The global pandemic has arguably disrupted every sector and expectation in 2020. Here in California, elected officials have had to adapt in major ways, pivoting from an expected surplus of $6 billion to a legislative season defined by the impacts of coronavirus and an anticipated $54 billion shortfall. The government’s response to C-19, and the issues and populations that will receive less support because of it, relate directly to philanthropic needs and can help inform effective strategies in this new normal.
Despite infighting between House Republicans and Democrats, who hold a supermajority, the state senate and assembly worked through roughly 100 bills on the final day of the truncated legislative session on August 31, sending bills on everything from eviction protection to policing, tax credits, paid family leave and C-19 related proposals.
The nonpartisan Cal Matters has summarized some of the key bills sent to Governor Newsom for signing; while Capital Public Radio has provided this news analysis of the session, including the bills that did not move forward.
Cal Matters will continue to track pending legislation through the bill-signing period, which ends September 30.