2021 Legislation

  1. AB 27 – Homeless Students: This bill seeks to establish a comprehensive policy solution to assist local communities struggling to identify and provide services to homeless families with children. It will create a standardized process for identifying homeless children across our school systems. Additionally, this measure will create three geographically located County Offices of Education that will develop Regional Technical Assistance Centers. These centers will implement best practices used to identify and connect homeless students to services.
  1. AB 46 – California Youth Empowerment Commission: This legislation establishes the California Youth Empowerment Commission. The Commission will be comprised of 25 commissioners between the ages of 14 through 25, and at least half of them must have experienced youth homelessness, foster care, juvenile incarceration, or have special needs. The Commission’s duties include examining and discussing policy, holding meetings and roundtables with youth advocates and the public, and providing grants to programs that seek to address youth concerns.
  1. AB 71 – Bring California Home: AB 71 reforms the state’s response to homelessness by restructuring the state’s role in preventing and solving homelessness. By conforming to federal law in taxing corporations that shift profits overseas, AB 71 will generate ongoing revenue for long-term solutions to homelessness. These funds will go to local governments so they can invest in housing solutions that account for a community’s unique needs, whether urban or rural. Moreover, AB 71 offers a comprehensive approach to creating a state strategy, promoting best practices among local jurisdictions, and holding local governments accountable for how the money is spent.
  1. AB 326 – Consumer Protection Program at DMHC: Reintroduction of AB 2892, which removes the sunset on the Consumer Participation Program at the Department of Managed Health Care. The program, established in 2003, ensures consumers have a voice by awarding reasonable advocacy and witness fees to any person or organization that represents the interests of consumers. Since the program has proven to be valuable to the Department, there seems to be no reason for a sunset. The program is funded through special fees that health plans are already required to provide.
  1. AB 508 – Free School Lunch for Low Income Students: Sponsored by the American Diabetes Association, this bill requires that the state cover the 40-cent co-payment for school lunches on behalf of families that qualify for reduced-price meals.
  1. AB 585 – Extreme Heat Program: Reintroduction of AB 2441, which coordinates state efforts to help urban and rural communities to combat extreme heat. AB 585 would create the Extreme Heat and Community Resilience Program under the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research. This program establishes guidelines for a competitive grant process that local entities can utilize to implement measures to mitigate extreme heat. Qualifying projects could include community resilience centers in rural and urban areas, urban forestry, cool roofs and streets, along with planning, education and communications.
  1. AB 811 – LA Metro: This bill streamlines project delivery by removing the 2/3 vote when LA Metro uses the build-design process. This will help LA County prepare for the upcoming 2028 Olympic Games and deliver critical infrastructure projects funded through Measure M. LA Metro is the sponsor of this bill.
  1. AB 815 – LAUSD Nurse Credential: Authorizes the Commission on Teacher Credentialing to approve Clear School Nurse Services Credential programs to be offered by Local Education Agencies (LEA). This would permit LEAs to offer programs that may come at a significantly reduced cost to nurses, which would mitigate a significant barrier to the recruitment and retention of qualified school nurses. This measure is a result of contract agreements between LAUSD and UTLA.
  1. AB 974 – Equestrian Rider Safety: As a result of constituent input, this bill will increase the safety and visibility of our young riders and horses by requiring minors to wear a helmet when riding on a paved highway. In addition, all riders or their equines must wear reflective gear or lights by sun down.
  1. AB 975 – FPPC/Form 700: This bill seeks to increase transparency and efficiency by amending to the Political Reform Act of 1974 (Act). It requires public officials and candidates to electronically file their Statements of Economic Interests (SEIs)– Form 700. Additionally, it reconciles the timeline for a public official to reimburse the cost of admission to an invitation-only event with the deadline for a lobbyist employer to notify the official of the value of attending the event.
  1. AB 976 – outREACH/empowered: A reintroduction of AB 2089, AB 976 replicates LA County’s emPOWER program and adopts it as a statewide pilot program to ensure equitable, streamlined, and efficient access to existing public services and programs. This bill would create the outREACH program under the Strategic Growth Council as a new grant program for eligible CBOs to provide coordinated services and resources to households in disadvantaged communities. The outREACH program would ultimately provide eligible families with much needed economic savings to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution, and improve resilience to climate change impacts and facilitate disaster recovery. This measure is sponsored by Liberty Hill Foundation, Environment California, and Valley Clean Air Now.
  1. AB 984 – Alternate Vehicle Registration: Takes recommendations from an alternative registration product’s pilot program and makes it permanent. Specifically, this bill will authorize the Department of Motor Vehicles to establish a program authorizing an entity to issue alternatives to stickers, tabs, license plates, and registration cards that have been approved by the California Highway Patrol. This bill is sponsored by Reviver.
  1. AB 1043 – Adding “Acutely Low Income” to State Housing Law: This bill would add a definition of “Acutely Low Income” to state law to increase access to affordable housing and critical social programs for our state’s neediest families. AB 1043 is sponsored by LA County. This bill is authored by Assemblymember Isaac Bryan.
  1. AB 1096 – Removing the Term Alien in Statute: Revises California law to replace the outdated term, “alien,” with terms that are more reflective of today’s legal terminology.
  1. AB 1136 – PACE Ancillary Relief: AB 1136 allows the Department of Business Oversight (DBO) to request a PACE solicitor or PACE solicitor agent to pay ancillary relief to a person injured by their conduct or practice. Ancillary relief could include refunds, restitution, and payment of damages. Currently, DBO can request ancillary relief from PACE administers but not solicitors or solicitor agents. The solicitors and solicitor agents are the ones that go door to door selling PACE products. These solicitors could engage in predatory lending practices targeted towards low-income, non-English speaking districts like AD 39.
  1. AB 1207 – Pathways through the Pandemic Task Force: AB 1207 establishes the Pathways through Pandemics Taskforce (Taskforce), which will analyze lessons being learned from the COVID-19 pandemic and develop strategies to navigate future public health crises. This bill is authored by Assemblywoman Akilah Weber.
  1. AB 1220 – Homelessness Vehicle (Vehicle): This bill establishes the California Interagency Council on Homelessness. Membership will be comprised of various department directors, secretaries, and relevant stakeholders who will oversee all homelessness programs that would continue to be managed by existing entities. With this change, the state can ensure proper authority exists to effectively coordinate and hold the state accountable for its response to addressing homelessness.
  1. AB 1270 – Methane Leak (Spot bill): AB 1270 provides air quality and emission reduction target regulators with a notification when methane leaks occur. This bill requires natural gas plants to work with their local air quality district to develop, install, operate, and maintain a fence-line monitoring system. Natural gas operators must collect, maintain, and provide data to the public. If these natural gas operators detect methane levels that exceed background levels, they must report it to the air district. The district will then notify members of the Legislature representing the district where the natural gas plant is located.
  1. AB 1363 – Dual Language Learners: Creates a process for California state preschools to identify dual language learners in order to support and strengthen their language development and competencies. This measure will also help inform program curriculum, strategies used in the learning settings, professional development, and other supports for dual language learning children. This bill will create a definition for dual language learners, create a process to identify them at our State preschool programs, and collect relevant data about. This bill is sponsored by Early Edge California.
  1. AB 1550 – Higher Education Labor Relations: This bill protects faculty bargaining rights by allowing faculty currently in a bargaining unit to remain eligible for union representation, even if the University of California (UC) moves those faculty positions to the Academic Senate. This bill is sponsored by the CA Labor Federation and CA Federation of Teachers.