Senator Umberg Active Legislation for 2021

SB 29 – Vote By Mail Ballots

**SIGNED INTO LAW 2/29/2021

Extends the requirement that county elections officials mail ballots to all registered voters and to use a vote by mail ballot tracking system through 2021.

SB 34 – Free Library Cards for All Students

Requires local educational agencies and public libraries to enter into agreements to issue library cards to every student.

SB 35 – Protecting Polling Places

Extends the area where electioneering activities may not take place to 200 feet from where voting is taking place and clarifies the prohibition and penalties for providing or encouraging voters to place their ballots in unofficial ballot boxes.

SB 41 – DNA Testing Data Privacy

Requires direct-to-consumer genetic testing companies to obtain informed consent for the collection, use, or disclosure of a consumer’s genetic data.  Requires companies to destroy a consumer’s genetic data sample within 30 days of that consumer’s revocation of consent.

SB 43 – Veterans Cemetery of Orange County

Clarifies and expedites the creation of a Veterans Cemetery in Orange County.

SB 49 – California Fair Fees Tax Credit

Provides a tax credit to reimburse small businesses for state and local fees paid during the COVID-19 pandemic and future emergencies during which businesses are closed pursuant to government emergency and public health orders.

SB 241 – 2021 CA Court Efficiency Act

Strengthens access to justice by reforming and modernizing our court system. This bill would allow witness to appear remotely under certain circumstances, require courts to prioritize sensitive judicial proceedings, and allow courts to electronically serve court-issued documents to parties with their consent.

SB 349 – Ethical Treatment of Persons with Addiction Act

Protects people seeking treatment for substance use disorders and their families by granting patients additional rights, prohibiting payment for patient referrals, and barring deceptive advertising and marketing practices.

SB 361 – Electronic Signatures for Car Sales and Leases

Permits electronic signatures for car sale and lease contracts.

SB 366 – Cracking Down on Catalytic Converter Theft and Illegal Auto Dismantling

Requires the Department of Motor Vehicles to investigate unlicensed and unpermitted auto dismantlers and the growing issue of catalytic convertor theft.

SB 386 – Easing Marketing Restrictions for ocV!BE Entertainment District

Extends the current alcohol advertising exemption within the Honda Center to include the planned ocV!BE entertainment district. The project is anticipated to break ground in 2024 and will create over 10,000 construction jobs and over 3,000 permanent jobs when finished.

SB 399 – Allowing Sports License Plates

Allows Californians to purchase professional sports license plates and uses proceeds to fund veterans’ programs.

SB 420 – Unemployment Insurance Integrity Enforcement Act

Would require California’s Attorney General to establish a task force that would coordinate efforts to recoup fraudulently obtained unemployment insurance funds.

SB 498 – Legal Aid for Indigent & Disabled Veterans

Increases the income eligibility cap for legal aid services and extends eligibility for such services to disabled veterans.

SB 665 – Hiring Preference for Veterans

Allows private employers to voluntarily give preference to veterans in hiring and employee retention decisions.

SB 764 – Domestic Terrorism Task Force

Ensures that law enforcement is properly trained and funded for the detection and prevention of hate crimes and domestic terrorism.


Senator Umberg Active Legislation for 2020


SB 423 – Safe In-Person Voting
Guarantees safe in-person polling places for the 2020 General Election.

AB 860 – Vote by Mail Ballots (with Assemblymember Berman)
Requires county elections officials to mail a ballot to all registered voters for the November 2020 presidential general election only.

SB 970 – June Statewide Primary
Due to COVID-19 delays in the 2020 Census – SB 970 will move the March 2022 Primary election back to the traditional date of June in order to provide the necessary amount of time for the redistricting process.

SB 980 – Privacy Protections for DNA and Illness Testing
**Vetoed - Unfinished Business
Creates privacy guidelines for consumers who use home DNA testing kits as well as illness testing.

SB 1146 – Remote Depositions and E-Service for California Civil Cases

Sponsored by the Consumer Attorneys of California, SB 1146 makes changes to court procedures to allow for the use of new technologies which will increase efficiencies during trial.

