California Lawmakers Send Governor Sweeping Legislation to Change Unemployment System

The Legislature has also sent to the governor a measure by Assemblyman Kelly Seyarto (R-Murrieta) that addresses another cause of fraud.

AB 12 requires the EDD and other state agencies to stop sending Social Security numbers to claimants and others in the mail, which makes them susceptible to being stolen by criminals engaging in identity theft.

If the measure is signed by the governor, state agencies would have to stop the practice as soon as possible, but not later than Jan. 1, 2023.

Seyarto cited a third state audit in November that found that the EDD sent out more than 38 million pieces of mail containing Social Security numbers since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

He said the state should stop the practice that is “endangering the identities of millions of Californians.”