SB 241

  • California Senate Bill
  • 2021-2022 Regular Session
  • Introduced in Senate Jan 21, 2021
  • Passed Senate Jun 02, 2021
  • Passed Assembly Sep 08, 2021
  • Became Law Sep 23, 2021

Civil actions.

Bill Subjects

Civil Actions.

Abstract

(1) Existing law provides for the licensure and regulation of shorthand reporters by the Court Reporters Board of California, which is within the Department of Consumer Affairs. Existing law subjects a person or entity to certain penalties if the person or entity engages in specified acts relating to shorthand reporting, including any act that constitutes shorthand reporting, except if the person or entity is a licensed shorthand reporter, a shorthand reporting corporation, or one of specified other persons or entities not subject to those provisions. Existing law makes a violation of these provisions a misdemeanor. This bill, on and after July 1, 2022, and until January 1, 2024, would authorize an entity that is not a shorthand reporting corporation to engage in those specified acts if the entity is approved for registration by the board after meeting specified requirements, including paying an annual registration fee to the board in an amount not to exceed $500 and designating a board-certified reporter-in-charge, as specified. The bill would require the board to approve an entity's registration or deny the entity's application upon making specified findings. The bill would make a registration valid for one year and would also provide for the suspension and revocation of a registration by the board under specified circumstances. The bill would require the board to make available on its internet website a directory of registered entities. The bill would authorize the board to adopt regulations to implement these provisions. Because a violation of the provisions regulating shorthand reporting is a crime, by expanding the provisions to apply to these new registrants the bill would expand the scope of a crime and impose a state-mandated local program. (2) Existing law regulates the procedure of civil actions. Existing law authorizes a party in a general civil case, as defined, who has provided notice, to appear by telephone at specified conferences, hearings, and proceedings. Existing law authorizes a court to require a party to appear in person at these conferences, hearings, or proceedings if the court makes a specified determination on a hearing-by-hearing basis. This bill would, until July 1, 2023, authorize a party to appear remotely and the court to conduct conferences, hearings, proceedings, and trials in civil cases, in whole or in part, through the use of remote technology. The bill would authorize the court to require a party or witness to appear in person at a conference, hearing, or proceeding, if any specified condition is present. The bill would require the court to have a process for a party, court reporter, court interpreter, or other court personnel to alert the judicial officer of technology or audibility issues. The bill would prohibit a court from requiring a party to appear remotely. The bill would allow self-represented parties to appear remotely only if they agree to do so. The bill would require the Judicial Council to adopt rules to implement these provisions, as specified. (3) Existing law provides that, unless otherwise ordered by the court or agreed to by the parties, a continuance or postponement of a trial date extends any deadlines applicable to discovery, including the exchange of expert witness information, mandatory settlement conferences, and summary judgment motions, which have not already passed as of March 19, 2020, for the same length of time as the continuance or postponement of the trial date. Existing law provides that this extension is in effect only during the COVID-19 state of emergency proclaimed by the Governor on March 4, 2020, and for 180 days after the end of the state of emergency. This bill would apply these provisions to the continuance or postponement of an arbitration date. (4) Existing law authorizes the service of documents in a civil action by electronic means pursuant to rules adopted by the Judicial Council. Existing law authorizes a court to electronically serve any document issued by the court that is not required to be personally served on a party that has agreed or consented to accept electronic service, with the same legal effect as service by mail, except as specified. This bill would, on and after July 1, 2024, instead require the court to electronically transmit those documents on a party that has agreed or consented to accept electronic service. (5) Existing law authorizes a minor's parent to compromise, or execute a covenant not to sue or not to enforce a judgment on, a claim on behalf of the minor if the minor has a disputed claim for damages, money, or other property and does not have a guardian of the estate. This bill would require the court to schedule a hearing on a petition to compromise a minor's disputed claim within 30 days from the date of filing and, if the petition is unopposed, would require the court to enter a decision at the conclusion of the hearing. 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.

Bill Sponsors (1)

Votes


Actions


Sep 23, 2021

California State Legislature

Chaptered by Secretary of State. Chapter 214, Statutes of 2021.

Sep 22, 2021

California State Legislature

Approved by the Governor.

Sep 15, 2021

California State Legislature

Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 2:30 p.m.

