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Matthew Hedger
06/07/2014 8:21 PM

This report details selected significant Senate legislative activity anticipated next week. It includes information current as of Friday, May 6.

Floor Session

Monday, June 9, 12:00 noon

Tuesday, June 10, Check-In

Wednesday, June 11, Check-In

Thursday, June 12, 9:00 a.m.

Sunday, June 15, BUDGET MUST BE PASSED BY MIDNIGHT

Education

Wednesday, June 11

9:00 a.m., Room 3191

(Please note room change)

AB 1442 (Gatto)--Establishes notification requirements, data gathering and maintaining restrictions, and data destruction requirements, for school districts, county offices of education, or charter schools that gather and maintain information about student postings on social media.

AB 1557 (Holden)--Adds one voting student member, who is a member or was a former member of the Armed Forces of the United States, to the Board of Governors (BOG) of the California Community Colleges (CCC). Stipulates that commencing with the first vacancy of the BOG, after the operative date of this bill, at least one of the 12 voting members appointed shall be a member or former member of the Armed Forces of the United States and adds one nonvoting student member, who is also a former member of the Armed Forces of the United States.

AB 1584 (Buchanan)--Authorizes a local educational agency to enter into a contract with a third party to provide services for the digital storage, management, and retrieval of pupil records, or to provide digital educational software, or both. Requires the contract to include a statement that the pupil records continue to be the property of and under the control of the local educational agency and a description of the actions the third party will take to ensure the security of the pupil records.

AB 1817 (Gomez)--Permits the governing board of a school district to authorize a high school pupil 16 years of age or older to register to vote on his or her high school campus any person who is qualified to register to vote or who is 17 years of age or older and otherwise meets all voter eligibility requirements, as specified.

AB 2324 (Williams)--Allows the faculty member of the California State University (CSU) Board of Trustees to remain on the Board for an additional two-year term absent the Governor appointing a successor.

Governance & Finance

Wednesday, June 11

9:30 a.m., Room 112

AB 877 (Bocanegra)--Proposes to deny a state income tax deduction for penalties and fines imposed on an owner/partial owner of a professional sports franchise by a professional sports league.

AB 1331 (Rendon)--Replaces the existing $11.14 billion water bond with a new $8 billion bond – The "Clean, Safe, and Reliable Drinking Water Act of 2014."

AB 1933 (Levine)--Authorizes the legislative body of a local agency to invest in United States dollar denominated senior unsecured unsubordinated obligations issued or unconditionally guaranteed by International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, International Finance Corporation, or Inter-American Development Bank. Requires these investments to be rated “AA” or better and to not exceed 30% of the agency’s monies that may be invested.

AB 1948 (Mullin)--Requires candidates for the position of county treasurer-tax collector to meet specified eligibility requirements in order to run for office. Provides that in order to be eligible, a candidate must meet at least one of several qualifications, including the possession of a valid college degree in finance or a related field, a background in financial management, or one of several specific financial certificates.

AB 2403 (Rendon)--Expands the definition of "water" in the Proposition 218 Omnibus Implementation Act thereby allowing public agencies to apply the simpler protest process to their approval of stormwater management fees, where the management programs address both water supply and water quality.

Governmental Organization

Tuesday, June 10

9:30 a.m., Room 4203

AB 1583 (Allen)--Requires the State Controller to prepare and submit to the Legislature and the Department of Finance an annual report on bank accounts and savings and loan association accounts outside the Centralized Treasury System with the name of the account, source of authorization, the account balance, and account purchases and expenditures.

AB 2138 (Gatto)--Creates three Government X-Prizes to be awarded by state agencies chosen by the Governor. Each award would offer up to a $25,000 prize to solve a specific problem, innovate a process, or otherwise streamline a system within the given government agency. The prize will be open to all Californians, who are not employed by the state of California.

AB 2174 (Committee on Accountability and Administrative Review)--Is the annual surplus property bill. It provides for the sale of state property at fair market value that has been determined to be “surplus” by the Department of General Services and no longer needed for state purposes.

AB 2313 (Nestande)--Creates a Metal Theft Task Force Program administered by the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services to provide grant funds to local law enforcement agencies, regional task forces, and prosecutors for programs that enhance their capability in deterring, investigating, and prosecuting metal theft and related recycling crimes. The bill provides that the program is funded by a "fee" that shall "not to exceed one percent" of every "junk sale" which involves "scrap metal and alloys."

AB 2488 (Levine)--Authorizes a wine maker, who is licensed to sell his or her estate grown wine products at certified farmers' markets, to also offer instructional wine-tasting events with the concurrence of the management at the farmers' market.

Health

Wednesday, June 11

1:30 p.m., Room 3191

(Please note room change)

AB 1577 (Atkins)--Requires a person completing the certificate of death to record the decedent’s sex to reflect the decedent’s gender identity.

AB 1743 (Ting)--Extends the sunset date (from January 1, 2015 to January 1, 2021) of the existing authorization that allows a pharmacist or physician to furnish hypodermic needles and syringes for human use to a person 18 years of age or older solely for his or her personal use; deletes the “30 or fewer” syringe cap that said person may possess.

