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CALIFORNIA BUDGET

AB 74

  • Author: Phil Ting

  • Topic: 2019 Budget

  • Summary: This bill would make appropriations for the support of state government for the 2019–20 fiscal year, with a number of provisions relating to small businesses.

  • Effective Date: June 29, 2019

 

AB 83

  • Author: Committee on Budget

  • Topic: Housing and homelessness trailer bill for the 2020-21 budget.

  • Summary: It contains the necessary changes necessary to implement the 2020 Budget Act. It details how National Mortgage Settlement Funds are to be used, details on local government property exchange, and creates a Round 2 of Homeless Housing Assistance and Prevention. 

  • Effective Date: June 30, 2020

 

AB 85

  • Author: Committee on Budget

  • Topic: Intends to close a gap in the budget created by the COVID-19 pandemic

  • Summary: Suspension of net operating loss (NOL) deductions for tax years beginning in 2020, 2021 and 2022. Limitation of tax credits to $5 million for each taxpayer for the same tax years.

  • Effective Date: June 30, 2020

 

AB 89

  • Author: Phil Ting

  • Topic: Budget Act of 2020

  • Summary: The Budget Act of 2020 made appropriations for the support of state government for the 2020–21 fiscal year. This bill would amend the Budget Act of 2020 by amending items of appropriation and making other changes. This bill would declare that it is to take effect immediately as a Budget Bill.

  • Effective Date: June 30, 2020

 

SB 74

  • Author: Holly Mitchell

  • Topic: Budget Act of 2020

  • Summary: Appropriations for the 2020 budget with a number of implications for small businesses.

  • Effective Date: June 30, 2020

 

 

SB 82

  • Author: Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review

  • Topic: Budget

  • Summary: This bill would rename the Population Research Unit as the Demographic Research Unit. The bill would make various conforming changes in this regard. This bill also sets and clarifies registration fees associated with a number of state agencies, and makes caveats for “small businesses.”

  • Effective Date: June 28, 2019

 

SB 94

  • Author: Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review

  • Topic: Budget - omnibus trailer bill

  • Summary: Omnibus bill with reference to financial data and determining employee eligibility for health coverage.

  • Effective Date: June 28, 2019

 

SB 115

  • Author: Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review

  • Topic: 2019 & 2020 Budget Revisions

  • Summary: Notwithstanding any other provision of law, upon approval and order of the Department of Finance, the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration may transfer funds from the Small Business Hiring Credit Fund to the components of the sales and use tax program to offset revenue loss associated with the Small Business Hiring Credit. The funds available in the Small Business Hiring Credit Fund shall be available through April 30, 2026.

  • Effective Date: September 10, 2020

 

CANNABIS

AB 97

  • Author: Committee on Budget

  • Topic: Relates to cannabis law and licensing

  • Summary: This bill aims to further enable authorities to penalize non-compliant, or illicit, actors in the cannabis space. It also sets up a process for organic certification, specifies that an applicant can receive a provisional license without first having a temporary license, and further directs money and support to social equity applicants.

  • Effective Date: July 1, 2019

 

CELEBRATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

ACR 2

  • Author: Adrin Nazarian

  • Topic: Persian New Year

  • Summary: This measure would recognize Nowrūz, the Persian New Year celebration.

  • Effective Date: NA

 

ACR 133

  • Author: Kalra

  • Topic:

  • Summary: This measure would designate the month of November 2019 to be California’s Sikh American Awareness and Appreciation Month.

  • Effective Date: NA

 

ACR 169

  • Author: Aguiar-Curry

  • Topic: Women in Construction Week.

  • Summary: This measure would proclaim the week of March 1, 2020, to March 7, 2020, inclusive, as Women in Construction Week.

  • Effective Date: NA

 

SCR 19

  • Author: Galgiani

  • Topic: Women in Construction Week

  • Summary: This measure would proclaim the week of March 3, 2019, to March 9, 2019, inclusive, as Women in Construction Week.

  • Effective Date: March 3, 2019, to March 9, 2019

 

SCR 47

  • Author: Rubio

  • Topic: Small Business Month

  • Summary: This measure would declare May as Small Business Month and express the Legislature’s support of the Governor’s efforts in promoting small businesses.

