The end-of-week deadline to pass bills in their house of origin is only one day away, so legislators have been busy advancing a litany of measures. On Wednesday alone, the Assembly passed 242 measures and the Senate passed 59, after approving 213 combined on Tuesday, according to tallies kept by longtime lobbyist Chris Micheli.

While many bills pass easily, there’s still plenty of drama. One contentious bill to raise the minimum wage for healthcare workers from $15.50 an hour to $21 by June 2024 and $25 by June 2025 initially failed on the Senate floor on Wednesday, after only receiving 18 out of the 21 “yes” votes needed to pass. But later in the day, the bill passed, with the bare minimum of 21.

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Wednesday night, a measure pitting labor unions against the fast food industry squeaked through the Assembly after the roll call was held open for the necessary 41st voteAssembly Bill 1228, the subject of a recent industry TV blitz, would hold franchise owners responsible for any labor violations at their restaurants. The bill was introduced after the industry, by qualifying a 2024 referendum, blocked a broader law to regulate wages and working conditions for fast food workers.

Another bill, Senate Bill 466, would roll back parts of the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act and subject newer buildings to rent control limits. The bill failed on the floor Tuesday, but was granted “reconsideration” and will likely be brought back for another vote. If it doesn’t pass by Friday, it’ll be dead for 2023.

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Here are some noteworthy bills that did pass this week:

Business

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  • SB 74: Would ban “high-risk” social media apps, including TikTok, on state phones and devices.
  • SB 829: Would prohibit exclusive contracts between a ticket seller, such as Ticketmaster, and a California entertainment venue.

Climate change

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  • SB 253: Would require companies with $1 billion in annual revenue to disclose greenhouse gas emissions.
  • SB 261: Would require companies with $500 million in annual revenue to prepare climate financial risk reports.

Criminal justice

  • SB 50: Would prohibit police stops for five low-level traffic violations, including a broken headlight or bumper, to reduce racial profiling and harassment of female drivers. The bill passed 22-11, scraping by with only one more vote than needed.
  • SB 309: Would protect freedom of religious expression for inmates, including grooming, clothing and headwear. 

Elections

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Housing

  • SB 4: Would make tens of thousands of acres available for churches and colleges to build affordable housing on their property.
  • SB 423: Would extend a 2017 law that enables developers to expedite building affordable housing
  • AB 799: Would hold cities and counties that receive state money for homelessness prevention more accountable.
  • SB 834: Would offer eligible low- and middle-income families loans for a down payment or construction costs.

Public health

  • AB 716: Would end “surprise” ambulance billing.
  • AB 869: Would push the deadline to 2035 for certain hospitals to complete seismic repairs.
  • AB 1092: Would expand the attorney general’s oversight in health plan mergers.

Lynn La,CalMatters
Author: Lynn La,CalMatters

Lynn La is a writer with CalMatters. She's a graduate of UC Davis and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Folsom Times is an authorized news distribution partner of CalMatters. For more stories like this visit CalMatters.org.