Free books for children, support for student-athletes and creative expression


Governor Newsom makes final decision for 2022 legislative session
SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom took action today on final bills for the 2021-22 legislative session, including measures that will provide free books to younger Californians every month, stifle creative expression like rap lyrics from being inappropriately used as evidence in criminal cases, and allowing student-athletes training for the Olympics in California to qualify for in-state tuition.

Governor Newsom signed SB 1183 through Sen. Shannon Grove (R-Bakersfield), expanding Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Program to children across the state. As part of the initiative, launched to inspire a love of reading from an early age, Californian children under the age of five will be able to sign up for the program to receive a free book each month via a direct mail program at from June 2023.

Click here to watch the first partner’s message on the Dolly Parton Imagination Library

Joined virtually by award-winning rappers, record producers and recording industry executives, Governor Newsom signed AB 2799 by Assemblyman Reginald Byron Jones-Sawyer, Sr. (D-Los Angeles), a nation’s first bill that limits the use of creative expression like rap lyrics as evidence in criminal cases to protect against bias.

Governor signs AB 2799 joined by Meek Mill, Assemblyman Jones-Sawyer, Records Executive Kevin Liles, Ty Dolla $ign, E-40, YG, Killer Mike, Recording Academy CEO Harvey Jay Mason Jr., Too $hort and TYGA
In a virtual ceremony, Governor Newsom signed AB 2747 by Assemblyman Adrin Nazarian (D-North Hollywood), which will return Olympians, Paralympians and elite Olympic hopefuls training in California eligible for in-state tuition.

Governor signs AB 2747 joined by Olympic Gold Medalist Kristi Yamaguchi, Student Athletes and Advocates, LA28 President Casey Wasserman, LA28 Athlete Director and Olympic Gold Medalist Janet Evans and Member of the Nazarian Assembly
A full list of bills the governor has signed into law is below:

