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California Legislative Positions 
Last update: February 25, 2018

We are now including in the bill list both the Alcohol Justice (AJ) position on bills as well as the position of California Alcohol Policy Alliance (CAPA) on select bills of concern to the new statewide coalition.

2019-2020 Legislative Session

ALCOHOL LEGISLATION ARCHIVE

COMPLETE LEGISLATIVE SUMMARIES

2018 CA Complete Legislative Summary pdf
2017 CA Complete Legislative Summary pdf
2016 CA Complete Legislative Summary pdf
2015 CA Complete Legislative Summary pdf
2014 CA Complete Legislative Summary
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2013 CA Complete Legislative Summary pdf
   CAPA SUMMARIES

   2018 CAPA Summary pdf
   2017 CAPA Summary
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2019 Assembly Bills


AB 127
Version: 12/5/2018
Summary: For the purposes of conducting research on impaired driving, exempts a person from driving under the influence of a drug and/or alcoholic beverage while both driving a vehicle under the supervision of, and on the property of, the Department of the California Highway Patrol.
Author(s): Assembly Member Tom Lackey (R-Palmdale)
AJ Position: Support – The DUI exception is limited to specific research activities. Understanding how drugs and alcohol impair driving is necessary for crafting ever better policy for addressing the very serious issue of impaired drivers on our roadways.

AB 136
Version: 12/5/2018
Summary: Requires the State Department of Health Care Services to establish Office of the State Ombudsperson for Substance Abuse Residential Recovery and Treatment as a one-year pilot project. Requires the office to work in concert with participating counties to collaborate in investigations of complaints received by the counties against alcoholism or drug abuse recovery or treatment facilities and recovery residences.
Author(s): Assembly Member Sharon Quirk-Silva (D-Fullerton)
AJ Position: Watch – Recovery and Treatment needs watchdogging. It is unclear whether the legislation adequately addresses this need.

AB 205
Version: 1/14/2018
Summary: Revises the definition of “beer” to include an alcoholic beverage obtained by the fermentation of any infusion or decoction of fruit, honey and natural sugars. Existing law defines “beer” as any alcoholic beverage obtained by the fermentation of any infusion or decoction of barley, malt, hops, or any other similar product, or any combination thereof in water.
Author(s): Assembly Member Tom Daly (D-Anaheim)
AJ Position: Oppose – Allows for ever more products to take advantage of the advantages beer receives over other beverage types (specifically wine and liquor) including a lower tax rate and greater number of locations where it can be sold.

AB 397
Version: 2/6/2019
Summary: For statistical purposes only, recasts the offense of driving under the influence of cannabis, or the driving under the combined influence of cannabis and another drug, as separate offenses. There are no changes to the penalties.
Author(s): Assembly Member (Ed Chau (D-Monterey Park)
AJ Position: Support – Understanding how cannabis impairs driving is necessary for crafting ever better policy for addressing the very serious issue of impaired drivers on our roadways.

AB 436
Version: 2/11/2019
Summary: Expands existing law to allow for certain alcohol manufacturers to purchase advertising time and space from, or on behalf of, an on-sale retail licensee that operates at a performing arts venue in the City of Napa.
Author(s): Assembly Member Cecilia Aguiar-Curry (D-Winters)
AJ Position: Oppose - Granting yet another regulatory exemption for more alcohol advertising is wrong-headed. This bill also blurs the necessary separation between the manufacturing and on-sale retail sector. The entire section 25503.6 of Business and Professions code is a repository for advertising exemptions that we find objectionable; this bill adds a 25th specific exemption.

AB 475
Version: 2/12/2019
Summary: Authorizes the ABC to issue an on-sale beer and wine paint and sip license to a person that has premises for the primary purpose of art events or art classes that are scheduled in a bona fide manner for a fee. Imposes an original fee and an annual renewal fee for the license
Author(s): Assembly Member (R-Rocklin)
AJ Position: Expanding the number of locations where licenses may be issued, no matter how minimal, will increase availability and therefore negatively impact public health.   

