Sacramento, California -  Governor Gavin Newsom took his final actions of the 2019 legislative season today and thanked the Legislature for their work and accomplishment on enacting 870 bills in the following statement:

“I want to take a moment to congratulate the Legislature on their work this year and to thank Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins and Speaker of the Assembly Anthony Rendon for their leadership. Together, we have accomplished a great deal this year – through the budget and legislation – that helps California families get ahead and tackles some of the state’s most intractable problems.

“This year, California passed the nation’s strongest renter protection package. Our state made record housing and homeless investments paired with big new tools for housing production. We moved California closer to universal health care coverage by expanding coverage, increasing Covered California subsidies for middle-income Californians and taking on rising prescription drug prices. 

“California, faced with catastrophic wildfires, invested $1 billion to prevent, mitigate and recover from wildfires, disasters and emergencies. And in July, our state enacted something that few people thought could be done – wildfire legislation that moved California closer to a safer, reliable and affordable energy future.

“Our state is doing more now than at any point in our history to help California families tackle the challenges of affordability and provide opportunity to all Californians – more than doubling tax cuts for working families, expanding paid family leave, increasing access to early childhood education, and taking on payday lenders. 

“On education, California brought disparate sides in the education community together and forged a historic agreement on changes to charter school law that was years in the making. We invested more in K-14 education than at any point in our history, and put on next year’s ballot the chance to make long-overdue investments in school infrastructure and safety. California made two years of community college tuition-free, increased financial aid for parents pursuing a college degree and kept tuition from rising in our UC and CSU systems.

“California is once again striking out against injustice and leading the nation by example. We passed one of the country’s strongest police use-of-force laws, and outlawed private, for-profit prisons. California became the first state in the nation to stand up to the NCAA’s long-standing profiteering from student athletes. California took first-in-the-nation steps to strengthen our gun safety laws, protect workers and defend reproductive health care rights. We continued to make progress reforming our criminal justice system – eliminating a major mandatory minimum sentence and establishing a system to seal arrest and conviction records for low-level offenses.

“We are proving that our state is successful not despite our diversity, but because of it. California isn’t just defending our vibrant immigrant communities. We are affording all Californians – regardless of immigration status – the chance to serve their communities and give back. 

“In California, we are putting in place new reforms of agencies that don’t serve the public as well as they should – pushing the DMV to join the 21st century, giving new authority to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to enforce wildfire safety standards, and recasting the priorities of our state’s agency that regulates oil and gas extraction.

“California did all of this while living within our means: creating the largest rainy day fund in California history, paying down pension liabilities and eliminating our state’s wall of debt.  

“In my inaugural, I spoke of the California Dream as a house – one that must be built on a strong fiscal foundation. For that reason, I am returning a number of bills to the Legislature without my signature that would significantly increase costs outside of the state’s regular budget process.

“We have clearly achieved a great deal together, and I commend the Legislature for their hard work. I look forward to our continued partnership as we head into the new year and continue to tackle challenges of affordability and work to expand opportunity to all Californians.”

In his final action of the 2019 legislative season, the Governor today vetoed a number of bills that would significantly increase costs outside of the state’s regular budget process. In total, Governor Newsom vetoed bills this year costing $1.2 billion, increasing to $3 billion ​annually at full implementation. He also took action on a number of other bills.

Governor Newsom today announced that he has signed the following bills:

  • AB 118 by the Committee on Budget – State employment: State Bargaining Units 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 11, 13, 14, 15, 17, 20, and 21.
  • AB 142 by Assemblymember Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens) – Lead-acid batteries.
  • AB 218 by Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) – Damages: childhood sexual assault: statute of limitations.
  • AB 290 by Assemblymember Jim Wood (D-Santa Rosa) – Health care service plans and health insurance: third-party payments.
  • AB 623 by Assemblymember Marc Berman (D-Palo Alto) – Elections: printing requirements and ballot design.
  • AB 744 by Assemblymember Cecilia Aguiar-Curry (D-Winters) – Health care coverage: telehealth.
  • AB 922 by Assemblymember Autumn Burke (D-Inglewood) – Reproductive health and research: oocyte procurement.
  • AB 1519 by Assemblymember Evan Low (D-Campbell) – Healing arts.
  • AB 1783 by Assemblymember Robert Rivas (D-Hollister) –  H-2A worker housing: state funding: streamlined approval process for agricultural employee housing development.
  • SB 328 by Senator Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge) – Pupil attendance: school start time.
  • SB 395 by Senator Bob Archuleta (D-Pico Rivera) – Wild game mammals: accidental taking and possession of wildlife: collision with a vehicle: wildlife salvage permits.
  • SB 707 by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) – Arbitration agreements: enforcement.

The Governor also announced that he has vetoed the following bills:

