Legislative Update

SB 875 (Glazer) Referral Agencies – Support

This bill to establish consumer disclosure, protections and basic licensing for referral agencies passed the Senate Appropriations Committee and will soon be heard on the Senate Floor. CALA has long supported disclosure and transparency for referral agencies. Opposition from the state ombudsman and other groups seems to stem from the bill not going as far as they would like, despite the author’s amendment to require state licensure, which could trigger opposition from the administration based on costs. CALA is continuing to work to ensure that consumer disclosure is achieved this year and additional technical clarifications get made.

2-Year Bills

AB 21 (Gipson) Peace officers: training — Support

This bill, sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association, was a reintroduction of AB 2583 (Mullin) in 2022, and would have required police officers receive dementia-specific training to help with interactions with people living with dementia. There is discussion among some of the Alzheimer’s groups and the state’s Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST), which sets minimum selection and training standards for California law enforcement. CALA will continue to watch this issue and weigh in with support as appropriate.

AB 387 (Aguiar-Curry) Alzheimer’s disease – Support

AB 387 (Aguiar-Curry), sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association, would expand the number and representation on the Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Advisory Committee and rename it the Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Conditions Advisory Committee. This bill was held in the Senate Appropriations Committee.

AB 423 (Maienschein) Wandering Taskforce — Support

This bill would have created a wandering taskforce to make recommendations to the governor and Legislature about unsafe wandering. This bill would have looked at communication gaps between local jurisdictions to strengthen first responder agencies’ ability to quickly and effectively find individuals who wander unsafely.

AB 770 (Kalra) RCFE 6 Bed Expansion – Oppose Unless Amended

CALA supported the original intent of this bill, to allow 6bed RCFEs to add a few additional beds consistent with the size of the home and existing licensing requirements. Amendments adopted in committee had the unintended consequence of impacting RCFEs of all sizes and fundamentally change operations. The bill became a two-year bill and has died. The author and sponsor, CA Commission on Aging, will likely be introducing a new bill with a clear and narrow focus to achieve the original goal.

SB 375 (Alvarado-Gil) Employment: employer contributions: employee withholdings: COVID-19 regulatory compliance credit – Support

SB 375 would provide a COVID compliance tax credit to employers. This bill is supported by a broad coalition including CalChamber, the California Association of Winegrape Growers and California Association of Health Facilities. This bill was held on the Senate Appropriations Suspense File.

SB 639 (Limón) Alzheimer’s disease – Support

SB 639 (Limón), sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association, would provide a comprehensive approach to the diagnosis, treatment and education of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias across the state and encourage the creation of diagnostic hubs to help secure access to new clinical therapies coming to market. This bill would also continue and expand upon the cognitive health assessment training and validated tool for Medi-Cal beneficiaries and provide information to persons diagnosed with dementia and their care partners about home- and community-based services. The author pulled the bill from consideration and it is inactive for now.

SB 730 (Ochoa Bogh) Home Care Aides — Watch

Would expand care that home care aides are allowed to provide to include assisting clients with medication self-administration. This bill was held on the Senate Appropriations Suspense File.

SB 809 (Smallwood-Cuevas) California Fair Employment and Housing Act: Fair Chance Act: conviction history — Oppose Unless Amended

CALA was part of a large CalChamber-led coalition in opposition to this background check bill. Employers required by law to conduct background checks were not excluded from this overly burdensome bill that would have required a duplicative appeals and assessment process for an employer that has no discretion over decisions made by CPMB. Other concerns included workplace posting requirements and extensive information that would have to be included in every job advertisement. This is good news for CALA members and other employers required to have all employees undergo background checks and to exclude those with certain criminal history based on statutory requirements and the authority of the Department of Social Services.