2021

Assembly Bill (AB) 13 – Automated Decision Systems Accountability Act of 2021 – Creates the first statewide algorithmic accountability framework, which sets forth criteria for the procurement of high-risk automated decision systems by government entities in order to minimize the risk of adverse and discriminatory impacts resulting from their design and application.

AB 28 – Hate Crimes – Address the rise in hate crimes by expanding the definition of what constitutes a hate crime under state law, and increasing penalties to fund programs on racial or ethnic sensitivity, or other similar training in the area of civil rights.

AB 35 – Social Media Platforms: False Information – Requires social media platforms to disclose whether or not they have a policy to address the spread of misinformation.

AB 39 – California-China Climate Institute – Establishes the California-China Climate Institute to inform and shape climate policy and advance the goals of the Paris Agreement, advance joint policy research on major climate issues, support high-level dialogue on specific climate issues, and provide training to advance climate and environmental policies.

AB 473 – California Public Records Act (CPRA) – Reorganizes the CPRA and improves it clarity without making substantive legal changes, so it easier for the public to use and understand.

AB 474 – California Public Records Act (CPRA) – Adjusts CPRA cross-references to conform them to the new statutory scheme established pursuant to AB 473.

AB 691 – Optometry: SARS-CoV-2 Vaccinations – Authorizes optometrists to administer SARS-CoV-2 vaccinations and clinical laboratory tests or examinations necessary to detect the presence of SARS-CoV-2.

AB 693 – Proposition (Prop.) 65 Enforcement – Allows food distributors to place a Prop. 65 Warning on a product that is alleged to be in violation of the labeling requirements within 14 days of receiving a 60-day notice of enforcement. It also requires a judge to approve whether a settlement complies with the law, and whether penalties and the attorney’s fees are reasonable. Finally, it requires a private enforcer to provide an alleged violator with the basis for the Certificate of Merit, upon filing a 60-day notice.

AB 697 – Forest Resources: Good Neighbor Authority – Creates a program for the State to plan, manage and implement forest restoration projects on U.S. Forest Service lands through an expanded and formalized Good Neighbor Authority (GNA). This would accelerate the pace and scale of ecologically based forest management on national lands, and help reduce wildfire risk in the state, by implementing the Shared Stewardship Agreement between California and the U.S. Forest Service.

AB 1247 – Criminal Procedure: Limitations of Actions – Requires the statute of limitations for felony prosecution of computer hacking offenses as commencing on the date of discovery, rather than the offence date.

AB 1292 – Unmanned Aircraft System Delivery Services – Limits the collection, use, and retention of audio, geolocation, and visual information by a drone deliver service, and requires the destruction of collected information after the service is completed or realized.

AB 1352 - Information Security Assessments – Authorizes the Military Department to perform an independent security assessment at the request, and in consultation with, a local educational agency that is interested in having an assessment done and will fund the costs.

AB 1391 – Compromised Data – Prohibits a person from selling, purchasing, or utilizing compromised data that was obtained or accessed pursuant to the commission of a crime.

AB 1436 – Digital Health Feedback Systems – Defines “personal health record information” to mean individually identifiable information about an individual’s mental or physical condition collected a product or device, commercial internet website, online service, or mobile application. It also prohibits a business that offers a personal health record system from knowingly using, disclosing, or permitting the use or disclosure of personal health record information without a signed authorization, and prohibits a recipient of personal health record information from further disclosing the information unless in accordance with a new authorization.

AB 1490 – California Privacy Protection Agency – Requires governing board members of the California Privacy Protection Agency to have qualifications, experience, and skills in consumer rights.

AB 1546 – City of Alhambra: Charter Amendment – Creates a special exception to permit the City of Alhambra and the Alhambra Unified School District (AUSD) to conduct a special election, thereby enabling the AUSD to proceed with its transition from at-large to by-trustee-area elections for members of the board of education consistent with the Elections and Education Code requirements.

ACR 24 – California Law Revision Commission: Studies - Grants approval to the commission to continue its study of designated topics the Legislature previously authorized or directed the commission to study. It also grants approval to add to its calendar of topics for study.

ACR 35 – World Autism Awareness Day – Designates April 2, 2021, as World Autism Awareness Day and encourages residents to show support for autism awareness.

ACR 55 – Chinese Massacre of 1871 – Commemorates October 24, 2021 as the 150th Anniversary of the Chinese Massacre of 1871, a significant incidence of racially motivated violence in California history, to help spread awareness and encourage vigilance against racial bigotry, hatred, and persecution.

HR 5 – Data Privacy Day – Declares January 28, 2021, as California Data Privacy Day, to increase awareness of privacy and data protection issues among consumers, organizations, and government officials.