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SB-102 COVID-19 emergency order violation: license revocation.(2021-2022)



As Amends the Law Today


SECTION 1.

 Section 464.5 is added to the Business and Professions Code, to read:

464.5.
 (a) The department and any board shall not revoke a license, fine, or impose a penalty for failure to comply with any COVID-19 state of emergency orders or COVID-19 stay-at-home orders, unless the department or board can prove that lack of compliance resulted in the transmission of COVID-19.
(b) For the purposes of this section, board does not include a healing arts board as described in Division 2 (commencing with Section 500).
(c) For the purposes of this section:
(1) “COVID-19 state of emergency” means the state of emergency proclaimed by the Governor on March 4, 2020.
(2) “COVID-19 stay-at-home order” means either of the following:
(A) Executive Order No. N-33-20, or any similar order issued by the Governor pursuant to the California Emergency Services Act (Chapter 7 (commencing with Section 8550) of Division 1 of Title 2 of the Government Code) or the State Department of Public Health that requires the closure of businesses in response to the COVID-19 state of emergency.
(B) Any order by a local government that requires the closure of businesses in response to the COVID-19 state of emergency, including, but not limited to, an order issued pursuant to the police power of a city or county or any order issued by a local health officer pursuant to Section 101040 or 120175 of the Health and Safety Code.
(d) Nothing in this section shall preclude the department or any board from issuing fines, penalties, or revoking a license for any action that is not related to the issuance of any COVID-19 state of emergency orders or COVID-19 stay-at-home orders.
(e) This section shall remain in effect only until either the COVID-19 state of emergency terminates pursuant to Section 8629 of the Government Code or all COVID-19 stay-at-home orders are no longer in effect, whichever occurs later, and as of that date is repealed. However, if those contingencies are not met, then in no case shall this section remain in effect after January 1, 2024, and as of that date is repealed.

SEC. 2.

 Section 24200.8 is added to the Business and Professions Code, to read:

24200.8.
 (a) The Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control shall not revoke the license, fine, or impose a penalty of any licensee for failure to comply with any COVID-19 state of emergency orders, or COVID-19 stay-at-home orders, unless the department can prove that lack of compliance resulted in transmission of COVID-19.
(b) For the purposes of this section:
(1) “COVID-19 state of emergency” means the state of emergency proclaimed by the Governor on March 4, 2020.
(2) “COVID-19 stay-at-home order” means either of the following:
(A) Executive Order No. N-33-20, or any similar order issued by the Governor pursuant to the California Emergency Services Act (Chapter 7 (commencing with Section 8550) of Division 1 of Title 2 of the Government Code) or the State Department of Public Health that requires the closure of businesses in response to the COVID-19 state of emergency.
(B) Any order by a local government that requires the closure of businesses in response to the COVID-19 state of emergency, including, but not limited to, an order issued pursuant to the police power of a city or county or any order issued by a local health officer pursuant to Section 101040 or 120175 of the Health and Safety Code.
(c) Nothing in this section shall preclude the department or any board from issuing fines, penalties, or revoking a license for any action that is not related to the issuance of any COVID-19 state of emergency orders or COVID-19 stay-at-home orders.
(d) This section shall remain in effect only until either the COVID-19 state of emergency terminates pursuant to Section 8629 of the Government Code or all COVID-19 stay-at-home orders are no longer in effect, whichever occurs later, and as of that date is repealed. However, if those contingencies are not met, then in no case shall this section remain in effect after January 1, 2024, and as of that date is repealed.
SEC. 3.
 This act is an urgency statute necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, or safety within the meaning of Article IV of the California Constitution and shall go into immediate effect. The facts constituting the necessity are:
In order to protect businesses, including small businesses, which continue to make significant contributions to economic security, which helps ensure public safety, during these unprecedented times caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, as soon as possible, it is necessary for this act to take effect immediately.