance coverage to those policies and bonds that are issued or renewed on or after January 1, 2025, and on or after January 1, 2035, as applicable.(2) Existing law creates the Department of Insurance, headed by the Insurance Commissioner, and generally regulates the business of insurance in the state. Existing law requires, biennially on July 1 of each even-numbered year after July 1, 2020, each admitted insurer with California premiums written of $75,000,000 or more to report to the commissioner on its minority, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT), veteran, and disabled veteran-owned business procurement efforts and its governing board and board diversity efforts during the previous 2 years. Existing law requires the commissioner to establish and appoint an Insurance Diversity Task Force with at least 13, but not more than 15, members, including 2 members who are representatives of a minority business enterprise and a member who is a representative of an LGBT business enterprise.This bill would include persons with disabilities, as defined, as part of each admitted insurer’s procurement and diversity efforts that it reports to the commissioner biennially. The bill would require a member of the Insurance Diversity Task Force to be a member who is a representative of a persons with disabilities business enterprise, as defined.(3) Existing law prescribes the commissioner’s powers and duties, including various duties to regulate the business of insurance in this state and to enforce the execution of those laws. Existing law provides for the issuance of various licenses under the jurisdiction of the commissioner.Existing law requires specified businesses and corporations to file certain business-related information with the Secretary of State and to pay specified filing fees. Existing law authorizes the Secretary of State to suspend the powers, rights, and privileges of a corporation if the corporation fails to perform specified acts.This bill would make inactive the license of a licensee that is suspended by the Secretary of State. The bill would prohibit the licensee from conducting any activity for which a license issued by the commissioner is required until the licensee is no longer suspended by the Secretary of State.(4) Existing law requires the commissioner to submit to the Department of Justice fingerprint images and related information as specified by statute for specified applicants applying for a license, including a surplus line broker and a car rental agent. Existing law also requires the commissioner to give monthly qualifying examinations in each of the cities in which the commissioner has an office.This bill would require the commissioner to submit fingerprint images and related information for applicants applying for a license as a self-service storage agent, a variable life and variable annuity agent, and a vehicle service contract provider. The bill would, instead, require the commissioner to administer qualifying l

CA AB 1143 - Phillip Chen
Military: lending protections.
02/01/2024 - From committee: Filed with the Chief Clerk pursuant to Joint Rule 56.
AB 1143, as amended, Chen. Military: lending protections. Federal law provides various protections regarding credit extended to members of the armed forces called to active duty, including, among others, limitations on the interest charged and mandatory disclosures. Existing law makes a security interest in personal property, other than specified modes of transportation, void if it would cause a loan procured by a covered member in the course of purchasing the personal property to be exempt from the federal protections. Existing law also makes a security interest in a motor vehicle void if it would cause a loan procured by a covered member to be exempt from the federal protections and that loan also funds the purchase of a credit insurance product or credit-related ancillary product.This bill would instead require a loan to a covered member, as defined, for the purchase of personal property, other than specified modes of transportation, to comply with federal law. The bill would also require a loan to a covered member for the purchase of a motor vehicle to comply with federal law if the loan finances the purchase of a guaranteed asset protection waiver.

CA AB 117 - House Budget Committee
Higher education trailer bill.
08/14/2023 - Re-referred to Com. on B. & F.R.
AB 117, as amended, Committee on Budget. Higher education trailer bill. (1) Existing law establishes the Higher Education Student Housing Grant Program to provide one-time grants for the construction of student housing or for the acquisition and renovation of commercial properties into student housing for the purpose of providing affordable, low-cost housing options for students enrolled in public postsecondary education in the state. Existing law appropriates $1,434,133,000 for the 2022–23 fiscal year from the General Fund for the Higher Education Student Housing Grant Program for purposes of the one-time grants described above.This bill, commencing with the 2023–24 fiscal year, would require specified funding previously allocated, or planned to be allocated, to the University of California, the California State University, and the California Community Colleges for those construction grants to instead be funded by revenue bonds issued by the University of California and the California State University, and local revenue bonds issued by community college districts. The bill would require any General Fund support for those grants provided to the campuses of the University of California, the California State University, and the California Community Colleges to revert to the General Fund. The bill would eliminate the 2022–23 fiscal year General Fund appropriation for the Higher Education Student Housing Grant Program.(2) Existing law appropriates $650,000,000 from the General Fund to the office of the Chancellor of the California Community Colleges for transfer to the Learning Recovery Emergency Fund. Existing law requires the chancellor’s office to allocate those funds to community college districts on the basis of actual reported full-time equivalent students, as provided. Existing law authorizes the funds to be expended for certain purposes related to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, including student supports, reengagement strategies, faculty grants, and professional development opportunities.This bill would authorize the funds in the Learning Recovery Emergency Fund to be used for additional purposes, including scheduled maintenance and special repairs of facilities and efforts to increase student retention rates and enrollment by engaging former community college students who may have withdrawn due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.(3) Existing law, until June 30, 2023, authorizes the University of California to provide a scholarship as established by the university or a campus of the university, derived from nonstate funds received for that purpose, to any of its enrolled students who meet the eligibility requirements for that scholarship.This bill would extend that authorization by 4 years.(4) Existing federal law provides for the 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.Existing law requires each campus of the California Community Colleges, no later than July 1, 2022, to establish the position of Basic Needs Coordinator to assist students with on- and off-campus housing, food, mental health, and other basic needs services and resources, among other responsibilities, and to establish a Basic Needs Center where basic needs services, resources, and staff are made available to students, as specified. Existing law requires each community college campus to report certain information to the office of the Chancellor of the California Community Colleges related to basic needs services and resources. Existing law requires the chancellor’s office to annually develop and submit a report to the Governor and the Legislature based on the data and information received from campuses and information on the use of funds made available to implement these provisions.This bill would require each community college campus to report addit

CA AB 1176 - Pilar Schiavo
General plans: Local Electrification Planning Act.
06/14/2023 - Referred to Coms. on GOV. & F. and E., U. & C.
AB 1176, as amended, Zbur. General plans: Local Electrification Planning Act. Existing law, the Planning and Zoning Law, requires a city or county to adopt a comprehensive general plan for the city’s or county’s physical development that includes various elements, including, among others, a land use element that designates the proposed general distribution and general location and extent of the uses of the land in specified categories, and a circulation element that identifies the location and extent of existing and proposed major thoroughfares, transportation routes, terminals, any military airports and ports, and other local public utilities and facilities, as specified.This bill, the Local Electrification Planning Act, would require a city, county, or city and county to prepare and adopt a specified plan, or otherwise integrate a plan into the general plan, that, among other things, identifies opportunities to expand electric vehicle charging to meet the needs of the city’s, county’s, or city and county’s current and future visitors, residents, and businesses, and includes policies and implementation measures that address the needs of disadvantaged communities, low-income households, and small businesses for investments in zero-emission technologies that directly benefit these groups, as specified. The bill would require a city, county, or city and county to adopt a specified plan, or otherwise integrate the plan into the general plan, on or after January 1, 2025, but no later than January 1, 2028. The bill would deem a plan adopted pursuant to these provisions as a regional plan for specified purposes.Because the bill would increase the duties of local public officials, it would establish 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 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 1198 - Timothy S. Grayson
GO-Biz: Energy Unit: equity.
07/11/2023 - From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 18. Noes 0.) (July 10). Re-referred to Com. on APPR.
AB 1198, as amended, Grayson. GO-Biz: Energy Unit: equity. Existing law establishes the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development, known as “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 identifying barriers, making recommendations, creating a working group, coordinating between the state’s climate and energy agencies, and cooperating with local, regional, federal, and California public and private businesses and investors. Existing law requires the Energy Unit to submit a report to the Legislature on its activities on or before February 1 of each year, as specified.This bill would require the Energy Unit to identify, among other things, nonratepayer-funded energy industry resources, including grants, tax credits, loans, and technical assistance, across local, state, and federal departments and agencies that are available to assist businesses and workers in the transition to a net-zero-powered economy. The bill would require the Energy Unit to work with specified agencies to identify workforce development programs specific to the energy industry and gather data on how education and outreach is conducted to disadvantaged communities, as defined. The bill would also require the Energy Unit, in collaboration with the Small Business Advocate, to identify the participation levels in those energy industry resources by businesses owned by women, minorities, disabled individuals, and veteran-owned businesses, as well as individuals from disadvantaged communities. This bill would require the Energy Unit to hold at least 3 public workshops and engage with stakeholders and specified representatives to develop recommendations on addressing barriers to access to those energy industry resources faced by business-owner groups and individuals who live in disadvantaged communities and how to increase their participation levels to the extent that there are disparities, as specified. The bill would also require the Energy Unit to convene a technical advisory group for related purposes, as specified. The bill would require the Energy Unit to include those findings and recommendations and other related information in its annual report to the Legislature. The bill would also make related legislative findings and declarations.

CA AB 12 - Scott D. Wiener
Tenancy: security deposits.
09/13/2023 - Senate amendments concurred in. To Engrossing and Enrolling.
AB 12, as amended, Haney. Tenancy: security deposits. Existing law regulates the terms and conditions of residential tenancies, and prohibits a landlord from demanding or receiving security for a rental agreement for residential property, however denominated, in an amount or value in excess of an amount equal to 2 months’ rent, in the case of unfurnished residential property, and an amount equal to 3 months’ rent, in the case of furnished residential property, in addition to any rent for the first month paid on or before initial occupancy.This bill would, beginning July 1, 2024, instead prohibit a landlord from demanding or receiving security for a rental agreement for residential property in an amount or value in excess of an amount equal to one month’s rent, regardless of whether the residential property is unfurnished or furnished, in addition to any rent for the first month paid on or before initial occupancy. The bill, unless the prospective tenant is a service member, as defined, would prohibit a landlord from demanding or receiving security for a rental agreement for residential property in an amount or value in excess of 2 months’ rent, in addition to any rent for the first month, if the landlord (1) is a natural person or a limited liability corporation in which all members are natural persons and (2) owns no more than 2 residential rental properties that collectively include no more than 4 dwelling units offered for rent.

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 1218 - Josh Lowenthal
Development projects: demolition of residential dwelling units.
09/21/2023 - Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 3:30 p.m.
AB 1218, Lowenthal. Development projects: demolition of residential dwelling units. Existing law, the Housing Crisis Act of 2019, among other things, prohibits an affected city or an affected county, as defined, from approving a housing development project that will require the demolition of one or more residential dwelling units, unless the project creates at least as many residential dwelling units as will be demolished.The act also prohibits an affected city or affected county from approving any housing development project that will require the demolition of occupied or vacant protected units, unless specified conditions are met. In this regard, the act requires a project that will require the demolition of occupied or vacant protected units to, among other things, (1) replace all existing or demolished protected units, (2) include a minimum amount of residential units, (3) allow existing occupants to occupy their units until 6 months before the start of construction activities, and (4) provide relocation benefits to the existing occupants of any protected units that are lower income households.This bill would expand the demolition of residential dwelling units prohibitions to prohibit an affected city or affected county from approving any development project that will require the demolition of occupied or vacant protected units, or that is located on a site where protected units were demolished in the previous 5 years, unless the conditions described above are met, except as provided. In this regard, the bill would revise the above-described requirement that protected units be replaced and instead require the replacement of all existing protected units and protected units demolished on or after January 1, 2020, and would additionally require a proponent to ensure that the required replacement housing is developed prior to or concurrently with the development project, if the project is not a housing development project.If the development project will require the demolition of occupied or vacant protected units, existing law requires a developer to agree to provide a right of first refusal for a comparable unit available in the new housing development to the existing occupants of any protected units that are lower income households.This bill, if the development project will require the demolition of occupied or vacant protected units and the new development is not a housing development, would require a developer to provide a right of first refusal for a comparable unit in the required replacement units to the existing occupants of any protected units that are lower income households.Existing law requires the Department of Housing and Community Development to notify the city, county, or city and county and authorizes the department to notify the Attorney General that a city, county, or city and county is in violation of state law if the department finds that the housing element, amendment to the element, or other specified actions or failures to act do not substantially comply with specified provisions of existing law, including the above-described prohibition on an affected city or an affected county from approving a housing development project that will require the demolition of one or more residential dwelling units unless the project creates at least as many residential dwelling units as will be demolished.This bill would remove the above-described requirement and authorization for the department to notify the city, county, or city and county and the Attorney General of a housing element, amendment, or other action found to be in violation of specified law.The bill would make various other conforming and nonsubstantive changes.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 reaso

CA AB 1234 - Laurie Davies
Veteran home use: reporting.
02/01/2024 - From committee: Filed with the Chief Clerk pursuant to Joint Rule 56.
AB 1234, as introduced, Davies. Veteran home use: reporting. Existing law establishes veterans homes in the State of California, under the jurisdiction of the Department of Veterans Affairs. Existing law requires the department to review the use of each home no later than 5 years before the expiration of the use restriction imposed on the home by federal law to determine the best continued, unrestricted use of the home. Existing law also requires the department to conduct the same review 5 years after the date of the expiration of the use restriction imposed by federal law on a home and to update that review every 5 years. Existing law requires the department to review the homes on a specified schedule and to update the report every 5 years and requires the reports and updates to be submitted to the Legislature and posted on the department’s internet website in an accessible and searchable format.This bill would require the department to continue to make previously posted reports available on the department’s internet website in an accessible and searchable format.

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 1270 - Diane B. Dixon
Redevelopment: successor agency: City of Lake Forest.
10/04/2023 - Chaptered by Secretary of State - Chapter 301, Statutes of 2023.
AB 1270, Dixon. Redevelopment: successor agency: City of Lake Forest. Existing law dissolved redevelopment agencies and community development agencies as of February 1, 2012, and provides for the designation of successor agencies to, among other things, wind down the affairs of the dissolved redevelopment agencies and make payments due for enforceable obligations. In that regard, existing law requires the county auditor-controller to create within the county treasury a Redevelopment Property Tax Trust Fund (Fund) for the property tax revenues related to each former redevelopment agency for administration by the county auditor-controller.Existing law requires the Orange County Auditor Controller to allocate property tax revenues attributable to the El Toro Project Area between the Fund established for the former Orange County Development Agency and the Fund established for the former Lake Forest Redevelopment Agency, as provided, to implement a specified agreement that transferred territorial jurisdiction of the El Toro Project Area from the Orange County Redevelopment Agency to the Lake Forest Redevelopment Agency.This bill would require the Orange County Auditor Controller, upon receipt of the final resolution of dissolution for the successor agency to the former Orange County Development Agency, to allocate property tax revenues attributable to the El Toro Project Area to the Fund established for the former Lake Forest Redevelopment Agency. By revising the duties of local government officials, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.Existing law generally requires a successor agency to submit a Recognized Obligation Payment Schedule to certain entities, including the Department of Finance, and requires the successor agency to make payments pursuant to that schedule. When all enforceable obligations have been retired or paid off, all real property has been disposed of, and all outstanding litigation has been resolved, existing law requires the successor agency to submit a request to formally dissolve to its oversight board, which is required to approve the request and submit it to the department for approval, as specified.Under this bill, the allocation of revenues into the Fund established for the former Lake Forest Redevelopment Agency pursuant to the transfer agreement and the listing of those payments by the successor agency to the Orange County Development Agency on its Recognized Obligation Payment Schedule would not preclude the approval of a request for dissolution of the successor agency to the Orange County Development Agency.This bill would make legislative findings and declarations as to the necessity of a special statute for the City of Lake Forest.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 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 1287 - David Alvarez
Density Bonus Law: maximum allowable residential density: additional density bonus and incentives or concessions.
09/21/2023 - Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 3:30 p.m.
AB 1287, Alvarez. Density Bonus Law: maximum allowable residential density: additional density bonus and incentives or concessions. Existing law, referred to as the Density Bonus Law, requires a city or county to provide a developer that proposes a housing development within the city or county with a density bonus and other concessions or incentives or concessions, as specified, if the developer agrees to construct specified percentages of units for lower income households or very low income households, and meets other requirements. Existing law defines the term “density bonus” for these purposes to mean a density increase over the otherwise maximum allowable gross residential density as of the date of the application, as described. Existing law defines the term “maximum allowable residential density” for these purposes to mean the maximum number of units allowed under the zoning ordinance, specific plan, or land use element of the general plan, or, if a range of density is permitted, the maximum number of units allowed by the specific zoning range, specific plan, or land use element of the general plan applicable to the project. Existing law provides under that definition that if the density allowed under the zoning ordinance is inconsistent with the density allowed under the land use element of the general plan or specific plan, the greater density prevails.This bill would instead define “maximum allowable residential density” to mean the greatest number of units allowed under the zoning ordinance, specific plan, or land use element of the general plan, or, if a range of density is permitted, the greatest number of units allowed by the specific zoning range, specific plan, or land use element of the general plan applicable to the project. The bill would also remove from that definition the provision stating that the greater density prevails if the density allowed under the zoning ordinance is inconsistent with the density allowed under the land use element of the general plan or specific plan.This bill would require a city, county, or city and county to grant an additional density bonus, calculated as specified, when (1) an applicant proposes to construct a housing development that conforms to specified requirements, (2) the applicant agrees to include additional rental or for-sale units affordable to very low income households or moderate-income households, as specified, and (3) the housing development conforms to specified requirements and provides 24% of the total units to lower income households, conforms to specified requirements and provides 15% of the total units to very low income households, or conforms to specified requirements and provides 44% of the total units to moderate-income units. The bill would require a city, county, or city and county to grant four incentives or concessions for a project that includes at least 16% of the units for very low income households or at least 45% for persons and families of moderate income in a development in which the units are for sale. The bill would increase the incentives or concessions for a project in which 100% of all units are for lower income households, as specified, from 4 to 5.The Density Bonus Law prohibits a local government from conditioning the submission, review, or approval of an application pursuant to the Density Bonus Law on the preparation of an additional report or study that is not otherwise required by state law, but provides that this provision does not prohibit a local government from requiring an applicant to provide reasonable documentation to establish eligibility for a requested density bonus, incentives or concessions, waivers or reductions of development standards, and parking ratios, as specified.This bill would instead provide that this provision does not prohibit a local government from requiring an applicant to provide reasonable documentation to establish eligibility for a requested density bonus and parking ratios, as specified.The Califo

CA AB 129 - House Budget Committee
Housing.
06/29/2023 - Senate amendments concurred in. To Engrossing and Enrolling.
AB 129, as amended, Committee on Budget. Housing. (1) Existing law establishes the Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) in the Business, Consumer Services, and Housing Agency for purposes of carrying out state housing policies and programs, and creates in HCD the California Housing Finance Agency.This bill would remove the California Housing Finance Agency from within HCD. This bill would continue the existence of the California Housing Finance Agency in the Business, Consumer Services, and Housing Agency.This bill would also make technical, conforming changes and would delete obsolete references.(2) Existing federal law authorizes the United States Secretary of Agriculture to extend financial assistance through multifamily housing direct loan and grant programs to serve very low, low-, and moderate-income households, including, among other programs, Section 515 Rural Rental Housing Loans, which are mortgages to provide affordable rental housing for very low, low-, and moderate-income families, elderly persons, and persons with disabilities.Existing law establishes a low-income housing tax credit program pursuant to which the California Tax Credit Allocation Committee provides procedures and requirements for the allocation, in modified conformity with federal law, of state insurance, personal income, and corporation tax credit amounts to qualified low-income housing projects that have been allocated, or qualify for, a federal low-income housing tax credit and farmworker housing. Existing law requires not less than 20% of the low-income housing tax credits available annually to be set aside for allocation to rural areas. Existing law defines “rural area” for purposes of the low-income housing tax credit program as an area, which, on January 1 of any calendar year, satisfies any number of certain criteria, including being eligible for financing under the Section 515 program, or successor program, of the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development. This bill would expand the above-described criteria relating to Section 515 eligibility to instead include eligibility for financing under a multifamily housing program, as specified, or successor program, of the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development. Existing law also includes in the definition of “rural area” an unincorporated area that adjoins a city having a population of 40,000 or less, provided that the city and its adjoining unincorporated area are not located within a census tract designated as an urbanized area by the United States Census Bureau.This bill would revise the definition of “rural area” to include an unincorporated area that adjoins a city having a population of 40,000 or less, provided that the unincorporated area is not located within a census tract, block group, or block designated as an urban area by the United States Census Bureau in the most recent decennial census. The bill would also include in the definition of “rural area” an unincorporated area that does not adjoin a city, provided that the unincorporated area is not located within a census tract, block group, or block designated as an urban area by the United States Census Bureau in the most recent decennial census.(3) Existing law, 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. The law requires HCD to determine whether the housing element is in substantial compliance with specified provisions of that law. Existing law requires HCD to designate jurisdictions as prohousing pursuant to emergency regulations adopted by HCD, as prescribed. Existing law awards jurisdictions that are in substantial compliance with specified provisions and that are prohousing additional points or preference in the scoring of applications for specified state programs, including, among others, the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities Prog

CA AB 1299 - Corey A. Jackson
School safety: school resource officers: school police officers: school safety plans.
01/12/2024 - Read second time and amended.
AB 1299, as amended, Jackson. School safety: school resource officers: school police officers: school safety plans. (1) Existing law authorizes the governing board of a school district to establish a school police department under the supervision of a school chief of police and employ peace officers to ensure the safety of school district personnel and pupils, as provided. This bill would require a police officer who is not employed or contracted as a school resource officer to notify the principal of a school, or the principal’s designee, before accessing school grounds or engaging with pupils, except as provided. The bill would require the governing board of a school district, if it provides training to a police officer employed by the school district, to provide that same training to a police officer with whom the governing board of the school district has contracted to perform law enforcement activities, as provided.(2) Under existing law, each school district and county office of education is responsible for the overall development of a comprehensive school safety plan for each of its schools operating kindergarten or any of grades 1 to 12, inclusive, in cooperation with certain local entities. Existing law requires that the plan include identification of appropriate strategies and programs that will provide or maintain a high level of school safety and address the school’s procedures for complying with existing laws related to school safety.This bill would additionally require, as part of the comprehensive school safety plan, the development of procedures and policies relating to use of police officers, including school resource officers, or any other law enforcement official acting as a school resource officer, on school campus, to include prohibitions on the use of handcuffs and pepper spray on a school campus, except as provided, and a prohibition on the use of a police officer, school resource officer, or any other law enforcement official acting as a school resource officer for purposes of engaging in pupil disciplinary actions, except as requested by staff or officials of the school district or county office of education.Existing law prohibits a chartering authority from denying a petition for the establishment of a charter school unless it makes written factual findings supporting at least one of specified bases for denial. One of those bases for denying a petition is if the petition does not contain a reasonably comprehensive description of the development of a school safety plan that includes the same safety topics required in the comprehensive school safety plan of a school district or county office of education.This bill would authorize a chartering authority to deny a charter school petition that does not include in its proposed development of a school safety plan the same provisions on procedures and policies relating to use of police officers, including school resource officers, or any other law enforcement official acting as a school resource officer, as are required by the bill in a school district or county office of education comprehensive school safety plan.By creating new duties for local educational agencies, including charter schools, 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 13 - Bill Essayli
Elections: Election Day holiday: voting by mail.
03/20/2023 - From committee: Without further action pursuant to Joint Rule 62(a).
AB 13, as amended, Essayli. Elections: Election Day holiday: voting by mail. (1) Existing law requires the statewide general election to be held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November of each even-numbered year. Existing law designates specific days as holidays in this state. This bill would add the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November of any even-numbered year to the list of state holidays. By increasing the duties of local officials in connection with the creation of a new state holiday, this bill would create a state-mandated local program.(2) Existing law requires county elections officials to mail a ballot to every registered voter for all elections, as provided. Existing law authorizes any county to conduct an all-mailed ballot election if certain requirements are met.This bill would repeal the provisions requiring county elections officials to mail a ballot to every registered voter and authorizing a county to conduct an all-mailed ballot election. The bill would instead authorize a voter to request a vote by mail ballot for any election, as specified. The bill would also authorize a voter to apply to become a permanent vote by mail voter, in which case the voter would receive a vote by mail ballot for every election.(3) Existing law authorizes a voter who is unable to return their ballot to designate any other person to return the ballot, as specified.This bill would restrict the persons a voter may authorize to return the voter’s ballot to only the voter’s spouse, child, parent, grandparent, grandchild, sibling, or a person residing in the same household as the voter.(4) Under existing law, a ballot is timely cast if it is received by the elections official no later than 7 days after election day and postmarked on or before election day.This bill would reduce the deadline for receiving a ballot to 3 days after election day.(5) This bill would make various conforming and clarifying changes.(6) 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 131 - House Budget Committee
Taxation.
08/14/2023 - Re-referred to Com. on B. & F.R.
AB 131, as amended, Committee on Budget. Taxation. (1) Existing law requires the Controller to state an account with persons that receive funds or property belonging to the state and fail to properly render account thereof to the state, and persons that fail to pay to the State Treasury any money belonging to the state. Existing law requires the Controller to offset delinquent accounts against personal income tax refunds that have been certified by the Franchise Tax Board, subject to a specified priority. Existing law, for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2024, prohibit the Controller from offsetting delinquent accounts against the personal income tax refunds of an individual who received the earned income tax credit or the young child tax credit for the taxable year, except as specified.This bill would additionally prohibit the Controller from offsetting delinquent accounts against the personal income tax refunds of an individual who received the foster youth tax credit.(2) Existing law requires the Department of Finance to report annually, no later than September 15, to the Legislature with regard to tax expenditures, as defined. Existing law requires the report to include specified information, including, for personal income tax expenditures, the number of taxpayers affected and returns filed, as applicable, for the most recent tax year for which full year data is available.Commencing August 1, 2023, this bill would instead require the report to be provided to the Legislature no later than November 1 of each year and would change the contents of the report by instead requiring, for personal income tax expenditures and for the most recent tax year for which full year data is available, the number of taxpayers affected and returns filed, categorized by taxpayers’ income levels, as applicable, and the cost to the state resulting from these personal income tax expenditures, categorized by the taxpayers’ income levels, for which data is readily available.(3) Existing law, the Personal Income Tax Law, in partial conformity with federal income tax law, imposes a tax on the taxable income of estates or of any kind of property held in trust. That law provides the taxable income of an estate or trust is computed in the same manner as in the case of an individual, except as provided, and the tax is paid by the fiduciary of the trust or estate. Existing law provides that, where the grantor or another person is treated as the owner of any portion of the trust, known as a “grantor trust,” then items of income, deductions, and credits against tax of the trust are included in computing the taxable income and credits of the grantor or other owner.This bill, for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2023, would include the income of an incomplete gift nongrantor trust, as defined, in the gross income of the grantor to the extent the income of the trust would be taken into account in computing the grantor’s taxable income if the trust were treated as a grantor trust. The bill would provide that these provisions do not apply where certain conditions are met, including an irrevocable election made by the fiduciary to be taxed as a resident nongrantor trust, as provided.(4) The Personal Income Tax Law and the Corporation Tax Law, in conformity with federal income tax law, generally defines “gross income” as income from whatever source derived, except as specifically excluded, and provides various exclusions from gross income.This bill would, for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2020, and before January 1, 2028, provide exclusions from gross income for any qualified taxpayer, as defined, for amounts received in settlements associated with either the 2019 Kincade Fire in the County of Sonoma, or the 2020 Zogg Fire in the Counties of Tehama and Shasta, as provided.(5) The Personal Income Tax Law and the Corporation Tax Law allow various credits against the taxes imposed by those laws, including, for taxable year

CA AB 1319 - Buffy Wicks
Bay Area Housing Finance Authority: housing revenue.
09/13/2023 - Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 3 p.m.
AB 1319, Wicks. Bay Area Housing Finance Authority: housing revenue. (1) Existing law, the San Francisco Bay Area Regional Housing Finance Act, establishes the Bay Area Housing Finance Agency to raise, administer, and allocate funding for affordable housing in the San Francisco Bay area, as defined, and provide technical assistance at a regional level for tenant protection, affordable housing preservation, and new affordable housing production. Existing law requires the Bay Area Housing Finance Authority and executive board of the Association of Bay Area Governments to form an advisory committee composed of 9 representatives with knowledge and experience in the areas of affordable housing finance and development, tenant protection, and housing preservation.This bill would require the authority and executive board to form an advisory committee composed of at least 9 and no more than 11 representatives with knowledge and expertise in the areas of affordable housing finance, construction workforce, and development, tenant protection, and housing preservation.The act provides the authority with various powers, including the power to place a measure on the ballot to raise revenue and allocate funds throughout the San Francisco Bay area, apply for and receive grants or loans from public and private entities, incur and issue bonds and other indebtedness, and otherwise incur liabilities or obligations. The act authorizes the authority to allocate and deploy financing to cities, counties, other public agencies within the San Francisco Bay area and private affordable housing developers to finance affordable housing development, as specified.This bill would specify that the authority is limited to placing only one measure on the ballot per election. The bill would also authorize the authority to deploy financing to nonprofit corporations to finance affordable housing development, as specified.Existing law authorizes a city or county, or an agency created pursuant to a joint powers agreement, to issue revenue bonds to defray the costs of acquiring home mortgages or making loans to lending institutions in order to enable them to make home mortgages, and the costs of studies and surveys, insurance premiums, underwriting fees, legal, accounting and marketing services incurred in connection with the issuance and sale of bonds, as specified.This bill would authorize the authority to issue mortgage revenue bonds, pursuant to provisions described above; acquire, hold, develop, operate, and dispose of real property; and create one or more California limited liability companies of which the authority is the sole member.(2) 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.This bill would exempt from CEQA any actions taken by the authority to raise, administer, or allocate funding for tenant protection, affordable housing preservation, or new affordable housing production or to provide technical assistance consistent with the authority’s purpose.(3) Existing law authorizes the executive board of the authority to impose a commercial linkage fee, as defined, in an amount not to exceed ten dollars ($10) per square foot, within the San Francisco Bay area, as specified. Existing law requires the expenditures of proceeds from a commercial linkage fee be limited to affordable housing production, preservation,

CA AB 132 - House Budget Committee
Income taxes: tax credits: motion pictures: occupational safety: California Film Commission.
08/14/2023 - Re-referred to Com. on B. & F.R.
AB 132, as amended, Committee on Budget. Income taxes: tax credits: motion pictures: occupational safety: California Film Commission. (1) Existing law grants the Division of Occupational Safety and Health, which is within the Department of Industrial Relations, jurisdiction over all employment and places of employment, with the power necessary to enforce and administer all occupational health and safety laws and standards. The Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board, an independent entity within the department, has the exclusive authority to adopt occupational safety and health standards within the state. Existing law, the California Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1973, requires employers to comply with certain standards ensuring healthy and safe working conditions, as specified, and charges the division with enforcement of the act. Other existing law relating to occupational safety imposes special provisions on certain industries and charges the division with enforcement of these provisions. This bill would establish the Safety on Productions Pilot Program. The bill, commencing July 1, 2025, and until June 30, 2030, inclusive, would require that an employer for a motion picture production that receives a specified motion picture tax credit, for that motion picture production, hire or assign a qualified safety advisor for California filming activities to perform a risk assessment and, if required under the bill, a specific risk assessment, as specified. The bill would require a dedicated safety advisor to be present on every motion picture production in the pilot program who is assigned exclusively to that motion picture production. The bill would require assessments to be accessible to specified affected persons and safety advisor access to locations and relevant facilities and items to ensure safety. The bill would require production to conduct a daily safety meeting, including, but not limited to, a safety meeting required when firearms are involved in a scene. The bill would require a safety advisor to participate in daily safety meetings, as specified. The bill would require an employer to identify a person for performers, crew, labor organization representatives, and the division to contact for issues regarding compliance. The bill would require the safety advisor to prepare a final safety evaluation report based on the actual risk and compliance experience. The bill would require the safety advisor, within 60 days following completion of filming activities, to provide the final safety evaluation report to the Industry-Wide Labor-Management Safety Committee and the California Film Commission. The bill would require the committee and the California Film Commission to jointly select an organization or firm to perform a written evaluation of the pilot program. The bill would require the selected organization or firm to review and assess the final safety evaluation reports on or before June 30, 2029, and make a nonbinding set of recommendations to the Legislature, as prescribed. These pilot program provisions would be repealed as of January 1, 2031. This bill would allow the use of a firearm or blank on motion picture productions only for specified purposes and under specified safety conditions. The bill would require a qualified property master, armorer, or assistant property master handling a firearm in the course of the motion picture production to have a specified state permit, to have completed certain training in firearms, and to have a specified federal document for the possession and custody of the firearm. The bill would specifically impose prescribed reporting requirements on employers engaged in motion picture production. The bill would specifically authorize the division to investigate, inspect, and cite employers, as prescribed. This bill would prohibit ammunition on a motion picture production, except in prescribed circumstances, subject to certain safety rules and laws. The bill would require an

CA AB 1328 - Michael A. Gipson
Cosmetology Licensure Compact.
06/06/2023 - From committee chair, with author's amendments: Amend, and re-refer to committee. Read second time, amended, and re-referred to Com. on B., P. & E. D.
AB 1328, as amended, Gipson. Cosmetology Licensure Compact. Existing law, the Barbering and Cosmetology Act, establishes in the Department of Consumer Affairs the State Board of Barbering and Cosmetology to license and regulate the practice of cosmetology. A violation of the act is a misdemeanor, unless otherwise provided. Existing law requires the board to grant a license to an applicant who holds a current license to practice issued by another state that is not revoked, suspended, or otherwise restricted and is in good standing, upon submission of a completed application form and fees.This bill would enact the Cosmetology Licensure Compact, the purpose of which is to facilitate the interstate practice and regulation of cosmetology. The compact would require the board to grant a multistate license to practice cosmetology to an applicant who meets specified eligibility requirements, including holding an active and unencumbered license to practice cosmetology issued by the board in this state. The compact would require the state to recognize a multistate license issued by each member state as authorizing the licensee to practice cosmetology in this state. The compact would require the board to select a delegate to serve on the Cosmetology Licensure Compact Commission, a joint governmental agency consisting of all member states that have enacted the compact, and would enact specified provisions relating to the establishment, operation, powers, and duties of the commission. The compact would specify procedures for the adoption of rules by the commission for purposes of implementing and administering the compact and would state that the rules of the commission shall have the force of law, except as specified. The compact would require the board to take specified actions relating to the administration and enforcement of the compact, including receiving complaints about individuals practicing cosmetology and communicating investigative information about any adverse action to the other member states through a data system, as specified. The compact would authorize the board to charge a fee to grant a multistate license or for the renewal of a multistate license. The bill would authorize the commission to levy and collect an annual assessment from the state and impose fees on licensees of member states to whom it grants a multistate license to cover the cost of operations and activities of the commission. Because the bill would expand the scope of a crime under the act to holders of multistate licenses practicing in this state, 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 133 - House Budget Committee
Courts.
08/14/2023 - Re-referred to Com. on B. & F.R.
AB 133, as amended, Committee on Budget. Courts. (1) The California Constitution vests the judicial power of the state in the Supreme Court, courts of appeal, and superior courts, and establishes the Judicial Council to, among other things, adopt rules of court and perform functions prescribed by statute. Existing law, the Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation Law, authorizes and regulates the formation and operation of, among others, nonprofit public benefit corporations.This bill would establish the California Access to Justice Commission, a nonprofit public benefit corporation, and would authorize the commission to receive funding appropriated by the Legislature. The bill would specify the membership of the commission and terms of the members. The bill would specify the purposes for which the commission may receive and use funding including, among others, providing ongoing leadership in efforts to achieve full and equal access to justice for all Californians. The bill would make the commission subject to the Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation Law and would set the public meeting requirements for the commission.(2) Existing law, the State Bar Act, provides for the licensure and regulation of attorneys by the State Bar of California, a public corporation. Existing law requires an attorney or law firm receiving or disbursing trust funds to establish and maintain an Interest On Lawyers’ Trust Accounts (IOLTA) account in which the attorney or law firm is required to deposit or invest specified client deposits or funds. Existing law requires interest and dividends earned on IOLTA accounts to be paid to the State Bar of California and used for programs providing civil legal services without charge to indigent persons. Existing law requires the State Bar of California to distribute IOLTA funds and specified other funds to qualified legal service projects and qualified support centers, as defined, for the provision of civil legal services without charge to indigent persons in accordance with a specified statutory scheme. Existing law authorizes qualified legal services projects and qualified support centers to use the funds to provide work opportunities with pay and scholarships for disadvantaged law students to help defray their law school expenses, among other purposes.This bill would authorize qualified legal service projects and qualified support centers to also use the funds to provide loan repayment assistance for the purposes of recruiting and retaining attorneys in accordance with a loan repayment assistance program administered by the California Access to Justice Commission. The bill would appropriate $250,000 from the General Fund to the Judicial Council to provide funding to the California Access to Justice Commission to administer a tax advantaged student loan repayment assistance program for service providers employed by qualified legal service projects and support centers, as specified.(3) Existing law establishes the Appellate Court Trust Fund, the proceeds of which shall be used for the purpose of funding the courts of appeal and the Supreme Court. Existing law requires the funds, upon appropriation by the Legislature, to be apportioned by the Judicial Council to the courts of appeal and the Supreme Court taking into consideration all other funds available and the needs of each court in a manner that promotes equal access to the courts, ensures the ability of the courts to carry out their functions, and promotes implementation of statewide policies.This bill would authorize the funds to be apportioned by the Judicial Council to the Supreme Court, courts of appeal, and the Judicial Council, taking into consideration all other funds available to each and the needs of each.(4) Existing law generally requires the superior court, as an employer, to provide employees with the use of a lactation room or other location for employees to express milk in private, including, among other things, a clean and safe place to sit. Ex

CA AB 1332 - Juan Carrillo
Accessory dwelling units: preapproved plans.
09/15/2023 - Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 4 p.m.
AB 1332, Juan Carrillo. Accessory dwelling units: preapproved plans. Existing law, the Planning and Zoning Law, authorizes a local agency, by ordinance or ministerial approval, to provide for the creation of accessory dwelling units in areas zoned for residential use, as specified. Existing law authorizes a local agency to impose standards on accessory dwelling units that include, but are not limited to, parking, height, setback, landscape, architectural review, and maximum size of a unit.This bill would require each local agency, by January 1, 2025, to develop a program for the preapproval of accessory dwelling unit plans, whereby the local agency accepts accessory dwelling unit plan submissions for preapproval and approves or denies the preapproval applications, as specified. The bill would authorize a local agency to charge a fee to an applicant for the preapproval of an accessory dwelling unit plan, as specified. The bill would require the local agency to post preapproved accessory dwelling unit plans and the contact information of the applicant on the local agency’s internet website. The bill would require a local agency to either approve or deny an application for a detached accessory dwelling unit within 30 days that utilizes either an accessory dwelling unit plan preapproved by the local agency within the current triennial California Building Standards Code rulemaking cycle or a plan that is identical to a plan used in an application for a detached accessory dwelling unit approved by the local agency within the current triennial California Building Standards Code rulemaking cycle. By imposing new duties on local agencies, the bill would create a state-mandated local program.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.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 134 - House Budget Committee
Public safety trailer bill.
06/27/2023 - Senate amendments concurred in. To Engrossing and Enrolling. (Ayes 59. Noes 17.).
AB 134, Committee on Budget. Public safety trailer bill. (1) Existing law, the California Public Records Act, authorizes the inspection and copying of any public record except where specifically prohibited by law. Existing law, with specified exemptions, makes confidential and exempts from disclosure the personnel records of peace officers and custodial records and certain other records maintained by their employing agencies. Existing law provides that this exemption from disclosure does not apply to investigations of these officers or their employing agencies and related proceedings conducted by a grand jury, a district attorney’s office, or the Attorney General’s office.Existing law establishes the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) to, among other functions, certify the eligibility of those persons appointed as peace officers throughout the state. Existing law establishes the Peace Officer Standards Accountability Division within POST to review investigations conducted by law enforcement agencies and to conduct additional investigations into serious misconduct that may provide grounds for suspension or revocation of a peace officer’s certification.This bill would exempt from the aforementioned confidentiality provisions, investigations of peace officers and custodial officers or their employing agencies and related proceedings conducted by POST. This bill would provide that, until January 1, 2027, specified records in the possession of POST related to these functions are not public records subject to disclosure, although those same records may be subject to disclosure by the agency that employs or previously employed the peace officer.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.(2) Existing law requires the Department of Justice, on a monthly basis, to review the records in the statewide criminal justice databases and identify persons who are eligible for arrest record relief and automatic conviction record relief. Commencing on July 1, 2023, existing law makes arrest record relief available to a person who has been arrested for a felony, including a felony punishable in the state prison, as specified. Commencing on July 1, 2023, existing law makes conviction record relief available for a defendant convicted, on or after January 1, 2005, of a felony for which they did not complete probation without revocation if the defendant appears to have completed all terms of incarceration, probation, mandatory supervision, postrelease community supervision, and parole, and a period of 4 years has elapsed during which the defendant was not convicted of a new felony offense, except as specified.This bill would delay the implementation of these provisions until July 1, 2024. (3) Existing law authorizes the court, in its discretion and in the interest of justice in specified cases, to permit the defendant to withdraw their plea of guilty or nolo contendere and enter a plea of not guilty, or, if the defendant has been convicted after a plea of not guilty, to set aside the verdict of guilty, and to dismiss the accusations or information against the defendant and release the defendant from all penalties and disabilities resulting from the offense for which they have been convicted. Existing law authorizes a person who was under 18 years of age at the time of commission of a misdemeanor to, in specified circumstances, petition the court for an order sealing the record of conviction and other official records in the case. Existing law authorizes the court to require the defendant or petitioner in these circumstances to reimburse the court, city, and county for actual costs of services rendered under these provisions.Thi

CA AB 1350 - Esmeralda Soria
Veterans: memorials.
09/21/2023 - Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 3:30 p.m.
AB 1350, Soria. Veterans: memorials. Existing law creates various memorials to veterans of the United States Armed Forces, including, among others, the memorial to California’s Vietnam veterans on the grounds of the State Capitol.This bill would create the Capitol Park Veterans Memorial Fund. The bill would continuously appropriate the fund to the Department of Veterans Affairs for the purpose of the maintenance and rehabilitation of existing memorials in the State Capitol. The bill would make the department responsible for administering the fund. The bill would require the Department of Veterans Affairs to, in consultation with the California Veterans Board, prioritize memorials that do not have formal support from another body for their maintenance, including, but not limited to, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. The bill would require the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of General Services to collaborate pursuant to a memorandum of agreement to carry out these provisions.

CA AB 1361 - Joshua Hoover
Property taxation: veteran’s exemption: preliminary application.
09/15/2023 - Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 4 p.m.
AB 1361, Hoover. Property taxation: veteran’s exemption: preliminary application. The California Constitution generally limits ad valorem taxes on real property to 1% of the full cash value of that property, defined as the county assessor’s valuation of real property as shown on the 1975–76 tax bill and, thereafter, the appraised value of the property when purchased, newly constructed, or a change in ownership occurs after the 1975 assessment, subject to an annual inflation adjustment not to exceed 2%. Existing property law, pursuant to the authorization of the California Constitution, provides a disabled veteran’s tax exemption on specified property, as described. Existing law sets forth procedures to claim property tax exemptions.This bill would authorize a county assessor to provide written or electronic determination of preliminary eligibility for the disabled veteran’s tax exemption. The bill would make related findings and declarations.This bill would incorporate additional changes to Section 205.5 of the Revenue and Taxation Code proposed by SB 82 to be operative only if this bill and SB 82 are enacted and this bill is enacted last.

CA AB 1370 - Tri Ta
California Community Colleges Economic and Workforce Development Program.
09/01/2023 - In committee: Held under submission.
AB 1370, as amended, Ta. California Community Colleges Economic and Workforce Development Program. Existing law establishes the California Community Colleges Economic and Workforce Development Program to, among other things, advance California’s economic growth and global competitiveness through education, training, and services that contribute to continuous workforce improvement. Existing law authorizes the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges to award grants and project funds for the program, as specified. Existing law establishes the Job Development Incentive Training Program as a component of the California Community Colleges Economic and Workforce Development Program. Existing law states the intent of the Legislature that the Job Development Incentive Training Program provide training on a no-cost or low-cost basis to participating employers who create employment opportunities at an acceptable wage level for the attainment of self-sufficiency by specified groups. Existing law requires the California Community Colleges Economic and Workforce Development Program to be implemented only during those fiscal years for which funds are appropriated for its purposes. Existing law repeals the California Community Colleges Economic and Workforce Development Program on January 1, 2025.This bill would revise and recast several provisions of the California Community Colleges Economic and Workforce Development Program. The bill would extend operation of the program indefinitely and would repeal the Job Development Incentive Training Program. The bill would revise and recast the principles governing the Economic and Workforce Development Program, provisions on the duties and membership of the program’s advisory committee, the decision criteria for allocating program funds to colleges, and the definitions that apply to the program’s provisions.

CA AB 1377 - Laura Friedman
Homeless Housing, Assistance, and Prevention Program.
09/12/2023 - Senate amendments concurred in. To Engrossing and Enrolling. (Ayes 80. Noes 0.).
AB 1377, as amended, Friedman. Homeless Housing, Assistance, and Prevention Program. Existing law establishes, among various other programs intended to address homelessness in this state, the Homeless Housing, Assistance, and Prevention program for the purpose of providing jurisdictions with one-time grant funds to support regional coordination and expand or develop local capacity to address their immediate homelessness challenges informed by a best-practices framework focused on moving homeless individuals and families into permanent housing and supporting the efforts of those individuals and families to maintain their permanent housing. Existing law provides for the allocation of funding under the program among continuums of care, cities, counties, and tribes in 4 rounds, which are to be administered by the Interagency Council on Homelessness.This bill would require applications or planning materials for additional state funding appropriated on or after July 1, 2024, as specified, to include data and a narrative summary of specific and quantifiable steps that the applicant has taken to improve the delivery of housing and services to people experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness on transit facilities owned and operated by a transit agency, as defined.

