Past Leg Successes
Leg Year - 2021-2022
Facilitates the placement of a monument to Gold Star Families of California on the grounds of the State Capitol, using private funds. Creates a permanent, statewide memorial for family members of United States service members who were lost in the line of duty.
Requires the California State University (CSU), and requests the University of California (UC), to allow students to re-enroll in their bachelor's degree program after withdrawing or stopping out from the university as long as the student was in good academic standing when they left. For the purpose of calculating time-to-degree statistics, authorizes the universities to exclude the years in which a student who re-enrolls was not actively pursuing their degree. Requires the CSU and encourages the UC to streamline re-enrollment for students who took a leave from college and wish to complete their degree.
This bill would require the Director the Employment Development Department to post on the homepage of the department’s internet website specified information related to the Federal Unemployment Tax Act tax credit, including a notice that the tax credit is expected to be reduced starting January 1, 2023, as specified, and each year thereafter that the state has not fully repaid debt owed by the Unemployment Insurance Fund to the federal government, the estimated total debt owed by the fund, a brief explanation regarding why fraudulent claims increase that debt and how to report fraudulent claims, and additional relevant information as the director deems appropriate.
Requires the Employment Development Department (EDD) to post on the homepage of its website, a hyperlink to information about the Federal Unemployment Tax Act (FUTA) tax credit, and the impact of California's outstanding unemployment fund loan debt on employers' unemployment insurance (UI) costs. Makes it easier for employers and others to find information from EDD on the payroll tax increases resulting from California's loan debt to the federal government.
Expands an existing exemption from certain grading standards for agricultural products when they are being moved from the field or orchard to a processing or packaging location to include out-of-state packing or processing locations. Allows agricultural commodities to move from the field to a first point of packaging or processing that is out of state without having to meet specified grading standards.
Allows the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) to issue an emergency career substitute teaching permit at the request of a school district, if a consortium of school districts verify that the candidate substitute taught at least 90 days during the last three years at schools within the consortium. Expands opportunities for individuals to receive an emergency career substitute teaching permit and will improve the pool of those who can fill teaching vacancies.
Requires the Superintendent of Public Instruction (SPI) to prioritize proposals for new partnership academies in a manner that addresses the participation of pupils traditionally underrepresented in career technical education (CTE) or science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs or professions, and adds a reference to STEM courses anytime career technical education courses are referenced throughout the Article establishing partnership academies. Promotes greater access to quality STEM learning opportunities for traditionally underrepresented students so that they may be better prepared for the jobs and careers of the future.
Strikes all references in statute to Hastings College of the Law (Hastings) and re-designates it as the College of the Law, San Francisco. Strikes the requirement for a Hastings' heir to be on Hastings' Board of Directors (Board). Include findings and declarations that the Hastings' Board has completed its consultation with representatives of the Round Valley Indian Tribes, a federally recognized tribal government, and its designees of the Yuki Indian Committee, who formally agreed to the name change in a unanimous vote held on July 27, 2022. Renames Hastings as College of the Law, San Francisco as agreed to by both the Hastings' Board and Tribal representatives.
Extends the sunset date that authorizes the use of carbon monoxide (CO) to control burrowing rodent pests from January 1, 2023, to January 1, 2026. Adds conforming privacy protection to recent updates to Food and Agriculture code related to the federal Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA); and adds Integrated Pest Management in statute for the Department of Pesticide Regulations (DPR) licensure course. Implements non-controversial changes in law as the Assembly Committee on Agriculture 2022 Omnibus Bill.
Requires the term "squaw" to be removed from all geographic features and place names in the state beginning January 1, 2025. Creates a process that requires the California Advisory Committee on Geographic Names (committee) within the California Natural Resources Agency (CRNA) to choose a replacement name if local bodies fail to do so within a specified time frame. Seeks to create a process to rename California geographic places with the term "squaw" in it.
Requires the Contractors State License Board (CLSB) to grant a 50% initial license or registration fee reduction to an applicant who provides specified documentation that the applicant is a veteran of the United States Armed Forces or the CA National Guard/Reserves and was not dishonorably discharged. Reduces the financial burden for veterans seeking to reenter the civilian workforce as licensed contractors.
Repeals the Carpenter-Presley-Tanner Hazardous Substance Account Act and recodifies it into a new statute, while specifying that this bill makes no substantive changes. Reorganizes a major hazardous waste law to be more understandable without changing any underlying policies.
Updates cross-references to the Carpenter-Presley-Tanner Hazardous Substance Account Act throughout state law to reflect its proposed recodification in AB 2293 (ESTM, 2022), while specifying that this bill makes no substantive changes. Makes technical changes to conform with the proposed reorganization of a major hazardous waste law.
Requires the State Water Board (SWB) to "make diligent efforts" to distribute Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund (Fund) to Native American tribes. Requires any waiver of tribal sovereign immunity in order to use the Fund to be narrowly drafted. Strengthens efforts to make the clean drinking water funding more accessible to tribes.