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2022 Legislation

AB 452 – Pupil safety: parental notification: firearm safety laws

75% of school shootings are facilitated by kids having access to unsecured and/or unsupervised guns at home. Safe gun storage saves lives. This bill requires school districts, county offices of education, and charter schools to annually inform parents and guardians of students at the beginning of the school year of California’s child access prevention laws and laws relating to the safe storage of firearms.

Status: Signed into Law by Governor Newsom

AB 1909 – Vehicles: bicycle omnibus bill

Currently one of the largest barriers to riding a bicycle is safety concerns. AB 1909 improves safety for cyclists on roadways by requiring vehicles to move over a lane when passing a bicycle where feasible, and allowing cyclists to take advantage of leading pedestrian intervals. Further, the bill removes the ability of local jurisdictions to require bicycle registration and the ability ban or limit e-bike operation on bike paths.

Status: Signed into Law by Governor Newsom

AB 1933 – Property taxation: welfare exemption: nonprofit corporation: low-income families

Creating pathways to homeownership is one solution to California’s affordable housing crisis. AB 1933 will make it easier for non-profit homebuilders to build affordable housing for individuals and families to purchase—not just rent.

Status: Signed into Law by Governor Newsom

AB 1938 – Traffic safety: speed limits

When AB 43 (Friedman) was signed into law in 2021, it created a pathway for local governments to adjust speed limits on roadways to take into account safety for all users. AB 1938 clarifies the metrics for lowering a speed limit.

Status: Signed into Law by Governor Newsom

AB 2024 – Health care coverage: diagnostic imaging

In California alone, an estimated 31,720 women are expected to be diagnosed with breast cancer and 4,690 will die of the disease in 2022. Early detection and diagnosis reduces the risk of death from breast cancer and increases treatment options. AB 2024 ensures that patients have affordable access to care by eliminating cost sharing for supplemental screenings, diagnostic imaging, and additional tests for breast cancer.

Status: Held in the Senate Appropriations Committee

AB 2026 – Recycling: plastic packaging

Packaged good for shipment of a product ordered by consumers online. The vast majority of this plastic packaging becomes waste immediately after a package is opened, littering the environment and increasing disposal costs for local jurisdictions, their residents and businesses. AB 2026 will reduce harmful environmental, health, and economic impacts of unnecessary single-use plastic by phasing out the use of most single-use plastic films and expanded polystyrene in e-commerce packaging for online retail purchases.

Status: Held in the Senate Appropriations Committee

AB 2097 – Residential, commercial, or other development types: parking requirements

Mandatory parking requirements have led to an oversupply of parking spaces; Los Angeles County alone has 18.6 million parking spaces, or almost two for every resident. AB 2097 would prohibit a local government from imposing or enforcing a minimum parking requirement on developments located near public transit, which in turn reduces car dependence, lowers carbon emissions, and encourages more housing production near transit.

Status: Signed into Law by Governor Newsom

AB 2189 – Foster youth

When a county fails to provide assistance to secure housing, youth are exiting the foster care system to homelessness. Appropriate enforcement mechanisms, including keeping a court case open past age 21, will ensure that the necessary discharge planning begins early. AB 2189 supports the successful transition to adulthood of young people by ensuring that foster youth retain access to benefits regardless of their housing status and allowing courts to extend enrollment in Extended Foster Care beyond age 21 until the county has fulfilled its obligation to ensure that the youth have the necessary supports and services required under existing law.

Status: Vetoed by Governor Newsom

AB2237 – TRANSPORTATION PLANNING: Regional transportation improvement plan: Sustainable communities strategies: Alternative planning strategy: State transportation funding

The bill would prohibit state funds being used for a project that increases single-occupancy vehicle capacity, unless it meets specific requirements. It would also prohibit funds collected from local sales tax measures from being spent after January 1, 2023 until the transportation projects of the measure are included in the most recently adopted Sustainable Community Strategy or Alternative Planning Strategy.

