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Bills in Committee and On the Floor: Aug. 20 – 24

August 20, 2012

With only 10 working days until the end of the session, many of the bills the League has been tracking in committees this year are on the Senate or Assembly floor awaiting action. The Senate convened at 12 p.m. today, while the Assembly will meet at 2:30 p.m.


City officials should continue to watch for action alerts on priority bills. Additionally, if last year’s end of session activity is any indication of what can be expected this year, city officials should also be on alert for “gut and amends” in the coming weeks. The League will report on any such actions as they occur.

Floor sessions and most legislative hearings are available for online video or audio monitoring via the Cal Channel, the Senate and the Assembly websites. A full listing of all Senate and Assembly hearings is also available online. Hearing times are subject to change.

Monday, Aug. 20

Bills on third reading can be taken up at any time. Bills on second reading could still be amended and either taken up on the floor or referred back to a legislative policy committee.

On the Assembly Floor

Second Reading File:

ACA 23 (Perea) Local Government Transportation Projects: Special Taxes: Voter Approval. League position: Support.
SB 234 (Hancock) Goods Movement Emission Reduction Program. League position: Support.
SB 878 (DeSaulnier) Office of Transportation Inspector General. League position: Concerns.
SB 1303 (Simitian) Vehicles: Automated Traffic Enforcement Systems. League position: Neutral.
SB 1162 (Runner) Animal Control: Tranquilizers. League position: Support.
HOT BILL – SB 1002 (Yee) Public Records: Electronic Format. League position: Oppose. Last week, SB 1002 was amended in the Assembly Appropriations Committee. The committee chair announced that the amendments would replace the bill’s language with a requirement the state’s chief information officer conduct a study on local governments and open data standards. League staff has not seen the amended language yet, but will analyze it as soon as it is available and determine if the League’s position will change.
SB 1207 (Fuller) California Alternate Rates for Energy Program. League position: Support.
SB 1268 (Pavley) Energy: Energy Conservation Assistance. League position: Support.
SB 1278 (Wolk) Planning and Zoning: Flood Protection: Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley. League position: Support.

Third Reading File:

SB 1024 (Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review) Community Redevelopment. League position: Oppose Unless Amended. This bill is a former budget trailer bill and is identical to AB 1484, the redevelopment trailer bill. It is not anticipated that this bill will move forward.
SB 1003 (Yee) Local Government: Open Meetings: Cease and Desist Letters. League position: Neutral.
SB 954 (Liu) Controller: Offset Payments. League position: Support.
SB 965 (Wright) State Water Resources Control Boards: Ex Parte Communications. League position: Support.
SB 1087 (Walters) Organized Camps. League position: Neutral.
SB 1219 (Wolk) Recycling: Plastic Bags. League position: Support.
SB 1387 (Emmerson) Metal Theft. League position: Support.
SB 192 (Committee on Governance and Finance) Validations. League position: Oppose Unless Amended.
SB 1090 (Committee on Governance and Finance) Local Government: Omnibus Bill. League position: Support.

On the Senate Floor

Second Reading File:

AB 2389 (Lowenthal) Contractor Disclosure Requirements. League position: Oppose.
AB 41 (Hill) High-Speed Rail Authority: Conflicts of Interest: Disqualification. League position: Support.
AB 808 (Skinner) Workers’ Compensation: Hospital Employers: Presumption. League position: Oppose.
HOT BILL – AB 1551 (Torres) Insurance: Public Safety Employees: Accidents. League position: Oppose.
AB 1687 (Fong) Workers’ Compensation. League position: Oppose.

Third Reading File:

AB 2451 (Pérez) Workers’ Compensation: Firefighters. League position: Oppose.
AB 2274 (Lara) Vexatious Litigants. League position: Support.
AB 542 (Allen) Land Use: Housing Element: Regional Housing Need. League position: Oppose Unless Amended.
AB 2246 (Pérez) Public Health: Food Access. League position: Support.
AB 2366 (Eng) Vehicles: Equipment Violations: Parking Control Officers. League position: Support.
AB 1672 (Torres) Housing-Related Parks Program. League position: Support.
AB 2031 (Fuentes) Probation: Community Corrections Program. League position: Oppose.

Wednesday, Aug. 22

Assembly Local Government, State Capitol, Room 447, upon adjournment of session:

SB 214 (Wolk) Infrastructure Financing Districts: Voter Approval: Repeal. League position: Support.

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