Legislative Session - 2019-2020

Exempts from sales and use tax the purchase of sanitary napkins, tampons, and other feminine hygiene products until January 1, 2027.  Requires local governments to be reimbursed for the loss of revenue to the fund supporting public safety realignment services.  Improves on the agreement in the June Budget by adding five more years to the exemption.
Provides that the state share of total state eligible costs connected with the Camp Fire in the County of Butte that started on November 8, 2018, is 100 percent instead of the usual 75 percent.
Extends the sunset date for the sales tax exemption for diapers for infants, toddlers, and children to January 1, 2027.  Improves on the exemption agreement in the June Budget by adding five more years to the exemption.
Establishes a single regionalized reimbursement rate system for childcare providers who contract with the California Department of Education. Requires the Superintendent of Public Instruction to implement a standard reimbursement system plan that assigns reimbursement rates for childcare that will vary by region and are adjusted for quality and additional services provided to consumers. Requires the regional market rate ceilings to be established at the 75th percentile of the 2018 regional market survey for that region or the regional market rate ceiling that existed in that region on…
Authorizes private employers to establish a written veterans’ preference employment policy, to be applied uniformly to hiring decisions, to give a preference for hiring or retaining a veteran over another qualified applicant or employee.  Provides that the bill does not go into effect until the federal prohibition against transgender individuals serving in the military is rescinded.
Extends California's Safe Harbor Program indefinitely by deleting a sunset date. Provides flexibility to landowners who voluntarily manage their lands to benefit species that receive regulatory protections according to California's Endangered Species Act (CESA) without subjecting those landowners to additional regulatory restrictions as a result of their conservation efforts.
Requires the Department of Public Health (DPH) to implement the action agenda items identified in the Healthy Brain Initiative: State and Local Public Health Partnerships to Address Dementia, the 2018-23 Road Map (HBI), to the extent resources are available; requires DPH to establish pilot programs in eight counties to implement the HBI; specifies that Counties selected for the pilot program shall include up to two rural counties and at least one coastal county; and sunsets the provisions of this bill on January 1, 2025. 
Specifies that the contribution of natural sources of air pollution, as inventoried by the Air Resources Board, includes contributions from catastrophic wildfires.  Removes the sunset date on the definition of "district" under statute related to the cap-and-trade program. Codifies a current Air Resources Board practice and makes other minor changes.
Authorizes the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) to reduce the interest rate in a repayment agreement with a Medi-Cal provider, after taking into account specified factors, including the importance of the provider to the health care safety net in its community and the impact of the repayment amounts on the fiscal solvency of the provider.
Increases the maximum penalties for the crime of fleeing the scene of an accident in situations where a person suffers death by increasing the potential penalty from 2, 3, or 4 years or 90 days to one year in county jail to 3, 4, or 6 years or 90 days to one year in county jail.  Narrows the gap between potential penalties for driving under the influence manslaughter and fleeing the scene of an accident resulting in death.