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CA AB 3281

Title: Judiciary omnibus.
Author: House Judiciary Committee

Summary
AB 3281, as amended, Committee on Judiciary. Judiciary omnibus. (1) Existing law establishes the Department of Justice in the state government, under the direction and control of the Attorney General. Existing law authorizes the Attorney General to arrange and classify the work of the Department of Justice and to consolidate, abolish, or create divisions, bureaus, branches, sections, or units within the department. Various provisions of existing law governing contracts in restraint of trade; false advertising; the regulation of telephonic sellers, sellers of travel, and discount buying organizations, as those terms are defined; and the payment of eligible claims by the Consumer Motor Recovery Corporation, refer to the Consumer Law Section within the Department of Justice.This bill would update obsolete references to the Consumer Law Section within the Department of Justice in the above-described provisions to instead refer to the Consumer Protection Section. The bill would also make various nonsubstantive changes to these provisions.(2) Existing law, the Confidentiality of Medical Information Act (CMIA), generally prohibits a provider of health care, a health care service plan, or a contractor from disclosing medical information regarding a patient, enrollee, or subscriber without first obtaining an authorization, unless a specified exception applies. The CMIA requires every provider of health care, health care service plan, pharmaceutical company, or contractor who, among other things, maintains or stores medical information to do so in a manner that preserves the confidentiality of the information contained therein. Existing law requires specified businesses that electronically store or maintain medical information on the provision of sensitive services on behalf of a provider of health care, health care service plan, pharmaceutical company, contractor, or employer to develop capabilities, policies, and procedures, on or before July 1, 2024, to enable certain security features, including limiting user access privileges and segregating medical information related to gender affirming care, abortion and abortion-related services, and contraception, as specified. Existing law provides that this requirement does not apply to a provider of health care, as defined.This bill would provide that the requirement for specified businesses to enable certain security features as described above does not apply to a contractor or health service plan, as defined.(3) Existing law authorizes a plaintiff, who prevails in a cause of action against a defendant pursuant to specified federal law on the preservation of consumer claims and defenses, to claim attorney’s fees, costs, and expenses, as prescribed.Existing law requires a person engaged in a trade or business who negotiates primarily in specified languages in the course of engaging in certain business agreements to provide the other party to the contract or agreement a translation of the contract or agreement in the language in which it was negotiated.Existing law, the Educational Debt Collection Practices Act, prohibits a school, as defined, from refusing to provide a transcript for a current or former student on the grounds that the student owes a debt and from taking related debt collection actions.Existing law regarding student loans prohibits a person from engaging in certain abusive acts or practices when servicing a student loan in this state and provides various remedies for a violation of these provisions.Existing law, the Automobile Sales Finance Act, authorizes a guaranteed asset protection waiver, as specified, to be offered, sold, or provided to a buyer or administered in connection with a conditional sale contract only in compliance with specified provisions.Existing law makes a legislative finding that all protections, rights, and remedies available under state law, except as specified, are available to all individuals regardless of immigration status who have applied for emp

Status
From committee: Be ordered to second reading pursuant to Senate Rule 28.8.

Bill Documents
CA AB 3281 - 06/10/24 - Amended Senate
06/10/24 - CA AB 3281 (06/10/24 - Amended Senate)


CA AB 3281 - 05/09/24 - Amended Assembly
05/09/24 - CA AB 3281 (05/09/24 - Amended Assembly)

CA AB 3281 - 04/10/24 - Amended Assembly
04/10/24 - CA AB 3281 (04/10/24 - Amended Assembly)

CA AB 3281 - 04/01/24 - Amended Assembly
04/01/24 - CA AB 3281 (04/01/24 - Amended Assembly)

CA AB 3281 - 02/29/24 - Introduced
02/29/24 - CA AB 3281 (02/29/24 - Introduced)