California Legislation

AB 1    (Brown D)   Drought: local governments: fines.

Summary:
Would prohibit a city, county, or city and county from imposing a fine under any local maintenance ordinance or other relevant ordinance for a failure to water a lawn or having a brown lawn during a period for which the Governor has issued a proclamation of a state of emergency based on drought conditions.

Summary:
The California Constitution requires that the water resources of the state be put to beneficial use to the fullest extent of which they are capable and that the waste or unreasonable use or unreasonable method of use of water be prevented. Existing law, the California Emergency Services Act, sets forth the emergency powers of the Governor under its provisions and empowers the Governor to proclaim a state of emergency for certain conditions, including drought. This bill would prohibit a city, county, or city and county from imposing a fine under any local maintenance ordinance or other relevant ordinance for a failure to water a lawn or having a brown lawn during a period for which the Governor has issued a proclamation of a state of emergency based on drought conditions.

Digest:

The California Constitution requires that the water resources of the state be put to beneficial use to the fullest extent of which they are capable and that the waste or unreasonable use or unreasonable method of use of water be prevented. Existing law, the California Emergency Services Act, sets forth the emergency powers of the Governor under its provisions and empowers the Governor to proclaim a state of emergency for certain conditions, including drought.

This bill would prohibit a city, county, or city and county from imposing a fine under any local maintenance ordinance or other relevant ordinance for a failure to water a lawn or having a brown lawn during a period for which the Governor has issued a proclamation of a state of emergency based on drought conditions.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act to add Section 8627.7 to the Government Code, relating to water.

AB 2    (Alejo D)   Community revitalization authority.

Summary:
Would state the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that would authorize certain local agencies to form a community revitalization authority within a community revitalization and investment area, as defined, to carry out provisions of the Community Redevelopment Law in that area for purposes related to, among other things, infrastructure, affordable housing, and economic revitalization, and to provide for the financing of these activities by, among other things, the issuance of bonds serviced by tax increment revenues.

Summary:
The Community Redevelopment Law authorizes the establishment of redevelopment agencies in communities to address the effects of blight, as defined by means of redevelopment projects financed by the issuance of bonds serviced by tax increment revenues derived from the project area. Existing law dissolved redevelopment agencies and community development agencies, as of February 1, 2012, and provides for the designation of successor agencies to wind down the affairs of the dissolved agencies and to fulfill the enforceable obligations of those agencies. Existing law also provides for various economic development programs that foster community sustainability and community and economic development initiatives throughout the state. This bill would state the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that would authorize certain local agencies to form a community revitalization authority within a community revitalization and investment area, as defined, to carry out provisions of the Community Redevelopment Law in that area for purposes related to, among other things, infrastructure, affordable housing, and economic revitalization, and to provide for the financing of these activities by, among other things, the issuance of bonds serviced by tax increment revenues.

Digest:

The Community Redevelopment Law authorizes the establishment of redevelopment agencies in communities to address the effects of blight, as defined by means of redevelopment projects financed by the issuance of bonds serviced by tax increment revenues derived from the project area. Existing law dissolved redevelopment agencies and community development agencies, as of February 1, 2012, and provides for the designation of successor agencies to wind down the affairs of the dissolved agencies and to fulfill the enforceable obligations of those agencies. Existing law also provides for various economic development programs that foster community sustainability and community and economic development initiatives throughout the state.

This bill would state the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that would authorize certain local agencies to form a community revitalization authority within a community revitalization and investment area, as defined, to carry out provisions of the Community Redevelopment Law in that area for purposes related to, among other things, infrastructure, affordable housing, and economic revitalization, and to provide for the financing of these activities by, among other things, the issuance of bonds serviced by tax increment revenues.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act relating to economic development.

AB 3    (Williams D)   Isla Vista Community Services District.

Summary:
Would express the intent of the Legislature to clarify and establish the necessary authority for the creation of the Isla Vista Community Services District within the unincorporated area of Santa Barbara County, and would make legislative findings and declarations relating to that intent.

Summary:
Existing law authorizes the formation of the Isla Vista College Community Services District within the unincorporated area of Santa Barbara County known as Isla Vista for the performance of various services, including, but not limited, to public parks, police protection, and transportation facilities. This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to clarify and establish the necessary authority for the creation of the Isla Vista Community Services District within the unincorporated area of Santa Barbara County, and would make legislative findings and declarations relating to that intent.

Digest:

Existing law authorizes the formation of the Isla Vista College Community Services District within the unincorporated area of Santa Barbara County known as Isla Vista for the performance of various services, including, but not limited, to public parks, police protection, and transportation facilities.

This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to clarify and establish the necessary authority for the creation of the Isla Vista Community Services District within the unincorporated area of Santa Barbara County, and would make legislative findings and declarations relating to that intent.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act relating to local government.

AB 4    (Linder R)   Vehicle weight fees: transportation bond debt service.

Summary:
Would, notwithstanding specified provisions or any other law, until January 1, 2020, prohibit weight fee revenues from being transferred from the State Highway Account to the Transportation Debt Service Fund, the Transportation Bond Direct Payment Account, or any other fund or account for the purpose of payment of the debt service on transportation general obligation bonds, and would also prohibit loans of weight fee revenues to the General Fund.

Summary:
Existing law imposes weight fees on the registration of commercial motor vehicles and provides for the deposit of net weight fee revenues into the State Highway Account. Existing law provides for the transfer of certain weight fee revenues from the State Highway Account to the Transportation Debt Service Fund to reimburse the General Fund for payment of debt service on general obligation bonds issued for transportation purposes. Existing law also provides for the transfer of certain weight fee revenues to the Transportation Bond Direct Payment Account for direct payment of debt service on designated bonds, which are defined to be certain transportation general obligation bonds issued pursuant to Proposition 1B of 2006. Existing law also provides for loans of weight fee revenues to the General Fund to the extent the revenues are not needed for bond debt service purposes, with the loans to be repaid when the revenues are later needed for those purposes, as specified. This bill, notwithstanding these provisions or any other law, until January 1, 2020, would prohibit weight fee revenues from being transferred from the State Highway Account to the Transportation Debt Service Fund, the Transportation Bond Direct Payment Account, or any other fund or account for the purpose of payment of the debt service on transportation general obligation bonds, and would also prohibit loans of weight fee revenues to the General Fund.

Digest:

Existing law imposes weight fees on the registration of commercial motor vehicles and provides for the deposit of net weight fee revenues into the State Highway Account. Existing law provides for the transfer of certain weight fee revenues from the State Highway Account to the Transportation Debt Service Fund to reimburse the General Fund for payment of debt service on general obligation bonds issued for transportation purposes. Existing law also provides for the transfer of certain weight fee revenues to the Transportation Bond Direct Payment Account for direct payment of debt service on designated bonds, which are defined to be certain transportation general obligation bonds issued pursuant to Proposition 1B of 2006. Existing law also provides for loans of weight fee revenues to the General Fund to the extent the revenues are not needed for bond debt service purposes, with the loans to be repaid when the revenues are later needed for those purposes, as specified.

This bill, notwithstanding these provisions or any other law, until January 1, 2020, would prohibit weight fee revenues from being transferred from the State Highway Account to the Transportation Debt Service Fund, the Transportation Bond Direct Payment Account, or any other fund or account for the purpose of payment of the debt service on transportation general obligation bonds, and would also prohibit loans of weight fee revenues to the General Fund.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act to add and repeal Section 9400.5 of the Vehicle Code, relating to transportation.

AB 5    (Nazarian D)   Foster youth: transition from high school to postsecondary education.

Summary:
Would express the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that would facilitate the transition of foster youth from high school to postsecondary education.

Summary:
Existing law provides for the formal out-of-home placement of young persons into alternative residential settings, which is known as foster care. Existing law establishes a system of elementary and secondary education in this state, including public and private elementary and high schools, as well as a system of postsecondary education in this state, including the University of California, the California State University, the California Community Colleges, and independent institutions of higher education. This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that would facilitate the transition of foster youth from high school to postsecondary education.

Digest:

Existing law provides for the formal out-of-home placement of young persons into alternative residential settings, which is known as foster care. Existing law establishes a system of elementary and secondary education in this state, including public and private elementary and high schools, as well as a system of postsecondary education in this state, including the University of California, the California State University, the California Community Colleges, and independent institutions of higher education.

This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that would facilitate the transition of foster youth from high school to postsecondary education.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act relating to foster youth.

AB 6    (Wilk R)   Bonds: transportation: school facilities.

Summary:
Would provide that no further bonds shall be sold for high-speed rail purposes pursuant to the Safe, Reliable High-Speed Passenger Train Bond Act for the 21st Century, expect as specifically provided with respect to an existing appropriation for high-speed rail purposes for early improvement projects in the Phase 1 blended system. The bill, subject to the above exception, would require redirection of the unspent proceeds received from outstanding bonds issued and sold for other high-speed rail purposes prior to the effective date of these provisions, upon appropriation, for use in retiring the debt incurred from the issuance and sale of those outstanding bonds. These provisions would become effective only upon approval by the voters at the next statewide election.

Summary:
Existing law, the Safe, Reliable High-Speed Passenger Train Bond Act for the 21st Century, approved by the voters as Proposition 1A at the November 4, 2008, general election, provides for the issuance of $9 billion in general obligation bonds for high-speed rail purposes and $950 million for other related rail purposes. Article XVI of the California Constitution requires measures authorizing general obligation bonds to specify the single object or work to be funded by the bonds and further requires a bond act to be approved by a 2⁄3 vote of each house of the Legislature and a majority of the voters. This bill would provide that no further bonds shall be sold for high-speed rail purposes pursuant to the Safe, Reliable High-Speed Passenger Train Bond Act for the 21st Century, expect as specifically provided with respect to an existing appropriation for high-speed rail purposes for early improvement projects in the Phase 1 blended system. The bill, subject to the above exception, would require redirection of the unspent proceeds received from outstanding bonds issued and sold for other high-speed rail purposes prior to the effective date of these provisions, upon appropriation, for use in retiring the debt incurred from the issuance and sale of those outstanding bonds. The bill, subject to the above exception, would also require the net proceeds of other bonds subsequently issued and sold under the high-speed rail portion of the bond act to be made available, upon appropriation, to fund construction of school facilities for K-12 and higher education. The bill would make no changes to the authorization under the bond act for issuance of $950 million for rail purposes other than high-speed rail. These provisions would become effective only upon approval by the voters at the next statewide election.

Digest:

Existing law, the Safe, Reliable High-Speed Passenger Train Bond Act for the 21st Century, approved by the voters as Proposition 1A at the November 4, 2008, general election, provides for the issuance of $9 billion in general obligation bonds for high-speed rail purposes and $950 million for other related rail purposes. Article XVI of the California Constitution requires measures authorizing general obligation bonds to specify the single object or work to be funded by the bonds and further requires a bond act to be approved by a 23 vote of each house of the Legislature and a majority of the voters.

This bill would provide that no further bonds shall be sold for high-speed rail purposes pursuant to the Safe, Reliable High-Speed Passenger Train Bond Act for the 21st Century, expect as specifically provided with respect to an existing appropriation for high-speed rail purposes for early improvement projects in the Phase 1 blended system. The bill, subject to the above exception, would require redirection of the unspent proceeds received from outstanding bonds issued and sold for other high-speed rail purposes prior to the effective date of these provisions, upon appropriation, for use in retiring the debt incurred from the issuance and sale of those outstanding bonds. The bill, subject to the above exception, would also require the net proceeds of other bonds subsequently issued and sold under the high-speed rail portion of the bond act to be made available, upon appropriation, to fund construction of school facilities for K-12 and higher education. The bill would make no changes to the authorization under the bond act for issuance of $950 million for rail purposes other than high-speed rail. These provisions would become effective only upon approval by the voters at the next statewide election.

Vote: 23. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act to add Section 2704.096 to the Streets and Highways Code, relating to transportation.

AB 7    (Bonta D)   Public schools: Larry Itliong Day.

Summary:
Would require the Governor to annually proclaim October 25 as Larry Itliong Day, would designate that date of each year as having special significance in public schools and educational institutions, and would encourage those entities to observe that date by conducting exercises remembering the life of Larry Itliong and the contributions he made to the state.

Summary:
Existing law requires the Governor to proclaim certain days each year for specified reasons. Existing law also designates particular days each year as having special significance in public schools and educational institutions and encourages those entities to conduct suitable commemorative exercises on those dates. This bill would require the Governor to annually proclaim October 25 as Larry Itliong Day, would designate that date of each year as having special significance in public schools and educational institutions, and would encourage those entities to observe that date by conducting exercises remembering the life of Larry Itliong and the contributions he made to the state.

Digest:

Existing law requires the Governor to proclaim certain days each year for specified reasons. Existing law also designates particular days each year as having special significance in public schools and educational institutions and encourages those entities to conduct suitable commemorative exercises on those dates.

This bill would require the Governor to annually proclaim October 25 as Larry Itliong Day, would designate that date of each year as having special significance in public schools and educational institutions, and would encourage those entities to observe that date by conducting exercises remembering the life of Larry Itliong and the contributions he made to the state.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act to add Section 37222.18 to the Education Code, and to add Section 6725 to the Government Code, relating to public schools.

AB 8    (Gatto D)   Emergency services: hit-and-run incidents.

Summary:
Would authorize a law enforcement agency to issue a Yellow Alert if a person has been killed or has suffered serious bodily injury due to a hit-and-run incident and the law enforcement agency has specified information concerning the suspect or the suspect’s vehicle. The bill would require the Department of the California Highway Patrol to activate a Yellow Alert within the requested geographic area upon request if it concurs with the law enforcement agency that specified requirements are met.

Summary:
Existing law authorizes use of the Emergency Alert System to inform the public of local, state, and national emergencies. Existing law requires a law enforcement agency to activate the Emergency Alert System within the appropriate area if that agency determines that a child 17 years of age or younger, or an individual with a proven mental or physical disability, has been abducted and is in imminent danger of serious bodily injury or death, and there is information available that, if disseminated to the general public, could assist in the safe recovery of that person. Existing law also authorizes the issuance and coordination of a Blue Alert following an attack upon a law enforcement officer or a Silver Alert relating to a person who is 65 years of age or older who is reported missing. This bill would authorize a law enforcement agency to issue a Yellow Alert if a person has been killed or has suffered serious bodily injury due to a hit-and-run incident and the law enforcement agency has specified information concerning the suspect or the suspect’s vehicle. The bill would require the Department of the California Highway Patrol to activate a Yellow Alert within the requested geographic area upon request if it concurs with the law enforcement agency that specified requirements are met.

Digest:

Existing law authorizes use of the Emergency Alert System to inform the public of local, state, and national emergencies. Existing law requires a law enforcement agency to activate the Emergency Alert System within the appropriate area if that agency determines that a child 17 years of age or younger, or an individual with a proven mental or physical disability, has been abducted and is in imminent danger of serious bodily injury or death, and there is information available that, if disseminated to the general public, could assist in the safe recovery of that person. Existing law also authorizes the issuance and coordination of a Blue Alert following an attack upon a law enforcement officer or a Silver Alert relating to a person who is 65 years of age or older who is reported missing.

This bill would authorize a law enforcement agency to issue a Yellow Alert if a person has been killed or has suffered serious bodily injury due to a hit-and-run incident and the law enforcement agency has specified information concerning the suspect or the suspect’s vehicle. The bill would require the Department of the California Highway Patrol to activate a Yellow Alert within the requested geographic area upon request if it concurs with the law enforcement agency that specified requirements are met.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act to add Section 8594.15 to the Government Code, relating to emergency services.

AB 9    (Gatto D)   Gambling: Internet poker: unlawful gambling activity.

Summary:
Would authorize eligible entities to apply to the California Gambling Control Commission for a 10-year nontransferable license to operate an intrastate Internet poker Web site offering the play of authorized Internet poker games to registered players within California, as specified. The bill would require that the license be automatically renewed every 10 years upon application, as specified. The bill would prohibit the offer or play of any gambling game provided over the Internet that is not an authorized Internet poker game permitted by the state pursuant to this bill.

Summary:
(1) Existing law, the Gambling Control Act, provides for the licensure of certain individuals and establishments that conduct controlled games, as defined, and for the regulation of these gambling activities by the California Gambling Control Commission. The Department of Justice has related investigatory and enforcement duties under the act. Any violation of these provisions is punishable as a misdemeanor, as specified. This bill, which would be known as the Internet Poker Consumer Protection Act of 2015, would establish a framework to authorize intrastate Internet poker, as specified. The bill would authorize eligible entities to apply to the commission for a 10-year nontransferable license to operate an intrastate Internet poker Web site offering the play of authorized Internet poker games to registered players within California, as specified. The bill would require that the license be automatically renewed every 10 years upon application, as specified. The bill would prohibit the offer or play of any gambling game provided over the Internet that is not an authorized Internet poker game permitted by the state pursuant to this bill. The bill would provide that it is unlawful for a person to aggregate computers or any other device with Internet access capabilities in a place of public accommodation within the state, including a public or private club or other association, in a public or private setting, that can accommodate multiple players to simultaneously play authorized games on the Internet, or to promote, facilitate, or market that activity. The bill would provide that any violation of the Internet Poker Consumer Protection Act of 2015 is punishable as a misdemeanor. By creating new crimes, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

Digest:

(1) Existing law, the Gambling Control Act, provides for the licensure of certain individuals and establishments that conduct controlled games, as defined, and for the regulation of these gambling activities by the California Gambling Control Commission. The Department of Justice has related investigatory and enforcement duties under the act. Any violation of these provisions is punishable as a misdemeanor, as specified.

This bill, which would be known as the Internet Poker Consumer Protection Act of 2015, would establish a framework to authorize intrastate Internet poker, as specified. The bill would authorize eligible entities to apply to the commission for a 10-year nontransferable license to operate an intrastate Internet poker Web site offering the play of authorized Internet poker games to registered players within California, as specified. The bill would require that the license be automatically renewed every 10 years upon application, as specified. The bill would prohibit the offer or play of any gambling game provided over the Internet that is not an authorized Internet poker game permitted by the state pursuant to this bill. The bill would provide that it is unlawful for a person to aggregate computers or any other device with Internet access capabilities in a place of public accommodation within the state, including a public or private club or other association, in a public or private setting, that can accommodate multiple players to simultaneously play authorized games on the Internet, or to promote, facilitate, or market that activity. The bill would provide that any violation of the Internet Poker Consumer Protection Act of 2015 is punishable as a misdemeanor. By creating new crimes, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.

This bill would require the commission, and any other state agency with a duty pursuant to these provisions, to adopt regulations within 180 days after the operative date of this bill, in consultation with the department and federally recognized California Indian tribes, to implement these provisions, and to facilitate the operation of authorized poker Web sites and expedite the state’s receipt of revenues. The bill would require an eligible entity, as defined, to pay an application processing fee sufficient to cover all reasonable costs associated with the issuance of the license, for deposit into the Internet Poker Fund, as created by the bill, to be continuously appropriated to the department and the commission in the amounts necessary to perform their duties pursuant to this bill. An operator license applicant that is a federally recognized Indian tribe also would be required to submit a limited waiver of its sovereign immunity. The bill would require a service provider to apply to the commission for a service provider license before providing goods or services to a licensed operator in connection with the operation of an authorized poker Web site and pay an application processing fee sufficient to cover the reasonable costs associated with the issuance of the license. The bill would require the department to review the suitability of a service provider applicant and would require the department, prior to issuing a service provider license, to issue a finding of suitability and conduct a full investigation of the service provider license applicant. The bill would require a marketing affiliate to apply to the commission for a marketing affiliate license or registration before providing marketing services to a licensed operator in connection with the operation of an authorized poker Web site and pay an application processing fee sufficient to cover the reasonable costs associated with the issuance of the license. Except as provided, the bill would require the department to review the suitability of a marketing affiliate license or registration applicant and would require the department, prior to issuing a license or registration, to issue a finding of suitability and conduct a full investigation of the marketing affiliate license or registration applicant.

The bill would require employees of a licensed operator, a licensed service provider, or a licensed or registered marketing affiliate to obtain employee work permits, and owners, officers, and directors of a licensed operator to be subject to a suitability review and obtain employee work permits, and would authorize the commission to refuse to issue a license to, or suspend or revoke a license of, a licensed operator that fails to comply with these requirements. The bill would establish a tribal gaming regulatory authority process for the purpose of processing employee work permits, and authorize a tribe that is a licensed operator to elect to participate in the tribal gaming regulatory authority process.

This bill would authorize the commission to revoke or suspend any license or work permit upon reaching a finding that the licensee or employee is in violation of the provisions described above, or any regulation adopted pursuant to these provisions. However, the bill would prohibit a tribal licensee from having its license suspended or revoked, or being fined or otherwise penalized for complying with any applicable federal law or regulation when operating an authorized poker Web site on Indian lands. The bill would specify that to the extent that any state requirement is more strict than any applicable federal law requirement, the tribal licensee is required to comply with the state requirement.

This bill would require a registered player account to be established in person, and would also require that specified deposits into and withdrawals out of those accounts be made in person. In order to satisfy those in-person requirements, the bill would authorize a licensed operator to enter into an agreement for the operation of one or more satellite service centers, which would be authorized to act on behalf of, or in coordination with, the licensed operator in carrying out those in-person requirements. The bill would require a licensed operator to ensure, among other things, that the satellite service center is financially, logistically, and technologically capable of performing specified duties in accordance with the bill’s provisions. The bill would provide that both the satellite service center and the licensed operator may be held liable for any violation of the bill’s provisions arising out of an agreement between the satellite service center and the licensed operator to provide specified in-person services. The bill would also authorize the commission to promulgate regulations regarding satellite service centers for the protection of licensed operators, registered players, and intrastate Internet poker, or that otherwise serve the purposes of the bill.

This bill would require the payment of an annual regulatory fee, for deposit into the Internet Poker Fund, to be continuously appropriated for the actual costs of license oversight, consumer protection, state regulation, and other purposes related to this bill. The bill would require each licensee to pay a one-time license deposit into the General Fund in the amount of $5,000,000. The license deposit would be credited against quarterly fees equivalent to 5% of the licensee’s gross gaming revenue proceeds, as specified. The bill would require an applicant for an operator license to provide documentation establishing that the applicant is qualified to pay the one-time license deposit through its own net position or through credit directly to the applicant, as specified.

This bill would establish the Unlawful Gambling Enforcement Fund within the General Fund for purposes of ensuring adequate resources for law enforcement charged with enforcing the prohibitions and protections of the provisions described above. The bill would authorize the Attorney General, and other public prosecutors, as specified, to bring a civil action to recover a civil penalty in an unspecified amount against a person who engages in those prohibited activities described above, or other specified unlawful gambling activities. The bill would provide for an unspecified percentage of revenues from civil penalties collected to be deposited into the fund and used for law enforcement activities pursuant to these provisions, upon appropriation by the Legislature.

This bill would require the commission, in consultation with the department, the Treasurer, and the Franchise Tax Board, to issue a report to the Legislature describing the state’s efforts to meet the policy goals articulated in this bill within one year of the operative date of this bill and, annually, thereafter. The bill would also require the Bureau of State Audits, at least 4 years after the issue date of any license by the state, but no later than 5 years after that date, to issue a report to the Legislature detailing the implementation of this bill, as specified.

This bill would require the state to affirmatively elect to be subject to a federal Internet gambling law, and would prohibit the state from participating in any Internet gambling agreement between states or foreign jurisdictions without an affirmative legislative act. The bill would provide that if the state elects to be subject to a federal Internet gambling law or to participate in an Internet gambling agreement between states or foreign jurisdictions, an operator licensee shall not be required to pay the one-time license fee or the quarterly fees described above and would require the state to refund within 30 days all unused license fees paid to the state, as specified. The bill would authorize a licensee to enforce this provision in the superior court.

The bill would provide that specified provisions are not severable.

(2) Existing constitutional provisions require that a statute that limits the right of access to the meetings of public bodies or the writings of public officials and agencies be adopted with findings demonstrating the interest protected by the limitation and the need for protecting that interest.

This bill would make legislative findings to that effect.

(3) The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.

This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.

(4) This bill would declare that it is to take effect immediately as an urgency statute.

Vote: 23. Appropriation: yes. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: yes.

Laws:
An act to add Chapter 5.2 (commencing with Section 19990.101) to Division 8 of the Business and Professions Code, relating to gambling, making an appropriation therefor, and declaring the urgency thereof, to take effect immediately.

AB 10    (Gatto D)   Political Reform Act of 1974: economic interest disclosures.

Summary:
Would increase the thresholds at which a public official has a disqualifying financial interest in sources of income from $500 to $1,000, in investments in business entities from $2,000 to $5,000, and in interests in real property from $2,000 to $10,000. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

Summary:
The Political Reform Act of 1974 prohibits a public official at any level of state or local government from making, participating in making, or in any way attempting to use his or her official position to influence a governmental decision in which the public official knows or has reason to know that he or she has a financial interest. A public official has a financial interest in a governmental decision if it is reasonably foreseeable that the decision will have a material financial effect, distinguishable from its effect on the public generally, on a business entity in which the public official has a direct or indirect investment worth $2,000 or more, real property in which the public official has a direct or indirect interest worth $2,000 or more, and sources of income aggregating $500 or more in value within 12 months prior to the time when the decision is made. This bill would increase the thresholds at which a public official has a disqualifying financial interest in sources of income from $500 to $1,000, in investments in business entities from $2,000 to $5,000, and in interests in real property from $2,000 to $10,000. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

Digest:

The Political Reform Act of 1974 prohibits a public official at any level of state or local government from making, participating in making, or in any way attempting to use his or her official position to influence a governmental decision in which the public official knows or has reason to know that he or she has a financial interest. A public official has a financial interest in a governmental decision if it is reasonably foreseeable that the decision will have a material financial effect, distinguishable from its effect on the public generally, on a business entity in which the public official has a direct or indirect investment worth $2,000 or more, real property in which the public official has a direct or indirect interest worth $2,000 or more, and sources of income aggregating $500 or more in value within 12 months prior to the time when the decision is made.

The Political Reform Act of 1974 requires persons holding specified public offices to file disclosures of investments, real property interests, and income within specified periods of assuming or leaving office, and annually while holding the office. The act requires the disclosures to include a statement indicating, within a specified value range, the fair market value of investments or interests in real property and the aggregate value of income received from a source.

This bill would increase the thresholds at which a public official has a disqualifying financial interest in sources of income from $500 to $1,000, in investments in business entities from $2,000 to $5,000, and in interests in real property from $2,000 to $10,000.

The bill would make conforming adjustments to the thresholds at which income, investments, and interests in real property must be disclosed on a public official’s statement of economic interests. The bill would also revise the dollar amounts associated with the value ranges for reporting the value of economic interests.

This bill would require certain public officials to disclose information on the official’s statement of economic interests relating to governmental decisions for which the public official had a disqualifying financial interest, as specified.

Existing law makes a knowing or willful violation of the act a misdemeanor and subjects offenders to criminal penalties.

By creating additional crimes, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.

The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.

This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.

The Political Reform Act of 1974, an initiative measure, provides that the Legislature may amend the act to further the act’s purposes upon a 23 vote of each house and compliance with specified procedural requirements.

This bill would declare that it furthers the purposes of the act.

Vote: 23. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: yes.

Laws:
An act to amend Sections 82033, 82034, 87103, 87206, and 87207 of, and to add Sections 87206.5 and 87211 to, the Government Code, relating to the Political Reform Act of 1974.

AB 11    (Gonzalez D)   Employment: paid sick days: in-home supportive services.

Summary:
Would revise the definition of an employee under the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014 to, as of July 1, 2016, include providers of in-home support services, as described.

Summary:
The Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014 provides, among other things, that an employee who, on or after July 1, 2015, works in California for 30 or more days within a year from the commencement of employment is entitled to paid sick days for prescribed purposes, to be accrued at a rate of no less than one hour for every 30 hours worked. Existing law provides that an employee under the act does not include a provider of in-home support services, as described. This bill would revise the definition of an employee under the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014 to, as of July 1, 2016, include providers of in-home support services, as described.

Digest:

The Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014 provides, among other things, that an employee who, on or after July 1, 2015, works in California for 30 or more days within a year from the commencement of employment is entitled to paid sick days for prescribed purposes, to be accrued at a rate of no less than one hour for every 30 hours worked. Existing law provides that an employee under the act does not include a provider of in-home support services, as described.

This bill would revise the definition of an employee under the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014 to, as of July 1, 2016, include providers of in-home support services, as described.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act to amend, repeal, and add Section 245.5 of the Labor Code, relating to employment.

AB 12    (Cooley D)   State government: administrative regulations: review.

Summary:
Would, until January 1, 2019, require each state agency to, on or before January 1, 2018, and after a noticed public hearing, review and revise that agency’s regulations to eliminate any inconsistencies, overlaps, or outdated provisions in the regulations, adopt the revisions as emergency regulations, and report to the Legislature and Governor, as specified. The bill would further require each agency to, on or before January 1, 2017, compile an overview of the statutory law that agency administers. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

Summary:
(1) Existing law authorizes various state entities to adopt, amend, or repeal regulations for various specified purposes. The Administrative Procedure Act requires the Office of Administrative Law and a state agency proposing to adopt, amend, or repeal a regulation to review the proposed changes for, among other things, consistency with existing state regulations. This bill would, until January 1, 2019, require each state agency to, on or before January 1, 2018, and after a noticed public hearing, review and revise that agency’s regulations to eliminate any inconsistencies, overlaps, or outdated provisions in the regulations, adopt the revisions as emergency regulations, and report to the Legislature and Governor, as specified. The bill would further require each agency to, on or before January 1, 2017, compile an overview of the statutory law that agency administers. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

Digest:

(1) Existing law authorizes various state entities to adopt, amend, or repeal regulations for various specified purposes. The Administrative Procedure Act requires the Office of Administrative Law and a state agency proposing to adopt, amend, or repeal a regulation to review the proposed changes for, among other things, consistency with existing state regulations.

This bill would, until January 1, 2019, require each state agency to, on or before January 1, 2018, and after a noticed public hearing, review and revise that agency’s regulations to eliminate any inconsistencies, overlaps, or outdated provisions in the regulations, adopt the revisions as emergency regulations, and report to the Legislature and Governor, as specified. The bill would further require each agency to, on or before January 1, 2017, compile an overview of the statutory law that agency administers.

(2) The act requires a state agency proposing to adopt, amend, or repeal a major regulation, as defined, to prepare a standardized regulatory impact analysis of the proposed change. The act requires the office and the Department of Finance to, from time to time, review the analyses for compliance with specific department regulations. The act further requires the office to, on or before November 1, 2015, submit a report on the analyses to the Senate and Assembly Committees on Governmental Organization, as specified.

This bill would instead require the office and department to annually review the analyses. The bill would also require the office to annually submit a report on the analyses to the Senate Committee on Governmental Organization and the Assembly Committee on Accountability and Administrative Review.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act to amend Section 11349.1.5 of, and to add and repeal Chapter 3.6 (commencing with Section 11366) of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of, the Government Code, relating to state agency regulations.

AB 13    (Chávez R)   Public postsecondary education: community colleges: exemptions from nonresident tuition.

Summary:
Current law generally requires community college districts to charge a tuition fee to nonresident students, but exempts specified community college students from paying that nonresident tuition fee. This bill would additionally exempt nonresident students enrolled at a community college who are using, or are intending to use, Federal GI Bill education benefits, as specified, to cover the costs associated with enrollment as a community college student.

Summary:
(1) Existing law establishes the California Community Colleges, under the administration of the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges, as one of the segments of public higher education in the state. Existing law generally requires community college districts to charge a tuition fee to nonresident students, but exempts specified community college students from paying that nonresident tuition fee. This bill would additionally exempt nonresident students enrolled at a community college who are using, or are intending to use, Federal GI Bill education benefits, as specified, to cover the costs associated with enrollment as a community college student. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

Digest:

(1) Existing law establishes the California Community Colleges, under the administration of the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges, as one of the segments of public higher education in the state. Existing law generally requires community college districts to charge a tuition fee to nonresident students, but exempts specified community college students from paying that nonresident tuition fee.

This bill would additionally exempt nonresident students enrolled at a community college who are using, or are intending to use, Federal GI Bill education benefits, as specified, to cover the costs associated with enrollment as a community college student.

This bill would authorize community college districts to report students exempted from nonresident tuition under this bill as resident full-time equivalent students for purposes of calculating apportionments- to those districts.

To the extent that this bill would place additional requirements on community college districts regarding the provision of postsecondary education benefits to additional categories of students, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.

(2) The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.

This bill would provide that, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that the bill contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to these statutory provisions.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: yes.

Laws:
An act to amend Section 76140 of the Education Code, relating to public postsecondary education.

AB 14    (Waldron R)   Unmanned aircraft: task force.

Summary:
Would create the Unmanned Aircraft Task Force. The task force would be responsible for formulating a comprehensive plan for state regulation of unmanned aircraft. The task force would be required to submit, among other things, a comprehensive policy draft and suggested legislation pertaining to unmanned aircraft to the Legislature and the Governor on or before January 1, 2018. The bill would provide that these provisions are repealed on January 1, 2022.

Summary:
Existing federal law, the Federal Aviation Administration Modernization and Reform Act of 2012, provides for the integration of civil unmanned aircraft systems, commonly known as drones, into the national airspace system by September 30, 2015. Existing federal law requires the Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration to develop and implement operational and certification requirements for the operation of public unmanned aircraft systems in the national airspace system by December 31, 2015. This bill would create the Unmanned Aircraft Task Force. The task force would be responsible for formulating a comprehensive plan for state regulation of unmanned aircraft. The task force would be required to submit, among other things, a comprehensive policy draft and suggested legislation pertaining to unmanned aircraft to the Legislature and the Governor on or before January 1, 2018. The bill would provide that these provisions are repealed on January 1, 2022.

Digest:

Existing federal law, the Federal Aviation Administration Modernization and Reform Act of 2012, provides for the integration of civil unmanned aircraft systems, commonly known as drones, into the national airspace system by September 30, 2015. Existing federal law requires the Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration to develop and implement operational and certification requirements for the operation of public unmanned aircraft systems in the national airspace system by December 31, 2015.

This bill would create the Unmanned Aircraft Task Force. The task force would be responsible for formulating a comprehensive plan for state regulation of unmanned aircraft. The task force would be required to submit, among other things, a comprehensive policy draft and suggested legislation pertaining to unmanned aircraft to the Legislature and the Governor on or before January 1, 2018. The bill would provide that these provisions are repealed on January 1, 2022.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act to add and repeal Title 24 (commencing with Section 110050) of the Government Code, relating to unmanned aircraft.

AB 15    (Holden D)   Living wage.

Summary:
Current law establishes a minimum wage for all industries and prescribes requirements relative to payment of prevailing wages on public works. This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that would provide for a living wage for work performed by parties who contract with the state.

Summary:
Existing law establishes a minimum wage for all industries and prescribes requirements relative to payment of prevailing wages on public works. This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that would provide for a living wage for work performed by parties who contract with the state.

Digest:

Existing law establishes a minimum wage for all industries and prescribes requirements relative to payment of prevailing wages on public works.

This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that would provide for a living wage for work performed by parties who contract with the state.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act relating to a living wage.

AB 16    (Waldron R)   Income taxes: credit: video games.

Summary:
The Personal Income Tax Law and the Corporation Tax Law allow various credits against the taxes imposed by those laws. This bill would state the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation to establish a tax credit for the video game industry.

Summary:
The Personal Income Tax Law and the Corporation Tax Law allow various credits against the taxes imposed by those laws. This bill would state the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation to establish a tax credit for the video game industry.

Digest:

The Personal Income Tax Law and the Corporation Tax Law allow various credits against the taxes imposed by those laws.

This bill would state the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation to establish a tax credit for the video game industry.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act relating to taxation.

AB 17    (Bonilla D)   Personal income tax: credit: qualified tuition program.

Summary:
Would, under the Personal Income Tax Law and the Corporation Tax Law, for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2016, and before January 1, 2021, allow a credit in the amount of 20% of the monetary contributions made to a qualified tuition program, as defined, by a qualified taxpayer, as defined, not to exceed $500. This bill would provide for the payment of a credit amount in excess of tax liability upon an appropriation by the Legislature for that purpose. This bill contains other related provisions.

Summary:
The Personal Income Tax Law and the Corporation Tax Law allow various credits against the taxes imposed by those laws. This bill would, for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2016, and before January 1, 2021, allow a credit in the amount of 20% of the monetary contributions made to a qualified tuition program, as defined, by a qualified taxpayer, as defined, not to exceed $500. This bill would provide for the payment of a credit amount in excess of tax liability upon an appropriation by the Legislature for that purpose. This bill contains other related provisions.

Digest:

The Personal Income Tax Law and the Corporation Tax Law allow various credits against the taxes imposed by those laws.

This bill would, for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2016, and before January 1, 2021, allow a credit in the amount of 20% of the monetary contributions made to a qualified tuition program, as defined, by a qualified taxpayer, as defined, not to exceed $500. This bill would provide for the payment of a credit amount in excess of tax liability upon an appropriation by the Legislature for that purpose.

This bill would take effect immediately as a tax levy.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act to add and repeal Section 17053 of the Revenue and Taxation Code, relating to taxation, to take effect immediately, tax levy.

AB 18    (Dodd D)   Disaster relief: South Napa Earthquake.

Summary:
The California Disaster Assistance Act generally provides that the state share for disaster project allocations to local agencies is no more than 75% of total state eligible costs, except for specified events for which the state share is up to 100% of state eligible costs. This bill would add the August 24, 2014, South Napa Earthquake, to the list of events for which the state share of state eligible cost is up to 100% and exempt the county from a specified planning requirement as a condition of receiving this level of assistance.

Summary:
The California Disaster Assistance Act generally provides that the state share for disaster project allocations to local agencies is no more than 75% of total state eligible costs, except for specified events for which the state share is up to 100% of state eligible costs. This bill would add the August 24, 2014, South Napa Earthquake, to the list of events for which the state share of state eligible cost is up to 100% and exempt the county from a specified planning requirement as a condition of receiving this level of assistance. This bill contains other related provisions.

Digest:

The California Disaster Assistance Act generally provides that the state share for disaster project allocations to local agencies is no more than 75% of total state eligible costs, except for specified events for which the state share is up to 100% of state eligible costs.

This bill would add the August 24, 2014, South Napa Earthquake, to the list of events for which the state share of state eligible cost is up to 100% and exempt the county from a specified planning requirement as a condition of receiving this level of assistance.

This bill would declare that it is to take effect immediately as an urgency statute.

Vote: 23. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act to amend Section 8686 of the Government Code, relating to disaster relief, and declaring the urgency thereof, to take effect immediately.

AB 19    (Chang R)   State government: regulations.

Summary:
The Administrative Procedure Act requires the Office of Administrative Law to provide for the official compilation, printing, and publication of state agency regulations, known as the California Code of Regulations. This bill would state the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation requiring state agencies and departments to review existing regulations for relevance, redundancy, and impact on the business community.

Summary:
The Administrative Procedure Act generally sets forth the requirements for the adoption, publication, review, and implementation of regulations by state agencies. The act requires the Office of Administrative Law to provide for the official compilation, printing, and publication of state agency regulations, known as the California Code of Regulations. This bill would state the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation requiring state agencies and departments to review existing regulations for relevance, redundancy, and impact on the business community.

Digest:

The Administrative Procedure Act generally sets forth the requirements for the adoption, publication, review, and implementation of regulations by state agencies. The act requires the Office of Administrative Law to provide for the official compilation, printing, and publication of state agency regulations, known as the California Code of Regulations.

This bill would state the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation requiring state agencies and departments to review existing regulations for relevance, redundancy, and impact on the business community.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act relating to state government.

AB 20    (Alejo D)   Undocumented immigrants.

Summary:
Would make findings and declarations regarding immigration and immigrants within the United States and California, including encouraging those immigrants who are not eligible to receive a social security number to file a California state income tax return using an individual taxpayer identification number and that California would benefit by providing undocumented persons who are agricultural or service industry employees with a permit to work and live in the state.

Summary:
Existing law establishes the Franchise Tax Board and prescribes its various powers and duties regarding, among other things, the administration of state personal income taxes and requires that an income tax return be filed by every individual who has income in excess of specified amounts. Existing law allows an income tax return to be filed with the Franchise Tax Board using an individual taxpayer identification number. This bill would make findings and declarations regarding immigration and immigrants within the United States and California, including encouraging those immigrants who are not eligible to receive a social security number to file a California state income tax return using an individual taxpayer identification number and that California would benefit by providing undocumented persons who are agricultural or service industry employees with a permit to work and live in the state.

Digest:

Existing law establishes the Franchise Tax Board and prescribes its various powers and duties regarding, among other things, the administration of state personal income taxes and requires that an income tax return be filed by every individual who has income in excess of specified amounts. Existing law allows an income tax return to be filed with the Franchise Tax Board using an individual taxpayer identification number.

This bill would make findings and declarations regarding immigration and immigrants within the United States and California, including encouraging those immigrants who are not eligible to receive a social security number to file a California state income tax return using an individual taxpayer identification number and that California would benefit by providing undocumented persons who are agricultural or service industry employees with a permit to work and live in the state.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act relating to immigration.

AB 21    (Perea D)   California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006: emissions limit: scoping plan.

Summary:
Would require the State Air Resources Board, no later than January 1, 2018, to recommend to the Governor and the Legislature a specific target of statewide emissions reductions for 2030 to be accomplished in a cost-effective manner. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

Summary:
The California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 establishes the State Air Resources Board as the state agency responsible for monitoring and regulating sources emitting greenhouse gases. The act requires the state board to adopt a statewide greenhouse gas emissions limit, as defined, to be achieved by 2020, equivalent to the statewide greenhouse gas emissions levels in 1990. The act requires the state board to make recommendations to the Governor and the Legislature on how to continue the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions beyond 2020. This bill would require the state board, no later than January 1, 2018, to recommend to the Governor and the Legislature a specific target of statewide emissions reductions for 2030 to be accomplished in a cost-effective manner. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

Digest:

The California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 establishes the State Air Resources Board as the state agency responsible for monitoring and regulating sources emitting greenhouse gases. The act requires the state board to adopt a statewide greenhouse gas emissions limit, as defined, to be achieved by 2020, equivalent to the statewide greenhouse gas emissions levels in 1990. The act requires the state board to make recommendations to the Governor and the Legislature on how to continue the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions beyond 2020.

The act also requires the state board to prepare and approve a scoping plan for achieving the maximum technologically feasible and cost-effective reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.

This bill would require the state board, no later than January 1, 2018, to recommend to the Governor and the Legislature a specific target of statewide emissions reductions for 2030 to be accomplished in a cost-effective manner.

This bill would require the state board in preparing its scoping plan to consult with specified state agencies regarding matters involving energy efficiency and the facilitation of the electrification of the transportation sector.

This bill also would make various findings and declarations.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act to amend Sections 38501, 38551, and 38561 of the Health and Safety Code, relating to greenhouse gases.

AB 22    (Rodriguez D)   Office of Emergency Services: oil-by-rail spills: firefighters.

Summary:
Would require the Curriculum Development Advisory Committee to review the curriculum and courses of instruction offered by public and private programs that train firefighters in response methods for oil-by-rail spills, require the Office of Emergency Services to compile a list of those curriculum and courses of instruction and make that list available to all fire departments and establish a program to reimburse fire departments for costs incurred by those departments in sending firefighters to trainings, as provided.

Summary:
Existing law establishes the Office of Emergency Services within the office of the Governor and under the supervision of the Director of Emergency Services and makes the office responsible for the state’s emergency and disaster response services for natural, technological, or manmade disasters and emergencies. Existing law requires the office to serve as the central point of state government for the emergency reporting of spills, unauthorized releases, or other accidental releases of hazardous materials and to coordinate the notification of the appropriate state and local administering agencies that may be required to respond to those spills, unauthorized releases, or other accidental releases. Existing law also establishes the Curriculum Development Advisory Committee to provide advice on the development of specified course curricula and response training. This bill would require the Curriculum Development Advisory Committee to review the curriculum and courses of instruction offered by public and private programs that train firefighters in response methods for oil-by-rail spills, require the Office of Emergency Services to compile a list of those curriculum and courses of instruction and make that list available to all fire departments and establish a program to reimburse fire departments for costs incurred by those departments in sending firefighters to trainings, as provided.

Digest:

Existing law establishes the Office of Emergency Services within the office of the Governor and under the supervision of the Director of Emergency Services and makes the office responsible for the state’s emergency and disaster response services for natural, technological, or manmade disasters and emergencies. Existing law requires the office to serve as the central point of state government for the emergency reporting of spills, unauthorized releases, or other accidental releases of hazardous materials and to coordinate the notification of the appropriate state and local administering agencies that may be required to respond to those spills, unauthorized releases, or other accidental releases. Existing law also establishes the Curriculum Development Advisory Committee to provide advice on the development of specified course curricula and response training.

This bill would require the Curriculum Development Advisory Committee to review the curriculum and courses of instruction offered by public and private programs that train firefighters in response methods for oil-by-rail spills, require the Office of Emergency Services to compile a list of those curriculum and courses of instruction and make that list available to all fire departments and establish a program to reimburse fire departments for costs incurred by those departments in sending firefighters to trainings, as provided.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act to add Section 8574.9 to the Government Code, relating to oil-by-rail spills.

AB 23    (Patterson R)   California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006: market-based compliance mechanisms: exemption.

Summary:
The California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 authorizes the State Air Resources Board to include the use of market-based compliance mechanisms. Current state board regulations require specified entities to comply with a market-based compliance mechanism beginning January 1, 2013, and require additional specified entities to comply with that market-based compliance mechanism beginning January 1, 2015. This bill would instead exempt those categories of persons or entities that did not have a compliance obligation, as defined, under a market-based compliance mechanism beginning January 1, 2013, from being subject to that market-based compliance mechanism through December 31, 2020.

Summary:
The California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 designates the State Air Resources Board as the state agency charged with monitoring and regulating sources of emissions of greenhouse gases. The state board is required to adopt a statewide greenhouse gas emissions limit equivalent to the statewide greenhouse gas emissions level in 1990 to be achieved by 2020, and to adopt rules and regulations in an open public process to achieve the maximum, technologically feasible, and cost-effective greenhouse gas emissions reductions. The act authorizes the state board to include the use of market-based compliance mechanisms. Existing state board regulations require specified entities to comply with a market-based compliance mechanism beginning January 1, 2013, and require additional specified entities to comply with that market-based compliance mechanism beginning January 1, 2015. This bill would instead exempt those categories of persons or entities that did not have a compliance obligation, as defined, under a market-based compliance mechanism beginning January 1, 2013, from being subject to that market-based compliance mechanism through December 31, 2020. This bill contains other related provisions.

Digest:

The California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 designates the State Air Resources Board as the state agency charged with monitoring and regulating sources of emissions of greenhouse gases. The state board is required to adopt a statewide greenhouse gas emissions limit equivalent to the statewide greenhouse gas emissions level in 1990 to be achieved by 2020, and to adopt rules and regulations in an open public process to achieve the maximum, technologically feasible, and cost-effective greenhouse gas emissions reductions. The act authorizes the state board to include the use of market-based compliance mechanisms. Existing state board regulations require specified entities to comply with a market-based compliance mechanism beginning January 1, 2013, and require additional specified entities to comply with that market-based compliance mechanism beginning January 1, 2015.

This bill would instead exempt those categories of persons or entities that did not have a compliance obligation, as defined, under a market-based compliance mechanism beginning January 1, 2013, from being subject to that market-based compliance mechanism through December 31, 2020.

This bill would declare that it is to take effect immediately as an urgency statute.

Vote: 23. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act to add Section 38576 to the Health and Safety Code, relating to greenhouse gases, and declaring the urgency thereof, to take effect immediately.

AB 24    (Nazarian D)   Transportation network companies: public safety.

Summary:
Would declare the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that promotes public safety relating to transportation network companies. This bill contains other existing laws.

Summary:
The Passenger Charter-party Carriers’ Act, with certain exceptions, prohibits a charter-party carrier of passengers from engaging in transportation services subject to regulation by the Public Utilities Commission without obtaining a specified certificate or permit, as appropriate, from the commission, and imposes various other requirements. A violation of the act is generally a misdemeanor. Pursuant to existing law, the commission has adopted rules and regulations relating to the operation of transportation network companies. Existing law defines a transportation network company as an organization, whether a corporation, partnership, sole proprietor, or other form, operating in California that provides prearranged transportation services for compensation using an online-enabled platform to connect passengers with drivers using their personal vehicles. This bill would declare the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that promotes public safety relating to transportation network companies. This bill contains other existing laws.

Digest:

The Passenger Charter-party Carriers’ Act, with certain exceptions, prohibits a charter-party carrier of passengers from engaging in transportation services subject to regulation by the Public Utilities Commission without obtaining a specified certificate or permit, as appropriate, from the commission, and imposes various other requirements. A violation of the act is generally a misdemeanor. Pursuant to existing law, the commission has adopted rules and regulations relating to the operation of transportation network companies. Existing law defines a transportation network company as an organization, whether a corporation, partnership, sole proprietor, or other form, operating in California that provides prearranged transportation services for compensation using an online-enabled platform to connect passengers with drivers using their personal vehicles.

Existing regulations of the commission require, among other things, a transportation network company to (1) obtain an operating permit from the commission, (2) conduct a criminal background check of each driver, (3) establish a driver training program, (4) adopt a zero-tolerance policy on drugs and alcohol, (5) maintain specified insurance coverage on the company’s employees, and (6) conduct a 19-point motor vehicle inspection of the vehicles operated by drivers under contract with the company.

Existing law, operative on July 1, 2015, imposes specified additional requirements for liability insurance coverage on transportation network companies, as defined, and their participating drivers.

This bill would declare the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that promotes public safety relating to transportation network companies.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act relating to transportation.

AB 25    (Gipson D)   Financial aid: Cal Grant program: renewal.

Summary:
Would require the Student Aid Commission to establish an appeal process for an otherwise qualifying institution that fails to satisfy the 3-year cohort default rate and graduation rate requirements, and would make nonsubstantive and conforming changes. This bill contains other existing laws.

Summary:
The Cal Grant Program establishes the Cal Grant A and B Entitlement awards, the California Community College Transfer Entitlement awards, the Competitive Cal Grant A and B awards, the Cal Grant C awards, and the Cal Grant T awards under the administration of the Student Aid Commission, and establishes eligibility requirements for awards under these programs for participating students attending qualifying institutions. This bill would require the commission to establish an appeal process for an otherwise qualifying institution that fails to satisfy the 3-year cohort default rate and graduation rate requirements, and would make nonsubstantive and conforming changes. This bill contains other existing laws.

Digest:

The Cal Grant Program establishes the Cal Grant A and B Entitlement awards, the California Community College Transfer Entitlement awards, the Competitive Cal Grant A and B awards, the Cal Grant C awards, and the Cal Grant T awards under the administration of the Student Aid Commission, and establishes eligibility requirements for awards under these programs for participating students attending qualifying institutions.

Existing law requires the commission to certify by November 1 of each year a qualifying institution’s latest 3-year cohort default rate and graduation rate as most recently reported by the United States Department of Education. Existing law provides that an otherwise qualifying institution with a 3-year cohort default rate that is equal to or greater than 15.5% is ineligible for initial and renewal Cal Grant awards at the institution. Existing law provides that an otherwise qualifying institution is ineligible for an initial or renewal Cal Grant award at the institution if the institution has a graduation rate of 30% or less for students taking 150% or less of the expected time to complete degree requirements, as specified, with certain exceptions.

This bill would require the commission to establish an appeal process for an otherwise qualifying institution that fails to satisfy the 3-year cohort default rate and graduation rate requirements, and would make nonsubstantive and conforming changes.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act to amend Section 69432.7 of the Education Code, relating to financial aid.

AB 26    (Jones-Sawyer D)   Medical cannabis.

Summary:
Would enact the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Control Act and would create the Division of Medical Cannabis Regulation and Enforcement within the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, to be administered by a person exempt from civil service who is appointed by the Director of Alcoholic Beverage Control. The bill would grant the department the power to register persons for the cultivation, manufacture, testing, transportation, storage, distribution, and sale of medical cannabis within the state.

Summary:
(1) Existing law, the Compassionate Use Act of 1996, an initiative measure enacted by the approval of Proposition 215 at the November 6, 1996, statewide general election, authorizes the use of marijuana for medical purposes. Existing law enacted by the Legislature, commonly referred to as the Medical Marijuana Program Act, requires the establishment of a program for the issuance of identification cards to qualified patients so that they may lawfully use marijuana for medical purposes, and requires the establishment of guidelines for the lawful cultivation of marijuana grown for medical use. This bill would enact the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Control Act and would create the Division of Medical Cannabis Regulation and Enforcement within the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, to be administered by a person exempt from civil service who is appointed by the Director of Alcoholic Beverage Control. The bill would grant the department the power to register persons for the cultivation, manufacture, testing, transportation, storage, distribution, and sale of medical cannabis within the state provided that the authority of a city or county to adopt ordinances inconsistent with the requirements of the act that ban, regulate, or tax medical cannabis activities, and to enforce those ordinances, would not be affected by the act. The bill would provide that the director and persons employed by the department to administer and enforce its provisions are peace officers. The bill would prescribe requirements for the issuance, renewal, suspension, and revocation of mandatory commercial registrations and fees in relation to these activities. The bill would permit the department to assist statewide taxation authorities in the development of uniform policies for state taxation of mandatory commercial medical cannabis registrants and to assist in the development of regulation in connection with work safety in this industry. The bill would authorize the division to establish a grant program for the purpose of funding medical cannabis regulation and enforcement. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

Digest:

(1) Existing law, the Compassionate Use Act of 1996, an initiative measure enacted by the approval of Proposition 215 at the November 6, 1996, statewide general election, authorizes the use of marijuana for medical purposes. Existing law enacted by the Legislature, commonly referred to as the Medical Marijuana Program Act, requires the establishment of a program for the issuance of identification cards to qualified patients so that they may lawfully use marijuana for medical purposes, and requires the establishment of guidelines for the lawful cultivation of marijuana grown for medical use.

