CA Capitol Spring
Gov. Newsom Delivers State of the State Address
In a break from tradition, Governor Newsom delivered his State of the State address this week from an empty Dodger Stadium, where he noted that the 56,000 – seat capacity of the facility reflected the approximate number of Californians who have died of COVID-19 over the last year.
Catholic Church
Bill Aims to Declare Religious Services “Essential”
SB397 (Jones, R-San Diego) would amend the California Emergency Services Act to declare religious services as “essential” and prevent state or local governments from interfering in the free exercise of religion.
CA Capitol
CA Catholic Conference Closely Vetting Proposed Legislation
The California Catholic Conference (CCC) is currently reviewing more than 2,500 bills introduced by last week’s legislative deadline, despite the fact that each lawmaker will likely have only a few bills advance because of a needed focus on pandemic-related issues this legislative year.
Assembly Floor
End of Session Legislative Report
California lawmakers worked right up to and past the midnight deadline of the two-year legislative session, which officially ended at midnight on August 31. Those bills that made it through both houses now sit on the Governor’s desk until he either signs or vetoes each measure.
Volunteers
Bill to Protect Parish Volunteer Info Advances
A bill that would help protect the privacy of personal and residential information required to volunteer in Catholic and other organizations cleared the Assembly Appropriations Committee this week and is headed to the Assembly floor.
Legislative Update 2015
The California Catholic Conference follows many bills through the legislative process.