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League Releases the 2013 Hot Bills List

April 18, 2013
Today the League has released the list of 26 “Hot Bills” for 2013 that reflects positions on these bills as of April 18.
While there are hundreds of bills that League is tracking this session, these bills are the ones that are most critical for our member cities. Legislation can be considered “Hot” for a variety of reasons, including having major impacts on cities statewide, setting an important precedent for future legislation, or being particularly controversial in a committee. Cities are encouraged to send letters in support or opposition to their legislators immediately. This list will be continually updated throughout the session.

The League routinely takes positions on bills throughout the legislative session. Bill’s tracked by the League are marked as “watch” until such time that a policy position is taken. Typically, bill positions are taken early in the year on bills for which the League has standing policy. These policy positions can be found in the League’s Summary of Existing Policy and Guiding Principles. Bills identified by the League without a standing policy are referred by League staff to one or more of the League’s eight policy committees for a policy recommendation and the board of directors for a full position. 
All League position letters and select sample letters can be found under the bill number in our bill search function on the website.
AB 294 (Holden) I-Bank Investments in Infrastructure
Creates a pilot program to be administered by the California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank (I-Bank), which would authorize the I-Bank to partner with local agencies to make strategic investments in local public works projects that further state policy objectives.
AB 305 (V. Manuel Pérez) Income Taxes: Hiring Credits: Investment Credits
Diverts $200 million from the State Hiring Tax Credit to create a New Markets Tax Credit Program and create jobs by channeling investment into low-income areas for small business and infrastructure via a 39 percent tax credit for investors. This new tax credit includes both federal matching funds and the ability to leverage additional private investment monies into low income areas.
AB 416 (Gordon) State Air Resources Board: Local Emission Reduction Program
Creates the Local Emission Reduction Program. Upon appropriation by the Legislature, provides funds for grants and financial assistance to develop and implement greenhouse gas emissions reduction projects.
AB 440 (Gatto) Brownfield Remediation Authority: Cities, Counties & Housing Authorities
Authorizes cities, counties and housing authorities to use the brownfield remediation tools previously granted to redevelopment agencies under the Polanco Redevelopment Act.
AB 574 (Lowenthal) Sustainable Communities Strategies
Creates the Sustainable Community Infrastructure Program to provide funding from the transportation-related Cap and Trade revenues for integrating transportation and public infrastructure investments that will result in reduced greenhouse gas emissions.
AB 981 (Bloom) Redevelopment dissolution: Post 2011 Bond Proceeds
Authorizes bond proceeds issued before June 28, 2011, backed by Low and Moderate Income Housing funds, to be used for affordable housing. Authorizes successor agencies receiving a finding of completion to use proceeds from bonds issued before June 28, 2011 for their intended purposes.
AB 1080 (Alejo) Community Revitalization and Investment Authorities
Authorizes the creation of a new entity at the local level, a Community Revitalization Investment Authority, to provide a redevelopment option for the most disadvantaged and poorest areas of the state.
AB 1229 (Atkins) Inclusionary Zoning
Restores cities’ zoning authority for inclusionary housing. 
ACA 4 (Olson)/SCA 10 (Wolk) Legislative Procedure: Three Day Print Rule
Prohibits the Legislature from taking final action on a bill unless it has been in print for three days, except in narrow cases to address of a state of emergency declared by the Governor.
SB 33 (Wolk) Infrastructure Financing Districts
Provides major clarifications and improvements to Infrastructure Financing District Law, enabling local agencies to use this tool for a wide variety of local infrastructure needs.
SB 64 (Corbett) Proposition 39 Implementation
Requires the California Energy Commission to develop and administer programs to provide financial assistance to school districts, cities and counties to install energy efficiency and clean energy technology projects for their facilities.
SB 391 (DeSaulnier) California Homes and Jobs Act
Would provide approximately $500 million annually for affordable housing funded by a $75 recordation fee on every real estate transaction, except for home sales.  The League requested and obtained an amendment to this legislation to support equitable geographic distribution of future revenues.
SB 470 (Wright) Property Disposal/Brownfield Remediation
Provides cities and counties with enhanced flexibility when disposing of publicly-owned property for economic development purposes and would provide former Polanco Redevelopment Act brownfield remediation tools to cities and counties.
