AB 56

  • California Assembly Bill
  • 2021-2022 Regular Session
  • Introduced in Assembly
  • Passed Assembly May 27, 2021
  • Passed Senate Sep 09, 2021
  • Signed by Governor Oct 05, 2021

Benefits: outgoing mail: claim processing: reporting.

Abstract

(1) Existing law prohibits a state agency from sending any outgoing United States mail, as defined, to an individual that contains personal information about that individual, including, but not limited to, the individual's social security number, unless that personal information is contained within sealed correspondence and cannot be viewed from the outside of that sealed correspondence. Existing law also prohibits, commencing on or before January 1, 2023, a state agency from sending any outgoing United States mail to an individual that contains the individual's social security number, except as provided. Existing law requires state agencies that are unable to comply with this prohibition to submit an annual corrective action plan to the Legislature until it is in compliance. Existing law makes the corrective action plan and related correspondence confidential and prohibits their public disclosure. This bill would require an annual corrective action plan to contain specified information and to be submitted to the Legislature every December 15. If the Employment Development Department fails to comply by January 1, 2023, the bill would require, upon appropriation by the Legislature, the department to provide access to and pay for identity theft monitoring for any individual who receives outgoing United States mail from the department that contains full social security numbers in violation of the bill's provisions. (2) Existing law establishes the department within the Labor and Workforce Development Agency and sets forth its powers and duties, including administration of the unemployment and disability insurance programs for California. Existing law requires the department to pay unemployment compensation benefits to unemployed individuals meeting specified requirements, to periodically review policies and practices used to determine eligibility for and the amount of benefits in the unemployment insurance program, and to report to the Legislature, as specified. Under existing law, unemployment compensation benefits are paid from the Unemployment Fund, and the expenses for administering these provisions are paid from the Unemployment Administration Fund, which is continuously appropriated for these purposes. This bill would require the department, for purposes of unemployment compensation, upon appropriation by the Legislature, to comply with various reporting and review processes. The bill would set forth a timeline for the department to follow in implementing these tasks. In this regard, the bill would require the department, among other things, to report specified information regarding overpayments at least once every 6 months on its internet website, to immediately perform a risk assessment of its deferred workloads, and to develop a workload plan that prioritizes its deferred workloads based on that risk assessment. The bill would require the department to immediately begin modeling workload projections that account for possible scenarios that would cause a spike in unemployment insurance claims, as provided. This bill would require the department to revise its public dashboards with regard to the number of backlogged claims, as specified. The bill would require the department to determine the reasons that claimants cannot successfully complete their identity verification, as specified, and to identify the elements of the Benefit System Modernization that can assist the department in making timely payments. The bill would require the department to implement a formal policy that establishes a process for tracking and periodically analyzing the reasons why unemployment insurance claimants call for assistance and to regularly analyze this data, as specified, to improve its call center. This bill would require the department, by March 1, 2022, to designate a unit as responsible for coordinating all fraud prevention and detection, as specified. Existing law requires the Director of Employment Development to report to various committees of the Legislature by June 30 of each year on the department's fraud deterrence and detection activities. This bill would require that report to include an assessment of the effectiveness of the department's system of cross matching claims against information about incarcerated individuals, as specified. The bill would authorize the department to generalize, exclude, or redact details on fraud methods and tools to protect the fraud deterrence practices of the department. The bill would also remove an obsolete reference to a predecessor committee and would instead refer to the Senate Committee on Labor, Public Employment and Retirement. This bill would also require the department to request any personal identification information required from the claimant in accordance with the most recent federal National Institute of Standards and Technology Special Publication 800-63 standards, as specified. Existing constitutional provisions require that a statute that limits the right of access to the meetings of public bodies or the writings of public officials and agencies be adopted with findings demonstrating the interest protected by the limitation and the need for protecting that interest. This bill would make legislative findings to that effect.

Bill Sponsors (23)

Votes


Actions


Oct 05, 2021

California State Legislature

Approved by the Governor.

California State Legislature

Chaptered by Secretary of State - Chapter 510, Statutes of 2021.

Sep 17, 2021

California State Legislature

Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 3 p.m.