The Medical Practice Act provides for the regulation and licensing of physicians and surgeons by the Medical Board of California and requires the board to prioritize investigations and prosecutions of physicians and surgeons representing the greatest threat of harm, as specified. Existing law identifies the cases that are to be given priority, which include cases of repeated acts of excessively prescribing, furnishing, or administering controlled substances without a good faith prior examination of the patient. Existing law makes it unprofessional conduct for a physician and surgeon to prescribe, dispense, or furnish dangerous drugs without an appropriate prior examination and medical indication. Existing law also makes it unprofessional conduct to employ, aid, or abet an unlicensed person in the practice of medicine. Existing law generally makes any person who violates these provisions guilty of a misdemeanor.

This bill would enact the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Control Act and would create the Division of Medical Cannabis Regulation and Enforcement within the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, to be administered by a person exempt from civil service who is appointed by the Director of Alcoholic Beverage Control. The bill would grant the department the power to register persons for the cultivation, manufacture, testing, transportation, storage, distribution, and sale of medical cannabis within the state provided that the authority of a city or county to adopt ordinances inconsistent with the requirements of the act that ban, regulate, or tax medical cannabis activities, and to enforce those ordinances, would not be affected by the act. The bill would provide that the director and persons employed by the department to administer and enforce its provisions are peace officers. The bill would prescribe requirements for the issuance, renewal, suspension, and revocation of mandatory commercial registrations and fees in relation to these activities. The bill would permit the department to assist statewide taxation authorities in the development of uniform policies for state taxation of mandatory commercial medical cannabis registrants and to assist in the development of regulation in connection with work safety in this industry. The bill would authorize the division to establish a grant program for the purpose of funding medical cannabis regulation and enforcement.

The bill would establish the Medical Cannabis Regulation Fund and would require deposit of fees into the fund. The bill would continuously appropriate moneys within the fund to the division for the purposes of administering the program. The bill would require the deposit of penalty money into the General Fund.

The bill would require the department, on or before January 1, 2017, to issue regulations as necessary for the implementation and enforcement of mandatory commercial medical cannabis registration, as specified, including requirements analogous to statutory environmental, agricultural, consumer protection, and food and product safety requirements. The bill would require the department to administer and enforce these requirements. The bill would prescribe requirements for provisional registrations to be operative January 1, 2016. The bill would prohibit approval of a mandatory commercial registration for specified reasons, including if a licensed physician making patient recommendations for medical cannabis is an interested party in the proposed operation, and would prohibit a physician from recommending medical cannabis to a patient while he or she is a mandatory commercial registrant, or associated, as specified, with a mandatory commercial registrant. The bill would prohibit a registrant from holding a registration in more than one class of medical cannabis activities.

The bill would require a registrant to keep various records in connections with medical cannabis activities and would prescribe requirements for making records available to the department and any state or local agency. The bill would provide that certain patient and caregiver information is excluded from disclosure to the public. The bill would provide that the act does not apply to the protections granted to a patient or primary caregiver acting pursuant to the Compassionate Use Act of 1996 and would exempt these parties from the application of the act, provided they act consistently with specified requirements. The bill would provide that the actions of a mandatory commercial registrant or provisional registrant, its employees, and its agents that are permitted pursuant to a valid mandatory commercial registration issued by the division and that are conducted in accordance with the requirements of the act are not unlawful under state law, as specified. The bill would provide a similar state law immunity for a property owner who allows his or her property to be used by a mandatory commercial registrant or provisional registrant.

The bill would require the department to work in conjunction with law enforcement entities throughout the state to implement and enforce the rules and regulations regarding medical cannabis and to take appropriate action against businesses and individuals that fail to comply with the law. The bill would prohibit, on and after January 1, 2017, a person other than a mandatory commercial registrant from selling cannabis or cannabis products or performing other actions related to cannabis, except as specified. The bill would provide that its provisions do not prevent specified city or county actions, including zoning ordinances banning or regulating the location, operation, or establishment of a commercial registrant. The bill would make certain violations of its provisions a crime, thereby imposing a state-mandated local program. The bill would establish requirements for the transportation of medical cannabis. The bill would specify that its provisions are severable.

The bill would specify that recommending marijuana to patients without a good faith examination and medical reason or recommending marijuana for nonmedical purposes is unprofessional conduct. The bill would provide that specified acts of recommending marijuana without a good faith examination are among the types of cases that should be given priority for investigation and prosecution by the Medical Board of California, as described above. The bill would also specify that employment by, or an agreement with, a mandatory medical cannabis registrant to provide recommendations for medical marijuana constitutes unprofessional conduct. By broadening the definition of a crime, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program. The bill would repeal, 90 days after the department posts a specified notice on its Internet Web site, the provisions described above prohibiting prosecution of qualified patients, persons with valid identification cards, and designated primary caregivers who associate in California, collectively or cooperatively, to cultivate marijuana for medical purposes.

(2) Existing law authorizes the board of supervisors of a county and the governing body of a city to impose various taxes, including a transactions and use tax at a rate of 0.25%, or a multiple thereof, if approved by the required vote of the board or governing body and the required vote of qualified voters, and limits the combined rate of transactions and use taxes within a city or county to 2%.

This bill would authorize the board of supervisors of a county to impose, by ordinance, a tax on the privilege of cultivating, dispensing, producing, processing, preparing, storing, providing, donating, selling, or distributing cannabis or cannabis products, including a transactions and use tax at any rate specified by the board. The bill would authorize the tax to be imposed for either general or specific governmental purposes. The bill would require a tax imposed pursuant to this authority to be subject to any applicable voter approval requirement.

(3)  The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.

This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: yes. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: yes.

Laws:
An act to amend Sections 2220.05, 2242, and 2264 of, and to add Chapter 18 (commencing with Section 26000) to Division 9 of, the Business and Professions Code, to add Section 23028 to the Government Code, and to amend Section 11362.7 of, and to amend and repeal Section 11362.775 of, the Health and Safety Code, relating to medical cannabis, and making an appropriation therefor.

AB 27    (Chávez R)   Public postsecondary education: exemption from nonresident tuition.

Summary:
Would require the California State University, and would request the University of California, to exempt from paying nonresident tuition a student or prospective student of their respective segments who is using, or is intending to use, “GI Bill education benefits,” as defined, while enrolled as a student of that segment.

Summary:
Under existing law, the segments of the public postsecondary education system in the state include the University of California, which is administered by the Regents of the University of California, the California State University, which is administered by the Trustees of the California State University, and the California Community Colleges, which are administered by the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges. The bill would require the California State University, and would request the University of California, to exempt from paying nonresident tuition a student or prospective student of their respective segments who is using, or is intending to use, “GI Bill education benefits,” as defined, while enrolled as a student of that segment. This bill contains other existing laws.

Digest:

Under existing law, the segments of the public postsecondary education system in the state include the University of California, which is administered by the Regents of the University of California, the California State University, which is administered by the Trustees of the California State University, and the California Community Colleges, which are administered by the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges.

Existing law exempts a student of the California Community Colleges or the California State University who was a member of the Armed Forces of the United States stationed in this state on active duty for more than one year immediately prior to being discharged from paying nonresident tuition for the length of time he or she lives in the state after being discharged up to the minimum time necessary to become a resident.

Existing law also exempts a student meeting the qualifications described above if he or she is enrolled, or intending to enroll, at a campus of the California Community Colleges or as an undergraduate at a campus of the California State University from paying nonresident tuition for up to one year if he or she files an affidavit with the institution stating that he or she intends to establish residency in California as soon as possible. Existing law requires a student to use this exemption within 2 years of being discharged.

Existing law requires the California Community Colleges and the California State University, and requests the University of California, to update and adopt policies no later than July 1, 2015, regarding tuition rates for eligible veterans and their eligible dependents to ensure conformity to, and compliance with, the federal Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 and the requirements of the provisions described above.

Existing law prohibits a former member of the Armed Forces who received a dishonorable or bad conduct discharge from receiving an exemption from paying nonresident tuition under either of the provisions described above.

Existing law provides that the statutory provisions relating to student residency requirements for public postsecondary education apply to the University of California only to the extent that the regents act, by resolution, to make these provisions applicable.

The bill would require the California State University, and would request the University of California, to exempt from paying nonresident tuition a student or prospective student of their respective segments who is using, or is intending to use, “GI Bill education benefits,” as defined, while enrolled as a student of that segment.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act to amend Section 68075.5 of the Education Code, relating to public postsecondary education.

AB 28    (Chu D)   Bicycle safety: rear lights.

Summary:
Current law requires that a bicycle operated during darkness upon a highway, a sidewalk where bicycle operation is not prohibited by the local jurisdiction, or a bikeway, as defined, be equipped with a red reflector on the rear that is visible from a distance of 500 feet to the rear when directly in front of lawful upper beams of headlamps on a motor vehicle. This bill would instead require that a bicycle operated under those circumstances be equipped with a white flashing light on the rear that is visible from a distance of 500 feet to the rear when directly in front of lawful upper beams of headlamps on a motor vehicle, or, in lieu of the white flashing light, reflective gear worn by the bicyclist.

Summary:
Existing law requires that a bicycle operated during darkness upon a highway, a sidewalk where bicycle operation is not prohibited by the local jurisdiction, or a bikeway, as defined, be equipped with a red reflector on the rear that is visible from a distance of 500 feet to the rear when directly in front of lawful upper beams of headlamps on a motor vehicle. A violation of this requirement is an infraction. This bill would instead require that a bicycle operated under those circumstances be equipped with a white flashing light on the rear that is visible from a distance of 500 feet to the rear when directly in front of lawful upper beams of headlamps on a motor vehicle, or, in lieu of the white flashing light, reflective gear worn by the bicyclist. By revising the definition of a crime, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program. The bill would also include a statement of legislative findings and declarations. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

Digest:

Existing law requires that a bicycle operated during darkness upon a highway, a sidewalk where bicycle operation is not prohibited by the local jurisdiction, or a bikeway, as defined, be equipped with a red reflector on the rear that is visible from a distance of 500 feet to the rear when directly in front of lawful upper beams of headlamps on a motor vehicle. A violation of this requirement is an infraction.

This bill would instead require that a bicycle operated under those circumstances be equipped with a white flashing light on the rear that is visible from a distance of 500 feet to the rear when directly in front of lawful upper beams of headlamps on a motor vehicle, or, in lieu of the white flashing light, reflective gear worn by the bicyclist. By revising the definition of a crime, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program. The bill would also include a statement of legislative findings and declarations.

The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.

This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: yes.

Laws:
An act to amend Section 21201 of the Vehicle Code, relating to bicycle safety.

AB 29    (Campos D)   Civil actions: defenses: unlawful sexual intercourse.

Summary:
Current law prohibits a person from engaging in unlawful sexual intercourse, as defined, with a minor and prescribes punishments for unlawful sexual intercourse. Current law makes a person who commits sexual battery, as provided, liable for specified damages. Current law establishes the defense of consent in civil actions. This bill would prohibit, in any civil action involving sexual intercourse between an adult and a minor, as defined, the defense that the minor consented to the sexual intercourse.

Summary:
Existing law prohibits a person from engaging in unlawful sexual intercourse, as defined, with a minor and prescribes punishments for unlawful sexual intercourse. Existing law makes a person who commits sexual battery, as provided, liable for specified damages. Existing law establishes the defense of consent in civil actions. This bill would prohibit, in any civil action involving sexual intercourse between an adult and a minor, as defined, the defense that the minor consented to the sexual intercourse.

Digest:

Existing law prohibits a person from engaging in unlawful sexual intercourse, as defined, with a minor and prescribes punishments for unlawful sexual intercourse. Existing law makes a person who commits sexual battery, as provided, liable for specified damages. Existing law establishes the defense of consent in civil actions.

This bill would prohibit, in any civil action involving sexual intercourse between an adult and a minor, as defined, the defense that the minor consented to the sexual intercourse.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act to add Section 1708.5.5 to the Civil Code, relating to civil actions.

AB 30    (Alejo D)   School or athletic team names: California Racial Mascots Act.

Summary:
Would establish the California Racial Mascots Act, which would prohibit public schools from using the term Redskins as a school or athletic team name, mascot, or nickname beginning January 1, 2017, subject to specified exceptions. The bill would also provide that this prohibition may not be waived by the State Board of Education. To the extent that this prohibition would impose additional duties on schools, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.

Summary:
Existing law provides that it is the policy of this state to afford all persons in public schools equal rights and opportunities in the educational institutions of the state, as specified, and further prohibits, and provides remedies for, acts that are contrary to that policy. This bill would establish the California Racial Mascots Act, which would prohibit public schools from using the term Redskins as a school or athletic team name, mascot, or nickname beginning January 1, 2017, subject to specified exceptions. The bill would also provide that this prohibition may not be waived by the State Board of Education. To the extent that this prohibition would impose additional duties on schools, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

Digest:

Existing law provides that it is the policy of this state to afford all persons in public schools equal rights and opportunities in the educational institutions of the state, as specified, and further prohibits, and provides remedies for, acts that are contrary to that policy.

This bill would establish the California Racial Mascots Act, which would prohibit public schools from using the term Redskins as a school or athletic team name, mascot, or nickname beginning January 1, 2017, subject to specified exceptions. The bill would also provide that this prohibition may not be waived by the State Board of Education. To the extent that this prohibition would impose additional duties on schools, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.

The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.

This bill would provide that, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that the bill contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to these statutory provisions.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: yes.

Laws:
An act to add Article 3.5 (commencing with Section 221.2) to Chapter 2 of Part 1 of Division 1 of Title 1 of the Education Code, relating to schools.

AB 31    (Garcia, Cristina D)   Members of the Legislature and Congress: domicile.

Summary:
Current law provides that, for purposes of determining the domicile of a Member of the Legislature or a Representative in the Congress of the United States, it shall be conclusively presumed that the residence address indicated on that person’s currently filed affidavit of voter registration is that person’s domicile. This bill would clarify that the conclusive presumption shall only apply if the address indicated on that person’s currently filed affidavit of voter registration is a place in which the person’s habitation is fixed for some period of time.

Summary:
Existing law provides that a person’s residence for voting purposes means a person’s domicile, and that a person may only have one domicile. Existing law defines domicile to be the place in which a person’s habitation is fixed and where the person intends to remain or return to whenever absent. Existing law also provides that, for purposes of determining the domicile of a Member of the Legislature or a Representative in the Congress of the United States, it shall be conclusively presumed that the residence address indicated on that person’s currently filed affidavit of voter registration is that person’s domicile. This bill would clarify that the conclusive presumption shall only apply if the address indicated on that person’s currently filed affidavit of voter registration is a place in which the person’s habitation is fixed for some period of time.

Digest:

Existing law provides that a person’s residence for voting purposes means a person’s domicile, and that a person may only have one domicile. Existing law defines domicile to be the place in which a person’s habitation is fixed and where the person intends to remain or return to whenever absent. Existing law also provides that, for purposes of determining the domicile of a Member of the Legislature or a Representative in the Congress of the United States, it shall be conclusively presumed that the residence address indicated on that person’s currently filed affidavit of voter registration is that person’s domicile.

This bill would clarify that the conclusive presumption shall only apply if the address indicated on that person’s currently filed affidavit of voter registration is a place in which the person’s habitation is fixed for some period of time.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act to amend Section 2026 of the Elections Code, relating to elections.

AB 32    (Waldron R)   Computer crimes.

Summary:
Current law establishes various crimes relating to computer services and systems. This bill would make the commission of any of those crimes that involves acquiring, copying, or distributing a digital image of a person that displays an intimate body part, as defined, of the person additionally punishable by a fine not exceeding $10,000 per each digital image acquired, copied, or distributed. The bill would, notwithstanding any of those other time limitations, permit a criminal complaint alleging a violation described in the bill to be filed within one year of the date on which that violation was discovered.

Summary:
Existing law establishes various crimes relating to computer services and systems, including to knowingly and without permission disrupt or cause the disruption of computer services including government computer services or public safety infrastructure computer system computer services, add, alter, damage, delete, or destroy any computer data, software, or program, introduce a computer contaminant, use the Internet domain name or profile of another. Existing law makes a violation of these provisions punishable by specified fines or terms of imprisonment, or by both those fines and imprisonment. Existing law establishes the time limitations during which a criminal complaint may be filed. This bill would make the commission of any of those crimes that involves acquiring, copying, or distributing a digital image of a person that displays an intimate body part, as defined, of the person additionally punishable by a fine not exceeding $10,000 per each digital image acquired, copied, or distributed. The bill would, notwithstanding any of those other time limitations, permit a criminal complaint alleging a violation described in the bill to be filed within one year of the date on which that violation was discovered.

Digest:

Existing law establishes various crimes relating to computer services and systems, including to knowingly and without permission disrupt or cause the disruption of computer services including government computer services or public safety infrastructure computer system computer services, add, alter, damage, delete, or destroy any computer data, software, or program, introduce a computer contaminant, use the Internet domain name or profile of another. Existing law makes a violation of these provisions punishable by specified fines or terms of imprisonment, or by both those fines and imprisonment. Existing law establishes the time limitations during which a criminal complaint may be filed.

This bill would make the commission of any of those crimes that involves acquiring, copying, or distributing a digital image of a person that displays an intimate body part, as defined, of the person additionally punishable by a fine not exceeding $10,000 per each digital image acquired, copied, or distributed. The bill would, notwithstanding any of those other time limitations, permit a criminal complaint alleging a violation described in the bill to be filed within one year of the date on which that violation was discovered.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act to amend Sections 502 and 803 of the Penal Code, relating to computer crimes.

AB 33    (Quirk D)   California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006: scoping plan.

Summary:
The California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 requires the State Air Resources Board to prepare and approve a scoping plan for achieving the maximum technologically feasible and cost-effective reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. The act requires the scoping plan to be updated at least once every 5 years. This bill, until January 1, 2020, would require, for purposes of advising the update of the next scoping plan, the state board to develop specified information by July 1, 2016. The bill would require the state board on or before January 1, 2017, to submit a report to the appropriate committees of the Legislature on the specified information.

Summary:
The California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 establishes the State Air Resources Board as the state agency responsible for monitoring and regulating sources emitting greenhouse gases. The act requires the state board to adopt a statewide greenhouse gas emissions limit, as defined, to be achieved by 2020 equivalent to the statewide greenhouse gas emissions levels in 1990. The act requires the state board to prepare and approve a scoping plan for achieving the maximum technologically feasible and cost-effective reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. The act requires the scoping plan to be updated at least once every 5 years. This bill, until January 1, 2020, would require, for purposes of advising the update of the next scoping plan, the state board to develop specified information by July 1, 2016. The bill would require the state board on or before January 1, 2017, to submit a report to the appropriate committees of the Legislature on the specified information. The bill would provide that the specified information is intended to assist in establishing state policy and does not change any statute, regulation, or regulatory decision.

Digest:

The California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 establishes the State Air Resources Board as the state agency responsible for monitoring and regulating sources emitting greenhouse gases. The act requires the state board to adopt a statewide greenhouse gas emissions limit, as defined, to be achieved by 2020 equivalent to the statewide greenhouse gas emissions levels in 1990. The act requires the state board to prepare and approve a scoping plan for achieving the maximum technologically feasible and cost-effective reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. The act requires the scoping plan to be updated at least once every 5 years.

This bill, until January 1, 2020, would require, for purposes of advising the update of the next scoping plan, the state board to develop specified information by July 1, 2016. The bill would require the state board on or before January 1, 2017, to submit a report to the appropriate committees of the Legislature on the specified information. The bill would provide that the specified information is intended to assist in establishing state policy and does not change any statute, regulation, or regulatory decision.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act to add and repeal Section 38561.5 of the Health and Safety Code, relating to greenhouse gases.

AB 34    (Bonta D)   Medical cannabis: state regulation.

Summary:
Would declare the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that would establish a comprehensive and uniform state regulatory structure to govern the cultivation, processing, testing, and distribution of medical cannabis.

Summary:
Existing law, the Compassionate Use Act of 1996, an initiative measure enacted by the approval of Proposition 215 at the November 6, 1996, statewide general election, authorizes the use of marijuana for medical purposes. Existing law enacted by the Legislature, commonly referred to as the Medical Marijuana Program Act, requires the establishment of a program for the issuance of identification cards to qualified patients so that they may lawfully use marijuana for medical purposes, and requires the establishment of guidelines for the lawful cultivation of marijuana grown for medical use. This bill would declare the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that would establish a comprehensive and uniform state regulatory structure to govern the cultivation, processing, testing, and distribution of medical cannabis.

Digest:

Existing law, the Compassionate Use Act of 1996, an initiative measure enacted by the approval of Proposition 215 at the November 6, 1996, statewide general election, authorizes the use of marijuana for medical purposes. Existing law enacted by the Legislature, commonly referred to as the Medical Marijuana Program Act, requires the establishment of a program for the issuance of identification cards to qualified patients so that they may lawfully use marijuana for medical purposes, and requires the establishment of guidelines for the lawful cultivation of marijuana grown for medical use.

This bill would declare the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that would establish a comprehensive and uniform state regulatory structure to govern the cultivation, processing, testing, and distribution of medical cannabis.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act relating to medical cannabis.

AB 35    (Chiu D)   Taxation: income taxes: very-low and extremely low-income housing credit.

Summary:
Would allow a very low-income and extremely low-income housing credit against the Personal Income Tax Law and the Corporation Tax Law for each taxable year on or after January 1, 2015, in an amount computed and allowed in accordance with a specified section of the Internal Revenue Code, as provided. The bill would specify that a project is not required to have been previously or currently allocated a credit for federal or state income tax purposes, as specified.

Summary:
The Personal Income Tax Law and the Corporation Tax Law allow various credits against the taxes imposed by those laws, including a state low-income housing tax credit, administered by the California Tax Credit Allocation Committee, which provides procedures and requirements for the allocation of state tax credit amounts among low-income housing projects based on federal law, which requires a 30 % present value credit for existing buildings, with the credit claimed over a 10-year period, as modified. Existing law generally requires the project’s housing sponsor to have been allocated a credit for federal income tax purposes, as specified. This bill would allow a very low-income and extremely low-income housing credit against those taxes for each taxable year on or after January 1, 2015, in an amount computed and allowed in accordance with a specified section of the Internal Revenue Code, as provided. The bill would specify that a project is not required to have been previously or currently allocated a credit for federal or state income tax purposes, as specified. The bill would make the aggregate housing credit dollar amount $40,000,000 to be allocated annually by the committee on a first-come-first-served basis subject to certain requirements being met, including that the project will be used exclusively for the restructuring, including the acquisition and substantial rehabilitation, of buildings at least 20 years old that currently serve very low-income, extremely low-income, single room occupancy (SRO) or rural area residents. The bill would authorize the committee and the Franchise Tax Board to adopt regulations to carry out the purposes of this section. The bill would make findings and declarations in this regard. This bill contains other related provisions.

Digest:

The Personal Income Tax Law and the Corporation Tax Law allow various credits against the taxes imposed by those laws, including a state low-income housing tax credit, administered by the California Tax Credit Allocation Committee, which provides procedures and requirements for the allocation of state tax credit amounts among low-income housing projects based on federal law, which requires a 30 % present value credit for existing buildings, with the credit claimed over a 10-year period, as modified. Existing law generally requires the project’s housing sponsor to have been allocated a credit for federal income tax purposes, as specified.

This bill would allow a very low-income and extremely low-income housing credit against those taxes for each taxable year on or after January 1, 2015, in an amount computed and allowed in accordance with a specified section of the Internal Revenue Code, as provided. The bill would specify that a project is not required to have been previously or currently allocated a credit for federal or state income tax purposes, as specified. The bill would make the aggregate housing credit dollar amount $40,000,000 to be allocated annually by the committee on a first-come-first-served basis subject to certain requirements being met, including that the project will be used exclusively for the restructuring, including the acquisition and substantial rehabilitation, of buildings at least 20 years old that currently serve very low-income, extremely low-income, single room occupancy (SRO) or rural area residents. The bill would authorize the committee and the Franchise Tax Board to adopt regulations to carry out the purposes of this section. The bill would make findings and declarations in this regard.

This bill would take effect immediately as a tax levy.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act to add Sections 17059 and 23610.6 to the Revenue and Taxation Code, relating to taxation, to take effect immediately, tax levy.

AB 36    (Campos D)   Local government: federal surplus property.

Summary:
Current federal law authorizes the Department of Defense to transfer surplus personal property, including arms and ammunition, to federal or state agencies for use in law enforcement activities, subject to specified conditions, at no cost to the acquiring agency. This bill would prohibit a local agency from receiving surplus military equipment pursuant to the above-described federal law unless the legislative body of the local agency votes to approve the acquisition at a public meeting. The bill would also declare that this is a matter of statewide concern.

Summary:
Existing law, the Federal Surplus Property Acquisition Law of 1945, authorizes a local agency, as defined, to acquire surplus federal property without regard to any law which requires posting of notices or advertising for bids, inviting or receiving bids, delivery of purchases before payment, or prevents the local agency from bidding on federal surplus property. Existing law, the Ralph M. Brown Act, requires that all meetings of a legislative body, as defined, of a local agency be open and public and all persons permitted to attend unless a closed session is authorized. Existing federal law authorizes the Department of Defense to transfer surplus personal property, including arms and ammunition, to federal or state agencies for use in law enforcement activities, subject to specified conditions, at no cost to the acquiring agency. This bill would prohibit a local agency from receiving surplus military equipment pursuant to the above-described federal law unless the legislative body of the local agency votes to approve the acquisition at a public meeting. The bill would also declare that this is a matter of statewide concern. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

Digest:

Existing law, the Federal Surplus Property Acquisition Law of 1945, authorizes a local agency, as defined, to acquire surplus federal property without regard to any law which requires posting of notices or advertising for bids, inviting or receiving bids, delivery of purchases before payment, or prevents the local agency from bidding on federal surplus property. Existing law, the Ralph M. Brown Act, requires that all meetings of a legislative body, as defined, of a local agency be open and public and all persons permitted to attend unless a closed session is authorized. Existing federal law authorizes the Department of Defense to transfer surplus personal property, including arms and ammunition, to federal or state agencies for use in law enforcement activities, subject to specified conditions, at no cost to the acquiring agency.

This bill would prohibit a local agency from receiving surplus military equipment pursuant to the above-described federal law unless the legislative body of the local agency votes to approve the acquisition at a public meeting. The bill would also declare that this is a matter of statewide concern.

By adding to the duties of local government officials, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.

The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.

This bill would provide that, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that the bill contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to these statutory provisions.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: yes.

Laws:
An act to amend Section 54141 of, and to add Section 54145 to, the Government Code, relating to local government.

AB 37    (Campos D)   Unmanned aircraft systems.

Summary:
Would generally prohibit public agencies from using unmanned aircraft systems, or contracting for the use of unmanned aircraft systems, as defined, with certain exceptions applicable to law enforcement agencies and in certain other cases, including when the use or operation of the unmanned aircraft system achieves the core mission of the agency and the purpose is unrelated to the gathering of criminal intelligence, as defined.

Summary:
Existing federal law, the Federal Aviation Administration Modernization and Reform Act of 2012, provides for the integration of civil unmanned aircraft systems, commonly known as drones, into the national airspace system by September 30, 2015. Existing federal law requires the Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration to develop and implement operational and certification requirements for the operation of public unmanned aircraft systems in the national airspace system by December 31, 2015. This bill would generally prohibit public agencies from using unmanned aircraft systems, or contracting for the use of unmanned aircraft systems, as defined, with certain exceptions applicable to law enforcement agencies and in certain other cases, including when the use or operation of the unmanned aircraft system achieves the core mission of the agency and the purpose is unrelated to the gathering of criminal intelligence, as defined. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

Digest:

Existing federal law, the Federal Aviation Administration Modernization and Reform Act of 2012, provides for the integration of civil unmanned aircraft systems, commonly known as drones, into the national airspace system by September 30, 2015. Existing federal law requires the Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration to develop and implement operational and certification requirements for the operation of public unmanned aircraft systems in the national airspace system by December 31, 2015.

This bill would generally prohibit public agencies from using unmanned aircraft systems, or contracting for the use of unmanned aircraft systems, as defined, with certain exceptions applicable to law enforcement agencies and in certain other cases, including when the use or operation of the unmanned aircraft system achieves the core mission of the agency and the purpose is unrelated to the gathering of criminal intelligence, as defined.

The bill would require reasonable public notice to be provided by public agencies intending to deploy unmanned aircraft systems, as specified. The bill would require images, footage, or data obtained through the use of an unmanned aircraft system under these provisions to be permanently destroyed within one year, except as specified. The bill would generally prohibit images, footage, or data obtained through the use of an unmanned aircraft system under these provisions from being disseminated outside the collecting public agency, except as specified. Unless authorized by federal law, the bill would prohibit a person or entity, including a public agency subject to these provisions, or a person or entity under contract to a public agency, for the purpose of that contract, from equipping or arming an unmanned aircraft system with a weapon or other device that may be carried by or launched from an unmanned aircraft system and that is intended to cause bodily injury or death, or damage to, or the destruction of, real or personal property. The bill would also provide that specified surveillance restrictions on electronic devices apply to the use or operation of an unmanned aircraft system by a public agency.

The bill would apply its provisions to all public and private entities when contracting with a public agency for the use of an unmanned aircraft system.

Existing law, the California Public Records Act, requires state and local agencies to make public records available for inspection, subject to certain exceptions.

This bill would make certain images, footage, or data obtained through the use of an unmanned aircraft system under its provisions, or any related record, including, but not limited to, usage logs or logs that identify any person or entity that subsequently obtains or requests records of that system, subject to disclosure. The bill would except from disclosure above images, footage, data, and records obtained through the use of an unmanned aircraft system, if disclosure would endanger the safety of a person involved in an investigation, or would endanger the successful completion of the investigation.

Existing constitutional provisions require that a statute that limits the right of access to the meetings of public bodies or the writings of public officials and agencies be adopted with findings demonstrating the interest protected by the limitation and the need for protecting that interest.

This bill would make legislative findings to that effect.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act to add Section 6254.31 to the Government Code, and to add Title 14 (commencing with Section 14350) to Part 4 of the Penal Code, relating to unmanned aircraft systems.

AB 38    (Eggman D)   California State University: Stockton campus.

Summary:
Current law establishes the California State University, under the administration of the Trustees of the California State University, as one of the segments of public postsecondary education in this state. The university comprises 23 independent campuses. This bill would require the Legislative Analyst’s Office to conduct a study and report to the Legislature on the feasibility of establishing an independent campus of the California State University in Stockton.

Summary:
Existing law establishes the California State University, under the administration of the Trustees of the California State University, as one of the segments of public postsecondary education in this state. The university comprises 23 independent campuses This bill would require the Legislative Analyst’s Office to conduct a study and report to the Legislature on the feasibility of establishing an independent campus of the California State University in Stockton.

Digest:

Existing law establishes the California State University, under the administration of the Trustees of the California State University, as one of the segments of public postsecondary education in this state. The university comprises 23 independent campuses

This bill would require the Legislative Analyst’s Office to conduct a study and report to the Legislature on the feasibility of establishing an independent campus of the California State University in Stockton.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act relating to the California State University.

AB 39    (Medina D)   Search warrants: electronic submission.

Summary:
Current law establishes various grounds for the issuance of a search warrant. This bill would require an affiant to first sign his or her affidavit and send the proposed search warrant and all supporting affidavits and attachments to the magistrate, after which the affiant would make his or her oath during a telephone conversation with the magistrate. The bill would also delete the requirement that the affiant telephonically acknowledge receipt of the signed search warrant and would designate the completed search warrant, signed by the magistrate and received by the affiant, as the original warrant.

Summary:
Existing law establishes various grounds for the issuance of a search warrant. Existing law requires a search warrant to be issued upon probable cause, supported by affidavit, naming or describing the person to be searched or searched for, and particularly describing the property, thing, or things and the place to be searched. This bill would instead require an affiant to first sign his or her affidavit and send the proposed search warrant and all supporting affidavits and attachments to the magistrate, after which the affiant would make his or her oath during a telephone conversation with the magistrate. The bill would also delete the requirement that the affiant telephonically acknowledge receipt of the signed search warrant and would designate the completed search warrant, signed by the magistrate and received by the affiant, as the original warrant. This bill contains other existing laws.

Digest:

Existing law establishes various grounds for the issuance of a search warrant. Existing law requires a search warrant to be issued upon probable cause, supported by affidavit, naming or describing the person to be searched or searched for, and particularly describing the property, thing, or things and the place to be searched.

Existing law authorizes a magistrate, before issuing a warrant, to examine on oath the person seeking the warrant and requires the magistrate to take his or her affidavit in writing. Existing law authorizes the magistrate, in lieu of a written affidavit, to take an oral statement under oath using a telephone and facsimile transmission equipment, by using a telephone and electronic mail, or by using a telephone and computer server. Existing law requires, if one of those means is utilized, that the oath be made during a telephone conversation with the magistrate, after which the affiant signs the affidavit and sends the proposed search warrant and all supporting affidavits and attachments to the magistrate. Existing law also requires, if one of those means is utilized, the affiant to telephonically acknowledge the receipt of the signed search warrant and designates the completed search warrant, as signed by the magistrate, as the original warrant and the completed search warrant, as signed by the magistrate and received by the affiant, as the duplicate original warrant.

This bill would instead require an affiant to first sign his or her affidavit and send the proposed search warrant and all supporting affidavits and attachments to the magistrate, after which the affiant would make his or her oath during a telephone conversation with the magistrate. The bill would also delete the requirement that the affiant telephonically acknowledge receipt of the signed search warrant and would designate the completed search warrant, signed by the magistrate and received by the affiant, as the original warrant.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act to amend Section 1526 of the Penal Code, relating to search warrants.

AB 40    (Ting D)   Golden Gate Bridge: sidewalk fees.

Summary:
Current law establishes bridge and highway districts and various regional transportation authorities and transit districts, including the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District, and prescribes the powers and duties of the district, including the power to fix and collect all tolls for the use of the district’s property. This bill would prohibit the district from fixing or collecting any tolls or access fees for pedestrian and bicyclist use of the Golden Gate Bridge sidewalks.

Summary:
Existing law establishes bridge and highway districts and various regional transportation authorities and transit districts, including the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District, and prescribes the powers and duties of the district, including the power to fix and collect all tolls for the use of the district’s property. This bill would prohibit the district from fixing or collecting any tolls or access fees for pedestrian and bicyclist use of the Golden Gate Bridge sidewalks.

Digest:

Existing law establishes bridge and highway districts and various regional transportation authorities and transit districts, including the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District, and prescribes the powers and duties of the district, including the power to fix and collect all tolls for the use of the district’s property.

This bill would prohibit the district from fixing or collecting any tolls or access fees for pedestrian and bicyclist use of the Golden Gate Bridge sidewalks.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act to add Section 27567 to the Streets and Highways Code, relating to transportation.

AB 41    (Chau D)   Health care coverage: discrimination.

Summary:
Current law prohibits certain discriminatory acts by health care service plans and health insurers. Current federal law, beginning January 1, 2014, prohibits a group health plan and a health insurance issuer offering group or individual health insurance coverage from discriminating with respect to participation under the plan or coverage against any health care provider who is acting within the scope of that provider’s license or certification under applicable state law. This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.

Summary:
Existing law, the Knox-Keene Health Care Service Plan Act of 1975, provides for the regulation of health care service plans by the Department of Managed Health Care and makes a willful violation of the act a crime. Existing law provides for the regulation of health insurers by the Department of Insurance. Existing law prohibits certain discriminatory acts by health care service plans and health insurers. Existing federal law, beginning January 1, 2014, prohibits a group health plan and a health insurance issuer offering group or individual health insurance coverage from discriminating with respect to participation under the plan or coverage against any health care provider who is acting within the scope of that provider’s license or certification under applicable state law. This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason. This bill contains other existing laws.

Digest:

Existing law, the Knox-Keene Health Care Service Plan Act of 1975, provides for the regulation of health care service plans by the Department of Managed Health Care and makes a willful violation of the act a crime. Existing law provides for the regulation of health insurers by the Department of Insurance. Existing law prohibits certain discriminatory acts by health care service plans and health insurers. Existing federal law, beginning January 1, 2014, prohibits a group health plan and a health insurance issuer offering group or individual health insurance coverage from discriminating with respect to participation under the plan or coverage against any health care provider who is acting within the scope of that provider’s license or certification under applicable state law.

Beginning January 1, 2016, this bill would prohibit a health care service plan or health insurer from discriminating against any health care provider who is acting within the scope of that provider’s license or certification, as specified.

Because a willful violation of the bill’s provisions relative to health care service plans would be a crime, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.

The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.

This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: yes.

Laws:
An act to add Section 1373.15 to the Health and Safety Code, and to add Section 10177.15 to the Insurance Code, relating to health care coverage.

AB 42    (Kim R)   Public postsecondary education: funding and mandatory fees.

Summary:
Would express a finding and declaration of the Legislature, and express the intent of the Legislature, relating to the enactment of Proposition 30 by the voters and to the provision of funding to the California State University, the University of California, and the California Community Colleges. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

Summary:
(1) Existing law establishes the California State University, under the administration of the Trustees of the California State University, the University of California, under the administration of the Regents of the University of California, and the California Community Colleges, under the administration of the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges, as the 3 segments of public postsecondary education in this state. Existing law appropriates funding, in the annual Budget Act and in other statutes, from the state General Fund for the support of these segments. Existing law also authorizes these segments to require their students to pay mandatory systemwide fees and tuition, among other costs, for matriculation at these institutions. This bill would express a finding and declaration of the Legislature, and express the intent of the Legislature, relating to the enactment of Proposition 30 by the voters and to the provision of funding to the California State University, the University of California, and the California Community Colleges. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

Digest:

(1) Existing law establishes the California State University, under the administration of the Trustees of the California State University, the University of California, under the administration of the Regents of the University of California, and the California Community Colleges, under the administration of the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges, as the 3 segments of public postsecondary education in this state. Existing law appropriates funding, in the annual Budget Act and in other statutes, from the state General Fund for the support of these segments. Existing law also authorizes these segments to require their students to pay mandatory systemwide fees and tuition, among other costs, for matriculation at these institutions.

Proposition 30, known as the Schools and Local Public Safety Protection Act of 2012, was approved by the voters at the November 6, 2012, statewide general election and, among other things, increases personal income tax and sales and use tax rates and provides revenue for public elementary and secondary schools and community colleges.

This bill would express a finding and declaration of the Legislature, and express the intent of the Legislature, relating to the enactment of Proposition 30 by the voters and to the provision of funding to the California State University, the University of California, and the California Community Colleges.

The bill, from the 2015-16 fiscal year to the 2018-19 fiscal year, inclusive, would prohibit mandatory systemwide fees or tuition charged to students of the California State University from exceeding the level of the mandatory systemwide fees or tuition charged to students of the California State University for the 2014-15 fiscal year.

The bill, from the 2015-16 fiscal year to the 2018-19 fiscal year, inclusive, would prohibit the mandatory systemwide fees charged to students of the California Community Colleges from increasing beyond the level of the mandatory systemwide fees charged to students of the California Community Colleges for the 2014-15 fiscal year.

The bill, from the 2015-16 fiscal year to the 2018-19 fiscal year, inclusive, would prohibit the mandatory systemwide fees or tuition charged to students of the University of California from exceeding the level of the mandatory systemwide fees or tuition charged to students of the University of California for the 2014-15 fiscal year.

(2) Existing law prohibits a campus of the California State University, or the Chancellor of the California State University, or both, from approving a student success fee before January 1, 2016. Existing law requires, during the 2014-15 fiscal year, the chancellor to conduct a review of the California State University Student Fee Policy relating to student success fees and to recommend to the Trustees of the California State University changes to the fee policy.

This bill, commencing with the 2015-16 fiscal year, would prohibit the imposition of a student success fee at a campus of a segment of public postsecondary education unless the student success fee is approved by a favorable vote of 23 of those students voting at an election of the student body held at that campus within the preceding 48 months.

(3) This bill would declare that it is to take effect immediately as an urgency statute.

Vote: 23. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act to add Chapter 3.7 (commencing with Section 66170) and Chapter 3.8 (commencing with Section 66180) to Part 40 of Division 5 of Title 3 of the Education Code, relating to public postsecondary education, and declaring the urgency thereof, to take effect immediately.

AB 43    (Stone, Mark D)   Personal income tax: credit: earned income.

Summary:
Would state the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that would create an refundable earned income tax credit for low-income individuals working in California. The bill would also make findings and declarations in this regard.

Summary:
The Personal Income Tax Law authorizes various credits against the taxes imposed by that law. The federal Internal Revenue Code authorizes a refundable earned income tax credit for certain low-income individuals who have earned income and who meet certain other requirements. This bill would state the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that would create an refundable earned income tax credit for low-income individuals working in California. The bill would also make findings and declarations in this regard.

Digest:

The Personal Income Tax Law authorizes various credits against the taxes imposed by that law. The federal Internal Revenue Code authorizes a refundable earned income tax credit for certain low-income individuals who have earned income and who meet certain other requirements.

This bill would state the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that would create an refundable earned income tax credit for low-income individuals working in California. The bill would also make findings and declarations in this regard.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act relating to taxation.

AB 44    (Mullin D)   Elections: statewide recounts.

Summary:
Would require the Secretary of State to order an automatic manual recount of all votes cast for a statewide office, the office of President of the United States, or a state ballot measure if the difference in the number of votes received is less than or equal to 0.1%, as specified. By imposing new duties on local elections officials, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.

Summary:
Existing law establishes procedures by which a voter may request a recount of the votes cast in an election following completion of the official canvass. Under existing law, the voter seeking the recount is required, before the recount is commenced and at the beginning of each subsequent day, to deposit with the elections official the amount of money required by the elections official to cover the cost of the recount for that day. This bill would require the Secretary of State to order an automatic manual recount of all votes cast for a statewide office, the office of President of the United States, or a state ballot measure if the difference in the number of votes received is less than or equal to 0.1%, as specified. By imposing new duties on local elections officials, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

Digest:

Existing law establishes procedures by which a voter may request a recount of the votes cast in an election following completion of the official canvass. Under existing law, the voter seeking the recount is required, before the recount is commenced and at the beginning of each subsequent day, to deposit with the elections official the amount of money required by the elections official to cover the cost of the recount for that day.

This bill would require the Secretary of State to order an automatic manual recount of all votes cast for a statewide office, the office of President of the United States, or a state ballot measure if the difference in the number of votes received is less than or equal to 0.1%, as specified. By imposing new duties on local elections officials, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.

The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.

This bill would provide that, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that the bill contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to these statutory provisions.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: yes.

Laws:
An act to amend Section 15626 of, and to add Article 5 (commencing with Section 15645) to Chapter 9 of Division 15 of, the Elections Code, relating to elections.

AB 45    (Mullin D)   Household hazardous waste.

Summary:
Would express the Legislature’s intent to enact legislation that would establish curbside household hazardous waste collection programs, door-to-door household hazardous waste collection programs, and household hazardous waste residential pickup services as the principal means of collecting household hazardous waste and diverting it from California’s landfills and waterways.

Summary:
Existing law authorizes public agencies to operate curbside household hazardous waste collection facilities, door-to-door household hazardous waste collection programs, and household hazardous waste residential pickup services, and specifies conditions for the transportation of household hazardous waste. This bill would express the Legislature’s intent to enact legislation that would establish curbside household hazardous waste collection programs, door-to-door household hazardous waste collection programs, and household hazardous waste residential pickup services as the principal means of collecting household hazardous waste and diverting it from California’s landfills and waterways.

Digest:

Existing law authorizes public agencies to operate curbside household hazardous waste collection facilities, door-to-door household hazardous waste collection programs, and household hazardous waste residential pickup services, and specifies conditions for the transportation of household hazardous waste.

This bill would express the Legislature’s intent to enact legislation that would establish curbside household hazardous waste collection programs, door-to-door household hazardous waste collection programs, and household hazardous waste residential pickup services as the principal means of collecting household hazardous waste and diverting it from California’s landfills and waterways.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act relating to hazardous waste.

AB 46    (Lackey R)   Controlled substances.

Summary:
Would provide that the possession of Ketamine, gamma hydroxybutyric acid (GHB) by a person who does not have a prior conviction for specified certain enumerated crimes is either a misdemeanor, punishable by imprisonment in a county jail for not more than one year, or a felony, punishable in a county jail for 16 months, or 2 or 3 years. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

Summary:
(1) Existing law, as amended by the Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act, a measure approved by the voters at the November 4, 2014, statewide general election, generally provides that the possession of Ketamine, gamma hydroxybutyric acid (GHB), and flunitrazepam is a misdemeanor, punishable by imprisonment in the county jail for not more than one year. Existing law also provides that when a person has one or more prior convictions for certain enumerated crimes, his or her possession of GHB is a felony, punishable by imprisonment in a county jail for 16 months, or 2 or 3 years, and his or her possession of Ketamine and flunitrazepam is either a misdemeanor, punishable by imprisonment in the county jail for not more than one year, or a felony, punishable by imprisonment in a county jail for 16 months, or 2 or 3 years. This bill would instead provide, without regard for a person’s prior convictions, that possession of Ketamine and flunitrazepam is either a misdemeanor, punishable by imprisonment in a county jail for not more than one year, or a felony, punishable by imprisonment in a county jail for 16 months, or 2 or 3 years. The bill would also provide that the possession of GHB by a person who does not have a prior conviction for those certain enumerated crimes is either a misdemeanor, punishable by imprisonment in a county jail for not more than one year, or a felony, punishable in a county jail for 16 months, or 2 or 3 years. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

Digest:

(1) Existing law, as amended by the Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act, a measure approved by the voters at the November 4, 2014, statewide general election, generally provides that the possession of Ketamine, gamma hydroxybutyric acid (GHB), and flunitrazepam is a misdemeanor, punishable by imprisonment in the county jail for not more than one year. Existing law also provides that when a person has one or more prior convictions for certain enumerated crimes, his or her possession of GHB is a felony, punishable by imprisonment in a county jail for 16 months, or 2 or 3 years, and his or her possession of Ketamine and flunitrazepam is either a misdemeanor, punishable by imprisonment in the county jail for not more than one year, or a felony, punishable by imprisonment in a county jail for 16 months, or 2 or 3 years.

This bill would instead provide, without regard for a person’s prior convictions, that possession of Ketamine and flunitrazepam is either a misdemeanor, punishable by imprisonment in a county jail for not more than one year, or a felony, punishable by imprisonment in a county jail for 16 months, or 2 or 3 years. The bill would also provide that the possession of GHB by a person who does not have a prior conviction for those certain enumerated crimes is either a misdemeanor, punishable by imprisonment in a county jail for not more than one year, or a felony, punishable in a county jail for 16 months, or 2 or 3 years.

(2) Proposition 47 provides that its provisions may be amended by a statute that is consistent with and furthers its intent and that is passed by a 23 vote of each house of the Legislature and is signed by the Governor. Proposition 47 also provides that the Legislature may, by majority vote, amend, add, or repeal provisions to further reduce the penalties for offenses it addresses.

The California Constitution authorizes the Legislature to amend or repeal an initiative statute by another statute that becomes effective when approved by the electors.

This bill would provide that its provisions become effective only upon approval of the voters at the next statewide election, and would provide for the submission of this measure to the voters for approval at that election.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act to amend Sections 11350 and 11377 of the Health and Safety Code, relating to controlled substances.

AB 47    (McCarty D)   State preschool program: report.

Summary:
Would require the Department of Education to report to the Legislature and Department of Finance, by June 1, 2016, a plan for expanding the state preschool program to all eligible low-income children who do not have access to one year of state preschool or transitional kindergarten. The bill would require the report to contain an analysis of the need for new facilities for the state preschool program in order to provide access to all eligible children.

Summary:
Existing law requires the Superintendent of Public Instruction to administer all California state preschool programs, which include part-day age and developmentally appropriate programs for 3- and 4-year-old children, as provided. Existing law provides that 3- and 4-year-old children are eligible for the state part-day preschool program if the family meets one of several eligibility requirements, including income eligibility. This bill would require the Department of Education to report to the Legislature and Department of Finance, by June 1, 2016, a plan for expanding the state preschool program to all eligible low-income children who do not have access to one year of state preschool or transitional kindergarten. The bill would require the report to contain an analysis of the need for new facilities for the state preschool program in order to provide access to all eligible children.

Digest:

Existing law requires the Superintendent of Public Instruction to administer all California state preschool programs, which include part-day age and developmentally appropriate programs for 3- and 4-year-old children, as provided. Existing law provides that 3- and 4-year-old children are eligible for the state part-day preschool program if the family meets one of several eligibility requirements, including income eligibility.

This bill would require the Department of Education to report to the Legislature and Department of Finance, by June 1, 2016, a plan for expanding the state preschool program to all eligible low-income children who do not have access to one year of state preschool or transitional kindergarten. The bill would require the report to contain an analysis of the need for new facilities for the state preschool program in order to provide access to all eligible children.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act to add and repeal Section 8235.1 of the Education Code, relating to preschool.

AB 48    (Stone, Mark D)   Cigarettes: single-use filters.

Summary:
Would state findings and declarations of the Legislature regarding the health and safety hazards to residents of the state related to cigarettes utilizing single-use filters. The bill would prohibit a person or entity from selling, giving, or in any way furnishing to another person of any age in this state a cigarette utilizing a single-use filter made of any material, including cellulose acetate, or other fibrous plastic material, and any organic or biodegradable material. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

Summary:
Existing law, the Stop Tobacco Access to Kids Enforcement Act, requires all persons engaging in the retail sale of tobacco products to check the identification of tobacco purchasers, to establish the age of the purchaser, if the purchaser reasonably appears to be under 18 years of age. Under existing law, an enforcing agency, as defined, may assess civil penalties against any person, firm, or corporation that sells, gives, or in any way furnishes to another person who is under 18 years of age, any tobacco, cigarette, cigarette papers, any other instrument or paraphernalia that is designed for the smoking or ingestion of tobacco, or products prepared from tobacco. The existing civil penalties range from $400 to $600 for a first violation, up to $5,000 to $6,000 for a 5th violation within a 5-year period. This bill would state findings and declarations of the Legislature regarding the health and safety hazards to residents of the state related to cigarettes utilizing single-use filters. The bill would prohibit a person or entity from selling, giving, or in any way furnishing to another person of any age in this state a cigarette utilizing a single-use filter made of any material, including cellulose acetate, or other fibrous plastic material, and any organic or biodegradable material. The bill would prohibit that selling, giving, or furnishing, whether conducted directly or indirectly through an in-person transaction or by means of any public or private method of shipment or delivery to an address in this state. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

Digest:

Existing law, the Stop Tobacco Access to Kids Enforcement Act, requires all persons engaging in the retail sale of tobacco products to check the identification of tobacco purchasers, to establish the age of the purchaser, if the purchaser reasonably appears to be under 18 years of age. Under existing law, an enforcing agency, as defined, may assess civil penalties against any person, firm, or corporation that sells, gives, or in any way furnishes to another person who is under 18 years of age, any tobacco, cigarette, cigarette papers, any other instrument or paraphernalia that is designed for the smoking or ingestion of tobacco, or products prepared from tobacco. The existing civil penalties range from $400 to $600 for a first violation, up to $5,000 to $6,000 for a 5th violation within a 5-year period.

Existing law prohibits the sale, distribution, or nonsale distribution of tobacco products directly or indirectly to any person under 18 years of age through the United States Postal Service or through any other public or private postal or package delivery service at locations, including, but not limited to, public mailboxes and mailbox stores. Under existing law, a district attorney, city attorney, or the Attorney General may assess civil penalties against a violator of that provision of not less than $1,000 or more than $2,000 for the first violation and up to $10,000 for a 5th violation within a 5-year period.

Under existing law, every person, firm, or corporation that knowingly or under circumstances in which it has knowledge, or should otherwise have grounds for knowledge, sells, gives, or in any way furnishes to another person who is under 18 years of age any cigarette, among other specified items, is subject to either a criminal action for a misdemeanor or to a civil action brought by a city attorney, a county counsel, or a district attorney, punishable by a fine of $200 for the first offense, $500 for the 2nd offense, and $1,000 for the 3rd offense.

This bill would state findings and declarations of the Legislature regarding the health and safety hazards to residents of the state related to cigarettes utilizing single-use filters. The bill would prohibit a person or entity from selling, giving, or in any way furnishing to another person of any age in this state a cigarette utilizing a single-use filter made of any material, including cellulose acetate, or other fibrous plastic material, and any organic or biodegradable material. The bill would prohibit that selling, giving, or furnishing, whether conducted directly or indirectly through an in-person transaction or by means of any public or private method of shipment or delivery to an address in this state.

This bill would authorize a city attorney, county counsel, or district attorney to assess a $500 civil fine against each person determined to have violated those prohibitions in a proceeding conducted pursuant to the procedures of the enforcing agency, as specified.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act to add Division 8.55 (commencing with Section 22964) to the Business and Professions Code, relating to cigarettes.

AB 49    (Mullin D)   Livestock drugs: antibiotics.

Summary:
Would make various legislative findings and declarations relating to the nontherapeutic use of antibiotics in livestock, and would declare the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that would address the overuse of antibiotics in livestock production.

Summary:
Under existing law, the Department of Food and Agriculture is responsible for enforcing provisions relating to the importation of animals, milk and milk products, produce dealers, and other agricultural regulations. Existing law requires the Secretary of Food and Agriculture to make and enforce provisions relating to the manufacture, sale, and use of livestock drugs. This bill would make various legislative findings and declarations relating to the nontherapeutic use of antibiotics in livestock, and would declare the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that would address the overuse of antibiotics in livestock production.

Digest:

Under existing law, the Department of Food and Agriculture is responsible for enforcing provisions relating to the importation of animals, milk and milk products, produce dealers, and other agricultural regulations. Existing law requires the Secretary of Food and Agriculture to make and enforce provisions relating to the manufacture, sale, and use of livestock drugs.

This bill would make various legislative findings and declarations relating to the nontherapeutic use of antibiotics in livestock, and would declare the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that would address the overuse of antibiotics in livestock production.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act relating to livestock drugs.

