2021 Bills

Assemblymember Marc Berman is proudly authoring the following legislation in 2021: 

 

AB 37 - Elections: vote by mail ballots.

AB 37 would require elections officials to mail every active registered voter a ballot for all future elections and ensure that all California voters can continue to track their vote-by-mail ballot as they move through the mail system and are processed by elections officials.

 

AB 236 - Elections - LLC Dark Money Ban Act

AB 236 would require a political committee that receives campaign contributions from a limited liability company (LLC) to disclose the name of each individual who owns or controls the LLC and the name of each individual who controls the contributions or expenditures of the LLC, and establishes conditions under which an LLC is required to disclose the true sources of money that it uses to make campaign contributions and expenditures in California. 

 

AB 390 - Online Subscription Cancellation

AB 390 would strengthen the protections afforded to consumers by California's Auto Renewal Law by ensuring that consumers can cancel their subscriptions online, and that they can do so without delay or having to jump through hoops. 

 

AB 541 - Tobacco Assessment

AB 541 would require substance use disorder treatment facilities to assess patients for tobacco use and offer or refer them to treatment to quit tobacco.

 

AB 563 - Office of School-Based Health Programs

AB 563 would establish an Office of School-Based Health Programs within the California Department of Education to ensure greater access to health care services at schools and draw down more federal funds.

 

AB 775 - Basic Needs Center and Coordinator at California Community Colleges

AB 775 would provide a single point of contact for community college students to more easily access, gain awareness, and be connected to basic needs services and resources by establishing a Basic Needs Center and Basic Needs Coordinator on every community college campus.  

 

AB 796 - Voter registration: California New Motor Voter Program.

AB 796 would make further improvements and refinements to the California New Motor Voter program to ensure its continued success and effectiveness.

 

AB 928 - The Student Transfer Achievement Reform Act of 2021

The transfer process between community college and a four-year institution remains unnecessarily complex, confusing, and difficult for the vast majority of students to navigate. AB 928 would reimagine the transfer process from the student perspective by creating an Intersegmental Implementation Committee to provide a permanent entity to facilitate intersegmental coordination and greater state-level accountability for implementation of the Associate Degree for Transfer, setting a target date for CSU and UC to establish a singular lower division general education pathway that meets transfer admission to both, and requiring community college students be placed on an Associate Degree for Transfer pathway, where one exists for their major while providing an opt-out for students.

 

AB 972 - Elections: deceptive audio or visual media

AB 972 would extend, until January 1, 2027, the applicability of a law that prohibits a person, within 60 days of an election, from knowingly or recklessly distributing deceptive audio or visual media (i.e. a deepfake) of a candidate with the intent to injure the candidate’s reputation or deceive a voter into voting for or against the candidate. 

 

AB 1010 - Architects: continuing education

Recognizing the need for a holistic approach to addressing climate change, AB 1010 would require that architects licensed by the State of California complete continuing education coursework on zero net carbon design.

 

AB 1073 - Community colleges: students enrolled in early childhood education or child development courses: fee waivers

AB 1073 would establish the Early Childhood Education Workforce Waiver to provide a fee waiver for specified courses for community college students with declared majors related to early childhood education and child development.

 

AB 1091 - Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority: board of directors

AB 1091 would reduce the size of the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority Board of Directors and replace the elected Board of Directors with appointed members of the public.

 

AB 1111 - Common Course Numbering

AB 1111 would create a student facing common course numbering system at California Community Colleges, meaning comparable courses would have the same course number at all community colleges. Having the same course number would reduce unnecessary confusion, ease advising, reduce excess unit accumulation, and make it easier for community college students to transfer and earn their degree, saving students time and money.

 

AB 1143 - Harassment Restraining Orders: Service of Process

In the event that the address of the respondent is unknown when a court is considering the issuance of a temporary restraining order and notice of hearing in civil harassment restraining order cases, AB 1143 would authorize the court to order service on the defendant other than by personal service. This measure would protect harassment victims from potentially arbitrary legal barriers to seeking protection from harassers.

 

AB 1219 - Income taxes: Natural Heritage Preservation Tax Credit Act of 2000

AB 1219 would reestablish the Natural Heritage Preservation Tax Credit program, which allows the state, a local government, or a qualified non-profit to acquire conservation, park, habitat land at a discounted purchase price by structuring the acquisition so that the landowner can receive a state tax credit.

 

AB 1317 - Clean energy

 

AB 1346 - Air pollution: small off-road engines.

AB 1346 would phase out the sale of new gas-powered small off-road engines, primarily lawn and garden equipment, by 2024 for cleaner air and healthier communities.

 

AB 1495 - Vacancy elections: United States Senate.

AB 1495 would provide that any appointment made by the Governor to fill a vacancy in California’s representation in the United States Senate is consistent with the Seventeenth Amendment. Specifically, the bill would provide for an election to be held to fill a vacancy in California’s representation in the Senate, even if the vacancy occurs during the last two years of the US Senate term.