New Legislation

Last Updated November 2021

The following bills were signed by the Governor in the final weeks before the October 10th deadline, amending either the Elections Code or the Political Reform Act.

SB 35
Modifies the current distance prohibiting electioneering and other prescribed political activities to within the 100 feet from the entrance to a building that contains a polling place, an elections official’s office, a satellite location, or from an outdoor voting area where a voter may cast their ballot or drop off a ballot, as specified. Extends the deadline for a candidate to submit tax returns to 88 days before the direct primary election.

SB 503
Makes permanent SOS rules from 2020 on verifying voter signatures on ballots.

SB 594
Makes various changes to state law governing candidate filing for the 2022 statewide primary election, redistricting in special districts following the 2020 census, and districting and redistricting for local governments.

SB 686
Requires an LLC, if it qualifies as a committee or committee sponsor, to file a statement of members with the Secretary of State. Information must include a list of all persons who have a membership interest in the LLC of at least 10% or who made a cumulative capital contribution of at least $10,000 to the LLC after it qualified as a committee or sponsor of a committee, or within the 12 months before it qualified.

AB 428
Requires that, when term limits are imposed for a county board of supervisors, the limit must be no fewer than 2 terms. Specifies that the board of supervisors is included in the definition of county officers for whom the board of supervisors is required to prescribe compensation. Specifies that it would not affect any term limits that were legally in effect prior to January 1, 2022, in any county.

The following bills were vetoed.
SB 660 prohibiting a person from paying money or providing any other thing of value based on the number of signatures obtained on a state or local initiative, referendum, or recall petition.
AB 446 reducing the number of signatures needed on a petition to form a new political party from 10% to 3% of the vote at the last gubernatorial election.