CSAC Bulletin Article

Legislature Adjourns 2020 Session

September 3, 2020

Facing a midnight deadline to pass most bills, the Legislature finished its 2019-2020 session in the early morning hours on Tuesday. Like all sectors in California, the Legislature’s year was marked by considerable challenges resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, including extended recesses when statewide lockdown measures were first imposed and when two Assembly Members were diagnosed with COVID-19 in the summer.

Despite a truncated legislative calendar, the Legislature considered major proposals of concern to counties, including late-breaking bills dealing with opioid litigation and a proposal to close the State Department of Juvenile Justice and shift those responsibilities to counties. Other topics high on the agenda included wildfire and disaster resilience, as well as workers’ compensation legislation—not to mention a number of budget-related issues, including Realignment backfill funding to counties.

In addition to these big ticket items, CSAC actively engaged on many individual measures of note, including a number of bills that counties support and that were sent to the Governor’s desk. Governor Newsom now has until September 30 to sign or veto these bills. A summary of key legislation by CSAC policy area is available at the following links:

Administration of Justice Bill Roundup
Agriculture, Environment and Natural Resources Bill Roundup
Health and Human Services Bill Roundup

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