2021 Legislative Session

2021- 2022 Legislative Cycle

On March 16, 2021, City Council adopted the 2021 Legislative Guiding Principles and Priorities which serves as a guiding document for staff and City Council to follow when responding to legislative issues. Thus far, the City has taken a position on nine individual bills in the state legislature during the 2021 Legislative cycle. A summary of each bill, the City’s position, and submitted letters are provided in the table below. 

BillAuthorTitle and Bill SynopsisCity Position

Vehicles: Speed Safety System Pilot Program. This legislation authorizes the city of Fremont to implement a Speed Safety Pilot Program that will reduce traffic violations, injuries, and fatalities by enabling the installment of automated speed enforcement cameras. If accepted, AB 550 will require cities and counties to launch a public information campaign at least 30 days before implementing the program to guarantee community support and involvement for the development of uniform guidelines.

SupportCurrently being reviewed in the Assembly Transportation Committee
AB 1276Carillo

Single-use food accessories. Assembly Bill 1276 will reduce unnecessary food service ware by prohibiting single-use food accessories from being distributed by a restaurant, drive thru, or 3-rd party delivery service unless requested for by the consumer. If passed, AB 1276 will require the city, or city and county, to select an enforcement agency, before 06/01/22, that will effectuate the conditions of the bill.

SupportCurrently being reviewed in the Senate Governance and Finance Committee
AB 43Friedman

Traffic Safety. This bill addresses the connection between speed and mortality rates by authorizing cities to decrease speed limits by 5 - 10 mph in areas where there are nearby schools, senior residences, or business activity districts. Additionally, Assembly Bill 43 will allow local authorities to reduce the speed limit on state highways if conditions meet the specified requirements.

SupportCurrently located in the Senate Transportation Committee
SB 210Wiener

Automated license plate recognition systems: use of data. If passed, SB 210 would authorize the removal of data retained on ALPR (Automated License Plate Recognition) technology 24 hours after being captured if the vehicles captured are not listed on the hot list. Additionally, ALPR data that is not found in the hot list will be routinely destroyed every 24 hours in order to ensure one's information privacy. 

OpposeCurrently placed on suspense file
SB 9Atkins

Housing development: approvals. Senate Bill 9 is a proposed housing project that requires local agencies to ministerially approve the development of no more than 2 residential units in single-family residential zones. This bill would present what local agencies can and cannot require when approving urban lot splits or the construction of 2 residential units. 

Oppose Unless Amended
Currently located in the Assembly Appropriations Committee
SB 612Portantino

Electrical corporations and other load-serving entities: allocation of legacy resources. SB 612 aims to guarantee that PG&E, along with EBCE, customers are provided fair and equal access to benefits linked to legacy contracts. It would also ensure that PG&E manages their legacy contracts to maximize their value for both EBCE and PG&E customers.

SupportCurrently located in the Assembly Utilities and Energy Committee
SB 91Senate Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review

COVID-19 Relief: tenancy: federal rental assistance. SB 91 declares the prohibition of tenant evictions, rent increases, service reductions, or other means of forceful removal. If tenants are unable to absorb the costs of rent caused directly, or indirectly, by the COVID-19 Pandemic and are qualified for financial assistance, according to the specific terms listed under Senate Bill 91, then they are able to receive Rental Relief funds.

Submitted Comments regarinding SB 91
Chaptered by the Secretary of State
AB 602Grayson

Development Fees: impact fees nexus study. This legislative piece would expand on the Planning and Zoning Law, along with the Health and Safety Code, by seeking to relieve individuals that live in smaller and more affordable housing units from being unreasonably penalized with higher costs due to impact fees. AB 602 accomplishes the following: i) Improves transparency for housing costs;
ii) Reforms the traditional method of calculating impact fees; iii) Places an affordability requirement for specific units within a complex in order to guarantee quality housing for middle or low-income families; iv)Ignites new housing development projects by assuring that the costs of buying or renting property do not exceed the amount that homeowners or renters can afford.                                             

Oppose Unless Amended
Currently under review in the Senate Appropriations Committee