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California Legislative Positions 
Last update: April 11, 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

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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: 3/13/2019
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.
CAPA Position: Oppose

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: 3/13/2019
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. Beer and wine may be sold to participants in a previously scheduled art class for no more than one hour before and one hour following the class. Imposes an original fee and an annual renewal fee for the license.
Author(s): Assembly Member Kevin Kiley (R-Rocklin)
AJ Position: Oppose - Expanding the number of locations where licenses may be issued, no matter how minimal, will increase availability and promote over-consumption and therefore negatively impact public health.   It also increases the workload of ABC.

AB 546
Version: 2/13/2019
Summary: Requires a licensee transferring a license to a new location follow notification requirements.
Author(s): Assembly Member Frank Bigelow (R-O’Neals)
AJ Position: Support – Notifying the community of a new alcohol retailer opening is important so they can provide input and seek to mitigate negative impact.

AB 609
Version: 2/14/2019
Summary: Exempts licensed beer manufacturers that sell draught beer from existing law that requires on-sale retail licensee that gives, sells, or otherwise dispenses draught beer to include specified information regarding the beer upon the faucet, spigot, or outlet from which the beer is drawn or in the place of service or consumption
Author(s): Assembly Member – Marc Levine (D-Marin County)
AJ Position: Watch: This fairly meaningless bill will help the craft beer industry feel like they are getting more financial breaks.

AB 860
Version: 2/20/2019
Summary: Adds distilled spirit wholesalers to the list of licensees that are prohibited from being obligated to purchase or sell the alcoholic beverages of a licensee conducting the market research.
Author(s): Assembly Member Marc Berman
AJ Position: Watch – The impact of the bill is unclear. However, AJ supports regulations that further strengthen distinctions between the three-tiers.

AB 974
Version: 2/21/2019
Summary: Authorize a court to order participation in an enforced sobriety program as a condition of pretrial release for a person who has been charged with a driving under the influence offense within 10 years after a previous driving under the influence conviction. Defines an enforced sobriety program, in part, as requiring a person in the program to abstain from alcohol and unauthorized controlled substances and be subject to frequent testing for alcohol and controlled substances, as specified.
Author(s): Assembly Member Ken Cooley (D-Cordova)
AJ Position: Support – Driving under the influence of alcohol kills. Preventing people from driving while intoxicated will save lives.

AB 1031
Version: 2/21/2019
Summary: Enacts the Youth Substance Use Disorder Treatment and Recovery Program Act of 2019, requiring, in part, the State Department of Health Care Services, on or before January 1, 2021, to establish community-based nonresidential and residential treatment and recovery programs to intervene and treat the problems of alcohol and drug use among youth under 21 years of age.
Author(s): Assembly Member Adrin Nazarian (D-Van Nuys)
AJ Position: Support – Adolescence and young adulthood comprise 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.

AB 1133
Version: 2/21/2019
Summary: Allows a beer manufacturer to give up to five cases of retail advertising glassware to an on-sale retail licensee, per location, each calendar year for use at the licensed location. Allows an on-sale retail licensee to accept, per location, up to 10 cases of retail advertising glassware.
Author(s): Assembly Member Evan Low (D-Campbell)
AJ Position: Oppose - The only appropriate reform in this area of law is to eliminate all gifts to retailers to maintain a firm separation of the three tiers and to also therefore eliminate the possibility of corruption.

AB 1265
Version: 2/21/2019
Summary: Allows specified distilled spirits wholesalers to give or sell beer, wine, or distilled spirits to certain nonprofit organizations and for a beer and wine wholesaler that also holds an importer’s license to allow that licensee to give or sell beer or wine to specified nonprofits.
Author(s): Assembly Member Robert Rivas (D-Hollister)
AJ Position: Oppose - Granting yet another regulatory exemption for a segment of the alcohol industry only further erodes fair and effective alcohol regulation in California. Non-profits can find other revenue sources besides alcohol-infuse events or alcohol raffles. 

AB 1308
Version: 2/22/2019
Summary: Allows a qualified student to taste an alcoholic beverage and exempts the student and the qualified academic institution in which the student is enrolled from criminal prosecution if the qualified academic institution has established an Associate’s degree or Bachelor’s degree program in hotel management or culinary arts.
Author(s): Assembly Member Jordan Cunningham  (R-San Luis Obispo)
AJ Position: Oppose – Underage drinking is a serious public health concern. There is no requirement for education of college students in these programs about the public health and safety harms of alcohol, but the alcohol industry is teach students about alcohol tasting.

AB 1713
Version: 2/22/2019
Summary: Lowers the prohibited blood alcohol content for adults driving a noncommercial motor vehicle from 0.08 percent or more, by weight, of alcohol in their blood to 0.05 % or more.
Author(s): Assembly Members Autumn Burke (D-Marina Del Rey) and Heath Flora (R-Ripon)
AJ Position: Strongly support – Lowering the BAC limit to 0.05% saves lives and prevent injuries. Nearly a third of all traffic accidents in the United States involve an alcohol-impaired driver. Most countries are already at a .05% BAC or .03% BAC cap, and Utah has led the way in the U.S.
CAPA Position: Strongly support

2019 Senate Bills


SB 12
Version: 2/19/19
Summary: Requires the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission, subject to the availability of funds, to administer and Integrated Youth Mental Health Program with the purpose of establishing local centers to provide integrated youth mental health services.
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: 3/14/2019
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: 3/18/2019
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 10 cities: Cathedral City, Coachella, Fresno, Sacramento, Oakland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, West Hollywood, Long Beach, and Palm Springs.
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.

SB 545
Version: 2/22/2019
Summary: Requires the installation of an ignition interlock device for certain DUI offenders instead of providing the person with a period of restricted licensure.
Author(s): Senator Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo)
AJ Position: Support – Driving under the influence of alcohol kills. Preventing people from driving while intoxicated will save lives.

SB 717
Version: 2/22/2019
Summary: Adds craft distillers to the list of other licensees that are authorized to purchase advertising space from, or on behalf of, an on-sale retail licensee.
Author(s): Senator Brian Jones (R-Santee)
AJ Position: Oppose - Granting yet another regulatory exemption for a segment of the alcohol industry only further erodes fair and effective alcohol regulation in California. Whatever deregulation the beer industry gets, the next year the distilling industry wants it.

SB 788
Version: 3/14/2019
Summary: Revises the definition for “decision” as used by the ABC when imposing penalties on a retailer to exclude emergency actions, which may be reviewed by a superior court. Further requires that any pictures, illustrations, or depictions included in a tasting advertising be relatively inconspicuous (advertisements are already allowed).
Author(s): Committee on Governmental Organization
AJ Position: Watch