Legislation

Thursday, May 17, 2018

AB 87: Autonomous Vehicle Safety – This bill gives law enforcement the authority to impound autonomous vehicles operating without a valid application or permit and to hold the vehicle until a valid permit is presented.

AB 444: Pharmaceutical and Sharps Take Back – This bill authorizes the California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) to develop, in consultation with stakeholders, a statewide program for the collection, transportation and disposal of home-generated pharmaceutical and sharps waste.

AB 748: Body Camera Transparency – This bill requires law enforcement agencies to release body camera footage within 120 days in cases of an officer’s use of force or violation of law, unless the public’s interest in nondisclosure outweighs disclosure.

AB 958: Food Packaging Safety – This bill requires the Department of Toxic Substances Control to add PFAS in food packaging on their Priority Product list to research and adopt regulations on its usage, if the Department finds that the chemical is harmful.

AB 1156: Housing Element Accountability – This bill requires local government housing analyses to include documentation on the percentage of residents who pay more than 30% and more than 50% of their income towards the cost of housing.

AB 1184: Electric Vehicle Incentives – This bill revises the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project (CVRP), which provides incentives for the purchase of zero-emissions vehicles, to spur greater adoption of clean cars.

AB 1745: Clean Cars 2040 – This bill, the Clean Cars 2040 Act, requires all new passenger cars registered in California after January 1, 2040, to be zero-emissions vehicles.

AB 1985: Hate Crimes Prevention – This bill requires local law enforcement agencies that are updating their hate crime policies to meet standards set by the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) and include other tools to address rising hate crime rates.

AB 2065: Surplus Land for Housing – This bill strengthens provisions in the Surplus Land Act, which guarantees affordable housing developers get first priority to purchase surplus land from local agencies, by clarifying definitions and procedures related to the disposition of public land.

AB 2127: Electric Vehicle Infrastructure – This bill requires the California Energy Commission, working with other state agencies and relevant stakeholders, to prepare a statewide assessment of electric vehicle charging infrastructure needs to help meet the state’s goal of five million zero-emissions vehicles on the road by 2030 and a reduction in the emissions of greenhouse gases to 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030.

AB 2212: Food Safety – This bill adds subscription-based meal delivery services to the existing definition of “retail” to ensure safe production of all food products. 

AB 2219: Rental Assistance – This bill helps families stay in their homes by requiring landlords to accept rent payments on behalf of a tenant from any party who has been designated by the tenant.

AB 2260: Traffic Amnesty – This bill reestablishes the Traffic Ticket/Infraction Amnesty Program, which will allow individuals to reduce their traffic tickets by up to 80%.

AB 2314: Domestic Workers – This bill establishes and maintains a Domestic Work Enforcement Program within the California Department of Labor Standards Enforcement to promote the implementation of labor standards for the domestic work industry. 

AB 2335: Healthy Corner Stores – This bill creates the Small Business Nutrition Incentive Pilot Program, which will allow small business corner stores in food deserts to receive a grant to purchase refrigeration for their store that must stock healthy and nutritious produce.

AB 2355: Border Wall Resistance – This bill prohibits companies that contract to construct President Trump’s border wall with Mexico from claiming specified California tax credits and exemptions.

AB 2407: Electric Vehicle Battery Recycling – This bill establishes the Lithium-Ion Car Battery Recycling Advisory Group at CalEPA, with specified stakeholder membership, to review policies pertaining to the recovery and recycling of lithium-ion vehicle batteries sold with motor vehicles in the state and report recommendations to the Legislature by January 1, 2022.

AB 2438: Opening Doors to Employment – This bill removes barriers to employment, housing and education for individuals who have completed probation by expediting the process of clearing their criminal record, as already required by law.

AB 2475: Green Building Landscaping – This bill requires the Department of General Services to review its requirements for sustainability and efficiency in state building landscaping, to ensure these requirements include the most current environmental standards.

AB 2559: Central Committee – This bill updates the notice required when an individual fills a vacancy on a democratic central committee.