  • Effective Date: NA

 

CONTRACTING/PROCUREMENT

AB 230

  • Author: Bill Brough

  • Topic: Disabled veteran business enterprises

  • Summary: This bill would require that information to include proof of payment for work done by the DVBE, along with the amount and percentage of work the prime contractor committed to provide to one or more DVBEs under the contract. The bill would also require every state contract for which DVBE participation is included in the bid to contain a provision requiring the contractor to comply with all rules, regulations, ordinances, and statutes that apply to the California Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise Program.

  • Effective Date: October 10, 2019

 

AB 356

  • Author: Santiago

  • Topic: Pilot program for Los Angeles Community College District: best value procurement

  • Summary: This bill would establish a pilot program to authorize the Los Angeles Community College District to use, before December 31, 2024, a best value procurement method for bid evaluation and selection for public projects that exceed $1,000,000.

  • Effective Date: August 30, 2019

 

AB 1533

  • Author: Eggman

  • Topic:

  • Summary: This new law extends to the County of San Joaquin existing law that authorizes local agencies to establish preferences for small businesses, disabled veteran businesses, and social enterprises in facilitating contract awards.

  • Effective Date: July 2, 2019

 

SB 588

  • Author: Archuleta

  • Topic: Public Contracts

  • Summary: This bill would establish an appropriate penalty framework for failing to provide the information already required under existing law in order to help facilitate accurate and transparent collection of date related to DVBE programs. This bill would also provide that prior to taking any penalty action, the awarding department would first be required to give the prime contractor a reasonable opportunity to cure the reporting deficiency, and if the prime contractor continues to fail to comply with the certification requirements, the awarding department must notify DGS.

  • Effective Date: January 1, 2021

 

EDUCATION

AB 1340

  • Author: Chiu

  • Topic: For-profit education

  • Summary: This bill requires for-profit institutions to demonstrate they are effectively preparing students for the job market by calculating the ratio of graduates’ debt to their earnings.

  • Effective Date: January 1, 2020

 

​EMPLOYMENT AND LABOR

AB 635

  • Author: Bigelow

  • Topic: Employment at state fairs

  • Summary: This bill pertains to employment status of individuals who work at a state fair.

  • Effective Date: September 30, 2020

 

AB 2257

  • Author: Gonzalez

  • Topic: Worker classification

  • Summary: This bill makes a number of changes to AB 5 regarding worker classification, further exempting some categories while also attempting to extend the possibility of IC classification for some if certain conditions are met.

  • Effective Date: September 4, 2020

 

SB 83

  • Author: Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review

  • Topic: Paid leave

  • Summary: SB 83 extends the duration an employee may receive Paid Family Leave (PFL) benefits from six weeks to eight weeks, within a twelve month time period.

  • Effective Date: July 1, 2020

 

ENVIRONMENT

AB 54

  • Author: Phil Ting

  • Topic: Revisions to The California Beverage Container Recycling and Litter Reduction Act.

  • Summary: The existing act, previously effective until January 1, 2020, authorizes up to 5 limited-term recycling pilot projects, subject to department approval, that are designed to improve redemption opportunities in unserved convenience zones. The act subjects each pilot project to certain requirements, including, among others, that the pilot project not establish a redemption location outside of a convenience zone. This bill would extend the operation of that authorization until January 1, 2022, and would revise the pilot project requirements, including, among other revisions, prohibiting a pilot project from establishing a redemption location outside of the pilot project area rather than outside of a convenience zone.

  • Effective Date: October 14, 2019

 

AB 753

  • Author: Garcia

  • Topic: Tribal gaming and environmental mitigation

  • Summary: This bill ratifies the gaming compact between the Cabazon Band of Mission Indians and the State of California; and ratifies, in deference to tribal sovereignty, certain actions are not projects for the purposes of CEQA.. The Compact includes a two-tiered provision for environmental mitigation, which is included in some of the recent compacts and depends on the number of slot machines the Tribe operates.

  • Effective Date: October 10, 2020

 

AB 913

  • Author: Calderon

  • Topic: Amending PUC code as it relates to wildfire and undercollection

  • Summary: This bill would authorize an electrical corporation to request the PUC to issue a financing order to authorize the recovery of certain incremental undercollection amounts for calendar year 2020 through the issuance of bonds by the electrical corporation that are secured by a rate component if the electrical corporation's annual true-up advice letter is accepted and verified and those incremental amounts are verified for calendar year 2020.

