Past Leg Successes

Leg Year - 2019-2020

Requires an active duty military service member’s dependent child or spouse, who is eligible, enrolled, or on the waiting list for a Medi-Cal 1915(c) (Home- and Community-Based Services for the Developmentally Disabled (HCBS)) waiver program, to retain eligibility or their position on the waiting list if the military service member receives a military order to transfer out of state. Authorizes a dependent child or spouse to apply for a 1915(c) waiver program when a military service member residing out of state receives a military order to move to the state. Establishes a streamlined process for a formerly-enrolled dependent child or spouse to easily re-enroll in the 1915(c) waiver program once they return to the state.

Requires the California State University (CSU) Board of Trustees (Trustees) and requests the University of California (UC) Board of Regents (Regents), to provide as part of the campus’s established orientations, educational and preventive information about cyberbullying to students at all campuses of their respective segments.

Requires the Fish and Game Commission (FGC), upon an appropriation by the Legislature, to establish a pilot wildlife salvage permit program authorizing the roadkill of elk, deer, pronghorn antelope, or wild pig to be taken for human consumption. Requires the Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) to report specified findings to the (FGC) at the conclusion of the pilot program.

Extends by five years the sunset on a pilot project in Inyo County allowing on-road use of off-highway motor vehicles within highway segments up to 10 miles in length designated by the county. Improves access to trails and services for off-highway vehicle (OHV) users, and provides additional time to evaluate the impacts of combined road use in Inyo County.

Extends the sunset date for the Pierce’s Disease Control Program and the Pierce’s Disease and Glassy-winged Sharpshooter Board within the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) from 2021 to Mach 1, 2026, subject to a referendum of winegrape producers, and processors.

Increases the thresholds on the prohibitions on the Department of Social Services (DSS) collecting a CalFresh benefit overissuance in a variety of circumstances such as county error and unintentional reporting error, and directs DSS to create a policy regarding the collection of error claims on households with at least one elderly or disabled individual, including those receiving social security (SSI). Ties timing of roll out of the new policy to completion of the Statewide Automated Welfare System (SAWS).

Allows the State Water Board (SWB), contingent upon an appropriation, to provide grants to counties, community water systems, local agencies, and nonprofit organizations to provide "interim relief" (such as domestic water tanks, hauled water, and bottled water) for households with private wells that have gone dry or been destroyed by natural disasters. Allows the SWB to use up to 10% of the funds for planning activities for permanent solutions for such wells, and to use up to 5% for administrative expenses. Allows the SWB to implement these provisions through guidelines exempt from the Administrative Procedures Act and through contracts exempt from competitive contracting rules.

Authorizes any state agency that issues a business license to establish a process for a person or business that has been displaced or is experiencing economic hardship as a result of an emergency, as defined, to submit an application for reduction or waiver of fees required by the agency to obtain a license, renew or activate a license, or replace a physical license for display.

Lowers significantly the allowable amount of lead in adult jewelry beginning June 1, 2020, and the allowable amounts of lead and cadmium in children's jewelry beginning January 1, 2020. Applies the children's limits to jewelry for those under 15 (rather than the current law limit of those under seven years old), and allows the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) to develop more stringent lead limits by regulation for children's jewelry. Requires jewelry manufacturers and suppliers to include product and contact information in their existing certification of compliance with those limits. Alters various laboratory testing requirements and standards for jewelry. Recasts and revises parts of the metal-containing jewelry law.

Requires caseworkers to be informed if an applicant or recipient of public assistance has disclosed a disability or domestic violence experience that may affect their eligibility for exemptions or exceptions to program requirements.  For forms that are revised or adopted on or after January 1, 2020, requires the Department of Social Services to revise applications and redetermination forms for public assistance programs to include a question that allows the applicant to disclose a disability, the need for accommodation due to disability, and any experience of domestic violence.

Honors the late former President George H.W. Bush and dedicates June 12, 2019, and every June 12 thereafter, as President George H.W. Bush Day.

Recognizes the 150th anniversary of the Legislature first convening session in the State Capitol Building in Sacramento. Recommits the Legislature to public service and faithfully serving the great State of California.

Proclaims the week of February 25, 2019, to March 3, 2019, as Eating Disorders Awareness Week.

Designates April 7, 2019, to April 13, 2019, as Women and Girls in STEM Week and encourages all citizens and community organizations to support its observance.

Designates Monday, May 6, 2019, as California Peace Officers’ Memorial Day, and urges all Californians to remember those individuals who have given their lives for our safety and to express appreciation to those who continue to dedicate themselves to making California a safer place in which to live and raise our families. Recognizes California’s peace officers who were killed in defense of their communities in 2018.