AB 81

  • California Assembly Bill
  • 2021-2022 Regular Session
  • Introduced in Assembly
  • Passed Assembly Jan 15, 2021
  • Passed Senate Feb 22, 2021
  • Signed by Governor Feb 23, 2021

COVID-19 relief.

Bill Subjects

Covid-19 Relief.

Abstract

(1) Existing law, the COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act, until July 1, 2025, establishes procedural requirements and limitations on evictions for nonpayment of rent due to COVID-19 rental debt, as defined. Existing law, among other things, prohibits a tenant that delivers a declaration, under penalty of perjury, of COVID-19-related financial distress from being deemed in default with regard to the COVID-19 rental debt, as specified. Existing law makes an ordinance, resolution, regulation, or administrative action adopted by a city, county, or city and county in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to protect tenants from eviction subject to certain restrictions, including that the specified period of time during which a tenant is permitted to repay COVID-19 rental debt may not extend beyond the period that was in effect on August 19, 2020, and a provision may not permit a tenant a period of time that extends beyond August 31, 2021, to repay COVID-19 rental debt. This bill would instead, among other things, prohibit an ordinance, resolution, regulation, or administrative action adopted by a city, county, or city and county from permitting a tenant a period of time that extends beyond August 31, 2022, to repay COVID-19 rental debt. Existing law requires a plaintiff, in an action seeking recovery of COVID-19 rental debt, to attach to the complaint documentation showing that the plaintiff has made a good faith effort to investigate whether governmental rental assistance is available to the tenant, seek governmental rental assistance for the tenant, or cooperate with the tenant's efforts to obtain rental assistance from any governmental entity or other third party, as specified. Existing law requires an action subject to that provision that was pending as of January 29, 2021, to be stayed until July 1, 2021. This bill would instead, among other things, require those actions to be stayed until August 1, 2021. (2) Existing law provides for the payment of unemployment compensation benefits to eligible persons who are unemployed through no fault of their own through a federal-state unemployment insurance program administered by the Employment Development Department. Under existing law, unemployment compensation benefits are paid from the Unemployment Fund, which is continuously appropriated for this purpose. Existing law provides for the payment of temporary federal-state emergency unemployment compensation benefits authorized under specified federal law to eligible individuals in this state for weeks of unemployment beginning on or after February 1, 2009, and continuing until the week ending 4 weeks prior to the last week for which 100% federal sharing is authorized under the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, except as provided, if specified economic indicators trigger the payment of those benefits. Existing law also provides for the payment of temporary federal-state emergency unemployment compensation benefits to eligible individuals in this state for weeks of unemployment beginning on or after March 18, 2020, and continuing until the week ending 4 weeks prior to the last week for which 100% federal sharing is authorized by the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) or for weeks of unemployment ending 4 weeks prior to the last week for which Congress, pursuant to any future amendment of the Federal-State Extended Unemployment Compensation Act of 1970, has authorized 100% federal sharing, except as provided, if specified economic indicators trigger the payment of those benefits. This bill would provide that with respect to weeks of unemployment beginning on or after March 18, 2020, and continuing until the week ending 4 weeks prior to the last week for which 100% federal sharing is authorized by the FFCRA, this period shall be interpreted to retroactively include any subsequent extension of the last week for which 100% federal sharing is authorized under the FFCRA, and shall take effect as if the amendment extending full federal funding was enacted as part of the FFCRA. This bill would provide that, with respect to whether the state is in an extended benefit period beginning on November 1, 2020, through December 31, 2021, as permitted by specified federal law, the requirement that no extended benefit period may begin prior to the 14th week following the end of a prior extended benefit period which was in effect shall not apply. The bill would also state that, when authorized by federal law to temporarily waive the "off" period, the requirement that no extended benefit period may begin prior to the 14th week following the end of a prior extended benefit period shall not apply. Because the bill would provide for the payment of additional amounts from the Unemployment Fund, a continuously appropriated special fund, it would make an appropriation. (3) Existing federal law provides for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) , known in California as CalFresh program, under which supplemental nutrition assistance benefits allocated to the state by the federal government are distributed to eligible individuals by each county. Existing federal law, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, prohibits federal pandemic unemployment compensation payment, as described, from being regarded as a resource, as specified, for the purpose of determining eligibility for prescribed programs, including SNAP. Existing federal law provides for allocation of federal funds through the federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant program to eligible states. Existing law provides for the California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) program, under which, through a combination of state and county funds and federal funds received through the TANF program, each county provides cash assistance and other benefits to qualified low-income families. Existing law exempts certain types of payments, including specified amounts of disability-based unearned and earned income, received by recipients of aid under the CalWORKs program from consideration as income for purposes of determining eligibility and aid amount. This bill would additionally exempt any federal pandemic unemployment compensation from consideration as income and resources for purposes of determining initial and continued eligibility and grant amount for the CalWORKs program, and would require this exemption to remain in effect so long as that compensation is exempt as income for purposes of establishing eligibility for the CalFresh program pursuant to the federal Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 or other law. By expanding the scope of eligibility for the CalWORKs program, and thereby increasing the duties of counties administering that program, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program. (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, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that the bill contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to the statutory provisions noted above. (5) Existing law continuously appropriates moneys from the General Fund to defray a portion of county costs under the CalWORKs program. This bill would provide that the continuous appropriation would not be made for purposes of implementing the bill. (6) This bill would appropriate $5,000,000 from the General Fund to the Franchise Tax Board to be allocated to existing California Earned Income Tax Credit for outreach contracts to provide increased awareness of the Golden State Stimulus, as provided. (7) This bill would declare that it is to take effect immediately as a bill providing for appropriations related to the Budget Bill.

Bill Sponsors (1)

Votes


Actions


Feb 23, 2021

California State Legislature

Approved by the Governor.

California State Legislature

Chaptered by Secretary of State - Chapter 5, Statutes of 2021.

Feb 22, 2021

Assembly

Senate amendments concurred in. To Engrossing and Enrolling.

Assembly

Assembly Rule 63 suspended.

Assembly

Assembly Rule 77 suspended.

Senate

Read third time. Passed. Ordered to the Assembly.

Assembly

In Assembly. Concurrence in Senate amendments pending. May be considered on or after February 24 pursuant to Assembly Rule 77.

California State Legislature

Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 4 p.m.

Feb 18, 2021

Senate

Read second time. Ordered to third reading.

Senate

From committee: Do pass. (Ayes 16. Noes 0.) (February 18).

Feb 17, 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 B. & F.R.

  • Amendment-Introduction
  • Amendment-Passage
  • Reading-1
  • Reading-2
  • Referral-Committee
Com. on B. & F.R.

Feb 16, 2021

Senate

Joint Rule 62(a), file notice suspended.

Jan 26, 2021

Senate

In committee: Hearing postponed by committee.

Jan 25, 2021

Senate

Referred to Com. on B. & F.R.

  • Referral-Committee
Com. on B. & F.R.

Jan 15, 2021

Senate

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

Assembly

Read third time. Passed. Ordered to the Senate. (Ayes 48. Noes 13. Page 161.)

Jan 12, 2021

Assembly

Read second time. Ordered to third reading.

Jan 11, 2021

Assembly

Ordered to second reading.

Assembly

(Ayes 46. Noes 13. Page 108.)

Assembly

Without reference to committee.

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
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12/07/20 - Introduced PDF
02/17/21 - Amended Senate PDF
02/22/21 - Enrolled PDF
02/23/21 - Chaptered PDF

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