  • Effective Date: September 30, 2020

 

AB 3220

  • Author: Committee on Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials

  • Topic: Water resources

  • Summary: This bill extends and makes minor modifications to the existing law, which requires the State Water Resources Control Board to conduct a loan and grant program to assist small businesses in upgrading, replacing, or removing tanks meeting applicable local, state, or federal standards.

  • Effective Date: September 30, 2020

 

SB 1117

  • Author: Monning

  • Topic: Electrical or gas service

  • Summary: This bill would replace “electrical corporation” with “load-serving entity,” defined as including electrical corporations, community choice aggregators, and electric service providers, in many of these provisions relative to the responsibilities of an electrical corporation and master-meter customer when electrical service is provided by a master-meter customer to users who are tenants of a mobilehome park, apartment building, or similar residential complex.

  • Effective Date: September 29, 2020

 

FAMILY CHILDCARE

AB 378

  • Author: Limón

  • Topic: Family childcare representatives

  • Summary: This bill would authorize family childcare providers to form, join, and participate in the activities of provider organizations, that act as representatives of childcare providers.

  • Effective Date: October 1, 2019

 

FINANCIAL SERVICES

AB 78

  • Author: Committee on Budget

  • Topic: Establishes the California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank (I-Bank)

  • Summary: The Bergeson-Peace Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank Act (Bank Act) establishes the California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank (I-Bank) in the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development. This bill would create the Climate Catalyst Revolving Loan Fund Act of 2020. The bill would require the bank to administer the Climate Catalyst Revolving Loan Fund and would authorize the bank, under the Climate Catalyst Revolving Loan Fund Program, to provide financial assistance to any eligible sponsor or participating party for eligible climate catalyst projects, either directly to the sponsor or participating party or to a lending or financial institution, as specified.

  • Effective Date: June 29, 2020

 

AB 1864

  • Author: Limón

  • Topic: Financial institutions and consumer protection

  • Summary: This bill renames the “Department of Business Oversight” as the “Department of Financial Protection and Innovation,” and extends the department's oversight.

  • Effective Date: October 29, 2020

 

INSURANCE

AB 593

  • Author: Carrillo

  • Topic: Unemployment insurance 

  • Summary: This bill would add a chief elected official of local workforce investment areas, as defined under federal law, to the list of entities permitted to use information obtained in the administration of the Unemployment Insurance Code, and additionally to access any relevant quarterly wage data necessary for the evaluation and reporting of specified workforce program performance as required and permitted by various local laws, as specified. The bill would also require the Employment Development Department, among other things, to develop the minimum requirements for granting a request for disclosure of information for those purposes and a standard application for submitting a request for disclosure of information.

  • Effective Date: October 9, 2019

 

AB 731

  • Author: Kalra

  • Topic: Group rate health coverage

  • Summary: AB 731 will expand the rate review practice that the state already has in place for the individual and small group markets to the large group market. This bill also improves rate review for individual, small business and large employer coverage by ensuring reporting by geographic region for all health plans as well as information on prices charged by doctors and hospitals as a percentage of Medicare.

  • Effective Date: July 1, 2020

 

SB 78

  • Author: Committee on Budget Review and Health

  • Topic: Health

  • Summary: Starting January 1, 2020, California Senate Bill 78 (CA SB 78) requires all California residents, including children, to maintain minimum essential coverage or be subject to a state tax penalty (unless they qualify for an exemption).

  • Effective Date: January 1, 2020

 

SB 740

  • Author: Mitchell

  • Topic: Unclaimed life insurance

  • Summary: This bill, the Unclaimed Life Insurance and Annuities Act, would provide standards for identifying a deceased individual whose death may require an insurer to pay benefits or proceeds to beneficiaries in accordance with the terms of a life insurance policy, annuity contract, or retained asset account, for locating those beneficiaries, and for providing those beneficiaries with appropriate claims forms or instructions to make a claim.

  • Effective Date: September 12, 2019

 

SERVICES AND PROGRAMS

AB 82

  • Author: Committee on Budget

  • Topic: Changes to Business and Professions Code, Civil Code, Labor Code, Government Code, and several others. 

  • Summary: As it relates to small businesses, this bill would establish the Social Entrepreneurs for Economic Development Initiative (SEED Initiative), to be administered by the board, to, among other things, assist economically disadvantaged groups who face significant barriers to employment, including, but not limited to, individuals with limited English proficiency. The bill would, through the SEED Initiative, authorize entrepreneurial training to individuals from the target populations and the award of microgrants to support them in launching or maintaining a small business in California.