  • AB 16 by Assemblymember Luz Rivas (D-Arleta) – Homeless children and youths: reporting.
  • AB 166 by Assemblymember Jesse Gabriel (D-Encino) – Medi-Cal: violence preventive services.
  • AB 197 by Assemblymember Shirley Weber (D-San Diego) – Full-day kindergarten.
  • AB 211 by Assemblymember Ian Calderon (D-Whittier) – Personal income taxes: deduction: California qualified tuition program.
  • AB 283 by Assemblymember Kansen Chu (D-San Jose) – CalWORKs: school attendance: immunizations.
  • AB 294 by Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez (D-Pomona) – Correctional facilities: gassing.
  • AB 318 by Assemblymember Kansen Chu (D-San Jose) – Medi-Cal materials: readability.
  • AB 344 by Assemblymember Ian Calderon (D-Whittier) – New Beginnings California Program. A veto message can be found here.AB 346 by Assemblymember Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove) – Workers’ compensation: leaves of absence.
  • AB 357 by Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian (D-North Hollywood) – Taxation: tax liability: collections.
  • AB 386 by Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia (D-Coachella) – Agricultural Working Poor Energy Efficient Housing Program.
  • AB 411 by Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Scotts Valley) – Redevelopment: City of Santa Cruz: bond proceeds: affordable housing.
  • AB 500 by Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) – School and community college employees: paid maternity leave.
  • AB 512 by Assemblymember Philip Ting (D-San Francisco) – Medi-Cal: specialty mental health services.
  • AB 520 by Assemblymember Ash Kalra (D-San Jose) – Public works: public subsidy.
  • AB 625 by Assemblymember Ash Kalra (D-San Jose) – Service contracts: public transit: collection and transportation of solid waste: retention of employees.
  • AB 638 by Assemblymember Adam Gray (D-Merced) – Department of Water Resources: water storage: climate change impacts.
  • AB 681 by Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) – Elections: voter registration: partisan primary elections.
  • AB 734 by Assemblymember Brian Maienschein (D-San Diego) – Resource families: supportive services pilot program.
  • AB 842 by Assemblymember Monique Limόn (D-Santa Barbara) – Child nutrition: school, childcare, and preschool meals.
  • AB 848 by Assemblymember Adam Gray (D-Merced) – Medi-Cal: covered benefits: continuous glucose monitors.
  • AB 885 by Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin (D-Thousand Oaks) – Property taxation: new construction: definition.
  • AB 914 by Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) – Medi-Cal: inmates: eligibility.
  • AB 944 by Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) – CalWORKs: sponsored noncitizen: indigence exception.
  • AB 970 by Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) – California Department of Aging: grants: transportation.
  • AB 1036 by Assemblymember Cecilia Aguiar-Curry (D-Winters) – Elections: civic outreach and voter engagement.
  • AB 1075 by Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) – California State University: speech-language pathologist programs.
  • AB 1092 by Assemblymember Reggie Jones-Sawyer (D-Los Angeles) – Child support: enforcement.
  • AB 1153 by Assemblymember Buffy Wicks (D-Oakland) – Mandated Child Abuse Reporting Employee Training Act of 2020.
  • AB 1175 by Assemblymember Jim Wood (D-Santa Rosa) – Medi-Cal: mental health services.
  • AB 1184 by Assemblymember Todd Gloria (D-San Diego) – Public records: writing transmitted by electronic mail: retention.
  • AB 1214 by Assemblymember Melissa Melendez (R-Lake Elsinore) – School employees: training: cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
  • AB 1307 by Assemblymember Blanca Rubio (D-Baldwin Park) – Student financial aid: Cal Grant program.
  • AB 1391 by Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Alameda) – Elections: voter language preference.
  • AB 1437 by Assemblymember Phillip Chen (R-Yorba Linda) – Local government: redevelopment: revenues from property tax override rates.
  • AB 1516 by Assemblymember Laura Friedman (D-Glendale) – Fire prevention: wildfire risk: defensible space and fuels reduction management. 
  • AB 1590 by Assemblymember Blanca Rubio (D-Baldwin Park) – Personal income tax: credit: qualified first-time homebuyer.
  • AB 1613 by Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D-Long Beach) – Public works: prevailing wages. 
  • AB 1681 by Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) – Public employees: collective bargaining: unit determinations.
  • AB 1688 by Assemblymember Ian Calderon (D-Whittier) – Rehabilitation programs: recidivism.
  • AB 1702 by Assemblymember Luz Rivas (D-Arleta) – Homeless Coordinating and Financing Council.
  • AB 1727 by Assemblymember Shirley Weber (D-San Diego) – Community colleges: career development and college preparation courses.
  • AB 1736 by Assemblymember Tom Daly (D-Anaheim) – Notification requirements.
  • SB 5 by Senator Jim Beall (D-San Jose) – Affordable Housing and Community Development Investment Program.
  • SB 10 by Senator Jim Beall (D-San Jose) – Mental health services: peer support specialist certification.
  • SB 35 by Senator Ling Ling Chang (R-Diamond Bar) – Human trafficking: California ACTS Task Force. 
  • SB 139 by Senator Ben Allen (D-Santa Monica) – Independent redistricting commissions.
  • SB 154 by Senator Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) – Medi-Cal: restorative dental services.
  • SB 184 by Senator John Moorlach (R-Costa Mesa) – Judges’ Retirement System II: deferred retirement. 
  • SB 202 by Senator Scott Wilk (R-Santa Clarita) – Animal blood donors.
  • SB 212 by Senator Ben Allen (D-Santa Monica) – Elections: local voting methods.
  • SB 268 by Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) – Ballot measures: local taxes. 
  • SB 296 by Senator Ben Allen (D-Santa Monica) – Student financial aid: immigrants seeking asylum.
  • SB 337 by Senator Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) – Child support.
  • SB 349 by Senator Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge) – Minimum franchise tax.
  • SB 363 by Senator Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) – Workplace safety.
  • SB 365 by Senator Maria Elena Durazo (D-Los Angeles) – CalWORKs: immediate childcare assistance. 
  • SB 428 by Senator Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) – Pupil health: school employee training: youth mental and behavioral health.
  • SB 445 by Senator Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge) – Alcohol and drug treatment: youth.
  • SB 484 by Senator Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge) – Public postsecondary education: community college transfer students.
  • SB 487 by Senator Anna Caballero (D-Salinas) – Department of Water Resources: aerial snow survey.
  • SB 503 by Senator Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) – Medi-Cal: managed care plan: subcontracts.
  • SB 532 by Senator Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge) – Redevelopment: City of Glendale: bond proceeds: affordable housing.
  • SB 538 by Senator Susan Rubio (D-Baldwin Park) – Electronic cigarettes.
  • SB 575 by Senator Steven Bradford (D-Gardena) – Cal Grants: student eligibility.
  • SB 622 by Senator Maria Elena Durazo (D-Los Angeles) – Civil detention facilities: state investigation. 
  • SB 704 by Senator Steven Bradford (D-Gardena) – Telecommunications: Moore Universal Telephone Service Act.
  • SB 706 by Senator Cathleen Galgiani (D-Stockton) – Public health: pulmonary hypertension task force.