AB 50    (Mullin D)   Nurse-Family Partnership.

Summary:
Would declare the intent of the Legislature to develop a means to leverage public and private dollars to substantially expand the scale of the Nurse-Family Partnership in California, in accordance with specified findings. The bill would revise the requirements relating to the award and use of Nurse-Family Partnership grants, including eliminating a requirement for nurse home visitors and supervisors to receive certain training in effective home visitation techniques.

Summary:
Existing law establishes the Nurse-Family Partnership program, which is administered by the State Department of Public Health, to provide grants for voluntary nurse home visiting programs for expectant first-time mothers, their children, and their families. Under existing law, a county is required to satisfy specified requirements in order to be eligible to receive a grant. This bill would declare the intent of the Legislature to develop a means to leverage public and private dollars to substantially expand the scale of the Nurse-Family Partnership in California, in accordance with specified findings. The bill would revise the requirements relating to the award and use of Nurse-Family Partnership grants, including eliminating a requirement for nurse home visitors and supervisors to receive certain training in effective home visitation techniques.

Digest:

Existing law establishes the Nurse-Family Partnership program, which is administered by the State Department of Public Health, to provide grants for voluntary nurse home visiting programs for expectant first-time mothers, their children, and their families. Under existing law, a county is required to satisfy specified requirements in order to be eligible to receive a grant.

This bill would declare the intent of the Legislature to develop a means to leverage public and private dollars to substantially expand the scale of the Nurse-Family Partnership in California, in accordance with specified findings. The bill would revise the requirements relating to the award and use of Nurse-Family Partnership grants, including eliminating a requirement for nurse home visitors and supervisors to receive certain training in effective home visitation techniques.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act to amend Section 123492 of the Health and Safety Code, relating to perinatal care.

AB 51    (Quirk D)   Vehicles: motorcycles: lane splitting.

Summary:
Would authorize a motorcycle to be driven between rows of stopped or moving vehicles in the same lane if the speed of traffic is 35 miles per hour or less and the motorcycle is driven no more than 10 miles per hour faster than the speed of traffic. The bill would provide that these provisions do not authorize a motorcycle to be driven in contravention of other laws relating to the safe operation of a vehicle. By creating a new crime this bill would impose a state-mandated local program. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

Summary:
(1) Existing law requires, whenever a roadway has been divided into 2 or more clearly marked lanes for traffic in one direction, that a vehicle shall be driven as nearly as practical entirely within a single lane and shall not be moved from the lane until the movement can be made with reasonable safety. A violation of the Vehicle Code is a crime. This bill would authorize a motorcycle to be driven between rows of stopped or moving vehicles in the same lane if the speed of traffic is 35 miles per hour or less and the motorcycle is driven no more than 10 miles per hour faster than the speed of traffic. The bill would provide that these provisions do not authorize a motorcycle to be driven in contravention of other laws relating to the safe operation of a vehicle. By creating a new crime this bill would impose a state-mandated local program. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

Digest:

(1) Existing law requires, whenever a roadway has been divided into 2 or more clearly marked lanes for traffic in one direction, that a vehicle shall be driven as nearly as practical entirely within a single lane and shall not be moved from the lane until the movement can be made with reasonable safety. A violation of the Vehicle Code is a crime.

This bill would authorize a motorcycle to be driven between rows of stopped or moving vehicles in the same lane if the speed of traffic is 35 miles per hour or less and the motorcycle is driven no more than 10 miles per hour faster than the speed of traffic. The bill would provide that these provisions do not authorize a motorcycle to be driven in contravention of other laws relating to the safe operation of a vehicle. By creating a new crime this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.

(2) The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.

This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: yes.

Laws:
An act to amend Section 21658 of the Vehicle Code, relating to vehicles.

AB 52    (Gray D)   Public accommodations: construction-related accessibility claims.

Summary:
Would provide that a defendant’s maximum liability for statutory damages in a construction-related accessibility claim against a place of public accommodation is $1,000 for each offense if the defendant has corrected all construction-related violations that are the basis of the claim within 180 days of being served with the complaint and the defendant demonstrates that the structure or area of the alleged violation was determined to meet standards or was subjected to an inspection, as specified.

Summary:
Existing law allows a plaintiff to collect statutory damages in a construction-related accessibility claim against a place of public accommodation only if the plaintiff was denied full and equal access to the place of public accommodation on a particular occasion, as specified. Existing law imposes a minimum liability of $1,000 on these statutory damages for each offense when a defendant demonstrates that the defendant has corrected the construction-related accessibility violation within 60 days of being served with a complaint and the defendant demonstrates that the structure or area of the alleged violation was determined to meet standards or was subjected to an inspection, as specified. Existing law also imposes a minimum liability of $2,000 for each offense if the defendant has corrected all construction-related violations that are the basis of the claim within 30 days of being served with the complaint and the defendant is a small business, as specified. This bill would instead provide that a defendant’s maximum liability for statutory damages in a construction-related accessibility claim against a place of public accommodation is $1,000 for each offense if the defendant has corrected all construction-related violations that are the basis of the claim within 180 days of being served with the complaint and the defendant demonstrates that the structure or area of the alleged violation was determined to meet standards or was subjected to an inspection, as specified. The bill would reduce that maximum liability to $1,000 for each offense if the defendant has corrected all construction-related violations that are the basis of the claim within 180 days of being served with the complaint and the defendant is a small business, as revised. The bill would also provide that specified statutory damages in a construction-related accessibility claim against a place of public accommodation that is a small business, as defined, may only be recovered if the place of public accommodation is granted a 180-day stay of court proceedings to meet specified requirements.

Digest:

Existing law allows a plaintiff to collect statutory damages in a construction-related accessibility claim against a place of public accommodation only if the plaintiff was denied full and equal access to the place of public accommodation on a particular occasion, as specified. Existing law imposes a minimum liability of $1,000 on these statutory damages for each offense when a defendant demonstrates that the defendant has corrected the construction-related accessibility violation within 60 days of being served with a complaint and the defendant demonstrates that the structure or area of the alleged violation was determined to meet standards or was subjected to an inspection, as specified. Existing law also imposes a minimum liability of $2,000 for each offense if the defendant has corrected all construction-related violations that are the basis of the claim within 30 days of being served with the complaint and the defendant is a small business, as specified.

This bill would instead provide that a defendant’s maximum liability for statutory damages in a construction-related accessibility claim against a place of public accommodation is $1,000 for each offense if the defendant has corrected all construction-related violations that are the basis of the claim within 180 days of being served with the complaint and the defendant demonstrates that the structure or area of the alleged violation was determined to meet standards or was subjected to an inspection, as specified. The bill would reduce that maximum liability to $1,000 for each offense if the defendant has corrected all construction-related violations that are the basis of the claim within 180 days of being served with the complaint and the defendant is a small business, as revised. The bill would also provide that specified statutory damages in a construction-related accessibility claim against a place of public accommodation that is a small business, as defined, may only be recovered if the place of public accommodation is granted a 180-day stay of court proceedings to meet specified requirements.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act to amend Section 55.56 of, and to add Section 55.565 to, the Civil Code, relating to public accommodations.

AB 53    (Garcia, Cristina D)   Vehicles: child safety seats.

Summary:
Current law requires a parent, legal guardian, or the driver of a motor vehicle to properly secure a child under 8 years of age in an appropriate passenger restraint system while the child is riding in a motor vehicle. This bill would require a parent, legal guardian, or the driver of a motor vehicle to properly secure a child under 2 years of age in an appropriate rear facing child safety seat while the child is riding in a motor vehicle.

Summary:
Existing law requires a parent, legal guardian, or the driver of a motor vehicle to properly secure a child under 8 years of age in an appropriate passenger restraint system while the child is riding in a motor vehicle. This bill would require a parent, legal guardian, or the driver of a motor vehicle to properly secure a child under 2 years of age in an appropriate rear facing child safety seat while the child is riding in a motor vehicle.

Digest:

Existing law requires a parent, legal guardian, or the driver of a motor vehicle to properly secure a child under 8 years of age in an appropriate passenger restraint system while the child is riding in a motor vehicle.

This bill would require a parent, legal guardian, or the driver of a motor vehicle to properly secure a child under 2 years of age in an appropriate rear facing child safety seat while the child is riding in a motor vehicle.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act to amend Section 27360 of the Vehicle Code, relating to vehicles.

AB 54    (Olsen R)   Public accommodations: construction-related accessibility claims.

Summary:
Would, when a plaintiff brings a claim alleging a violation of a construction-related accessibility standard within 3 years of a change in that standard, allow a plaintiff to collect statutory damages only if the plaintiff also provides the owner, agent, or other party responsible for the place in violation with a written notice or demand letter at least 60 days prior to filing any action and the violation is not cured. The bill would require the written notice or demand letter to contain specified information.

Summary:
Existing law allows a plaintiff to collect statutory damages in a construction-related accessibility claim against a place of public accommodation only if the plaintiff was denied full and equal access to the place of public accommodation on a particular occasion, as specified. Existing law imposes a $1,000 limit on statutory damages when a defendant demonstrates that the defendant has, among other things, cured the construction-related accessibility violation within 60 days of being served with a complaint. Existing law requires a demand letter alleging a construction-related accessibility claim to, among other things, state facts sufficient to allow a reasonable person to identify the basis of the claim. This bill would, when a plaintiff brings a claim alleging a violation of a construction-related accessibility standard within 3 years of a change in that standard, allow a plaintiff to collect statutory damages only if the plaintiff also provides the owner, agent, or other party responsible for the place in violation with a written notice or demand letter at least 60 days prior to filing any action and the violation is not cured. The bill would require the written notice or demand letter to contain specified information.

Digest:

Existing law allows a plaintiff to collect statutory damages in a construction-related accessibility claim against a place of public accommodation only if the plaintiff was denied full and equal access to the place of public accommodation on a particular occasion, as specified. Existing law imposes a $1,000 limit on statutory damages when a defendant demonstrates that the defendant has, among other things, cured the construction-related accessibility violation within 60 days of being served with a complaint. Existing law requires a demand letter alleging a construction-related accessibility claim to, among other things, state facts sufficient to allow a reasonable person to identify the basis of the claim.

This bill would, when a plaintiff brings a claim alleging a violation of a construction-related accessibility standard within 3 years of a change in that standard, allow a plaintiff to collect statutory damages only if the plaintiff also provides the owner, agent, or other party responsible for the place in violation with a written notice or demand letter at least 60 days prior to filing any action and the violation is not cured. The bill would require the written notice or demand letter to contain specified information.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act to amend Section 55.56 of, and to add Section 55.565 to, the Civil Code, relating to public accommodations.

AB 55    (Nazarian D)   Arts.

Summary:
Current law establishes the Arts Council composed of 11 members, with the Speaker of the Assembly and the Senate Committee on Rules each appointing one member and the Governor appointing 9 members who are subject to confirmation by the Senate. The Arts Council is authorized to award grants, as specified. This bill would state the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that would increase funding for the arts.

Summary:
Existing law establishes the Arts Council composed of 11 members, with the Speaker of the Assembly and the Senate Committee on Rules each appointing one member and the Governor appointing 9 members who are subject to confirmation by the Senate. The Arts Council is authorized to award grants, as specified. This bill would state the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that would increase funding for the arts.

Digest:

Existing law establishes the Arts Council composed of 11 members, with the Speaker of the Assembly and the Senate Committee on Rules each appointing one member and the Governor appointing 9 members who are subject to confirmation by the Senate. The Arts Council is authorized to award grants, as specified.

This bill would state the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that would increase funding for the arts.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act relating to state government.

AB 56    (Quirk D)   Unmanned aircraft systems.

Summary:
Would generally prohibit public agencies from using unmanned aircraft systems, or contracting for the use of unmanned aircraft systems, as defined, with certain exceptions applicable to law enforcement agencies and in certain other cases, including when the use or operation of the unmanned aircraft system achieves the core mission of the agency and the purpose is unrelated to the gathering of criminal intelligence, as defined. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

Summary:
Existing federal law, the Federal Aviation Administration Modernization and Reform Act of 2012, provides for the integration of civil unmanned aircraft systems, commonly known as drones, into the national airspace system by September 30, 2015. Existing federal law requires the Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration to develop and implement operational and certification requirements for the operation of public unmanned aircraft systems in the national airspace system by December 31, 2015. This bill would generally prohibit public agencies from using unmanned aircraft systems, or contracting for the use of unmanned aircraft systems, as defined, with certain exceptions applicable to law enforcement agencies and in certain other cases, including when the use or operation of the unmanned aircraft system achieves the core mission of the agency and the purpose is unrelated to the gathering of criminal intelligence, as defined. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

Digest:
Existing federal law, the Federal Aviation Administration Modernization and Reform Act of 2012, provides for the integration of civil unmanned aircraft systems, commonly known as drones, into the national airspace system by September 30, 2015. Existing federal law requires the Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration to develop and implement operational and certification requirements for the operation of public unmanned aircraft systems in the national airspace system by December 31, 2015.
This bill would generally prohibit public agencies from using unmanned aircraft systems, or contracting for the use of unmanned aircraft systems, as defined, with certain exceptions applicable to law enforcement agencies and in certain other cases, including when the use or operation of the unmanned aircraft system achieves the core mission of the agency and the purpose is unrelated to the gathering of criminal intelligence, as defined.
The bill would require reasonable public notice to be provided by public agencies intending to deploy unmanned aircraft systems, as specified. The bill would require images, footage, or data obtained through the use of an unmanned aircraft system under these provisions to be permanently destroyed within one year, except as specified. The bill would generally prohibit images, footage, or data obtained through the use of an unmanned aircraft system under these provisions from being disseminated outside the collecting public agency, except as specified. Unless authorized by federal law, the bill would prohibit a person or entity, including a public agency subject to these provisions, or a person or entity under contract to a public agency, for the purpose of that contract, from equipping or arming an unmanned aircraft system with a weapon or other device that may be carried by or launched from an unmanned aircraft system and that is intended to cause bodily injury or death, or damage to, or the destruction of, real or personal property. The bill would also provide that specified surveillance restrictions on electronic devices apply to the use or operation of an unmanned aircraft system by a public agency.
The bill would make its provisions applicable to all public and private entities when contracting with a public agency for the use of an unmanned aircraft system.
Existing law, the California Public Records Act, requires state and local agencies to make public records available for inspection, subject to certain exceptions.
This bill would make certain images, footage, or data obtained through the use of an unmanned aircraft system under its provisions, or any related record, including, but not limited to, usage logs or logs that identify any person or entity that subsequently obtains or requests records of that system, subject to disclosure. The bill would except from the disclosure requirements discussed above images, footage, data, and records obtained through the use of an unmanned aircraft system if disclosure would endanger the safety of a person involved in an investigation, or would endanger the successful completion of the investigation.
Existing constitutional provisions require that a statute that limits the right of access to the meetings of public bodies or the writings of public officials and agencies be adopted with findings demonstrating the interest protected by the limitation and the need for protecting that interest.
This bill would make legislative findings to that effect.
Because this bill would require local entities to comply with additional rules and requirements regarding the use of information obtained from unmanned aircraft systems, it would impose a state-mandated local program.
The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.
This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: yes.

Laws:
An act to add Section 6254.31 to the Government Code, and to add Title 14 (commencing with Section 14350) to Part 4 of the Penal Code, relating to unmanned aircraft systems.

AB 57    (Quirk D)   Broadband communications infrastructure.

Summary:
Would state the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation to promote the deployment of communications infrastructure by removing barriers to investment. This bill contains other existing laws.

Summary:
The existing federal Telecommunications Act of 1996 preempts any state or local statute or regulation that may prohibit or have the effect of prohibiting the ability of any entity to provide any interstate or intrastate telecommunications service, but does not prohibit a state from imposing on a competitively neutral basis, requirements necessary to preserve and advance universal service, protect the public safety and welfare, ensure the continued quality of telecommunications services, and safeguard the rights of consumers. The prohibition also contains a “safe harbor” that does not affect the authority of a state or local government to manage the public rights-of-way or to require fair and reasonable compensation from telecommunications providers, on a competitively neutral and nondiscriminatory basis, for use of public rights-of-way on a nondiscriminatory basis. This bill would state the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation to promote the deployment of communications infrastructure by removing barriers to investment. This bill contains other existing laws.

Digest:
The existing federal Telecommunications Act of 1996 preempts any state or local statute or regulation that may prohibit or have the effect of prohibiting the ability of any entity to provide any interstate or intrastate telecommunications service, but does not prohibit a state from imposing on a competitively neutral basis, requirements necessary to preserve and advance universal service, protect the public safety and welfare, ensure the continued quality of telecommunications services, and safeguard the rights of consumers. The prohibition also contains a “safe harbor” that does not affect the authority of a state or local government to manage the public rights-of-way or to require fair and reasonable compensation from telecommunications providers, on a competitively neutral and nondiscriminatory basis, for use of public rights-of-way on a nondiscriminatory basis.
Under existing law, telegraph or telephone corporations may construct lines of telegraph or telephone lines along and upon any public road or highway, along or across any of the waters or lands within the state, and may erect related poles, posts, piers, abutments, and other necessary fixtures of their lines, but may not incommode the public use of the road or highway or interrupt the navigation of the waters. Existing law declares the intent of the Legislature that consistent with this authorization, municipalities have the right to exercise reasonable control as to the time, place, and manner in which roads, highways, and waterways are accessed, but that for the control to be reasonable it must, at a minimum, be applied to all entities in an equivalent manner.
This bill would state the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation to promote the deployment of communications infrastructure by removing barriers to investment.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act relating to communications.

AB 58    (Rodriguez D)   School safety plans.

Summary:
Would revise and recast procedures related to school safety plans. The bill would require each school to adopt its comprehensive school safety plan by March 1, 2016, and to review and update its plan by March 1 of every 3rd year thereafter. The bill would require, no later than October 15, 2016, and every 3rd year thereafter, each superintendent of a school district or county office of education to provide written notification to the Superintendent of Public Instruction identifying each school within the school district or county that has not complied with the requirement to adopt a comprehensive school safety plan. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

Summary:
Existing law provides that school districts and county offices of education are responsible for the overall development of a comprehensive school safety plan for each of their constituent schools. Existing law requires the schoolsite council of a school to write and develop the school safety plan relevant to the needs and resources of the particular school. Existing law requires a schoolsite council or school safety planning committee, before adopting a school safety plan, to hold a public meeting at the schoolsite, as specified. Existing law requires schools to forward copies of their school safety plans to the school district or county office of education for approval. Existing law requires school districts and county offices of education annually to notify the State Department of Education regarding schools that fail to adopt a school safety plan. This bill would revise and recast those procedures. The bill would require each school to adopt its comprehensive school safety plan by March 1, 2016, and to review and update its plan by March 1 of every 3rd year thereafter. The bill would require, no later than October 15, 2016, and every 3rd year thereafter, each superintendent of a school district or county office of education to provide written notification to the Superintendent of Public Instruction identifying each school within the school district or county that has not complied with the requirement to adopt a comprehensive school safety plan. The bill would require certain school administrators to keep and maintain a copy of the most recent comprehensive school safety plan, as provided. The bill would require the department to monitor compliance with these provisions using an existing monitoring framework. By requiring school and local educational agency officers to perform additional duties, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

Digest:
(1) Existing law provides that school districts and county offices of education are responsible for the overall development of a comprehensive school safety plan for each of their constituent schools. Existing law requires the schoolsite council of a school to write and develop the school safety plan relevant to the needs and resources of the particular school. Existing law requires a schoolsite council or school safety planning committee, before adopting a school safety plan, to hold a public meeting at the schoolsite, as specified. Existing law requires schools to forward copies of their school safety plans to the school district or county office of education for approval. Existing law requires school districts and county offices of education annually to notify the State Department of Education regarding schools that fail to adopt a school safety plan.
This bill would revise and recast those procedures. The bill would require each school to adopt its comprehensive school safety plan by March 1, 2016, and to review and update its plan by March 1 of every 3rd year thereafter. The bill would require, no later than October 15, 2016, and every 3rd year thereafter, each superintendent of a school district or county office of education to provide written notification to the Superintendent of Public Instruction identifying each school within the school district or county that has not complied with the requirement to adopt a comprehensive school safety plan. The bill would require certain school administrators to keep and maintain a copy of the most recent comprehensive school safety plan, as provided. The bill would require the department to monitor compliance with these provisions using an existing monitoring framework. By requiring school and local educational agency officers to perform additional duties, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
(2) The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.
This bill would provide that, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that the bill contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to these statutory provisions.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: yes.

Laws:
An act to amend Sections 32280, 32281, 32282, 32286, and 32288 of, to add Sections 32286.1, 32288.1, and 32289.5 to, and to repeal Section 32289 of, the Education Code, relating to school safety.

AB 59    (Waldron R)   Mental health services: assisted outpatient treatment.

Summary:
Participating counties are required to provide prescribed assisted outpatient services, including a service planning and delivery process, that are client-directed and employ psychosocial rehabilitation and recovery principles. Current law authorizes participating counties to pay for the services provided from moneys distributed to the counties from various continuously appropriated funds, including the Mental Health Services Fund when included in a county plan, as specified. This bill would delete the provisions that authorize a county to participate in the program, and instead require each county to implement the provisions of Laura’s Law.

Summary:
Existing law, the Assisted Outpatient Treatment Demonstration Project Act of 2002, known as Laura’s Law, until January 1, 2017, grants each county the authority to offer certain assisted outpatient treatment services for their residents. In counties in which these assisted outpatient treatment services are available, a court may order a person to receive assisted outpatient treatment for an initial treatment period not to exceed 6 months pursuant to an order if requisite criteria are met. Under that law, participating counties are required to provide prescribed assisted outpatient services, including a service planning and delivery process, that are client-directed and employ psychosocial rehabilitation and recovery principles. Existing law authorizes participating counties to pay for the services provided from moneys distributed to the counties from various continuously appropriated funds, including the Mental Health Services Fund when included in a county plan, as specified. This bill would delete the provisions that authorize a county to participate in the program, and instead require each county to implement the provisions of Laura’s Law. The bill would delete the January 1, 2017, repeal date of those provisions, thereby extending the program indefinitely. By imposing additional duties upon the counties to implement these provisions, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program. The bill would also authorize the court to order a person to obtain assisted outpatient treatment for an initial period not to exceed 12 months if requisite criteria are met. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

Digest:

Existing law, the Assisted Outpatient Treatment Demonstration Project Act of 2002, known as Laura’s Law, until January 1, 2017, grants each county the authority to offer certain assisted outpatient treatment services for their residents. In counties in which these assisted outpatient treatment services are available, a court may order a person to receive assisted outpatient treatment for an initial treatment period not to exceed 6 months pursuant to an order if requisite criteria are met. Under that law, participating counties are required to provide prescribed assisted outpatient services, including a service planning and delivery process, that are client-directed and employ psychosocial rehabilitation and recovery principles. Existing law authorizes participating counties to pay for the services provided from moneys distributed to the counties from various continuously appropriated funds, including the Mental Health Services Fund when included in a county plan, as specified.

This bill would delete the provisions that authorize a county to participate in the program, and instead require each county to implement the provisions of Laura’s Law. The bill would delete the January 1, 2017, repeal date of those provisions, thereby extending the program indefinitely. By imposing additional duties upon the counties to implement these provisions, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program. The bill would also authorize the court to order a person to obtain assisted outpatient treatment for an initial period not to exceed 12 months if requisite criteria are met.

Existing law, the Lanterman-Petris-Short Act, authorizes the involuntary detention for a period of 72 hours for evaluation of persons who are dangerous to self or others, or gravely disabled, as defined. Existing law provides that if a person is detained for 72 hours or is under court order for evaluation and has received an evaluation, he or she may be certified for not more than 14 days of intensive treatment related to the mental disorder or impairment by chronic alcoholism if certain conditions are met, as specified. Under existing law, a person may be certified for intensive treatment for an additional period of time if he or she remains gravely disabled or unwilling or unable to accept voluntary treatment or if he or she is suicidal, as specified, or may be confined for postcertification treatment for up to 180 days if he or she has, among other things, attempted or inflicted physical harm upon another person, as specified.

This bill would, upon the release of a person from intensive treatment or postcertification treatment described above, authorize the professional staff of the agency or facility that provided the treatment to evaluate whether the person meets the criteria for assisted outpatient treatment. The bill would authorize the professional staff to request the county mental health director to file a petition in the superior court for assisted outpatient treatment if that person meets that criteria.

The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.

This bill would provide that, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that the bill contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to these statutory provisions.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: yes.

Laws:
An act to amend Sections 5346, 5347, 5348, 5349, 5349.1, and 5349.5 of, and to add Section 5349.3 to, the Welfare and Institutions Code, relating to mental health services.

AB 60    (Gonzalez D)   Immigration services: attorneys.

Summary:
Would revise the definition of an immigration reform act to include Executive Order No. ____, issued by the President on ____, 2014, relating to immigration.

Summary:
Existing law, the State Bar Act, provides for the licensure and regulation of attorneys by the State Bar of California, a public corporation. Existing law prohibits an attorney from demanding or accepting the advance payment of any funds from a person before the enactment of an immigration reform act, as defined, and requires any funds received during a specified time to be refunded to the client promptly, but no later than 30 days after the receipt of any funds, as provided. Existing law requires the State Bar to provide specified information relating to immigration reform act services on its Internet Web site. This bill would revise the definition of an immigration reform act to include Executive Order No. ____, issued by the President on ____, 2014, relating to immigration.

Digest:

Existing law, the State Bar Act, provides for the licensure and regulation of attorneys by the State Bar of California, a public corporation. Existing law prohibits an attorney from demanding or accepting the advance payment of any funds from a person before the enactment of an immigration reform act, as defined, and requires any funds received during a specified time to be refunded to the client promptly, but no later than 30 days after the receipt of any funds, as provided. Existing law requires the State Bar to provide specified information relating to immigration reform act services on its Internet Web site.

This bill would revise the definition of an immigration reform act to include Executive Order No. ____, issued by the President on ____, 2014, relating to immigration.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act to amend Section 6240 of the Business and Professions Code, relating to immigration services.

AB 61    (Allen, Travis R)   Shuttle services: loading and unloading of passengers.

Summary:
Would also allow local authorities to permit shuttle service vehicles, as defined, to stop for the loading or unloading of passengers alongside specified curb spaces upon agreement between a transit system operating buses engaged as common carriers in local transportation and a shuttle service provider, as defined.

Summary:
Under existing law, a person may not stop, park, or leave a vehicle standing alongside a curb space authorized for the loading or unloading of passengers of a bus engaged as a common carrier in local transportation when indicated by a sign or red paint on the curb, except that existing law allows local authorities to permit schoolbuses to stop alongside these curb spaces upon agreement between a transit system operating buses as common carriers in local transportation and a public school district or private school. This bill would also allow local authorities to permit shuttle service vehicles, as defined, to stop for the loading or unloading of passengers alongside these curb spaces upon agreement between a transit system operating buses engaged as common carriers in local transportation and a shuttle service provider, as defined.

Digest:
Under existing law, a person may not stop, park, or leave a vehicle standing alongside a curb space authorized for the loading or unloading of passengers of a bus engaged as a common carrier in local transportation when indicated by a sign or red paint on the curb, except that existing law allows local authorities to permit schoolbuses to stop alongside these curb spaces upon agreement between a transit system operating buses as common carriers in local transportation and a public school district or private school.
This bill would also allow local authorities to permit shuttle service vehicles, as defined, to stop for the loading or unloading of passengers alongside these curb spaces upon agreement between a transit system operating buses engaged as common carriers in local transportation and a shuttle service provider, as defined.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act to amend Section 22500.5 of the Vehicle Code, relating to shuttle services.

AB 62    (Allen, Travis R)   Charter-party carriers of passengers.

Summary:
The Passenger Charter-Party Carriers’ Act provides for the regulation by the Public Utilities Commission of motor carriers operating as charter-party carriers of passengers. Current law generally requires charges for the transportation to be offered or afforded by a charter-party carrier of passengers to be computed and assessed on a vehicle mileage or time-of-use basis, rather than on an individual-fare basis, subject to certain exceptions. This bill would make nonsubstantive changes to these provisions.

Summary:
The Passenger Charter-Party Carriers’ Act provides for the regulation by the Public Utilities Commission of motor carriers operating as charter-party carriers of passengers. Existing law generally requires charges for the transportation to be offered or afforded by a charter-party carrier of passengers to be computed and assessed on a vehicle mileage or time-of-use basis, rather than on an individual-fare basis, subject to certain exceptions. This bill would make nonsubstantive changes to these provisions.

Digest:
The Passenger Charter-Party Carriers’ Act provides for the regulation by the Public Utilities Commission of motor carriers operating as charter-party carriers of passengers. Existing law generally requires charges for the transportation to be offered or afforded by a charter-party carrier of passengers to be computed and assessed on a vehicle mileage or time-of-use basis, rather than on an individual-fare basis, subject to certain exceptions.
This bill would make nonsubstantive changes to these provisions.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act to amend Section 5401 of the Public Utilities Code, relating to charter-party carriers of passengers.

AB 63    (Bonilla D)   School safety programs: funding.

Summary:
Would authorize the Superintendent to consult with the Board of State and Community Corrections, the State Department of Social Services, and the State Department of Public Health on school violence prevention and intervention in order to carry out one or more of the purposes of the programs established under the School Safety and Violence Prevention Strategy Program. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

Summary:
The School Safety Violence Protection Act establishes the School Safety and Violence Prevention Strategy Program, which is administered by the Superintendent of Public Instruction, for the purpose of providing grant funding to schools and school districts to promote school safety and violence prevention programs among children and youth in the public schools. This bill would authorize the Superintendent to consult with the Board of State and Community Corrections, the State Department of Social Services, and the State Department of Public Health on school violence prevention and intervention in order to carry out one or more of the purposes of the programs established under the School Safety and Violence Prevention Strategy Program. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

Digest:

The School Safety Violence Protection Act establishes the School Safety and Violence Prevention Strategy Program, which is administered by the Superintendent of Public Instruction, for the purpose of providing grant funding to schools and school districts to promote school safety and violence prevention programs among children and youth in the public schools.

This bill would authorize the Superintendent to consult with the Board of State and Community Corrections, the State Department of Social Services, and the State Department of Public Health on school violence prevention and intervention in order to carry out one or more of the purposes of the programs established under the School Safety and Violence Prevention Strategy Program.

Existing law authorizes a state agency to apply to the Department of Motor Vehicles to sponsor a specialized license plate program, and requires the department to issue specialized license plates for that program, if the state agency complies with specified requirements.

The bill would require the State Department of Education to apply to the Department of Motor Vehicles for the purpose of creating a specialized license plate program. The bill would require that the fees collected from the sale of the specialized license plates be deposited in the School Violence Prevention Fund, which the bill would establish, and, upon appropriation by the Legislature, be allocated to the State Department of Education in order to carry out one or more of the purposes of the programs established under the School Safety and Violence Prevention Strategy Program.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act to add Section 35294.16 to the Education Code and to add Section 5164 to the Vehicle Code, relating to school safety.

AB 64    (Chávez R)   State employees: reinstatement after military service.

Summary:
Would require that a reinstated civil service employee who returns from active military service and who is paid hourly to be given the same shift and number of hours worked per week as he or she worked immediately prior to going on military leave.

Summary:
The State Civil Service Act requires the reinstatement of a permanent, probationary, or exempt employee who returns from active duty military service to his or her former position, as specified. Under existing law, reinstatement to an employee’s former exempt position reestablishes the employee’s tenure and civil service reinstatement rights, if any, as they existed immediately prior to his or her military leave. This bill would additionally require that a reinstated civil service employee who returns from active military service and who is paid hourly to be given the same shift and number of hours worked per week as he or she worked immediately prior to going on military leave.

Digest:

The State Civil Service Act requires the reinstatement of a permanent, probationary, or exempt employee who returns from active duty military service to his or her former position, as specified. Under existing law, reinstatement to an employee’s former exempt position reestablishes the employee’s tenure and civil service reinstatement rights, if any, as they existed immediately prior to his or her military leave.

This bill would additionally require that a reinstated civil service employee who returns from active military service and who is paid hourly to be given the same shift and number of hours worked per week as he or she worked immediately prior to going on military leave.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act to amend Section 19780 of the Government Code, relating to employment.

AB 65    (Alejo D)   Local law enforcement: body-worn cameras: matching grant program.

Summary:
Would appropriate an unspecified sum from the General Fund to the Department of Justice for purposes of matching federal funds available to purchase body-worn cameras and related equipment for use by local peace officers. The bill would require the department to develop a matching grant program for local jurisdictions that would either allow the state to apply for federal matching funds on behalf of a local law enforcement entity, or to reimburse a local law enforcement entity that has expended its funds for purposes of obtaining federal matching funds for body-worn cameras, as described.

Summary:
Existing law generally requires local agencies to provide each newly hired police officer and deputy sheriff with a pistol and other specified equipment. This bill would appropriate an unspecified sum from the General Fund to the Department of Justice for purposes of matching federal funds available to purchase body-worn cameras and related equipment for use by local peace officers. The bill would require the department to develop a matching grant program for local jurisdictions that would either allow the state to apply for federal matching funds on behalf of a local law enforcement entity, or to reimburse a local law enforcement entity that has expended its funds for purposes of obtaining federal matching funds for body-worn cameras, as described.

Digest:
Existing law generally requires local agencies to provide each newly hired police officer and deputy sheriff with a pistol and other specified equipment.
This bill would appropriate an unspecified sum from the General Fund to the Department of Justice for purposes of matching federal funds available to purchase body-worn cameras and related equipment for use by local peace officers. The bill would require the department to develop a matching grant program for local jurisdictions that would either allow the state to apply for federal matching funds on behalf of a local law enforcement entity, or to reimburse a local law enforcement entity that has expended its funds for purposes of obtaining federal matching funds for body-worn cameras, as described.
Vote: 2/3. Appropriation: yes. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act to add Title 14 (commencing with Section 14400) to Part 4 of the Penal Code, relating to peace officers, and making an appropriation therefor.

AB 66    (Weber D)   Peace officers: cameras.

Summary:
Would state the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation to require local police departments that utilize police body-worn cameras to follow policies and procedures that will streamline best practices to better enhance the quality of the services that those departments provide to Californians. The bill would state the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation to create a task force to study the effectiveness of body-worn cameras and make policy recommendations. The bill would state the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that best fits the recommendations of this task force.

Summary:
Existing law makes it a crime to intentionally record a confidential communication without the consent of all parties to the communication. Existing law exempts specified peace officers from that provision if they are acting within the scope of their authority. This bill would state the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation to require local police departments that utilize police body-worn cameras to follow policies and procedures that will streamline best practices to better enhance the quality of the services that those departments provide to Californians. The bill would state the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation to create a task force to study the effectiveness of body-worn cameras and make policy recommendations. The bill would state the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that best fits the recommendations of this task force.

Digest:
Existing law makes it a crime to intentionally record a confidential communication without the consent of all parties to the communication. Existing law exempts specified peace officers from that provision if they are acting within the scope of their authority.
This bill would state the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation to require local police departments that utilize police body-worn cameras to follow policies and procedures that will streamline best practices to better enhance the quality of the services that those departments provide to Californians. The bill would state the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation to create a task force to study the effectiveness of body-worn cameras and make policy recommendations. The bill would state the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that best fits the recommendations of this task force.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act relating to peace officers.

AB 67    (Gonzalez D)   Double Pay on the Holiday Act of 2015.

Summary:
Would enact the Double Pay on the Holiday Act of 2015 that would require an employer to pay at least 2 times the regular rate of pay to an employee for work on a family holiday as defined. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

Summary:
Existing law provides that 8 hours of labor constitutes a day’s work. Under existing law, any work in excess of 8 hours in one workday and any work in excess of 40 hours in any one workweek, and the first 8 hours worked on the 7th day of work in any one workweek, is required to be compensated at the rate of no less than 1 1/2 times the regular rate of pay for an employee. Existing law also provides that hours worked in excess of 12 hours in one day as well as hours worked in excess of 8 hours on any 7th day of work are to be compensated at the rate of no less than twice the regular rate of pay of an employee. A violation of these overtime wage provisions constitutes a crime. This bill would enact the Double Pay on the Holiday Act of 2015 that would require an employer to pay at least 2 times the regular rate of pay to an employee for work on a family holiday as defined. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

Digest:
Existing law provides that 8 hours of labor constitutes a day’s work. Under existing law, any work in excess of 8 hours in one workday and any work in excess of 40 hours in any one workweek, and the first 8 hours worked on the 7th day of work in any one workweek, is required to be compensated at the rate of no less than 1 1/2 times the regular rate of pay for an employee. Existing law also provides that hours worked in excess of 12 hours in one day as well as hours worked in excess of 8 hours on any 7th day of work are to be compensated at the rate of no less than twice the regular rate of pay of an employee. A violation of these overtime wage provisions constitutes a crime.
This bill would enact the Double Pay on the Holiday Act of 2015 that would require an employer to pay at least 2 times the regular rate of pay to an employee for work on a family holiday as defined.
Because this bill would expand the definition of a crime, it would impose a state-mandated local program.
The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.
This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: yes.

Laws:
An act to add Section 511.5 to the Labor Code, relating to employment.

AB 68    (Waldron R)   Medi-Cal.

Summary:
The Medi-Cal program is, in part, governed and funded by federal Medicaid Program provisions. Current law provides that it is the intent of the Legislature to provide, to the extent practicable, for health care for those aged and other persons who lack sufficient annual income to meet the costs of health care, and whose other assets are so limited that their application toward the costs of care would jeopardize the person’s or family’s future minimum self-maintenance and security. This bill would make technical, nonsubstantive changes to those provisions.

Summary:
Existing law establishes the Medi-Cal program, which is administered by the State Department of Health Care Services, and under which qualified low-income individuals receive health care services. The Medi-Cal program is, in part, governed and funded by federal Medicaid Program provisions. Existing law provides that it is the intent of the Legislature to provide, to the extent practicable, for health care for those aged and other persons who lack sufficient annual income to meet the costs of health care, and whose other assets are so limited that their application toward the costs of care would jeopardize the person’s or family’s future minimum self-maintenance and security. This bill would make technical, nonsubstantive changes to those provisions.

Digest:
Existing law establishes the Medi-Cal program, which is administered by the State Department of Health Care Services, and under which qualified low-income individuals receive health care services. The Medi-Cal program is, in part, governed and funded by federal Medicaid Program provisions. Existing law provides that it is the intent of the Legislature to provide, to the extent practicable, for health care for those aged and other persons who lack sufficient annual income to meet the costs of health care, and whose other assets are so limited that their application toward the costs of care would jeopardize the person’s or family’s future minimum self-maintenance and security.
This bill would make technical, nonsubstantive changes to those provisions.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act to amend Section 14000 of the Welfare and Institutions Code, relating to Medi-Cal.

AB 69    (Rodriguez D)   Peace officers: body-worn cameras.

Summary:
Current law makes it a crime to intentionally record a confidential communication without the consent of all parties to the communication. Current law exempts specified peace officers from that provision if they are acting within the scope of their authority. This bill would state the intent of the legislature to enact legislation to require all peace officers statewide to wear body cameras to capture their interactions with the public.

Summary:
Existing law makes it a crime to intentionally record a confidential communication without the consent of all parties to the communication. Existing law exempts specified peace officers from that provision if they are acting within the scope of their authority. This bill would state the intent of the legislature to enact legislation to require all peace officers statewide to wear body cameras to capture their interactions with the public.

Digest:
Existing law makes it a crime to intentionally record a confidential communication without the consent of all parties to the communication. Existing law exempts specified peace officers from that provision if they are acting within the scope of their authority.
This bill would state the intent of the legislature to enact legislation to require all peace officers statewide to wear body cameras to capture their interactions with the public.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act relating to peace officers.

AB 70    (Waldron R)   Medi-Cal: hospital reimbursement.

Summary:
Current law provides for the Medi-Cal program, which is administered by the State Department of Health Care Services and under which qualified low-income persons receive health care benefits. Current law declares the intent of the Legislature to enact a method for reimbursing hospitals for inpatient and outpatient services provided to Medi-Cal beneficiaries on a prospectively negotiated contractual basis and to develop and test alternatives that would become the basis for a permanent contracting system. This bill would make technical, nonsubstantive changes to that statement of intent.

Summary:
Existing law provides for the Medi-Cal program, which is administered by the State Department of Health Care Services and under which qualified low-income persons receive health care benefits. Existing law declares the intent of the Legislature to enact a method for reimbursing hospitals for inpatient and outpatient services provided to Medi-Cal beneficiaries on a prospectively negotiated contractual basis and to develop and test alternatives that would become the basis for a permanent contracting system. This bill would make technical, nonsubstantive changes to that statement of intent.

Digest:
Existing law provides for the Medi-Cal program, which is administered by the State Department of Health Care Services and under which qualified low-income persons receive health care benefits. Existing law declares the intent of the Legislature to enact a method for reimbursing hospitals for inpatient and outpatient services provided to Medi-Cal beneficiaries on a prospectively negotiated contractual basis and to develop and test alternatives that would become the basis for a permanent contracting system.
This bill would make technical, nonsubstantive changes to that statement of intent.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act to amend Section 14611 of the Welfare and Institutions Code, relating to Medi-Cal.

AB 71    (Rodriguez D)   Criminal justice: reporting.

Summary:
Current law requires each sheriff and police chief to annually furnish a report to the Department of Justice on justifiable homicides. This bill would require each sheriff and police chief to annually furnish a report to the Department of Justice on shootings that involve peace officers and result in the injury or death of an individual or a peace officer. By imposing new duties on local agencies, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program. This bill contains other related provisions and other current laws.

Summary:
Existing law requires each sheriff and police chief to annually furnish a report to the Department of Justice on justifiable homicides. This bill would require each sheriff and police chief to annually furnish a report to the Department of Justice on shootings that involve peace officers and result in the injury or death of an individual or a peace officer. By imposing new duties on local agencies, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

Digest:
Existing law requires each sheriff and police chief to annually furnish a report to the Department of Justice on justifiable homicides.
This bill would require each sheriff and police chief to annually furnish a report to the Department of Justice on shootings that involve peace officers and result in the injury or death of an individual or a peace officer. By imposing new duties on local agencies, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.
This bill would provide that, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that the bill contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to these statutory provisions.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: yes.

Laws:
An act to add Section 13022.5 to the Penal Code, relating to criminal justice.

AB 72    (Bonta D)   Medi-Cal: demonstration project.

Summary:
Current law provides for a demonstration project under the Medi-Cal program until October 31, 2015, to implement specified objectives, including better care coordination for seniors and persons with disabilities and maximization of opportunities to reduce the number of uninsured individuals. This bill would require the State Department of Health Care Services to submit an application to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for a waiver to implement a demonstration project that, among other things, continues the state’s momentum and successes in innovation achieved under the demonstration project described above.

Summary:
Existing law provides for the Medi-Cal program, which is administered by the State Department of Health Care Services and under which qualified low-income persons receive health care benefits. The Medi-Cal program is, in part, governed and funded by federal Medicaid provisions. Existing law provides for a demonstration project under the Medi-Cal program until October 31, 2015, to implement specified objectives, including better care coordination for seniors and persons with disabilities and maximization of opportunities to reduce the number of uninsured individuals. This bill would require the State Department of Health Care Services to submit an application to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for a waiver to implement a demonstration project that, among other things, continues the state’s momentum and successes in innovation achieved under the demonstration project described above. The bill would require the department to consult with interested stakeholders and the Legislature in developing the waiver application. The bill would provide that the department only implement the waiver or demonstration project upon submittal of an implementation plan to the appropriate policy and fiscal committees of the Legislature at least 60 days prior to any appropriation. This bill contains other related provisions.

Digest:
Existing law provides for the Medi-Cal program, which is administered by the State Department of Health Care Services and under which qualified low-income persons receive health care benefits. The Medi-Cal program is, in part, governed and funded by federal Medicaid provisions. Existing law provides for a demonstration project under the Medi-Cal program until October 31, 2015, to implement specified objectives, including better care coordination for seniors and persons with disabilities and maximization of opportunities to reduce the number of uninsured individuals.
This bill would require the State Department of Health Care Services to submit an application to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for a waiver to implement a demonstration project that, among other things, continues the state’s momentum and successes in innovation achieved under the demonstration project described above. The bill would require the department to consult with interested stakeholders and the Legislature in developing the waiver application. The bill would provide that the department only implement the waiver or demonstration project upon submittal of an implementation plan to the appropriate policy and fiscal committees of the Legislature at least 60 days prior to any appropriation.
This bill would declare that it is to take effect immediately as an urgency statute.
Vote: 2/3. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act to add Article 5.5 (commencing with Section 14184) to Chapter 7 of Part 3 of Division 9 of the Welfare and Institutions Code, relating to Medi-Cal, and declaring the urgency thereof, to take effect immediately.

AB 73    (Waldron R)   Medi-Cal: benefits: prescription drugs.

Summary:
Would declare the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation to include specified therapeutic drug classes, as prescribed by a licensed prescriber in his or her reasonable, professional judgment, as a covered Medi-Cal benefit, to the extent permitted by federal law.

Summary:
Existing law provides for the Medi-Cal program, which is administered by the State Department of Health Care Services, under which qualified low-income individuals receive health care services. The Medi-Cal program is, in part, governed and funded by federal Medicaid Program provisions. Existing law specifies the benefits provided pursuant to the program, including the purchase of prescribed drugs that are covered subject to utilization controls. Utilization controls include a requirement that the treatment provider obtain prior authorization for providing medical treatment, as specified. This bill would declare the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation to include specified therapeutic drug classes, as prescribed by a licensed prescriber in his or her reasonable, professional judgment, as a covered Medi-Cal benefit, to the extent permitted by federal law.

Digest:
Existing law provides for the Medi-Cal program, which is administered by the State Department of Health Care Services, under which qualified low-income individuals receive health care services. The Medi-Cal program is, in part, governed and funded by federal Medicaid Program provisions. Existing law specifies the benefits provided pursuant to the program, including the purchase of prescribed drugs that are covered subject to utilization controls. Utilization controls include a requirement that the treatment provider obtain prior authorization for providing medical treatment, as specified.
This bill would declare the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation to include specified therapeutic drug classes, as prescribed by a licensed prescriber in his or her reasonable, professional judgment, as a covered Medi-Cal benefit, to the extent permitted by federal law.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act to add Section 14133.06 to the Welfare and Institutions Code, relating to Medi-Cal.

AB 74    (Calderon D)   Care facilities: regulatory visits.

Summary:
Current law requires the State Department of Social Services to conduct an annual unannounced visit for care facilities under specified circumstances, including when a license is on probation, and to conduct annual unannounced visits to no less than 20% of the facilities, other than foster family homes, that are not subject to an inspection under those specified circumstances. This bill would make every facility of the types described above, except for, subject to an annual unannounced visit by the department on and after July 1, 2018. The bill would revise the provisions requiring the department to conduct annual unannounced visits to no less than 20% of the facilities by instead requiring the department to conduct annual unannounced visits to no less than 30% of facilities on or before July 1, 2016, and no less than 20% of those facilities on or before July 1, 2017.

Summary:
Under existing law, the State Department of Social Services regulates the licensure and operation of community care facilities, residential care facilities for the elderly, child day care centers, and family day care homes. Existing law provides that these facilities, except for foster family homes, are subject to unannounced visits by the department at least once every 5 years. Existing law requires the department to conduct an annual unannounced visit under specified circumstances, including when a license is on probation, and to conduct annual unannounced visits to no less than 20% of the facilities, other than foster family homes, that are not subject to an inspection under those specified circumstances. This bill would instead make every facility of the types described above, except for, subject to an annual unannounced visit by the department on and after July 1, 2018. The bill would revise the provisions requiring the department to conduct annual unannounced visits to no less than 20% of the facilities by instead requiring the department to conduct annual unannounced visits to no less than 30% of facilities on or before July 1, 2016, and no less than 20% of those facilities on or before July 1, 2017. The bill would also delete the provisions requiring an unannounced visit at least once every 5 years.

Digest:
Under existing law, the State Department of Social Services regulates the licensure and operation of community care facilities, residential care facilities for the elderly, child day care centers, and family day care homes. Existing law provides that these facilities, except for foster family homes, are subject to unannounced visits by the department at least once every 5 years. Existing law requires the department to conduct an annual unannounced visit under specified circumstances, including when a license is on probation, and to conduct annual unannounced visits to no less than 20% of the facilities, other than foster family homes, that are not subject to an inspection under those specified circumstances.
This bill would instead make every facility of the types described above, except for, subject to an annual unannounced visit by the department on and after July 1, 2018. The bill would revise the provisions requiring the department to conduct annual unannounced visits to no less than 20% of the facilities by instead requiring the department to conduct annual unannounced visits to no less than 30% of facilities on or before July 1, 2016, and no less than 20% of those facilities on or before July 1, 2017. The bill would also delete the provisions requiring an unannounced visit at least once every 5 years.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act to amend Sections 1534, 1569.33, 1597.09, and 1597.55a of the Health and Safety Code, relating to care facilities.

AB 75    (Mathis R)   Veterans.

Summary:
Current law authorizes the California Veterans’ Educational Institute, which is under the management and control of the Department of Veterans Affairs, to provide opportunities for veterans to continue their education. Current law authorizes the Department of Veterans Affairs to work with authorized agencies of the United States in providing those opportunities. This bill would make technical, nonsubstantive changes to this provision.

Summary:
Existing law authorizes the California Veterans’ Educational Institute, which is under the management and control of the Department of Veterans Affairs, to provide opportunities for veterans to continue their education. Existing law authorizes the Department of Veterans Affairs to work with authorized agencies of the United States in providing those opportunities. This bill would make technical, nonsubstantive changes to this provision.

Digest:
Existing law authorizes the California Veterans’ Educational Institute, which is under the management and control of the Department of Veterans Affairs, to provide opportunities for veterans to continue their education. Existing law authorizes the Department of Veterans Affairs to work with authorized agencies of the United States in providing those opportunities.
This bill would make technical, nonsubstantive changes to this provision.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act to amend Section 981.5 of the Military and Veterans Code, relating to veterans.

AB 76    (Mathis R)   Tribal gaming: regulatory costs.

Summary:
Current federal law, the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act of 1988, provides for the negotiation and execution of tribal-state gaming compacts for the purpose of authorizing certain types of gaming on Indian lands within a state. The California Constitution authorizes the Governor to negotiate and conclude compacts, subject to ratification by the Legislature. This bill would make technical, nonsubstantive changes to these provisions. This bill contains other current laws.

Summary:
Existing federal law, the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act of 1988, provides for the negotiation and execution of tribal-state gaming compacts for the purpose of authorizing certain types of gaming on Indian lands within a state. The California Constitution authorizes the Governor to negotiate and conclude compacts, subject to ratification by the Legislature. This bill would make technical, nonsubstantive changes to these provisions. This bill contains other existing laws.

Digest:
Existing federal law, the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act of 1988, provides for the negotiation and execution of tribal-state gaming compacts for the purpose of authorizing certain types of gaming on Indian lands within a state. The California Constitution authorizes the Governor to negotiate and conclude compacts, subject to ratification by the Legislature.
Existing law ratifies a number of tribal-state gaming compacts between the State of California and specified Indian tribes. Existing law creates in the State Treasury the Indian Gaming Special Distribution Fund for the receipt and deposit of moneys received by the state from Indian tribes pursuant to the terms of gaming compacts entered into with the state. Existing law authorizes moneys in that fund to be used for certain purposes, including compensation for regulatory costs incurred in connection with implementing and administering tribal-state gaming compacts.
This bill would make technical, nonsubstantive changes to these provisions.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act to amend Section 12012.85 of the Government Code, relating to gaming.

AB 77    (Mathis R)   Milk and Milk Products Act of 1947.

Summary:
The Milk and Milk Products Act of 1947 regulates the preparation, production, manufacture, distribution, and sale of milk and specified milk products. The act defines certain terms, including, among others, milk product and dairy product. This bill would make technical, nonsubstantive changes to these provisions.

Summary:
The Milk and Milk Products Act of 1947 regulates the preparation, production, manufacture, distribution, and sale of milk and specified milk products. The act defines certain terms, including, among others, milk product and dairy product. This bill would make technical, nonsubstantive changes to these provisions.

Digest:
The Milk and Milk Products Act of 1947 regulates the preparation, production, manufacture, distribution, and sale of milk and specified milk products. The act defines certain terms, including, among others, milk product and dairy product.
This bill would make technical, nonsubstantive changes to these provisions.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act to amend Section 32512 of the Food and Agricultural Code, relating to dairy.

AB 78    (Mathis R)   Groundwater basins.

Summary:
Current law requires the Department of Water Resources to categorize each basin or subbasin as high-, medium-, low-, or very low priority and to establish ground water the initial priority for each basin no later than January 31, 2015. This bill would make technical, nonsubstantive changes to this provision.

Summary:
Existing law requires the Department of Water Resources to categorize each basin or subbasin as high-, medium-, low-, or very low priority and to establish ground water the initial priority for each basin no later than January 31, 2015. This bill would make technical, nonsubstantive changes to this provision.

Digest:
Existing law requires the Department of Water Resources to categorize each basin or subbasin as high-, medium-, low-, or very low priority and to establish ground water the initial priority for each basin no later than January 31, 2015.
This bill would make technical, nonsubstantive changes to this provision.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act to amend Section 10722.4 of the Water Code, relating to groundwater.

AB 79    (Mathis R)   State highway routes: route numbers.

Summary:
Current law gives the Department of Transportation full possession and control of all state highways. Current law describes the authorized routes in the state highway system by route numbers and provides that the route numbers are those given to the routes by the California Transportation Commission. This bill would make technical, nonsubstantive changes to these provisions.

Summary:
Existing law gives the Department of Transportation full possession and control of all state highways. Existing law describes the authorized routes in the state highway system by route numbers and provides that the route numbers are those given to the routes by the California Transportation Commission. This bill would make technical, nonsubstantive changes to these provisions.

