The California legislature has recently passed two bills that could help registrants and stopped two bills that could have harmed registrants and their families.
In the first of the helpful bills (AB 2138), the legislature made it more difficult for the Department of Consumer Affairs to revoke existing, or deny applications for a new, professional licenses. The scope of the bill covers licenses for many professions such as barbers and court reporters, but does not address licenses for many other professions including attorneys and doctors. In the second of the helpful bills (AB 2293), the legislature made it easier for individuals convicted of criminal offenses, including sex offenses, to obtain an EMT license. Both bills have been sent to the Governor who must decide whether to sign them by September 30.
“We strongly recommend that the Governor sign both AB 2138 and AB 2293,” stated ACSOL Executive Director Janice Bellucci.
In the first of the harmful bills (SB 1143), the legislature voted against restrictions that would have made it more difficult for many registrants to obtain housing. In the second of the harmful bills, the legislature stopped an attempt to prevent patients at Coalinga State Hospital from voting in local elections. Because these bills were stopped in the legislature, they were not sent to the Governor. (ACSOL)