AB 61

  • California Assembly Bill
  • 2021-2022 Regular Session
  • Introduced in Assembly
  • Passed Assembly Jun 01, 2021
  • Passed Senate Sep 08, 2021
  • Became Law Oct 08, 2021

Business pandemic relief.

Abstract

(1) Existing law, the Alcoholic Beverage Control Act, is administered by the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control and regulates the granting of licenses for the manufacture, distribution, and sale of alcoholic beverages within the state. The act requires the department to make and prescribe rules to carry out the purposes and intent of existing state constitutional provisions on the regulation of alcoholic beverages, and to enable the department to exercise the powers and perform the duties conferred upon it by the state constitution and the act, not inconsistent with any statute of this state. The act makes it unlawful for any person other than a licensee of the department to sell, manufacture, or import alcoholic beverages in this state, with exceptions. The department, pursuant to its powers and in furtherance of emergency declarations and orders of the Governor under the California Emergency Services Act regarding the spread of the COVID-19 virus, has established prescribed temporary relief measures to suspend certain legal restrictions relating to, among other things, the expansion of a licensed footprint, sales of alcoholic beverages to-go, and delivery privileges. This bill would authorize the department, for a period of 365 days following the end of the state of emergency proclaimed by the Governor on March 4, 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, to permit licensees to exercise license privileges in an expanded license area authorized pursuant to a COVID-19 Temporary Catering Authorization approved in accordance with the Fourth Notice of Regulatory Relief issued by the department, as specified. The bill would also authorize the department to extend the period of time during which the COVID-19 Temporary Catering Authorization is valid beyond 365 days if the licensee has filed a pending application with the department for the permanent expansion of their premises before the 365-day time period expires. The bill would make these provisions effective only until July 1, 2024, and repeal them as of that date. (2) The Planning and Zoning Law authorizes the legislative body of any city or county to adopt ordinances that regulate zoning within its jurisdiction, as specified. Under that law, variances and conditional use permits may be granted if provided for by the zoning ordinance. This bill would, to the extent that an outdoor expansion of a business to mitigate COVID-19 pandemic restrictions on indoor dining interferes with, reduces, eliminates, or impacts required parking for existing uses, require a local jurisdiction that has not adopted an ordinance that provides relief from parking restrictions for expanded outdoor dining areas to reduce the number of required parking spaces for existing uses by the number of spaces that the local jurisdiction determines are needed to accommodate an expanded outdoor dining area. Because the bill would require local officials to perform additional duties, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program. The bill would make these provisions operative on January 1, 2022, and repeal them on July 1, 2024. (3) Existing law, the California Retail Food Code, establishes uniform health and sanitation standards for, and provides for regulation by the State Department of Public Health of, retail food facilities. Existing law restricts satellite food service to limited food preparation in a fully enclosed permanent food facility that meets specified requirements. Existing law requires a permanent food facility, prior to conducting satellite food service, to submit to the enforcement agency written operating standards. This bill would, for a period of one year after the end of the state of emergency proclaimed by the Governor on March 4, 2020, related to the COVID-19 pandemic, or until January 1, 2024, whichever occurs first, authorize a permitted food facility within any local jurisdiction that is subject to retail food operation restrictions related to a COVID-19 public health response to prepare and serve food as a temporary satellite food service without obtaining a separate satellite food service permit or submitting written operating procedures. This bill would require the written operating procedures to be maintained onsite for review, upon request, by the local jurisdiction. (4) The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement. This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason. (5) This bill would declare that it is to take effect immediately as an urgency statute.

Bill Sponsors (22)

Votes


Actions


Oct 08, 2021

California State Legislature

Chaptered by Secretary of State - Chapter 651, Statutes of 2021.

California State Legislature

Approved by the Governor.

Sep 17, 2021

California State Legislature

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

Sep 09, 2021

Assembly

Urgency clause adopted. Senate amendments concurred in. To Engrossing and Enrolling. (Ayes 78. Noes 0. Page 3002.).

Sep 08, 2021

Senate

Read third time. Urgency clause adopted. Passed. Ordered to the Assembly. (Ayes 38. Noes 0. Page 2488.).

Assembly

In Assembly. Concurrence in Senate amendments pending.

Sep 03, 2021

Senate

Ordered to special consent calendar.

