Legislative Updates

Wed, 01/30/2019 - 2:45pm

Important Dates & Deadlines


Dec. 3rd                      2019-20 Regular Session Convenes

Jan. 1st                       2018 Statutes Take Effect, Unless Otherwise Provided


November 2018 General Election Wrap-Up


As a progressive state focused and insistent on battling it out with the Trump Administration, the California midterm elections brought about a host of fierce races and political spending that is said to have exceeded $1 billion statewide.  The goal?  Democrats intent on gaining ground.  Republicans fighting to hold their ground.  And while some races continue to be counted, as of late November we note a host of trends:


  • Moderate Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein retains her seat against former Democratic state Senate President Pro Tem Kevin De Leon who sought to unseat her with a more progressive agenda, arguing it was time for change and someone with an approach more in line with the increasingly left-facing interests of California voters
  • Congress will be driven by the Democratic majority
  • Former San Francisco Mayor and Governor-Elect Gavin Newsom wins the day
  • Senate Republicans have lost two state Senate seats and another remains close where former Assemblyman Tom Umberg narrowly leads incumbent Republican Senator Janet Nguyen
  • Assembly democrats now have 60 out of 80 seats
  • Californians overwhelmingly rejected Proposition 6, an effort to overturn the gas tax approved by the Legislature and Governor and supported by labor and the business community to pay for infrastructure repairs across the state


All in all, California – as expected – doubled down overall on its Democratic-leaning roots by electing a Governor from San Francisco with an ambitious agenda that is generally supportive of Governor Brown’s agenda and efforts to date, but goes beyond in a number of significant areas. More specifically, Governor-Elect Newsom has touted priorities that include addressing homelessness, healthcare for all, early education and poverty.  Each of the priorities comes with a significant price tag to make progress that will be in large part dictated by the economy and ensuring continued growth over recession.  In contrast to when Governor Brown took office under a time of severe budget deficits, Newsom is slated to inherit a fairly solid fiscal situation in the state with revenues coming in well over projections.  Such dynamics will inevitably lead to the desire by the Legislature, dominated by Democrats now with a supermajority in both houses, to spend big on new and expanded programs that conceptually align with that of the incoming governor. That said, Newsom has argued he will retain the fiscal restraint demonstrated by Brown…even though his priorities are seemingly at odds with that approach.  Time will tell….


Statewide Ballot Measures


Prop 1: Bonds to Fund Housing Assistance Programs. 

PASS (54.1% to 45.9%)

Authorizes $4 billion in general obligation bonds for existing affordable housing programs for low-income residents, veterans, farmworkers, manufactured and mobile homes, infill, and transit-oriented housing.


Prop 2: Bonds to Fund Existing Housing Program for Individuals with Mental Illness.

PASS (61.2% to 38.8%)

Amends Mental Health Services Act to fund No Place Like Home Program, which finances housing for individuals with mental illness.


Prop 3: Bonds to Fund Projects for Water Supply and Quality, Watershed, Fish, Wildlife, Water Conveyance, and Groundwater Sustainability and Storage.

FAIL (47.6% to 52.4%)

Authorizes $8.877 billion in state general obligation bonds for various water infrastructure projects.


Prop 4: Bonds to Fund Construction at Hospitals Providing Children’s Health Care

PASS (60.6% to 39.4%)

Authorizes $1.5 billion in bonds, to be repaid from state’s General Fund, to fund grants for construction, expansion, renovation, and equipping of qualifying children’s hospitals.


Prop 5: Changes Requirements for Certain Property Owners to Transfer their Property Tax Base to Replacement Property.                

FAIL (41.8% to 58.2%)

Removes certain transfer requirements for homeowners over 55, severely disabled homeowners, and contaminated or disaster-destroyed property.


Prop 6: Eliminates Road Repair and Transportation Funding. Requires Fuel Taxes and Vehicle Fees be Approved by The Electorate.                       

FAIL (44.7% to 55.3%)

Repeals a 2017 transportation law’s taxes and fees designated for road repairs and public transportation.


