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2019 - 2020 Legislation


AB 2 (2019) – 2 Years Free Community College

  • Provides for a second year of free community college and exempts disabled students who may not be able to take 12 units from the full-time requirement.

AB 238 (2019) – Illegal Auto Dismantlers

  • Extends the sunset of the Vehicle Dismantler Industry Strike Team to January 1, 2023 so that the team can continue their work in identifying illegal vehicle dismantling and subsequent enforcement activities.

AB 356 (2019) – Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) Best Value Procurement

  • Creates a best value procurement pilot program for LACCD until December 31, 2024.

AB 389 (2019) – Substance Use Disorder Treatment

  • Allows acute care hospitals to receive funding for peer navigators to assist emergency department patients with substance abuse.

AB 407 (2019) – Fluoroscopy Certification

  • Provides an alternative to the current state fluoroscopy and radiography certification process by allowing physicians, surgeons and podiatrists to go through individual facilities that are compliant with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Conditions for Coverage.

AB 497 (2019) – Deaf and Disabled Telecommunications Program (DDTP)

  • Extends the CPUC’s authority to collect a surcharge to fund the DDTP until 2025; extends reporting requirement to 2026.

AB 560 (2019) – Utilities Union Activities

  • Prohibits Investor-Owned Utilities from using utility rates to pay for expenses incurred in assisting or deterring union organizing.

AB 728 (2019) – Homeless Multidisciplinary Teams

  • Expands the current authority of six counties to implement a homeless adult and family multidisciplinary personnel team and share client information, to also include vulnerable populations who are not yet homeless but are at high-risk of becoming homeless.

AB 809 (2019) – Pregnant and Parenting Students

  • Requires all public colleges and universities to post specific information on their websites regarding pregnant and parenting students’ rights under Title IX; encourages all on-campus childcare centers to prioritize enrolling children of low-income single parents.

AB 857 (2019) – Public Banks

  • Gives authority for local governments to establish a public bank.

AB 894 (2019) – AG Civil Service Exemption

  • Increases the number of Attorney General exempt positions and provides the Department of Justice with increased flexibility to manage its personnel and operations.

AB 1079 (2019) – Testing Emergency Alerts

  • Allows public safety agencies to test emergency alerts on unlisted phone numbers.

AB 1197 (2019) – Expediting Homeless Supportive and Temporary Housing

  • Exempts from the California Environmental Quality Act funding and related planning decisions for supportive housing projects funded by Measure HHH and emergency shelter projects funded by the Homeless Emergency Aid Program.

AB 1251 (2019) – Affordable Housing Planning and Zoning

  • Requires that, if a local government fails to complete certain rezoning within one year, a housing development in which at least 40% of the units have an affordable housing cost or affordable rent for lower income households be a use by right in all zones where multifamily, commercial, and mixed uses are permitted.

AB 1275 (2019) – Homeless Mental Illness Outreach Teams

  • Establishes teams to provide outreach services to homeless individuals and at-risk individuals with a history of mental illness or substance use disorders who are unable to access urgently needed medical care.

AB 1359 (2019) – Towing and Storages

  • Requires the Department of the California Highway Patrol to convene an advisory working group that includes representatives from the department, the towing industry, the insurance industry, and other stakeholders to study the feasibility of developing and maintaining a registry of towing companies operating in the state.

AB 1385 (2019) – Court Reporter Fees

  • Ensures that court reporters are fairly compensated for their work by gradually increasing fees for court transcription services.

AB 1404 (2019) – Nonprofit Reporting Requirements

  • Requires disclosure of deferred compensation arrangements between non-profit healthcare corporations and for-profit corporations to increase transparency

AB 1462 (2019) – Exide Funding

  • Secures $100 million from the General Fund to the Department of Toxic Substances Control for purposes of accelerating the cleanup of homes contaminated by Exide Technologies.

AB 1563 (2019) – The Freedom to Count Act

  • Provides protections against census suppression tactics that interfere with a person’s participation in the census.

AB 1620 (2019) – Undocumented Students Access to Higher Education

  • Provides undocumented students in California with increased access to in-state tuition by reducing the residency requirement under AB 540 and subsequent legislation to two years.

AB 1667 (2019) – Electronic Wills

  • Requires California courts to recognize valid out-of-state electronic wills if the will was executed in accordance with the laws of a state that permits electronic wills.

AB 1711 (2019) – Homelessness Disease Outbreaks

  • Identifies required practices by cities and counties in the event of a disease outbreak affecting 4,500 or more homeless people; establishes a grant program within the State Dept. of Public Health to provide grants to qualifying cities or counties as long as the matching funds of at least 30 percent are provided.

AB 1742 (2019) – Korean American National Museum

  • Appropriates $4 million from the General Fund for the construction of the Korean American National Museum in Downtown Los Angeles.

AB 1784 (2019) – Open Source Voting

  • Establishes an Open-Source Paper Ballot Voting Systems program to authorize the Secretary of State to award up to $16 million in matching funds to counties to speed the development, certification, governance, and distribution of open-source paper ballot voting systems that all counties would be able to freely use and modify based on their needs.


AB 4 (Arambula) (2019) – Healthcare for All

  • Extends eligibility for full-scope Medi-Cal benefits to undocumented adults age 19 and above who are otherwise eligible for those benefits but for their immigration status.


