2014 Legislation

AB 883 - Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Programs:  Creates a pilot program in up to 3 counties for multi-year plans to address child sexual abuse prevention; plans will emphasize community collaboration and education, training on identifiable risks and warning signs, local prevention plans and data collection.

AB 1053 -Tax Refund Authority to Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District: Provides authority to the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District to refund fire tax assessments which were erroneously collected from homeowners due to an unintentional clerical error.

AB 1711 - Economic Impact Assessments for Non-Major Regulations: Requires state agencies that propose non-major regulations under the Administrative Procedures Act to provide an Economic Impact Assessment at the beginning of the process, when it can be most useful for public input, instead of at the end.

AB 1877 - The California Vision Care Access Council: Establishes the California Vision Care Access Council to create a website for vision care insurance products so that consumers may compare and purchase plans after visiting the Covered California exchange.

AB 1882 - Equitable Access to CalWORKS for Relative Foster Caregivers: Ensures that relatives caring for a foster child are given information on the financial support and services for which the child may qualify. The bill also makes those children eligible for CalWORKS funding, and other financial and educational support programs.

AB 2029  -Sudden Unexpected/Unexplained Death in Childhood: Defines Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood (SUDC) in statute and requires coroners to notify parents or guardians of a child whose death is classified as such of the importance of taking tissue samples from their child for further investigation.

AB 2064 - Mandatory Earthquake Insurance Offer: Updates notice requirements relating to earthquake insurance and clarifies existing statutory limits on spending by the California Earthquake Authority.

AB 2127 - Reducing Head Injuries and Concussions in California Interscholastic Football: AB 2127 limits the amount of full-contact practices middle school and high school football teams may hold in order to reduce concussions and head injuries among California adolescents. It also increases supervision and accountability before a student athlete who has suffered a concussion or brain injury returns to the playing field.

AB 2169 - Clarifying the Real Estate Licensing Model: Affirms the current real estate license business model by clarifying that real estate brokers and real estate salespersons may enter into a contract either as an “independent contractor” or as an “employer-employee” relationship.

AB 2187 - Birth Certificate Fees County of Residence: Currently, if a mother gives birth in a delivery facility that is outside of the county where she lives, and the county where she lives has a delivery facility, the fee charged for the copies remains with the county where she delivered. This bill clarifies that the fee collected should remain in the county where the mother lives, not where the child was delivered.

AB 2228 – Statutory Provisions for Crisis Nurseries: Crisis nurseries provide parents with a safe space to take their children in an emergency. Unfortunately, the restrictive and outdated laws that govern crisis nurseries in California have significantly driven up their cost of operation and hindered the ability of crisis nurseries to operate. This bill streamlines and updates the regulations governing crisis nurseries. It expands their day respite capacity, permits them to operate under a single crisis nursery license and modifies the qualifications for lead caregivers.

AB 2230 - California Insurance Guarantee Fund: Modifies the governing statutes of the California Insurance Guarantee Association to provide for a higher assessment cap, premium assessment true-ups, and clarifying language.

AB 2257 - County Assessors Tax Reform:  Occasionally, when tax-defaulted real property is sold and the proceeds are distributed to creditors, there are small dollar amounts left over which must be put through the distribution process a second time, costing valuable staff time. This bill clarifies that any excess proceeds from these sales should be deposited into the County General Fund.

AB 2447 - Streamlining Sacramento Regional Transit’s Small Construction Projects:  AB 2447 would authorize the Sacramento Regional Transit District (RT) to award contracts for the construction of transit works or transit facilities that exceed $25,000 to the lowest responsible bidder after competitive bidding. This threshold has not been raised since 1982.

AB 2494 - Reducing Bad-Faith Tactics in Litigation: Allows a court to make an award of costs and attorney's fees for bad-faith tactics in litigation and requires the courts to report back to the Legislature on how often bad-faith sanctions have been awarded.

AB 2523 - Strengthening Technology Projects in State Government: This bill strengthens top level management decision-making in state agencies with complex and high risk technology projects by requiring the Director of Technology to report recommendations to the legislature on how a team of senior technology experts could be developed to support state agencies on technology projects. This bill then requires the Director to establish such a unit in the Department of Technology.

AB 2577 - Medi-Cal Reimbursement for Emergency Medical Transport: Establishes a mechanism through which providers can access federal funds to offset the uncompensated costs of transporting Medi-Cal Managed Care beneficiaries.

AB 2590 - Realignment Reform: States legislative intent to recast realignment provisions.

AB 2683 - Clarifying Misdemeanor Contempt of Court via Juror Communication:  Facilitates the ability of judges to supervise the conduct of judicial proceedings and restores Fifth Amendment protections against self-incrimination by deleting “willfully disobeying a court instruction against any communication or research about a pending trial, including electronic communications” as a category of juror misconduct.

AB 2685 – Crime Victim Restitution: Closes gaps in California’s victim restitution law and facilitates faster victim restitution recovery by allowing representatives from the Victims Compensation and Government Claims Board to submit restitution information directly to the court and clarifying that inmates must pay restitution from estates or life insurance disbursements they may receive.

AJR 34 – Terrorism Risk Insurance Program Reauthorization Act: Urges the President and Congress of the United States to extend the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2007 (TRIPRA) to ensure California’s businesses and economy are financially protected in case of a terrorist attack.