Senator Bradford Successful in Securing Governor’s Signature on All 2020 Legislation
SACRAMENTO – Yesterday, Governor Gavin Newsom signed the two remaining bills on his desk by Senator Steven Bradford (D-Gardena), closing the book on a successful legislative year in which all of Senator Bradford’s bills sent to the Governor were signed into law.
“2020 challenged Californians in so many ways and I am proud that, at the end of the legislative session, I delivered a package of laws that will protect them from injustice, insolvency, eviction, foreclosure, and improve consumer protections,” said Senator Bradford. “These laws include a small business tax credit I authored that will help businesses struggling to endure and hire workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. It also includes a fair deal negotiated by a group of legislators, including myself, with the Governor and stakeholders to keep people housed by shielding tenants from eviction and small landlords from foreclosure — giving a hand up, but not a handout, to those in need.”
“This year, we were once again reminded that the promise of America is a promise unfulfilled to many,” continued Senator Bradford. “I am particularly proud to have written into law new protections for youth from being interrogated without a lawyer. California has finally learned the lesson taught by the experience of the Central Park Five in New York City: everyone deserves to understand their rights, especially children.”
“During this economic downturn, I also fought for expanded consumer protections,” added Senator Bradford. “Because of laws I authored, California is now the first state in the nation that empowers renters in medium and large multifamily, subsidized properties to build their credit scores as they pay their rent. Cannabis consumers can have more confidence in the safety of the medicinal or adult recreational products
they buy. Firefighters, peace officers, and law enforcement who join insurance benefit associations will be better informed and protected.”
The following is Senator Bradford’s 2020 legislation that has been signed into law by the Governor:
·SB 203: Interrogation of Children
Requires children, up to age 17, to consult with legal counsel prior to custodial interrogation and before waiving their Miranda rights.
·SB 1157: Credit Reporting for Lower-Income Households
A first-in-the-nation requirement for multifamily, subsidized rental property owners with 200 or more units occupied by low-income households to offer optional credit reporting of rental payments.
·SB 1192: Benefit and Relief Associations
Creates important consumer protections for members of police, peace officer, and firefighter benefit associations that offer long-term disability or care benefits by enhancing transparency between these associations and the Department of Insurance.
·SB 1244: Cannabis Testing & Consumer Safety
Authorizes state and local law enforcement, regulatory, and prosecutorial agencies to have cannabis tested at a licensed facility to ensure it is safe for consumers and complies with existing regulations.
·SB 1447: Small Business Hiring Tax Credit
Creates a new $100 million small business hiring tax credit program, expanding California’s assistance programs for small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible small businesses can reserve this credit beginning in December 2020 with the California Department of Tax & Fee Administration.
·AB 3088: (Joint Author) Tenant/Landlord COVID-19 Eviction & Foreclosure Relief
Protects tenants and small landlords struggling due to COVID-19 by providing eviction relief and foreclosure protection. For more information, see HousingisKey.com.
Senator Bradford is the chair of the Senate Banking & Financial Institutions Committee, vice-chair of the California Legislative Black Caucus, and represents the Los Angeles County communities of Carson, Compton, Gardena, Harbor City, Hawthorne, Inglewood, Lawndale, Lennox, San Pedro, Torrance, Watts, Willowbrook, and Wilmington. More information about Senator Bradford and his legislation can be found at www.senate.ca.gov/Bradford