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California Legislative Summary 2017-2018 End of Session

November 02, 2018

The California Legislature completed its 2017-2018 session on August 31st and Governor Jerry Brown has signed or vetoed all of the legislation on his desk. The focus of the Legislature’s attention this year reflected the broad issues that focused Americans’ attention in 2018. The #MeToo and Times Up movements influenced the passage of legislation pertaining to sexual harassment and sexual assault. The national opioid crisis and focus on prescription drug pricing led to a number of new laws attempting to address those issues. And California has taken a lead in passing data privacy legislation that is widely seen as a harbinger of what other states are likely to do in coming years.

Through the course of the year, Keenan monitored more than three hundred bills affecting California joint powers authorities (JPAs), schools, community colleges and other public agencies. Summarized below are the bills we watched that the Governor signed into law this year. All of them will go into effect on January 1, 2019, unless otherwise noted.

This summary has been formatted so that you may click on any of the links below and be taken directly to the legislation concerning that subject. In that way, we hope that this Briefing can be useful to many in your agency.

Please contact your Keenan Account Manager, Claims Analyst or Risk Management Analyst if you would like more information on any of the legislation described within.

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