2017-2018

Assembly Bill (AB) 76 – Marijuana Marketing – Prohibits the operator of an Internet Web site or online service, online application, or mobile application from marketing marijuana products or services to a minor, or to a person under 21 years of age, in certain circumstances.  Sponsor: Author. (Held in Senate Committee on Appropriations)

AB 175 – Marijuana Labeling  –  Requires manufacturers of adult use marijuana, prior to releasing marijuana-infused edible products into the market, to receive approval from the State Department of Public Health. This would ensure that the products comply with the child safety and marketing provisions of the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA) (Proposition 64). (Held in Senate Committee on Appropriations)

AB 347 – Weights and Measures Inspection Fees – Extends the sunset date for the Commercial Weighing and Measuring Device Registration Program from January 1, 2019 to January 1, 2022; establishes a phased in device fee for liquefied natural gas and compressed natural gas dispensers; clarifies that the device fee limitation for jewelry and prescription scales also applies to Class II scales; and increases the device registration fee limitations for computing scales from $20 to $23 to offset increased testing costs. (Chaptered by Secretary of State – Chapter 521, Statutes of 2018)

AB 364 – Cybersecurity Industry Economic Impact Study – Requires the Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development (GOBiz) to commission and complete a study to evaluate the economic impact of California's cybersecurity industry.  Once completed, this data will give the State a comprehensive view of this new industry's size, growth, and economic contributions.  It will also form the basis for further efforts by the State to drive workforce and economic development and spur job growth in this critical new sector. (Held in Assembly Committee on Appropriations)

Assembly Bill (AB) 383 – Informal Discovery Conferences – Authorizes local courts to establish an informal discovery conference (IDC) process where the court assists parties to litigation in mediating and working through a discovery dispute, before any discovery motions need to be filed. The IDC process may be initiated by any party, or on the court’s own motion.  (Chaptered by Secretary of State - Chapter 189, Statutes of 2017.)

AB 375 – California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 – Gives California consumers greater rights to exercise control over their personal information, and provides reasonable certainty that there are safeguards in place to protect against data misuse. Specifically, it gives consumers the right to request that a business disclose the type and specific pieces of personal information that it collects or sells about the consumer; the business purposes for collecting or selling the information; and the categories of third parties with whom the information is shared, sold, or disclosed. It also generally gives consumers the right to request that a business delete any personal information collected from them and requires businesses to direct service providers to do the same. It also gives consumers the right to opt-out of the sale of their personal information, while requiring affirmative consent to sell the personal information of kids up to age 16 (also known as the right to “opt in”), and ensures the right to equal service and price, meaning companies cannot discriminate against providing services to people if they do not want their data sold. (Chaptered by Secretary of State – Chapter 55, Statutes of 2018)

AB 418 – Computer Science Education Grant Pilot Program – Requires the Superintendent of Public Instruction to establish a public-private Computer Science Education Grant pilot program to increase participation in computer science courses, particularly for students historically underrepresented in the field of computer science, and to provide professional development for teachers in computer science.  (Held in Assembly Committee on Appropriations)

AB 459 – Body-Worn Cameras and Victim Privacy – Requires public agencies to consider the constitutional right to privacy of any victim of sexual violence, domestic violence, or child abuse when receiving requests to disclose audio and video files documenting those crimes, and to further consider redaction as means to protect privacy even in cases where disclosure would serve an important public purpose. This bill also makes it clear that the victim depicted has a right to view and obtain a copy of the recording without putting the record into the public domain. (Chaptered by Secretary of State - Chapter 291, Statutes of 2017.)

AB 475 – Department of Technology – Allows the California Department of Technology to continue its authority to procure information technology solutions for the State of California by removing the current sunset date of January 1, 2018. (Chaptered by Secretary of State - Chapter 193, Statutes of 2017.)

AB 681 – Streamlined Teacher Credentialing – Allows the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) to determine that a country has academic and credentialing standards equivalent to those of regionally accredited institutions in the United States, to allow applicants from those countries to forego a foreign transcript evaluation by the CTC or an approved evaluator. It also requires the CTC to include in their annual report to the Legislature the number of foreign credentials approved and the country of origin; requires school districts, county offices of education and charter schools to report to the California Department of Education the number of H1B visas they apply for and are granted on behalf of employees; and streamlines the process for teachers to obtain additional credentials without being subject to additional fees and background checks. (Chaptered by Secretary of State - Chapter 199, Statutes of 2017.)

AB 739 – Greenhouse Gas Emission Reductions: State Vehicle Fleet – Requires at least 15% of specified heavy-duty vehicles purchased by state agencies to be zero-emission (ZEV) by 2025 and at least 30% of those vehicles to be ZEV by 2030. (Chaptered by Secretary of State - Chapter 639, Statutes of 2017.)

