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Date State Bill No. Title Outcome
Feb. 25, 2021 CA AB 213 Extends One-Time Grant Payments to Recipients of SSI/SSP Benefits Bill Passed - House (56 - 18)
Jan. 21, 2021 CA SB 88 Authorizes Distributing a $600 Payment to Low Income Residents Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 2)
Jan. 21, 2021 CA SB 85 Appropriates Funding for the State's Annual Budget Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 2)
Jan. 15, 2021 CA AB 88 Exempts Stimulus Payments from Garnishment Bill Passed - House (48 - 13)
Aug. 31, 2020 CA SB 1383 Expands Protections for Paid Family Leave Bill Passed - House (46 - 16)
July 2, 2020 CA SB 1383 Expands Protections for Paid Family Leave Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 12)
June 26, 2020 CA SB 1410 Authorizes COVID-19 Eviction Relief Agreements Between Tenants and Landlords Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 9)
June 25, 2020 CA ACA 11 Establishes the "Home Protection for Seniors, Severely Disabled, Families, and Victims of Wildfire or Natural Disasters Act" Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 5)
June 25, 2020 CA SB 795 Appropriates Funds for Affordable Housing and Homelessness Aid Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 10)
June 22, 2020 CA SB 1138 Requires Land Zoned for Shelters Meet Certain Standards Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 8)
June 15, 2020 CA AB 3300 Establishes the California Access to Housing and Services Fund Bill Passed - House (62 - 2)
June 15, 2020 CA AB 3300 Establishes the California Access to Housing and Services Fund Bill Passed - House (62 - 2)
June 10, 2020 CA AB 3269 Requires the Establishment of Plans to Reduce Homelessness Bill Passed - House (58 - 10)
March 16, 2020 CA SB 117 Appropriates Funds to Public Schools Amid COVID-19 Emergency Shut-Down Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (32 - 0)
March 16, 2020 CA SB 89 Amends 2019-2020 State Budget to Appropriate Funds for the COVID-19 Emergency Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (32 - 0)
July 8, 2019 CA AB 1054 Establishes Wildfire Victim Compensation Fund Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 7)
June 13, 2019 CA AB 74 Appropriates Funds for Fiscal Year 2019-2020. Conference Report Adopted - House (60 - 17)
May 28, 2019 CA AB 4 Authorizes Medi-Cal Benefits for Undocumented Immigrants Bill Passed - House (51 - 17)
May 22, 2019 CA AB 163 Requires State Oversight of Unaccompanied Undocumented Minors Bill Passed - House (60 - 5)
May 20, 2019 CA AB 74 Appropriates Funds for Fiscal Year 2019-2020. Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 10)
April 11, 2019 CA AB 74 Appropriates Funds for Fiscal Year 2019-2020. Bill Passed - House (54 - 13)
Aug. 31, 2016 CA SB 1234 Authorizes Implementation of Retirement Savings Plan Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (27 - 12)
Aug. 31, 2016 CA AB 1889 Appropriates Funds for High-Speed Rail Project Concurrence Vote Passed - House (48 - 30)
Aug. 31, 2016 CA SB 859 Reduces Greenhouse Gas Emission Levels Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (25 - 11)
Aug. 31, 2016 CA SB 654 Authorizes Paid Family Leave Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (24 - 12)
Aug. 31, 2016 CA SB 859 Reduces Greenhouse Gas Emission Levels Bill Passed - House (51 - 20)
Aug. 26, 2016 CA SB 839 Prohibits Orca Captivity and Breeding Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (26 - 13)
Aug. 25, 2016 CA SB 1234 Requires Eligible Employers to Provide Retirement Savings Funds to Employees Bill Passed - House (52 - 26)
Aug. 25, 2016 CA AB 1889 Appropriates Funds for High-Speed Rail Project Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 12)
June 16, 2016 CA SB 839 Prohibits Orca Captivity and Breeding Bill Passed - House (48 - 28)
June 15, 2016 CA SB 826 Approves Spending Plan for 2016-2017 Fiscal Year Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (27 - 11)
June 15, 2016 CA SB 826 Approves Spending Plan for 2016-2017 Fiscal Year Concurrence Vote Passed - House (52 - 27)
June 3, 2015 CA SB 185 Requires Public Retirement Systems to Divest from Coal Companies Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 14)
Aug. 30, 2014 CA AB 1522 Requires Paid Sick Leave for Employees Concurrence Vote Passed - House (52 - 25)
Aug. 29, 2014 CA AB 1522 Requires Paid Sick Leave for Employees Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 8)
June 15, 2014 CA SB 852 2014-2015 Budget Conference Report Adopted - Senate (25 - 11)
