Legislation

2022

Read Senator Kamlager's Top 10 Bills of 2022 here.

ACA 3 – The California Abolition Act

Two-year bill

The California Constitution prohibits slavery and involuntary servitude “except to punish crime.” ACA 3, the California Abolition Act, would amend the California Constitution to remove such conditional language, abolishing slavery and involuntary servitude without exception.
ACA 3 Bill Language
ACA 3 Fact Sheet

 

SB 679 – L.A. County Affordable Housing Solutions Agency

Two-year bill

Creates the L.A. County Affordable Housing Solutions Agency: a single affordable housing solutions agency in Los Angeles County with the ability to raise its own public and private revenue to fund systemic solutions to the countywide affordable housing crisis, including 100% affordable housing and renter protection programs.
SB 679 Bill Language
SB 679 Fact Sheet

 

SB 996 - CalWORKs Accessibility Act

Addresses accessibility issues within the CalWORKs program by repealing the cash and vehicle asset tests and eliminating the 100-hour requirement.
SB 996 Bill Language
SB 996 Fact Sheet

 

SB 1052 Baldwin Hills Conservancy Expansion

Expands and protects the Baldwin Hills Conservancy (BHC) to provide additional resources for communities that have faced historic disinvestment. SB 1052 expands the boundaries to include the Southern Ballona Creek Watershed and Upper Dominguez Channel area, changes the name to the Baldwin Hills and Urban Watersheds Conservancy Act and repeals the January 1, 2026 sunset date.
SB 1052 Bill Language
SB 1052 Fact Sheet

 

SB 1055 --  Easing Up on Driver License Restrictions for Missed Child Support Payments

Seeks to address extreme punitive measures taken against those that have fallen into child support arrears.
SB 1055 Bill Language
SB 1055 Fact Sheet

 

SB 1085 -- Redefining "Neglect" in Dependency Court

Seeks to protect and keep families together by redefining the definition of neglect. When determining child "neglect" in Juvenile Dependency Court hearings, the overly broad definition can put families at risk. SB 1085 will provide critical protection for California's families vulnerable to separation based on factors such as poverty, homelessness, and a lack of access to basic resources.
SB 1085 Bill Language
SB 1085 Fact Sheet

 

SB 1139 -- Humane Health Care

Implements a format of guided steps and tools to afford incarcerated people and their families a humane health care process.
SB 1139 Bill Language
SB 1139 Fact Sheet

 

SB 1187 -- Circular Fashion

Creates a pilot program in Los Angeles and Venture to recycle textile in the fashion industry. The ultimate goal is to make the fashion industry sustainable by reducing waste, recycling, reusing resources, and applying a circular economy thinking to the industry.
SB 1187 Bill Language
SB 1187 Fact Sheet

 

SB 1245 -- Los Angeles County Abortion Access Safe Haven Pilot Program

Supports a funded pilot program for Los Angeles County to build on the statewide efforts to advance California as a "Reproductive Freedom" State.
SB 1245 Bill Language
SB 1245 Fact Sheet

 

SB 1275 -- Virtual Currency Payments for Government Services

Accepts virtual currency from a customer as payment for services that will be delivered by the State of California. 

SB 1275 Bill Language
SB 1275 Fact Sheet

 

SB 1304 – CDCR Gate Money Allowance Increase

Seeks to increase the amount of money the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) gives to people upon release from state prisons to $1300. The current amount given is $200 – an amount that has remained un-adjusted for inflation since 1973. Increasing this allowance not only protects the safety of those newly released and facilitates a successful transition to life after prison, but ultimately increases public safety and decreases recidivism.
SB 1304 Bill Language
SB 1304 Fact Sheet

 

SB 1361 -- Reforming Rx Rebates

Ensures patients are better able to afford their medications by reforming the state’s prescription drug rebate system. 

SB 1361 Bill Language

SB 1361 Fact Sheet

 

SB 1373 --Los Angeles Redevelopment Agency Extension

Gives an additional two years to remaining property owned by a former redevelopment agency within the complex urban areas to be developed to meet their highest and best use and provide community and public benefits.
SB 1373 Bill Language
SB 1373 Fact Sheet

 

SB 1391 -- Cap and Trade Offsets

Requires the California Air Resources Board to conduct a check-up of its regulatory standards and improve the accounting of carbon offsets before linking the State's Cap and Trade Program to any other market.
SB 1391 Bill Language
SB 1391 Fact Sheet

 

2022 Co-authored Legislation

AB 1655 -- Juneteenth State Holiday 

Adds June 19, known as "Juneteenth," to the list of state holidays, requires public schools, to close on June 19, and authorizes specified state employees to elect to take time off with pay in recognition of Juneteenth.

