2021 End of Legislative Session Roundup

 

The 2021 Legislative Session has now come to a close. This year, the California State Legislature introduced more than 2,776 bills and passed 728 bills to the Governor’s office.  The Governor has until October 10, 2021 to sign, approve without signing, or veto these bills. 

As your State Assemblymember, it is important for me to make sure you are kept informed on the bills passing through Sacramento.  Below you will find a brief highlight on just some of the many bills I believe are important to bring to your attention that I supported or opposed.  Those that I supported helped solve many problems this year involving our children, public safety, the wildfires, the EDD and many more.

As you read through the following bills, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact my office at (714) 843-4966.

It is an honor to serve you in the California State Legislature and I look forward to seeing you in the District!

Sincerely,

Assemblymember Janet Nguyen 
California State Legislature, Seventy-Second District
 
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BUSINESS
 
SB 87:  Appropriates $2.1 billion for the California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program.  Tasks the Office of Small Business Advocate (CalOSBA) with overseeing and awarding grants of $5,000 - $25,000 to help support small for-profit and nonprofit businesses that have been impacted by COVID-19 and the state's mandated closures.   VOTED:  YES
 
AB 61:  Authorizes businesses to continue serving alcoholic beverages in an expanded area with a temporary catering permit.  Provides regulatory relief for restaurants to allow alcohol sales for outdoor dining due to indoor dining restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.   VOTED:  YES
 
AB 83:  Waives future license renewal fees for two years, starting in 2021, for more than 600,000 barbering and cosmetology individuals and businesses licensed by the Board of Barbering and Cosmetology (Board) and approximately 50,000 restaurants and bars licensed (59,000 total licenses eligible for waiver) by the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC). Attempts to alleviate pressure on businesses that have been impacted by health and safety restrictions and closures imposed by the state in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.    VOTED:  YES
 
AB 80:  Allows eligible businesses to deduct business expenses that were paid for using forgiven Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) or Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) funds. Assists taxpayers and furthers the purpose of these federal loans to keep businesses operating during the economic disruption and quarantines caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.   VOTED:   YES
 
AB 1302:  Prohibits cannabis advertisements on billboards located within a 15-mile radius of the California border along interstate highways and state highways that cross the California border.   VOTED:  NO
 
AB 71:  Imposes a new $2.4 billion income tax increase on California businesses and residents.  Requires multi-national taxpayers who make a "water's-edge election" to include in their gross income 40% of the repatriation income of affiliated corporations and 50% of global intangible low-taxed income (GILTI).  VOTED:  NO
 
AB 1276:  Prohibits food facilities and third-party delivery platforms from providing a single-use food accessory, unless specifically requested by the consumer.  Leaves customers without utensils to eat their meals and leave pandemic-stricken restaurants grappling to meet these new requirements.  VOTED:  NO


CHILDREN
 
SB 224:  Requires each local education agency (LEA) that offers health education to pupils in middle school or high school to include in those courses instruction in mental health, as specified, and; requires the CA Department of Education (CDE) to develop a plan to expand mental health instruction in California public schools. Increases awareness of mental illness and how to seek help, while reducing the stigma associated with mental health challenges by requiring that students receive age-appropriate instruction at schools that offer health education.   VOTED:  YES
 
SB 50:  Expands the range of types of child care and early learning services that a state preschool contracting agency may provide. Expands the range of care and services that a state preschool contracting agency may provide.  VOTED:  YES
 
AB 1363:  Requires the Superintendent of Public Instruction (SPI) to develop procedures for California State Preschool program providers to identify and report data on dual language learners (DLLs) enrolled in a state preschool program. Enables state policy makers to make informed decisions over resources and other critical elements of early learning programs that could be leveraged to nurture and develop the early linguistic assets of these children.  VOTED:  YES
 
SB 168:  Secures $6 million to support state-subsidized child care providers serving foster children.  VOTED:  YES
 

CONSUMERS
 
AB 1320:  Requires, beginning July 1, 2022, a money transmitter licensee to prominently display on its internet website a toll-free telephone number through which a customer may contact the licensee for customer service issues and receive live customer assistance. Ensures consumers can resolve service issues quickly.  VOTED:  YES
 
AB 390:  Requires a business that makes an automatic renewal or continuous service offer to provide consumers' with notice before the expiration of a free gift or trial, or temporary or promotional price, included with the offer. Requires businesses to streamline the cancellation process.   VOTED:  YES


EMPLOYMENT DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT (EDD)
 
AB 12:  Requires the EDD to stop sending outgoing U.S. mail to an individual that contains the individual's Social Security number (SSN) unless the number is truncated or required in specified circumstances.  VOTED:   YES
 
AB 110:  Requires the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) facilities to provide the Employment Development Department (EDD) with the names and social security numbers (SSNs) of current inmates. Requires EDD to cross-check claimant information with the information provided by CDCR before making a payment of unemployment compensation benefits. Prevents payments on fraudulent claims by California prisoners for unemployment compensation benefits.
VOTED:  YES
 
SB 753:  Allows the California Workforce Development Board (CWDB) to access EDD wage data for purposes of evaluating the programs' effectiveness.  VOTED:  YES


HEALTH
 
SB 428:  Requires a health plan contract and a health insurance policy issued, amended, or renewed on or after January 1, 2022 to provide coverage for adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) screenings. Defines "adverse childhood experiences” to mean an event, series of events, or set of circumstances that is experienced by an individual as physically or emotionally harmful or threatening and that has lasting adverse effects on the individual’s functioning and physical, social, emotional, or spiritual well-being.
VOTED:  YES
 
SB 171:  Secures $6.4 million from the federal trust fund to the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) to support community mental health services. VOTED:  YES


