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AB 2457: PAGA Relief for Small Businesses

Assembly Bill 2457 will be amended when the Legislature returns from the coronavirus recess to accomplish the following: (1) It will prohibit a claimant for unemployment benefits from also suing their employers under the Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) at the same time, thereby protecting small businesses from double jeopardy; (2) Prohibits the Labor Commissioner and the Employment Development Department from using an employment audit for any other purpose than for the determination of an unemployment claim; and (3) Prohibits the Labor Commissioner from assessing any penalties or fines…

AB 71: Repeal the Dynamex Decision - Independent Contractors

Assembly Bill 71 will protect independent contracting in California by codifying the “Borello test” that initially provided the basis for independent contracting for over 30 years. These factors include, but are not limited to, the right to discharge without cause, whether the one performing services is engaged in a distinct occupation or business and the method of payment, whether by the time or by the job. This measure will ensure millions of Californians will continue to work by providing consistent and clear direction to businesses statewide.

AB 264: Incentives for Housing Development

Assembly Bill 264 will incentivize new housing in California by creating tax credit for home developers and individual home builders. This measure send a clear message that the Legislature is as committed to building new housing as they are to keeping the film industry in California.

AB 359: Stopping the Revolving Door of Legislators to Lobbyists

AB 359 will extend the prohibition on former Assemblymembers and Senators lobbying in the Legislature to 5 years, allowing a buffer between a legislator’s time in office and their ability to influence current policy negotiations.

AB 553: Re-Allocate High-Speed Rail Funding for More Housing

AB 553 will, upon voter approval, reallocate the remaining bond funding for High-Speed Rail to the Department of Housing and Community Development’s Multifamily Housing Program.

AB 603: University of California Peace Officers “Honorably Retired Peace Officers”

AB 603 ensures University of California peace officers who receive “Duty Disability Income” are considered “honorably retired” so they can receive identification cards and concealed carry weapon permits.

AB 735: No Child Labor for Clean Air Vehicles

While California is providing an incentive for a person to buy clean energy vehicles, it is also driving horrific child labor practices. According to The Guardian, the mining of cobalt in the DRC relies on more than 35,000 child laborers, some as young as six. Furthermore, most electric car companies have given little effort to ensure the cobalt they use is 100% free of child labor. Assembly Bill 735 will require a manufacturer of a vehicle eligible under the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project to certify in writing that the vehicle’s supply chain is free of materials acquired using child labor.

AB 772: Legislative Open Records Act Reform

Assembly Bill 772 makes substantiated records regarding harassment, discrimination, or other misconduct complaints made against a Member of the Legislature or a high-level employee (employees with supervisorial role) available to the public under the Legislative Open Records Act. This bill also protects victims by allowing their name and personal information to be redacted from substantiated records before being made available to the public.

AB 884: Lifetime Registration as Sex Offender for Child Molesters

Assembly Bill 884 cleans up the registration requirement for adults who commit lewd acts on children under the age of 14 from tier 2 status, registration for 20 years, to tier 3 status, registration for life. This bill protects victims by mandating that child molesters be registered for life, and that their information will always be made available to law enforcement.

AB 959: Vertical Prosecution of Human Trafficking

Assembly Bill 959 would create a grant program through the Office of Emergency Services to provide counties with additional funding to employ vertical prosecutors in human trafficking cases. This bill would help survivors of human trafficking by providing district attorney offices with additional funding to employ vertical prosecutors in these cases, and educate the public about human trafficking.

AB 1096: “Shall Issue” Concealed Carry Weapon

AB 1096 defines the term “good cause” in the penal code in order to make clear the requirements for CCW permit applicants. “Good cause” will include self-defense, defending the life of another, or preventing crime in which human life is threatened. By further clarifying “good cause,” AB 1096 will make issuing CCWs uniform throughout the state, and ensure equal protection under the law. By defining “good cause,” the process of obtaining a CCW permit will become more fair and equitable. This bill would also allow non-California residents to apply for a CCW permit.

AB 1141: FPPC Investigating Public Agencies

Assembly Bill 1141 amends the Political Reform Act to prohibit any elected state or local officer, appointee, employee, consultant, or agency, from using public resources for a campaign activity. It would also authorize the FPPC to investigate and/or impose an administrative or civil penalty of up to $1,000 against a person for misusing public resources for campaign activity.