AB 1819 (Hall)--Prohibits the smoking of tobacco in a private residence that is licensed as a family day care home without regard to whether the act occurs during the hours of operation of the home.

AB 1962 (Skinner)--Requires health plans and insurers that issue, sell, renew, or offer specialized dental health care service plan contracts or specialized dental health insurance policies to, no later than July 31, 2015, and each year thereafter, file a report, to be known as the MLR annual report, with the Department of Managed Health Care or the Department of Insurance that contains the same information required in the federal Medical Loss Ratio (MLR) Annual Reporting Form.

AB 1967 (Pan)--Requires the state Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) to promptly notify each county that currently contracts with a certified provider for Drug Medi-Cal services if DHCS has commenced or concluded an investigation of the provider.

AB 2062 (Hernandez)--Prohibits a health facility, as defined, from employing a surgical technologist or contracting with an individual to practice surgical technology at the facility, unless the individual possesses specified training and certification or was practicing surgical technology at a health facility at any time prior to January 1, 2015.

AB 2130 (Pan and Gatto)--Specifies that food employees may assemble or place on tableware or in other containers ready-to-eat food in an approved food preparation area without using utensils (including gloves) if hands are cleaned in a specified manner.

Human Services

Tuesday, June 10

1:30 p.m., Room 3191

AB 264 (Maienschein)--Eliminates the requirement that the temporary shelter assistance be provided during one period of up to 16 consecutive calendar days, and instead limits the temporary assistance to a maximum of 16 calendar days.

AB 883 (Cooley)--Establishes the Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Program as a pilot program in no more than 3 counties, as selected by the State Department of Social Services from among counties that volunteer to participate and based on specified criteria, to provide child sexual abuse prevention and intervention services through public, private, or nonprofit programs that provide those services.

AB 1452 (Stone)--Increases the amount of CalWORKs homeless assistance to $75 per day for families of up to 4 members, and would increase the daily maximum to $135.

AB 1454 (Calderon)--Makes community care facilities, residential care facilities for the elderly, child day care centers, and family day care homes subject to an annual unannounced visit by the state Department of Social Services on and after July 1, 2017.

AB 2035 (Chesbro)--Provides that a minor may come within the jurisdiction of the juvenile court and become a dependent child of the court if the minor is a victim of human trafficking or sexual exploitation, or received food or shelter in exchange for, or was paid to perform, sexual acts, and the parent or guardian failed or was unable to protect the child.

AB 2556 (Chau)--Delays implementation of the Home Care Services Consumer Protection Act until January 1, 2016.

Insurance

Wednesday, June 11

1:30 p.m., Room 112

AB 2056 (Dababneh)--Seeks to regulate pet insurance sold, on or after July 1, 2015, regardless of where the contract was issued or delivered. The bill would also require an insurer transacting pet insurance in this state to disclose, among other things, whether the policy excludes coverage because of a preexisting condition, a hereditary disorder, a congenital anomaly, or a chronic condition, and would require that pet insurance policies have a free look cancellation period of not less than 30 days, as provided.

AB 2230 (Cooley)--Re-establishes a potential 2% assessment level on insurers to fund the operations of the California Insurance Guarantee Association (CIGA). Specifically, the bill: 1) authorizes CIGA to assess member insurers up to 2% of net direct written premium, provided that there are no outstanding bonds that were issued pursuant to specified statutes; 2) provides that the maximum assessment is 1% of net direct written premiums in the event any of these bonds remain outstanding, and; 3) clarifies how premium adjustments for member insurers shall be made once there are no longer outstanding bond obligations.

Judiciary

Tuesday, June 10

1:30 p.m., Room 112

AB 1520 (Gatto)--Authorizes a court to appoint a guardian ad litem to represent the interest of an animal for which a trust has been established, if the court determines that representation of the animal's interest otherwise would be inadequate.

AB 2023 (Wagner)--Improves the law of just compensation for a condemnation taking by resolving a conflict between a line of appellate court cases by clarifying that the burden of proof for an owner of a business to establish preexisting goodwill in eminent domain cases is a “preponderance of the evidence” (“more likely than not”).

AB 2444 (Hall)--Prohibits the State of California from selling or displaying the Battle Flag of the Confederacy, or a similar image, or tangible personal property inscribed with those images, unless the image appears in a book or digital medium that serves an educational or historical purpose.

AJR 1 (Gatto)--Applies to the United States Congress to call a constitutional convention pursuant to Article V of the United States Constitution for the sole purpose of proposing an amendment to the United States Constitution that would limit corporate personhood for purposes of campaign finance and political speech and would further declare that money does not constitute speech and may be legislatively limited.

Labor & Industrial Relations

Wednesday, June 11

9:30 a.m., Room 2040

AB 326 (Morrell)--Updates California Labor law to reflect modern means of communication, by authorizing an employer to use e-mail (rather than telegraph) to report each fatality or hospitalization incident to the Division of Occupational Safety and Health.

AB 1522 (Gonzalez)--Mandates that employers provide sick leave by delineating in statute a specific requirement about the rate of accrual, at what point leave may be taken, and that it may be used to care for a family member, spouse, or domestic partner. Specifies that the Labor Commissioner is charged with administering and enforcing these requirements.