CA AB 1386 - Jesse Gabriel
Veterans housing: tenant referrals.
09/21/2023 - Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 3:30 p.m.
AB 1386, Gabriel. Veterans housing: tenant referrals. Existing law, the Veterans Housing and Homeless Prevention Act of 2014, requires the California Housing Finance Agency, the Department of Housing and Community Development, and the Department of Veterans Affairs (referred to collectively as “the departments”) to establish and implement programs that focus on veterans at risk for homelessness or experiencing temporary or chronic homelessness, as specified. In this regard, existing law requires the departments to establish and implement programs that, among other things, ensure projects combine housing and supportive services. Existing law requires the departments to ensure at least 50% of funds awarded for capital development are used to provide housing to veterans with extremely low incomes, and requires that at least 60% of units funded targeting extremely low income households are supportive housing.This bill would authorize an entity tasked with making referrals of units targeted to extremely low income households to submit a petition to the departments requesting authority to lease the qualified unit to a secondary tenant, as defined, if a qualified entity is unable to locate, match, or otherwise place a qualified tenant in a qualified unit with 60 days of the unit becoming available. The bill would require a qualified unit that is leased to a secondary tenant to be redesignated to an area median income level commensurate with the income level of the secondary tenant and would require the secondary tenant to pay rent commensurate with their household income’s percentage of the area medium income. The bill would, 12 months after a petition is approved, require the next available comparable unit to be rented to a qualified tenant at 30% of the median income. The bill would require a qualified entity tasked with making referrals to these units to make a good faith effort to match a tenant with an extremely low income before submitting a petition, document these good faith efforts, submit this documentation as a part of the petition, and make this documentation available to the housing sponsor and, upon request, to the departments. The bill would prohibit the departments from approving a petition if it would result in changes that may impact the project’s regulatory agreement, as specified.The bill would require the departments to create a standardized form for the submission of petitions described above. The bill would require the departments, upon receipt of a petition, to (1) review the petition and decide if the qualified unit is eligible to accept secondary tenants under all applicable guidelines, rules, and regulations, and (2) provide a written determination approving or denying the petition no later than 30 days after receipt of the petition.Existing law establishes the California Tax Credit Allocation Committee, composed of specified members, and requires that the California Tax Credit Allocation Committee, among other things, allocate specified federal low-income housing tax credits, as provided.This bill, for purposes of supportive housing units that are restricted to extremely low income veterans pursuant to a regulatory agreement with the committee, would authorize an entity tasked with making referrals of those units targeted to extremely low income households to match prospective secondary tenants with incomes at or below 60% of the area median income that are receiving income as a result of service-connected disability benefits if a qualified tenant is unable to be matched to and accept placement in an available unit within 28 days of the unit becoming available. If a secondary tenant is unable to be matched to and accept placement in an available unit within 14 days, the bill would authorize the entity to match a veteran experiencing homelessness with an income at or below 60% of the area median income, regardless of the source of the income, in an available unit. The bill would require a qualified unit tha

CA AB 1392 - Freddie Rodriguez
Hospitals: procurement contracts.
09/21/2023 - Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 3:30 p.m.
AB 1392, Rodriguez. Hospitals: procurement contracts. Existing law requires a licensed hospital with operating expenses of $50,000,000 or more, and a licensed hospital with operating expenses of $25,000,000 or more that is part of a hospital system, to submit an annual report to the Department of Health Care Access and Information, formerly structured as the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development, on the hospital’s minority, women, LGBT, and disabled veteran business enterprise procurement efforts, as specified. Existing law imposes certain civil penalties for failure to file a report.This bill would require those hospitals to annually submit, beginning July 1, 2025, and annually by July 1 thereafter, a plan, instead of the above-described report, for increasing procurement from minority, women, LGBT, and disabled veteran business tier 1 and tier 2 enterprises. In addition to the existing required contents within the report, the bill would require the plan to include short- and long-term goals and timetables, but not quotas, for increasing procurement from those business enterprises, the methods in which the hospital resolves any issues that may limit or impede an enterprise from becoming a supplier, and planned and past implementation of relevant recommendations made by the hospital diversity commission described below, among other changes.The bill would authorize the department to review the plans for completeness. The bill would require the department to establish guidelines for hospitals to voluntarily utilize when pursuing procurement efforts, activities, or programs in accordance with these provisions.The bill would make legislative findings that each licensed hospital and hospital that is part of a hospital system that is not required to submit a plan is encouraged to voluntarily adopt one for increasing procurement from the above-described business enterprises.Existing law requires the department to convene a hospital diversity commission comprised of the public and health care, diversity, and procurement stakeholders, and sets forth the composition of the commission, including, among others, representatives of minority, women, LGBT, and disabled veteran business enterprises. Existing law prohibits the commissioners from receiving compensation for their services, but authorizes the department to reimburse them for their actual and necessary expenses, as specified.This bill would add, to the list of commissioners, a representative of a group purchasing organization, as defined, manufacturer, or vendor of goods and services for hospitals who, at the time of appointment, is a practitioner or expert in the field of supplier diversity. The bill would make other changes to the commission’s structure and functions. The bill would authorize the department, upon appropriation for this purpose, to provide compensation to the commissioners for their services.The bill would require the department to undertake outreach and provide assistance, based on the commission’s recommendations, to hospitals, manufacturers, vendors, or group purchasing organizations of hospital goods and services, and to minority, women, LGBT, and disabled veteran business enterprises, as specified. The bill would authorize the department, upon appropriation for this purpose, to establish and operate a clearinghouse to maintain a database, and verify the statuses, of minority, women, LGBT, and disabled veteran businesses enterprises that are prime suppliers or subcontract suppliers to hospitals or other entities in the procurement ecosystem of hospital goods and services, as specified.The bill would also make conforming changes to related provisions containing references to the above-described report and to the predecessor of the department.

CA AB 1408 - Joshua Hoover
Intradistrict and interdistrict transfers: low-performing pupils.
01/18/2024 - In committee: Held under submission.
AB 1408, as amended, Wallis. Intradistrict and interdistrict transfers: low-performing pupils. Existing law authorizes the governing boards of 2 or more school districts to enter into an agreement, for a term not to exceed 5 school years, for the interdistrict attendance of pupils who are residents of the school districts. Existing law requires a school district of residence to approve an intradistrict transfer request for a victim of an act of bullying, as provided. If there is no available school for an intradistrict transfer, existing law authorizes a victim of an act of bullying to apply for an interdistrict transfer and prohibits a school district of residence from prohibiting that transfer if the school district of proposed enrollment approves the application for transfer.This bill would require a school district of residence to also approve an intradistrict transfer request for a low-performing pupil, as defined, of that school district if the school of attendance has been identified for comprehensive support and improvement or identified as low performing pursuant to specified federal laws, as provided. If there is no available school for an intradistrict transfer, the bill would authorize a low-performing pupil of a school district, if the school of attendance has been identified for comprehensive support and improvement or identified as low performing pursuant to specified federal laws, to apply for an interdistrict transfer and would prohibit the school district of residence from prohibiting that transfer if the school district of proposed enrollment approves the application for transfer. The bill would prohibit a school district of proposed enrollment from approving those transfer requests if the requested school has been identified for comprehensive support and improvement or identified as low performing pursuant to specified federal laws. By requiring school districts to approve intradistrict transfers for certain pupils, 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 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 1452 - James C. Ramos
State Capitol: Iraq Afghanistan Kuwait Veterans Memorial monument.
09/11/2023 - In Assembly. Ordered to Engrossing and Enrolling.
AB 1452, as amended, Mathis. State Capitol: Iraq Afghanistan Kuwait Veterans Memorial monument. Existing law provides for various memorials and monuments on the grounds of the State Capitol. Existing law requires the Department of General Services to maintain state buildings and grounds.This bill would authorize a nonprofit organization representing veterans of the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Kuwait in consultation with the Department of General Services, to plan, construct, and maintain a monument to the veterans of the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Kuwait on the grounds of the State Capitol. The bill would require the nonprofit organization to submit a plan for the monument to the Joint Rules Committee for its review and approval. The bill would require the monument to be funded exclusively from private sources.

CA AB 1462 - James Norwood Patterson Jr.
Veteran overdose deaths.
09/21/2023 - Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 3:30 p.m.
AB 1462, Jim Patterson. Veteran overdose deaths. Existing law establishes the State Department of Public Health under the direction of the State Public Health Officer. Existing law requires that each death be registered with the local registrar of births and deaths in the district in which the death was officially pronounced or the body was found. Existing law sets forth the persons responsible for completing the certificate of death and the required contents of the certificate, including, but not limited to, the decedent’s name, sex, and birthplace. Existing law requires a person completing the certificate of death to record whether the decedent was ever in the Armed Forces of the United States.Existing law also requires the State Department of Public Health to access data within the electronic death registration system to compile a report on veteran suicide in California and requires the department to annually provide that report to the Legislature and the Department of Veterans Affairs.This bill would require the State Department of Public Health to access data within the electronic death registration system to compile a report on veteran drug overdose deaths in California and require the department to annually provide that report to the Legislature and the Department of Veteran Affairs on or before March 15 each year. The bill would require the report to include a cross-tabulation of the specified data and compare it to the data from the previous year. The bill would also require the California Overdose Surveillance Dashboard to reflect overdose deaths by veterans.

CA AB 1474 - Eloise Gomez Reyes
California Statewide Housing Plan.
09/12/2023 - Senate amendments concurred in. To Engrossing and Enrolling. (Ayes 80. Noes 0.).
AB 1474, as amended, Reyes. California Statewide Housing Plan. Existing law establishes the California Statewide Housing Plan, developed in cooperation with the private housing industry, regional and local housing and planning agencies, and other agencies of the state, to serve as a state housing plan. Existing law requires the plan to incorporate specified segments, including, among others, a housing strategy that coordinates the housing assistance and activities of state and local agencies, including the provision of housing assistance for various population groups, including, but not limited to, elderly persons, persons with disabilities, and other specific population groups as deemed appropriate by the department. Existing law, to the extent possible, requires the department to consult with various state departments, including the California Department of Aging and the State Department of Social Services, in developing that housing strategy.This bill would add veterans to the list of population groups included in the housing strategy described above. The bill would require the department to also consult with the Department of Veterans Affairs in developing the housing strategy, to the extent possible.This bill would incorporate additional changes to Section 50423 of the Health and Safety Code proposed by AB 1764 to be operative only if this bill and AB 1764 are enacted and this bill is enacted last.

CA AB 1486 - Reginald Byron Jones-Sawyer Sr.
Law enforcement and state agencies: military equipment: funding, acquisition, and use.
09/11/2023 - Ordered to inactive file at the request of Senator Wiener.
AB 1486, as amended, Jones-Sawyer. Law enforcement and state agencies: military equipment: funding, acquisition, and use. Existing federal law authorizes the United States Department of Defense to transfer surplus personal property, including arms and ammunition, to federal or state agencies for use in law enforcement activities, subject to specified conditions, at no cost to the acquiring agency.Existing law requires a law enforcement agency to adopt a military equipment use policy, as specified, before obtaining military equipment, as defined. Existing law also requires a law enforcement agency to obtain approval from their governing body before obtaining military equipment, as specified.Existing law defines military equipment to include specialty firearms and ammunition, including assault weapons, as that term is defined in law, but excludes standard issue service weapons and ammunition.This bill would clarify the meaning of standard issue service weapons and ammunition for purposes of this provision and exclude assault weapons from this exception. This bill would replace certain devices referred to in existing law by a specific trade name with a general description of those devices.Existing law requires a law enforcement agency that has obtained military equipment pursuant to these provisions to prepare and submit an annual report to their governing body regarding the use of that equipment, as specified, and to hold a community engagement meeting, as specified, regarding that report. Existing law also requires a governing body that has enacted an ordinance authorizing the financing, acquisition, or use of military equipment pursuant to these provisions to annually review the ordinance and to hold a vote at a public meeting whether to renew the authorization.This bill would require the renewal vote of the governing body to be held no less than 30 days after the community engagement meeting, and for the governing board to consider input from the community engagement meeting, as specified.

CA AB 1512 - Rebecca Bauer-Kahan
Foster care payments.
09/21/2023 - Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 3:30 p.m.
AB 1512, Bryan. Foster care payments. Existing law provides for the out-of-home placement, including foster care placement, of children who are unable to remain in the custody and care of their parents. Existing law, the federal Social Security Act, provides for benefits for eligible beneficiaries, including survivorship and disability benefits and supplemental security income (SSI) benefits for, among others, blind and disabled children. Existing law requires every youth who is in foster care and nearing emancipation to be screened by the county for potential eligibility for federal Supplemental Security Income and requires that screening to occur when the foster youth is at least 16 years and 6 months of age and not older than 17 years and 6 months of age.This bill, among other things, would require a placing agency to act in accordance with specified guidelines and pursuant to certain requirements when acting as the representative payee or in any other fiduciary capacity for a child or youth, including, among other requirements, ensuring that the child’s benefits are not used to pay for, or to reimburse, the placing agency for any costs of the child’s care and supervision, as defined. The bill would make these requirements operative January 1, 2024, or 30 days after the department issues the necessary all-county letters and informing materials to county placing agencies, whichever is later. By increasing county duties with respect to foster youth, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.Existing law requires the State Department of Social Services to convene a workgroup to develop best practice guidelines for county welfare departments to assist eligible children who are in the state’s or a county’s custody and are qualified in obtaining federal social security and supplemental security income benefits. Existing law requires that workgroup to make recommendations to the department, by December 31, 2006, regarding the feasibility and cost-effectiveness of reserving a designated amount of foster children’s social security and SSI/SSP benefits in lieu of reimbursing the county and the state for care and maintenance, and, in making those recommendations, to consider that the reserved benefits would be for the purpose of assisting the foster child in the transfer to self-sufficient living in a manner consistent with federal law.This bill would repeal the requirement for that workgroup to make the above-described recommendations regarding feasibility and cost-effectiveness.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 1566 - Sabrina Cervantes
Department of Veterans Affairs: veterans’ services.
09/05/2023 - Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 3 p.m.
AB 1566, Soria. Department of Veterans Affairs: veterans’ services. Existing law requires the Department of Veterans Affairs to disburse funds, appropriated to the department for the purpose of supporting county veterans service officers pursuant to the annual Budget Act, on a pro rata basis, to a county that complies with certain conditions. Existing law requires the department to prepare an annual report of the activities of county veterans services officers, including the number of claims filed to receive pension benefits and a summary of other services provided by county veterans service officers.This bill would require the department’s annual report to include the composition of staff at the county office, as specified, and the annual funding of the county veterans service office by the county, as specified. This bill would authorize the department to require county veterans service officers to apply uniform measurement and workload units, claims, and other information.

CA AB 1604 - Mia Bonta
Charter schools: school facilities: Charter School Facility Grant Program: conduit financing.
10/07/2023 - Vetoed by Governor.
AB 1604, Bonta. Charter schools: school facilities: Charter School Facility Grant Program: conduit financing. Existing law requires the California School Finance Authority (authority) to administer the Charter School Facility Grant Program, and provides that the grant program is intended to provide assistance with facilities rent and lease costs for pupils in charter schools. Existing law requires the authority to, among other things, determine eligibility, as specified, including a requirement that the charter schoolsite either gives a preference in admission to pupils who are currently enrolled in a public elementary school in which 55% or more of the pupil enrollment is eligible for free or reduced-price meals and to pupils who reside in the elementary school attendance area where the charter schoolsite is located, or 55% or more of the pupil enrollment at the charter schoolsite is eligible for free or reduced-price meals.This bill would clarify the above preference in admissions, including for when the charter school is a dual immersion program, and require that changes to the preference in admissions be incorporated into a charter school’s charter petition during the next charter renewal cycle, as specified. The bill would also require the authority to update its regulations before opening the 2025–26 funding round to include specified requirements. The bill would require charter schools to identify their school type, confirm they are a classroom-based charter school, and include documentation confirming their status as nonprofit organizations in their applications.This bill would require the sale or lease of an educational facility, as defined, other than to the charter school occupying the educational facility or a nonprofit related-party entity of the charter school, where the charter school occupying the facility has received substantial funding, as defined, from the Charter School Facility Grant Program (program) for an educational facility acquired, financed, constructed, or modernized on or after January 1, 2025, and for which the property title is held by a related-party entity, as defined, to be consistent with specified requirements, including that the educational facility is offered to certain entities in a specified order. If, within 60 days of issuing a notice, as provided, none of the entities listed has submitted an offer for the educational facility, the bill would authorize the educational facility to then be sold or leased to another entity, as specified. If a charter school occupying an educational facility has received substantial funding from the program and the title to the property is held by a related-party entity and the educational facility is sold within 10 years of the charter school last receiving program funds to any entity not listed and the proceeds are not used for capital outlay in the state, the bill would require an amount equal to the program funds received by the charter school in the previous 10 years to be returned to the authority, as specified.This bill would require a charter school participating in a conduit financing program to notify the conduit issuer in certain situations, including, among others, when the charter school occupying the financed facility is closing. The bill would require a charter school to annually notify the conduit issuer of the status of a facility with outstanding conduit bonds when the charter school has closed or vacated the building but the building has not been sold, as provided. To the extent these provisions would impose additional duties on charter schools, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.The Charter Schools Act of 1992 provides for the establishment and operation of charter schools. Existing law requires a petition for the establishment of a charter school to contain comprehensive descriptions of various matters and procedures, including procedures to be used if the charter school closes, including a final audit of the charte

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 1647 - Esmeralda Soria
Veterans treatment courts: grant program.
06/07/2023 - Referred to Coms. on PUB S. and M. & V.A.
AB 1647, as amended, Soria. Veterans treatment courts: grant program. Existing law establishes a statewide system of courts with a superior court of one or more judges in each county. Existing law authorizes the Judicial Council to prescribe the methods, means, and standards for electronic collection of data related to court administration, practice, and procedure.Existing law requires a criminal court to make a determination as to whether a defendant who was a member of the United States military may be suffering from sexual trauma, traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder, substance abuse, or mental health problems as a result of the person’s service. Existing law allows the court to consider these circumstances in granting probation, referring the defendant to mental health treatment, and granting restorative relief, as provided. Existing law authorizes a court to grant restorative relief to a veteran defendant who was granted probation and who met specified criteria, including successful participation in court-ordered treatment services to address sexual trauma, traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder, substance abuse, or mental health problems stemming from military service.This bill, until January 1, 2029, would require that, on appropriation by the Legislature, the Judicial Council operate a grant program to establish and support veterans treatment courts or the equivalent services in counties where veterans treatment courts would be inefficient or impracticable. The bill would require the Judicial Council to establish standards and procedures for the operation of veterans courts, and condition the award of grant funds on adherence to those standards and procedures. The bill would require veterans treatment courts that receive grant funds to report information to the Judicial Council, as specified. The bill would also require the Judicial Council to report information to the Legislature, as specified.

CA AB 1665 - Esmeralda Soria
Veterans’ homes.
09/06/2023 - Ordered to inactive file at the request of Senator Archuleta.
AB 1665, as amended, Soria. Veterans’ homes. Existing law provides for the establishment and operation of veterans’ homes at various sites and provides for an administrator of each home, as specified. Existing law establishes the duties of the Department of Veterans Affairs with regard to the establishment and regulation of veterans’ homes.Under existing law, veterans’ homes are for aged or disabled persons who served in the Armed Forces of the United States who were discharged or released from active duty under conditions other than dishonorable, who are eligible for health care benefits, hospitalization, or domiciliary care in a veterans facility, and who are bona fide residents of this state at the time of application, and for the spouses or domestic partners of those persons, if certain conditions are met.This bill would specify that dissolution of marriage or termination of domestic partnership does not necessitate the discharge of the spouse or domestic partner. The bill would provide that the discharge of a veteran member who intends to take an aid-in-dying drug, as specified, does not necessitate the discharge of the spouse or domestic partner.

CA AB 1712 - Jacqui V. Irwin
Personal information: data breaches.
06/14/2023 - Referred to Com. on JUD.
AB 1712, as amended, Irwin. Personal information: data breaches. The Information Practices Act of 1977 requires any agency that owns or licenses computerized data that includes personal information to disclose any breach of the security of the system following discovery or notification of the breach, as specified. The act also requires any agency that maintains computerized data that includes personal information that the agency does not own to notify the owner or licensee of the information of any breach of the security of the data, in accordance with certain procedures. Existing law requires the security breach notification to include specified information, including, among other things, the names and addresses of the major credit reporting agencies. Existing law authorizes the security breach notification to include, at the discretion of the agency, among other things, advice on steps that people whose information has been breached may take to protect themselves.This bill would additionally require the security breach notification to include the internet websites of the major credit reporting agencies and the Uniform Resource Locator for the main internet website operated by the Federal Trade Commission to provide information for victims of identity theft. The bill would authorize the security breach notification to include how to place a credit or security freeze by visiting the internet website of the major credit reporting agencies, as specified.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.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 1734 - Reginald Byron Jones-Sawyer Sr.
Local Government: Surplus Land Act: exemptions.
09/22/2023 - Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 11:30 a.m.
AB 1734, Jones-Sawyer. Local Government: Surplus Land Act: exemptions. Existing law requires land to be declared surplus land or exempt surplus land, as supported by written findings, before a local agency takes any action to dispose of it consistent with the agency’s policies or procedures. Existing law sets forth procedures for the disposal of surplus land, including, but not limited to, specified notice requirements, and provides that these procedures do not apply to exempt surplus land.This bill, until January 1, 2034, would specify that land disposed of by a city with a population exceeding 2,500,000 for certain purposes, including low barrier navigation centers, supportive housing, transitional housing for youth and young adults, or affordable housing, as described, is not subject to the above-described requirements, if the city meets certain prescribed requirements and specified construction or development work meets prescribed requirements. The bill would require a city that disposes of land pursuant to these provisions to include prescribed information in a specified annual report. The bill would make a local agency that disposes of land in violation of these provisions liable for a civil penalty, as specified.

CA AB 1745 - Esmeralda Soria
Public postsecondary education: veterans: waiver of mandatory systemwide tuition and fees.
09/12/2023 - In Assembly. Ordered to Engrossing and Enrolling.
AB 1745, as introduced, Soria. Public postsecondary education: veterans: waiver of mandatory systemwide tuition and fees. Existing law establishes the segments of the public postsecondary education system in the state, including the University of California administered by the Regents of the University of California, the California State University administered by the Trustees of the California State University, and the California Community Colleges administered by the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges. The Donahoe Higher Education Act prohibits campuses of those segments from charging mandatory systemwide tuition or fees to specified students who apply for a waiver, including a child of any veteran of the United States military who has a service-connected disability, has been killed in service, or has died of a service-connected disability, where the annual income of the child, including the value of any support received from a parent, does not exceed the national poverty level.This bill would instead require that the annual income of the child not exceed the state poverty level, as defined. The bill would also make nonsubstantive changes to provisions relating to this waiver of mandatory systemwide tuition and fees. To the extent these provisions would add additional duties on community college 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 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 1755 - House Judiciary Committee
Child support.
09/13/2023 - Ordered to inactive file at the request of Senator Skinner.
AB 1755, as amended, Committee on Judiciary. Child support. (1) Existing law requires a court to make an expedited support order if specified information is filed, including the minimum amount the obligated parent or parents are required to pay pursuant to the statewide uniform guideline for support or specified minimum basic standards for adequate care.This bill would repeal those provisions as of January 1, 2024.(2) Existing law sets a statewide uniform guideline for determining child support and requires the Judicial Council to periodically review that guideline to recommend appropriate revisions, including economic data on the cost of raising children and an analysis of guidelines and studies from other states. Existing law further requires a court to order, as additional child support, payment of reasonable uninsured health care costs for the child and payment of childcare costs, and may order costs related to the educational or other special needs of the child, and travel expenses for visitation. Existing law requires the court, in making an order pursuant to the uninsured health care costs, to follow specified protocols. This bill, commencing September 1, 2024, would, among other things, revise the statewide uniform guideline for determining child support, including the amount that establishes a rebuttable presumption that the obligor is entitled to a low-income adjustment. This bill would expand the above-referenced protocols with regard to issuing an order to pay uninsured health care costs to also include orders to pay for specified childcare costs, if those expenses are actually incurred.(3) Existing law requires counties to maintain a local child support agency to promptly and effectively establish, modify, and enforce child support obligations, to enforce spousal support obligations, and to determine paternity of a child born out of wedlock. Existing law requires that the local child support agency provide notice of the amount of child support that is sought pursuant to the statewide uniform guidelines based upon the income or income history of the support obligor and that a proposed judgment be provided. Existing law requires the Judicial Council, in consultation with specified others, to develop a simplified summons, complaint, and answer forms for any action brought pursuant to those provisions. Existing law requires the simplified complaint form to be based upon the income or income history of the support obligor.This bill, commencing January 1, 2026, would, among other things, instead require that complaint form to require the local child support agency to use specified methods to calculate income, including using earning capacity if the local child support agency has sufficient evidence to establish earning capacity. The bill would also authorize the department to implement those provisions by a child support services letter or similar instruction until permanent regulations are adopted. The bill would require the department to adopt regulations to implement those provisions by January 1, 2027. By imposing new duties on a local child support agency, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program. Existing law requires a judgment to be entered without hearing and without other specified requirements in an action filed by the local child support agency involving the simplified procedures described above. This bill, commencing January 1, 2026, would among other things, expand that requirement to actions based on earning capacity, as specified. The bill would require a local child support agency to conduct a review of the case to determine if there is sufficient additional evidence available to establish actual income of the defendant, as specified. By imposing new duties on a local child support agency, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program. The bill would also require the Judicial Council, no later than September 1, 2024, to adopt and approve any forms necessary to implement those provisio

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 1762 - House Elections Committee
Elections omnibus bill.
09/13/2023 - Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 3 p.m.
AB 1762, Committee on Elections. Elections omnibus bill. (1) Existing law sets forth rules for counting words for the purposes of the Elections Code generally and for the specific purposes of ballot designations. For both purposes, existing law provides that hyphenated words appearing in a generally available standard reference dictionary, as specified, are considered as one word.This bill would provide that for the purposes of counting hyphenated words in the Elections Code, generally, and for the purposes of ballot designations, specifically, reference may be made to a standard reference dictionary published online.(2) Existing law authorizes any county to conduct any election as an all-mailed ballot election if specified conditions apply, including that at least one vote center is provided for every 10,000 registered voters. Existing law authorizes the County of Los Angeles to conduct a vote center election if, among other things, every permanent vote by mail voter receives a ballot.This bill would repeal those provisions relating to the County of Los Angeles and make conforming changes.(3) Existing law authorizes a candidate for elective office to have the designation “incumbent” appear immediately under their name on an election ballot if the candidate is a candidate for the same office that the candidate currently holds by election of the people.This bill would prohibit a candidate who was elected in an at-large election from using this designation if they are a candidate in a district-based election.(4) Existing law establishes procedures by which a voter may request a recount of the votes cast in an election and how a voter may contest an election. Former law, which was repealed on January 1, 2019, authorized the Secretary of State to create a postcanvass risk-limiting audit pilot program.This bill would delete obsolete references to the pilot program.(5) Existing law requires, upon the Governor or Secretary of State ordering a recount, the Secretary of State to notify the elections official of each county and direct the county elections officials to recount all the votes cast for the office or for and against the state ballot measure, as specified.This bill would make a technical change to this provision.

CA AB 1764 - House Housing and Community Development Committee
Housing omnibus.
09/22/2023 - Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 11:30 a.m.
AB 1764, Committee on Housing and Community Development. Housing omnibus. (1) Existing law exempts a limited-equity housing cooperative or a workforce housing cooperative trust, as those terms are defined, from certain requirements governing subdivided lands, if the cooperative or trust complies with various conditions, including, among others, if specified federal or state agencies, banks, credit unions, financial institutions, or local government agencies, or a combination thereof, directly finance or subsidize a percentage of the total construction or development cost, as prescribed.This bill would also include a housing authority and a community development commission within the above-described entities, and would make other related and conforming changes to these provisions.(2) Existing law requires a landlord or their agent to provide an applicant requesting to rent a residential property with a receipt for the fee paid by the applicant, which itemizes the out-of-pocket expenses and time spent by the landlord or their agent to obtain and process information about the applicant.This bill would authorize the landlord or their agent and the applicant to agree to have the landlord provide a copy of the receipt for the fee paid by the applicant to an email account provided by the applicant.(3) Existing law, the Davis-Stirling Common Interest Development Act, regulates common interest developments. Existing law provides procedures governing the election of members of the board of directors of common interest development associations. Existing law authorizes an association to impose certain qualification requirements on a nominee for a board seat, including requiring a nominee to have been a member for at least one year, and disqualifying a nominee for a past criminal conviction that would, if the nominee were elected, either prevent the association from purchasing certain required insurance or terminate the association’s existing required insurance coverage, as specified. Under this bill, an association that disqualifies a nominee pursuant to the above-described provisions would be required in its election rules to require a director to comply with the same requirements.Under existing law, if there are not more qualified candidates than vacancies, an association is authorized to consider the candidates elected by acclamation if, among other conditions, the association permits all candidates to run if nominated. However, an association is authorized to disqualify a nominee who has served the maximum number of terms or sequential terms allowed by the association.This bill, instead, would require an association to disqualify that nominee. Under the bill, a director who ceases to be a member of the association would be disqualified from continuing to serve as a director.(4) Existing Law, the Planning and Zoning Law, requires an owner of an assisted housing development, as defined, to give certain advance notice before the anticipated date of the termination of a subsidy contract, the expiration of rental restrictions, or the prepayment on an assisted housing development, to tenants and specified public entities, except as provided. Existing law defines an “assisted housing development” for these purposes to mean a multifamily rental housing development of five or more units that receives governmental assistance under any of specified programs.This bill would include a provision of the federal Cranston-Gonzalez National Affordable Housing Act on housing for persons with disabilities, as well as a rental assistance program of the federal Housing Act of 1949, within those specified programs. The bill would also include grants and loans made by the California Housing Finance Agency for rental housing and would make related changes to those provisions.(5) Existing law, the Affordable Housing and High Road Jobs Act of 2022, until January 1, 2033, establishes a streamlined development process for affordable housing developments that meet

CA AB 1788 - Sharon Quirk-Silva
Mental health multidisciplinary personnel team.
01/05/2024 - From printer. May be heard in committee February 4.
AB 1788, as introduced, Quirk-Silva. Mental health multidisciplinary personnel team. Existing law authorizes a county to establish a homeless adult and family multidisciplinary personnel team, as defined, with the goal of facilitating the expedited identification, assessment, and linkage of homeless individuals to housing and supportive services within that county and to allow provider agencies to share confidential information for the purpose of coordinating housing and supportive services to ensure continuity of care. This bill would authorize counties to also establish mental health multidisciplinary personnel team, as defined, with the goal of facilitating the expedited identification, assessment, and linkage of justice-involved persons diagnosed with a mental illness to supportive services within that county while incarcerated and upon release from county jail and to allow provider agencies and members of the personnel team to share confidential information, as specified, for the purpose of coordinating supportive services to ensure continuity of care. The bill would require the sharing of information permitted under these provisions to be governed by protocols developed in each county, as specified, and would require each county to provide a copy of its protocols to the State Department of Social Services.This bill would authorize the mental health multidisciplinary personnel team to designate qualified persons to be a member of the team for a particular case and would require every member who receives information or records regarding justice-involved persons, as defined, in their capacity as a member of the team to be under the same privacy and confidentiality obligations and subject to the same confidentiality penalties as the person disclosing or providing the information or records. The bill would also require the information or records to be maintained in a manner that ensures the maximum protection of privacy and confidentiality rights.

CA AB 1812 - Jesse Gabriel
Budget Act of 2024.
01/11/2024 - From printer. May be heard in committee February 10.
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 1816 - Pilar Schiavo
Deceptive practices.
01/12/2024 - From printer. May be heard in committee February 11.
AB 1816, as introduced, Schiavo. Deceptive practices. Existing law, the Consumers Legal Remedies Act, makes unlawful certain unfair methods of competition and certain unfair or deceptive acts or practices undertaken by a person in a transaction intended to result or that results in the sale or lease of goods or services to a consumer, including representing that the consumer will receive a rebate, discount, or other economic benefit if the earning of the benefit is contingent on an event to occur subsequent to the consummation of the transaction.This bill would make a nonsubstantive change to those provisions.

CA AB 1819 - Marie Waldron
Enhanced infrastructure financing districts: public capital facilities: wildfires.
01/22/2024 - Referred to Com. on L. GOV.
AB 1819, as introduced, Waldron. Enhanced infrastructure financing districts: public capital facilities: wildfires. Existing law authorizes the legislative body of a city or a county to establish an enhanced infrastructure financing district to finance public capital facilities or other specified projects of communitywide significance.This bill would additionally authorize an enhanced infrastructure financing district that are at least partially in high or very high fire hazard severity zones designated by the State Fire Marshal, as specified, to finance heavy equipment to be used for vegetation clearance and firebreaks, fortification of utilities against wildfires, and equipment used for fire watch, prevention, and fighting.

CA AB 1832 - Blanca E. Rubio
Civil Rights Department: Labor Trafficking Task Force.
01/29/2024 - Referred to Coms. on L. & E. and PUB. S.
AB 1832, as introduced, Blanca Rubio. Civil Rights Department: Labor Trafficking Task Force. Existing law, the California Fair Employment and Housing Act, establishes in the Business, Consumer Services, and Housing Agency the Civil Rights Department (department), headed by the Director of Civil Rights, to protect and safeguard the right and opportunity of all persons to seek, obtain, and hold employment without discrimination or abridgment on account of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, family caregiver status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, sexual orientation, reproductive health decisionmaking, or military and veteran status. Existing law requires the department, among other things, to render annually to the Governor and to the Legislature a written report of its activities and recommendations.This bill would establish within the department the Labor Trafficking Task Force, as specified. The bill would require the task force, among other things, to take steps to prevent labor trafficking, coordinate with the Labor Enforcement Task Force, the Department of Justice, and the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement within the Department of Industrial Relations to combat labor trafficking, refer complaints alleging labor trafficking to the department or other agencies, as appropriate, for potential investigation, civil action, or criminal prosecution, and follow protocols to ensure survivors of labor trafficking are not victimized by the process of prosecuting traffickers and are informed of the services available to them. The bill would authorize the task force to coordinate with other relevant agencies to combat labor trafficking, coordinate with specified entities when investigating criminal actions related to labor trafficking, and coordinate with state or local agencies to connect survivors with available services. The bill would require the Division of Occupational Safety and Health within the Department of Industrial Relations to notify the task force when, upon investigating businesses under their purview, there is evidence of labor trafficking. The bill would require the department to include specified information in the annual report described above, including the activities of the task force, the number of complaints referred to the department, and the status or outcome of those complaints. The bill would provide that its provisions become operative only upon appropriation by the Legislature in the annual Budget Act or another measure for the purposes of the bill’s provisions.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 1854 - Pilar Schiavo
Service member protections.
01/29/2024 - Referred to Com. on M. & V.A.
AB 1854, as introduced, Schiavo. Service member protections. Existing law authorizes a member of the United States Army Reserve or the National Guard who is called to active duty, as specified, to defer payments on certain obligations while serving on active duty. Existing law requires the reservist or the reservist’s designee to deliver a written request for the deferral to the obligor in order to receive a deferral. Existing law requires the deferral to apply only to those payments subsequent to that notice.This bill would authorize the notice to specify a different date after which payments will be suspended. The bill would require a request for deferral to be submitted not later than 180 days following the period of active duty on which the deferral is based.

CA AB 1882 - Janet Q. Nguyen
Vehicles: fee exceptions.
02/15/2024 - Re-referred to Com. on M. & V.A.
AB 1882, as amended, Villapudua. Vehicles: fee exceptions. Existing law defines “disabled veteran” for purposes of the Vehicle Code as, among other things, a person who, as a result of injury or disease suffered while on active service with the Armed Forces of the United States, has a disability that has been rated at 100% by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Existing law also defines a “disabled veteran” as a veteran who is unable to move without the aid of an assistant device.This bill would instead define a disabled veteran as a veteran who cannot walk without the use of an assistant device. The bill would expand the definition of “disabled veteran” to include a veteran who cannot walk 200 feet without stopping to rest, a veteran who is severely limited in the ability to walk because of an arthritic, neurological, or orthopedic condition, or a veteran who has visual acuity of 20/200 or less, among other conditions, as specified.Existing law exempts, except as specified, a vehicle that is owned by a disabled veteran, a former American prisoner of war, or a Congressional Medal of Honor recipient, or the surviving spouse of a former American prisoner of war or Congressional Medal of Honor recipient who has elected to retain special license plates, that is of a type subject to registration under the Vehicle Code, and that is not used for hire, compensation, or profit, from certain fees imposed pursuant to the Vehicle Code and a vehicle license fee imposed for the privilege of operating specified vehicles.Commencing January 1, 2027, this bill would additionally exempt a partially disabled veteran, as defined, from these fees.

CA AB 1889 - Laura Friedman
General plan: wildlife connectivity element.
02/05/2024 - Referred to Coms. on L. GOV. and W., P., & W.
AB 1889, as introduced, Friedman. General plan: wildlife connectivity element. 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 and housing elements, as specified.This bill would require a general plan to include a wildlife connectivity element, or related goals, policies, and objectives integrated in other elements, that considers the effect of development within the jurisdiction on fish, wildlife, and habitat connectivity, as specified. The bill would require the wildlife connectivity element to, among other things, identify and analyze connectivity areas, permeability, and natural landscape areas within the jurisdiction, incorporate and analyze specified guidelines and standards, incorporate and analyze relevant information from specified sources, and incorporate and analyze relevant best available science. The bill would require a city or county subject to these provisions to adopt or review the wildlife connectivity element, or related goals, policies, and objectives integrated in other elements, upon the adoption or next revision of one or more elements on or after January 1, 2025. 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 1899 - Sabrina Cervantes
Deceptive practices: veterans.
02/05/2024 - Referred to Coms. on JUD. and PUB. S.
AB 1899, as introduced, Cervantes. Deceptive practices: veterans. The Consumers Legal Remedies Act makes unlawful certain unfair methods of competition and certain unfair or deceptive acts or practices undertaken by a person in a transaction intended to result or that results in the sale or lease of goods or services to a consumer, including charging or receiving an unreasonable fee, as defined, to prepare, aid, or advise a prospective applicant, applicant, or recipient in the procurement, maintenance, or securing of public social services, as defined to include, among other things, veterans pension benefits.This bill would make the charging or receiving of an unreasonable fee to prepare, aid, or advise a prospective applicant, applicant, or recipient in the procurement, maintenance, or securing of aid or services, or both, to veterans a misdemeanor. The bill would also make the advertising or promoting of an event, presentation, seminar, workshop, or other public gathering regarding veterans benefits, as specified, a misdemeanor. The bill would make these misdemeanors punishable by imprisonment in the county jail for a period not to exceed one year, a fine not to exceed $1,000, or both that fine and imprisonment. The bill would specify that a misdemeanor violation of these provisions does not prohibit a person from bringing a civil action against an individual or business. By creating new 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 a specified reason.

CA AB 1908 - Pilar Schiavo
Department of Veterans Affairs: internal audits.
02/05/2024 - Referred to Com. on M. & V.A.
AB 1908, as introduced, Schiavo. Department of Veterans Affairs: internal audits. Existing law requires the secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs to conduct audits on the internal controls of the department, as specified.This bill would require the department to, on or before July 1, 2025, and on or before July 1 each year thereafter, submit a report to the Governor, the Legislature, the Senate Committee on Military and Veterans Affairs, and the Assembly Committee on Military and Veterans Affairs. The bill would require the report to include, but not be limited to, a description of significant problems discovered by the department’s internal auditor and a summary of investigations and reviews conducted by the department during the previous year. The bill would additionally require the report to be made available to the public, as specified.

CA AB 1982 - Devon John Mathis
Firearm safety certificate: exemptions.
02/16/2024 - Re-referred to Com. on PUB. S.
AB 1982, as amended, Mathis. Firearm safety certificate: exemptions. Existing law requires any person who purchases or receives a firearm to possess a firearm safety certificate, with specified exemptions, including active or honorably retired members of the armed forces, as specified, where individuals in those organizations are properly identified. Under existing law, proper identification includes the Armed Forces Identification Card or other written documentation certifying that the individual is an active or honorably retired member of the armed forces.This bill would additionally include the Veteran Health Identification Card issued by the Department of Veterans Affairs as proper identification for the above provisions.

CA AB 1994 - Nathaly Teran
Veterans: Department of Veterans Affairs.
02/12/2024 - Referred to Com. on M. & V.A.
AB 1994, as introduced, Committee on Military and Veterans Affairs. Veterans: Department of Veterans Affairs. Existing law requires the Undersecretary of Veterans Affairs be appointed and their salary established by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs pursuant to law. Existing law requires the secretary to appoint a Deputy Secretary of Women Veterans Affairs.This bill would create, and would require the secretary to appoint, a Deputy Secretary of Minority and Underrepresented Veterans Affairs.

CA AB 2014 - Stephanie Nguyen
Military Equipment: definitions.
02/12/2024 - Referred to Com. on PUB. S.
AB 2014, as introduced, Stephanie Nguyen. Military Equipment: definitions. Existing federal law authorizes the United States Department of Defense to transfer surplus personal property, including arms and ammunition, to federal or state agencies for use in law enforcement activities, subject to specified conditions, at no cost to the acquiring agency. Existing law requires a law enforcement agency to obtain approval of an applicable governing body, by means of the adoption of a military equipment use policy by ordinance, as specified, before obtaining military equipment, as defined. That law defines military equipment to include, among other things, unmanned, remotely piloted, powered aerial or ground vehicles.This bill would amend the definition of military equipment to instead require that the above-described vehicles are weaponized, as specified.

CA AB 2021 - Rebecca Bauer-Kahan
Crimes: selling or furnishing tobacco or related products and paraphernalia to underage persons.
02/12/2024 - Referred to Com. on PUB. S.
AB 2021, as introduced, Bauer-Kahan. Crimes: selling or furnishing tobacco or related products and paraphernalia to underage persons. Existing law prohibits the sale or furnishing of tobacco or tobacco products or paraphernalia, as specified, to a person who is under 21 years of age. Under existing law, a violation of this prohibition is punishable by a fine of $200 for the first offense, $500 for the 2nd offense, and $1,000 for the 3rd offense, either as a misdemeanor or by a civil action, as specified.This bill would increase these fines to $1,000 for the first offense, $5,000 for the 2nd offense, and $10,000 for the 3rd offense.

CA AB 2030 - Laurie Davies
Public contracts: small business participation.
02/12/2024 - Referred to Com. on J., E.D., & E.
AB 2030, as introduced, Davies. Public contracts: small business participation. The Small Business Procurement and Contract Act authorizes a state agency to award a contract for goods, services, or information technology with an estimated value of greater than $5,000 but less than $250,000 to a certified small business, including a microbusiness and a disabled veteran business enterprise, without complying with certain competitive bidding requirements, if the agency obtains price quotations from 2 or more of those businesses, as specified. Existing law requires a state agency to consider a responsive offer timely received from a responsible certified small business, including a microbusiness, or from a disabled veteran business enterprise.This bill would expand the above-described authorization to permit a state agency to award a contract for goods, services, or information technology with an estimated value of greater than $5,000 but less than $250,000 to an LGBT business enterprise, a minority business enterprise, or a women business enterprise, as defined. The bill would require a state agency to additionally consider a responsive offer timely received from any of these business enterprises.

CA AB 2158 - Heath Flora
Vehicles: disabled veterans.
02/20/2024 - Referred to Coms. on TRANS. and M. & V.A.
AB 2158, as introduced, Flora. Vehicles: disabled veterans. Existing law directs the Department of Motor Vehicles to issue special license plates to a person with a disability or a disabled veteran, or an organization or agency involved in the transportation of persons with disabilities or disabled veterans, as specified, for purposes of providing certain parking privileges. Existing law authorizes the department to issue a distinguishing placard to a qualified disabled veteran or person with a disability, upon application, to be displayed upon a parked vehicle for the purposes of identifying eligibility for certain parking privileges.For purposes of the department issuing special license plates and distinguishing placards, this bill would authorize the department to issue a special license plate or distinguishing placard to a veteran who has a post-traumatic stress disorder diagnosis that is connected to their military service, as specified.

CA AB 2265 - Kevin McCarty
Public animal shelters: adoption of dogs by veterans: fee waiver.
02/09/2024 - From printer. May be heard in committee March 10.
AB 2265, as introduced, McCarty. Public animal shelters: adoption of dogs by veterans: fee waiver. Existing law prohibits a public animal shelter from charging an adoption fee for a dog if the person adopting the dog presents to the public animal shelter a current and valid driver’s license or identification card with the word “VETERAN” printed on its face. Existing law authorizes a public animal shelter to limit the number of dogs adopted from that public animal shelter, without charging adoption fees, by eligible veterans to one dog each 6-month period.This bill would make nonsubstantive changes to the above-described provision.

CA AB 2287 - Phillip Chen
Inuit.
02/09/2024 - From printer. May be heard in committee March 10.
AB 2287, as introduced, Chen. Inuit. Existing law includes the term “Eskimo” and “Eskimos.”This bill would make nonsubstantive changes to those provisions to change the term “Eskimo” to “Inuk” and “Eskimos” to “Inuit.” The bill would also make other nonsubstantive revisions.

CA AB 2289 - Evan Low
Vehicles: parking placards for disabled veterans and persons with disabilities.
02/09/2024 - From printer. May be heard in committee March 10.
AB 2289, as introduced, Low. Vehicles: parking placards for disabled veterans and persons with disabilities. Existing law authorizes the Department of Motor Vehicles to issue a distinguishing placard to a qualified disabled veteran or person with a disability, upon application, to be displayed upon a parked vehicle for the purpose of identifying eligibility for certain parking privileges. Prior to issuing a placard, existing law requires the submission of a certificate signed by a physician and surgeon, nurse practitioner, certified nurse-midwife, or physician assistant, substantiating the disability, as specified, unless the applicant’s disability is readily observable and uncontested.For the disability of a person who has lost, or has lost use of, one or more lower extremities or one hand, for a disabled veteran, or both hands, for a disabled person, or who has significant limitation in the use of lower extremities, existing law additionally authorizes a licensed chiropractor to certify these disabilities.This bill would additionally authorize a licensed physical therapist to certify the loss, or loss of use, of the lower extremities or hands, as described above.

