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⭒ Legislation History

CANHR supported, opposed, and closely followed the below pieces of legislation during the 2023 session. Please check www.canhrlegislation.com for updated details on current legislation, and www.leginfo.ca.gov for information on specific bills.

CANHR Sponsored Bills


AB 48 (Aguiar-Curry): Informed Consent 

This bill would codify and expand existing informed consent rules to ensure nursing home residents are given important information about drugs that are prescribed for them and anopportunity to consent or withhold consent. 

Status: Enrolled and presented to the Governor. 

AB 979 (Alvarez): Family Councils 

This bill would modernize existing family council laws, so that members can continue to meet, communicate, and operate during a public health emergency; ensure facilities are more responsive to concerns; discourage operators from undermining family council activities; and clarify that control of the family council membership and participation in meetings lies with the family council itself. 

Status: Enrolled and presented to the Governor. 

AB 1309 (Reyes): Nursing Home Eviction Protection 

Would require nursing homes to include the same level of detail on written notices to justify a resident eviction that is required of Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly (RCFEs), allowing residents to better defend against inappropriate and unsafe evictions on appeal. 

Status: Enrolled and presented to the Governor. 

CANHR Support


AB 486 (Kalra): Long-Term Health Facilities: Citation Appeals 

This bill would provide a more consistent framework for the appeals process across regulatory citations for long-term care facilities in California. This would reduce the burden on our superior court system and save judicial resources and taxpayer money. Furthermore, it would streamline and improve a process that is designed to hold negligent facilities (i.e., nursing homes) accountable. 

Status: Is a two year bill. 

AB 751 (Schiavo): Elder Abuse 

The bill would codify existing law requiring most local law enforcement agencies to adopt a detailed, specific policy providing much better protection to the 8.5 million older adult Californians and to the 9 million California children and adults with disabilities. 

Status: Chaptered by Secretary of State – Chapter 18, Statutes of 2023. 

AB 1029 (Pellerin): Advance Health Care Directive Form 

This bill would clarify that a “health care decision” does not include consent by a patient’s agent, conservator, or surrogate to convulsive treatment, psychosurgery, sterilization, or abortion. The bill would confirm that a voluntary standalone Psychiatric Advance Directive may still be executed. The bill would clarify in the statutory advance health care directive form that the individual’s agent may not consent to a mental health facility, or consent to convulsive treatment, psychosurgery, sterilization, or abortion for the individual. 

Status: Chaptered by Secretary of State – Chapter 171, Statutes of 2023

AB 1085 (Maienschein): Medi-Cal: Housing Support Services 

This bill would require the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) to seek federal approval to make housing support services a Medi-Cal benefit. 

Status: Senate amendments concurred in. To Engrossing and Enrolling. (Ayes 63. Noes 13.). 

AB 1417 (Wood): Elder and Dependent Adult Abuse: Mandated Reporting 

Will require mandated reporters to follow a single, simplified reporting process, and also require reports of abuse or neglect to be reported sooner than under the current system (e.g., 24 hours vs. 2 working days). Would ensure that criminal acts are reported to law enforcement first. This bill will ensure that residents of long-term care facilities have the same protections against elder abuse as persons who reside in their own homes. 

Status: Senate amendments concurred in. To Engrossing and Enrolling. (Ayes 79. Noes 0.). 

AB 1537 (Wood): Skilled Nursing Facilities: Direct Care Spending Requirements 

This bill would require by July 1, 2024, the establishment of a direct patient-related services spending, reporting, and rebate requirement for skilled nursing facilities, with exceptions. Would require that a minimum of 85% of a facility’s total non-Medicare health revenues from all payer sources in each fiscal year be expended on residents’ direct patient-related services, as defined. 

Status: Is a two year bill. 

SB 278 (Dodd): Elder Abuse 

Would strengthen California’s elder financial abuse protections by clarifying current language in statutes governing elder financial abuse under Welfare & Institutions Code §15610.30. 

Status: Is a two year bill. 

SB 311 (Eggman): Medi-Cal Part A Buy-In 

Would require the Department of Health Care Services to submit a State Plan Amendment for California to become a Part A Buy-In State. Would benefit low-income older Californians and persons with disabilities, who rely on Medicare and Medi-Cal but struggle to pay costly Medicare Part A premiums, by simplifying the enrollment process for financial assistance. 

Status: Enrolled and presented to the Governor. 

SB 525 (Durazo): Minimum Wage: Health Care Workers 

SB 525 will raise to $25 the minimum wage for the lowest paid healthcare workers including those who provide services in nursing, caregiving, housekeeping, security, clerical, food services, laundry, and other patient-care related services. 

Status: Assembly amendments concurred in. (Ayes 31. Noes 9.) Ordered to engrossing and enrolling. 

CANHR Oppose


AB 839 (Addis): Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly: Financing 

This bill would expand the California Health Facilities Financing Authority Act and California Health Facility Construction Loan Insurance Law to include RCFEs by adding an RCFE to the definition of “health facility” under those programs. By expanding the purpose for which the two continuously appropriated funds may be used, with regard to RCFE projects, the bill would make an appropriation from each of those funds. 

Status: Enrolled and presented to the Governor. 

SB 43 (Eggman): Behavioral Health 

This bill expands the definition of “gravely disabled” to also include a condition that will result in substantial risk of serious harm to the physical or mental health of a person due to a mental health disorder or a substance use disorder. 

Status: Assembly amendments concurred in. (Ayes 40. Noes 0.) Ordered to engrossing and enrolling. 

SB 263 (Dodd): Insurance: Annuity Recommendations 

Would require insurance producers and insurance companies to strengthen suitability standards for the sale of annuities and life insurance policies. The bill would ensure California meets federal and national model standards, while providing additional consumer protections. 

Status: September 1 hearing postponed by committee. 

SB 696 (Portantino): Notaries Public 

This bill would give effect to a notarial act performed in another state, under the authority and within the jurisdiction of a federally recognized Indian tribe, under federal law, or under the authority and within the jurisdiction of a foreign state, as if it were performed by a notarial officer of this state, if specified conditions are met. This bill would authorize a notary public or an applicant for appointment as a notary public to apply for registration with the secretary to be a notary public authorized to perform online notarizations by submitting an application that meets certain requirements. 

Status: Enrolled and presented to the Governor.

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