2021 Legislation

Assembly Bill 1 starts high level actions to reset DTSC into a department that is more transparent and accountable. The bill makes four categories of changes that implement recommendations of the IRP to improve DTSC. More details can be found here

Assembly Bill 313 establishes policies and procedures for the State of California to ensure individuals with developmental disabilities have an equitable change at employment. More details can be found here

Assembly Bill 351 would add the "Pegasus World Cup Invitational" to the group of stake races which are exempt from the 50-race per day limit on imported races in California. More details can be found here.  

Assembly Bill 367 would establish the Menstrual Equity Act of 2021, which requires all public schools serving students in grades 6 to 12, the California State University (CSU) and each California Community College (CCC) district, and public agencies that maintain restrooms facilities for the public and for employees, to stock at least 50% of restrooms with menstrual products at all times and requests the Regents of the University of California (UC) and private higher education institutions to do the same. More details can be found here.

Assembly Bill 453 amends the Civil Code law under sexual battery to include nonconsensual condom removal. Those who fall victim to this egregious act will be able to seek damages and equitable relief from the other party. More details can be found here

Assembly Bill 501 introduces another legal option for human remains to be respectfully returned to nature. By allowing individuals who wish to be organically decomposed into soil, this method would prevent one metric ton of carbon from entering into the atmosphere for each individual that chooses this option for the disposition of human remains. More details can be found here

Assembly Bill 613 will require social media platforms to display a tag on retouched images posted on their platform for promotional or commercial purposes. The tag shall be distinguishable from the photograph. This bill will not require the deletion of any photos. More details can be found here

Assembly Bill 672 would require cities to allow automatic zoning changes for building both affordable and market rate housing on municipally owned golf courses in park-poor and densely populated areas of the state. This bill would also require dedicated open space for all residents to use. More details can be found here

Assembly Bill 713 requires the State Air Resources Board to conduct a comprehensive health analysis to incorporate into the development of the scoping plan with each update. More details can be found here

Assembly Bill 812 provides parity in California law and would require the same standards for spousal rape that are currently in the Penal Code for nonspousal rape. More details can be found here

Assembly Bill 842 creates a framework for source reduction and recycling of single-use plastics in the State of California by modeling an Extended Producer Responsibility framework. This framework includes funding for infrastructure and to create markets for recycled plastic material. More details can be found here

Assembly Bill 1001 would require mitigation measures identified in an environmental impact report or mitigated negative declaration to mitigate the adverse effects of a project on air or water quality of a disadvantaged community to mitigate those effects directly in the affected disadvantaged community. Additionally, for any facility not compliant with the Best Available Retrofit Technology (BARCT) by December 31, 2023, those facilities would no longer be eligible for the Cap and Trade Program. More details can be found here

Assembly Bill 1058 authorizes a water corporation to recover the transaction costs relating to all payment options, including credit cards, debit cards and prepaid cards, though rates. Additionally, the bill will prohibit a water corporation from recovering such transaction costs from customers participating in a water rate relief program for low-income ratepayers authorized by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). More details can be found here

Assembly Bill 1122 assists private employers to diversify their workforces, by clarifying that the California Fair and Employment and Housing Act does not prevent employers from considering the underrepresentation of protected groups when making hiring or promotion decisions, after employees have determined that applicants are qualified. More details can be found here

Assembly Bill 1195 creates the office of the water commissioner within the State Water Resources Control Board, to provide regional guidance to small water systems. More details can be found here

Assembly Bill 1269 would require that the Chancellor’s Office collect and report part time faculty parity data from each Community College District and that the Chancellor’s Office and each CCCD have the information available on their public facing website by July 1, 2022. More details can be found here. More details can be found here

Assembly Bill 1341 prohibits a retail establishment from selling, transferring, or furnishing dietary supplements for weight loss or over-the-counter (OTC) diet pills to anyone under 18 years of age without a prescription. This bill additionally requires a retail establishment to comply with specified access requirements for dietary supplements or OTC diet pills and requires the Department of Public Health (DPH) to develop a notice for distribution to retail establishments to post that certain dietary supplements for weight loss or OTC diet pills are known to cause specified health problems. More details can be found here

Assembly Joint Resolution 4 urges the United States' ratification of the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and Their Disposal (Basel Convention) at the earliest opportunity and requests that the Biden Administration accomplish the ratification as a matter of urgency.  More detail can be found here