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Last update: April 5, 2022

2021-2022 Legislative Session

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PAST YEARS' LEGISLATION SUMMARIES

2022 Assembly Bills


AB 1734
Version:
4/5/22
Summary: Alcoholic beverages: licensed premises: retail sales.
Allows an alcohol manufacturer that holds licenses to produce more than one category of beverage (i.e., beer, wine, or distilled spirits) to sell all the products for which they have a manufacturers' license in their on-premise retail stores.
Author(s): Bennett (D- Ventura)
AJ Position: OPPOSE – This bill strongly favors Big Alcohol, as the global alcohol companies are almost invariably producers of every category of product. This bill essentially allows these companies to become full-product liquor stores, not only violating the three-tier system but producing a de facto series of bargain outlets for alcohol, a product whose safety is in no small part reliant on price point. Off-sale sales at the site of manufacturer are meant to drive and augment visitors' attendance to those sites, it is not meant to create yet further overconcentration of alcohol retail outlets. 
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AB 2037

Version: 4/5/22
Summary: Polling places: alcoholic beverages.
This bill would suspend the prohibition against the state establishing polling sites in locations with on-sale alcohol licenses.
Author(s): Flora (R-Ripon)
AJ Position: OPPOSE – Alcohol service on-site at polling locations may be triggering or distressing to individuals in recovery. Alcohol advertising has the potential to be intimately tied with legislation and/or candidates. The bill offers no conditions under which the polling site must operate to shield the vulnerable from these effects.
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AB 2138
Version
: 4/5/22
Summary: Domestic violence: probation: sobriety-monitoring programs.
Creates mechanisms by which individuals convicted of domestic violence must use internet-connected breathalyzers to ensure compliance with injunctions against alcohol use.
Author(s): Maratsuchi (R-Irvine)
AJ Position: WATCH
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AB 2150
Version: 4/5/22
Summary: Cannabis research.
Creates a Center for Cannabis Research within the University of California, including but not limited to a mandate for surveillance and reporting on the effects of cannabis intoxication on automobile crashes and injuries.
Author(s): Lackey (R-Palmdale)
AJ Position: SUPPORT – As a legal drug, the state has an obligation to understand its effects on public health and safety. Because of the long history of prohibition inhibiting public understanding of the effects of cannabis, the industry is currently able to lean on non-public research and/or low-evidence claims to promote products. The University of California has a long track record of cutting-edge research into legal toxicants and is positioned to be a conscientious and objective source for knowledge on the effects of the drug and the cannabis market.
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AB 2210
Version: 4/5/22
Summary: Cannabis: state temporary event licenses: venues licensed by the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.
Permits temporary cannabis sales permits at areas with alcohol sales licenses so long as the cannabis sales are in physically distinct areas and alcohol cannot be consumed in the area where cannabis sales are premitted.
Author(s): Quirk (D-Hayward
AJ Position: WATCH
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AB 2273
Version:
4/5/22
Summary: The California Age-Appropriate Design Code Act.
Requires online platforms likely to be accessed by children to comply with specified standards, including considering the best interests of children likely to access those goods. Such considerations include the design of the website, the messaging surrounding the site or the goods offered therein, and clear statements of the community standards of any communications occurring on that site. Restricts these business, if their products or services are likely to be accessed by children, from collecting or selling data on children. Establishes the California Children's Data Protection Taskforce to generate best practices for these provisions.
Author(s): Wicks (D-Contra Costa)
AJ Position: SUPPORT – The intersection of the internet (including but not limited to social media) and the alcohol industry is extraordinarily vulnerable to abuse, and the industry's voluntary regulations have long served as lip service at best. Youth-oriented alcohol advertising and sponsored alcohol content from key influencers is rampant on all social media platforms, and arguments for the effectiveness of online age-gates on alcohol company websites assume a comical level of stupidity from children. Since the alcohol industry's growth models are heavily contingent on reaching underage consumers and encouraging harmful patterns of use at a young age, allowing them access to children's data would be extraordinarily dangerous. This bill provides a mechanism to begin reining in the widespread targeting of the most vulnerable consumers.
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AB 2301
Version:
4/5/22
Summary: Alcoholic beverage sales: beer manufacturers: licensed premises.
Removes two requirements from the Type 73 brewpub license: 1) licensees no longer need to serve food, and 2) brewpubs no longer need to be located on the same premises as the brewery.
Author(s): Wood (D- Santa Rosa)
AJ Position: OPPOSE – In a 2019 sting, ABC found an astonishing amount of fraud among type 73 licenses, with the "breweries" justifying producing only nominal quantities of beer and the majority of the income deriving from the full bar of the licensee. Removing the requirement that the brewing be anywhere near the premises will make this type of fraud simpler, and further undermines the justification for the license as a tourism driver for the brewery itself. Without food service, the premises will create fewer jobs and will be more likely to overserve patrons. This change is arbitrary, dangerous, and rewards the worst behavior among on-sale outlets.
