Legislation

Legislation

AB 1786 – Horse Racing: Modifies eligibility requirements for horses to qualify for entry in California Sire Stakes races to include horses bred elsewhere but foaled in California. The bill also eliminates a requirement that two and three year old horses be divided into colt and filly divisions for races, and specifies the allocation of winnings for each horse from first to fifth place, regardless of the number of starters in the race. 

AB 1864 – Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood: Defines Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood in statute, and requires the coroner to inform the parent or guardian of a child who dies under these circumstances about the importance of taking tissue samples for the purpose of further investigation.

AB 1883 – Child Sexual Abuse Prevention: Creates a pilot program in up to three counties which focuses on training techniques to identify and understand child sexual abuse and ways to prevent it.

AB 2086 – Workers’ Compensation—Neuropsychologists: AB 2086 permits licensed neuropsychologists to be appointed as Qualified Medical Examiners (QMEs) in neuropsychology.  This legislation restores the specialty of neuropsychology as one of the categories of QMEs in California’s workers’ compensation system.

AB 2228 – Code Enforcement Officer Training Standards: Provides state recognition of certified code enforcement officers upon completion of minimum education, training, and maintenance standards set forth by the California Association of Code Enforcement Officers (CACEO).

AB 2249 – Protecting Historic California State Park Heritage Locales: AB 2249 protects historic California state park trademarks by prohibiting concessionaires from claiming ownership or trademark of a name associated with a California state park and further declares that if a bidder makes such a claim, they are disqualified from bidding on future contracts.

AB 2279 – Mental Health Services Act: Transparency: The Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) provides funding to county-run programs that treat and prevent mental illness. This bill requires that information about state-wide and county-by-county funding for mental health programs be made available to the public to enhance accountability, outcomes, and facilitate program improvement.

AB 2327 – Human Trafficking: Adds human trafficking to the list of offenses for which it may be considered a crime to engage, or attempt to engage, in contact with a minor.

AB 2367 – 24/7 Sobriety Program to Reduce DUI Recidivism: In an effort to add to the toolkit of options available to judges to combat DUI, this bill authorizes a court to order a person convicted of multiple DUIs to successfully complete a qualified “24/7 Sobriety” monitoring program as a condition of their probation or release. 

AB 2404 – CalPERS Pension Plan Consolidation: Following comparative studies of pension plan systems, this bill proposes to simplify CalPERS’ retirement plan design.  AB 2404 bill consolidates redundant options and eliminates infrequently elected plans that require manual calculations and validation.

AB 2417 – CASA Background Check Fees: Volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) are citizens sworn in as officers of the court who speak up for children’s needs, while mentoring youth and supporting successful transitions for children in foster care. This bill includes CASAs in an existing fee exemption for State Department of Justice (DOJ) criminal history background checks which are vital to protecting these vulnerable kids.

AB 2521 – Support for Los Rios Community College Special Needs Students: Students with disabilities face unique challenges as they seek to further their education. AB 2521 authorizes the Los Rios Community College District to establish a pilot program to support students with special needs. In this effort, the district may partner with public or private programs which offer various comprehensive services, including tutors, psychologists, and independent living skills instructors.

AB 2597 – Foster Care Resource Family Approval: Makes changes to the Resource Family Approval process to make sure the needs of relative caregivers are adequately met.

AB 2679 – Medical Marijuana Reporting Requirements: Expands the reporting requirements for the Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation to include information on disciplinary actions and complaints against licensees.

AB 2710 – California Insurance Guarantee Association: Simplifies the process through which the California Insurance Guarantee Association (CIGA) allows member insurers to recoup the cost of paying their premiums.

AB 2833 – Public Retirement Systems Disclosures: Requires every public retirement system disclose to require any alternative investment vehicles in which they invest to annually make various disclosures on fees paid to those investment funds.

ACR 173 – Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month: Recognizes the month of June 2016 as Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month.

ACR 179 – Foster Care Month: Recognizes the month of May 2016 as Foster Care Month.

Legislation

AB 12 – Regulatory Reform: Strengthens the accountability and transparency of the regulatory process by requiring that state agencies complete a top-to-bottom review by January 1, 2018 of all current and new regulations to ensure that they are not duplicative, overlapping, inconsistent, or outdated.

AB 34/266 – Medical Marijuana Business Standards: Creates comprehensive standards for medical marijuana cultivation, manufacture, transport, and dispensaries through a dual-licensing structure of state and local governments.

AB 334 – Curbing the Profiling of Motorcycle Enthusiasts:  AB 334 is a response to the growing popularity of motorcycling to prohibit “profiling” of riders which subjects them to police stops without other reasonable cause. In 2011, Washington state enacted a similar statute. This bill proposes California adopt the Washington approach.

AB 423 – Supporting Foster Care Placed with Relatives: Requires county child welfare agencies to complete the application for the Approved Relative Caregiver (ARC) program, or for counties that have not opted into ARC, to apply for CalWORKS benefits on behalf of the foster child. The bill also requires that family caregivers be given information about the financial support systems available and to screen every foster child who is not federally eligible for benefits for SSI eligibility.