Digest:
Existing law gives the Department of Transportation full possession and control of all state highways. Existing law describes the authorized routes in the state highway system by route numbers and provides that the route numbers are those given to the routes by the California Transportation Commission.
This bill would make technical, nonsubstantive changes to these provisions.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act to amend Section 231 of the Streets and Highways Code, relating to state highways.

AB 80    (Campos D)   Interagency Task Force on the Status of Boys and Men of Color.

Summary:
Would create the Interagency Task Force on the Status of Boys and Men of Color, a multiagency advisory body that would serve as a support mechanism for department agency and systems leaders by taking coordinated action in meeting the myriad of challenges facing boys and men of color in California, and assisting the respective departments and agencies in more successfully improving life outcomes for this population. The membership of the task force would include members of the Legislature, as well as representatives of specified agencies, departments, and private entities. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

Summary:
The California Constitution prohibits a person from being deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law, or from being denied equal protection of the laws. The United States Constitution prohibits a state from denying to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws. Existing law establishes various advisory boards and commissions in state government with specified duties and responsibilities. This bill would create the Interagency Task Force on the Status of Boys and Men of Color, a multiagency advisory body that would serve as a support mechanism for department agency and systems leaders by taking coordinated action in meeting the myriad of challenges facing boys and men of color in California, and assisting the respective departments and agencies in more successfully improving life outcomes for this population. The membership of the task force would include members of the Legislature, as well as representatives of specified agencies, departments, and private entities. The bill would set forth the initial and ongoing responsibilities of the task force, including, among others, an assessment of state program alignment with the objectives of the My Brother’s Keeper program and the Assembly Select Committee on the Status of Boys and Men of Color in California, and the development of strategies to enhance positive outcomes and eliminate or mitigate negative outcomes for boys and men of color in the state. This bill would establish the Boys and Men of Color Task Force Fund, to carry out the bill’s requirements in support of the task force, upon appropriation by the Legislature. The bill would authorize the task force to accept federal funds, gifts, donations, grants, or bequests for all or any of its purposes. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

Digest:
The California Constitution prohibits a person from being deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law, or from being denied equal protection of the laws. The United States Constitution prohibits a state from denying to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws. Existing law establishes various advisory boards and commissions in state government with specified duties and responsibilities.
The federal My Brother’s Keeper Initiative, launched by the President in February 2014, required the establishment of the My Brother’s Keeper Task Force, an interagency effort to improve the expected educational and life outcomes for and address the persistent opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color in the United States.
This bill would create the Interagency Task Force on the Status of Boys and Men of Color, a multiagency advisory body that would serve as a support mechanism for department agency and systems leaders by taking coordinated action in meeting the myriad of challenges facing boys and men of color in California, and assisting the respective departments and agencies in more successfully improving life outcomes for this population. The membership of the task force would include members of the Legislature, as well as representatives of specified agencies, departments, and private entities. The bill would set forth the initial and ongoing responsibilities of the task force, including, among others, an assessment of state program alignment with the objectives of the My Brother’s Keeper program and the Assembly Select Committee on the Status of Boys and Men of Color in California, and the development of strategies to enhance positive outcomes and eliminate or mitigate negative outcomes for boys and men of color in the state. This bill would establish the Boys and Men of Color Task Force Fund, to carry out the bill’s requirements in support of the task force, upon appropriation by the Legislature. The bill would authorize the task force to accept federal funds, gifts, donations, grants, or bequests for all or any of its purposes.
This bill would declare that it is to take effect immediately as an urgency statute.
Vote: 2/3. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act to add Chapter 3.4 (commencing with Section 8265) to Division 1 of Title 2 of the Government Code, relating to state government, and declaring the urgency thereof, to take effect immediately.

AB 81    (Wood D)   Hospitals: seismic safety.

Summary:
Current law provides that, after January 1, 2008, a general acute care hospital building that is determined to be a potential risk of collapse or to pose significant loss of life in the event of seismic activity be used only for nonacute care hospital purposes, except that the office may grant a 5-year extension under prescribed circumstances. Existing law also allows the office to grant an additional 2-year extension in specified circumstances. This bill would authorize a hospital located in the City of Willits that has received the additional 2-year extension to the January 2008 deadline pursuant to specified provisions to request an additional extension until September 1, 2015.

Summary:
Existing law, the Alfred E. Alquist Hospital Facilities Seismic Safety Act of 1983, establishes, under the jurisdiction of the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development, a program of seismic safety building standards for certain hospitals constructed on and after March 7, 1973. This bill would authorize a hospital located in the City of Willits that has received the additional 2-year extension to the January 2008 deadline pursuant to specified provisions to request an additional extension until September 1, 2015, to obtain either a certificate of occupancy for a replacement building or a construction final for a building on which a retrofit has been performed. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

Digest:
Existing law, the Alfred E. Alquist Hospital Facilities Seismic Safety Act of 1983, establishes, under the jurisdiction of the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development, a program of seismic safety building standards for certain hospitals constructed on and after March 7, 1973.
Existing law provides that, after January 1, 2008, a general acute care hospital building that is determined to be a potential risk of collapse or to pose significant loss of life in the event of seismic activity be used only for nonacute care hospital purposes, except that the office may grant a 5-year extension under prescribed circumstances. Existing law also allows the office to grant an additional 2-year extension in specified circumstances.
This bill would authorize a hospital located in the City of Willits that has received the additional 2-year extension to the January 2008 deadline pursuant to specified provisions to request an additional extension until September 1, 2015, to obtain either a certificate of occupancy for a replacement building or a construction final for a building on which a retrofit has been performed.
This bill would make legislative findings and declarations as to the necessity of a special statute for the City of Willits.
This bill would declare that it is to take effect immediately as an urgency statute.
Vote: 2/3. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act to amend Section 130060 of the Health and Safety Code, relating to health facilities, and declaring the urgency thereof, to take effect immediately.

AB 82    (Garcia, Cristina D)   Vehicles: driver’s license: selective service.

Summary:
Would require a person who is required to be registered under the federal Military Selective Service Act and who submits an application for an original driver’s license to be deemed to have consented to registration with the federal Selective Service System, as provided. The bill would require the Department of Motor Vehicles to include specified notices on an application for an original driver’s license and would require the department to forward the necessary personal information required for registration to the federal Selective Service System in an electronic format. This bill contains other related provisions.

Summary:
Existing law establishes the practices and procedures for the issuance of an original or a renewal of a driver’s license. The federal Military Selective Service Act requires specified persons to register with the federal Selective Service System. This bill would require a person who is required to be registered under the federal act and who submits an application for an original driver’s license to be deemed to have consented to registration with the federal Selective Service System, as provided. The bill would require the Department of Motor Vehicles to include specified notices on an application for an original driver’s license and would require the department to forward the necessary personal information required for registration to the federal Selective Service System in an electronic format. This bill contains other related provisions.

Digest:
Existing law establishes the practices and procedures for the issuance of an original or a renewal of a driver’s license. The federal Military Selective Service Act requires specified persons to register with the federal Selective Service System.
This bill would require a person who is required to be registered under the federal act and who submits an application for an original driver’s license to be deemed to have consented to registration with the federal Selective Service System, as provided. The bill would require the Department of Motor Vehicles to include specified notices on an application for an original driver’s license and would require the department to forward the necessary personal information required for registration to the federal Selective Service System in an electronic format.
This bill would require the Department of Motor Vehicles to implement the provisions of this bill by a certain date only if the first year operating costs do not exceed $350,000 and federal funding in an amount sufficient to pay for those costs has been provided, as specified.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act to add Section 12801.3 to the Vehicle Code, relating to vehicles.

AB 83    (Gatto D)   Information Practices Act of 1977.

Summary:
Current law, the Information Practices Act of 1977, defines specified terms for its purposes. This bill would make nonsubstantive changes to those provisions.

Summary:
Existing law, the Information Practices Act of 1977, defines specified terms for its purposes. This bill would make nonsubstantive changes to those provisions.

Digest:
Existing law, the Information Practices Act of 1977, defines specified terms for its purposes.
This bill would make nonsubstantive changes to those provisions.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act to amend Section 1798.3 of the Civil Code, relating to personal data.

AB 84    (Gatto D)   Forensic testing: DNA samples.

Summary:
Would state that it is the intention of the Legislature to further the purposes of the DNA Act in light of specified case law. The bill would require that a blood specimen or buccal swab sample taken from a person arrested for the commission of a felony be forwarded to the Department of Justice after a judicial determination of probable cause to believe the person has committed the offense for which he or she was arrested has been made. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

Summary:
Existing law, as amended by the DNA Fingerprint, Unsolved Crime and Innocence Protection Act, Proposition 69, approved by the voters at the November 2, 2004, general election (the DNA Act) requires that any adult person who is arrested or charged with any felony offense to provide buccal swab samples, right thumbprints, and a full palm print impression of each hand, and any blood specimens or other biological samples required for law enforcement identification analysis. Existing law requires that blood specimens and buccal swab samples be forwarded promptly to the Department of Justice for analysis. Existing case law holds that the DNA Act, to the extent it requires felony arrestees to submit to a DNA sample for law enforcement analysis and inclusion in the state and federal DNA databases, without independent suspicion, a warrant, or a judicial or grand jury determination of probable cause, unreasonably intrudes on the arrestee’s expectation of privacy and is invalid under the California Constitution. The DNA Act provides that it may be amended by a statute passed by each house of the Legislature that furthers the purpose of the measure. This bill would state that it is the intention of the Legislature to further the purposes of the DNA Act in light of the above-specified case law. The bill would require that a blood specimen or buccal swab sample taken from a person arrested for the commission of a felony be forwarded to the department after a judicial determination of probable cause to believe the person has committed the offense for which he or she was arrested has been made. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

Digest:
(1) Existing law, as amended by the DNA Fingerprint, Unsolved Crime and Innocence Protection Act, Proposition 69, approved by the voters at the November 2, 2004, general election (the DNA Act) requires that any adult person who is arrested or charged with any felony offense to provide buccal swab samples, right thumbprints, and a full palm print impression of each hand, and any blood specimens or other biological samples required for law enforcement identification analysis. Existing law requires that blood specimens and buccal swab samples be forwarded promptly to the Department of Justice for analysis. Existing case law holds that the DNA Act, to the extent it requires felony arrestees to submit to a DNA sample for law enforcement analysis and inclusion in the state and federal DNA databases, without independent suspicion, a warrant, or a judicial or grand jury determination of probable cause, unreasonably intrudes on the arrestee’s expectation of privacy and is invalid under the California Constitution. The DNA Act provides that it may be amended by a statute passed by each house of the Legislature that furthers the purpose of the measure.
This bill would state that it is the intention of the Legislature to further the purposes of the DNA Act in light of the above-specified case law. The bill would require that a blood specimen or buccal swab sample taken from a person arrested for the commission of a felony be forwarded to the department after a judicial determination of probable cause to believe the person has committed the offense for which he or she was arrested has been made.
(2) Existing law, as amended by the DNA Act, requires a person who has been convicted of a felony offense to provide buccal swab samples, right thumbprints, and a full palm print impression of each hand, and any blood specimens or other biological samples required for law enforcement identification analysis. Existing law makes these provisions retroactive, regardless of when the crime charged or committed became a qualifying offense. Existing law, subject to exceptions, provides that any person who has been convicted of certain misdemeanors may not, within 10 years of the conviction, own, purchase, receive, possess, or have under his or her custody or control, any firearm.
This bill would require a person who has been convicted of a misdemeanor to which the 10-year prohibition on the possession of a firearm applies, to provide buccal swab samples, right thumbprints, and a full palm print impression of each hand, and any blood specimens or other biological samples required for law enforcement identification analysis. By imposing additional duties on local law enforcement agencies to collect and forward these samples, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
(3) Existing law, as amended by the DNA Act, requires that a DNA specimen and sample be destroyed and that a searchable database profile be expunged from the data bank program if the person from whom the specimen or sample was collected has no past or present offense or pending charge which qualifies that person for inclusion in the database and if that person submits an application, as specified. Existing law gives the court discretion to grant or deny the application.
This bill would require the DNA specimen and sample to be destroyed and the searchable database profile expunged from the database without the requirement of an application.
(4) Existing law, as amended by the DNA Act, states that its provisions do not prohibit collection and analysis of specimens, samples, or print impressions as a condition of a plea for an offense that does not require the taking of samples and specimens.
The bill would state that it is the intent of the Legislature to allow buccal swab samples to be taken for DNA analysis as a condition of a plea or reduction or dismissal of charges. The bill would permit a law enforcement agency to use any publicly available database to aid in the investigation of a crime.
(5) The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.
This bill would provide that, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that the bill contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to these statutory provisions.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: yes.

Laws:
An act to amend Sections 295.1, 296, 298, 299, and 300 of the Penal Code, relating to DNA samples.

AB 85    (Wilk R)   Open meetings.

Summary:
Would, under the Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act, specify that the definition of “state body” includes an advisory board, advisory commission, advisory committee, advisory subcommittee, or similar multimember advisory body of a state body that consists of 3 or more individuals, as prescribed, except a board, commission, committee, or similar multimember body on which a member of a body serves in his or her official capacity as a representative of that state body and that is supported, in whole or in part, by funds provided by the state body, whether the multimember body is organized and operated by the state body or by a private corporation. This bill contains other related provisions.

Summary:
The Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act requires that all meetings of a state body, as defined, be open and public and that all persons be permitted to attend and participate in a meeting of a state body, subject to certain conditions and exceptions. This bill would specify that the definition of “state body” includes an advisory board, advisory commission, advisory committee, advisory subcommittee, or similar multimember advisory body of a state body that consists of 3 or more individuals, as prescribed, except a board, commission, committee, or similar multimember body on which a member of a body serves in his or her official capacity as a representative of that state body and that is supported, in whole or in part, by funds provided by the state body, whether the multimember body is organized and operated by the state body or by a private corporation. This bill contains other related provisions.

Digest:
The Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act requires that all meetings of a state body, as defined, be open and public and that all persons be permitted to attend and participate in a meeting of a state body, subject to certain conditions and exceptions.
This bill would specify that the definition of “state body” includes an advisory board, advisory commission, advisory committee, advisory subcommittee, or similar multimember advisory body of a state body that consists of 3 or more individuals, as prescribed, except a board, commission, committee, or similar multimember body on which a member of a body serves in his or her official capacity as a representative of that state body and that is supported, in whole or in part, by funds provided by the state body, whether the multimember body is organized and operated by the state body or by a private corporation.
This bill would make legislative findings and declarations, including, but not limited to, a statement of the Legislature’s intent that this bill is declaratory of existing law.
This bill would declare that it is to take effect immediately as an urgency statute.
Vote: 2/3. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act to amend Section 11121 of the Government Code, relating to state government, and declaring the urgency thereof, to take effect immediately.

AB 86    (McCarty D)   Peace officers: independent review panel.

Summary:
Current law requires each department or agency in this state that employs peace officers to establish a procedure to investigate complaints by members of the public against the personnel of these departments or agencies, as specified. This bill would declare the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that would establish, within the Department of Justice, an independent review panel to investigate and provide an independent review of peace officer involved shootings and other uses of force resulting in death.

Summary:
Existing law requires each department or agency in this state that employs peace officers to establish a procedure to investigate complaints by members of the public against the personnel of these departments or agencies, as specified. This bill would declare the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that would establish, within the Department of Justice, an independent review panel to investigate and provide an independent review of peace officer involved shootings and other uses of force resulting in death.

Digest:
Existing law requires each department or agency in this state that employs peace officers to establish a procedure to investigate complaints by members of the public against the personnel of these departments or agencies, as specified.
This bill would declare the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that would establish, within the Department of Justice, an independent review panel to investigate and provide an independent review of peace officer involved shootings and other uses of force resulting in death.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act relating to peace officers.

AB 87    (Stone, Mark D)   Jurors: peremptory challenge.

Summary:
Current law prohibits a party from using a peremptory challenge to remove a prospective juror on the basis of an assumption that the prospective juror is biased merely because of his or her race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, or similar grounds. This bill would also prohibit a party from using a peremptory challenge to remove a prospective juror on the basis of ethnic group identification, age, genetic information, or disability.

Summary:
Existing law prohibits a party from using a peremptory challenge to remove a prospective juror on the basis of an assumption that the prospective juror is biased merely because of his or her race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, or similar grounds. This bill would also prohibit a party from using a peremptory challenge to remove a prospective juror on the basis of ethnic group identification, age, genetic information, or disability.

Digest:
Existing law prohibits a party from using a peremptory challenge to remove a prospective juror on the basis of an assumption that the prospective juror is biased merely because of his or her race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, or similar grounds.
This bill would also prohibit a party from using a peremptory challenge to remove a prospective juror on the basis of ethnic group identification, age, genetic information, or disability.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act to amend Section 231.5 of the Code of Civil Procedure, relating to jurors.

AB 88    (Gomez D)   Sales and use taxes: exemption: energy or water efficient home appliances.

Summary:
Would exempt from sales and use taxes the gross receipts from the sale of, and the storage, use, or other consumption in this state of, an energy or water efficient home appliance purchased by a public utility that is provided at no cost to a low-income participant in a federal, state, or ratepayer-funded energy efficiency program for use by that low-income participant in the energy efficiency program. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

Summary:
Existing sales an use tax laws impose a tax on retailers measured by the gross receipts from their sales of tangible personal property sold at retail in this state, or on the storage, use, or other consumption of tangible personal property purchased from a retailer for storage, use, or other consumption in this state, and specify certain exemptions from the amount of tax imposed. This bill would exempt from these taxes the gross receipts from the sale of, and the storage, use, or other consumption in this state of, an energy or water efficient home appliance purchased by a public utility that is provided at no cost to a low-income participant in a federal, state, or ratepayer-funded energy efficiency program for use by that low-income participant in the energy efficiency program. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

Digest:
(1) Existing sales an use tax laws impose a tax on retailers measured by the gross receipts from their sales of tangible personal property sold at retail in this state, or on the storage, use, or other consumption of tangible personal property purchased from a retailer for storage, use, or other consumption in this state, and specify certain exemptions from the amount of tax imposed.
This bill would exempt from these taxes the gross receipts from the sale of, and the storage, use, or other consumption in this state of, an energy or water efficient home appliance purchased by a public utility that is provided at no cost to a low-income participant in a federal, state, or ratepayer-funded energy efficiency program for use by that low-income participant in the energy efficiency program.
(2) The Bradley-Burns Uniform Local Sales and Use Tax Law authorizes counties and cities to impose local sales and use taxes in conformity with the Sales and Use Tax Law, and existing law authorizes districts, as specified, to impose transactions and use taxes in accordance with the Transactions and Use Tax Law, which conforms to the Sales and Use Tax Law. Amendments to state sales and use taxes are incorporated into these laws.
Section 2230 of the Revenue and Taxation Code provides that the state will reimburse counties and cities for revenue losses caused by the enactment of sales and use tax exemptions.
This bill would provide that, notwithstanding Section 2230 of the Revenue and Taxation Code, no appropriation is made and the state shall not reimburse any local agencies for sales and use tax revenues lost by them pursuant to this bill.
(3) This bill would take effect immediately as a tax levy.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act to add Section 6371.5 to the Revenue and Taxation Code, relating to taxation, to take effect immediately, tax levy.

AB 89    (Allen, Travis R)   Taxation.

Summary:
Current law defines the term “board” to mean the State Board of Equalization for purposes of the Revenue and Taxation Code. This bill would make a technical, nonsubstantive change to that law.

Summary:
Existing law defines the term “board” to mean the State Board of Equalization for purposes of the Revenue and Taxation Code. This bill would make a technical, nonsubstantive change to that law.

Digest:
Existing law defines the term “board” to mean the State Board of Equalization for purposes of the Revenue and Taxation Code.
This bill would make a technical, nonsubstantive change to that law.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act to amend Section 20 of the Revenue and Taxation Code, relating to taxation.

AB 90    (Atkins D)   Federal Housing Trust Fund.

Summary:
Would designate the Department of Housing and Community Development as the state agency responsible for administering the federal Housing Trust Fund. The bill would require the department to administer the federal funds pursuant to the multifamily housing program, except that up to 10% of the funds may be appropriated by the Legislature to the CalHome Program. The bill would require the department to submit notifications with specified information relating to the distribution, awarding, and expenditure of the federal funds, as prescribed. This bill contains other existing laws.

Summary:
Existing law establishes the multifamily housing program under the administration of the Department of Housing and Community Development to provide a standardized set of program rules and features applicable to all housing types based on the department’s California Housing Rehabilitation Program. Existing law also establishes the CalHome Program under the administration of the department to provide grants and loans to enable low- and very low income households to become or remain homeowners. This bill would designate the Department of Housing and Community Development as the state agency responsible for administering the federal Housing Trust Fund. The bill would require the department to administer the federal funds pursuant to the multifamily housing program, except that up to 10% of the funds may be appropriated by the Legislature to the CalHome Program. The bill would require the department to submit notifications with specified information relating to the distribution, awarding, and expenditure of the federal funds, as prescribed. This bill contains other existing laws.

Digest:
Existing law establishes the multifamily housing program under the administration of the Department of Housing and Community Development to provide a standardized set of program rules and features applicable to all housing types based on the department’s California Housing Rehabilitation Program. Existing law also establishes the CalHome Program under the administration of the department to provide grants and loans to enable low- and very low income households to become or remain homeowners.
Existing federal law requires the Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development to establish a Housing Trust Fund to provide grants to states to increase the supply of rental housing for extremely low- and very low income families, including homeless families, and homeownership for extremely low- and very low income families.
This bill would designate the Department of Housing and Community Development as the state agency responsible for administering the federal Housing Trust Fund. The bill would require the department to administer the federal funds pursuant to the multifamily housing program, except that up to 10% of the funds may be appropriated by the Legislature to the CalHome Program. The bill would require the department to submit notifications with specified information relating to the distribution, awarding, and expenditure of the federal funds, as prescribed.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act to add Chapter 6.8 (commencing with Section 50676) to Part 2 of Division 31 of the Health and Safety Code, relating to housing.

AB 91    (Committee on Budget)   Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Digest:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

AB 92    (Committee on Budget)   Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Digest:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

AB 93    (Committee on Budget)   Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Digest:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

AB 94    (Committee on Budget)   Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Digest:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

AB 95    (Committee on Budget)   Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Digest:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

AB 96    (Atkins D)   Animal parts and products: importation or sale of ivory and rhinoceros horn.

Summary:
Current law exempts the possession with intent to sell, or sale of the dead body, or any part or product thereof, of any elephant before June 1, 1977, or the possession with intent to sell or the sale of any such item on or after June 1, 1977, if the item was imported before January 1, 1977. This bill would delete this exemption. By changing the definition of a crime, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

Summary:
Existing law makes it a crime to import into the state for commercial purposes, to possess with intent to sell, or to sell within the state, the dead body, or any part or product thereof, of an elephant. Existing law exempts the possession with intent to sell, or sale of the dead body, or any part or product thereof, of any elephant before June 1, 1977, or the possession with intent to sell or the sale of any such item on or after June 1, 1977, if the item was imported before January 1, 1977. This bill would delete this exemption. By changing the definition of a crime, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

Digest:
Existing law makes it a crime to import into the state for commercial purposes, to possess with intent to sell, or to sell within the state, the dead body, or any part or product thereof, of an elephant. Existing law exempts the possession with intent to sell, or sale of the dead body, or any part or product thereof, of any elephant before June 1, 1977, or the possession with intent to sell or the sale of any such item on or after June 1, 1977, if the item was imported before January 1, 1977.
This bill would delete this exemption. By changing the definition of a crime, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
This bill would prohibit a person from purchasing, selling, offering for sale, possessing with intent to sell, or importing with intent to sell ivory or rhinoceros horn, except as specified, and would make this prohibition enforceable by the Department of Fish and Wildlife. The bill would make a violation of this provision or any rule, regulation, or order adopted pursuant to this provision a misdemeanor subject to specified criminal penalties. By creating a new crime, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program. In addition to the specified criminal penalties, the bill would authorize the department to impose a civil penalty of up to $10,000 for a violation of this provision or any rule, regulation, or order adopted pursuant to this provision. The bill would authorize the department to permit the purchase, sale, offer for sale, possession with intent to sell, or importation with intent to sell ivory or rhinoceros horn for educational or scientific purposes by a bona fide educational or scientific institution if certain criteria are satisfied.
This bill would provide that the provisions of this bill are severable.
This bill would make these provisions operative on July 1, 2016.
The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.
This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: yes.

Laws:
An act to add Section 2022 to the Fish and Game Code, and to repeal Section 5 of Chapter 692 of the Statutes of 1976, relating to animal parts and products.

AB 97    (Weber D)   In-home supportive services: provider wages.

Summary:
Would declare the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation to create a mechanism to pay In-Home Supportive Services program providers for additional hours worked through the Coordinated Care Initiative. This bill contains other existing laws.

Summary:
Existing law establishes the county-administered In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) program, under which qualified aged, blind, and disabled persons are provided with services in order to permit them to remain in their own homes and avoid institutionalization. Existing law establishes the Medi-Cal program, which is administered by the State Department of Health Care Services, under which qualified low-income individuals receive health care services. The Medi-Cal program is, in part, governed and funded by federal Medicaid Program provisions. This bill would declare the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation to create a mechanism to pay In-Home Supportive Services program providers for additional hours worked through the Coordinated Care Initiative. This bill contains other existing laws.

Digest:
Existing law establishes the county-administered In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) program, under which qualified aged, blind, and disabled persons are provided with services in order to permit them to remain in their own homes and avoid institutionalization. Existing law establishes the Medi-Cal program, which is administered by the State Department of Health Care Services, under which qualified low-income individuals receive health care services. The Medi-Cal program is, in part, governed and funded by federal Medicaid Program provisions.
Existing law provides, as part of the Coordinated Care Initiative, that not sooner than March 1, 2013, all Medi-Cal long-term services and supports, including IHSS, are required to be services that are covered under managed care health plan contracts and to be available only through managed care health plans to beneficiaries residing in Coordinated Care Initiative counties, except for the provided exemptions.
This bill would declare the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation to create a mechanism to pay In-Home Supportive Services program providers for additional hours worked through the Coordinated Care Initiative.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act relating to in-home supportive services.

AB 98    (Allen, Travis R)   Corporation Tax Law.

Summary:
The Corporation Tax Law defines fiscal year to mean an accounting period of 12 months or less ending on the last day of any month other than December. This bill would make technical, nonsubstantive changes to that provision.

Summary:
The Corporation Tax Law defines fiscal year to mean an accounting period of 12 months or less ending on the last day of any month other than December. This bill would make technical, nonsubstantive changes to that provision.

Digest:
The Corporation Tax Law defines fiscal year to mean an accounting period of 12 months or less ending on the last day of any month other than December.
This bill would make technical, nonsubstantive changes to that provision.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act to amend Section 23032 of the Revenue and Taxation Code, relating to taxation.

AB 99    (Perea D)   Personal income taxes: income exclusion: mortgage debt forgiveness.

Summary:
The Personal Income Tax Law provides for modified conformity to specified provisions of federal income tax law relating to the exclusion of the discharge of qualified principal residence indebtedness, as defined, from an individual’s income if that debt is discharged after January 1, 2007, and before January 1, 2014, as provided. This bill would extend the operation of those provisions to qualified principal residence indebtedness that is discharged before January 1, 2015, thereby no longer conforming to federal income tax law. This bill contains other related provisions.

Summary:
The Personal Income Tax Law provides for modified conformity to specified provisions of federal income tax law relating to the exclusion of the discharge of qualified principal residence indebtedness, as defined, from an individual’s income if that debt is discharged after January 1, 2007, and before January 1, 2014, as provided. This bill would extend the operation of those provisions to qualified principal residence indebtedness that is discharged before January 1, 2015, thereby no longer conforming to federal income tax law. The bill would also discharge indebtedness for related penalties and interest and would make legislative findings and declarations regarding the public purpose served by the bill. This bill contains other related provisions.

Digest:
The Personal Income Tax Law provides for modified conformity to specified provisions of federal income tax law relating to the exclusion of the discharge of qualified principal residence indebtedness, as defined, from an individual’s income if that debt is discharged after January 1, 2007, and before January 1, 2014, as provided.
This bill would extend the operation of those provisions to qualified principal residence indebtedness that is discharged before January 1, 2015, thereby no longer conforming to federal income tax law. The bill would also discharge indebtedness for related penalties and interest and would make legislative findings and declarations regarding the public purpose served by the bill.
This bill would declare that it is to take effect immediately as an urgency statute.
Vote: 2/3. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act to amend Section 17144.5 of the Revenue and Taxation Code, relating to taxation, and declaring the urgency thereof, to take effect immediately.

AB 100    (Alejo D)   California Law Fellowship Program.

Summary:
Current law authorizes certain internship and fellowship programs, as specified. This bill would establish the California Law Fellowship Program for the purpose of offering licensed attorneys and other qualifying law school graduates limited-term placements in public sector positions within state government and encouraging each participant to seek permanent public-sector employment at the conclusion of his or her fellowship, as specified. This bill contains other related provisions and other current laws.

Summary:
Existing law authorizes certain internship and fellowship programs, as specified. This bill would establish the California Law Fellowship Program for the purpose of offering licensed attorneys and other qualifying law school graduates limited-term placements in public sector positions within state government and encouraging each participant to seek permanent public-sector employment at the conclusion of his or her fellowship, as specified. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

Digest:
Existing law authorizes certain internship and fellowship programs, as specified.
This bill would establish the California Law Fellowship Program for the purpose of offering licensed attorneys and other qualifying law school graduates limited-term placements in public sector positions within state government and encouraging each participant to seek permanent public-sector employment at the conclusion of his or her fellowship, as specified.
Existing law, commonly known as the Code of Ethics, prohibits a Member of the Legislature or an employee of either house of the Legislature from receiving or agreeing to receive, directly or indirectly, any compensation, reward, or gift from any source except the State of California for any service, advice, assistance, or other matter related to the legislative process, except for specified circumstances.
This bill would provide that the services of a participant in the California Law Fellowship Program are not compensation, a reward, or a gift to a Member of the Legislature for purposes of the so-called Code of Ethics. The bill would also provide that a participant in the program is not an employee of either house of the Legislature for purposes of the Code of Ethics.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act to add Section 8924.7 to, and to add Chapter 1.5 (commencing with Section 8050) to Division 1 of Title 2 of, the Government Code, relating to state government.

AB 101    (Alejo D)   State educational programs: educational advisory bodies.

Summary:
Current law establishes the State Board of Education and the State Department of Education to provide guidance and support to local educational agencies and other entities that operate schools and preschool programs, and further authorizes the establishment and operation of numerous educational programs on the state level that are administered by the state board, the department, or other state agencies. This bill would make nonsubstantive changes in these provisions. This bill contains other existing laws

Summary:
Existing law establishes preschool programs and public and private elementary and secondary schools throughout the state. Existing law also establishes the State Board of Education and the State Department of Education to provide guidance and support to local educational agencies and other entities that operate schools and preschool programs, and further authorizes the establishment and operation of numerous educational programs on the state level that are administered by the state board, the department, or other state agencies. This bill would make nonsubstantive changes in these provisions. This bill contains other existing laws.

Digest:
Existing law establishes preschool programs and public and private elementary and secondary schools throughout the state. Existing law also establishes the State Board of Education and the State Department of Education to provide guidance and support to local educational agencies and other entities that operate schools and preschool programs, and further authorizes the establishment and operation of numerous educational programs on the state level that are administered by the state board, the department, or other state agencies.
Existing law expresses the finding and declaration of the Legislature that there is a need to encourage the adoption of new or improved educational ideas, practices, and techniques in solving critical educational problems in preschool, elementary, and secondary schools throughout the state, but that there are a large number of permanent commissions, committees, and councils, some of which have overlapping duties and functions or that have been perpetuated in existence beyond the original need or purpose for which they were created. Existing law expresses the intent of the Legislature to create 3 levels of educational advisory bodies, as specified.
This bill would make nonsubstantive changes in these provisions.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act to amend Section 33500 of the Education Code, relating to state educational programs.

AB 102    (Rodriguez D)   Railroad safety and emergency planning and response.

Summary:
Current law requires the California Environmental Protection Agency to develop a state railroad accident prevention and immediate deployment plan, in consultation with specified state entities, other potentially affected state, local, or federal agencies, and affected businesses, and designates the Railroad Accident Prevention and Immediate Deployment Force as being responsible for implementing the plan, acting cooperatively and in concert with existing local emergency response units. This bill would make technical, nonsubstantive changes to these provisions. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

Summary:
Existing law establishes the Railroad Accident Prevention and Immediate Deployment Force in the California Environmental Protection Agency and designates the force as being responsible for providing immediate onsite response capability in the event of a large-scale release of toxic materials resulting from a surface transportation accident. Existing law requires the agency to develop a state railroad accident prevention and immediate deployment plan, in consultation with specified state entities, other potentially affected state, local, or federal agencies, and affected businesses, and designates the force as being responsible for implementing the plan, acting cooperatively and in concert with existing local emergency response units. This bill would make technical, nonsubstantive changes to these provisions. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

Digest:
Existing law establishes the Railroad Accident Prevention and Immediate Deployment Force in the California Environmental Protection Agency and designates the force as being responsible for providing immediate onsite response capability in the event of a large-scale release of toxic materials resulting from a surface transportation accident. Existing law requires the agency to develop a state railroad accident prevention and immediate deployment plan, in consultation with specified state entities, other potentially affected state, local, or federal agencies, and affected businesses, and designates the force as being responsible for implementing the plan, acting cooperatively and in concert with existing local emergency response units.
This bill would make technical, nonsubstantive changes to these provisions.
Existing law establishes the Office of Emergency Services under the supervision of the Director of Emergency Services and makes the office responsible for the state’s emergency and disaster response services for natural, technological, or manmade disasters and emergencies.
This bill would declare the intent of the Legislature to reauthorize the Railroad Accident Prevention and Immediate Deployment Force, to transfer the force from the California Environmental Protection Agency to the Office of Emergency Services, and to require the Office of Emergency Services to designate the force as responsible for providing onsite response capability in the event of a large-scale release of toxic materials resulting from a railroad accident. The bill would make related findings and declarations.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act to amend Section 7718 of the Public Utilities Code, relating to hazardous materials.

AB 103    (Weber D)   Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would make appropriations for the support of state government for the 2015-16 fiscal year. This bill contains other related provisions.

Summary:
This bill would make appropriations for the support of state government for the 2015-16 fiscal year. This bill contains other related provisions.

Digest:
This bill would make appropriations for the support of state government for the 2015-16 fiscal year.
This bill would declare that it is to take effect immediately as a Budget Bill.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: yes. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act making appropriations for the support of the government of the State of California and for several public purposes in accordance with the provisions of Section 12 of Article IV of the Constitution of the State of California, relating to the state budget, to take effect immediately, budget bill.

AB 104    (Committee on Budget)   Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Digest:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

AB 105    (Committee on Budget)   Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Digest:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

AB 106    (Committee on Budget)   Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Digest:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

AB 107    (Committee on Budget)   Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Digest:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

AB 108    (Committee on Budget)   Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Digest:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

AB 109    (Committee on Budget)   Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Digest:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

AB 110    (Committee on Budget)   Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Digest:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

AB 111    (Committee on Budget)   Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Digest:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

AB 112    (Committee on Budget)   Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Digest:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

AB 113    (Committee on Budget)   Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Digest:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

AB 114    (Committee on Budget)   Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Digest:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

AB 115    (Committee on Budget)   Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Digest:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

AB 116    (Committee on Budget)   Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Digest:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

AB 117    (Committee on Budget)   Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Digest:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

AB 118    (Committee on Budget)   Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Digest:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

AB 119    (Committee on Budget)   Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Digest:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

AB 120    (Committee on Budget)   Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Digest:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

AB 121    (Committee on Budget)   Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Digest:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

AB 122    (Committee on Budget)   Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Digest:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

AB 123    (Committee on Budget)   Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Digest:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

AB 124    (Committee on Budget)   Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Digest:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

AB 125    (Committee on Budget)   Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Digest:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

AB 126    (Committee on Budget)   Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Digest:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

AB 127    (Committee on Budget)   Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Digest:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

AB 128    (Committee on Budget)   Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Digest:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

AB 129    (Committee on Budget)   Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Digest:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

AB 130    (Committee on Budget)   Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Digest:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

AB 131    (Committee on Budget)   Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Digest:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

AB 132    (Committee on Budget)   Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Digest:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

AB 133    (Committee on Budget)   Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Digest:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

AB 134    (Committee on Budget)   Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Digest:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

AB 135    (Committee on Budget)   Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Digest:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

AB 136    (Committee on Budget)   Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Digest:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

AB 137    (Committee on Budget)   Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Digest:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

AB 138    (Committee on Budget)   Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Digest:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

AB 139    (Gatto D)   Nonprobate transfers: revocable transfer upon death deeds.

Summary:
Would, until January 1, 2021, create the revocable transfer on death deed (revocable TOD deed), as defined, which would transfer real property on the death of its owner without a probate proceeding. The bill would require that a person have testamentary capacity to make or revoke the deed and would require that the deed be in a statutory form provided for this purpose. The revocable TOD deed must be signed, dated, acknowledged, and recorded, as specified, to be effective. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

Summary:
Existing law provides that a person may pass real property to a beneficiary at death by various methods including by will, intestate succession, trust, and titling the property in joint tenancy, among others. This bill would, until January 1, 2021, create the revocable transfer on death deed (revocable TOD deed), as defined, which would transfer real property on the death of its owner without a probate proceeding. The bill would require that a person have testamentary capacity to make or revoke the deed and would require that the deed be in a statutory form provided for this purpose. The revocable TOD deed must be signed, dated, acknowledged, and recorded, as specified, to be effective. The bill would provide, among other things, that the deed, during the owner’s life, does not affect his or her ownership rights and, specifically, is part of the owner’s estate for the purpose of Medi-Cal eligibility and reimbursement. The bill would void a revocable TOD deed if, at the time of the owner’s death, the property is titled in joint tenancy or as community property with right of survivorship. The bill would establish priorities for creditor claims against the owner and the beneficiary of the deed in connection with the property transferred and limits on the liability of the beneficiary. The bill would establish a process for contesting the transfer of real property by a revocable TOD deed. The bill would also make conforming and technical changes. The bill would require the California Law Revision Commission to study and make recommendations regarding the revocable TOD deed to the Legislature by January 1, 2020. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

Digest:
(1) Existing law provides that a person may pass real property to a beneficiary at death by various methods including by will, intestate succession, trust, and titling the property in joint tenancy, among others.
This bill would, until January 1, 2021, create the revocable transfer on death deed (revocable TOD deed), as defined, which would transfer real property on the death of its owner without a probate proceeding. The bill would require that a person have testamentary capacity to make or revoke the deed and would require that the deed be in a statutory form provided for this purpose. The revocable TOD deed must be signed, dated, acknowledged, and recorded, as specified, to be effective. The bill would provide, among other things, that the deed, during the owner’s life, does not affect his or her ownership rights and, specifically, is part of the owner’s estate for the purpose of Medi-Cal eligibility and reimbursement. The bill would void a revocable TOD deed if, at the time of the owner’s death, the property is titled in joint tenancy or as community property with right of survivorship. The bill would establish priorities for creditor claims against the owner and the beneficiary of the deed in connection with the property transferred and limits on the liability of the beneficiary. The bill would establish a process for contesting the transfer of real property by a revocable TOD deed. The bill would also make conforming and technical changes. The bill would require the California Law Revision Commission to study and make recommendations regarding the revocable TOD deed to the Legislature by January 1, 2020.
(2) Existing law provides that a person who feloniously and intentionally kills a decedent is not entitled to specified property, interests, or benefits, including any gifts of personal property made in view of impending death.
This bill would specify that a person who feloniously and intentionally kills a decedent is not entitled generally to property and interests that are transferred outside of probate, including real property transferred by a revocable TOD deed.
(3) Existing law establishes simplified procedures for dealing with a decedent’s estate valued under $150,000, including authorizing the successor of the decedent to collect and distribute property due the decedent without letters of administration or awaiting probate of a will. Existing law provides that a beneficiary who receives real or personal property under these circumstances, as specified, may be liable to the estate if probate proceedings are subsequently commenced. Existing law provides, in this context, that a spouse has liability for the debts of a deceased spouse if the decedent’s property is in the control of the surviving spouse. Existing law permits a court judgment to enforce liability in these instances only to the extent necessary to protect the heirs, devisees, and creditors of the decedent.
This bill would delete the reference to court judgment and provide instead that the personal representative of the estate is permitted to enforce liability only to the extent necessary to protect the heirs, devisees, and creditors of the decedent.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act to amend Sections 2337 and 2040 of the Family Code, to amend Sections 250, 267, 279, 2580, 5000, 5302, 13111, 13206, and 13562 of, to amend and renumber Sections 5600, 5601, 5602, 5603, and 5604 of, to add Section 69 to, to add the heading of Chapter 3 (commencing with Section 5040) to Part 1 of Division 5 of, to add and repeal Part 4 (commencing with Section 5600) of Division 5 of, and to repeal the heading of Part 4 (commencing with Section 5600) of Division 5 of, the Probate Code, relating to nonprobate transfers.

AB 140    (Allen, Travis R)   Distributed generation.

Summary:
Current law require the Public Utilities Commission, on or before January 1, 2010, and biennially thereafter, in consultation with the Independent System Operator and the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission, to study, and submit a report to the Legislature and the Governor, on the impacts of distributed energy generation on the state’s distribution and transmission grid. This bill would make a technical, nonsubstantive revision to this requirement.

Summary:
Existing law require the Public Utilities Commission, on or before January 1, 2010, and biennially thereafter, in consultation with the Independent System Operator and the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission, to study, and submit a report to the Legislature and the Governor, on the impacts of distributed energy generation on the state’s distribution and transmission grid. This bill would make a technical, nonsubstantive revision to this requirement.

Digest:
Existing law require the Public Utilities Commission, on or before January 1, 2010, and biennially thereafter, in consultation with the Independent System Operator and the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission, to study, and submit a report to the Legislature and the Governor, on the impacts of distributed energy generation on the state’s distribution and transmission grid.
This bill would make a technical, nonsubstantive revision to this requirement.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act to amend Section 321.7 of the Public Utilities Code, relating to energy.

AB 141    (Bonilla D)   Teacher credentialing: beginning teacher induction programs.

Summary:
Current law establishes the Marian Bergeson Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment System to, among other things, provide an effective transition into the teaching career for first year and 2nd year teachers in this state. This bill would, commencing with hiring for the 2016-17 school year, and each school year thereafter, require a school district or county office of education that hires a beginning teacher to provide that teacher with one of these induction programs, except as provided. The bill would also prohibit a local educational agency from charging a fee to a beginning teacher to participate in an induction program.

Summary:
Existing law establishes the Marian Bergeson Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment System to, among other things, provide an effective transition into the teaching career for first year and 2nd year teachers in this state. Existing law requires the Superintendent of Public Instruction and the Commission on Teacher Credentialing to jointly administer this program, to contract for specified services, and to establish requirements for local teacher induction programs. Existing law makes participation in the system voluntary for teachers, school districts, and county offices of education. Existing law authorizes a school district or a consortium of school districts to apply for funding to establish a local teacher induction program, and sets forth the requirements that a school district or consortium of school districts must meet to be eligible for funding. This bill would, commencing with hiring for the 2016-17 school year, and each school year thereafter, require a school district or county office of education that hires a beginning teacher to provide that teacher with one of these induction programs, except as provided. The bill would also prohibit a local educational agency from charging a fee to a beginning teacher to participate in an induction program. By requiring school districts and county offices of education to provide an induction program to newly hired beginning teachers, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

Digest:
Existing law establishes the Marian Bergeson Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment System to, among other things, provide an effective transition into the teaching career for first year and 2nd year teachers in this state. Existing law requires the Superintendent of Public Instruction and the Commission on Teacher Credentialing to jointly administer this program, to contract for specified services, and to establish requirements for local teacher induction programs. Existing law makes participation in the system voluntary for teachers, school districts, and county offices of education. Existing law authorizes a school district or a consortium of school districts to apply for funding to establish a local teacher induction program, and sets forth the requirements that a school district or consortium of school districts must meet to be eligible for funding.
Existing law separately authorizes an alternative program of beginning teacher induction that is provided by one or more local educational agencies and has been approved by the commission and the Superintendent on the basis of initial review and periodic evaluations of the program in relation to appropriate standards of credential program quality and effectiveness that have been adopted by the commission, the Superintendent, and the State Board of Education, as provided. Existing law authorizes an alternative program of beginning teacher induction that has met state standards to apply for state funding, as specified.
Existing law also separately authorizes an alternative program of beginning teacher induction that is sponsored by a regionally accredited college or university, in cooperation with one or more local school districts, that addresses the individual professional needs of beginning teachers and meets the commission’s standards of induction.
This bill would, commencing with hiring for the 2016-17 school year, and each school year thereafter, require a school district or county office of education that hires a beginning teacher to provide that teacher with one of these induction programs, except as provided. The bill would also prohibit a local educational agency from charging a fee to a beginning teacher to participate in an induction program. By requiring school districts and county offices of education to provide an induction program to newly hired beginning teachers, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.
This bill would provide that, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that the bill contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to these statutory provisions.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: yes.

Laws:
An act to amend Sections 44259, 44279.1, and 44279.2 of the Education Code, relating to teacher credentialing.

AB 142    (Bigelow R)   Wild and scenic rivers: Mokelumne River.

Summary:
Would require the Secretary of the Natural Resources Agency, in a report analyzing the suitabliity or nonsuitability of a proposed designation of the Mokelumne River, its tributaries, or portions thereof as additions to the system, to consider the potential effects of the proposed designation on future water requirements, as specified, and the effects of climate change. This bill contains other related provisions.

Summary:
Existing law, the California Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, provides for a system of classification of those rivers or segments of rivers in the state that are designated as wild, scenic, or recreational rivers, for purposes of preserving the highest and most beneficial use of those rivers. The act requires the Secretary of the Natural Resources Agency to study and submit to the Governor and the Legislature a report that analyzes the suitability or nonsuitability for addition to the system of rivers or segments of rivers that are designated by the Legislature as potential additions to the system, and requires that each report contain specified information and recommendations with respect to the proposed designation. This bill would require the secretary, in a report analyzing the suitabliity or nonsuitability of a proposed designation of the Mokelumne River, its tributaries, or portions thereof as additions to the system, to consider the potential effects of the proposed designation on future water requirements, as specified, and the effects of climate change. This bill contains other related provisions.

Digest:
(1) Existing law, the California Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, provides for a system of classification of those rivers or segments of rivers in the state that are designated as wild, scenic, or recreational rivers, for purposes of preserving the highest and most beneficial use of those rivers. The act requires the Secretary of the Natural Resources Agency to study and submit to the Governor and the Legislature a report that analyzes the suitability or nonsuitability for addition to the system of rivers or segments of rivers that are designated by the Legislature as potential additions to the system, and requires that each report contain specified information and recommendations with respect to the proposed designation.
This bill would require the secretary, in a report analyzing the suitabliity or nonsuitability of a proposed designation of the Mokelumne River, its tributaries, or portions thereof as additions to the system, to consider the potential effects of the proposed designation on future water requirements, as specified, and the effects of climate change.
(2) The bill would declare that due to the unique geographical features of the Mokelumne River and its tributaries, a general statute within the meaning of specified provisions of the California Constitution cannot be made applicable and a special statute is necessary.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act to add Section 5093.548 to the Public Resources Code, relating to wild and scenic rivers.

AB 143    (Wood D)   Food facilities.

Summary:
Would exclude from the definition of food facility a premises set aside for wine tasting that offers pretzels or prepackaged nonpotentially hazardous food for onsite consumption. The bill would limit the food display area in premises set aside for wine tasting to 25 square feet and subject those premises to specified provisions of the California Retail Food Code. By expanding the definition of a crime, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

Summary:
Existing law, the California Retail Food Code, establishes uniform health and sanitation standards for retail food facilities, as defined. Existing law exempts from the definition of food facility premises set aside for wine tasting, regardless of whether there is a charge for the wine tasting, if no other beverage, except for bottles of wine and prepackaged nonpotentially hazardous beverages, is offered for sale for onsite consumption and no food, except for crackers, is served. Existing law prohibits certain premises from having a food display area that exceeds 25 square feet, and subjects certain facilities or premises with a food display area of 25 square feet or less to specified provisions of the code. Existing law provides that local health agencies are primarily responsible for enforcing these provisions. A person who violates any provision of the code is guilty of a misdemeanor, except as otherwise provided. This bill would additionally exclude from the definition of food facility a premises set aside for wine tasting that offers pretzels or prepackaged nonpotentially hazardous food for onsite consumption. The bill would limit the food display area in premises set aside for wine tasting to 25 square feet and subject those premises to specified provisions of the California Retail Food Code. By expanding the definition of a crime, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

Digest:
Existing law, the California Retail Food Code, establishes uniform health and sanitation standards for retail food facilities, as defined. Existing law exempts from the definition of food facility premises set aside for wine tasting, regardless of whether there is a charge for the wine tasting, if no other beverage, except for bottles of wine and prepackaged nonpotentially hazardous beverages, is offered for sale for onsite consumption and no food, except for crackers, is served. Existing law prohibits certain premises from having a food display area that exceeds 25 square feet, and subjects certain facilities or premises with a food display area of 25 square feet or less to specified provisions of the code. Existing law provides that local health agencies are primarily responsible for enforcing these provisions. A person who violates any provision of the code is guilty of a misdemeanor, except as otherwise provided.
This bill would additionally exclude from the definition of food facility a premises set aside for wine tasting that offers pretzels or prepackaged nonpotentially hazardous food for onsite consumption. The bill would limit the food display area in premises set aside for wine tasting to 25 square feet and subject those premises to specified provisions of the California Retail Food Code. By expanding the definition of a crime, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.
This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: yes.

Laws:
An act to amend Sections 113789 and 114289 of the Health and Safety Code, relating to food facilities.

ACA 1    (Olsen R)   Legislative procedure.

Summary:
The California Constitution prohibits a bill other than the Budget Bill from being heard or acted on by a committee or either house of the Legislature until the 31st day after the bill is introduced, unless the house dispenses with this requirement by rollcall vote entered in the journal, 3/4 of the membership concurring. This measure would add an additional exception to this 31-day waiting period by authorizing a committee to hear or act on a bill if the bill, in the form to be considered by the committee, has been in print and published on the Internet for at least 15 days.

Summary:
The California Constitution prohibits a bill other than the Budget Bill from being heard or acted on by a committee or either house of the Legislature until the 31st day after the bill is introduced, unless the house dispenses with this requirement by rollcall vote entered in the journal, 3⁄4 of the membership concurring. This measure would add an additional exception to this 31-day waiting period by authorizing a committee to hear or act on a bill if the bill, in the form to be considered by the committee, has been in print and published on the Internet for at least 15 days. O This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

Digest:

The California Constitution prohibits a bill other than the Budget Bill from being heard or acted on by a committee or either house of the Legislature until the 31st day after the bill is introduced, unless the house dispenses with this requirement by rollcall vote entered in the journal, 34 of the membership concurring.

This measure would add an additional exception to this 31-day waiting period by authorizing a committee to hear or act on a bill if the bill, in the form to be considered by the committee, has been in print and published on the Internet for at least 15 days.

Existing provisions of the California Constitution prohibit either house of the Legislature from passing a bill until the bill with amendments has been printed and distributed to the Members.

This measure would also prohibit either house of the Legislature from passing a bill until the bill, in the form to be voted on, has been made available to the public, in print and published on the Internet, for at least 72 hours preceding the vote. This requirement would not apply to specified urgency bills upon the submission by the Governor to the Legislature of a written statement that it is necessary to dispense with the requirement to address a state of emergency declared by the Governor.

Vote: 23. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

P2    1Resolved by the Assembly, the Senate concurring, That the
2Legislature of the State of California at its 2015-16 Regular
3Session commencing on the first day of December 2014, two-thirds
4of the membership of each house concurring, hereby proposes to
5the people of the State of California that the Constitution of the
6State be amended as follows:

7

That Section 8 of Article IV thereof is amended to read:

8

SEC. 8.

(a) At regular sessions, no bill other than the budget
9bill may be heard or acted on by a committee or either house until
10the 31st day after the bill is introduced unless the, except in either
11of the following circumstances:

12(1)A committee or either house may hear or act on a bill if the
13house dispenses with this requirement by rollcall vote entered in
14the journal, three fourths three-fourths of the membership
15concurring.

16 (2)A committee may hear or act on a bill if the bill, in the form
17to be considered by the committee, has been in print and published
18on the Internet for at least 15 days.

19(b) (1) The Legislature may make no law except by statute and
20may enact no statute except by bill. No bill may be passed unless
21it is read by title on 3 three days in each house except that the a
22 house may dispense with this requirement by rollcall vote entered
23in the journal, two thirds two-thirds of the membership concurring.
24No bill may be passed until the bill with amendments has been
25printed and distributed to the members. No bill may be passed
26unless, by rollcall vote entered in the journal, a majority of the
27membership of each house concurs.

 

28(2) (A) No bill may be passed in either house until the bill, in
29the form to be voted on, has been made available to the public, in
30print and published on the Internet, for at least 72 hours before
31the vote.

 

32(B) This paragraph does not apply to a bill that contains an
33urgency clause if the Governor submits to the Legislature a written
34statement, for that bill, that dispensing with the requirement in
P3    1subparagraph (A) is necessary to address a state of emergency
2declared by the Governor. “Emergency,” for the purposes of this
3paragraph, has the same meaning as in paragraph (2) of
4subdivision (c) of Section 3 of Article XIII B and does not include
5a fiscal emergency declared pursuant to Section 10 of this article.

 

6(c) (1) Except as provided in paragraphs (2) and (3) of this
7subdivision
, a statute enacted at a regular session shall go into
8effect on January 1 next following a 90-day period from the date
9of enactment of the statute and a statute enacted at a special session
10shall go into effect on the 91st day after adjournment of the special
11session at which the bill was passed.