AB 1214: Alex's Law - CPR Certification for Teachers

AB 1214, referred to as "Alex's Law," will require school districts to offer CPR training to teachers and staff. This bill will also require a school district or charter school, if it offers any interscholastic athletic program, to have personnel with a valid certification of CPR training to be present at the athletic program’s on-campus activities or events at all times. Fatal drowning is the second-leading cause of unintentional injury-related death, behind motor vehicle crashes for children ages 1 to 14. Teachers and school staff should be offered adequate training to protect the lives of…

AB 1358: Campus Free Speech Act

AB 1358, also known as the Campus Free Speech Act, will: Create an official university policy that strongly affirms the importance of freedom of expression. Prevent administrators from dis-inviting speakers invited by students. Universities may still restrict the use of its non-public facilities to individuals not invited by students and/or faculty. Require universities to develop disciplinary sanctions for students, and anyone else, who interferes violently with free speech rights. Ensure students will be informed of the official policy of free expression at their freshman orientation.…

AB 1480: Making it Easier to Get a REAL ID

This bill, beginning October 1, 2019, would require all original, renewal, or duplicate driver’s licenses or identification cards issued by the department to be Real IDs unless the applicant affirms that he or she does not wish to receive, or is not eligible for, a Real ID driver’s license or identification card.

AB 1559: Domestic Violence Temporary Concealed Carry Weapon Permits

Assembly Bill 1559 allows a person who reasonably believes they are in danger of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking to apply for a 30-day temporary concealed carry emergency license once they submit an application for a conceal carry weapon, and shall require the Department of Justice to complete necessary concealed carry weapon background check within 21 days.

AB 2072: Motor Voter Reform

Assembly Bill 2072 reforms California's Motor Voter Law to require a person to affirmatively agree to become registered or preregistered to vote during a transaction with the Department of Motor Vehicles before the Secretary of State registers or preregisters that person to vote.

AB 2140: Legislative Analyst Ballot Title and Summary

Existing law requires the Attorney General to prepare a ballot title and summary for each measure that the Secretary of State determines will appear on the ballot at a statewide election and, upon receipt of the text of a proposed initiative or referendum measure, to prepare a circulating title and summary of the chief purposes and points of the proposed measure that includes an estimate of the financial impact of the proposed measure. Assembly bill 2140 would transfer the duties to the non-elected and bipartisan legislative analysts office.

AB 2306: Minimum Franchise Tax Relief

Assembly Bill 2306, for taxable years beginning on and after January 1, 2020, would repeal the minimum franchise tax imposed upon a corporation doing business in the state.

AB 2458: AB 5 Exemptions for Physical Therapists and Pharmacists

Assembly Bill 2458 will create an AB 5, Independent Contractor, exemption for physical therapists and pharmacists in California.

AB 2639: No Compensation for Ballot Harvesting

Assembly Bill 2639 prohibits any form of compensation related to the return of the ballot, including compensation based on the number of ballots the designated person collects and returns or compensation based on the time spent in the course of employment collecting and returning ballots. The bill would require a person designated to return a vote by mail ballot for a person other than the designated person’s spouse, child, parent, grandparent, grandchild, sibling, or a person residing in the same household as the designated person to offer a receipt containing specified identifying…

ACA 20: Legislative Analyst Ballot Title and Summary - Constitutional Amendment

This measure would transfer from the Attorney General to the Legislative Analyst the duty of preparing the title and summary for a proposed initiative or referendum. The measure would also require, for each measure that appears on a statewide ballot, the Legislative Analyst to prepare the ballot label and the ballot title and summary for the state voter information guide.

ACA 21: Voter Approval for New Taxes

This measure would require any change in state statute that increases the tax liability of any taxpayer to be submitted to the electors and, if approved by a majority of votes on the issue, to take effect the day after the election unless the act provides otherwise.

ACA 22: CEQA Exemptions for New Housing Projects

This measure would prohibit a court, in granting relief in an action or proceeding brought under CEQA, from enjoining a housing project, as defined, unless the court finds that the continuation of the housing project presents an imminent threat to public health and safety or that the housing project site contains unforeseen important Native American artifacts or important historical, archaeological, or ecological values that would be materially, permanently, and adversely affected by the continuation of the housing project. The measure would, except as provided, prohibit the Legislature from…