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Update: 2014 League Hot and Priority Bill List

August 6, 2014
The following list reflects bills of current priority interest to the League with support or oppose positions.
 
Bill titles are hyperlinked to provide additional information on current bill status and find sample letters that cities can use. Please note, as the legislative session progresses, bills may be added/subtracted and positions are subject to change.

Note: Upon a bill’s Third Reading it becomes eligible for a floor debate and final vote. Bills placed on a committee’s Suspense File meet a certain cost threshold and must await committee action until a later hearing that evaluates the state cost impacts of the legislation.

LEAGUE SUPPORTED BILLS

AB 47 (Gatto): Emergency services: hit-and-run incidents.
Status: Senate Appropriations Suspense File
Summary: Authorizes local police to issue a regional Yellow Alert to identify drivers suspected of committing a hit-and-run when a person has been killed or has suffered serious bodily injury due to the incident.
 
HOT AB 1147 (Bonilla): Massage therapy.
Status: Senate Appropriations Committee, hearing set for Aug. 11
Summary: Revises and recasts current law pertaining to massage therapy under SB 731 (Oropeza, Statues of 2008) and give tools to local governments to address establishments that are masquerading as massage businesses while engaging in human trafficking and prostitution.
 
AB 1399 (Medina): California New Markets Tax Credit.
Status: Senate Appropriations Committee, hearing set for Aug. 11
Summary: Creates a California New Markets Tax Credit program by allocating up to $200 million in tax credits to attract private capital as well as federal matching funds to spur investment and create jobs in low-income communities throughout California.  
 
AB 1439 (Salas): Unfair business practices: contests and sweepstakes.
Status: Senate Third Reading
Summary: Prohibits the operation of gambling themed, or simulated gambling electronic video monitors, in a business establishment that gives cash or other prizes of value.
 
HOT AB 1450 (Garcia) Local government: redevelopment: revenues from property tax override rates.
Status: Senate Appropriations Committee, hearing date TBA
Summary: Reconciles a discrepancy between redevelopment dissolution law and the intent of voters in various cities when they approved a series of local pension tax levies. This measure would restore badly needed funding to impacted cities — funding that they must have to help pay their pension obligations. This bill is identical to SB 663 (Lara). 
 
HOT AB 1521 (Fox): Local government finance: property tax revenue allocations: vehicle license fee adjustments.
Status: Senate Appropriations Suspense File
Summary: Restores funding stability to cities that annex inhabited territory and re-establishes a foundation that supports sustainable and compact growth policies.
 
AB 1532 (Gatto): Vehicle: accidents.
Status: Senate Appropriations Suspense File
Summary: Increases the penalties for hit-and-run violations to either an infraction punishable by a fine not exceeding $250, or a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment in the county jail for 6 months, or by a fine not exceeding $1,000, or by both, and requires the Department of Motor Vehicles to immediately suspend the driver’s license of a convicted driver for 6 months.
 
AB 1582 (Mullin): Redevelopment: successor agencies: Recognized Obligation Payment Schedule.
Status: Senate Third Reading File
Summary: Extends the existing Recognized Obligation Payment Schedule (ROPS) process from once every six months to once per year.
 
HOT AB 1839 (Gatto): California Film and TV Tax Credit.
Status: Senate Appropriations Committee, hearing set for Aug. 11
Summary: Extends the California Film Commission incentive program by five years, lifts the per-film budget tax credit limitation so that larger films may qualify, and offers new incentives to specific film and television production activities.
 
AB 1965 (Yamada): Outdoor dining facilities: pet dogs.
Status: Senate Third Reading File
Summary: Authorizes restaurants and other food facilities to allow dogs in outdoor dining areas provided the city or county does not prohibit the conduct by ordinance.
 
AB 1999 (Atkins): Personal income and corporation taxes: credits: rehabilitation.
Status: Senate Appropriations Committee, hearing set for Aug. 11
Summary: Authorizes up to a 25 percent state income tax credit on the expenses for the rehabilitation of certified historic structures.
 
AB 2170 (Mullin): Joint powers authorities: common powers.
Status: Senate Third Reading File
Summary: Clarifies that joint powers authorities may exercise any power common to the contracting parties, including levying fees and taxes.
 
