2021-2022 Legislation

AB 50 — Climate Adaptation Center and Regional Support Network: The bill would have established the Climate Adaptation Center and Regional Support Network at the Ocean Protection Council (OPC) at the Natural Resources Agency to provide local governments with scientific advice, guidance, expertise, and examples of how to start and proceed with mitigation and adaptation projects.  Tap or click here to see the bill’s status.

AB 66 — Early Warning System for Bluff Collapse Research Study: The bill allocates $2.5 million to the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego to conduct a research study to improve coastal monitoring capabilities and observations necessary for the state’s development of a coastal bluff early warning system.  Understanding the processes that drive cliff failures, triggering mechanisms, magnitude of erosion, and timing of collapse is essential for coastal management and building resilient and safe communities.  Tap or click here to see the bill’s status.

AB 111 — Zero Emission Heavy-Duty Vehicles and Freight Infrastructure: The bill would have promoted the deployment of zero-emission heavy-duty vehicle and freight equipment infrastructure, and policies for charging and renewable hydrogen production to support the State’s zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) and emission reductions goals.  Tap or click here to see the bill’s status.

AB 113 — Electric Vehicle (EV) Infrastructure Building Standards: The bill would have required the California Building Standards Commission (BSC) to adopt, approve, codify, and publish mandatory building standards for EV charging stations in multi-family dwellings and non-residential development.  Tap or click here to see the bill’s status.

AB 117 — Rebates for Electric Bicycles: The bill would establish the Electric Bicycle Incentive Project at the California Air Resources Board (ARB) to provide incentives, in the form of vouchers, to income-eligible individuals for the purchase of e-bikes at participating retailers.  Making e-bikes more affordable will replace car trips with e-bike trips significantly reducing vehicle miles traveled.  Tap or click here to see the bill’s status.

AB 122 —Stop as Yield Pilot Program for Bicyclists: The bill would have created a six-year pilot program to allow bicyclists to yield at stop signs.  The bill would have also required a safety report from the California Highway Patrol (CHP) due on or by January 1, 2027, with key findings and recommendations on the effects of bicycles operating under this program.  Tap or click here to see the bill’s status.

AB 233 — University of California (UC) Fair and Consistent Admissions Process: The bill would have required the UC Office of the President to establish policies and procedures that ensure fair and impartial student admissions, including training for application reviewers and readers on the consistent and unbiased use of admissions criteria.  Tap or click here to see the bill’s status.

AB 335 — Consumer Privacy: Sharing of Vessel Ownership Information: The bill allows manufacturers of recreational boats and marine engines to receive and retain specific contact information for buyers of its products for the limited and exclusive use of conducting product safety recalls and warranty verification.  By allowing this limited sharing of information, consumers who buy these products are able to receive important and timely safety recall information and easily confirm warranty verification.  Tap or click here to see the bill’s status.

AB 341 — Sexual Assault Victim Social Media Accounts Limitations: The bill provides additional protections to victims of sexual assault by expanding the Rape Shield Law to include that evidence from their social media accounts should first be evaluated by a judge to demonstrate relevance and admissibility before being introduced in open court to attack the victim’s credibility in a sexual assault prosecution.  Tap or click here to see the bill’s status.

AB 803 — Starter Home Revitalization Act of 2021: The bill authorizes a development proponent statewide to submit applications for the construction of fee-simple, infill housing on small lots in multi-family and mixed-use zones.  The bill provides another affordable product in the housing market where families can buy a small home as a starting home.  Tap or click here to see the bill’s status.

AB 964 — Short-Term Rentals in the Coastal Zone: The bill would have clarified that local ordinances, policies, or programs that regulate or license short-term rentals through a hosting platform in the Coastal Zone do not fall within the definition of “development” under the California Coastal Act.  Tap or click here to see the bill’s status.

AB 1107 — 911 Emergency Ambulance Services In-Network Charges: The bill would have provided that 911 emergency ground transportation services are considered in-network and must be paid at the percentages outlined in the beneficiary's insurance plan.   Tap or click here to see the bill’s status.

AB 1153 — Mira Costa College Cooperative Education Reskilling and Training (CERT) Pilot Program: The bill would have established a cooperative education paid internship program to enroll COVID 19 displaced workers in rapid retraining, re-skilling courses and prepared them for employment opportunities with local employers.  The program was established in the 2021-22 Budget Act, which included $3.5 million for implementation of the program.  Tap or click here to see the bill’s status.

