Legislation

Legislation Year - 2021-2022

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.
Recognizes “Women Warriors” by proclaiming the week of March 15 to March 21, 2021, inclusive, as Women’s Military History Week in California
This bill would require the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and counties to provide the names and social security numbers of current inmates to the Employment Development Department for the purposes of preventing payments on fraudulent claims for unemployment compensation benefits.
This bill, commencing on or before October 1, 2021, would prohibit the Employment Development Department from sending any outgoing United States mail to an individual that contains any of its top three highest-volume mailed documents containing the individual’s social security number, unless that social security number is replaced with a modified unique identifier or the number is truncated to its last 4 digits.
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.
This bill expands the crime of mail theft to include "mail theft from a private mail carrier’s shipping or delivery route," a crime punishable by up to up to one year in county jail and/or a fine of up to $1,000.  Makes theft from a private mail carrier's shipping or delivery route an aggravated misdemeanor offense.
This bill, for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2021, and before January 1, 2032, would exclude from gross income those educational awards received by a taxpayer based on the taxpayer’s participation in the California For All Education Award program.
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.
This bill authorizes private employers to establish a written veterans’ preference employment policy, to be applied uniformly to hiring decisions, to give a preference for hiring or retaining a veteran over another qualified applicant or employee. Require employers that establish a veterans' preference to annually report to the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) demographic information, as specified. Sunsets January 2028.