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Public Policy Newsletter Article

Clock Ticking for Bills on Governor’s Desk

  • 2020-09-24T14:30:00.000+0000
  • Author: Jimmy Jackson

As we edge closer to the end of September, we also are fast approaching the 30 day deadline for Governor Gavin Newsom to sign or veto bills sent to him by the Legislature in the waning days of session before its September 1st adjournment. In the last edition of the Policy Newsletter, we summarized bills of interest that eventually passed the Legislature in its final hours of its 2020 Regular Session. Some key bills are listed here, along with any action taken by press time.

Signed into law
AB 685 (Reyes) requires notification (within 24hrs of the employer knowing or should have known) of employees at a worksite of a possible exposure to COVID-19 (as defined in the bill).
Although companies should seek advice from qualified counsel as to how the bill’s provisions will apply to them, Biocom’s Sacramento contract lobbying representative, Sloat, Higgins, Jensen and Associates, put together this memo on AB 685 shortly after its passage by the Legislature.

Awaiting Action
AB 713 (Mullin) addresses discrepancies between current state consumer privacy laws and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), some of which could affect collection of patient data in California required by the FDA, particularly in post-market surveillance.

AB 979 (Holden and C. Garcia). This bill will 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 (as defined in the bill). 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.

SB 972, will create a list of companies with gross receipts above $5 billion, with those companies’ state tax liability and amount of any credits received. This list would be provided to specified committees of the Legislature.

Again, the Governor has not taken action on any of the bills above except AB 685 as of this time. For the status of any bills Biocom was tracking in the 2019-20 session, please click here.