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Governor Newsom Takes Final Action of 2019 Legislative Season


Joint accomplishments include urgently addressing California’s affordability crisis by passing the Nation’s strongest statewide rent protections, expanding health care coverage and passing legislation to lower prescription drug prices

Focused on effective government by fortifying state against natural disasters and economic downturns – passing historic wildfire safety legislation and creating largest rainy day fund Ensuring justice for all Californians by passing historic clean drinking water legislation and taking on powerful institutions on behalf of everyday Californians

“Together, we have accomplished a great deal this year to help California families get ahead and made historic progress on some of the state’s most intractable challenges.”

SACRAMENTO — Governor Gavin Newsom took his final actions of the 2019 legislative season today and thanked the Legislature for their work and accomplishment on enacting 870 bills in the following statement:

“I want to take a moment to congratulate the Legislature on their work this year and to thank Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins and Speaker of the Assembly Anthony Rendon for their leadership. Together, we have accomplished a great deal this year – through the budget and legislation – that helps California families get ahead and tackles some of the state’s most intractable problems.

“This year, California passed the nation’s strongest renter protection package. Our state made record housing and homeless investments paired with big new tools for housing production. We moved California closer to universal health care coverage by expanding coverage, increasing Covered California subsidies for middle-income Californians and taking on rising prescription drug prices. 

“California, faced with catastrophic wildfires, invested $1 billion to prevent, mitigate and recover from wildfires, disasters and emergencies. And in July, our state enacted something that few people thought could be done – wildfire legislation that moved California closer to a safer, reliable and affordable energy future.

“Our state is doing more now than at any point in our history to help California families tackle the challenges of affordability and provide opportunity to all Californians – more than doubling tax cuts for working families, expanding paid family leave, increasing access to early childhood education, and taking on payday lenders. 

“On education, California brought disparate sides in the education community together and forged a historic agreement on changes to charter school law that was years in the making. We invested more in K-14 education than at any point in our history, and put on next year’s ballot the chance to make long-overdue investments in school infrastructure and safety. California made two years of community college tuition-free, increased financial aid for parents pursuing a college degree and kept tuition from rising in our UC and CSU systems.

“We have helped defend our state from Trump’s attacks – blocking the Administration from using state lands to open up drilling on protected federal lands. We took on the long-standing challenge of clean drinking water systems, became the first ever to require SMOG tests for semi trucks and convinced four major auto-makers to stand up for higher emission standards and oppose the Trump administration.

“California is once again striking out against injustice and leading the nation by example. We passed one of the country’s strongest police use-of-force laws, and outlawed private, for-profit prisons. California became the first state in the nation to stand up to the NCAA’s long-standing profiteering from student athletes. California took first-in-the-nation steps to strengthen our gun safety laws, protect workers and defend reproductive health care rights. We continued to make progress reforming our criminal justice system – eliminating a major mandatory minimum sentence and establishing a system to seal arrest and conviction records for low-level offenses.

“We are proving that our state is successful not despite our diversity, but because of it. California isn’t just defending our vibrant immigrant communities. We are affording all Californians – regardless of immigration status – the chance to serve their communities and give back.

“In California, we are putting in place new reforms of agencies that don’t serve the public as well as they should – pushing the DMV to join the 21st century, giving new authority to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to enforce wildfire safety standards, and recasting the priorities of our state’s agency that regulates oil and gas extraction.

“California did all of this while living within our means: creating the largest rainy day fund in California history, paying down pension liabilities and eliminating our state’s wall of debt.  

“In my inaugural, I spoke of the California Dream as a house – one that must be built on a strong fiscal foundation. For that reason, I am returning a number of bills to the Legislature without my signature that would significantly increase costs outside of the state’s regular budget process. 

“We have clearly achieved a great deal together, and I commend the Legislature for their hard work. I look forward to our continued partnership as we head into the new year and continue to tackle challenges of affordability and work to expand opportunity to all Californians.”

In his final action of the 2019 legislative season, the Governor today vetoed a number of bills that would significantly increase costs outside of the state’s regular budget process. In total, Governor Newsom vetoed bills this year costing $1.2 billion, increasing to $3 billion ​annually at full implementation. He also took action on a number of other bills.

