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2021 Legislation

AB 34 (Broadband Bond for All Act of 2022): This bill places a $10B general obligation bond on the ballot for public agencies to fund broadband infrastructure projects to improve the lives of Californians by helping close the digital divide, enabling individuals to work from home, apply for government services, operate home-based businesses, receive emergency information, and access health care.

AB 255 (Commercial Business Rent Relief): This bill will provide immediate rent relief to California's locally owned small business for the duration of the state's Covid-19 state of emergency. This bill allows for small businesses to take an additional twelve months after the state of emergency has ended to pay any back due rent, so long as they have paid at least twenty-five percent of their monthly rent through the state of emergency.

AB 279 (Intermediate Care Facilities and Skilled Nursing Facilities): This bill will protect vulnerable residents in intermediate care facilities and skilled nursing facilities from terminating, transferring, or significantly altering nursing care services during the State of Emergency COVID-19 period.

AB 475 (Japan Trade Desk): This bill will establish a California trade desk in Tokyo, Japan, to encourage investment in California. The desk will be operated by the Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development.

AB 511 (Crowdfunding): This bill allows start-up and emerging small businesses to find investors who can provide capital to help them grow and create jobs, while providing greater protections to California investors participating in crowdfunding by creating an exemption from the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS Act) to allow California businesses to crowdfund seed offerings of up to $300,000 without requiring a CPA review.

AB 538 (California Aerospace Commission): The California Aerospace Commission will bring the Governor and Legislature together with aerospace industry leaders to support California's aerospace industry and continue the state's leadership in innovation, advanced manufacturing, and job creation.

AB 557 (Hate Crimes Hotline): Requires the California Department of Justice to establish a toll-free hotline and online form for reporting hate crimes and hate incidents. These reporting methods will allow victims to be connected to law enforcement, local resources, and support services in their area.

AB 650 (Hero Pay): COVID-19 has disproportionately impacted health care workers who everyday put themselves at risk to care for Californians. AB 650 requires health care employers to provide hero pay to health care workers that haves risked their lives during the COVID-19 pandemic and helps maintain a strong health care workforce in California.

AB 1040 (Ethnic Studies): This bill expands access to ethnic studies courses at each community college district and requires the completion of at least one course in ethnic studies as a requirement for a student to obtain an associate degree. This bill will help introduce new cultural perspectives to educate students and develop critical thinking skills from multiple perspectives to help advance a more inclusive society that values diversity.

AB 1211 (Electric Vehicles Subscriptions): Electric vehicle (EV) sales in CA are increasing, but not nearly as fast as needed to meet our climate challenges. This bill creates a legal framework for “Electric Vehicle Memberships” which will allow consumers to access EVs without up-front costs, financing, or long-term commitments through a month-to-month membership agreement directly with the manufacturer.

AB 1251 (Los Angeles County Service Provider Areas): This bill requires LA County's public health order to be issued during a state or local public health emergency to be based on scientific data for each service planning areas, rather than by county-wide data.

AB 1279 (Sustainable Kelp): This bill establishes a statewide focus for kelp restoration and recovery within California's coastal areas to support resources and identify effective policies to expand all efforts and ensure restoration is equitable up and down the coast.

AB 1295 (Residential development agreements in very high fire areas): This bill will protect communities by prohibiting a city or county from entering into a residential development agreement for property located in a very high fire risk area. AB 1295 defines very high fire risk to mean a very high fire hazard severity zone designated by a local agency or a fire hazard severity zone, as classified by CalFire.

AB 1372 (The Right to Shelter Act): Every person residing in a city, either unhoused or housed, deserves to live in adequate measure of human dignity, health and safety. The Right to Shelter Act would require every city or county to provide temporary shelter for unhoused individuals.

AB 1395 (Carbon Neutrality): This bill codifies the executive order issued by Governor Brown to reduce Green House Gas (GHG) emissions with the goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2045. This bill aims to ensure that negative emissions strategies cannot replace aggressive strategies to reduce GHG emissions and to set the broad statewide policies on the use of negative emission strategies.

AB 1453 (Just Transition): This measure establishes the Just Transition Advisory Commission to develop and recommend a just transition plan for the State of California. Specifically, this Commission would develop and adopt a Just Transition plan with recommendations to transition the state's economy to a climate-resilient and low-carbon economy that maximizes the benefits of climate actions while minimizing burdens to workers and their communities.

AB 1502 (Nursing Home Ownership & Management Reform Act): This measure will give the California Department of Public Health strong authority for long-needed reforms for nursing home applicants and operators to ensure the quality of care in a nursing home is safe, clean, and suitable for residents.

ACA 7 (Local Control of Land Use): Housing is a very complex land-use decision with different problems and solutions within different areas of the state. This measure would ensure all decisions regarding local land use control and zoning regulations are made within the affected communities in accordance with local law.

HR 22 (Day of Remembrance): This Resolution marks the 79th anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066 by President Roosevelt, a policy of grave injustice against individuals of Japanese ancestry living in the United States. It declares February 19, 2021, as a Day of Remembrance in California to increase public awareness of the events surrounding the incarceration of more than 120,000 people during World War II.