12(2) A statute, other than a statute establishing or changing
13boundaries of any legislative, congressional, or other election
14district, enacted by a bill passed by the Legislature on or before
15the date the Legislature adjourns for a joint recess to reconvene in
16the second calendar year of the biennium of the legislative session,
17and in the possession of the Governor after that date, shall go into
18effect on January 1 next following the enactment date of the statute
19unless, before January 1, a copy of a referendum petition affecting
20the statute is submitted to the Attorney General pursuant to
21subdivision (d) of Section 10 of Article II, in which event the
22statute shall go into effect on the 91st day after the enactment date
23unless the petition has been presented to the Secretary of State
24pursuant to subdivision (b) of Section 9 of Article II.

25(3) Statutes calling elections, statutes providing for tax levies
26or appropriations for the usual current expenses of the State, and
27urgency statutes shall go into effect immediately upon their
28enactment.

29(d) Urgency statutes are those necessary for immediate
30preservation of the public peace, health, or safety. A statement of
31facts constituting the necessity shall be set forth in one section of
32the bill. In each house the section and the bill shall be passed
33separately, each by rollcall vote entered in the journal, two thirds
34 two-thirds of the membership concurring. An urgency statute may
35not create or abolish any office or change the salary, term, or duties
36of any office, or grant any franchise or special privilege, or create
37any vested right or interest.


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Laws:
A resolution to propose to the people of the State of California an amendment to the Constitution of the State, by amending Section 8 of Article IV thereof, relating to the Legislature.

ACR 1    (Levine D)   Robin Williams Tunnel.

Summary:
Would designate the tunnel on State Highway Routes 1 and 101 at postmile .89 in the County of Marin as the Robin Williams Tunnel. The measure would request the Department of Transportation to determine the cost for appropriate signs showing this special designation and, upon receiving donations from nonstate sources covering that cost, to erect those signs.

Summary:
This measure would designate the tunnel on State Highway Routes 1 and 101 at postmile .89 in the County of Marin as the Robin Williams Tunnel. The measure would request the Department of Transportation to determine the cost for appropriate signs showing this special designation and, upon receiving donations from nonstate sources covering that cost, to erect those signs.

Digest:

This measure would designate the tunnel on State Highway Routes 1 and 101 at postmile .89 in the County of Marin as the Robin Williams Tunnel. The measure would request the Department of Transportation to determine the cost for appropriate signs showing this special designation and, upon receiving donations from nonstate sources covering that cost, to erect those signs.

Fiscal committee: yes.

P1    1WHEREAS, Robin McLaurin Williams was born in Chicago,
2Illinois, on July 21, 1951, to his mother Laurie McLaurin and father
3Robert Fitzgerald Williams. At 16 years of age Robin Williams
4moved with his family to Tiburon, California; and

5WHEREAS, Robin Williams attended Redwood High School
6in Larkspur, California, and studied theater at the College of Marin
7in Kentfield, California. Robin Williams received a full scholarship
8to the Juilliard School in New York City where he pursued his gift
9as an actor and comedian; and

10WHEREAS, Robin Williams began his career as a comedian
11doing stand-up comedy shows in the San Francisco Bay area and
P2    1continued his work in Los Angeles where he developed his
2improvisational style as an actor and a stand-up comedian; and

3WHEREAS, Robin Williams then appeared on several television
4programs and starred in “Mork and Mindy” in the late 1970s to
5early 1980s. Many successful film roles followed, including his
6role as radio disc jockey Adrian Cronauer in “Good Morning,
7Vietnam” in 1987, and teacher John Keating in “Dead Poets
8Society” in 1989. Both roles earned him lead actor Academy
9Award recognition; and

10WHEREAS, In 1997, Robin Williams was voted funniest man
11alive by Entertainment. The next year, in 1998, Entertainment
12Weekly listed him as one of the 25 Best Actors of all time. In 2003,
13he won the Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album; and

14WHEREAS, In 2005, Robin Williams received the Cecil B.
15DeMille Award at the Golden Globe Awards. He dedicated that
16lifetime achievement award to the memory of his good friend,
17fellow actor, and roommate at Juilliard, Christopher Reeve; and

18WHEREAS, Along with his talent to make people laugh, Robin
19Williams raised funds for various causes. Robin Williams’ charity
20work included health care, human rights, education, environmental
21protection, the arts, and much more. In 2010, he gave 100 percent
22of the proceeds from his shows in New Zealand to victims of the
23devastating earthquake in Christchurch; and

24WHEREAS, Robin Williams supported the following
25foundations and their work: Aid Still Required, American
26Foundation for AIDS Research, Amnesty International, Andre
27Agassi Foundation for Education, Augie’s Quest, Bob Woodruff
28Foundation, Celebrity Fight Night Foundation, Christopher &
29 Dana Reeve Foundation, Comic Relief, David Foster Foundation,
30Doctors Without Borders, Dogs Deserve Better, Dream Foundation,
31Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, International Medical
32Corps, Keep Memory Alive, LIVESTRONG, Love Our Children
33USA, Luke Neuhedel Foundation, Muhammad Ali Parkinson
34Center, MusiCares, Prince’s Rainforests Project, Prince’s Trust,
35Robert F. Kennedy Memorial, Smile Train, St. Jude Children’s
36Research Hospital, and UNICEF; and

37WHEREAS, One of Robin Williams’ strongest affiliations with
38philanthropy was working with Comic Relief, a nonprofit
39organization with a mission to raise money for housing, health
P3    1care, and the homeless. Robin Williams would help by hosting
2events and shows and performing to help raise funds; and

3WHEREAS, Robin Williams also was an active volunteer
4through the United Service Organizations where he went on at
5total of six tours and visited about 89,000 troops in 12 countries,
6including Iraq and Afghanistan. Regardless of the challenging
7circumstances, comedian Robin Williams made troops in conflict
8zones smile and laugh. Robin Williams also listened to their
9personal experiences; and

10WHEREAS, He also funded the Robin Williams Scholarship
11at his alma mater, the Juilliard School in New York City. Each
12year Robin Williams provided a scholarship to cover the tuition
13cost for one theater student; and

14WHEREAS, Robin Williams was a local friend to the North
15Bay community of the San Francisco Bay area. He would often
16drop in unannounced at comedy nights at the 142 Throckmorton
17Theatre in Mill Valley. There he would encourage young, budding
18comedians. He did so with kindness and humility and many
19comedians aspired to perform with the same level of wit and insight
20as Robin Williams; and

21WHEREAS, Robin Williams died on August 11, 2014, in his
22home in Paradise Cay, Tiburon, California, as a result of suicide.
23Though he bravely battled addiction and mental illness, his death
24was a consequence of those diseases; and

25WHEREAS, Robin Williams will be remembered for making
26us laugh and for his generosity to others. It is altogether fitting to
27officially name what is commonly known as the Waldo Tunnel
28after Robin Williams; now, therefore, be it

29Resolved by the Assembly of the State of California, the Senate
30thereof concurring,
That the Legislature hereby designates the
31tunnel on State Highway Routes 1 and 101, located at postmile
32.89 in the County of Marin, as the Robin Williams Tunnel; and be
33it further

34Resolved, That the Department of Transportation is requested
35to determine the cost of erecting the appropriate signs, consistent
36with the signing requirements for the state highway system,
37showing this special designation and, upon receiving donations
38from nonstate sources covering that cost, to erect those signs; and
39be it further

P4    1Resolved, That the Chief Clerk of the Assembly transmit copies
2of this resolution to the Department of Transportation and to the
3author for appropriate distribution.


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Laws:
Relative to the Robin Williams Tunnel.

ACR 2    (Nazarian D)   Persian New Year.

Summary:
Would recognize the Persian New Year celebration.

Summary:
This measure would recognize the Persian New Year celebration.

Digest:

This measure would recognize the Persian New Year celebration.

Fiscal committee: no.

P1    1WHEREAS, NowrÅ«z, meaning the “New Day” is the name of
2the New Year in the Persian calendar; and

3WHEREAS, Nowrūz marks the first day of spring and the
4beginning of the year in the Persian calendar. It is celebrated on
5the day of the astronomical Northward equinox, which usually
6occurs on March 20 or the following day depending on where it
7is observed; and

WHEREAS, In Persian mythology, King Jamshid is credited with the founding of Nowrūz, while others suggest that it was founded by Zoroaster himself, although there is no clear date of its origin. Celebrating the Vernal equinox may also have been an old Babylonian tradition known before 2340 B.C.; and

13WHEREAS, Nowrūz is celebrated and observed principally in
14Iran and has spread to other parts of the world, including parts of
15Central Asia, the Caucasus, Northwestern China, the Crimea, and
16some groups in the Balkans. In Iran, Nowrūz is an official holiday
17lasting for 13 days during which most national functions, including
P2    1schools, are off and festivities take place. Also the Canadian
2Parliament, by unanimous consent, passed a bill on March 30,
32009, to add Nowrūz to the national calendar of Canada; and

4WHEREAS, The most important activity in the celebration of
5NowrÅ«z is setting the “haft-seen table” which literally means a
6table of seven items that start with the letter “s.” The table often
7includes items such as sumac (crushed spice of berries), senjed
8(sweet dry fruit of a lotus tree), serkeh (vinegar), and seeb (apples);
9and

10WHEREAS, NowrÅ«z invites us to contemplate nature’s power
11of renewal and rejuvenation, to look more deeply, not just into the
12green world outside, but at our human nature as well; and

13WHEREAS, For the people celebrating Nowrūz, it is a time to
14appreciate their rich heritage and to move forward with hope for
15a prosperous new year ahead filled with health, wealth, love, joy,
16and success; and

17WHEREAS, According to figures from the 2000 United States
18Census, over one-half of all Iranian immigrants in the United States
19lived in the State of California. In 2000, that figure was 55.9
20percent or 158,613 residents. The states with the next largest
21Iranian immigrant populations were New York, with 17,323
22residents or 6.1 percent of the population, Texas, with 15,581
23residents or 5.5 percent of the population, Virginia, with 10,889
24residents or 3.8 percent of the population, and Maryland, with
259,733 residents or 3.4 percent of the population; and

26WHEREAS, According to the 2000 United States Census, the
27largest community of Iranian descent in the United States resides
28in California, concentrated in the Los Angeles and Beverly Hills
29area. The number of Iranian descent people in this area is greater
30than the Iranian populations in the next 20 states combined; and

31WHEREAS, The Iranian population in California has grown to
32over 200,000 residents according to the 2010 United States Census.
33However, Iranian organizations and the Iranian Community
34believes the correct number may be four times that amount; and

35WHEREAS, The Small Business Administration conducted a
36study in 2008 that found that Iranian immigrants were among the
37top 20 immigrant groups with the highest rate of business
38ownership, contributing substantially to the national economy; and

P3    1WHEREAS, Iranian Americans have founded and served in
2senior leadership positions of many major American companies;
3and

4WHEREAS, The Los Angeles City Council designated the
5intersection of Westwood Boulevard and Wilkins Avenue in West
6Los Angeles as “Persian Square.” The first Persian business in the
7city opened in 1974 on the corner of Westwood Boulevard and
8Wilkins Avenue. Since then there has been an increase of Persian
9businesses and residents into the area. Many of the businesses on
10Westwood Boulevard, between Wilshire Boulevard and Ohio
11Avenue, are owned and operated by people of Persian cultural
12identity; now, therefore, be it

13Resolved by the Assembly of the State of California, the Senate
14thereof concurring,
That the Legislature joins the Persian and other
15communities throughout the state in celebrating March 21, 2015,
16 as the beginning of the Persian New Year and extends best wishes
17for a peaceful and prosperous Nowrūz to all Californians; and be
18it further

19Resolved, That the Chief Clerk of the Assembly transmit copies
20of this resolution to the author for appropriate distribution.


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Relative to the Persian New Year.

ACR 3    (Kim R)   Korean-American Day.

Summary:
Would proclaim January 13, 2015, as Korean-American Day.

Summary:
This measure would proclaim January 13, 2015, as Korean-American Day.

Digest:
This measure would proclaim January 13, 2015, as Korean-American Day.
Fiscal committee: no.

Laws:
Relative to Korean-American Day.

ACR 4    (Waldron R)   Joel Mendenhall Memorial Highway.

Summary:
Would designate a portion of State Highway Route 76 in the County of San Diego as the Joel Mendenhall Memorial Highway. The measure would also request the Department of Transportation to determine the cost of appropriate signs showing this special designation and, upon receiving donations from nonstate sources covering the cost, to erect those signs.

Summary:
This measure would designate a portion of State Highway Route 76 in the County of San Diego as the Joel Mendenhall Memorial Highway. The measure would also request the Department of Transportation to determine the cost of appropriate signs showing this special designation and, upon receiving donations from nonstate sources covering the cost, to erect those signs.

Digest:

This measure would designate a portion of State Highway Route 76 in the County of San Diego as the Joel Mendenhall Memorial Highway. The measure would also request the Department of Transportation to determine the cost of appropriate signs showing this special designation and, upon receiving donations from nonstate sources covering the cost, to erect those signs.

Fiscal committee: yes.

P1    1WHEREAS, Joel Mendenhall was a real cowboy and cattle
2rancher, who embraced the values of the Old West, but also
3understood the demands and markets of today’s world; and

4WHEREAS, Joel Mendenhall was part owner of Homegrown
5Cattle Company, Homegrown Meats, My Country Club Hunting
6Ranch, and La Jolla Butcher Shop in La Jolla; and

7WHEREAS, Joel Mendenhall was a man who was quiet, but
8friendly, dependable, resourceful, devoted to his family, and always
9ready to help someone who needed it; and

10WHEREAS, Joel Mendenhall’s family history dates back to the
11first homesteaders of the Palomar Mountain area in the mid-1800s;
12and

P2    1WHEREAS, Joel Mendenhall’s work ethic was based on doing
2what was needed to get the job done, never punching a clock, often
3working well into the night in all kinds of weather, and
4demonstrating self-sufficiency and a willingness to be there for
5others who needed help; and

6WHEREAS, Joel Mendenhall always knew where the bass were
7biting, the eagles were nesting, the turkeys were roosting, the big
8bucks were in rut, or where a mountain lion might be prowling;
9and

10WHEREAS, Joel Mendenhall was comfortable on a good horse,
11skilled at roping and wielding a branding iron, and enjoyed
12competition between himself and his dad for big buck bragging
13rights; and

14WHEREAS, Joel Mendenhall was always the first to help a
15young lady bag her first deer, an old hunter drag out a downed
16buck, or offer amazingly detailed instructions on where to set up
17for opening day of turkey season; and

18WHEREAS, Joel Mendenhall died in a tragic ranching accident
19on September 2, 2013, at 30 years of age; and

20WHEREAS, Joel Mendenhall is survived by his wife, Jenna,
21his three young daughters, and his parents, Frank and Janice
22Mendenhall, and will be missed by his family and many friends,
23outdoorsmen, ranchers, business partners, and the community of
24which he was a treasured part; now, therefore, be it

25Resolved by the Assembly of the State of California, the Senate
26thereof concurring,
That the Legislature hereby designates the
27portion of State Highway Route 76 from post mile 43.25 to the
28eastern intersection of State Highway Route 76 and County Road
29S6, also called Palomar Mountain Road, at post mile 38.25, in the
30County of San Diego, as the Joel Mendenhall Memorial Highway;
31and be it further

32Resolved, That the Department of Transportation is requested
33to determine the cost of appropriate signs consistent with the
34signing requirements for the state highway system showing this
35special designation and, upon receiving donations from nonstate
36sources sufficient to cover the cost, to erect those signs; and be it
37further

P3    1Resolved, That the Chief Clerk of the Assembly transmit copies
2of this resolution to the Director of Transportation and to the author
3for appropriate distribution.


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Laws:
Relative to the Joel Mendenhall Memorial Highway.

ACR 5    (Jones-Sawyer D)   Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Summary:
This measure would designate that January 19, 2015, be observed as the official memorial of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birth and commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and the work of Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement in changing public policy in California and in the United States of America.

Summary:
This measure would designate that January 19, 2015, be observed as the official memorial of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birth and commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and the work of Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement in changing public policy in California and in the United States of America.

Digest:
This measure would designate that January 19, 2015, be observed as the official memorial of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birth and commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and the work of Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement in changing public policy in California and in the United States of America.
Fiscal committee: no.

Laws:
Relative to Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

ACR 6    (Jones-Sawyer D)   Black History Month.

Summary:
This measure would recognize February 2015 as Black History Month, urge all citizens to join in celebrating the accomplishments of African Americans during Black History Month, and encourage the people of California to recognize the many talents, achievements, and contributions that African Americans make to their communities.

Summary:
This measure would recognize February 2015 as Black History Month, urge all citizens to join in celebrating the accomplishments of African Americans during Black History Month, and encourage the people of California to recognize the many talents, achievements, and contributions that African Americans make to their communities.

Digest:
This measure would recognize February 2015 as Black History Month, urge all citizens to join in celebrating the accomplishments of African Americans during Black History Month, and encourage the people of California to recognize the many talents, achievements, and contributions that African Americans make to their communities.
Fiscal committee: no.

Laws:
Relative to Black History Month.

ACR 7    (Rodriguez D)   National Night Out.

Summary:
This measure would proclaim August 4, 2015, as National Night Out in California and would urge the people of California to observe and participate in National Night Out.

Summary:
This measure would proclaim August 4, 2015, as National Night Out in California and would urge the people of California to observe and participate in National Night Out.

Digest:
This measure would proclaim August 4, 2015, as National Night Out in California and would urge the people of California to observe and participate in National Night Out.
Fiscal committee: no.

Laws:
Relative to National Night Out.

AJR 1    (Gatto D)   Armenian Genocide.

Summary:
Would designate the week of April 18 to 24, 2015, as “California Week of Remembrance for the Armenian Genocide of 1915-1923,” commemorate the week of remembrance through the Armenian Genocide Commemorative Project, call upon Congress and the President of the United States to recognize the atrocities committed against the Armenian people, and call upon the Republic of Turkey to acknowledge the facts of the Armenian Genocide and work toward a just resolution.

Summary:
This measure would designate the week of April 18 to 24, 2015, as “California Week of Remembrance for the Armenian Genocide of 1915-1923,” commemorate the week of remembrance through the Armenian Genocide Commemorative Project, call upon Congress and the President of the United States to recognize the atrocities committed against the Armenian people, and call upon the Republic of Turkey to acknowledge the facts of the Armenian Genocide and work toward a just resolution. P1    1WHEREAS, The Armenian Genocide of 1915-1923 was the 2first genocide of the 20th century, in which 1.5 million men, 3women, and children lost their lives at the hands of the Turkish 4Ottoman Empire in their attempt to systematically eliminate the 5Armenian race; and 6WHEREAS, In their 3,000 year historic homeland in Asia 7Minor, Armenians were subjected to severe and unjust persecution 8and brutality by the Turkish rulers of the Ottoman Empire before 9and after the turn of the 20th century, including widespread acts P2    1of destruction and murder during the period from 1894 to 1896, 2inclusive, and again in 1909; and 3WHEREAS, The massacre of the Armenians constituted one of 4the most atrocious violations of human rights in the history of the 5world; and 6WHEREAS, Adolph Hitler, in persuading his army commanders 7that the merciless persecution and killing of Jews, Poles, and other 8people would bring no retribution, declared, “Who, after all, speaks 9today of the annihilation of the Armenians?”; and 10WHEREAS, Unlike other people and governments that have 11admitted and denounced the abuses and crimes of predecessor 12regimes, and despite the overwhelming proof of genocidal intent, 13the Republic of Turkey has inexplicably and adamantly denied the 14occurrence of the crimes against humanity committed by the 15Ottoman and Young Turk rulers, and those denials compound the 16grief of the few remaining survivors of the atrocities, desecrate 17the memory of the victims, and cause continuing pain to the 18descendants of the victims; and 19WHEREAS, Leaders of nations with strategic, commercial, and 20cultural ties to the Republic of Turkey should be reminded of their 21duty to encourage Turkish officials to cease efforts to distort facts 22and deny the history of events surrounding the Armenian Genocide; 23and 24WHEREAS, The determination of those who continue to speak 25the truth about the Armenian Genocide is tested to this day with 26some of these speakers of truth being silenced by violent means; 27and 28WHEREAS, The accelerated level and scope of denial and 29revisionism, coupled with the passage of time and the fact that 30very few survivors remain who can serve as reminders of 31indescribable brutality and tormented lives, compel a sense of 32urgency in efforts to solidify recognition of historical truth; and 33WHEREAS, By consistently remembering and forcefully 34condemning the atrocities committed against the Armenians, and 35honoring the survivors as well as other victims of similar heinous 36conduct, we guard against repetition of such acts of genocide and 37provide the American public with a greater understanding of its 38heritage; and 39WHEREAS, This measure would provide that the Legislature 40deplores the persistent, ongoing efforts by any person in this P3    1country or abroad to deny the historical fact of the Armenian 2Genocide; and 3WHEREAS, California is home to the largest 4Armenian-American population in the United States, and 5Armenians living in California have enriched our state through 6their leadership in business, agriculture, academia, government, 7and the arts; and 8WHEREAS, The State of California has been at the forefront 9of encouraging and promoting a curriculum relating to human 10rights and genocide in order to empower future generations to 11prevent recurrence of the crime of genocide; and 12WHEREAS, On this hundred-year anniversary marking the start 13of this horrific and shameful chapter in human history, we stop to 14reflect on the time that has passed and pledge not to become 15complacent in our vigilance against those entities who would 16commit such horrible acts against their fellow men and women; 17now, therefore, be it 18Resolved by the Assembly and the Senate of the State of 19California, jointly, That the State of California commends its 20conscientious educators who teach about human rights and 21genocide; and be it further 22Resolved, That the Legislature of the State of California hereby 23designates the week of April 18 to 24, 2015, as “California Week 24of Remembrance for the Armenian Genocide of 1915-1923”; and 25be it further 26Resolved, That California commemorates California Week of 27Remembrance for the Armenian Genocide through the Armenian 28Genocide Commemorative Project; and be it further 29Resolved, That the State of California respectfully calls upon 30the Congress and the President of the United States to act likewise 31and to formally and consistently recognize and reaffirm the 32historical truth that the atrocities committed against the Armenian 33people constituted genocide; and be it further 34Resolved, That the Legislature calls upon the Republic of Turkey 35to acknowledge the facts of the Armenian Genocide and to work 36toward a just resolution; and be it further 37Resolved, That the Chief Clerk of the Assembly transmit copies 38of this resolution to the President and Vice President of the United 39States, the Speaker and Minority Leader of the House of 40Representatives, the Majority Leader and Minority Leader of the P4    1Senate, each member of the California delegation to the United 2States Congress, the Governor, and the Turkish Ambassador to 3the United States. O This bill contains other existing laws.

Digest:

This measure would designate the week of April 18 to 24, 2015, as “California Week of Remembrance for the Armenian Genocide of 1915-1923,” commemorate the week of remembrance through the Armenian Genocide Commemorative Project, call upon Congress and the President of the United States to recognize the atrocities committed against the Armenian people, and call upon the Republic of Turkey to acknowledge the facts of the Armenian Genocide and work toward a just resolution.

Fiscal committee: no.

P1    1WHEREAS, The Armenian Genocide of 1915-1923 was the
2first genocide of the 20th century, in which 1.5 million men,
3women, and children lost their lives at the hands of the Turkish
4Ottoman Empire in their attempt to systematically eliminate the
5Armenian race; and

6WHEREAS, In their 3,000 year historic homeland in Asia
7Minor, Armenians were subjected to severe and unjust persecution
8and brutality by the Turkish rulers of the Ottoman Empire before
9and after the turn of the 20th century, including widespread acts
P2    1of destruction and murder during the period from 1894 to 1896,
2inclusive, and again in 1909; and

3WHEREAS, The massacre of the Armenians constituted one of
4the most atrocious violations of human rights in the history of the
5world; and

6WHEREAS, Adolph Hitler, in persuading his army commanders
7that the merciless persecution and killing of Jews, Poles, and other
8people would bring no retribution, declared, “Who, after all, speaks
9today of the annihilation of the Armenians?”; and

10WHEREAS, Unlike other people and governments that have
11admitted and denounced the abuses and crimes of predecessor
12regimes, and despite the overwhelming proof of genocidal intent,
13the Republic of Turkey has inexplicably and adamantly denied the
14occurrence of the crimes against humanity committed by the
15Ottoman and Young Turk rulers, and those denials compound the
16grief of the few remaining survivors of the atrocities, desecrate
17the memory of the victims, and cause continuing pain to the
18descendants of the victims; and

19WHEREAS, Leaders of nations with strategic, commercial, and
20cultural ties to the Republic of Turkey should be reminded of their
21duty to encourage Turkish officials to cease efforts to distort facts
22and deny the history of events surrounding the Armenian Genocide;
23and

24WHEREAS, The determination of those who continue to speak
25the truth about the Armenian Genocide is tested to this day with
26some of these speakers of truth being silenced by violent means;
27and

28WHEREAS, The accelerated level and scope of denial and
29revisionism, coupled with the passage of time and the fact that
30very few survivors remain who can serve as reminders of
31indescribable brutality and tormented lives, compel a sense of
32urgency in efforts to solidify recognition of historical truth; and

33WHEREAS, By consistently remembering and forcefully
34condemning the atrocities committed against the Armenians, and
35honoring the survivors as well as other victims of similar heinous
36conduct, we guard against repetition of such acts of genocide and
37provide the American public with a greater understanding of its
38heritage; and

39WHEREAS, This measure would provide that the Legislature
40deplores the persistent, ongoing efforts by any person in this
P3    1country or abroad to deny the historical fact of the Armenian
2Genocide; and

3WHEREAS, California is home to the largest
4Armenian-American population in the United States, and
5Armenians living in California have enriched our state through
6their leadership in business, agriculture, academia, government,
7and the arts; and

8WHEREAS, The State of California has been at the forefront
9of encouraging and promoting a curriculum relating to human
10rights and genocide in order to empower future generations to
11prevent recurrence of the crime of genocide; and

12WHEREAS, On this hundred-year anniversary marking the start
13of this horrific and shameful chapter in human history, we stop to
14reflect on the time that has passed and pledge not to become
15complacent in our vigilance against those entities who would
16commit such horrible acts against their fellow men and women;
17now, therefore, be it

18Resolved by the Assembly and the Senate of the State of
19California, jointly,
That the State of California commends its
20conscientious educators who teach about human rights and
21genocide; and be it further

22Resolved, That the Legislature of the State of California hereby
23designates the week of April 18 to 24, 2015, as “California Week
24of Remembrance for the Armenian Genocide of 1915-1923”; and
25be it further

26Resolved, That California commemorates California Week of
27Remembrance for the Armenian Genocide through the Armenian
28Genocide Commemorative Project; and be it further

29Resolved, That the State of California respectfully calls upon
30the Congress and the President of the United States to act likewise
31and to formally and consistently recognize and reaffirm the
32historical truth that the atrocities committed against the Armenian
33people constituted genocide; and be it further

34Resolved, That the Legislature calls upon the Republic of Turkey
35to acknowledge the facts of the Armenian Genocide and to work
36toward a just resolution; and be it further

37Resolved, That the Chief Clerk of the Assembly transmit copies
38of this resolution to the President and Vice President of the United
39States, the Speaker and Minority Leader of the House of
40Representatives, the Majority Leader and Minority Leader of the
P4    1Senate, each member of the California delegation to the United
2States Congress, the Governor, and the Turkish Ambassador to
3the United States.


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Laws:
Relative to the Armenian Genocide.

AJR 2    (Nazarian D)   Armenian Genocide.

Summary:
Would, among other things, designate the month of April 2015, as “California Month of Remembrance for the Armenian Genocide of 1915-1923,” and would call upon the President and Congress of the United States to formally and consistently recognize and reaffirm the historical truth that the atrocities committed against the Armenian people constituted genocide, and would call upon the Republic of Turkey to acknowledge the facts of the Armenian Genocide and to work toward a just resolution.

Summary:
This measure would, among other things, designate the month of April 2015, as “California Month of Remembrance for the Armenian Genocide of 1915-1923,” and would call upon the President and Congress of the United States to formally and consistently recognize and reaffirm the historical truth that the atrocities committed against the Armenian people constituted genocide, and would call upon the Republic of Turkey to acknowledge the facts of the Armenian Genocide and to work toward a just resolution. P1    1WHEREAS, During the Armenian Genocide of 1915-1923, 1.5 2million men, women, and children of Armenian descent lost their 3lives at the hands of the Ottoman Turkish Empire in its attempt to 4systematically eliminate the Armenian race; and 5WHEREAS, Despite Armenians’ historic presence, stewardship, 6and autonomy in the region, Turkish rulers of the Ottoman Empire 7subjected Armenians to severe and unjust persecution and brutality, 8including, but not limited to, widespread and wholesale massacres 9beginning in the 1890s, most notably the Hamidian Massacres 10from 1894 to 1896 and the Adana Massacre of 1909; and P2    1WHEREAS, The earlier massacres and subsequent genocide of 2the Armenians constitute one of the most atrocious violations of 3human rights in the history of the world; and 4WHEREAS, Adolph Hitler, in persuading his army commanders 5that the merciless persecution and killing of Jews, Poles, and other 6people would bring no retribution, declared, “Who, after all, speaks 7today of the annihilation of the Armenians?”; and 8WHEREAS, Unlike other people and governments that have 9admitted and denounced the abuses and crimes of predecessor 10regimes, and despite the overwhelming proof of genocidal intent, 11the Republic of Turkey has inexplicably and adamantly denied the 12occurrence of the crimes against humanity committed by the 13Ottoman and Young Turk rulers. Those denials compound the 14grief of the few remaining survivors of the atrocities, desecrate 15the memory of the victims, and cause continuing pain to the 16descendants of the victims; and 17WHEREAS, Leaders of nations with strategic, commercial, and 18cultural ties to the Republic of Turkey should be reminded of their 19duty to encourage Turkish officials to cease efforts to distort facts 20and deny the history of events surrounding the Armenian Genocide; 21and 22WHEREAS, The Republic of Turkey has escalated its 23international campaign of Armenian Genocide denial, maintained 24its blockade of Armenia and increased its pressure on the small 25but growing movement in Turkey acknowledging the Armenian 26Genocide and seeking justice for this systematic campaign of 27destruction of millions of Armenians, Greeks, Assyrians, Pontians, 28Syriacs, and other Christians upon their biblical-era homelands; 29and 30WHEREAS, Those citizens of Turkey, both Armenian and 31non-Armenian, who continue to speak the truth about the Armenian 32Genocide, such as human rights activist and journalist Hrant Dink, 33continue to be silenced by violent means; and 34WHEREAS, The accelerated level and scope of denial and 35revisionism, coupled with the passage of time and the fact that 36very few survivors remain who can serve as reminders of the 37indescribable brutality and the lives that were tormented, compel 38a sense of urgency in efforts to solidify recognition of historical 39truth; and P3    1WHEREAS, The United States is on record as having officially 2recognized the Armenian Genocide in the United States 3government’s May 28, 1951, written statement to the International 4Court of Justice regarding the Reservations to the Convention on 5the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, through 6President Ronald Reagan’s April 22, 1981, Proclamation No. 4838, 7and by Congressional legislation including United States House 8of Representatives Joint Resolution 148 adopted on April 9, 1975, 9and United States House of Representatives Joint Resolution 247 10adopted on September 12 , 1984; and 11WHEREAS, Even prior to the Convention on the Prevention 12and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, the United States has 13a record of having sought to justly and constructively address the 14consequences of the Ottoman Empire’s intentional destruction of 15the Armenian people, including through United States Senate 16Concurrent Resolution 12 adopted on February 9, 1916, United 17States Senate Resolution 359 adopted on May 11, 1920, and 18President Woodrow Wilson’s November 22, 1920, decision 19entitled, The Frontier between Armenia and Turkey; and 20WHEREAS, By consistently remembering and forcefully 21condemning the atrocities committed against the Armenians, and 22honoring the survivors as well as other victims of similar heinous 23conduct, we guard against repetition of such acts of genocide and 24provide the American public with a greater understanding of 25history; and 26WHEREAS, There is continued concern about the welfare of 27Christians in the Republic of Turkey, their right to worship and 28practice their faith freely, and the legal status and condition of 29churches and other places of worship, monasteries, schools, 30hospitals, monuments, relics, holy sites, and other religious 31properties in the Republic of Turkey; and 32WHEREAS, California is home to the largest 33Armenian-American population in the United States, and 34Armenians living in California have enriched our state through 35their leadership and contribution in business, agriculture, academia, 36government, and the arts; and 37WHEREAS, The State of California has been at the forefront 38of encouraging and promoting a curriculum relating to human 39rights and genocide in order to empower future generations to 40prevent the recurrence of genocide; and P4    1WHEREAS, On April 24, 2014, President Obama stated, “A 2full, frank, and just acknowledgment of the facts is in all of our 3interests. Peoples and nations grow stronger, and build a foundation 4for a more just and tolerant future, by acknowledging and 5reckoning with painful elements of the past”; and 6WHEREAS, President Obama entered office having stated his 7“firmly held conviction that the Armenian Genocide is not an 8allegation, a personal opinion, or a point of view, but rather a 9widely documented fact supported by an overwhelming body of 10historical evidence” and affirmed his record of “calling for 11Turkey’s acknowledgment of the Armenian Genocide”; and 12WHEREAS, The United States’ national interests in establishing 13equitable, constructive, stable, and durable relations between 14Armenians and Turks cannot be meaningfully advanced by 15circumventing or otherwise seeking to avoid the central political, 16legal, security, and moral issue between these two nations: 17Turkey’s denial of truth and justice for the Armenian Genocide; 18and 19WHEREAS, The 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide 20signifies a global demand for justice by Armenians worldwide and 21all people of good will and this centennial marks one of the 20th 22century’s greatest crimes against humanity, when in 1915, the 23Turkish Government began a premeditated and systematic 24campaign to uproot the Armenian population from its ancestral 25homeland and slaughter 1.5 million defenseless men, women, and 26children; now, therefore, be it 27Resolved by the Assembly and the Senate of the State of 28California, jointly, That the Legislature hereby designates the 29month of April 2015, as “California Month of Remembrance for 30the Armenian Genocide of 1915-1923”; and be it further 31Resolved, That the Legislature commends its conscientious 32educators who teach about human rights and genocide; and be it 33further 34Resolved, That the Legislature respectfully calls upon the 35President and Congress of the United States to act likewise and to 36formally and consistently recognize and reaffirm the historical 37truth that the atrocities committed against the Armenian people 38constituted genocide; and be it further 39Resolved, That the Legislature calls on the President of the 40United States to work toward equitable, constructive, stable, and P5    1durable Armenian-Turkish relations based upon the Republic of 2Turkey’s full acknowledgment of the facts and ongoing 3consequences of the Armenian Genocide, and a fair, just, and 4comprehensive international resolution of this crime against 5humanity; and be it further 6Resolved, That the Legislature declares that it deplores the 7persistent, ongoing efforts by any person, in this country or abroad, 8to deny the historical fact of the Armenian Genocide; and be it 9further 10Resolved, That the Legislature calls upon the Republic of Turkey 11to acknowledge the facts of the Armenian Genocide and to work 12toward a just resolution; and be it further 13Resolved, That the Chief Clerk of the Assembly transmit copies 14of this resolution to the President and Vice President of the United 15States, to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, to the 16Majority Leader of the Senate, to each Senator and Representative 17from California in the Congress of the United States, the Governor, 18and the Turkish Ambassador to the United States. O This bill contains other existing laws.

Digest:

This measure would, among other things, designate the month of April 2015, as “California Month of Remembrance for the Armenian Genocide of 1915-1923,” and would call upon the President and Congress of the United States to formally and consistently recognize and reaffirm the historical truth that the atrocities committed against the Armenian people constituted genocide, and would call upon the Republic of Turkey to acknowledge the facts of the Armenian Genocide and to work toward a just resolution.

Fiscal committee: no.

P1    1WHEREAS, During the Armenian Genocide of 1915-1923, 1.5
2million men, women, and children of Armenian descent lost their
3lives at the hands of the Ottoman Turkish Empire in its attempt to
4systematically eliminate the Armenian race; and

5WHEREAS, Despite Armenians’ historic presence, stewardship,
6and autonomy in the region, Turkish rulers of the Ottoman Empire
7subjected Armenians to severe and unjust persecution and brutality,
8including, but not limited to, widespread and wholesale massacres
9beginning in the 1890s, most notably the Hamidian Massacres
10from 1894 to 1896 and the Adana Massacre of 1909; and

P2    1WHEREAS, The earlier massacres and subsequent genocide of
2the Armenians constitute one of the most atrocious violations of
3human rights in the history of the world; and

4WHEREAS, Adolph Hitler, in persuading his army commanders
5that the merciless persecution and killing of Jews, Poles, and other
6people would bring no retribution, declared, “Who, after all, speaks
7today of the annihilation of the Armenians?”; and

8WHEREAS, Unlike other people and governments that have
9admitted and denounced the abuses and crimes of predecessor
10regimes, and despite the overwhelming proof of genocidal intent,
11the Republic of Turkey has inexplicably and adamantly denied the
12occurrence of the crimes against humanity committed by the
13Ottoman and Young Turk rulers. Those denials compound the
14grief of the few remaining survivors of the atrocities, desecrate
15the memory of the victims, and cause continuing pain to the
16descendants of the victims; and

17WHEREAS, Leaders of nations with strategic, commercial, and
18cultural ties to the Republic of Turkey should be reminded of their
19duty to encourage Turkish officials to cease efforts to distort facts
20and deny the history of events surrounding the Armenian Genocide;
21and

22WHEREAS, The Republic of Turkey has escalated its
23international campaign of Armenian Genocide denial, maintained
24its blockade of Armenia and increased its pressure on the small
25but growing movement in Turkey acknowledging the Armenian
26Genocide and seeking justice for this systematic campaign of
27destruction of millions of Armenians, Greeks, Assyrians, Pontians,
28Syriacs, and other Christians upon their biblical-era homelands;
29and

30WHEREAS, Those citizens of Turkey, both Armenian and
31non-Armenian, who continue to speak the truth about the Armenian
32Genocide, such as human rights activist and journalist Hrant Dink,
33continue to be silenced by violent means; and

34WHEREAS, The accelerated level and scope of denial and
35revisionism, coupled with the passage of time and the fact that
36very few survivors remain who can serve as reminders of the
37indescribable brutality and the lives that were tormented, compel
38a sense of urgency in efforts to solidify recognition of historical
39truth; and

P3    1WHEREAS, The United States is on record as having officially
2recognized the Armenian Genocide in the United States
3government’s May 28, 1951, written statement to the International
4Court of Justice regarding the Reservations to the Convention on
5the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, through
6President Ronald Reagan’s April 22, 1981, Proclamation No. 4838,
7and by Congressional legislation including United States House
8of Representatives Joint Resolution 148 adopted on April 9, 1975,
9and United States House of Representatives Joint Resolution 247
10adopted on September 12 , 1984; and

11WHEREAS, Even prior to the Convention on the Prevention
12and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, the United States has
13a record of having sought to justly and constructively address the
14consequences of the Ottoman Empire’s intentional destruction of
15the Armenian people, including through United States Senate
16Concurrent Resolution 12 adopted on February 9, 1916, United
17States Senate Resolution 359 adopted on May 11, 1920, and
18President Woodrow Wilson’s November 22, 1920, decision
19entitled, The Frontier between Armenia and Turkey; and

20WHEREAS, By consistently remembering and forcefully
21condemning the atrocities committed against the Armenians, and
22honoring the survivors as well as other victims of similar heinous
23conduct, we guard against repetition of such acts of genocide and
24provide the American public with a greater understanding of
25history; and

26WHEREAS, There is continued concern about the welfare of
27Christians in the Republic of Turkey, their right to worship and
28practice their faith freely, and the legal status and condition of
29churches and other places of worship, monasteries, schools,
30hospitals, monuments, relics, holy sites, and other religious
31properties in the Republic of Turkey; and

32WHEREAS, California is home to the largest
33Armenian-American population in the United States, and
34Armenians living in California have enriched our state through
35their leadership and contribution in business, agriculture, academia,
36government, and the arts; and

37WHEREAS, The State of California has been at the forefront
38of encouraging and promoting a curriculum relating to human
39rights and genocide in order to empower future generations to
40prevent the recurrence of genocide; and

P4    1WHEREAS, On April 24, 2014, President Obama stated, “A
2full, frank, and just acknowledgment of the facts is in all of our
3interests. Peoples and nations grow stronger, and build a foundation
4for a more just and tolerant future, by acknowledging and
5reckoning with painful elements of the past”; and

6WHEREAS, President Obama entered office having stated his
7“firmly held conviction that the Armenian Genocide is not an
8allegation, a personal opinion, or a point of view, but rather a
9widely documented fact supported by an overwhelming body of
10historical evidence” and affirmed his record of “calling for
11Turkey’s acknowledgment of the Armenian Genocide”; and

12WHEREAS, The United States’ national interests in establishing
13equitable, constructive, stable, and durable relations between
14Armenians and Turks cannot be meaningfully advanced by
15circumventing or otherwise seeking to avoid the central political,
16legal, security, and moral issue between these two nations:
17Turkey’s denial of truth and justice for the Armenian Genocide;
18and

19WHEREAS, The 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide
20signifies a global demand for justice by Armenians worldwide and
21all people of good will and this centennial marks one of the 20th
22century’s greatest crimes against humanity, when in 1915, the
23Turkish Government began a premeditated and systematic
24campaign to uproot the Armenian population from its ancestral
25homeland and slaughter 1.5 million defenseless men, women, and
26children; now, therefore, be it

27Resolved by the Assembly and the Senate of the State of
28California, jointly,
That the Legislature hereby designates the
29month of April 2015, as “California Month of Remembrance for
30the Armenian Genocide of 1915-1923”; and be it further

31Resolved, That the Legislature commends its conscientious
32educators who teach about human rights and genocide; and be it
33further

34Resolved, That the Legislature respectfully calls upon the
35President and Congress of the United States to act likewise and to
36formally and consistently recognize and reaffirm the historical
37truth that the atrocities committed against the Armenian people
38constituted genocide; and be it further

39Resolved, That the Legislature calls on the President of the
40United States to work toward equitable, constructive, stable, and
P5    1durable Armenian-Turkish relations based upon the Republic of
2Turkey’s full acknowledgment of the facts and ongoing
3consequences of the Armenian Genocide, and a fair, just, and
4comprehensive international resolution of this crime against
5humanity; and be it further

6Resolved, That the Legislature declares that it deplores the
7persistent, ongoing efforts by any person, in this country or abroad,
8to deny the historical fact of the Armenian Genocide; and be it
9further

10Resolved, That the Legislature calls upon the Republic of Turkey
11to acknowledge the facts of the Armenian Genocide and to work
12toward a just resolution; and be it further

13Resolved, That the Chief Clerk of the Assembly transmit copies
14of this resolution to the President and Vice President of the United
15States, to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, to the
16Majority Leader of the Senate, to each Senator and Representative
17from California in the Congress of the United States, the Governor,
18and the Turkish Ambassador to the United States.


O

    99

Laws:
Relative to the Armenian Genocide.

AJR 3    (Alejo D)   Cuban embargo.

Summary:
This measure would urge the Congress of the United States to support President Obama’s initiative to normalize diplomatic relations with Cuba and to move forward with legislation to lift the economic embargo on Cuba.

Summary:
This measure would urge the Congress of the United States to support President Obama’s initiative to normalize diplomatic relations with Cuba and to move forward with legislation to lift the economic embargo on Cuba.

Digest:
This measure would urge the Congress of the United States to support President Obama’s initiative to normalize diplomatic relations with Cuba and to move forward with legislation to lift the economic embargo on Cuba.
Fiscal committee: no.

Laws:
Relative to the Cuban embargo.

AJR 4    (Dodd D)   Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument.

Summary:
This measure would urge the President of the United States and the Secretary of the United States Department of Interior to designate the area known as the Berryessa Snow Mountain region as the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument.

Summary:
This measure would urge the President of the United States and the Secretary of the United States Department of Interior to designate the area known as the Berryessa Snow Mountain region as the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument.

Digest:
This measure would urge the President of the United States and the Secretary of the United States Department of Interior to designate the area known as the Berryessa Snow Mountain region as the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument.
Fiscal committee: no.

Laws:
Relative to Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument.

HR 1    (Gordon D)   Relative to the Standing Rules of the Assembly for the 2015-16 Regular Session.

Summary:
Relative to the Standing Rules of the Assembly for the 2015-16 Regular Session.

Summary:
Relative to the Standing Rules of the Assembly for the 2015-16 Regular Session.

Digest:
Relative to the Standing Rules of the Assembly for the 2015-16 Regular Session.

Laws:
Relative to the Standing Rules of the Assembly for the 2015-16 Regular Session.

HR 2    (Atkins D)   Relative to the election of officers of the Assembly for the 2015-16 Regular Session.

Summary:
Relative to the election of officers of the Assembly for the 2015-16 Regular Session.

Summary:
Relative to the election of officers of the Assembly for the 2015-16 Regular Session.

Digest:
Relative to the election of officers of the Assembly for the 2015-16 Regular Session.

Laws:
Relative to the election of officers of the Assembly for the 2015-16 Regular Session.

HR 3    (Atkins D)   Relative to the organization of the Assembly for the 2015-16 Regular Session.

Summary:
Relative to the organization of the Assembly for the 2015-16 Regular Session.

Summary:
Relative to the organization of the Assembly for the 2015-16 Regular Session.

Digest:
Relative to the organization of the Assembly for the 2015-16 Regular Session.

Laws:
Relative to the organization of the Assembly for the 2015-16 Regular Session.

HR 4    (Campos D)   Relative to Black April Memorial Week.

Summary:
Would in recognition of the great tragedy and suffering and lives lost during the Vietnam War, the week of April 23, 2015, to April 30, 2015, inclusive, shall be proclaimed Black April Memorial Week, a special time for Californians to remember the countless lives lost during the Vietnam War era, and to hope for more justice and liberty for the people of Vietnam.

Summary:
Would in recognition of the great tragedy and suffering and lives lost during the Vietnam War, the week of April 23, 2015, to April 30, 2015, inclusive, shall be proclaimed Black April Memorial Week, a special time for Californians to remember the countless lives lost during the Vietnam War era, and to hope for more justice and liberty for the people of Vietnam.

Digest:
Would in recognition of the great tragedy and suffering and lives lost during the Vietnam War, the week of April 23, 2015, to April 30, 2015, inclusive, shall be proclaimed Black April Memorial Week, a special time for Californians to remember the countless lives lost during the Vietnam War era, and to hope for more justice and liberty for the people of Vietnam.

Laws:
Relative to Black April Memorial Week.

HR 5    (Garcia, Cristina D)   Relative to Mexico and human rights.

Summary:
Would state that the Assembly adds its voice to those in the international community condemning the disappearance and deaths of the missing college students from Mexico as a violation of human rights, and offers its support to all those in Mexico standing up for human rights and justice against corruption and violence. The Assembly urges Governor Jerry Brown to suspend the Memorandum of Understanding between California and the United Mexican States and urges the State of California to divest from doing business with the United Mexican States until the human rights of the people of Mexico have been reevaluated. The Assembly urges the government of Mexico to support further dialogue between the international community, including the United States, and human rights organizations on human rights reforms.

Summary:
Would state that the Assembly adds its voice to those in the international community condemning the disappearance and deaths of the missing college students from Mexico as a violation of human rights, and offers its support to all those in Mexico standing up for human rights and justice against corruption and violence. The Assembly urges Governor Jerry Brown to suspend the Memorandum of Understanding between California and the United Mexican States and urges the State of California to divest from doing business with the United Mexican States until the human rights of the people of Mexico have been reevaluated. The Assembly urges the government of Mexico to support further dialogue between the international community, including the United States, and human rights organizations on human rights reforms.

Digest:
Would state that the Assembly adds its voice to those in the international community condemning the disappearance and deaths of the missing college students from Mexico as a violation of human rights, and offers its support to all those in Mexico standing up for human rights and justice against corruption and violence. The Assembly urges Governor Jerry Brown to suspend the Memorandum of Understanding between California and the United Mexican States and urges the State of California to divest from doing business with the United Mexican States until the human rights of the people of Mexico have been reevaluated. The Assembly urges the government of Mexico to support further dialogue between the international community, including the United States, and human rights organizations on human rights reforms.

Laws:
Relative to Mexico and human rights.

SB 1    (Gaines R)   California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006: market-based compliance mechanisms: exemption.

Summary:
The California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 authorizes the State Air Resources Board to include the use of market-based compliance mechanisms. Current state board regulations require specified entities to comply with a market-based compliance mechanism beginning January 1, 2013, and require additional specified entities to comply with that market-based compliance mechanism beginning January 1, 2015. This bill instead would exempt categories of persons or entities that did not have a compliance obligation, as defined, under a market-based compliance mechanism beginning January 1, 2013, from being subject to that market-based compliance mechanism.

Summary:
The California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 designates the State Air Resources Board as the state agency charged with monitoring and regulating sources of emissions of greenhouse gases. The state board is required to adopt a statewide greenhouse gas emissions limit equivalent to the statewide greenhouse gas emissions level in 1990 to be achieved by 2020, and to adopt rules and regulations in an open, public process to achieve the maximum, technologically feasible, and cost-effective greenhouse gas emissions reductions. The act authorizes the state board to include the use of market-based compliance mechanisms. Existing state board regulations require specified entities to comply with a market-based compliance mechanism beginning January 1, 2013, and require additional specified entities to comply with that market-based compliance mechanism beginning January 1, 2015. This bill instead would exempt categories of persons or entities that did not have a compliance obligation, as defined, under a market-based compliance mechanism beginning January 1, 2013, from being subject to that market-based compliance mechanism. The bill would require all participating categories of persons or entities to have a compliance obligation beginning January 1, 2025. This bill contains other related provisions.

Digest:

The California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 designates the State Air Resources Board as the state agency charged with monitoring and regulating sources of emissions of greenhouse gases. The state board is required to adopt a statewide greenhouse gas emissions limit equivalent to the statewide greenhouse gas emissions level in 1990 to be achieved by 2020, and to adopt rules and regulations in an open, public process to achieve the maximum, technologically feasible, and cost-effective greenhouse gas emissions reductions. The act authorizes the state board to include the use of market-based compliance mechanisms. Existing state board regulations require specified entities to comply with a market-based compliance mechanism beginning January 1, 2013, and require additional specified entities to comply with that market-based compliance mechanism beginning January 1, 2015.

This bill instead would exempt categories of persons or entities that did not have a compliance obligation, as defined, under a market-based compliance mechanism beginning January 1, 2013, from being subject to that market-based compliance mechanism. The bill would require all participating categories of persons or entities to have a compliance obligation beginning January 1, 2025.

This bill would declare that it is to take effect immediately as an urgency statute.

Vote: 23. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act to add Section 38576 to the Health and Safety Code, relating to greenhouse gases, and declaring the urgency thereof, to take effect immediately.

SB 2    (Anderson R)   Property taxation: exemptions: veterans’ organizations.

Summary:
Current property tax law establishes a veterans’ organization exemption under which property is exempt from taxation if, among other things, that property is used exclusively for charitable purposes and is owned by a veterans’ organization. This bill would provide that the veterans’ organization exemption shall not be denied to a property on the basis that the property is used for fraternal, lodge, or social club purposes, and would make specific findings and declarations in that regard.

Summary:
Existing property tax law establishes a veterans’ organization exemption under which property is exempt from taxation if, among other things, that property is used exclusively for charitable purposes and is owned by a veterans’ organization. This bill would provide that the veterans’ organization exemption shall not be denied to a property on the basis that the property is used for fraternal, lodge, or social club purposes, and would make specific findings and declarations in that regard. The bill would also provide that the exemption shall not apply to any portion of a property that consists of a bar where alcoholic beverages are served. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

Digest:

Existing property tax law establishes a veterans’ organization exemption under which property is exempt from taxation if, among other things, that property is used exclusively for charitable purposes and is owned by a veterans’ organization.

This bill would provide that the veterans’ organization exemption shall not be denied to a property on the basis that the property is used for fraternal, lodge, or social club purposes, and would make specific findings and declarations in that regard. The bill would also provide that the exemption shall not apply to any portion of a property that consists of a bar where alcoholic beverages are served.

Section 2229 of the Revenue and Taxation Code requires the Legislature to reimburse local agencies annually for certain property tax revenues lost as a result of any exemption or classification of property for purposes of ad valorem property taxation.

This bill would provide that, notwithstanding Section 2229 of the Revenue and Taxation Code, no appropriation is made and the state shall not reimburse local agencies for property tax revenues lost by them pursuant to the bill.

This bill would take effect immediately as a tax levy.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act to amend Section 215.1 of the Revenue and Taxation Code, relating to taxation, to take effect immediately, tax levy.

SB 3    (Leno D)   Minimum wage: adjustment.

Summary:
Would increase the minimum wage, on and after January 1, 2016, to not less than $11 per hour, on and after July 1, 2017, to not less than $13 per hour. The bill would require the annual automatic adjustment of the minimum wage, commencing January 1, 2019, to maintain employee purchasing power diminished by the rate of inflation during the previous year. The adjustment would be calculated using the California Consumer Price Index, as specified. The bill would prohibit the Industrial Welfare Commission (IWC) from adjusting the minimum wage downward and from adjusting the minimum wage if the average percentage ofinflation for the previous year was negative.

Summary:
Existing law requires that, on and after July 1, 2014, the minimum wage for all industries be not less than $9 per hour. Existing law further increases the minimum wage, on and after January 1, 2016, to not less than $10 per hour. This bill would increase the minimum wage, on and after January 1, 2016, to not less than $11 per hour, on and after July 1, 2017, to not less than $13 per hour. The bill would require the annual automatic adjustment of the minimum wage, commencing January 1, 2019, to maintain employee purchasing power diminished by the rate of inflation during the previous year. The adjustment would be calculated using the California Consumer Price Index, as specified. The bill would prohibit the Industrial Welfare Commission (IWC) from adjusting the minimum wage downward and from adjusting the minimum wage if the average percentage of inflation for the previous year was negative. The bill would require the IWC to publicize the automatically adjusted minimum wage. This bill contains other related provisions.

