Skip to content

Library Legal News

New California Laws for 2022

Posted Jan 7, 2022

Hundreds of bills signed by Governor Gavin Newsom in 2021 took effect beginning January 1, 2022. The new laws address such varied areas as affordable housing, expanding voter access, worker protections, peace officer certification, crimes targeting people due to immigration status, and much more. Visit the California Legislative Information website for a full list of enacted 2021 bills. See Office of Governor Gavin NewsomLos Angeles Times.

California Supreme Court Unanimously Rules Against Early Release for Violent Felons

Posted Jan 7, 2022

On January 3, the California Supreme Court issued a unanimous ruling that violent felons may not be considered for early release, even if their primary offense was considered nonviolent under state law. In 2016, California voters had approved Proposition 57, which allows individuals to petition for release for nonviolent felonies. State inmates had sought to extend the Proposition's language to those serving sentences for violent felonies. Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye wrote in the opinion that while the initiative's language was ambiguous, ballot materials were clear about voters' intent to exclude such inmates from early parole consideration. See Associated PressLos Angeles TimesBloomberg Law.

California Legislators Revive Universal Health Care Bill

Posted Jan 7, 2022

Democratic California Assemblyman Ash Kalra has proposed an amendment to the California constitution that would increase taxes to fund a universal health care system for the state. Assembly Constitutional Amendment (ACA) 11 would impose an annual tax of 2.3% and a payroll tax of 1% on certain businesses, as well as additional income tax on wealthier state residents. The proposed amendment paves the way for state lawmakers to begin moving forward with AB 1400, a separate bill introduced in 2021 that would create and set rules for a universal health care system for California. See Los Angeles TimesCBS SacramentoUS News & World Report.