2020 Legislative Outcome
2020- 2021 Legislative Cycle
In the 2020 Legislative cycle, the City took a position on four individual bills in the state legislature. Due to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic emergency, there was not a Legislative Guiding Principles and Priorities document presented to Council for adoption. Staff continued to review and use the approved 2019 Legislative Guiding Principles and Priorities to take action on legislative items. A summary of each bill, the City’s position and submitted letters are provided in the table below.
|Bill||Author||Title and Bill Synopsis||City Position|
California Environmental Quality Act: emergency shelters: supportive and affordable housing: exemption. This bill would allow a public agency to carry out the development of an emergency shelter, affordable housing project, or supportive housing project expeditiously without undergoing the difficult, time-consuming, and often litigious environmental review process.
|Support with Amendments||Did not pass through Assembly- ordered inactive|
Shelter crisis declarations. Expands the authority that is limited to specified cities and counties to develop emergency housing, upon the declaration of a shelter crisis in a city, county, or city and county. Extends these provisions until January 1, 2026. Specifically, this bill: 1) Allows all cities and counties, rather than a limited number, to declare a shelter crisis pursuant to the provisions of Government Code Section 8698.4. 2) Requires, on or before July 1, 2021, any newly authorized jurisdiction to develop a plan to address the shelter crisis, including, but not limited to, the development of homeless shelters and permanent supportive housing, as well as onsite supportive services, and a plan to transition residents from homeless shelters to permanent housing. Provides that the locality shall make the plan publicly available.3) Adds “bed capacity” to the list of required information that a jurisdiction that has declared a shelter crisis must report to specified legislative committees on January 1 of each year. 4) Makes technical changes to clarify the dates for required initial shelter plans and annual reports for jurisdictions already permitted to use the provisions of Government Code Section 8698.4. 5) Extends from January 1, 2023 to January 1, 2026 the sunset date on the statute governing the authority granted to local governments to declare a shelter crisis and suspend any housing, health, habitability, planning and zoning, or safety standards, procedures, or laws for homeless shelters, provided that the locality has adopted health and safety standards and procedures for homeless shelters consistent with ensuring minimal public health and safety and those standards are complied with.Supp
|Support||Passed- Chaptered by Secretary of State|
Emergency Services: community response: grant program. This bill will establish the CRISIS Act, a three-year program for the purposes of creating, implementing, and evaluating the Program with the goal of making grants to community organizations. The grants will be a minimum of $250,000 per year and requires a program to create and strengthen community-based alternatives to law enforcement in response to crisis not related to a fire department or emergency medical service response in specified communities.
Oppose unless amended
|Passed- Chaptered by Secretary of State|
Did not pass through Senate- ordered inactive