Digest:

Existing law requires that, on and after July 1, 2014, the minimum wage for all industries be not less than $9 per hour. Existing law further increases the minimum wage, on and after January 1, 2016, to not less than $10 per hour.

This bill would increase the minimum wage, on and after January 1, 2016, to not less than $11 per hour, on and after July 1, 2017, to not less than $13 per hour. The bill would require the annual automatic adjustment of the minimum wage, commencing January 1, 2019, to maintain employee purchasing power diminished by the rate of inflation during the previous year. The adjustment would be calculated using the California Consumer Price Index, as specified. The bill would prohibit the Industrial Welfare Commission (IWC) from adjusting the minimum wage downward and from adjusting the minimum wage if the average percentage of inflation for the previous year was negative. The bill would require the IWC to publicize the automatically adjusted minimum wage.

The bill would provide that its provisions not be construed to preclude an increase in the minimum wage by the IWC to an amount greater than the formula would provide, to result in a reduction in the minimum wage, or to preclude or supersede an increase of the minimum wage that is greater than the state minimum wage by any local government or tribal government.

The bill would apply to all industries, including public and private employment.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act to amend Section 1182.12 of the Labor Code, relating to wages.

SB 4    (Lara D)   Health care coverage: immigration status.

Summary:
Current law creates the California Health Benefit Exchange for the purpose of facilitating the enrollment of qualified individuals and small employers in qualified health care plans. Current law also provides for the Medi-Cal program, under which qualified low-income individuals receive health care services. This bill would declare the intent of the Legislature all Californians, regardless of immigration status, have access to affordable health coverage and care.

Summary:
Existing law creates the California Health Benefit Exchange for the purpose of facilitating the enrollment of qualified individuals and small employers in qualified health care plans. Existing law also provides for the Medi-Cal program, under which qualified low-income individuals receive health care services. This bill would declare the intent of the Legislature all Californians, regardless of immigration status, have access to affordable health coverage and care.

Digest:

Existing law creates the California Health Benefit Exchange for the purpose of facilitating the enrollment of qualified individuals and small employers in qualified health care plans. Existing law also provides for the Medi-Cal program, under which qualified low-income individuals receive health care services.

This bill would declare the intent of the Legislature all Californians, regardless of immigration status, have access to affordable health coverage and care.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act relating to health care coverage.

SB 5    (Vidak R)   California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006: market-based compliance mechanisms: exemption.

Summary:
Under the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, current State Air Resources Board regulations require specified entities to comply with a market-based compliance mechanism beginning January 1, 2013, and require additional specified entities to comply with that market-based compliance mechanism beginning January 1, 2015. This bill instead would exempt categories of persons or entities that did not have a compliance obligation, as defined, under a market-based compliance mechanism beginning January 1, 2013, from being subject to that market-based compliance mechanism through December 31, 2020.

Summary:
The California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 designates the State Air Resources Board as the state agency charged with monitoring and regulating sources of emissions of greenhouse gases. The state board is required to adopt a statewide greenhouse gas emissions limit equivalent to the statewide greenhouse gas emissions level in 1990 to be achieved by 2020, and to adopt rules and regulations in an open public process to achieve the maximum, technologically feasible, and cost-effective greenhouse gas emissions reductions. The act authorizes the state board to include the use of market-based compliance mechanisms. Existing state board regulations require specified entities to comply with a market-based compliance mechanism beginning January 1, 2013, and require additional specified entities to comply with that market-based compliance mechanism beginning January 1, 2015. This bill instead would exempt categories of persons or entities that did not have a compliance obligation, as defined, under a market-based compliance mechanism beginning January 1, 2013, from being subject to that market-based compliance mechanism through December 31, 2020. This bill contains other related provisions.

Digest:

The California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 designates the State Air Resources Board as the state agency charged with monitoring and regulating sources of emissions of greenhouse gases. The state board is required to adopt a statewide greenhouse gas emissions limit equivalent to the statewide greenhouse gas emissions level in 1990 to be achieved by 2020, and to adopt rules and regulations in an open public process to achieve the maximum, technologically feasible, and cost-effective greenhouse gas emissions reductions. The act authorizes the state board to include the use of market-based compliance mechanisms. Existing state board regulations require specified entities to comply with a market-based compliance mechanism beginning January 1, 2013, and require additional specified entities to comply with that market-based compliance mechanism beginning January 1, 2015.

This bill instead would exempt categories of persons or entities that did not have a compliance obligation, as defined, under a market-based compliance mechanism beginning January 1, 2013, from being subject to that market-based compliance mechanism through December 31, 2020.

This bill would declare that it is to take effect immediately as an urgency statute.

Vote: 23. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act to add Section 38576 to the Health and Safety Code, relating to greenhouse gases, and declaring the urgency thereof, to take effect immediately.

SB 6    (Galgiani D)   Parole: medical parole: compassionate release.

Summary:
Would exempt from medical parole eligibility and compassionate release eligibility a prisoner who was convicted of the first degree murder of a peace officer or a person who had been a peace officer, as provided. This bill contains other existing laws.

Summary:
Existing law provides that the Board of Parole Hearings or its successor in interest shall be the state’s parole authority. Existing law requires that a prisoner who is found to be permanently medically incapacitated, as specified, be granted medical parole, if the Board of Parole Hearings determines that the conditions under which the prisoner would be released would not reasonably pose a threat to public safety. Existing law exempts a prisoner sentenced to death, a prisoner sentenced to life without the possibility of parole, and a prisoner who is serving a sentence for which parole is prohibited by initiative statute, from medical parole eligibility. This bill would additionally exempt from medical parole eligibility and compassionate release eligibility a prisoner who was convicted of the first degree murder of a peace officer or a person who had been a peace officer, as provided. This bill contains other existing laws.

Digest:

Existing law provides that the Board of Parole Hearings or its successor in interest shall be the state’s parole authority. Existing law requires that a prisoner who is found to be permanently medically incapacitated, as specified, be granted medical parole, if the Board of Parole Hearings determines that the conditions under which the prisoner would be released would not reasonably pose a threat to public safety. Existing law exempts a prisoner sentenced to death, a prisoner sentenced to life without the possibility of parole, and a prisoner who is serving a sentence for which parole is prohibited by initiative statute, from medical parole eligibility.

Existing law authorizes a court to resentence or recall the sentence of a prisoner if the court finds that the prisoner is terminally ill, as specified, or the prisoner is permanently medically incapacitated, as specified, and, in either case, the conditions under which the prisoner would be released or receive treatment do not pose a threat to public safety. Existing law exempts a prisoner sentenced to death or a term of life without the possibility of parole from eligibility for compassionate release pursuant to these provisions.

This bill would additionally exempt from medical parole eligibility and compassionate release eligibility a prisoner who was convicted of the first degree murder of a peace officer or a person who had been a peace officer, as provided.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act to amend Sections 1170 and 3550 of the Penal Code, relating to parole.

SB 7    (Wolk D)   Housing: water meters: multiunit structures.

Summary:
Would express the intent of the Legislature to encourage the conservation of water in multifamily residential rental buildings through means either within the landlord’s or the tenant’s control, and to ensure that the practices involving the submetering of dwelling units for water service are just and reasonable, and include appropriate safeguards for both tenants and landlords. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

Summary:
(1) Existing law generally regulates the hiring of dwelling units and, among other things, imposes certain requirements on landlords and tenants. Among these requirements, existing law requires landlords to provide tenants with certain notices or disclosures pertaining to, among other things, pest control and gas meters. This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to encourage the conservation of water in multifamily residential rental buildings through means either within the landlord’s or the tenant’s control, and to ensure that the practices involving the submetering of dwelling units for water service are just and reasonable, and include appropriate safeguards for both tenants and landlords. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

Digest:

(1) Existing law generally regulates the hiring of dwelling units and, among other things, imposes certain requirements on landlords and tenants. Among these requirements, existing law requires landlords to provide tenants with certain notices or disclosures pertaining to, among other things, pest control and gas meters.

This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to encourage the conservation of water in multifamily residential rental buildings through means either within the landlord’s or the tenant’s control, and to ensure that the practices involving the submetering of dwelling units for water service are just and reasonable, and include appropriate safeguards for both tenants and landlords.

This bill would define the term “submeter” for these purposes.

(2) The California Building Standards Law provides for the adoption of building standards by state agencies by requiring all state agencies that adopt or propose adoption of any building standard to submit the building standard to the California Building Standards Commission for approval and adoption. Existing law creates the Building Standards Administration Special Revolving Fund and requires that funds deposited into the fund be expended, upon appropriation by the Legislature, to carry out specified provisions of law that relate to building standards, with emphasis placed on certain activities relating to green building standards.

This bill would authorize the Department of Housing and Community Development to develop and propose for adoption by the commission building standards that require the installation of water submeters in multiunit residential buildings, as specified. This bill would provide that moneys in the fund are available to the department, upon appropriation, for administrative costs associated with the development of building standards that require the installation of water submeters in multiunit residential buildings.

(3) The Water Measurement Law requires every water purveyor to require, as a condition of new water service on and after January 1, 1992, the installation of a water meter to measure water service. That law also requires urban water suppliers to install water meters on specified service connections, and to charge water users based on the actual volume of deliveries as measured by those water meters in accordance with a certain timetable.

This bill would define the term “submeter” for purposes of that law.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act to add Chapter 2.5 (commencing with Section 1954.201) to Title 5 of Part 4 of Division 3 of the Civil Code, to add Section 17922.14 to the Health and Safety Code, and to add Section 517 to the Water Code, relating to housing.

SB 8    (Hertzberg D)   Taxation.

Summary:
Would state legislative findings regarding the Upward Mobility Act, key provisions of which would expand the application of the Sales and Use Tax law by imposing a tax on specified services, would enhance the state’s business climate and would incentivize entrepreneurship and business creation by evaluating the Corporate Tax Law, and would examine the impacts of a lower and simpler Personal Income Tax Law.

Summary:
The Sales and Use Tax Law imposes a tax on retailers measured by the gross receipts from the sale of tangible personal property sold at retail in this state, or on the storage, use, or other consumption in this state of tangible personal property purchased from a retailer for storage, use, or other consumption in this state. The Personal Income Tax Law imposes taxes on personal taxable income at specified rates, and the Corporation Tax Law imposes taxes upon, or measured by, corporate income. This bill would state legislative findings regarding the Upward Mobility Act, key provisions of which would expand the application of the Sales and Use Tax law by imposing a tax on specified services, would enhance the state’s business climate and would incentivize entrepreneurship and business creation by evaluating the Corporate Tax Law, and would examine the impacts of a lower and simpler Personal Income Tax Law.

Digest:

The Sales and Use Tax Law imposes a tax on retailers measured by the gross receipts from the sale of tangible personal property sold at retail in this state, or on the storage, use, or other consumption in this state of tangible personal property purchased from a retailer for storage, use, or other consumption in this state. The Personal Income Tax Law imposes taxes on personal taxable income at specified rates, and the Corporation Tax Law imposes taxes upon, or measured by, corporate income.

This bill would state legislative findings regarding the Upward Mobility Act, key provisions of which would expand the application of the Sales and Use Tax law by imposing a tax on specified services, would enhance the state’s business climate and would incentivize entrepreneurship and business creation by evaluating the Corporate Tax Law, and would examine the impacts of a lower and simpler Personal Income Tax Law.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act relating to taxation.

SB 9    (Beall D)   Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund: Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program.

Summary:
Would, under the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund, modify the purpose of the program to delete references to operational investments and instead provide for the funding of large, transformative capital improvements with a total cost exceeding $100,000,000. The bill would require the Transportation Agency, in prioritizing and selecting projects for funding, to consider the extent to which a project reduces greenhouse gas emissions, and would add additional factors to be considered in evaluating applications for funding. This bill contains other existing laws.

Summary:
Existing law requires all moneys, except for fines and penalties, collected by the State Air Resources Board from the auction or sale of allowances as part of a market-based compliance mechanism relative to reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, to be deposited in the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund. This bill would modify the purpose of the program to delete references to operational investments and instead provide for the funding of large, transformative capital improvements with a total cost exceeding $100,000,000. The bill would require the Transportation Agency, in prioritizing and selecting projects for funding, to consider the extent to which a project reduces greenhouse gas emissions, and would add additional factors to be considered in evaluating applications for funding. The bill would require the Transportation Agency to develop, by July 1, 2016, an initial 5-year estimate of revenues reasonably expected to be available for the program, with subsequent estimates to be made every other year for additional 5-year periods, and would require the agency to adopt 5-year programs of projects consistent with those estimates. The bill would require the agency to make a multiyear funding commitment for a project proposed to be funded over more than one fiscal year, and would authorize the California Transportation Commission to approve a letter of no prejudice that allow an applicant to expend its own funds on a project in the adopted program of projects, subject to future reimbursement from program funds for eligible expenditures. This bill contains other existing laws.

Digest:

Existing law requires all moneys, except for fines and penalties, collected by the State Air Resources Board from the auction or sale of allowances as part of a market-based compliance mechanism relative to reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, to be deposited in the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund.

Existing law provides various sources of funding for transportation programs, including capital and operating funds for rail services, including intercity, commuter, and urban rail systems, including the Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program which receives 10% of the annual proceeds of the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund as a continuous appropriation. Existing law provides that the purpose of the program is to fund capital improvements and operational investments to modernize California’s rail systems to achieve certain policy objectives, including the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and the expansion and integration of rail services. Existing law requires the Transportation Agency to administer the program, with grants to be awarded by the California Transportation Commission.

This bill would modify the purpose of the program to delete references to operational investments and instead provide for the funding of large, transformative capital improvements with a total cost exceeding $100,000,000. The bill would require the Transportation Agency, in prioritizing and selecting projects for funding, to consider the extent to which a project reduces greenhouse gas emissions, and would add additional factors to be considered in evaluating applications for funding. The bill would require the Transportation Agency to develop, by July 1, 2016, an initial 5-year estimate of revenues reasonably expected to be available for the program, with subsequent estimates to be made every other year for additional 5-year periods, and would require the agency to adopt 5-year programs of projects consistent with those estimates. The bill would require the agency to make a multiyear funding commitment for a project proposed to be funded over more than one fiscal year, and would authorize the California Transportation Commission to approve a letter of no prejudice that allow an applicant to expend its own funds on a project in the adopted program of projects, subject to future reimbursement from program funds for eligible expenditures.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act to amend Sections 75220, 75221, and 75222 of, and to add Sections 75223, 75224, and 75225 to, the Public Resources Code, relating to transportation.

SB 10    (Lara D)   Immigration: Governor’s Office of New Americans.

Summary:
Would establish the Office of New Americans in the Governor’s office for the purpose of, among other things, coordinating an ongoing multiagency, multisector public and private effort to provide information and services to new Americans, overseeing the creation of a statewide plan for the coordination and implementation of any presidential executive action on immigration reform or federal comprehensive immigration reform, and providing outreach, education, and fraud prevention services to the new American population.

Summary:
Existing law establishes the Naturalization Services Program, administered within the Department of Community Services and Development, to fund community-based organizations in assisting legal permanent residents in obtaining citizenship. This bill would establish the Office of New Americans in the Governor’s office for the purpose of, among other things, coordinating an ongoing multiagency, multisector public and private effort to provide information and services to new Americans, overseeing the creation of a statewide plan for the coordination and implementation of any presidential executive action on immigration reform or federal comprehensive immigration reform, and providing outreach, education, and fraud prevention services to the new American population.

Digest:

Existing law establishes the Naturalization Services Program, administered within the Department of Community Services and Development, to fund community-based organizations in assisting legal permanent residents in obtaining citizenship.

This bill would establish the Office of New Americans in the Governor’s office for the purpose of, among other things, coordinating an ongoing multiagency, multisector public and private effort to provide information and services to new Americans, overseeing the creation of a statewide plan for the coordination and implementation of any presidential executive action on immigration reform or federal comprehensive immigration reform, and providing outreach, education, and fraud prevention services to the new American population.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act to add Chapter 1.7 (commencing with Section 12099.10) to Part 2 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code, relating to immigration.

SB 11    (Beall D)   Peace officer training: mental health.

Summary:
Would declare the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation to increase the minimum mental health training standard for California peace officers.

Summary:
Existing law requires the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training to establish and keep updated a continuing education classroom training course for peace officer interactions with persons with mental disabilities. Under existing law, this course consists of classroom instruction and utilizes interactive training methods to ensure that training is as realistic as possible. Under existing law, this course includes training in identifying indicators of mental disability, conflict resolution techniques, and alternatives to lethal force. This bill would declare the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation to increase the minimum mental health training standard for California peace officers.

Digest:

Existing law requires the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training to establish and keep updated a continuing education classroom training course for peace officer interactions with persons with mental disabilities. Under existing law, this course consists of classroom instruction and utilizes interactive training methods to ensure that training is as realistic as possible. Under existing law, this course includes training in identifying indicators of mental disability, conflict resolution techniques, and alternatives to lethal force.

This bill would declare the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation to increase the minimum mental health training standard for California peace officers.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act relating to peace officer training standards.

SB 12    (Beall D)   Foster youth.

Summary:
Would express the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that would require that a placement order for a person who is in the custody of a juvenile facility remain in place until the person attains 18 years of age and is released from custody, in order to help ensure that the person may remain eligible for foster youth benefits upon his or her release from custody. This bill contains other existing laws.

Summary:
Existing law provides that a minor who is found to have suffered abuse or neglect maybe adjudged a dependent child of the juvenile court. Existing law provides that a minor who is found to have committed a crime, who is truant, or who has violated an ordinance imposing a curfew, may be adjudged a ward of the juvenile court. Existing law authorizes the juvenile court to retain jurisdiction over a ward or dependent child until the person attains the age of 21 years. Existing law also authorizes the juvenile court to make reasonable orders for the placement of a ward or dependent child, including placement in a juvenile facility. This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that would require that a placement order for a person who is in the custody of a juvenile facility remain in place until the person attains 18 years of age and is released from custody, in order to help ensure that the person may remain eligible for foster youth benefits upon his or her release from custody. This bill contains other existing laws.

Digest:

Existing law provides that a minor who is found to have suffered abuse or neglect maybe adjudged a dependent child of the juvenile court. Existing law provides that a minor who is found to have committed a crime, who is truant, or who has violated an ordinance imposing a curfew, may be adjudged a ward of the juvenile court. Existing law authorizes the juvenile court to retain jurisdiction over a ward or dependent child until the person attains the age of 21 years. Existing law also authorizes the juvenile court to make reasonable orders for the placement of a ward or dependent child, including placement in a juvenile facility.

Existing law provides that nonminor dependent children and wards are eligible to receive foster youth benefits after 18 years of age, under specified circumstances, including that the person has attained 18 years of age while under an order of foster care placement by the juvenile court.

This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that would require that a placement order for a person who is in the custody of a juvenile facility remain in place until the person attains 18 years of age and is released from custody, in order to help ensure that the person may remain eligible for foster youth benefits upon his or her release from custody.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act relating to foster youth.

SB 13    (Pavley D)   Groundwater.

Summary:
Would provide a local agency or groundwater sustainability agency 90 or 180 days, as prescribed, to remedy certain deficiencies that caused the State Water Resources Control Board to designate a groundwater basin as a probationary basin. This bill would authorize the board to develop an interim plan for certain probationary basins one year after the designation of the basin as a probationary basin. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

Summary:
Existing law, the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, requires all groundwater basins designated as high- or medium-priority basins by the Department of Water Resources that are designated as basins subject to critical conditions of overdraft to be managed under a groundwater sustainability plan or coordinated groundwater sustainability plans by January 31, 2020, and requires all other groundwater basins designated as high- or medium-priority basins to be managed under a groundwater sustainability plan or coordinated groundwater sustainability plans by January 31, 2022, except as specified. The act authorizes the State Water Resources Control Board to designate a basin as a probationary basin if the state board makes a certain determination and to develop an interim plan for the probationary basin. The act requires a local agency or groundwater sustainability agency to have 90 or 180 days, as prescribed, to remedy the deficiency if the board designates the basin as a probationary basin. This bill would provide a local agency or groundwater sustainability agency 90 or 180 days, as prescribed, to remedy certain deficiencies that caused the board to designate the basin as a probationary basin. This bill would authorize the board to develop an interim plan for certain probationary basins one year after the designation of the basin as a probationary basin. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

Digest:

Existing law, the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, requires all groundwater basins designated as high- or medium-priority basins by the Department of Water Resources that are designated as basins subject to critical conditions of overdraft to be managed under a groundwater sustainability plan or coordinated groundwater sustainability plans by January 31, 2020, and requires all other groundwater basins designated as high- or medium-priority basins to be managed under a groundwater sustainability plan or coordinated groundwater sustainability plans by January 31, 2022, except as specified. The act authorizes the State Water Resources Control Board to designate a basin as a probationary basin if the state board makes a certain determination and to develop an interim plan for the probationary basin. The act requires a local agency or groundwater sustainability agency to have 90 or 180 days, as prescribed, to remedy the deficiency if the board designates the basin as a probationary basin.

This bill would provide a local agency or groundwater sustainability agency 90 or 180 days, as prescribed, to remedy certain deficiencies that caused the board to designate the basin as a probationary basin. This bill would authorize the board to develop an interim plan for certain probationary basins one year after the designation of the basin as a probationary basin.

Existing law establishes a groundwater monitoring program pursuant to which specified entities, including a groundwater sustainability agency, may propose to be designated by the department as groundwater monitoring entities, as defined, for the purposes of monitoring and reporting with regard to groundwater elevations in all or part of a groundwater basin or subbasin. Existing law requires the department to identify the extent of monitoring of groundwater elevations that is being undertaken in groundwater basins and subbasins, and if the department determines that all or part of a basin or subbasin is not being monitored, to determine whether there is sufficient interest in establishing a groundwater management plan, an integrated regional water management plan, or a groundwater monitoring association.

This bill, if the department determines that all or part of a basin or subbasin is not being monitored, would require the department to determine whether there is sufficient interest in establishing a groundwater sustainability plan.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act to amend Sections 10735.4, 10735.6, and 10933 of the Water Code, relating to groundwater.

SB 14    (Lara D)   Nonconsensual sexual intercourse: sexual history: minors.

Summary:
Would, under civil law, define nonconsensual sexual intercourse as an act of sexual intercourse between an adult and a person who is not the spouse of the adult, if the person is under 18 years of age. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

Summary:
Under existing criminal law, unlawful sexual intercourse is an act of sexual intercourse accomplished with a person who is not the spouse of the perpetrator, if the person is under 18 years of age. Existing civil law makes a person who commits a sexual battery, as defined, upon another liable to that person for damages and authorizes a court to award equitable relief, as specified. This bill would, under civil law, define nonconsensual sexual intercourse as an act of sexual intercourse between an adult and a person who is not the spouse of the adult, if the person is under 18 years of age. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

Digest:

Under existing criminal law, unlawful sexual intercourse is an act of sexual intercourse accomplished with a person who is not the spouse of the perpetrator, if the person is under 18 years of age. Existing civil law makes a person who commits a sexual battery, as defined, upon another liable to that person for damages and authorizes a court to award equitable relief, as specified.

This bill would, under civil law, define nonconsensual sexual intercourse as an act of sexual intercourse between an adult and a person who is not the spouse of the adult, if the person is under 18 years of age.

Under existing law, in any civil action alleging conduct which constitutes sexual harassment, sexual assault, or sexual battery, opinion evidence, reputation evidence, and evidence of specific instances of plaintiff’s sexual conduct, or any of that evidence, is not admissible by the defendant in order to prove consent by the plaintiff or the absence of injury to the plaintiff. Under existing case law, the elements of a civil cause of action for negligence are the existence of a duty (the obligation to other persons to conform to a standard of care to avoid unreasonable risk of harm to them); breach of that duty (conduct below the standard of care); causation (between the defendant’s act or omission and the plaintiff’s injuries); and damages.

This bill would, in any negligence civil action, prohibit the admissibility of any evidence of a minor plaintiff’s sexual history by the defendant in order to prove consent by the minor plaintiff.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act to add Section 1708.5.5 to the Civil Code, and to amend Section 1106 of the Evidence Code, relating to civil actions.

SB 15    (Block D)   Postsecondary education: financial aid.

Summary:
Would increase the total number of Competitive Cal Grant A and B awards granted annually to 30,000 and would increase the maximum tuition award amount for Cal Grant A and B for students at private nonprofit postsecondary schools to $9,084 for the 2015-16 award year and each award year thereafter. This bill contains other related provisions.

Summary:
The Cal Grant Program establishes the Cal Grant A and B Entitlement awards, the California Community College Transfer Entitlement awards, the Competitive Cal Grant A and B awards, the Cal Grant C awards, and the Cal Grant T awards under the administration of the Student Aid Commission, and establishes eligibility requirements for awards under these programs for participating students attending qualifying institutions. Existing law establishes the total number of Competitive Cal Grant A and B awards granted annually at 22,500 and the maximum tuition award amount for each Cal Grant A and B award for new students attending private nonprofit postsecondary educational institution at $9,084 for the 2014-15 award year and $8,056 for the 2015-16 award year and each award year thereafter. This bill would increase the total number of Competitive Cal Grant A and B awards granted annually to 30,000 and would increase the maximum tuition award amount for Cal Grant A and B for students at private nonprofit postsecondary schools to $9,084 for the 2015-16 award year and each award year thereafter. This bill contains other related provisions.

Digest:

The Cal Grant Program establishes the Cal Grant A and B Entitlement awards, the California Community College Transfer Entitlement awards, the Competitive Cal Grant A and B awards, the Cal Grant C awards, and the Cal Grant T awards under the administration of the Student Aid Commission, and establishes eligibility requirements for awards under these programs for participating students attending qualifying institutions. Existing law establishes the total number of Competitive Cal Grant A and B awards granted annually at 22,500 and the maximum tuition award amount for each Cal Grant A and B award for new students attending private nonprofit postsecondary educational institution at $9,084 for the 2014-15 award year and $8,056 for the 2015-16 award year and each award year thereafter.

This bill would increase the total number of Competitive Cal Grant A and B awards granted annually to 30,000 and would increase the maximum tuition award amount for Cal Grant A and B for students at private nonprofit postsecondary schools to $9,084 for the 2015-16 award year and each award year thereafter.

This bill would establish, commencing with the 2015-16 academic year, the Competitive Incentive Grant Award to provide students with financial need attending a campus of the California State University with additional financial aid over a 3-year period, as specified.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act to amend Sections 69432 and 69437 of, and to add Article 23 (commencing with Section 70030) to Chapter 2 of Part 42 of Division 5 of Title 3 of, the Education Code, relating to postsecondary education.

SB 16    (Beall D)   Department of Transportation.

Summary:
Current law provides that the Department of Transportation has full possession and control of the state highway system. This bill would state the intent of the Legislature that the department identify savings from implementing efficiencies in its current programs and direct those resources into expanded activities for road repair and litter cleanup.

Summary:
Existing law provides that the Department of Transportation has full possession and control of the state highway system. This bill would state the intent of the Legislature that the department identify savings from implementing efficiencies in its existing programs and direct those resources into expanded activities for road repair and litter cleanup.

Digest:

Existing law provides that the Department of Transportation has full possession and control of the state highway system.

This bill would state the intent of the Legislature that the department identify savings from implementing efficiencies in its existing programs and direct those resources into expanded activities for road repair and litter cleanup.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act relating to transportation.

SB 17    (Monning D)   California Sea Otter Fund.

Summary:
Current law, on and after January 1, 2015, requires money in the California Sea Otter Fund, upon appropriation by the Legislature, to be allocated to the Department of Fish and Wildlife for the purposes of establishing a sea otter fund to be used for sea otter conservation, and to the State Coastal Conservancy for competitive grants and contracts for research, projects, and programs related to the Federal Sea Otter Recovery Plan or improving the nearshore ocean ecosystem. This bill would extend the operation of these provisions to January 1, 2021.

Summary:
Existing law, until January 1, 2016, establishes the California Sea Otter Fund and allows taxpayers to designate on their income tax returns that a specified amount in excess of their tax liability be transferred to the fund. Existing law, on and after January 1, 2015, requires money in that fund, upon appropriation by the Legislature, to be allocated to the Department of Fish and Wildlife for the purposes of establishing a sea otter fund to be used for sea otter conservation, and to the State Coastal Conservancy for competitive grants and contracts for research, projects, and programs related to the Federal Sea Otter Recovery Plan or improving the nearshore ocean ecosystem. This bill would extend the operation of these provisions to January 1, 2021.

Digest:

Existing law, until January 1, 2016, establishes the California Sea Otter Fund and allows taxpayers to designate on their income tax returns that a specified amount in excess of their tax liability be transferred to the fund. Existing law, on and after January 1, 2015, requires money in that fund, upon appropriation by the Legislature, to be allocated to the Department of Fish and Wildlife for the purposes of establishing a sea otter fund to be used for sea otter conservation, and to the State Coastal Conservancy for competitive grants and contracts for research, projects, and programs related to the Federal Sea Otter Recovery Plan or improving the nearshore ocean ecosystem.

This bill would extend the operation of these provisions to January 1, 2021.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act to amend Section 18754.3 of the Revenue and Taxation Code, relating to taxation.

SB 18    (Hill D)   Gas Corporations: fines and penalties.

Summary:
Would revise the provisions that are specific to gas corporations that involve safety standards for pipeline facilities or the transportation of gas in the state, to authorize the Public Utilities Commission to order that all or a portion of a fine or penalty levied against a gas corporation in three specified proceedings be held in a separate account by the gas corporation to offset investments for pipeline replacement to be undertaken within the service territory of the corporation that would otherwise be recovered from the corporation’s ratepayers. This bill contains other related provisions.

Summary:
Under existing law, the Public Utilities Commission has regulatory authority over public utilities, as defined. The Public Utilities Act requires the commission to investigate the cause of all accidents occurring upon the property of any public utility or directly or indirectly arising from or connected with its maintenance or operation, resulting in loss of life or injury to person or property and requiring, in the judgment of the commission, investigation by it, and authorizes the commission to make any order or recommendation with respect to the investigation that it determines to be just and reasonable. The act provides that any public utility that violates any provision of the California Constitution or the act, or that fails or neglects to comply with any order, decision, decree, rule, direction, demand, or requirement of the commission, where a penalty has not otherwise been provided, is subject to a penalty of not less than $500 and not more than $50,000 for each offense. Existing law requires that any fine or penalty imposed by the commission and collected from a public utility be paid to the State Treasury to the credit of the General Fund. The act includes provisions that are specific to gas corporations that involve safety standards for pipeline facilities or the transportation of gas in the state. This bill would revise the provisions that are specific to gas corporations that involve safety standards for pipeline facilities or the transportation of gas in the state, to authorize the commission to order that all or a portion of a fine or penalty levied against a gas corporation in three specified proceedings be held in a separate account by the gas corporation to offset investments for pipeline replacement to be undertaken within the service territory of the corporation that would otherwise be recovered from the corporation’s ratepayers. The bill would require that moneys ordered by the commission to be held in a separate account be used only for the purpose of offsetting investments by the gas corporation for pipeline replacement to be undertaken within the service territory of the corporation, and only if the investments would otherwise be recovered in rates from the utility’s ratepayers. The bill would require that any moneys not used for these purposes be paid to the General Fund 5 years after the date of their deposit into the account. The bill would require the commission to allocate $30,000,000 from the separate account to fund an independent monitor for a period of no less than 5 years to oversee the pipeline operations of the gas corporation and the effectiveness of the commission’s regulatory oversight of those pipeline operations and would require the commission to allocate $50,000,000 in seed money from the separate account to fund the operations of a pipeline safety trust. By authorizing specified uses of state penalty moneys, this bill would make an appropriation. The bill would also require the commission to allocate $300,000,000 from the separate account to the General Fund. The bill would authorize the commission to adjust the above-described allocations from the separate account if the fines and penalties levied against the gas corporation in the three specified proceedings are less than $950,000,000 in total. This bill contains other related provisions.

Digest:

Under existing law, the Public Utilities Commission has regulatory authority over public utilities, as defined. The Public Utilities Act requires the commission to investigate the cause of all accidents occurring upon the property of any public utility or directly or indirectly arising from or connected with its maintenance or operation, resulting in loss of life or injury to person or property and requiring, in the judgment of the commission, investigation by it, and authorizes the commission to make any order or recommendation with respect to the investigation that it determines to be just and reasonable. The act provides that any public utility that violates any provision of the California Constitution or the act, or that fails or neglects to comply with any order, decision, decree, rule, direction, demand, or requirement of the commission, where a penalty has not otherwise been provided, is subject to a penalty of not less than $500 and not more than $50,000 for each offense. Existing law requires that any fine or penalty imposed by the commission and collected from a public utility be paid to the State Treasury to the credit of the General Fund. The act includes provisions that are specific to gas corporations that involve safety standards for pipeline facilities or the transportation of gas in the state.

This bill would revise the provisions that are specific to gas corporations that involve safety standards for pipeline facilities or the transportation of gas in the state, to authorize the commission to order that all or a portion of a fine or penalty levied against a gas corporation in three specified proceedings be held in a separate account by the gas corporation to offset investments for pipeline replacement to be undertaken within the service territory of the corporation that would otherwise be recovered from the corporation’s ratepayers. The bill would require that moneys ordered by the commission to be held in a separate account be used only for the purpose of offsetting investments by the gas corporation for pipeline replacement to be undertaken within the service territory of the corporation, and only if the investments would otherwise be recovered in rates from the utility’s ratepayers. The bill would require that any moneys not used for these purposes be paid to the General Fund 5 years after the date of their deposit into the account. The bill would require the commission to allocate $30,000,000 from the separate account to fund an independent monitor for a period of no less than 5 years to oversee the pipeline operations of the gas corporation and the effectiveness of the commission’s regulatory oversight of those pipeline operations and would require the commission to allocate $50,000,000 in seed money from the separate account to fund the operations of a pipeline safety trust. By authorizing specified uses of state penalty moneys, this bill would make an appropriation. The bill would also require the commission to allocate $300,000,000 from the separate account to the General Fund. The bill would authorize the commission to adjust the above-described allocations from the separate account if the fines and penalties levied against the gas corporation in the three specified proceedings are less than $950,000,000 in total.

This bill would declare that it is to take effect immediately as an urgency statute.

Vote: 23. Appropriation: yes. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act to amend Sections 2104 and 2104.5 of the Public Utilities Code, relating to gas corporations, making an appropriation therefor, and declaring the urgency thereof, to take effect immediately.

SB 19    (Wolk D)   Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment form: statewide registry.

Summary:
Would enact the California Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment Registry Act. The bill would require the California Health and Human Services Agency to establish and operate a statewide registry system, to be known as the California POLST Registry, for the purpose of collecting POLST forms received from health care providers. Health care providers who complete a POLST form would be required to include the POLST form in the patient’s medical record and would be required to submit the form to the registry, unless a patient or his or her health care decisionmaker chooses not to participate in the registry.

Summary:
Existing law defines a request regarding resuscitative measures as a written document, signed by an individual with capacity, or a legally recognized health care decisionmaker, and the individual’s physician, directing a health care provider regarding resuscitative measures. Existing law defines a Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment form, which is commonly referred to as a POLST form, and provides that a request regarding resuscitative measures includes a POLST form. Existing law requires that a POLST form and the medical intervention and procedures offered by the form be explained by a health care provider. Existing law distinguishes a request regarding resuscitative measures from an advance health care directive. This bill would enact the California POLST Registry Act. The bill would require the California Health and Human Services Agency to establish and operate a statewide registry system, to be known as the California POLST Registry, for the purpose of collecting POLST forms received from health care providers. Health care providers who complete a POLST form would be required to include the POLST form in the patient’s medical record and would be required to submit the form to the registry, unless a patient or his or her health care decisionmaker chooses not to participate in the registry. The bill would require the agency to disseminate the information in the POLST form to an authorized user. The bill defines “authorized user” to include a health care provider. The bill would require the agency to adopt rules for, among other things, the operation of the registry, including the means by which POLST forms would be submitted electronically, revised, and revoked, the capability to check the POLST form for accuracy prior to it being made available, the appropriate and timely methods for dissemination of POLST form information, the procedures for verifying the identity of an authorized user, and rules for maintaining the confidentiality of a POLST form received by the registry. The bill would require that any disclosure of POLST form information in the registry be made in accordance with applicable federal privacy laws. The bill would provide immunity for an authorized user who acts upon information obtained from the registry and acts in good faith.

Digest:

Existing law defines a request regarding resuscitative measures as a written document, signed by an individual with capacity, or a legally recognized health care decisionmaker, and the individual’s physician, directing a health care provider regarding resuscitative measures. Existing law defines a Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment form, which is commonly referred to as a POLST form, and provides that a request regarding resuscitative measures includes a POLST form. Existing law requires that a POLST form and the medical intervention and procedures offered by the form be explained by a health care provider. Existing law distinguishes a request regarding resuscitative measures from an advance health care directive.

This bill would enact the California POLST Registry Act. The bill would require the California Health and Human Services Agency to establish and operate a statewide registry system, to be known as the California POLST Registry, for the purpose of collecting POLST forms received from health care providers. Health care providers who complete a POLST form would be required to include the POLST form in the patient’s medical record and would be required to submit the form to the registry, unless a patient or his or her health care decisionmaker chooses not to participate in the registry. The bill would require the agency to disseminate the information in the POLST form to an authorized user. The bill defines “authorized user” to include a health care provider. The bill would require the agency to adopt rules for, among other things, the operation of the registry, including the means by which POLST forms would be submitted electronically, revised, and revoked, the capability to check the POLST form for accuracy prior to it being made available, the appropriate and timely methods for dissemination of POLST form information, the procedures for verifying the identity of an authorized user, and rules for maintaining the confidentiality of a POLST form received by the registry. The bill would require that any disclosure of POLST form information in the registry be made in accordance with applicable federal privacy laws. The bill would provide immunity for an authorized user who acts upon information obtained from the registry and acts in good faith.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act to add Section 4788 to the Probate Code, relating to resuscitative measures.

SB 20    (Pavley D)   Wells: reports: public availability.

Summary:
Current law requires a person who digs, bores, or drills a water well, cathodic protection well, or a monitoring well, or abandons or destroys a well, or deepens or reperforates a well, to file a report of completion with the Department of Water Resources. Current law prohibits those reports from being made available to the public, except under certain circumstances. This bill would instead require the department to, upon request, make the reports available to the public. The bill would require the department to provide specified disclaimers when providing the reports to the public.

Summary:
Existing law requires a person who digs, bores, or drills a water well, cathodic protection well, or a monitoring well, or abandons or destroys a well, or deepens or reperforates a well, to file a report of completion with the Department of Water Resources. Existing law prohibits those reports from being made available to the public, except under certain circumstances. This bill would instead require the department to, upon request, make the reports available to the public. The bill would require the department to provide specified disclaimers when providing the reports to the public. The bill would authorize the department to charge a fee for the provision of a report to recover the department’s costs, that does not exceed the reasonable costs to the department of providing the report. The bill would require the release of a report to comply with the Information Practices Act of 1977 and would require the department to redact from the report specified information pertaining to the well owner. The bill would require a person who requests a report to provide his or her name, address, identification number from a government-issued source, as provided, and reason for making the request.

Digest:

Existing law requires a person who digs, bores, or drills a water well, cathodic protection well, or a monitoring well, or abandons or destroys a well, or deepens or reperforates a well, to file a report of completion with the Department of Water Resources. Existing law prohibits those reports from being made available to the public, except under certain circumstances.

This bill would instead require the department to, upon request, make the reports available to the public. The bill would require the department to provide specified disclaimers when providing the reports to the public. The bill would authorize the department to charge a fee for the provision of a report to recover the department’s costs, that does not exceed the reasonable costs to the department of providing the report. The bill would require the release of a report to comply with the Information Practices Act of 1977 and would require the department to redact from the report specified information pertaining to the well owner. The bill would require a person who requests a report to provide his or her name, address, identification number from a government-issued source, as provided, and reason for making the request.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act to repeal and add Section 13752 of the Water Code, relating to water.

SB 21    (Hill D)   Political Reform Act of 1974: gifts of travel.

Summary:
Would require a nonprofit organization that pays for specified types of travel for an elected state officer or local elected officeholder to disclose the names of donors responsible for funding the payments, as specified. The bill would require a person who receives a gift of a travel payment from any source to report the travel destination on his or her statement of economic interests. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

Summary:
The Political Reform Act of 1974 provides for the comprehensive regulation of campaign financing and related matters, including the reporting of gifts, as defined. The act prohibits specified officers from receiving gifts in excess of $440 in value from a single source in a calendar year. The act exempts gift payments for the actual costs of specified types of travel that are reasonably related to a legislative or governmental purpose, or to an issue of state, national, or international public policy, from the annual limit on the value of gifts from a single source. This bill would require a nonprofit organization that pays for these types of travel for an elected state officer or local elected officeholder to disclose the names of donors responsible for funding the payments, as specified. The bill would require a person who receives a gift of a travel payment from any source to report the travel destination on his or her statement of economic interests. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

Digest:

The Political Reform Act of 1974 provides for the comprehensive regulation of campaign financing and related matters, including the reporting of gifts, as defined. The act prohibits specified officers from receiving gifts in excess of $440 in value from a single source in a calendar year. The act exempts gift payments for the actual costs of specified types of travel that are reasonably related to a legislative or governmental purpose, or to an issue of state, national, or international public policy, from the annual limit on the value of gifts from a single source.

This bill would require a nonprofit organization that pays for these types of travel for an elected state officer or local elected officeholder to disclose the names of donors responsible for funding the payments, as specified. The bill would require a person who receives a gift of a travel payment from any source to report the travel destination on his or her statement of economic interests.

A violation of the Act’s provisions is punishable as a misdemeanor. By expanding the scope of an existing crime, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.

The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.

This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.

The Political Reform Act of 1974, an initiative measure, provides that the Legislature may amend the act to further the act’s purposes upon a 23 vote of each house and compliance with specified procedural requirements.

This bill would declare that it furthers the purposes of the act.

Vote: 23. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: yes.

Laws:
An act to amend Sections 87207 and 89506 of the Government Code, relating to the Political Reform Act of 1974.

SB 22    (Roth D)   Medical residency training program grants.

Summary:
Would create the Graduate Medical Education Trust Fund in the State Treasury, to consist of funds from public-private partnerships created to fund grants to graduate medical residency training programs and any interest that accrues on those moneys, and would require that moneys in the fund be used, upon appropriation by the Legislature, for those purposes, as specified. The bill would require the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development, in consultation with the California Healthcare Workforce Policy Commission, to develop criteria, upon receipt of private donations of sufficient moneys to develop the criteria, for distribution of available funds.

Summary:
Existing law, the Song-Brown Family Physician Training Act, declares the intent of the Legislature to increase the number of students and residents receiving quality education and training in the specialty of family practice and as primary care physician’s assistants and primary care nurse practitioners. Existing law establishes, for this purpose, a state medical contract program with accredited medical schools, programs that train primary care physician’s assistants, programs that train primary care nurse practitioners, registered nurses, hospitals, and other health care delivery systems. The bill would create the Graduate Medical Education Trust Fund in the State Treasury, to consist of funds from public-private partnerships created to fund grants to graduate medical residency training programs and any interest that accrues on those moneys, and would require that moneys in the fund be used, upon appropriation by the Legislature, for those purposes, as specified. The bill would require the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development, in consultation with the California Healthcare Workforce Policy Commission, to develop criteria, upon receipt of private donations of sufficient moneys to develop the criteria, for distribution of available funds. This bill contains other existing laws.

Digest:

Existing law, the Song-Brown Family Physician Training Act, declares the intent of the Legislature to increase the number of students and residents receiving quality education and training in the specialty of family practice and as primary care physician’s assistants and primary care nurse practitioners. Existing law establishes, for this purpose, a state medical contract program with accredited medical schools, programs that train primary care physician’s assistants, programs that train primary care nurse practitioners, registered nurses, hospitals, and other health care delivery systems.

Existing law establishes the California Healthcare Workforce Policy Commission and requires the commission, among other things, to identify specific areas of the state where unmet priority needs for primary care family physicians and registered nurses exist, establish standards for family practice training programs, family practice residency programs, primary care physician assistants programs, and programs that train primary care nurse practitioners, and review and make recommendations to the Director of the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development concerning the funding of those programs that are submitted to the Healthcare Workforce Development Division for participation in the state medical contract program.

The bill would create the Graduate Medical Education Trust Fund in the State Treasury, to consist of funds from public-private partnerships created to fund grants to graduate medical residency training programs and any interest that accrues on those moneys, and would require that moneys in the fund be used, upon appropriation by the Legislature, for those purposes, as specified. The bill would require the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development, in consultation with the California Healthcare Workforce Policy Commission, to develop criteria, upon receipt of private donations of sufficient moneys to develop the criteria, for distribution of available funds.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act to add Article 4 (commencing with Section 128310) to Chapter 4 of Part 3 of Division 107 of the Health and Safety Code, relating to health care.

SB 23    (Mitchell D)   CalWORKs: eligibility.

Summary:
Under current law, for purposes of determining a family’s maximum aid payment under the CalWORKs program, the number of needy persons in the same family is not increased for any child born into a family that has received aid under the CalWORKs program continuously for the 10 months prior to the birth of the child, with specified exceptions. This bill would repeal that exclusion for purposes of determining the family’s maximum aid payment and would expressly prohibit the denial of aid, or the denial of an increase in the maximum aid payment, if a child, on whose behalf aid or an increase in aid is being requested, was born into an applicant’s or recipient’s family while the applicant’s or recipient’s family was receiving aid under the CalWORKs program.

Summary:
Existing law requires each county to provide cash assistance and other social services to needy families through the California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) program using federal Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) block grant program, state, and county funds. Under existing law, for purposes of determining a family’s maximum aid payment under the CalWORKs program, the number of needy persons in the same family is not increased for any child born into a family that has received aid under the CalWORKs program continuously for the 10 months prior to the birth of the child, with specified exceptions. This bill would repeal that exclusion for purposes of determining the family’s maximum aid payment and would expressly prohibit the denial of aid, or the denial of an increase in the maximum aid payment, if a child, on whose behalf aid or an increase in aid is being requested, was born into an applicant’s or recipient’s family while the applicant’s or recipient’s family was receiving aid under the CalWORKs program. The bill would specify that an applicant or recipient is not entitled to an increased benefit payment for any month prior to January 1, 2016, as a result of the repeal of that exclusion or the enactment of that express prohibition. The bill would also prohibit the department from conditioning an applicant’s or recipient’s eligibility for aid on the applicant’s or recipient’s disclosure of information regarding rape, incest, or contraception, as specified, or the applicant’s or recipient’s use of contraception. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

Digest:

Existing law requires each county to provide cash assistance and other social services to needy families through the California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) program using federal Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) block grant program, state, and county funds. Under existing law, for purposes of determining a family’s maximum aid payment under the CalWORKs program, the number of needy persons in the same family is not increased for any child born into a family that has received aid under the CalWORKs program continuously for the 10 months prior to the birth of the child, with specified exceptions.

This bill would repeal that exclusion for purposes of determining the family’s maximum aid payment and would expressly prohibit the denial of aid, or the denial of an increase in the maximum aid payment, if a child, on whose behalf aid or an increase in aid is being requested, was born into an applicant’s or recipient’s family while the applicant’s or recipient’s family was receiving aid under the CalWORKs program. The bill would specify that an applicant or recipient is not entitled to an increased benefit payment for any month prior to January 1, 2016, as a result of the repeal of that exclusion or the enactment of that express prohibition. The bill would also prohibit the department from conditioning an applicant’s or recipient’s eligibility for aid on the applicant’s or recipient’s disclosure of information regarding rape, incest, or contraception, as specified, or the applicant’s or recipient’s use of contraception.

Existing law continuously appropriates moneys from the General Fund to defray a portion of county aid grant costs under the CalWORKs program.

This bill would declare that no appropriation would be made for purposes of the bill.

To the extent that this bill affects eligibility under the CalWORKs program, the bill would create a state-mandated local program.

The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.

This bill would provide that, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that the bill contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to these statutory provisions.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: yes.

Laws:
An act to add Section 11270.5 to, and to repeal Section 11450.04 of, the Welfare and Institutions Code, relating to CalWORKs.

SB 24    (Hill D)   STAKE Act: electronic cigarettes.

Summary:
Would extend the STAKE Act to sales of electronic cigarettes to minors. The bill would require the State Department of Public Health to enforce the STAKE Act’s provisions with regard to sales of electronic cigarettes commencing July 1, 2016. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

Summary:
Existing law, the Stop Tobacco Access to Kids Enforcement Act (STAKE Act), establishes various requirements for distributors and retailers relating to tobacco sales to minors. Existing law makes it a crime, punishable by a fine not to exceed $500 or by imprisonment not exceeding 30 days in a county jail, to fail to post a notice, at each point of purchase, stating that the sale of tobacco products to minors is illegal. Existing law also permits enforcing agencies to assess various civil penalties for violations of the STAKE Act. This bill would extend the STAKE Act to sales of electronic cigarettes to minors. The bill would require the State Department of Public Health to enforce the STAKE Act’s provisions with regard to sales of electronic cigarettes commencing July 1, 2016. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

Digest:

Existing law, the Stop Tobacco Access to Kids Enforcement Act (STAKE Act), establishes various requirements for distributors and retailers relating to tobacco sales to minors. Existing law makes it a crime, punishable by a fine not to exceed $500 or by imprisonment not exceeding 30 days in a county jail, to fail to post a notice, at each point of purchase, stating that the sale of tobacco products to minors is illegal. Existing law also permits enforcing agencies to assess various civil penalties for violations of the STAKE Act.

Existing law prohibits a person from selling or otherwise furnishing an electronic cigarette to minors, and makes a violation punishable as an infraction.

Existing law, the Cigarette and Tobacco Products Licensing Act, requires the State Board of Equalization to administer a statewide program to license manufacturers, importers, distributors, wholesalers, and retailers of cigarettes and tobacco products. Existing law makes a violation of the Cigarette and Tobacco Products Licensing Act a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed $5,000, by imprisonment not exceeding one year in a county jail, or by both the fine and imprisonment. Existing law also permits the State Board of Equalization to assess various civil penalties for violations of the Cigarette and Tobacco Products Licensing Act.

This bill would extend the STAKE Act to sales of electronic cigarettes to minors. The bill would require the State Department of Public Health to enforce the STAKE Act’s provisions with regard to sales of electronic cigarettes commencing July 1, 2016.

The bill would provide that the STAKE Act does not invalidate existing local government ordinances regulating the distribution or sale of cigarettes, electronic cigarettes, or tobacco products, or prohibit local goverments from adopting ordinances regulating the distribution or sale of cigarettes, electronic cigarettes, or tobacco products that are more restrictive than state law.

The bill would require that retailers apply for a license to sell electronic cigarettes commencing April 15, 2016, and to display the license at each retail location commencing June 30, 2016. The bill would require the State Board of Equalization to administer a statewide program to license retailers of electronic cigarettes.

The bill would make the failure to post a notice, on and after July 1, 2016, at each point of purchase, stating that the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors is illegal, a crime. The bill would also make retailers of electronic cigarettes subject to various civil and criminal penalties if they fail to comply with licensing requirements. By expanding the scope of existing crimes, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.

The bill would require that cartridges for electronic cigarettes and solutions for filling electronic cigarettes be in child-proof packaging to protect children from opening and ingesting the contents.

The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.

This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: yes.

Laws:
An act to amend Sections 22950.5, 22951, 22952, 22956, 22958, 22960, 22961, 22962, 22963, 22970.2, 22971, 22972, 22973, 22974, 22974.7, 22980, 22980.1, 22980.2, 22980.3, and 22980.4 of, and to add Section 22950.1 to, the Business and Professions Code, to add Section 119406 to the Health and Safety Code, and to amend Section 308 of the Penal Code, relating to electronic cigarettes.

SB 25    (Roth D)   Local government finance: property tax revenue allocation: vehicle license fee adjustments.

Summary:
Would modify specified reduction and transfer provisions for a city incorporating after January 1, 2004, and on or before January 1, 2012, for the 2014-2015 fiscal year and for each fiscal year thereafter, by providing for a vehicle license fee adjustment amount calculated on the basis of changes in assessed valuation. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

Summary:
Existing property tax law requires the county auditor, in each fiscal year, to allocate property tax revenue to local jurisdictions in accordance with specified formulas and procedures, and generally provides that each jurisdiction shall be allocated an amount equal to the total of the amount of revenue allocated to that jurisdiction in the prior fiscal year, subject to certain modifications, and that jurisdiction’s portion of the annual tax increment, as defined. This bill would modify these reduction and transfer provisions for a city incorporating after January 1, 2004, and on or before January 1, 2012, for the 2014-2015 fiscal year and for each fiscal year thereafter, by providing for a vehicle license fee adjustment amount calculated on the basis of changes in assessed valuation. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

Digest:

Existing property tax law requires the county auditor, in each fiscal year, to allocate property tax revenue to local jurisdictions in accordance with specified formulas and procedures, and generally provides that each jurisdiction shall be allocated an amount equal to the total of the amount of revenue allocated to that jurisdiction in the prior fiscal year, subject to certain modifications, and that jurisdiction’s portion of the annual tax increment, as defined.

Existing property tax law also requires that, for purposes of determining property tax revenue allocations in each county for the 1992-93 and 1993-94 fiscal years, the amounts of property tax revenue deemed allocated in the prior fiscal year to the county, cities, and special districts be reduced in accordance with certain formulas. It requires that the revenues not allocated to the county, cities, and special districts as a result of these reductions be transferred to the Educational Revenue Augmentation Fund in that county for allocation to school districts, community college districts, and the county office of education.

Beginning with the 2004-05 fiscal year and for each fiscal year thereafter, existing law requires that each city, county, and city and county receive additional property tax revenues in the form of a vehicle license fee adjustment amount, as defined, from a Vehicle License Fee Property Tax Compensation Fund that exists in each county treasury. Existing law requires that these additional allocations be funded from ad valorem property tax revenues otherwise required to be allocated to educational entities.

