Senator Bradford Announces 2022 Legislative & Budget Accomplishments
SACRAMENTO – This year Senator Steven Bradford (D-Gardena) continued his efforts championing a multitude of issues impacting not just his constituents, but all Californians. In total, he was successful at getting 8 bills approved by the Legislature, 6 of which were signed into law by the Governor before the bill signing deadline, which was this past Friday, September 30.
“As Chair of the Legislative Black Caucus and Senate Public Safety Committee, I am committed to creating legislation with a focus on equity and social justice in public safety, the economy, housing and employment,” said Senator Steven Bradford. “Each year presents us with the opportunity to address the most pressing issues facing our state. I am proud of what we have accomplished in 2022 and look forward to all that we will achieve together in the next legislative session.”
The following Bradford bills were approved by the Legislature and signed by Governor Newsom, unless otherwise stated:
- SB 1262: Returns public court record access to the status quo by allowing businesses to search and filter by date of birth and driver’s license number information when conducting a background check. Vetoed by the Governor.
- SB 1317: Eliminates the requirement that secondhand dealers and coin dealers report personally identifying information regarding the seller or pledger of secondhand goods to the DOJ database, and instead requires that this information to be kept confidential and on file and available upon request by law enforcement.
- SB 1334: Requires the University of California and other public sector healthcare employers to provide workers the same meal break and rest periods that the private sector currently enjoys.
- SB 1348: Removes offenses involving controlled substances from the list of crimes requiring automatic license denial under escrow laws administered by the Department of Financial Protection and Innovation.
- SB 1371: Requires the Secretary of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to increase the pay scale for those working while incarcerated over a five-year period. Vetoed by Governor.
- SB 1396: Authorizes the Department of Financial Protection and Innovation to evaluate the impact of a state program that allows tenants in assisted living the option of having their rental payments reported to a consumer-reporting agency.
- SB 1469: Authorizes water utilities to utilize a ratemaking process referred to as decoupling to encourage water conservation.
- SB 1476: Authorizes the Water Replenishment District to provide flexibility for the purchase of materials, equipment, supplies, and professional services. The bill also streamlines the execution of contracts.
In addition to legislation, Senator Bradford was also successful in securing critical and significant funding through the budget process:
- $40 Million for the Restoration of the Allensworth State Historic Park.
- $12 Million for the repair of the Artesia Bridge in Compton.
- $5.2 Million to increase services to disadvantaged populations who are experiencing vision health disparities and inequities.
- $7 Million in funding to provide youth with opportunities to learn and perform music.
- $5.2 Million in funding to promote entrepreneurship and small business creation/expansion in the underserved communities of Los Angeles.
- $2 Million in funding for the City of Gardena for the revitalization of Gardena Boulevard.
Senator Bradford is the Chair of the Senate Committee on Public Safety, 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.