May 12, 2021 | Written By: An-Chi Tsou, PhD

The end of April marks the deadline for policy committees to hear all legislation identified as having a fiscal impact on the state (which includes most bills). If bills are not heard by then, they are automatically turned into two-year bills and are stuck in their existing location until next year. With the Legislature forced to hold fewer and shorter hearings to adhere to COVID-19 safety protocols, there is more pressure on legislators to work quickly to be able to keep their bills moving. Below is the latest on some notable legislation this year:

It should be noted that the legislative process is only one way to enact policy changes; this year legislators and advocates have a few bites at the apple. In addition to authoring bills, legislators can work to push policies into the budget through trailer bill language, which are the provisions that implement the state budget bill. Due to the Newsom Administration’s desire to consolidate the licensing agencies, stakeholders can also advocate for changes to occur under the new Department of Cannabis Control. It is important to be aware of these different strategies that can be used to pass and implement policies so that opportunities for advocacy are not missed.

Disclaimer: This article has been prepared and published for informational purposes only and is not offered, nor should be construed, as legal advice.