This bill would modify these reduction and transfer provisions for a city incorporating after January 1, 2004, and on or before January 1, 2012, for the 2014-2015 fiscal year and for each fiscal year thereafter, by providing for a vehicle license fee adjustment amount calculated on the basis of changes in assessed valuation.

By imposing additional duties upon local tax officials with respect to the allocation of ad valorem property tax revenues, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.

The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.

This bill would provide that, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that the bill contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to these statutory provisions.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: yes.

Laws:
An act to amend Section 97.70 of the Revenue and Taxation Code, relating to local government finance.

SB 26    (Hernandez D)   California Health Care Cost and Quality Database.

Summary:
Would state the intent of the Legislature to establish a system to provide valid, timely, and comprehensive health care performance information that is publicly available and can be used to improve the safety, appropriateness, and medical effectiveness of health care, and to provide care that is safe, medically effective, patient-centered, timely, affordable, and equitable. The bill would require the Secretary of California Health and Human Services to, no later than January 1, 2017, enter into a contract with one or more independent, nonprofit organizations to administer the California Health Care Cost and Quality Database.

Summary:
Existing law establishes health care coverage programs to provide health care to segments of the population meeting specified criteria who are otherwise unable to afford health care coverage and provides for the licensure and regulation of health insurers and health care service plans. This bill would state the intent of the Legislature to establish a system to provide valid, timely, and comprehensive health care performance information that is publicly available and can be used to improve the safety, appropriateness, and medical effectiveness of health care, and to provide care that is safe, medically effective, patient-centered, timely, affordable, and equitable. The bill would require the Secretary of California Health and Human Services to, no later than January 1, 2017, enter into a contract with one or more independent, nonprofit organizations to administer the California Health Care Cost and Quality Database. The bill would require the secretary to include specified terms in that contract or contracts, including, among others, that the nonprofit organization or organizations administering the California Health Care Cost and Quality Database develop methodologies relating to the submission of health care data by health care entities. The bill would require certain health care entities, including health care service plans, to provide specified information to the nonprofit organization or organizations administering the California Health Care Cost and Quality Database. The bill would authorize the nonprofit organization or organizations to report a health care entity that fails to comply with that requirement to the health care entity’s regulating agency, and would authorize the regulating agency to enforce that requirement using its existing enforcement procedures. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

Digest:

Existing law establishes health care coverage programs to provide health care to segments of the population meeting specified criteria who are otherwise unable to afford health care coverage and provides for the licensure and regulation of health insurers and health care service plans.

This bill would state the intent of the Legislature to establish a system to provide valid, timely, and comprehensive health care performance information that is publicly available and can be used to improve the safety, appropriateness, and medical effectiveness of health care, and to provide care that is safe, medically effective, patient-centered, timely, affordable, and equitable. The bill would require the Secretary of California Health and Human Services to, no later than January 1, 2017, enter into a contract with one or more independent, nonprofit organizations to administer the California Health Care Cost and Quality Database. The bill would require the secretary to include specified terms in that contract or contracts, including, among others, that the nonprofit organization or organizations administering the California Health Care Cost and Quality Database develop methodologies relating to the submission of health care data by health care entities. The bill would require certain health care entities, including health care service plans, to provide specified information to the nonprofit organization or organizations administering the California Health Care Cost and Quality Database. The bill would authorize the nonprofit organization or organizations to report a health care entity that fails to comply with that requirement to the health care entity’s regulating agency, and would authorize the regulating agency to enforce that requirement using its existing enforcement procedures.

The bill would require all data disclosures made pursuant to these provisions to comply with all applicable state and federal laws for the protection of the privacy and security of data and would prohibit the public disclosure of any unaggregated, individually identifiable health information. The bill would require that certain confidentially negotiated contract terms be protected in data disclosures made pursuant to these provisions and would prohibit certain individually identifiable proprietary contract information from being disclosed in an unaggregated format. The bill would require the nonprofit organization or organizations administering the California Health Care Cost and Quality Database to receive, process, maintain, and analyze information from specified data sources, including, among others, disease and chronic condition registries. The bill would require, no later than January 1, 2019, the nonprofit organization or organizations administering the California Health Care Cost and Quality Database to publicly make available a web-based, searchable database and would require that database to be updated regularly. The bill would prohibit implementation and ongoing administration costs of the California Health Care Cost and Quality Database from being paid using General Fund moneys.

This bill would also require the secretary to convene a review committee composed of a broad spectrum of health care stakeholders and experts, as specified, to, among other things, develop the parameters for establishing, implementing, and administering the California Health Care Cost and Quality Database. The bill would require the secretary to arrange for the preparation of an annual report to the Legislature and the Governor that examines and addresses specified issues, including, among others, containing the cost of health care services and coverage. The bill would provide that the commission not be convened until the Director of Finance has determined that sufficient private or federal funds have been received and appropriated for that purpose, and that members of the committee not receive a per diem or travel expense reimbursement, or any other expense reimbursement.

Existing constitutional provisions require that a statute that limits the right of access to the meetings of public bodies or the writings of public officials and agencies be adopted with findings demonstrating the interest protected by the limitation and the need for protecting that interest.

This bill would make legislative findings to that effect.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act to add Chapter 8 (commencing with Section 127670) to Part 2 of Division 107 of, and to repeal the heading of Chapter 8 (formerly commencing with Section 127670) of Part 2 of Division 107 of, the Health and Safety Code, relating to health care.

SB 27    (Hill D)   Livestock: use of antibiotics.

Summary:
Would prohibit the administration of medically important antimicrobial drugs, as defined, to livestock unless prescribed by a veterinarian pursuant to a veterinarian-client-patient relationship, as specified. The bill would make it unlawful to administer a medically important antimicrobial drug to livestock solely to cause an increased rate of weight gain or improved feed efficiency. The bill would also require the Department of Food and Agriculture to develop a program to track the use of medically important antimicrobial drugs in livestock and to track antibiotic-resistant bacteria and patterns of emerging resistance.

Summary:
Existing law regulates the distribution and use of livestock drugs, as defined, by the Secretary of Food and Agriculture. Existing law also requires a person to obtain a license from the secretary to manufacture, sell, distribute, or store commercial feed, including commercial feed containing drugs. This bill would prohibit the administration of medically important antimicrobial drugs, as defined, to livestock unless prescribed by a veterinarian pursuant to a veterinarian-client-patient relationship, as specified. The bill would make it unlawful to administer a medically important antimicrobial drug to livestock solely to cause an increased rate of weight gain or improved feed efficiency. The bill would also require the Department of Food and Agriculture to develop a program to track the use of medically important antimicrobial drugs in livestock and to track antibiotic-resistant bacteria and patterns of emerging resistance, and would also require the department, until March 1, 2020, to submit an annual report summarizing that data to the Legislature. The bill would also require the department to adopt regulations to promote the judicious use of medically important antimicrobial drugs in livestock, as specified. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

Digest:

Existing law regulates the distribution and use of livestock drugs, as defined, by the Secretary of Food and Agriculture. Existing law also requires a person to obtain a license from the secretary to manufacture, sell, distribute, or store commercial feed, including commercial feed containing drugs.

This bill would prohibit the administration of medically important antimicrobial drugs, as defined, to livestock unless prescribed by a veterinarian pursuant to a veterinarian-client-patient relationship, as specified. The bill would make it unlawful to administer a medically important antimicrobial drug to livestock solely to cause an increased rate of weight gain or improved feed efficiency. The bill would also require the Department of Food and Agriculture to develop a program to track the use of medically important antimicrobial drugs in livestock and to track antibiotic-resistant bacteria and patterns of emerging resistance, and would also require the department, until March 1, 2020, to submit an annual report summarizing that data to the Legislature. The bill would also require the department to adopt regulations to promote the judicious use of medically important antimicrobial drugs in livestock, as specified.

Because a violation of the bill’s provisions would be misdemeanor, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.

The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.

This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: yes.

Laws:
An act to add Chapter 4.5 (commencing with Section 14400) to Division 7 of, and to add and repeal Section 14404 of, the Food and Agricultural Code, relating to livestock.

SB 28    (Wieckowski D)   Spousal support factors: domestic violence conviction.

Summary:
Current law requires that in any proceeding for dissolution of marriage where there is a criminal conviction for an act of domestic violence perpetrated by one spouse against the other spouse entered by the court within 5 years prior to the filing of the dissolution proceeding, or at any time thereafter, there is a rebuttable presumption affecting the burden of proof that any award of temporary or permanent spousal support to the abusive spouse otherwise awardable should not be made. This bill would provide that a plea of nolo contendere would constitute a criminal conviction for the above purposes.

Summary:
Existing law requires that in any proceeding for dissolution of marriage where there is a criminal conviction for an act of domestic violence perpetrated by one spouse against the other spouse entered by the court within 5 years prior to the filing of the dissolution proceeding, or at any time thereafter, there is a rebuttable presumption affecting the burden of proof that any award of temporary or permanent spousal support to the abusive spouse otherwise awardable should not be made. This bill would provide that a plea of nolo contendere would constitute a criminal conviction for the above purposes.

Digest:

Existing law requires that in any proceeding for dissolution of marriage where there is a criminal conviction for an act of domestic violence perpetrated by one spouse against the other spouse entered by the court within 5 years prior to the filing of the dissolution proceeding, or at any time thereafter, there is a rebuttable presumption affecting the burden of proof that any award of temporary or permanent spousal support to the abusive spouse otherwise awardable should not be made.

This bill would provide that a plea of nolo contendere would constitute a criminal conviction for the above purposes.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act to amend Section 4325 of the Family Code, relating to spousal support.

SB 29    (Beall D)   Employment: sick leave.

Summary:
Current law requires an employer to allow an employee to use his or her sick leave to care for an ill spouse, domestic partner, parent, or child, as defined. This bill would make technical, nonsubstantive changes to that provision.

Summary:
Existing law requires an employer to allow an employee to use his or her sick leave to care for an ill spouse, domestic partner, parent, or child, as defined. This bill would make technical, nonsubstantive changes to that provision.

Digest:

Existing law requires an employer to allow an employee to use his or her sick leave to care for an ill spouse, domestic partner, parent, or child, as defined.

This bill would make technical, nonsubstantive changes to that provision.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act to amend Section 233 of the Labor Code, relating to employment.

SB 30    (Gaines R)   Nonconsensual sexual intercourse: minors.

Summary:
Current civil law makes a person who commits a sexual battery, as defined, upon another liable to that person for damages and authorizes a court to award equitable relief, as specified. This bill would, under civil law, define nonconsensual sexual intercourse as an act of sexual intercourse between an adult and a person who is not the spouse of the adult, if the person is under 18 years of age.

Summary:
Under existing criminal law, unlawful sexual intercourse is an act of sexual intercourse accomplished with a person who is not the spouse of the perpetrator, if the person is under 18 years of age. Existing civil law makes a person who commits a sexual battery, as defined, upon another liable to that person for damages and authorizes a court to award equitable relief, as specified. This bill would, under civil law, define nonconsensual sexual intercourse as an act of sexual intercourse between an adult and a person who is not the spouse of the adult, if the person is under 18 years of age.

Digest:

Under existing criminal law, unlawful sexual intercourse is an act of sexual intercourse accomplished with a person who is not the spouse of the perpetrator, if the person is under 18 years of age. Existing civil law makes a person who commits a sexual battery, as defined, upon another liable to that person for damages and authorizes a court to award equitable relief, as specified.

This bill would, under civil law, define nonconsensual sexual intercourse as an act of sexual intercourse between an adult and a person who is not the spouse of the adult, if the person is under 18 years of age.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act to add Section 1708.5.5 to the Civil Code, relating to civil actions.

SB 31    (Gaines R)   Personal Income Tax Law: exemption credit: dependents.

Summary:
The Personal Income Tax law authorizes a credit of $227 for each taxable year beginning on or after January 1, 1999, adjusted for inflation thereafter, as specified, for each dependent of a taxpayer. This bill would increase that credit to $652 for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2015, which would be adjusted for inflation in taxable years thereafter. This bill contains other related provisions.

Summary:
The Personal Income Tax law authorizes a credit of $227 for each taxable year beginning on or after January 1, 1999, adjusted for inflation thereafter, as specified, for each dependent of a taxpayer. This bill would increase that credit to $652 for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2015, which would be adjusted for inflation in taxable years thereafter. This bill contains other related provisions.

Digest:

The Personal Income Tax law authorizes a credit of $227 for each taxable year beginning on or after January 1, 1999, adjusted for inflation thereafter, as specified, for each dependent of a taxpayer.

This bill would increase that credit to $652 for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2015, which would be adjusted for inflation in taxable years thereafter.

This bill would take effect immediately as a tax levy.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act to amend Section 17054 of the Revenue and Taxation Code, relating to taxation, to take effect immediately, tax levy.

SB 32    (Pavley D)   California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006: emissions limit.

Summary:
Would require the State Air Resources Board to approve a statewide greenhouse gas emission limit that is equivalent to 80% below the 1990 level to be achieved by 2050, as specified. The bill would authorize the state board to adopt interim greenhouse gas emissions level targets to be achieved by 2030 and 2040. The bill also would state the intent of the Legislature for the Legislature and appropriate agencies to adopt complementary policies that ensure long-term emissions reductions advance specified criteria.

Summary:
The California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 designates the State Air Resources Board as the state agency charged with monitoring and regulating sources of emissions of greenhouse gases. The state board is required to adopt a statewide greenhouse gas emissions limit equivalent to the statewide greenhouse gas emissions level in 1990 to be achieved by 2020 and to adopt rules and regulations in an open public process to achieve the maximum, technologically feasible, and cost-effective greenhouse gas emissions reductions. This bill would require the state board to approve a statewide greenhouse gas emission limit that is equivalent to 80% below the 1990 level to be achieved by 2050, as specified. The bill would authorize the state board to adopt interim greenhouse gas emissions level targets to be achieved by 2030 and 2040. The bill also would state the intent of the Legislature for the Legislature and appropriate agencies to adopt complementary policies that ensure long-term emissions reductions advance specified criteria.

Digest:

The California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 designates the State Air Resources Board as the state agency charged with monitoring and regulating sources of emissions of greenhouse gases. The state board is required to adopt a statewide greenhouse gas emissions limit equivalent to the statewide greenhouse gas emissions level in 1990 to be achieved by 2020 and to adopt rules and regulations in an open public process to achieve the maximum, technologically feasible, and cost-effective greenhouse gas emissions reductions.

This bill would require the state board to approve a statewide greenhouse gas emission limit that is equivalent to 80% below the 1990 level to be achieved by 2050, as specified. The bill would authorize the state board to adopt interim greenhouse gas emissions level targets to be achieved by 2030 and 2040. The bill also would state the intent of the Legislature for the Legislature and appropriate agencies to adopt complementary policies that ensure long-term emissions reductions advance specified criteria.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act to amend Sections 38550 and 38551 of the Health and Safety Code, relating to greenhouse gases.

SB 33    (Hernandez D)   Medi-Cal: estate recovery.

Summary:
Would require the State Department of Health Care Services to make claims only in specified circumstances for those health care services that the state is required to recover under federal law, and would define health care services for these purposes. The bill would delete the proportionate share provision and would delete the requirement that the department make a claim upon the death of the surviving spouse. The bill would also require the department to provide a current or former beneficiary, or his or her authorized representative, upon request and free of charge, with the total amount of Medi-Cal expenses that have been paid on his or her behalf that would be recoverable under these provisions, as specified.

Summary:
Existing law provides for the Medi-Cal program, which is administered by the State Department of Health Care Services and under which qualified low-income persons receive health care benefits. The Medi-Cal program is, in part, governed and funded by federal Medicaid provisions. This bill would instead require the department to make these claims only in specified circumstances for those health care services that the state is required to recover under federal law, and would define health care services for these purposes. The bill would delete the proportionate share provision and would delete the requirement that the department make a claim upon the death of the surviving spouse. The bill would also require the department to provide a current or former beneficiary, or his or her authorized representative, upon request and free of charge, with the total amount of Medi-Cal expenses that have been paid on his or her behalf that would be recoverable under these provisions, as specified. The bill would apply the changes made by these provisions only to individuals who die on or after January 1, 2016. This bill contains other existing laws.

Digest:

Existing law provides for the Medi-Cal program, which is administered by the State Department of Health Care Services and under which qualified low-income persons receive health care benefits. The Medi-Cal program is, in part, governed and funded by federal Medicaid provisions.

Existing federal law requires the state to seek adjustment or recovery from an individual’s estate for specified medical assistance, including nursing facility services, home and community-based services, and related hospital and prescription drug services, if the individual was 55 years of age or older when he or she received the medical assistance. Existing federal law allows the state, at its own option, to seek recovery for any items or services covered under the state’s Medicaid plan.

Existing state law, with certain exceptions, requires the department to claim against the estate of a decedent, or against any recipient of the property of that decedent by distribution or survival, an amount equal to the payments for Medi-Cal services received or the value of the property received by any recipient from the decedent by distribution or survival, whichever is less. Existing law provides for certain exemptions that restrict the department from filing a claim against a decedent’s property, including when there is a surviving spouse during his or her lifetime. Existing law requires the department, however, to make a claim upon the death of the surviving spouse, as prescribed. Existing law, which has been held invalid by existing case law, provides that the exemptions shall only apply to the proportionate share of the decedent’s estate or property that passes to those recipients, by survival or distribution, who qualify for the exemptions.

This bill would instead require the department to make these claims only in specified circumstances for those health care services that the state is required to recover under federal law, and would define health care services for these purposes. The bill would delete the proportionate share provision and would delete the requirement that the department make a claim upon the death of the surviving spouse. The bill would also require the department to provide a current or former beneficiary, or his or her authorized representative, upon request and free of charge, with the total amount of Medi-Cal expenses that have been paid on his or her behalf that would be recoverable under these provisions, as specified. The bill would apply the changes made by these provisions only to individuals who die on or after January 1, 2016.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act to amend Section 14009.5 of the Welfare and Institutions Code, relating to Medi-Cal.

SB 34    (Hill D)   Automated license plate recognition systems: use of data.

Summary:
Would impose specified requirements on an “ALPR operator” as defined, including, among others, ensuring that the information the ALPR operator collects is protected with certain safeguards, and implementing and maintaining specified security procedures and a usage and privacy policy with respect to that information.

Summary:
(1) Existing law authorizes the Department of the California Highway Patrol to retain license plate data captured by license plate recognition (LPR) technology, also referred to as an automated license plate recognition (ALPR) system, for not more than 60 days unless the data is being used as evidence or for the investigation of felonies. Existing law prohibits the department from selling the data or from making the data available to an agency that is not a law enforcement agency or an individual that is not a law enforcement officer. This bill would impose specified requirements on an “ALPR operator” as defined, including, among others, ensuring that the information the ALPR operator collects is protected with certain safeguards, and implementing and maintaining specified security procedures and a usage and privacy policy with respect to that information. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

Digest:

(1) Existing law authorizes the Department of the California Highway Patrol to retain license plate data captured by license plate recognition (LPR) technology, also referred to as an automated license plate recognition (ALPR) system, for not more than 60 days unless the data is being used as evidence or for the investigation of felonies. Existing law prohibits the department from selling the data or from making the data available to an agency that is not a law enforcement agency or an individual that is not a law enforcement officer.

Existing law authorizes the department to use LPR data for the purpose of locating vehicles or persons reasonably suspected of being involved in the commission of a public offense, and requires the department to monitor the internal use of the data to prevent unauthorized use and to submit to the Legislature, as a part of the annual automobile theft report, information on the department’s LPR practices and usage.

This bill would impose specified requirements on an “ALPR operator” as defined, including, among others, ensuring that the information the ALPR operator collects is protected with certain safeguards, and implementing and maintaining specified security procedures and a usage and privacy policy with respect to that information.

The bill would require an ALPR operator that accesses or provides access to ALPR information to maintain a specified record of that access.

This bill would also require an “ALPR end-user,” as defined, to implement and maintain a specified usage and privacy policy.

The bill would, in addition to any other sanctions, penalties, or remedies provided by law, authorize an individual who has been harmed by a violation of these provisions to bring a civil action in any court of competent jurisdiction against a person who knowingly caused that violation.

The bill would require a public agency that considers implementing a program to gather information through the use of an ALPR system to provide an opportunity for public comment at a regularly scheduled public meeting of the governing body of the public agency before it implements the program.

(2) Existing law requires any agency, and any person or business conducting business in California, that owns or licenses computerized data that includes personal information, as defined, to disclose in specified ways, any breach of the security of the system or data, as defined, following discovery or notification of the security breach, to any California resident whose unencrypted personal information was, or is reasonably believed to have been, acquired by an unauthorized person. Existing law defines “personal information” for these purposes to include an individual’s first name and last name, or first initial and last name, in combination with one or more designated data elements relating to, among other things, social security numbers, driver’s license numbers, financial accounts, and medical information.

This bill would include information or data collected through the use or operation of an automated license plate recognition system, when that information is not encrypted and is used in combination with an individual’s name, in the definition of “personal information” discussed above.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act to amend Sections 1798.29 and 1798.82 of, and to add Title 1.81.23 (commencing with Section 1798.90.5) to Part 4 of Division 3 of, the Civil Code, relating to personal information.

SB 35    (Wolk D)   Income and corporation taxes: deductions: disaster relief: Counties of Napa, Solano, and Sonoma.

Summary:
The Personal Income Tax Law and the Corporation Tax Law allow a taxpayer to elect to deduct specified disaster losses on the return for the taxable year preceding the taxable year in which the disaster occurred. This bill would extend these provisions to losses sustained in the Counties of Napa, Solano, and Sonoma as a result of the earthquake that occurred in August 2014 for which the Governor proclaimed a state of emergency. This bill contains other related provisions.

Summary:
The Personal Income Tax Law and the Corporation Tax Law provide for a deduction and the carryover to specified taxable years of specified losses sustained as a result of certain disasters occurring in California in an area determined by the President of the United States to warrant specified federal assistance or proclaimed by the Governor to be in a state of emergency. Those laws further allow a taxpayer to elect to deduct those disaster losses on the return for the taxable year preceding the taxable year in which the disaster occurred. This bill would extend these provisions to losses sustained in the Counties of Napa, Solano, and Sonoma as a result of the earthquake that occurred in August 2014 for which the Governor proclaimed a state of emergency. This bill contains other related provisions.

Digest:

The Personal Income Tax Law and the Corporation Tax Law provide for a deduction and the carryover to specified taxable years of specified losses sustained as a result of certain disasters occurring in California in an area determined by the President of the United States to warrant specified federal assistance or proclaimed by the Governor to be in a state of emergency. Those laws further allow a taxpayer to elect to deduct those disaster losses on the return for the taxable year preceding the taxable year in which the disaster occurred.

This bill would extend these provisions to losses sustained in the Counties of Napa, Solano, and Sonoma as a result of the earthquake that occurred in August 2014 for which the Governor proclaimed a state of emergency.

This bill would make a legislative finding and declaration relating to the statewide public purpose served by the bill.

This bill would take effect immediately as a tax levy.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act to add Sections 17207.14 and 24347.14 to the Revenue and Taxation Code, relating to taxation, to take effect immediately, tax levy.

SB 36    (Hernandez D)   Medi-Cal: demonstration project.

Summary:
Current law provides for a demonstration project under the Medi-Cal program until October 31, 2015, to implement specified objectives, including better care coordination for seniors and persons with disabilities and maximization of opportunities to reduce the number of uninsured individuals. This bill would require the State Department of Health Care Services to submit an application to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for a waiver to implement a demonstration project that, among other things, continues the state’s momentum and successes in innovation achieved under the demonstration project described above. This bill contains other related provisions.

Summary:
Existing law provides for the Medi-Cal program, which is administered by the State Department of Health Care Services and under which qualified low-income persons receive health care benefits. The Medi-Cal program is, in part, governed and funded by federal Medicaid provisions. Existing law provides for a demonstration project under the Medi-Cal program until October 31, 2015, to implement specified objectives, including better care coordination for seniors and persons with disabilities and maximization of opportunities to reduce the number of uninsured individuals. This bill would require the State Department of Health Care Services to submit an application to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for a waiver to implement a demonstration project that, among other things, continues the state’s momentum and successes in innovation achieved under the demonstration project described above. The bill would require the department to consult with interested stakeholders and the Legislature in developing the waiver application. This bill contains other related provisions.

Digest:

Existing law provides for the Medi-Cal program, which is administered by the State Department of Health Care Services and under which qualified low-income persons receive health care benefits. The Medi-Cal program is, in part, governed and funded by federal Medicaid provisions. Existing law provides for a demonstration project under the Medi-Cal program until October 31, 2015, to implement specified objectives, including better care coordination for seniors and persons with disabilities and maximization of opportunities to reduce the number of uninsured individuals.

This bill would require the State Department of Health Care Services to submit an application to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for a waiver to implement a demonstration project that, among other things, continues the state’s momentum and successes in innovation achieved under the demonstration project described above. The bill would require the department to consult with interested stakeholders and the Legislature in developing the waiver application.

This bill would declare that it is to take effect immediately as an urgency statute.

Vote: 23. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act to add Article 5.5 (commencing with Section 14184) to Chapter 7 of Part 3 of Division 9 of the Welfare and Institutions Code, relating to Medi-Cal, and declaring the urgency thereof, to take effect immediately.

SB 37    (Nielsen R)   Water: floods.

Summary:
Would authorize the Department of Water Resources to provide reimbursement to funding recipients that execute a funding agreement under the Urban Flood Risk Reduction Projects program for expenditures associated with continued funding of a project initiated under the Early Implementation Project program and incurred after July 1, 2014, and before the execution of the funding agreement, but no later than December 31, 2015. This bill contains other related provisions.

Summary:
(1) Existing law authorizes the Department of Water Resources to administer funding, from various sources, for flood risk reduction projects. This bill would authorize the Department of Water Resources to provide reimbursement to funding recipients that execute a funding agreement under the Urban Flood Risk Reduction Projects program for expenditures associated with continued funding of a project initiated under the Early Implementation Project program and incurred after July 1, 2014, and before the execution of the funding agreement, but no later than December 31, 2015. This bill contains other related provisions.

Digest:

(1) Existing law authorizes the Department of Water Resources to administer funding, from various sources, for flood risk reduction projects.

This bill would authorize the Department of Water Resources to provide reimbursement to funding recipients that execute a funding agreement under the Urban Flood Risk Reduction Projects program for expenditures associated with continued funding of a project initiated under the Early Implementation Project program and incurred after July 1, 2014, and before the execution of the funding agreement, but no later than December 31, 2015.

(2) This bill would declare that it is to take effect immediately as an urgency statute.

Vote: 23. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act relating to water, and declaring the urgency thereof, to take effect immediately.

SB 38    (Liu D)   Personal income tax: credit: earned income.

Summary:
Would, under the Personal Income Tax Law, for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2016, and before January 1, 2027, allow a credit based upon earned income that is equal to 15% of the earned income tax credit allowed by federal law. The bill would require the Franchise Tax Board to report to the Legislature regarding the utilization of the tax credit, as provided. This bill contains other related provisions.

Summary:
The Personal Income Tax Law allows various credits against the taxes imposed by that law, including certain credits that are allowed in modified conformity to credits allowed by federal income tax laws. This bill would, for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2016, and before January 1, 2027, allow a credit based upon earned income that is equal to 15% of the earned income tax credit allowed by federal law. The bill would require the Franchise Tax Board to report to the Legislature regarding the utilization of the tax credit, as provided. This bill contains other related provisions.

Digest:

The Personal Income Tax Law allows various credits against the taxes imposed by that law, including certain credits that are allowed in modified conformity to credits allowed by federal income tax laws.

This bill would, for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2016, and before January 1, 2027, allow a credit based upon earned income that is equal to 15% of the earned income tax credit allowed by federal law. The bill would require the Franchise Tax Board to report to the Legislature regarding the utilization of the tax credit, as provided.

This bill would take effect immediately as a tax levy.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act to add Section 17052.1 to the Revenue and Taxation Code, relating to taxation, to take effect immediately, tax levy.

SB 39    (Pavley D)   Vehicles: high-occupancy vehicle lanes.

Summary:
Current federal law, until September 30, 2017, authorizes a state to allow specified labeled vehicles to use lanes designated for high-occupancy vehicles (HOVs). This bill would increase the number of those identifiers that the DMV is authorized to issue to an unspecified amount. This bill contains other related provisions and other current laws.

Summary:
Existing federal law, until September 30, 2017, authorizes a state to allow specified labeled vehicles to use lanes designated for high-occupancy vehicles (HOVs). This bill would increase the number of those identifiers that the DMV is authorized to issue to an unspecified amount. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

Digest:

Existing federal law, until September 30, 2017, authorizes a state to allow specified labeled vehicles to use lanes designated for high-occupancy vehicles (HOVs).

Existing law authorizes the Department of Transportation to designate certain lanes for the exclusive use of HOVs. Under existing law, until January 1, 2019, or until federal authorization expires, or until the Secretary of State receives a specified notice, those lanes may be used by certain vehicles not carrying the requisite number of passengers otherwise required for the use of an HOV lane, if the vehicle displays a valid identifier issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). Until January 1, 2015, existing law authorizes the DMV to issue no more than 55,000 of those identifiers. On and after January 1, 2015, existing law authorizes the DMV to issue no more than 70,000 of those identifiers.

This bill would increase the number of those identifiers that the DMV is authorized to issue to an unspecified amount.

This bill would declare that it is to take effect immediately as an urgency statute.

Vote: 23. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act to amend Section 5205.5 of the Vehicle Code, relating to vehicles, and declaring the urgency thereof, to take effect immediately.

SB 40    (Gaines R)   Air Quality Improvement Program: vehicle rebates.

Summary:
Would require incentives for qualifying passenger vehicles under the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project of the Air Quality Improvement Program to be limited to passenger vehicles with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $40,000 or less. The bill would require the rebate for qualifying passenger vehicles to be $3,500, subject to availability of funds.

Summary:
Existing law establishes the Air Quality Improvement Program, administered by the State Air Resources Board, to fund, upon appropriation by the Legislature, air quality improvement projects related to fuel and vehicle technologies, including incentives for various types of vehicles. This bill would require incentives for qualifying passenger vehicles under the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project of the Air Quality Improvement Program to be limited to passenger vehicles with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $40,000 or less. The bill would require the rebate for qualifying passenger vehicles to be $3,500, subject to availability of funds.

Digest:

Existing law establishes the Air Quality Improvement Program, administered by the State Air Resources Board, to fund, upon appropriation by the Legislature, air quality improvement projects related to fuel and vehicle technologies, including incentives for various types of vehicles.

This bill would require incentives for qualifying passenger vehicles under the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project of the Air Quality Improvement Program to be limited to passenger vehicles with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $40,000 or less. The bill would require the rebate for qualifying passenger vehicles to be $3,500, subject to availability of funds.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act to add Section 44274.9 to the Health and Safety Code, relating to air resources.

SB 41    (De León D)   Public contracts: 2024 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games.

Summary:
Current law provides specified requirements in awarding certain public contracts. This bill would authorize the Governor to sign agreements required by the United States Olympic Committee as part of the bid process for the City of Los Angeles or the City and County of San Francisco to become the United States applicant city and candidate city for the 2024 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games. This bill contains other related provisions.

Summary:
Existing law provides specified requirements in awarding certain public contracts. This bill would authorize the Governor to sign agreements required by the United States Olympic Committee as part of the bid process for the City of Los Angeles or the City and County of San Francisco to become the United States applicant city and candidate city for the 2024 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games. This bill contains other related provisions.

Digest:

Existing law provides specified requirements in awarding certain public contracts.

This bill would authorize the Governor to sign agreements required by the United States Olympic Committee as part of the bid process for the City of Los Angeles or the City and County of San Francisco to become the United States applicant city and candidate city for the 2024 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games.

This bill would make legislative findings and declarations that, among other things, the endorsing municipality, as defined, has developed a self-sufficient bid for financing the games. This bill would authorize the Governor to enter into an agreement for the state to be jointly liable, not to exceed a specified amount, with the Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games (OCOG), as specified, for obligations of the OCOG, and for any financial deficit relating to the games, as provided.

This bill would declare that it is to take effect immediately as an urgency statute.

Vote: 23. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act relating to public contracts, and declaring the urgency thereof, to take effect immediately.

SB 42    (Liu D)   Postsecondary education: California Commission on Higher Education Performance and Accountability.

Summary:
Would change the composition of, and rename, CPEC as the California Commission on Higher Education Performance and Accountability, and would recast and revise its various functions and responsibilities. The bill would make conforming changes to, delete obsolete provisions of, and make numerous nonsubstantive changes to, existing law.

Summary:
Existing law establishes the California Postsecondary Education Commission (CPEC) as the statewide postsecondary education coordinating and planning agency, and provides for its functions and responsibilities. Existing law also provides for the composition of CPEC’s membership. This bill would change the composition of, and rename, CPEC as the California Commission on Higher Education Performance and Accountability, and would recast and revise its various functions and responsibilities. The bill would make conforming changes to, delete obsolete provisions of, and make numerous nonsubstantive changes to, existing law.

Digest:
Existing law establishes the California Postsecondary Education Commission (CPEC) as the statewide postsecondary education coordinating and planning agency, and provides for its functions and responsibilities. Existing law also provides for the composition of CPEC’s membership.
This bill would change the composition of, and rename, CPEC as the California Commission on Higher Education Performance and Accountability, and would recast and revise its various functions and responsibilities. The bill would make conforming changes to, delete obsolete provisions of, and make numerous nonsubstantive changes to, existing law.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act to amend Section 27.6 of the Business and Professions Code, to amend Sections 11001, 11005, 11700, 12200, 32500, 44212, 44784, 52342, 52957, 54703, 66010.4, 66010.6, 66010.7, 66040.3, 66742, 66743, 66901, 66903, 66903.3, 66905, 66941, 67002, 67003, 67312, 67382, 68052, 69562, 69655, 69966, 74292, 81004, 81005, 89002, 89011, 89070.35, 89070.40, 89720, 92605, 94155, 99151, 99181, 99182, and 99202 of, to amend the heading of Chapter 11 (commencing with Section 66900) of Part 40 of Division 5 of Title 3 of, to repeal Sections 45351, 66902.5, 66903.1, and 87482.4 of, and to repeal and add Sections 66900 and 66903.2 of, the Education Code, to amend Section 11126 of the Government Code, to amend Section 128030 of, and to repeal Section 127785 of, the Health and Safety Code, to amend Section 24357.8 of the Revenue and Taxation Code, to amend Section 10529 of the Unemployment Insurance Code, and to amend Sections 4341.5 and 4421 of the Welfare and Institutions Code, relating to postsecondary education.

SB 43    (Hernandez D)   Health care coverage: essential health benefits.

Summary:
Would authorize the Department of Managed Health Care and the Department of Insurance to adopt emergency regulations implementing amendments made to specified-described provisions during the 2015-16 Regular Session until July 1, 2018. This bill contains other existing laws.

Summary:
Existing federal law, the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), enacts various health care coverage market reforms that take effect January 1, 2014. Among other things, PPACA requires a health insurance issuer that offers coverage in the small group or individual market to ensure that the coverage includes the essential health benefits package, as defined. PPACA requires each state, by January 1, 2014, to establish an American Health Benefit Exchange that facilitates the purchase of qualified health plans by qualified individuals and qualified small employers. PPACA defines a qualified health plan as a plan that, among other requirements, provides an essential health benefits package. Existing state law creates the California Health Benefit Exchange (the Exchange) to facilitate the purchase of qualified health plans by qualified individuals and qualified small employers. This bill would authorize the Department of Managed Health Care and the Department of Insurance to adopt emergency regulations implementing amendments made to the above-described provisions during the 2015-16 Regular Session until July 1, 2018. This bill contains other existing laws.

Digest:
Existing federal law, the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), enacts various health care coverage market reforms that take effect January 1, 2014. Among other things, PPACA requires a health insurance issuer that offers coverage in the small group or individual market to ensure that the coverage includes the essential health benefits package, as defined. PPACA requires each state, by January 1, 2014, to establish an American Health Benefit Exchange that facilitates the purchase of qualified health plans by qualified individuals and qualified small employers. PPACA defines a qualified health plan as a plan that, among other requirements, provides an essential health benefits package. Existing state law creates the California Health Benefit Exchange (the Exchange) to facilitate the purchase of qualified health plans by qualified individuals and qualified small employers.
Existing law, the Knox-Keene Health Care Service Plan Act of 1975, provides for the licensure and regulation of health care service plans by the Department of Managed Health Care and makes a willful violation of the act a crime. Existing law provides for the regulation of health insurers by the Department of Insurance. Existing law requires an individual or small group health care service plan contract or individual or small group health insurance policy issued, amended, or renewed on or after January 1, 2015, to cover essential health benefits, defined to include the health benefits covered by particular benchmark plans. Existing law specifies that these provisions do not apply to specified plans, including grandfathered plans. Existing law authorizes the Department of Managed Health Care and the Department of Insurance to adopt emergency regulations implementing these provisions until March 1, 2016.
This bill would authorize the Department of Managed Health Care and the Department of Insurance to adopt emergency regulations implementing amendments made to the above-described provisions during the 2015-16 Regular Session until July 1, 2018.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act to amend Section 1367.005 of the Health and Safety Code, and to amend Section 10112.27 of the Insurance Code, relating to health care coverage.

SB 44    (Roth D)   State Aeronautics Act.

Summary:
The State Aeronautics Act governs various matters relative to aviation in this state. This bill would make a nonsubstantive change to a provision within the act.

Summary:
The State Aeronautics Act governs various matters relative to aviation in this state. This bill would make a nonsubstantive change to a provision within the act.

Digest:
The State Aeronautics Act governs various matters relative to aviation in this state.
This bill would make a nonsubstantive change to a provision within the act.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act to amend Section 21001 of the Public Utilities Code, relating to aviation.

SB 45    (Mendoza D)   Economic development.

Summary:
Current law provides for various economic development programs throughout the state that foster community sustainability and community and economic development. Current law also authorizes local agencies to finance the purchase, construction, expansion, improvement, or rehabilitation of certain types of facilities. This bill would state the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that would authorize local governmental entities to use tax increment financing for the development of economic planning, infrastructure, and educational facilities.

Summary:
Existing law provides for various economic development programs throughout the state that foster community sustainability and community and economic development. Existing law also authorizes local agencies to finance the purchase, construction, expansion, improvement, or rehabilitation of certain types of facilities. This bill would state the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that would authorize local governmental entities to use tax increment financing for the development of economic planning, infrastructure, and educational facilities.

Digest:
Existing law provides for various economic development programs throughout the state that foster community sustainability and community and economic development. Existing law also authorizes local agencies to finance the purchase, construction, expansion, improvement, or rehabilitation of certain types of facilities.
This bill would state the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that would authorize local governmental entities to use tax increment financing for the development of economic planning, infrastructure, and educational facilities.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act relating to economic development.

SB 46    (Roth D)   Veterans housing.

Summary:
Current law authorizes the Department of Veterans Affairs to establish a pilot project for the purpose of establishing a cooperative housing project for veterans and their families. This bill would make technical, nonsubstantive changes to those provisions.

Summary:
Existing law authorizes the Department of Veterans Affairs to establish a pilot project for the purpose of establishing a cooperative housing project for veterans and their families. This bill would make technical, nonsubstantive changes to those provisions.

Digest:

Existing law authorizes the Department of Veterans Affairs to establish a pilot project for the purpose of establishing a cooperative housing project for veterans and their families.

This bill would make technical, nonsubstantive changes to those provisions.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act to amend Section 710 of the Military and Veterans Code, relating to veterans.

SB 47    (Hill D)   Environmental health: synthetic turf.

Summary:
Would require the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, by July 1, 2017, in consultation with the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, the State Department of Public Health, and the Department of Toxic Substances Control, to prepare and provide to the Legislature and post on the office’s Internet Web site a study analyzing synthetic turf, as defined, for potential adverse health impacts. The bill would require the study to include certain information, including a hazard analysis of individual, synergistic, and cumulative exposures to the chemicals that may be found in synthetic turf, as provided.

Summary:
Existing law regulates certain behavior related to recreational activities and public safety, including, among other things, playgrounds and wooden playground equipment. This bill would require the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, by July 1, 2017, in consultation with the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, the State Department of Public Health, and the Department of Toxic Substances Control, to prepare and provide to the Legislature and post on the office’s Internet Web site a study analyzing synthetic turf, as defined, for potential adverse health impacts. The bill would require the study to include certain information, including a hazard analysis of individual, synergistic, and cumulative exposures to the chemicals that may be found in synthetic turf, as provided. The bill would prohibit a public or private school or local government, until January 1, 2018, from installing, or contracting for the installation of, a new field or playground surface made from synthetic turf within the boundaries of a public or private school or public recreational park, as provided. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

Digest:
Existing law regulates certain behavior related to recreational activities and public safety, including, among other things, playgrounds and wooden playground equipment.
This bill would require the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, by July 1, 2017, in consultation with the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, the State Department of Public Health, and the Department of Toxic Substances Control, to prepare and provide to the Legislature and post on the office’s Internet Web site a study analyzing synthetic turf, as defined, for potential adverse health impacts. The bill would require the study to include certain information, including a hazard analysis of individual, synergistic, and cumulative exposures to the chemicals that may be found in synthetic turf, as provided. The bill would prohibit a public or private school or local government, until January 1, 2018, from installing, or contracting for the installation of, a new field or playground surface made from synthetic turf within the boundaries of a public or private school or public recreational park, as provided.
The California Tire Recycling Act (act) requires a person who purchases a new tire to pay a California tire fee, for deposit in the California Tire Recycling Management Fund, for expenditure by the department, upon appropriation by the Legislature, for programs related to the disposal of waste tires. The act specifies that the activities eligible for funding include the manufacture of specified products made from used tires.
The bill would include the above study as one of the acceptable activities eligible for this funding.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act to add Article 3 (commencing with Section 115810) to Chapter 4 of Part 10 of Division 104 of, and to repeal Section 115812 of, the Health and Safety Code, and to amend Section 42873 of the Public Resources Code, relating to environmental health.

SB 48    (Hill D)   Public Utilities Commission.

Summary:
Current law requires the Governor to designate the president of the Public Utilities Commission from among its members and requires the president to direct the executive director, the attorney, and other staff of the commission, except for the Office of Ratepayer Advocates. Current law authorizes the executive director and the attorney to undertake certain actions if directed or authorized by the president, except as otherwise directed or authorized by vote of the commission. This bill would repeal the requirement that the president direct the executive director, the attorney, and other commission staff. The bill would delete the authority of the president to direct or authorize the executive director and attorney to undertake certain actions, thereby requiring that they be directed or authorized to undertake those actions by the commission.

Summary:
The California Constitution establishes the Public Utilities Commission, with jurisdiction over all public utilities. The California Constitution grants the commission certain general powers over all public utilities, subject to control by the Legislature, and authorizes the Legislature, unlimited by the other provisions of the Constitution, to confer additional authority and jurisdiction upon the commission that is cognate and germane to the regulation of public utilities. Existing law requires the Governor to designate the president of the commission from among its members and requires the president to direct the executive director, the attorney, and other staff of the commission, except for the Office of Ratepayer Advocates. Existing law authorizes the executive director and the attorney to undertake certain actions if directed or authorized by the president, except as otherwise directed or authorized by vote of the commission. This bill would repeal the requirement that the president direct the executive director, the attorney, and other commission staff. The bill would delete the authority of the president to direct or authorize the executive director and attorney to undertake certain actions, thereby requiring that they be directed or authorized to undertake those actions by the commission. The bill would require the commission to develop performance criteria for the commission and the executive director and to annually evaluate the performance of the executive director based on the criteria established in the previous year. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

Digest:
(1) The California Constitution establishes the Public Utilities Commission, with jurisdiction over all public utilities. The California Constitution grants the commission certain general powers over all public utilities, subject to control by the Legislature, and authorizes the Legislature, unlimited by the other provisions of the Constitution, to confer additional authority and jurisdiction upon the commission that is cognate and germane to the regulation of public utilities. Existing law requires the Governor to designate the president of the commission from among its members and requires the president to direct the executive director, the attorney, and other staff of the commission, except for the Office of Ratepayer Advocates. Existing law authorizes the executive director and the attorney to undertake certain actions if directed or authorized by the president, except as otherwise directed or authorized by vote of the commission.
This bill would repeal the requirement that the president direct the executive director, the attorney, and other commission staff. The bill would delete the authority of the president to direct or authorize the executive director and attorney to undertake certain actions, thereby requiring that they be directed or authorized to undertake those actions by the commission. The bill would require the commission to develop performance criteria for the commission and the executive director and to annually evaluate the performance of the executive director based on the criteria established in the previous year.
(2) The Public Utilities Act provides that the office of the commission be in the City and County of San Francisco, that the office always be open, legal holidays and nonjudicial days excepted, that the commission hold its sessions at least once in each calendar month in the City and County of San Francisco, and authorizes the commission to also meet at those other times and places as may be expedient and necessary for the proper performance of its duties.
This bill would require that the commission hold its sessions at least once in each calendar month in the City and County of San Francisco or the City of Sacramento and would require that the commission hold no less than 6 sessions each year in the City of Sacramento.
(3) The California Constitution authorizes the commission to establish its own procedures, subject to statutory limitations or directions and constitutional requirements of due process. Existing law requires the commission to determine whether a proceeding requires a hearing and, if so, to determine whether the matter requires a quasi-legislative, an adjudication, or a ratesetting hearing. For these purposes, quasi-legislative cases are cases that establish policy rulemakings and investigations which may establish rules affecting an entire industry, adjudication cases are enforcement cases and complaints except those challenging the reasonableness of any rates or charges, and ratesetting cases are cases in which rates are established for a specific company, including general rate cases, performance-based ratemaking, and other ratesetting mechanisms.
This bill would make the Administrative Adjudication Code of Ethics applicable to adjudication hearings of the commission.
(4) Existing law requires the commission, upon initiating a hearing, to assign one or more commissioners to oversee the case and an administrative law judge, where appropriate. Existing law requires the assigned commissioner to prepare and issue, by order or ruling, a scoping memo that describes the issues to be considered and the applicable timetable for resolution. Existing law requires the commission, to adopt procedures on the disqualification of administrative law judges due to bias or prejudice similar to those of other state agencies and superior courts.
This bill would require the commission to additionally adopt procedures on the disqualification of commissioners due to bias or prejudice similar to those of other state agencies and superior courts.
(5) The Public Utilities Act requires the commission to develop, publish, and annually update an annual workplan that does all the following: (a) describes in clear detail the scheduled ratemaking proceedings and other decisions that may be considered by the commission during the calendar year, (b) include information on how members of the public and ratepayers can gain access to the commission’s ratemaking process and information regarding the specific matters to be decided, (c) include information on the operation of the office of the public adviser and identify the names and telephone numbers of those contact persons responsible for specific cases and matters to be decided, and (d) include a statement that specifies activities that the commission proposes to reduce the costs of, and rates for, energy, including electricity, and for improving the competitive opportunities for state agriculture and other rural energy consumers. The act requires the commission to submit the workplan to the Governor and Legislature by February 1 of each year.
This bill would expand the requirement that the workplan describe in clear detail the scheduled proceedings that may be considered by the commission during the calendar year to include all proceedings and not just ratemaking proceedings. The bill would additionally require that the workplan include performance criteria for the commission and executive director and evaluate the performance of the executive director during the previous year based on the criteria established in the prior year’s workplan.
(6) The Public Utilities Act requires the commission to create, and annually submit to the Governor and Legislature by February 1, a report on the number of cases where resolution exceeded the time periods prescribed in scoping memos and the days that commissioners presided in hearings.
This bill would delete the requirement that the report include the number of cases where resolution exceeded the time periods prescribed in scoping memos and instead would require the report to describe the commission’s timeliness in resolving cases and include information on the disposition of applications for rehearings. The bill would require that the report include the number of scoping memos issued in each proceeding and to include the number of orders issued extending the statutory deadlines for all adjudication, ratesetting, and quasi-legislative cases.
(7) Existing law regulates communications in hearings before the commission and defines “ex parte communication” to mean any oral or written communication between a decisionmaker and a person with an interest in a matter before the commission concerning substantive, but not procedural, issues that does not occur in a public hearing, workshop, or other public proceeding, or on the official record of the proceeding on the matter. Existing law requires the commission, by regulation, to adopt and publish a definition of the terms “decisionmaker” and “persons” for those purposes, along with any requirements for written reporting of ex parte communications and appropriate sanctions for noncompliance with any rule proscribing ex parte communications. Existing law requires the commission to permit ex parte communications in quasi-legislative cases without restriction.
This bill would revise the definition of an “ex parte communication” to include communication between a decisionmaker and a representative of the financial industry, even if the representative does not have an interest in the matter. The bill would require that the commission’s definition of who is a “decisionmaker” include commissioners, the executive director of the commission, and the attorney of the commission. The bill would permit ex parte communications in quasi-legislative proceedings only in the following circumstances: (A) for oral ex parte communications if all interested parties are invited and given not less than 3 days’ notice, (B) for written ex parte communications if copies of the communication are transmitted to all parties on the same day, and (C) if an ex parte communication meeting is granted to any party, all other parties are required to be granted individual ex parte meetings of a substantially equal period of time and not less than 3 days’ notice would be required to be sent of this right at the time that the request is granted. The bill would make a violation of the ex parte communications requirements punishable by a fine of not more than $50,000 or by imprisonment for not more than one year in the county jail, or by both fine and imprisonment. By creating a new crime, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program. The bill would require the commission to post all prepared written testimony submitted in its formal proceedings on the commission’s Internet Web site.
(8) The California Constitution provides that the Legislature has plenary power to establish the manner and scope of review of commission action in a court of record. Existing law provides that only the Supreme Court and the court of appeal have jurisdiction to review, reverse, correct, or annul any order or decision of the commission or to suspend or delay the execution or operation thereof, or to enjoin, restrain, or interfere with the commission in the performance of its official duties.
This bill would authorize an action to enforce the requirements of the Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act or the California Public Records Act to be brought against the commission in the superior court.
(9) The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.
This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: yes.

Laws:
An act to amend Sections 305, 306, 307, 308, 309.6, 321.6, 1701, 1701.1, 1701.4, and 1759 of, and to add Section 1701.6 to, the Public Utilities Code, relating to the Public Utilities Commission.

SB 49    (Walters R)   Consumer loans.

Summary:
Under current law, only one fee for appraising the same real property is authorized to be collected unless the borrower has obtained a new or additional loan and more than one year has elapsed since the prior appraisal. Current law specifies that this fee is not included in, among other things, charges, as defined for purposes of this law. This bill would make nonsubstantive changes to that definition.

Summary:
Existing law, the California Finance Lenders Law, provides for the licensure and regulation of finance lenders and brokers by the Commissioner of Business Oversight. Under existing law, on any loan made that is secured by real property, an appraisal fee not to exceed the actual cost of the appraisal is authorized to be charged by the licensee if a written appraisal is provided to the licensee by a qualified appraiser. Under existing law, only one fee for appraising the same real property is authorized to be collected unless the borrower has obtained a new or additional loan and more than one year has elapsed since the prior appraisal. Existing law specifies that this fee is not included in, among other things, charges, as defined for purposes of this law. This bill would make nonsubstantive changes to that definition.

Digest:
Existing law, the California Finance Lenders Law, provides for the licensure and regulation of finance lenders and brokers by the Commissioner of Business Oversight. Under existing law, on any loan made that is secured by real property, an appraisal fee not to exceed the actual cost of the appraisal is authorized to be charged by the licensee if a written appraisal is provided to the licensee by a qualified appraiser. Under existing law, only one fee for appraising the same real property is authorized to be collected unless the borrower has obtained a new or additional loan and more than one year has elapsed since the prior appraisal. Existing law specifies that this fee is not included in, among other things, charges, as defined for purposes of this law.
This bill would make nonsubstantive changes to that definition.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act to amend Section 22202 of the Financial Code, relating to finance lenders.

SB 50    (Walters R)   Insurance rates.

Summary:
Under current law, for specified purposes, 2 or more admitted insurers having a common ownership or operating in this state under common management or control may act in concert between or among themselves as if they constituted a single insurer. This bill would make technical, nonsubstantive changes to these provisions.

Summary:
Under existing law, for specified purposes, 2 or more admitted insurers having a common ownership or operating in this state under common management or control may act in concert between or among themselves as if they constituted a single insurer. This bill would make technical, nonsubstantive changes to these provisions.

Digest:
Under existing law, for specified purposes, 2 or more admitted insurers having a common ownership or operating in this state under common management or control may act in concert between or among themselves as if they constituted a single insurer.
This bill would make technical, nonsubstantive changes to these provisions.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act to amend Section 1853.5 of the Insurance Code, relating to insurance.

SB 51    (Walters R)   California Finance Lenders Law.

Summary:
Current law, the California Finance Lenders Law, provides for the licensure and regulation of finance lenders and brokers by the Commissioner of Business Oversight. Current law authorizes the commissioner to make general rules and regulations, and specific rulings, demands, and findings for the enforcement of that law, as specified. This bill would make a, nonsubstantive change to the latter provision.

Summary:
Existing law, the California Finance Lenders Law, provides for the licensure and regulation of finance lenders and brokers by the Commissioner of Business Oversight. Existing law authorizes the commissioner to make general rules and regulations, and specific rulings, demands, and findings for the enforcement of that law, as specified. This bill would make a, nonsubstantive change to the latter provision.

Digest:
Existing law, the California Finance Lenders Law, provides for the licensure and regulation of finance lenders and brokers by the Commissioner of Business Oversight. Existing law authorizes the commissioner to make general rules and regulations, and specific rulings, demands, and findings for the enforcement of that law, as specified.
This bill would make a, nonsubstantive change to the latter provision.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act to amend Section 22150 of the Financial Code, relating to financial institutions.

SB 52    (Walters R)   Regulatory boards: healing arts.

Summary:
Current law creates various regulatory boards within the Department of Consumer Affairs. Current law authorizes health-related boards to adopt regulations requiring a licensee to display his or her license or registration in the locality in which he or she is treating patients and to make specified disclosures to patients. This bill would make technical changes to that provision.

