Legislation Year - 2021-2022

This bill requires the Employment Development Department (EDD) to implement reforms recommended by the California State Auditors (CSA). Ensures EDD creates a plan to handle surges in unemployment claims in the future.
In order to smooth the pathway for victims’ vacatur relief process, this bill will prevent a court from refusing to hear a victim’s petition due to unpaid fines and fees owed or failure to meet probation conditions. With the exception of restitution, this bill will additionally place fines and fees owed by a victim on hold while the petition is pending. AB 262 also seeks to clarify and expand the Penal Code statute so victims may petition the court at any time, and will specify there is no time limit on when a victim can petition the court for vacatur relief once removed from trafficking.…
Extends the sunset date on an exemption from the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) for fuel reduction projects on federal lands to reduce the risk of wildfire when those projects have been reviewed under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) until January 1, 2026.  Ensures that a necessary tool to pick up the pace and scale of fuel reduction projects on federal lands continues to be made available.
This bill would authorize the Board of Registered Nursing to reduce the renewal fee for a licensee. 
This bill takes a multi-pronged approach to wildfire prevention by providing funding for fire prevention, eliminating regulatory hurdles to completing important fire prevention projects, and providing incentives for industries to utilize wood products.
This bill protects the independence and oversight ability of the State Foster Care Ombudsman. California Legislature established the Office of the State Foster Care Ombudsman, however, the Ombudsman is currently appointed by the Director of the Department of Social Services, the exact department which it is tasked with overseeing. This does not provide the level of independence needed to be an effective advocate on the behalf of foster youth. AB 317 will solve this problem by instead making the Foster Care Ombudsman an appointee of the Secretary of California Health and Human Services.
The State Auditor’s recent reports, and the frustrating experiences of millions of California's citizens, make it abundantly clear that more legislative oversight is needed for the Employment Development Department which has proven to be wholly incapable of executing the programs which it is responsible for. Under this bill, EDD would be required to comply with various new reporting and review processes. 
This bill would authorize an employee working from home to receive legally required notices and postings electronically and sign certain documents electronically thereby making telework more flexible and accommodating. 
The Federal Government’s Every Kid Outdoors (EKO) program grants free access to federal parks for 4th graders. This measure will build upon this program by granting the same benefits to 4th graders when visiting state parks within California.
This bill increases the maximum penalties for the crime of fleeing the scene of an accident in situations where a person suffers death by increasing the potential penalty from 2, 3, or 4 years or 90 days to one year in county jail to 3, 4, or 6 years or 90 days to one year in county jail. It narrows the gap between potential penalties for driving under the influence manslaughter and fleeing the scene of an accident resulting in death.
This bill restores the Research and Development Tax Credit and the Net Operating Loss deduction for taxpayers that perform research and development in biotechnology. 
This bill allows persons seeking a domestic violence restraining order to file their papers with the court electronically during and after normal business hours. It increases filing options for victims of domestic violence to obtain restraining orders from the court.
This bill would provide that the manner in which the victim is dressed is inadmissible as evidence of consent during a sexual assault trial.
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
This bill ensures that the dismissal of charges for persons convicted of crimes does not, by operation of law, cause early termination of court orders designed to protect the offender's victims from contact or other harassment by the offender.
This bill makes religious organizations eligible to apply for grants under a Public Utilities Commission (PUC) program that funds publicly available broadband projects in communities with low broadband access.  Provides churches and other religious organizations the same opportunities as libraries, schools, and community centers to obtain funding for public Wi-Fi connections. 
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. 
This measure would proclaim March 2021 as American Red Cross Month and would dedicate it to all those who continue to advance the noble legacy of the organization’s founder. The measure would encourage all Californians to reach out, support the organization’s humanitarian mission, and join in their commitment to care for people in need.
Declares January 28, 2021, as California Data Privacy Day, to increase awareness of privacy and data protection issues among consumers, organizations, and government officials.