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CAPITOL UPDATE #46 – November 30, 2023

November 30, 2023

Golden State Republican Women
Janet Price, President

        Submitted by the GSRW Legislative Analyst Committee        
Karen Contreras,
Lou Ann Flaherty and Elaine Freeman, 

AB 873 (Berman) Pupil Instruction: Media literacy: curriculum frameworks This bill was signed by the Governor on October 13.  Existing law establishes the Instructional Quality Commission and requires the commission to, among other things, recommend curriculum frameworks to the State Board of Education.  Existing law also requires the state board to adopt standards, rules, and regulations for school library services. 

Existing law requires the adopted course of study for grades 1 to 6, inclusive, and for grades 7 to 12, inclusive, to offer instruction or courses to specified areas of study.  Existing law requires the State Department of Education to make available to school districts on its internet website a list of resources and instructional materials on media literacy, as defined, including media literacy professional development programs for teachers. 

This bill requires the Instructional Quality Commission to consider incorporating the Model Library Standards into the next revision of the English Language Arts/English Language Development (ELA/ELD) curriculum framework after 21/1/24, and to consider incorporating media literacy content at each grade level. 

The bill will require the commission to consider incorporating media literacy content into the mathematics, science, and history social science curriculum frameworks when those frameworks are next revised after January 1, 2024.    This is a requirement that we should all demand that the Commission include as mandatory.  As stated, it is only to be considered and should definitely be implemented.

SB 478 (Dodd & Skinner) Consumers Legal Remedies Act: advertisements The False Advertising Law makes it a crime for a person or a firm, corporation, or association or any employee thereof, to engage in specified false or misleading advertising practices.  The Unfair Competition Law makes various unfair competition practices unlawful, including any unlawful, unfair, or fraudulent business act or practice and unfair, deceptive, untrue, or misleading advertising.

This bill will, beginning on July 1, 2024, with specified exceptions, additionally make unlawful advertising, displaying.  or offering a price for a good or service that does not include all mandatory fees or charges other than taxes or fees imposed by a government on the transaction, as specified. 

The bill provides that assessments made pursuant to the California Tourism Marketing Act and the Parking and Business Improvement Area Law of 1989, and business assessments made pursuant to the property and Business Improvement District Law of 1994, are fees imposed by a government on the transaction for purposes of these provisions. 

The bill provides that a rental company is not in violation of unlawful advertising, displaying, or offering a price for a good or service for excluding from the advertised, displayed, or offered price of a rental vehicle charges that are disclosed to the consumer in compliance with the above described provisions. 

The bill also specifies that a motor vehicle manufacturer, or any other person, that advertises a motor vehicle manufacturer’s suggested retail price, set by an automobile manufacturer, or lease payments based upon an MSRP, does not, by doing so, violate the prohibition described above relating to unlawful advertising, displaying, or offering a price for a good or service.  There are several other provisions but this is an attempt at consumer protection.

SB 852 (Rubio) Searches: supervised persons  This bill became law and filed with the Secretary of State on September 22, 2023 Existing law authorizes courts to suspend the imposition or execution of punishments in specified criminal cases and instead enforce terms of probation or mandatory supervision. 

Existing law authorizes the conditions of probation or mandatory supervision to include a waiver of the person’s right to refuse searches.  This bill clarifies that a search of a person who is granted probation or mandatory supervision and subject to search or seizure must be performed ONLY by a probation officer or other peace officer

Existing law requires persons released pursuant to specified provisions, including home detention programs and electronic monitoring programs, to admit any person or agent designated by the correctional administrator into the participant’s residence at any time or purposes of verifying the participant’s compliance with the conditions of the detention.  THIS BILL CLARIFIES THAT THE PERSON DESIGNATED BY THE CORREGIONAL ADMINISTRATOR MUST BE A PROBATION OFFICER OR OTHER PEACE OFFICER. 

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