Cal Cities Legislative Report highlights major legislative wins

Nov 16, 2022

The League of California Cities released its 2022 Legislative Report this week. The annual publication includes information about Cal Cities’ major accomplishments and setbacks, as well as the most significant new laws for cities to review. In total, Cal Cities tracked 1,430 bills introduced this year — two-thirds (61%) of all bills introduced. 

Lawmakers returned to Sacramento this year with a historic economic tailwind. Pandemic restrictions were easing, unemployment was down, and the state budget was set to be the largest ever. However, the state’s rosy revenue forecast has more recently been balanced by record inflation rates, ongoing global supply chain disruptions, labor force challenges, and the war in Ukraine. 

This past year in the Legislature, lawmakers competed to ensure that their priorities were reflected in the legislative agenda and the state budget before the 2022 midterms and an unexpected wave of early retirements.

Through it all, Cal Cities was vigilant in fighting for the best interests of cities.

Cal Cities secured many key wins, including significant funding that will spur affordable housing, reduce homelessness, and implement organic waste regulations. Cal Cities also protected local transportation projects, safeguarded current funding streams that cities use for critical services, and fought back against regulations that add an extra layer of unnecessary bureaucracy.

The full report is available online at no cost to members. For additional information, please view the Special Briefing on the 2022 Legislative Report and New Laws Impacting Cities or related webinar slides.