2020 Legislative Package

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SB 863 Brandon’s Law (Prohibiting Deceptive Marketing)

Prohibits an operator of the following types of facilities from providing any form of false advertising or marketing services: a licensed residential treatment facility or a certified alcohol or other drug program. The quality of care in these facilities is not consistent and does not always adhere to a specific set of standards. This bill is named after Brandon Nelson, who passed away in a facility in which he did not receive the treatment that was promised.

SB 867 AB 5 Exemption for Newspaper Carriers & Distributors

Creates a permanent exemption for newspaper distributors from the provisions of Assembly Bill 5 (Gonzalez, 2019).

SB 868 AB 5 Exemption for Freelance Journalists

Creates a permanent exemption for freelance journalists (writers, cartoonists, photographers, videographers) from the provisions of Assembly Bill 5 (Gonzalez, 2019).

SB 934 Eliminating the Franchise Tax Board Filing Fee for Nonprofits

Eliminates the $25 filing fee paid to the Franchise Tax Board (FTB) by non-profit organizations who are applying for a state tax exemption. Also, this bill removes the $10 filing fee for annual information returns paid to the FTB by specified tax-exempt organizations as well as a $25 late fee.

SB 994 Sharing of Jury Services Data

Requires jury commissioners to share relevant changes in a prospective juror’s voter registration, as received from prospective juror questionnaires, with county elections officials for the purpose of accurately updating and maintaining county voter rolls. Relevant information includes changes in state or county residency, age eligibility, or citizenship status.

SB 1023 Sexually Violent Predators: Open Court Proceedings

Would extend the presumption of openness that exists in almost all California courtrooms to proceedings under the Sexually Violent Predators Act. This bill would require there be notice to all parties of the proposed closure and that it be made at least 10 calendar days prior to the closed court hearing. “Only in the rarest of circumstances” can the civil proceedings be closed to the public.

SB 1144 Recovery Residence Investigations

Requires the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) to take action against an unlicensed facility if it has received a substantiated complaint, or refer the complaint to the appropriate enforcement agency. 

SB 1172 Require Disclosure of Licensure

Requires a residential treatment facility or certified alcohol or drug program that is licensed or certified by the state to disclose its license number and expiration date in all marketing materials and to any person who inquires about the license.   

SB 1295 Clarifying the DMV Voter Registration Process

Requires the California Department of Motor Vehicles to include an additional option during the voter registration process that would state, “I’m already registered. Please do not edit or change my current registration.” This option would prohibit the DMV from providing an individual’s information to the Secretary of State (SOS).

SB 1306 Save the Mountain Lions

Prohibits a person, business, or association from purchasing or selling bromadiolone on the internet, unless that person, business, or association is licensed or holds a permit to use or sell bromadiolone. This bill will also impose additional duties on county agricultural commissioners.

SB 1319 Property Tax Reassessment

Proposes to create a new “change in ownership” event for legal entity owned real property that occurs when 90% or more of the direct or indirect ownership interests in that legal entity transfer in a planned single transaction. (Current law requires reassessment when one legal entity or person acquires more than 50 percent of the ownership interests). Excludes family transfers upon death and publicly traded stock transactions. Increases penalties from 10% to 15% of taxes due for failure to file legal entity change in control statements with the BOE.

SB 1373 Conservation Easement in San Clemente

Prohibits any governmental or private entities from constructing, funding, or operating a major thoroughfare on open property, or property that is subject to a conservation easement, in the City of San Clemente.

SB 1395 Southern California Fentanyl Task Force

Requires the California Attorney General to establish and chair the “Southern California Fentanyl Task Force.”