2013 Legislation

AB 12 – Regulatory Reform and Government Accountability: When state agencies create regulations that have a $50 million or more impact, they are required to submit to the Department of Finance an economic impact report. AB 12 requires the Department of Finance to review those reports annually to ensure the agencies are correctly completing the analysis and also requires the Office of Administrative Law to post on its website if an agency fails to properly complete the report.

AB 117 – Independent Monitoring of State Agencies: SB 617 passed in 2011 requires state agencies to have internal fiscal monitors, a practice already in place under federal law for private sector corporations. AB 117 requires the Dept. of Finance, the State Controller, and the State Auditor to work together and create best practices and guidelines for how these internal monitors should function and report their findings.

AB 222 – State Prison Terms for Serious Drug Traffickers: This bill ensures drug traffickers convicted of possessing over 1 kilogram of cocaine, heroin or methamphetamines are sentenced to state prison for appropriate housing and penalty. Currently these offenders are being sentenced to decades-long incarcerations in county jails under realignment.

AB 355 – Mobile Field Hospitals and Statewide Disaster Preparedness: In 2006, California established its Mobile Field Hospital (MFH) Program, giving the state the ability to rapidly deploy three, 200-bed MFHs anywhere in the state within 72 hours after a catastrophic disaster. Recent budget constraints have put the program on the verge of decommission and AB 355 restores funding to the 2013-14 budget to maintain the MFH Program, protecting the $18.3 million dollar investment in California's safety.

AB 393 – Small Business Resources: The Governor's Office of Business and Development ("Go-BIZ") website is a tool for California businesses to get answers to questions, find licensing and permit information, and is a general resource in accessing state government programs. AB 393 requires the "Go-BIZ" website to house information on the fees state agencies charge businesses and when they are due throughout the year so that start-ups, as well as small businesses, can budget accordingly throughout the year for the expenses.

AB 558 – Class Size Reduction Incentives: California's class size reduction program standards were significantly relaxed in 2008 because of the budget crisis but these standards expire in 2014. AB 558 restores the class size reduction standards to pre-2008 levels over the course of 4 years to give local school districts more certainty in funding.

AB 603 – Joint Power Authority for Highway 5/Highway 50 Connector: In order to facilitate the building of a Highway 5/Highway 50 connecter in Sacramento County to ease traffic congestion, the Joint Power Authority (JPA) in charge of the project needs additional authority for the construction and design of the connector. AB 603 gives the JPA this necessary 'design-build' contracting authority to begin financing and construction of the roadway.

AB 646 – Regional Education Councils to Facilitate Streamlined Funding: Authorizes schools (pre-K through college) to form regional councils in order to streamline applications for private and federal funding. This bill helps make applying for funding a collaborative process so all the schools have a better shot at acquiring funding.

AB 724 – Stronger Provisional License Standards for Teen Drivers: The state's current provisional license program, which restricts the hours teens may drive and requires driver's training and education, has been a successful tool in reducing traffic accidents and fatalities for 16 and 17 year olds. AB 724 extends the program to include 18 and 19 year olds, and will significantly reduce accidents among this age range by requiring them to go through the same training and restrictions as 16 and 17 year old novice drivers.

AB 845 – Shaken Baby Syndrome Education and Prevention: Expands the previously successful Shaken Baby Syndrome pilot program by providing educational materials to hospitals statewide to teach parents and adults about the dangers of shaking infants. The program is funded through the Children's Trust Fund Account which receives monies from the purchase of specialized license plates.

AB 883 – Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Programs: Creates an optional pilot program in each county to create a multi-year plan to address child sexual abuse prevention that emphasizes community collaboration and education, training on identifiable risks and warning signs, local prevention plans and data collection. According to the center for disease control, 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men are sexually abused before the age of 18.

AB 918 – Senior Evacuation Plans for Natural Disasters: Sponsored by the Senior Legislature, this bill authorizes the Department of Emergency Services to create a plan on how they will evacuate seniors and disabled persons in the event of a disaster.

AB 934 – Victim Restitution: Requires that an agency that collects restitution on behalf of crime victims make a reasonable effort to locate the victim, so that the funds can be distributed to the victim, before the agency distributes the money to itself, another victim's services agency, or the Victim's Restitution Fund.

AB 985 – Expanded Kin-Gap Funding for Foster Youth: Under current California law, relatives who either adopt or take guardianship over a foster youth may receive fewer benefits than non-relative guardians, depending on the age of the foster youth. AB 985 creates equity by providing relative guardians and adoptive parents equal access to benefits when adopting or establishing guardianship of a youth.

AB 1030 – Streamlined Community College Elections: Community College district governing boards have a student body-elected student representative that sits on the board but has no voting privileges. When a student vacates their position on the board before the end of their term, it is unclear what process must be followed to replace them. AB 1030 clarifies that if a student vacates the position, the student association may appoint someone as a replacement for the remainder of the term without having to hold an election.

AB 1248 – Financial Auditing Guidelines for Local Governments: Authorizes the State Controller to work with local governments and interested stakeholder groups to develop a set of "best practices" for internal controls designed to prevent and detect financial errors and fraud in local government agencies.

AB 1289 – Vietnam Veterans War Memorial in Capitol Park: Sponsored by the Vietnam Veterans of America, this bill designates the California Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Capitol Park, the official state Vietnam Veterans War Memorial.

ACR 34 – Proclaims April 2013 as Child Abuse Prevention Month: Sponsored by the Child Abuse Prevention Center, this resolution acknowledges April 2013 as Child Abuse Prevention Month in the State of California provides a tool for child abuse prevention centers to help raise awareness in our communities.

ACR 38 – Proclaims March 2013 as American Red Cross Month: This measure recognizes the month of March 2013 as American Red Cross Month in California in order to raise awareness of the importance of the organization's help to those in need.

ACR 43 – Proclaims May 2013 as State Capitol History Month: This measure proclaim May 2013 as State Capitol History Month, in order to recognize and celebrate the history of our State Capitol- a destination of over 1 million visitors each year.