CA AB 235 - Blanca E. Rubio
Civil Rights Department: Labor Trafficking Unit.
05/18/2023 - In committee: Held under submission.
AB 235, as amended, Blanca Rubio. Civil Rights Department: Labor Trafficking Unit. Existing law, the California Fair Employment and Housing Act, establishes in the Business, Consumer Services, and Housing Agency the Civil Rights Department, headed by the Director of Civil Rights, to protect and safeguard the right and opportunity of all persons to seek, obtain, and hold employment without discrimination or abridgment on account of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, sexual orientation, reproductive health decisionmaking, or military and veteran status.This bill would establish within the department the Labor Trafficking Unit, which would be required to coordinate with the Labor Enforcement Task Force, the Criminal Investigation Unit, the Department of Justice, and the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement within the Department of Industrial Relations to combat labor trafficking. The bill would require the unit to receive and investigate complaints alleging labor trafficking and take steps to prevent labor trafficking. The bill would require the unit to coordinate with or refer cases to the Labor Enforcement Task Force or the department for potential civil actions, and to coordinate with or refer cases to the Department of Justice for potential criminal actions. The bill would require the unit to follow protocols to ensure survivors of labor trafficking are not victimized by the process of prosecuting traffickers and are informed of the services available to them. The bill would require the unit to coordinate with both state and local agencies to connect survivors with available services. The bill would require the unit to provide specified services to victims, including providing a list of pro bono victim’s rights attorneys to survivors. The bill would require the Division of Occupational Safety and Health within the Department of Industrial Relations to notify the unit when, upon investigating businesses under their purview, there is evidence of labor trafficking. The bill would require the unit, beginning January 1, 2025, until January 1, 2035, to annually submit a report to the Legislature with specified information relating to labor trafficking complaints, including the number, types, and outcomes of complaints.

CA AB 237 - Joshua Hoover
Intradistrict and interdistrict transfers: low-performing pupils.
05/18/2023 - In committee: Held under submission.
AB 237, as amended, Wallis. Intradistrict and interdistrict transfers: low-performing pupils. Existing law authorizes the governing boards of 2 or more school districts to enter into an agreement, for a term not to exceed 5 school years, for the interdistrict attendance of pupils who are residents of the school districts. Existing law requires a school district of residence to approve an intradistrict transfer request for a victim of an act of bullying, as provided. If there is no available school for an intradistrict transfer, existing law authorizes a victim of an act of bullying to apply for an interdistrict transfer and prohibits a school district of residence from prohibiting that transfer if the school district of proposed enrollment approves the application for transfer. This bill would require a school district of residence to also approve an intradistrict transfer request for a low-performing pupil, as defined, of that school district if the school of attendance has been identified for comprehensive support and improvement or identified as low performing pursuant to specified federal laws, as provided. If there is no available school for an intradistrict transfer, the bill would authorize a low-performing pupil of a school district, if the school of attendance has been identified for comprehensive support and improvement or identified as low performing pursuant to specified federal laws, to apply for an interdistrict transfer and would prohibit the school district of residence from prohibiting that transfer if the school district of proposed enrollment approves the application for transfer. The bill would prohibit a school district of proposed enrollment from approving those transfer requests if the requested school has been identified for comprehensive support and improvement or identified as low performing pursuant to specified federal laws. By requiring school districts to approve intradistrict transfers for certain pupils, 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 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 2567 - Devon John Mathis
Public postsecondary education: student housing: data collection: veterans.
02/15/2024 - From printer. May be heard in committee March 16.
AB 2567, as introduced, Mathis. Public postsecondary education: student housing: data collection: veterans. Existing law establishes the California Community Colleges under the administration of the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges, the California State University under the administration of the Trustees of the California State University, and the University of California under the administration of the Regents of the University of California as the 3 segments of public postsecondary education in the state. Existing law requires the office of the Chancellor of the California State University and the office of the Chancellor of the California Community Colleges, and requests the office of the President of the University of California, to require each of their respective campuses that provide campus-owned, campus-operated, or campus-affiliated student housing to collect and post on its external and internal internet websites, data on student housing, as specified.This bill would require the office of the Chancellor of the California State University and the office of the Chancellor of the California Community Colleges, and request the office of the President of the University of California, to require each of their respective campuses that provide campus-owned, campus-operated, or campus-affiliated student housing to include additional information regarding students who are veterans, as defined, in the above-described data on student housing. To the extent the bill imposes additional duties on community college 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 2570 - Joe Patterson
Department of Housing and Community Development: annual report: Homeless Housing, Assistance, and Prevention program.
02/15/2024 - From printer. May be heard in committee March 16.
AB 2570, as introduced, Joe Patterson. Department of Housing and Community Development: annual report: Homeless Housing, Assistance, and Prevention program. Existing law establishes the Homeless Housing, Assistance, and Prevention (HHAP) program for the purpose of providing jurisdictions, as defined, with one-time grant funds to support regional coordination and expand or develop local capacity to address their immediate homelessness challenges, as specified. Under existing law, grants under the HHAP program are allocated in 4 rounds of funding, administered by the Interagency Council on Homelessness, as provided. Existing law requires the Department of Housing and Community Development to submit an annual report to the Governor and both houses of the Legislature on the operations and accomplishments during the previous fiscal year of the housing programs administered by the department. Existing law requires that the report include, among other things, the number of units assisted by those programs and the number of individuals and households served and their income level.This bill would additionally require that this report include an evaluation of the HHAP program.

CA AB 258 - Eloise Gomez Reyes
Economic development: small businesses: Small Business Information Act: internet web portal.
09/21/2023 - Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 3:30 p.m.
AB 258, Reyes. Economic development: small businesses: Small Business Information Act: internet web portal. (1) Existing law, the Economic Revitalization Act, establishes the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development, also known as “GO-Biz,” in state government within the Governor’s office under the control of a director. Existing law requires GO-Biz to serve as the Governor’s lead entity for economic strategy and the marketing of California on issues relating to business development, private sector investment, and economic growth, and authorizes GO-Biz to establish an interactive internet website, as prescribed. Existing law creates the Office of Small Business Advocate (office) within GO-Biz to be led by the Small Business Advocate (advocate), who is appointed by, and serves at the pleasure of, the Governor. Existing law imposes prescribed duties on the advocate, including serving as the principal advocate in the state on behalf of small businesses, and enlisting the cooperation and assistance of public and private agencies, businesses, and other organizations in disseminating information about the programs and services provided by state government for the benefit of small businesses. Existing law requires the advocate to post specified information on the GO-Biz or advocate’s internet website, including how to receive assistance in certifying as a small business and identifying and participating in state procurement opportunities.This bill would recast those provisions concerning the advocate’s responsibility to post the above-described information on the Go-Biz internet website or the advocate’s website, and would instead require the advocate to establish on the GO-Biz or advocate’s internet website an internet web portal. The bill would additionally require the advocate to include within that web portal prescribed links and information relevant to small businesses regarding current and upcoming procurement opportunities offered through state government and public utilities and financial resources and business incentives offered by the state to those businesses. The bill would require the advocate to ensure that this internet web portal is accessible and provides helpful information to a diverse set of potential applicants, including businesses owned by specified individuals, and other entities that are working to support and benefit disadvantaged or low-income communities.(2) Existing law, the Grant Information Act of 2018, requires the California State Library (library) to create a funding opportunities internet web portal that provides a centralized location for grant seekers to find state grant opportunities.This bill would require the library to provide a link to the above-described internet web portal.(3) Existing law, the Small Business Procurement and Contract Act, requires the directors of the Department of General Services (department) and other state agencies that enter specified contracts, among other things, to establish a minimum goal of 25% procurement participation for small businesses, including microbusinesses, in the provision of goods, information technology, and services to the state, and in the construction of state facilities. The act defines various terms for these purposes.This bill would require the department to provide an internet web page that includes web links to online directories or databases of businesses certified by state agencies with industrial classification codes, as specified. The bill would require the department to provide a link to the internet web page on the department’s internet home page. The bill would require the department to notify each state agency or department that the small business certification database is a resource for sourcing vendors to meet the 25% goal described above.

CA AB 264 - Scott D. Wiener
Community colleges: Lunar New Year holiday.
09/13/2023 - Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 3 p.m.
AB 264, Ting. Community colleges: Lunar New Year holiday. Existing law establishes various holidays in this state, including Lunar New Year. Existing law requires community colleges to close on specified holidays, including February 12, known as “Lincoln Day,” and the third Monday in February, known as “Washington Day.” Existing law entitles certain community college employees to be given time off with pay for specified holidays, including for Lincoln Day and Washington Day.This bill would authorize the governing board of a community college district, pursuant to a memorandum of understanding, to replace closing on Lincoln Day or Washington Day with the date corresponding with the second new moon following the winter solstice, or the third new moon following the winter solstice should an intercalary month intervene, known as “Lunar New Year.” The bill would require that certain community college employees, in lieu of a paid holiday for Lincoln Day or Washington Day, receive a paid holiday for the Lunar New Year if the governing board of the community college replaces closing on Lincoln Day or Washington Day with closing on Lunar New Year.

CA AB 2713 - Josh Hoover
State parks: armed services: free access.
02/14/2024 - Read first time. To print.
AB 2713, as introduced, Hoover. State parks: armed services: free access. Existing law requires the Department of Parks and Recreation to issue a park pass for free use of all park facilities in the state park system to a veteran, as described, who presents to the department proof of a disability, proof of being held captive as a prisoner of war, or proof of being a recipient of a Congressional Medal of Honor, and proof of an honorable discharge from service.This bill would require the department to grant to a resident of this state who is a veteran or current active duty or reserve military personnel for the United States Armed Forces or the California National Guard free access to a unit of the state park system that is operated by the state and accessible with a vehicle day use annual pass, if proper proof of military service is provided, as specified.

CA AB 2736 - Juan Carrillo
Veterans: benefits.
02/16/2024 - From printer. May be heard in committee March 17.
AB 2736, as introduced, Juan Carrillo. Veterans: benefits. Existing law establishes various educational benefits for dependents of veterans who were killed during military service or are totally disabled, as specified. Existing law defines “dependent of a veteran” to include the spouse of a totally disabled veteran. Existing law prohibits a dependent of a veteran from receiving these educational benefits during the time the dependent is entitled to receive specified federal educational benefits or duplicate assistance from any other government source.This bill would repeal that prohibition.

CA AB 274 - Isaac G. Bryan
CalWORKs: CalFresh: eligibility: income exclusions.
09/12/2023 - Ordered to inactive file at the request of Senator Ashby.
AB 274, as amended, Bryan. CalWORKs: CalFresh: eligibility: income exclusions. Existing federal law provides for allocation of federal funds to eligible states through the federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant program. Existing state law provides for 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. Under existing law, certain types of payments received by recipients of aid under the CalWORKs program, including, among others, an award or scholarship provided by a public or private entity to, or on behalf of, a dependent child are exempt from consideration as income for purposes of determining eligibility and aid amount.Existing federal law provides for the 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. Existing law requires the eligibility of households to be determined to the extent permitted by federal law. Existing federal regulation provides states with the option to exclude, for purposes of calculating a household’s income under SNAP, any type of income that the state excludes when determining eligibility or benefits for TANF cash assistance.This bill would exempt any grant, award, scholarship, loan, or fellowship benefit provided to any assistance unit member for educational purposes from consideration as income or resources for purposes of determining CalWORKs eligibility or grant amounts, as specified. The bill would also require, to the extent permitted by federal law, regulation, or guidance, or a waiver thereof, the State Department of Social Services to exercise a federal option to exclude, for purposes of calculating a household’s income under CalFresh, any type of income that the department excludes when determining eligibility or benefits for CalWORKs. This bill would require the department to implement these provisions through an all-county letter or similar instruction until regulations are adopted. By expanding the scope of eligibility for CalWORKs and CalFresh, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.Existing law continuously appropriates moneys from the General Fund to defray a portion of county costs under the CalWORKs program.This bill would provide that the continuous appropriation would not be made for purposes of implementing the bill.This bill would incorporate additional changes to Section 11157 of the Welfare and Institutions Code proposed by AB 372 to be operative only if this bill and AB 372 are enacted and this bill is enacted last.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 277 - Freddie Rodriguez
Extreme Weather Forecast and Threat Intelligence Integration Center.
09/01/2023 - In committee: Held under submission.
AB 277, as amended, Rodriguez. Extreme Weather Forecast and Threat Intelligence Integration Center. Existing law, the California Emergency Services Act, establishes, within the office of the Governor, the Office of Emergency Services, under the Director of Emergency Services for the purpose of mitigating the effects of natural, human-made, or war-caused emergencies.Existing law establishes the Department of Water Resources within the Natural Resources Agency and sets forth its powers and duties relating to water resources. Existing law establishes the Atmospheric Rivers: Research, Mitigation, and Climate Forecasting Program within the department to, upon appropriation of special fund moneys, research climate forecasting and the causes and impacts that climate change has on atmospheric rivers, to operate reservoirs in a manner that improves flood protection in the state, and to reoperate flood control and water storage facilities to capture water generated by atmospheric rivers. This bill would establish the State-Federal Flood Operations Center within the Department of Water Resources and would authorize the department to administer the center in the department’s divisions, offices, or programs. The bill would provide that the purpose of the center is to function as the focal point for gathering, analyzing, and disseminating flood and water-related information to stakeholders and would authorize the center to take specified actions for that purpose, including to function during emergency situations to enable the department to centrally coordinate statewide emergency responses.This bill would require the department and the Office of Emergency Services, in consultation with cooperating agencies, as defined, to develop and submit a report to the Legislature, as specified, on or before October 1, 2025, that outlines necessary technological advancements for agile forecasting and gaps in data that would improve flood response.

CA AB 2785 - Lori D. Wilson
Tenancy: application fees and security deposits.
02/16/2024 - From printer. May be heard in committee March 17.
AB 2785, as introduced, Wilson. Tenancy: application fees and security deposits. Existing law regulates the terms and conditions of residential tenancies, including authorizing a landlord to hold security for any tenant who is a party to the lease or agreement, subject to specified requirements. Existing law defines security as any payment, fee, deposit, or charge that is imposed, as specified, to reimburse the landlord for costs associated with processing a new tenant or that is imposed as an advance payment of rent, used for any purpose. Existing law authorizes a landlord to claim any of the security in the amount reasonably necessary for the above-described purposes. Existing law requires the landlord to, among other things, return any remaining portion of the security to the tenant.This bill would require a landlord to, within 30 days of receiving a tenant’s security, deposit the sum into an account of a bank or other financial institution regulated by the state or federal government, subject to specified requirements, including that any balance originating from the security that remains in the account after reimbursement to the landlord as described above, including interest accrued on that balance, is payable to the tenant, as specified.Existing law authorizes a landlord or their agent to charge an applicant an application screening fee, as defined, to cover the costs of obtaining information about the applicant, including personal reference checks and consumer credit reports, as specified, when they receive a request to rent a residential property from an applicant. Existing law prohibits the application screening fee charged by the landlord from exceeding $30 per applicant, and authorizes the landlord to adjust the fee annually, as specified. Existing law requires the landlord to return any amount of the screening fee that is not used for the above-described purposes if the landlord or their agent does not perform a personal reference check or does not obtain a consumer report.This bill would, instead, prohibit the above-described application screening fee from exceeding $50 per applicant, and remove the provision authorizing the landlord to adjust the application screening fee annually. The bill would also require the landlord to return any amount of the screening fee if the landlord does not select the applicant for tenancy or if the fee collected exceeds the above-described amount. The bill would require the landlord to include in all tenancy application forms a clear provision that notifies prospective applicants of a refund policy, as specified.

CA AB 28 - Anthony J. Portantino Jr.
Firearms and ammunition: excise tax.
09/13/2023 - Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 3 p.m.
AB 28, Gabriel. Firearms and ammunition: excise tax. Existing law establishes the California Violence Intervention and Prevention (CalVIP) Grant Program, administered by the Board of State and Community Corrections, to award competitive grants for the purpose of violence intervention and prevention.Existing law imposes various taxes, including taxes on the privilege of engaging in certain activities. The Fee Collection Procedures Law, the violation of which is a crime, provides procedures for the collection of certain fees and surcharges.This bill, the Gun Violence Prevention and School Safety Act, would, commencing July 1, 2024, impose an excise tax in the amount of 11% of the gross receipts from the retail sale in this state of a firearm, firearm precursor part, and ammunition, as specified. The tax would be collected by the state pursuant to the Fee Collection Procedures Law. The bill would require that the revenues collected be deposited in the Gun Violence Prevention and School Safety Fund, which the bill would establish in the State Treasury. The bill would require the moneys received in the fund to be used to fund various gun violence prevention, education, research, response, and investigation programs, as specified. The bill would require the Director of Finance to transfer, as a loan, $2,400,000 from the General Fund to the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration to implement these provisions, as specified. The bill would require each licensed firearms dealer, firearms manufacturer, and ammunition vendor to register with the department for a certificate, as specified. The bill would also provide procedures for the issuance, revocation, and reinstatement of a permit.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.Because this bill would expand the scope of the Fee Collection Procedures Law, the violation of which is 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 AB 2801 - Laura Friedman
Tenancy: security deposits.
02/16/2024 - From printer. May be heard in committee March 17.
AB 2801, as introduced, Friedman. Tenancy: security deposits. Existing law regulates the terms and conditions of residential tenancies, including limitations on the demanding or receiving of security, as defined, from a tenant and charging amounts against the tenant or the security. Existing law limits the landlord’s claim of the security to only those amounts as are reasonably necessary for specified purposes, including, but not limited to, the repair of damages to the premises, exclusive of ordinary wear and tear, caused by the tenant or by a guest or licensee of the tenant, and the cleaning of the premises upon the termination of the tenancy necessary to return the unit to the same level of cleanliness it was in at the inception of the tenancy.Existing law prohibits a landlord from asserting a claim against the tenant or the security for damages to the premises or any defective conditions that preexisted the tenancy, for ordinary wear and tear or the effects thereof, or for the cumulative effects of ordinary wear and tear occurring during any one or more tenancies.This bill would limit claims against the tenant or the security for materials or supplies to the amount necessary to make reasonable replacements. The bill would limit claims against the tenant or the security for materials or supplies related to repairs to those necessary to restore the premises back to the same condition it was in at the inception of the tenancy, exclusive of ordinary wear and tear. The bill would also prohibit a landlord from requiring a tenant to pay for, or asserting a claim against the tenant or the security for, professional carpet cleaning or other professional cleaning services.Existing law requires the landlord to notify, within a reasonable time after notification of either party’s intention to terminate the tenancy or before the end of the lease term, the tenant in writing of the tenant’s option to request an initial inspection and of the tenant’s right to be present at the inspection. Existing law sets forth procedures for requesting the inspection and requires the landlord to give the tenant an itemized statement specifying repairs or cleanings that are proposed to be the basis of any deductions from the security, as specified.This bill would, if an initial inspection is conducted, prohibit the landlord from using the security for deductions for repairs or cleanings that are not identified in the itemized statement.Existing law requires, no later than 21 calendar days after the tenant has vacated the premises, but not earlier than a specified time, the landlord to furnish the tenant an itemized statement indicating the basis for, and the amount of, any security received and the disposition of the security, and to return any remaining portion of the security to the tenant. Existing law requires the itemized statement to be accompanied by copies of documents showing charges incurred and deducted by the landlord to repair or clean the premises, including a copy of the bill, invoice, or receipt for materials or supplies deductions.This bill would additionally require photographs justifying the cost of repairs or cleanings, as described, and would clarify that the landlord is required to include, along with and at the same time the itemized statement is sent, the specified copies of documents showing charges incurred and deducted by the landlord to repair or clean the premises. The bill would prohibit the landlord from making a claim against the tenant or the security if the landlord fails to comply with these itemized statement requirements.Existing law provides that the bad faith claim or retention by a landlord or their successors in interest of the security or any portion thereof in violation of the law may subject to the landlord or the successors in interest to statutory damages of up to twice the amount of the security, in addition to actual damages.This bill would instead provide that the landlord or their successors in interest m

CA AB 284 - Joe Patterson
Department of Housing and Community Development: annual report: Homeless Housing, Assistance, and Prevention program.
02/02/2023 - Referred to Com. on H. & C.D.
AB 284, as introduced, Joe Patterson. Department of Housing and Community Development: annual report: Homeless Housing, Assistance, and Prevention program. Existing law establishes the Homeless Housing, Assistance, and Prevention (HHAP) program for the purpose of providing jurisdictions, as defined, with one-time grant funds to support regional coordination and expand or develop local capacity to address their immediate homelessness challenges, as specified. Under existing law, grants under the HHAP program are allocated in 4 rounds of funding, administered by the California Interagency Council on Homelessness, as provided. Existing law requires the Department of Housing and Community Development to submit an annual report to the Governor and both houses of the Legislature on the operations and accomplishments during the previous fiscal year of the housing programs administered by the department. Existing law requires that the report include, among other things, the number of units assisted by those programs and the number of individuals and households served and their income level.This bill would additionally require that this report include an evaluation of the HHAP program.

CA AB 289 - Christopher R. Holden
Mental health services: representation.
09/15/2023 - Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 4 p.m.
AB 289, Holden. Mental health services: representation. Existing law, the Bronzan-McCorquodale Act, contains provisions governing the operation and financing of community mental health services in every county through locally administered and locally controlled community mental health programs. Existing law, the Mental Health Services Act, an initiative measure enacted by the voters as Proposition 63 in the November 2, 2004, statewide general election, establishes the Mental Health Services Fund to fund various county mental health programs. The act may be amended by the Legislature only by a 2/3 vote of both houses and only so long as the amendment is consistent with and furthers the intent of the act. The Legislature may clarify procedures and terms of the act by majority vote.Existing law establishes the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission and requires counties to prepare and submit a 3-year program and expenditure plan, and annual updates, as specified, to the commission and the State Department of Health Care Services. Existing law requires the plan to be developed with specified local stakeholders, along with other important interests.This bill would require stakeholders to include sufficient participation of individuals representing diverse viewpoints, including representatives from youth from historically marginalized communities, representatives from organizations specializing in working with underserved racially and ethnically diverse communities, and representatives from LGBTQ+ communities. By requiring counties to consult with additional stakeholders, 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 293 - Devon John Mathis
Lifetime hunting and sport fishing licenses: Gold Star Family members.
05/18/2023 - In committee: Held under submission.
AB 293, as amended, Alanis. Lifetime hunting and sport fishing licenses: Gold Star Family members. Existing law requires the Department of Fish and Wildlife to issue lifetime hunting licenses and lifetime sport fishing licenses, and grants certain lifetime privileges to holders of those licenses, upon the one-time payment of specified fees. This bill would require, upon application to the department, lifetime hunting licenses and lifetime sport fishing licenses to be issued at no cost to Gold Star Family members who meet certain eligibility requirements.

CA AB 298 - James C. Ramos
Honoring Our Blind Veterans Act.
10/04/2023 - Chaptered by Secretary of State - Chapter 299, Statutes of 2023.
AB 298, Mathis. Honoring Our Blind Veterans Act. Existing law provides for various memorials and monuments within the State Capitol Building and on the State Capitol grounds. Existing law prescribes various duties of the Department of General Services in connection with the development and maintenance of the State Capitol Building and grounds.This bill would authorize a nonprofit organization that represents blind veterans, in consultation with the Department of General Services, to plan, construct, and maintain a braille American flag to serve as a monument to the blind veterans of California and the United States in the State Capitol Building. The bill would specify duties for the Department of General Services in connection with the planning, construction, and maintenance of the monument. The bill would prohibit the construction of the monument until the Joint Rules Committee of the California Legislature approves and adopts a plan for the monument and the committee and the Department of Finance determine that sufficient private funding is available to construct and maintain the monument.

CA AB 301 - Mike Fong
Gun violence restraining orders: body armor.
09/12/2023 - Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 2 p.m.
AB 301, Bauer-Kahan. Gun violence restraining orders: body armor. Existing law authorizes a court to issue an ex parte gun violence restraining order prohibiting the subject of the petition from having custody or control of, owning, purchasing, possessing, or receiving, or attempting to purchase or receive a firearm or ammunition when it is shown that there is a substantial likelihood that the subject of the petition poses a significant danger of harm to themselves or to another person in the near future by having custody or control of, owning, purchasing, possessing, or receiving a firearm, and that the order is necessary to prevent personal injury to themselves or to another. Existing law requires the court, when determining whether grounds for a gun violence restraining order exists, to consider evidence of, among other things, a recent threat of violence by the subject of the petition, and also authorizes the court to consider evidence of, among other things, recent acquisition of firearms, ammunition, or other deadly weapons by the subject of the petition.This bill would additionally authorize the court to consider evidence of acquisition of body armor when determining whether grounds for a gun violence restraining order exist.

CA AB 308 - Juan Alanis
State parks: free entry and access: Gold Star Family Members.
01/27/2023 - From printer. May be heard in committee February 26.
AB 308, as introduced, Alanis. State parks: free entry and access: Gold Star Family Members. Existing law requires the Department of Parks and Recreation to issue a park pass for free use of all park facilities in the state park system to a veteran of war in which the United States has been, or may be, engaged, who is a resident of this state, who presents to the department proof of a disability, proof of being held captive as a prisoner of war, or proof of being a recipient of a Congressional Medal of Honor, and proof of an honorable discharge from service.This bill would require the department to grant free entry and access to any unit of the state park system to a Gold Star Family Member, as provided.

CA AB 322 - Eduardo Garcia
Veteran and California National Guard Supplemental Orientation Act of 2023.
09/12/2023 - In Assembly. Ordered to Engrossing and Enrolling.
AB 322, as amended, Mathis. Veteran and California National Guard Supplemental Orientation Act of 2023. Existing law establishes the University of California, under the administration of the Regents of the University of California, the California State University, under the administration of the Trustees of the California State University, and the California Community Colleges, under the administration of the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges, as the 3 segments of public postsecondary education in the state.This bill, commencing no later than the 2025–26 academic year, would require each campus of the California State University and the California Community Colleges, and would request each campus of the University of California, to include within first-year student and transfer student orientations the location and contact information of the campus point of contact for students who are veterans of the Armed Forces of the United States and members of the California State Guard and the California National Guard, and their dependents, make available in hard copy form at the location of the campus point of contact a document that includes information on polices, resources, and services for these students and their dependents, as specified, and post the document, along with other information available to these students and their dependents, on the campus’s internet website.By imposing new duties on community college 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 323 - Christopher R. Holden
Density Bonus Law: purchase of density bonus units by nonprofit housing organizations: civil actions.
09/13/2023 - Senate amendments concurred in. To Engrossing and Enrolling.
AB 323, as amended, Holden. Density Bonus Law: purchase of density bonus units by nonprofit housing organizations: civil actions. Existing law, commonly referred to as the Density Bonus Law, requires a city or county to provide a developer that proposes a housing development within the city or county with a density bonus and other incentives or concessions, as specified, if the developer agrees to construct, among other options, specified percentages of units for moderate-, lower, or very low income households and meets other requirements.Existing property tax law establishes a welfare exemption under which property is exempt from taxation if the property is owned and operated by a nonprofit corporation that is organized and operated for the purpose of building and rehabilitating single-family or multifamily residences for sale, as provided, at cost to low-income families.Existing law requires the developer and the city or county to ensure that (1) a for-sale unit that qualified the developer for the award of the density bonus is initially occupied by a person or family of the required income, offered at an affordable housing cost, as defined, and includes an equity sharing agreement, as specified, or (2) a qualified nonprofit housing organization that is receiving the above-described welfare exemption purchases the unit pursuant to a specified recorded contract that includes an affordability restriction, an equity sharing agreement, as specified, and a repurchase option that requires a subsequent purchaser that desires to sell or convey the property to first offer the nonprofit corporation the opportunity to repurchase the property.This bill would instead require the developer and the city or county to ensure that the for-sale unit that qualified the developer for the award of the density bonus is (1) initially sold to and occupied by a person or family of the required income, or (2) if the unit is not purchased by an income-qualified person or family within 180 days after the issuance of the certificate of occupancy, the qualified nonprofit housing organization that is receiving the above-described welfare exemption meets specified requirements, including having a determination letter from the Internal Revenue Service affirming its tax-exempt status, as specified, being based in California, and the primary activity of the nonprofit corporation being the development and preservation of affordable home ownership housing in California that incorporates within their contracts for initial purchase a repurchase option that requires a subsequent purchaser that desires to sell or convey the property to first offer the nonprofit corporation the opportunity to repurchase the property pursuant to an equity sharing agreement or a specified recorded contract that includes an affordability restriction. By imposing these requirements on local agencies with respect to density bonuses, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.This bill would prohibit a developer from selling a unit constructed pursuant to a local inclusionary zoning ordinance that is intended for owner-occupancy by persons or families of extremely low, very low, low, or moderate income to a purchaser that is not a person or family of extremely low, very low, low, or moderate income, but would authorize a developer to sell that unit to a qualified nonprofit housing corporation, as defined, that will ensure owner occupancy pursuant to the income limitation recorded on the deed or other instrument defining the terms of conveyance eligibility, if the unit has not been purchased by an income-qualifying person or family within 180 days of the issuance of the certificate of occupancy. The bill would specify that every unit offered in a manner inconsistent with this requirement is a violation and that violators are exclusively subject to a civil penalty of not more than $15,000. The bill would authorize the civil penalty to be assessed and recovered in a civil action br

CA AB 3267 - Lori D. Wilson
Land use: development near military installations.
02/16/2024 - Read first time. To print.
AB 3267, as introduced, Wilson. Land use: development near military installations. 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 land use element. Existing law requires each public agency, after accepting an application for a development project as complete, and the project applicant has identified that the proposed project is located within 1,000 feet of a military installation, within special use airspace, or beneath a low-level flight path, to provide notice of the complete application to each branch of the United States Armed Forces that has provided the Office of Planning and Research with points of contact to receive the notice.This bill would make nonsubstantive changes to these provisions.

CA AB 331 - Rebecca Bauer-Kahan
Automated decision tools.
05/18/2023 - In committee: Held under submission.
AB 331, as amended, Bauer-Kahan. Automated decision tools. The Unruh Civil Rights Act provides that all persons within the jurisdiction of this state are free and equal, and regardless of their sex, race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, citizenship, primary language, or immigration status are entitled to the full and equal accommodations, advantages, facilities, privileges, or services in all business establishments of every kind whatsoever. The California Fair Employment and Housing Act protects and safeguards the right and opportunity of all persons to seek, obtain, and hold employment without discrimination, abridgment, or harassment on account of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, sexual orientation, reproductive health decisionmaking, or veteran or military status. The act establishes the Civil Rights Department within the Business, Consumer Services, and Housing Agency and requires the department to, among other things, bring civil actions to enforce the act.This bill would, among other things, require a deployer, as defined, and a developer of an automated decision tool, as defined, to, on or before January 1, 2025, and annually thereafter, perform an impact assessment for any automated decision tool the deployer uses that includes, among other things, a statement of the purpose of the automated decision tool and its intended benefits, uses, and deployment contexts. The bill would require a deployer or developer to provide the impact assessment to the Civil Rights Department within 60 days of its completion and would punish a violation of that provision with an administrative fine of not more than $10,000 to be recovered in an administrative enforcement action brought by the Civil Rights Department. The bill would authorize certain public attorneys, including the Attorney General, to bring a civil action against a deployer or developer for a violation of the bill. The bill would require a public attorney to, before commencing an action for injunctive relief, provide 45 days’ written notice to a deployer or developer of the alleged violations of the bill and would provide a deployer or developer a specified opportunity to cure those violations, if, among other things, the deployer or developer provides the person who gave the notice an express written statement, under penalty of perjury, that the violation has been cured and that no further violations shall occur. By expanding the scope of the crime of perjury, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.This bill would require a deployer to, at or before the time an automated decision tool is used to make a consequential decision, as defined, notify any natural person that is the subject of the consequential decision that an automated decision tool is being used to make, or be a controlling factor in making, the consequential decision and to provide that person with, among other things, a statement of the purpose of the automated decision tool. The bill would, if a consequential decision is made solely based on the output of an automated decision tool, require a deployer to, if technically feasible, accommodate a natural person’s request to not be subject to the automated decision tool and to be subject to an alternative selection process or accommodation, as prescribed. This bill would prohibit a deployer from using an automated decision tool that results in algorithmic discrimination, which the bill would define to mean the condition in which an automated decision tool contributes to unjustified differential treatment or impacts disfavoring people based on their actual or perceived race, color, ethnicity, sex, religion, age, national origin, limited English proficiency, disability, veteran s

CA AB 338 - Cecilia M. Aguiar-Curry
Fuel reduction work.
09/13/2023 - Senate amendments concurred in. To Engrossing and Enrolling.
AB 338, as amended, Aguiar-Curry. Fuel reduction work. Existing law establishes the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection in the Natural Resources Agency and establishes the State Board of Forestry and Fire Protection within the department. Existing law requires the department to administer fire prevention programs and activities and requires the state board to adopt regulations implementing minimum fire safety standards.Existing law requires that, except as specified, not less than the general prevailing rate of per diem wages, determined by the Director of Industrial Relations, be paid to workers employed on public works projects. Existing law defines the term “public works” for purposes of requirements regarding the payment of prevailing wages to include construction, alteration, demolition, installation, or repair work done under contract and paid for using public funds, except as specified.This bill would, commencing July 1, 2026, require fuel reduction work, done under contract and paid for in whole or in part out of public funds, as specified, to meet several standards, including that all workers performing work within an apprenticeable occupation in the building and construction trades be paid at least the general prevailing rate of per diem wages. The bill would authorize the Labor Commissioner to enforce the requirement to pay prevailing wages. The bill would exempt from these requirements, among other things, contracts in the amount of $500,000 or less.

CA AB 372 - Sabrina Cervantes
CalWORKs: eligibility: income exclusions.
09/13/2023 - Senate amendments concurred in. To Engrossing and Enrolling.
AB 372, as amended, Stephanie Nguyen. CalWORKs: eligibility: income exclusions. Existing law provides for the California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) program under which each county provides cash assistance and other benefits to qualified low-income families. Under existing law, certain types of payments received by recipients of aid under the CalWORKs program, including income from a college work-study program, as specified, are exempt from consideration as income for purposes of determining eligibility and aid amount.This bill would, commencing January 1, 2025, or on the date that the State Department of Social Services notifies the Legislature that the California Statewide Automated Welfare System can perform the necessary automation to implement this change, additionally exempt income up to 200% of the federal poverty level that is received by an apprentice or preapprentice for performing work as part of a specified apprenticeship program or preapprenticeship program from consideration as income for purposes of determining eligibility or calculating grant amounts under the CalWORKs program. The bill would require the State Department of Social Services to implement these provisions through an all-county letter or similar instruction until regulations are adopted. By expanding the scope of eligibility for CalWORKs, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.Existing law continuously appropriates moneys from the General Fund to defray a portion of county costs under the CalWORKs program.This bill would instead provide that the continuous appropriation would not be made for purposes of implementing the above provisions.This bill would incorporate additional changes to Section 11157 of the Welfare and Institutions Code proposed by AB 274 to be operative only if this bill and AB 274 are enacted and this bill is enacted last.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 398 - Gail Pellerin
Voting: replacement ballots.
09/13/2023 - Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 3 p.m.
AB 398, Pellerin. Voting: replacement ballots. Existing law requires an elections official to provide a 2nd vote by mail voter ballot to any voter upon receipt of a statement under penalty of perjury that the voter has failed to receive, lost, or destroyed their original ballot.This bill would remove the requirement that the voter provide a statement under penalty of perjury, and instead require the elections official to provide a replacement ballot upon request. The bill would require the voter making the request to provide the elections official with specified personal identifying information. The bill would also require the elections official, prior to issuing the replacement ballot, to advise the requester that a request for a replacement ballot made by a person other than the registered voter is a criminal offense. By imposing new duties on local elections officials, 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, 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 399 - Tasha Boerner Horvath
Water Ratepayers Protections Act of 2023: County Water Authority Act: exclusion of territory: procedure.
09/12/2023 - Senate amendments concurred in. To Engrossing and Enrolling. (Ayes 47. Noes 8.).
AB 399, as amended, Boerner. Water Ratepayers Protections Act of 2023: County Water Authority Act: exclusion of territory: procedure. The County Water Authority Act provides for the formation of county water authorities and grants to those authorities specified powers with regards to providing water service. The act provides 2 methods of excluding territory from any county water authority, one of which is that a public agency whose corporate area as a unit is part of a county water authority may obtain exclusion of the area by submitting to the electors within the public agency, at any general or special election, the proposition of excluding the public agency’s corporate area from the county water authority. Existing law requires that, if a majority of the electors approve the proposition, specified actions take place to implement the exclusion.This bill, the Water Ratepayers Protections Act of 2023, would additionally require the public entity to submit the proposition of excluding the public agency’s corporate area from the county water authority to the electors within the territory of the county water authority. The bill would require the 2 elections to be separate; however, the bill would authorize both elections to run concurrently. The bill would require the ballot materials to include a fiscal impact statement, as described. The bill would also require the ballot materials to include a statement describing the annual aggregated fiscal impact to remaining members of the county water authority as a result of the reorganization. The bill would require the county water authority to prepare that statement. By imposing a higher level of service on a local agency, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program. The bill would require a majority vote for withdrawal in both elections for the withdrawal of the public agency from the territory of the county water authority.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 41 - Christopher R. Holden
Telecommunications: The Digital Equity in Video Franchising Act of 2023.
09/11/2023 - Senate amendments concurred in. To Engrossing and Enrolling. (Ayes 73. Noes 1.).
AB 41, as amended, Holden. Telecommunications: The Digital Equity in Video Franchising Act of 2023. The Digital Infrastructure and Video Competition Act of 2006 establishes a procedure for the Public Utilities Commission to issue state franchises for the provision of video service, defined as video programming services, cable service, or open-video system service, except any video programming provided by a commercial mobile service provider, as defined in federal law, or video programming provided as part of, and via, a service that enables users to access content, information, email, or other services offered over the public internet. The act provides that the holder of a state franchise is not a public utility as a result of providing video services and that the act does not authorize the commission to regulate the rates, terms, and conditions of video service, except as explicitly set forth in the act. The act establishes a state franchise fee to be remitted to a local entity based on the franchiseholder’s gross revenues, as defined, derived from the provision of cable or video service within that jurisdiction. The act prohibits a cable operator or video service provider that has been granted a state franchise from discriminating against, or denying access to service to, any group of potential residential subscribers because of the income of the residents in the local area in which the group resides, as specified. The act limits the maximum amount of a penalty that a local entity is authorized to assess on a holder of a state franchise for a material breach of certain customer service and consumer protection standards, as specified.This bill would revise and recast the Digital Infrastructure and Video Competition Act of 2006 to, among other things, rename the act as the Digital Equity in Video Franchising Act of 2023, require the commission to conduct any hearings and issue a state franchise or a reject each application for a state franchise not more than 120 days after the commission has deemed the application complete, and extend deadlines related to the commission’s review of applications for state franchises. This bill would establish a policy of the state that subscribers and potential subscribers of a state video franchiseholder should benefit from equal access, as defined, to video service within the franchise service area, and expand the prohibition on certain cable operators or video service providers from discriminating against, or denying access to service to, any group of potential residential subscribers to include denial of equal access, as specified. The bill would require the commission to enforce customer service requirements for a holder of a state franchise and would increase the maximum amount of a penalty that a local entity is authorized to assess on a holder of a state franchise for a material breach of certain customer service and consumer protection standards, as specified.Under existing law, a violation of any order, decision, rule, direction, demand, or requirement of the commission is a crime.Because 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 430 - Steve Bennett
Community land trusts: welfare exemption: assessment: foreclosure sales: financial assistance.
09/01/2023 - In committee: Held under submission.
AB 430, as amended, Bennett. Community land trusts: welfare exemption: assessment: foreclosure sales: financial assistance. (1) Existing property tax law, pursuant to constitutional authorization, provides for a “welfare exemption” for property used exclusively for religious, hospital, scientific, or charitable purposes and that is owned or operated by certain types of nonprofit entities, if certain qualifying criteria are met. For the 2022–23 fiscal year through the 2027–28 fiscal year, in the case of an owner of property that is a community land trust, as defined, existing property tax law requires that a unit continue to be treated as occupied by a lower income household for these purposes if the occupants were lower income households on the lien date in the fiscal year in which their occupancy of the unit commenced and the unit continues to be rent restricted, notwithstanding an increase in the income of the occupants of the unit to 140% of area median income, adjusted for family size. Existing law requires that a lease between a community land trust and a lower income household satisfy specified requirements in order for these provisions to apply, including being a renewable 99-year ground lease and a public agency or official must make a finding that the contract serves the public interest of creating or preserving affordable housing, as provided. This bill would eliminate specified requirements of a lease agreement between a lower income household and a community land trust in order for the unit to continue to be treated as occupied by a lower income household, as described above.(2) Existing property tax law requires the assessor to consider in the assessment of land the effect of any enforceable restrictions to which the use of the land may be subjected, including, among others, a renewable 99-year ground lease between a community land trust and the qualified owner, as defined, of an owner-occupied single-family dwelling or an owner-occupied unit in a multifamily dwelling that meets certain other conditions. Existing property tax law defines the term “community land trust” for these and other purposes to mean a nonprofit corporation that satisfies specified requirements, including a requirement that all dwellings and units located on property owned by the nonprofit are either sold to a qualified owner, as defined, or leased to low- or moderate-income persons or families, and the land owned by the nonprofit corporation, on which a dwelling or unit sold to a qualified owner is situated, is leased by the nonprofit corporation to the qualified owner for the convenient occupation and use of that dwelling or unit for a renewable term of 99 years.This bill would amend the definition of community land trust to extend these requirements to a wholly owned subsidiary of the trust that is solely directed and managed by the trust.(3) Existing law prescribes various requirements to be satisfied before the exercise of a power of sale under a mortgage or deed of trust and prescribes a procedure for the exercise of that power. Existing law prescribes certain requirements that apply in the case of sales of real property containing one to 4 residential units, inclusive, that is acquired through foreclosure under a mortgage or deed of trust by an institution or that is acquired at a foreclosure sale by an institution, as defined, including requiring that the institution only accept offers from eligible bidders during the first 30 days after the property is listed for sale. Existing law defines “eligible bidder” for the purposes to include, among others, a community land trust, defined by reference to the above-described provisions relating to the assessment of real property for taxation.Existing law creates the Foreclosure Intervention Housing Preservation Program, administered by the Department of Housing and Community Development, for the purpose of preserving affordable housing and promoting resident ownership or nonprofit organizatio

CA AB 440 - Buffy Wicks
Density Bonus Law: maximum allowable residential density.
09/06/2023 - Ordered to inactive file at the request of Senator Wiener.
AB 440, as amended, Wicks. Density Bonus Law: maximum allowable residential density. Existing law, commonly referred to as the Density Bonus Law, requires a city or county to provide a developer that proposes a housing development within the city or county with a density bonus and other incentives or concessions, as specified, if the developer agrees to construct certain types of housing. Existing law provides for the calculation of the amount of density bonus for each type of housing development that qualifies under these provisions.Existing law defines the term “density bonus” for these purposes to mean a density increase over the otherwise maximum allowable gross residential density as of the date of the application, as described. Existing law defines the term “maximum allowable residential density” for these purposes to mean the maximum number of units allowed under the zoning ordinance, specific plan, or land use element of the general plan, or, if a range of density is permitted, the maximum number of units allowed by the specific zoning range, specific plan, or land use element of the general plan applicable to the project. Existing law provides under that definition that if the density allowed under the zoning ordinance is inconsistent with the density allowed under the land use element of the general plan or specific plan, the greater density prevails.This bill would instead define “maximum allowable residential density” to mean the greatest number of units allowed under the zoning ordinance, specific plan, or land use element of the general plan, or, if a range of density is permitted, the greatest number of units allowed by the specific zoning range, specific plan, or land use element of the general plan applicable to the project. The bill would also remove from that definition the provision stating that the greater density prevails if the density allowed under the zoning ordinance is inconsistent with the density allowed under the land use element of the general plan or specific plan.

CA AB 444 - Rosilicie Ochoa Bogh
California Defense Community Infrastructure Program.
09/01/2023 - In committee: Held under submission.
AB 444, as amended, Addis. California Defense Community Infrastructure Program. Existing law establishes within state government the Office of Planning and Research as the comprehensive state planning agency for long-range planning and research. Existing law, until January 1, 2026, establishes within state government a Governor’s Military Council that serves under the direction of the Military Department to advise the Governor on efforts to retain military installations and operations within this state that are necessary for the defense of the nation and to coordinate and focus those efforts.This bill, upon appropriation by the Legislature, would establish the California Defense Community Infrastructure Program, which would require the Office of Planning and Research to grant funds and provide technical assistance to local agencies to assist with matching fund requirements in applications for funds from the federal Defense Community Infrastructure Program. The bill would require the office, in consultation with the Governor’s Military Council, to develop guidelines for the program that, where possible, align with the guidelines of the federal program.This bill would require the office to use specified project criteria, define an eligible project, as specified, rank eligible projects, as specified, and award grants based on the available funds. The bill would require the office to give priority to projects located in, or that would provide services to people who live in, a disadvantaged community, as defined.

