SB 746

  • California Senate Bill
  • 2021-2022 Regular Session
  • Introduced in Senate Feb 19, 2021
  • Passed Senate Jan 24, 2022
  • Passed Assembly Aug 31, 2022
  • Became Law Sep 30, 2022

Political Reform Act of 1974: business entities: online advocacy and advertisements.

Abstract

Existing law, the Political Reform Act of 1974, provides for the comprehensive regulation of campaign financing and related matters, including by prohibiting, limiting, or requiring disclosure of certain political activities and by regulating certain political advertisements. This bill, beginning on January 1, 2024, would require a business entity to submit a report to the Secretary of State following any calendar year in which the business entity used its products or services to alter its online search results to emphasize or deemphasize materials containing express advocacy, or to target online advertisements to individuals or groups, or generally to users or members of the public, for political purposes and without full and adequate consideration. The bill would require the report to contain certain information relating to the search results and advertisements, as specified. The bill would require reports to be filed on paper or by email with the Secretary of State, and to be made publicly available in a conspicuous location on the Secretary of State's website. These provisions would not apply to a business entity's use of its products or services exclusively to carry out its commercial activities, including delivering user-generated content or a paid advertisement on behalf of another person, or to communications that are internal to a business entity or entities. Existing law makes a knowing or willful violation of the Political Reform Act of 1974 a misdemeanor and subjects offenders to criminal penalties. By expanding the scope of an existing crime, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program. 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. The Political Reform Act of 1974, an initiative measure, provides that the Legislature may amend the act to further the act's purposes upon a 23 vote of each house of the Legislature and compliance with specified procedural requirements. This bill would declare that it furthers the purposes of the act.

Bill Sponsors (1)

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Actions


Sep 30, 2022

California State Legislature

Chaptered by Secretary of State. Chapter 876, Statutes of 2022.

California State Legislature

Approved by the Governor.

Sep 09, 2022

California State Legislature

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

Aug 31, 2022

Assembly

Read third time. Passed. Ordered to the Senate.

Senate

Assembly amendments concurred in. (Ayes 36. Noes 0. Page 5382.) Ordered to engrossing and enrolling.

Senate

In Senate. Concurrence in Assembly amendments pending.

Aug 22, 2022

Assembly

Read second time. Ordered to third reading.

Aug 18, 2022

Assembly

Read second time and amended. Ordered to second reading.

Aug 17, 2022

Assembly

From committee: Do pass as amended. (Ayes 6. Noes 0.) (August 17).

Aug 15, 2022

Assembly

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

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

Aug 11, 2022

Assembly

Read third time and amended.

Assembly

Re-referred to Com. on ELECTIONS pursuant to Assembly Rule 77.2.

  • Referral-Committee
Com. on ELECTIONS pursuant to Assembly Rule 77.2.

Assembly

Ordered to third reading.

Assembly

Read second time. Ordered to third reading.

Aug 10, 2022

Assembly

From committee: Do pass. (Ayes 15. Noes 0.) (August 10).

Aug 03, 2022

Assembly

August 3 hearing postponed by committee.

Jun 29, 2022

Assembly

From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 7. Noes 0.) (June 29). Re-referred to Com. on APPR.

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

May 12, 2022

Assembly

Re-referred to Com. on ELECTIONS pursuant to Assembly Rule 96.

  • Referral-Committee
Com. on ELECTIONS pursuant to Assembly Rule 96.

May 10, 2022

Assembly

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

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

May 05, 2022

Assembly

Referred to Com. on P. & C.P.

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

Jan 24, 2022

Senate

Read third time. Passed. (Ayes 29. Noes 6. Page 2806.) Ordered to the Assembly.

Assembly

In Assembly. Read first time. Held at Desk.

Jan 04, 2022

Senate

Read second time. Ordered to third reading.

Jan 03, 2022

Senate

Ordered to second reading.

Senate

From inactive file on motion of Senator Skinner.

Jun 01, 2021

Senate

Ordered to inactive file on request of Senator Skinner.

May 24, 2021

Senate

Read second time. Ordered to third reading.

May 20, 2021

Senate

From committee: Do pass as amended. (Ayes 5. Noes 2. Page 1203.) (May 20).

Senate

Read second time and amended. Ordered to second reading.

May 14, 2021

Senate

Set for hearing May 20.

Apr 20, 2021

Senate

April 19 hearing: Placed on APPR suspense file.

Apr 08, 2021

Senate

Set for hearing April 19.

Apr 07, 2021

Senate

From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 9. Noes 1. Page 688.) (April 6). Re-referred to Com. on APPR.

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

Mar 25, 2021

Senate

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.

Mar 17, 2021

Senate

Set for hearing April 6.

Mar 05, 2021

Senate

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.

Mar 03, 2021

Senate

Referred to Com. on JUD.

  • Referral-Committee
Com. on JUD.

Feb 22, 2021

Senate

From printer. May be acted upon on or after March 24.

Senate

Joint Rule 55 suspended. (Ayes 32. Noes 4. Page 272.)

Senate

(Ayes 32. Noes 4.)

Senate

Art. IV. Sec. 8(a) of the Constitution dispensed with.

Senate

Read first time.

Feb 19, 2021

Senate

Introduced. To Com. on RLS. for assignment. To print.

Bill Text

Bill Text Versions Format
SB746 HTML
02/19/21 - Introduced PDF
03/05/21 - Amended Senate PDF
03/25/21 - Amended Senate PDF
05/20/21 - Amended Senate PDF
05/10/22 - Amended Assembly PDF
08/11/22 - Amended Assembly PDF
08/15/22 - Amended Assembly PDF
08/18/22 - Amended Assembly PDF
09/07/22 - Enrolled PDF
09/30/22 - Chaptered PDF

Related Documents

Document Format
04/02/21- Senate Judiciary PDF
04/16/21- Senate Appropriations PDF
05/20/21- Senate Appropriations PDF
01/05/22- Sen. Floor Analyses PDF
06/27/22- Assembly Elections PDF
08/09/22- Assembly Appropriations PDF
08/12/22- ASSEMBLY FLOOR ANALYSIS PDF
08/16/22- Assembly Elections PDF
08/22/22- ASSEMBLY FLOOR ANALYSIS PDF
08/31/22- Sen. Floor Analyses PDF

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