AB 2620: Rental Car Theft Prevention – This bill allows a rental car company to declare a rental vehicle is embezzled if it has not been returned within three days of the due date, to expedite the recovery of the rental vehicle.

AB 2695: Energy Storage – This bill increases the Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) by up to $140 million for energy storage systems deployment.

AB 2888: Gun Violence Restraining Order – This bill strengthens an existing tool to prevent gun-related tragedies by authorizing school employees and co-workers to petition the courts for a gun violence restraining order if someone is becoming a danger to themselves or others.

AB 2890: ADU Streamlining – This bill removes additional legislative barriers to widespread adoption of accessory dwelling units (ADUs), the most affordable housing source available immediately for Californians, as they can move from design to permit in under 12 months  without public subsidy in every community in the State.

AB 2942: Prosecutorial Discretion – This bill provides prosecutors the discretion to recall and resentence a defendant who has served at least half of  his/her long-term sentence if there is evidence that the defendant has been rehabilitated.

AB 3171: Local Homelessness Solutions – This bill creates the Local Homelessness Solutions Program, which will provide matching funds to cities for programs to combat homelessness - including shelter diversion, rapid re-housing, rental assistance, emergency shelter, navigation centers, bridge housing and permanent supportive housing.

 

Thursday, May 17, 2018

AB 87: Autonomous Vehicle Bill – Increases the penalties for violation of the DMV Autonomous Vehicle Testing Program by requiring violating vehicles to have their registrations revoked and be removed from the roadways, imposing a two-year ban from reapplication to the program, and authorizing DMV to impose a fine of up to $25,000 per day per vehicle.

AB 412: Court Fee Reform – Creates a process for low or no income individuals to eliminate a $300 late penalty charge for expensive and burdensome traffic court fines. Individuals who cannot pay rent cannot be expected to pay for traffic court fines on time and should not have to pay a penalty for being poor.

AB 444: Vehicle for Sharps Reform – Authorizes CalEPA to develop a statewide take-back program for home-generated medical waste, in consultation with stakeholders, and contingent on an appropriation in the state budget.

AB 465: Urban Agriculture Extension – Extends the Urban Agriculture Incentive Zone program, which allows cities and counties to provide tax incentives to encourage urban agriculture, by 10 years to January 1, 2029, and makes minor program improvements.

AB 471: Liquor Licenses for SF Outer Neighborhood Restaurants – Expands by 25, for a total of 30, the number of non-transferable licenses to be issued in San Francisco through a framework for neighborhood-restricted liquor licenses created in legislation authored last year by former Senator Mark Leno.  Five new licenses will be issued each year until 2023 and will be available to restaurants along commercial corridors outside the city center, including Third Street in the Bayview, Outer Mission in the Excelsior, San Bruno Avenue, Ocean Avenue, Noriega Street, Taraval Street, and Visitacion Valley.

AB 694: Bike Lane Reform – Allows bicyclists full use of a lane if the lane is too narrow for both a bicyclist and vehicle to travel next to each other.

AB 748: Body Camera Footage Transparency – Requires law enforcement agencies, if they have chosen to require their peace officers to use body cameras, to adopt a policy for public access to those body camera recordings and to post that policy on the agency website.

AB 756: Street Safety in Golden Gate Park – Lowers the speed limit in Golden Gate Park from 25mph to 15mph, except on major through-traffic roads in order to decrease traffic injuries and fatalities.  The lower speed limit would also encourage drivers to use the surrounding streets instead.

AB 857: Creating Parks Under Freeways in San Francisco – Authorizes the City and County of San Francisco to lease Caltrans parcels under or adjacent to state highways for parks and open-space uses at a reduced lease rate.

AB 915: Linking Housing Affordability with Density – Applies a locally adopted affordable housing requirement to the total number of units in a housing project, unless the local government chooses to exempt units granted as a density bonus.