AB 1215 — UC Admission Policies and Systemwide Protocols: The bill would have requested the UC Board of Regents to adopt policies to increase the consistency, fairness, and oversight of the student admissions process by ensuring donations and personal connections to staff and faculty are not considered in admissions decisions.  Tap or click here to see the bill’s status.

AB 1390 — State Lands Commission Management of the School Land’s Act Fund: The bill provides the State Lands Commission (Commission) with additional tools to acquire and steward a category of public lands, known as “school lands”, which were entrusted to the Commission by the federal government to generate revenues for retired teachers.  In addition, the bill provides the needed flexibility for the Commission to work with the federal government in developing renewable energy projects helping the state transition to a clean energy economy and contributing to the state and federal 30 by 30 policy goals.  Tap or click here to see the bill’s status.

AB 1672 — Lifeguard Certification Equivalency: The bill would authorize a local public agency to use a public agency lifeguard who has received United States Life Saving Association (USLA) training from a certified agency for a period of 12 months at public swimming pools when there is a critical shortage in lifeguard staffing levels.  Tap or click here to see the bill’s status.

AB 1682 — Lifeguard Speed Limit Exemption for Water Rescue Vessels: 
The bill provides an exemption to city-owned lifeguard rescue vessels from the existing five mile per hour (mph) speed limit if engaged in ocean rescue operations within 200 feet of the beach.  Without this speed limit exemption, cities providing ocean lifeguard services could experience slower rescue times or a significant increase in liability risk.  Tap or click here to see the bill’s status.

AB 1707 — Fairness for Senior and Disabled Homeowners Act: The bill would secure a permanent funding source for the Senior Citizens and Disabled Citizens Property Tax Postponement Fund (PTP Fund) requiring a transfer from the General Fund to the PTP Fund to $15 million in years that the balance is less than that amount.  If no alternative funding source is established, the PTP program will be unable to approve new eligible applicants such as low-income seniors and disabled homeowners who are in need of financial relief to stay in their homes.  Tap or click here to see the bill’s status.

AB 1713 — Stop as Yield Pilot Program for Bicyclists: The bill would have allowed individuals riding a bicycle, 18 years of age or older, approaching a two-lane road with a stop sign at all intersections to have the option to treat the stop sign as a yield sign.  The bill would also require the Department of the California Highway Patrol (CHP), to collect the necessary data to properly evaluate the safety of the change and submit a report to the Legislature, on or before January 1, 2028.  The pilot program would sunset January 1, 2029.  By having this option, bicyclists would be able to yield to pedestrians and vehicles already at the intersection while reducing their risk of an accident with vehicles by entering and exiting intersections more quickly than if they were to make a complete stop.  Tap or click here to see the bill’s status.

AB 1718 — K-12 Visual and Performing Arts and World Languages Funding for Instructional Materials: The bill would have required the Superintendent of Public Instruction to allocate funding for the purchase of standards-aligned visual, performing arts, and world languages instructional materials and for professional development in those subjects.  The 2022-23 Budget Act included $3.5 billion in Proposition 98 General Fund to establish the Arts, Music, and Instructional Materials Discretionary Block Grant for allocation to county offices of education, school districts, charter schools, and the state special schools for instructional materials and visual and performing arts, world languages, STEM programs, ethnic studies, financial literacy, media literacy and computer science. Tap or click here to see the bill’s status.

AB 1738 — Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Stations in Multifamily Dwellings: The bill would require the Building Standards Commission (BSC) and the Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD), at the next triennial revision of the CALGreen Code, to consider the adoption of mandatory building standards for the installation of EV charging stations in existing multifamily dwellings and nonresidential development when existing parking facilities are being retrofitted, added, or altered.  In December 2021, BSC adopted “EV capable” and “EV ready” regulations for existing buildings; however, it did not include “EV installed” regulations, which require all of the charging infrastructure plus the actual charging station.  Tap or click here to see the bill’s status.

AB 1767 — California Board of Licensed Midwives: The bill would have established the new California Board of Licensed Midwives at the Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA).  Since the start of the COVID19 pandemic, demand for licensed midwife services has nearly doubled, freeing up critical health-care personnel and resources in hospitals throughout the state.  Tap or click here to see the bill’s status.

