Late last week, the 2021-2022 Legislative Session officially adjourned. A total of 4,476 bills were introduced and of those, 1,500 were Senate Bills and 2,976 were Assembly Bills.
There are now more than 900 bills sitting on the Governor’s desk awaiting action. He has until the constitutional deadline of September 30 to either sign, veto, or allow a bill to become law without a signature.
As your Representative, I want to be sure to keep you updated on the status of some of the most prominent and controversial bills introduced this year. Here is a rundown:
Bills Currently Sitting on the Governor’s Desk:
- AB 2098: Permits the Medical Board of California to discipline doctors for spreading “misinformation or disinformation” related to COVID-19.
- 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.
- 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 70: Requires a child to complete a year of kindergarten before entering first grade, beginning in the 2024-25 school year.
- 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.
- 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 period, and from 50gpcd to 42gpcd in 2030. This would likely be accomplished through increased water rates.
- 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.
Bills Already Signed by the Governor:
- AB 2608: Requires elections officials to provide a second replacement vote-by-mail (VBM) ballot to a voter's "representative," upon receipt of a written request signed by the voter.
- 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.
- SB 1100: Allows a presiding member of the legislative body to remove an individual for disrupting a public meeting.
Bills that Failed:
- AB 937: Would have prohibited law enforcement agencies from notifying federal immigration authorities when they’re about to release inmates convicted of violent felonies or other serious crimes.
- AB 1227: Would have imposed an excise tax of 10% of the sales price of a handgun and 11% of the sales price of a long gun, rifle, firearm precursor part, and ammunition.
- AB 2133: Would have required the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to ensure that statewide greenhouse gas emissions are reduced to at least 55% below the 1990 level no later than December 31, 2030. It would have accelerated the state’s goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from 40% below 1990 levels to 55% below 1990 levels by the end of 2030.
- SB 57: Would have permitted certain communities in the Los Angeles and Bay Area to operate “safe injection sites” allowing people to use harmful and illegal drugs under supervision. (Vetoed by Governor)
- SB 262: Would have required bail companies to return at least 90% of the money paid by defendants if the legal action against them is dismissed or no charges are filed within two months.
- SB 300: Would have prohibited a major participant in special circumstance murder (e.g. first-degree murder because of race, during a robbery, sexual offense, with torture or kidnapping, etc.) who was not the actual killer from being charged, convicted, or sentenced in connection with the murder, meaning they can no longer be sentenced to death or life without parole for their actions relating to the crime.
- SB 866: Would have allowed minors aged 15 years or older to receive any FDA-approved vaccine without the consent of their parents or guardians.
- SB 918: Would have created a new and more restrictive issuing process for concealed carry weapons (CCW) licenses while prohibiting CCW holders from carrying firearms in a long list of new places.
- SB 930: Would have created a pilot program to give some California cities the ability to extend last call hours at bars, restaurants, and clubs to 4 a.m. on weekends and holidays and to 3 a.m. on all other days.
If you would like to check on the status of any other legislation, please click HERE.
If you would like to contact the Governor's office to register your opinion on a bill, 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.