February 10 , 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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SB-915 – Gun Control
Would prohibit the sale of firearms and ammunition on all state property. The law would build on legislation passed in 2019 that prohibits gun shows at the Del Mar Fairgrounds and in 2021 at the Orange County Fair and Event Center. Both venues had hosted the Crossroads of the West Gun Shows several times a year for decades. SB-915 would prohibit the sale of firearms and ammunition on ALL state property, effectively ending gun shows on all 73 state fairgrounds.
This bill is currently being sent to the Senate Rules Committee. Additionally, the following would be added to the Penal Code. A state officer or employee, or operator, lessee, or licensee of any state property, shall not contract for, authorize, or allow the sale of any firearm, firearm precursor part, or ammunition on state property or in the buildings that sit on state property or property otherwise owned, leased, occupied, or operated by the state.
SB-871 – Immunizations
Existing law prohibits the governing authority of a school or other institution from unconditionally admitting any person as a pupil of any public or private elementary or secondary school, childcare center, day nursery, nursery school, family day care home, or development center unless prior to their admission to that institution they have been fully immunized against various diseases as specified.
Existing law authorizes an exemption from those provisions for medical reasons. Under existing law, notwithstanding the above-described prohibition, full immunization against hepatitis B is not a condition by which the governing authority admits or advances a pupil to the 7th-grade level or a public or private elementary or secondary school.
This bill would remove the above-described exception relating to hepatitis B. The bill would additionally prohibit the governing authority of a school or other institution from unconditionally admitting any person as a pupil of any public or private elementary or secondary school, childcare center, day nursery, nursery school, family day care home, or development center unless prior to their admission to that institution, they have been fully immunized against COVID-19.
To the extent that the bill would create new duties for school districts, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program. For purposes of the additional immunizations deemed appropriate by the department, and that would be mandated before a pupil’s first admission to the institution, existing law requires that exemptions be allowed for both medical reasons and personal beliefs.
SB-890 – Water Storage and Conveyance Fund
Under existing law, the US Bureau of Reclamation operates the Federal Central Valley Project, and the Dept. of Water Resources operates the State Water project to supply water to persons and entities in the state. Existing law requires the Friant-Kern Canal to be of such capacity as the department determines necessary to furnish an adequate supply of water for beneficial purposes in the area to be served by the canal. In 2014, the voters approved Prop. 1, a state bond act that provided the sum of $2,700,000,000 for water storage.
The California Water Commission has allocated the entire sum. To date, not one of the projects specified in the bill, including the Friant-Kern Canal capacity is complete. This bill would establish the Water Storage and Conveyance Fund in the State Treasury and would require all monies deposited in the fund to be expended upon appropriation by the Legislature, for the construction of the Sites Reservoir, and to restore the capacity of 4 specified water conveyance systems with 2 of those 4 expenditures being in the form of a grant to the Friant Water Authority and to the San Luis and Delta-Mendota Water Authority in support of subsidence repair and reservoir storage costs to accommodate capacity improvements. This bill would make these provisions inoperative on 7/1/30 and would repeal it as of 1/1/31.
The bill was introduced in January 2022 by Republican Senators Nielsen and Borgeas and addresses the fact of changing climate that could significantly reduce snowpack and produce storms that feature more atmospheric rivers of precipitation in the form of rainfall, so California must prioritize storing water in the wet years for use in the drier years. This bill contains an urgency statute that would declare that it is to take effect immediately.
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