Governor Newsom today announced that he has signed the following bills:

  • AB 118 by the Committee on Budget – State employment: State Bargaining Units 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 11, 13, 14, 15, 17, 20, and 21.
  • AB 142 by Assemblymember Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens) – Lead-acid batteries.
  • AB 218 by Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) – Damages: childhood sexual assault: statute of limitations.
  • AB 290 by Assemblymember Jim Wood (D-Santa Rosa) – Health care service plans and health insurance: third-party payments. A signing message can be found here.
  • AB 623 by Assemblymember Marc Berman (D-Palo Alto) – Elections: printing requirements and ballot design.
  • AB 744 by Assemblymember Cecilia Aguiar-Curry (D-Winters) – Health care coverage: telehealth.
  • AB 922 by Assemblymember Autumn Burke (D-Inglewood) – Reproductive health and research: oocyte procurement.
  • AB 1519 by Assemblymember Evan Low (D-Campbell) – Healing arts. A signing message can be found here.
  • AB 1783 by Assemblymember Robert Rivas (D-Hollister) –  H-2A worker housing: state funding: streamlined approval process for agricultural employee housing development.
  • SB 328 by Senator Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge) – Pupil attendance: school start time.
  • SB 395 by Senator Bob Archuleta (D-Pico Rivera) – Wild game mammals: accidental taking and possession of wildlife: collision with a vehicle: wildlife salvage permits.
  • SB 707 by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) – Arbitration agreements: enforcement.

The Governor also announced that he has vetoed the following bills:

