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2023 Legislation

AB 9 (Cap and Trade Accountability and Transparency): 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 23 (Retail Theft): To better hold individuals who participate in organized retail crime accountable, AB 23 will reduce the threshold amount for grand theft and shoplifting from $950 to $400.  This would authorize additional and stronger tools to judges as they consider the appropriate punishments for these crimes. This bill would also only become effective with voter approval.

AB 67 (Homeless Court Pilot Program): Establishes a competitive-grant pilot program administered by the Judicial Council to eligible participants to establish comprehensive community-based services to homeless individuals. Grants would be used to establish or expand homeless courts to provide comprehensive community-based services to achieve stabilization for, and address the specific legal needs of, chronically homeless individuals involved with the criminal justice system.

AB 74 (Street Takeovers): Defines street takeovers and lays out various penalties if caught attending or participating in a street takeover.  

AB 238 (Paying Student Teachers): Helps relieve the teacher shortage by establishing the California Student Teacher Support Grant Program, which compensates teacher candidates during their required student teaching hours.

AB 247 (K-14 Facilities Bond): If approved by the voters, this bill will establish the Kindergarten Through Community College Public Education Facilities Bond Act to help construct and modernize education facilities.

AB 343 (DDT): Requires the California Environmental Protection Agency to hold quarterly public meetings to provide updates on efforts to study and mitigate Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT) and other chemical waste in the San Pedro Basin. Sponsored by Heal the Bay.

AB 377 (Career Technical Education): Consolidates and streamlines the key K-12 CTE programs by shifting the K-12 Strong Workforce ongoing funding into the Career Technical Education Incentive Grant (CTEIG) program, beginning with the 2023-24 fiscal year.  AB 377 also addresses the need for reforms within the CTEIG program, including supporting high-quality regional CTE programs and centers, as well as supporting CTE programs in middle schools and alternative school sites. 

AB 416 (Shochu): Would allow California restaurants with a beer and wine license to sell Japanese shochu in addition to Korean soju. Currently, Korean soju is the only distilled spirit that can be sold with a beer and wine license despite the fact that Japanese shochu meets the exact same criteria for legal sale – specifically, both products are made of agricultural products and can have an ABV of 24% or less.

AB 483 (LEA BOP): Provides reforms to the process by which the Department of Health Care Services audits claims made by schools under the Medi-Cal Local Educational Agency Billing Option Program (LEA BOP) to increase access to school-based health and mental health services by students.

AB 858 (Cap and Trade Dividend Program): This measure hopes to create a dividend program within the Cap and Trade program that directly gives back to Californians to help transition to a clean energy future.

AB 899 (Toxic Baby Formula): Requires baby formula and baby food manufacturers to test their final products for heavy metal levels. In addition, manufacturers must make publicly available on their website the name and level of toxic heavy metals present in the final product.

AB 934 (Teacher Recruitment Campaign): Require the Commission on Teacher Credentialing to develop a public awareness campaign to focus on value and benefits of educational careers in California's public prekindergarten through grade 12 schools.

AB 938 (School Employee Salaries): Creates Local Control Funding Formula funding goals over a seven year period with the specific intent and purpose of increasing school site staff salaries, in order to close the wage gap that school employees' face compared to similarly educated professionals in other fields.

AB 1035 (Mobile Home Affordable Housing Act): Modeled after the previous rent cap legislation passed for mobilehomes and floating homes, this bill prevents mobilehome space rent from increasing more than 3% plus the percentage of change in cost of living, or 5% annually, whichever is lower, and includes in-transfer protections. The bill also clarifies the scope of the rent cap. Existing local ordinances are not impacted and will continue to govern. Additionally, residents will continue to have the opportunity to work with their local governments to pass ordinances that offer more protections than those in the bill.

AB 1216 (Sewage Plant Emissions): Protects public health by requiring any wastewater treatment facility that has an original design capacity of 425 million gallon per day to install a fence-line monitoring system capable of measuring Hydrogen Sulfide, Nitrogen Oxides, and Volatile Organic Compounds.

AB 1358 (Energy Transmission Plan): Requires the California Public Utilities Commission, State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission, and State Air Resources Board to report a statewide transmission plan to facilitate the timely attainment of new transmission projects necessary to achieve California's climate goals.

AB 1538 (Clean Energy Reliability Program): Creates a program that incentivizes LSEs that bring clean capacity resources online quickly and above the minimum requirements by working in conjunction with the CPUC led long term capacity procurement target for new clean capacity by 2035.

AB 1623 (Energy Storage): Require the California Public Utilities Commission to submit a report to the Legislature assessing the regulatory barriers to the rapid development of energy storage resources in California.

AB 1708 (Repeat Offenders): Holds repeat offenders accountable and also provides a pretrial diversion option. If a person has two or more prior convictions related to theft, they could be charged with a misdemeanor or felony on their next offense. The bill also establishes a pretrial diversion program for persons charged with theft-related offenses and offers them appropriate mental health and substance abuse treatment in an effort to help prevent future theft and more serious crimes. This bill would only become effective with voter approval.

HR 10 (School Board Recognition Month): Recognizes January 2023 as School Board Recognition Month and declares the state's appreciation to every school board and school board member in California.

HR 12 (Japanese Day of Remembrance): Recognizes February 19, 2023 as Day of Remembrance and increases awareness of the events surrounding the incarceration of Americans of Japanese ancestry during WWII.

HR 13 (Read Across America Day): Recognizes March 2, 2023 as Read Across America Day

ACR 6 (School Counseling Week): Recognize February 6, 2023, to February 10, 2023, as National School Counseling Week.