2018 Legislation

AB 2083 – Foster youth: trauma-informed system of care: Builds upon the Continuum of Care Reform to develop coordinated, timely, and trauma-informed services to youth in foster care. Requires each county to develop and implement Memorandums of Understanding for agencies and other entities that serve children in foster care who have experienced severe trauma in order to provide better placement and services.

AB 2085 – Retirement systems: surviving spouse: Adds a provision to County Employees Retirement Law (CERL) to define “Surviving Spouse” to include only a spouse who is legally married to the member, is neither divorced nor legally separated from the member, and who meets all other requirements of CERL pertain to the length of the marriage and the spouse’s age at the time of the member’s death.  Provides clarity in the CERL that no retirement system would treat a legally separated spouse as the member’s surviving spouse because a survivor’s continuance is not among the benefits payable to the nonmember and any benefits not awarded to the spouse are the sole and separate property of the member.

AB 2118 – Medi-Cal: emergency medical transportation services: Exempts public ambulance providers from the Quality Assurance Fee (QAF).  Requires the Department of Health Care Services to establish a new Medi-Cal reimbursement rate for public ambulance providers using a voluntary intergovernmental transfer (IGT) program that is funded by those providers.   AB 2164 – Local ordinances: fines and penalties: cannabis: Permits a local government to enact an ordinance to impose administrative fines against a person who violates building, plumbing, electrical, health or zoning requirements due to illegal cultivation of cannabis.

AB 2164 – Local ordinances: fines and penalties: cannabis: Permits a local government to enact an ordinance to impose administrative fines against a person who violates building, plumbing, electrical, health or zoning requirements due to illegal cultivation of cannabis.

AB 2213 – Firearms: ammunition sales: Exempts a private patrol operator licensed by the Bureau of Security and Investigative Services, or an agent or employee of the private patrol operator, who also holds a valid firearm permit, from the requirement that the sale or delivery of ammunition be processed through a licensed ammunition vendor.

AB 2249 – Public contracts: local agencies: alternative procedure: Increases the dollar thresholds for when certain public construction projects have to go out to bid and for when alternate bidding procedures must be used.   

AB 2491 – Local government finance: vehicle license fee adjustment amounts: Establishes a base-year Vehicle License Fee (VLF) adjustment amount for a city incorporating after January 1, 2012, to replicate funds that existed for new cities prior to 2004.

AB 2555 – Cannabis: Changes the definition of mature cannabis plant to mean any plant over 8 inches in height or width, instead of “flowering,” for the requirement of a unique ID/plant tag, allowing for easy and quick identification by cultivators and regulators.  

AB 2596 – California Economic Development Strategic Action Plan:  Tasks the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) to lead the preparation of the California Economic Development Strategic Action Plan for the purpose of creating a comprehensive agenda and framework for inclusive statewide and regional economic growth addressing the shifting economic landscape, changing demographics, and unique strengths of California’s industries, businesses, workers, and entrepreneurs.

AB 2659 – Juvenile records: inspection: criminal prosecution: Authorizes a prosecutor or criminal defense attorney to petition a criminal court to release material information in juvenile child dependency proceedings.  

AB 2667 – State Capitol Building Annex: historic symbols: Requires the construction, restoration, rehabilitation, renovation, or reconstruction of the State Capitol Building Annex (Annex) to incorporate elements complementary to the historic State Capitol and to integrate design to reflect the meaning of California’s self-governance, and the state’s unique and ever-distinctive heritage.

AB 2844 – Insurance: agents and brokers: Specifies that the terms of a written agreement between an insurer and a broker-agent are presumed to be lawful.

AB 2914 – Cannabis in alcoholic beverages: Prohibits a commercial cannabis licensee from selling a cannabis product infused with an alcoholic beverage.  

AB 3036 – Solid waste: byproducts from the processing of food or beverages: Eliminates barriers faced by livestock and poultry producers to access agricultural and food processing byproducts for animal feed.

ACR 237 – Foster Care Month: Declares the month of May 2018 as Foster Care Month.  Further declares California’s commitment to working in partnership with the federal government and local governments to improve the lives and futures of all children and youth touched by the child welfare system.

ACR 252 – The 4th of July: Recognizes July 4, 2018 as the 242nd anniversary of the birth of the United States of America and the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

ACR 283 – Code Enforcement Officer Appreciation Week: Recognizes that the second week of October in 2018, and annually thereafter, be known as Code Enforcement Officer Appreciation Week in the State of California.