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SB-46 American Rescue Plan Act funds: federal recovery funds: funded projects.(2021-2022)

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Date Published: 03/10/2021 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Senate  March 10, 2021

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2021–2022 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill
No. 46


Introduced by Senator Stern

December 07, 2020


An act relating to employment. to add Article 1.6 (commencing with Section 16365.6) to Chapter 2 of Part 2 of Division 4 of Title 2 of the Government Code, relating to state government.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 46, as amended, Stern. Employment: contact tracing and safety policies: COVID-19. American Rescue Plan Act funds: federal recovery funds: funded projects.
On Feb 24, 2021, the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP) was introduced in the United States Congress. The stimulus package, if enacted into law, would, among other things, provide funding for economic relief payments to state, local, tribal, and territorial governments to speed up the United States’ recovery from the economic and health effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing recession.
This bill would require, to the extent authorized by federal law, a state agency that receives and disburses ARP funds or other federal recovery funds to consider projects’ potential impact on specified goals, including, among other things, restoring frontline communities and rapidly accelerating achievement of environmental justice and climate goals, including, but not limited to, climate, environmental, and biodiversity protection and stimulating growth. The bill would require state agencies to document how proposed projects meet or align with the goals and require the Labor and Workforce Development Agency to establish an internet website where the public can track the expenditure of federal ARP funds by the state and how funded projects meet the goals.

Existing law requires an employer to furnish employment and a place of employment that is safe and healthful for its employees.

This bill would state the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that would require an employer to develop and implement contact tracing and safety policies for its employees, including requiring notice to the employer when an employee receives a positive COVID-19 test.

Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: NOYES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 It is the intent of the Legislature to establish principles and priorities to guide California’s economic recovery, with an emphasis on high road employers, and tools to uplift workers and frontline communities most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as other social, racial, gender, environmental, and economic inequalities.

SEC. 2.

 Article 1.6 (commencing with Section 16365.6) is added to Chapter 2 of Part 2 of Division 4 of Title 2 of the Government Code, to read:
Article  1.6. American Rescue Plan Act Funds

16365.6.
 (a) A state agency that receives and disburses American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (H.R. 1319 — 117th Congress: American Rescue Plan Act of 2021) (ARP) funds or other federal recovery funds, shall, to the extent authorized by federal law, consider projects’ potential impacts on all of the following goals:
(1) Rectifying systemic inequities by prioritizing populations and communities most negatively impacted by COVID-19. A state agency that receives and disburses ARP funds or other federal recovery funds shall reserve ____ percent of that funding for programs aimed at prioritizing areas with the highest unemployment rates, the worst COVID-19 health outcomes, and the highest population of minority-owned businesses.
(2) Uplifting vulnerable workers by prioritizing high road employers, as identified by the Labor and Workforce Development Agency (LWDA), to enhance labor standards, workers’ rights, career pathways, and community benefits. Meeting the standards for identification as a high road employer established by the LWDA shall allow both the public and state policymakers to easily view and evaluate the behavior of a large company that does business in the state, thereby rewarding the best actors.
(3) Restoring frontline communities and rapidly accelerating achievement of environmental justice and climate goals, including, but not limited to, climate, environmental, and biodiversity protection and stimulating growth. A state agency that receives and disburses ARP funds or other federal recovery funds shall address direct consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic in the short term, while simultaneously promoting a sustainable and competitive economy over the next decade and beyond.
(b) State agencies shall document how proposed projects funded by ARP funds or other federal recovery funds meet or align with the goals described in subdivision (a).

16365.6.3.
 The Labor and Workforce Development Agency shall establish an internet website where the public can track the expenditure of federal ARP funds by the state and how funded projects meet the goals specified in subdivision (a) of Section 16365.6.

SECTION 1.

It is the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that would require an employer to develop and implement contact tracing and safety policies for its employees, including requiring notice to the employer when an employee receives a positive COVID-19 test, so as to protect the health and safety of its employees and the public at large.