AB 1655 Bill Language 

AB 2147 -- Illegal Street Crossing

Provides that a peace officer shall not stop a pedestrian for a violation involving an illegal crossing of the street unless a reasonably careful person would realize there is an immediate danger of a collision with a moving vehicle or other device moving exclusively by human power.

AB 2147 Bill Language

AB 2183 -- Agricultural Labor Relation Elections

Provides that, as an alternative to a polling place election, a labor organization may be certified as the exclusive bargaining representative of a bargaining unit of agricultural employees through either a labor peace election or a non-labor peace election until January 1, 2028.

AB 2183 Bill Language

AB 2566 -- Urban Forestry School Greening Projects

Requires the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) to develop a competitive grant program to support school greening projects.

AB 2566 Bill Language

SB 57 -- Controlled Substances Overdose Prevention Program

Permits the City and County of San Francisco, the County of Los Angeles, the City of Los Angeles, and the City of Oakland to approve entities to establish and operate overdose prevention programs (OPPs) until January 1, 2028.

SB 57 Bill Language

SB 467 -- Expert Witness Writ of Habeas Corpus

Expands the definition of “false evidence” for the purpose of a habeas corpus petition to include expert testimony that has been undermined by scientific research, even if the research existed at the time of the testimony; and permits habeas to be brought on the basis that there is a reasonable dispute about the science of an expert opinion that was material or probative of the issue at trial.

SB 467 Bill Language

SB 731 -- Criminal Records Relief

Permits additional relief by way of withdrawing a plea and deleting arrest records for the purpose of most criminal background checks.

SB 731 Bill Language

SB 834 -- Tax-Exempt Status Insurrection

Allows the Attorney General and the Franchise Tax Board to determine that an organization is no longer eligible for tax-exempt status if it has engaged in acts of criminal conspiracy

SB 834 Bill Language

SB 882 -- Advisory Council on Improving Interactions between People with Intellectual and Development Disabilities and Law Enforcement

Creates an advisory council within the Department of Justice (DOJ) responsible for evaluating and reporting on existing training for peace officers related to interactions between law enforcement and people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

SB 882 Bill Language

SB 887 --Electricity Transmission Facility Planning

Requires 15-year projections of energy resource portfolios and energy demand to inform transmission planning to achieve the state’s clean energy goals, and requires the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) to consider approval for specified transmission projects as part of the 2022-23 transmission planning process.

SB 887 Bill Language

SB 1008 -- Corrections Communication Services

Requires each state prison and youth detention facility, county jail, city jail, and county youth detention facility to offer free voice communication services; imposes daily 60-minute access to voice communication requirement, and prohibits government agencies from generating revenue from those communication services contracts. 

SB 1008 Bill language

SB 1020 -- Clean Energy, Jobs and Affordability Act of 2022

Establishes interim targets for the statewide 100% clean energy policy. Additionally requires state agencies to accelerate their 100% clean energy policy goal by 10 years.

SB 1020 Bill Language

SB 1137 -- Establish Oil and Gas Operations Health Protection Zones 

Establishes health protection zones that are 3,200 feet in all directions from a sensitive receptor; prohibits the Geologic Energy Management Division from approving the drilling of new oil or gas wells or the reworking of existing oil or gas wells within a health protection zone with certain exceptions, such as to plug-and-abandon a well; and establishes additional monitoring and other requirements for existing oil and gas operations in a health protection zone, among other things.

SB 1137 Bill Language

SB 1145 -- California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Dashboard

Requires the Air Resources Board (ARB) to create and maintain a greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions dashboard that provides updated information regarding progress toward meeting statewide climate change goals.

SB 1145 Bill Language

SB 1203 -- Net-zero Emissions of Greenhouse Gases State Agency Operations

Declares the intent of the Legislature that state agencies aim to achieve zero net emissions of greenhouse gasses (GHGs) resulting from their operations no later than January 1, 2035.

SB 1203 Bill Language

SB 1230 -- Zero-emission and Near-Zero-emission Vehicle Incentive Programs Requirements

Makes specified changes to the Clean Cars 4 All (CC4A) Program to expand the pool of eligible applicants.

SB 1230 Bill Language

SB 1382 -- Clean Cars 4 All Program Sales and Use Tax Law Zero Emissions Vehicle Exemption

Until January 1, 2028, exempts from a portion of the Sales and Use Tax the purchase of a plug-in hybrid vehicle (PHEV) or a zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) made with an award from the Clean Cars 4 All program (CC4A) and requires the Air Resources Board (ARB) to take specified actions to improve CC4A participation by households living in areas experiencing high levels of air pollution or poverty or that primarily speak a language other than English.

