Legislation Session - 2019-2020

Gavin’s Law (AB 582) is named in honor of Central Valley educator Gavin Gladding who was killed in September 2018 by a driver who hid from law enforcement for weeks before being caught. The driver, who was believed to have been drinking just prior to the accident, was caught and sentenced to three years in prison in November 2018. Gavin’s family learned that he was released on probation in December 2019 after spending only one year in prison. AB 582 increases the maximum prison sentence for hit-and-run drivers who kill someone.  Under California law, the maximum punishment for a fatal hit-…
AB 1961 extends the same protections under the Whistleblower Protection Act to those individuals who confide in the Legislature, whether it is an individual legislator or a committee.      
California’s Foster Care Ombudsman does not have the independence needed to fulfill its ombudsperson role. Currently, the Ombudsman is appointed by the head of the Department of Social Services. As the National Center for Youth Law has observed: “This structure creates direct conflicts of interest—or, at the very least, the appearance of conflicts—because the department director controls all aspects of the program’s operation and allocation of resources. This means the ombudsman has no independent authority to recommend policy or program improvements.” AB 1988 will solve this problem by…
AB 2064 seeks to amend the Government Code to implement the California State Auditor’s recommendations and require California Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) to help California’s most vulnerable groups in developing their local emergency plan. Additionally, AB 2064 will require Cal OES to review all Counties’ emergency plans to determine if they are consistent with best practices.
AB 2120 would authorize the Franchise Tax Board to exercise leniency when assessing interest for those who have shown that the failure to pay withholdings to the Franchise Tax Board was due to reasonable cause and not willful neglect.
AB 2136 aims to relieve the financial burden put on families who are in vital need of caregivers by providing a tax credit, specifically to those who end up paying the most out-of-pocket for these expenses.
AB 2185 will allow occupational licensees in good standing in their home states to simply transfer their license upon establishing residency in California - avoiding the significant time and paperwork otherwise required. California licensing boards will still collect the necessary fees to process the license, and may require state-specific exams if necessary. 
AB 2390 is the annual adoption bill to improve adoption processes and procedures in California, co-sponsored by the Academy of California Adoption Lawyers. The goal of this bill is to provide much needed consistency and certainty and ultimately help avoid litigation and confusion for families.        
AB 2417 clarifies that bereaved mothers, defined as those who have suffered a miscarriage, stillbirth, or fatal fetal diagnosis, must be included in the population of patients who are informed about maternal mental health conditions. It will amend current code to ensure that bereaved mothers are also screened by their providers for maternal mental health conditions.
AB 2418 will ensure that women who experience pregnancy loss are able to be their own best advocates during this crucial time of need.will ensure that all women who experience miscarriage, stillbirth, fatal fetal diagnosis, or other forms of pregnancy loss are informed of all of their options – medical and otherwise. This bill requires the Department of Health Care Services to compile information about perinatal hospice services and make it available to hospitals and patients.