Sep 09, 2021

Senate

Assembly amendments concurred in. (Ayes 37. Noes 0.) Ordered to engrossing and enrolling.

Sep 08, 2021

Assembly

Read third time. Passed. (Ayes 68. Noes 0.) Ordered to the Senate.

Senate

In Senate. Concurrence in Assembly amendments pending.

Sep 03, 2021

Assembly

Ordered to third reading.

Assembly

Read third time and amended.

Aug 31, 2021

Assembly

Read second time. Ordered to third reading.

Aug 30, 2021

Assembly

Read second time and amended. Ordered to second reading.

Aug 26, 2021

Assembly

From committee: Do pass as amended. (Ayes 12. Noes 0.) (August 26).

Aug 19, 2021

Assembly

August 19 set for first hearing. Placed on suspense file.

Jul 13, 2021

Assembly

From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 11. Noes 0.) (July 13). Re-referred to Com. on APPR.

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

Jun 28, 2021

Assembly

From committee with author's amendments. Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on JUD.

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

Jun 23, 2021

Assembly

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

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

Jun 22, 2021

Assembly

From committee: Do pass as amended and re-refer to Com. on JUD. (Ayes 16. Noes 0.) (June 22).

Jun 10, 2021

Assembly

Referred to Coms. on B. & P. and JUD.

  • Referral-Committee
Coms. on B. & P. and JUD.

Assembly

From committee with author's amendments. Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on B. & P.

  • Amendment-Passage
  • Committee-Passage
  • Reading-1
  • Reading-2
  • Referral-Committee
Com. on B. & P.

Jun 02, 2021

Assembly

In Assembly. Read first time. Held at Desk.

Senate

Read third time. Passed. (Ayes 36. Noes 0. Page 1388.) Ordered to the Assembly.

May 25, 2021

Senate

Read second time and amended. Ordered to third reading.

May 24, 2021

Senate

From committee: Do pass as amended. (Ayes 7. Noes 0. Page 1184.) (May 20).

May 14, 2021

Senate

Set for hearing May 20.

May 10, 2021

Senate

May 10 hearing: Placed on APPR suspense file.

Apr 30, 2021

Senate

Set for hearing May 10.

Apr 22, 2021

Senate

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

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

Apr 21, 2021

Senate

From committee: Do pass as amended and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 9. Noes 0. Page 859.) (April 20).

Apr 13, 2021

Senate

Set for hearing April 20.

Apr 08, 2021

Senate

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

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

Apr 07, 2021

Senate

From committee: Do pass as amended and re-refer to Com. on JUD. (Ayes 13. Noes 0. Page 670.) (April 5).

Mar 24, 2021

Senate

Set for hearing April 5.

Mar 18, 2021

Senate

Re-referred to Coms. on B., P. & E.D. and JUD.

  • Referral-Committee
Coms. on B., P. & E.D. and JUD.

Mar 05, 2021

Senate

From committee with author's amendments. Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on RLS.

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

Feb 03, 2021

Senate

Referred to Com. on RLS.

  • Referral-Committee
Com. on RLS.

Jan 22, 2021

Senate

From printer. May be acted upon on or after February 21.

Jan 21, 2021

Senate

Introduced. Read first time. To Com. on RLS. for assignment. To print.

Bill Text

Bill Text Versions Format
SB241 HTML
01/21/21 - Introduced PDF
03/05/21 - Amended Senate PDF
04/08/21 - Amended Senate PDF
04/22/21 - Amended Senate PDF
05/25/21 - Amended Senate PDF
06/10/21 - Amended Assembly PDF
06/23/21 - Amended Assembly PDF
06/28/21 - Amended Assembly PDF
08/30/21 - Amended Assembly PDF
09/03/21 - Amended Assembly PDF
09/13/21 - Enrolled PDF
09/22/21 - Chaptered PDF

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05/25/21- Sen. Floor Analyses PDF
06/17/21- Assembly Business and Professions PDF
07/09/21- Assembly Judiciary PDF
08/16/21- Assembly Appropriations PDF
08/31/21- ASSEMBLY FLOOR ANALYSIS PDF
09/03/21- ASSEMBLY FLOOR ANALYSIS PDF
09/09/21- Sen. Floor Analyses PDF

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