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State Legislature will have a mere five weeks to pursue the most pressing bills before its adjournment on August 31.

State Legislature Scheduled to Return July 27

  • 2020-07-23T19:00:00.000+0000
  • California
  • Author: Jimmy Jackson

After an unplanned two-week delay due to legislative employees and members of the State Legislature testing positive for COVID-19, the State Legislature is scheduled to return July 27 for what will likely be a frantic five-week sprint to its August 31 adjournment.

Legislative leadership in both houses had already strongly encouraged members to minimize legislation that is not pressing this year or does not deal in some way with COVID-19 or things necessary to state operations.

A bill that was recently significantly amended that may be of interest to Biocom members is AB 979. If signed into law, this bill would require, by December 31, 2021, that a corporation with its principal executive office in California have a minimum of one director from an underrepresented community; by December 31, 2022, a corporation with at least four but fewer than nine directors would have to have two members from underrepresented communities, and those with nine or more directors would have to have three from underrepresented communities. AB 979 defines someone from an underrepresented community as “an individual who self-identifies as African American, Hispanic, or Native American.” These requirements would be in addition to those already in law as a result of SB 826, signed into law in 2018, pertaining to representation of women on corporate boards in California. Biocom does not have a position on this legislation at this time.

Other active bills are still evolving, and Biocom continues to monitor changes closely as it is still difficult to assess what exactly will be pursued by legislators in this shortened session. You may keep current on the status of all bills Biocom is tracking here.