Senator Stern Bills Introduced During the 2021-22 Session

SB 46 (2021) requires state agencies to track American Rescue Plan funding to 1) prioritize the people and communities hardest hit by COVID-19, 2) fund projects that reduce emissions especially in communities that have the worst pollution, and 3) help “high road” employers who prioritize worker and customer safety, as well as public health.

SB 55 (2021) prohibits residential development in the State Responsibility Area and the Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zone except when certain community hardening standards are met and provides an incentive for building homes outside of the fire zones.

SB 63 (2021) creates a fire resiliency corps, awards grants to help people better protect their homes against wildfires, and raises the fire-safe building standards so homes in the high and moderate fire severity zone meet the standards currently applied to homes in the very high fire hazard severity zone.

SB 90 (2021) requires ballots to include key support and opposition for state ballot measures to inform voters.

SB 284 (2021) adds new law enforcement groups to the list of folks who may receive a rebuttable workers’ compensation presumption in instances where they sustain occupational post-traumatic stress injuries (PTSI).

SB 291 (2021) forms a 10-member advisory council made up of students with exceptional needs from across the state. Selects one member from that council to serve as a full voting-rights member of the California Advisory Commission on Special Education.

SB 317 (2021) ensures incompetent defendants earn the same conduct credits as general population defendants. Provides more options for appropriate mental health treatment for incompetent defendants charged with misdemeanors, such as a mental health diversion program or a collaborative court where appropriate resources exist.

SB 340 (2021) requires the court to allow family members, friends, or acquaintances who know the person to testify about the needs of the person and if the person meets any of the requirements for conservatorship.

SB 376 (2021) takes a number of steps to address the multi-faceted problems of zoonotic disease and threats to biodiversity by allowing the emergency addition of animals to the restricted species list if they are determined to be a threat to public health.

SB 388 (2021) requires media platforms to provide data on their efforts to prevent, mitigate, and remove harmful content. Require platforms to provide quantified statistics on how much content is being reviewed, targeted for removal, and actually removed for breaching terms-of-service agreements or other issues.

SB 406 (2021) makes information on the location of oil & gas wells along with complaints and notices of violation filed against those wells, available online. It increases accountability for wells drilled in population centers by allowing residents to file complaints (currently only well owner/operators or landowners can file complaints).

SB 419 (2021) requires oil well and production facility owners and operators to use a skilled and trained workforce when contracting for the performance of construction, alteration, demolition, installation, repair, or maintenance work.

SB 423 (2021) requires the Air Resource Board, California Energy Commission and California Independent System Operator to timely incorporate emerging renewable energy and firm zero-carbon resources into their energy and resource planning processes. Requires the CEC to adopt measure to bolster near-, mid-, and long-term line reliability and resiliency of the electrical grid and for the PUC, in developing the integrated resource plan to ensure grid reliability during multiday extreme or atypical weather events that lower RPS output. 

SB 449 (2021) requires financial institutions, insurance companies and others with more than $500 million in annual revenue to report annually on their climate-related financial risk to the Secretary of State each year. Creates a Climate-Related Risk Disclosure Advisory Group and requires it to review and analyze those disclosure reports and provide policy recommendations.

SB 480 (2021) requires the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California to adopt rules to prevent inappropriate conduct by board members, officers, and employees.

SB 508 (2021) requires health plans to provide mental health services to students and make children’s mental health services more accessible by expanding the network of school-based mental health practitioners.

SB 533 (2021) requires the state’s investor owned utilities (IOUs) to include within their wildfire mitigation plans, energy circuits that are prone to being shut down during public safety power shutoff outages and how they plan to repair or replace these energy circuits.  Require IOUs to work with local that want to create grid resiliency and microgrid projects.

SB 551 (2021) establishes the Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Authority, to provide senior leadership over ZEV policies and coordinate the work of 29 state agencies to ensure the state meets its ZEV policy goals.

SB 582 (2021) accelerates the state’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emission goals by allowing the Air Resources Board (ARB) to increase its 40% GHG emission reduction target to up to 80% by 2030 and requires Resources Agency, EPA and ARB to come up with a climate restoration plan that establishes carbon removal targets. Also requires OPR and other state agencies to come up with strategies and programs to ensure vulnerable and disadvantaged communities are more climate resilient and have access to restorative economic assistance.

SB 585 (2021) prohibits a person from performing a declawing procedure on a domestic cat unless deemed medically necessary.

SB 650 (2021) requires skilled nursing facilities to file an annual consolidated financial report to be submitted to the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development with data from all related parties who provide any service, facility, or supply to the skilled nursing facility and submit detailed information outlining the operator’s corporate structures, including certain related and unrelated parties doing business with the facility.

SB 693 (2021) provides resources for schools to do teacher training as professional development and provides best practices materials for teaching content on genocide, including the Holocaust.

SB 765 (2021) allows local governments to establish rear and side setbacks for accessory dwelling units (ADU), instead of requiring 4-foot setbacks, as long as those setbacks do not prohibit the building of an ADU.

SB 790 (2021) ensure state agencies can access mitigation funds for projects that reduce wildlife-vehicle collisions and use the mitigation credit program to build projects that improve wildlife connectivity.