AB 1854 — Work Sharing Program Online Application Sunset Repeal (Signed by Governor): The bill repeals the sunset date of January 1, 2024 extending indefinitely the Employment Development Department’s (EDD) authorization to allow employers to submit the Work Sharing Program’s applications online and to accept electronic signatures on all work sharing plan documents.  This expedited process benefits both employees and employers by helping them reduce the time it takes to submit a claim.  Tap or click here to see the bill’s status.

AB 1873 — Tax Credit for EV Chargers Installation in Multifamily Dwellings: The bill would have, beginning January 1, 2025, provided a tax credit to qualified taxpayers for up to 40 percent of the qualified costs for the installation of Level 2 EV charging stations, direct current fast chargers (DCFC), or both, in covered multifamily dwellingsInstalling EV charging stations, especially in older multifamily residential buildings that do not have the necessary infrastructure require an investment by the developer or building owner.  This tax credit would have incentivize the owners or developers of multifamily residential and nonresidential buildings to install EV charging equipment in new construction, additions, and alterations to existing buildings.  Tap or click here to see the bill’s status.

AB 1946 — E-Bike Safety Education and Training: The bill requires the Department of the California Highway Patrol (CHP), in consultation with relevant stakeholders, to develop a statewide safety education and training program for e-bike users by September 1, 2023.  The bill would require this information be posted on the department’s website.  Unlike bicycles, an average e-bike can go as fast as 20 mph.  Without the proper safety education and training for parents and children on how to ride safely, where to ride, bike maintenance, and the rules of the road for cyclists and drivers, e-bike riders are at risk of experiencing severe injuries or even fatalities.  Tap or click here to see the bill’s status.

AB 1970 — Increased Penalty for Solicitation of Minors: The bill would have increased the penalty for solicitation of a minor, under the age of 18, from one year in county jail to a prison sentence of 16 month to two or three years.  The bill would have also removed the "mistake of age" language as viable defense to the felony charge.  Tap or click here to see the bill’s status.

AB 2204 — Deputy Secretary for Climate: 
The bill would establish, upon an appropriation by the Legislature, the position of Deputy Secretary for Climate within the Labor and Workforce Development Agency (LWDA).  Upon confirmation from the Senate, the Deputy Secretary for Climate would coordinate with relevant state agencies and stakeholders the development of a workforce development strategy and implementation to support workers, families, and communities as they transition to a sustainable and equitable clean energy economy.  Tap or click here to see the bill’s status.

AB 2257 — Offshore Oil and Gas Cost Study: The bill would require the State Lands Commission to complete an analysis of the State taking over California’s remaining oil and gas leases with a report on the findings due to the Legislature and the Governor by December 1, 2024.  This cost study will provide the data necessary to make informed decisions and enact practical solutions to end offshore oil and gas development in California.  Tap or click here to see the bill’s status.

AB 2437 — The California Pay Our Interns Act: The bill would have created an internship stipend program at the California Student Aid Commission for legislative and executive interns.  Tap or click here to see the bill’s status.

AB 2593 — Blue Carbon Projects in California Coastal Developments: 
The bill would have authorized the California Coastal Commission to require an applicant seeking a coastal development permit for a project that impacts coastal wetland, subtidal, intertidal, or marine habitats or ecosystem to build or contribute to blue carbon demonstration projects to mitigate those impacts.  Blue carbon ecosystems have lost an estimated 35 percent of their global cover since 1970.  Preserving, restoring and expanding these habitat types are a cost-effective way to slow the rate of climate change, while also protecting the coast, commercial fisheries, and public health. Tap or click here to see the bill’s status.

AB 2690 — Small Commercial Passenger Fishing Boats Zero Emissions Incentives: The bill would have required the California Air Resources Board (ARB) to identify all funding sources available, including commercial rebates and other incentives, to owners of small passenger vessels in order for them to comply with air pollution reduction standards.   Tap or click here to see the bill’s status

AB 2709 — 911 Emergency Ambulance Services In-Network Charges: The bill would have provided that 9-1-1 ground transportation services are considered in-network and must be paid at the percentages outlined in the beneficiary's insurance plan.  Tap or click here to see the bill’s status.