2022 Legislation

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-Vertical Prosecution): Establishes a pilot grant program for District Attorney Offices to create or expand vertical prosecution units for hate crimes which connect victims of hate crimes with victim advocates.

AB 1279 (Public Utilities-Rate Transparency): Increases the transparency of utility rate increase requests by requiring utilities to disclose the cumulative impact of all rate increase requests they have before the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), and requires them to provide justification for cumulative rate increases above inflation.

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 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.

AB 1607 (ADA 3-year average): Provides greater fiscal stability for school districts facing declining enrollment by calculating the average daily attendance (ADA) based on a three year average.

AB 1609 (COVID Attendance Relief): Ensure fiscal stability for local education agencies (LEA) experiencing lower attendance rates due to the COVID-19 pandemic, by requiring the California Department of Education (CDE) to use the ADA percentage a district generated in the 2019-2020 school year and apply it to current year enrollment if it is greater than current year, when calculating apportionment.

AB 1614 (LCFF Base Grant): Adds $4.2 billion into the existing Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) above the statutory cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for the 2022-23 budget year, with the intent that the Legislature strive to reach the top ten states in the country in K-12 per pupil spending.

AB 1715 (Space Force): Updates California State code to reflect the federal establishment of the United States Space Force.

AB 1740 (Catalytic Converters): Requires core recyclers to record the year, make, and model of the vehicle from which a catalytic converter was removed. The bill also prohibits a core recycler from purchasing a catalytic converter from anyone other than a licensed commercial enterprise or the owner of the vehicle from which the catalytic converter has been removed.

AB 1942 (Instructional Service Agreements): Requires instruction provided by community college districts under ISAs with public safety agencies to be funded under the apportionment formula used for instruction in career development and college preparation.

AB 2138 (Domestic Violence Sobriety Monitoring): Requires the court to order a person who is convicted of, and placed on probation for, a domestic violence offense to participate in a sobriety-monitoring program as a term of probation if the offense was committed while the defendant was under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The court may remove this requirement if found that the interests of justice would not be served by having the defendant participate in the program.

AB 2140 (Once-Through Cooling Plant Extensions): Ensures that the State Water Resources Control Board does not grant an operator of a power plant any further extension to comply with the once-through cooling (OTC) policy if the city the power plant is located in formally adopts a resolution objecting to any further extension.

AB 2220 (Homeless Courts Pilot Program): Establishes a competitive-grant pilot program administered by the Judicial Council to create a homeless courts plan that includes a community based framework. This framework has been developed with an allowance for local considerations in order to create a replicable standard for success.

AB 2254 (State Route 107 Relinquishment): Provides for the relinquishment of a section of State Route 107 to the City of Redondo Beach. Also this bill authorizes Caltrans to sell the section of Hawthorne Blvd in Redondo Beach to the City of Redondo Beach.

AB 2291 (Long-term Mental Health): Establishes a partnership between the county and practitioner in which the practitioner would obtain an emergency contact for the patient under an involuntary hold and develop a continuity of care plan for them upon release. They would provide this information to the county for support for the patient and the county will then also be required to offer a bed for any unhoused patient.

AB 2377 (Wildfire Prevention): Requires the Secretary of Natural Resources, in conjunction with the Wildfire and Forest Resilience Task Force with streamlining required regulatory approval and achieving the state's new wildfire prevention goals.

AB 2390 (Retail Theft: Aggregation of Amounts and Diversion): Requires individuals who have committed multiple acts of theft with an aggregated value of over $950 to be charged with grand theft.  The bill further authorizes counties to establish pretrial diversion programs for persons charged with felony theft and offer them appropriate treatment, including treatment for mental health or addiction, job training, or restorative justice.

AB 2432 (Neighborhood electric vehicles: transportation plan): Authorizes cities in the County of Los Angeles to establish a Neighborhood Electric Vehicle (NEV) plan, allowing participating cities to post signage, street markings designating safe routes for NEVs – which are micro-mobility vehicles essentially the size of golf carts.

AB 2545 (Stolen Firearms): Restores the alternative misdemeanor/felony punishment (wobbler) for receiving a stolen firearm, regardless of its value.

AB 2703 (Electric Vehicle Charging Stations): Requires the California Energy Commission (CEC) to provide financial assistance for electric vehicle (EV) fueling options to low-income and disadvantaged community members. Also this bill requires the CEC to develop reliability standards for publicly available Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) fueling stations that receive state or utility funding and/or incentives.

AB 2755 (Right to Housing Act): Requires every city and county to develop an annual plan on how they will provide housing or shelter to unhoused persons and prepare an annual report.

AB 2793 (Cap & Trade Review): Requires the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to conduct a regular program review of the Cap-and-Trade program and authorizes CARB to revise the program to ensure the program is designed to meet policy objectives.

AB 2826 (California Platform Accountability and Transparency Act: Requires social media companies to disclose certain internal data and respond to independent research requests following the approval of researchers' proposals by the CA Department of Technology.

AB 2911 (Government Transparency): Increases transparency and protects consumer interests at the CPUC relating to public records act requests, litigation, and rate setting.