CA AB 457 - Joe Patterson
Surplus Land Act: exempt surplus land: leases.
09/13/2023 - In Senate. Held at Desk.
AB 457, as amended, Joe Patterson. Surplus Land Act: exempt surplus land: leases. Existing law prescribes requirements for the disposal of surplus land, as defined, by a local agency, as defined. Existing law requires land to be declared surplus land or exempt surplus land, as supported by written findings, before a local agency takes any action to dispose of it consistent with the agency’s policies or procedures. Existing law requires any local agency disposing of surplus land to send, prior to disposing of that property or participating in negotiations to dispose of that property with a prospective transferee, a written notice of availability of the property pursuant to prescribed procedures. Under existing law, the disposal of exempt surplus land is not subject to these requirements. Existing law defines “exempt surplus land” for these purposes to include, among other things, surplus land that a local agency is transferring to another local, state, or federal agency for the agency’s use.This bill would expand that definition of “exempt surplus land” to include a parcel that (1) is identified in the local agency’s circulation element or capital improvement program for future roadway development, (2) is no larger than 2 acres, (3) is zoned for retail commercial use, and the use of the parcel is consistent with the underlying zoning, and (4) abuts a state highway right-of-way. This bill would make other nonsubstantive changes.

CA AB 458 - Reginald Byron Jones-Sawyer Sr.
Shared mobility devices: insurance.
09/13/2023 - Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 3 p.m.
AB 458, Jones-Sawyer. Shared mobility devices: insurance. Existing law requires a shared mobility service provider, as defined, to enter into an agreement with, or obtain a permit from, the city or county with jurisdiction over the area of use before distribution of a shared mobility device, as defined. Existing law requires that agreement or permit to require that the shared mobility service provider maintains a specified amount of commercial general liability insurance with, among other things, limits not less than $5,000,000 aggregate for all occurrences during the policy period. Existing law also requires that agreement or permit to require the shared mobility service provider to offer or make available, or confirm that the user of a shared mobility device maintains, insurance coverage for bodily injury or death suffered by a pedestrian when the injury or death involves, in whole or in part, the negligent conduct of the shared mobility device user, as specified.This bill would provide that insurance coverage offered, made available, or confirmed under the above-described provisions is not a group insurance policy. The bill would also provide that the requirement on shared mobility service providers to offer, make available, or confirm insurance coverage for bodily injury or death suffered by a pedestrian involving the negligent conduct of the user does not prohibit an aggregated cap on that insurance coverage, and does not limit or supersede the requirement that the commercial general liability insurance maintained by the shared mobility service provider has limits not less than $5,000,000 aggregate for all occurrences during the policy period.

CA AB 46 - Esmeralda Soria
Personal income taxes: exclusion: Military Services Retirement and Surviving Spouse Benefit Payment Act.
09/01/2023 - In committee: Held under submission.
AB 46, as amended, Ramos. Personal income taxes: exclusion: Military Services Retirement and Surviving Spouse Benefit Payment Act. The Personal Income Tax Law imposes a tax on individual taxpayers measured by the taxpayer’s taxable income for the taxable year, but excludes certain items of income from the computation of tax, including an exclusion for combat-related special compensation.This bill, for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2024, and before January 1, 2034, would exclude from gross income retirement pay received by a taxpayer from the federal government for service performed in the uniformed services, as defined, during the taxable year. The bill, for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2024, and before January 1, 2034, would also exclude from gross income annuity payments received by a qualified taxpayer, as defined, pursuant to a United States Department of Defense Survivor Benefit Plan during the taxable year. The bill would make related 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 also would include additional information required for any bill authorizing a new tax expenditure. The bill would require the Franchise Tax Board and the Department of Veterans Affairs to provide any data requested by the Legislative Analyst to write the report, as provided, and would make taxpayer information received by the Legislative Analyst subject to limitation on the collection and use of that information. By expanding the scope of 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 take effect immediately as a tax levy.

CA AB 475 - Sharon Quirk-Silva
Sensitive military land: foreign ownership and interests: prohibited foreign actors.
02/01/2024 - From committee: Filed with the Chief Clerk pursuant to Joint Rule 56.
AB 475, as amended, Mathis. Sensitive military land: foreign ownership and interests: prohibited foreign actors. Existing law provides that all property has an owner, whether that owner is the state, and the property is public, or the owner is an individual, and the property is private. Existing law establishes the California National Guard and regulates the operation of that force. The United States Constitution authorizes Congress to provide for the common defense and general welfare of the United States.This bill would prohibit a prohibited foreign actor, as defined, from purchasing, acquiring, leasing, or holding an interest, as defined, in any land that is located within 50 miles of a United States military base or California National Guard base within the State of California. The bill would exempt land held by a prohibited foreign actor before January 1, 2024, from that prohibition. The bill would provide land transferred in violation of these provisions would be subject to divestiture, as specified. The bill would provide that these provisions may not be applied in a manner inconsistent with any provision of any treaty between the United States and another country.

CA AB 480 - Thomas J. Umberg
Surplus land.
09/21/2023 - Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 3:30 p.m.
AB 480, Ting. Surplus land. Existing law prescribes requirements for the disposal of surplus land by a local agency, as defined, and requires, except as provided, a local agency disposing of surplus land to comply with certain notice requirements before disposing of the land or participating in negotiations to dispose of the land with a prospective transferee, particularly that the local agency send a notice of availability to specified entities that have notified the Department of Housing and Community Development of their interest in surplus land, as specified. Under existing law, if the local agency receives a notice of interest, the local agency is required to engage in good faith negotiations with the entity desiring to purchase or lease the surplus land.This bill would define the term “dispose” to mean the sale of the surplus property or a lease of any surplus property entered into on or after January 1, 2024, for a term longer than 15 years, including renewal options, as specified. The bill would provide that “dispose” does not include entering a lease for surplus land on which no development or demolition will occur, regardless of the term of the lease. Existing law requires a local agency to take formal action in a regular public meeting to declare that land is surplus and is not necessary for the agency’s use and to declare land as either “surplus land” or “exempt surplus land,” as supported by written findings, before a local agency may take any action to dispose of it consistent with an agency’s policies or procedures.This bill would exempt a local agency, in specified instances, from making a declaration at a public meeting for land that is “exempt surplus land” if the local agency identifies the land in a notice that is published and available for public comment at least 30 days before the exemption takes effect.Existing law defines “exempt surplus land,” for which a local agency is not required to follow the requirements for disposal of surplus land, except as provided, as, among other things, surplus land that is put out to open, competitive bid by a local agency for specified housing and mixed-use development purposes, and surplus land that is subject to valid legal restrictions that are not imposed by the local agency and that would make housing prohibited, as specified.This bill would recast the definition of “exempt surplus land” with respect to surplus land for specified housing purposes, to remove the requirement that it be put out to open, competitive bid. The bill would also include within the definition of “exempt surplus land” surplus land totaling 10 or more acres, consisting of a single parcel, or of 2 or more adjacent or nonadjacent parcels totaling 10 or more acres, combined for disposition to one or more buyers pursuant to a plan or ordinance adopted by the legislative body of the local agency, or a state statute, as specified. The bill would require that land be subject to an open, competitive bid process, as specified, and that the development satisfy certain requirements. The bill would make a violation of these provisions subject to specified penalties. The bill would also require that a local agency that disposes of land pursuant to those provisions do so through a disposition and development agreement containing specified provisions. The bill would also require, with respect to surplus land that is subject to valid legal restrictions, that the legal restrictions described above be supported by documentary evidence and written findings, as specified. The bill would require that certain surplus land be transferred with a covenant or restriction recorded against the land at the time of sale, as specified. By narrowing the circumstances under which certain surplus land may be defined as “exempt surplus land” and, therefore, expanding the duties of local officials, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.Existing law defines “exempt surplus land” to include surplus land that a local

CA AB 499 - Luz Maria Rivas
Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority: job order contracting: pilot program.
07/14/2023 - Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 11:30 a.m.
AB 499, Luz Rivas. Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority: job order contracting: pilot program. Existing law, the Local Agency Public Construction Act, sets forth procedures that a local agency is required to follow when procuring certain services or work. Existing law also sets forth specific public contracting requirements for certain transit districts. Existing law authorizes certain local agencies to engage in job order contracting, as prescribed.This bill would establish a pilot program to authorize the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority to use job order contracting as a procurement method. The bill would impose a $5,000,000 cap on awards under a single job order contract and a $1,000,000 cap on any single job order. The bill would limit the term of an initial contract to a maximum of 12 months, with extensions as prescribed. The bill would establish various additional procedures and requirements for the use of job order contracting under this authorization. The bill would require the authority, on or before January 1, 2028, to submit to the appropriate policy and fiscal committees of the Legislature a report on the use of job order contracting under the bill. These provisions would be repealed on January 1, 2029.This bill would make legislative findings and declarations as to the necessity of a special statute for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

CA AB 518 - Buffy Wicks
Paid family leave: eligibility: care for designated persons.
09/13/2023 - Ordered to inactive file at the request of Senator Durazo.
AB 518, as amended, Wicks. Paid family leave: eligibility: care for designated persons. Existing unemployment compensation disability law requires workers to pay contribution rates based on, among other things, wages received in employment and benefit disbursement, for payment into the Unemployment Compensation Disability Fund, a special fund in the State Treasury. That fund is continuously appropriated for the purpose of providing disability benefits and making payment of expenses in administering those provisions.Existing law establishes, within the above state disability insurance program, a family temporary disability insurance program, also known as the paid family leave program, for the provision of wage replacement benefits for up to 8 weeks to workers who take time off work for prescribed purposes, including to care for a seriously ill family member. Existing law defines terms for its purposes, including “family care leave” and “family member.”This bill would expand eligibility for benefits under the paid family leave program to include individuals who take time off work to care for a seriously ill designated person. The bill would define “designated person” to mean any individual related by blood or whose association with the employee is the equivalent of a family relationship. The bill would authorize the employee to identify the designated person when they file a claim for benefits. The bill would make conforming changes to the definitions of the terms “family care leave” and “family member.” The bill would make these changes operative on and after November 1, 2024.By authorizing expenditures from the Unemployment Compensation Disability Fund for a new purpose, this bill would make an appropriation.This bill would incorporate additional substantive changes to Sections 3301, 3302, and 3303 of the Unemployment Insurance Code proposed by AB 575 to be operative only if this bill and AB 575 are enacted and this bill is enacted last.

CA AB 524 - Buffy Wicks
Discrimination: family caregiver status.
01/29/2024 - Consideration of Governor's veto stricken from file.
AB 524, Wicks. Discrimination: family caregiver status. Existing law, the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), which is enforced by the Civil Rights Department, prohibits various forms of employment discrimination and recognizes the opportunity to seek, obtain, and hold employment without specified forms of discrimination as a civil right. The act also makes it an unlawful employment practice for an employer, among other things, to refuse to hire or employ a person because of various personal characteristics, conditions, or traits.This bill would prohibit employment discrimination on account of family caregiver status, as defined, and would recognize the opportunity to seek, obtain, and hold employment without discrimination because of family caregiver status as a civil right, as specified.This bill would incorporate additional changes to Section 12926 of the Government Code proposed by SB 403 to be operative only if this bill and SB 403 are enacted and this bill is enacted last.

CA AB 531 - Richard Dale Roth
The Behavioral Health Infrastructure Bond Act of 2023.
09/21/2023 - Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 3:30 p.m.
AB 531, Irwin. The Behavioral Health Infrastructure Bond Act of 2023. Existing law establishes the Multifamily Housing Program administered by the Department of Housing and Community Development. Existing law requires assistance for projects under the program to be provided in the form of deferred payment loans to pay for eligible costs of specified types of development, as provided. Existing law requires that specified funds appropriated to provide housing for individuals and families who are experiencing homelessness or who are at risk of homelessness and who are inherently impacted by or at increased risk for medical diseases or conditions due to the COVID-19 pandemic or other communicable diseases be disbursed in accordance with the Multifamily Housing Program for specified uses.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 does not apply to the approval of ministerial projects. Existing law, until July 1, 2024, exempts from CEQA a project funded to provide housing for individuals and families who are experiencing homelessness, as described above, if certain requirements are satisfied, including if the project proponent obtains an enforceable commitment to use a skilled and trained workforce for any proposed rehabilitation, construction, or major alterations, as specified.This bill would provide that projects funded by the Behavioral Health Infrastructure Bond Act of 2024 that provide housing for individuals and families who are experiencing homelessness or who are at risk of homelessness and who are inherently impacted by or at increased risk for medical diseases or conditions due to the COVID-19 pandemic or other communicable diseases and are disbursed in accordance with the Multifamily Housing Program, or projects that are disbursed in accordance with the Behavioral Health Continuum Infrastructure Program, are a use by right and subject to the streamlined, ministerial review process. The bill would define use by right for these purposes to mean that the local government’s review of the project does not require a conditional use permit, planned unit development permit, or other discretionary local government review or approval that would constitute a project subject to the approval process in CEQA.Because the bill would revise the approval process of specified projects, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.Existing law authorizes the State Department of Health Care Services to, subject to an appropriation, establish a Behavioral Health Continuum Infrastructure Program to award grants as specified for the construction, acquisition, and rehabilitation of behavioral health treatment resources, as described. Existing law repeals this program on January 1, 2027.This bill would continue that program indefinitely.Existing law, the Bronzan-McCorquodale Act, contains provisions governing the operation and financing of community mental health services in every county through locally administered and locally controlled community mental health programs. Existing law, the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA), an initiative measure enacted by the voters as Proposition 63 in the November 2, 2004, statewide general election, establishes the Mental Health Services Fund to fund various county mental health programs.This bill would enact the Behavioral Health Infrastructure Bond Act of 2024 which, if approved by the voters, would authorize the issuance of bonds in the amount of $6,380,000,000 to finance loans or grants for the acquisition of capital assets for the conversion, rehabilitation, or new construction of permanent supportive housing for veterans and others who are homeless and meet

CA AB 56 - Thomas W. Lackey
Victim’s compensation: emotional injuries.
09/13/2023 - In Assembly. Ordered to Engrossing and Enrolling.
AB 56, as amended, Lackey. Victim’s compensation: emotional injuries. Existing law generally provides for the compensation of victims and derivative victims of specified types of crimes by the California Victim Compensation Board from the Restitution Fund, a continuously appropriated fund, for specified losses suffered as a result of those crimes, including emotional injuries where the crime was a violation of specified provisions.This bill would expand eligibility for compensation to include emotional injuries from felony violations of, among other things, attempted murder, rape and sexual assault, mayhem, and stalking.By expanding the authorization for the use of moneys in the continuously appropriated Restitution Fund, this bill would make an appropriation.

CA AB 569 - Eduardo Garcia
California State University: Cybersecurity Regional Alliances and Multistakeholder Partnerships Pilot Program.
07/25/2023 - Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 4 p.m.
AB 569, Garcia. California State University: Cybersecurity Regional Alliances and Multistakeholder Partnerships Pilot Program. Existing law establishes the Cybersecurity Regional Alliances and Multistakeholder Partnerships Pilot Program to address the cybersecurity workforce gap. Existing law requires the office of the Chancellor of the California State University to select any number of California State University campuses, with preference given to campuses that have or are developing regional pipeline programs in cybersecurity with the California Community Colleges, to participate in the pilot program through an application and selection process. Existing law requires each selected campus to create a pilot program with goals and metrics, measure the impact and results of its pilot program, and annually share the impact and results with the chancellor’s office. Existing law requires the chancellor’s office to annually report the impact and results from each selected campus’s pilot program to the Legislature.This bill would require the chancellor’s office, on or before July 1, 2028, to submit a report to the Legislature on the pilot program, as provided.

CA AB 575 - Diane Papan
Paid family leave.
09/13/2023 - Senate amendments concurred in. To Engrossing and Enrolling.
AB 575, as amended, Papan. Paid family leave. (1) Existing law authorizes the Employment Development Department to administer the disability insurance compensation program, which includes family temporary disability insurance benefits or paid family leave. Existing law requires the department to develop a certification form for an employee taking leave to bond with a minor child within the first year of the child’s birth or placement in connection with foster care or adoption. Commencing February 1, 2025, this bill would instead require the department to develop a certification form for an employee taking leave to bond with a minor child within one year of the child’s birth, placement of the child in connection with foster care or adoption, or an individual’s assumption of responsibilities for the child in loco parentis. (2) Under existing law, the family temporary disability insurance program provides up to 8 weeks of wage replacement benefits to workers who take time off work to care for a seriously ill child, spouse, parent, domestic partner, grandparent, grandchild, sibling, or parent-in-law, to bond with a minor child within one year of the birth or placement of the child in connection with foster care or adoption, or who take time off to participate in a qualifying exigency related to the covered active duty or call to covered active duty of the individual’s spouse, domestic partner, child, or parent in the Armed Forces of the United States. Existing law defines certain terms for these purposes. Existing law provides that a worker is not eligible for those benefits in specified circumstances, including, among others, if another family member is ready, willing, and able and available for the same period of time in a day that the individual is providing care or participating in the above-described qualifying exigency, as specified. Existing law authorizes an employer to require a worker to take up to 2 weeks of earned but unused vacation leave before receiving benefits under the program. Commencing February 1, 2025, this bill would expand the program to provide benefits to workers who take time off work to bond with a minor child within one year of assuming responsibilities of a child in loco parentis, as defined. For periods of disability commencing on or after February 1, 2025, the bill would prohibit the application of the above-described eligibility restriction relating to another family member being ready, willing, and able and available for the same period of time. For periods of disability commencing on or after February 1, 2025, the bill would prohibit the application of the authorization for an employer to require a worker to take vacation leave before receiving benefits. The bill would make conforming changes.(3) Under existing law, workers are required to pay contributions to the Unemployment Compensation Disability Fund, a special fund in the State Treasury, and those funds are continuously appropriated for the purpose of providing disability benefits and making payment of administrative expenses.By authorizing expenditure of these funds for a new purpose, this bill would make an appropriation.(4) This bill would incorporate additional changes to Section 2708 of the Unemployment Insurance Code proposed by SB 667 to be operative only if this bill and SB 667 are enacted and this bill is enacted last.(5) This bill would incorporate additional substantive changes to Sections 3301, 3302, and 3303 of the Unemployment Insurance Code proposed by AB 518 to be operative only if this bill and AB 518 are enacted and this bill is enacted last.

CA AB 581 - Wendy Maria Carrillo
Rehabilitative program providers.
09/12/2023 - Senate amendments concurred in. To Engrossing and Enrolling. (Ayes 77. Noes 0.).
AB 581, as amended, Wendy Carrillo. Rehabilitative program providers. Existing law requires the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to conduct rehabilitative programming in a manner that meets specified requirements, including minimizing program wait times and offering a variety of program opportunities to inmates regardless of security level or sentence length. This bill would establish various clearance levels for program providers in state prisons, including short-term clearance, annual program provider clearance, and statewide program provider clearance, as defined. The bill would create a procedure for a program provider to receive one of these clearances and an identification card to gain entry into the state prison and would require the department to provide state prisons with forms for program providers to obtain the clearances. The bill would require the department to notify all program provider applicants for clearance of their decision to approve or disapprove within a specified timeframe.This bill would require the department to designate a standardized approval process for people who were formerly incarcerated and who are applying for these clearances. The bill would also require the department to notify all applicants of their right to appeal a clearance decision and of the process for filing an appeal. The bill would require the department to notify all applicants of their final disposition of appeal within 90 days.This bill would require the department to submit to the Department of Justice fingerprint images and related information from a program provider applying for an annual clearance, program provider identification card, or statewide program provider clearance, 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 597 - Freddie Rodriguez
Workers’ compensation: first responders: post-traumatic stress.
02/27/2023 - Re-referred to Com. on INS.
AB 597, as amended, Rodriguez. Workers’ compensation: first responders: post-traumatic stress. Existing law establishes a workers’ compensation system, administered by the Administrative Director of the Division of Workers’ Compensation, to compensate an employee for injuries sustained in the course of employment. Existing law provides, until January 1, 2025, that, for certain state and local firefighting personnel and peace officers, the term “injury” includes post-traumatic stress that develops or manifests during a period in which the injured person is in the service of the department or unit. Existing law requires the compensation awarded pursuant to this provision to include full hospital, surgical, medical treatment, disability indemnity, and death benefits.This bill would, for injuries occurring on or after January 1, 2024, make that provision applicable to emergency medical technicians and paramedics, as defined.

CA AB 610 - Christopher R. Holden
Fast food restaurant industry: Fast Food Council: health, safety, employment, and minimum wage.
01/29/2024 - Read second time and amended. Ordered returned to second reading.
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 632 - Michael A. Gipson
Health care coverage: prostate cancer screening.
10/07/2023 - Vetoed by Governor.
AB 632, Gipson. Health care coverage: prostate cancer screening. 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 an individual and group health care service plan contract or health insurance policy to provide coverage for the screening and diagnosis of prostate cancer when medically necessary and consistent with good professional practice. Under existing law, the application of a deductible or copayment for those services is not prohibited.This bill would instead require that coverage when medically necessary and consistent with nationally recognized, evidence-based clinical guidelines. The bill would prohibit a health care service plan or a health insurance policy issued, amended, renewed, or delivered on or after January 1, 2024, from applying a deductible, copayment, or coinsurance to coverage for prostate cancer screening services for an enrollee or insured who is at a high risk of prostate cancer, consistent with specified guidelines, and is either 55 years of age or older or 40 years of age or older and high risk, as determined by the attending or treating health care provider. 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 637 - Corey A. Jackson
Zero-emission vehicles: fleet owners: rental vehicles.
09/14/2023 - Re-referred to Com. on TRANS. pursuant to Assembly Rule 96.
AB 637, as amended,  Jackson. Zero-emission vehicles: fleet owners: rental vehicles. 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. Existing law also 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 state 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.This bill would, if the state board requires a fleet owner to acquire zero-emission vehicles as part of its fleet, require the state board to authorize the rental of a zero-emission vehicle or vehicles for a cumulative total of 260 days in a calendar year to be deemed ownership of one zero-emission vehicle for purposes of meeting that obligation.

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 68 - Christopher M. Ward
Housing.
01/04/2023 - Read first time.
AB 68, as introduced, Ward. Housing. Existing law, the Planning and Zoning Law, requires each city, county, and city and county to prepare and adopt a general plan that contains certain mandatory elements, including a housing element. Existing law defines several terms for the purposes of these provisions.This bill would make nonsubstantive changes to those definitions.

CA AB 683 - Heath Flora
Veterans’ organizations.
02/01/2024 - Died at Desk.
AB 683, as introduced, Flora. Veterans’ organizations. Existing law generally prohibits the sale, representation, and manufacture of a poppy, badge, or label represented as being sponsored, endorsed, or offered by a veterans’ organization when the poppy, badge, or label is not sponsored, endorsed, or offered by a veterans’ organization. Existing law makes it unlawful for a person to represent, directly or indirectly, that an act of solicitation is sponsored, endorsed, or made by or at the request of a veterans’ organization when it is not sponsored, endorsed, or made by or at the request of a veterans’ organization. Under existing law, a person who violates these prohibitions is guilty of a misdemeanor.This bill would make technical, nonsubstantive changes to these provisions.

CA AB 684 - Tri Ta
County veterans service officers: additional resources.
02/01/2024 - From committee: Filed with the Chief Clerk pursuant to Joint Rule 56.
AB 684, as introduced, Ta. County veterans service officers: additional resources. Existing law authorizes each county board of supervisors to appoint a county veterans service officer, and permits the county to provide the officer with any assistance and facilities that it determines to be necessary. Existing law requires the Department of Veterans Affairs to disburse funds, appropriated to the department for the purpose of supporting county veterans service officers pursuant to the annual Budget Act, on a pro rata basis, to counties that comply with certain conditions This bill would, upon appropriation by the Legislature, provide a stipend to counties that host an active United States military base for the purposes of maintaining a county veterans service officer, at least part time, at each active United States military base in the county, subject to base approval.

CA AB 689 - Wendy Maria Carrillo
Community colleges: enrollment and registration: incumbent health care workers.
09/01/2023 - In committee: Held under submission.
AB 689, as amended, Wendy Carrillo. Community colleges: enrollment and registration: incumbent health care workers. (1) Existing law establishes the California Community Colleges under the administration of the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges. Existing law requires the board of governors to prescribe minimum standards for the formation and operation of, and to exercise general supervision over, the California Community Colleges.The bill would require a community college with a limited enrollment course or program, as defined, to ensure that at least 15 percent of the admitted students, but no less than 3 students per incoming cohort, in the course or program are incumbent health care workers, as provided. The bill would require a community college that administers a priority enrollment system to grant priority in that system to students who are incumbent health care workers, as specified. The bill would define “incumbent health care worker” and “health care facility” for purposes of these provisions. The bill would repeal these provisions on January 1, 2034.(2) Existing law authorizes a community college registered nursing program, if it determines that the number of applicants to the program exceeds its capacity, to admit students to the program using a multicriteria screening process, a random selection process, or a blended combination of random selection and a multicriteria screening process, as specified. Existing law repeals these provisions relating to admission to community college registered nursing programs on January 1, 2025.This bill would extend operation of these provisions indefinitely. The bill, until January 1, 2034, would require at least 15 percent of the admitted students, but no less than 3 students per incoming cohort, in a community college registered nursing program to be incumbent health care workers, as provided, and would define “incumbent health care worker” and “health care facility” for purposes of these provisions.

CA AB 708 - Heath Flora
Prisons: veterans service advocates.
02/01/2024 - Died at Desk.
AB 708, as introduced, Flora. Prisons: veterans service advocates. Existing law establishes the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to oversee the state prison system. Existing law requires the department to develop guidance policies relative to the release of veterans who are inmates. Existing law authorizes a veterans service organization to volunteer to serve as a veterans service advocate at a facility that is under the jurisdiction of the department. For each inmate who is a veteran, existing law authorizes an advocate to develop a veterans economic recidivism plan during the 180-day period preceding the inmate’s release date. Existing law requires the veterans economic recidivism prevention plan to include specified information, including a plan for how the inmate will access earned veterans’ benefits that the inmate may be eligible for upon the inmate’s release.This bill would make technical, nonsubstantive changes to those provisions.

CA AB 714 - Kevin Michael McCarty
Pupil instruction: newcomer pupils: curriculum frameworks: high school coursework and graduation requirements: exemptions and alternatives.
09/13/2023 - Senate amendments concurred in. To Engrossing and Enrolling.
AB 714, as amended, McCarty. Pupil instruction: newcomer pupils: curriculum frameworks: high school coursework and graduation requirements: exemptions and alternatives. (1) Existing law, subject to an appropriation of funds for this purpose in the annual Budget Act, requires the State Department of Social Services, in collaboration with the State Department of Education, to administer the California Newcomer Education and Well-Being Program (CalNEW) to provide services for newcomer pupils, English learners, and immigrant families by allocating funding to school districts and county offices of education, as specified. Existing law, for the purposes of CalNEW, defines “newcomer pupils” as individuals 3 through 21 years of age who were not born in any state and have not been attending one or more schools in any one or more states for more than 3 full academic years.This bill would require the State Department of Education to (A) curate and maintain on its internet website information regarding requirements, best practices, and available state and federally funded programs for newcomer pupils and (B) publicly report on an annual basis on its internet website the enrollment of newcomer pupils, as provided.(2) Existing law requires the Instructional Quality Commission to recommend curriculum frameworks to the State Board of Education.This bill would require the commission to consider including content designed to provide teachers with resources to meet the unique academic and English language development needs of newcomer pupils at all grade levels at the next regularly scheduled revision of the curriculum framework in English Language Arts and English Language Development. The bill would also require the commission to ensure that the instructional materials for pupils in kindergarten or any of grades 1 to 8, inclusive, that it recommends to the state board for adoption include resources to help teachers meet the needs of newcomer pupils.(3) Existing law defines “a pupil participating in a newcomer program” as a pupil who is participating in a program designed to meet the academic and transitional needs of newly arrived immigrant pupils that has as a primary objective the development of English language proficiency. Existing law requires local educational agencies to exempt a pupil participating in a newcomer program and who is in their 3rd or 4th year of high school from all coursework and other requirements adopted by the governing body of the local educational agency that are in addition to the statewide coursework requirements necessary to receive a diploma of graduation from high school, unless the local educational agency makes a finding that the pupil is reasonably able to complete the local educational agency’s graduation requirements in time to graduate from high school by the end of the pupil’s 4th year of high school. Existing law requires local educational agencies to comply with other procedures in relation to pupils participating in newcomer programs, including, among other things, consultation and notice provisions. Existing law requires local educational agencies to issue, and new local educational agencies to accept, full or partial credit for all full or partial coursework satisfactorily completed by a pupil participating in a newcomer program while attending a public school, a juvenile court school, a charter school, a school in a country other than the United States, or a nonpublic, nonsectarian school, as provided.This bill would require that local educational agencies comply with the above-described coursework exemptions, pupil consultation and notice requirements, acceptance of coursework completed at other schools, and other requirements for newcomer pupils, as defined, instead of for pupils participating in a newcomer program. By imposing new duties on local educational agencies, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.(4) Existing law prohibits a middle or high school pupil who is classified as

CA AB 718 - Tri Ta
Veterans: mental health.
09/11/2023 - Ordered to inactive file at the request of Senator Rubio.
AB 718, as amended, Ta. Veterans: mental health. Existing law establishes the Department of Veterans Affairs. The department, among other services, provides veterans and their dependents and survivors with assistance in processing service-related disability claims, assistance in obtaining affordable housing, and information about health ailments associated with military service.This bill would require the department to establish a program to fund, upon appropriation by the Legislature, an academic study of mental health among women veterans in California, as specified. The bill would require the department to submit a report summarizing the findings and recommendations of the study to the Legislature no later than July 31, 2025.This bill would make these provisions inoperative on July 31, 2025, and would repeal them as of January 1, 2026.

CA AB 748 - Carlos Villapudua
California Abandoned and Derelict Commercial Vessel Program.
09/11/2023 - In Assembly. Ordered to Engrossing and Enrolling.
AB 748, as amended, Villapudua. California Abandoned and Derelict Commercial Vessel Program. Existing law establishes within the Natural Resources Agency, the State Lands Commission consisting of the Controller, the Lieutenant Governor, and the Director of Finance. Existing law vests in the commission exclusive jurisdiction over all ungranted tidelands and submerged lands owned by the state, and of the beds of navigable rivers, streams, lakes, bays, estuaries, inlets, and straits, including tidelands and submerged lands. Existing law authorizes the commission to take immediate action to remove from areas under its jurisdiction a vessel that is left unattended and is moored, docked, beached, or made fast to land in a position as to obstruct the normal movement of traffic or in a condition as to create a hazard to navigation, other vessels using a waterway, or the property of another. Existing law requires the commission, by July 1, 2019, and in consultation with other relevant state and local agencies directly involved in the removal of abandoned vessels, to develop a plan for the removal of abandoned commercial vessels. This bill would establish the California Abandoned and Derelict Commercial Vessel Program within the Natural Resources Agency, to be administered by the commission, upon appropriation by the Legislature, to bring federal, state, and local agencies together to identify, prioritize, and fund the removal and proper disposal of abandoned and derelict commercial vessels and other debris from commercially navigable waters, as defined. The bill would require the commission, upon appropriation by the Legislature, on or before July 1, 2025, to create, and regularly update and maintain thereafter, an inventory of abandoned and derelict commercial vessels on or in commercially navigable waters, as provided, and, on or before July 1, 2026, to develop a plan to prevent or reduce abandoned and derelict commercial vessels on or in commercially navigable waters, as provided.This bill would establish the California Abandoned and Derelict Commercial Vessel Program Task Force as an advisory body within the Natural Resources Agency, consisting of specified members. The bill would require the task force to, among other things, provide policy guidance for the program and advise on the prevention, removal, destruction, and disposal of abandoned and derelict commercial vessels, as provided. The bill would require the task force, in consultation with impacted local governments, to develop a system for prioritizing the removal of the abandoned and derelict commercial vessels identified by the commission, as provided. This bill would require the commission, on or before December 1, 2024, to enter into a memorandum of agreement with specified state agencies, and other relevant federal, state, or local agencies, as provided, for the purposes of abandoned and derelict commercial vessel and other debris cleanup and removal from commercially navigable waters. The bill would require, upon execution of the memorandum of agreement and the availability of funds, the commission to immediately authorize and execute the removal of abandoned and derelict commercial vessels and other debris, as specified.This bill would establish the California Abandoned and Derelict Commercial Vessel Program Trust Fund in the State Treasury and would require that, upon appropriation by the Legislature, moneys in the fund be used by the commission to fund the removal of abandoned and derelict commercial vessels and other debris pursuant to the program, as provided.This bill would prohibit, except as specified, a commercial vessel, as defined, that is at risk of becoming derelict from occupying, or anchoring, mooring, or otherwise being secured in or on, the waters of the state. The bill would provide that a commercial vessel is at risk of becoming derelict if certain conditions exist, including that the commercial vessel is taking on or has taken on water without an e

CA AB 751 - Pilar Schiavo
Elder abuse.
06/29/2023 - Chaptered by Secretary of State - Chapter 18, Statutes of 2023.
AB 751, Schiavo. Elder abuse. Existing law requires every local law enforcement agency to, when the agency next undertakes the policy revision process, revise or include specified information about the elements of elder abuse crimes in the portion of its policy manual relating to elder and dependent adult abuse, if that policy manual exists. Existing law requires a municipal police department or county sheriffs’ department that adopts or revises a policy regarding elder and dependent adult abuse or senior and disability victimization on or after April 13, 2021, to include specified provisions regarding procedures for investigating elder abuse in that policy. This bill would clarify that a department that complied or complies with the requirements above regarding including specified information about the elements of elder abuse crimes in their policy manuals on or after April 13, 2021, is required to include the specified provisions regarding procedures for investigating elder abuse in their policy.

CA AB 757 - Sabrina Cervantes
Teacher credentialing: out-of-state prepared teachers.
02/01/2024 - From committee: Filed with the Chief Clerk pursuant to Joint Rule 56.
AB 757, as amended, Cervantes. Teacher credentialing: out-of-state prepared teachers. (1) Existing law requires the Commission on Teacher Credentialing to, among other duties, establish standards for the issuance and renewal of credentials, certificates, and permits. Existing law requires the commission to issue a preliminary multiple subject, single subject, or education specialist teaching credential to an out-of-state applicant who satisfies specified requirements and, as part of one of those requirements, authorizes the commission to require an applicant to meet California subject matter requirements before issuing a clear credential if the subject area listed on the out-of-state credential does not correspond to a California subject area, as specified. Existing law requires the commission to issue a clear multiple subject, single subject, or education specialist teaching credential to an applicant who satisfies specified requirements, including, among other things, providing 2 satisfactory performance evaluations for verification of 2 or more years of teaching experience.This bill would eliminate the provision that authorizes the commission to require an out-of-state preliminary teaching credential applicant to meet California subject matter requirements before issuing a clear credential and would require the commission to instead issue a preliminary multiple subject teaching credential to an out-of-state prepared teacher in general education and issue a preliminary education specialist credential in mild to moderate support needs to an out-of-state prepared teacher in special education, as provided. The bill would eliminate the provision that requires an out-of-state clear teaching credential applicant to provide 2 satisfactory performance evaluations and would instead authorize those out-of-state applicants to provide an experience verification letter, as specified, or a copy of a signed teaching contract to meet the requirement of verifying 2 or more years of teaching experience.(2) Existing law requires an out-of-state applicant who is issued a preliminary or clear teaching credential pursuant to the above-described provisions to meet the basic skills proficiency requirement within one year of the date the credential is issued or the credential becomes invalid.The bill would eliminate the requirement that an out-of-state applicant meet the basic skills proficiency requirement within one year of the date the credential is issued.

CA AB 785 - Miguel Santiago
California Environmental Quality Act: exemption: City of Los Angeles: County of Los Angeles: affordable housing and transitional housing.
09/13/2023 - Senate amendments concurred in. To Engrossing and Enrolling.
AB 785, as amended, Santiago. California Environmental Quality Act: exemption: City of Los Angeles: County of Los Angeles: affordable housing and transitional housing. 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.Existing law, until January 1, 2025, exempts from the requirements of CEQA certain activities approved or carried out by the City of Los Angeles and other eligible public agencies, as defined, related to supportive housing and emergency shelters, as defined, in the City of Los Angeles. Under existing law, this exemption requires the lead agency, if it determines that an activity is not subject to CEQA and approves or carries out that activity, to file a notice of exemption with the Office of Planning and Research and the county clerk for the County of Los Angeles.This bill would instead exempt from the requirements of CEQA certain activities undertaken by the City of Los Angeles and other eligible public agencies related to affordable housing, low barrier navigation centers, supportive housing, and transitional housing for youth and young adults, as those terms would be defined by the bill, within the City of Los Angeles and certain activities undertaken by the County of Los Angeles related to affordable housing, low barrier navigation centers, supportive housing, and transitional housing for youth and young adults within the unincorporated areas of the County of Los Angeles and parcels owned by the County of Los Angeles within the City of Los Angeles. The bill would define the Los Angeles County Development Authority as an eligible public agency. The bill would broaden the definition of “supportive housing.” The bill would also change the term “emergency shelter” to “low barrier navigation center” and broaden the definition of that term. The bill would require the lead agency to ensure that those projects meet certain labor requirements in order for the exemption to apply. The bill would repeal these provisions on January 1, 2030.Because the bill would impose additional duties on local public agencies, 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 City of Los Angeles and the County of Los Angeles.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 799 - Lori D. Wilson
Homelessness: financing plan.
09/12/2023 - Ordered to inactive file at the request of Senator Blakespear.
AB 799, as amended, Luz Rivas. Homelessness: financing plan. Existing law establishes the California Interagency Council on Homelessness to identify mainstream resources, benefits, and services that can be accessed to prevent and end homelessness in California by creating partnerships between federal, state, local, and nonprofit entities. Existing law requires the coordinating council to conduct, or contract with an entity to conduct, a statewide assessment to identify state programs that provide housing or services to persons experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness, as defined, and collect and analyze data to provide a comprehensive view of the homeless response system.This bill would require the council, in collaboration with continuums of care, counties, and big cities, as defined, and other stakeholders, to establish and regularly update a financing plan to solve homelessness by the year 2035. The bill would require the council to establish and update statewide performance metrics to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in homelessness and to increase successful exits from homelessness to permanent housing by updating the Statewide Action Plan for Preventing and Ending Homelessness in California, no later than January 1, 2025, and would require the council to publish these goals on its internet website, as specified.

CA AB 820 - Eloise Gomez Reyes
State boards and commissions: seniors.
09/01/2023 - In committee: Held under submission.
AB 820, as amended, Reyes. State boards and commissions: seniors. Existing law requires the Governor and every other appointing authority to, in making appointments to state boards and commissions, be responsible for nominating a variety of persons of different backgrounds, abilities, interests, and opinions in compliance with the policy that the composition of state boards and commissions shall be broadly reflective of the general public including ethnic minorities and women.This bill would require the composition of various advisory groups and bodies to include a state agency official responsible for administering programs that serve, or state commission official that advocates on behalf of, older adults, as defined, or a representative from an organization that serves or advocates on behalf of older adults.

CA AB 837 - David Alvarez
Surplus land: exempt surplus land: sectional planning area.
07/03/2023 - In committee: Set, second hearing. Hearing canceled at the request of author.
AB 837, as amended, Alvarez. Surplus land: exempt surplus land: sectional planning area. Existing law prescribes requirements for the disposal of surplus land by a local agency. Existing law defines terms for these purposes, including, among others, “surplus land” to mean land owned in fee simple by any local agency for which the local agency’s governing body takes formal action in a regular public meeting declaring that the land is surplus and is not necessary for the agency’s use. Existing law defines “exempt surplus land” to mean, among other things, surplus land that a local agency is exchanging for another property necessary for the agency’s use and surplus land that a local agency is transferring to another local, state, or federal agency for the agency’s use. Existing law provides that an agency is not required to follow the requirements for disposal of surplus land for “exempt surplus land,” except as provided.This bill would provide, until January 1, 2024, that land that is subject to a sectional planning area, as described, is not subject to the above-described requirements for the disposal of surplus land if specified conditions are met. The bill would, commencing April 1, 2025, and annually thereafter, require a local agency that disposes of land pursuant to these provisions submit a specified report to the Department of Housing and Community Development. The bill would make a local agency that disposes of land in violation of these provisions liable for a civil penalty, as specified.This bill would make legislative findings and declarations as to the necessity of a special statute for the City of Chula Vista.

CA AB 84 - Christopher M. Ward
Property tax: welfare exemption: affordable housing.
09/13/2023 - Senate amendments concurred in. To Engrossing and Enrolling.
AB 84, as amended, Ward. Property tax: welfare exemption: affordable housing. (1) Existing property tax law, in accordance with the California Constitution, provides for a “welfare exemption” for property used exclusively for religious, hospital, scientific, or charitable purposes and that is owned or operated by certain types of nonprofit entities, if certain qualifying criteria are met. Existing law defines “property used exclusively for religious, hospital, or charitable purposes” to include facilities in the course of construction on or after the first Monday of March 1954, as specified.Under existing property tax law, property that meets the above-described requirements that is used exclusively for rental housing and related facilities is entitled to a partial exemption, equal to that percentage of the value of the property that is equal to the percentage that the number of units serving lower income households represents of the total number of residential units, in any year that any of certain criteria apply, including that the acquisition, rehabilitation, development, or operation of the property, or any combination of these factors, is financed with tax-exempt mortgage revenue bonds or general obligation bonds, or is financed by local, state, or federal loans or grants and the rents of the occupants who are lower income households do not exceed those prescribed by deed restrictions or regulatory agreements pursuant to the terms of the financing or financial assistance.This bill would expand this partial exemption to property acquired, rehabilitated, developed, or operated, or any combination of these factors, with financing from qualified 501(c)(3) bonds, as defined.Existing law provides that this partial exemption is also available for property that is subject to a legal restriction that provides that units designated for use by lower income households are continuously available to or occupied by lower income households, at rents not exceeding specified limits. For the 2018–19 fiscal year through the 2027–28 fiscal year, in the case of an eligible owner of property receiving a low-income housing tax credit under specified federal law, existing property tax law requires that a unit continue to be treated as occupied by a lower income household for these purposes if the occupants were lower income households on the lien date in the fiscal year in which their occupancy of the unit commenced and the unit continues to be rent restricted, notwithstanding an increase in the income of the occupants of the unit to 140% of area median income, adjusted for family size.This bill, from the 2024–25 fiscal year through the 2028–29 fiscal year, would additionally require that a unit continue to be treated as occupied by a lower income household, as described above, if the property is subject to an enforceable and verifiable agreement with a public agency that provides that units designated for use by lower income households are continuously available to or occupied by lower income households, at rents not exceeding specified limits. The bill would require a claim for a welfare exemption pursuant to this requirement to be accompanied by an affidavit containing specified information regarding the units for which the exemption is claimed and would provide that the affidavit is not subject to public disclosure. (2) The California Constitution requires local agencies, for the purpose of ensuring public access to the meetings of public bodies and the writings of public officials and agencies, to comply with a statutory enactment that amends or enacts laws relating to public records or open meetings and contains findings demonstrating that the enactment furthers the constitutional requirements relating to this purpose.This bill would make legislative findings to that effect.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 agenci

CA AB 918 - Eduardo Garcia
Health care district: County of Imperial.
09/21/2023 - Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 3:30 p.m.
AB 918, Garcia. Health care district: County of Imperial. Existing law, the Local Health Care District Law, authorizes the organization and incorporation of local health care districts and specifies the powers of those districts, including, among other things, the power to establish, maintain, and operate, or provide assistance in the operation of, one or more health facilities or health services, including, but not limited to, outpatient programs, services, and facilities; retirement programs, services, and facilities; chemical dependency programs, services, and facilities; or other health care programs, services, and facilities and activities at any location within or without the district for the benefit of the district and the people served by the district. This bill would form a local health care district in the County of Imperial, designated as the Imperial Valley Healthcare District, that includes all of the County of Imperial. The bill would require the initial board of directors of the Imperial Valley Healthcare District to be appointed from and by specified bodies, including among others, the Imperial County Board of Supervisors, the Pioneers Memorial Healthcare District Board of Directors, and the Heffernan Memorial Healthcare District Board of Directors. The bill would require the initial board of directors to recommend a permanent funding source mechanism to be presented to and approved by voters via ballot measure. The bill would require the initial board of directors to enter negotiations with El Centro Regional Medical Center to decide the terms of the acquisition of the hospital. The bill would require the initial board of directors to finalize the terms of the acquisition by November 5, 2024. The bill would require the City of El Centro to negotiate in good faith with the Imperial Valley Healthcare District. The bill would require the board of directors to hold a minimum of 3 public meetings between the effective date of the bill and January 1, 2025, as specified. The bill would require the board of directors to recommend to the Imperial County Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) dates for the dissolutions of the Pioneers Memorial Healthcare District and Heffernan Memorial Healthcare District and would authorize the board to recommend separate dates for each district’s dissolution. The bill would require, by January 1, 2025, the Imperial County LAFCO to dissolve the Heffernan Memorial Healthcare District and the Pioneers Memorial Healthcare District and would transfer the assets, rights, and responsibilities of the dissolved districts to the Imperial Valley Healthcare District. The bill would require, until the dissolution of both of those districts, the Heffernan Memorial Healthcare District to hold a temporary clerical role for the Board of Directors of the Imperial Valley Healthcare District, as specified. The bill would extend the terms of the board members of the districts being dissolved until their respective dissolution date or January 1, 2025, whichever occurs first. Following the appointment of the board of directors, the bill would require the board of directors to adopt a resolution to divide the Imperial Valley Healthcare District into voting districts for the purpose of electing members of the board of directors from and by the electors of those voting districts beginning with the next district election occurring after January 1, 2024. The bill would require the Imperial Valley Healthcare District to annually report to the Imperial County LAFCO regarding health care service provision in the district in 2024 and 2025, as specified. The bill would require the Imperial County LAFCO to conduct a municipal service review regarding health care service provision in the district by December 31, 2026, and by December 31 every 5 years thereafter. By imposing new duties on the City of El Centro and the County of Imperial, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.This bill would state the i

CA AB 92 - Damon Connolly
Body armor: prohibition.
09/21/2023 - Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 3:30 p.m.
AB 92, Connolly. Body armor: prohibition. Existing law makes it a felony for a person who has been convicted of a violent felony to purchase, own, or possess body armor. Existing law authorizes a person subject to that prohibition, whose employment, livelihood, or safety is dependent on the ability to legally possess and use body armor, to file a petition for an exception to the prohibition with the chief of police or county sheriff of the jurisdiction in which the person seeks to possess and use the body armor, as provided.This bill would make it a misdemeanor for a person who is prohibited from possessing a firearm under the laws of this state to purchase, own, or possess body armor, 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 920 - Isaac G. Bryan
Discrimination: housing status.
02/01/2024 - From committee: Filed with the Chief Clerk pursuant to Joint Rule 56.
AB 920, as introduced, Bryan. Discrimination: housing status. Existing law prohibits discrimination in any program or activity that is conducted, operated, or administered by the state, or by any state agency, that is funded directly by the state, or that receives any financial assistance from the state, based upon specified personal characteristics.This bill would also prohibit discrimination based upon housing status, as defined.