June 15, 2014 CA SB 852 2014-2015 Budget Conference Report Adopted - House (55 - 24)
May 29, 2014 CA SB 837 Establishes the California Prekindergarten Program Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 10)
May 29, 2014 CA AB 1522 Requires Paid Sick Leave for Employees Bill Passed - House (52 - 23)
Sept. 12, 2013 CA SB 359 Appropriates Funds for Hybrid and Zero Emission Vehicle Use Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (27 - 10)
Sept. 12, 2013 CA SB 359 Appropriates Funds for Hybrid and Zero Emission Vehicle Use Bill Passed - House (53 - 20)
April 18, 2013 CA SB 140 Appropriates Funds to the Armed Prohibited Persons System Bill Passed - House (65 - 10)
March 7, 2013 CA SB 1-1 Expands Eligibility for Medi-Cal Program Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 7)
March 7, 2013 CA AB 1-1 Expands Eligibility for Medi-Cal Program Bill Passed - House (54 - 22)
Aug. 30, 2012 CA AB 1478 Appropriates Funds for State Parks for 2 Years Concurrence Vote Passed - House (55 - 20)
Aug. 30, 2012 CA AB 1478 Appropriates Funds for State Parks for 2 Years Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 12)
Aug. 27, 2012 CA AB 1640 Expands Cash Assistance Programs for Pregnant Teenagers Concurrence Vote Passed - House (54 - 26)
Aug. 22, 2012 CA AB 1640 Expands Cash Assistance Programs for Pregnant Teenagers Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 12)
July 6, 2012 CA SB 1029 Authorizes the Sale of State Bonds for a High-Speed Rail Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (21 - 16)
July 5, 2012 CA SB 1029 Authorizes the Sale of State Bonds for a High-Speed Rail Bill Passed - House (52 - 28)
June 15, 2012 CA AB 1464 2012-2013 Budget Concurrence Vote Passed - House (50 - 28)
June 15, 2012 CA AB 1464 2012-2013 Budget Concurrence Vote Passed - House (50 - 28)
June 15, 2012 CA AB 1464 2012-2013 Budget Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 16)
June 15, 2012 CA AB 1464 2012-2013 Budget Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 16)
Feb. 2, 2012 CA SB 95 Increase State's Ability to Borrow Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (24 - 14)
Feb. 2, 2012 CA SB 81 Funding For School Transportation Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (26 - 8)
Feb. 2, 2012 CA SB 95 Increase State's Ability to Borrow Bill Passed - House (54 - 17)
Sept. 2, 2011 CA AB 6 Repeals Fingerprinting Requirement for CalFresh Benefits Concurrence Vote Passed - House (50 - 26)
Aug. 31, 2011 CA AB 6 Repeals Fingerprinting Requirement for CalFresh Benefits Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 11)
Oct. 7, 2010 CA SB 870 2010-2011 Budget Bill Passed - House (57 - 13)
Date No. Title Outcome
2/25 AB 213 Extends One-Time Grant Payments to Recipients of SSI/SSP Benefits Bill Passed - House (56 - 18)
1/21 SB 88 Authorizes Distributing a $600 Payment to Low Income Residents Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 2)
1/21 SB 85 Appropriates Funding for the State's Annual Budget Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 2)
1/15 AB 88 Exempts Stimulus Payments from Garnishment Bill Passed - House (48 - 13)
8/31 SB 1383 Expands Protections for Paid Family Leave Bill Passed - House (46 - 16)
7/02 SB 1383 Expands Protections for Paid Family Leave Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 12)
6/26 SB 1410 Authorizes COVID-19 Eviction Relief Agreements Between Tenants and Landlords Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 9)
6/25 ACA 11 Establishes the "Home Protection for Seniors, Severely Disabled, Families, and Victims of Wildfire or Natural Disasters Act" Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 5)
6/25 SB 795 Appropriates Funds for Affordable Housing and Homelessness Aid Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 10)
6/22 SB 1138 Requires Land Zoned for Shelters Meet Certain Standards Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 8)
6/15 AB 3300 Establishes the California Access to Housing and Services Fund Bill Passed - House (62 - 2)
6/15 AB 3300 Establishes the California Access to Housing and Services Fund Bill Passed - House (62 - 2)
6/10 AB 3269 Requires the Establishment of Plans to Reduce Homelessness Bill Passed - House (58 - 10)
3/16 SB 117 Appropriates Funds to Public Schools Amid COVID-19 Emergency Shut-Down Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (32 - 0)
3/16 SB 89 Amends 2019-2020 State Budget to Appropriate Funds for the COVID-19 Emergency Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (32 - 0)
7/08 AB 1054 Establishes Wildfire Victim Compensation Fund Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 7)
