SACRAMENTO – Building on the state’s ongoing efforts to better serve working Californians, Governor Gavin Newsom today signed legislation that will enable the Employment Development Department (EDD) to bolster fraud prevention, further protect claimants from identity theft and better position the state to respond to future economic downturns.
Today’s action builds on legislation signed earlier this year to continue investments in improving California’s unemployment insurance system, boosting language access and strengthening California’s job centers. The Governor last year launched a series of actions to better serve workers experiencing job loss, including a renewed focus on processing unpaid claims and the formation of an EDD strike team. This year the Governor established the Cal OES Fraud Task Force to coordinate with local, state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate and prosecute fraud schemes, assisted by former U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott. California was one of the first states to launch a new identity verification system, ID.me, to prevent identity fraud and implemented other new safeguards, including cross-checking applications against law enforcement databases.
A full list of the bills and additional legislation signed by the Governor is below:
- AB 12 by Assemblymember Kelly Seyarto (R-Murrieta) – Personal information: social security numbers: the Employment Development Department.
- AB 56 by Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) – Benefits: outgoing mail: claim processing: reporting.
- AB 110 by Assemblymember Cottie Petrie-Norris (D-Laguna Beach) – Fraudulent claims for unemployment compensation benefits: inmates.
- AB 283 by Assemblymember Phillip Chen (R-Yorba Linda) – Corporate securities: exemption from requirements.
- AB 286 by Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) – Food delivery: purchase prices and tips.
- AB 293 by Assemblymember Ash Kalra (D-San Jose) – Preneed funeral arrangements: unclaimed property.
- AB 313 by Assemblymember Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens) – Civil service: Limited Examination and Appointment Program.
- AB 397 by Assemblymember Chad Mayes (I-Rancho Mirage) – Unemployment insurance: benefits: disqualification: notice.
- AB 502 by Assemblymember Laurie Davies (R-Laguna Niguel) – Common interest developments: election requirements.
- AB 514 by Assemblymember Christopher Ward (D-San Diego) – Injunctions: undertakings: civil actions: distribution of sexually explicit materials.
- AB 546 by Assemblymember Brian Maienschein (D-San Diego) – Dependent children: documents: housing.
- AB 579 by Assemblymember Heath Flora (R-Ripon) – Fire prevention: purchases of personal protective equipment: Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
- AB 614 by Assemblymember Cecilia Aguiar-Curry (D-Winters) – Wildlife habitat: birds.
- AB 654 by Assemblymember Eloise Gómez Reyes (D-Grand Terrace) – COVID-19: exposure: notification