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Gov. Gavin Newsom decides final fate of 2020 legislative bills

Cities win and lose on major issues with Governor’s signatures and vetoes on bills

October 21, 2020
On Sept. 30, Gov. Gavin Newsom concluded a tumultuous legislative year by taking action on all of the bills the Legislature sent to his desk. 
 
Out of the nearly 2,200 bills introduced this year, only 428 bills made it to the Governor’s desk. The Governor signed approximately 372 bills, and vetoed 56 with an approximately 15 percent veto rate.
 
The lack of bills being considered by the Governor this year was owed in part by the starts and stops of the legislative process due to COVID-19 and in-fighting between legislative leadership in both houses. Many bills that were considered towards the end of session were never brought up for a vote or did not have time to be heard in a committee. This proved frustrating as salient issues, such as wildfire mitigation funding, did not come to fruition.

2020 Legislative Outcomes 

This year, the League submitted nine requests for signatures and five for vetoes. The Governor signed all nine of the League’s signature requests, including League-sponsored AB 1286 (Muratsuchi) related to micro-mobility providers. The Governor signed all five of the bills we requested he veto, most notably SB 1383 (Jackson) related to paid family leave.
 
Overall, this year left many good, and bad, legislative proposals undone. Challenges related to the closure of the state Capitol building to the public, technology errors, and feuding houses all contributed to a difficult year for city interests. However, as the Legislature adapts to “the new normal” and the challenges around meeting in the time of COVID-19 are ameliorated, there will undoubtedly be a number of legislative proposals introduced next year that are repeats of bills that died this year.

For more information on legislative language, and the League’s position letters, please enter the bill number in the League’s bill search.
 
The League thanks California city officials for their contributions to advocacy efforts on behalf of local communities.
 
Requests for Signatures and Vetoes — Final Actions
 
The following is a list of bills the League urged the Governor to sign or veto and the final action the Governor took on the bill.

Request for Signature

AB 434 (Daly) Housing Financing Programs. Uniform Procedures.
This measure would align six rental housing programs with the Multifamily Housing Program, to enable the state Department of Housing and Community Development to implement a single application and scoring system for making awards under all seven programs, starting on Jan. 1, 2022.

Final Action: Signed by the Governor

AB 992 (Mullin) Local Agencies. Social Media.
This measure would update the Brown Act to clarify that correspondences between local elected officials and their constituents via social media is permitted.

Final Action: Signed by the Governor

AB 1286 (Muratsuchi) Shared Mobility Devices. Agreements.
This measure would require shared mobility device providers to obtain a permit or agreement with the city or county it seeks to operate in and comply with all local operation, parking, maintenance, and safety rules. Additionally, this measure would require shared mobility device providers to maintain minimum commercial general liability insurance.

Final Action: Signed by the Governor

AB 1775 (Jones-Sawyer) False Reports and Harassment.
This measure would make it a misdemeanor to knowingly use the 9-1-1 system to harass another person based on a perceived characteristic of a protected class. This measure would also allow for civil action against persons who make false police reports or claims, regardless of discriminatory motive, and classifies blatantly false reports to law enforcement as a form of intimidation.

Final Action: Signed by the Governor

AB 2617 (Gabriel) Firearms. Gun Violence Restraining Orders.
This measure would make it an offense to possess a firearm in violation of a protective order issued by another state. Any violation of this provision would result in a five-year ban on purchasing or possessing firearms or ammunition.

Final Action: Signed by the Governor

SB 865 (Hill) Excavations. Subsurface Installations.
This measure would strengthen safe excavation practices by increasing collaboration between excavators and operators, requiring data sharing amongst key stakeholders, and moving the Dig Safe Board to the Office of Energy Infrastructure Safety.
 
Final Action: Signed by the Governor
 
SB 970 (Umberg) Primary Election Date.
This measure would change the date of the statewide direct primary to the first Tuesday after the first Monday in June in even-numbered years in which there is no presidential primary.

Final Action: Signed by the Governor

SB 1044 (Allen) Firefighting Equipment And Foam. PFAS Chemicals.
This measure would prohibit the manufacture, sale, distribution, and use of class B firefighting foam containing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS chemicals) by Jan. 1, 2022. The measure would also require notification of the presence of PFAS in the protective equipment of firefighters.
 
Final Action: Signed by the Governor

SB 1441 (McGuire) Local Prepaid Mobile Telephony Services Collection Act.
This measure would extend until Jan. 1, 2026 the Local Prepaid Mobile Telephony Services Collections Act. This Act would support local governments’ ability to collect Utility User Taxes from retail sales of prepaid wireless telecommunication products and services and would assist the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration with administration of the program.

Final Action: Signed by the Governor
 
 
Request for Veto

AB 685 (Reyes) COVID-19 Exposure Notification.
This measure would require employers to provide notice within one business day to all qualified employees if they or an exclusive employee representative is notified of an exposure to COVID-19.
 
Final Action: Signed by the Governor

AB 1947 (Kalra) Employment Violation Complaints. Requirements. Time. 
This measure would authorize the courts to award one-sided attorney fees to a plaintiff who brings a successful action for a violation of Labor Code Section 1102.5 (whistleblower protections).
 
Final Action: Signed by the Governor

AB 2967 (O’Donnell) Public Employees’ Retirement System. Contracting Agencies. Exclusion from Membership.
This measure would prohibit agencies from excluding CalPERS membership to any class of employee through the contract amendment process.
 
Final Action: Signed by the Governor

SB 1159 (Hill) Workers’ Compensation. COVID-19. Critical Workers. 
This measure would (1) require a study to be done on the impact COVID-19 claims have had on the workers’ compensation system; (2) codify the Governor’s executive order on workers’ compensation; (3) create a rebuttable presumption for public safety and healthcare workers who contract COVID-19; and (4) create a cluster based approach to outbreaks of COVID-19 for workers’ compensation purposes.

Final Action: Signed by the Governor

SB 1383 (Jackson) Unlawful Employment Practice. Family Leave.
This measure would require any employer with five or more employees to provide 12 weeks of job protected leave to run concurrently with the Family Medical and Leave Act. It would make it an unlawful employment practice to interfere with the exercise of this leave.

Final Action: Signed by the Governor


 
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