6/13 AB 74 Appropriates Funds for Fiscal Year 2019-2020. Conference Report Adopted - House (60 - 17)
5/28 AB 4 Authorizes Medi-Cal Benefits for Undocumented Immigrants Bill Passed - House (51 - 17)
5/22 AB 163 Requires State Oversight of Unaccompanied Undocumented Minors Bill Passed - House (60 - 5)
5/20 AB 74 Appropriates Funds for Fiscal Year 2019-2020. Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 10)
4/11 AB 74 Appropriates Funds for Fiscal Year 2019-2020. Bill Passed - House (54 - 13)
8/31 SB 1234 Authorizes Implementation of Retirement Savings Plan Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (27 - 12)
8/31 AB 1889 Appropriates Funds for High-Speed Rail Project Concurrence Vote Passed - House (48 - 30)
8/31 SB 859 Reduces Greenhouse Gas Emission Levels Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (25 - 11)
8/31 SB 654 Authorizes Paid Family Leave Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (24 - 12)
8/31 SB 859 Reduces Greenhouse Gas Emission Levels Bill Passed - House (51 - 20)
8/26 SB 839 Prohibits Orca Captivity and Breeding Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (26 - 13)
8/25 SB 1234 Requires Eligible Employers to Provide Retirement Savings Funds to Employees Bill Passed - House (52 - 26)
8/25 AB 1889 Appropriates Funds for High-Speed Rail Project Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 12)
6/16 SB 839 Prohibits Orca Captivity and Breeding Bill Passed - House (48 - 28)
6/15 SB 826 Approves Spending Plan for 2016-2017 Fiscal Year Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (27 - 11)
6/15 SB 826 Approves Spending Plan for 2016-2017 Fiscal Year Concurrence Vote Passed - House (52 - 27)
6/03 SB 185 Requires Public Retirement Systems to Divest from Coal Companies Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 14)
8/30 AB 1522 Requires Paid Sick Leave for Employees Concurrence Vote Passed - House (52 - 25)
8/29 AB 1522 Requires Paid Sick Leave for Employees Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 8)
6/15 SB 852 2014-2015 Budget Conference Report Adopted - Senate (25 - 11)
6/15 SB 852 2014-2015 Budget Conference Report Adopted - House (55 - 24)
5/29 SB 837 Establishes the California Prekindergarten Program Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 10)
5/29 AB 1522 Requires Paid Sick Leave for Employees Bill Passed - House (52 - 23)
9/12 SB 359 Appropriates Funds for Hybrid and Zero Emission Vehicle Use Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (27 - 10)
9/12 SB 359 Appropriates Funds for Hybrid and Zero Emission Vehicle Use Bill Passed - House (53 - 20)
4/18 SB 140 Appropriates Funds to the Armed Prohibited Persons System Bill Passed - House (65 - 10)
3/07 SB 1-1 Expands Eligibility for Medi-Cal Program Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 7)
3/07 AB 1-1 Expands Eligibility for Medi-Cal Program Bill Passed - House (54 - 22)
8/30 AB 1478 Appropriates Funds for State Parks for 2 Years Concurrence Vote Passed - House (55 - 20)
8/30 AB 1478 Appropriates Funds for State Parks for 2 Years Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 12)
8/27 AB 1640 Expands Cash Assistance Programs for Pregnant Teenagers Concurrence Vote Passed - House (54 - 26)
8/22 AB 1640 Expands Cash Assistance Programs for Pregnant Teenagers Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 12)
7/06 SB 1029 Authorizes the Sale of State Bonds for a High-Speed Rail Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (21 - 16)
7/05 SB 1029 Authorizes the Sale of State Bonds for a High-Speed Rail Bill Passed - House (52 - 28)
6/15 AB 1464 2012-2013 Budget Concurrence Vote Passed - House (50 - 28)
6/15 AB 1464 2012-2013 Budget Concurrence Vote Passed - House (50 - 28)
6/15 AB 1464 2012-2013 Budget Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 16)
6/15 AB 1464 2012-2013 Budget Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 16)
2/02 SB 95 Increase State's Ability to Borrow Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (24 - 14)
2/02 SB 81 Funding For School Transportation Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (26 - 8)
2/02 SB 95 Increase State's Ability to Borrow Bill Passed - House (54 - 17)
9/02 AB 6 Repeals Fingerprinting Requirement for CalFresh Benefits Concurrence Vote Passed - House (50 - 26)
8/31 AB 6 Repeals Fingerprinting Requirement for CalFresh Benefits Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 11)
10/07 SB 870 2010-2011 Budget Bill Passed - House (57 - 13)

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