AB 310 (2020) – State Bank

  • Creates a path for a California state public bank by expanding the lending capacity of the State’s Infrastructure Bank and converting it into a depository public bank to facilitate a more equitable economic recovery.

AB 826 (2020) – Emergency Food Assistance

  • Provides $600 in emergency food assistance to low-income Californians, regardless of immigration status.

AB 1253 (2020) – Millionaire’s Tax

  • Imposes a surcharge on taxable income over $1 million to generate needed revenue for California in the wake of COVID-19.

AB 1859 (2020) – Expediting Los Angeles Unified School District’s (LAUSD) Hiring System

  • Extends a sunset provision to allow LAUSD to hire for vacant positions outside of the top three ranks on an eligibility list.

AB 1860 (2020) – Homeless Housing and Services

  • Authorizes a local government to impose, extend, or increase a sales and use tax or transactions and use tax for the purposes of funding homeless housing and services, subject to a majority vote of the electorate of the local government voting on the proposition.

AB 1907 (2020) – CEQA Exemption

  • Removes barriers to help accelerate the construction of desperately needed housing for families and individuals experiencing homelessness throughout California.

AB 1946 (2020) – Reforming Conservatorship Law

  • Changes the definition of “gravely disabled” to include medical treatment where the inability or failure to receive medical treatment would likely result in serious bodily harm or death.

AB 2218 (2020) – Transgender Wellness and Equity Fund

  • Provides medical, mental and direct supportive services for transgender, gender non-conforming and intersex (TGI) people.

AB 2419 (2020) – Towing and Storage

  • Establishes the Vehicle Towing and Storage Board within the Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) to improve towing regulations and protect consumers.

AB 2544 (2020) – Fluoroscopy

  • Allows for a one-time nine-month temporary permit to allow a licensed physician and surgeon or a licensed doctor of podiatric medicine to use fluoroscopy (in surgery) in California while they wait to receive their official permit.

AB 2611 (2020) – Los Angeles River Working Group

  • Requires, on or before January 1, 2022, the Los Angeles River working group to update, through watershed-based planning methods, the working group’s revitalization plan.

AB 2677 (2020) – Exide Community Liaison

  • Establishes a community liaison position within the California Environmental Protection Agency to improve collaboration and community trust between the state and residents affected by lead contamination from Exide Technologies.

AB 2699 (2020) – Handgun parity

  • Allows for a technical change in law to address a real issue among law enforcement while bringing California closer in line with its firearm safety and gun violence prevention laws.

AB 2747 (2020) – Patient Data Transparency

  • Enables nonprofit researchers and labor unions to access data collected by the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) to examine healthcare trends and disparities.

AB 2848 (2020) – State Mandate

  • Establishes an enforceable mandate on local jurisdictions to end homelessness in California.

AB 2931 (2020) – LACCD Worker Days

  • Clarifies that employers have 90 working days to complete investigations of misconduct and initiate any subsequent action regarding accused employees placed on involuntary paid administrative leave.

AB 2973 (2020) – Office of Immigration

  • Establishes the Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs and centralizes all existing immigrant services.

AB 2991 (2020) – AB 900 Extension

  • Extends the sunset of the Jobs and Economic Improvement through Environmental Leadership Act of 2011, established via AB 900 (Buchanan & Gordon, 2011), to 2023-24.

AB 3077 (2020) – Renter Displacement Moratorium

  • Establishes a moratorium on evictions when a residential property owner intends to sell their property as a tenancy in common.

AB 3122 (2020) – Housing Elements

  • Requires counties to alter their general development plans to include more emergency housing shelters.

AB 3201 (2020) – Veterinary Hospital Transparency

  • Requires large corporate veterinary hospital chains to display on the premises and publish on their website information regarding pricing and would require the Veterinary Medical Board to audit a veterinary hospital receiving more than 100 complaints and citations in a year.

AB 3300 (2020) – $2 Billion for Homelessness

  • Establishes a framework for an ongoing appropriation of $2 billion per year to address California’s homelessness crisis.


AB 1196 (Gipson) (2020) – Police Reform

  • Bans the use of chokeholds and carotid restraints statewide as police reform.

AB 2088 (Bonta) (2020) – Wealth Tax

  • Imposes an annual 0.4% tax on a California resident’s worldwide net worth in excess of $30 million, or in excess of $15 million in the case of a married taxpayer filing separately.

AB 2542 (Kalra) (2020) – California Racial Justice Act

  • Establishes the California Racial Justice Act which would prohibit the state from seeking or obtaining a criminal conviction, or from imposing a sentence, based upon race, ethnicity or national origin.

AB 3088 (Chiu) (2020) – Tenant, Homeowner, and Small Landlord Relief and Stabilization

  • Prevents unnecessary evictions due to COVID-19 by giving tenants and landlords a path to address unpaid rent while keeping tenants housed and extends Homeowner Bill of Rights protections to cover landlords who have seen decreased rental income due to COVID.

AB 3269 (Chiu) (2020) – Homelessness Accountability

  • Creates a process for holding state and local governments accountable for housing the unsheltered based on measurable goals and existing resources they have identified for that purpose.

ACA 5 (Weber) (2020) – Affirmative Action

  • Permits the use of race, gender, and ethnic diversity as factors (but no decisive factors) in college admissions, government hiring, and government contracting.

For detailed information on any piece of legislation, contact my office at (213) 620-4646 or visit the legislative information website here.