California “Fair Chance Act of 2023” SB 809

June 12th, 2023 | Chris Christian, Director of Compliance

Sterling has been following California Senate Bill 809 (SB-809) “Fair Chance Act of 2023” which was introduced on February 17, 2023. The bill would have significantly impacted criminal background screening by overhauling the California Fair Chance Act, effectively prohibiting criminal background checks absent pre-existing legislative requirements. We previously reported on the bill here.

On May 8th, 2023, the California Senate Appropriations Committee placed the bill in the “Suspense File” due to a projected budget of over $150,000. On May 18th, 2023, the bill was set for another hearing in the California Senate Appropriations Committee. The bill was “held under submission,” meaning there was some interest to continue to work on the bill, but no motion was made to move the bill out of committee. In California, bills introduced in the first year of the 2-year legislative session can be made into a 2-year bill at any time in the legislative process to allow additional work or amendments to be made to allow for the successful passage.

In summary, SB 809 is now on pause, has moved to a two-year cycle and will not be voted on in 2023. The bill’s author will have another opportunity to move the bill forward in 2024. We will continue to follow and provide updates as needed.

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