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CAPITOL UPDATE #28 July 1, 2021

 July 1, 2021

California Federation of Republican Women
Sue Blair, President

        Submitted by the CFRW Legislative Analyst Committee        
  Gretchen Cox, Elaine Freeman, Lou Ann Flaherty,
Val Emick, and Theresa Speake


AB 1509 – Enhancements: firearms.
 Existing law imposes various sentence enhancements, consisting of additional and consecutive terms of imprisonment, including enhancements for being armed with a firearm during the commission of a felony and using a firearm during the commission of a felony. This bill would repeal those enhancements and make conforming changes.

Existing law imposes a sentence enhancement in the state prison of 10 years for personally using a firearm in the commission of specified felonies, 20 years for personally and intentionally discharging a firearm in the commission of those felonies, and 25 years to life for personally and intentionally discharging a firearm and causing great bodily injury or death to any other person during the commission of those felonies. This bill would reduce those enhancements to 1, 2, and 3 years, respectively.

Existing law imposes a sentence enhancement of 5, 6, or 10 years in the state prison for, with intent to inflict great bodily injury or death, discharging a firearm from a motor vehicle in the commission of a felony and inflicting great bodily injury or death in the commission of a felony. This bill would reduce that enhancement to 1, 2, or 3 years in the state prison. This bill would additionally authorize a person serving a term for those provisions as they read on or before December 31, 2021, to petition the court for a recall of sentence and to request resentencing in accordance with these changes.


AB 642 –Wildfires- Existing law requires the Director of Forestry and Fire Protection to identify areas of the state as VERY HIGH fire hazard severity areas and provides for specified fire protection building standards in these areas. This bill would require that the director identify areas in the state as MODERATE AND HIGH FIRE hazard areas and would expand the fire protection building standards to MODERATE fire hazard areas.

This bill would require that the department, on or before July 1, 2023, make recommendations on how to model wildfire risk for a community and would require that the department actively engage with California State Universities, Native American tribes, tribal organizations, and cultural fire practitioners to enhance its public education efforts.
Status:  Cleared the Assembly (73-0 votes) and referred to the Senate. Scheduled for a Committee hearing on 6/29/2021.



SB 321: Employment Safety Standards: household domestic services. Existing law, the California Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1973, requires employers to comply with certain standards ensuring healthy and safe working conditions, as specified.

Existing law defines “employment,” for purposes of the act, to include the carrying on of any trade, enterprise, project, industry, business, occupation, or work, including all excavation, demolition, and construction work, or any process or operation in any way related thereto, in which any person is engaged or permitted to work for hire, except household domestic service. This bill would delete the above-described exception for household domestic service, thereby making it subject to the act.  
Status: Passed the Senate, in the Assembly with a hearing scheduled for July 6th.


AB 1284- Certificated school employees: permanent status. Existing law requires each person who after being employed for 2 complete consecutive school years by a county superintendent of schools in a teaching position is reelected for the next succeeding school year to a teaching position to be classified as a permanent employee.  This bill would instead authorize each person who, after being employed for 3 complete consecutive school years in a teaching position is reelected for the next year and classified as a permanent position.

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