CA AB 938 - Anthony J. Portantino Jr.
Education finance: local control funding formula: base grants: classified and certificated staff salaries.
09/07/2023 - Ordered to inactive file at the request of Senator Newman.
AB 938, as amended, Muratsuchi. Education finance: local control funding formula: base grants: classified and certificated staff salaries. (1) Existing law, commencing with the 2013–14 fiscal year, establishes a public school financing system that requires state funding for county superintendents of schools, school districts, 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 components, a county office of education operations grant composed of (A) $655,920, as adjusted each fiscal year for inflation; (B) $109,320 per school district under the county office of education’s jurisdiction, as adjusted each fiscal year for inflation; (C) $70 per unit of countywide average daily attendance up to 30,000 units, $60 per unit for 30,001 to 60,000 units, $50 per unit for 60,001 to 140,000 units, and $40 per unit above 140,000 units, as adjusted each fiscal year for inflation; and (D) commencing with the 2022–23 fiscal year, add-ons of (i) $175,000 to the per-school district amount and (ii) $14 to each per-unit amount.This bill, commencing with the 2030–31 fiscal year, would increase each of those inflation-adjusted amounts to instead be $1,208,859, $201,475, $129, $111, $92, and $74, respectively, and would retain the requirement to adjust those amounts for inflation each fiscal year. The bill, commencing with the 2030–31 fiscal year, would increase the per-school district and per-unit add-on amounts to instead be $262,500 and $21, respectively.(2) Existing law requires the county office of education local control funding formula to also include, among other things, an alternative education base grant that includes, among its own components, a base grant equal to the grade span-adjusted base grant for average daily attendance in grades 9 to 12, inclusive, for the 2022–23 fiscal year, multiplied by 1.33, as specified. Existing law requires that amount to be adjusted for inflation each fiscal year.This bill, commencing with the 2030–31 fiscal year, would require the inflation-adjusted base grant component of the alternative education grant to instead be $20,674 and would retain the requirement to adjust that amount for inflation each fiscal year.(3) Existing law provides for the funding of necessary small schools and high schools, as specified. Existing law requires that funding to include, among other things, various specified per-pupil and per-teacher amounts for different tiers of numbers of pupils and teachers, as specified. Existing law requires those amounts to be adjusted for inflation each fiscal year.This bill, commencing with the 2030–31 fiscal year, would increase those various per-pupil and per-teacher inflation-adjusted amounts, as specified, and would retain the requirement to adjust that amount for inflation each fiscal year. (4) Existing law, commencing with the 2013–14 fiscal year, requires school district and charter school funding pursuant to the local control funding formula to include, among other things, a base grant based on average daily attendance in kindergarten and grades 1 to 3, inclusive, grades 4 to 6, inclusive, grades 7 and 8, and grades 9 to 12, inclusive, of $6,485, $6,947, $7,154, and $8,289 per pupil, respectively. Existing law requires those amounts to be adjusted for inflation each fiscal year.This bill, commencing with the 2030–31 fiscal year, would increase those inflation-adjusted base grant amounts to instead be $13,749, $13,956, $14,370, and $16,653 per pupil, respectively, and would retain the requirement to adjust those amounts for inflation each fiscal year.(5) Existing law requires funding pursuant to the local control funding formula to include, in addition to the base grant, supplemental and concentration grant add-ons that are based on the percentage of und

CA AB 95 - Joshua Hoover
Pupil nutrition: pupil meals.
09/13/2023 - Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 3 p.m.
AB 95, Hoover. Pupil nutrition: pupil meals. Existing law requires a school district or county superintendent of schools maintaining kindergarten or any of grades 1 to 12, inclusive, to provide 2 school meals free of charge during each schoolday to any pupil who requests a meal without consideration of the pupil’s eligibility for a federally funded free or reduced-price meal, with a maximum of one free meal for each meal service. The meals provided under this provision are required to be nutritiously adequate meals that qualify for federal reimbursement.Existing law authorizes a school, from the midnight before to 30 minutes after the end of the official schoolday, to sell food other than meals reimbursed by specified federal nutrition programs, only if the food meets dietary guidelines, as specified, depending on grade level.This bill would provide that nothing in those provisions are required to be construed to prohibit a school from selling to a pupil, after the pupil has been provided a school meal pursuant the provisions described above, the entrée from an additional nutritiously adequate meal that qualifies for federal reimbursement, from the same meal service.

CA AB 988 - Buffy Wicks
Miles Hall Lifeline and Suicide Prevention Act: veteran and military data reporting.
09/21/2023 - Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 3:30 p.m.
AB 988, Mathis. Miles Hall Lifeline and Suicide Prevention Act: veteran and military data reporting. Existing federal law, the National Suicide Hotline Designation Act of 2020, designates the 3-digit telephone number “988” as the universal number within the United States for the purpose of the national suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline system operating through the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline, maintained by the Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use, and the Veterans Crisis Line, which is maintained by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs.Existing law creates a separate surcharge, beginning January 1, 2023, on each access line for each month, or part thereof, for which a service user subscribes with a service supplier. Existing law sets the 988 surcharge for the 2023 and 2024 calendar years at $0.08 per access line per month and beginning January 1, 2025, at an amount based on a specified formula not to exceed $0.30 per access line per month. Existing law authorizes the 911 and 988 surcharges to be combined into a single-line item, as described. Existing law provides for specified costs to be paid by the fees prior to distribution to the Office of Emergency Services.Existing law, the Miles Hall Lifeline and Suicide Prevention Act, creates the 988 State Suicide and Behavioral Health Crisis Services Fund and requires the fees to be deposited along with other specified moneys into the fund. Existing law provides that, upon appropriation by the Legislature, the funds be used for specified purposes and in accordance with specified priorities. Existing law requires the Office of Emergency Services to require an entity seeking moneys available through the fund to annually file an expenditure and outcomes report containing specified information, including, among other things, the number of individuals served and the outcomes for individuals served, if known.This bill would require an entity seeking moneys from the fund to also include the number of individuals who used the service and self-identified as veterans or active military personnel in its annual expenditure and outcomes report.

CA SB 1 - Scott Thomas Wilk
Personal Income Tax Law: exclusion: student loan debt.
05/09/2023 - May 15 set for first hearing canceled at the request of author.
SB 1, as amended, Glazer. Personal Income Tax Law: exclusion: student loan debt. The Personal Income Tax Law, in modified conformity with federal income tax law, generally defines “gross income” as income from whatever source derived, except as specifically excluded, including an exclusion for the amount of student loan indebtedness repaid or canceled pursuant to a specified federal law.This bill would exclude from an individual’s gross income, for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2021, and before January 1, 2026, the amount of certain student loans discharged, in whole or in part, after December 31, 2020, and before January 1, 2026, in conformity with federal law.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 include additional information required for any bill authorizing a new tax expenditure.This bill would make findings and declarations related to a gift of public funds.

CA SB 10 - Thomas J. Umberg
Pupil health: opioid overdose prevention and treatment: Melanie’s Law.
10/13/2023 - Chaptered by Secretary of State. Chapter 856, Statutes of 2023.
SB 10, Cortese. Pupil health: opioid overdose prevention and treatment: Melanie’s Law. (1) Existing law authorizes a public or private elementary or secondary school to determine whether or not to make emergency naloxone hydrochloride or another opioid antagonist and trained personnel available at its school, and to designate one or more volunteers to receive related training to address an opioid overdose, as specified.This bill would state the Legislature’s encouragement of county offices of education to establish a County Working Group on Fentanyl Education in Schools, as provided, for the purposes of outreach, building awareness, and collaborating with local health agencies regarding fentanyl overdoses. The bill would require the State Department of Education to curate and maintain on its internet website, among other things, informational materials containing awareness and safety advice, for school staff, pupils, and parents or guardians of pupils, on how to prevent an opioid overdose.(2) Under existing law, each school district and county office of education is responsible for the overall development of a comprehensive school safety plan for each of its schools operating kindergarten or any of grades 1 to 12, inclusive, in cooperation with certain local entities. Existing law requires that the plan identify appropriate strategies and programs that will provide or maintain a high level of school safety and address the school’s procedures for complying with existing laws related to school safety. Existing law requires a petition to establish a charter school to include, among other things, a reasonably comprehensive description of the procedures that the charter school will follow to ensure the health and safety of pupils and staff, including requiring the development and annual update of a school safety plan that includes certain safety topics and procedures.This bill would additionally require a comprehensive school safety plan, and the school safety plan of a charter school, for a school serving pupils in any of grades 7 to 12, inclusive, to include the development of a protocol in the event a pupil is suffering or is reasonably believed to be suffering from an opioid overdose. By creating new duties for local educational agencies, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.(3) Existing law states the intent of the Legislature that alternatives to suspension or expulsion be imposed against a pupil who is truant, tardy, or otherwise absent from school activities. Existing law further states legislative intent that the Multi-Tiered System of Supports, which includes restorative justice practices, among other things, may be used to help pupils, as specified.This bill would state the intent of the Legislature that a school use alternatives to a referral of a pupil to a law enforcement agency in response to an incident involving the pupil’s misuse of an opioid, to the extent not in conflict with any other law requiring that referral. The bill would state legislative intent that the above-described Multi-Tiered System of Supports may be used to achieve these alternatives.(4) This bill would incorporate additional changes to Section 32282 of the Education Code proposed by SB 323 and SB 671 to be operative only if this bill and either or both of those bills are enacted and this bill is enacted last.This bill would incorporate additional changes to Section 47605 of the Education Code proposed by AB 1604 and SB 671 to be operative only if this bill and either or both of those bills are enacted and this bill is enacted last.This bill would incorporate additional changes to Section 47605.6 of the Education Code proposed by AB 1604 and SB 671 to be operative only if this bill and either or both of those bills are enacted and this bill is enacted last.(5) The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish proc

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 1025 - Susan Talamantes Eggman
Pretrial diversion for veterans.
02/14/2024 - Referred to Com. on PUB S.
SB 1025, as introduced, Eggman. Pretrial diversion for veterans. Existing law provides for the diversion of specified criminal offenders in alternate sentencing and treatment programs. Existing law provides for a pretrial diversion program for a defendant who was, or currently is, a member of the Armed Forces of the United States, who may be suffering from sexual trauma, traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder, substance abuse, or mental health problems as a result of the defendant’s military service. Existing law authorizes the court, with the consent of the defendant and a waiver of the defendant’s speedy trial right, to postpone prosecution, either temporarily or permanently, of a criminal offense and place the defendant in a pretrial diversion program.This bill would add felony offenses, as specified, to the pretrial diversion program for a defendant who was, or currently is, a member of the Armed Forces of the United States. By requiring counties to coordinate services for a new group of veterans, 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 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 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 1081 - Bob J. Archuleta
Vehicles: driver’s license: selective service.
02/21/2024 - Referred to Com. on TRANS.
SB 1081, as introduced, Archuleta. Vehicles: driver’s license: selective service. Existing law establishes the practices and procedures for the issuance of an original or a renewal of a driver’s license. The federal Military Selective Service Act requires specified persons to register with the United States Selective Service System.This bill would require a person who is required to be registered under the federal act and who submits an application for a driver’s license, identification card, or renewal to be deemed to have consented to registration with the United States Selective Service System, as provided. The bill would require the Department of Motor Vehicles to include specified notices on an application for a driver’s license, identification card, or renewal and would require the department to forward the necessary personal information required for registration to the United States Selective Service System in an electronic format. The bill would prohibit the department from making or distributing a list of individuals who did not consent to registration with the United States Selective Service System, as specified. This bill would require the department to solicit federal funds to implement these provisions and, if it receives that funding, to report to the Legislature and post specific information on its internet website, as specified.

CA SB 1097 - John Laird
Veterans: veteran service officers.
02/21/2024 - Referred to Com. on RLS.
SB 1097, as introduced, Laird. Veterans: veteran service officers. Under existing law a veteran service officer has the power to administer and certify oaths and affirmations, take and certify affidavits and acknowledgments, and exercise any other power of a notary public, as part of their duties assisting veterans, as specified.This bill would make technical, nonsubstantive changes to this provision.

CA SB 1124 - Pilar Schiavo
Deceptive practices: service members and veterans.
02/21/2024 - Referred to Coms. on JUD. and M. & V.A.
SB 1124, as introduced, Menjivar. Deceptive practices: service members and veterans. The Consumers Legal Remedies Act makes unlawful certain unfair methods of competition and certain unfair or deceptive acts or practices undertaken by a person in a transaction intended to result or that results in the sale or lease of goods or services to a consumer, including charging or receiving an unreasonable fee, as defined, to prepare, aid, or advise any prospective applicant, applicant, or recipient in the procurement, maintenance, or securing of public social services, as defined to include, among other things, veterans pensions.This bill would expand the definition of public social services to also include other veterans benefits. The bill would also expand the definition of an unreasonable fee to include a fee charged with respect to federal veterans benefits that exceeds the amount that could be charged for those services by an attorney or claims agent accredited by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.Existing law prohibits a person from, in connection with any transaction or any sale of goods or services, electronically accessing a Common Access Card (CAC) issued to a service member, placing or requiring the placement of such a CAC in a smart card reader, requesting or requesting entry of the personal identification number (PIN) associated with such a CAC, or requiring a service member to log in to any United States Department of Defense or, in the case of a member of the United States Coast Guard, United States Department of Homeland Security computer system. Existing law makes void a transaction or sale entered into in violation of these provisions.This bill would extend the above-described restrictions to prohibit requiring a former or current service member to log in or share their credentials for accessing, or accessing with another person’s credentials, any United States Department of Defense, United States Department of Veterans Affairs, or United States Department of Homeland Security computer system. Except as provided, the bill would prohibit a person from, in connection with any transaction or any sale of goods or services, directly or indirectly soliciting, contracting for, charging, or receiving, or attempting to solicit, contract for, charge, or receive, any fee or compensation with respect to the preparation, presentation, or prosecution of any claim for benefits under the laws administered by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. The bill would also make void a contract performed in violation of these provisions. The bill would make violations of these provisions a misdemeanor. By expanding the scope of 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 1137 - Lola Smallwood-Cuevas
Discrimination claims: intersectionality of characteristics.
02/21/2024 - Referred to Com. on JUD.
SB 1137, as introduced, Smallwood-Cuevas. Discrimination claims: intersectionality of characteristics. Existing law, the Unruh Civil Rights Act, provides that all persons within the jurisdiction of this state are entitled to full and equal accommodations in all business establishments regardless of their sex, race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, citizenship, primary language, or immigration status. Existing law defines “sex, race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, citizenship, primary language, or immigration status” for these purposes as including a perception that the person has any particular characteristic or characteristics within the listed categories or that the person is associated with a person who has, or is perceived to have, any particular characteristic or characteristics within the listed categories.This bill would include within that definition the intersection or any combination of those characteristics.Existing law, the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), establishes the Civil Rights Department to enforce civil rights laws with respect to housing and employment, as prescribed. The FEHA recognizes and declares to be a civil right the opportunity to seek, obtain, and hold employment and housing without discrimination because of a specified characteristic. The FEHA makes certain discriminatory practices based on those characteristics unlawful. The FEHA also declares that its purpose is to provide effective remedies that will eliminate these discriminatory practices.This bill would revise the above-described declaration on providing effective remedies to specify that it includes discrimination not just because of one protected trait, but also because of the intersection of 2 or more protected bases.The FEHA defines terms used in connection with unlawful practices. These include “race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, age, sexual orientation, reproductive health decisionmaking, or veteran or military status,” which includes a perception that the person has any of those characteristics or is associated with a person who has, or is perceived to have, any of those characteristics. This bill would include within that definition the intersection or any combination of those characteristics. The bill would also state that these provisions are declaratory of existing law.

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 117 - Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee
Higher education trailer bill.
06/27/2023 - Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 4:45 p.m.
SB 117, as amended, Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review. Higher education trailer bill. (1) Existing law establishes the Higher Education Student Housing Grant Program to provide one-time grants for the construction of student housing or for the acquisition and renovation of commercial properties into student housing for the purpose of providing affordable, low-cost housing options for students enrolled in public postsecondary education in the state. Existing law appropriates $1,434,133,000 for the 2022–23 fiscal year from the General Fund for the Higher Education Student Housing Grant Program for purposes of the one-time grants described above.This bill, commencing with the 2023–24 fiscal year, would require specified funding previously allocated, or planned to be allocated, to the University of California, the California State University, and the California Community Colleges for those construction grants to instead be funded by revenue bonds issued by the University of California and the California State University, and local revenue bonds issued by community college districts. The bill would require any General Fund support for those grants provided to the campuses of the University of California, the California State University, and the California Community Colleges to revert to the General Fund. The bill would eliminate the 2022–23 fiscal year General Fund appropriation for the Higher Education Student Housing Grant Program.(2) Existing law appropriates $650,000,000 from the General Fund to the office of the Chancellor of the California Community Colleges for transfer to the Learning Recovery Emergency Fund. Existing law requires the chancellor’s office to allocate those funds to community college districts on the basis of actual reported full-time equivalent students, as provided. Existing law authorizes the funds to be expended for certain purposes related to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, including student supports, reengagement strategies, faculty grants, and professional development opportunities.This bill would authorize the funds in the Learning Recovery Emergency Fund to be used for additional purposes, including scheduled maintenance and special repairs of facilities and efforts to increase student retention rates and enrollment by engaging former community college students who may have withdrawn due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.(3) Existing law, until June 30, 2023, authorizes the University of California to provide a scholarship as established by the university or a campus of the university, derived from nonstate funds received for that purpose, to any of its enrolled students who meet the eligibility requirements for that scholarship.This bill would extend that authorization by 4 years.(4) Existing federal law provides for the 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.Existing law requires each campus of the California Community Colleges, no later than July 1, 2022, to establish the position of Basic Needs Coordinator to assist students with on- and off-campus housing, food, mental health, and other basic needs services and resources, among other responsibilities, and to establish a Basic Needs Center where basic needs services, resources, and staff are made available to students, as specified. Existing law requires each community college campus to report certain information to the office of the Chancellor of the California Community Colleges related to basic needs services and resources. Existing law requires the chancellor’s office to annually develop and submit a report to the Governor and the Legislature based on the data and information received from campuses and information on the use of funds made available to implement these provisions.This bill would require each community college camp

CA SB 1177 - Steven Craig Bradford
Public utilities: women, minority, disabled veteran, and LGBT business enterprises.
02/21/2024 - Referred to Com. on E., U. & C.
SB 1177, as introduced, Bradford. Public utilities: women, minority, disabled veteran, and LGBT business enterprises. Existing law requires the Public Utilities Commission to require every electrical corporation, gas corporation, water corporation, wireless telecommunications service provider, electric service provider, and telephone corporation with annual gross California revenues exceeding $25,000,000, and their regulated subsidiaries and affiliates, to annually submit a detailed and verifiable plan for increasing procurement from women, minority, disabled veteran, and LGBT business enterprises, as specified. Existing law requires the commission, by rule or order to, adopt criteria for verifying and determining the eligibility of women, minority, disabled veteran, and LGBT business enterprises for procurement contracts. Pursuant to this requirement, the commission adopted General Order 156 providing for the verification and certification of those business enterprises, as specified.This bill would require the above-described utilities with annual gross California revenues exceeding $25,000,000, as a part of their annual report, to include a list of all of their contractors and subcontractors for the prior reporting year and the values of each contract and subcontract entered into, and would require contractors and subcontractors of the above-described utilities with annual gross California revenues exceeding $15,000,000 to submit annual reports on expenditures and whether the work was performed in California. The bill would specify that certification of a business enterprise pursuant to General Order 156 as a women, minority, disabled veteran, and LGBT business enterprise does not expire if that business enterprise is acquired by a business enterprise that does not qualify for certification under General Order 156.This bill would require the above-described utilities with annual gross California revenues exceeding $25,000,000, and their commission-regulated subsidiaries and affiliates, to submit annually a diversity, equity, and inclusion employment plan, as defined, that includes short- and long-term goals and timetables to promote the employment of women, minorities, disabled veterans, and LGBT individuals at all levels of employment within their organizations, and would require those entities to file an annual report regarding the implementation of the programs to promote the employment of those individuals.Under existing law, a violation of an order, decision, rule, direction, demand, or requirement of the commission is a crime.Because 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 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 1186 - Rosilicie Ochoa Bogh
Fairs: free admissions.
02/21/2024 - Referred to Com. on AGRI.
SB 1186, as introduced, Ochoa Bogh. Fairs: free admissions. (1) Existing law governs expositions and fairs in this state, including the California ?Exposition and State Fair, county and district fairs, and citrus fruit fairs. Existing law defines courtesy pass admission as an admission without payment of the admission charge to any state, county, district, or citrus fruit fair, except, among other things, admission of any military personnel in uniform.This bill would expand that exception to include the admission of any military personnel, regardless whether they are in uniform.(2) If a charge is made for admission to enter a state, county, district, or citrus fruit fair, existing law authorizes, among others, military personnel in uniform to be admitted to the fairgrounds without the payment of the established admission price. The bill would expand that authorization to include the admission of any military personnel without payment, regardless whether they are in uniform.

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 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 129 - Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee
Housing.
06/26/2023 - From committee with author's amendments. Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on BUDGET.
SB 129, as amended, Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review. Housing. (1) Existing law establishes the Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) in the Business, Consumer Services, and Housing Agency for purposes of carrying out state housing policies and programs, and creates in HCD the California Housing Finance Agency.This bill would remove the California Housing Finance Agency from within HCD. This bill would continue the existence of the California Housing Finance Agency in the Business, Consumer Services, and Housing Agency.This bill would also make technical, conforming changes and would delete obsolete references.(2) Existing federal law authorizes the United States Secretary of Agriculture to extend financial assistance through multifamily housing direct loan and grant programs to serve very low, low-, and moderate-income households, including, among other programs, Section 515 Rural Rental Housing Loans, which are mortgages to provide affordable rental housing for very low, low-, and moderate-income families, elderly persons, and persons with disabilities.Existing law establishes a low-income housing tax credit program pursuant to which the California Tax Credit Allocation Committee provides procedures and requirements for the allocation, in modified conformity with federal law, of state insurance, personal income, and corporation tax credit amounts to qualified low-income housing projects that have been allocated, or qualify for, a federal low-income housing tax credit and farmworker housing. Existing law requires not less than 20% of the low-income housing tax credits available annually to be set aside for allocation to rural areas. Existing law defines “rural area” for purposes of the low-income housing tax credit program as an area, which, on January 1 of any calendar year, satisfies any number of certain criteria, including being eligible for financing under the Section 515 program, or successor program, of the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development. This bill would expand the above-described criteria relating to Section 515 eligibility to instead include eligibility for financing under a multifamily housing program, as specified, or successor program, of the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development. Existing law also includes in the definition of “rural area” an unincorporated area that adjoins a city having a population of 40,000 or less, provided that the city and its adjoining unincorporated area are not located within a census tract designated as an urbanized area by the United States Census Bureau.This bill would revise the definition of “rural area” to include an unincorporated area that adjoins a city having a population of 40,000 or less, provided that the unincorporated area is not located within a census tract, block group, or block designated as an urban area by the United States Census Bureau in the most recent decennial census. The bill would also include in the definition of “rural area” an unincorporated area that does not adjoin a city, provided that the unincorporated area is not located within a census tract, block group, or block designated as an urban area by the United States Census Bureau in the most recent decennial census.(3) Existing law, 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. The law requires HCD to determine whether the housing element is in substantial compliance with specified provisions of that law. Existing law requires HCD to designate jurisdictions as prohousing pursuant to emergency regulations adopted by HCD, as prescribed. Existing law awards jurisdictions that are in substantial compliance with specified provisions and that are prohousing additional points or preference in the scoring of applications for specified state programs, including, among others, the Affordable Housing and Sustainabl

CA SB 1291 - Shannon L. Grove
Veterans: memorial districts.
02/15/2024 - Introduced. Read first time. To Com. on RLS. for assignment. To print.
SB 1291, as introduced, Grove. Veterans: memorial districts. Existing law provides for the formation of veterans memorial districts and provides for their powers and functions in constructing, acquiring, and operating halls, buildings, meeting places, and other facilities for the use of veterans and veterans’ organizations and by persons and organizations other than veterans when their use does not interfere with the use of the facilities by veterans. Existing law prohibits a district from entering in to a contract for the construction or alteration of any hall, building, or meeting place until professional estimates of the cost of that construction or alteration have been submitted to, considered, and approved by a majority of the board at an official meeting.This bill would make technical, nonsubstantive changes to those provisions.

CA SB 131 - Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee
Taxation.
06/27/2023 - Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 4:45 p.m.
SB 131, as amended, Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review. Taxation. (1) Existing law requires the Controller to state an account with persons that receive funds or property belonging to the state and fail to properly render account thereof to the state, and persons that fail to pay to the State Treasury any money belonging to the state. Existing law requires the Controller to offset delinquent accounts against personal income tax refunds that have been certified by the Franchise Tax Board, subject to a specified priority. Existing law, for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2024, prohibit the Controller from offsetting delinquent accounts against the personal income tax refunds of an individual who received the earned income tax credit or the young child tax credit for the taxable year, except as specified.This bill would additionally prohibit the Controller from offsetting delinquent accounts against the personal income tax refunds of an individual who received the foster youth tax credit.(2) Existing law requires the Department of Finance to report annually, no later than September 15, to the Legislature with regard to tax expenditures, as defined. Existing law requires the report to include specified information, including, for personal income tax expenditures, the number of taxpayers affected and returns filed, as applicable, for the most recent tax year for which full year data is available.Commencing August 1, 2023, this bill would instead require the report to be provided to the Legislature no later than November 1 of each year and would change the contents of the report by instead requiring, for personal income tax expenditures and for the most recent tax year for which full year data is available, the number of taxpayers affected and returns filed, categorized by taxpayers’ income levels, as applicable, and the cost to the state resulting from these personal income tax expenditures, categorized by the taxpayers’ income levels, for which data is readily available.(3) Existing law, the Personal Income Tax Law, in partial conformity with federal income tax law, imposes a tax on the taxable income of estates or of any kind of property held in trust. That law provides the taxable income of an estate or trust is computed in the same manner as in the case of an individual, except as provided, and the tax is paid by the fiduciary of the trust or estate. Existing law provides that, where the grantor or another person is treated as the owner of any portion of the trust, known as a “grantor trust,” then items of income, deductions, and credits against tax of the trust are included in computing the taxable income and credits of the grantor or other owner.This bill, for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2023, would include the income of an incomplete gift nongrantor trust, as defined, in the gross income of the grantor to the extent the income of the trust would be taken into account in computing the grantor’s taxable income if the trust were treated as a grantor trust. The bill would provide that these provisions do not apply where certain conditions are met, including an irrevocable election made by the fiduciary to be taxed as a resident nongrantor trust, as provided.(4) The Personal Income Tax Law and the Corporation Tax Law, in conformity with federal income tax law, generally defines “gross income” as income from whatever source derived, except as specifically excluded, and provides various exclusions from gross income.This bill would, for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2020, and before January 1, 2028, provide exclusions from gross income for any qualified taxpayer, as defined, for amounts received in settlements associated with either the 2019 Kincade Fire in the County of Sonoma, or the 2020 Zogg Fire in the Counties of Tehama and Shasta, as provided.(5) The Personal Income Tax Law and the Corporation Tax Law allow various credits against the taxes imposed by those laws, including

CA SB 132 - Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee
Income taxes: tax credits: motion pictures: occupational safety: California Film Commission.
06/27/2023 - Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 4:45 p.m.
SB 132, as amended, Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review. Income taxes: tax credits: motion pictures: occupational safety: California Film Commission. (1) Existing law grants the Division of Occupational Safety and Health, which is within the Department of Industrial Relations, jurisdiction over all employment and places of employment, with the power necessary to enforce and administer all occupational health and safety laws and standards. The Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board, an independent entity within the department, has the exclusive authority to adopt occupational safety and health standards within the state. Existing law, the California Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1973, requires employers to comply with certain standards ensuring healthy and safe working conditions, as specified, and charges the division with enforcement of the act. Other existing law relating to occupational safety imposes special provisions on certain industries and charges the division with enforcement of these provisions. This bill would establish the Safety on Productions Pilot Program. The bill, commencing July 1, 2025, and until June 30, 2030, inclusive, would require that an employer for a motion picture production that receives a specified motion picture tax credit, for that motion picture production, hire or assign a qualified safety advisor for California filming activities to perform a risk assessment and, if required under the bill, a specific risk assessment, as specified. The bill would require a dedicated safety advisor to be present on every motion picture production in the pilot program who is assigned exclusively to that motion picture production. The bill would require assessments to be accessible to specified affected persons and safety advisor access to locations and relevant facilities and items to ensure safety. The bill would require production to conduct a daily safety meeting, including, but not limited to, a safety meeting required when firearms are involved in a scene. The bill would require a safety advisor to participate in daily safety meetings, as specified. The bill would require an employer to identify a person for performers, crew, labor organization representatives, and the division to contact for issues regarding compliance. The bill would require the safety advisor to prepare a final safety evaluation report based on the actual risk and compliance experience. The bill would require the safety advisor, within 60 days following completion of filming activities, to provide the final safety evaluation report to the Industry-Wide Labor-Management Safety Committee and the California Film Commission. The bill would require the committee and the California Film Commission to jointly select an organization or firm to perform a written evaluation of the pilot program. The bill would require the selected organization or firm to review and assess the final safety evaluation reports on or before June 30, 2029, and make a nonbinding set of recommendations to the Legislature, as prescribed. These pilot program provisions would be repealed as of January 1, 2031. This bill would allow the use of a firearm or blank on motion picture productions only for specified purposes and under specified safety conditions. The bill would require a qualified property master, armorer, or assistant property master handling a firearm in the course of the motion picture production to have a specified state permit, to have completed certain training in firearms, and to have a specified federal document for the possession and custody of the firearm. The bill would specifically impose prescribed reporting requirements on employers engaged in motion picture production. The bill would specifically authorize the division to investigate, inspect, and cite employers, as prescribed. This bill would prohibit ammunition on a motion picture production, except in prescribed circumstances, subject to certain safety rules and laws. The bill

CA SB 133 - Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee
Courts.
06/30/2023 - Chaptered by Secretary of State. Chapter 34, Statutes of 2023.
SB 133, Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review. Courts. (1) The California Constitution vests the judicial power of the state in the Supreme Court, courts of appeal, and superior courts, and establishes the Judicial Council to, among other things, adopt rules of court and perform functions prescribed by statute. Existing law, the Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation Law, authorizes and regulates the formation and operation of, among others, nonprofit public benefit corporations.This bill would establish the California Access to Justice Commission, a nonprofit public benefit corporation, and would authorize the commission to receive funding appropriated by the Legislature. The bill would specify the membership of the commission and terms of the members. The bill would specify the purposes for which the commission may receive and use funding including, among others, providing ongoing leadership in efforts to achieve full and equal access to justice for all Californians. The bill would make the commission subject to the Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation Law and would set the public meeting requirements for the commission.(2) Existing law, the State Bar Act, provides for the licensure and regulation of attorneys by the State Bar of California, a public corporation. Existing law requires an attorney or law firm receiving or disbursing trust funds to establish and maintain an Interest On Lawyers’ Trust Accounts (IOLTA) account in which the attorney or law firm is required to deposit or invest specified client deposits or funds. Existing law requires interest and dividends earned on IOLTA accounts to be paid to the State Bar of California and used for programs providing civil legal services without charge to indigent persons. Existing law requires the State Bar of California to distribute IOLTA funds and specified other funds to qualified legal service projects and qualified support centers, as defined, for the provision of civil legal services without charge to indigent persons in accordance with a specified statutory scheme. Existing law authorizes qualified legal services projects and qualified support centers to use the funds to provide work opportunities with pay and scholarships for disadvantaged law students to help defray their law school expenses, among other purposes.This bill would authorize qualified legal service projects and qualified support centers to also use the funds to provide loan repayment assistance for the purposes of recruiting and retaining attorneys in accordance with a loan repayment assistance program administered by the California Access to Justice Commission. The bill would appropriate $250,000 from the General Fund to the Judicial Council to provide funding to the California Access to Justice Commission to administer a tax advantaged student loan repayment assistance program for service providers employed by qualified legal service projects and support centers, as specified.(3) Existing law establishes the Appellate Court Trust Fund, the proceeds of which shall be used for the purpose of funding the courts of appeal and the Supreme Court. Existing law requires the funds, upon appropriation by the Legislature, to be apportioned by the Judicial Council to the courts of appeal and the Supreme Court taking into consideration all other funds available and the needs of each court in a manner that promotes equal access to the courts, ensures the ability of the courts to carry out their functions, and promotes implementation of statewide policies.This bill would authorize the funds to be apportioned by the Judicial Council to the Supreme Court, courts of appeal, and the Judicial Council, taking into consideration all other funds available to each and the needs of each.(4) Existing law generally requires the superior court, as an employer, to provide employees with the use of a lactation room or other location for employees to express milk in private, including, among other things, a clean and safe place to s

CA SB 1335 - Bob J. Archuleta
The California Cadet Corps.
02/20/2024 - From printer. May be acted upon on or after March 18.
SB 1335, as introduced, Archuleta. The California Cadet Corps. Existing law establishes the California Cadet Corps and requires the Adjutant General to fulfill specified responsibilities in overseeing the corps, including inspecting each corps unit every 2 years, adopting rules and regulations to determine the grade and rank to be held by specific individuals in the corps, and prescribing uniforms for the corps. Existing law specifies who may serve in corps leadership positions. Existing law requires each college, community college, and school meeting specified criteria to establish a unit and requires or authorizes those schools to fulfill certain responsibilities with regard to the corps.Existing law authorizes the Adjutant General to appoint officers in the corps, as specified, and to order members of the corps into temporary active state duty. Existing law requires marksmanship practice as part of corps instruction and authorizes the Adjutant General to purchase and supply rifles to each college, community college, and school for field target work and gallery practice. Existing law requires cadets, when practical, to utilize California National Guard rifle ranges, as specified. Existing law provides for the discipline of cadets for, among other things, deficiency in academic studies and misbehavior. Existing law requires the Adjutant General to inspect corps units once every 2 years, except as otherwise provided.This bill would revise and recast these provisions to, among other things, authorize the establishment of an independent unit outside of a school, college, or community college under the guidance and control of a sponsoring organization, as provided. The bill would authorize the Adjutant General to appoint staff officers in support of corps operations. The bill would decrease the frequency of inspections by requiring the Adjutant General to inspect corps units once every 3 years or as otherwise provided. The bill would also authorize the Governor to appoint officers for the corps, including 2 deputy commanders and a chief of staff. This bill would authorize the Adjutant General to adopt rules and regulations for the personnel actions of corps officers. The bill would specify the disciplinary authority for independent corps units and would authorize the Commander of the California Cadet Corps to demote or dismiss a cadet, as specified.This bill would authorize the Adjutant General to order officers of the State Guard, Naval Militia, or California National Guard to temporary state active duty to support the corps, including serving as a marksmanship or military training instructor. The bill would authorize marksmanship as part of corps instruction and would authorize the Adjutant General to purchase and supply rifles to units established outside of a school, college, or community college. The bill would authorize the Adjutant General to enter into a cooperative agreement with a nonprofit public benefit education corporation to, among other things, solicit grants and other funding on behalf of a corps unit.

CA SB 134 - Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee
Public safety trailer bill.
06/26/2023 - Ordered to third reading.
SB 134, as amended, Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review. Public safety trailer bill. (1) Existing law, the California Public Records Act, authorizes the inspection and copying of any public record except where specifically prohibited by law. Existing law, with specified exemptions, makes confidential and exempts from disclosure the personnel records of peace officers and custodial records and certain other records maintained by their employing agencies. Existing law provides that this exemption from disclosure does not apply to investigations of these officers or their employing agencies and related proceedings conducted by a grand jury, a district attorney’s office, or the Attorney General’s office.Existing law establishes the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) to, among other functions, certify the eligibility of those persons appointed as peace officers throughout the state. Existing law establishes the Peace Officer Standards Accountability Division within POST to review investigations conducted by law enforcement agencies and to conduct additional investigations into serious misconduct that may provide grounds for suspension or revocation of a peace officer’s certification.This bill would exempt from the aforementioned confidentiality provisions, investigations of peace officers and custodial officers or their employing agencies and related proceedings conducted by POST. This bill would provide that, until January 1, 2027, specified records in the possession of POST related to these functions are not public records subject to disclosure, although those same records may be subject to disclosure by the agency that employs or previously employed the peace officer.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.(2) Existing law requires the Department of Justice, on a monthly basis, to review the records in the statewide criminal justice databases and identify persons who are eligible for arrest record relief and automatic conviction record relief. Commencing on July 1, 2023, existing law makes arrest record relief available to a person who has been arrested for a felony, including a felony punishable in the state prison, as specified. Commencing on July 1, 2023, existing law makes conviction record relief available for a defendant convicted, on or after January 1, 2005, of a felony for which they did not complete probation without revocation if the defendant appears to have completed all terms of incarceration, probation, mandatory supervision, postrelease community supervision, and parole, and a period of 4 years has elapsed during which the defendant was not convicted of a new felony offense, except as specified.This bill would delay the implementation of these provisions until July 1, 2024. (3) Existing law authorizes the court, in its discretion and in the interest of justice in specified cases, to permit the defendant to withdraw their plea of guilty or nolo contendere and enter a plea of not guilty, or, if the defendant has been convicted after a plea of not guilty, to set aside the verdict of guilty, and to dismiss the accusations or information against the defendant and release the defendant from all penalties and disabilities resulting from the offense for which they have been convicted. Existing law authorizes a person who was under 18 years of age at the time of commission of a misdemeanor to, in specified circumstances, petition the court for an order sealing the record of conviction and other official records in the case. Existing law authorizes the court to require the defendant or petitioner in these circumstances to reimburse the court, city, and county for actual costs of services rende

CA SB 1344 - Shannon L. Grove
Veterans: assistance.
02/20/2024 - From printer. May be acted upon on or after March 18.
SB 1344, as introduced, Grove. Veterans: assistance. Existing law requires a state and local public agency to provide assistance to veterans on the same basis as it provides to any other eligible person.This bill would make technical, nonsubstantive changes to that provision.

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 145 - Laura Friedman
Environmental mitigation: Department of Transportation.
07/05/2023 - Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 4 p.m.
SB 145, as amended,  Newman. Environmental mitigation: Department of Transportation. (1) The California Endangered Species Act (CESA) requires the Fish and Game Commission to establish a list of endangered species and a list of threatened species and to add or remove species from either list if it finds, upon the receipt of sufficient scientific information, as specified, that the action is warranted. CESA prohibits the taking of an endangered, threatened, or candidate species, except as specified. Under the act, the Department of Fish and Wildlife may authorize the take of listed species if the take is incidental to an otherwise lawful activity, the impacts are minimized and fully mitigated, and the applicant ensures adequate funding for implementing the mitigation measures and for monitoring compliance with, and the effectiveness of, those measures.This bill would specify that any transportation funding identified in the State Highway System Management Plan for purposes of these provisions is presumed to provide adequate funding for the long-term maintenance of a habitat connectivity or wildlife corridor structure on the state highway system, but not for the habitat on or around the structure, and would require an applicant to provide an endowment.(2) Existing law vests the Department of Transportation with full possession and control of the state highways and associated properties. Existing law authorizes the department to acquire any real property that it considers necessary for state highway purposes.This bill would authorize the department to purchase property for specified environmental mitigation purposes, to be called environmental mitigation property, and to transfer that property to specified governmental and nongovernmental entities, or to purchase the property in the name of those entities.This bill would authorize the department to create an endowment or enter into an agreement with the transferee of an environmental mitigation property or another party to provide funding for the establishment, preservation, restoration, and maintenance of the property consistent with certain permit conditions or mitigation requirements. The bill would authorize the department to enter into a cooperative agreement with certain other parties to hold, manage, and invest an endowment for an environmental mitigation property and disburse payments from the endowment to the holder of the property consistent with the fund agreement. The bill would repeal these provisions on December 31, 2033.This bill would also authorize the department to purchase, exempt from specified advertising or bidding requirements, environmental mitigation credits in a mitigation credit agreement or from a mitigation bank, conservation bank, in-lieu fee program, or from another mitigation credit provider in certain circumstances. The bill would authorize the department to purchase, exempt from those same advertising or bidding requirements, environmental mitigation credits from a mitigation bank, conservation bank, in-lieu fee program, mitigation credit agreement, or from another mitigation credit provider for the purpose of fulfilling mitigation responsibilities for natural resources or for advance mitigation purposes, using an alternative solicitation method, as specified. The bill would authorize the department to enter into agreements with governmental, nonprofit, and for-profit entities for the purpose of mitigating environmental impacts caused by transportation projects or for advance mitigation purposes. The bill would repeal these provisions on December 31, 2033.This bill would require, by July 1, 2025, and annually thereafter until July 1, 2033, the department to provide a written report to the relevant legislative policy and budget committees that includes specified information related to its environmental mitigation program.(3) Existing law authorizes the Department of Transportation to make and enter into any contracts in the manner provided by law

CA SB 146 - Laura Friedman
Public resources: infrastructure: contracting.
07/05/2023 - Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 4 p.m.
SB 146, as amended,  Gonzalez. Public resources: infrastructure: contracting. (1) Existing law authorizes the Secretary of Transportation to assume the responsibilities of the United States Secretary of Transportation under the federal National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) and other federal environmental laws for any railroad, public transportation, or multimodal project undertaken by state agencies, as specified. Existing law provides that the State of California consents to the jurisdiction of the federal courts with regard to the compliance, discharge, or enforcement of these responsibilities. Existing law repeals these provisions on January 1, 2025.This bill would extend the above authorization to December 31, 2033. The bill would additionally authorize the Secretary of Transportation, consistent with, and subject to the requirements of, any memorandum of understanding between the state and federal government and upon the request of a local or regional agency with the authority to implement transportation projects, to assume responsibilities under the NEPA and other federal environmental laws for any railroad, local public transportation, or multimodal project implemented by the requesting local or regional agency. The bill would impose terms and conditions similar to those with respect to the above-described authority to assume those responsibilities for projects undertaken by state agencies, including providing consent for the jurisdiction of the federal courts, as provided. The bill would require the secretary to report to the transportation policy committees of the Legislature regarding the assumption of responsibilities under the NEPA requested by a local or regional agency by December 31, 2033. The bill would repeal these provisions on December 31, 2033.(2) Existing law authorizes the Director of General Services to use the progressive design-build procurement process for the construction of up to 3 capital outlay projects, as jointly determined by the Department of General Services and the Department of Finance, and prescribes that process. Existing law defines “progressive design-build” as a project delivery process in which both the design and construction of a project are procured from a single entity that is selected through a qualifications-based selection at the earliest feasible stage of the project. Existing law, pursuant to the process, after selection of a design-build entity, authorizes the Department of General Services to contract for design and preconstruction services sufficient to establish a guaranteed maximum price, as defined. Existing law authorizes the department, upon agreement on a guaranteed maximum price, to amend the contract in its sole discretion, as specified. Existing law requires specified information to be verified under penalty of perjury.This bill would authorize the Department of Water Resources and the Department of Transportation (departments) to use the progressive design-build procurement process for the construction of up to 8 public works projects per department for a project that is estimated to exceed $25,000,000 in total price, and would prescribe that process. The bill would require each design-build entity, as defined, to submit specified information in a statement of qualifications that is to be verified under penalty of perjury. By expanding the crime of perjury, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.This bill would prescribe the process for the departments to determine which design-build entity offers the best value to the public for the design-build project, as defined. The bill would require the selected design-build entity to provide payment and performance bonds and errors and omissions insurance coverage, as specified. The bill would, pursuant to the process, authorize the departments to contract for design and preconstruction services sufficient to establish a guaranteed maximum price, as defined. Upon agreement on a guaranteed maximum

CA SB 150 - Lola Smallwood-Cuevas
Construction: workforce development: public contracts.
07/05/2023 - Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 4 p.m.
SB 150, as amended,  Durazo. Construction: workforce development: public contracts. (1) Existing law establishes the Department of Transportation in the Transportation Agency.Existing law establishes the California Workforce Development Board as the body responsible for assisting the Governor in the development, oversight, and continuous improvement of California’s workforce investment system and the alignment of the education and workforce investment systems to the needs of the 21st century economy and workforce. Under existing law, the California Workforce Development Board assists the Governor in the administration, promotion, and expansion of high road construction careers.This bill would require the Department of Transportation to work in partnership with the California Workforce Development Board to support California’s high road construction careers program. The bill would require the department to reserve a minimum aggregate total of $50,000,000 of federal funds from the federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act to be allocated over 4 years to support the program.(2) Existing law authorizes a public entity to use, enter into, or require contractors to enter into, a project labor agreement, as defined, for a construction project only if the agreement includes specified taxpayer protection provisions. Existing law authorizes the members of the governing board of a local public entity to choose by majority vote whether to use, enter into, or require contractors to enter into a project labor agreement that includes taxpayer protection provisions for a specific project or projects.This bill, on or after January 1, 2026, would authorize a state agency to use, enter into, or require contractors to enter into, a project labor agreement that applies to a project or set of projects with aggregate construction costs in excess of $35,000,000 only if the agreement also includes provisions to address community benefits, as described.(3) Existing law establishes specified procedures governing contracts between public entities and their contractors and subcontractors. Existing law also establishes the Labor and Workforce Development Agency, the Government Operations Agency, and the Transportation Agency within state government and sets forth their regulatory duties.This bill would require the above-described state agencies to convene relevant stakeholders to provide input on recommendations to establish material terms to be included as a material part of a contract. The bill would require these agencies to meet with those stakeholders in the process of developing recommendations, and to consult with specified state entities, including the Civil Rights Department, as prescribed. The bill would require those recommendations to be provided to the Governor and the Legislature by March 30, 2024, and also presented to the California Workforce Development Board in a regularly scheduled public meeting.(4) This bill would declare that it is to take effect immediately as an urgency statute.

