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2022 Legislation and Budget Victories

AB 102 – Pupil attendance at community colleges: College and Career Access Pathways partnerships: county offices of education which would eliminate the 2027 sunset date for the College and Career Access Pathways (CCAP) partnerships, indefinitely. The Governor also included funding for this program in the 2022 Budget through my previous bill, AB 2617 Pupil instruction: dual enrollment programs: competitive grants: College and Career Access Pathways partnerships: best practices: communication and marketing strategy.

AB 512 – State highways: relinquishment: infrastructural barriers, which would authorize the commission to relinquish a portion of a state highway that contains an infrastructural barrier, to a county or city, if the department and the applicable county or city have entered into an agreement providing for the relinquishment of the portion of the state highway.

AB 676 – Franchises, which would create a more fair process where both parties have a say to determine the amount franchisee’s owe when an agreement is being terminated. It also prevents franchisors from transferring all liability burden onto franchisees in exchange for financial help during a state of emergency.

AB 895 – Skilled nursing facilities, intermediate care facilities, and residential care facilities for the elderly: notice to prospective residents, would require skilled nursing facilities to facilitate the introduction of prospective residents and their caregivers to the local long-term care ombudsman representative.

AB 257 – Food Facilities and Employment, which enacts the Fast Food Accountability and Standards Recovery Act to, among other things, establish the Fast Food Council within the Department of Industrial Relations, with a sunset date of January 1, 2029, to develop sector-wide minimum standards on wages, working hours, and other working conditions related to the health, safety, and welfare of, and supply the necessary cost of proper living to, fast food restaurant workers.

AB 1604 – Civil Service: Upward Mobility Act of 2022, which establishes the Upward Mobility Act of 2022 to modify state civil service examination and appointment practices to increase the diversity of applicant pools on employment lists, determine areas of compliance for non-merit-related audits; and promote the achievement of upward mobility goals for underrepresented state employees, as specified.

AB 1720 – Care Facilities: Criminal Background Checks which authorizes the California Department of Social Services to process a simplified criminal record exemption for an individual seeking a license to operate, be employed by, or otherwise have contact with clients in a community care facility or be registered as a home care aide if that individual meets specified criteria.

AB 2085 – Crimes: Mandated Reporters which redefines “general neglect” for the Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act by excluding a person’s economic disadvantage, as specified. By clarifying that a parent's economic disadvantage does trigger general neglect reporting requirements, it directs mandated reporters to connect families with community-based services.

AB 2446 – Embodied Carbon Emissions: Construction Materials which requires the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to develop a framework for measuring and reducing greenhouse gas emissions associated with new building construction. Requires CARB to develop, by July 1, 2025, a framework for measuring and reducing the carbon intensity of new building construction.

AB 2515 – Proprietary and Private Security Services which revises requirements for obtaining a baton permit and carrying a baton and requires a person registered as a proprietary private security employer to deliver a written report to DCA describing the circumstances surrounding any physical altercation with a member of the public by a registered proprietary private security officer (PSO) while on duty and while acting within the course and scope of their employment within seven business days after the qualifying incident. Exempts incidents when hospital staff requests a PSO for restraint for medical or mental health purposes.

AB 2644 – Custodial Interrogation which prohibits an officer from using threats, physical harm, deception, or psychologically manipulative interrogation tactics when questioning a person 17 years of age or younger about the commission of a felony or misdemeanor. The bill becomes effective on July 1, 2024.  AB 2644 closely follows newly enacted laws in Illinois, the first state to pass legislation prohibiting police officers from using deceptive interrogation tactics on youth, and a similar law passed in Oregon.

AB 2723 – Animals: Microchips which establishes additional requirements on animal shelters regarding the release of a dog or cat required to be microchipped to an owner. Specifies that the owner of a dog or cat, not the shelter or rescue agency, shall be registered with the microchip registry as the dog’s or cat’s primary owner.

AB 2773 – Stops: Notification by Police Officers, effective January 1, 2024, requires a peace officer making a traffic or pedestrian stop to state the reason for the stop before asking investigatory questions unless the officer reasonably believes that withholding the reason for the stop is necessary to protect life or property from an imminent threat. Adds information regarding this requirement to the DMV’s Driver’s Handbook and requires local law enforcement agencies to report additional stop information to the DOJ.

Assembly District #41 2022 Budget Victories Include:

  • $5 million for the Pasadena Central Library Seismic Retrofit project will require a seismic retrofit, structural upgrades, building systems upgrades, and improved ADA amenities for building access, inclusivity, and usage.
  • $3 million for the Rose Bowl Stadium will ensure proper gas and water infrastructure improvements.
  • $1.5 million La Vina Trail Completion will assist The Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority (MRCA) in their pursuit of creating two new trails that will provide public access for all to the Altadena Crest Trail, Chaney Trail, and the Angeles National Forest’s extensive network of trails.
  • $10 million for Sierra Madre Library will assist in infrastructure upgrades and accessibility compliance.
  • $2.7 million for Clara Oaks would provide a western entrance to the Claremont wilderness park. It would also help to create an open space corridor of 100 acres across the entire foothills in the region.
  • $1.9 million for the Rancho Cucamonga Wildfire Detection Initiative.