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2022 Bill Summaries

AB 975 – FPPC: This bill amends the Political Reform Act of 1974 (Act) by requiring public officials and candidates to electronically file their Statements of Economic Interests (SEIs) – Form 700. Additionally, AB 975 reconciles the timeline for a public official to reimburse the cost of admission to an invitation-only event with the deadline for a lobbyist employer to notify the public official of the value of attending the event.

AB 1690 - Smoking Waste Pollution Prevention Act: This bill seeks to transition the sale of single-use cigarettes, cigars, and all-in-one disposable vapes to rechargeable and reusable smoking products. AB 1690 protects the public health and environment from the toxic chemicals and waste that come from these single-use smoking products.

AB 1832 - California Seabed Mining Prevention Act: This bill would prohibit seabed mining in state marine waters due to the unacceptably high risk of damage and disruption it poses to our marine ecosystem and the state’s coastal communities. AB 1832 will proactively safeguard more than 2,500 square miles of seafloor and connected habitat, which will, in turn, protect our state’s ocean recreation, tourism, and fishing industries, valued at more than $27 billion annually.

AB 1868 – Long Term English Learners: This bill will report and separate achievement and growth data of English learner students into different categories to ensure assistance and services are tailored to their specific needs. These new categories include long-term English learners, current English learners, and reclassified fluent English proficient students. These classifications will assist California in better serving English learner students with the highest needs.

AB 1894 – Public Hospital Advisory Committee: This bill would require the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) to work with California’s Designated Public Hospital Systems (DPHs) on financing strategies to strengthen their long-term finances based on the lessons learned at our hospitals during the pandemic. These entities will convene an advisory group consisting of subject matter experts to inform the department in developing long-term financing strategies to support DPHs. Additionally, the advisory group will produce a report to the Legislature that outlines the financial challenges of DPHs and provides policy recommendations to address these challenges.

AB 1931 – Lead Line Awareness and Prevention Act: This bill will require water agencies performing lead service line replacements to properly notify residents that will be affected by lead line replacements. Additionally, these agencies will be required to provide certified water filters or replacement cartridges to affected residents to ensure they have access to safe drinking water before service begins. AB 1931 will also require water service agencies to test serviced water upon the completion of the replacement to ensure there are no levels of lead. This is an issue that heavily impacts low-income communities of color.

AB 1939 – Climate Change Education: This bill prioritizes climate change education. Starting in the 2023-24 school year, this legislation would make climate change education a course requirement for grades 1-6 and a graduation requirement for grades 7-12

AB 2039 – Job Order Contracting: This bill authorizes LA Metro to perform job order contracting on smaller infrastructure projects to expedite their completion. AB 2039 would save costs on smaller projects for LA Metro and grant more flexibility in quickly delivering smaller projects.

AB 2076 – Extreme Heat and Community Resilience Program: This bill will create a Chief Heat Officer, an Extreme Heat Advisory Council, and an Interagency Heat Task Force under the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR). OPR will administer the Extreme Heat and Community Resilience Program and provide local governments with clear direction on how they can protect their communities from the dangers of extreme heat. Additionally, the legislation ensures the state is properly tracking heat-related illnesses and death.

AB 2187 - Computer Science Education: This bill seeks to increase professional development material for teachers who want to teach computer science by adding computer science to the California Subject Matter Projects (CSMP). By doing so, this bill will use the existing CSMP framework to train educators to teach computer science to all students.

AB 2203 - Housing Subsidy Credit Reporting Act: This bill will expand access to affordable housing options by prohibiting housing providers from requiring credit checks for applicants utilizing state-backed housing subsidies.

AB 2229 – Non-Citizen Language Clean-up: This is a technical clean-up urgency measure that reenacts the bias requirement training in Government Code Section 1031 that was unintentionally eliminated through legislation enacted last year.

AB 2238 - Advance Warning and Ranking Systems for Extreme Heat Wave: This bill develops an extreme heat ranking and advanced warning system. AB 2238 directs the California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal EPA) to work with the Integrated Climate Adaptation and Resiliency Program (ICARP) at the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research and the California Department of Insurance (DOI) to create and implement a statewide extreme heat ranking system based on climate and health impact information. This bill empowers local governments in their efforts to prepare for extreme heat waves. 

AB 2325 - California Coordinated Homelessness Response Act: This bill will address the state’s fragmented approach to addressing homelessness. AB 2325 would make the California Interagency Council on Homelessness an independent agency, move the agency under the jurisdiction of the Governor’s office, and create a new Director that will be tasked with overseeing all homelessness programs. Additionally, this bill would build upon recent efforts to improve state departmental coordination by streamlining service delivery to individuals who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness through the creation of a workgroup within the California Interagency Council on Homelessness. This workgroup will take important steps in ensuring individuals who are being released from institutional settings do not end up unhoused by creating a universal application for service and housing providers, local governments, and other entities to streamline the administration of programs related to people experiencing homelessness. This will result in greater efficiency, coordination, and allocation of resources.

AB 2375 - Identifying Homeless Youth: This bill requires all Local Education Agencies to administer a housing questionnaire for the 2022-2023 school year for purposes of identifying homeless youth and connecting them to support services.

AB 2404 - Pacifica Hospital Seismic Retrofit Extension:  This district-specific legislation will provide Pacifica Hospital an extension to retrofit their hospital due to the impacts of the pandemic. AB 2404 also ensures that low-income residents who utilize medical care will continue to have a place to receive services.