Of the 32 legislative endorsements our club made this year, thirteen bills have been signed into law, one proposed constitutional amendments qualified for the November 2024 ballot, four bills were vetoed, and 12 didn’t make it to the Governor’s desk. Some bills died in committee (SB 252 was killed by committee Chair Tina McKinnor) and some were withdrawn when the authors realized they didn’t have the votes. Many of the bills that did not make it out of the legislature this year will return in 2024. Here are the bills that were signed into law:
AB 421 (Bryan) Majority Leader Isaac Bryan (AD 55) said in a statement: “A confusing referendum process has made it too easy for concentrated special interests to silence and manipulate the voice of voters in our communities, but with Governor Newsom’s signature on AB 421 we are putting power back in the hands of the people.” The law will require referendums that seek to repeal existing law to make it clear whether a yes vote will “keep the law” or “overturn the law.” It will take effect for new measures added to the 2024 ballot.” Editorial
One Club-endorsed measure has qualified for the November 2024 ballot:
ACA 5 (Low) Marriage Equality. If the Supreme Court overturns the right to gay marriage as they did with the right to an abortion with Roe, 2008’s Proposition 8 will go back into effect and same-sex marriage will be illegal in California. This ballot measure will repeal Prop. 8 amending the California State Constitution to protect marriage equality from the Trump/Thomas Court.
Governor Newsom vetoed these bills:
AB 309 (Alex Lee) aims to address the shortage of affordable homes for all income levels in California by creating the Social Housing Program under the Department of General Services, with the goal of developing social housing on state property. Read more here.
The list of bills our club endorsed that did NOT make it to the Governor’s desk this year or qualify for the 2024 ballot are:
AB 83 (Lee) Political Reform Act of 1974: contributions and expenditures by foreign-influenced business entities
AB 93 (Bryan) Criminal procedure: consensual searches
AB 364 (Bryan) Street Furniture Data
AB 610 (Holden) Free Youth Transit
AB 745 (Bryan) Reentry Housing and Workforce Development Program
AB 793 (Bonta) Privacy: reverse demands
AB 920 (Bryan) to make the unhoused a protected category
SB 252 (Gonzalez) to divest state pensions from risky Fossil Fuel investments
SB 238 (Weiner) Child mental health care coverage: independent medical review
SB 466 (Wahab) Costa-Hawkins Reform.
ACA 4 (Bryan) Elections: Eligibility to Vote.
ACA 8 (Wilson) The California Abolition Act seeks to amend Article 1, Section 6 of the California Constitution to prohibit slavery and involuntary servitude without exception.