SB 1382 Bill Language

2021

ACA 3 – Involuntary Servitude

Two-year bill

The California Constitution prohibits slavery and involuntary servitude “except to punish crime.” ACA 3, the California Abolition Act, would amend the California Constitution to remove such conditional language, abolishing slavery and involuntary servitude without exception.
ACA 3 Bill Language
ACA 3 Fact Sheet

 

AB 118 – CRISES Act: Community Response Initiative to Strengthen Emergency Systems

Signed into law

Establishes the Community Response Initiative to Strengthen Emergency Systems (CRISES) Act pilot program, which will scale up community-based alternatives to police. This legislation is a California Legislative Black Caucus Priority.
AB 118 Bill Language
AB 118 Fact Sheet

 

AB 124 – Justice for Survivors

Signed into law

Would create a clear path to request a reduced prison sentence in cases where the defendant’s victimization was a “significant contributing factor” to their criminal behavior. This legislation is a California Legislative Women’s Caucus Priority.
AB 124 Bill Language
AB 124 Fact Sheet

 

AB 127 – Arrest Warrants: Declaration of Probable Cause

Signed into law

Amends the California State Penal Code to permit persons other than peace officers to present a probable cause determination to a judge in seeking an arrest warrant in cases when the suspect is a peace officer. The aim is to reduce procedural barriers to police accountability and eliminate one of the barriers for district attorneys in initiating prosecutions against members of law enforcement.
AB 127 Bill Language
AB 127 Fact Sheet

 

AB 333 – The STEP Forward Act

Signed into law

Amends the Penal Code section 186.22 to limit gang enhancements to the most serious offenses.
AB 333 Bill Language
AB 333 Fact Sheet

 

AB 369 – Street Medicine Act: Bringing Care to the Street

Vetoed by the governor

Increases access to health and social services for people experiencing homelessness (PEH) by allowing for care to be provided outside the walls of a traditional medical clinic, including through street medicine, shelter-based care, and within transitional housing. Providing direct, comprehensive care to PEH wherever they reside—whether on the street or under a bridge—will improve the health outcomes and lives of California’s homeless population.
AB 369 Bill Language
AB 369 Fact Sheet

 

AB 382 – Children First

Signed into law

Will extend authorization for the California Children’s Services Advisory Group (CCS AG), set to expire at the end of this year, until December 31, 2023.
AB 382 Bill Language
AB 382 Fact Sheet

 

AB 458 – California Affordable Drug Importation Act

Held in committee

Will increase access to safe, affordable prescription drugs by establishing a state-run program to import wholesale pharmaceuticals from Canada and upon federal approval, from additional countries that meet specified statutory or regulatory standards that are comparable to U.S. standards.
AB 458 Bill Language
AB 458 Fact Sheet

 

AB 553 - Pet Insurance

Held in committee

Would require pet insurance policies sold and renewed in California to fully cover spaying and neutering of pets and any veterinary expenses associated with these services. This bill would also require cancellation notices for pet insurance policies to be mailed at least 20 days prior to the cancellation date, or 10 days prior when a policy is cancelled for fraud or non-payment of premium by the policyholder
AB 553 Bill Language
AB 553 Fact Sheet

 

AB 609 - The College Athlete Race and Gender Equality Act

Held in committee

AB 609 will ensure racial and gender equity in college sports without eliminating nonrevenue sports by targeting rampant excess expenditures.
AB 609 Bill Language
AB 609 Fact Sheet

 

AB 962 - Returnable Beverage Bottles

Signed into law

Will pave the way for returnable beverage bottle systems in California by allowing returnable (“refillable”) bottles to flow through the state’s Beverage Container Recycling Program. Rather than being crushed for recycling, the bottles can be preserved to be washed and refilled by beverage producers - simultaneously creating jobs and reducing waste.
AB 962 Bill Language
AB 962 Fact Sheet

 

AB 963 - Baldwin Hills Conservancy Expansion

Held in committee

Expands and protects the Baldwin Hills Conservancy (BHC) to provide additional resources for communities that have faced historic disinvestment.
AB 963 Bill Language
AB 963 Fact Sheet

 

SB 642 – Patients Over Profits

Held in committee

Will protect patients’ medical decisions by preventing private equity firms, health care facilities or any other entity that is not licensed to practice medicine from interfering, controlling or otherwise limiting a patient's medical care for non-medical reasons.
SB 642 Bill Language
SB 642 Fact Sheet

 

SB 679 – L.A. County Affordable Housing Solutions Agency

Two-year bill

Creates the L.A. County Affordable Housing Solutions Agency: a single affordable housing solutions agency in Los Angeles County with the ability to raise its own public and private revenue to fund systemic solutions to the countywide affordable housing crisis, including 100% affordable housing and renter protection programs.
SB 679 Bill Language
SB 679 Fact Sheet