2017 - 2018 Legislation

Signed by the Governor

AB 1041 "RM3 Oversight Committee Membership"

AB 1041 clarifies who may serve as a representative on the oversight committee created by Senate Bill 595 (Beall, 2017, CHP 650) for the oversight of revenue generated by Regional Measure 3 (RM3). AB 1041 will increase transparency and improve the public’s trust of the government organizations that collect and administer the increased toll revenues.

AB 1797 “Biannual Policy Reassessment”

AB 1797 will require all insurers that write residential property plans to provide an estimate of replacement cost on all new business and also update those estimates during the annual renewal process. For those policies already in existence, an insurer would be required to update a replacement cost estimate at the next policy renewal after this law goes into effect.

AB 1799 “Electronic Access to Policy Documents”

AB 1799 requires insurers to provide one free, full set of certified policy documents, including any endorsements, and the policy declarations page within 30 calendar days of a covered loss, upon request of a policy holder. In addition to a certified hardcopy, an insurer may also provide these documents in electronic format if requested by the policy holder.

AB 2587 "Paid Family Leave"

AB 2587 eliminates an obsolete reference to waiting periods in the Paid Family Leave (PFL) program.  

AB 2642 “Legal Guardianship for Immigrant Children”

AB 2642 allows for a non-profit “entity” guardian not incorporated in California to be appointed legal guardian of a child if the non-profit charitable corporation is contracted by the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Refugee Resettlement, to provide care and custody of the proposed ward, and  needs to petition for guardianship in order for the child to be eligible for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, a path to legal status for certain noncitizen children who have been abandoned, abused, or neglected by a parent.

In the Senate

AB 1800 “Rebuilding Homes After Fires”

In the event of a total loss, AB 1800 would require an insurer to payout the full extended replacement cost benefit covered under the provisions of a plan, regardless whether the policy holder chooses to rebuild at the same location, rebuild at a new location, or purchase an already built home.

AB 1890 “Co-Location Tastings”

AB 1890 would allow a winegrower, craft beer manufacturer, or craft spirits distiller to offer a shared space where consumption of tastings is permitted when these businesses are immediately adjacent to each other or share a common structure.

AB 1891 “Craft Distillers Tastings”

AB 1891 would authorize a craft spirits distiller to offer instructional tastings at retail alcoholic beverage stores that possesses an instructional tasting license.

AB 2055 “Sexual Harassment Reform: Lobbyists”

AB 2055 would require lobbyist’s ethics courses to include information on each house of the Legislature’s policies against harassment, including sexual harassment, in connection with lobbying activities.

AB 2132 “Building Permits: Fee Waiver for Seniors with Disabilities”

AB 2132 would authorize cities and counties to waive or reduce all building permit fees for seniors with a qualifying disability.

AB 2182 “Data Security Breach Notification”

AB 2182 would require a person or business that delays full disclosure of data security breach for specified reasons to disclose as much information as it can, as soon as it can, on a rolling basis.

AB 2338 “Talent Protection Act of 2018”

AB 2338 would require a talent agency to provide training and education materials on sexual harassment prevention, retaliation, nutrition, and eating disorders to its employees and artists. The bill would also  minors and the minor’s parents or legal guardian to be trained in sexual harassment prevention, retaliation, reporting resources, nutrition, and eating disorders.

AB 2968 "Psychotherapist-Client Relationship: Informational Brochure on Victims of Sexual Behavior and Sexual Contact"

 AB 2968 would update and modernize the Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) informational brochure for victims of psychotherapist-patient sexual impropriety.

2-Year Bills in the Senate
 
AB 865 "Sentencing Mitigation for Military Veterans"

AB 865 requires courts to consider Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and other service-induced mental health problems as mitigating factors for convictions that occurred prior to January 1, 2016.

AB 1062 "CSU Online Education"

AB 1062 requires the California State University (CSU) to include additional enrollment data on online courses in future biennial reports.

AB 1097 "State Parks and Beaches Smoking Ban"

AB 1097 prohibits individuals from smoking on beaches under the jurisdiction of the Department of Parks and Recreation or within a unit of the California state park system. Violation of these provisions is punishable by an infraction and a fine of up to $50.

AB 1436 "Suicide Prevention Training for Mental Health Professionals"

AB 1436 would require marriage and family therapists, educational psychologists, clinical social workers and professional clinical counselors to receive suicide prevention training in suicide assessment, treatment and management.

Other 2017-18 Legislation

AB 161 "Public Pension Infrastructure Investment"
AB 161 authorizes the Department of Finance (DOF) to identify infrastructure projects in the State of California for which the California Public Employees’ Retirement System can invest in that will have a guaranteed rate of return. 

AB 870 "Mental Health Evaluations for Convicted Felons"

AB 870 allows a court to provide a written recommendation that a defendant participate in a counseling or education program if the defendant was suffering from a serious mental illness.

AB 1372 "Crisis Stabilization Units"

AB 1372 would give Crisis Stabilization Units (CSUs) more flexibility in caring for individuals in psychiatric crisis by allowing them to continue to care for patients beyond the current 24 hour limitation.

AB 1902 “The Fair Wage Act”

AB 1902 will require specific companies operating in California that have a market capitalization or valuation over one billion dollars to pay sub-contracted service workers wages that are tied to the Department of Housing and Community Development’s (HCD) income levels for the county they are sub-contracted to work in.

AB 1950 “Bot Advertisement and Verification Act”

AB 1950 would require social media websites to verify and identify with a disclaimer, all “bot” accounts. This bill will also require that bots be linked to a verified human and all advertising purchases on social media be made through verified human accounts.

AB 2726 "Consumption-based Inventory of GHG Emissions"

This bill would require the California Air Resources Board (ARB) to establish and maintain an inventory of emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG) on a consumption-based accounting basis. This consumption-based inventory would not apply to the cap-and-trade program established pursuant to the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (AB 32).

AB 2754 "Coastal Commission"

AB 2754 would clarify that ongoing and routine agricultural activities taking place in the California coastal zone are not considered ‘development’ in accordance with the California Coastal Act.

AB 2810 “California Cannabis Commission”

The California Cannabis Commission will provide a voice for the small sun-grown cultivator in California by providing them with an entity specifically created to watch out for their interests by engaging in regulatory matters, conducting research in best agricultural practices, and educating cultivators on compliance matters. Like other Commissions, the California Cannabis Commission will only exist at the election of the growers and with oversight by the California Department of Food and Agriculture.

AB 3021 “Cage-Free Eggs by 2024”

AB 3021 would require all eggs produced or sold in California to be cage-free by January 1, 2024.

AB 3084 "Other Post-Employment Benefits (OPEB): Reporting

This bill would require OPEB plan sponsors, in their Annual Actuarial Valuations, to show that they have followed through on specified reporting requirements for their Actuarial Determined Contribution (ADC). If they have not, it requires them to explain why, and what they are doing to get on track.

AB 3153 "Cal Grants for Summer School"

AB 3153 adds the equivalent of two summer sessions at University of California and California State University to Cal Grant A and B awards.