HOMEOWNERS
 
SB 539:  Provides needed clarification for the implementation of Proposition 19, which was approved by the voters on the November 2020 ballot to allow homeowners to transfer their Prop 13-protected base-year value to any county in the state and to add new restrictions on the intergenerational transfer of property.  VOTED:  YES
                                                                                               

HOMELESS
 
SB 400:  Requires Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) to provide training required for homeless liaisons. Increases support and oversight of LEAs to ensure better services for homeless youth.  VOTED:  YES
 
AB 27:  Requires the CA Department of Education (CDE) to disseminate best practices for identifying homeless and unaccompanied youth. Secures $1.5 million to provide technical assistance centers to foster relationships between community partners and LEAS to better serve homeless and unaccompanied youth in each region. Improves data collection and services for homeless youth in response to issues raised by the State Auditor.  VOTED:  YES
 
AB 977:  Requires a grantee or entity operating a state homeless program to enter data on the individuals and families it serves into its Homeless Management Information System (HMIS). Provides greater transparency in data collection to address the homelessness issue.  VOTED:  YES


PUBLIC SAFETY
 
AB 57:  Expands training on hate crimes and review of law enforcement policies related to hate crimes.  VOTED:  YES
 
AB 277:  Requires the Secretary of State, beginning Jan. 1, 2023, to make the application form for participation in the Safe at Home address confidentiality program for victims of domestic violence, human trafficking, and others available in Chinese, Tagalog, Vietnamese, and Korean.  Assists victims who speak languages other than English or Spanish with information on how to keep their residence addresses confidential from those who might harm them.  VOTED:  YES
 
AB 3:  Allows a court to impose the same driver’s license suspension for persons convicted of performing dangerous vehicle stunts (i.e. a “speed exhibition”) as currently applies for persons convicted of street racing (i.e. a “speed contest”).  Provides the same treatment for two similar crimes associated with motor vehicle “sideshows,” where crowds illegally block a section of road so that vehicles can perform stunts and drag races.  VOTED:  YES
 
AB 333:  Removes looting, felony vandalism, felony theft of an access card, counterfeiting an access card, identity theft, and wrongfully using DMV information from the list of offenses the commission of which may serve as a basis for demonstrating a "pattern of criminal gang activity" for purposes of existing gang-related crimes and enhancements. Weakens anti-gang laws.  VOTED:  NO
 

SENIORS
 
AB 523:  Allows Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) to more effectively serve and reach beneficiaries to improve the lives of California’s frail seniors.  VOTED:  YES
 

STUDENTS
 
AB 309:  Requires the California Department of Education (CDE) to address pupil mental health concerns. Provides greater guidance to all school personnel on how to best serve students who may need assistance with mental health concerns.  VOTED: YES
 
SB 169:  Secures $500 million to support the Higher Education Student Housing Grant Program (HESH) to construct more student housing.  VOTED: YES


TRANSPORTATION
 
AB 398:  Prohibits the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) from charging more than its actual costs to provide access to driver’s license and vehicle registration records.  Prevents the state from overcharging for access to DMV records in order to generate revenue.
VOTED:  YES
 
AB 174:  Makes it easier to get a Real ID without going into the DMV.  Requiring the DMV to verify that an applicant has a thumbprint on file and allowing persons 70 years of age and older to renew their license through the mail, makes it easier for people to conduct business with the DMV without having to go into an office in person.  VOTED:   YES
 
SB 339:  Creates a pilot program to collect a tax on each mile driven (referred to as a road usage charge). VOTED:  NO


WATER, PARKS AND WILDLIFE
 
AB 817:  Authorizes the Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW), until January 1, 2030, to allow 12-consecutive-month licenses to be issued in addition to the current fishing licenses that are valid until the end of the calendar year. VOTED:  YES


VETERANS
 
AB 107:  Requires all Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) boards to provide 12-month temporary licenses to military spouses who provide documentation that they are duly licensed in another state and who pass a background check. Enhances the ability for military spouses to quickly resume their chosen professions when relocating to California.  VOTED:  YES
 
SB 667:  Authorizes expressly the administrator, executor, or personal legal representative of a veteran's estate to file a claim on behalf of the veteran for the disabled veteran's property tax exemption.  Ensures the benefit of the property tax exemption is available to the eligible veteran even if they are personally unable to file a claim. VOTED:  YES
 
SB 665:  Authorizes private employers to establish a written veterans’ preference employment policy, to be applied uniformly to hiring decisions, to give a preference for hiring a veteran over another qualified applicant. Requires employers that establish a veterans' preference to annually report to the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) demographic information, as specified. VOTED:  YES
 

WILDFIRE
 
SB 804:  Requires the California Conservation Corps director to establish a forestry training center in Northern California to provide training, education, work experience, and job readiness for entry-level forestry and vegetation management jobs and prioritize enrollment for specific formerly incarcerated individuals.  Provides career opportunities for formerly incarcerated individuals while addressing the need for an increased forestry and vegetation management workforce.  VOTED:  YES
 
AB 9:  Establishes the Regional Forest and Fire Capacity Program to implement strategies and projects to create fire adapted communities by improving watershed health, forest health, community wildfire preparedness, and fire resilience.  Establishes within the Office of the State Fire Marshal a Deputy Director of Community Wildfire Preparedness and Mitigation to be responsible for fire preparedness.  VOTED: YES
 
SB 63:  Wildfire resilience: requiring CalFire to identify moderate and high fire hazard severity zones; recommending the expansion of the building standards for those zones; using trained volunteers to assist in defensible space requirements; making modifications for achieving defensible space requirements beyond a property line; expanding the use of fire prevention grants; and requiring a reporting requirement on the outcome of fire prevention projects.  VOTED: YES