New year, new bills

As the Legislature reconvenes for its second term of the biennial session, new and amended bills are starting to roll in, setting the tone and agenda for the Legislature. CNPA has already identified several measures that it will be watching this year.

In reaction to sexual harassment scandals roiling the Capitol and beyond, Sen. Connie Leyva (D-Chino) has introduced SB 820 which would prohibit a confidentiality clause in a settlement agreement related to sexual assault, harassment, and workplace violations based on harassment or discrimination. The bill went into print on Jan. 3 and will not be heard by a policy committee until March at the earliest.

Two measures were introduced to combat the FCC’s recent repeal of net neutrality. SB 460 was amended on Jan. 3 by Senate Pro Tem Kevin De León (D-Los Angeles) to regulate internet service providers under state law in a way that maximizes internet neutrality and ensures the fair distribution of services to low-income individuals and communities.

Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) and 13 other legislators introduced SB 822, which states that it is the intent of the Legislature to enact laws to effectuate net neutrality in California utilizing the state’s regulatory powers and to prevent internet service providers from engaging in practices inconsistent with net neutrality.

The first true transparency bill of the year comes from Asm. Al Muratsuchi (D-Manhattan Beach). AB 1777 would require the Commission on Correctional Peace Officer Standards and Training (CPOST) to post online various documents such as live streams and recordings of its meetings, meeting agendas, minutes and professional development materials for state correctional employees.