Aug 30, 2021

Senate

Read second time. Ordered to third reading.

Aug 26, 2021

Senate

Read second time and amended. Ordered returned to second reading.

Senate

From committee: Amend, and do pass as amended. (Ayes 7. Noes 0.) (August 26).

Aug 16, 2021

Senate

In committee: Referred to suspense file.

  • Referral-Committee
suspense file.

Jul 15, 2021

Senate

Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on APPR.

  • Amendment-Passage
  • Reading-1
  • Reading-2
  • Referral-Committee
Com. on APPR.

Jul 14, 2021

Senate

From committee: Amend, and do pass as amended and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 9. Noes 0.) (July 14).

Jul 05, 2021

Senate

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

  • Amendment-Introduction
  • Amendment-Passage
  • Reading-1
  • Reading-2
  • Referral-Committee
Com. on HEALTH.

Jun 23, 2021

Senate

Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on HEALTH.

  • Amendment-Passage
  • Reading-1
  • Reading-2
  • Referral-Committee
Com. on HEALTH.

Jun 22, 2021

Senate

From committee: Amend, and do pass as amended and re-refer to Com. on HEALTH. (Ayes 15. Noes 0.) (June 22).

Jun 09, 2021

Senate

Referred to Coms. on G.O., HEALTH and GOV. & F.

  • Referral-Committee
Coms. on G.O., HEALTH and GOV. & F.

Senate

Action rescinded whereby the bill was referred to Com. on GOV. & F.

  • Referral-Committee
Com. on GOV. & F.

Jun 02, 2021

Senate

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

Jun 01, 2021

Assembly

Read third time. Passed. Ordered to the Senate. (Ayes 79. Noes 0. Page 1747.)

May 25, 2021

Assembly

Read second time. Ordered to third reading.

May 24, 2021

Assembly

Read second time and amended. Ordered returned to second reading.

May 20, 2021

Assembly

From committee: Amend, and do pass as amended. (Ayes 12. Noes 0.) (May 20).

May 12, 2021

Assembly

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

  • Referral-Committee
APPR APPR. suspense file.

May 04, 2021

Assembly

Re-referred to Com. on APPR.

  • Referral-Committee
Com. on APPR.

Assembly

Coauthors revised.

May 03, 2021

Assembly

Read second time and amended.

Apr 29, 2021

Assembly

From committee: Amend, and do pass as amended and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 15. Noes 0.) (April 27).

Apr 26, 2021

Assembly

From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on HEALTH. (Ayes 20. Noes 0.) (April 22). Re-referred to Com. on HEALTH.

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

Apr 23, 2021

Assembly

Coauthors revised.

Apr 15, 2021

Assembly

Assembly Rule 56 suspended. (Page 1023.)

Assembly

(pending re-refer to Com. on HEALTH.)

Assembly

Re-referred to Com. on G.O.

  • Referral-Committee
Com. on G.O.

Apr 14, 2021

Assembly

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

Feb 17, 2021

Assembly

Re-referred to Com. on G.O.

  • Referral-Committee
Com. on G.O.

Feb 16, 2021

Assembly

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

Feb 12, 2021

Assembly

Referred to Coms. on G.O. and HEALTH.

  • Referral-Committee
Coms. on G.O. and HEALTH.

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
AB61 HTML
12/07/20 - Introduced PDF
02/16/21 - Amended Assembly PDF
04/14/21 - Amended Assembly PDF
05/03/21 - Amended Assembly PDF
05/24/21 - Amended Assembly PDF
06/23/21 - Amended Senate PDF
07/05/21 - Amended Senate PDF
07/15/21 - Amended Senate PDF
08/26/21 - Amended Senate PDF
09/13/21 - Enrolled PDF
10/08/21 - Chaptered PDF

Related Documents

Document Format
04/21/21- Assembly Governmental Organization PDF
04/28/21- Assembly Health PDF
05/10/21- Assembly Appropriations PDF
05/25/21- ASSEMBLY FLOOR ANALYSIS PDF
06/18/21- Senate Governmental Organization PDF
07/12/21- Senate Health PDF
08/13/21- Senate Appropriations PDF
08/26/21- Senate Appropriations PDF
08/31/21- Sen. Floor Analyses PDF
09/08/21- ASSEMBLY FLOOR ANALYSIS PDF

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