New Legislation

Last Updated July 2021

AB 152Signed into law June 28, 2021
This bill mirrors the language of AB 152, which was amended to authorize a county that has previously conducted an all-mail ballot election to conduct an all-mail ballot election prior to January 1, 2022, if it provides, on the day of the election and the 3 days preceding the election, at least one vote center for every 30,000 registered voters and, beginning 10 days before the election and continuing up to the 4th day before the election, at least one vote center for every 60,000 registered voters. The bill authorizes a county that has not previously conducted an all-mail ballot election to conduct an all-mail ballot election using alternative procedures substantially similar to those in effect for the November 3, 2020, statewide general election. Requires counties to conduct a voter education and outreach campaign. Requires SOS to establish a process for granting counties partial waivers from requirements relating to the number, location, or operational duration of consolidated polling places or ballot drop-off locations and from requirements relating to the maximum number of voters in a precinct. Authorizes counties to start to process vote by mail ballots on the 29th day before an election. Deems a vote by mail ballot timely cast if it is postmarked or date stamped on or before election day and is received by the voter’s elections official no later than 7 days after election day. Authorizes a local government entity that previously called a special local election to consolidate that election with a gubernatorial recall election if certain conditions are met. All of these new provisions would be repealed on January 1, 2022.

AB 775Language introduced June 17, 2021
Requires a candidate or committee to obtain affirmative consent from a person making a recurring contribution at the time of the initial contribution. Requires a candidate or committee that accepts a recurring contribution to provide a receipt for each contribution, to provide information necessary to cancel the recurring contribution, and to immediately cancel a recurring contribution upon request.

SB 752Amended June 23, 2021
This bill has been amended to reflect that for certain types of advertisements (video disseminated over the Internet, print ad larger than those designed to be individually distributed, electronic media ad, or text message ad), the committee name in the disclaimer may be shortened to either: 1) display only enough of the first part of the committee name to uniquely identify the committee (sponsors must be included unless they are all top contributors), or 2) if the committee has top contributors, committee name may be replaced with “Committee ID” followed by the ID number. The amendments also change how top contributor names on a video ad are to be displayed when the name exceeds the width of the screen, the requirements for social media and text message disclosures, and adds a provision to harmonize local disclosure requirements with state law.

SB 686Amended June 23, 2021
This bill has been amended to remove the provisions codifying the FPPC LLC regulations, and to change the threshold for cumulative capital contributions from $1,000 to $10,000 for inclusion in the LLC’s statement of members. It also changes the lookback period for this threshold from 2 years to 1 year

SB 459Amended June 23, 2021
This bill has been amended to clarify that its provisions do not apply to placement agents. It passed in the Assembly Committee on Elections on June 30, 2021.