New Legislation

Last Updated 07/2020

On June 8, 2020, the FPPC reported that Assembly and Senate staff, as well as authors of the various PRA related bills have advised most PRA legislation will likely not move forward this session due to attention to COVID-19 and the State Budget.

AB 860Signed into law on June 18, 2020
This bill requires county elections officials to mail a ballot to every registered active voter for the November 3, 2020 statewide general election. It codifies the Governor’s Executive Order N-64-20 and goes into effect immediately as an urgency statute.

SB 300Signed into law on June 30, 2020
This bill calls a special election to be consolidated with the statewide general election scheduled for November 3, 2020. Notwithstanding the 131-day ballot qualification deadline and other related provisions regarding ballot measures, this bill requires the Secretary of State to submit Assembly Constitutional Amendments 4, 5, 6, 11, and 25, if passed by the Legislature on or before July 1, 2020, to the voters for their approval at the November 3, 2020 statewide general election. This bill goes into effect immediately as an act calling an election.

ACA 6Qualified for November 3, 2020 Ballot
Constitutional amendment permitting an otherwise eligible person who is on parole for the conviction of a felony to register to vote and to vote.

Constitutional amendment authorizing a U.S. citizen who is 17 years of age, is a resident of the state, and will be at least 18 years of age at the time of the next general election to vote in any primary or special election that occurs before the next general election in which the citizen would be eligible to vote if at least 18 years of age.

ACA 25
Constitutional amendment permitting Members of the Legislature, by two-thirds vote, to remotely attend and vote in a legislative proceeding, or to vote by proxy in a legislative proceeding if permitted by their house, during the pendency of a state of emergency declared by the President of the United States or the Governor. Provides that a Member may only remotely attend and vote, or vote by proxy as authorized, in a proceeding if the state of emergency prevents the Member from safely attending the proceeding in person.

SB 684
This bill would prohibit a written notice of withdrawal submitted by the proponents of a statewide initiative or referendum measure from including any conditions that must be satisfied in order for the Secretary of State to deem the withdrawal to be effective, and would require the Secretary of State to reject any notice that purports to impose such a condition on the withdrawal of a measure. Would become operative on January 1, 2021.

SB 423 (authorizing a county for the November 3, 2020 statewide general election to not have its vote centers open before the 3rd day prior to the election) has been amended to add an urgency clause. It will now take effect immediately upon being signed into law.