2023-2024 Legislation

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2023-2024 Legislative Package

 

  1. AB 79: Law enforcement agency policies: remotely operated force options. AB 79 would establish statewide standards and thresholds on when law enforcement can utilize remotely operated equipment to use deadly force, as well as require an after action report to be make available to the legislature.

  1. AB 85: Social determinants of health screening and outreach. In order to achieve health equity and optimal health outcomes it is critical to identify, and address social determinants of health (SDOH) for individuals and families. AB 85 would ensure health teams have the resources to conduct social determinants of health screenings, referrals, and community navigation services.

  1. AB 268: Saving Lives in Custody Act. AB 268 addresses systemic deficiencies in California’s local detention facilities raised by the California Auditor Office and requires the BSCC to develop and adopt regulations pertaining to raising the standards of care for incarcerated people by local correctional facilities, including increasing the requirements of continued education for correctional staff, requirements for mental health screening/evaluations, and requirements for robust safety checks of at-risk incarcerated people. This bill would also add two licensed health professionals as members to the BSCC.

  1. AB 317: Pharmacists service coverage. AB 317 removes a barrier for pharmacists to bill commercial health plans for patient care services authorized by law. Pharmacists must be allowed to enroll in commercial health plan provider networks to bill for covered patient care services within the pharmacist’s scope of practice.

  1. AB 409: California Conservation Camp program: formerly incarcerated individuals: certifications: Department of Forestry and Fire Protection hiring priority. AB 409 would assist formally incarcerated low-level offenders that were previously employed with California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) through Conservation Camps (Fire Camps) as wildfire suppression personnel transition into full time employment as permanent firefighters.

  1. AB 576: Medi-Cal: reimbursement for abortion. AB 576 would require the Department of Health Care Services to fully reimburse providers for the provision of abortion medication that aligns with clinical guidelines, evidence-based research, and the discretion of the provider.

  1. AB 611: Special Education nonpublic schools change in certification status: parental notification. This bill will require local educational agencies to alert parents and/or guardians via email or mail within 14 days of becoming aware of any change in certification status of a nonpublic school.

  1. AB 699: Workers’ compensation: presumed injuries. Assembly Bill (AB 699) would expand presumptive coverage for hernia, pneumonia, heart trouble, cancer, tuberculosis, bloodborne infectious disease, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus skin infection, meningitis-related illnesses, and illness or injury related to post-traumatic stress disorder or exposure to biochemical substances to a full-time San Diego lifeguard employed by the City of San Diego Fire-Rescue Department and work in the Boating Safety Unit.

  1. AB 727: Product safety: cleaning products: perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAs).  AB 727 prohibits the sale, distribution, and manufacture in California of "cleaning products" containing PFAs chemicals. "Cleaning product" is defined as a finishing product that is an air care product, automotive product, general cleaning product, or a polish or floor maintenance product used primarily for janitorial, domestic, industrial or institutional cleaning purposes, or a water vessel product.

  1. AB 796: Athletic Training Practice Act. California is currently the only state that does not request individuals receive the proper education and training to practice athletic training. The Act, which would create the California Board of Athletic Training (Board) within the Occupational Therapy Board at `the Department of Consumer Affairs to exercise licensing, regulatory, disciplinary functions relating to athletic trainers. The Act would prohibit a person from practicing as an athletic trainer or using certain titles or terms without being licensed by the Board.

  1. AB 797: Local government: police review boards. AB 797 would require each city and county to establish an independent review board to conduct investigations of complaints against law enforcement officers and to report to the city council or county board of supervisors a report of the results of the investigation and a recommended course of action.

  1. AB 798 - Female Genital Mutilation. AB 798 would hold accountable an individual that takes a minor out of the country for female genital mutilation and would also prevent the individual from using religion, custom or standard practice as a defense for the practice of forcing female genital mutilation on a minor. Additionally, the bill expresses the intent of the legislature to enact legislation relating to community education, prevention, and outreach activities regarding the health risks and emotional trauma inflicted by the practice of female genital mutilation.

  1. AB 874: Health care coverage: out-of-pocket expenses. AB 874 will protect patient assistance to help pay for medications by banning the use of copay accumulator programs. The bill will require health insurance plans and pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) to apply any amount paid by the insured through copay assistance to the patient’s deductible or out-of-pocket maximum.

  1. AB 1011: Social care: data privacy. This bill would, among other things, prohibit a participating organization of a closed-loop referral system (CLRS) from adding to, or accessing from, a CLRS an individual’s personally identifiable information or social care information unless specified requirements are met, including that the individual provides consent.

  1. AB 1057: California Home Visiting Program. AB 1057 seeks to give additional flexibility to local health jurisdictions to administer more Home Visiting Programs that address the unique needs of their communities and provide support to families who need it most.

  1. AB 1103: Deferred interest financing: notice. AB 1103 requires entities that offer deferred interest financing plans or loans to notify a consumer that the financing period will be ending, before the period ends.

  1. AB 1138: Postsecondary education: sexual assault and sexual violence prevention: transportation services. AB 1138 will help connect survivors of sexual assault with the resources and assistance required after such an event. By providing transportation to and from a local rape crisis center, this bill will alleviate the lack of access to safe and affordable transportation some students may have.

  1. AB 1241: Medi-Cal: telehealth. AB 1241 would ensure that there is one standard of care – regardless of income or Medi-Cal eligibility – for individuals to access connected care that helps make health care more accessible for all. It would end unfair dual care standards for Medi-Cal patients whether it is telehealth or in-person; it will relieve health care provider shortages throughout the state; and it will increase health care access for Californians in urban and rural underserved communities.

  1. AB 1327: Interscholastic athletics: California Interscholastic Federation: hate violence. This bill would require the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF), in consultation with community organization that represent the interests of ethnic groups and communities of color, to develop a standardized incident form to track hate violence that occurs at high school sporting games or sporting events and annually post results on their internet website. This bill will also require the CIF to report to the appropriate policy committees of the Legislature and the Governor on its evaluation and accountability activities undertaken each year.

  1. AB 1381: Employment protections: call centers. Requires state agencies, which enter a contract, on or after Jan 1, 2025, with a private entity specifically to provide public or customer call center service for their agency or another state agency to ensure that at least 90% of the call center work is conducted in California no later than Jan 1, 2026.

  1. AB 1466: Pupil discipline: restraint and seclusion: reporting. AB 1466 seeks to provide greater accessibility and transparency for families with school aged children. This bill simply requires that local educational agencies post on their website restraint and seclusion data that they already collect and submit to the California Department of Education.

  1. AB 1584: Criminal procedure: Competence to stand trial. AB 1584 aligns with recommendations from the Council of State Governments and the Committee on the Revision of the Penal Code by giving judges the discretion to determine the most appropriate response to a finding of incompetency to stand trial, allowing for quicker determinations of eligibility for mental health diversion, creating earlier off-ramps from state hospital waitlists, and reducing the number of experts needed to complete what can be done by one person.

  1. AB 1701: Black infant health: California Perinatal Equity Initiative. AB 1701 would change “county health department” to “local health jurisdiction.” It allows the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) to allocate funding for the Perinatal Equity Initiative (PEI) directly to local health jurisdictions, which includes both city and county health departments, rather than limiting the funding to only county health departments. This change brings Health and Safety Code into alignment with current funding practices of the Black Infant Health (BIH) Program and allows all BIH programs to participate in the PEI.