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Landmark Legislative Bills Pass the Legislature

For immediate release:

Sacramento, CA – Today, Assemblymember Chris Holden’s bills passed the Senate Committee on Appropriations and are headed to the Senate Floor. The bills include: AB 1604 –The Upward Mobility Act of 2022: boards and commissions: civil service: examinations: classifications, AB 1720  – Care facilities: criminal background checks, AB 2446 – Embodied carbon emissions: construction materials,  AB 2632 – Segregated Confinement, AB 2515 – Proprietary and private security services, AB 2644 Custodial interrogation, AB 2773 – Traffic or pedestrian stops: notification by peace officers, AB 1919 – Youth Transit Pass Pilot Program: free youth transit passes, and AB 1737 – Children’s camps: safety.

“Meeting the needs of Californians today requires us to listen to our communities and these bills are a reflection of that process. As this legislative session comes to a close, I will continue to work with my colleagues in the Legislature and Governor Newsom to fully implement these measures,” said Assemblymember Chris Holden.

AB 1604 would require that State Personnel Board (SPB) establish a process that includes diversity and best practices in each aspect of the design, announcement, and administration of examinations for the establishment of employment lists.

AB 1720 would streamline the licensure process for those that have been convicted of a crime to ensure that an unrelated prior conviction does not prohibit a qualified, rehabilitated person from securing employment. The bill would not make major changes to the procedure for licensing foster family homes, certified family homes or resource family homes of a licensed foster family agency.

AB 2446 would require a life cycle assessment to determine the carbon intensity of both residential and non-residential buildings in the state. The bill would require the Energy Commission to design the framework to achieve an eighty percent net reduction in new construction by 2045, which is aligned with Executive Order B-55-18 that sets a statewide goal of carbon net neutrality no later than 2045.

AB 2632 would ban the use of solitary confinement for certain populations including people who are pregnant, have disabilities, or fall within certain age limits. The bill also defines solitary confinement as any period of confinement that exceeds 17 hours a day in a cell, requires facilities to document any instance in which solitary is used, and places limits on the duration any person can be held in this manner.

AB 2515 would require a person registered as a proprietary private security officer to deliver a written report to the director describing the circumstances surrounding the discharge of any firearm, or physical altercation with a member of the public while on duty, in a manner similar to the above-described report required from a person licensed as a private patrol operator.

AB 2644 recognizes that this age range should also be shielded from improper interrogation methods. 

AB 2773 would require a peace officer making a traffic or pedestrian stop, before asking any questions, to state the reason for the stop, unless the officer reasonably believes that withholding the reason for the stop is necessary to protect life or property from imminent threat.

AB 1737 would require the Department of Social Services; in consultation with state agencies, parents, and other stakeholders; to develop recommendations for the Legislature to protect children from harm while attending recreational camps.

“We are collaborating to provide Californians with solutions that work; for the good of the public and the planet,” said Holden.