New Legislation

By KC Jenkins

Last Updated June 2019

SB 84 – Signed by the Governor on June 27, 2019
This bill extends the date for the Secretary of State to make the CAL-ACCESS Replacement System available for use from December 2019 to February 2021. The bill also appropriates $6,992,000 from the General Fund to the Secretary of State to fund more positions and contracted services. It has been signed by the Governor.

Proposed Legislation

SB 268
This bill would allow local officials to remove the required information about tax consequences from the ballot summary that voters read before casting their votes and place it, instead, in the voter pamphlet or another separate statement.

AB 698
This bill would prohibit the invalidation of a signature on an initiative or referendum petition because of a variation of the signature caused by the substitution of initials for the first or middle name, or both, of the person signing the petition. This bill has already been presented to the Governor for his signature.

SB 727
This bill would lower the minimum age for voter preregistration from 16 to 15 years of age. Preregistering involves submitting an affidavit of registration, which is deemed effective as of the date the affiant will be 18 years of age.

SB 696
Under existing law, the name of a new political party can’t be similar to the to the name of an existing party. This bill would prohibit the name of a party from including the phrase “no party preference” or “decline to state” or the word “independent” or a variation of these. If a qualified party’s name currently contains one of these words or phrases, they must change their name with the Secretary of State by December 1, 2019 (otherwise, they will be disqualified).