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League Updates 2013 Hot Bills List

July 17, 2013
The League’s 2013 Hot Bills List has been updated to reflect the current status of priority legislation following the Legislature’s adjournment for summer recess.
 
Several bills have been removed from the previous list because they were either stopped or are not expected to move forward this year; others have been added. The list below reflects the League’s Hot Bills as of July 17, 2013.
 
The League routinely takes positions on bills throughout the legislative session. Bills 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 the bill search function at www.cacities.org/billsearch.
 
SUPPORT
 
AB 440 (Gatto): Hazardous substances: releases: local agency cleanup or remedy.
Authorizes cities, counties and housing authorities to use the brownfield remediation tools previously granted to redevelopment agencies under the Polanco Redevelopment Act.
Current location: Senate Appropriations Committee. Set to be heard Aug. 12, 10 a.m., Room 4203.
 
AB 1080 (Alejo): Community Revitalization and Investment Authorities.
Authorizes local governments to establish individual Community Revitalization and Investment Authorities (CRIA) for the purposes of improving low-income and disadvantaged communities. Upon establishing CRIAs and identifying revitalization investment areas in accordance with the bill’s specifications, local governments can use property tax increment revenues to fund community development plans. 
Current location: Senate Appropriations Committee. No hearing date set.
 
AB 1229 (Atkins): Land use: zoning regulations.
Restores the ability for local jurisdictions to adopt inclusionary housing ordinances for rental housing.
Current location: Senate Floor.
 
SB 33 (Wolk): Infrastructure financing districts
Provides much needed clarifications and improvements to Infrastructure Financing District (IFD) Law which will enable local agencies to use this tool for a wide variety of local infrastructure needs. 
Current location: Assembly Floor.
 
SB 56 (Roth): Local government finance: property tax revenue allocation: vehicle license fee adjustments.
Restores funding stability to recently incorporated cities and cities that annexed inhabited territory, as well as establish a foundation to support state growth policies, by making an adjustment to the calculations of the previous VLF-Property Tax Swap.
Current location: Senate Appropriations Committee. No hearing date set.
 
SB 391 (DeSaulnier): California Homes and Jobs Act of 2013.
Generates an estimated $300 - $720 million annually for affordable housing needs through a $75 recordation fee on real estate transactions with the exception of home sales. Creates a reliable and permanent source of funds allows funding for affordable housing programs at dependable levels. 
Current location: Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee. Set to be heard Aug. 12, 1:30 p.m., Room 127.
 
SB 470 (Wright): Community development: economic opportunity.
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.
Current location: Assembly Local Government Committee. No hearing date set.    

SCA 10 (Wolk): Legislative procedure.
Eliminates the practice of “gut-and-amend” legislation and improves legislative transparency by requiring all bills to be in print and available on the Internet for at least 72 hours prior to a vote on its final passage in either house.
Current location: Senate Rules Committee. No hearing date set.
 
OPPOSE
 
AB 325 (Alejo): Land use and planning: cause of action: time limitations.
Significantly expands the current statute of limitations to sue jurisdictions on both the adoption of a housing element and on the adoption of local ordinances relative to housing.
Current location: Senate Floor.
 
AB 537 (Bonta): Meyers-Milias-Brown Act: impasse procedures.
Mandates one-sided involuntary mediation in the event of an impasse during the collective bargaining process and makes other significant changes to the MMBA.
Current location: Senate Appropriations Committee. Set to be heard Aug. 12, 10 a.m., Room 4203.
 
AB 562 (Williams): Economic development subsidies: review by local agencies.
Imposes many costly and burdensome mandates on local governments to track and maintain comprehensive data on any expenditure or loss of revenue by the local agency for economic development purposes valued more than $100,000. The measure also imposes additional requirements for public hearings, periodic reports, and publication of information on websites.
Current location: Senate Floor. 
 
AB 616 (Bocanegra): Local public employee organizations: dispute: factfinding panel.
Delays local public employee and employer collective bargaining negotiations by amending existing law to provide the Public Employment Relations Board with the authority to determine whether an impasse exists prior to factfinding. 
Current location: Senate Appropriations Committee. Set to be heard Aug. 12, 10 a.m., Room 4203.
 
AB 1373 (John A. Perez): Workers’ compensation: firefighters and peace officers.
Extends the statute of limitations from 240 to 480 weeks for presumptive death benefit claims for cancer, tuberculosis, or MRSA to be filed on behalf of a firefighter or peace officer; despite the lack of sufficient data needed to support such an extension and impose significant new costs on local agencies.
Current location: Senate Appropriations Committee. Set to be heard Aug. 12, 10 a.m., Room 4203.
 
SB 7 (Steinberg): Public works: charter cities.
Prohibits charter cities from receiving or using state funds for construction projects if they have a voter-approved charter provision or ordinance authorizing a contractor to deviate from prevailing wage requirements on a locally-funded public works contract.
Current location: Assembly Labor and Employment Committee. Set to be heard Aug. 14, 1:30 p.m., Room 444.
 
SB 311 (Padilla): Local elections: charters and charter proposals.
Severely restricts city flexibility by restricting charter amendments related to labor issues and newly proposed charters to statewide general elections.
Current location: Assembly Floor.
 
SB 313 (De Leon): Public Safety Officers Procedural Bill of Rights Act.
Ties the hands of cities by prohibiting public agencies from taking appropriate personnel actions when a public safety officer is placed on a Brady list.
Current location: Assembly Floor.
 
SB 439 (Steinberg): Medical marijuana.
Exempts medical marijuana cooperatives/collectives/dispensaries from prosecution for specified drug crimes and nuisance abatement laws.
Current location: Assembly Health Committee set to be heard Aug. 13, 1:30 p.m., Room 4202.
 
SB 556 (Corbett): Contracted Services: uniform and vehicle requirements.
Creates costly, unwarranted uniform and vehicle requirements for contractors providing services to state and local agencies
Current location: Assembly Floor.


 
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