Legislation

Legislative Session - 2021-2022

Extends the sunset date on an exemption from the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) for fuel reduction projects on federal lands to reduce the risk of wildfire when those projects have been reviewed under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) until January 1, 2026.  Ensures that a necessary tool to pick up the pace and scale of fuel reduction projects on federal lands continues to be made available.
This bill updates and changes portion of the Apiary Protection Act (APA), primarily changing the makeup of the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s (CDFA) Apiary Advisory board, revising definitions, and updating provisions to reflect current technology and industry best practices.
This bill would authorize the Department of Water Resources to extend the deadline for a high- or medium-priority basin not subject to critical conditions of overdraft to be managed under a groundwater sustainability plan or coordinated plans by up to 180 days after January 31, 2022, upon request of a local agency or groundwater sustainability agency in the basin for an extension of a specified period of time. The bill would require a request to be submitted by January 3, 2022, and to be responded to by the department by January 10, 2022. The bill would make conforming changes to the…
Requires all state owned or operated institutions that purchase agricultural products, including public colleges, universities and school districts, to purchase California-grown products except when out-of-season or not grown in the state. Establishes a secondary requirement to purchase domestic agricultural products when California products are not available, unless the price of non-domestic products is more than 25% lower.
AB 1062 would require that a conservator or guardian must give 15-days of notice, and reasonable access to the “valueless” property before discarding of the conservatee’s property. This is a reasonable and straightforward solution and method to allow family members to obtain keep sakes that would otherwise go to landfills. Although items such as photo albums, mementos, wedding dresses, needlework, and other vintage items may have no monetary value, this does not mean they are worthless, rather for friends and family of the conservatee they hold significant emotional and sentimental value, and…
Existing law authorizes the Director of General Services to lease or let any real property held by the Department of Veterans Affairs for a home, and not needed for any direct or immediate purpose of the home, to any entity or person upon terms and conditions determined to be in the best interests of the home. Existing law generally requires moneys received in connection with the leasing or letting of a home to be deposited in the General Fund.   This bill would create the Veterans’ Home Fund. The bill would require moneys received in connection with the leasing or letting of a home to be…
Existing law establishes the Veterans’ Home of California system for the operation of veterans’ homes at various sites. Existing law sets forth the duties of the Department of Veterans Affairs regarding the administration and regulation of veterans’ homes. Existing law authorizes the Director of General Services to lease or let any real property held by the department for a home, as specified, to any entity or person upon terms and conditions determined to be in the best interests of the home. Existing law requires each use, other than an easement, of real property held by the department for…
Makes religious organizations eligible to apply for grants under a Public Utilities Commission (PUC) program that funds publicly available broadband projects in communities with low broadband access.  Provides religious organizations the same opportunities as libraries, schools, and community centers to obtain funding for public Wi-Fi connections.
Repeals a provision that allows incumbent broadband providers to block grants from the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) for broadband deployment by pledging to expand in the same area within six months (i.e. “right of first refusal”).  Eliminates a process that can be used to prevent competition and delay broadband deployment in unserved areas.
Existing law, the Alcoholic Beverage Control Act, which is administered by the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, regulates the application for, and issuance and suspension of, alcoholic beverage licenses. Existing law creates various types of on-sale general licenses. Existing law authorizes the department to issue 4 additional new original on-sale general licenses for bona fide public eating places for premises that have a seating capacity for 100 or more diners in a county where the inhabitants number less than 7,000 and the major economy of the county is dependent on continual use…