2022 Legislative Session: New Laws

The 2022 Legislative Session has officially concluded, and the Governor has taken final action on all bills sent to his desk.

As your Representative, I want to be sure to keep you updated on some of the new laws that will be taking effect soon, especially since they may directly impact you and our communities.  

General Overview:

Total Bills Introduced in 2022 = 2055

  • Assembly - 1383
  • Senate – 672

 
Total Number of Bills Sent to Governor in 2022 = 1,166

  • Governor signed 997 new laws (85.5% of them) and vetoed 169
     
  • Assembly:
    • 80% signed authored by Democrats
    • 11% signed authored by Republicans
    • 9% signed were Committee bills
       
  • Senate:
    • 82% signed authored by Democrats
    • 7% signed authored by Republicans
    • 11% signed were Committee bills

 
New Laws Of Interest:

Based on your survey responses and the issues my office received the most inquiries and comments on, here is a short list of new laws recently signed by the Governor.

All laws take effect on January 1st, 2023, unless indicated in the language of the bill.
 

 Education:

  • SB 955: Requires a school to excuse the absence of a student engaging in a civic or political event. Allows middle and high school students to request to be excused from school to attend various civic or political events, which can include strikes and political rallies, without any guarantee the parents of that student are aware of the student's absence.
     
  • SB 1183: Establishes the Statewide Imagination Library Program and creates the Imagination Library of California Fund to provide age-appropriate books on a monthly basis, to the home of each child registered in the program, from birth to their fifth birthday at no cost to families, through Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library (DPIL).


Energy:

  • SB 846: Facilitates the continued operation of California's last nuclear power plant, the Diablo Canyon Power Plant, for up to five years.  
     
  • SB 1137: Creates a setback for new oil and gas production wells. Prohibits the California Geologic Energy Management Division (CalGEM) from approving new oil and gas production wells and facilities within 3,200 feet of schools, parks, homes, businesses, and health care facilities.
     

  Guns:

  • AB 2870: Expands the types/categories of individuals authorized to apply for a gun violence restraining order to include more distant relatives, former roommates, and others with whom the individual has/had a dating relationship.
     
  • SB 1327: Authorizes persons who are not government employees to bring civil action against persons who manufacture or distribute specified illegal firearms or precursor parts, or who sell firearms to persons under 21.

 
Health:

  • AB 1797: Requires health care providers, schools, childcare facilities, family childcare homes, and county human services agencies to disclose immunization information to local health departments. Authorizes schools and other child facilities to perform immunization status assessments of students, adults, and clients.  
     
  • AB 2098: Permits the Medical Board of California to discipline doctors for spreading “misinformation or disinformation” related to COVID-19.
     
  • SB 864: Enacts "Tyler's Law" by requiring a general acute care hospital to test for fentanyl in a patient's urine when drug screening is conducted.

     

Homelessness:

  • SB 914: Enacts the Homeless Equity for Left Behind Populations (HELP) Act, which requires cities, counties, and continuums of care receiving state funding to include within the vulnerable populations that receive homeless services, people fleeing or attempting to flee domestic violence, and unaccompanied women.  
     
  • SB 1338: Establishes CARE Court as a means to combat homelessness. Sets up a new branch in the judicial system that would allow first responders and family members to petition a county judge to order treatment for people suffering from addiction or severe mental illness.


Housing:

  • AB 512: Allows the transfer of state highways to cities and counties for conversion into affordable housing, green space, transit-oriented development, and bicycle, pedestrian, and transit infrastructure.  
     
  • SB 6: Establishes housing as an allowable use on any parcel zoned for office, retail, or parking.
     

 Labor and Small Business/Business:

  • AB 152: Establishes the California Small Business and Nonprofit COVID-19 Relief Grant Program.
     
  • AB 257: Unionizes California’s fast-food workers. Establishes a Fast Food Sector Council vested with broad authority to set labor and employment laws for the fast food industry, including franchises.
     
  • AB 2188: Prohibits employers from disciplining, terminating, or refusing to hire a person for cannabis use not proven to impair or affect them at work.
     
  • SB 972: Lessens the equipment requirements, fees and design standards for street vendors. It also removes criminal penalties for health code violations, replacing them with fines.
     
  • SB 1046: Prohibits a store from providing a "pre-checkout bag" to consumers as of January 1, 2025, if it is neither compostable nor a recyclable paper bag. 
     
  • SB 1407: Creates a dedicated hub within the executive branch to assist small businesses with resources to transition to employee ownership.  

 
Local Government:

  • AB 2097: Precludes local government from imposing or enforcing a minimum automobile parking requirement on residential, commercial, or other development parcel if the parcel is located within one-half mile walking distance of a major transit stop.
     
  • SB 1100: Allows a presiding member of the legislative body to remove an individual for disrupting a public meeting.
     

Public Safety:

  • AB 1228:  Limits the ability to hold a person on probation in jail pending adjudication of a probation violation. Requires a "catch and release" policy for criminals on probation in nearly all circumstances.  
     
  • AB 1247: “The Freedom to Walk Act” which prohibits officers from enforcing most pedestrian violations including jaywalking unless there is an immediate danger of a collision.
     
  •  AB 2167:  Provides that "It is the intent of the Legislature that the disposition of any criminal case use the least restrictive means available” and requires the court presiding over a criminal matter to "consider alternatives to incarceration, including, without limitation, collaborative justice court programs, diversion, restorative justice, and probation."  Declares incarceration should be used only when necessary to prevent physical injury to others or in the interest of justice.
     
  • SB 53: Creates a civil cause of action for damages against a person over 18 who knowingly sends unsolicited sexually explicit material of themselves.
     
  • SB 1223: Expands the eligibility criteria for criminal offenders to be granted mental health diversion (and thus, by definition, avoid a criminal conviction for their offense, including felony offenses).

 
Transportation:

  • AB 1766: Requires the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to issue identification (ID) cards to applicants regardless of immigration status.
     
  • AB 1909: Requires drivers to move over into an available adjacent lane before passing or overtaking a bicycle, and makes several other changes related to bicycles and electric bicycles. Requires motorists to yield an entire lane of vehicle travel to bicycles.
     
  • SB 339: Creates a road usage charge pilot program to test the collection of a tax on each mile driven.
     

Water:

  • SB 1157: Mandates further water conservation requirements that water agencies must achieve for the indoor water use of California residents. Reduces the residential indoor water use standards from 52.5 gallons per person/day (gpcd) to 47gpcd for years between 2025-2030, and from 50gpcd to 42gpcd in 2030. This would likely be accomplished through increased water rates.


Additional Laws:

  • AB 2223: Prevents women from being held criminally or civilly liable for their pregnancy outcomes, including abortion or perinatal (post-birth) death, due to causes that occurred in utero. Asserts that no person can be investigated, prosecuted, or incarcerated for actual or alleged pregnancy outcomes.
     
  • SB 107: Prohibits health care plans from releasing medical information in response to subpoenas issued by courts in other states concerning civil actions for providing children “gender-affirming health care” in violation of the laws of that state. It also prohibits California courts from enforcing other states' child custody orders based on a parent's decision to provide such medical intervention for a child.

 
If you would like to check on the status of any other legislation, please click HERE

I hope you found this informative and helpful. As always, it is my privilege to be your Representative in the California State Assembly.