Summary:
Existing law creates various regulatory boards within the Department of Consumer Affairs. Existing law authorizes health-related boards to adopt regulations requiring a licensee to display his or her license or registration in the locality in which he or she is treating patients and to make specified disclosures to patients. This bill would make technical changes to that provision.

Digest:
Existing law creates various regulatory boards within the Department of Consumer Affairs. Existing law authorizes health-related boards to adopt regulations requiring a licensee to display his or her license or registration in the locality in which he or she is treating patients and to make specified disclosures to patients.
This bill would make technical changes to that provision.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act to amend Section 104 of the Business and Professions Code, relating to regulatory boards.

SB 53    (Walters R)   Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development.

Summary:
Current law requires the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) to develop and implement an International Trade and Investment Program and authorizes the director of GO-Biz to establish international trade and investment offices, as specified. This bill would make technical, nonsubstantive changes to these provisions.

Summary:
Existing law requires the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) to develop and implement an International Trade and Investment Program and authorizes the director of GO-Biz to establish international trade and investment offices, as specified. This bill would make technical, nonsubstantive changes to these provisions.

Digest:
Existing law requires the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) to develop and implement an International Trade and Investment Program and authorizes the director of GO-Biz to establish international trade and investment offices, as specified.
This bill would make technical, nonsubstantive changes to these provisions.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act to amend Section 13996.41 of the Government Code, relating to state government.

SB 54    (Walters R)   California Community Colleges: board of governors.

Summary:
Current law establishes the California Community Colleges, under the administration of the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges, as one of the segments of public postsecondary education in this state. This bill would make nonsubstantive changes to those provisions.

Summary:
Existing law establishes the California Community Colleges, under the administration of the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges, as one of the segments of public postsecondary education in this state. This bill would make nonsubstantive changes to those provisions.

Digest:
Existing law establishes the California Community Colleges, under the administration of the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges, as one of the segments of public postsecondary education in this state.
This bill would make nonsubstantive changes to those provisions.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act to amend Section 70900 of the Education Code, relating to community colleges.

SB 55    (Knight R)   Department of Transportation: administration.

Summary:
Current law authorizes the Department of Transportation to do any act, as specified, for the construction, improvement, maintenance, or use of all highways that are under its jurisdiction, possession, or control. This bill would make technical, nonsubstantive changes to these provisions.

Summary:
Existing law authorizes the Department of Transportation to do any act, as specified, for the construction, improvement, maintenance, or use of all highways that are under its jurisdiction, possession, or control. This bill would make technical, nonsubstantive changes to these provisions.

Digest:
Existing law authorizes the Department of Transportation to do any act, as specified, for the construction, improvement, maintenance, or use of all highways that are under its jurisdiction, possession, or control.
This bill would make technical, nonsubstantive changes to these provisions.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act to amend Section 92 of the Streets and Highways Code, relating to the Department of Transportation.

SB 56    (Knight R)   Veterans: benefits.

Summary:
Current law defines “veteran” for the purposes of the various programs bestowing benefits upon veterans. This bill would make technical, nonsubstantive changes to this provision.

Summary:
Existing law defines “veteran” for the purposes of the various programs bestowing benefits upon veterans. This bill would make technical, nonsubstantive changes to this provision.

Digest:
Existing law defines “veteran” for the purposes of the various programs bestowing benefits upon veterans.
This bill would make technical, nonsubstantive changes to this provision.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act to amend Section 980 of the Military and Veterans Code, relating to veterans.

SB 57    (Knight R)   The County Employees Retirement Law of 1937.

Summary:
Current law exempts the right of a person to a pension, annuity, retirement allowance, return of contributions, and any other right accrued under the County Employees Retirement Law of 1937, among other things, from taxation. This bill would make a technical, nonsubstantive change to that provision.

Summary:
Existing law exempts the right of a person to a pension, annuity, retirement allowance, return of contributions, and any other right accrued under the County Employees Retirement Law of 1937, among other things, from taxation. This bill would make a technical, nonsubstantive change to that provision.

Digest:
Existing law exempts the right of a person to a pension, annuity, retirement allowance, return of contributions, and any other right accrued under the County Employees Retirement Law of 1937, among other things, from taxation.
This bill would make a technical, nonsubstantive change to that provision.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act to amend Section 31452 of the Government Code, relating to county employees’ retirement.

SB 58    (Knight R)   Public Employees’ Retirement System.

Summary:
The Public Employees’ Retirement Law (PERL) prescribes a comprehensive set of rights and duties for members of the Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS) and provides those members with a defined benefit based upon age, service credit, and final compensation. PERL excludes certain persons from membership in PERS. This bill would make nonsubstantive changes in the provisions excluding certain persons from membership in PERS.

Summary:
The Public Employees’ Retirement Law (PERL) prescribes a comprehensive set of rights and duties for members of the Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS) and provides those members with a defined benefit based upon age, service credit, and final compensation. PERL excludes certain persons from membership in PERS. This bill would make nonsubstantive changes in the provisions excluding certain persons from membership in PERS.

Digest:
The Public Employees’ Retirement Law (PERL) prescribes a comprehensive set of rights and duties for members of the Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS) and provides those members with a defined benefit based upon age, service credit, and final compensation. PERL excludes certain persons from membership in PERS.
This bill would make nonsubstantive changes in the provisions excluding certain persons from membership in PERS.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act to amend Section 20300 of the Government Code, relating to public employees’ retirement.

SB 59    (Knight R)   Vehicles: high-occupancy vehicle lanes.

Summary:
Current law authorizes local authorities and the Department of Transportation to establish exclusive or preferential use of highway lanes for high-occupancy vehicles. This bill would make technical, nonsubstantive changes to that provision.

Summary:
Existing law authorizes local authorities and the Department of Transportation to establish exclusive or preferential use of highway lanes for high-occupancy vehicles. This bill would make technical, nonsubstantive changes to that provision.

Digest:
Existing law authorizes local authorities and the Department of Transportation to establish exclusive or preferential use of highway lanes for high-occupancy vehicles.
This bill would make technical, nonsubstantive changes to that provision.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act to amend Section 21655.5 of the Vehicle Code, relating to vehicles.

SB 60    (Knight R)   Insurance policies.

Summary:
Current law provides that a person has an insurable interest in, among other things, the life and health of himself or herself. This bill would make technical, nonsubstantive changes to those provisions.

Summary:
Existing law defines “insurable interest” with respect to life and disability insurance as an interest based upon a reasonable expectation of pecuniary advantage through the continued life, health, or bodily safety of another person and consequent loss by reason of that person’s death or disability or a substantial interest engendered by love and affection in the case of individuals closely related by blood or law. Existing law provides that a person has an insurable interest in, among other things, the life and health of himself or herself. This bill would make technical, nonsubstantive changes to those provisions.

Digest:
Existing law defines “insurable interest” with respect to life and disability insurance as an interest based upon a reasonable expectation of pecuniary advantage through the continued life, health, or bodily safety of another person and consequent loss by reason of that person’s death or disability or a substantial interest engendered by love and affection in the case of individuals closely related by blood or law. Existing law provides that a person has an insurable interest in, among other things, the life and health of himself or herself.
This bill would make technical, nonsubstantive changes to those provisions.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act to amend Section 10110 of the Insurance Code, relating to insurance.

SB 61    (Hill D)   Driving under the influence: ignition interlock device.

Summary:
Would provide that an individual whose license has been suspended for driving a motor vehicle when he or she has a certain blood-alcohol concentration and who is eligible for a restricted driver’s license may be eligible for a restricted driver’s license without serving any period of the suspension if the person meets all other eligibility requirements and the person installs an ignition interlock device. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

Summary:
Existing law requires the Department of Motor Vehicles to immediately suspend a person’s privilege to operate a motor vehicle for a specified period of time if the person has driven a motor vehicle when the person had a certain blood-alcohol concentration. Existing law authorizes certain individuals, whose privilege is suspended pursuant to that provision to receive a restricted driver’s license if specified requirements are met, including the completion of specified periods of license suspension or revocation. This bill would provide that an individual whose license has been suspended for driving a motor vehicle when he or she has a certain blood-alcohol concentration and who is eligible for a restricted driver’s license may be eligible for a restricted driver’s license without serving any period of the suspension if the person meets all other eligibility requirements and the person installs an ignition interlock device. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

Digest:
Existing law requires the Department of Motor Vehicles to immediately suspend a person’s privilege to operate a motor vehicle for a specified period of time if the person has driven a motor vehicle when the person had a certain blood-alcohol concentration. Existing law authorizes certain individuals, whose privilege is suspended pursuant to that provision to receive a restricted driver’s license if specified requirements are met, including the completion of specified periods of license suspension or revocation.
Existing law also requires the department to immediately suspend or revoke a person’s privilege to operate a motor vehicle if the person has been convicted of violating specified provisions prohibiting driving a motor vehicle under the influence of an alcoholic beverage or drug or the combined influence of an alcoholic beverage and drug, or with 0.08% or more, by weight, of alcohol in his or her blood or while addicted to the use of any drug, with or without bodily injury to another. Existing law also authorizes certain individuals whose privilege is suspended or revoked pursuant to that provision to receive a restricted driver’s license if specified requirements are met, including the completion of specified periods of license suspension or revocation and, in some instances, the installation of an ignition interlock device on the person’s vehicle. Existing law does not permit a person who has been convicted of a first offense of driving a motor vehicle under the influence, with injury, to receive a restricted driver’s license.
Existing law also requires the Department of Motor Vehicles to establish a pilot program from July 1, 2010, to January 1, 2016, inclusive, in the Counties of Alameda, Los Angeles, Sacramento, and Tulare that requires, as a condition of being issued a restricted driver’s license, being reissued a driver’s license, or having the privilege to operate a motor vehicle reinstated subsequent to a conviction for any violation of the above offenses, a person to install for a specified period of time an ignition interlock device on all vehicles he or she owns or operates. The amount of time the ignition interlock device is required to be installed is based upon the number of convictions, as prescribed.
This bill would provide that an individual whose license has been suspended for driving a motor vehicle when he or she has a certain blood-alcohol concentration and who is eligible for a restricted driver’s license may be eligible for a restricted driver’s license without serving any period of the suspension if the person meets all other eligibility requirements and the person installs an ignition interlock device.
The bill would also require a person who has been convicted of driving a motor vehicle under the influence of an alcoholic beverage, as specified, to install an ignition interlock device on all vehicles that he or she owns or operates for a specified period of time. The bill would also authorize a person convicted of driving a motor vehicle under the influence, including a person who was convicted of a first offense of driving a motor vehicle under the influence, with injury, if all other requirements are satisfied, including the installation of an ignition interlock device, to apply for a restricted driver’s license without completing a period of license suspension or revocation. The bill would provide that its provisions would become operative July 1, 2016. The bill would require the Department of Motor Vehicles to issue a report to the Legislature by June 1, 2020, regarding the implementation and efficacy of these provisions.
The bill would also make clarifying changes.
By specifying that certain crimes relating to ignition interlock devices apply when an ignition interlock device is installed pursuant to the provisions of this bill, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.
This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: yes.

Laws:
An act to amend Section 13386 of, to amend, repeal, and add Sections 13352, 13352.4, 13353.3, 13353.4, 13353.5, 23247, 23573, 23575, 23576, and 23597 of, and to add Sections 13353.6, 23575.3, and 23575.5 to, the Vehicle Code, relating to ignition interlock devices.

SB 62    (Pavley D)   Student financial aid: Assumption Program of Loans for Education.

Summary:
Would require the State Department of Education, in conjunction with the Student Aid Commission, to report to the Legislature on or before January 1, 2017, on the need for the program, any modifications that may be needed to improve the program’ s effectiveness in increasing the supply of high-quality teachers for high-needs and low-performing schools, and the need to establish new recruitment and financial aid programs to accomplish that objective. This bill contains other existing laws.

Summary:
Existing law establishes the Assumption Program of Loans for Education, administered by the Student Aid Commission, under which any person enrolled in a participating institution of postsecondary education, or any person who agrees to participate in a teacher trainee or teacher internship program, is eligible to enter into an agreement for loan assumption, to be redeemed pursuant to a prescribed procedure upon becoming employed as a teacher if he or she satisfies certain conditions. This bill would require the State Department of Education, in conjunction with the Student Aid Commission, to report to the Legislature on or before January 1, 2017, on the need for the program, any modifications that may be needed to improve the program’ s effectiveness in increasing the supply of high-quality teachers for high-needs and low-performing schools, and the need to establish new recruitment and financial aid programs to accomplish that objective. This bill contains other existing laws.

Digest:
Existing law establishes the Assumption Program of Loans for Education, administered by the Student Aid Commission, under which any person enrolled in a participating institution of postsecondary education, or any person who agrees to participate in a teacher trainee or teacher internship program, is eligible to enter into an agreement for loan assumption, to be redeemed pursuant to a prescribed procedure upon becoming employed as a teacher if he or she satisfies certain conditions.
Existing law requires the Student Aid Commission to make an annual report to the Legislature that includes specified information about program participants.
This bill would require the State Department of Education, in conjunction with the Student Aid Commission, to report to the Legislature on or before January 1, 2017, on the need for the program, any modifications that may be needed to improve the program’ s effectiveness in increasing the supply of high-quality teachers for high-needs and low-performing schools, and the need to establish new recruitment and financial aid programs to accomplish that objective.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act to add and repeal Section 69615.9 of the Education Code, relating to student financial aid.

SB 63    (Hall D)   Port of Los Angeles.

Summary:
Current law regulates the operation of ports and harbors. Current law authorizes the organization and formation of port districts. This bill would state the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation to increase and diversify economic development at the Port of Los Angeles.

Summary:
Existing law regulates the operation of ports and harbors. Existing law authorizes the organization and formation of port districts. This bill would state the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation to increase and diversify economic development at the Port of Los Angeles.

Digest:
Existing law regulates the operation of ports and harbors. Existing law authorizes the organization and formation of port districts.
This bill would state the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation to increase and diversify economic development at the Port of Los Angeles.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act relating to the Port of Los Angeles.

SB 64    (Liu D)   California Transportation Plan.

Summary:
Would require the California Transportation Commission to review recommendations in the update to the California Transportation Plan prepared by the department in 2015, and every 5 years thereafter, to prepare specific recommendations for statewide integrated multimodal transportation system improvements, and to submit a report in that regard to the Legislature and the Governor by December 31, 2016 and every 5 years thereafter.

Summary:
Existing law requires various transportation planning activities by state and regional agencies. Existing law requires the Department of Transportation to prepare the California Transportation Plan and to update the plan by December 31, 2015, and every 5 years thereafter. Existing law specifies certain subject areas for the movement of people and freight to be considered in the plan. Existing law requires the plan to address how the state will achieve maximum feasible emissions reductions in order to attain a statewide reduction of greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020 and 80% below 1990 levels by 2050 and identify the statewide integrated multimodal transportation system needed to achieve greenhouse gas emission reductions. Existing law requires the department to consult with and coordinate its planning activities with specified entities, including the California Transportation Commission, and to provide an opportunity for public input. Existing law authorizes the California Transportation Commission to present the results of its review and comment to the Legislature and the Governor. This bill would require the California Transportation Commission to review recommendations in the update to the California Transportation Plan prepared by the department in 2015, and every 5 years thereafter, to prepare specific recommendations for statewide integrated multimodal transportation system improvements, and to submit a report in that regard to the Legislature and the Governor by December 31, 2016 and every 5 years thereafter.

Digest:
Existing law requires various transportation planning activities by state and regional agencies. Existing law requires the Department of Transportation to prepare the California Transportation Plan and to update the plan by December 31, 2015, and every 5 years thereafter. Existing law specifies certain subject areas for the movement of people and freight to be considered in the plan. Existing law requires the plan to address how the state will achieve maximum feasible emissions reductions in order to attain a statewide reduction of greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020 and 80% below 1990 levels by 2050 and identify the statewide integrated multimodal transportation system needed to achieve greenhouse gas emission reductions. Existing law requires the department to consult with and coordinate its planning activities with specified entities, including the California Transportation Commission, and to provide an opportunity for public input. Existing law authorizes the California Transportation Commission to present the results of its review and comment to the Legislature and the Governor.
This bill would require the California Transportation Commission to review recommendations in the update to the California Transportation Plan prepared by the department in 2015, and every 5 years thereafter, to prepare specific recommendations for statewide integrated multimodal transportation system improvements, and to submit a report in that regard to the Legislature and the Governor by December 31, 2016 and every 5 years thereafter.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act to add Section 65073.1 to the Government Code, relating to transportation planning.

SB 65    (Wolk D)   Olive oil grades, production, and marketing: Olive Oil Commission of California: producers: exemption.

Summary:
For purposes of the Olive Oil Commission of California, current law defines a olive oil producer as a person who produces or causes to be produced olives that are processed into olive oil in the amount of 5,000 gallons or more during the marketing season. This bill would exempt a producer under the Olive Oil Commission of California from these manufacturing, blending, production, and sale of olive oil provisions. This bill contains other existing laws.

Summary:
Existing law establishes the Olive Oil Commission of California and the commission’s board of directors. The board of directors, among other things, establishes an assessment to be paid by producers of olive oil and is authorized to recommend to the Secretary of Food and Agriculture the adoption and amendment of olive oil grades and labeling standards, as specified. For purposes of the commission, existing law defines a producer as a person who produces or causes to be produced olives that are processed into olive oil in the amount of 5,000 gallons or more during the marketing season. This bill would exempt a producer under the Olive Oil Commission of California from these manufacturing, blending, production, and sale of olive oil provisions. This bill contains other existing laws.

Digest:
Existing law establishes the Olive Oil Commission of California and the commission’s board of directors. The board of directors, among other things, establishes an assessment to be paid by producers of olive oil and is authorized to recommend to the Secretary of Food and Agriculture the adoption and amendment of olive oil grades and labeling standards, as specified. For purposes of the commission, existing law defines a producer as a person who produces or causes to be produced olives that are processed into olive oil in the amount of 5,000 gallons or more during the marketing season.
Existing law also requires the State Department of Public Health to enforce various provisions of law regarding the manufacture, blending, production, and sale of olive oil.
This bill would exempt a producer under the Olive Oil Commission of California from these manufacturing, blending, production, and sale of olive oil provisions.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act to add Section 79901.5 to the Food and Agricultural Code, relating to olive oil.

SB 66    (Leyva D)   Career Technical Education Pathways Program.

Summary:
Current law, until June 30, 2015, establishes the Career Technical Education Pathways Program, which requires the Chancellor of the California Community Colleges and the Superintendent of Public Instruction to assist economic and workforce regional development centers and consortia, community colleges, middle schools, high schools, and regional occupational centers and programs to improve linkages and career technical education pathways between high schools and community colleges, as specified. This bill would extend the operation of the program until July 1, 2018. This bill contains other related provisions.

Summary:
Existing law, until June 30, 2015, establishes the Career Technical Education Pathways Program, which requires the Chancellor of the California Community Colleges and the Superintendent of Public Instruction to assist economic and workforce regional development centers and consortia, community colleges, middle schools, high schools, and regional occupational centers and programs to improve linkages and career technical education pathways between high schools and community colleges, as specified. This bill would extend the operation of the program until July 1, 2018. This bill contains other related provisions.

Digest:
Existing law, until June 30, 2015, establishes the Career Technical Education Pathways Program, which requires the Chancellor of the California Community Colleges and the Superintendent of Public Instruction to assist economic and workforce regional development centers and consortia, community colleges, middle schools, high schools, and regional occupational centers and programs to improve linkages and career technical education pathways between high schools and community colleges, as specified.
This bill would extend the operation of the program until July 1, 2018.
This bill would declare that it is to take effect immediately as an urgency statute.
This bill would declare that it is to take effect immediately as an urgency statute.
Vote: 2/3. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act to repeal and add Section 88540 of the Education Code, relating to career technical education, and declaring the urgency thereof, to take effect immediately.

SB 67    (Galgiani D)   Disability access: statutory damages.

Summary:
Would except a small business from statutory damage liability in connection with a construction-related accessibility claim, and would instead limit recovery to injunctive relief and reasonable attorney’s fees as deemed appropriate by the court. The bill would also extend the period for correcting construction-related violations that are the basis of a claim from 60 days to 120 days of being served with the complaint, for purposes of reducing a defendant’s minimum statutory damage liability to $1000.

Summary:
Existing law permits statutory damages to be awarded in certain construction-related accessibility claims against a place of public accommodation only if the violation denied the plaintiff full and equal access to the place of public accommodation on a particular occasion. Existing law reduces a defendant’s minimum statutory damage liability to $1000 if the defendant demonstrates that it has corrected all construction-related violations that are the basis of a claim within 60 days of being served with the complaint, and other conditions are met, including, among others, that the structure or area was inspected by a certified access specialist, as defined. Existing law also reduces a defendant’s minimum statutory damage liability to $2000 in this context if it demonstrates that it has corrected all construction-related violations that are the basis of a claim within 30 days of being served with the complaint and it is a small business, as defined. This bill would except a small business from statutory damage liability in connection with a construction-related accessibility claim, as described above, and would instead limit recovery to injunctive relief and reasonable attorney’s fees as deemed appropriate by the court. The bill would also extend the period for correcting construction-related violations that are the basis of a claim from 60 days to 120 days of being served with the complaint, for purposes of reducing a defendant’s minimum statutory damage liability to $1000. The bill would make conforming changes a notice a plaintiff is required to served on a defendant in an action that includes a construction-related accessibility claim.

Digest:
Existing law permits statutory damages to be awarded in certain construction-related accessibility claims against a place of public accommodation only if the violation denied the plaintiff full and equal access to the place of public accommodation on a particular occasion. Existing law reduces a defendant’s minimum statutory damage liability to $1000 if the defendant demonstrates that it has corrected all construction-related violations that are the basis of a claim within 60 days of being served with the complaint, and other conditions are met, including, among others, that the structure or area was inspected by a certified access specialist, as defined. Existing law also reduces a defendant’s minimum statutory damage liability to $2000 in this context if it demonstrates that it has corrected all construction-related violations that are the basis of a claim within 30 days of being served with the complaint and it is a small business, as defined.
This bill would except a small business from statutory damage liability in connection with a construction-related accessibility claim, as described above, and would instead limit recovery to injunctive relief and reasonable attorney’s fees as deemed appropriate by the court. The bill would also extend the period for correcting construction-related violations that are the basis of a claim from 60 days to 120 days of being served with the complaint, for purposes of reducing a defendant’s minimum statutory damage liability to $1000. The bill would make conforming changes a notice a plaintiff is required to served on a defendant in an action that includes a construction-related accessibility claim.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act to amend Sections 55.54 and 55.56 of the Civil Code, relating to disability access.

SB 68    (Liu D)   Minor parents: reunification services.

Summary:
Current law prohibits the court from ordering reunification for a parent or guardian described under specified provisions, unless the court finds, by clear and convincing evidence, that reunification is in the best interest of the child. This bill would instead require the court to order reunification services for a parent described under those provisions if the parent was a minor at the time when the facts that gave rise to the condition for the court to deny reunification services occurred. Because providing reunification services imposes additional duties on social workers and other county employees, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.

Summary:
Existing law establishes the jurisdiction of the juvenile court, which may adjudge children to be dependents of the court under certain circumstances, including when the child suffered or there is a substantial risk that the child will suffer serious physical harm, or a parent fails to provide the child with adequate food, clothing, shelter, or medical treatment. Existing law establishes the grounds for removal of a dependent child from the custody of his or her parents or guardian, and establishes procedures to determine temporary placement of a dependent child. Existing law prescribes various hearings, including specified review hearings, and other procedures for these purposes. Existing law generally requires the court to order the social worker to provide designated child welfare services, including family reunification services, to the child and the child’s mother and statutorily presumed father or guardians. Existing law does not require the provision of family reunification services in cases in which the court has made one or more specified findings regarding the qualifications of the parent or guardian. Existing law prohibits the court from ordering reunification for a parent or guardian described under specified provisions, unless the court finds, by clear and convincing evidence, that reunification is in the best interest of the child. This bill would instead require the court to order reunification services for a parent described under those provisions if the parent was a minor at the time when the facts that gave rise to the condition for the court to deny reunification services occurred. Because providing reunification services imposes additional duties on social workers and other county employees, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

Digest:
(1) Existing law establishes the jurisdiction of the juvenile court, which may adjudge children to be dependents of the court under certain circumstances, including when the child suffered or there is a substantial risk that the child will suffer serious physical harm, or a parent fails to provide the child with adequate food, clothing, shelter, or medical treatment. Existing law establishes the grounds for removal of a dependent child from the custody of his or her parents or guardian, and establishes procedures to determine temporary placement of a dependent child. Existing law prescribes various hearings, including specified review hearings, and other procedures for these purposes. Existing law generally requires the court to order the social worker to provide designated child welfare services, including family reunification services, to the child and the child’s mother and statutorily presumed father or guardians. Existing law does not require the provision of family reunification services in cases in which the court has made one or more specified findings regarding the qualifications of the parent or guardian. Existing law prohibits the court from ordering reunification for a parent or guardian described under specified provisions, unless the court finds, by clear and convincing evidence, that reunification is in the best interest of the child.
This bill would instead require the court to order reunification services for a parent described under those provisions if the parent was a minor at the time when the facts that gave rise to the condition for the court to deny reunification services occurred. Because providing reunification services imposes additional duties on social workers and other county employees, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
(2) When a court orders the removal of a child from the physical custody of his or her parent, existing law generally requires the court to order the return of the child to the physical custody of his or her parent at the review hearings held 6 months, 12 months, and 18 months, respectively, after the initial disposition hearing, unless the court finds that the return of the child would create a substantial risk of detriment, or substantial danger, to the safety, protection, or physical or emotional well-being of the child. In making this determination, existing law requires the court to consider the efforts or progress, or both, demonstrated by the parent and the extent to which he or she availed himself or herself of reunification services, taking into account the particular barriers to an incarcerated, institutionalized, detained, or deported parent’s or guardian’s access to those court-mandated reunification services and ability to maintain contact with his or her child.
This bill would require the court, in making its determination at those review hearings, to take into account the particular barriers to a minor parent.
(3) If a child is not returned to a parent or legal guardian at the 18-month permanency review hearing and the court determines by clear and convincing evidence that the best interests of the child would be met by the provision of additional reunification services to the parent or legal guardian, as specified, existing law authorizes the court to continue the case for up to 6 months for a subsequent permanency review hearing, as specified.
This bill would authorize the court to continue the case for up to 6 months for the provision of additional reunification services to a minor parent at the initial hearing making significant and consistent progress in establishing a safe home for the child’s return and a subsequent permanency review hearing.
The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.
This bill would provide that, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that the bill contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to these statutory provisions.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: yes.

Laws:
An act to amend Sections 361.5, 366.21, and 366.22 of the Welfare and Institutions Code, relating to juveniles.

SB 69    (Leno D)   Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would make appropriations for the support of state government for the 2015-16 fiscal year. This bill contains other related provisions.

Summary:
This bill would make appropriations for the support of state government for the 2015-16 fiscal year. This bill contains other related provisions.

Digest:
This bill would make appropriations for the support of state government for the 2015-16 fiscal year.
This bill would declare that it is to take effect immediately as a Budget Bill.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: yes. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act making appropriations for the support of the government of the State of California and for several public purposes in accordance with the provisions of Section 12 of Article IV of the Constitution of the State of California, relating to the state budget, to take effect immediately, budget bill.

SB 70    (Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review)   Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Digest:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

SB 71    (Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review)   Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Digest:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

SB 72    (Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review)   Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Digest:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

SB 73    (Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review)   Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Digest:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

SB 74    (Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review)   Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Digest:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

SB 75    (Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review)   Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Digest:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

SB 76    (Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review)   Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Digest:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

SB 77    (Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review)   Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Digest:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

SB 78    (Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review)   Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Digest:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

SB 79    (Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review)   Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Digest:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

SB 80    (Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review)   Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Digest:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

SB 81    (Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review)   Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Digest:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

SB 82    (Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review)   Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Digest:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

SB 83    (Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review)   Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Digest:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

SB 84    (Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review)   Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Digest:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

SB 85    (Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review)   Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Digest:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

SB 86    (Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review)   Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Digest:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

SB 87    (Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review)   Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Digest:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

SB 88    (Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review)   Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Digest:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

SB 89    (Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review)   Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Digest:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

SB 90    (Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review)   Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Digest:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

SB 91    (Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review)   Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Digest:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

SB 92    (Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review)   Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Digest:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

SB 93    (Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review)   Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Digest:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

SB 94    (Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review)   Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Digest:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

SB 95    (Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review)   Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Digest:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

SB 96    (Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review)   Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Digest:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

SB 97    (Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review)   Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Digest:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

SB 98    (Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review)   Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Digest:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

SB 99    (Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review)   Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Digest:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

SB 100    (Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review)   Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Digest:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

SB 101    (Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review)   Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Digest:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

SB 102    (Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review)   Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Digest:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

SB 103    (Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review)   Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Digest:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

SB 104    (Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review)   Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Digest:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

SB 105    (Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review)   Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Digest:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

SB 106    (Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review)   Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Digest:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

SB 107    (Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review)   Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Digest:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

SB 108    (Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review)   Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Digest:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

SB 109    (Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review)   Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Summary:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

Digest:
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2015.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act relating to the Budget Act of 2015.

SB 110    (Fuller R)   Threats: schools.

Summary:
Would provide that a person who, by means of an electronic act, threatens unlawful violence to occur upon the grounds of a school and that threat creates a disruption at the school, shall be punished by imprisonment in the county jail for a term not exceeding one year. By creating a new crime, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

Summary:
Existing law makes it a crime to willfully threaten to commit a crime that will result in death or great bodily injury to another person, with the specific intent that the statement is to be taken as a threat and which, on its face and under the circumstances in which it is made, is so unequivocal, unconditional, immediate, and specific as to convey to the person threatened a gravity of purpose and an immediate prospect of execution of the threat, and thereby causes that person reasonably to be in sustained fear for his or her own safety or for his or her immediate family’s safety. This bill would also provide that a person who, by means of an electronic act, threatens unlawful violence to occur upon the grounds of a school and that threat creates a disruption at the school, shall be punished by imprisonment in the county jail for a term not exceeding one year. By creating a new crime, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

Digest:
Existing law makes it a crime to willfully threaten to commit a crime that will result in death or great bodily injury to another person, with the specific intent that the statement is to be taken as a threat and which, on its face and under the circumstances in which it is made, is so unequivocal, unconditional, immediate, and specific as to convey to the person threatened a gravity of purpose and an immediate prospect of execution of the threat, and thereby causes that person reasonably to be in sustained fear for his or her own safety or for his or her immediate family’s safety.
This bill would also provide that a person who, by means of an electronic act, threatens unlawful violence to occur upon the grounds of a school and that threat creates a disruption at the school, shall be punished by imprisonment in the county jail for a term not exceeding one year. By creating a new crime, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.
This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: yes.

Laws:
An act to add Section 626.3 to the Penal Code, relating to threats.

SB 111    (Fuller R)   School facilities: military installations.

Summary:
Would appropriate $61,000,000 from the General Fund to the State Allocation Board for the 2015-16 fiscal year for apportionment to school districts to meet the matching share requirement of a school construction grant made by the Office of Economic Adjustment of the federal Department of Defense pursuant to federal funding made available to construct, renovate, repair, or expand elementary and secondary public schools located on military installations.

Summary:
Existing federal law provides for construction funding assistance for elementary and secondary public schools that are located on United States military installations and that meet specified criteria. This bill would appropriate $61,000,000 from the General Fund to the State Allocation Board for the 2015-16 fiscal year for apportionment to school districts to meet the matching share requirement of a school construction grant made by the Office of Economic Adjustment of the federal Department of Defense pursuant to federal funding made available to construct, renovate, repair, or expand elementary and secondary public schools located on military installations.

Digest:
Existing federal law provides for construction funding assistance for elementary and secondary public schools that are located on United States military installations and that meet specified criteria.
This bill would appropriate $61,000,000 from the General Fund to the State Allocation Board for the 2015-16 fiscal year for apportionment to school districts to meet the matching share requirement of a school construction grant made by the Office of Economic Adjustment of the federal Department of Defense pursuant to federal funding made available to construct, renovate, repair, or expand elementary and secondary public schools located on military installations.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: yes. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act relating to school facilities, and making an appropriation therefor.

SB 112    (Roth D)   Department of Veterans Affairs: use of real property.

Summary:
Current law requires the Department of Veterans Affairs, by July 1, 2016, to create a prioritized list of unused or underutilized nonresidential real property owned by the department, and to propose one or more potential uses that will benefit California veterans, as specified. This bill would make a technical, nonsubstantive change to those provisions.

Summary:
Existing law requires the Department of Veterans Affairs, by July 1, 2016, to create a prioritized list of unused or underutilized nonresidential real property owned by the department, and to propose one or more potential uses that will benefit California veterans, as specified. This bill would make a technical, nonsubstantive change to those provisions.

Digest:
Existing law requires the Department of Veterans Affairs, by July 1, 2016, to create a prioritized list of unused or underutilized nonresidential real property owned by the department, and to propose one or more potential uses that will benefit California veterans, as specified.
This bill would make a technical, nonsubstantive change to those provisions.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

Laws:
An act to amend Section 713 of the Military and Veterans Code, relating to veterans.

SCA 1    (Lara D)   University of California: legislative control.

Summary:
Would repeal on January 1, 2017, the constitutional provisions relating to the University of California and the Regents of the University of California, and would require the university and the regents to be continued in existence subject to legislative control as may be provided by statute. The measure would require the Legislature to enact legislation to implement these provisions, but would prohibit the Legislature from enacting any law that restrains academic freedom, as defined, or imposes educational or curricular requirements on students enrolled at the University of California.

Summary:
Existing provisions of the California Constitution provide that the University of California constitutes a public trust, and require the university to be administered by the Regents of the University of California, a corporation in the form of a board, with full powers of organization and government, subject to legislative control only for specified purposes. These provisions require that corporation to have all powers necessary or convenient for the effective administration of its trust. This measure would repeal on January 1, 2017, the constitutional provisions relating to the university and the regents, and would require the university and the regents to be continued in existence subject to legislative control as may be provided by statute. The measure would require the Legislature to enact legislation to implement these provisions, but would prohibit the Legislature from enacting any law that restrains academic freedom, as defined, or imposes educational or curricular requirements on students enrolled at the University of California. The measure would also require the University of California to focus its recruitment efforts on the enrollment of California residents as students of the university.

Digest:
Existing provisions of the California Constitution provide that the University of California constitutes a public trust, and require the university to be administered by the Regents of the University of California, a corporation in the form of a board, with full powers of organization and government, subject to legislative control only for specified purposes. These provisions require that corporation to have all powers necessary or convenient for the effective administration of its trust.
This measure would repeal on January 1, 2017, the constitutional provisions relating to the university and the regents, and would require the university and the regents to be continued in existence subject to legislative control as may be provided by statute. The measure would require the Legislature to enact legislation to implement these provisions, but would prohibit the Legislature from enacting any law that restrains academic freedom, as defined, or imposes educational or curricular requirements on students enrolled at the University of California. The measure would also require the University of California to focus its recruitment efforts on the enrollment of California residents as students of the university.
Vote: 2/3. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes.

Laws:
A resolution to propose to the people of the State of California an amendment to the Constitution of the State, by amending, repealing, and adding Section 9 of Article IX thereof, relating to the University of California.

SCR 1    (Huff R)   Legislative Counsel of California.

Summary:
This measure designates Diane F. Boyer-Vine as the Legislative Counsel of California.

Summary:
This measure designates Diane F. Boyer-Vine as the Legislative Counsel of California.

Digest:
This measure designates Diane F. Boyer-Vine as the Legislative Counsel of California.

Laws:
Relative to the selection of the Legislative Counsel of California.

SCR 2    (Gaines R)   Eugene

Summary:
This measure would designate a specified portion of State Highway 193 in El Dorado County as the Eugene “Gene” Chappie Memorial Highway. The measure would also request the Department of Transportation to determine the cost of appropriate signs showing this special designation and, upon receiving donations from nonstate sources covering that cost, to erect those signs.

Summary:
This measure would designate a specified portion of State Highway 193 in El Dorado County as the Eugene “Gene” Chappie Memorial Highway. The measure would also request the Department of Transportation to determine the cost of appropriate signs showing this special designation and, upon receiving donations from nonstate sources covering that cost, to erect those signs.

Digest:
This measure would designate a specified portion of State Highway 193 in El Dorado County as the Eugene “Gene” Chappie Memorial Highway. The measure would also request the Department of Transportation to determine the cost of appropriate signs showing this special designation and, upon receiving donations from nonstate sources covering that cost, to erect those signs.
Fiscal committee: yes.

Laws:
Relative to the Eugene “Gene” Chappie Memorial Highway.

SCR 3    (Mendoza D)   India Republic Day.

Summary:
Would proclaim January 26, 2015, as India Republic Day, and would urge all Californians to join in celebrating India Republic Day.

Summary:
This measure would proclaim January 26, 2015, as India Republic Day, and would urge all Californians to join in celebrating India Republic Day.

Digest:

This measure would proclaim January 26, 2015, as India Republic Day, and would urge all Californians to join in celebrating India Republic Day.

Fiscal committee: no.

P1    1WHEREAS, Republic Day is one of the three national holidays
2of India and is celebrated every year on January 26. It was during
3the Lahore Session of the Indian National Congress at midnight
4of December 31, 1929, to January 1, 1930, inclusive, that the
5tricolor flag was unfurled by the nationalists and a pledge was
6taken that on January 26 of every year, “Republic Day” would be
7celebrated and that the people would unceasingly strive for the
8establishment of a sovereign democratic republic. The professed
9pledge was successfully redeemed on January 26, 1950, when the
10Constitution of India framed by the Constituent Assembly of India
11came into force, although independence from British rule was
12already achieved on August 15, 1947; and

13WHEREAS, Although India obtained its independence on
14August 15, 1947, it did not yet have a permanent constitution.
15Instead, its laws were based on the modified colonial Government
16of India Act 1935, and the country was a dominion, with King
17George VI as head of state and Earl Mountbatten as Governor
P2    1General of India. On August 28, 1947, the drafting committee was
2appointed to draft a permanent constitution, with Bhimrao Ramji
3Ambedkar as chairman. While India’s Independence Day celebrates
4its freedom from British rule, Republic Day celebrates the coming
5into force of its constitution; and

6WHEREAS, A draft constitution was prepared by the committee
7and submitted to the Constituent Assembly of India on November
84, 1947. The assembly met, in sessions open to the public, for 166
9days, spread over a period of two years, 11 months, and 18 days
10before adopting the constitution. After many deliberations and
11some modifications, the 308 members of the assembly signed two
12handwritten copies of the document, one each in Hindi and English,
13on January 24, 1950. Two days later, the Constitution of India
14became the law of all the Indian lands; and

15WHEREAS, Today, Republic Day is celebrated with much
16enthusiasm all over the country and especially in New Delhi, the
17capital of India where celebrations commence at the presidential
18level. The beginning of the occasion is always a solemn reminder
19of the sacrifice of the martyrs who died for the country in the
20freedom movement and the succeeding wars for the defense of
21sovereignty of the country. The president awards medals of bravery
22to the people from the armed forces for their exceptional courage
23in the field and also the civilians who have distinguished
24themselves by their different acts of valor in situations; and

25WHEREAS, The patriotic fervor of the people on this day brings
26the whole country together even in her essential diversity. Every
27part of the country is represented on this occasion, which makes
28Republic Day the most popular of all the national holidays of India;
29and

30WHEREAS, Republic Day serves to remind us that the
31foundation of any nation and our state is in its people, in their spirit
32and courage in the face of adversity, and in their willingness to
33sacrifice in the pursuit of freedom and liberty; and

34WHEREAS, Republic Day offers an opportunity to reflect on
35the many achievements of the large Asian Indian community here
36in California, which is home to the largest population of Asian
37Indians in the United States; and

38WHEREAS, Achievements by Asian Indians in America and
39California include contributions to all facets of our community,
P3    1including our culture and society through their achievements in
2food, medicine, business, and technology; now, therefore, be it

3Resolved by the Senate of the State of California, the Assembly
4thereof concurring,
That the Legislature hereby proclaims January
526, 2015, as India Republic Day, and urges all Californians to join
6in celebrating India Republic Day; and be it further

7Resolved, That the Secretary of the Senate transmit copies of
8this resolution to the author for appropriate distribution.


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Laws:
Relative to India Republic Day.

SCR 4    (Pan D)   Physician Anesthesiologist Week.

Summary:
This measure would designate the week of January 11 to January 17, 2015, as Physician Anesthesiologist Week.

Summary:
This measure would designate the week of January 11 to January 17, 2015, as Physician Anesthesiologist Week.

Digest:
This measure would designate the week of January 11 to January 17, 2015, as Physician Anesthesiologist Week.
Fiscal committee: no.

Laws:
Relative to Physician Anesthesiologist Week.

SCR 5    (Gaines R)   Mentoring Month.

Summary:
This measure would designate the month of January 2015 as Mentoring Month, and would call on public officials, business and community leaders, and educators to observe the month with appropriate ceremonies, activities, and programs in order to accomplish specified objectives recognizing the importance of mentoring and promoting the creation and expansion of mentorship programs.

Summary:
This measure would designate the month of January 2015 as Mentoring Month, and would call on public officials, business and community leaders, and educators to observe the month with appropriate ceremonies, activities, and programs in order to accomplish specified objectives recognizing the importance of mentoring and promoting the creation and expansion of mentorship programs.

Digest:
This measure would designate the month of January 2015 as Mentoring Month, and would call on public officials, business and community leaders, and educators to observe the month with appropriate ceremonies, activities, and programs in order to accomplish specified objectives recognizing the importance of mentoring and promoting the creation and expansion of mentorship programs.
Fiscal committee: no.

Laws:
Relative to Mentoring Month.

SCR 6    (Monning D)   Santa Fe, Argentina: sister state relationship.

Summary:
The measure would express the intent and commitment of the state to enter into a sister state relationship with the Province of Santa Fe, Argentina.

Summary:
The measure would express the intent and commitment of the state to enter into a sister state relationship with the Province of Santa Fe, Argentina.

Digest:
The measure would express the intent and commitment of the state to enter into a sister state relationship with the Province of Santa Fe, Argentina.
Fiscal committee: no.

Laws:
Relative to a sister state relationship with Santa Fe, Argentina.

SJR 1    (Beall D)   Social security: retirement benefits: public employees.

Summary:
This measure would request the President and the Congress of the United States to pass legislation repealing the Government Pension Offset and the Windfall Elimination Provisions from the Social Security Act.

Summary:
This measure would request the President and the Congress of the United States to pass legislation repealing the Government Pension Offset and the Windfall Elimination Provisions from the Social Security Act.

Digest:
This measure would request the President and the Congress of the United States to enact the Social Security Fairness Act of 2013, which would repeal pass legislation repealing the Government Pension Offset and the Windfall Elimination Provisions from the Social Security Act.
Fiscal committee: no.

Laws:
Relative to social security.

SJR 2    (Vidak R)   Immigration.

Summary:
Would urge Congress and the President of the United States to work together to create a comprehensive and workable approach to reform the nation’s immigration system according to specified principles.

Summary:
This measure would urge Congress and the President of the United States to work together to create a comprehensive and workable approach to reform the nation’s immigration system according to specified principles.

Digest:

This measure would urge Congress and the President of the United States to work together to create a comprehensive and workable approach to reform the nation’s immigration system according to specified principles.

Fiscal committee: no.

P1    1WHEREAS, This country was built by immigrants seeking a
2better life; and

3WHEREAS, Estimates suggest that there are 11 million
4undocumented immigrants living in the shadows in the United
5States, including millions of children brought to this country
6undocumented who have grown up here and call the United States
7home, and who are suffering from our dysfunctional immigration
8policy; and

9WHEREAS, A logical and streamlined path to citizenship for
10individuals after they gain legal status would stimulate the economy
11by allowing these individuals to get college degrees and driver’s
12licenses, buy homes, start new companies, and create legal,
13tax-paying jobs, affording them a chance at the American Dream;
14and

P2    1WHEREAS, The United States Congress last enacted major
2immigration legislation more than 25 years ago; and

3WHEREAS, Since that time, fragmented attempts at immigration
4reform have failed to create the rational and effective systems
5needed to maintain international competitiveness. Whether in
6industries like agriculture, which requires large numbers of workers
7able to perform physically demanding tasks, or in industries like
8technology or health care, where the demand for employees with
9advanced degrees is projected to exceed supply within the next
10five years, immigration policy must be designed to respond to
11emerging labor needs in all sectors of the United States economy;
12and

13WHEREAS, Our national interests and security are not served
14by our outdated, inefficient, and slow-moving immigration system.
15Patchwork attempts to mend its deficiencies undermine our
16potential for prosperity and leave us vulnerable and unable to meet
17the needs of the modern world; and

18WHEREAS, Labor mobility is crucial to our economic
19prosperity and our country’s recovery from the economic crisis.
20Yet our rigid, outdated immigration policies are making it difficult
21for our companies and our nation to compete. Information released
22in a study by the University of California, Los Angeles, states that
23legalizing the status of undocumented immigrants working and
24living in the United States would create around $1.5 trillion in
25additional gross domestic product growth over the next 10 years
26and increase wages for all workers. A study done by the University
27of California, Davis, indicates that the last large wave of
28immigrants, from 1990 to 2007, raised the income of a native-born
29American worker by an average of $5,000; and

30WHEREAS, California has the largest share of immigrants in
31the country. These immigrants are a vital and productive part of
32our state’s economy and are active in a variety of industries,
33including technology, biotech, hospitality, agriculture, construction,
34services, transportation, and textiles. They also represent a large
35share of our new small business owners and create economic
36prosperity and needed jobs for everyone; and

37WHEREAS, Keeping these families, business owners, and hard
38workers in the shadows of society serves no one; and

39WHEREAS, Our state, for economic, social, health, security,
40and prosperity reasons, must support policies that allow individuals
P3    1to become legal and enfranchised participants in our society and
2economy; and

3WHEREAS, Comprehensive immigration reform should include
4a reasonable and timely path to citizenship for undocumented
5immigrants who are already living and working in the United
6States. It should also include comprehensive background checks,
7require demonstrated proficiency in English and payment of all
8current and back taxes, and have the flexibility to respond to
9emerging business trends; and

10WHEREAS, The Migration Policy Institute, a nonpartisan
11research group in Washington, D.C., estimates that in 2012, the
12federal government spent $18 billion on immigration enforcement,
13and since 2004, the number of United States Border Patrol agents
14has doubled; and

15WHEREAS, Increased enforcement has given the federal
16government the ability to prioritize the deportation of lawbreakers
17and dangerous individuals and to ensure our border’s security.
18Nevertheless, this enforcement should not be done in an inhumane
19way; and

20WHEREAS, Immigration enforcement should continue to focus
21on criminals, not on hardworking immigrant families, and not at
22the expense of efficient trade with two of our top three economic
23partners; and

24WHEREAS, The United States loses large numbers of necessary,
25highly skilled workers due to the lengthy and complicated
26processes currently in place to get or keep a legal residency option;
27and

28WHEREAS, Reform should include an expedited process for
29those residing abroad and applying for legal visas. Additionally,
30reform should offer permanent residency opportunities to
31international students in American universities who are highly
32trained and in high demand, and in so doing avoid an intellectual
33vacuum after their graduation; and

34WHEREAS, Reform should recognize the societal and cultural
35benefits of keeping the family unit intact. The system should take
36into account special circumstances surrounding candidates for
37probationary legal status, such as those of minors who were brought
38to the country as children or workers whose labor is essential to
39maintain our country’s competitiveness; now, therefore, be it

P4    1Resolved by the Senate and the Assembly of the State of
2California, jointly,
That the Legislature urges the President and
3the Congress of the United States to work together and create a
4comprehensive and workable approach to solving our nation’s
5historically broken immigration system, using the principles
6described in this resolution; and be it further

7Resolved, That the Secretary of the Senate transmit copies of
8this resolution to the President and the Vice President of the United
9States, to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, to the
10Majority Leader of the Senate, and to each Senator and
11Representative from California in the Congress of the United
12States.


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Laws:
Relative to immigration.

SR 1    (Leno D)   Relative to holdover Senators

Summary:
Resolved by the Senate of the State of California, That the holdover Senators take their seats, and that each Senator-elect proceed to the Bar of the Senate and take his or her oath of office on the certificate furnished by the Secretary of State.

Summary:
Resolved by the Senate of the State of California, That the holdover Senators take their seats, and that each Senator-elect proceed to the Bar of the Senate and take his or her oath of office on the certificate furnished by the Secretary of State.

Digest:
Resolved by the Senate of the State of California, That the holdover Senators take their seats, and that each Senator-elect proceed to the Bar of the Senate and take his or her oath of office on the certificate furnished by the Secretary of State.

Laws:
Relative to holdover Senators

SR 2    (Fuller R)   Relative to the election of officers

Summary:
Resolved by the Senate of the State of California, That Senator Kevin de León be, and is hereby, elected President pro Tempore of the Senate; that Daniel Alvarez be, and is hereby, elected Secretary of the Senate; and that Debbie Y. Manning, be, and is hereby, elected Sergeant at Arms of the Senate.

Summary:
Resolved by the Senate of the State of California, That Senator Kevin de León be, and is hereby, elected President pro Tempore of the Senate; that Daniel Alvarez be, and is hereby, elected Secretary of the Senate; and that Debbie Y. Manning, be, and is hereby, elected Sergeant at Arms of the Senate.

Digest:
Resolved by the Senate of the State of California, That Senator Kevin de León be, and is hereby, elected President pro Tempore of the Senate; that Daniel Alvarez be, and is hereby, elected Secretary of the Senate; and that Debbie Y. Manning, be, and is hereby, elected Sergeant at Arms of the Senate.

Laws:
Relative to the election of officers

SR 3    (De León D)   Relative to the election of members of the Senate Committee on Rules

Summary:
Resolved by the Senate of the State of California, That the following members are hereby elected members of the Senate Committee on Rules: Senator Cannella, Senator Fuller, Senator Leyva, and Senator Mitchell.

Summary:
Resolved by the Senate of the State of California, That the following members are hereby elected members of the Senate Committee on Rules: Senator Cannella, Senator Fuller, Senator Leyva, and Senator Mitchell.

Digest:
Resolved by the Senate of the State of California, That the following members are hereby elected members of the Senate Committee on Rules: Senator Cannella, Senator Fuller, Senator Leyva, and Senator Mitchell.

Laws:
Relative to the election of members of the Senate Committee on Rules

SR 4    (De León D)   Relative to the Standing Rules of the Senate for the 2015-16 Regular Session

Summary:
Relative to the Standing Rules of the Senate for the 2015-16 Regular Session.

Summary:
Relative to the Standing Rules of the Senate for the 2015-16 Regular Session.

Digest:
Relative to the Standing Rules of the Senate for the 2015-16 Regular Session.

Laws:
Relative to the Standing Rules of the Senate for the 2015-16 Regular Session

SR 5    (Lara D)   Relative to notifying the Governor of the organization of the Senate

Summary:
Resolved by the Senate of the State of California, That the President pro Tempore of the Senate appoint a Special Committee to wait upon his Excellency, the Governor, and inform him that the Senate is duly organized for the 2015-16 Regular Session and is now ready to receive any communication he may have to make to this House.

Summary:
Resolved by the Senate of the State of California, That the President pro Tempore of the Senate appoint a Special Committee to wait upon his Excellency, the Governor, and inform him that the Senate is duly organized for the 2015-16 Regular Session and is now ready to receive any communication he may have to make to this House.

Digest:
Resolved by the Senate of the State of California, That the President pro Tempore of the Senate appoint a Special Committee to wait upon his Excellency, the Governor, and inform him that the Senate is duly organized for the 2015-16 Regular Session and is now ready to receive any communication he may have to make to this House.

Laws:
Relative to notifying the Governor of the organization of the Senate

SR 6    (Mitchell D)   Relative to notifying the Assembly of the organization of the Senate

Summary:
Resolved by the Senate of the State of California, That the President pro Tempore of the Senate appoint a Special Committee to notify the Assembly that the Senate is duly organized for the 2015-16 Regular Session and is ready to proceed with the business of the state.

Summary:
Resolved by the Senate of the State of California, That the President pro Tempore of the Senate appoint a Special Committee to notify the Assembly that the Senate is duly organized for the 2015-16 Regular Session and is ready to proceed with the business of the state.

Digest:
Resolved by the Senate of the State of California, That the President pro Tempore of the Senate appoint a Special Committee to notify the Assembly that the Senate is duly organized for the 2015-16 Regular Session and is ready to proceed with the business of the state.

Laws:
Relative to notifying the Assembly of the organization of the Senate

SR 7    (Lara D)   Relative to Mexico and human rights.

Summary:
The Senate offers its support to all those in Mexico standing up for human rights and justice against corruption and violence. The Senate urges the government of Mexico to support further dialogue between the international community, including the United States, and human rights organizations on human rights reforms.

Summary:
The Senate offers its support to all those in Mexico standing up for human rights and justice against corruption and violence. The Senate urges the government of Mexico to support further dialogue between the international community, including the United States, and human rights organizations on human rights reforms.

Digest:
The Senate offers its support to all those in Mexico standing up for human rights and justice against corruption and violence. The Senate urges the government of Mexico to support further dialogue between the international community, including the United States, and human rights organizations on human rights reforms.

Laws:
Relative to Mexico and human rights.

SR 8    (De León D)   Relative to the Standing Rules of the Senate for the 2015-16 Regular Session.

Summary:
Would state the Standing Rules of the Senate for the 2015-16 Regular Session.

Summary:

Digest:

Laws:
Relative to the Standing Rules of the Senate for the 2015-16 Regular Session.

SR 9    (Mitchell D)   Relative to Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Summary:
Would state that the Senate encourages all Americans to pay tribute to the life and works of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through participation in community service projects on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The Senate recognizes the inherent value of community service and volunteerism in the creation of a civil society and as a means of nonviolent community progress consistent with the works of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The Senate encourages its members and colleagues to urge their constituents to participate in community service projects. The Senate acknowledges that, by serving one’s country, one’s community, and one’s neighbor, our nation makes progress in civility, equality, and unity consistent with the values and life’s work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Summary:

Digest:

Laws:
Relative to Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Total Measures: 290

Total Tracking Forms: 0