Sep 09, 2021

Senate

Read third time. Passed. Ordered to the Assembly. (Ayes 38. Noes 0.).

Assembly

Senate amendments concurred in. To Engrossing and Enrolling. (Ayes 77. Noes 0.).

Assembly

Assembly Rule 63 suspended.

Assembly

In Assembly. Concurrence in Senate amendments pending.

Sep 07, 2021

Senate

Read second time. Ordered to third reading.

Sep 03, 2021

Senate

Read third time and amended. Ordered to second reading.

Aug 26, 2021

Senate

From committee: Do pass. (Ayes 7. Noes 0.) (August 26).

Senate

Read second time. Ordered to third reading.

Jul 15, 2021

Senate

In committee: Referred to suspense file.

  • Referral-Committee
suspense file.

Jun 30, 2021

Senate

From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR with recommendation: To Consent Calendar. (Ayes 11. Noes 0. Page 1715.) (June 29). Re-referred to Com. on APPR.

  • Committee-Passage
  • Committee-Passage-Favorable
  • Referral-Committee
Com. on APPR.

Jun 22, 2021

Senate

From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on JUD. (Ayes 5. Noes 0.) (June 21). Re-referred to Com. on JUD.

  • Committee-Passage
  • Committee-Passage-Favorable
  • Referral-Committee
Com. on JUD.

Jun 09, 2021

Senate

Referred to Coms. on L., P.E. & R. and JUD.

  • Referral-Committee
Coms. on L., P.E. & R. and JUD.

May 28, 2021

Senate

In Senate. Read first time. To Com. on RLS. for assignment.

May 27, 2021

Assembly

Read third time. Passed. Ordered to the Senate. (Ayes 77. Noes 0.)

May 24, 2021

Assembly

Read second time. Ordered to third reading.

May 20, 2021

Assembly

From committee: Do pass. (Ayes 16. Noes 0.) (May 20).

Assembly

Coauthors revised.

May 12, 2021

Assembly

In committee: Set, first hearing. Referred to APPR. suspense file.

  • Referral-Committee
APPR APPR. suspense file.

Apr 29, 2021

Assembly

From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. with recommendation: To Consent Calendar. (Ayes 13. Noes 0.) (April 29). Re-referred to Com. on APPR.

  • Committee-Passage
  • Committee-Passage-Favorable
  • Referral-Committee
Com. on APPR.

Apr 13, 2021

Assembly

Re-referred to Com. on INS.

  • Referral-Committee
Com. on INS.

Apr 12, 2021

Assembly

Read second time and amended.

Apr 08, 2021

Assembly

From committee: Amend, and do pass as amended and re-refer to Com. on INS. (Ayes 11. Noes 0.) (April 8).

Mar 29, 2021

Assembly

Re-referred to Com. on P. & C.P.

  • Referral-Committee
Com. on P. & C.P.

Mar 26, 2021

Assembly

From committee chair, with author's amendments: Amend, and re-refer to Com. on P. & C.P. Read second time and amended.

Jan 11, 2021

Assembly

Referred to Coms. on P. & C.P. and INS.

  • Referral-Committee
Coms. on P. & C.P. and INS.

Dec 08, 2020

Assembly

From printer. May be heard in committee January 7.

Dec 07, 2020

Assembly

Read first time. To print.

Bill Text

Bill Text Versions Format
AB56 HTML
12/07/20 - Introduced PDF
03/26/21 - Amended Assembly PDF
04/12/21 - Amended Assembly PDF
09/03/21 - Amended Senate PDF
09/13/21 - Enrolled PDF
10/05/21 - Chaptered PDF

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05/10/21- Assembly Appropriations PDF
05/24/21- ASSEMBLY FLOOR ANALYSIS PDF
06/18/21- Senate Committee on Labor, Public Employment and Retirement PDF
06/25/21- Senate Judiciary PDF
07/13/21- Senate Appropriations PDF
08/28/21- Sen. Floor Analyses PDF
09/07/21- Sen. Floor Analyses PDF
09/09/21- ASSEMBLY FLOOR ANALYSIS PDF

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