The final day of official business was marked with numerous caucuses, delays, and infighting between leadership in the Senate and the Assembly. Several high profile bills failed to advance to the Governor’s desk simply because the Legislature ran out of time, as they faced a constitutional deadline of midnight on Aug. 31.
Gov. Gavin Newsom must now decide whether to sign or veto the hundreds of bills on his desk by midnight on Sept. 30. This year, the League submitted nine requests for signatures and five requests for vetoes. The number of requests are fewer when compared to recent years, as result of the more than one thousand bills that the Legislature culled due to the COVID-19 public health crisis and the abbreviated legislative schedule. By the end of February, nearly 2,700 bills and resolutions were introduced. In the final weeks of the legislative session, approximately 500 measures remained.
The most notable bills for which the League is requesting a veto pertain to workers compensation. SB 1383
(Jackson) would require any employer, public or private, with 5 or more employees to provide 12 weeks of protected leave each year and threatens employers with litigation for any unintentional mistake. SB 1383 is not limited in scope to COVID-19 and would place a significant burden on employers at a time when they can least afford it.
The League is also requesting that the Governor veto AB 685
(Reyes), which would create an onerous and comprehensive set of reporting requirements for all California employers when an employee is exposed to COVID-19. While it is certainly a valid concern to ensure our public sector workforce is notified of potential COVID-19 exposure, this measure would set an incredibly aggressive timeline for notification, create compliance challenges through the use of ambiguous thresholds, and establish penalties per violation.
The League is encouraging the Governor to sign several key measures including SB 1441
(McGuire), which would extend until Jan. 1, 2026 the Local Prepaid Mobile Telephony Services Collections Act. This important tool supports local governments’ ability to collect much needed Utility User Taxes from retail sales of prepaid wireless telecommunication products and services.
(Muratsuchi) is also an important bill the League requests the Governor to sign. This bill would require shared mobility device providers to obtain a permit or agreement with the city or county in which it seeks to operate 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.
For more information on legislative language, the League’s position letters, and sample position letters for cities, please enter the bill number in the League’s bill search
. Cities can also submit sign or veto request letters on priority bills directly to the Governor at Leg.Unit@gov.ca.gov.
The League hosted a webinar providing a review of priority bills to cities on the Governor's desk and the webinar recording
are available online.
The League thanks California city officials for their contributions to advocacy efforts on behalf of local communities.
The following is a list of bills in which the League is urging the Governor to sign or veto.
Request for Signature
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.
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.
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 January 1, 2022. Would also require notification of the presence of PFAS in the protective equipment of firefighters.
SB 1441 (McGuire) Local Prepaid Mobile Telephony Services Collection Act.
This measure would extend until January 1, 2026 the Local Prepaid Mobile Telephony Services Collections Act. This Act would support local governments’ ability to collect Utility User Taxes (UUTs) from retail sales of prepaid wireless telecommunication products and services and would assist the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA) with administration of the program.
AB 434 (Daly) Housing Financing Programs. Uniform Procedures.
This measure would align six rental housing programs with the Multifamily Housing Program (MHP), to enable the state Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) to implement a single application and scoring system for making awards under all seven programs, starting on Jan. 1, 2022.
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.
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.
AB 1775 (Jones-Sawyer) False Reports and Harassment.
This measure would make it a misdemeanor to knowingly use the 911 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.
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.
Request for Veto
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.
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 (FMLA). It would make it an unlawful employment practice to interfere with the exercise of this leave.
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.
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).
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.