The California legislature was rocked by a new round of positive COVID tests last week

A member of the Senate tested positive, requiring the entire body to be tested and cleared before they could safely continue their work.  This comes at a very inopportune time, with the statutory deadline of August 31 rapidly approaching. Should they not be able to complete their work, a special session may be required after Monday’s official end of the 2019-2020 legislative year. With nearly 280 bills awaiting action, and less than five days left, a number of key pieces of legislation hang in limbo.  A number of these are important to CLSA and our membership.

AB 713 (Mullin), which seeks to amend the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 and clarify provisions impacting certain types of research activities, medical device data collection and retention, and transfers of medical data between “business associates” is and has been a top priority for us this year.

A bill dealing with employee testing and notification AB 685 (Reyes), which negatively impacts nearly all businesses in California, also hangs in the balance. In the case of bills like this that CLSA opposes, the delay could be helpful, but for the bills we support and on which we have worked so hard over the past two years, the delay could be devastating.