  • Effective Date: June 29, 2020

 

AB 102

  • Author: Committee on Budget

  • Topic: Changes to retirement savings

  • Summary: This bill would rename the California Secure Choice Retirement Savings Trust Act as the CalSavers Retirement Savings Trust Act, the body that administers the act as the CalSavers Retirement Savings Board, and would make conforming changes in this regard.

  • Effective Date: June 29, 2020

 

AB 1352

  • Author: Waldron

  • Topic: Mental health board

  • Summary: This bill would state that a mental health board serves in an advisory role to the governing body, and would require the board to review and evaluate the local public mental health system and advise the governing body on community mental health services delivered by the local mental health agency or local behavioral health agency, as applicable.

  • Effective Date: October 10, 2019

 

SB 85

  • Author: Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review

  • Topic: Budget - omnibus trailer bill

  • Summary: Existing law creates the Healthy Stores Refrigeration Grant Program in the Department of Food and Agriculture upon the appropriation of funds. This bill would require that a grant recipient be located in a low-income area or a low-access area and would define “low-access area.” Small businesses are established as potential recipients in this process.

  • Effective Date: June 26, 2019

 

SB 112

  • Author: Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review

  • Topic:

  • Summary: There is hereby created within state government the California Secure Choice Retirement Savings Investment Board, which shall consist of nine members, with the Treasurer serving as chair. A “small business representative” is one position designate.

  • Effective Date: September 2019

 

SB 1276

  • Author: Rubio

  • Topic: Domestic Violence

  • Summary: This bill removes the requirement for local domestic violence centers receiving state funds to provide cash or an in-kind match for the funds received.

  • Effective Date: September 30, 2020

 

STATE RECORDS AND CODES

AB 469

  • Author: Petrie-Norris

  • Topic: State records management

  • Summary: This bill will require the Secretary of State to obtain previously specified reports from agencies on a biennial basis, and would require the Secretary of State to report statewide compliance with the act to the Department of Finance at least every 2 years.

  • Effective Date: September 23, 2019

 

AB 991

  • Author: Gallagher

  • Topic: Maintenance of the Codes

  • Summary: This bill would make non substantive changes in various provisions of law to effectuate the recommendations made by the Legislative Counsel to the Legislature.

  • Effective Date: October 4, 2019

 

SB 1371

  • Author: Committee on Judiciary

  • Topic: Maintenance of the codes

  • Summary: Existing law directs the Legislative Counsel to advise the Legislature. This bill would make nonsubstantive changes in various provisions of law to effectuate the recommendations made by the Legislative Counsel to the Legislature, with a handful of references to and for “small businesses.”

  • Effective Date: October 5, 2020

 

TAXES

AB 91

  • Author: Burke, D

  • Topic: Earned Income Tax Credit

  • Summary: Modifies the Earned Income Tax Credit by increasing the maximum adjusted gross income limitation for eligible individuals up to $30,000. Enacts the refundable Young Child Tax Credit of up to $1,000 per year for families eligible for the EITC.

  • Effective Date: July 1, 2019

 

AB 308

  • Author: Muratsuchi

  • Topic: Corporate and franchise tax

  • Summary: This bill would extend the minimum franchise tax and annual tax exemptions for a corporation and a limited liability company that are small businesses solely owned by a deployed member of the United States Armed Forces for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2020, and before January 1, 2030.

  • Effective Date: October 2, 2019

 

AB 1296

  • Author: Gonzalez

  • Topic: Underground economy and tax evasion

  • Summary: AB 1296 will authorize California tax agencies to exchange intelligence, data, documents, information, complaints, or lead referrals for the purpose of investigating illegal underground operations. It will also permanently establish the Tax Recovery in the Underground Economy (TRUE) criminal enforcement program meant to prosecute tax evasion.

  • Effective Date: October 9, 2019

 

SB 1447

  • Author: Bradford

  • Topic: Small business tax credit

  • Summary: This bill allows a small business hiring credit against California state income taxes or sales and use taxes to certain California qualified small business employers that receive a tentative credit reservation. This credit only applies to California small businesses that meet the following qualifications:

    • Employed 100 or fewer employees as of December 31, 2019, and

    • Suffered a 50 percent decrease or more in income tax gross receipts (generally, all income less returns and allowances), when comparing second quarter 2020 to second quarter 2019.

  • Effective Date: September 10, 2020

 
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