2019 Legislative Package

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SB 57 – Restoring Choice to the DMV Voter Registration Process

Allows individuals to opt-in for voter registration at the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) instead of automatically being registered to vote or having to opt-out of registration.

SB 131 – Restricted Appraisal Reports

Extends a sunset on a narrow exemption from the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP), specific to the distribution of “restricted appraisal reports.” This exemption would be permitted with the consent of the client, except in federally-related transactions, loan negotiations, or the purchase or refinance on a small home.

SB 141 – Screening for Sexually Violent Predators

Ensures the safety of our communities by requiring that all inmates convicted of a sexually violent offense be administered a mental health evaluation before release.

SB 161 – Protecting all Californians from the Dangers of Fentanyl

Adds fentanyl to a category of dangerous drugs, such as heroin, that are subject to penalty enhancements based on the weight an individual possesses for sale or distribution.

SB 283 – Drug Testing for Fatal Collisions

Helps law enforcement understand and quantify the causes behind fatal collisions by expanding current law to require drug testing in cases of death that occur within 48 hours of a collision.

SB 401 – Candidate-Controlled Ballot Measure Committees

Closes the loophole that allows candidates to promote themselves through the use of candidate-controlled ballot measure committees without being subject to contribution limits.

SB 465 – Continued Emergency Preparedness Funding for SONGS

Ensures that local governments continue to receive funding for offsite emergency response planning, training, and exercises related to the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS).

SB 486 – Patient Brokering in Commercial Recovery Residences 

Prohibits commercially-operated recovery residences from participating in patient brokering and sets a $50,000 fine for violations.

SB 541 – Lockdown Drills

Requires all K-12 public and private schools, with an enrollment of 50 or more students, to conduct two lockdown drills per school year.

SB 589 – Prohibition of Deceptive Marketing Practices

Prohibits an operator of the following types of facilities from providing any form of false advertising or marketing services: a licensed residential treatment facility, a certified alcohol or other drug program, or a recovery residence.

SB 604 – Mental Health Services Act: Centers of Excellence

Requires the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission to establish centers of excellence to provide counties with technical assistance and to implement best practices.

SB 679 – Board of Behavioral Sciences: License Portability to California

Streamlines the process for licensed professional clinical counselors, marriage and family therapists, and clinical social workers in other states to become licensed in California.

SB 710 – Reducing Crime and Keeping California Safe

Alleviates the unintended and dangerous consequences of recent criminal justice reform bills and initiatives by: (1) reinstating DNA collection for certain crimes that were reduced to misdemeanors, (2) reclassifying specific violent crimes as “violent felonies” to ensure individuals convicted of these crimes are not eligible for early release, (3) reforming the parole system to expand parolee oversight and strengthen penalties for parole violations, and (4) restoring accountability for serial thieves.

SB 746 – Cancer Treatment Coverage 

SB 746 requires health care insurance providers, that already cover chemotherapy or radiation therapy, to cover anticancer medical devices as of January 1, 2020.

SCR 3 – President George H.W. Bush Day

Recognizes June 12, 2019, and every June 12 thereafter, as President George H.W. Bush Day.

SCR 21 – Costa Mesa Fire Captain Michael Kreza Memorial Highway

Designates a portion of Interstate 5 (I-5) in Orange County between Avery Parkway to El Toro Road as the “Costa Mesa Fire Captain Michael Kreza Memorial Highway.”