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Many Bills Await Action by Gov. Jerry Brown

Sign and Veto Request Letters Still Needed

September 21, 2012

Gov. Jerry Brown has until Sept. 30 to take action on hundreds of bills passed by the Legislature and sent to his desk. On Sept. 4, the League published a comprehensive list of bills of interest to cities and on Sept. 14 published subsequent actions taken by the Governor.


Since the League’s last update, the Governor has taken a number of actions as indicated below.


Consistent with League Position

AB 197 (Buchanan) Public Employee’ Retirement. This bill implements technical cleanup to the pension reform package adopted with AB 340.
Status: Signed 
League Request: Signature

AB 340 (Furutani) Public Employees’ Retirement. This bill enacts comprehensive pension reform through the California Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act of 2013 (PEPRA).
Status: Signed
League Request: Signature

SB 1090 (Committee on Governance and Finance) Local Government: Omnibus Bill. This bill contains provisions that would alleviate uncertainty and confusion about recording city charter language by conforming the statutory requirements for submitting charter language to a county recorder by clarifying that the city charter language must be recorded in a county recorder’s office.
Status: Signed
League Request: Signature

AB 2273 (Wieckowski) Common Interest Developments: Required Documents. This bill requires the sale of a common interest development property to be recorded within 30 days after the date of sale in the office of the county recorder where the property is located.
Status: Signed
League Request: Signature

AB 2274 (Lara) Vexatious Litigants. This bill reduces harassing tactics and frivolous claims by removing a loophole in protections afforded by the vexatious litigant statute and allows legitimate claims to move forward, while giving judges stronger tools to control these types of lawsuits.
Status: Signed
League Request: Signature

Inconsistent with League Position

AB 1098 (Carter) Vehicle License Fees: Allocation. This bill would have restored critical vehicle license fee (VLF) revenue to cities that have recently incorporated or annexed inhabited lands. AB 1098 woiuld not have restored all VLF funds swept under SB 89 (2011), but would have restored funds for newly incorporated cities and cities with annexed inhabited lands. Cities considering annexation of inhabited areas should also support his legislation. For more on AB 1098, please see “Governor Vetoes Bill to Restore VLF Funds to Recently Incorporated Cities."
Status: Vetoed
League Request: Signature

AB 1616 (Gatto) Food Safety: Cottage Food Operations. This bill will require local jurisdictions to either classify cottage food operations as a permitted use of residential property for zoning purposes or grant a nondiscretionary permit to use a residence as a cottage food operation. These food businesses will be deemed residential for the purposes of the State Uniform Building Standards Code and local building and fire codes.
Status: Signed
League Request: Veto


There are still many priority bills for which city officials are still encouraged to immediately send request for signature or veto letters as indicated below, as the Governor could take action at any time before his Sept. 30 deadline.

In addition to sending letters to the Governor requesting his signature or veto of the below bills, city officials can also alert their community to their position on important legislation by:

  • Converting letters to the Governor into a brief letter to the editor of your local newspaper;
  • Encouraging local newspapers to write an editorial; and
  • Reaching out to other community leaders and asking them to send a letter to the Governor.

The League’s regional public affairs managers are also available to be of assistance.

The following bills have been flagged by League staff as priority issues for which additional letters from cities would prove particularly effective in the League’s lobbying efforts. Cities should send signature or veto request letters immediately for these bills.

For a complete list of bills still awaiting action from the Governor, please see our Sept. 14 story “Bills Still Awaiting Action by Gov. Jerry Brown."

Priority Request for Signature

SB 214 (Wolk) Infrastructure Financing Districts. This bill would remove the existing vote thresholds, would authorize rehabilitation and maintenance, and would make numerous other changes focused on making the tool more flexible. The author amended the bill to incorporate many amendments proposed by the League designed to make the bill more workable. A sample request for signature letter is available on the League’s website by typing “SB 214” into the search box.

SB 965 (Wright) State and Local Government. This bill would clarify that there is no prohibition on ex parte communications between members of the State Water Resources Control Board or the California Regional Water Quality Control Boards and the regulated community in connection with specific permit proceedings, including those involving the issuance or modification of general stormwater permits. The legislation would help cities communicate with water boards as permits are in development. A sample request for signature letter is available on the League’s website by typing “SB 965” into the search box.

Priority Request for Veto 

AB 2031 (Fuentes) Probation: Community Corrections Program. This bill would expand membership on the local Community Corrections Partnerships and state Board of State and Community Corrections to include duplicative county sheriff and probation and social services representatives, further diluting the voice of cities. A sample request for veto letter is available on the League’s website by typing “AB 2031” into the search box.

AB 2298 (Solorio) Insurance: Public Safety Employees: Accidents. This bill would exempt certain public safety officers from a requirement to report accidents that occur in a personal vehicle to a personal insurance provider and instead report those accidents to the employer. This bill would unnecessarily shift the liability for automobile accidents from the employee to the employer. A sample request for veto letter is available on the League’s website by typing “AB 2298” into the search box.

AB 2451 (Pérez) Workers’ Compensation: Firefighters. This bill would dramatically increase workers’ compensation costs for local governments by doubling the four-and-a-half year statute of limitations for specified death benefit claims for firefighters and peace officers. A sample request for veto letter is available on the League’s website by typing “AB 2451” into the search box.

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