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CAPITOL UPDATE #16 May 5, 2022

 May 5, 2022

California Federation of Republican Women
Janet Price, President

        Submitted by the CFRW Legislative Analyst Committee        
Karen Contreras, Gretchen Cox, Elaine Freeman, 
 Theresa Speake, and Cheryl Sullivan

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This bill requires all licensed firearm dealers to have a digital video surveillance system meeting certain standards, to have general liability insurance coverage of at least one million dollars, and to require certain training for all employees annually.  This is a very encompassing bill that puts many requirements on gun store owners.


This bill creates a private right of action that allows individuals to file civil suits against anyone who manufactures, distributes, transports, sells or imports firearms banned in California, as well as precursor firearm parts.  Current law allows for remedies for illegal activities by firearm dealers and manufacturers.


This bill expands what is considered a “precursor part” under existing law and requires serial numbers on those parts.  Further, it expands the definition of a “firearm” for purposes of criminal and regulatory penalties to include “precursor parts”.  And, it prohibits the possession, transfer, sale or advertising of milling machines that have the sole or primary purpose of manufacturing firearms.  Unfinished frames or receivers are not regulated as firearms under federal law; however, they are already regulated under state law and are limited to being transferred by licensed vendors in California.


Existing law, the Sargent Shriver Civil Counsel Act, requires legal counsel to be appointed to represent low-income parties in civil matters involving critical issues affecting basic human needs in courts selected by the Judicial Council  The act requires the Judicial Council to develop one or more programs involving specific types of civil matters, including, among others, housing-related matters, probate conservatorships, guardianships, and domestic violence and civil harassment restraining orders.

This bill would require the programs to provide services without regard to the citizenship or immigration status of the person represented, and if an organization is prohibited, due to other funding restrictions, from representing certain persons due to their citizenship or immigration status, would require the organization to refer those individuals for services elsewhere.


This bill would require health care providers and other agencies, including schools, childcare facilities, family childcare homes and county human services agencies to disclose the specified immunization information, and would add the patient’s or client’s race or ethnicity to the list of information that shall or may be disclosed.

The bill would additionally authorize schools, childcare facilities, family childcare homes and county human services agencies to use the specified immunization information, in the event of a public health emergency, to perform immunization status assessments of pupils, adults and clients to ensure health and safety.

Existing law requires schools, childcare facilities, family childcare homes, and county human services agencies to maintain the confidentiality of the specified immunization information and to only use the information for specified purposes, including to carry out their responsibilities regarding required immunization for attendance or participation benefits, or both.  AB-1797 will change the confidentiality of the information with broad reporting. 

For further information on any of the bills mentioned here, click the Bill # in the email. Or you can CLICK HERE and simply enter the bill # or keywords where designated.

Find/contact your local Legislators, click HERE to inquire, or let them know your opinion about bills or issues.

To contact your U.S. Representatives, call the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121

Listen to hearings on bills that interest you – 

California Legislative Portal links – Express your support or opposition to a bill directly to the Legislative committee currently reviewing it (as an individual, not as a member of RWF or CFRW) – click here, or the bill’s author- click hereenter your bill # and look for the tab at top of the bill page labeled “Comments to Author”.

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