Prop 7: Conforms California Daylight Saving Time to Federal Law. Allows Legislature to Change Daylight Saving Time Period.    

PASS (59.9% to 40.1%)

Gives Legislature ability to change daylight saving time period by two-thirds vote, if changes are consistent with federal law.


Prop 8: Regulates Amounts Outpatient Kidney Dialysis Clinics Charge for Dialysis Treatment.                                                               

FAIL (38.4% to 61.6%)

Requires dialysis clinics to issue refunds to patients or patients' payers for revenue above 115 percent of the costs of direct patient care and healthcare improvements.


Prop 9: On July 18, 2018, Proposition 9 was removed from the ballot by order of the California Supreme Court.


Prop 10: Expands Local Governments’ Authority to Enact Rent Control on Residential Property.                                                                       

FAIL (38.3% to 61.7%)

Repeals state law that currently restricts the scope of rent control policies that cities and other local jurisdictions may impose on residential property.


Prop 11: Requires Private-Sector Emergency Ambulance Employees to Remain On-Call During Work Breaks.                                                         

PASS (60.5% to 39.5%)

Law entitling hourly employees to breaks without being on-call would not apply to private-sector ambulance employees.


Prop 12: Establishes New Standards for Confinement of Specified Farm Animals; Bans Sale of Noncomplying Products.                        

PASS (61.0% to 39.0%)

Establishes minimum requirements for confining certain farm animals.  Prohibits sales of meat and egg products from animals confined in noncomplying manner.




(Brown, D) – Gavin Newsom (D) vs. John Cox (R)

            **Newsom defeated Cox by a margin of 61.7% to 38.3%


Lieutenant Governor


(Newsom, D) – Ed Hernandez (D) vs. Eleni Kounalakis (D)

            ** Kounalakis defeated Hernandez by a margin of 56.6% to 43.4%


Secretary of State


(Padilla, D) – Alex Padilla (D) vs. Mark P. Meuser (R)

 ** Padilla defeated Meuser by a margin of 64.2% to 35.8%




(Yee, D) – Betty Yee (D) vs. Konstantinos Roditis (R)

             ** Yee defeated Roditis by a margin of 65.2% to 34.8%




(Chiang, D) – Fiona Ma (D) vs. Greg Conlon (R)

            ** Ma defeated Conlon by a margin of 63.9% to 36.1%


Attorney General


(Becerra, D) – Xavier Becerra (D) vs. Steven Bailey (R)  

            ** Becerra defeated Bailey by a margin of 63.3% to 36.7%


Insurance Commissioner


(Jones, D) – Ricardo Lara (D) vs. Steve Poizner (NPP)

** Lara defeated Poizner by a margin of 52.4% to 47.6%


Superintendent of Public Instruction


(Torlakson, D) – Marshall Tuck vs. Tony Thurmond

** Thurmond defeated Tuck by a margin of 50.9% to 49.1%   


Board of Equalization Member District 1


(Runner, R) – Ted Gaines (R) vs. Tom Hallinan (D)

            ** Gaines defeated Hallinan by a margin of 51.9% to 48.1%


Board of Equalization Member District 2


(Ma, D) – Malia Cohen (D) vs. Mark Burns (R)

            ** Cohen defeated Burns by a margin of 72.7% to 27.3%


Board of Equalization Member District 3


(Horton, D) – Tony Vazquez (D) vs. G. Rick Marshall (R)

** Vazquez defeated Marshall by a margin of 69.6% to 30.4%


Board of Equalization Member District 4


(Harkey, R) – Mike Schaefer (D) vs. Joel Anderson (R)

** Schaefer defeated Anderson by a margin of 51.5% to 48.5%


US Senate


(Feinstein, D) – Dianne Feinstein (D) vs. Kevin de León (D)

            ** Feinstein defeated De Leon by a margin of 54.4% to 45.6%


Congressional Races


CD 4 (McClintock, R) – Tom McClintock (R) vs. Jessica Morse (D)

