Tracking Other California Bills Passed in the 2022 Legislative Session – Lake County Record-Bee

SACRAMENTO — California’s legislative session ended Sept. 1, but the intense lobbying surrounding some of the most high-profile and controversial bills is far from over.

That’s because Governor Gavin Newsom has until September 30 to sign or veto the hundreds of bills sent to him by the state legislature, and you better believe the groups of interest will continue to make their case to him for the next month.

The frenzied final moments of the session, which in recent years have seen everything from angry protesters throwing menstrual blood on lawmakers to lawmakers running out of time to vote on key bills, ended on September 1, the Lawmakers have yet to determine the fate of many contentious proposals, including a bill to toughen California’s concealed-carrying weapons law and another to allow youth 15 and older to get vaccinated without it. parental consent and another to allow legislative staff to unionize.

Here’s a look at what some of the most notable lawmakers endorsed in the marathon sessions would do:

  • Criminal justice: Restrict the use of solitary confinement in prisons, prisons and private immigration detention centres; allow state medical regulators to sanction physicians for spreading “misinformation or disinformation” related to COVID-19; prevent women from being held criminally or civilly responsible for the outcome of their pregnancy.
    Tech: Dramatically expand online privacy protections for children under 18; require social media companies to be more transparent about their terms of service.
    Education: Mandatory kindergarten for Californian children; allow higher salaries in school boards in the Los Angeles Unified School District.
  • Water: A proposal would create a unique program in the country to help low-income Californians pay their water and sewer bills, though the state has yet to allocate money for the effort, reports Rachel Becker by CalMatters. Another bill would provide a universal basic income to farm workers who cannot work due to drought.
  • Equity: requiring companies to post pay scales on all job postings and requiring companies with more than 100 employees to reveal median pay gaps between gender and race; prevent companies from charging different prices for similar products based solely on the gender they are marketed to; prevent companies from firing employees who use cannabis when they are not at work.
  • And then, as a category in its own right, human composting: after two failed attempts in 2020 and 2021, a bill to legalize human composting as an afterlife option has made a comeback. As CalMatters political reporter Sameea Kamal notes, the bill would take effect in 2027, establish licensing and regulatory processes, and require the state’s public health department to regulate affected facilities for prevent the spread of disease.

Here are some of the interesting and substantial invoices we follow:

Online Children’s Privacy

By Grace Gedye

WHAT THE BILL WILL DO

If AB 2273 is enacted, companies that provide online services or products likely to be viewed by children under 18 would have to provide greater privacy protection by default from 2024. For example, the bill would generally prohibit companies from collecting, selling, sharing or retaining children’s personal information other than to provide the service with which the child is actively interacting. It was co-introduced by a bipartisan group of Assembly members: Democrats Buffy Wicks of Oakland and Cottie Petrie-Norris of Costa Mesa and Republican Jordan Cunningham of San Luis Obispo. The state attorney general could bring civil suits to enforce the measure.

WHO SUPPORTS IT

A long list of consumer, tech and children’s groups who say technology harms children and say similar legislation has already caused positive change in the UK. The bill was sponsored by Common Sense media, a nonprofit that looks at entertainment and technology for families and schools, and 5Rights Foundation, a UK nonprofit whose founder has led the charge on a similar law currently in force in the United Kingdom. He is also backed by California Attorney General Rob Bonta and the former head of monetization at Facebook.

WHO IS AGAINST

Trade groups for businesses and tech companies, including the California Chamber of Commerce and TechNet, which counts Google, Airbnb, Meta (formerly known as Facebook), Snap and other big tech companies among its members. They say the bill is too broad and establishing state-by-state privacy regulations could confuse businesses.

WHY IS IT IMPORTANT

It would be a first national law requiring broad online privacy protections for children under 18, and would represent another step California has taken to lead privacy regulation.

Setbacks for oil and gas wells

By Julie Cart

WHAT THE BILL WILL DO

Senate Bill 1137 would prohibit new oil and gas wells or extensive upgrades to existing operations within 3,200 feet of homes, schools, nursing homes and hospitals. Backed by Democrats Lena A. Gonzalez of Long Beach and Monique Limon of Santa Barbara, the bill would also require operators to take certain actions in the thousands of existing wells in this buffer zone. A monitoring plan for leaks and toxic emissions and the installation of alarm systems are included. Additionally, new requirements would include limits on noise, light, dust and fumes.

WHO SUPPORTS IT

The governor has thrown his support behind the bill by including it in his legislative package to fight climate change, joining health groups and environmental organizations representing the gated communities where many oil and gas facilities are located. .

WHO IS AGAINST

The legislation was vigorously opposed by the oil and gas industry, refiners and drilling specialists. He was also called a “job killer” by the state Chamber of Commerce, a criticism that was echoed by unions. Some oil industry groups suggest the withdrawal rules would increase the import of oil from countries that lack strong environmental regulations.

WHY IS IT IMPORTANT

Nearly 3 million Californians live within 3,200 feet of an active or inactive oil or gas well, primarily in Kern and Los Angeles counties. Scientific and medical analyzes indicate that people living near wells are at greater risk of asthma, respiratory diseases and certain cancers. Many people living near wells are low-income people of color, creating an environmental justice imbalance.

Bernard P. Love