AB 932: Homeless Shelter Crisis - Upon the declaration of a shelter crisis for the homeless, this bill allows the City and County of San Francisco to expedite the construction of emergency housing, including homeless shelters and permanent supportive housing , on city owned or leased land.

AB 946: Divesting from Trump's Wall – Requires CalPERS and CalSTRS to divest from companies that contract or subcontract to build, maintain, or provide material for President Trump's proposed border wall between the United States and Mexico.

AB 956: Healthy Food at Corner Stores - With the oversight of the California Public Utilities Commission, this bill requires electric and gas utility providers, such as PG. &E, to develop a program in coordination with counties to provide incentives and assistance to owners, operators, or lessees of corner stores, to help reduce their electricity and gas bills through conservation and energy efficiency improvements, including energy-efficient refrigeration, in order to improve a community's access to healthy and fresh food options.

AB 958: Food Packaging Safety – Prohibits the use of fluorinated chemicals (also known as PFCs) in fast food wrappers and take-away containers from food providers.

AB 1007: Taxpayer Bill of Rights Report  – Requires the Franchise Tax Board to annually report to the Legislature by December 31 instances of taxpayer complaints regarding unsatisfactory treatment by Board employees and causes for confusion within forms, procedures and regulations that lead to taxpayer errors.

AB 1010: State Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) - Expands eligibility for the EITC or personal income tax credit to reduce poverty among California's poorest working families by increasing their after-tax income.  Includes self-employment earnings in determining eligibly for the EITC and also raise the earnings threshold to qualify for the tax credit similar to the federal EITC.

AB 1030: Affordable Energy Storage for All/ Energy Storage Incentive Program - Requires the California Public Utilities Commission to establish a program to incentivize residential and commercial energy storage.  Current law does not provide sufficient support for consumers to utilize energy storage technologies, technologies which ultimately provide utility customers options to procure affordable and renewable energy sources.

AB 1156: Transparency on Housing Element – Improves data reporting from local governments to the state through the local housing element development process by requiring more detailed information on the number housing units that can be realistically built for different income levels.

AB 1161: Hate Crime Reform – Requires police departments to update existing hate crime policies and provides guidelines for first response protocol, resources for officers, and guidance on preventing future hate crimes from occurring.

AB 1175: Every Kid Counts Act – College Savings Account - Establishes the Every Kid Counts Act that creates in the State Treasury a college savings account for every child born in California beginning after January 1, 2018 in order to ensure that every child has an opportunity to save for and attend a college.

AB 1184: California Electric Vehicle Incentive Program - This bill requires the California Public Utilities Commission to establish the California Electric Vehicle Incentive Program designed to incentivize the purchase of electric vehicles in California, including incentives to low-income households, and incentives to investor-owned utilities for the deployment of electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

 

Monday, April 25, 2016

AB 1677, Tour Bus Safety – enables communities in which tour buses operate to enter into MOUs with the California Highway Patrol (CHP) to get more safety inspections of tour buses operating on local roads.

AB 1732, All Gender Bathroom Access – strengthens restroom use fairness, convenience, and safety by requiring all single occupancy restrooms to be designated “all gender” so that any person can use that single occupancy restroom.

AB 1838, Supporting Pregnant and Parenting Foster Youth – provides critical support for foster youth parents by increasing the infant supplement paid as a monthly benefit and allowing expectant mothers to collect the infant supplement six months prior to birth to improve prenatal care access.

AB 2039, Safe Sharps Disposal– requires sharps manufacturers to develop plans to safely collect and dispose home-generated sharps so that waste disposal workers who sift through waste are not exposed to health risks, such as HIV or hepatitis, when stuck by improperly disposed syringes.

AB 2141, Healthy Food at Corner Stores – brings energy efficient refrigeration to neighborhood corner stores in order to expand fresh and healthy food options to communities in urban areas that lack access to full-services grocery stores.

AB 2180, Expediting Housing Construction – helps confront California’s housing crisis by reducing the housing construction permit approval process after environmental impacts are assessed by up to 5 months for housing projects and 3 months for affordable housing projects.