** McClintock defeated Morse by a margin of 54.3% to 45.7%


CD 8 (Cook, R) – Paul Cook (R) vs. Tom Donnelly (R)

** Cook defeated Donnelly by a margin of 60.2% to 39.8%


CD 10 (Denham, R) – Jeff Denham (R) vs. Josh Harder (D)

** Harder defeated Denham by a margin of 51.6% to 48.4%.  **Incumbent Upset, Seat/Party Change**


CD 21 (Valadao, R) – David G. Valadao (R) vs. TJ Cox (D)

** Valadao leading Cox by a margin of 50.5% to 49.5% and 447 votes.  **Close Race**


CD 22 (Nunes, R) – Devin Nunes (R) vs. Andrew Janz (D)

** Nunes defeated Janz by a margin of 53.5% to 46.5%


CD 24 (Carbajal, D) – Salud Carbajal (D) vs. Justin Fareed (R)

** Carbajal defeated Fareed by a margin of 58.0% to 42.0%


CD 25 (Knight, R) – Steve Knight (R) vs. Katie Hill (D)

** Hill defeated Knight by a margin of 53.9% to 46.1%.     **Incumbent Upset, Seat/Party Change**


CD 39 (Royce, R) – Young Kim (R) vs. Gil Cisneros (D)

** Cisneros defeats Kim by a margin of 51.4% to 48.6%.  **Seat/Party Change**


CD 45 (Walters, R) – Mimi Walters (R) vs. Katie Porter (D)

** Porter defeated Walters by a margin of 51.8% to 48.3%.  **Incumbent Upset, Seat/Party Change**


CD 48 (Rohrabacher, R) – Dana Rohrabacher (R) vs. Harley Rouda (D)

** Rouda defeated Rohrabacher by a margin of 53.4% to 46.6%. **Incumbent Upset, Seat/Party Change**


CD 49 (Issa, R) – Diane L. Harkey (R) vs. Mike Levin (D)

** Levin defeated Harkey by a margin of 56.1% to 43.9%.  **Seat/Party Change**


CD 50 (Hunter, R) – Duncan Hunter (R) vs. Ammar Campa-Najjar (D)

** Hunter defeated Campa-Najjar by a margin of 51.8% to 48.2%. 


Senate Races


SD 08 (Berryhill, R) – Paulina Miranda (D) vs. Andreas Borgeas (R)

** Borgeas defeated Miranda by a margin of 60.1% to 39.9%


SD 12 (Cannella, R) – Anna Caballero (D) vs. Rob Poythress (R)

**Caballero defeated Poythress by a margin of 53.8% to 46.2%.  **Seat/Party Change**


SD 14 (Vidak, R) – Andy Vidak (R) vs. Melissa Hurtado (D)

** Hurtado defeated Vidak by a margin of 55.1% to 44.9%.  **Incumbent upset, Seat/Party Change**


SD 16 (Fuller, R) – Ruth Musser-Lopez (D) vs. Shannon Grove (R)

** Grove defeated Musser-Lopez by a margin of 64.7% to 35.3%


SD 22 (Hernandez, D) – Mike Eng (D) vs. Susan Rubio (D)

** Rubio defeated Eng by a margin of 52.0% to 48.0%.


SD 24 (de León, D) – Peter Choi (D) vs. Maria Elena Durazo (D)

** Durazo defeated Choi by a margin of 66.8% to 33.2%


SD 32 (Delgado, D) – Bob Archuleta (D) vs. Rita Topalian (R)

** Archuleta defeated Topalian by a margin of 66.6% to 33.4%


SD 34 (Nguyen, R) – Janet Nguyen (R) vs. Tom Umberg (D)

**Umberg leading Nguyen by a margin of 50.4% to 49.6% and 1,958 votes. **Close Race, Possible Incumbent upset, Seat/Party Change**


SD 36 (Bates, R) – Pat Bates (R) vs. Marggie Castellano (D)

** Bates defeated Castellano by a margin of 51.9% to 48.1%.


SD 38 (Anderson, R) – Jeff Griffith (D) vs. Brian Jones (R)

