Legislation

This bill extends the filing period with the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) for complaints of unlawful employment practices to three years.

This bill would establish a $25 million General Fund grant program to help county road maintenance departments and local fire protection districts purchase vegetation management equipment to prevent wildfires along county-maintained streets and roads within High and Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zones.

This bill would prohibit any person purchasing a horse in California at an auction to sell that horse for slaughter.

This bill requires the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) to establish reimbursement rates and billing codes for medication-assisted treatment (MAT) services provided by licensed narcotic treatment programs (NTPs) electing to provide noncontrolled medications approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for patients with substance use disorders (SUDs). 

The Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) was enacted in 1978 in response to the wholesale removal of Indian children from their parents, families, tribes and communities.  Studies revealed that large numbers of Native children were being separated from their parents, extended families, and tribes by state child welfare and private adoption agencies even when fit and willing relatives were available.

This bill increases ICWA compliance by clarifying placement approval standards for Indian children. It also ensures that Indian tribes can fully participate in ICWA cases by ensuring access to telephonic or other computerized or electronic remote access options for court appearances.

This bill establishes the Youth Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Treatment and Recovery Program Act of 2019. Requires the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) to:

  • establish community-based treatment and recovery programs to intervene and treat the problems of alcohol and drug use among youth under 21 years of age;
  • establish regulations on or before January 1, 2021, in collaboration with counties and providers of SUD services, regarding treatment and recovery programs for youth under 21 years of age;
  • establish through regulations criteria for participation, programmatic requirements, treatment standards, and terms and conditions for funding; and
  • update Medi-Cal billing codes to include screening, treatment, substance use therapies, counseling, and other services.

It also requires regulations developed under this bill to define and describe a comprehensive, evidence-based continuum of care to identify, treat, and support recovery from substance misuse for youth.

This bill would enact the California Firefighter Peer Support and Crisis Referral Services Act. The bill would authorize the state or a local or regional public fire agency to establish a Peer Support and Crisis Referral Program to provide an agency-wide network of peer representatives available to aid fellow employees on emotional or professional issues.

This bill would enact the Law Enforcement Peer Support and Crisis Referral Services Program. The bill would authorize a local or regional law enforcement agency to establish a peer support and crisis referral program to provide an agency-wide network of peer representatives available to aid fellow employees on emotional or professional issues.

This bill would reinvigorate the advisory role of local mental health boards and clarify their responsibilities, encourage broader community membership and participation, encourage Boards of Supervisors to allocate additional resources for these boards to help them to complete their statutory duties, and provide transparency to the public when specific recommendations from the local boards are not included in the 3‑year Mental Health Services Act plans and annual updates.

This bill would prohibit SANDAG’s board of directors from changing the allocation of revenues to any component of the expenditure plan contained in the TransNet Extension Ordinance by more than an unspecified percentage unless the board adopts a resolution proposing to change the allocation of revenues in the expenditure plan, holds 4 public meetings in specified regions of the county to share the details of the proposed change, and the proposed change is approved by 2/3 of the electors voting on the measure at a special election called by the board.