Legislation

Legislation Year - 2021-2022

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 prohibit the Department of Consumer Affairs and the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control from revoking a license or imposing a fine or penalty for failure to comply with any COVID-19 state of emergency orders or COVID-19 stay-at-home orders, unless the board or department can prove that lack of compliance resulted in transmission of COVID-19.
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 Personal Income Tax Law and the Corporation Tax Law allow various credits against the taxes imposed by those laws, including a credit for qualified taxpayers in an amount equal to 15% of the qualified value of fresh fruits or vegetables and specified raw agricultural products or processed foods donated to a food bank. This bill would extend the authorization for those tax credits. 
This bill addresses implied malice for drug fatalities by addressing them in a similar fashion to implied malice for driving under the influence crimes.  Similarly, this bill requires the court to issue an advisory to individuals convicted of selling or distributing controlled substances. This proposed advisory will provide a person convicted of these crimes with a warning that their actions could result in another person's death and lead to a homicide charge.
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.