AB 551
Version: 2/13/2019
Summary: Details the types of drugs (including cannabis, fentanyl, methamphetamine) that a coroner must screen a deceased driver for (in addition to alcohol). The chemical results are to be reported monthly to the California Highway Patrol.
Author(s): Assembly Member William Brough (R-Dana Point)
AJ Position: Support –Understanding how drugs and alcohol impair driving is necessary for crafting ever better policy for addressing the very serious issue of impaired drivers on our roadways

2019 Senate Bills


SB 12
Version: 12/3/2018
Summary: Declares the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation authorizing the state and local governments to establish a series of at least 100 centers statewide to address the mental health needs of California youth.
Author(s): Senator Jim Beall (D-San Jose)
AJ Position: Support – Adolescence and young adulthood compromise a critical developmental period in a person’s life. Research demonstrates that use of alcohol, marijuana, and other drugs by young people can have lifelong repercussions.

SB 21
Version: 12/3/2018
Summary: Lowers the required minimum brewing production of a brewpub-restaurant licensee from not less than 200 barrels of beer annually on the premises to not less than 100 barrels. Existing law authorizes the issuance of a brewpub-restaurant license to a person that manufactures not less than 200 barrels and not more than 5,000 barrels of beer annually on the licensed premises. The license authorizes the sale of beer, wine, and distilled spirits for consumption on the premises, and the sale of beer produced by the brewpub-restaurant licensee for consumption on the premises.
Author(s): Senator Bill Dodd (D-Napa)
AJ Position: Oppose – Lowering the amount of beer that a “brewer” needs to produce in order to be eligible to receive a license that allows them to sell other beer, wine, and liquor for on-premise consumption only serves to allow more restaurants that sell alcohol under the guise of the location being a “brewery.”

SB 42
Version: 12/3/2018
Summary: Provides a person being released from county jail with the right to request assistance in entering a drug or alcohol rehabilitation program and require that the county jail arrange transportation directly from jail to a rehabilitation program or hospital upon release from jail. Establishes additional requirements (including timing, provisions, transportation) for individuals being released from county jail.
Author(s): Senator Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley)
AJ Position: Support – Persons who suffer from mental illness or substance addiction are less likely able to access immediate treatment services following a late-night release from jail.

SB 55
Version: 12/12/2018
Summary: Extends a 10-year prohibition on persons convicted of certain misdemeanors owning, purchasing, and possessing any firearm to include multiple violations by an individual of certain laws involving alcohol intoxication, including gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, drunk in public, and DUI.
Author(s): Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara)
AJ Position: Support – Firearm-related injury and death frequently occurs in the context of alcohol intoxication. By clearly linking poorly controlled alcohol use to irresponsible gun ownership, this bill states that harm caused by intoxicated individuals is, itself, alcohol harm.

SB 58
Version: 12/17/2018
Summary: Allows closing times for on-sale retailers to be extended from 2 a.m. to 4 a.m. as part of a pilot program conducted by the ABC. The pilot program may be conducted in nine cities: Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sacramento, Long Beach, Oakland, Cathedral City, Palm Springs, Coachella, and West Hollywood.
Author(s): Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco); Co-Authored by Assembly Members Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles), Wendy Carrillo (D-Los Angeles), and Jay Obernolte (R-Hesperia)
AJ Position: STRONGLY OPPOSE – This is the worst alcohol-related legislation of this session. Extending the hours of operation for on-sale retailers will result in increased alcohol-related harm. This bill recycles previously failed bills (SB 905 [2018], SB 384 [2017], and SB 635 [2013]). Alcohol service from 2 a.m. to 4 a.m., even in special "entertainment districts," extends neighborhood noise, street violence, and impaired driving to the hours of 4 a.m. to 6 a.m., and DUIs and traffic collisions could snarl early morning commuter traffic regionally. Without adequate local mitigation fees on alcohol, there will be vast increases to costs of night owl transportation (if any), police, sheriff, CHP, ambulance service, and emergency room usage.
CAPA Position: Oppose

SB 264
Version: 2/12/2019
Summary: Doubles the number of locations from which a winegrower or brandy manufacturer can sell its products to consumers, or provide tastings, from 1 licensed location to 2 licensed locations.
Author(s): Senator Steven Glazer (D-Orinda)
AJ Position: Oppose – Expanding the number of locations where licenses may be issued, no matter how minimal, will increase availability and therefore negatively impact public health.  

SB 283
Version: 2/13/2019
Summary: Details the types of drugs (including cannabis, fentanyl, methamphetamine) that a coroner must screen a deceased driver for (in addition to alcohol). The chemical results are to be reported monthly to the California Highway Patrol.
Author(s): Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel)
AJ Position: Support –Understanding how drugs and alcohol impair driving is necessary for crafting ever better policy for addressing the very serious issue of impaired drivers on our roadways.