AB 1634 (Skinner)--Requires an employer to abate an alleged workplace hazard that is classified and cited by Cal/OSHA as a serious violation, a repeat serious violation, or a willful serious violation, unless the Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH or Cal/OSHA) stays the abatement after determining that a stay will not adversely affect the health and safety of employees.

AB 1897 (Hernandez)--Creates joint civil liability between an independent contractor and a business hiring the independent contractor.

AB 2074 (Hernandez)--Increases the statute of limitations for filing a claim for liquidated damages as part of a wage claim from one year to three years.

AB 2362 (Grove)--Ensures that persons who are prosecuted under certain federal laws for committing unemployment insurance (UI) fraud forfeit UI benefits for 52 weeks, which is the current penalty for committing UI fraud under state law.

Natural Resources & Water

Tuesday, June 10

9:30 a.m., Room 112

AB 504 (Chesbro)--Extends the sunset date on the existing law regulating the commercial take of sea cucumbers to April 1, 2020. Would prohibit all hatchery production and stocking of transgenic species of salmon, and would expand existing bans on the spawning, incubating, or cultivating of any transgenic species of salmon in waters of the Pacific Ocean to all waters of the state.

AB 2048 (Dahle)--Provides a limited exemption from the State Responsibility Area Fire Fee for those whose property is destroyed or damaged by a natural disaster; creates a process by which late-filed petitions for redetermination can be acted upon and refunds issued, and decreases the frequency with which the fire fee is adjusted for inflation. In addition, the bill would repeal the 20% penalty imposed for each 30-day period in which the fire fee remains unpaid.

AB 2075 (Alejo)--Extends the sunset date for another 10 years on the legal importation and sale of alligator and crocodile products.

AB 2082 (Dahle)--Provides flexibility to all the State Board of Forestry to lower stocking (replanting) requirements for harvested forests based on the individual characteristics of the particular forest.

AB 2662 (Gatto)--Imposes a $100,000 per week fine on the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power for every week past 18 months following a project to drain the reservoir that the Silver Lake Reservoir is not refilled to at least 80% capacity. Fines would go to the City of LA for mitigation of the impacts of the drained reservoir.

AB 2184 (Chesbro)--Allows timber tax revenues (generated by the existing 1% tax on gross receipts from the sale of wood products) to be used to remediate former marijuana growing operations, but only after other program responsibilities have been fully funded, including the review of timber harvest plans and related permits.

Public Employment & Retirement

Monday, June 9

2:00 p.m., Room 2040

AB 2419 (Garcia)--Coerces non-union public sector employee managers in the County of Los Angeles and the City of Los Angeles to pay a fee to the union under threat of losing their job.

AB 2472 (Asm PER&SS)--This seemingly innocuous housekeeping bill from CalPERS has one perilous provision: Allows the CalPERS’ CEO to self-certify their publicly held Board elections, and relinquishes the Secretary of State as an independent third-party monitor of the publicly held Board elections. CalPERS’ Board is currently discussing moving to online voting as a cost saving measure and increasing turnout. The online voting drawbacks are more prevalent at this time, especially with the world’s largest pension asset fund of $300 billion to invest: Security, Access, Fraud, Ceding control from a publicly responsible entity-such as the SOS.

Public Safety

Tuesday, June 10

9:00 a.m., Room 3191

(Please note time change)

AB 1276 (Bloom)--Requires the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) to create specialized classification committees for the purpose of providing individuals under 22 years of age with a lower custody level classification whenever possible.

AB 1438 (Linder)--Provides that a person convicted of a violation of Penal Code § 288.7 (sexual penetration of a victim 10 years of age or younger) is not eligible for a “certificate of rehabilitation” which would potentially relieve the offender of the duty to register as a sex offender.

AB 1964 (Dickenson)--Provides that the current single-shot pistol exemption to the unsafe handguns” statutes applies only if the pistol has a “break top or bolt action.” The bill would additionally provide that a semiautomatic pistol that has been temporarily or permanently altered so that it will not fire in semiautomatic mode is not within the exemption.

Transportation & Housing

Tuesday, June 10

1:30 p.m., Room 4203

AB 2280 (Alejo)--Authorizes the creation of a new entity at the local level called a Community Revitalization Investment Authority (CRIA) aimed at only the most disadvantaged and poorest areas of the state. In essence, recreates redevelopment, albeit in a slightly scaled down form.

AB 1447 (Waldron)--Simply clarifies that AB 32 Cap and Trade auction revenues may be used for traffic signal synchronization programs designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Whatever you may think about cap and trade, the program is the law of the land, and ensuring that some of the revenues be expended on projects that actually benefit motorists and communities by decreasing congestion is far preferable than letting it be wasted propping up nonsensical programs like the high-speed rail.

AB 1721 (Linder)--Authorizes high-occupancy toll (HOT) lane operators to charge vehicles with a clean air sticker (i.e. plug-in electric, natural gas and zero emission vehicles) a reduced toll in order to ensure that these vehicles begin to pay their fair share for the road infrastructure they are using.

Courtesy Tom Berryhill

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