Governor Newsom highlights historic new laws come into effect on January 1, 2022


New laws will expand worker protection, voting rights, tackle state housing crisis and more

SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom today highlighted new bills enacted in 2021 that will come into force on January 1, 2022, including historic measures to expand worker protection, tackle the housing crisis in the state , right historical injustices, increase access to voters and more.

“In partnership with the Legislature, we have brought forward hundreds of new bills this year to make meaningful progress on a range of issues that matter deeply to Californians across the state,” said Governor Newsom. “I thank Pro Tem Atkins and President Rendon for their leadership in promoting historic measures to improve the lives of Californians, including new tools to increase our housing supply, improve working conditions and build a stronger state. . As we head into the New Year, I look forward to our continued work to expand opportunities for all Californians. “

New laws coming into effect Jan. 1 include leading protections for workers and important steps to increase the state’s supply of affordable housing, create a more inclusive state, expand voter access, and protect consumers and the environment against harmful chemicals:

  • AB 701 by Assembly Member Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) establishes leading transparency measures for companies to disclose descriptions of warehouse production quotas and prohibits the use of algorithms that disrupt fundamental workers’ rights.
  • SB 62 by Senator María Elena Durazo (D-Los Angeles) puts an end to the garment industry’s practice of piece-rate pay and extends the liability of fashion brands for unpaid wages.
  • Senator Nancy Skinner’s (D-Berkeley) SB 8 extends provisions of the 2019 Housing Crisis Act through 2030 to speed up the approval process for housing projects and limit the ability of local governments to reduce the area, among other provisions.
  • SB 9 by Pro Tempore State Senate President Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) eases the process for homeowners to build a duplex or divide their current residential lot.
  • Sen. Scott Wiener’s (D-San Francisco) SB 10 creates a voluntary process for local governments to implement streamlined zoning for new collective housing near transit or in infill urban areas.
  • SB 2 by pro Tempore Senate Speaker Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) and Senator Steven Bradford (D-Gardena) creates a system within the Commission on Standards and Training of Peace Officers (POST) to investigate and revoke or suspend the certification of peace officers for serious misconduct.
  • SB 16 by Senator Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) extends public access to records of police misconduct related to unreasonable or excessive use of force, discriminatory or prejudicial behavior and other misconduct.
  • AB 338 by Coven James C. Ramos (D-Highland) enables the placement of a monument in Capitol Park honoring the tribes of the Sacramento area, replacing the sculpture of missionary Junipero Serra.
  • AB 855 by Assembly Member James C. Ramos (D-Highland) removes Columbus Day as a statutory holiday and replaces it with Native American Day in September.
  • AB 600 by Assembly Member Joaquin Arambula (D-Fresno) ensures that crimes against people because of their immigration status are considered a hate crime.
  • Assembly member Marc Berman’s AB 37 (D-Menlo Park) makes permanent the measure put in place last year to send a postal ballot to every active registered voter.
  • Senator Bill Dodd (D-Napa) SB 389 allows restaurants, bars, breweries and wineries that sell food to continue to offer alcoholic beverages to go with food orders, building on the relief regulatory announced in June.
  • AB 1084 by Assembly Member Evan Low (D-Campbell) is demanding that large retail stores provide a gender-neutral section for toys and childcare items.
  • AB 652 by Assembly Member Laura Friedman (D-Glendale) bans the use of toxic PFAS in children’s products, such as car seats and cribs, and AB 1200 by Assembly Member Philip Ting (D-San Francisco) bans their use in disposable food packaging.

In October, Gov. Newsom acted on final 2021 bills, which advanced his historic plan to return to California, including the country’s strongest small business aid program, direct financial and rental relief. unprecedented for Californians, the largest increase in the number of homeless housing in the history of the state. , Universal Kindergarten, and a landmark $ 15 billion climate program to advance California’s premier climate agenda.

Governor Newsom also signed landmark measures that took effect immediately this year, such as Senator Steven Bradford (D-Gardena) SB 796, which authorized Los Angeles County to return ownership of Bruce’s Beach to the Bruce family almost a century after the land was illegally taken. of them. Since then, the California Department of Parks and Recreation has amended the deed of ownership, removing the restrictions, and the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted to accept the amended deed, formally authorizing the transfer of ownership. to the Bruce family. SB 65, California’s momnibus law by Sen. Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) will take effect in August 2022, helping to address racial and ethnic disparities in maternal health outcomes by improving research and data collection. And AB 101 by Assembly Member Jose Medina (D-Riverside) who – upon allocation of funds by the legislature – requires high schools to provide ethnic studies from the 2025-2026 school year and do completion of a one-semester course is a high school graduation requirement. starting with students graduating in 2029-2030.

Governor Newsom also signed the following notable bills that will come into force on January 1:

  • AB 118 by Senator Sydney Kamlager (D-Los Angeles) – Department of Human Services: CRISES Grants Pilot Program.
  • AB 215 by Assembly Member David Chiu (D-San Francisco) – Town Planning and Zoning Act: Housing Component: Violations.
  • AB 245 by Assembly Member David Chiu (D-San Francisco) – Education Equity: Student Records: Name and Gender Changes.
  • AB 286 by Assembly Member Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) – Food delivery: purchase price and tips.
  • AB 977 By Assembly Member Jesse Gabriel (D-Encino) – Homelessness Program Data Report: Homeless Management Information System.
  • AB 1003 By Assembly Member Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) – Salary Theft: Grand Theft.
  • AB 1220 by Assembly member Luz Rivas (D-Arleta) – Homelessness: California Interagency Council on Homelessness.
  • AB 1405 by Assembly Member Buffy Wicks (D-Oakland) – Debt Settlement Practices.
  • SB 1 by Senator Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) – Coastal Resources: Sea Level Rise.
  • SB 41 by Senator Thomas Umberg (D-Santa Ana) – Confidentiality: Genetic Testing Companies.
  • SB 109 by Senator Bill Dodd (D-Napa) – Department of Forestry and Fire Protection: Office of Forest Fire Technology Research and Development.
  • SB 221 by Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) – Health care coverage: timely access to care.
  • SB 224 by Senator Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge) – Student instruction: mental health education.
  • SB 331 by Senator Connie Leyva (D-Chino) – Settlement and Non-Denigration Agreements.
  • SB 343 by Senator Ben Allen (D-Santa Monica) – Environmental advertising: recycling symbol: recyclability: products and packaging.
  • SB 352 by Senator Susan Talamantes Eggman (D-Stockton) – The military: sexual harassment.
  • SB 395 by Senator Anna Caballero (D-Salinas) – Excise tax: electronic cigarettes: Health Careers Opportunity Grant Program: Small and Rural Hospital Relief Program.
  • SB 510 by Senator Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) – Health Care Coverage: Cost Sharing COVID-19. A signature message can be found here.
  • SB 552 by Senator Robert Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys) – Drought planning: small water providers: non-transient non-community water systems.
  • SB 639 by Senator María Elena Durazo (D-Los Angeles) – Minimum wage: people with disabilities.

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