SB 1196 – Protecting Consumers from Price Gouging During an Emergency

Cracks down on predatory price gouging tactics on products that consumers purchase during an emergency declaration.

SB 1220 – Ensuring Police Integrity to Protect the Public
**Vetoed - Unfinished Business

Sponsored by the California District Attorneys Association, SB 1220 forces law enforcement to comply with mandatory Constitutional requirements of providing information of officers who may have a record of corruption or illegal acts.  

AB 2782 – Mobilehome Parks Change of Use/Rent Control (with Assemblymember Stone)

1) Extends the length of notice that parks must give to residents in advance of appearing before local authorities to request permission for the change 2) Requires mobilehome parks to compensate the displaced resident for the in place market value of their mobilehome if the residents cannot relocate to another mobilehome park; and 3) Prohibits local authorities from approving the change in use unless they find that it will not result in a shortage of affordable housing within the local jurisdiction.
In addition, SB 2782 eliminates a State exemption which prevented local governments from including many mobile home communities from accessing local rent control ordinances.


Senator Umberg 2019 Bills

SB 17 – Sanctions for Abusive Court Practices

Reduces delays in court by allowing judges to impose a $1,000 sanction against lawyers for abusing the civil discovery process. This procedural change will create more efficient access to justice for all civil court litigants.

SB 72 – Same Day Voter Registration

Expands access to the ballot by requiring counties to provide conditional voter registration at all polling places. Counties may choose for themselves whether they want to go high tech with electronic poll books and ballot on demand printing systems, or low tech/low cost by simply providing paper provisional ballots.

SB 151 – Voter Education Reform

This bill authorizes an officer in a voter-nominated office who is subject to a recall election to have the officer’s party preference identified on the ballot and also ensures voters receive their nonpartisan county voter information guide prior to receiving their vote-by-mail ballot.

SB 370 – Transparent Discovery for Court Cases

Requires all documents produced in response to a demand for inspection, copying, testing, or sampling to be identified with the documents' specific request number.

SB 390 – School Safety Training

Requires all school security officers, regardless of the number of hours worked per week, to complete an annual school safety-training course.

SB 400 – Electric Bike Program

Expands the definition of ‘mobility options’ in the California’s Clean Cars 4 All Program to include access to vouchers for electric bicycles and bicycle sharing.

SB 439 – Wiretap Expansion and Police Accountability

Authorizes peace officers or federal law enforcement officers to disclose the contents of wire or electronic communication if they relate to some serious felonies or to a crime involving a peace officer disclosed in an administrative or disciplinary hearing.

SB 450 – Motel Conversion for Supportive Housing

Addresses both the housing and homeless crisis by exempting from the California Environmental Quality Act projects related to the conversion of a motel into supportive or transitional housing that is linked to supportive services.

SB 481 – State Military Inspector General

Establishes the California Military Department Inspector General’s position as a principal advisor to the Adjutant General instead of as a subordinate, and revises the investigative process by requiring that the Inspector General conduct an interview with the individuals filing the complaint if they request it.

SB 505 – Presidential Candidate Requirements

Specifies the criteria that a “recognized candidate” must meet in order to appear on the California presidential primary ballot. This bill also extends the deadline by which the Secretary of State is required to announce and distribute the names of recognized candidates.

SB 544 – State Bar Applicant Privacy

Prohibits the staff of the State Bar or members of the examining committee, in reviewing whether an applicant is of good moral character, from reviewing the person’s medical records relating to mental health.

SB 576 – Coastal Erosion Data Collection

Requires California to develop and implement a coastal climate adaptation, infrastructure, and readiness program designed to improve the climate change resiliency of the state’s coastal communities, infrastructure, and habitat.

SB 696 – “Independent” Political Parties

Prevents misleading voter registration by prohibiting the name of a party from including the word ‘independent,' ‘decline to state,' ‘no party preference,’ or any variation of those words. Would also require the Secretary of State to provide notice to any qualified party whose name includes a variation of these words and to notify each voter registered to that party informing them of the change.