Today is the deadline for state lawmakers to send bills to Newsom’s desk — and they almost certainly will not be extending California’s eviction moratorium, leaving those protections to expire on Sept. 30, CalMatters’ Manuela Tobias reports. Lawmakers won’t reconvene in Sacramento until Jan. 3, 2022 — although some may return to the Capitol after the Sept. 14 recall election to hold a twice-postponed hearing on the state unemployment department’s progress on crucial reforms.
Here’s a look at key proposals legislators sent to Newsom on Thursday, as well as some that didn’t make it through:
- Passed: Bills that would take on companies like Amazon by requiring them to disclose quotas or work speed standards; ensure cost-free COVID-19 testing; massively expand California’s chief college financial aid program and ease transfers to UC and Cal State; boost paid family leave payments; end the subminimum wage for people with disabilities; crack down on debt settlement firms; restrict the use of the recycling symbol on plastic products; require public colleges to provide free period products; legalize jaywalking; phase out the use of gas-powered leaf blowers; ban the practice of paying signature-gatherers for initiative, referendum and recall petitions by the signature; and set privacy safeguards for personal data gathered by genetic testing companies such as Ancestry.com and 23andMe.
- Dead for the year: A bill that would have poured hundreds of millions of dollars into fixing California’s crumbling canals — and a bill that would have given judges discretion over whether defendants need to post bail in order to be released while awaiting trial. The latter bill was held after a Sacramento woman was allegedly raped and killed by a homeless man with a lengthy criminal history who had been released on zero bail.