Assemblymember Gloria’s 2020 Legislative Package Takes Shape

Friday, May 29, 2020

Gloria Unveils Legislative Package to Continue Moving California and San Diego Forward Post-COVID-19  

SACRAMENTO, CA – Following a delay in the legislative process due to COVID-19 and with policy committee hearings fully underway in the Legislature, California State Assemblymember Todd Gloria (D-San Diego) today unveiled his 2020 legislative package.

My legislative package this year seeks to continue keeping Californians healthy and safe, and move our State forward, once we make it on the other side of COVID-19,” said Assemblymember Todd Gloria. “From boosting protections for domestic violence survivors, to making sure counties are taking care of homeless individuals with mental illness, to aiding the economic recovery in San Diego, I believe we are taking important steps for all Californians with this legislation.”

This year, Assemblymember Gloria is authoring the following bills:

  • AB 2152 (puppy mills): Bella’s Act -- seeks to further the State’s efforts to increase animal adoptions and protect animal welfare by prohibiting the retail sale of dogs, cats, and rabbits in California. It allows for retail stores to have the flexibility to partner with rescues/shelters for adoption events, but establishes a fee limit for animals adopted at a pet store.
  • AB 2517 (domestic violence protections) -- establishes protections for domestic violence survivors who experience financial abuse as part of that violence. Specifically, it will allow a judge to identify debts incurred because of domestic violence and through theft of the survivor’s identity as part of a Domestic Violence Restraining Order.
  • AB 2576 (MHSA) – requires local behavioral health agencies to use unspent, reverted Mental Health Services Act funding to provide services for individuals who have mental illness and are homeless or involved in the criminal justice system, or for early intervention services for youth. Local behavioral health agencies will also be required to report to the Legislature the number of individuals experiencing homelessness who are receiving mental health services using MHSA funds.
  • AB 2731 (NAVWAR) – codifies certain public process provisions for the potential redevelopment of the NAVWAR site in San Diego into a multimodal regional transportation facility to connect to the San Diego International Airport.
  • AB 2788 (smart meter data privacy) – prevents electric and gas utilities from sharing or disclosing a customer’s electrical or gas consumption data with any immigration authority without a court-ordered subpoena or judicial warrant.
  • AB 3020 (San Diego civil penalties) – requires penalties collected by the San Diego City Attorney, as a result of enforcement actions brought against unscrupulous businesses for unfair business practices ,  to be paid to the City of San Diego entirely. Under current law, civil penalties are shared inequitably among public prosecutors, even if a City Attorney brought forward the action.  

ABs 2152, 2517, 2576, and 2731 are pending before the Assembly Appropriations Committee. ABs 2788 and 3020 are currently on the Assembly Floor.