CA SB 2 - Buffy Wicks
Firearms.
09/12/2023 - Assembly amendments concurred in. (Ayes 28. Noes 8.) Ordered to engrossing and enrolling.
SB 2, as amended, Portantino. Firearms. Existing law prohibits a person from carrying a concealed firearm or carrying a loaded firearm in public. Existing law authorizes a licensing authority, as specified, if good cause exists for the issuance, and subject to certain other criteria including, among other things, the applicant is of good moral character and has completed a specified course of training, to issue a license to carry a concealed handgun or to carry a loaded and exposed handgun, as specified. Under existing law, the required course of training for an applicant is no more than 16 hours and covers firearm safety and laws regarding the permissible use of a firearm.This bill would require the licensing authority to issue or renew a license if the applicant is not a disqualified person for the license and the applicant is at least 21 years of age. The bill would remove the good character and good cause requirements from the issuance criteria. Under the bill, the applicant would be a disqualified person if they, among other things, are reasonably likely to be a danger to self, others, or the community at large, as specified. This bill would add the requirement that the applicant be the recorded owner, with the Department of Justice, of the pistol, revolver, or other firearm capable of being concealed upon the person. This bill would change the training requirement to be no less than 16 hours in length and would add additional subjects to the course including, among other things, the safe storage and legal transportation of firearms. The bill would require an issuing authority, prior to that issuance, renewal, or amendment to a license, if it has direct access to the designated department system to determine if the applicant is the recorded owner of the pistol, revolver, or other firearm. The bill would require an issuing authority without access to that system to confirm the ownership with the sheriff of the county in which the agency is located. By requiring local agencies to issue licenses for concealed firearms, this bill would create a state-mandated local program.The bill would require a licensing authority to provide the applicant notice if a new license or license renewal is denied or revoked. If an application is denied or a license is revoked based on a determination that the applicant is a disqualified person, the bill would permit the applicant to request a hearing to challenge the license denial or revocation, and require the licensing authority to inform the applicant of the ability to seek a hearing. If a new license or license renewal is denied or revoked for any other reason, the bill would authorize the applicant to seek a writ of mandate from a superior court within 30 days of receipt of notice of denial or revocation, and require the licensing authority to inform the applicant of the ability to seek a writ of mandate. By imposing new duties on local licensing authorities, this bill would create a state-mandated local program.Existing law requires an agency issuing a license described above to set forth specified information on the license, including, among other things, the licensee’s name, occupation, and reason for desiring a license to carry the weapon.This bill would revise that information to include, among other things, the licensee’s driver’s license or identification number, fingerprints, and information relating to the date of expiration of the license, and would remove the requirement that the license detail the reason for desiring a license to carry the weapon.Existing law requires an applicant for a license described above to provide fingerprints, as specified. Existing law exempts an applicant from this requirement if they have previously applied to the same licensing authority and the applicant’s fingerprints have previously been forwarded to the department, as specified, and instead requires that authority to note data that would provide positive identification in the files of the depart

CA SB 228 - Richard Dale Roth
Civilian youth opportunities program.
09/13/2023 - Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 4 p.m.
SB 228, Roth. Civilian youth opportunities program. Existing law authorizes the Adjutant General to conduct a civilian youth opportunities program, known as the “National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program,” consisting of a residential program and post-residential mentoring to serve at-risk teens in areas of the state, including, but not limited to, the San Joaquin Valley and northern California, as specified.This bill would require the Adjutant General to additionally conduct that program in western Riverside County.

CA SB 246 - Rosilicie Ochoa Bogh
California Interagency Council on Homelessness.
09/01/2023 - September 1 hearing: Held in committee and under submission.
SB 246, as introduced, Ochoa Bogh. California Interagency Council on Homelessness. Existing law requires the Governor to establish the California Interagency Council on Homelessness, and requires the council to, among other things, identify mainstream resources, benefits, and services that can be accessed to prevent and end homelessness in California, and promote systems integration to increase efficiency and effectiveness while focusing on designing systems to address the needs of people experiencing homelessness. Existing law sets forth the composition of the council, which includes, among others, the Secretary of Business, Consumer Services, and Housing and the Secretary of California Health and Human Services, who serve as cochairs of the council.This bill would add a representative from the State Council on Developmental Disabilities to the council described above.

CA SB 248 - Josh Newman
Political Reform Act of 1974: disclosures: candidate experience.
09/01/2023 - September 1 hearing: Held in committee and under submission.
SB 248, as amended, Newman. Political Reform Act of 1974: disclosures: candidate experience. (1) Existing law requires candidates to submit specified filings to declare their intent to run for elective office. Existing law, the Political Reform Act of 1974, additionally requires candidates for elective office to make various disclosures relating to a campaign for elective office.This bill would require, beginning on the January 1 after the Secretary of State certifies a CAL-ACCESS Replacement, a candidate for elective office to file, when the candidate files a declaration of candidacy, a form to disclose the candidate’s prior education and work history, and history of military service, if any. The filing would contain a statement, signed under penalty of perjury, that the information contained in the form is accurate to the best of the candidate’s knowledge. The bill would require the Fair Political Practices Commission to create a form for this purpose. The bill would require the Secretary of State to post on its internet website a copy of completed forms submitted by candidates, making such forms available to the public for 4 years from the date of the election associated with the filing.The bill would establish penalties and enforcement procedures for these requirements, as specified. The bill would state that it is the intent of the Legislature that a violation of these provisions be considered grounds for disqualification from elective office, and that a governing body with the power to remove an elected officer from an office may consider violation of this chapter as grounds for such removal.(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) A violation of the Political Reform Act of 1974 is punishable as a misdemeanor, and reports and statements filed under the act are required to be signed under the penalty of perjury. By expanding the scope of existing 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 a specified reason.(4) The Political Reform Act of 1974, an initiative measure, provides that the Legislature may amend the act to further the act’s purposes upon a 2/3 vote of each house of the Legislature and compliance with specified procedural requirements.This bill would declare that it furthers the purposes of the act.

CA SB 263 - Bill M. Dodd
Insurance: annuities and life insurance policies.
09/01/2023 - September 1 hearing postponed by committee.
SB 263, as amended, Dodd. Insurance: annuities and life insurance policies. Existing law generally regulates classes of insurance, including life insurance and annuities. Existing law requires insurers to establish a system to supervise recommendations and set standards and procedures for recommendations for annuity products, which applies to any recommendation to purchase, exchange, or replace an annuity made to a consumer that results in the purchase, exchange, or replacement that was recommended. Existing law requires an insurance producer recommending the purchase or exchange of an annuity to have reasonable grounds for believing that the recommendation is suitable for the consumer, as specified.This bill would revise and recast those provisions beginning January 1, 2025, with respect to annuities issued on or after January 1, 2025. The bill would require insurance producers to act in the best interest of the consumer when making a recommendation of an annuity. The bill would require an insurer to establish, maintain, and utilize a system to supervise recommendations for annuities, which would apply to any sale of or recommendation made to a consumer to purchase, exchange, or replace an annuity. The bill would set forth various duties of an insurer and producer to ensure that recommended annuities are in the consumer’s best interest, and would specify obligations that ensure a producer has acted in the best interest of a consumer, including the provision of specified information to the consumer. The bill would require a life insurer to provide a buyer’s guide to all consumers who purchase an annuity.This bill would require a life agent, licensed on or after January 1, 2024, who engages in the sale of specified life insurance policies on or after January 1, 2025, to complete specified hours of life insurance training courses before soliciting consumers to sell these life insurance policies. The bill would require any life agent, who engages in the sale of variable life insurance policies, to complete specified hours of training before renewing their license. The bill would apply these training provisions to licenses that are issued or renewed on or after January 1, 2025. The bill would require an insurance producer to complete an annuity training course approved by the Insurance Commissioner before transacting annuities on or after January 1, 2025.

CA SB 267 - Susan Talamantes Eggman
Credit history of persons receiving government rent subsidies.
09/13/2023 - Assembly amendments concurred in. (Ayes 31. Noes 3.) Ordered to engrossing and enrolling.
SB 267, as amended, Eggman. Credit history of persons receiving government rent subsidies. Existing law, the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), prohibits, in instances in which there is a government rent subsidy, the use of a financial or income standard in assessing eligibility for the rental of housing that is not based on the portion of the rent to be paid by the tenant. FEHA requires the Civil Rights Department to enforce specific provisions of the act, including the provision described above.This bill would additionally prohibit the use of a person’s credit history as part of the application process for a rental housing accommodation without offering the applicant the option of providing lawful, verifiable alternative evidence of the applicant’s reasonable ability to pay the portion of the rent to be paid by the tenant, including, but not limited to, government benefit payments, pay records, and bank statements, in instances in which there is a government rent subsidy. The bill would, if the applicant elects to provide lawful, verifiable alternative evidence of the applicant’s reasonable ability to pay, require the housing provider to provide the applicant reasonable time to respond with that alternative evidence and reasonably consider that alternative evidence in lieu of the person’s credit history in determining whether to offer the rental accommodation to the applicant.

CA SB 273 - Scott D. Wiener
Tidelands and submerged lands: City and County of San Francisco: Piers 30-32: mixed-use development.
09/15/2023 - Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 3 p.m.
SB 273, Wiener. Tidelands and submerged lands: City and County of San Francisco: Piers 30-32: mixed-use development. The State Lands Commission has jurisdiction over tidelands and submerged lands of the state. Existing law, the Burton Act, grants to the City and County of San Francisco the right, title, and interest of the State of California in and to certain tidelands and submerged lands in trust for certain purposes. Existing law establishes the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission and requires any person or governmental agency wishing to place fill, to extract materials, or to make any substantial change in use of any water, land, or structure, within the area of the commission’s jurisdiction to secure a permit from the commission.Existing law authorizes the State Lands Commission to approve a mixed-use development on the San Francisco waterfront at Piers 30-32, which would include a multipurpose venue for events and public assembly, if the State Lands Commission finds, at a properly noticed public meeting, that specified conditions are met.This bill would revise those provisions to instead authorize the State Lands Commission to approve, as consistent with the public trust, as defined, a mixed-use development on the San Francisco waterfront at Piers 30-32, that includes general office use, if the State Lands Commission finds, at a properly noticed public meeting, that specified conditions are met, including, among others, that the mixed-use development is designed to attract the statewide public to the waterfront, increase public enjoyment of the San Francisco Bay, encourage public trust activities, and enhance public use of trust assets and resources on the waterfront.This bill would make legislative findings and declarations as to the necessity of a special statute because of the unique circumstances applicable only to Piers 30-32 in the City and County of San Francisco.

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 284 - Scott D. Wiener
Public utilities: contracting: interconnection transparency and efficiency: wholesale distribution service.
06/20/2023 - From committee with author's amendments. Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on L. & E.
SB 284, as amended, Wiener. Public utilities: contracting: interconnection transparency and efficiency: wholesale distribution service. Existing law vests the Public Utilities Commission with regulatory jurisdiction over public utilities, including electrical and gas corporations.This bill would require the commission to require each electrical corporation to make distribution data and distribution planning standards available to development project applicants, interconnecting entities, and public entities in a timely and efficient manner. The bill would require the commission to require each electrical corporation to develop and make publicly available information about its distribution system interconnection queue necessary for the interconnection of generation and electrical load. The bill would require each electrical corporation that has filed a wholesale distribution tariff with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to offer service under that tariff to the state, an agency, authority, or instrumentality of the state, or a political subdivision to transmit electricity that those public entities consume or sell directly to an ultimate customer, at the voltage requested by those public entities.The Subletting and Subcontracting Fair Practices Act imposes various requirements on the state and any county, city, body politic, or public agency, and prime contractors and subcontractors, as defined, relating to the solicitation and acceptance of bids for construction on a public work or improvement. The act requires a bid to include specified information relating to the contractors to perform work under that bid, imposes limitations on the substitution, assignment, or sublet of subcontractors once a bid has been accepted, creates a process for addressing clerical errors in a submitted bid that requires, among other things, that the affected contractors submit affidavits under penalty of perjury, and imposes requirements on prime contractors and subcontractors relating to payment bonds. The act imposes various penalties for the violation of these provisions.This bill would impose the above-described requirements on electrical corporations or gas corporations, defined as “investor-owned utilities,” prime contractors, and subcontractors relating to the solicitation and acceptance of bids for a project of an investor-owned utility when the expenditure for a project exceeds $10,000, the project is undertaken in California, and the investor-owned utility intends to contract out the project. The bill would require an investor-owned utility to solicit bids in writing and award the work to the lowest responsible bidder or reject all bids. The bill would also require an investor-owned utility to specify various requirements relating to the payment of a prevailing wage, apprenticeship training, payment bonds, and a grievance process. By expanding the crime of perjury, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program. This bill would require an investor-owned utility to require its contractors and subcontractors to use a skilled and trained workforce to perform work on projects for the production, generation, transmission, distribution, or storage of energy. The bill would require the commission to require investor-owned utilities to obtain certain reports from their contractors, bidders, or other entities and to transmit those reports to the commission.This bill would prohibit an investor-owned utility from requiring a contractor to enter into, or not enter into, a collective bargaining agreement with any labor organization as a condition for bidding on any contracting work, entering into a contract with, or performing any contracting work for, the investor-owned utility, unless the agreement is a multicraft project labor agreement and certain requirements are met.Existing law defines the term “public works” for the purposes of various requirements relating to wages, working hours, and workers’ compensation for work performed on a p

CA SB 289 - Caroline Menjivar
Identification cards.
02/01/2024 - Returned to Secretary of Senate pursuant to Joint Rule 56.
SB 289, as amended, Menjivar. Identification cards. Existing law authorizes the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to issue an identification card to an eligible applicant, and requires a fee of $26 to be paid upon the application to the DMV for the issuance of the identification card, except as specified. Existing law prohibits the department from charging a fee for an original or replacement identification card issued to any person who can verify their status as a homeless person or homeless child or youth.This bill would additionally prohibit the department from charging a fee for an original or replacement identification card to an applicant who is a veteran of the United States Armed Forces and can provide the department with a specified veteran verification form.

CA SB 320 - Nancy Skinner
Property taxation: possessory interests: independent: publicly owned housing project.
02/01/2024 - Returned to Secretary of Senate pursuant to Joint Rule 56.
SB 320, as introduced, Skinner. Property taxation: possessory interests: independent: publicly owned housing project. 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 that, for purposes of the definition of a taxable possessory interest, a possession or use is not independent if it is pursuant to a contract that includes, but is not limited to, a long-term lease for the private construction, renovation, rehabilitation, replacement, management, or maintenance of housing for active duty military personnel and their dependents, if specified criteria are met.This bill would provide that there is no independent possession or use of land or improvements if the possession or use is for a tenancy, as defined, in a residential unit, as defined, in a publicly owned housing project, as defined, is part of a governmental assistance program, and directly fulfills the governmental, public purpose of providing the housing, as described in the governmental assistance program. The bill would also provide that there is no independent possession or use of land or improvements if the possession or use is for onsite managerial duties for a publicly owned housing project, is necessary for the administration of the governmental assistance program, and directly fulfills the governmental, public purpose of the provision of housing under the governmental assistance program. The bill would make related findings and declarations. By imposing additional duties on local tax officials, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.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 also would state the intent of the Legislature to comply with these 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.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 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 331 - Susan Rubio
Child custody: child abuse and safety.
10/13/2023 - Chaptered by Secretary of State. Chapter 865, Statutes of 2023.
SB 331, Rubio. Child custody: child abuse and safety. Existing law governs the determination of child custody and visitation in contested proceedings. Existing law requires the court, for purposes of deciding custody, to determine the best interests of the child based on certain factors, including the nature and amount of contact with both parents and, consistent with specified findings, requires the court’s primary concern to be the health, safety, and welfare of the child. Existing law prohibits the ordering of family reunification services as part of a child custody or visitation rights proceeding.Existing law authorizes the court, upon making certain findings, to require the parent or parents, or any other party involved in a custody or visitation dispute, and the minor child to participate in outpatient counseling, as specified.This bill, Piqui’s Law: Keeping Children Safe from Family Violence Act, would prohibit the court from ordering family reunification treatments, programs, or services, including, but not limited to, camps, workshops, therapeutic vacations, or educational programs that, as a condition of enrollment or participation, require or result in, among other things, the use of private youth transporters or private transportation agents, as specified, a no-contact order, or a transfer of physical or legal custody of the child.Existing law requires the Judicial Council to establish judicial training programs for individuals who perform duties in domestic violence matters. Existing law requires the training programs to include a domestic violence session in any orientation session for newly appointed or elected judges and an annual training session in domestic violence. Existing law requires the training programs to include instruction in all aspects of domestic violence, including, but not limited to, the detriment to children of residing with a person who perpetrates domestic violence.This bill would instead require the Judicial Council to establish judicial training programs for individuals, including judicial officers and referees, who perform duties in domestic violence or child custody matters, including, among other topics, child sexual abuse and coercive control, as specified. The bill would require the Judicial Council to submit an annual report on these training programs, commencing on or before January 1, 2025, to the Legislature and relevant policy committees, that includes the titles of the training courses being offered and the number of judicial officers that attended each training.

CA SB 343 - Nancy Skinner
Child support.
09/13/2023 - Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 4 p.m.
SB 343, Skinner. Child support. (1) Existing law requires a court to make an expedited support order if specified information is filed, including the minimum amount the obligated parent or parents are required to pay pursuant to the statewide uniform guideline for support or specified minimum basic standards for adequate care.This bill would repeal those provisions as of January 1, 2024.(2) Existing law sets a statewide uniform guideline for determining child support and requires the Judicial Council to periodically review that guideline to recommend appropriate revisions, including economic data on the cost of raising children and an analysis of guidelines and studies from other states. Existing law further requires a court to order, as additional child support, payment of reasonable uninsured health care costs for the child and payment of childcare costs, and may order costs related to the educational or other special needs of the child, and travel expenses for visitation. Existing law requires the court, in making an order pursuant to the uninsured health care costs, to follow specified protocols. This bill, commencing September 1, 2024, would, among other things, revise the statewide uniform guideline for determining child support, including the amount that establishes a rebuttable presumption that the obligor is entitled to a low-income adjustment. This bill would expand the above-referenced protocols with regard to issuing an order to pay uninsured health care costs to also include orders to pay for specified childcare costs, if those expenses are actually incurred.(3) Existing law requires counties to maintain a local child support agency to promptly and effectively establish, modify, and enforce child support obligations, to enforce spousal support obligations, and to determine paternity of a child born out of wedlock. Existing law requires that the local child support agency provide notice of the amount of child support that is sought pursuant to the statewide uniform guidelines based upon the income or income history of the support obligor and that a proposed judgment be provided. Existing law requires the Judicial Council, in consultation with specified others, to develop a simplified summons, complaint, and answer forms for any action brought pursuant to those provisions. Existing law requires the simplified complaint form to be based upon the income or income history of the support obligor.This bill, commencing January 1, 2026, would, among other things, instead require that complaint form to require the local child support agency to use specified methods to calculate income, including using earning capacity if the local child support agency has sufficient evidence to establish earning capacity. The bill would also authorize the department to implement those provisions by a child support services letter or similar instruction until permanent regulations are adopted. The bill would require the department to adopt regulations to implement those provisions by January 1, 2027. By imposing new duties on a local child support agency, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program. Existing law requires a judgment to be entered without hearing and without other specified requirements in an action filed by the local child support agency involving the simplified procedures described above. This bill, commencing January 1, 2026, would among other things, expand that requirement to actions based on earning capacity, as specified. The bill would require a local child support agency to conduct a review of the case to determine if there is sufficient additional evidence available to establish actual income of the defendant, as specified. By imposing new duties on a local child support agency, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program. The bill would also require the Judicial Council, no later than September 1, 2024, to adopt and approve any forms necessary to implement those provisions. The bill would make thos

CA SB 35 - Thomas J. Umberg
Community Assistance, Recovery, and Empowerment (CARE) Court Program.
09/21/2023 - Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 4 p.m.
SB 35, Umberg. Community Assistance, Recovery, and Empowerment (CARE) Court Program. (1) Existing law, the Community Assistance, Recovery, and Empowerment (CARE) Act, authorizes specified adult persons to petition a civil court to create a voluntary CARE agreement or a court-ordered CARE plan and implement services, to be provided by county behavioral health agencies, to provide behavioral health care, including stabilization medication, housing, and other enumerated services, to adults who are currently experiencing a severe mental illness and have a diagnosis identified in the disorder class schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders, and who meet other specified criteria. Existing law requires all evaluations and reports, documents, and filings submitted to the court under CARE proceedings be kept confidential.This bill would authorize CARE Act proceedings to be conducted by a superior court judge or by a court-appointed commissioner or other subordinate judicial officer. The bill would require that there is no fee for filing a petition nor any fees charged by any public officer for services in filing or serving papers or for the performance of any duty enjoined by the CARE Act. The bill would authorize that the respondent is entitled to have an interpreter in all proceedings if necessary for the respondent’s full participation. This bill would require county behavioral health agencies to provide health information necessary to support findings in the filings to the court, as specified, and would exempt counties and their employees from civil or criminal liability for disclosure under these provisions. By increasing the reporting duties on county behavioral health agencies, this bill would create a state-mandated local program.This bill would authorize health care providers and covered entities, as defined, to disclose specified health information to behavioral health agencies for some purposes and would require those entities to disclose that information for other specified purposes. The bill would authorize a county behavioral health agency to apply, ex parte, for an order requiring health care providers or covered entities to provide information, as specified, to the court, the behavioral health agency, or both. The bill would require behavioral health agencies to notify respondent of disclosure, as specified. The bill would exempt health care providers and covered entities from civil or criminal liability for disclosure under these provisions and would exempt information disclosed to a county behavioral health agency by a provider of health care or a covered entity from disclosure or inspection under the Public Records Act.Existing law authorizes a specified individual to commence the CARE process, known as the original petitioner. Under existing law, if the original petitioner is a person other than the director of a county behavioral health agency, the court is required to issue an order relieving the original petitioner and appointing the director of the county behavioral health agency, or their successor, as the substitute petitioner. Under existing law, the original petitioner retains specified rights, including the right to participate in the initial hearing to determine the merits of the petition.This bill would revise the rights of the original petitioner, including giving them the right to be present and make a statement on the merits of the petition at the initial hearing and authorizing the court to assign ongoing rights to an original petitioner who resides with the respondent or is a spouse, parent, sibling, child, or grandparent or other person who stands in loco parentis to the respondent. This bill would additionally authorize the respondent to petition the court for an order sealing their records, as specified, and the filing of such petition would create a presumption in favor of sealing.Existing law authorizes the court to find a person, other than respondent, who has previously filed a pleading in C

CA SB 358 - Janet Q. Nguyen
Physicians and surgeons and podiatrists: renewal of expired licenses: payment of accrued fees.
02/01/2024 - Returned to Secretary of Senate pursuant to Joint Rule 56.
SB 358, as amended, Nguyen. Physicians and surgeons and podiatrists: renewal of expired licenses: payment of accrued fees. Existing law provides for the licensure and regulation of physicians and surgeons by the Medical Board of California, and podiatrists by the Podiatric Medical Board of California. Existing law authorizes renewal of the physician and surgeon license or the podiatrist license within a specified period of time after expiration if, among other things, all accrued renewal fees have been paid.This bill would delete the requirement that all accrued renewal fees be paid, and would make conforming changes.

CA SB 368 - Anthony J. Portantino Jr.
Firearms: requirements for licensed dealers.
09/12/2023 - Assembly amendments concurred in. (Ayes 29. Noes 10.) Ordered to engrossing and enrolling.
SB 368, as amended, Portantino. Firearms: requirements for licensed dealers. Existing law regulates licensed firearms dealers and provides that a license is subject to forfeiture for a breach of specified prohibitions in existing law. Existing law authorizes the temporary transfer of a firearm without a firearms dealer’s participation to a person who is 18 years of age or older for safekeeping to prevent it from being used to attempt suicide, as specified.This bill would require a licensed firearms dealer, as specified, to accept for storage a firearm transferred by an individual to prevent it from being accessed or used during periods of crisis or heightened risk to the owner of the firearm or members of their household. The bill would also authorize a licensed firearms dealer to accept for storage a firearm for a lawful purpose not otherwise stated in the law. The bill would make these provisions subject to certain conditions and would establish a procedure for the return of a firearm to the original transferor, including situations when a dealer cannot legally return a firearm. A violation of various provisions involving the transfer of firearms is a crime. By changing the scope of these offenses, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program. The bill would authorize a firearms dealer to charge a reasonable fee, as specified, for the storage of a firearm pursuant to these provisions. The bill would also state that it has no affect on the liability under existing law, if any, of a firearms dealer who returns a stored firearm to its owner, as specified.The California Constitution generally provides that the Legislature has no power to authorize lotteries and shall prohibit the sale of lottery tickets in the state, except for private, nonprofit, eligible organizations to conduct raffles as a funding mechanism to provide support for their own or another private, nonprofit, eligible organization’s beneficial and charitable works, subject to certain conditions.This bill would prohibit a licensed firearms dealer from offering an opportunity to win an item of inventory in a game dominated by chance and would except from this prohibition nonprofit organizations under certain circumstances.Existing law, subject to exceptions, provides that any person who has been convicted of certain misdemeanors may not, within 10 years of the conviction, own, purchase, receive, possess, or have under their custody or control, any firearm and makes a violation of that prohibition a crime. Existing law authorizes a court in certain circumstances to reduce, eliminate, or condition that prohibition.This bill would, subject to exceptions, provide that any person convicted of a misdemeanor violation of the above-described prohibition on or after January 1, 2024, and who within 10 years of that conviction owns, purchases, receives, possesses, or has under their custody or control, any firearm guilty of a misdemeanor or a felony. Because a violation of these provisions would be a crime, and because this bill would expand the application of the crime to a larger class of potential offenders, 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 incorporate additional changes to Section 11106 of the Penal Code proposed by AB 732 to be operative only if this bill and AB 732 are enacted and this bill is enacted last.This bill would also incorporate additional changes to Section 29805 of the Penal Code proposed by SB 2 to be operative only if this bill and SB 2 are enacted and this bill is enacted last.

CA SB 377 - Nancy Skinner
Firearms.
09/01/2023 - September 1 hearing postponed by committee.
SB 377, as amended, Skinner. Firearms. (1) Existing law prohibits a firearms dealer from delivering a firearm within 10 days after the application to purchase or after notice by the Department of Justice that the applicant is not ineligible to possess a firearm, as specified, whichever is later. Existing law exempts from this prohibition the delivery of a firearm to a full-time paid peace officer, as defined, with written authorization from the head of the officer’s employing agency. Existing law also exempts from this prohibition the delivery of a firearm to another dealer, the delivery of a firearm to a person possessing a special weapons permit issued by the Department of Justice, or the delivery of a firearm that is a curio or relic, as defined.This bill would remove the 10-day waiting period exemption for a peace officer and instead exempt the delivery of a firearm purchased by a law enforcement agency, as defined, to an authorized law enforcement representative of that law enforcement agency for exclusive use by that agency if written authorization, as defined, from the head of the agency authorizing the delivery is presented to the person making the delivery.(2) Existing law defines the characteristics of an unsafe handgun. Existing law requires the Department of Justice to compile, publish, and thereafter maintain a roster listing all of the handguns that have been tested by a certified testing laboratory, have been determined not to be unsafe handguns, and may be sold in this state. Existing law prohibits the sale or transfer of a handgun not listed on this roster.Existing law exempts from this prohibition the sale or purchase of a handgun sold to certain law enforcement agencies and any sworn member of those entities, as specified.This bill would remove from this exemption the sale or purchase of a handgun sold to a sworn member of these exempt agencies, thereby applying the exemption only to the sale or purchase of a handgun directly to the exempt law enforcement agencies.The bill would also require specified law enforcement agencies to maintain records pertaining to the purchase of any unsafe handgun, as specified.By requiring recordkeeping by local agencies, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.The bill would also authorize the Department of Justice to inspect specified law enforcement agencies and firearms dealers to ensure compliance with these provisions.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 400 - Aisha Wahab
Peace officers: confidentiality of records.
01/25/2024 - Ordered to third reading.
SB 400, as amended, Wahab. Peace officers: confidentiality of records. Existing law, the California Public Records Act, generally requires public records to be open for inspection by the public. Existing law provides numerous exceptions to this requirement. Under existing law, the personnel records of peace officers and custodial officers are confidential and not subject to public inspection. Existing law provides certain exemptions to this confidentiality, including the reports, investigations, and findings of certain incidents involving the use of force by a peace officer.This bill would clarify that this confidentiality does not prohibit an agency that formerly employed a peace officer or custodial officer from disclosing the termination for cause of that officer, as specified.

CA SB 403 - Aisha Wahab
Discrimination on the basis of ancestry.
01/25/2024 - Veto sustained.
SB 403, Wahab. Discrimination on the basis of ancestry. Existing law, the Unruh Civil Rights Act, provides that all persons within the jurisdiction of this state are free and equal, and no matter what their sex, race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, citizenship, primary language, or immigration status are entitled to the full and equal accommodations, advantages, facilities, privileges, or services in all business establishments of every kind whatsoever.This bill would define “ancestry” for purposes of the act to include, among other things, caste, as defined.Existing law states the policy of the State of California to afford all persons in public schools, regardless of their disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or specified other characteristics, equal rights and opportunities in the educational institutions of the state, and states that the purpose of related existing law is to prohibit acts that are contrary to that policy and to provide remedies therefor.This bill would additionally include ancestry as a protected characteristic in that policy statement and would define ”ancestry” and “caste” for purposes of those provisions.Existing law, the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), establishes the Civil Rights Department to enforce civil rights laws with respect to housing and employment, as prescribed. The FEHA declares the public policy of the state that it is necessary to protect and safeguard the right of all persons to seek, obtain, and hold employment without discrimination, and recognizes and declares to be a civil right the opportunity to seek, obtain, and hold employment without discrimination, based on specified characteristics, including ancestry. The FEHA makes certain discriminatory employment practices based on those characteristics unlawful.This bill would define “ancestry” for purposes of the FEHA to include, among other things, caste, and would also define “caste” for purposes of those provisions.This bill would incorporate additional changes to Section 12926 of the Government Code proposed by AB 524 to be operative only if this bill and AB 524 are enacted and this bill is enacted last.

CA SB 426 - Roger Niello
Charter schools: flex-based instruction.
06/01/2023 - Ordered to inactive file on request of Senator Niello.
SB 426, as amended, Niello. Charter schools: flex-based instruction. The Charter Schools Act of 1992 authorizes the establishment, operation, and governance of charter schools. Existing law authorizes a charter school that has an approved charter to receive funding for nonclassroom-based instruction only if a determination for funding is made by the State Board of Education, as specified.This bill would replace the term “nonclassroom-based instruction” with “flex-based instruction” and define a “flex-based charter school” as a charter school that receives a determination for funding from the state board, as described above.. The bill would also make numerous nonsubstantive and conforming changes.

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 449 - Steven Craig Bradford
Peace officers: Peace Officer Standards Accountability Advisory Board.
09/13/2023 - Assembly amendments concurred in. (Ayes 39. Noes 0.) Ordered to engrossing and enrolling.
SB 449, as amended, Bradford. Peace officers: Peace Officer Standards Accountability Advisory Board. Existing law defines “certification” as a valid and unexpired basic certificate or proof of eligibility to serve as a peace officer issued by the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training. The bill would redefine “certification” to mean any and all valid and unexpired certificates issued by the commission, as specified. Existing law allows the commission to consider a peace officer’s prior conduct and service record in determining whether revocation is appropriate for serious misconduct.The bill would allow the commission to also consider suspension as punishment for serious misconduct.Existing law requires hearings of the board, the review by the commission, administrative adjudications, as specified, and any records introduced during those proceedings to be public.The bill would authorize the Peace Officer Standards Accountability Division to redact these public records, as specified.Existing law requires an agency employing peace officers to report to the commission the employment, appointment, or separation from employment of a peace officer, any complaint, charge, allegation, or investigation into the conduct of a peace officer that could render the officer subject to suspension or revocation, findings by civil oversight entities, and civil judgments that could affect the officer’s certification. Existing law requires the commission to maintain the information reported by an agency in a manner that may be accessed by the subject peace officer, among other entities.The bill would authorize the commission to withhold this information from the subject peace officer if disclosure could jeopardize an ongoing investigation, create a risk of any form of harm or injury to a victim or witness, or otherwise create a risk of any form of harm or injury that outweighs the interest in disclosure until the risk of harm or injury is ended or mitigated so that the interest in disclosure is no longer outweighed by the interest in nondisclosure. The bill would also require this information that has been withheld from the subject officer and released by the commission to an agency, as specified, to be kept confidential by the receiving agency. This bill would make other conforming changes.Existing law authorizes the commission to suspend, revoke, or cancel any certification, as specified.This bill would clarify that this authority extends to any certificate or proof of eligibility that is expired, inactive, expired, or canceled. The bill would also allow the commission to cancel any certificate or proof of eligibility that was fraudulently obtained, 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.The bill would make legislative findings to that effect.

CA SB 46 - Richard Dale Roth
Controlled substances: treatment.
09/12/2023 - Assembly amendments concurred in. (Ayes 38. Noes 0.) Ordered to engrossing and enrolling.
SB 46, as amended, Roth. Controlled substances: treatment. Existing law, as added by the Substance Abuse and Crime Prevention Act of 2000, adopted by voters as Proposition 36 at the November 7, 2000, statewide general election, requires that persons convicted of certain nonviolent drug possession offenses be granted probation and participate in and complete an appropriate drug treatment program as a condition of that probation. After completion of drug treatment and the terms of probation, the act requires the court to conduct a hearing, set aside the conviction, and dismiss the complaint if the court finds, among other requirements, that the defendant successfully completed drug treatment. For purposes of the act, a defendant has successfully completed treatment if they have completed the prescribed course of drug treatment and, as a result, there is reasonable cause to believe that they will not abuse controlled substances in the future. The act allows its amendment by a statute passed by 2/3 of both houses of the Legislature and requires that all amendments further the act and be consistent with its purposes.This bill would amend the act by removing the requirement that there be reasonable cause to believe that the defendant will not abuse controlled substances in the future in order to be considered as having successfully completed treatment.Existing law requires the court, when granting probation after conviction of any controlled substance offense, as specified, to order as a condition of probation that the defendant secure education or treatment from a local community agency designated by the court. Existing law requires a juvenile court to order a minor, found to have been in possession of any controlled substance, to receive education or treatment from a local community agency, as specified, and to order the minor’s parents or guardian to participate in the education or treatment if beneficial to the minor. Existing law provides that a defendant’s willful failure to complete a court-ordered education or treatment program shall be a circumstance in aggravation for purposes of sentencing in any subsequent prosecution for specified controlled substance violations. This bill would allow the court to order the defendant to complete a controlled substance education or treatment program, as specified, if available and as appropriate for the individual. The bill would require the court to determine the defendant’s ability to pay for the program and would authorize the court to develop a sliding fee schedule based on the person’s inability to pay, including making a person who is granted specified relief from court fees and costs not responsible for any costs. The bill would strike the requirement that a juvenile court order a minor and their parents or guardians to receive education or treatment. The bill would require the court or probation department to refer defendants to controlled substance education or treatment programs that adhere to specified standards. The bill would require the county drug program administrator, with input from representatives of the court, the county probation department, and substance use treatment providers, to design and implement an approval and renewal process for controlled substance education and treatment programs. The bill would require the court, when a defendant is convicted of a controlled substance offense resulting in imprisonment, to recommend that the defendant attend a controlled substance education or treatment program while imprisoned. By imposing additional duties on local entities, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.Existing law requires every county drug program administrator, in consultation with representatives of the court and the county probation department, to establish minimum requirements, criteria, and fees for the successful completion of drug diversion programs, including a minimum of 20 hours of education, counseling, or any combination of both fo

CA SB 460 - Aisha Wahab
Hiring of real property: criminal history.
02/01/2024 - Returned to Secretary of Senate pursuant to Joint Rule 56.
SB 460, as introduced, Wahab. Hiring of real property: criminal history. Existing law makes it unlawful for the owner of any housing accommodation to discriminate against or harass any person because of the race, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, ancestry, familial status, source of income, disability, veteran or military status, or genetic information of that person or for any person to make any notice, statement, or advertisement, with respect to the rental of a housing accommodation that indicates any preference, limitation, or discrimination or an intention to make a preference, limitation, or discrimination, based on any of those factors.Existing law prohibits a landlord from making any inquiry regarding or based on the immigration or citizenship status of a tenant, prospective tenant, occupant, or prospective occupant of residential rental property or requiring that any tenant, prospective tenant, occupant, or prospective occupant of the rental property disclose or make any statement, representation, or certification concerning their immigration or citizenship status.This bill would prohibit a housing provider, as defined, from inquiring about an applicant’s criminal history, requiring an applicant to disclose their criminal history, or requiring an applicant to authorize the release of their criminal history, unless they are complying with federal law, as specified. The bill would also prohibit a housing provider from basing any adverse action, in whole or in part, on information contained in an applicant’s criminal history, if the housing provider received criminal history information about an applicant, unless they are complying with federal law.This bill would require California Housing Finance Agency to make available to housing providers a notice that informs applicants for housing of their rights pursuant to these provisions containing a description of the prohibitions and information about community and public resources available to assist an applicant in connection with a violation. The bill would give an applicant who suffers harm as a result of a violation of these provisions a private right of action for injunctive relief, and actual damages or statutory damages up to 3 times the amount of one month’s rent that the housing provider charged for the unit in question at the time of the violation. The bill would authorize a court to award punitive damages if it is proven by clear and convincing evidence that a violation of this section was committed with oppression, fraud, or malice.This bill would require affordable housing providers to annually submit a certificate of compliance with the requirements of this section to the Civil Rights Department in a format determined by the department. By expanding the definition of a crime, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program. The bill would require the department to adopt or revise regulations to establish the format of the certification and the requirements and standards for determining compliance with this section. The bill would authorize the department to impose a civil penalty for failure to comply with this provision that does not exceed the reasonable enforcement costs of the department.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 461 - Aisha Wahab
Days and hours of work: religious or cultural observance.
09/13/2023 - Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 4 p.m.
SB 461, Wahab. Days and hours of work: religious or cultural observance. Existing law generally entitles a state employee to be given time off with pay for specified holidays and entitles a state employee to one personal holiday per fiscal year. Existing law authorizes the department head or designee to require the employee to provide 5 working days’ advance notice before a personal holiday is taken, to deny use subject to operational needs, and to provide by rule for the granting of the personal holiday for employees. Existing law authorizes a state employee to elect to receive 8 hours of holiday credit for certain holidays in lieu of receiving 8 hours of personal holiday credit, as specified.This bill would authorize an employee to elect to receive 8 hours of holiday credit for observance of a holiday or ceremony of the state employee’s religion, culture, or heritage in lieu of receiving 8 hours of personal holiday credit.Existing law, the State Civil Service Act, regulates employment with the state and vests in the Department of Human Resources all powers, duties, and authority necessary to operate the state civil service system. Existing law, the Ralph C. Dills Act, grants state employees the right to form and join employee organizations for the purpose of representation of all matters of employer-employee relations. Existing law establishes procedures by which an agreement in the form of a written memorandum of understanding may be reached between the Governor and the recognized employee organization, and presented, as appropriate, to the Legislature for determination. This bill would apply its provisions to a bargaining unit only after the bargaining unit meets and confers with the Department of Human Resources in the ordinary process and timeline for negotiating and renegotiating the bargaining unit’s collective bargaining agreement, as specified.

CA SB 478 - Laura Friedman
Consumers Legal Remedies Act: advertisements.
09/12/2023 - Assembly amendments concurred in. (Ayes 30. Noes 8.) Ordered to engrossing and enrolling.
SB 478, as amended, Dodd. Consumers Legal Remedies Act: advertisements. The False Advertising Law makes it a crime for a person or a firm, corporation, or association, or any employee thereof, to engage in specified false or misleading advertising practices. The Unfair Competition Law makes various unfair competition practices unlawful, including any unlawful, unfair, or fraudulent business act or practice and unfair, deceptive, untrue, or misleading advertising. The Consumers Legal Remedies Act makes unlawful certain unfair methods of competition and certain unfair or deceptive acts or practices undertaken by a person in a transaction intended to result or that results in the sale or lease of goods or services to a consumer, including advertising goods or services with intent not to sell them as advertised. Existing law authorizes a consumer who suffers damage as a result of the use or employment by a person of a method, act, or practice declared to be unlawful by that provision to bring an action against that person to recover or obtain certain relief, including actual damages of at least $1,000.This bill would, beginning on July 1, 2024, with specified exceptions, additionally make unlawful advertising, displaying, or offering a price for a good or service that does not include all mandatory fees or charges other than taxes or fees imposed by a government on the transaction, as specified. The bill would provide that assessments made pursuant to the California Tourism Marketing Act and the Parking and Business Improvement Area Law of 1989, and business assessments made pursuant to the Property and Business Improvement District Law of 1994, are fees imposed by a government on the transaction for purposes of these provisions.Existing law authorizes vehicle rental companies, when providing a quote or imposing charges for a rental, to separately state specified rates and charges that a renter must pay to hire or lease the vehicle for the period of time to which the rental rate applies. Existing law prohibits a rental company from imposing charges or fees in addition to the rental rate unless specified conditions are met. Existing law requires the rate advertisements of vehicle rental companies to include a disclaimer providing that additional mandatory charges may be imposed, as specified.This bill would provide that a rental company is not in violation of unlawful advertising, displaying, or offering a price for a good or service for excluding from the advertised, displayed, or offered price of a rental vehicle charges that are disclosed to the consumer in compliance with the above-described provisions.Existing law requires any solicitation to enter into a lease contract that includes the amount of any payment, as specified, to also state, among other things, “Plus tax and license” or a substantially similar statement, if amounts due for use tax, license fees, and registration fees are not included in the payments.This bill would specify that a lessor is not in violation of this prohibition against unlawfully advertising, displaying, or offering a price for a good or service because it excludes from the advertised, displayed, or offered lease payment a fee or charge in accordance with the provision described above.Existing law imposes specified requirements on dealers of motor vehicles and motorcycles sold or leased in this state. Existing law prohibits a holder of a dealer’s license from doing specified acts, including advertising the total price of a vehicle without including all costs to the purchaser at time of sale, except taxes, vehicle registration fees, the California tire fee, emission testing charges not exceeding $50, actual fees charged for certificates, finance charges, and any dealer document processing charge or charge to electronically register or transfer the vehicle.This bill would specify that a holder of a dealer’s license is not in violation of unlawful advertising, displaying, or offering a price for a goo

CA SB 482 - Catherine S. Blakespear
Multifamily Housing Program: supportive housing: capitalized operating reserves.
09/21/2023 - Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 4 p.m.
SB 482, Blakespear. Multifamily Housing Program: supportive housing: capitalized operating reserves. Existing law establishes the Department of Housing and Community Development and requires it to administer various programs intended to promote the development of housing, including the Multifamily Housing Program, pursuant to which the department provides financial assistance in the form of deferred payment loans to pay for the eligible costs of development of specified types of housing projects. Existing law establishes eligible cost categories for the Multifamily Housing Program, which include capitalized reserves for replacement and operation. In this regard, existing law authorizes the department to allow capitalized operating reserves to be used for rent subsidies for assisted units, as specified.This bill would specify that the department may allow capitalized operating reserves to be used for eligible projects, and that assisted units may include, but not be limited to, supportive housing units, as defined. To determine project eligibility for capitalized operating reserves, the bill would authorize the department to consider specified factors, including the availability of funds and the individual financial needs of the project. The bill would require the department to offer capitalized operating reserves to supportive housing units after developers have sought capitalized reserves from other potential funding sources.