Status: Passed Assembly. Held in Senate Transportation Committee

AB 2309 –Guardianships

Research demonstrates that children who have experienced abuse or neglect and cannot immediately return home to a parent have better educational and behavioral health outcomes when they live with relatives, compared to children placed in non-family settings. AB 2309 allows the juvenile court to order a guardianship earlier in a juvenile court case instead of ordering a child into foster care placement.

Status: Signed into Law by Governor Newsom

AB 2336 – Vehicles: Speed Safety System Pilot Program.

According to the National Transportation Safety Board, speeding accounts for nearly a third of all traffic fatalities. AB 2336 implements policy recommendations from the California Transportation Agency as outlined in the Zero Traffic Fatalities Task Force by providing for the use of automated cameras to manage speed. The bill limits the number of cameras that can be used, requires the fine revenue to be spent on traffic calming measures, and places performance metrics on cameras to require the installation of traffic calming measures and use of speed feedback signs if the cameras do not reduce speeding.

Status: Held in the Assembly Appropriations Committee

AB 2344 – Wildlife connectivity: transportation projects.

Highways are a major cause of wildlife deaths in California, and a major contributor to the decline of wildlife populations that become isolated by habitat fragmentation and lose connectivity throughout their range. AB 2344, the Safe Roads and Wildlife Protection Act would improve safety for people and wildlife by protecting and enhancing wildlife connectivity across California’s highway system. The bill requires state agencies to implement wildlife crossings in identified connectivity areas for new projects and to address existing barriers identified as priorities.

Status: Signed into Law by Governor Newsom

AB 2438 – Transportation funding: guidelines and plans.

As the largest contributor to California's greenhouse gas emissions, reducing emissions through all aspects of the transportation sector is urgently needed to address the climate crisis. AB 2438 requires all transportation projects funded at the state and local level to adhere to the Climate Action Plan for Transportation Infrastructure and the California Transportation Plan.

Status: Vetoed by Governor Newsom

AB 2610 – Wildlife Conservation Board: ecologically sensitive vegetation management: wildfire risk reduction.

Wildfires in California are continuously increasing in frequency and intensity. In 2020, a record-breaking 4.3 million acres burned across the state, followed by 4 of the 20 largest wildfires in California history in 2021. AB 2610 creates a grant program under the Wildlife Conservation Board to support ecologically sensitive vegetation management projects, which mitigate fire risk by reducing wildfire fuel loads in a manner that maintains biodiversity and preserves California native plant species.

Status: Held in the Assembly Appropriations Committee

AB 2667 – Distributed energy resources: incentives.

Distributed energy resources refer to a class of decentralized customer energy products, services, and technologies. AB 2667 would create an Integrated Distributed Energy Resources incentive program at the California Energy Commission to support statewide customer adoption of clean distributed energy resources with a technology-neutral approach to further the State’s collective goals on reliability, resiliency, decarbonization, and equity. The bill would allow all customers to deploy more clean distributed energy resources options to meet the customer’s needs and better align customer value with collective policy goals.

Status: Did not pass the Senate

AB 2746 – Driving privilege: suspension.

Currently, driving without possession of a license can be charged and punished as an infraction or a misdemeanor, even while common driving-related traffic violations (such as speeding or failing to signal) can only be punished as infractions. Misdemeanors are criminal convictions and can have significant consequences for employment, housing, and licensing, and can be punished by time in jail, while infractions are not criminal convictions, do not carry the negative consequences that come with a criminal record, and cannot be punished by jail. AB 2746 would, beginning January 1st, 2027, eliminate license suspensions based on failure to appear in court. In addition, AB 2746 would make the first two offenses an infraction for driving without a license.

Status: Signed into Law by Governor Newsom

AB 2771 – Cosmetic products: safety.

Perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a class of “forever” chemicals that are widely used, extremely persistent, and can lead to adverse health outcomes. This bill would protect Californians and reduce one source of human exposure to PFAS by prohibiting the sale in California of cosmetics containing these chemicals.

Status: Signed into Law by Governor Newsom