  • AB 16 by Assemblymember Luz Rivas (D-Arleta) – Homeless children and youths: reporting. A veto message can be found here.
  • AB 166 by Assemblymember Jesse Gabriel (D-Encino) – Medi-Cal: violence preventive services. A veto message can be found here.
  • AB 197 by Assemblymember Shirley Weber (D-San Diego) – Full-day kindergarten. A veto message can be found here.
  • AB 211 by Assemblymember Ian Calderon (D-Whittier) – Personal income taxes: deduction: California qualified tuition program. A veto message can be found here.
  • AB 283 by Assemblymember Kansen Chu (D-San Jose) – CalWORKs: school attendance: immunizations. A veto message can be found here.
  • AB 294 by Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez (D-Pomona) – Correctional facilities: gassing. A veto message can be found here.
  • AB 318 by Assemblymember Kansen Chu (D-San Jose) – Medi-Cal materials: readability. A veto message can be found here.
  • AB 344 by Assemblymember Ian Calderon (D-Whittier) – New Beginnings California Program. A veto message can be found here.
  • AB 346 by Assemblymember Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove) – Workers’ compensation: leaves of absence. A veto message can be found here.
  • AB 357 by Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian (D-North Hollywood) – Taxation: tax liability: collections. A veto message can be found here.
  • AB 386 by Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia (D-Coachella) – Agricultural Working Poor Energy Efficient Housing Program. A veto message can be found here.
  • AB 411 by Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Scotts Valley) – Redevelopment: City of Santa Cruz: bond proceeds: affordable housing. A veto message can be found here.
  • AB 500 by Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) – School and community college employees: paid maternity leave. A veto message can be found here.
  • AB 512 by Assemblymember Philip Ting (D-San Francisco) – Medi-Cal: specialty mental health services. A veto message can be found here.
  • AB 520 by Assemblymember Ash Kalra (D-San Jose) – Public works: public subsidy. A veto message can be found here.
  • AB 625 by Assemblymember Ash Kalra (D-San Jose) – Service contracts: public transit: collection and transportation of solid waste: retention of employees. A veto message can be found here.
  • AB 638 by Assemblymember Adam Gray (D-Merced) – Department of Water Resources: water storage: climate change impacts. A veto message can be found here.
  • AB 681 by Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) – Elections: voter registration: partisan primary elections. A veto message can be found here.
  • AB 734 by Assemblymember Brian Maienschein (D-San Diego) – Resource families: supportive services pilot program. A veto message can be found here.
  • AB 842 by Assemblymember Monique Limόn (D-Santa Barbara) – Child nutrition: school, childcare, and preschool meals. A veto message can be found here.
  • AB 848 by Assemblymember Adam Gray (D-Merced) – Medi-Cal: covered benefits: continuous glucose monitors. A veto message can be found here.
  • AB 885 by Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin (D-Thousand Oaks) – Property taxation: new construction: definition. A veto message can be found here.
  • AB 914 by Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) – Medi-Cal: inmates: eligibility. A veto message can be found here.
  • AB 944 by Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) – CalWORKs: sponsored noncitizen: indigence exception. A veto message can be found here.
  • AB 970 by Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) – California Department of Aging: grants: transportation. A veto message can be found here.
  • AB 1036 by Assemblymember Cecilia Aguiar-Curry (D-Winters) – Elections: civic outreach and voter engagement. A veto message can be found here.
  • AB 1075 by Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) – California State University: speech-language pathologist programs. A veto message can be found here.
  • AB 1092 by Assemblymember Reggie Jones-Sawyer (D-Los Angeles) – Child support: enforcement. A veto message can be found here.
  • AB 1153 by Assemblymember Buffy Wicks (D-Oakland) – Mandated Child Abuse Reporting Employee Training Act of 2020. A veto message can be found here.
  • AB 1175 by Assemblymember Jim Wood (D-Santa Rosa) – Medi-Cal: mental health services. A veto message can be found here.
  • AB 1184 by Assemblymember Todd Gloria (D-San Diego) – Public records: writing transmitted by electronic mail: retention. A veto message can be found here.
  • AB 1214 by Assemblymember Melissa Melendez (R-Lake Elsinore) – School employees: training: cardiopulmonary resuscitation. A veto message can be found here.
  • AB 1307 by Assemblymember Blanca Rubio (D-Baldwin Park) – Student financial aid: Cal Grant program. A veto message can be found here.
  • AB 1391 by Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Alameda) – Elections: voter language preference. A veto message can be found here.
  • AB 1437 by Assemblymember Phillip Chen (R-Yorba Linda) – Local government: redevelopment: revenues from property tax override rates. A veto message can be found here.
  • AB 1516 by Assemblymember Laura Friedman (D-Glendale) – Fire prevention: wildfire risk: defensible space and fuels reduction management. A veto message can be found here.
  • AB 1590 by Assemblymember Blanca Rubio (D-Baldwin Park) – Personal income tax: credit: qualified first-time homebuyer. A veto message can be found here.
  • AB 1613 by Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D-Long Beach) – Public works: prevailing wages. A veto message can be found here.
  • AB 1681 by Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) – Public employees: collective bargaining: unit determinations. A veto message can be found here.
  • AB 1688 by Assemblymember Ian Calderon (D-Whittier) – Rehabilitation programs: recidivism. A veto message can be found here.
  • AB 1702 by Assemblymember Luz Rivas (D-Arleta) – Homeless Coordinating and Financing Council. A veto message can be found here.
  • AB 1727 by Assemblymember Shirley Weber (D-San Diego) – Community colleges: career development and college preparation courses. A veto message can be found here.
  • AB 1736 by Assemblymember Tom Daly (D-Anaheim) – Notification requirements. A veto message can be found here.
  • SB 5 by Senator Jim Beall (D-San Jose) – Affordable Housing and Community Development Investment Program. A veto message can be found here.
  • SB 10 by Senator Jim Beall (D-San Jose) – Mental health services: peer support specialist certification. A veto message can be found here.
  • SB 35 by Senator Ling Ling Chang (R-Diamond Bar) – Human trafficking: California ACTS Task Force. A veto message can be found here.
  • SB 139 by Senator Ben Allen (D-Santa Monica) – Independent redistricting commissions. A veto message can be found here.
  • SB 154 by Senator Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) – Medi-Cal: restorative dental services. A veto message can be found here.
  • SB 184 by Senator John Moorlach (R-Costa Mesa) – Judges’ Retirement System II: deferred retirement. A veto message can be found here.
  • SB 202 by Senator Scott Wilk (R-Santa Clarita) – Animal blood donors. A veto message can be found here.
  • SB 212 by Senator Ben Allen (D-Santa Monica) – Elections: local voting methods. A veto message can be found here.
  • SB 268 by Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) – Ballot measures: local taxes. A veto message can be found here.
  • SB 296 by Senator Ben Allen (D-Santa Monica) – Student financial aid: immigrants seeking asylum. A veto message can be found here.
  • SB 337 by Senator Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) – Child support. A veto message can be found here.
  • SB 349 by Senator Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge) – Minimum franchise tax. A veto message can be found here.
  • SB 363 by Senator Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) – Workplace safety. A veto message can be found here.
  • SB 365 by Senator Maria Elena Durazo (D-Los Angeles) – CalWORKs: immediate childcare assistance. A veto message can be found here.
  • SB 428 by Senator Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) – Pupil health: school employee training: youth mental and behavioral health. A veto message can be found here.
  • SB 445 by Senator Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge) – Alcohol and drug treatment: youth. A veto message can be found here.
  • SB 484 by Senator Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge) – Public postsecondary education: community college transfer students. A veto message can be found here.
  • SB 487 by Senator Anna Caballero (D-Salinas) – Department of Water Resources: aerial snow survey. A veto message can be found here.
  • SB 503 by Senator Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) – Medi-Cal: managed care plan: subcontracts. A veto message can be found here.
  • SB 532 by Senator Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge) – Redevelopment: City of Glendale: bond proceeds: affordable housing. A veto message can be found here.
  • SB 538 by Senator Susan Rubio (D-Baldwin Park) – Electronic cigarettes. A veto message can be found here.
  • SB 575 by Senator Steven Bradford (D-Gardena) – Cal Grants: student eligibility. A veto message can be found here.
  • SB 622 by Senator Maria Elena Durazo (D-Los Angeles) – Civil detention facilities: state investigation. A veto message can be found here.
  • SB 704 by Senator Steven Bradford (D-Gardena) – Telecommunications: Moore Universal Telephone Service Act. A veto message can be found here.
  • SB 706 by Senator Cathleen Galgiani (D-Stockton) – Public health: pulmonary hypertension task force. A veto message can be found here.

For full text of the bills, visit: http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov

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