2021 Legislation

Governor Signed_SB 11: The California FAIR Plan Association: Basic Consumer Insurance Coverage – Authorizes the FAIR Plan to sell commercial property coverage to farms, ranches, and grape
growers. Under current law, farms are specifically excluded from the FAIR Plan. The coverage authorized by SB 11 would not extend to crops, but would put farms on equal footing with other California businesses on their ability to obtain last resort coverage on buildings and other property.

SB 23: Revenge Porn: Statute of Limitations – Strengthens protections for victims of revenge porn by extending the statute of limitations to one year from discovery, giving a victim more time to seek justice against those who violate their privacy.

SB 70: Mandatory Kindergarten – Ensures children receive critical instruction in their earliest years of learning by requiring students to attend kindergarten prior to entering the first grade.

SB 72: Property Insurance: Wildfire Risk Information Reporting – Requires the Department of Insurance to study nonrenewal data and annually report recommendations for vegetation management project based on the availability of insurance. Additionally, this bill would require the FAIR Plan to conduct a similar review of policyholders in its high-risk pool, identifying the areas of the state where homeowners would most benefit from risk reduction

SB 263: Implicit Bias Training: Real Estate Agents - Helps correct generations of bias against people of color in housing practices by requiring real estate professionals to take implicit bias training to keep their license.

SB 310: Cancer Medication Recycle Program – Creates a cancer medication donation and redistribution program that will allow cancer patients to donate their unused oral anti-cancer medications to patients in need.

SB 426: Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems: Financial Capability Analysis – Requires the State Water Resource Control Board to establish Financial Capability Assessment guidelines
for municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4) permittees that are adequate and consistent when considering the costs to local jurisdictions, by July 1, 2022.

Governor Signed SB 431: The Improvement Act of 1911: The City of West Covina – Gives the City of West Covina the ability to perform critical and much needed maintenance upgrades by
authorizing the use of existing resources within the Improvement Act of 1911.

SB 487: Tobacco Education and Research Oversight Committee – Increases the transparency and accountability of how California state departments use tobacco tax revenue to fund tobacco control programs, and set a bold goal of achieving a 75% reduction of tobacco consumption
by 2030 in the state’s master plan.

SB 488: Reading Instruction Comprehension Assessment – Ensures teacher candidates are qualified and prepared to teach students how to read by making 3 main changes to existing law:
(1) Require the Commission to revise their preparation program standards and TPEs (teaching performance expectations) for literacy, (2) Authorize candidates who have been unable to take the RICA due to test closures from COVID-19 to take a Commission approved assessment in reading instruction and, (3) Require the Commission to update the TPAs (teaching performance assessments) by July 1, 2025 and ensure that the approved TPAs assess candidates on their ability to effectively teach reading.

SB 536: Domestic Violence Expedited Divorce Waiting Period – Allows victims of domestic violence to dissolve a marriage to their abuser in in less than the current mandatory six-month waiting period in the event there is a misdemeanor or felony conviction, or a restraining order is
in place after notice to the other spouse and a hearing.

SB 537: Domestic Violence Failure to Protect – Protects and preserves a victims’ ability to keep their child under “failure to protect” in California when domestic violence has been determined in specific scenarios, while also requiring child welfare services to provide additional resources to all victims of abuse.

SB 538: Domestic Violence & Gun Violence Restraining Orders E-Filing & Remote Testimony – Strengthens protections for survivors of domestic violence by requiring California’s Superior Courts to maintain procedures allowing parties to electronically file for Domestic Violence Restraining Orders (DVROs) and Gun Violence Restraining Orders (GVROs). The bill will also allow parties and witnesses to appear remotely at the hearing on a petition.

SB 560: Climate Pollution Reduction: Low-Income Homes – Creates a targeted CEC program to assist low-income communities in accessing the cost and health benefits of California’s clean energy technologies by developing a program focused on transitioning low-income residents towards low-carbon appliances in an effort to reduce their household carbon footprint while also
improving economic security and air quality.

SB 616: Assist school districts in converting vacant property into housing leases – Requires rental housing facilities for school district employees funded by proceeds realized under this provision to be affordable. The bill would additionally authorize, for the exemption from the requirements that would otherwise apply, one-time capital expenditures and maintenance of school district property funded by financing proceeds obtained from the lease of real property that will be used to construct new affordable rental housing facilities for school district employees.

SB 678: Unaccompanied Women Experiencing Homelessness Act of 2021 – Requires the Homeless Coordinating and Financing Council to collect and include data about this group in the state’s Homeless Data Integration System (“HDIS”), making California the first state to recognize the unique needs of this group, with the intent of creating targeting programs to assist them. 

SB 682:  Health Equity and Reduction Targets – Will lead to better health outcomes amongst children by requiring the California Health and Human Services Agency to establish reduction targets and reduce racial disparities in childhood chronic conditions by 2030.

SB 691: California Earned Income Tax Credit: Expansion for Undocumented Immigrant – Will permanently increase the California Earning Income Tax Credit (CalEITC) for workers excluded from the federal EITC, and extends eligibility for the Young Child Tax Credit (YCTC).

SB 713: COIN Diverse Equity Investment – Aims to boost investments that have positive environmental or social impacts by providing insurance companies the ability to increase their California Organized Investment Network (COIN) qualified investment holdings. Additionally, the bill would authorize the State Compensation Insurance Fund (SCIF) to make discretionary
investments in properties and securities, and to invest in money market mutual funds, as specified.

SB 723: California Statewide Tutoring Program – Will help address the COVID-19 learning loss by providing K-8 grade students with supplemental individualized learning assistance through the California LEADS (Leadership, Excellence, Academic, Diversity, and Service-Learning) Statewide Tutoring Program.

SB 735: School Zones: Speed Safety Cameras – Will help increase the safety of children and pedestrians by allowing the use of speed safety cameras in school zones to prevent speeding drivers.

SB 789: Water Assistance Program for Low-Income Communities – Would require the board to administer the program, upon appropriation by the Legislature. The bill would limit eligibility for the program to a person that is both a low-income water customer and financially affected by
the COVID-19 pandemic.

SB 805: Save the Performing Arts Act of 2021 - Will assist the operation of small non-profit performing arts organizations with a gross revenue of $1.4M or less to continue to operate in California. The bill will provide for workers with wage protections and access to continuing to build on their careers.