AB 5 (Ammiano) Homeless Person's Bill of Rights and Fairness Act
Creates the Homeless Person’s Bill of Rights prohibiting denial of a person's rights, privileges, or access to public services because s/he is homeless, low income, or suffers from a mental illness or physical disability.
AB 162 (Holden) Wireless Telecommunications Facilities
Memorializes the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) Shot Clock Rule in state law, but makes significant changes such as cutting timeframe in half. Adopts FCC guidance regarding the definition of “significantly change” into law. Also prohibits a local government from requiring proof of gap in coverage as part of the approval of an eligible facilities request.           
AB 185 (Roger Hernández) Open and Public Meetings: Televised Meetings
Requires local agencies that collect franchise fees to broadcast council and planning commission meetings of the agency collecting the franchise fees and allows franchise fees to be used for this purpose.  Also increases the retention period for audio and video recordings of open and public meetings from 30 days to two years.
AB 325 (Alejo) Housing Element Litigation: Four-Year Statute of Limitations 
Expands from one to four years the statute of limitations to sue a city or county over the adoption of a housing element, the implementation of the housing element, the adoption of a density bonus ordinance, and other local government decisions related to housing.
AB 537 (Bonta) Meyers-Milias-Brown Act: Impasse Procedures
Authorizes the representatives of a public agency or an employee organization to request mediation if an impasse is reached. Current law requires the public agency and employee organization to agree to mediation in the event of an impasse. Under this bill, no agreement is required, and mediation would be mandatory if either party requests it.
AB 616 (Bocanegra) Local Public Employee Organizations: Factfinding Panel
Destroys the foundation of the Meyers-Milias-Brown Act by eliminating local rules in favor of the Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) jurisdiction. Specifically, this bill eliminates local rules on representation petitions and elections, determinations on the appropriateness of units, and impasse procedures, and instead gives PERB jurisdiction over these matters.  The bill also extends the timeline of when an employee organization can request factfinding from 30 to 60 days and gives PERB authority to determine whether a “genuine impasse” has been reached before a matter can go to factfinding.
AB 1337 (Allen) Solid Waste: Plastic Bags: Recycling
Prohibits a local jurisdiction from adopting, implementing, or enforcing an ordinance or rule that prohibits a retail establishment from offering a plastic bag. Prohibits a local jurisdiction from imposing a fee, tax, or other charge on retail establishments that offer customers single-use carryout bags.
AB 1373 (John A. Pérez) Workers' Compensation: Firefighters and Peace Officers
This bill is a reintroduction of AB 2451 (Pérez) of 2012 with one important change. Last year’s measure would have extended the statute of limitations from 240 to 480 weeks for a presumptive death benefit claim for cancer, tuberculosis, or MRSA to be filed on behalf of a firefighter or peace officer. This measure leaves open the question of how long the statute of limitations should be by simply deleting the timeline. 
SB 7 (Steinberg) Public Works: Charter Cities
Prohibits a charter city from receiving or using state funding or financial assistance for a “construction project” if the city has a charter provision or ordinance that authorizes a contractor to not comply with state prevailing wage requirements on any public works contract funded by city funds.
SB 311 (Padilla) Local Elections: Charter and Charter Proposals.
Restricts a cities’ ability to govern effectively and efficiently by eliminating the option for charter amendments and charter proposals to be placed before the voters at statewide primary elections as well as regularly scheduled municipal elections. By doing so the bill restricts cities’ options for scheduling proposed charters and amendments to just statewide general elections.
SB 388 (Lieu) Public Safety Officers and Firefighters: Investigations and Interrogations
Broadens coverage of the Public Safety Officers Procedural Bill of Rights Act (POBR) to cover not only investigations of peace officers, but any inquiry or interrogation without an actual investigation. Provides that an officer’s right of representation attaches where an interrogation or inquiry under any circumstances could potentially lead to punitive action, not merely upon the filing of formal charges vs. an officer or the launch of an investigation.
SB 673 (DeSaulnier) Local Economic Subsidies: State Review
Prohibits the approval of a retail or commercial facility estimated to receive more than $1 million in subsidies unless a comprehensive cost-benefit analysis, that includes a review of numerous land use impacts, is prepared. Recent amendments include a very broad definition of “subsidies” to include local funds, land donations, state bond funds, federal grants, and tax credits.

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