AB 823 – Edible Marijuana Products Labeling – Requires each single serving of edible marijuana products to be stamped, marked, or otherwise imprinted with a universal symbol that clearly indicates the product contains marijuana. (Held in Senate Committee on Appropriations)

AB 850 – Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission  – Expands the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission, by requiring the Governor to appoint an additional member with knowledge and experience in reducing mental health disparities for racial and ethnic communities. (Vetoed by the Governor)

AB 872 – School Employment: Sex Offenses – Updates the Education Code to reflect sexual offenses, involving a minor, that are listed in the Penal Code, so the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing can automatically suspend an employee’s teaching credential who has been charged with a sex offense in order to keep them from being around minors until their case is resolved. (Chaptered by Secretary of State - Chapter 167, Statutes of 2017.)

AB 1034 – Government Interruption of Communication Services – Implements several recommendations of the California Law Revision Commission related to government interruption of communication service. Specifically, this bill eliminates the sunset date in current statute that allows for this practice; allows for post-interruption judicial review when a government entity interrupts a communication service; provides clarity between state law and the federal Emergency wireless protocol; and clarifies exceptions to the current procedures that a government entity must comply with before interrupting  a communication service. (Chaptered by Secretary of State - Chapter 322, Statutes of 2017.)

AB 1104 – Political Cyberfraud – Expands California's political Cyberfraud law, which currently only covers ballot measure campaigns, to include candidate campaigns. Currently, the California Political Cyberfraud Abatement Act makes it unlawful for a person to mislead, deceive, or defraud in order to commit an act of political Cyberfraud, and prohibits activities, such as preventing, diverting or redirecting access from a ballot measure website to another website or registering a domain name similar to that of a ballot measure. (Chaptered by Secretary of State - Chapter 715, Statutes of 2017.)

AB 1297 – Identity Theft – Establishes thresholds for the type and length of punishment in identity theft cases to capture the true harm and damage caused by the most serious offenders. (Held in Assembly Committee on Public Safety)

AB 1359 – Critical Infrastructure Breach Reporting – Requires California businesses to report a breach of security of their critical infrastructure controls or information to the Office of Emergency Services, if the breach is already required to be reported to federal authorities under federal law. (Held in Assembly Committee on Appropriations)

AB 1508 – Horse Racing: Advance Deposit Wagering – Directs the California Horse Racing Board to determine that bets made on the racetrack property using Advance Deposit Wagering are included as part of the total payments made to cities from the betting handle. (Held in Assembly Committee on Governmental Organization)

AB 1583 – Proposition 65 Enforcement: Frivolous Lawsuits – Assists the growing number of small businesses facing lawsuits under Proposition 65 by requiring the Attorney General to provide a letter, to both the private enforcer and alleged violator, when it determines that the relevant allegations have no merit; by clarifying that the factual basis for the lawsuit is discoverable; and by educating businesses on compliance with the law. (Chaptered by Secretary of State - Chapter 510, Statutes of 2017.)  

AB 1739 – Revocable Transfer on Death Deeds – Provides that the Frequently Asked Questions page that accompanies a revocable transfer on death deed is not required to be recorded in order for the deed to be legally effective. (Chaptered by Secretary of State - Chapter 65, Statutes of 2018)

AB 1859 – Consumer Credit Reporting Agencies: Customer Records – Requires Consumer Credit Reporting Agencies to protect consumer information by patching vulnerable computer systems expeditiously or be subject to enforcement actions by the Attorney General if a breach occurs and the personal information of California residents is compromised because of a failure to patch the systems. (Chaptered by Secretary of State - Chapter 532, Statutes of 2018)

AB 1999 – Local Government: Public Broadband Services – Expands existing authority for municipal and public utility districts to develop public broadband services to other types of local government, and require those entities to adhere to “net neutrality rules” when providing such services. (Chaptered by Secretary of State - Chapter 963, Statutes of 2018)

AB 2010 – Juvenile Detention Facilities: Chemical Agents – Limits the use of chemical spray in juvenile detention facilities and requires that all situations involving its use be fully documented. (Held in Assembly Public Safety Committee)

AB 2058 – Cannabis: Driving Under the Influence – Recasts existing provisions of Driving Under the Influence (DUI) law to make cannabis a separate offense. This would ensure that the state has accurate and reliable data pertaining to cannabis DUI’s. (Vetoed by the Governor)

AB 2167 – Digital Health Feedback Systems – Defines digital health feedback systems, which include items such as digital pills, and ensures that the Confidentiality of Medical Information Act applies to information derived from or in the possession of these systems.  Requires that manufacturers equip digital health feedback systems with reasonable security features appropriate to protect the system and any information contained therein. (Held on the Senate Floor)

AB 2195 – Natural Gas Emissions – Requires the California Air Resources Board to quantify the amount of greenhouse gas emissions associated with the leakage of gas to the atmosphere during the production, processing, and transport of natural gas that is imported into the state from out-of-state sources. (Chaptered by Secretary of State - Chapter 371, Statutes of 2018)

