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Update: 2014 League Hot and Priority Bill Status; End of Session Nears

August 15, 2014
Next Friday, Aug. 22, marks the deadline to amend bills in the Legislature. Once that deadline ticks past, the final days of the session are often chock-full of “gut-and-amend” bills.
 
The oft-criticized process gives lawmakers a way to completely change the intent of a bill during the last few days of session — sometimes skirting the committee process and bypassing legislative review. They do so by removing the contents of the bill, usually in their entirety, and replacing them with new language — language often from stalled or defeated legislation bearing no resemblance to the bill’s original intent.

City officials should watch for action alerts as the League takes positions on bills that will significantly impact cities, until the end of the session on Aug. 31. In past years, the Legislature has allowed gut and amends to receive a floor vote immediately. Legislative leaders are taking a stricter stance this year, referring most back to committee before the floor vote. However, with rule waivers and other procedural actions, the process that typically takes months can happen in just a few short hours during the final weeks of session.  
 
League staff will monitor bills to ensure members are aware of the latest news from the Capitol.
 
Bill Status Update
 
The following list reflects the current standing of several priority bills of interest to the League after this week’s fiscal committee deadline. 
 
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.
 
Bill # Author Subject Position Status Notes
Assembly Appropriations Suspense File
SB 69
 
Roth Local government finance: property tax revenue allocation: vehicle license fee adjustments. Support Assembly Floor HOT
SB 388 Lieu Public safety officers and firefighters: investigations and interrogations. Oppose Assembly Floor  
SB 663
 
Lara Local government: redevelopment: revenues from property tax override rates. Support Pending HOT
SB 1077 DeSaulnier Vehicles: mileage-based fee pilot program. Support in Concept Assembly Floor  
SB 1129
 
Steinberg Redevelopment: successor agencies to redevelopment agencies. Support Assembly Floor HOT
SB 1168 Pavley Groundwater management. No Position Assembly Floor  
SB 1251 Huff California Public Employees' Pension Reform Act of 2013: joint powers authority: employees. Support Assembly Floor  
SB 1262
 
Correa Medical marijuana. Support/Co-sponsor Held; failed for the year HOT
SB 1319 Pavley Oil spills: oil spill prevention and response. Support Assembly Floor HOT
Senate Appropriations Suspense File
AB 47 Gatto Emergency services: hit-and-run incidents. Support Senate Floor  
AB 52 Gatto Native Americans: California Environmental Quality Act. Removal of Concerns Senate Floor  
AB 280 Alejo Voting rights: preclearance. Oppose Held; failed for the year  
AB 388 Chesbro Juveniles. Support Assembly Floor  
AB 1399 Medina California New Markets Tax Credit. Support Senate Floor  
AB 1450 Garcia Local government: redevelopment: revenues from property tax override rates. Support Pending HOT
AB 1521 Fox Local government finance: property tax revenue allocations: vehicle license fee adjustments. Support Senate Floor HOT
AB 1522 Gonzalez Employment: paid sick days. Oppose Senate Floor  
AB 1532 Gatto Vehicle: accidents. Support Senate Floor  
AB 1594 Williams Solid waste: recycling: diversions: green material. Neutral Senate Floor  
AB 1717
 
 
Perea Telecommunications: prepaid mobile telephony services: state surcharge and fees: local charges collection. No Position Senate Floor  
AB 1739 Dickinson Groundwater management. No Position Senate Floor  
AB 1839 Gatto California Film Tax Credit. Support Senate Floor HOT
AB 1999 Atkins Personal income and corporation taxes: credits: rehabilitation. Support Senate Floor  
AB 2052 Gonzalez Workers’ compensation. Oppose Senate Floor  
AB 2126 Bonta Collective bargaining: mediation. Oppose Senate Floor HOT
AB 2145 Bradford Electricity: community choice aggregation. Neutral Senate Floor  
AB 2280
 
Alejo Community Revitalization and Investment Authorities. Support Senate Floor HOT
AB 2372 Ammiano Property taxation: change in ownership. Support Held; failed for the year  
AB 2374 Mansoor Substance abuse: recovery and treatment services. Support Senate Floor  
AB 2378
 
Perea Workers' compensation: temporary disability payments. Oppose Senate Floor  
AB 2493 Bloom Redevelopment dissolution: housing projects: bond proceeds. Support Senate Floor HOT
AB 2577 Cooley Medi-Cal: ground emergency medical transportation services: supplemental reimbursement. Support/Sponsor Senate Floor HOT
 
Bill Action Pending
 
Assembly Floor
Senate Floor


 
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