2017-18 Legislation

Health Legislation

Senate Bill (SB) 227 - Authorizes Licensed Vocational Nurses to perform specified feeding tube services for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) patients and other individuals with neurodegenerative conditions in the home setting.

SB 241 - Changes state law to specify that patients have the right to receive an electronic copy of their medical record, if the health care provider maintains it electronically, and to receive a copy of their medical record in the form and format of choice, if the health care provider can readily produce the record.  The bill would also eliminate the ability of providers to collect a retrieval fee for medical records, in accordance with federal law, and align state privacy laws for mental health patients with federal law by permitting the disclosure of patient information from providers to business associates or health care operations in accordance with the federal “minimum necessary” standard.

SB 300 - Requires a health-warning label be placed on sugar-sweetened beverages sold in California that contain added sweeteners and 75 calories or more per 12 ounces.  The warning label will inform consumers about the risks that link sugary drink consumption to obesity, type 2 diabetes, and tooth decay.

SB 398 - Deletes the July 1, 2019 sunset date for the Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) program and makes it a permanent state program.  The bill also requires ongoing grants to TBI sites under the existing program if they are compliant and meet operational certification standards.

SB 449 - Requires eight hours of classroom training for Certified Nurse Aides (CNAs) to be dedicated to addressing the special needs of those with Alzheimer’s and related dementias.  Of the current 60 classroom hours of training for CNAs, 50 hours are prescribed in regulation by the California Department of Public Health.  There are 10 training hours that are not specified.  This bill would require eight of the 10 unspecified classroom hours to focus on dementia training. 


Transportation Legislation

SB 158 - Implements a federal rule that requires those seeking a commercial driver’s license (CDL) complete a certified course of instruction from a commercial driving institution or a program offered by an employer before being issued a CDL.  The Department of Motor Vehicles would be required to adopt regulations to comply with the federal rule by February 7, 2020.  In addition, SB 158 would establish minimum behind-the-wheel training be completed as part of the required training.


Environmental Legislation

SB 377 - Aligns California law with the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Renovation Repair and Painting rule by establishing a state certification process for contractors to work on renovation, repair, and painting projects that are likely to contain lead paint.  Fourteen other states have already successfully aligned state and federal lead laws.

Senate Concurrent Resolution (SCR) 23 - Designates the Spring Equinox of every year as California Wildlife Day to help to educate the public about the importance of protecting and nurturing the state’s wildlife, as well as to increase the public’s awareness to protect, restore and care for our natural resources.  In 2017, the Spring Equinox will be observed on March 20th.


Worker-Related Legislation

SB 295 - Authorizes the state Labor Commissioner to cite Farm Labor Contractors (FLCs) when there is a finding that no or inadequate sexual harassment prevention training has occurred; when no records of training have been provided; when falsified training records are given to farm workers; and/or when there is failure to train workers in a language they understand.   The measure would also require FLCs to annually disclose to the Labor Commissioner the training materials being used and report the total number of farm workers who have been trained in the previous calendar year.

SB 632 - Enacts a general presumptive time limit of one day, seven hours for depositions of dying asbestos deponents, similar to federal law.  A licensed physician would be required to attest that the deponent is over 70 years of age and his/her health is such that a deposition of more than seven hours will prejudice the deponent’s interest in the litigation or, without regard to the age of the deponent, the deponent suffers from an illness or condition that raises substantial medical doubt of the survival of the deponent beyond six months.


Underground Economy

SB 486 - Allows the Contractors State License Board (CSLB) to establish an intermediary level of discipline to address less egregious violations of the law and to direct funds that are saved to increased enforcement efforts.  The CSLB would utilize this new authority to address violations that do not involve financial injury or an order of correction for consumers, such as advertising violations.


Insurance Legislation

SB 261 - Authorizes the electronic submission of specified reports, and establishes standards and procedures for reports that are required by the Insurance Code to be submitted to legislative committees.

SB 569 - Requires an insurer, within 90 days of a declaration of disaster by the President or Governor, to send a letter to its insureds within the disaster area who have not filed a claim within the first 30 days explaining their insurance coverage and providing information about how to contact the insurer to file a claim if they have suffered a loss.


Public Safety Legislation

SB 321 - Requires the Governor to appoint a special master to oversee the state’s exoneree compensation claims process, currently administered by the California Victims Compensation Board.  The special master must, at a minimum, have training and experience in the evaluation of evidence, making determinations of fact, and applying the facts to the law, particularly in the area of wrongful convictions.

SB 420 - Includes sentencing information in the existing list of criminal background information that the California Department of Justice is authorized to provide to specified entities who are eligible to receive Criminal Record Offender Information.