2019-2020 Legislation

Banking and Financial Institutions

  • SB 455: Financially Empowering Californians

    (Signed by the Governor)

    Creates the California Financial Empowerment Fund administered by the Department of Business Oversight to award grants to nonprofit organizations, which provide effective financial education and empowerment tools to unbanked and underbanked individuals and families.
  • SB 747: Banking Development Districts

    Establishes a Banking Development District Program within the Department of Business Oversight. The program encourages the establishment of banking branches to serve the banking needs of financially disenfranchised Californians who are currently unbanked. This bill seeks to bridge the growing financial equity gap in California while affording citizens the opportunity to build wealth through access to reasonably priced banking services.

Business and Economic Development

  • SB 595: Reducing Barriers and Creating an Equitable Cannabis Industry

    Requires a state cannabis-licensing authority to develop and implement a program to provide state application or licensing fee waivers and deferrals for local social equity applicants or licensees, who have been most harmed by cannabis prohibition and the larger war on drugs.
  • SB 658: Improving Consumer Safety and Effective Regulatory Oversight in the Cannabis Industry

    Authorizes local regulators to access the California Cannabis Track-and-Trace system for purposes of enforcement, and requires the Bureau of Cannabis Control to create an emblem program to help consumers differentiate illegal operators and licensed operators.   


  • SB 206: The Fair Pay to Play Act

    (Signed by the Governor)

    Enables all student athletes enrolled in public or private four-year colleges and universities to earn money from sponsorships, endorsements and other activities that use their name, image, and likeness.
  • SB 426: Better Preparing South LA Students for College

    Expands the academic and leadership skills of high school and community college students in the South Los Angeles Area by creating a fellowship program that increase their enrollment in the California State University system.
  • SB 575: Expanding Access to College Education Programs for Incarcerated Students

    Ensures that incarcerated students will have equal access to college education programs, while supporting effective rehabilitative efforts within our correctional institutions.


Energy, Utilities and Communication

  • SB 155: Clarifying Energy Procurement Rules

    (Signed by the Governor)

    Clarifies existing requirements that help the State achieve its existing renewable and zero-carbon energy goals.
  • SB 255: Expanding Diversity in California’s Energy Sector

    (Signed by the Governor)

    Adapts the existing energy supplier diversity initiative to suit our twenty-first-century electric grid by including new market participants.
  • SB 497: Increased Transparency from the California Energy Commission

    Requires the chair of the Energy Commission to appear annually before the Legislature to report on the many vital activities underway at this agency.
  • SB 676: Smart Transportation Electrification

    (Signed by the Governor)

    Lowers the overall costs associated with Californians’ growing number of electric vehicles by integrating their electricity demand into the grid in smart, optimal ways.
  • SB 704: Improving the LifeLine Universal Telecommunication Service Program

    Updates the LifeLine program, which helps low-income Californians access affordable, basic telephone service for their safety and well-being, and helps particularly vulnerable individuals better access the program.
  • SB 772: Building the Electric Grid of the Future

    Fills a resources gap in California’s clean energy goals by ensuring the electric grid will have sufficient long-duration bulk energy storage to integrate intermittent renewable energy and ensure long-term reliability.

Environmental Quality

  • SB 519: Streamlining Remediation for Groundwater Cleanup

    (Signed by the Governor)

    Authorizes the State Water Resources Control Board to grant money in the Site Cleanup Subaccount to Water Replenishment Districts thereby quickly and effectively funding projects in order to protect valuable water resources.


  • SB 322: Protecting Employee Reporting Rights during Health Inspections

    (Signed by the Governor)

    Allows workers to speak freely and privately with a state hospital or health facility inspector during an inspection by the Department of Public Health to ensure the safety of all workers and patients.


  • SB 534: Ensuring Diversity in California’s Insurance Industry

    (Signed by the Governor)

    Reinstates the Insurance Supplier Diversity Survey and expands on current definitions in the survey to include diverse communities and categories that have been historically excluded, such as LGBT and veteran-business enterprises. Also codifies the Governing Board Diversity Survey and Insurance Diversity Task Force in order to continue collecting vital information and advise the Department of Insurance on how best to achieve its diversity goals.


  • SB 218: Fair Employment and Housing Act Local Enforcement

    Allows local jurisdictions to investigate and enforce state law prohibiting employment discrimination and enact their own employment antidiscrimination ordinances.


  • SB 731: The Workers’ Compensation Justice Act

    Prohibits the reduction of workers’ compensation benefits on the basis of race, gender, sexual identity, genetics, and other factors.

Public Safety

  • SB 269: Fair Compensation for the Wrongly Convicted

    (Signed by the Governor)

    Extends the time to apply for compensation for individuals who were wrongly convicted and have proven their innocence in a court of law. Also provides additional compensation for individuals who wrongfully spent time on parole, under state supervision, or on the sex offender registry.


  • $30 million for Cannabis Equity
    • For local jurisdictions to implement and expand their cannabis equity programs, serving individuals most harmed and disproportionately impacted by cannabis prohibition.
    • Ensures funding is allocated to local jurisdictions based on equity needs so applicants and licensees can directly benefit from the program and funding. 
  • $7.5 million for the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science
    • $5 million for enrollment growth and student support services.
    • $2.5 million for academic facilities upgrades.
  • $5 million, on-going for In-prison Rehabilitative Programming
    • Creates the California Reentry Enrichment (CARE) Grant Program for community-based organizations (CBOs) that offer transformative and effective in-prison programming to apply to CDCR for state grants.
    • Establishes the CARE grant steering committee consisting of representatives from various entities including: researchers, CBO participants and facilitators, the Division of Adult Institutions, Division of Rehabilitative Programming, and the Office of the Inspector General to oversee, administer and select grant criteria and awardees.     
  • $1 million for the Mental Health Practitioner Education Fund (MHPEF):
    • Ensures $1M from the mental health workforce development funds are used through the MHPEF to repay educational loans for former California foster youth, who are currently serving as mental health providers such as marriage and family therapists, licensed clinical social workers, and licensed professional counselors.  


  • SCR 5: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

    Honors the late reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and commemorates January 15, 2019 as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
  • SCR 12: Black History Month

    Recognizes February 2019 as Black History Month and celebrates the accomplishments of African Americans, while encouraging Californians to recognize the many talents of African Americans and the achievements and contributions they have made on our country.
  • SCR 31: The Willie L. Brown, Jr. Circle and Plaza

    Names the public street, circle, and plaza at 914 and 915 Capitol Mall as the Willie L. Brown, Jr. Circle and Plaza.
  • SCR 58: Juneteenth

    Recognizes June 19th, 2019 as Juneteenth Day or “Emancipation Day” and the oldest African American holiday.
  • SCR 69: Fair and Just Wages for Incarcerated Workers

    Expresses the Legislature’s support for fair and just wages for incarcerated persons working for the Prison Industry Authority, the Division of Juvenile Facilities, and the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
  • SJR 10: Removing Cannabis from the Drug Schedules

    Urges the Congress and President of the United States to enact legislation that would remove cannabis and its derivatives from the federal drug schedules.