CA SB 492 - Susan Talamantes Eggman
Pretrial diversion for veterans.
02/01/2024 - Returned to Secretary of Senate pursuant to Joint Rule 56.
SB 492, as introduced, Eggman. Pretrial diversion for veterans. Existing law provides for the diversion of specified criminal offenders in alternate sentencing and treatment programs. Existing law provides for a pretrial diversion program for a defendant who was, or currently is, a member of the Armed Forces of the United States, who may be suffering from sexual trauma, traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder, substance abuse, or mental health problems as a result of the defendant’s military service. Existing law authorizes the court, with the consent of the defendant and a waiver of the defendant’s speedy trial right, to postpone prosecution, either temporarily or permanently, of a criminal offense and place the defendant in a pretrial diversion program.This bill would add felony offenses, as specified, to the pretrial diversion program for a defendant who was, or currently is, a member of the Armed Forces of the Unites States. By requiring counties to coordinate services for a new group of veterans, 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 SB 495 - Bill M. Dodd
Alcoholic beverages: deliveries: off-sale retail licenses and consumer delivery service permits.
06/08/2023 - Referred to Com. on G.O.
SB 495, as amended, Dodd. Alcoholic beverages: deliveries: off-sale retail licenses and consumer delivery service permits. Existing law, the Alcoholic Beverage Control Act, which is administered by the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, regulates the application for, and the issuance and suspension of, alcoholic beverage licenses. Existing law generally makes a violation of the act a misdemeanor. Existing law prohibits an off-sale licensee from delivering alcoholic beverages from an order received over the telephone or other electronic means without requiring proof of age and identity when the beverages are delivered.This bill would establish a new license type for a consumer delivery service permit (Type 95) and would set an application fee of $20,000 and an annual renewal fee of $1,500. The bill would authorize a licensee with off-sale retail privileges, or a consumer delivery service permitholder delivering orders on their behalf, to deliver alcoholic beverages to consumers away from the licensed premises if specified requirements are met. The bill would not apply these requirements to delivery by common carrier or pursuant to specified provisions of law.This bill would require, among other things, that the licensee be authorized to sell alcoholic beverages for off-sale consumption and have the exclusive authority to determine which alcoholic beverages are available for delivery and set the prices for these beverages. The bill would require a licensee to be responsible for accepting or rejecting the sale and delivery order and would prohibit a licensee from accepting a delivery order unless, before the sale, the purchaser affirms that both the purchaser and the recipient are not under 21 years of age. The bill would prohibit a consumer delivery service, as defined, from delivering any alcoholic beverages on behalf of a licensee with off-sale retail privilege without holding a consumer delivery service permit and would declare violation of that prohibition a misdemeanor. Commencing July 1, 2024, the bill would authorize the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to issue a consumer delivery service permit to a service that satisfies specified requirements, including, among other things, that the service certifies under penalty of perjury that its delivery drivers will receive specified training prior to delivering any alcoholic beverage. Because a violation of the prohibition on delivery without a permit would be a crime under the Alcohol Beverage Control Act and because the bill would expand the scope of the existing crime of perjury, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.This bill, in context of the authorization described above, would exempt a licensee from discipline for the delivery or furnishing of an alcoholic beverage to an obviously intoxicated person, or to a person under 21 years of age, if certain requirements are met. The bill would authorize the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to impose administrative penalties, as specified, against the holder of a consumer delivery service permit that violates its provisions. Existing law, until December 31, 2026, authorizes the holder of an on-sale license for a bona fide public eating place that has off-sale privileges, or a licensed beer manufacturer, licensed wine manufacturer, or licensed craft distiller that operates a bona fide public eating place at its premises of production, to exercise additional off-sale rights and privileges, subject to specified requirements such as a requirement that the sale also include a meal. In this regard, existing law requires that the consumer that places an order from the licensee pick up the order in person.This bill would provide that a consumer may pick up an order directly from the above licensees or the beverages may be delivered to the consumer as described in paragraph (1). The bill would eliminate the requirement that the sale include a meal. The bill would also extend these additional off-sale

CA SB 520 - Dennis Kelly Seyarto
Property taxation: homeowners’ exemption.
09/21/2023 - Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 4 p.m.
SB 520, Seyarto. Property taxation: homeowners’ exemption. Existing law provides, pursuant to a specified provision of the California Constitution, for a homeowners’ property tax exemption in the amount of $7,000 of the full value of a dwelling, as defined. Existing law provides that this exemption does not extend, among other things, to property that is rented, vacant, under construction on the lien date, or that is a vacation or secondary home of the owner or owners. Existing law provides that, notwithstanding this provision, if a person receiving the exemption is not occupying the dwelling on the lien date because the dwelling was damaged in a misfortune or calamity, the person shall be deemed to occupy that same dwelling as their principal place of residence on the lien date, provided the person’s absence from the dwelling is temporary and the person intends to return to the dwelling when possible to do so.This bill would provide that, if a person receiving the exemption is not occupying the dwelling because they are confined to a hospital or other care facility, the person shall be deemed to occupy that dwelling as their principal place of residence, provided that the person would occupy the dwelling if they were not confined to the hospital or other care facility, the person intends to return to the dwelling when possible to do so, and the dwelling is not rented or leased to a person that is not described in specified law.This bill would take effect immediately as a tax levy.

CA SB 534 - Stephen C. Padilla
Equitable Access to Job Opportunity Pilot Program.
09/01/2023 - September 1 hearing: Held in committee and under submission.
SB 534, as amended, Padilla. Equitable Access to Job Opportunity Pilot Program. Existing law establishes the California Workforce Development Board as the body responsible for assisting the Governor in the development, oversight, and continuous improvement of California’s workforce investment system and the alignment of the education and workforce investment systems to the needs of the 21st century economy and workforce. Existing law establishes the Office of Planning and Research within the Governor’s office to provide long-range planning and research and to serve as the comprehensive state planning agency.This bill would establish the Equitable Access to Job Opportunity Pilot Program, to be operative from January 1, 2025, to January 1, 2026, inclusive, to provide individuals without postsecondary education degrees from rural or low-income communities with financial aid for workforce development training and education to gain employment in key industries. The bill would require the board and the office to administer the pilot program, including identifying key industries and developing partnerships, pathways, and opportunities to ensure local development of those industries, as specified. The bill would require the board and the office to work with local stakeholders, including local workforce development boards, in securing job opportunities and building pathways and partnerships, as specified. The bill would require the board and the office, on or before January 1, 2027, to report to the Legislature on the effectiveness of the program, as specified. The bill would make the bill’s provisions operative only upon appropriation by the Legislature. The bill would repeal the bill’s provisions on January 1, 2028.

CA SB 54 - Nancy Skinner
Venture capital companies: reporting.
09/13/2023 - Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 4 p.m.
SB 54, Skinner. Venture capital companies: reporting. Existing law generally prohibits discrimination in the provision of privileges and services on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, citizenship, primary language, and immigration status. Existing law provides a cause of action against any person who denies, aids or incites a denial, or makes any discrimination or distinction on the bases listed, as specified, and permits the recovery of attorney’s fees. Existing law establishes the Civil Rights Department (department) and makes it responsible for, among other things, investigating and prosecuting complaints alleging a violation of these provisions.Existing law establishes the Civil Rights Enforcement and Litigation Fund (fund), to be administered by the department. This fund consists of attorney’s fees and costs awarded by a court to the department when the department is the prevailing party in a civil action brought under specified law. Existing law authorizes moneys in the fund, upon appropriation by the Legislature in the annual Budget Act, to be used to offset the costs of the department.This bill would, commencing on March 1, 2025, and annually thereafter, require a covered entity, defined as a venture capital company that meets specified criteria, to report to the department specified information about their funding determinations, including, at an aggregate level, specified demographic information for the founding teams of all of the businesses in which the covered entity made a venture capital investment in the prior calendar year to the extent the information was provided pursuant to a survey the bill would require a covered entity to provide to each founding team member of a business that has received funding from a venture capital company to which the covered entity has acted as an investment adviser, as specified. The bill would require this information to be collected and reported in a manner that does not associate the survey response data with an individual founding team member. The bill would require the department to charge and collect fees to administer these provisions, as specified. The bill would require the department to notify the covered entity that the covered entity must submit the report within 60 days of the notification. If the covered entity has not submitted the report after those 60 days have elapsed, the bill would authorize the department to commence prescribed proceedings seeking specified relief, including a penalty, as specified. The bill would require moneys collected pursuant to these provisions to be deposited in the fund, and would express the intent of the Legislature that these moneys be appropriated in the Budget Act to the department for administration of these provisions. The bill would define various terms for these purposes.

CA SB 551 - Anthony J. Portantino Jr.
Mental health boards.
09/08/2023 - Ordered to inactive file on request of Assembly Member Blanca Rubio.
SB 551, as amended, Portantino. Mental health boards. Existing law, the Bronzan-McCorquodale Act, contains provisions governing the operation and financing of community mental health services in every county through locally administered and locally controlled community mental health programs. Existing law requires each community mental health service to have a mental health board, as specified. Existing law encourages counties to appoint members of the community who represent specific groups, including county offices of education and hospitals. Existing law requires a member of the board to abstain from voting on any issue in which the member has a financial interest.This bill would require one member of a mental health board’s membership to be employed by a local educational agency, and at least one member to be an individual who is 25 years of age or younger in counties with a mental health board membership of 5 to 8 members. The bill would require 2 members of the board to be employed by a local educational agency and at least 2 members to be 25 years of age or younger in counties with a mental health board membership of 9 to 15 members. The bill would require at least 2 members of the board to be employed by a local educational agency and at least two members to be 25 years of age or younger in counties with a mental health board membership of 16 or more members. The bill would require counties to give a strong preference to appointing members of the board who have experience providing mental health services to students. The bill would state that the intent of the Legislature is for youth appointments to a mental health board to address or prevent health and mental health disparities or inequities through representation of vulnerable, underserved, and marginalized communities. The bill would also authorize a person to represent more than one membership type on a mental health board. The bill would delete county offices of education from the list of representatives from which counties are encouraged to appoint board members. The bill would prohibit more than 49% of the members of a county’s mental health board from owning or operating an organization or business that financially benefits from a proposed or adopted Mental Health Services Act plan. By placing a new requirement on counties, 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 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 58 - Ash Kalra
Controlled substances: decriminalization of certain hallucinogenic substances.
09/13/2023 - Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 4 p.m.
SB 58, Wiener. Controlled substances: decriminalization of certain hallucinogenic substances. (1) Existing law categorizes certain drugs and other substances as controlled substances and prohibits various actions related to those substances, including their manufacture, transportation, sale, possession, and ingestion.This bill would, on and after January 1, 2025, make lawful the possession, preparation, obtaining, or transportation of, specified quantities of psilocybin, psilocyn, dimethyltryptamine (DMT), and mescaline, for personal use, as defined, by and with persons 21 years of age or older. The bill would provide penalties for possession of these substances on school grounds, or possession by, or transferring to, persons under 21 years of age.The bill would require the California Health and Human Services Agency to convene a workgroup to study and make recommendations on the establishment of a framework governing the therapeutic use, including facilitated or supported use, of those substances. The bill would require that workgroup to send a report to the Legislature containing those recommendations on or before January 1, 2025.(2) Existing law prohibits the cultivation, transfer, or transportation, as specified, of any spores or mycelium capable of producing mushrooms or other materials that contain psilocybin or psilocyn.This bill would, on and after January 1, 2025, make lawful the cultivation or transportation of specified quantities of spores or mycelium capable of producing mushrooms or other materials that contain psilocybin or psilocyn for personal use, as defined, by and with persons 21 years of age or older.(3) Existing law prohibits the possession of drug paraphernalia, as defined.This bill would exempt from this prohibition, paraphernalia related, as specified, to these specific substances. The bill would also exempt from the prohibition items used for the testing and analysis of controlled substances.(4) Existing law states the intent of the Legislature that the messages and information provided by various state drug and alcohol programs promote no unlawful use of any drugs or alcohol.This bill would repeal those provisions.(5) By eliminating and changing the elements of existing crimes and creating new offenses, and by requiring new duties of local prosecutors, 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 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.(6) This bill would state that its provisions are severable.

CA SB 588 - Benjamin J. Allen
Property taxation: welfare exemption: lower income households: cap.
06/30/2023 - From committee with author's amendments. Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on REV. & TAX.
SB 588, as amended, Allen. Property taxation: welfare exemption: lower income households: cap. The California Constitution authorizes the Legislature to exempt from taxation, in whole or in part, property that is used exclusively for religious, hospital, or charitable purposes, and is owned or held in trust by a nonprofit entity. Pursuant to this constitutional authority, existing law partially exempts, as described, from property taxation property that is used exclusively for rental housing and related facilities and that is owned and operated by specified entities if any of specified criteria are met. Under existing law, one of those criteria requires, except in the case of a limited partnership in which the managing general partner is a nonprofit corporation eligible for the exemption, that 90% or more of the occupants of the property be lower income households whose rents do not exceed the rent limits prescribed by a specified law. Existing law limits the total exemption amount allowed to a taxpayer under that criteria, with respect to a single property or multiple properties for any fiscal year on the sole basis of the application of that criterion, to $20,000,000 of assessed value.This bill would remove, for the 2024–25 fiscal year through the 2028–29 fiscal year, the above-described limit on the total exemption amount for any property for which a claim is filed and granted if, in addition to the above-described requirement, at least 90% of the property’s units are made continuously available to, as defined, or are occupied by lower income households, as defined, at a rent that does not exceed the rent for lower income households, as prescribed by specified law, the property is owned and operated by an eligible nonprofit corporation, and the claimant provides an affidavit, signed under penalty of perjury, that any additional moneys that would have been used to pay any ad valorem property taxes on the property if not for the removal of the exemption cap will be used for the construction or rehabilitation of single or multifamily residential units on specified properties. The bill would require the claimant seeking an exemption pursuant to the bill’s provisions to provide to the county assessor any additional documents and materials requested by the county assessor necessary to evaluate the claimant’s eligibility for the exemption. The bill would also provide that the claimant is liable for property tax for the years for which the property received the bill’s tax benefit if single or multifamily residential units were not constructed or rehabilitated or were not in the course of construction or rehabilitation by specified dates, as specified. By expanding the crime of perjury and imposing additional duties on local tax officials, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.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 include findings and reporting requirements in compliance with this requirement.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.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 pr

CA SB 611 - Caroline Menjivar
Residential rental properties: fees and advertisements.
06/15/2023 - June 20 set for first hearing canceled at the request of author.
SB 611, as amended, Menjivar. Residential rental properties: fees and advertisements. (1) Existing law regulates the hiring of real property and imposes various requirements on landlords relating to the application for, and leasing of, residential rental property. Existing law establishes provisions for the renewal or termination of a hiring of residential real property for an unspecified term. Existing law specifies the notice required for the termination of a hiring of residential property for an unspecified term. Existing law makes a tenant of real property guilty of unlawful detainer if, among other things, the tenant continues in possession of the real property after giving notice of termination of a hiring of residential property for an unspecified term.This bill would prohibit a landlord or its agent from charging a tenant a fee for serving, posting, or otherwise delivering any notice, as specified in the above-described provisions.(2) Existing law requires a landlord or landlord’s agent to allow a tenant to pay rent and deposit of security by at least one form of payment that is neither cash nor electronic funds transfer, except as prescribed.This bill would prohibit a landlord or its agent from charging a tenant any fee for payment by check for rent or security deposit as described above.(3) Existing law prohibits a person or corporation that occupies, manages, or provides services in connection with real property, from certain advertisement practices related to animals and imposes a civil penalty on an individual who violates that standard, as specified.Regarding advertisements and the hiring of real property, commencing July 1, 2024, this bill would require landlords or their agents who advertise or provide a quote for residential property for rent and who include a specific or range of monthly rent rates to include specified information in the monthly rate. The bill would require the advertisement to include specified information if a payment, fee, deposit, or charge is required to be paid prior to, or at the beginning of, the tenancy. The bill would authorize the advertisement or quote to state the ongoing monthly rate after the tenant pays all one-time payments, fees, deposits, and charges.(4) Existing law prohibits a landlord from demanding or receiving security from a service member for a rental agreement for residential property, as specified, unless the tenant has a history of poor credit or of causing damage to the rental property or its furnishings.If a landlord or agent charges a higher than standard or advertised security deposit as described above, this bill would require the lease agreement to include a statement of, among other things, the amount of the higher fee and an explanation why the higher security deposit amount is being charged. The bill would require the additional amount of security deposit to be returned to the tenant after no more than 6 months of residency if the tenant is not in arrears for any rent due during that period and if the higher amount is not due to a prior history of residential property damage.

CA SB 623 - Henry I. Stern
Workers’ compensation: post-traumatic stress disorder.
09/12/2023 - Assembly amendments concurred in. (Ayes 39. Noes 0.) Ordered to engrossing and enrolling.
SB 623, as amended, Laird. Workers’ compensation: post-traumatic stress disorder. Existing law establishes a workers’ compensation system, administered by the Administrative Director of the Division of Workers’ Compensation, to compensate an employee for injuries sustained in the course of employment. Existing law provides, until January 1, 2025, that, for certain state and local firefighting personnel and peace officers, the term “injury” includes post-traumatic stress that develops or manifests during a period in which the injured person is in the service of the department or unit and creates a disputable presumption that the injury arises out of and comes in the course of employment. Existing law requires the compensation awarded pursuant to this provision to include full hospital, surgical, medical treatment, disability indemnity, and death benefits.This bill would instead repeal that provision on January 1, 2029, and would require the Commission on Health and Safety and Workers’ Compensation to submit reports to the Legislature analyzing the effectiveness of the presumption and a review of claims filed by specified types of employees, not included in the presumption, such as public safety dispatchers, as defined.

CA SB 655 - Maria Elena Durazo
Victim compensation.
02/01/2024 - Returned to Secretary of Senate pursuant to Joint Rule 56.
SB 655, as introduced, Durazo. Victim compensation. Existing law generally provides for the compensation of victims and derivative victims of specified types of crimes by the California Victim Compensation Board from the Restitution Fund, which is continuously appropriated to the California Victim Compensation Board. Existing law defines terms for the purpose of determining the eligibility of victims of crime for compensation from the Restitution Fund.This bill would make changes to the definition of “derivative victim” and “victim” and would define “victim of violent crime advocate” for purposes of these provisions.Existing law requires an application for compensation to be filed with the board in a manner determined by the board, authorizes the board to require submission of additional information, and requires the board to communicate any determination made with respect to the adequacy of the information received from the applicant, as specified. Existing law also requires the board to verify information with various entities, including hospitals and law enforcement officials, as specified. Existing law also creates a process for the board’s verification of information, including by requiring the applicant to cooperate with the board, as specified.This bill would prohibit the board from requiring submission of additional information solely to verify that a crime occurred, as specified. The bill would also change how the board must communicate with the applicant about the adequacy of the information received from the applicant. The bill would also authorize the board to verify information, but not require the board to do so, and would prohibit the board from seeking or requiring additional information solely to verify that the crime occurred if the board has already received a valid form of verification, as specified. The bill would remove the requirement that an applicant cooperate with the board, and change the verification procedure in various ways, as specified. The bill would also require the board to accept certain information as evidence to verify that a crime occurred, as specified.Existing law specifies how an emergency award may be made to a person eligible for compensation from the board.This bill would establish a presumption of substantial hardship for emergency award requests for relocation or funeral and burial expenses, as specified.Existing law authorizes the board to deny an application based on the nature of the victim’s or other applicant’s involvement in the events leading up to the crime, as specified, and requires the board to deny an application for compensation if it finds that the victim or derivative victim failed to cooperate reasonably with a law enforcement agency in the apprehension and conviction of a criminal committing the crime. Existing law also prohibits a person who is convicted of a violent felony to receive compensation, as specified.This bill would delete those provisions.Existing law authorizes the board to compensate for pecuniary loss, including a cash payment or reimbursement to a victim for expenses incurred in relocating, subject to specified conditions. This bill would change those conditions for cash payment or reimbursement of relocation expenses, and would authorize a derivative victim to receive this cash payment or reimbursement, as specified. By expanding eligibility for compensation from a continuously appropriated fund, this bill would make an appropriation.Existing law authorizes the board to establish service limitations for reimbursement of medical and medical-related services and for mental health and counseling services. Existing law authorizes the board to request an independent examination and report from any provider of medical or medical-related services or psychological or psychiatric treatment or mental health counseling services, if it believes there is a reasonable basis for requesting an additional evaluation, as specified.This bill would remove the board’

CA SB 656 - Janet Q. Nguyen
Governor’s Military Council.
02/01/2024 - Returned to Secretary of Senate pursuant to Joint Rule 56.
SB 656, as amended, Nguyen. Governor’s Military Council. Existing law establishes the Governor’s Military Council that advises the Governor on efforts to retain military installations and operations within the state. Under existing law, members of the council are appointed by the Governor and include bipartisan representatives from both houses of the Legislature, as specified. Existing law repeals the law establishing the council on January 1, 2026.This bill would extend that repeal date to January 1, 2029.

CA SB 671 - Anthony J. Portantino Jr.
School safety plans: dangerous, violent, or unlawful activities.
09/21/2023 - Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 4 p.m.
SB 671, Portantino. School safety plans: dangerous, violent, or unlawful activities. Existing law requires school districts and county offices of education to be responsible for the overall development of a comprehensive school safety plan for each of its schools operating kindergarten or any of grades 1 to 12, inclusive. Existing law requires the schoolsite council of a school to write and develop the comprehensive school safety plan relevant to the needs and resources of that particular school, in consultation with a representative from a law enforcement agency, a fire department, and other first responder entities. Existing law requires the plan to include specified components, including procedures for conducting tactical responses to criminal incidents. Existing law requires a petition to establish a charter school to include, among other things, a reasonably comprehensive description of the procedures that the charter school will follow to ensure the health and safety of pupils and staff, including requiring the development and annual update of a school safety plan that includes certain safety topics and procedures.This bill would require a comprehensive school safety plan, and the school safety plan of a charter school, to include procedures to assess and respond to reports of any dangerous, violent, or unlawful activity that is being conducted or threatened to be conducted at the school, at an activity sponsored by the school, or on a schoolbus serving the school. By imposing additional requirements related to comprehensive school safety plans, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.This bill would incorporate additional changes to Section 32282 of the Education Code proposed by SB 10 and SB 323 to be operative only if this bill and either or both of those bills are enacted and this bill is enacted last.This bill would incorporate additional changes to Section 47605 of the Education Code proposed by AB 1604 and SB 10 to be operative only if this bill and either or both of those bills are enacted and this bill is enacted last.This bill would incorporate additional changes to Section 47605.6 of the Education Code proposed by AB 1604 and SB 10 to be operative only if this bill and either or both of those bills are enacted and this bill is enacted last.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 679 - Shannon L. Grove
Veterans: assistance.
02/01/2024 - Returned to Secretary of Senate pursuant to Joint Rule 56.
SB 679, as introduced, Grove. Veterans: assistance. Existing law requires a state and local public agency to provide assistance to veterans on the same basis as it provides to any other eligible person.This bill would make technical, nonsubstantive changes to that provision.

CA SB 680 - Nancy Skinner
Features that harm child users: civil penalty.
09/01/2023 - September 1 hearing: Held in committee and under submission.
SB 680, as amended, Skinner. Features that harm child users: civil penalty. The California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 prohibits a business from selling the personal information of a consumer if the business has actual knowledge that the consumer is less than 16 years of age, unless the consumer, in the case of a consumer at least 13 years of age and less than 16 years of age, or the consumer’s parent or guardian, in the case of a consumer who is less than 13 years of age, has affirmatively authorized the sale of the consumer’s personal information.The California Age-Appropriate Design Code Act requires, beginning July 1, 2024, 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, as prescribed, and requires a business, before any new online services, products, or features are offered to the public, to complete a Data Protection Impact Assessment for any online service, product, or feature likely to be accessed by children and maintain documentation of this assessment as long as the online service, product, or feature is likely to be accessed by children.This bill would prohibit a social media platform, as defined, from using a design, algorithm, or feature that the platform knows, or by the exercise of reasonable care should have known, causes child users, as defined, to do any of certain things, including experience addiction to the social media platform.This bill would provide that a social media platform is not in violation of the bill if the social media platform instituted and maintained a program of at least quarterly audits, as defined, of its designs, algorithms, and features that have the potential to cause violations of the provision described above, and the social media platform corrected, within 60 days of the completion of the audit, any design, algorithm, or feature discovered by the audit to present more than a de minimis risk of violating that provision.This bill would subject a social media platform that knowingly and willfully violates these provisions to a civil penalty not to exceed $250,000 per violation, an injunction, and an award of litigation costs and attorney’s fees in an action brought only by certain public attorneys, including the Attorney General.

CA SB 696 - Evan Low
Notaries public.
09/15/2023 - Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 3 p.m.
SB 696, Portantino. Notaries public. Existing law authorizes the Secretary of State to appoint and commission notaries public in the number the Secretary of State deems necessary for the public convenience. Existing law requires a notary public to keep one active sequential journal at a time of all official acts performed as a notary public. Existing law authorizes notaries public to act as notaries in any part of the state and prescribes the manner and method of notarizations. Existing law establishes various requirements to ensure the security of notary seals and imposes a civil penalty for a violation of those provisions.This bill would give effect to a notarial act performed in another state, under the authority and within the jurisdiction of a federally recognized Indian tribe, under federal law, or under the authority and within the jurisdiction of a foreign state, as if it were performed by a notarial officer of this state, if specified conditions are met.This bill would authorize a notary public or an applicant for appointment as a notary public to apply for registration with the secretary to be a notary public authorized to perform online notarizations by submitting an application that meets certain requirements. The bill would also require an entity to register with the Secretary of State as an online notarization platform or depository before providing an online notarization system or depository, as defined, to an online notary public. The bill would require a representative of an online notarization platform to certify compliance with applicable laws under penalty of perjury. The bill also creates a civil cause of action against an online notarization platform or depository for a violation of those laws. The bill would require the Secretary of State to develop an application for registration and establish rules to implement the bill.This bill would authorize the Secretary of State to charge an applicant a fee for an application for registration in an amount necessary to administer the bill’s provisions related to online notarizations. The bill would authorize an online notary public to perform notarial acts and online notarizations by means of audio-video communication. The bill would specify that any state law requirement that a principal, as defined, appear before or in the presence of the notary public shall be satisfied by appearing by means of audio-video communication before a notary public authorized to perform online notarization in compliance with specified requirements. The bill would establish various requirements applicable to an online notary public, including requiring an online notary public to record each online notarial act performed by the notary public in one tangible sequential journal and one or more secure electronic journals, as specified, requiring an electronic notarial certificate to be in a specified form that is required to be signed under penalty of perjury, and requiring an online notary public to take all necessary measures to disable the electronic affixation of the notary public’s electronic signature or seal upon termination of a commission, as specified. The bill would require a manufacturer or vendor of the notary public’s electronic seal to apply to the Secretary of State to be assigned an identification number, as specified.This bill would establish various requirements applicable to an online notarization platform, including prohibiting an online notarization platform or depository from accessing, using, sharing, selling, disclosing, producing, providing, releasing, transferring, disseminating, or otherwise communicating the contents of an online notarial act, with specified exceptions. The bill would also make other conforming changes. The bill would impose requirements for ensuring the security of an electronic signature or electronic seal and would make a violation of those provisions subject to civil penalties. The bill would make a violation of those provisions grounds fo

CA SB 702 - Sabrina Cervantes
Gubernatorial appointments: report.
09/12/2023 - Assembly amendments concurred in. (Ayes 39. Noes 0.) Ordered to engrossing and enrolling.
SB 702, as amended, Limón. Gubernatorial appointments: report. Existing law requires the Governor to appoint every office whose mode of appointment is not prescribed by law. Existing law also prescribes the manner of the Governor’s appointment of those officers.This bill would require the office of the Governor, commencing January 1, 2025, to maintain on its internet website a list of every state board and commission that includes, for each state board or commission, the membership list, stated purpose, duties, meeting frequency, internet website, and vacancies in the membership.The bill would require the office of the Governor, on or before January 1, 2026, and annually thereafter, to create and publish on its internet website a report containing aggregate demographic information of appointments made by the office during the prior calendar year, as specified.

CA SB 707 - Josh Newman
Responsible Textile Recovery Act of 2023.
07/11/2023 - July 10 set for first hearing canceled at the request of author.
SB 707, as amended, Newman. Responsible Textile Recovery Act of 2023. 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 solid waste. The act establishes stewardship programs for various products, including, among others, carpet, mattresses, and pharmaceutical and sharps waste. This bill would enact the Responsible Textile Recovery Act of 2023, which would require producers, as defined, either independently or through the creation of one or more stewardship organizations, to establish a stewardship program for the collection and recycling of a covered product. The bill would define a “covered product” to include any postconsumer apparel or postconsumer textile article that is unwanted by a consumer, except as specified. The bill would require a program operator, as defined, to submit a complete stewardship plan to the department for review and approval, disapproval, or conditional approval. The bill would require the program operator to review the plan at least every 5 years after approval. The bill would also require a program operator to submit an annual report to the department. The bill would require all reports and records provided to the department to be provided under penalty of perjury. By expanding the scope of the crime of perjury, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program. The bill would restrict public access to certain information collected for the purpose of administering a stewardship program. This bill would require the department to post on its internet website a list of producers that are in compliance with the requirements of the program. The bill would require the department to adopt regulations governing the program, and would authorize, beginning January 1, 2032, the department to reassess the adopted regulations to include adjusting the minimum required collection sites, establishing a minimum recycling efficiency rate for covered products collected and recycled by program operators, or establishing other criteria for the program. The bill would require program operators to pay fees to the department, not to exceed the department’s actual and reasonable regulatory costs to implement and enforce the provisions of the act. The bill would establish the Textile Stewardship Recovery Fund in the State Treasury for the deposit of all moneys received from program operators and would make the moneys in the fund available to the department, upon appropriation by the Legislature, for purposes of the program. The bill would also authorize the department to impose administrative civil penalties for a violation of the program’s requirements, not to exceed $10,000 per day, or not to exceed $50,000 per day for an intentional, knowing, or reckless violation, as specified. The bill would create the Textile Stewardship Recovery Penalty Account in the fund for the deposit of penalties, which would be available for expenditure upon appropriation by the Legislature, 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. 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 713 - Stephen C. Padilla
Planning and zoning: density bonuses: development standard.
09/13/2023 - Assembly amendments concurred in. (Ayes 33. Noes 0.) Ordered to engrossing and enrolling.
SB 713, as amended, Padilla. Planning and zoning: density bonuses: development standard. Existing law, commonly referred to as the Density Bonus Law, requires a city or county to provide a developer that proposes a housing development within the city or county with a density bonus, waivers or reductions of development standards, parking ratios, and other incentives or concessions, as specified, if the developer agrees to construct certain types of housing. Existing law prohibits a city, county, or city and county from applying any development standard that will have the effect of physically precluding the construction of a development meeting specified criteria at the densities or with the concessions or incentives permitted by the Density Bonus Law. Existing law defines “development standard” as including a site or construction condition, including, but not limited to, a height limitation, a setback requirement, a floor area ratio, an onsite open-space requirement, a minimum lot area per unit requirement, or a parking ratio that applies to a residential development pursuant to any ordinance, general plan element, specific plan, charter, or other local condition, law, policy, resolution, or regulation.This bill would specify that “development standard” for these purposes includes these standards adopted by the local government or enacted by the local government’s electorate exercising its local initiative or referendum power, whether that power is derived from the California Constitution, statute, or the charter or ordinances of the local government.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.This bill would incorporate additional changes to Section 65915 of the Government Code proposed by AB 323 and AB 1287 to be operative only if this bill and either or both of those bills are enacted and this bill is enacted last.

CA SB 723 - Ash Kalra
Employment: rehiring and retention: displaced workers.
09/21/2023 - Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 4 p.m.
SB 723, Durazo. Employment: rehiring and retention: displaced workers. Existing law, until December 31, 2024, requires an employer, as defined, to offer its laid-off employees specified information about job positions that become available for which the laid-off employees are qualified, and to offer positions to those laid-off employees based on a preference system, in accordance with specified timelines and procedures. Existing law, until December 31, 2024, also prohibits an employer from refusing to employ, terminating, reducing compensation, or taking other adverse action against a laid-off employee for seeking to enforce their rights under these provisions. These provisions are enforced by the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement, as prescribed. Existing law defines the term “laid-off employee” to mean any employee who was employed by the employer for 6 months or more in the 12 months preceding January 1, 2020, and whose most recent separation from active service was due to a reason related to the COVID-19 pandemic, including a public health directive, government shutdown order, lack of business, a reduction in force, or other economic, nondisciplinary reason related to the COVID-19 pandemic.This bill would redefine “laid-off employee” to mean any employee who was employed by the employer for 6 months or more and whose most recent separation from active employment by the employer occurred on or after March 4, 2020, and was due to a reason related to the COVID-19 pandemic, including a public health directive, government shutdown order, lack of business, reduction in force, or other economic nondisciplinary reason due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The bill would create a presumption that a separation due to a lack of business, reduction in force, or other economic, nondisciplinary reason is due to a reason related to the COVID-19 pandemic, unless the employer establishes otherwise by a preponderance of the evidence.The bill also would extend the December 31, 2024, repeal date until December 31, 2025.

CA SB 726 - Shannon L. Grove
Property taxation: exemption: disabled veteran homeowners.
06/21/2023 - From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on REV. & TAX. with recommendation: To consent calendar. (Ayes 9. Noes 0.) (June 20). Re-referred to Com. on REV. & TAX.
SB 726, as amended, Archuleta. Property taxation: exemption: disabled veteran homeowners. The California Constitution provides that all property is taxable, and requires that it be assessed at the same percentage of fair market value, unless otherwise provided by the California Constitution or federal law. The California Constitution and existing property tax law provide various exemptions from taxation, including, among others, a disabled veterans’ exemption and a veterans’ organization exemption.This bill would exempt from taxation, on that part of the full value of the residence that does not exceed $863,790, as provided, property owned by, and that constitutes the principal place of residence of, a veteran, the veteran’s spouse, or the veteran and the veteran’s spouse jointly, if the veteran is 100% disabled. The bill would provide an unmarried surviving spouse a property exemption in the same amount that they would have been entitled to if the veteran was alive and if certain conditions are met. The bill would require certain documentation to be provided to the county assessor to receive the exemption and would prohibit any other real property tax exemption from being granted to the claimant if receiving the exemption provided by the provisions of this bill. The bill would make these exemptions applicable for property tax lien dates occurring on or after January 1, 2024, but occurring before January 1, 2034. By imposing additional duties on local tax officials, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.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 state that it is the intent of the Legislature to apply those requirements to the bill and would set forth specified information relating to 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.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 SB 73 - Dennis Kelly Seyarto
Employment policy: voluntary veterans’ preference.
06/21/2023 - From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on JUD. (Ayes 8. Noes 0.) (June 20). Re-referred to Com. on JUD.
SB 73, as amended, Seyarto. Employment policy: voluntary veterans’ preference. Under existing law, the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), it is an unlawful employment practice for an employer, unless based upon a bona fide occupational qualification or applicable security regulations established by the United States or the State of California, to refuse to hire or employ a person or to refuse to select a person for a training program leading to employment, or to bar or discharge a person from employment or a training program leading to employment, or to discriminate against a person in compensation or in terms, conditions, or privileges of employment because of the race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, sexual orientation, or military and veteran status of that person. FEHA provides that nothing in that act relating to discrimination on account of sex affects the right of an employer to use veteran status as a factor in employee selection or to give special consideration to Vietnam-era veterans. FEHA is enforced by the Civil Rights Department, which is in the Business, Consumer Services, and Housing Agency, and is under the direction of an executive officer known as the Director of Civil Rights.This bill would enact the Voluntary Veterans’ Preference Employment Policy Act to authorize a private employer to establish and maintain a written veterans’ preference employment policy, to be applied uniformly to hiring decisions, to give a voluntary preference for hiring a veteran over another qualified applicant. The bill would require a private employer with a veterans’ preference employment policy to annually report to the Civil Rights Department the number of veterans hired under the preference policy and any demographic information about those veterans that the employer obtained in response to the department’s reporting requirements. Under the bill, failure to submit that report would render any preference granted by the employer ineligible for the protections provided by this bill. The bill would require the department to report that information, in addition to the number of discrimination claims received based on an employer’s veterans’ preference employment policy, to specified legislative policy committees by July 1, 2026, and July 1, 2028. This bill would provide that the granting of a veterans’ preference pursuant to the bill, in and of itself, shall be deemed not to violate any local or state equal employment opportunity law or regulation, including, but not limited to, the antidiscrimination provisions of FEHA. The bill would require the Department of Veterans Affairs to assist any private employer in determining if an applicant is a veteran, to the extent permitted by law. The bill would prohibit a veterans’ preference employment policy from being established or applied for the purpose or with the effect of unlawfully discriminating against an employment applicant on the basis of a protected classification, as specified. The bill would repeal these provisions on January 1, 2029.

CA SB 735 - Anthony J. Portantino Jr.
Motion picture productions: safety: firearms: ammunition.
06/01/2023 - Referred to Com. on L. & E.
SB 735, as amended, Cortese. Motion picture productions: safety: firearms: ammunition. Existing law grants the Division of Occupational Safety and Health, which is within the Department of Industrial Relations, jurisdiction over all employment and places of employment, with the power necessary to enforce and administer all occupational health and safety laws and standards. The Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board, an independent entity within the department, has the exclusive authority to adopt occupational safety and health standards within the state. Existing law, the California Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1973, requires employers to comply with certain standards ensuring healthy and safe working conditions, as specified, and charges the division with enforcement of the act. Other existing law relating to occupational safety imposes special provisions on certain industries and charges the division with enforcement of these provisions.This bill would establish the Safety on Productions Pilot Program. The bill, commencing July 1, 2025, and until June 30, 2030, inclusive, would require that an employer for a motion picture production that receives a specified motion picture tax credit, for that motion picture production, hire or assign a qualified safety advisor for California filming activities to perform a risk assessment and, if required under the bill, a specific risk assessment, as specified. The bill would require a dedicated safety advisor to be present on every motion picture production in the pilot program who is assigned exclusively to that motion picture production. The bill would require assessments to be accessible to specified affected persons and safety advisor access to locations and relevant facilities and items to ensure safety. The bill would require production to conduct a daily safety meeting, including, but not limited to, a safety meeting required when firearms are involved in a scene. The bill would require a safety advisor to participate in daily safety meetings, as specified. The bill would require an employer to identify a person for performers, crew, labor organization representatives, and the division to contact for issues regarding compliance. The bill would require the safety advisor to prepare a final safety evaluation report based on the actual risk and compliance experience. The bill would require the safety advisor, within 60 days following completion of filming activities, to provide the final safety evaluation report to the Industry-Wide Labor-Management Safety Committee and the California Film Commission. The bill would require the committee and the California Film Commission to jointly select an organization or firm to perform a written evaluation of the pilot program. The bill would require the selected organization or firm to review and assess the final safety evaluation reports on or before June 30, 2029, and make a nonbinding set of recommendations to the Legislature, as prescribed. These pilot program provisions would be repealed as of January 1, 2031.This bill would allow the use of a firearm or blank on motion picture productions only for specified purposes and under specified safety conditions. The bill would require a qualified property master, armorer, or assistant property master handling a firearm in the course of the motion picture production to have a specified state permit, to have completed certain training in firearms, and to have a specified federal document for the possession and custody of the firearm. The bill would specifically impose prescribed reporting requirements on employers engaged in motion picture production. The bill would specifically authorize the division to investigate, inspect, and cite employers, as prescribed.This bill would prohibit ammunition on a motion picture production, except in prescribed circumstances, subject to certain safety rules and laws. The bill would require an employer to require that any employee responsible for

CA SB 747 - Philip Y. Ting
Land use: surplus land.
09/21/2023 - Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 4 p.m.
SB 747, Caballero. Land use: surplus land. Existing law prescribes requirements for the disposal of surplus land by a local agency. Existing law defines terms for these purposes. Existing law defines “surplus land” to generally mean land owned in fee simple by a local agency for which the local agency’s governing body takes formal action in a public meeting declaring that the land is surplus and not necessary for the agency’s use. Existing law defines “agency’s use” to include land that is being used, is planned to be used pursuant to a written plan adopted by the local agency’s governing board, or is disposed of to support agency work or operations. Existing law excludes from “agency’s use” commercial or industrial uses or activities, or property disposed of for the sole purpose of investment or generation of revenue, unless the local agency is a district, except as specified, and the agency’s governing body takes specified actions in a public meeting. Existing law excludes from these requirements the disposal of exempt surplus land by an agency of the state or any local government. Existing law requires a local agency to declare land as either surplus land or exempt surplus land, as supported by written findings, before a local agency may take any action to dispose of it. Under existing law, exempt surplus land includes, among other types of land, property that is used by a district for an “agency’s use” as expressly authorized, land for specified developments, including a mixed-use development, if put out to open, competitive bid by a local agency, as specified, and surplus land that is subject to specified valid legal restrictions.This bill would define the term “dispose” for these purposes to mean the sale of the surplus property or a lease of any surplus property entered into on or after January 1, 2024, for a term longer than 15 years, including renewal options, as specified. The bill would provide that “dispose” does not include entering a lease for surplus land on which no development or demolition will occur, regardless of the term of the lease. The bill would also redefine the term “agency’s use” to include property owned by a port that is used to support logistics uses, sites for broadband equipment or wireless facilities, and waste disposal sites.This bill would revise and recast certain provisions related to exempt surplus land, including exempting surplus land that is less than one-half acre and not contiguous to land owned by a state or local agency that is used for open-space or low- and moderate- income housing purposes, and provisions related to mixed-use developments, among others. The bill would add various new categories of exempt surplus land, including (1) specified land that is owned by a California public-use airport on which residential uses are prohibited, (2) surplus land owned by a local agency whose primary mission or purpose is to supply the public with a transportation system that is developed for commercial, or industrial uses or activities, for the sole purpose of investment if certain conditions are met, and (3) land transferred to a community land trust, as specified. The bill would also specify that certain legal restrictions are valid legal restrictions and would require that for surplus land that is subject to valid legal restrictions to be considered exempt surplus land, a declaration of exemption must be supported by documentary evidence, as provided.This bill would specify that the law governing surplus land does not require a local agency to dispose of land that is determined to be surplus.Existing law requires a local agency disposing of surplus land to send a written notice of availability of the property to specified local agencies and housing sponsors before disposing of the property or participating in negotiations.This bill would specify additional actions that are not considered “participating in negotiations” for purposes of the above-described notice of availability requirem

CA SB 757 - Robert J. Archuleta
Railroads: contract crew transportation vehicles.
09/21/2023 - Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 4 p.m.
SB 757, Archuleta. Railroads: contract crew transportation vehicles. The Passenger Charter-party Carriers’ Act, with certain exceptions, requires a charter-party carrier of passengers that engages in transportation services subject to regulation by the Public Utilities Commission to obtain a specified certificate or permit, as appropriate, from the commission, subject to various requirements. A violation of the act is a crime.This bill would define the term “contract crew transportation vehicle” as a motor vehicle primarily used by third parties under contract with a railroad corporation to transport railroad crews, as specified. The bill would prohibit the operation of a contract crew transportation vehicle without a valid permit, as determined by the commission. The bill would specify insurance requirements for operating a contract crew transportation vehicle. The bill would exempt carpools and motor vehicles operated by railroad employees from the bill’s provisions. Because a violation of these provisions, as part of the act, 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 76 - Scott D. Wiener
Alcoholic beverages: music venue license: entertainment zones: consumption.
09/21/2023 - Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 4 p.m.
SB 76, Wiener. Alcoholic beverages: music venue license: entertainment zones: consumption. (1) The Alcoholic Beverage Control Act contains various provisions regulating the application for, the issuance of, the suspension of, and the conditions imposed upon alcoholic beverage licenses by the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. Existing law provides for various annual fees for the issuance of alcoholic beverage licenses, depending upon the type of license issued. Existing law authorizes the department to issue a music venue license, as defined, that allows the licensee to sell beer, wine, and distilled spirits at retail for consumption on the premises in a music entertainment facility, as defined. Existing law makes selling, giving, delivering, or purchasing an alcoholic beverage between the hours of 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. of the same day a misdemeanor. Existing law further limits a music venue licensee’s authorization to sell, serve, and permit consumption of alcoholic beverages to the time period from 2 hours before a live performance until one hour after the live performance. Existing law authorizes the department to make any examination of the books and records of any licensee and makes any person who fails to preserve the books for inspection guilty of a misdemeanor.This bill would authorize a licensee under a music venue license to apply to the department for a duplicate license or licenses, as prescribed. The bill would also authorize a music venue licensee to sell, serve, and permit consumption of alcoholic beverages during private events or private functions not open to the general public within any hours of operation permitted by its license, regardless of whether any live performance occurs. The bill would exempt the licensee from having to meet certain requirements generally imposed on a music entertainment facility in connection with and during a private event or private function if specified conditions are met. The bill would require the licensee to keep records demonstrating compliance with these provisions for the preceding 3 calendar years and to provide these records to the department upon request. The bill would make a licensee’s failure to keep the required records or provide them to the department grounds for disciplinary action punishable as a misdemeanor and would, therefore, expand the scope of a crime, thereby imposing a state-mandated local program.(2) Under existing law, any person possessing an open container of an alcoholic beverage in any city, county, or city and county-owned public place, as specified, or any regional park or recreation and park district, is guilty of an infraction if the city or county has enacted an ordinance that prohibits the possession of those containers or the consumption of alcoholic beverages in those areas, except as specified.Existing law, the Planning and Zoning Law, authorizes the legislative body of any city or county to adopt ordinances regulating zoning within its jurisdiction, as specified.Existing law authorizes a licensed beer manufacturer, a licensed winegrower, and any on-sale licensee to sell certain alcoholic beverages for consumption on or off the premises, as specified.This bill, additionally, would authorize a licensed beer manufacturer, a licensed winegrower, and any on-sale licensee to permit consumers to leave the premises with open containers of alcoholic beverages for consumption off the premises within an entertainment zone, subject to certain conditions. The bill would define “entertainment zone” for purposes of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Act as a zone created by ordinance on or after January 1, 2024, in the City and County of San Francisco, that authorizes consumption of one or more types of alcoholic beverages on public streets, sidewalks, or public rights-of-way adjacent to and during a special event permitted or licensed by the department. The bill would require the City and County of San Francisco, if it establishes an entertainment zone

CA SB 782 - S. Monique Limon
Gubernatorial appointments: report.
01/12/2024 - Set for hearing January 16.
SB 782, as amended, Limón. Gubernatorial appointments: report. Existing law requires the Governor to appoint every officer whose mode of appointment is not prescribed by law. Existing law also prescribes the manner of the Governor’s appointment of those officers.This bill would require the office of the Governor, commencing January 1, 2026, to maintain on its internet website a list of every state board and commission that includes, for each state board or commission, the membership list, stated purpose, duties, meeting frequency, internet website, and vacancies in the membership.The bill would require the office of the Governor, on or before January 1, 2027, and annually thereafter, to create and publish on its internet website a report containing aggregate demographic information of appointments made by the office during the prior calendar year, as specified.

