Sacramento, CA – Governor Gavin Newsom signed 770 new California laws and vetoed 66 on Saturday ahead of the October 10 deadline, acting on 836 proposals state lawmakers send to his desk.

As bills moved through policy committees and houses, 49 AAP-CA supported initiatives made it to the Governor’s desk. Click Here for a complete list of AAP-CA tracked bills through the end of the session.

Below are some AAP-CA bill highlights:

AB 309 (Gabriel D) Pupil mental health: model referral protocols.Would make current provisions contingent upon funds being appropriated for its purpose in the annual Budget Act or other legislation, or state, federal, or private funds being allocated for this purpose.

AB 367 (Garcia, Cristina D) Menstrual products. Would enact the Menstrual Equity for All Act of 2021, which would require a public school, maintaining any combination of classes from grades 6 to 12, to stock the school’s restrooms with an adequate supply of free menstrual products, as defined, available and accessible, free of cost, in all women’s restrooms and all-gender restrooms, and in at least one men’s restroom, at all times, and to post a designated notice, on or before the start of the 2022–23 school year, as prescribed.

AB 382 (Kamlager D) Whole Child Model program. Current law requires DHCA to establish a statewide WCM program stakeholder advisory group that includes specified persons, such as CCS case managers and labor organizations, to consult with that advisory group on the implementation of the WCM, and to consider the advisory group’s recommendations on prescribed matters. Current law terminates the advisory group on December 31, 2021. This bill would remove labor organizations from the stakeholder advisory group, and would instead include recognized exclusive representatives of CCS county providers. The bill would instead terminate the advisory group on December 31, 2023.

AB 652 (Friedman D) Product safety, juvenile products, chemicals: perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances. Would, on and after July 1, 2023, prohibit a person, including a manufacturer, from selling or distributing in commerce in this state any new, not previously owned, juvenile product, as defined, that contains regulated perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), as defined. The bill would require a manufacturer to use the least toxic alternative when replacing PFAS chemicals in a juvenile product.

AB 856 (Maienschein D) Pupil health: COVID-19 Youth Health Information Act. The act would require the State Dept of Education to post on its internet website information related to the safe return of pupils to exercise and physical activity, as defined, after exhibiting signs or symptoms of, or testing positive for, COVID-19, and would specify that the information include current guidelines issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics. The bill also would require the department to include in its posts current guidelines of the American Academy of Pediatrics for pupils to obtain medical clearance before returning to exercise and physical activity after exhibiting signs or symptoms of, or testing positive for, COVID-19.

ACR 39 (Holden D) Roxie’s Wish: Drowning Prevention Week for Children. This measure would proclaim every 3rd week of May as “Roxie’s Wish: Drowning Prevention Week for Children.” The measure would also support the goals and ideals of National Water Safety Month, support publicly acknowledging, with permission, the names of drowning victims and their families, and encourage counties, cities, and school districts to adopt codes and standards to prevent drowning and engage in and encourage public awareness campaigns.

SB 400 (Jones R) Homeless children and youths: local educational agencies: collaboration, training, and reporting. Requires a liaison for homeless children and youths of a local educational agency, as defined to include a school district, county office of education, charter school, or special education local plan area, to ensure the identification by school personnel of those children and youths through outreach and coordination activities with other organizations and the referral of services to homeless families and homeless children and youth

SB 742 (Pan D) Vaccination sites: unlawful activities: obstructing, intimidating, or harassing. Would make it unlawful for a person to knowingly approach a person or an occupied vehicle at a vaccination site, as specified, for the purpose of obstructing, injuring, harassing, intimidating, or interfering with, as defined, that person or vehicle occupant. The bill would define “vaccination site” as the physical location where vaccination services are provided, including, but not limited to, a hospital, physician’s office, clinic, or any retail space or pop-up location made available for large-scale vaccination services. The bill would impose a fine not exceeding $1,000, imprisonment in a county jail not exceeding 6 months, or by both that fine and imprisonment for a violation. By creating a new crime, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.