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CFRW Capitol Update, April, 2023

Assembly Bill 12, as amended, Haney. Tenancy: security deposits.

April 13, 2023. Read second time. Ordered to third reading.

Existing law regulates the terms and conditions of residential tenancies, and prohibits a landlord from demanding or receiving security for a rental agreement for residential property, however denominated, in an amount or value in excess of an amount equal to 2 months’ rent, in the case of unfurnished residential property, and an amount equal to 3 months’ rent, in the case of furnished residential property, in addition to any rent for the first month paid on or before initial occupancy.

This bill would instead prohibit a landlord from demanding or receiving security for a rental agreement for residential property in an amount or value in excess of an amount equal to one month’s rent, regardless of whether the residential property is unfurnished or furnished, in addition to any rent for the first month paid on or before initial occupancy. Senate Bill 14: as amended, Grove. Serious felonies: human trafficking.

Pending: Senate Public Safety Committee Hearing: Apr 25 @ 8:30 am in State Capitol, Room 112 Existing law defines the terms “serious felony” and “violent felony” for various purposes, including, among others, enhancing the punishment for felonies pursuant to existing sentencing provisions commonly known as the Three Strikes Law. This bill would include human trafficking within the definition of a serious felony for all purposes, including for purposes of the Three Strikes Law. By expanding the scope of an enhancement, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program. March 5, 2024, Statewide Ballot Measures: 1939. (22-0005) REFERENDUM CHALLENGING 2022 LAW AUTHORIZING CREATION OF COUNCIL TO SET MINIMUM WAGE AND WORKING STANDARDS FOR FAST-FOOD WORKERS. Summary Date: 09/16/22 Final Random Sample Count: 01/24/23 QUALIFIED: 01/24/23 Signatures Required: 623,212 Proponent(s): Amber Evans, Steven McDermed If the required number of registered voters sign this petition and it is timely filed, a 2022 law will not take effect unless approved at the next statewide general or special election after November 8, 2022.

The challenged law:

  • Authorizes creation of Fast Food Council (upon submission of 10,000 fast-food worker signatures) to set working standards and minimum wage (up to $22/hour in 2023, with capped annual increases) at fast-food restaurants with 100+ nationwide locations;

  • Prohibits retaliation against fast-food workers for making certain workplace complaints.

1940. (22-0006) REFERENDUM CHALLENGING 2022 LAW PROHIBITING NEW OIL AND GAS WELLS NEAR HOMES, SCHOOLS, AND HOSPITALS. Summary Date: 09/29/22 Final Random Sample Count: 02/03/23 QUALIFIED: 02/03/23 Signatures Required: 623,212 Proponent(s): Jerome Reedy If the required number of registered voters sign this petition and it is timely filed, a 2022 law will not take effect unless approved at the next statewide general or special election after November 8, 2022. The challenged law:

Prohibits most new or modified oil and gas wells within 3,200 feet of specified locations, including housing, schools, daycares, parks, healthcare facilities, community resource centers, detention facilities, and businesses open to the public.

Requires existing wells in these areas meet specified health, safety, and environmental requirements by January 1, 2025.

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