Moving to the Floor
SB 1528 (Steinberg) Medical Services: Damages. (As Amended Aug. 24) League position: Pending. This bill was passed in Assembly Judiciary this morning and now heads to the Assembly floor. This bill provides that an injured person whose health care is provided through a public or private capitated health care service plan including Medi-Cal is entitled to recover as damages the “reasonable and necessary value” of medical services.
SB 863 (De León) Workers’ Compensation. (As Amended Aug. 27) League position: Seeking Comment. Amendments were added to this bill on Aug. 27. League staff is still evaluating those amendments. This bill incorporates major workers’ compensation reforms. A summary of SB 863, as amended on Aug. 24, has been posted to the League’s website. Also, the cost analysis previously issued from the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau (WCIRB) is available online.
SB 1040 (Evans) Fire Prevention: Fees. (As Amended Aug. 27) League position: Watch. On Monday, the authors and coauthors were changed. The text of the bill remains the same. This bill would repeal the $150 rural fire prevention fee imposed on private and unimproved lands within CALFIRE state responsibility areas. This issue is linked to AB 1500 (Pérez) Corporation Taxes: Apportionment: Single Sales Factor: Middle Class Scholarship Fund.
Scheduled for Hearing
AB 2515 (Hall) Tribal Gaming. Special Distribution Fund. (As Amended Aug. 21) League Position: Support. This bill has been scheduled for hearing on Wednesday, Aug. 29 in the Assembly Governmental Organization after adjournment of session. This bill would appropriate $9.1 million from the tribal gaming Special Distribution Fund in mitigation grants to local governments with adjacent jurisdictions to tribal-owned casinos for public safety and infrastructure services.
Bills Not Moving Forward
SB 912 (Lieu) Contractors: Fire Safety: State Fire Marshall. (As Amended Aug. 24) League position: Oppose. This bill provides the State Fire Marshall with the authority to adopt and administer the regulations and building standards, for all occupancy buildings, that it deems necessary to ensure fire safety in buildings and structures. The bill would also authorize the installation of a fire protection system for new construction of single-family or two-family dwellings to be performed by a contractor holding a fire protection contractor classification, a general building contractor, or a plumbing contractor.
AB 2225 (Perea) Courts: Video Trial Pilot Program: Infractions. (As Amended Aug. 23) League position: Watch. This bill would establish a pilot program in Fresno County to allow court proceedings for vehicle code infractions or truancy charges be conducted over two-way video feed in light of continued court facility closures and reduced hours of operation. This bill will not be moved this year but will be reintroduced for the 2013-14 Session.