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Two Days Remain for Gov. Jerry Brown to Take Action on Bills

September 28, 2012

This Sunday, Sept. 30 is the deadline for Gov. Jerry Brown to take action on the bills passed by the Legislature and sent to his desk at the end of August.  

 

The League is still awaiting action on some significant legislation and will report next week on the final status of all of the bills for which the League made signature and veto requests.

At the time of publishing the following bills had still not been acted upon.

STILL AWAITING ACTION

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. This is a priority bill for the League.

AB 1532 (Pérez) California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006: Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund. This bill would provide a long-term investment plan for Cap and Trade Auction revenues under AB 32.  AB 1532 is the companion piece to SB 1572. The bill contains funding for local government transportation and energy efficiency projects, including funding for SB 375 implementation.

AB 1672 (Torres) Housing-Related Parks Program. This bill would modify the requirements in the Housing-Related Parks Program so that grants are based on the issuance of building permits as opposed to housing starts. The bill would also allow for additional bonus funds for jurisdictions that use the grant money for disadvantaged communities or park deficient communities.

AB 2366 (Eng) Vehicles: Equipment Violations: Parking Control Officers. This bill would update the state Vehicle Code related to “fix it” tickets making the basis for a penalty fine dependent on the type of violation instead of the type of issuing officer. AB 2366 would increase the penalty fine associated with a “fix it” ticket from $10 to $25 dollars when issued by a parking enforcement officer.

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. A sample request for veto letter is available on the League’s website by typing “AB 2031” into the search box. This is a priority bill for the League.

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. This is a priority bill for the League.

AB 2451 (Pérez) Workers’ Compensation: Firefighters. This bill would 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. This is a priority bill for the League.

AB 2389 (Lowenthal) Contractor Disclosure Requirements. This bill would require contractors that are required to enter a residence to provide services to adhere to specific uniform and vehicle disclosure requirements.

ACTIONS TAKEN

The Governor has taken actions on a number of bills. Some of those actions are consistent with the League’s request, others are not.

Consistent with League Position

AB 41 (Hill) High-Speed Rail Authority: Conflicts of Interest: Disqualifications. This bill requires High-Speed Rail Authority members and contractors to meet the same conflict of interest requirements as other governmental bodies, including city councils.
Status: Signed 
League Request: Signature

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

AB 890 (Olsen) Environment: CEQA Exemption: Roadway Improvement. This bill exempts city roadway improvement projects from California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) requirements if the project is within the existing right-of-way.
Status: Signed
League Request: Signature

SB 965 (Wright) State and Local Government. This bill clarifies 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 will help cities communicate with water boards as permits are in development.
Status: Signed
League Request: Signature

SB 1090 (Committee on Governance and Finance) Local Government: Omnibus Bill. This bill contains provisions which 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

SB 1162 (Runner) Animal Control: Tranquilizers. This bill permits an animal control officer, who has received necessary training and is authorized by their local agency, to administer a tranquilizer in emergency situations.
Status: Signed
League Request: Signature

SB 1268 (Pavley) Energy: Energy Conservation Assistance. This bill extends the sunset date for the Energy Conservation Assistance Account to January 2018 and the Local Jurisdiction Energy Assistance Account to January 2016.
Status: Signed
League Request: Signature

SB 1278 (Wolk) Planning and Zoning: Flood Protection: Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley. This bill makes changes to the 200-year flood requirements enacted in 2007, including addressing timing issues for cities and counties in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley (northern border of California down to Fresno) that are required to amend their general plan within 24 months of the adoption of the Central Valley Flood Protection Plan.
Status: Signed
League Request: Signature

SB 1387 (Emmerson) Metal Theft. This bill provides an additional layer or protection for manhole covers, backflow devices, and fire hydrants and their fittings. The bill requires a written certification from the agency that owns or owned the item that state they have given permission for the specified item to be sold. This measure makes explicit which goods can be legally accepted by scrap metal recyclers and junk dealers, which enhances enforcement efforts to crack down on metal thieves.
Status: Signed
League Request: Signature

AB 1687 (Fong) Workers’ Compensation. This bill would have allowed for the awarding of attorney fees when an injured worker receiving medical treatment on a future medical award is successful in overturning a utilization review (UR) decision at the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board (WCAB).
Status: Veto
League Request: Veto

AB 1801 (Campos) Land Use: Fees. This bill enhances current law with regard to solar residential building permit fees. AB 1801, coupled with the Office of Planning and Research California Solar Permitting Guidebook and the County Planning Directors California Solar Planning Guide, will provide a strong base of information and guidance for local agencies to appropriately permit residential solar systems.
Status: Signed
League Request: Signature

AB 2246 (Pérez) Public Health: Food Access. This bill requires the California Healthy Food Financing Initiative Council to establish and maintain an Internet website to support access to healthy foods.
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. The bill allows legitimate claims to move forward, while giving judges stronger tools to control these types of lawsuits.
Status: Signed
League Request: Signature

AB 2515 (Hall) Indian Gaming: Local Agencies. This bill appropriates $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.
Status: Signed
League Request: Signature

Inconsistent with League Position

AB 685 (Eng) State Water Policy. This bill declares that it is the established policy of the state that every human being has the right to clean, affordable, and accessible water adequate for human consumption, cooking and sanitary purposes and that state agencies shall consider this policy when revising, adopting, or establishing policies, regulations and grant criteria. By declaring a right to clean water, this statute could encourage litigation against municipal water and sanitation projects.
Status: Signed
League Request: Veto

AB 845 (Ma) Solid Waste: Place of Origin. This bill prohibits an ordinance enacted by a city or county, including an ordinance enacted by initiative by the voters of a city or county, from otherwise restricting or limiting the importation of solid waste into a privately owned solid waste facility in that city or county based on place of origin. 
Status: Signed
League Request: Veto

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 would 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. For more on AB 1098, please see “Governor Vetoes Bill to Restore VLF Funds to Recently Incorporated Cities.”
Status: Vetoed
League Request: Signature

SB 1222 (Leno) Solar Energy: Permits. This bill places a cap on building permit fees on solar residential systems as well as requires local agencies to provide a report to the California Energy Commission (CEC) no later than Dec. 1, 2013.
Status: Signed
League Request: Veto

AB 1616 (Gatto) Food Safety: Cottage Food Operations. This bill requires 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



 
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