AB 2298 – Assisted Reproduction Agreements – Requires an assisted reproductive agreement for gestational carriers to disclose that any child conceived through sexual intercourse by the gestational carrier is the child of the gestational carrier, and specifically establishes that the gestational carrier and her spouse or partner do not have a parent-child relationship with the child or children who are born from the transferred embryo or embryos, if an agreement for gestational carriers that complies with specified provisions is lodged with the superior court. (Vetoed by the Governor)

AB 2485 – Code Enforcement: Financially Interested Parties – Prohibits a local government code enforcement officer or health officer from being accompanied by a person with a potential financial interest in the outcome of the inspection, when inspecting a commercial property or business for compliance with a state statute or regulation, or local ordinance. (Chaptered by Secretary of State - Chapter 263, Statutes of 2018)

AB 2511 – The Parent’s Accountability and Child Protection Act – Requires retailers, when selling products illegal to sell to minors, to take reasonable steps to ensure the purchasers of those products are of legal age. (Chaptered by Secretary of State - Chapter 872, Statutes of 2018)

AB 2546 – Commercial Email Advertisements – Ensures that spam networks and the senders of false and deceptive spam emails are held liable for their unlawful conduct, enables Courts to order injunctions against spammers, and allows District Attorneys and City Attorneys to enforce the statute. (Held on the Assembly Inactive File)

AB 2634 – Life Insurance – Requires an insurer to provide notice to a policyholder of a flexible premium life insurance policy whenever the policy is subject to an increase in the cost of insurance charge or administrative expense charge, no later than 90 days before the effective date of the increase so that the policyholder can make informed decisions and plan accordingly to avoid a possible cancellation of coverage. (Chaptered by Secretary of State - Chapter 545, Statutes of 2018)

AB 2662 – California Digital Health Research Act – Establishes a program, under the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research, to study the role and addictive impact of electronic media on the cognitive, social, and behavioral development of children. (Held in Assembly Appropriations Committee)

AB 2748 – Election Systems: Cybersecurity – Establishes a voluntary pilot program for up to five county election officials to have an independent cybersecurity assessment of their election infrastructure. (Held on the Senate Inactive File)

AB 2764 – Information Technology (IT) Contracting – Ensures that the State will not enter into large scale contracts for IT goods and services with vendors who discriminate against their employees, or contract with vendors who have large tax delinquencies, and otherwise ensures that vendors doing business with the State adhere to National Labor Relations Board orders and the Darfur Contracting Act of 2008. (Chaptered by Secretary of State - Chapter 220, Statutes of 2018)

AB 2786 – Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Plans – Requires employees of youth serving organizations to take mandatory training on preventing, identifying, and reporting child abuse and child sexual abuse. (Held in Assembly Judiciary Committee)

AB 2935 – Digital Commercial Health Monitoring – Prohibits an operator of a commercial health monitoring program, like Fitbit, from intentionally sharing, selling, or disclosing individually identifiable health monitoring information without the consumer’s affirmative consent and requires operators to delete an individual’s information upon request. (Held in Senate Judiciary Committee)

AB 3011 – Theft Aggregation – Allows distinct, but related incidents of theft, whether committed against one or more victims, to be aggregated to a charge of grand theft. (Held in Assembly Public Safety Committee)

AB 3067 – Internet Cannabis Marketing: Minors – Prohibits the operator of an Internet Web site or online service, online application, or mobile application from marketing cannabis products or services to a minor. (Chaptered by Secretary of State - Chapter 347, Statutes of 2018)

AB 3193 – California Department of Technology – Requires all state agencies, and not only those under the direct authority of the Governor, to comply with the policies and procedures of the Office of Information Security (OIS) within the California Department of Technology (CDT). (Held in Senate Governmental Organization Committee)

HR 10 – California Data Privacy Day – Declares January 28, 2017, as “California Data Privacy Day” to increase awareness of privacy and data protection issues among consumers, organizations, and government officials. Sponsor: Author. (Adopted by the Assembly)

ACR 81 – Asian and Pacific Islander American Heritage Month - Declares May 2017, as “Asian and Pacific Islander American Heritage Month” to recognize the achievements, contributions and history of Asian and Pacific Islander Americans. (Chaptered by Secretary of State - Res. Chapter 72, Statutes of 2017.)

ACR 86 – Asian and Pacific Islander American Mental Health Day – Recognizes May 10, 2017, and each May 10 thereafter, as “Asian and Pacific Islander American Mental Health Day,” and acknowledges the importance of raising awareness about mental health in the Asian and Pacific Islander American community. (Chaptered by Secretary of State - Res. Chapter 75, Statutes of 2017.)

ACR 130 – Digital Citizenship Week – Recognizes the third week of October, and that week each year thereafter, as Digital Citizenship Week to raise awareness about the importance of Digital Citizenship as a set of defined, teachable skills for children in the 21st century. (Chaptered by Secretary of State - Res. Chapter 206, Statutes of 2017.)