The Legislature is scheduled to begin its four-week summer recess next Monday, July 8.
Items on the list include:
Compromise Foreclosure Legislation: SB 900/AB 278, also known as the Homeowners Bill of Rights, increases protections for homeowners facing foreclosure through several provisions, including setting up fines for lenders filing robosigned documents and allowing borrowers to sue for damages over material violations of the law. This legislation was passed in both the Assembly (53-25) and Senate (25-13) today.
The Governor’s Reorganization Plan (GRP): The Legislature has until Wednesday, July 4 to reject the GRP otherwise it will automatically go into effect. For more background on the GRP, please see the April 6, CA Cities Advocate story “Governor Sends Reorganization Plan to Little Hoover Commission.”
Pension Reform: The Conference Committee on Public Employee Pensions is expected to release its report sometime this week. It has been rumored that the Legislature may take up the issue on Thursday, although this is subject to change. No language has been released yet but the League will analyze the proposal as soon as it is available.
2012 Water Bond: Assembly Member Henry Perea (D-Fresno) has amended AB 1422, an urgency bill, to move the 2012 Water Bond currently on this November’s ballot to November 2014. AB 1422 makes no changes to the content of the existing bond.
High Speed Rail: During the budget negotiations, the Legislature separated the High Speed Rail issues with the intent to address them independently. There is a lot at stake as the U.S. Department of Transportation has announced that federal funding will be rescinded unless the state acts soon. At this time, there is some indication that there are not enough votes to pass the bill, but this continues to be a priority for Gov. Jerry Brown and democratic leaders.
In addition to its expected work on these issues, the Legislature will also hold numerous hearings. The below list represents the bills scheduled for hearing this week for which the League currently has a position.
Many legislative hearings are available online for video or audio monitoring via the Cal Channel and the Senate or Assembly websites. Hearing times are subject to change.
Monday, July 2
Assembly Natural Resources, State Capitol, Room 447 at 1:30 p.m.:
SB 1268 (Pavley) Energy: Energy Conservation Assistance. League position: Support.
Assembly Transportation, State Capitol, Room 4202 at 1:30 p.m.:
SB 234 (Hancock) Goods Movement Emission Reduction Program. League position: Support.
Senate Environmental Quality, State Capitol, Room 112 at 1:30 p.m.:
AB 890 (Olsen) Environment: CEQA Exemption: Roadway Improvement. League position: Support.
AB 2063 (Alejo) Ex Parte Communications. League position: Support.
Assembly Banking and Finance, State Capitol, Room 444 at 4 p.m.:
SB 708 (Corbett) Funds Transfers. League position: Support.
Tuesday, July 3
Assembly Judiciary, State Capitol, Room 4202 at 9 a.m.:
SB 1160 (Padilla) Communications: Service Interruptions. League position: Seeking Amendments.
SB 1303 (Simitian) Vehicles: Automated Traffic Enforcement Systems. League position: Oppose Unless Amended.
Assembly Public Safety, State Capitol, Room 126 at 9 a.m.:
SB 1387 (Emmerson) Metal Theft. League position: Support.
Senate Public Safety, State Capitol, Room 4203 at 9 a.m.:
AB 2031 (Fuentes) Probation: Community Corrections Program. League position: Oppose.
AB 2543 (Alejo) Public Safety Officers Procedural Bill of Rights Act: Brady Lists. League position: Oppose.
Senate Governance and Finance, State Capitol, Room 113 at 1:30 p.m.:
AB 484 (Alejo) Enterprise Zones: Expiration of Designation. League position: Support.
HOT BILL – AB 904 (Skinner) Local Government: Parking Spaces: Minimum Requirements. League position: Oppose.
HOT BILL – AB 2231 (Fuentes) Sidewalks: Repairs. League position: Oppose.
Senate Transportation, State Capitol, Room 4203 at 1:30 p.m.:
AB 1706 (Eng) Vehicles: Transit Bus Weight. League position: Oppose.