Following are some new laws taking effect this year that relate to BOSS’s work and the very low income people we serve. Many of these laws attest to the power of civic engagement, and were the subject of statewide organizing, advocacy and public education to help get them passed.

Housing & Income:

  • AB 1482: (1) Extends just cause eviction protections to tenants living in residential properties not currently covered by just cause eviction laws; and (2) Prohibits owners from increasing rent by more than 5% + rate of inflation or 10% (whichever is less) more than once per 12-month period for tenants who have occupied the same unit for more than 12 months.
  • SB 222: Expands existing law to protect veterans and military personnel against housing discrimination.
  • AB 1061: Says that social workers and probation officers must give children 14 days notice if their foster parents request a permanent change. It also requires social workers to develop plans with foster families to avoid abrupt placement changes that could negatively affect child well-being. 
  • SB 18: An existing law that requires 90 days’ notice to renters who are evicted from foreclosed property will stay on the books. The law was set to expire, but lawmakers made it permanent.
  • SB 3: Statewide, the minimum wage will increase to $12 an hour for employers with 26 or fewer employees, and $13 an hour for employers with more than 26. This annual $1-an-hour increase continues until 2023, when all employers will be required to pay employees at least $15 an hour. 

Criminal Justice:

  • AB 32: California officials can no longer sign contracts to use private, for-profit prisons.
  • AB 45: California inmates will no longer be charged a co-pay for medical care or fees for medically necessary items.
  • AB 392: Law enforcement officers can deadly force only when “necessary in defense of human life”, a standard created following fatal officer-involved shootings across California.
  • SB 439: Changes the age that a minor can be sent to juvenile hall. Minors under 12 who commit non-violent crimes would be released to his or her parent or legal guardian instead of being sent to juvenile hall. The law does not apply to minors who commit murder, rape, or great bodily harm.

Stay Informed! For more information about new legislation, contact your state legislators or visit these advocacy organization websites that track policy: Californians for Safety and Justice, California Budget and Policy Center, Housing California, National Alliance to End Homelessness, and others.

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