CA SB 783 - Robert J. Archuleta
Veterans: suicide.
06/08/2023 - Referred to Com. on M. & V.A.
SB 783, as amended, Archuleta. Veterans: suicide. Existing law establishes the Department of Veterans Affairs, which administers various programs that provide benefits to veterans, including educational assistance and farm and home purchase assistance. Existing law authorizes each county to appoint a veterans service officer. Existing law requires that these officers administer aid to veterans, investigate veterans’ claims and requests relating to veterans’ aid, and to perform any other veteran-related services as requested by the county board of supervisors.This bill, until January 1, 2029, would authorize the Counties of Los Angeles and Nevada to create a veteran suicide prevention training pilot program to offer individuals in each county specialized training and certification in suicide prevention with military-connected populations. The bill would require the program to train individuals to identify indicators of elevated suicide risk and provide emergency crisis intervention and referrals for veterans, as specified.This bill would require counties establishing the program to collaborate to hire a suicide prevention subject matter expert (SME) with expertise in implementation and dissemination of evidence-based practices and evidence-informed interventions with military-connected populations. The bill would require the SME to, among other things, develop an individualized intense training curriculum based on the needs of the counties and to develop a process for collaboration and communication with current community partners. The bill would also require the counties in the program to submit a report to the Legislature on or before September 15, 2026.

CA SB 81 - Josh Becker
Parole hearings.
09/21/2023 - Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 4 p.m.
SB 81, Skinner. Parole hearings. Existing law requires the Board of Parole Hearings, among other responsibilities, to conduct parole suitability hearings and determine whether an inmate is suitable for parole. Existing law allows an unlawfully imprisoned person to prosecute a writ of habeas corpus to inquire into the cause of the imprisonment.This bill would require the Board of Parole Hearings to notify a parole candidate who has been denied parole of their right to petition the court for habeas relief, as specified. The bill would authorize the court to, upon request, appoint counsel to a parole candidate who has reached their minimum eligible parole date who petitions the court for habeas relief after being denied parole. The bill would establish that a parole candidate who has reached their minimum eligible parole date has made a case for relief that should be accepted as correct unless proved otherwise and that the reviewing court may not deny a petition based on that fact without a hearing. The bill would require a court reviewing a petition for habeas relief based on a parole denial to uphold a decision to deny parole only if the court finds, by a preponderance of the evidence, that the person presents a current, unreasonable risk of danger to others, as specified.

CA SB 811 - Brian W. Jones
Teacher credentialing: Interstate Teacher Mobility Compact.
06/15/2023 - Referred to Com. on ED.
SB 811, as introduced, Jones. Teacher credentialing: Interstate Teacher Mobility Compact. Existing law requires the Commission on Teacher Credentialing to, among other duties, establish standards for the issuance and renewal of credentials, certificates, and permits. Under existing law, California is a party to The Interstate Agreement on Qualification of Educational Personnel, a compact designed to support the movement of teachers and other professional educational personnel among the states party to it, and to authorize specific interstate educational personnel contracts to achieve that end.This bill would ratify the Interstate Teacher Mobility Compact, the purpose of which is to facilitate the mobility of teachers across the member states, with the goal of supporting teachers through a new pathway to licensure. The compact would, among other things, require member states, in their sole discretion, to make certain determinations about teacher licensure for teachers from other member states, as provided, and create and establish a joint public agency known as the Interstate Teacher Mobility Compact Commission. This compact would only become effective if the compact statute is enacted into law in ten member states, as provided.

CA SB 815 - Marc Berman
Healing arts.
09/21/2023 - Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 4 p.m.
SB 815, Roth. Healing arts. (1) Existing law governs professions and vocations that are regulated by various boards within the Department of Consumer Affairs, including the Medical Board of California and the Dental Board of California. Existing law requires those boards to require a licensee, at the time of issuance of a license, to provide specified federal taxpayer information, including the applicant’s social security number or individual taxpayer identification number. Existing law prohibits a licensing board from processing an application for an initial license unless the applicant provides that information where requested on the application.Existing law, the Licensed Physicians and Dentists from Mexico Pilot Program, allows licensed physicians and dentists from Mexico to be issued a license by the Medical Board of California or a permit by the Dental Board of California to practice medicine or dentistry in California for a period not to exceed 3 years and establishes requirements for the participants in the program, as specified.This bill, for purposes of the pilot program, notwithstanding the above-described requirements to provide specified federal taxpayer information, would require the Medical Board of California (board) to issue a 3-year nonrenewable license to an applicant who has not provided an individual taxpayer identification number or social security number if the applicant meets specified conditions. The bill would require the applicant to immediately seek an appropriate 3-year visa and social security number from the federal government within 14 days of being issued the medical license and immediately provide the board with their social security number within 10 days of issuance of that card by the federal government. The bill would prohibit the applicant from engaging in the practice of medicine until the board determines that these conditions have been met. The bill would require the board to notify the applicant of their eligibility to practice medicine if the board determines the applicant has met these conditions. The bill would permit the board to extend the 3-year nonrenewable license period, as specified. The bill would require, for a licensee to be eligible for an extension, certain documents to be submitted to the board no later than January 30, 2024, including a declaration signed by the licensee under penalty of perjury that the licensee meets the requirements for an extension. By expanding the crime of perjury, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program. The bill would prohibit an extension from extending the license period beyond September 30, 2026, and would make an extension dependent upon the program having sufficient funding appropriated in the annual Budget Act.(2) Existing law, the Medical Practice Act, establishes the Medical Board of California within the Department of Consumer Affairs for the licensure, regulation, and discipline of physicians and surgeons. Under existing law, the board consists of 15 members, 7 of whom are public members. Existing law requires the Senate Committee on Rules and the Speaker of the Assembly to each appoint one public member. Existing law repeals these provisions on January 1, 2024.This bill would extend that date to January 1, 2028.(3) Existing law requires members of the Medical Board of California to only be appointed from persons who have been citizens of this state for at least 5 years next preceding their appointment.This bill would instead require members of the board to only be appointed from persons who have been residents of this state for at least the 5-year period preceding their appointment. The bill would also make conforming changes.(4) Existing law requires legal proceedings against the Medical Board of California to be instituted in the City of Sacramento, Los Angeles, San Diego, or San Francisco.This bill would make a technical, nonsubstantive change to these provisions. (5) Existing law authorizes the Medical Board of Califo

CA SB 82 - Dennis Kelly Seyarto
Property taxation: disabled veterans’ exemption: eligibility letters.
09/15/2023 - Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 3 p.m.
SB 82, Seyarto. Property taxation: disabled veterans’ exemption: eligibility letters. Existing property tax law provides, pursuant to the authorization of the California Constitution, a disabled veteran’s property tax exemption for the principal place of residence of a veteran or a veteran’s spouse, including an unmarried surviving spouse, if the veteran, because of an injury incurred in military service, is blind in both eyes, has lost the use of 2 or more limbs, or is totally disabled, as those terms are defined, or if the veteran has, as a result of a service-connected injury or disease, died while on active duty in military service.This bill would require a county assessor to accept an electronically generated letter of service-connected disability, as defined, in lieu of an original letter of service-connected disability, at the discretion of the claimant, for purposes of verifying eligibility for the above-described exemption. By imposing duties on local tax officials, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.This bill would incorporate additional changes to Section 205.5 of the Revenue and Taxation Code proposed by AB 1361 to be operative only if this bill and AB 1361 are enacted and this bill is enacted last.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 822 - Maria Elena Durazo
Workforce development: Interagency High Road Act.
09/21/2023 - Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 4 p.m.
SB 822, Durazo. Workforce development: Interagency High Road Act. Existing law, the California Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, establishes the California Workforce Development Board as the body responsible for assisting the Governor in the development, oversight, and continuous improvement of California’s workforce investment system and the alignment of the education and workforce investment systems to the needs of the 21st century economy and workforce. Existing law requires the board to assist the Governor in promoting the development of a well-educated and highly skilled 21st century workforce, and the development of a high road economy that offers an educated and skilled workforce with fair compensation and treatment in the workplace. Existing law also requires the board to assist in developing standards, procedures, and criteria for high road employers, high road jobs, high road workforce development, and high road training partners, as specified. Existing law defines “high road” for these purposes to mean a set of economic and workforce development strategies to achieve economic growth, economic equity, shared prosperity, and a clean environment.This bill would require the Department of Industrial Relations and the California Workforce Development Board, within the Labor and Workforce Development Agency, to collectively be responsible for among other duties, creating high road evaluation metrics, consulting with stakeholders, and providing for meaningful public input on the development and evaluation of high road evaluation metrics. The bill would require the board to also assist in developing standards, procedures, and criteria for high road contracting and high road procurement, as specified. The bill would require, upon request by a state agency, the board to establish memorandums of understanding to incorporate high road evaluation metrics in the state agency’s procurement processes, contracts, and incentive programs. The bill would make these provisions effective only until January 1, 2030, and repeal them as of that date.This bill would also require specified state agencies, by January 1, 2025, to enter into a memorandum of understanding with the California Workforce Development Board to incorporate high road evaluation metrics in the state agency’s procurement processes, contracts, and incentive programs. The bill would require these agreements to draw upon the experience of the California Workforce Development Board to ensure the state has the workforce and industry-based training partnerships necessary to meet its broadband, clean energy, and clean transportation goals, as specified. The bill would require these agreements to include advice and recommendations to ensure state agency policies and regulated programs create or support high-quality jobs in the broadband, energy, resources, and transportation sectors and expand access to those jobs for priority populations through high-quality education and training.

CA SB 830 - Lola Smallwood-Cuevas
Public works.
09/08/2023 - Ordered to inactive file on request of Assembly Member Kalra.
SB 830, as amended, Smallwood-Cuevas. Public works. Existing law requires that, except as specified, not less than the general prevailing rate of per diem wages, determined by the Director of Industrial Relations, be paid to workers employed on public works projects. Existing law defines the term “public works” for purposes of requirements regarding the payment of prevailing wages to include construction, alteration, demolition, installation, or repair work done under contract and paid for using public funds, except as specified. Existing law makes a willful violation of laws relating to the payment of prevailing wages on public works a misdemeanor. This bill would, for public works contracts advertised for bid or awarded on or after July 1, 2024, expand the definition of “public works” to include an offsite, custom fabrication of sheet metal ducts for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems produced as a nonstandard item solely and specifically designed and engineered for installation in a project, as specified. The bill would require a contractor engaging a third-party, permanent, and offsite fabrication facility to fabricate custom sheet metal ducts for a public works project to enter into a contract with the facility that requires compliance with specified public works laws. The bill would require certified copies of payroll records for the offsite, custom fabrication of sheet metal ducts to be accompanied by a written time record of that work certified by each employee performing the work. 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 834 - Anthony J. Portantino Jr.
Housing: California Family Home Construction and Homeownership Bond Act of 2023.
07/12/2023 - July 12 set for first hearing canceled at the request of author.
SB 834, as amended, Portantino. Housing: California Family Home Construction and Homeownership Bond Act of 2023. Existing law, the Veterans and Affordable Housing Bond Act of 2018, which was approved by the voters as Proposition 1 at the November 6, 2018, statewide general election, authorizes the issuance of bonds in the amount of $4,000,000,000 pursuant to the State General Obligation Bond Law and requires the proceeds from the sale of these bonds to be used to finance various housing programs and a specified program for farm, home, and mobilehome purchase assistance for veterans, as provided.This bill would enact the California Family Home Construction and Homeownership Bond Act of 2023 (bond act), which, if adopted, would authorize the issuance of bonds in the amount of $25,000,000,000 pursuant to the State General Obligation Bond Law to finance the California Family Home Construction and Homeownership Program, established as part of the bond act. The bill would authorize the California Housing Finance Agency to award California Socially Responsible Second Mortgage Loans to eligible applicants to use as a down payment or to pay closing costs on the purchase of a new home. The bill would also authorize the agency to award Family Homeownership Opportunity Infrastructure Improvement Loans to developers to be used for predevelopment infrastructure improvements and other upfront costs typically incurred in connection with new home construction, under specified conditions. The bill would require that moneys received from a loan recipient for the repayment of financing provided under the program be used to pay debt service when due on bonds issued pursuant to the bond act. The bill would also authorize the agency to issue revenue bonds for the purposes of financing the program, as specified.This bill would declare that it is to take effect immediately as an urgency statute.

CA SB 838 - Caroline Menjivar
Victim compensation: use of force by a law enforcement officer.
02/01/2024 - Returned to Secretary of Senate pursuant to Joint Rule 56.
SB 838, as introduced, Menjivar. Victim compensation: use of force by a law enforcement officer. Existing law provides for the compensation of victims and derivative victims of specified types of crimes by the California Victim Compensation Board from the Restitution Fund, a continuously appropriated fund, for specified losses suffered as a result of those crimes. Existing law defines various terms for purposes of these provisions, including “crime,” which includes any public offense wherever it may take place that would constitute a misdemeanor or felony.This bill would revise the definition of “crime” to include, solely for the purposes of eligibility for compensation under this chapter, an incident occurring on or after January 1, 2024, in which an individual sustains serious bodily injury, as defined, or death as a result of a law enforcement officer’s use of force, regardless of whether the law enforcement officer is arrested for, charged with, or convicted of committing a crime. The bill would define “law enforcement officer” for these purposes. By expanding the types of incidents for which compensation can be paid from a continuously appropriated fund, the bill would make an appropriation.Existing law requires that a person be ineligible for compensation under specified conditions, including, among other things, if the board determines that denial of the claim for compensation is appropriate because of the nature of the victim’s involvement in the events leading to the crime or the involvement of the person whose injury or death gives rise to the application. Existing law requires the board to deny an application if it finds that the victim failed to cooperate reasonably with a law enforcement agency in the apprehension and conviction of the person committing the crime.This bill, in the case of a claim based on a victim’s serious bodily injury or death that resulted from a law enforcement officer’s use of force, as described above, would prohibit the board from denying an application based on certain circumstances, including the victim’s or other applicant’s involvement in the crime, except as specified, the victim’s failure to cooperate, or the contents of a police report, or the lack thereof. The bill, in the case of a claim based on a victim’s serious bodily injury or death as a result of a crime, would require the board to adopt guidelines that allow the board to rely on evidence other than a police report, as specified.Existing law requires that the board be subrogated to the rights of the recipient to the extent of any compensation granted by the board.This bill would specify that the above-described subrogation of the board applies to compensation by the board for any claim, including a claim based on serious bodily injury or death that resulted from a law enforcement officer’s use of force.

CA SB 842 - Steven Craig Bradford
Energy: petroleum refinery turnaround and maintenance.
09/21/2023 - Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 4 p.m.
SB 842, Bradford. Energy: petroleum refinery turnaround and maintenance. Existing law requires the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission, in consultation with the Labor and Workforce Development Agency and labor and industry stakeholders, to consider ways to manage necessary refinery turnarounds and maintenance that would protect the health and safety of employees and the public, and minimize the impact of maintenance-related production losses on fuel prices. Existing law authorizes the commission, by regulation, to impose requirements governing the timing of turnaround and maintenance developed through the consultations described above.This bill would require the commission to also consult with the Department of Industrial Relations when considering ways to manage necessary refinery turnarounds and maintenance. For any adopted regulations regarding scheduling or rescheduling of maintenance, the bill would require the commission to consult with labor and industry stakeholders and aim to avoid any adverse impacts to the safety of employees and surrounding communities, labor and equipment availability, other market impacts, and cost.

CA SB 852 - Susan Rubio
Searches: supervised persons.
09/11/2023 - Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 3 p.m.
SB 852, Rubio. Searches: supervised persons. Existing law authorizes courts to suspend the imposition or execution of punishments in specified criminal cases and instead enforce terms of probation or mandatory supervision. Existing law authorizes the conditions of probation or mandatory supervision to include a waiver of the person’s right to refuse searches.This bill would clarify that a search of a person who is granted probation or mandatory supervision and subject to search or seizure must be performed only by a probation officer or other peace officer.Existing law requires persons released pursuant to specified provisions, including home detention programs and electronic monitoring programs, to admit any person or agent designated by the correctional administrator into the participant’s residence at any time for purposes of verifying the participant’s compliance with the conditions of the detention.This bill would clarify that the person designated by the correctional administrator must be a probation officer or other peace officer.This bill would incorporate additional changes to Section 1170 of the Penal Code proposed by AB 1104 to be operative only if this bill and AB 1104 are enacted and this bill is enacted last.

CA SB 855 - Bob J. Archuleta
Fair Employment and Housing Act: veterans.
02/01/2024 - Returned to Secretary of Senate pursuant to Joint Rule 56.
SB 855, as introduced, Archuleta. Fair Employment and Housing Act: veterans. Existing law, the California Fair Employment and Housing Act, prohibits an employer from discriminating against an employee on account of certain characteristics, including a person’s veteran or military status. The act prescribes various unlawful employment practices and requires the Civil Rights Department to, among other things, receive, investigate, and prosecute complaints alleging violations of those unlawful practices.This bill would make it an unlawful employment practice to require an employee who is a veteran, as defined, to work on November 11, known as Veterans Day, if specified conditions are met.

CA SB 859 - Marie Alvarado-Gil
Pupil residency: residency investigations: evictions: victims of violent crime or natural disaster.
02/01/2024 - Returned to Secretary of Senate pursuant to Joint Rule 56.
SB 859, as amended, Alvarado-Gil. Pupil residency: residency investigations: evictions: victims of violent crime or natural disaster. Existing law requires each person between 6 and 18 years of age not otherwise exempted to attend a public full-time day school or continuation school or classes in the school district where the residency of the person’s parent or legal guardian is located. Existing law provides that a pupil complies with the residency requirements for school attendance in a school district if the pupil satisfies one of specified requirements. Existing law requires a school district to accept from the parent or legal guardian of a pupil reasonable evidence, to be established by documentation, that the pupil meets the residency requirements for school attendance in the school district, as provided. Existing law authorizes a school district to make reasonable efforts to determine that a pupil actually meets the residency requirements, as specified, if an employee of the school district reasonably believes that the parent or legal guardian of the pupil has provided false or unreliable evidence of residency.This bill would prohibit a school district from requiring updated proof of residency for a pupil who has been evicted or is a victim of violent crime or natural disaster, as defined, and whose parent or guardian previously established residency. The bill would explicitly prohibit a school district from seeking or imposing monetary, civil, or criminal penalties upon a pupil who has been evicted or is the victim of a violent crime or natural disaster, or that pupil’s parent or guardian, for failing to update their proof of residency.Existing law requires local educational agencies to allow a pupil who is a child of a military family, as defined, and a pupil who is a migratory child, as defined, to continue attending the pupil’s school of origin, regardless of changes in residency, as provided. This bill would require local educational agencies serving pupils in kindergarten or any of grades 1 to 8, inclusive, to allow a pupil who has been evicted or is the victim of a violent crime or natural disaster, as defined, to allow the pupil to continue their education in the school of origin through the duration of that academic school year. The bill would also require local educational agencies serving high school pupils to allow a pupil who has been evicted or is the victim of a violent crime or natural disaster to continue their education in the school or origin through graduation. By requiring local educational agencies to allow pupils who have been evicted or are victims of a violent crime or natural disaster who no longer satisfy the residency requirement to attend their schools of origin, 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 864 - Lola Smallwood-Cuevas
Workforce development: workplace rights curriculum.
09/01/2023 - September 1 hearing postponed by committee.
SB 864, as amended, Smallwood-Cuevas. Workforce development: workplace rights curriculum. Existing law establishes the California Workforce Development Board as the body responsible for assisting the Governor in the development, oversight, and continuous improvement of California’s workforce investment system and the alignment of the education and workforce investment systems to the needs of the 21st century economy and workforce. Existing law requires the board to assist the Governor with specified tasks in that regard, including the identification and dissemination of information on best practices, including the development and review of statewide policies affecting the coordinated provision of services through the state’s one-stop delivery system, as specified.The federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act requires local workforce development boards to be established in each local area of a state to assist the local chief elected official in planning, oversight, and evaluation of local workforce investment, and requires each local board to perform various duties consistent with the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. Existing law requires each local board to develop and submit to the Governor a comprehensive 4-year local plan, in partnership with the appropriate chief local elected official, that includes specified elements.This bill would require the California Workforce Development Board to assist the Governor with partnering with the Labor Commissioner and other subject matter experts in developing workplace rights curriculum to be provided to all individuals receiving individualized career services, supportive services, or training services through the California workforce system, as specified. The bill would require each local workforce development board to ensure the provision of workplace rights training consistent with that workplace rights curriculum. The bill would require the comprehensive 4-year local plan to include a description of how the local board plans to comply with this requirement. By imposing additional duties on local workforce development boards, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program. The bill would require the California Workforce Development Board to partner with the Employment Development Department and the Labor and Workforce Development Agency to ensure that local workforce development boards and one-stop career center providers are complying with those requirements.Existing law expresses the intent of the Legislature that universal access to career services is available to adult residents, regardless of income, education, employment barriers, or other eligibility requirements, and requires career services to include specified components, including job search and placement assistance.This bill would require career services to include workplace rights training consistent with the curriculum developed by the California Workforce Development Board for all individuals receiving individualized career services, supportive services, or training services through the one-stop system.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 871 - Robert J. Archuleta
Property taxation: homeowners’, veterans’, and disabled veterans’ exemptions.
09/13/2023 - In Assembly. Read first time. Held at Desk.
SB 871, as amended, Archuleta. Property taxation: homeowners’, veterans’, and disabled veterans’ exemptions. The California Constitution declares that all property is taxable and establishes or authorizes various exemptions from tax for real property, including a homeowners’ exemption in the amount of $7,000 of the full value of a dwelling that may be applied unless the dwelling receives another real property exemption. The California Constitution and existing property tax law establish a veterans’ exemption in the amount of $4,000, as specified, for a veteran who meets certain military service requirements, and generally exempts from property taxation the same value of property of a deceased veteran’s unmarried spouse and parents. The California Constitution and existing property tax law establish a disabled veterans’ exemption in the amount of $100,000 or $150,000 for the principal place of residence of a veteran or a veteran’s spouse, as specified.Existing property tax law establishing the homeowners’ exemption specifies that the exemption may not be applied to a property on which the owner receives the veterans’ exemption.This bill would provide that if Senate Constitutional Amendment 6 is approved by the voters at the statewide general election scheduled for November 5, 2024, then commencing January 1, 2025, notwithstanding that prohibition, the homeowners’ exemption also applies to property on which an owner receives the veterans’ exemption or the disabled veterans’ exemption. By imposing additional duties on local tax officials, 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.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.Existing law contains provisions related to elections and voting, including a requirement that a constitutional amendment submitted to the people by the Legislature shall appear on the ballot of the first statewide election occurring at least 131 days after the adoption of the proposal by the Legislature and that the Secretary of State mail state voter information guides to voters.This bill would require the Secretary of State, notwithstanding specified provisions of existing law relating to elections and voting, to submit Senate Constitutional Amendment 6 of the 2023–24 Regular Session to the voters for their approval at the statewide general election scheduled for November 5, 2024.

CA SB 88 - Nancy Skinner
Pupil transportation: driver qualifications.
09/13/2023 - Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 4 p.m.
SB 88, Skinner. Pupil transportation: driver qualifications. (1) Existing law requires the driver of a school pupil activity bus, as defined, to be subject to the regulations adopted by the Department of the California Highway Patrol governing schoolbus drivers, except as specified.This bill would place various requirements upon a driver who provides certain transportation services for pupils, including, among others, by requiring these drivers to submit and clear tuberculosis risk assessments, as provided. The bill would require any vehicle used to provide pupil transportation for compensation by a local educational agency, as defined, to be inspected, as specified, and to be equipped with a first aid kit and a fire extinguisher.The bill would require any local educational agency contracting with a private entity to provide pupil transportation to obtain from the private entity a written attestation that, among other things, it not have any applicable law violations, as defined, at the time of applying for the contract and that it will maintain compliance with applicable laws, as defined, for the duration of the contract. The bill would authorize a third party to report to the relevant local educational agency that the private entity the local educational agency contracted with has failed to provide a truthful attestation or has failed to maintain compliance with the applicable laws required for the duration of the contract, as specified.The bill would apply the above-mentioned provisions to all drivers employed by a local educational agency, contracted by a local educational agency, or contracted by any entity with funding from a local educational agency, providing school-related pupil transportation, as defined, for compensation. The bill would not apply the above-mentioned provisions to (A) drivers of specified entities, (B) certain persons who are compensated to drive a pupil, (C) a school employee of a local educational agency when the employee provides transportation to pupils due to or because of the employee’s supervision of pupils for a field trip, extracurricular activity, or athletic program, or when the employee provides transportation to pupils for other activities, not to exceed 40 hours of drive time per school year per employee, (D) a driver who transports a pupil because of certain emergencies or an immediate threat to the physical safety of the pupil, (E) a driver who transports a pupil if the transportation is being provided through a Foster Youth Services Coordinating Program while a pupil’s transportation plan is being finalized, or (F) a driver during a trip for which they are authorized by the local educational agency to transport one or more pupils for a field trip when the destination is more than 200 miles from the transported pupil’s California school campus, as specified. To the extent that the above-mentioned requirements conflict with a contract entered into between a local educational agency and a private entity before January 1, 2024, the bill would not apply those requirements until the expiration or renewal of that contract. The bill would make the provision regarding the expiration or renewal of these contracts operative on January 1, 2024, while making the remainder of the above-mentioned provisions operative on July 1, 2025. By imposing new requirements on local educational agencies, the bill would constitute a state-mandated local program.(2) Existing law requires a governing board or county superintendent of schools providing for the transportation of pupils under contract, as provided, or any other provision of law to require as a condition of the contract the tuberculosis risk assessment, as provided, except that, at the discretion of the governing board or county superintendent of schools, that provision does not apply to a private contracted driver who transports pupils infrequently without prolonged contact with the pupils.This bill would delete that exception for private contracted

CA SB 885 -
Public employees’ retirement.
09/01/2023 - Chaptered by Secretary of State. Chapter 159, Statutes of 2023.
SB 885, Committee on Labor, Public Employment and Retirement. Public employees’ retirement. (1) The Teachers’ Retirement Law establishes the State Teachers’ Retirement System (STRS) and creates the Defined Benefit Program of the State Teachers’ Retirement Plan, which provides a defined benefit to members of the program, based on final compensation, credited service, and age at retirement, subject to certain variations. STRS is administrated by the Teachers’ Retirement Board. The Defined Benefit Program is funded by employer and employee contributions, as well as investment returns and state appropriations, which are deposited or credited to the Teachers’ Retirement Fund, which is continuously appropriated for the purposes of the system.Existing law, the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), prohibits an employer from engaging in various defined forms of discriminatory employment practices. Existing law makes it an unlawful employment practice under FEHA for an employer with 5 or more employees to, among other things, include on any application for employment any question that seeks the disclosure of an applicant’s conviction history, to inquire into or consider the conviction history of an applicant until that applicant has received a conditional offer, and, when conducting a conviction history background check, to consider, distribute, or disseminate information related to specified prior arrests, diversions, and convictions. Existing law specifies situations in which an employer is authorized to request this information, including when hiring for a position for which a state or local agency is otherwise required by law to conduct a conviction history background check.This bill would authorize STRS to collect specified criminal history information for employees of STRS and applicants for employment with STRS while a tentative offer is pending, if the position includes certain duties.(2) Existing law, the Public Employees’ Retirement Law (PERL), creates the Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS) for the purpose of providing pension benefits to state employees and employees of contracting agencies and prescribes the rights and duties of members of the system and their beneficiaries. Under PERL, benefits are funded by investment income and employer and employee contributions, which are deposited into the Public Employees’ Retirement Fund, a continuously appropriated trust fund administered by the system’s board of administration. Existing law vests management and control of PERS in its board of administration. PERS provides a defined benefit to members of the program, based on final compensation, credited service, and age at retirement, subject to certain variations.Existing law permits the board to charge interest on payments due and unpaid by a contracting agency at the greater of the annual return on the system’s investments for the year prior to the year in which payments are not timely made or a simple annual rate of 10%.This bill would remove the board’s option to charge interest at the annual return on the system’s investments for the year prior in which payments are not timely made, and instead would require the board to charge interest at a simple annual rate of 10%.(3) Existing law authorizes a member of PERS, who is credited with less than a certain number of years of service and who enters employment as a member of another public retirement system supported by state funds, within 6 months of leaving state service, to elect to leave their accumulated contributions on deposit in the retirement fund. Existing law specifies that a member’s failure to make an election to withdraw accumulated contributions is deemed an election to leave the member’s accumulated contributions on deposit in the retirement fund. Existing law provides that a member may revoke their election to allow accumulated contributions to remain in the retirement system, except under specified circumstances. Existing law requires a membe

CA SB 887 -
Consumer affairs.
09/12/2023 - Assembly amendments concurred in. (Ayes 38. Noes 0.) Ordered to engrossing and enrolling.
SB 887, as amended, Committee on Business, Professions and Economic Development. Consumer affairs. (1) Existing law requires the Department of Consumer Affairs to compile an annual report for the Legislature containing specified information relating to the professional licensure of veterans, servicemembers, and their spouses from each calendar year.This bill would instead require the report to contain specified information relating to the professional licensure of military members, military spouses, and honorably discharged military members from each fiscal year. The bill would make corrections and other conforming changes to those provisions.(2) Existing law requires the Department of Consumer Affairs to establish procedures to assist owners and lessees of new motor vehicles who have complaints regarding the operation of a qualified third-party dispute resolution process. Existing law further requires the department to monitor and inspect qualified third-party dispute resolution processes to determine whether they continue to meet standards for certification, including, among other things, through onsite inspections of each qualified third-party dispute resolution process no less than twice annually.This bill would also permit those inspections of qualified third-party dispute resolution processes to be conducted virtually.(3) Existing law, the Nursing Practice Act, establishes the Board of Registered Nursing to license and regulate the practice of nursing. Existing law authorizes special meetings of the board pursuant to a call of the president or board members, as provided, and requires the board to send a notice by mail to board members who are not parties to the call. Existing law authorizes the board to issue an interim permit to practice nursing or a temporary certificate to practice professional nursing, or as a certified public health nurse, certified clinical nurse specialist, or certified nurse-midwife, upon approval of an application to be licensed or certified, as specified. Under existing law, the interim permit or temporary certificate terminates if the applicant fails the examination or if it is issued by mistake or the application for permanent licensure is denied, as applicable, upon notice by mail. This bill would instead require the board to send the notice of a special meeting electronically instead of by mail. The bill would delete the notice requirement for terminating an interim permit or temporary certificate. The act requires the board to establish categories of nurse practitioners and standards for each category, and requires the standards to take into account the types of advanced levels of nursing practice and the education needed to practice at each level.This bill would require those standards to be as specified in a certain publication of the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties, or successor.The act creates within the board a Nursing Education and Workforce Advisory Committee to study and recommend nursing education standards and solutions to workforce issues to the board, and requires one representative from the office of the Chancellor of the California State University to serve on the committee. This bill would specify an initial appointment for a term of 4 years for the representative from the office of the Chancellor of the California State University. This bill would also delete a requirement that the board hold at least 2 examinations each year, would update references to the National Board of Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists, and would make other technical and nonsubstantive changes to the act. (4) Existing law, the Psychology Licensing Law, establishes the Board of Psychology to license and regulate the practice of psychology. Existing law requires an applicant for licensure to show completion of specified training on suicide risk assessment and intervention and on aging and long-term care by submitting written verification from the registrar or

CA SB 890 - Senate Governance and Finance Committee
Property taxation: change of ownership and base year value transfers.
09/21/2023 - Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 4 p.m.
SB 890, Committee on Governance and Finance. Property taxation: change of ownership and base year value transfers. The California Constitution generally limits ad valorem taxes on real property to 1% of the full cash value of that property. For purposes of this limitation, “full cash value” is defined as the assessor’s valuation of real property as shown on the 1975–76 tax bill under “full cash value” or, thereafter, the appraised value of that real property when purchased, newly constructed, or a change in ownership has occurred.Existing property tax law, pursuant to constitutional authorization applicable to purchase or transfers that occurred on or before February 15, 2021, provides that the purchase or transfer of the principal residence, and the first $1,000,000 of other real property, of a transferor in the case of a transfer between parents and their children or, if certain conditions are met, between grandparents and their grandchildren, is not a “purchase” or “change in ownership” for purposes of determining the “full cash value” of property for taxation (prior intergenerational transfer exclusion). Existing property tax law, pursuant to constitutional authorization, excludes, beginning on and after February 16, 2021, from the term “change in ownership” purchases or transfers of real property that is the principal residence, or is a family farm, of an eligible transferor in the case of a purchase or transfer between parents and their children or, if certain requirements are met, between grandparents and their grandchildren, and certain other requirements are satisfied (intergenerational transfer exclusion).Existing property tax law provides that a “change in ownership” does not include certain transfers of a mobilehome park or a floating home marina to a nonprofit corporation, stock cooperative corporation, limited equity stock cooperative, or other entity formed by the tenants of a mobilehome park or floating home marina, respectively, for the purpose of purchasing the mobilehome park or floating home marina, as applicable, if certain requirements relating to tenant rental and participation are met. Existing law provides that if a transfer of a mobilehome park or floating home marina is excluded from a change of ownership pursuant to that provision but the park or floating home marina has not been converted to a condominium, stock cooperative ownership, or limited equity cooperative ownership, then any transfer of shares of the voting stock of, or other ownership or membership interests in, the entity that acquired the park or floating home marina is a change in ownership of a pro rata portion of the real property of the park or floating home marina, unless the transfer is for the purpose of converting the park or floating home marina into one of specified entities or the transfer is excluded from change in ownership pursuant to specified laws, including provisions relating to interspousal transfers.This bill would also provide that if a transfer of a mobilehome park or floating home marina, as applicable, is excluded from a change of ownership pursuant to the above-described provision but the park or floating home marina has not been converted to a condominium, stock cooperative ownership, or limited equity cooperative ownership, then any transfer of shares of the voting stock of, or other ownership or membership interests in, the entity that acquired the park or floating home marina is a change in ownership of a pro rata portion of the real property of the park or floating home marina, unless the transfer is excluded from change in ownership pursuant to the intergenerational transfer exclusion.Existing property tax law, pursuant to a constitutional authorization, allows the transfer of the base year value of a qualified contaminated property to a comparable replacement property of equal or lesser value that is located in the same county and is acquired or newly constructed as a replacement for the contaminated prop

CA SB 897 - Josh Newman
Pupil attendance: interdistrict attendance: school districts of choice.
02/14/2024 - Referred to Com. on ED.
SB 897, as introduced, Newman. Pupil attendance: interdistrict attendance: school districts of choice. (1) Existing law authorizes the governing board of a school district to accept pupils from other school districts by adopting a resolution to become a school district of choice, in accordance with various programmatic and procedural requirements and limitations, as provided.Existing law prohibits school districts of choice from targeting their communications to individual parents or residential neighborhoods on the basis of a pupil’s or pupils’ actual or perceived academic skill or other personal characteristics.This bill would expand that prohibition to also prohibit school districts of choice from targeting their communications to individual parents or residential neighborhoods on the basis of a pupil’s or pupils' actual or perceived proficiency in English, family income, or their disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic that is contained in the definition of a hate crime, as defined.(2) Existing law authorizes a school district of choice to reject the transfer of a pupil if the transfer of that pupil would require the school district to create a new program to serve that pupil, except that a school district of choice is prohibited from rejecting the transfer of a special needs pupil, including an individual with exceptional needs, as defined, and an English learner.This bill would expand that prohibition to further prohibit a school district of choice from rejecting the transfer of a pupil who is a foster youth, as defined, or a homeless child or youth, as defined.(3) Existing law requires school districts of choice to give first priority for attendance to siblings of children already in attendance in the school district, and requires school districts of choice to give second priority for attendance to pupils eligible for free or reduced-price meals.This bill would require school districts of choice to also give second priority for attendance to pupils who are foster youth or homeless children or youth.(4) Existing law authorizes school districts of residence with an average daily attendance greater than 50,000 to limit the number of pupils transferring out each year to 1% of its current year estimated average daily attendance. Existing law authorizes school districts of residence with an average daily attendance of 50,000 or less to limit the number of pupils transferring out to 3% of its current year estimated average daily attendance, and to limit the maximum number of pupils transferring out for the duration of the school district of choice program to 10% of the average daily attendance for that period.This bill would revise those authorized limitations to instead be an unspecified percentage, based upon unspecified average daily attendance distinction, as reported as of the first principal apportionment of the prior fiscal year. The bill would also delete the 10% duration-of-the-program limitation.(5) Existing law requires an application requesting a transfer pursuant to the school district of choice program to be submitted by the parent of a pupil to the school district of choice before January 1 of the school year preceding the school year for which the pupil is requesting to be transferred, and authorizes an applicant to request enrollment of the pupil in a specific school or program of the school district of choice. If an application is rejected, existing law requires the governing board of the school district of choice to include in the written notification to the parent that the number of pupils applying to transfer exceeded the capacity of the school district of choice and that the pupil was not selected during the random drawing.This bill would require that written notification to specify whether the number of pupils applying to transfer exceeded the capacity of the school district of choice or the specific

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 911 - Kelly Seyarto
Income taxation: exclusion: military survivor benefits.
02/21/2024 - Referred to Coms. on REV. & TAX. and M. & V.A.
SB 911, as introduced, Seyarto. Income taxation: exclusion: military survivor benefits. The Personal Income Tax Law, in modified conformity with federal law, generally defines “gross income” as income from whatever source derived, except as specifically excluded, and provides various exclusions from gross income for purposes of computing tax liability. 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, for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2025, and before January 1, 2030, would provide an exclusion from gross income for survivor benefits or payments, not to exceed $20,000 per taxable year, received on or after January 1, 2025, and before January 1, 2030, under the federal Survivor Benefit Plan. 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 include additional information required for any bill authorizing a new tax expenditure.This bill would take effect immediately as a tax levy.

CA SB 916 - Caroline Menjivar
Public postsecondary education: waiver of tuition and fees: veterans: extended education courses.
02/21/2024 - From committee with author's amendments. Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on ED.
SB 916, as amended, Seyarto. Public postsecondary education: waiver of tuition and fees: veterans: extended education courses. Existing law establishes the University of California, administered by the Regents of the University of California, the California State University administered by the Trustees of the California State University, and the California Community Colleges, administered by the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges, as the 3 segments of public postsecondary education in the state. The Donahoe Higher Education Act prohibits the campuses of those segments from charging mandatory systemwide tuition or fees to specified students who apply for a waiver, including a child of any veteran of the United States military who has a service-connected disability, has been killed in service, or has died of a service-connected disability, an undergraduate student who is a recipient of a Medal of Honor, or an undergraduate student who is a child of a recipient of a Medal of Honor and who is no more than 27 years old, if certain requirements are satisfied.This bill would additionally prohibit the campuses of the 3 segments of public postsecondary education from charging tuition or fees for specified students who enroll in an extended education course if certain requirements are satisfied and the extended education course is being used to meet the requirements of an undergraduate degree program. To the extent the bill would impose additional duties on community college districts, the bill would constitute a state-mandated local program. The bill would apply to the campuses of the University of California only to the extent that the regents, by appropriate resolution, make it apply.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 920 - Kelly Seyarto
California Purple Star School Designation Program.
02/14/2024 - Referred to Coms. on ED. and M. & V.A.
SB 920, as introduced, Seyarto. California Purple Star School Designation Program. Existing law requires the State Department of Education to establish a formal liaison with the United States Department of Defense and school districts and county offices of education that enroll military dependents to, among other things, create model memoranda of agreement between military bases and school districts or county offices of education regarding enabling schoolage military dependents to experience a smoother transition from one school to another school. Existing law authorizes a governing board of a school district and a county office of education to undertake certain activities to properly address the needs of military dependents. This bill would require the State Department of Education to establish a nonmonetary California Purple Star School Designation Program to reduce the burden on military-connected pupils and their families and to publicly recognize and designate public schools that meet certain requirements related to supporting military-connected pupils and their families’ unique needs, as provided. The bill would establish an annual application process for the California Purple Star School Designation Program, as specified, and require schools that earn the award to apply for recertification every 3 years.

CA SB 94 - Josh Becker
Recall and resentencing: special circumstances.
09/07/2023 - Ordered to third reading.
SB 94, as amended, Cortese. Recall and resentencing: special circumstances. Existing law provides for various specified special circumstances, including murder committed for financial gain or committed during the commission or attempted commission of certain felonies, which, if found true as specified, require a defendant found guilty of murder in the first degree to be sentenced to death or imprisonment for life without the possibility of parole. Existing law, added by Proposition 115 of the June 5, 1990, statewide primary election, prohibits a judge from striking or dismissing any special circumstance that is admitted by plea or found true by a jury or court, as specified. Existing law generally authorizes a court to dismiss an action or to strike or dismiss an enhancement in the furtherance of justice, except if dismissal of that enhancement is prohibited by any initiative statute.This bill would authorize an individual serving a sentence of life imprisonment without the possibility of parole for a conviction in which one or more special circumstances were found to be true to petition for recall and resentencing if the offense occurred before June 5, 1990, and the individual has served at least 25 years in custody. The bill would exempt individuals from relief under these provisions under certain circumstances, including if the individual was convicted of first degree murder of a peace officer, as specified. The bill would authorize the court to modify the petitioner’s sentence to impose a lesser sentence and apply any changes in law that reduce sentences or provide for judicial discretion, or to vacate the petitioner’s conviction and impose judgment on a lesser included offense, as specified. The bill would require a court to consider and afford great weight to evidence offered by the petitioner to prove that specified mitigating circumstances are present. The bill would provide that proof of the presence of one or more specified mitigating circumstances weighs greatly in favor of dismissing a special circumstance, unless the court finds that dismissal of the special circumstance is not appropriate. The bill would require the court to appoint the State Public Defender or other qualified counsel for an indigent petitioner.The California Constitution, as amended by Proposition 9, the Victims’ Bill of Rights Act of 2008: Marsy’s Law, at the November 4, 2008, statewide general election, entitles the victim of a crime to specified rights, including to reasonable notice of all public proceedings, including all parole or other postconviction release proceedings.The bill would clarify that these proceedings constitute a “post-conviction release proceeding” under Marsy’s Law.

CA SB 943 - Rosilicie Ochoa Bogh
Civil service: veterans’ preference.
02/14/2024 - Referred to Coms. on L., P.E. & R. and M. & V.A.
SB 943, as introduced, Ochoa Bogh. Civil service: veterans’ preference. Existing law, the State Civil Service Act, requires the Department of Human Resources to administer the Personnel Classification Plan of the State of California, including allocating every position to the appropriate class. Existing law requires the allocation of a position to a class be derived from, and determined by, ascertaining the duties and responsibilities of the position, and be based on the principle that all positions are to be included in the same class if certain qualifications apply, including, but not limited to, that the positions are sufficiently similar in respect to duties and responsibilities that the same descriptive title may be used, and substantially the same requirements as to education, experience, knowledge, and ability are demanded of incumbents.Existing law also prescribes a comprehensive civil service personnel system for the state and specifically provides certain preferences for veterans. Existing law grants to a person retired from the United States military, honorably discharged from active military duty with a service-connected disability, or honorably discharged from active duty eligibility for civil service examinations for which they meet the minimum qualifications for the classification. Existing law requires that, in evaluating minimum qualifications, related military experience be considered state civil service experience in a comparable class, based on the duties and responsibilities assigned.This bill would require the department, by January 1, 2026, to review the department Personnel Classification Plan of the State of California and identify which classes are compatible with creating a waiver for a bachelor’s degree requirement for a veteran, as defined, who has served at the level of E-6 or higher for more than 2 years. For a class identified by the department, where a bachelor’s degree is required as a minimum qualification for a civil service examination, the bill would require the department to, commencing July 1, 2026, waive the bachelor’s degree requirement for a veteran who has served at the level of E-6 or higher for more than 2 years.

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  • CA AB 2158 - Heath Flora
    Vehicles: disabled veterans.
    02/20/2024 - Referred to Coms. on TRANS. and M. & V.A.
  • CA SB 1081 - Bob J. Archuleta
    Vehicles: driver’s license: selective service.
    02/21/2024 - Referred to Com. on TRANS.
  • CA SB 1097 - John Laird
    Veterans: veteran service officers.
    02/21/2024 - Referred to Com. on RLS.
  • CA SB 1124 - Pilar Schiavo
    Deceptive practices: service members and veterans.
    02/21/2024 - Referred to Coms. on JUD. and M. & V.A.
  • CA SB 1137 - Lola Smallwood-Cuevas
    Discrimination claims: intersectionality of characteristics.
    02/21/2024 - Referred to Com. on JUD.
  • CA SB 1177 - Steven Craig Bradford
    Public utilities: women, minority, disabled veteran, and LGBT business enterprises.
    02/21/2024 - Referred to Com. on E., U. & C.
  • CA SB 1186 - Rosilicie Ochoa Bogh
    Fairs: free admissions.
    02/21/2024 - Referred to Com. on AGRI.
  • CA SB 1335 - Bob J. Archuleta
    The California Cadet Corps.
    02/20/2024 - From printer. May be acted upon on or after March 18.
  • CA SB 1344 - Shannon L. Grove
    Veterans: assistance.
    02/20/2024 - From printer. May be acted upon on or after March 18.
  • CA SB 911 - Kelly Seyarto
    Income taxation: exclusion: military survivor benefits.
    02/21/2024 - Referred to Coms. on REV. & TAX. and M. & V.A.
  • CA SB 916 - Caroline Menjivar
    Public postsecondary education: waiver of tuition and fees: veterans: extended education courses.
    02/21/2024 - From committee with author's amendments. Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on ED.
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