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AB 2055 Update

Published: Sep 30, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced that he has signed the following bill:

AB 2055 by Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-Marin County) – Legislative ethics: harassment: education: lobbying.

SB 419 (Portantino) Legislature: Whistleblower protection and retaliation prevention.


Status: 9/30/2018 Signed by the Governor

“A house of the Legislature shall not discharge, expel, or otherwise discriminate against a legislative advocate or a legislative employee because that person has opposed any practices forbidden under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (Part 2.8 (commencing with Section 12900) of Division 3), opposed any practice actionable under Section 51 or 51.9 of the Civil Code, or filed a complaint, testified, or assisted in any proceeding relating to a complaint of discriminatory harassment made pursuant to those laws. A vote of the house or the deliberation of legislative matters within its jurisdiction shall not be considered an act to discharge, expel, or otherwise discriminate against a legislative advocate or a legislative employee for purposes of this subdivision.”


AB 2055-(Levine D) Political Reform Act of 1974: Lobbyists: Sexual Harassment

“AB 2055 (Levine) proposes to prohibit a California registered lobbyist engaging in sexual harassment, as defined, and would authorize the [Fair Political Practices] Commission to order a lobbyist who violates this prohibition to cease all lobbying activity for a period of up to 4 years.”

AB 2055 defines “sexual harassment” as “unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, visual, or physical conduct of a sexual nature that arises out of or in the course of employment.”

IGA notes that, as widely reported, last week, legislative officials released documents related to 18 sexual harassment investigations dating back to early 2006. The reports concluded allegations were validated in some way and/or discipline was imposed. None of those documents, however, pertained to lobbyists.

Two charts that legislative officials produced in response to media inquiries referred to another 12 individuals listed in allegations generically referred to as “lobbyists and others,” but no details were contained in those reports. It is unclear whether those allegations were ever supported by investigation efforts or dismissed.

AB 2055, lacks details as to how the FPPC would investigate or adjudicate cases involving such allegations.”

Click here for the full AB 2055 Bill text

SB 419-(Portantino D) Legislature: Legislative Sexual Harassment Retaliation Prevention Act.


The Secretary of State (SOS) has released an addendum (Addendum #02) for the CAL-ACCESS Replacement System (CARS) Request for Offer (RFO) for the System Integrator vendor.The CARS RFO webpage has been updated to include this information.


‘Other Payment to Influence’ Fact Sheet


California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) unveils new system to search and view “behested payments”


FPPC: New Lobbying Rules Power Point Presentation


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