AB 499 – Mandatory Earthquake Insurance Offer and Disclosure:  This bill provides needed clarity to timelines when presumptions can be made relative to the mandatory earthquake insurance offer and the disclosure of a specific reduction in services accompanies with a renewal of earthquake insurance.

AB 565 – Group Life Insurance Coverage: AB 565 clarifies legislative intent specific to the provision of group life coverage of an insured’s dependent above the age of majority, and the provision of premium waivers in the case of an insured’s disability before and after the age of sixty.

AB 584 – Joint Pension Administration and Sustainability Committee: AB 584 updates the Government Code statute authorizing a Joint Legislative Retirement Committee in the Legislature to broaden the level of knowledge concerning the function and importance of pensions in our economy.

AB 597 – Asbestos Trust Claims Transparency: Requires transparency in trust claims submitted to asbestos bankruptcy trusts in order to bring transparency to California state court litigation to prevent double-dipping to the detriment of future asbestos victims.

AB 652 – Relinquishing State Route 16 to Sacramento County: This bill relinquishes a portion of State Route 16 in between South Watt Avenue and Grant Line Road to Sacramento County and the City of Rancho Cordova in order to improve the route and accommodate several new development projects in the area.

AB 704 – Standard Regulations of Escrow Activity: AB 704 would level the playing field between escrow activities allowed by the California Department of Business Oversight (DBO) for “escrow agents” and escrow activities allowed by the California Department of Insurance (DOI) for “underwritten title companies” (UTCs) by aligning their respective statutes.

AB 720 – Global Warning Solutions Act: Modifies two administrative requirements under California’s Cap and Trade regulations to improve workability of the program. The bill allows participating entities to transfer allowances from their compliance holding account, recognizing that entities with large compliance obligations should have the ability to hold enough allowances to meet their requirements. It also directs the California Air Resources Board to develop a price cap on allowances.

AB 736 – CalSTRS Executive Positions: Moves CalSTRS’ Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer from civil service positions to Board authorized and controlled positions.

AB 791 – Electronic Health Records: Advanced Healthcare Directives: Requires the Department of Health Care Services, in developing its State Medicaid Health Information Technology Plan, to develop a process for managing advanced health care directive (AHCD) information electronically to ensure families have ready access to family members AHCD.

AB 822 – California Insurance Guarantee Association: Statute of Limitations: Eliminates confusion surrounding a recent court decision involving the California Insurance Guarantee Association (CIGA) by clarifying the statute of limitations that applies to actions taken against CIGA.

AB 845 – Vision Care Access Website: Authorizes the executive board that governs the California Health Benefit Exchange to construct, manage, and maintain an Internet Web site that is separate and clearly distinct from the Exchange’s Internet Web site, to inform consumers about participating individual and employer-based vision plans that are available to qualified individuals and qualified employers.

AB 870 – Supporting Rapid Rehousing for Homeless Californians: California has a large population of homeless individuals. AB 870 seeks to combat homelessness by creating an enhancement program in 4 counties to support “rapid rehousing” principles through grants from the Department of Housing and Community Development.

AB 924 – Voluntary Contributions to the State Children’s Trust Fund: Provides new authorization to include the State Children’s Trust Fund, a major source of funding for child abuse prevention programs across the state, on the list of voluntary contributions found on state income tax forms.

AB 1052 – CalSTRS and CalPERS Investment Management Services: Streamlines the ability of CalSTRS and CalPRS to procure investment management services without going through the traditional, but redundant state procurement process.

AB 1127 – Sacramento Family Justice Center: Authorizes the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors to increase fees for certified copies of vital records up to four dollars to fund a domestic violence and human trafficking resource center.

AB 1190 – Public Employee Retirement System Elections: Allows the Secretary of State to designate an entity, in addition to itself, to provide the mandatory certification of Public Employee Retirement Board of Administration election results.

AB 1245 – Employment Development Department Online Filings: AB 1245 requires employers to submit returns and remit payments for unemployment insurance taxes to the Employment Development Department (EDD) electronically. The resulting increased efficiency will save the state millions of dollars in paper, postage and staff time.

AB 1544 – Political Reform Act: Behested Payments: Clarifies ambiguous law by making clear behested payment reporting does not encompass government payments.

ACR 48 – Brain Injury Awareness, Treatment, and Prevention Month: Concussions and other brain injuries affect hundreds of thousands of Californians each year. Studies have demonstrated that the cumulative effects of concussive and sub-concussive blows to the brain contribute to long-term brain damage and early-onset dementia.  ACR 48 declares March Brain Injury Awareness, Treatment, and Prevention Month to raise awareness of traumatic brain injury.

AJR 6 – California Earthquake Authority: Post-Earthquake Financing: Urges the President and Congress to enact legislation that establishes federal guarantees to support the responsible sale of post-earthquake bonds.

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.

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.