** Jones defeated Griffith by a margin of 53.4% to 46.3%.


Assembly Races


AD 15 (Thurmond, D) – Jovanka Beckles (D) vs. Buffy Wicks (D)

** Wicks defeated Beckles by a margin of 54.0% to 46.0%


AD 16 (Baker, R) – Catharine Baker (R) vs. Rebecca Bauer-Kahan (D)

** Bauer-Kahan defeated Baker by a margin of 50.7% to 49.3%.  **Incumbent Upset & Seat/Party Change**


AD 26 (Mathis, R) – Devon Mathis (R) vs. Jose Sigala (D)

**Mathis defeated Sigala by a margin of 58.8% to 41.2%


AD 30 (Caballero, D) – Robert Rivas (D) vs. Neil Kitchens (R)

** Rivas defeated Kitchens by a margin of 68.0% to 32.4%


AD 32 (Salas, D) – Rudy Salas (D) vs. Justin Mendes

** Salas defeated Mendes by a margin of 55.9% to 44.1% and 7,712 votes.


AD 35 (Cunningham, R) – Jordan Cunningham (R) vs. William Ostrander (D)

** Cunningham defeated Ostrander by a margin of 56.3% to 43.7%


AD 36 (Lackey, R) – Tom Lackey (R) vs. Steve Fox (D)

** Lackey defeated Fox by a margin of 53.5% to 46.5%


AD 38 (Acosta, R) – Dante Acosta (R) vs. Christy Smith (D)

** Smith defeated Acosta by a margin of 51.2% to 48.8% and 4,418 votes.  **Incumbent Upset & Seat/Party Change**


AD 40 (Steinorth, R) – James Ramos (D) vs. Henry Gomez Nickel (R)

** Ramos defeated Nickel by a margin of 58.9% to 41.1%      **Seat/Party Change**


AD 42 (Mayes, R) – Chad Mayes (R) vs. Deniantionette Mazingo (D)

** Mayes defeated Mazingo by a margin of 56.1% to 43.9%


AD 55 (Chen, R) – Philip Chen (R) vs. Gregg D. Fritchle (D)

** Chen defeated Fritchle by a margin of 55.2% to 44.8%


AD 58 (Garcia, D) – Cristina Garcia (D) vs. Mike Simpfenderfer (R)

** Garcia defeated Simpfenderfer by a margin of 70.1% to 29.9%


AD 60 (Cervantes, D) – Sabrina Cervantes (D) vs. Bill Essayli (R)

** Cervantes defeated Essayli by a margin of 52.0% to 48.0%.


AD 65 (Quirk-Silva, D) – Sharon Quirk-Silva (D) vs. Alexandria Coronado (R)

**Quirk-Silva defeated Coronado by a margin of 56.8% to 43.2%


AD 66 (Muratsuchi, D) – Al Muratsuchi (D) vs. Frank Scotto (R)

** Muratsuchi defeated Scotto by a margin of 60.2% to 39.8%


AD 72 (Allen, R) – Josh Lowenthal (D) vs. Tyler Diep (R)

** Diep defeated Lowenthal by a margin of 51.7% to 48.3%


AD 74 (Harper, R) – Matthew Harper (R) vs. Cottie Petrie- Norris (D)

** Petrie-Norris defeated Harper by a margin of 52.5% to 47.5% and 9,544 votes.  **Incumbent Upset & Seat/Party Change**


AD 76 (Chavez, R) – Tasha Boerner Horvath (D) vs. Elizabeth Warren (D)

** Horvath defeated Warren by a margin of 55.3% to 44.7% and 14,324 votes – ** Seat/Party Change**


AD 77 (Maienschein, R) – Brian Maienschein (R) vs. Sunday Gover (D)

** Maienschein leading Gover by a margin of 50.7% to 49.3% and 2,563 votes.  **Close Race**


**This list of races is not exhaustive, but a review of some of the more competitive races.  For a full list of all race results, please see http://vote.sos.ca.gov/.