  • AB 30 by Assemblyman Ash Kalra (D-San Jose) – Fair Outdoor Access Act.
  • AB 512 by Assemblyman Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) – State Roads: Abandonment: Infrastructural Barriers.
  • AB 547 by Assemblyman Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento) – Domestic Violence: Victims’ Rights.
  • AB 775 by Assemblyman Marc Berman (D-Menlo Park) – Contribution requirements: recurring contributions.
  • AB 1164 by Assemblyman Heath Flora (R-Ripon) – Dams and Reservoirs: Exclusions: State Owned or Operated Regulating Ponds.
  • AB 1355 by Assemblyman Marc Levine (D-Marin County) – Public Human Services: Hearings.
  • AB 1406 by Assemblyman Tom Lackey (R-Palmdale) – Law Enforcement Policies: Wearing Equipment.
  • AB 1426 by Assemblyman Devon Mathis (R-Porterville) – California Advanced Services Fund: Broadband Adoption Account.
  • AB 1432 by Assemblyman Evan Low (D-Campbell) – LGBTQ+ Pride Month.
  • AB 1445 by Assemblyman Marc Levine (D-Marin County) – Planning and Zoning: Regional Allocation of Housing Needs: Impacts of Climate Change.
  • AB 1613 by Assemblyman Jacqui Irwin (D-Thousand Oaks) – Flight: Skill.
  • AB 1637 by Assemblyman Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove) – Criminal Exploitation: Forfeiture of Assets: Unemployment Insurance and Disability Fraud.
  • AB 1780 by Assemblyman Phillip Chen (R-Yorba Linda) – Corporations: shareholder meetings: remote communication.
  • AB 1800 by Assemblyman Evan Low (D-Campbell) – Driver’s License: Bone Marrow and Blood Stem Cell Registry.
  • AB 1863 by Assemblyman Jacqui Irwin (D-Thousand Oaks) – Income Tax: CalFile: Online Tax Filing: Volunteer Income Tax Assistance.
  • AB 1899 by Assemblyman Devon Mathis (R-Porterville) – Crimes: false personification.
  • AB 2098 by Assemblyman Evan Low (D-Campbell) – Physicians and surgeons: unprofessional conduct. A signature message can be found here.
  • AB 2107 by Assemblyman Heath Flora (R-Ripon) – Clinical Laboratory Tests.
  • AB 2147 by Assemblyman Philip Ting (D-San Francisco) – Pedestrians.
  • AB 2194 by Assemblyman Christopher Ward (D-San Diego) – Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians: Continuing Education: Cultural Competence.
  • AB 2229 by Assembly Member Luz Rivas (D-Arleta) – Peace Officers: Minimum Standards: Assessing Bias.
  • AB 2275 by Assemblyman Jim Wood (D-Santa Rosa) – Mental Health: Involuntary Commitment.
  • AB 2301 by Assemblyman Jim Wood (D-Santa Rosa) – Alcoholic Beverage Sales: Beer Makers: Licensed Premises.
  • AB 2307 by Congressman Marc Berman (D-Menlo Park) – Alcoholic Beverages: Beer Manufacturers: Branches.
  • AB 2319 by Assemblywoman Mia Bonta (D-Oakland) – Excess Land: Land of the former military base.
  • AB 2344 by Assembly Member Laura Friedman (D-Glendale) – Wildlife Connectivity: Transportation Projects.
  • AB 2424 by Assembly Member Blanca Rubio (D-Baldwin Park) – Credit Service Organizations.
  • AB 2436 by Assembly Member Rebecca Bauer-Kahan (D-Orinda) – Death certificates: content.
  • AB 2466 by Assembly Member Sabrina Cervantes (D-Riverside) – Foster children.
  • AB 2526 by Assemblyman Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove) – Incarcerated Persons: Medical Records.
  • AB 2594 by Assemblyman Philip Ting (D-San Francisco) – Vehicle Registration and Toll Charges.
  • AB 2629 by Assemblyman Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles) – Miners: layoffs.
  • AB 2647 by Assemblyman Marc Levine (D-Marin County) – Local government: public meetings.
  • AB 2747 by Assemblyman Adrin Nazarian (D-North Hollywood) – Public Post-Secondary Education: Tuition and Fees: Team USA Student Athletes.
  • AB 2799 by Assemblyman Reginald Byron Jones-Sawyer, Sr. (D-Los Angeles) – Proof: Creative Expression Eligibility.
  • AB 2870 by Assemblyman Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles) – Firearms: Gun Violence Restraining Orders.
  • AB 2872 by Assemblyman Dr. Akilah Weber (D-San Diego) – Domestic Violence: Victims: Privacy of Address.
  • AB 2880 by Assemblyman Mia Bonta (D-Oakland) – Taxation: Credits: College Access Tax Credit.
  • SB 38 by Sen. Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) – Beverage containers.
  • SB 216 by Sen. Bill Dodd (D-Napa) – Contractors: Workers’ Compensation Insurance: Mandatory Coverage.
  • SB 233 by Sen. Thomas Umberg (D-Santa Ana) — Civil Actions: Telephone appearance.
  • SB 298 by Sen. Bill Dodd (D-Napa) – Brewery-Restaurant Licenses: Bona Fide Public Restaurant License.
  • SB 307 by Sen. Mike McGuire (D-Healdsburg) – Great Redwood Trail Agency: Humboldt County: State Funds: Compatible Offices.
  • SB 467 by Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) – Expert Witnesses: Writ of Habeas Corpus.
  • SB 644 by Sen. Connie Leyva (D-Chino) – Health Care Coverage Awareness. A signature message can be found here.
  • SB 656 by Senator Susan Talamantes Eggman (D-Stockton) – Stockton-East Water District: Water rates.
  • SB 858 by Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) – Health Care Service Plans: Discipline: Civil Penalties.
  • SB 863 by Sen. Dave Min (D-Irvine) – Domestic Violence: Death Review Teams.
  • SB 922 by Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) – California Environmental Quality Act: Exemptions: Transportation-Related Projects.
  • SB 942 by Sen. Josh Newman (D-Fullerton) – Low-Carbon Transit Operations Program: Free or reduced fare public transit program.
  • SB 975 by Sen. Dave Min (D-Irvine) – Debt: Constrained debts.
  • SB 1029 by Senator Melissa Hurtado (D-Sanger) – One Health Program: Zoonotic Diseases.
  • SB 1046 by Senator Susan Talamantes Eggman (D-Stockton) – Solid Waste: Pre-screening and take-out bags.
  • SB 1183 by Sen. Shannon Grove (R-Bakersfield) – The California State Library: Statewide Imaginative Library Program.
  • SB 1184 by Sen. Dave Cortese (D-San Jose) – Medical Information Privacy Act: School-Related Services Coordinators.
  • SB 1228 by Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) – Criminal procedure: DNA samples.
  • SB 1384 by Sen. Dave Min (D-Irvine) – Firearms: Dealer Requirements.
  • SB 1394 by Senator Susan Talamantes Eggman (D-Stockton) – Guardianships: Severely Disabled.
  • SB 1425 by Sen. Henry Stern (D-Los Angeles) – Open Space Element: Updates.
  • SB 1500 by the Board of Health – Public Health: Federal Regulation.

For the full text of the bills, visit:

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