Oct 08, 2021

CPF Priority Bills Signed by Governor Newsom

At the end of the 2021 Legislative session, CPF is proud to report a clean sweep! Every CPF-sponsored and high-priority measure that made it to Governor Newsom's desk has been signed and will become law on January 1, 2022. We are grateful for the support from the Governor and Legislature, for their support of efforts to protect firefighters and their families. Below is a summary of the new laws. 


AB 450 (Gonzalez) – Paramedic Disciplinary Review Board 
Status: Signed by Governor   

AB 450 sets up an independent board comprised of four working paramedics, one emergency room doctor, and two members of the public, to make final determinations regarding appeals of paramedic disciplinary matters. Currently, the state EMSA Director has virtually unlimited power to deny, suspend or revoke a paramedic license, or put a license holder on probation for acts related to their role as paramedics. This bill will bring impartiality into the current system of licensure discipline, and assure California’s paramedics that they will receive fair due process.  

AB 389 (Grayson) – Ambulance Services  
Status: Signed by Governor 

AB 389 clarifies the existing authority of the “Fire Alliance Model” in which a county can contract with a fire agency for emergency ambulance services when that fire agency provides those services through a subcontract with a private ambulance provider. This model has been successful in keeping control of EMS within the fire agency and out of the hands of the private ambulance provider, and providing cost-effective solutions. Contra Costa County successfully piloted this program with the support of Contra Costa County Fire Protection District and Contra Costa County Professional Firefighters, Local 1230. Additionally, AB 389 codifies new transparency and workforce protections applicable to counties and fire agencies that elect to enter contracts for emergency ambulance services. 

SB 278 (Leyva) – CalPERS: Disallowed Compensation  
Status: Signed by Governor 

A number of retired firefighters and other public workers have been hit by huge bills and retroactive take-backs from CalPERS, citing overpayments that were no fault of the employee. SB 278 closes this loophole, requires the employer to make the retiree whole, while also implementing procedures at CalPERS to prevent future errors.  

If you have the opportunity to interact with your local legislators during the legislative recess, please be sure to thank those who stood up for CPF's 2021 legislation.