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AB 2307
Version:
4/5/22
Summary: Alcoholic beverages: beer manufacturers: branch offices. From 6 to 12.
Doubles the number of "tasting rooms" a beer manufacturer can maintain and removes the requirement that the rooms not be serviced by a wholesaler in which the manufacturer has partial or sole ownership.
Author(s): Berman (Menlo Park)
AJ Position: OPPOSE – The three-tier system is meant to diversify ownership within the alcohol industry space. This bill does very much the opposite, giving the largest manufacturers twice as many outlets, allowing all of them to expand them into full-fledged restaurants, and allowing them to be serviced by wholesalers that the manufacturers themselves may have ownership stake in. The scale of this makes it clear this has nothing at all to do with stimulating local business; it is a series of privileges that could only be demanded by the wealthiest and most monopoly-minded players in alcohol production.
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AB 2555
Version:
4/5/22
Summary: Domestic violence: probation: sobriety-monitoring programs.
Mandates that individuals convicted of domestic violence while under the influence of drugs or alcohol be obligated to engage in ongoing sobriety monitoring programs.
Author(s): Blanca Rubio (D-Baldwin Park)
AJ Position: WATCH
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AB 2580
Version:
4/5/22
Summary: Alcoholic beverages: tied-house restrictions: exceptions.
Allows a specific hotel in West Hollywood to violate tied-house rules, allowing alcohol manufacturers to directly purchase time and advertising space within their premises.
Author(s): Bloom (D- Santa Monica)
AJ Position: OPPOSE – tied-house restrictions exist specifically to prevent this kind of situation, where the interests of the industry become inseparable from the business of unrelated entities. This is yet another "special" exemption justified by the state having already ceded far, far too much power to an industry that seems to be attempting to hold the entire hospitality sector hostage.
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AB 2733
Version:
4/5/22
Summary: Parolee substance use disorder treatments.
Requires the Department of Corrections to provide referrals to substance use disorder treatment for returning citizens and individuals already on parole who may require it. Creates minimum standards of best practices for treatment programs to which parolees and returning citizens are referred.
Author(s): Wicks (D-Contra Costa)
AJ Position: SUPPORT – Individuals exiting the criminal justice system are at extraordinary risk of relapse for alcohol and other drug problems, including opioids. Reinitiating opioid use after a protracted abstinence is considered an extreme-risk situation for fatal overdose, but all forms of substance use leave returning citizens at greater risk for continued legal issues and physical harm. This is exacerbated by inconsistent quality of programs to which people are referred upon exit.
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AB 2844
Version:
4/5/22
Summary: Cannabis catering.
Allows cannabis retailers to act as caterers at private events, and specifies there will be no injunction against alcohol or tobacco co-consumption on site.
Author(s): Kalra (D- San Jose)
AJ Position: WATCH
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AB 2896
Version:
4/5/22
Summary: Alcoholic beverages: third-party delivery platforms.
Places new obligations upon alcohol deliveries from off-sale outlets. Requires the delivery driver undergo responsible beverage service training, verify the age of the recipient, complete the delivery only directly to a person, and refuse to deliver alcohol to a person who is already intoxicated. It also forbids alcohol delivery via unmanned vehicle.
Author(s): Santiago (D- Los Angeles)
AJ Position: SUPPORT IF AMENDED – Alcohol delivery has expanded significantly during the pandemic, and this bill restores at least some of the safeguards against delivery to underage people and intoxicated people that were threatened by the shift away from purchasing in person. Nonetheless, Alcohol Justice is considering suggesting amendments that would further strengthen concerns around youth access, situations under which furnishing alcohol would create dangerous situation, and delivery services' roles in blurring the definition of overconcentration.
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2022 Senate Bills

 

SB 19
Version: 12/20/2020
Summary: Wine growers: tasting rooms.
Would allow a licensed winegrower or brandy manufacturer to operate two offsite tasting rooms.
Author(s): Introduced by Senator Glazier (D-Contra Costa)
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. In addition to doubling a licensee’s locations, by not requiring another license fee, the state will lose revenue required to enforce critical alcohol rules and regulations.
CAPA Position: Oppose
Status: Passed out of legislature; awaiting Governor's signature.
Position Letters: Alcohol Justice CAPA


 


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 statewide coalition.


Archived Legislative Summaries (Prior Sessions)

COMPLETE LEGISLATIVE SUMMARIES

2021 CA Complete Legislative Summary pdf
2019-2020 CA Complete Legislative Summary pdf
2018 CA Complete Legislative Summary
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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

   2019-2020 CAPA Summary pdf
   2018 CAPA Summary pdf
   2017 CAPA Summary
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