AB 2252, Protecting Voting Rights through Emailed Ballots – allows voters with disabilities to vote with the same conveniences that is afforded to military and overseas voters by receiving their vote by mail ballots by email.

AB 2428, Expanding Parks and Recreation Activities in San Francisco– enables the City and County of San Francisco to lease state-owned spaces underneath highways beneath the market rate in order to develop green spaces, parks, and recreational activities.

AB 2437, Protecting Nail Salon Workers – provides education and outreach to salon owners and employees about workplace laws, which they may be unaware of due to language barriers.  

AB 2509, Bike Lanes – encourages safe and responsible bicycling in California by allowing cyclists to ride side by side in designated bikeways and to use the entire bikeway.

AB 2598, Commemorating Lunar New Year – requires the Governor to annually designate Lunar New Year’s Day in California and encourages public schools and educational institutions to organize commemorative exercises.

AB 2607, Gun Violence Restraining Order Expansion – protects workers and students from gun violence by expanding who can file a gun violence restraining order in order to temporarily remove guns possessed by people determined by a court to be danger to themselves or other persons.

AB 2861, Energy Storage Interconnectivity – requires the California Public Utilities Commission to create an expedited resolution process between a wind, solar, or energy storage developer and electrical corporations when disputes arise regarding energy storage interconnectivity.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

AB 40, Protecting Free Bridge Access – protects free sidewalk access for pedestrians and bicyclists crossing all state owned bridges and the Golden Gate Bridge.

AB 154, Federal Tax Conformity – streamlines and reduces costs of tax administration by aligning our state income tax rules to federal rules.

AB 576, Green Building Standards – strengthens the state’s commitment to sustainable construction practices by authorizing energy and resource efficiency professionals to serve on advisory panels of the California Building Standards Commission.

AB 681, Board of Equalization Survey Reform – improves the efficiency of performance audits conducted on every county assessor’s office throughout the State by allowing the Board of Equalization to focus its energy on a larger portion of the assessment roll in a shorter period of time.

AB 746, Restoring San Francisco Bay – clarifies the San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority’s existing ability to issue bonds, if approved by voters, in order to restore critical bay wetlands along the San Francisco Bay shoreline.

AB 790, Fire Protection– ensures the safety and reliability of portable fire extinguishers kept in homes, businesses, and schools in case of emergency.

AB 887, E-Ballot Delivery – authorizes county elections officials to send a voter a ballot electronically, promoting increased access to the democratic process and boosting voter participation.

AB 945, Zero Emission/Clean Car  Tax Benefits – creates sales tax incentives for Californians to purchase zero-emission and clean vehicle sales to help meet California’s climate and air quality goals.

AB 946, Electric Vehicle Infrastructure – prioritizes the development of electric vehicle recharging infrastructure within disadvantaged communities within the $100 million Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program to ensure that this technology is more accessible to all Californians.

AB 1040, Proposition 13 Reformcloses the "change of ownership" loophole where businesses game real estate transactions to avoid a tax reassessment during the sale of property.

AB 1073, Prescription Label Translation– requires pharmacists to provide limited English proficient  patients with translated standardized directions for use on prescription drug labels, ensuring all patients understand how to take their medication safely.

AB 1110, Power Content Labeling - requires all retail suppliers of energy to use a statewide standard to disclose the greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) associated with the electricity sold to customers, ensuring that all Californians have simple, transparent, and uniform information about GHG emissions associated with their energy use.

AB 1132, Green Jobs – evaluates opportunities for green workforce training programs related to renewable distributed generation in order to ensure California has a workforce ready to meet its goals to expand renewable energy supplies.

AB 1215, Transparency through Open Data – makes California a leader in open data for improved transparency through creating a Chief Data Officer tasked with presiding over a centralized online information portal for state agencies to submit standardized data for public access.

AB 1283, Juror Non-Discrimination – protects individuals from being barred from jury service due to their marital status, modeling juror non-discrimination statutes in other states.

