Legislation Year - 2021-2022

This bill, for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2021, and before January 1, 2026, would exclude from gross income the amount of a grant awarded pursuant to the California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program.
This bill would direct the department to discontinue the fee for printing the word “VETERAN” on the face of a driver’s licence or identification card by July 1, 2022, and would repeal that fee provision on January 1, 2023
The bill would appropriate funds from the General Fund to the Controller for allocation for payment of refunds to students of the California State University, the California Community Colleges, and the University of California for campus fees overpaid due to campus closures in the 2019–20 and 2020–21 academic years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 
Declares the month of January 2021 as Positive Parenting Awareness Month
Declares January 28, 2021, as California Data Privacy Day, to increase awareness of privacy and data protection issues among consumers, organizations, and government officials. 
Proclaims the week of January 24, 2021, through January 31, 2021, as School Choice Week to recognize the need for effective education options for all children.
Recognizes the month of February 2021 as American Heart Month in California to raise awareness of the importance of the ongoing fight against heart disease and stroke.
This bill, the Keep California Working Act, would establish the Keep California Working Grant Program. The act would require the Small Business Advocate to administer the program and award grants, of an unspecified amount, to small businesses and nonprofit organizations that have experienced economic hardship resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. The act would appropriate $2.6 billion dollars to the Office of Small Business Advocate for those purposes.
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature in the annual Budget Act each fiscal year to provide $500,000,000, on an equal per-pupil basis, to school districts, county offices of education, and charter schools for increasing mental health staff, specifically school psychologists and counselors, at each schoolsite to increase access for youth mental health services.
The bill would also authorize an employee working from home to receive legally required notices and postings electronically and sign or acknowledge certain documents electronically.