HOT AB 2280 (Alejo): Community Revitalization and Investment Authorities.
Status: Senate Appropriations Suspense File
Summary: Authorizes the creation of a new entity at the local level called a Community Revitalization Investment Authority (CRIA) that would provide a narrowed redevelopment option for the most disadvantaged, rural and poorest areas of our state.
 
AB 2372 (Ammiano): Property taxation: change in ownership.
Status: Senate Appropriations Suspense File
Summary: Clarifies a “change in ownership” of commercial property to include when more than 90 percent of direct or indirect ownership interests in a legal entity are cumulatively transferred in one or more transactions.  
 
AB 2374 (Mansoor): Substance abuse: recovery and treatment services.
Status: Senate Appropriations Suspense File
Summary: Requires the Department of Health Care Services to create a death investigation policy to ensure the timely reporting by the licensees in the event of the death of a resident. The bill would also prohibit the department from approving an organization that registers counselors that does not determine whether a counselor has had a registration or certification revoked.
 
HOT AB 2493 (Bloom): Redevelopment dissolution: housing projects: bond proceeds.
Status: Senate Appropriations Suspense File  
Summary: Authorizes access to redevelopment bond proceeds issued in 2011 for projects that meet certain requirements.
 
HOT AB 2577 (Cooley): Medi-Cal: ground emergency medical transportation services: supplemental reimbursement.
Status: Senate Appropriations Suspense File
Summary: Permits governmental entities to elect to make intergovernmental transfers (IGTs) as the non-federal share of Medi-Cal expenditures for ground emergency medical transportation services, as long as the IGTs are in conformity with federal law.
 
HOT SB 33 (Wolk): Infrastructure financing districts: voter approval: repeal.
Status: Assembly Floor, Inactive File
Summary: Provides major clarifications and improvements to Infrastructure Financing District Law, including removing a two-thirds vote threshold that has been an obstacle to the use of this law for nearly 30 years, enabling local agencies to use this tool for a wide variety of local infrastructure needs.
 
SB 64 (Corbett): Clean Technology Innovation Account.
Status: Assembly Appropriations Committee, hearing set for Aug. 6
Summary: Requires the California Energy Commission (CEC) to develop and administer programs to provide financial assistance to school districts and cities and counties to install energy efficiency and clean energy technology projects for their facilities.
 
HOT SB 69 (Roth): Local government finance: property tax revenue allocation: vehicle license fee adjustments.
Status: Assembly Appropriations Committee, hearing set for Aug. 6
Summary: Provides a city incorporating after Jan. 1, 2004, and on or before Jan. 1, 2012, with property tax in lieu of vehicle license fees (VLF).
 
SB 614 (Wolk): Local government: jurisdictional changes: infrastructure financing.
Status: Assembly Third Reading File
Summary: Authorizes a financing mechanism that can be used, at the option of the affected agencies and subject to the approval of a local agency formation commission (LAFCO), to provide the necessary upgrades of sewer, water and other systems needed to improve the living conditions within a disadvantaged unincorporated community.
 
HOT SB 663 (Lara): Local government: redevelopment: revenues from property tax override rates.
Status: Assembly Appropriations Committee, hearing set for Aug. 6
Summary: Reconciles a discrepancy between redevelopment dissolution law and the intent of voters in various cities when they approved a series of local pension tax levies. This measure will restore badly needed funding to impacted cities — funding that they must have to help pay their pension tax obligations, the purpose for which this revenue stream was created.  This bill is identical to AB 1450 (Garcia).
 
HOT SB 1129 (Steinberg): Redevelopment: successor agencies to redevelopment agencies.
Status: Assembly Appropriations Committee, hearing set for Aug. 6
Summary: Makes comprehensive changes to redevelopment dissolution law.  Authorizes the use of available 2011 bond funding to produce quality projects with high-paying construction jobs, expedite the approval and implementation of long range property management plans enabling affected communities to complete local projects, and provide additional certainty for agencies receiving a finding of completion.
 