AB 1321, CA Nutrition Incentives Act – expands access to healthy food by doubling the purchasing power for families utilizing nutrition benefits, such as CalFresh, when they buy California Grown fruit and vegetables at local farmers’ markets or qualified small businesses.

AB 1360, On-Demand Carpooling – enables transportation network companies - like Lyft, Uber, and Sidecar - to offer shared rides to customers with similar pickup locations and destinations on a pre-arranged route if the individual fare for each passenger is less expensive than what would be charged if a single passenger traveled alone.

AB 1385, Financial Accountability in Accreditation – gives community colleges the right to vote on assessments they must pay for legal fees incurred by their accreditor in order to end the blank check scenario that redirects education funding from the classroom to the courtroom.

AB 1397, Accreditation Reform – enacts comprehensive community college accreditation reforms to ensure fairness, objectivity, and transparency in the process – notably the establishment of a conflict of interest code, preserving due process rights, and ensuring public access and accountability.

ACR 41, Sunshine Week – designates March 15, 2015, through March 21, 2015, as Sunshine Week, promoting open government and access to public information.

Friday, May 2, 2014

AB 1193, Safe routes for urban bicyclists – streamlines the construction of protected bikeways, or cycletracks, that designate a portion of road for bike travel and separate it with grade separations, posts or other physical barriers.

AB 1364, Cal Grant financial aid – increases the Cal Grant B Access Award to $1,710, which is the estimated cost of college textbooks and supplies, and requires the grant to be raised in the future commensurate with Consumer Price Index.

AB 1743, Safe Syringe Act – allows pharmacists to sell sterile syringes to adults without a prescription to prevent a leading cause of the spread of HIV/AIDS and hepatitis.

AB 1888, Property tax transparency – improves transparency in the property tax system by eliminating unnecessary impediments to public access to property value information.

AB 1982, Anti-stalking prosecutions – improves anti-stalking laws to assist in prosecution of stalking, and specifies that threatening a person’s dog or cat can be prosecuted.

AB 2102, Culturally appropriate healthcare workforce – calls for a state assessment of the medical industry’s capacity to provide healthcare to limited English speaking patients in a culturally and linguistically appropriate manner.

AB 2110, Computer science education in grades 1 to 6 – directs the state Board of Education to integrate Computer Science into the curriculum for grades 1 – 6.

AB 2135, Affordable housing supply – will help increase the supply of affordable housing by granting these projects expanded first priority for surplus land held by local governments.

AB 2160, Streamline Success Act – expands access to financial aid for thousands of students by requiring public high schools to electronically submit students’ Grade Point Average (GPA) to the Student Aid Commission, a prerequisite for obtaining financial aid.

AB 2175, Renter’s Tax Assistance Act, (Daly/Ting) – provides tax rebates to low-income renters ranging from $250 to $347 per year.

AB 2211, Property tax receipt – requires counties to disclose to taxpayers what public services are funded by the general ad valorem property tax, similar to a receipt for services paid.

AB 2234, Board of Equalization reform – increases the efficiency of audits of county assessors conducted by the state Board of Equalization.

AB 2253, Removing language barriers to state services– requires state agencies to translate forms in order to assist limited English proficient persons seeking state services online and in-person.

AB 2270, Green building standards – strengthens the state’s commitment to sustainable construction practices by authorizing energy and resource efficiency professionals to serve on advisory panels of the California Building Standards Commission.

AB 2385, Supporting Nutrition through Access to Produce (SNAP) Act – seeks to double the value of CalFresh assistance when used to purchase fresh produce at Certified Farmer’s Markets.

AB 2414, Electric vehicle charging – provides that when a government entity allows a person to charge an electric vehicle for free on public property it is not a gift of public funds.

AB 2415, Property tax agent reforms – strengthens public confidence in the property tax appeal process by establishing a uniform, transparent statewide tax agent registration system.

AB 2539, Farmers’ Market food safety – updates the food safety and handling requirements at Certified Farmers’ Markets to provide consistency in enforcement and to protect the public. 

