New California COVID-19, Housing and Policing Laws of 2022
The COVID-19 pandemic continued to slow down California’s pace of governance in 2021 as it did the year before, with the second smallest number of bills approved by the legislature in any year since 1967, behind the record number ratified in 2020.
In total, Governor Gavin Newsom considered 836 bills covering a range of topics, a mix of proposals sparked by the current COVID crisis as well as things that have been hotly debated for years. Newsom only vetoed 66 of the bills that reached his office.
Of the 43 remarkable new laws for 2022 included here, several were approved years earlier but only come into force now. Most of those listed took effect on New Years Day
Day. As in the past, the list primarily reflects the interests of Democrats who hold a qualified majority of seats in the Senate and State Assembly.
Some San Diego-area lawmakers have sponsored laws expanding housing options and climate action and promoting police and workplace reform.
Pro Tempore Senate President Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, introduced a bill that creates a system to investigate and revoke or suspend the certification of peace officers for serious misconduct. She also sponsored environmental legislation to create a task force and add funds to plan for sea level rise. And she drafted a bill to allow homeowners to build a duplex on their property or divide it up. their current residential lots.
Assembly member Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego, addressed a variety of work-related issues. She sponsored bills requiring companies to disclose and describe their warehouse production quotas
and a bill that bans the use of algorithms that disrupt workers’ rights. One of its enacted bills makes salary or tip theft a major violation of theft, and another makes delivery enforcement fees more transparent.
Some of the state’s most notable new laws bring significant changes to criminal justice, law enforcement oversight, and healthcare.