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CAPITOL UPDATE #3 February 3, 2022

 February 3, 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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 – Energy building standards: photovoltaic requirements-(solar panels)  Existing law specifies that residential construction intended to repair, restore or replace a residential building damaged or destroyed as a result of a disaster in an area in which a state of emergency has been proclaimed by the governor, before January 1, 2020, is required to comply with the photovoltaic requirements.This bill would ensure the person re-building is not required to comply with any additional or conflicting photovoltaic requirements in effect at the time of repair, restoration, or replacement through January 1, 2023. This bill would extend the above-described exemption from the commission’s requirement for the installation of photovoltaic systems until January 1, 2024, and would make the exemption inapplicable to emergencies declared by the governor on and after January 1, 2021, thereby extending the exemption to residential buildings damaged or destroyed as a result of a disaster declared during the 2020 calendar year.  A MAJOR COST RELIEF FOR THE MANY FIRE VICTIMS REBUILDING THEIR HOMES.AB-672 – Publicly owned golf courses: conversions: affordable housing
Existing law establishes the Department of Housing and Community Development and requires it to, among other things, administer various programs intended to fund the acquisition of property to develop or preserve affordable housing. 

This bill (brought back from the 2021 session) would, upon appropriation by the Legislature, require the department to administer a program to provide incentives in the form of grants to local agencies that enter into a development agreement to convert a golf course owned by the local agency into housing and publicly accessible open space, as specified.

AB-257 – Food facilities and employment  Will establish the “Fast Food Sector Council” within the State Department of Industrial Relations.  The eleven members of the Council, appointed by the Governor and legislative leaders, would establish “sector-wide minimum standards” for wages, hours, and working conditions in fast-food chain restaurants.  The council would have subpoena power to acquire information for regular reviews of the adequacy of minimum standards in the fast-food industry and the bill would require that standards set by the council be enforced by the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement. 

Claims of violations could be made by an employee or employee’s representative and both franchisors and franchisees could be held liable for violations.

AB-1660 – Elections: vote by mail ballots: notification  This bill will require an elections official to inspect a vote by mail ballot envelope for signs of tampering and, if any are found, notify the voter within seven business days.  The bill would allow a voter whose vote by mail ballot envelope shows signs of tampering to elect to receive a new vote by mail ballot or to vote in person at the voter’s home precinct or another voter location.  The bill would prohibit an elections official from processing a vote by mail ballot that arrives in an envelope that shows signs of tampering.

SCA-6 – Elections: recall of state officers  This constitutional amendment measure would provide, in the event an officer is removed in a recall election, for the office to remain vacant until a successor candidate to hold the unexpired term of the office receives a majority of votes at a special election, or for the office to remain vacant for the remainder of the term if there is insufficient time to hold a special election. 

The measure would allow an officer who was the subject of the recall election to be a candidate in the special election.  The measure would require the Legislature to enact laws providing for the election of a successor.

If the Governor is removed from office in a recall election, this measure would provide that a special election will NOT be called to fill the vacancy and the Lieutenant Governor will become Governor for the remainder of the unexpired term.  The measure would require the Secretary of State to perform the recall duties of the Governor when a recall of the Governor is initiated.  

It may be of interest to note that this was written by Sen. Josh Newman D-Fullerton, who was successfully recalled in 2012.  He went on to get re-elected 2 years later.

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

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