Past Leg Successes

Leg Year - 2019-2020

Recognizes June 4, 2019, as the 100th Anniversary of Congress Passing the Nineteenth Amendment and encourages all Californians to join in this observance.

Acknowledges May 23, 2019, as Latina Action Day. Encourages the people of the State of California to recognize and support the continuous work and commitment of all Latina leaders in our communities.

Proclaims the month of June 2019 as Immigrant Heritage Month.

Joins the Korean-American communities throughout the state in marking June 25, 2019, as the 69th anniversary of the Korean War.

Joins communities throughout the State of California in recognizing the month of August 2019 as American Muslim Appreciation and Awareness Month.

Honors Chief Clerk E. Dotson Wilson on the occasion of his retirement.

Proclaims Thursday, August 22, 2019, as Black Women’s Equal Pay Day in recognition of the need to eliminate the gender gap in earnings by African American women and to promote policies to ensure equal pay for all.

Proclaims the month of September 2019 to be We Card Awareness Month. Encourages all California retailers to participate in “We Card Awareness Month” and to let their customers know that “in California, we don’t sell tobacco and other age-restricted products to kids!”

Designates November 1, 2019, and every November 1 thereafter, as Veterans in the Arts and Humanities Day in honor of veterans past and present for their contributions to the arts and humanities.

Recognizes the importance of California Native American Day, celebrated this year on September 27, 2019, and the annual California Cultural Awareness Conference to the enhancement of awareness of California Indian culture.

Recognizes Women’s Equality Day upon the anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, August 26, 2019, and its historic importance to women’s rights, including the battle to attain those rights in the past, present, and future.

Recognizes September 11, 2019, as a day of solemn commemoration and continues to extend its deepest sympathies to the thousands of innocent victims of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, and to their families, friends, and loved ones. Honors the heroism and the sacrifices of United States military and civilian personnel and their families who have sacrificed much, including their lives and health, in defense of their country, and credits the heroism of first responders, law enforcement personnel, state and local officials, volunteers, and others who aided the victims of these attacks and, in so doing, bravely risked their own lives and long-term health. Expresses thanks and gratitude to the foreign leaders and citizens of all nations who have assisted and continue to stand in solidarity with the United States against terrorism in the aftermath of the attacks on September 11, 2001, and asks them to continue to stand with the United States against international terrorism.

No later than March 1, 2020, allows a licensed cannabis retailer to provide free cannabis or cannabis products to a medicinal cannabis patient who has a valid and verified physician's recommendation or a Compassionate Use Act identification card. Requires any donated cannabis or cannabis products to be recorded in the state's cannabis track and trace system as belonging to the retailer. Allows cannabis or cannabis products to also be donated in compliance with any compassionate use, equality, or other similar program administered by a local jurisdiction. Allows a retailer to contract with an individual or organization to coordinate the provision of free medicinal cannabis/products on the retailer's premises. Exempts cannabis or cannabis products donated or designated for donation from the state cannabis use tax, excise tax, and cultivation tax for 5 years. Requires the Legislative Analyst's Office to report annually to the Legislature on the bill's impact.

Makes permanent California's Safe Harbor Program, which provides flexibility to landowners who voluntarily manage their lands to benefit species that receive regulatory protections according to California's Endangered Species Act (CESA). Extends the legal protections for the "accidental take" of endangered species during routine agricultural activities and requires that landowners who use this provision to report the take to the Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) within 10 days.

Prohibits a public animal shelter from charging an adoption fee for a dog or cat if the person adopting the dog or cat presents to the shelter a current and valid driver's license or ID card with the "VETERAN" printed on its face.  Authorizes a shelter to limit the number of dogs and cats adopted without an adoption fee by an eligible veteran to one dog and cat each 6-month period.