California bills: what advanced this week

SACRAMENTO — The California Assembly and Senate are voting on hundreds of bills this week before Friday’s deadline to push the measure out of their original homes. These bills cleared that hurdle and will now move on to the other chamber for further consideration:

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Criminal justice reform:

– A set of four bills presented by the senses. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, and Holly Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, to reform the treatment of youth and young adults in the criminal justice system. Senate Bill 394 ends life without parole for minors; Senate Bill 393, sponsored by San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon, seals the arrest records of those arrested but not convicted of a crime; and Senate Bill 395 would require those under 18 to consult with an attorney before waiving their Miranda rights during police questioning. And Senate Bill 312, by Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Oakland, would allow those convicted of crimes before their 17th birthday to ask the court to seal those court records.

– Bail reform bill by Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, Senate Bill 10, passed with support from some Republicans, including Sen. Joel Anderson and Sen. Moorlach.

— Another bill from Hertzberg would prevent the automatic suspension of driver’s licenses for those who are unable to pay minor fines. It would also require courts to determine offenders’ ability to pay before setting fines.

Masculine, feminine, non-binary:

– Senate Bill 179 by Sen. Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, would make California the first state in the nation to create a third gender marker — “non-binary” — on official state documents.

Family leave:

— Senate Bill 63, by Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, a Democrat from Santa Barbara, would require small businesses — those with at least 20 employees — to grant job-protected leave of up to to 12 weeks for new moms and dads.

Equal pay:

– Employers could not ask a job applicant about their salary history under Assembly Bill 168, by Assemblywoman Susan Talamantes Eggman, D-Stockton, which aims to close the pay gap between the sexes.


–Some middle and high school students could sleep a little longer under Senate Bill 328, by Sen. Anthony Portantino, D-Glendale, which would ban their schools from starting before 8:30 a.m.

— Assembly Bill 46, by Kevin McCarty, D-Sacramento, would ban for-profit charter schools in California.

– Senate Bill 769, by Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, would extend — and expand — a pilot program allowing a small number of community colleges to offer bachelor’s degrees.


— Assembly Bill 450, by Assemblyman David Chiu, D-San Francisco, seeks to protect workers from immigration raids by requiring employers to seek a court warrant before granting to the ICE access to a place of work. Also prevents employers from sharing social security numbers and other confidential employee information without a subpoena.

— Senate Bill 30, by Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, would bar the state from doing business with any contractor who has built a wall or fence along the California-Mexico border wall.


– Senate Bill 3, by Sen. Jim Beall, D-Campbell, is for a $3 billion bond that the senator says will help pay for the construction of thousands of affordable homes through existing programs like CalHome . It passed with a two-thirds vote and some Republican support.

The environment:

– Senate Bill 100, by Senate Leader Kevin de León, would make California the second state, after Hawaii, to commit to 100% renewable energy and carbon-free sources for electricity , which it should do by 2045.

– A set of bills aimed at protecting California from any rollbacks in federal environmental regulations, including Senate Bill 49 by the Senses. Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles, and Henry Stern, D-Calabasas, which makes current federal standards enforceable under state law, even if they are subsequently weakened. Senate Bill 50 by Sen. Ben Allen, D-Santa Monica, is an effort to protect federal lands in California.

Cannabis legalized:

“It might be legal in California to smoke weed recreationally, but it’s still illegal to get high and drive. Senate Bill 65, by Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, would crack down on driving under the influence.

Tax reform:

Senate Bill 66, by Sen. Bob Wieckowski, D-Fremont, would prevent companies from reaping state tax benefits on court-ordered punitive damages they are forced to pay for wrongdoing , like a pharmaceutical company not telling customers about side effects or a car manufacturer hiding a dangerous defect that leads to death.

furry friends:

A proposal to require pet stores to only sell dogs, cats and rabbits acquired from non-profit shelters and rescues – Assembly Bill 485, by Assemblyman Patrick O’Donnell, D-Long Beach . The bill seeks to eliminate “puppy mills”.

Shorter summer nights:

A bill from Kansen Chu, D-San Jose, once again persuaded his fellow Assemblymen to pass a bill that could end California’s DST by asking voters the question. He is now heading to the Senate.

Bernard P. Love