New Legislation

Last Updated June 12, 2024

State Legislation

All bills have been passed in their house of origin and are moving through their respective policy committees in the second house.

AB 996: requires any committee that provides a deposit to cover the cost of a recount, including a committee that is registered only with the FEC, to identify the source of any contribution to that committee of at least $10,000 that is received during the period of the week before the recount and continuing through a week after the recount ends. Requires the Governor or Secretary of State, as applicable, to order a state-funded manual recount of all votes cast for Governor, State Senator, Member of the Assembly, Member of the U.S Senate, or Member of the U.S. House of Representative if either 1) the official canvass of returns for a primary election shows that the difference in the number of votes received by the second and third place candidates is less than the lesser of 25 votes or 0.25% of the number of all votes cast for that office, or 2) the official canvass of returns for a general election shows that the difference in the number of votes received by the two candidates receiving the greatest number of votes is less than the lesser of 25 votes or 0.25% of the number of all votes cast for that office.

AB 1170: requires officials who file their original Statements of Economic Interests with the FPPC to file those SEIs using the FPPC’s electronic filing system. This bill has been amended and now requires redaction of the personal residential address and telephone number of the filer on a Statement of Economic Interests.

AB 1784: this bill was amended in March to establish that state law prohibits a person from running for more than one office at a primary election, except for county central committee. Allows a person who has filed to be a candidate at a primary election to withdraw that candidacy until the candidate filing deadline for that office.

AB 2050: permits the Secretary of State to apply for membership with the Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC).

AB 2355: requires any political advertisement, as specified, that is generated or substantially altered using artificial intelligence (AI) to include a disclaimer stating that fact.

AB 2642: prohibits a person from intimidating, threatening, or coercing, or attempting to intimidate, threaten, or coerce, any other person for engaging in specified election-related activities. Creates a presumption that a person who openly carries a firearm or imitation firearm while interacting with or observing specified election-related activities, is presumed to have engaged in prohibited intimidation. This bill would go into effect immediately at urgency legislation.

AB 2655: requires large online platforms to block the posting or sending of materially deceptive and digitally modified or created content related to elections, or to label that content, during specified periods before and after an election.

AB 2911: increases the contribution limit from $250 to $1,500 for purposes of Section 84308.

AB 3197: allows county elections officials to mandate the use of standardized petition forms and, when conducting an election for another local agency, to permit candidates in that election to submit candidate’s statements for electronic distribution.

SB 251: increases the maximum fine for knowingly making a false statement of a material fact in a candidate’s statement from $1,000 to $5,000

SB 948: this bill has been amended to also address what can be done with campaign funds when a candidate receives a majority of the votes cast for an office at a primary election, such that the candidate is elected to the office without advancing to the general election. The bill would permit a candidate to carry over funds raised for the primary election to a committee for any subsequent election to the same office without attributing funds to specific contributors, but funds raised for the general election must be transferred with attribution to specific contributors.

SB 1151: requires any individual acting as an agent of a foreign principal to register with the Secretary of State as an agent of a foreign principal and file periodic reports in the same manner, with the same frequency, and with the same content as are required for a lobbyist and lobbying firm.

SB 1170: authorizes expenditure of campaign funds for mental healthcare expenses for candidates, under limited circumstances. This bill has been amended and now applies now to all candidates, not just non-incumbents. The candidate would have to meet two conditions: 1) the candidate does not have health insurance or their insurance does not cover the full cost of the mental healthcare expenses, and 2) the candidate has experienced prejudice, harassment, or a threat or other criminal act, as defined, which resulted in the need for mental healthcare services. The candidate would have to note on their campaign statement which category they experienced. Finally, for a successful candidate, they can use campaign funds for this purpose up to the date they are sworn into office.

SB 1174: prohibits a local government from enacting or enforcing any local requirement that a person must present identification when voting or submitting a ballot at a polling location.

SB 1181: requires the agenda for a proceeding that is a public meeting to include a notice describing the provisions and requirements of Section 84308.

SB 1243: this bill amends the Levine Act (Section 84308) in various ways. Since the last update, this bill has been amended to: (1) exempt the periodic review of development agreements from the definition of a “license, permit, or other entitlement for use”; (2) modify the time period for when a contribution cannot be accepted by an officer from 9 months prior to a final decision to start when a proceeding is pending; (3) define “pending,” prohibit agents from making contributions during a proceeding and for 9 months after a final decision, (4) define “agent”; and (5) remove an exemption for housing development projects.

SB 1337: modifies the requirements for what is included on petitions for state referenda.

SB 1441: requires an examination of a petition for insufficiency to conclude no later than 60 days from the date the examination commenced. Requires that all costs incurred by the county elections official due to the examination to be reimbursed to the officials by the proponents within 30 days from the date the examination concludes. Requires, before an examination is conducted and at the beginning of each day following, the proponent to deposit with the elections official a sum required by the elections official to cover the cost of the examination for that day.

SB 1476: clarifies that the State Bar of California is required to adopt a Conflict of Interest Code and its designated employees are required to submit Statements of Economic Interests.

The following bills will not be moving forward this year: AB 2654 (regarding NDAs for lobbyists and specific officials), AB 2990 (shortened FPPC statute of limitations for administrative and civil actions to 2 years), SB 1422 (requiring reporting for those that pay for travel for elected officials), SB 1293 (redacting recall proponents’ signatures and addresses).