SB 1219 (Torres): Public employees’ retirement: service after retirement.
Status: Assembly Appropriations Committee, hearing set for Aug. 6
Summary: Brings the Public Employment Retirement Law (PERL) into compliance with the Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act (PEPRA), and clarifies the ability of retirees to still receive their pension benefits while serving in public office and receiving a salary — a long standing and uncontested exemption within the law. This exemption has enabled those in our community that have significant experience within public service to continue contributing in an elected capacity.  
 
SB 1251 (Huff): California Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act of 2013: joint powers authority: employees.
Status: Assembly Appropriations Committee, hearing set for Aug. 6
Summary: Clarifies that if employers are forming a joint powers authority (JPA), existing employees who move to the new agency  are not considered “new” employees and are offered PERS benefit plans or formulas that were previously available to them.  
 
HOT SB 1262 (Correa): Medical marijuana: local regulation.
Status: Assembly Appropriations Committee, hearing date TBA
Summary: Improves the regulation of medical cannabis in a manner that protects local control, addresses important public safety concerns, and enhances health and safety standards. SB 1262 establishes minimum security requirements for dispensaries, protects jurisdictions that have banned dispensaries and provides that state licensing is dependent upon local permitting approval.
 
HOT SB 1319 (Pavley): Oil spills: oil spill prevention and response.
Status: Assembly Appropriations Committee; hearing date TBA
Summary: Provides grant monies for oil spill response training and equipment to local agency first responders in areas adjacent to waterways in order to enhance their emergency response capability.
 
OTHER PRIORITY MEASURES
 
AB 52 (Gatto): Native Americans: California Environmental Quality Act.
League position: Removal of Concerns
Status: Senate Appropriations Suspense File
Summary: Creates a process for a Native American tribe to engage in the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) review process to avoid significant effects on tribal cultural resources.
 
HOT SB 962 (Leno): Smartphones.
League position: Pending in light of recent amendments
Status: Assembly Third Reading
Summary: Requires any smartphone manufactured and sold in California after July 1, 2015, to include a technological solution that renders the essential functions of the device inoperable when stolen — often referred to as a “kill switch.”
 
LEAGUE OPPOSED BILLS
 
AB 1522 (Gonzalez): Employment: paid sick days.
Status: Senate Appropriations Suspense File
Summary: Requires cities, counties, and special districts to provide one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked.
 
HOT AB 1705 (Williams): Public contracts: payment.
Status: Senate Third Reading File  
Summary: Prematurely extends the sunset date on the five percent cap on retention proceeds for public works projects and places scarce resources for schools, hospitals, parks, fire houses, and other public infrastructure at risk. Extending the sunset date before properly vetting the impact of the retention cap will be problematic when no examples of the need for the cap have been presented.
 
AB 2052 (Gonzalez): Workers’ compensation.
Status: Senate Appropriations Suspense File
Summary: Increases city employer costs by expanding the listing of peace officers that qualify for various workers compensation presumptions.
 
HOT AB 2126 (Bonta): Collective bargaining: mediation and fact-finding.
Status: Senate Appropriations Suspense File
Summary: Allows any issue within the scope of representation to be submitted for PERB fact-finding and requires PERB to select mediators if one is not agreed to within five days. This measure would impose significant costs on local agencies and remove balance points in the existing collective bargaining process, by creating leverage and delay mechanisms to the detriment of public employers and their responsibility to make responsible decisions for local taxpayers.
 
HOT AB 2188 (Muratsuchi): Solar energy: permits.
Status: Senate Floor
Summary: Requires cities and counties to adopt a new, costly ordinance that would essentially create a separate and unequal permitting and inspection process specifically for residential solar installations of less than 10 kilowatts.
 
AB 2378 (Perea): Workers’ compensation: temporary disability payments.
Status: Senate Appropriations Suspense File
Summary: Increases costs to local agencies by providing an additional year of temporary disability eligibility to public safety personnel; therefore providing up to three full years of temporary disability payments: one year at full salary (Section 4850 time), and two years at two-thirds salary.
 
HOT SB 556 (Corbett): Nongovernmental entity uniform/logo display.
Status: Assembly Third Reading
Summary: This measure requires individuals and firms that perform contract work for public agencies to provide large letter markings on their uniforms and vehicles declaring that they are not governmental employees. This measure is in the process of being amended and substitute Sen. Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) as principal author. Once the amendments are in print, the League will reevaluate the measure.


 
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