Legislation Year - 2021-2022

This bill would require the Contractors State License Board to grant a 50% fee reduction for an initial license to an applicant who provides satisfactory evidence that the applicant is a veteran who has served as an active duty member of the United States Armed Forces or the California National Guard and was honorably discharged.
Enacts the Early Childhood Mental Health Services Act for improving access to and quality of care, services, and support for children from birth to 5 years of age, and their parents, families and caregivers with an emphasis on prevention and early intervention. Requires the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission (MHSOAC) to develop criteria to award grants for mental health supports in communities. Creates a new grant program with a focus on children’s mental health with carefully defined and detailed criteria and goals. 
Establishes the Coordinated Affordable Housing Finance Committee to allocate state-controlled resources for the finance of affordable rental housing through a single process and competition. Simplifies the applications process to reduce confusion.
This bill adds peace officers to the list of protected groups of people covered by the hate crimes statutes. 
Creates a grant program aimed at funding projects that focus on reducing fentanyl use and overdoses.
This bill would require a person who is convicted of, or who pleads guilty or no contest to, the possession or sale of opiates and narcotics to receive a written advisory of the danger of manufacturing and distribution of controlled substances and that, if a person dies as a result of that action, the manufacturer or distributor can be charged with murder. 
This bill would require the California Health and Human Services Agency to convene a working group that includes representatives from all departments and agencies that currently receive funding relating to services for homeless individuals. The bill would require the working group to determine the best approach to creating a Department of Homelessness Prevention, Outreach, and Support and to submit its findings and recommendations to the Legislature no later than January 1, 2024.
Removes exemption for local agencies from the Information Practices Act of 1977 thereby improving privacy protections for Californians. 
Appropriates $1 billion General Fund for the Rural Infrastructure Act to provide grants to rural agencies for disaster preparedness and mitigation projects; including evacuation or shelter areas, highway and fairground maintenance, and historic or cultural preservation or repair. 
Defunds the California Online Community College (CalBright), in January 2024 by re-appropriating the college's funding for other California Community College (CCC) system-wide benefits. 
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. 
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.