Legislative Update

SB 219 (Wiener) LGBT rights and lawsuits – Oppose Unless Amended

This bill addresses LGBT rights – policy goals that CALA believes in – but also creates a new private right of action for RCFEs, ignoring existing remedies and driving unnecessary lawsuits. CALA has long advocated for welcoming, inclusive environments for all seniors and has been directly involved in establishing laws that ensure our LGBT residents have a positive experience in our communities. However, the current enforcement system and existing protections against discrimination already provide appropriate remedies. CALA is working with Senator Wiener in an effort to find a more constructive approach.

SB 648 (Mendoza) Referral agencies – Oppose Unless Amended

This bill was recently amended to remove the primary proactive consumer protections, instead requiring RCFEs to make the disclosure about referral agency fees upon move-in, long after the point of being useful to consumers. The bill no longer requires the referral agency to let consumers know how they get paid, whether they only refer to communities that they have a contract with, or if they’ve ever visited the facilities they’re referring to. Instead, RCFEs would be required to have residents sign a disclosure form at move-in or face a fine equal to the referral fee. CALA has already reached out to Senator Mendoza’s office and is advocating for the removal of this provision.

AB 1437 (Patterson) RCFE clearances and licenses – Support

This bill provides efficiencies for CCLD and licensees by eliminating the requirement to transfer a criminal clearance among a licensee’s communities. Under this bill, a cleared employee will be associated with all communities under the same license, saving significant time for CCLD and the licensee. The bill also makes a technical but important clarification which eliminates the requirement that, in order to get a new license, a non-corporate applicant would have to have completed the RCFE administrator course within the last five years, even if the certification is kept current.

Read about how recent legislation affects RCFEs and DSS, and visit our visit our Advocacy History page to see our legislative priorities from previous years.