AB 2548, Higher education eligibility – calls on the Department of Education to conduct a freshman eligibility study to measure whether the UC and CSU systems are accessible to the students they should be serving, and assess whether the systems are properly budgeted to guarantee student success.

AB 2597, PACE program expansion – increases the level of allowed Property Assessed Clean Energy financings from 10% to 15% of a property’s value, allowing more people access to this innovative way to fund clean energy improvements at no upfront cost to them.

AB 2720, Public meeting transparency – strengthens transparent governance by requiring all state boards and commissions to publicly disclose all votes on actions taken during meetings.

ACR 117, Hanren Chang memorial – directs the state Department of Transportation to post a memorial plaque near the pedestrian beacon at Vale and Forest View Boulevards in San Francisco in honor of Hanren Chang, the victim of a tragic, fatal accident at the site.

ACR 128, Living Schoolyard Month– designates May 2014 as Living Schoolyard Month and urges the Department of Education to prioritize the construction of student-accessible green space on school campuses and integrate its use into the curriculum.

HR 39, Compost Awareness Week – declares May 5 – 11, 2014 Compost Awareness Week, to raise awareness about the benefits of composting for solid waste diversion and greenhouse gas reductions.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

AB 19, Online elections – seeks to expand participation in the democratic process through online voting.

AB 220, Clean car tax holiday – exempts the purchase of new electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles from state sales tax, Vehicle License Fees and authorizes free parking of these vehicles at state-owned parking facilities.

AB 231, Firearm safety – holds gun owners criminally liable for leaving a gun where a child can access it.

AB 232, Gun buyback program – creates financial incentives for gun buyback programs.

AB 362, Same-Sex Couple Tax Fairness Act – ends a discriminatory state tax paid by persons whose employer reimburses them for federal taxes paid on health benefits for a same-sex partner.

AB 483, Tourism marketing– removes a threat to California’s tourism marketing districts – which support the State’s $100 billion tourism industry – due to a legal ambiguity created by Proposition 26.

AB 499, Stalking victims – increases stalking victims’ safety by lengthening restraining order durations.

AB 525, Performing arts – updates state law to enable several of San Francisco’s world-renowned live performance theatres to comply with the same requirements for alcoholic beverage consumption as other theatres.

AB 551, Urban agriculture – spurs the creation of urban farms by creating a tax incentive for owners of vacant and blighted land who allow food production on their property.

AB 561, Document transfer reform – closes loopholes in the Documentary Transfer Tax Act by which partnerships avoid paying taxes that are levied on other property owners, such as homeowners, when they sell a property.

AB 707, Pedestrian safety – removes obstacles to signs warning drivers of senior citizen walking zones.

AB 905, Energy efficiency financing – grants state approval of creative a financing mechanism by which commercial property owners may access up-front capital to pay for energy efficiency improvements.

AB 920, Property tax disclosure – brings greater transparency to taxpayers by requiring counties to disclose on property tax bills what public services – such as schools, police and fire protection – the property taxes pay for.

AB 1077, Electric vehicle purchases (Joint Author) – promotes electric vehicle purchases through lower sales tax and vehicle registration by basing these on the post-rebate cost of the vehicle.

AB 1151, Property tax agent reform – provides greater transparency in the tax assessment appeals process by requiring registration of property tax agents with the Secretary of State, and imposing disclosure requirements.

AB 1193, Safe bike paths – streamlines the process for the design of safe bike pathways.

AB 1273, Piers 30-32 Revitalization – authorizes local approval of a waterfront development for a professional sports stadium on Piers 30-32, if all State and local environmental approvals are granted, generating thousands of jobs, improving public access to the Bay, and saving millions of tax dollars.

AB 1362, Digital divide – seeks to expand home Internet access by persons who lack it.

AB 1364, Cal Grant increase – increases the Cal Grant B stipend, which helps low-income college students pay for expenses such as textbooks, and automatically increases the aid in future years commensurate with the Consumer Price Index.