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End of Session Wrap-Up

Cities Encouraged to Send Sign and Veto Letters

September 2, 2014
The 2013-14 biennial legislative session wrapped up after 3:00 a.m. Saturday morning.
And while session ran late on the final night, the Legislature adjourned days before the constitutional deadline of midnight on Aug. 31. In fact, the session dragged into Saturday morning only because two bills were not eligible to be heard until that day.
During the final hours of the legislative session, the League of California Cities helped secure the passage of a number of significant bills — among them measures dealing with enhanced infrastructure financing districts (SB 628), successors to redevelopment agencies and (AB 1147) restoring local control over the regulation of massage practitioners. As reflected by the number of signature requests below, cities should feel proud and positive about the overall outcome of the session.  
The efforts of League’s legislative representatives now pivot toward influencing Gov. Jerry Brown to sign or veto these and other bills of importance to local governments. City officials are encouraged to take action on the following bills now before the Governor. Sample letters are available at www.cacities.org/billsearch.
AB 47 (Gatto): Emergency services: hit-and-run incidents.
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.
AB 380 (Dickinson): Spill response for railroads.
Summary: Requires rail carriers to submit to the Office of Emergency Services (OES) commodity flow data for a specified period, by county and track route for the 25 largest hazardous material commodities moved through the state. For local governments, the bill requires the OES to disseminate information necessary for developing emergency response plans to each unified program agency, including designated local public agency first responders.
AB 388 (Chesbro): Juveniles.
Summary: Makes licensed residential care facilities such as group homes, runaway and homeless shelters more accountable to its residents and the community at large.
HOT AB 1147 (Bonilla): Massage therapy.
Summary: Revises and recasts current law pertaining to massage therapy under SB 731 (Oropeza, Statues of 2008) and gives tools to local governments to address establishments that are masquerading as massage businesses while engaging in human trafficking and prostitution.
HOT AB 1399 (Medina): California New Markets Tax Credit.
Summary: Creates a California New Markets Tax Credit program by allocating up to $200 million over seven years 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.
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 1521 (Fox): Local government finance: property tax revenue allocations: vehicle license fee adjustments.
Summary: Restores funding stability to cities that annexed inhabited territory since 2004 and re-establishes a foundation that supports future annexations on inhabited areas consistent with sustainable and compact growth policies.
AB 1532 (Gatto): Vehicle: accidents.
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 1690 (Gordon): Local planning: housing elements.
Summary: Provides some additional flexibility for jurisdictions that did not identify adequate sites in their housing elements by allowing very low and low-income housing in mixed use areas if certain criteria are met.
AB 1826 (Chesbro): Solid waste: organic waste.
Summary: Phases in a mandatory commercial organic recycling program to reduce the volume of organic material deposited into landfills.
HOT AB 1839 (Gatto): California Film and TV Tax Credit.
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.
HOT AB 1999 (Atkins): Personal income and corporation taxes: credits: rehabilitation.
Summary: Authorizes up to a 25 percent state income tax credit on the expenses for the rehabilitation of certified historic structures, subject to an aggregate cap of $50 million.
AB 2170 (Mullin): Joint powers authorities: common powers.
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.
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 2328 (John A. Pérez) California Service Corps
Summary: Provides enhanced opportunities for recent graduates of community college and those with bachelor’s degrees to gain valuable work experience in local agencies by service in the proposed California Service Corps. This voluntary program would be funded with private funds.
AB 2374 (Mansoor): Substance abuse: recovery and treatment services.
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.
Summary: Authorizes access to redevelopment bond proceeds issued in 2011 for infrastructure and housing projects that were in the planning stages before redevelopment dissolution.  
HOT AB 2577 (Cooley): Medi-Cal: ground emergency medical transportation services: supplemental reimbursement.
Summary: Allows local agencies that provide ground emergency medical transport (GEMT) to Medi-Cal receipients to recapture up to $400 million statewide in lost reimbursements via the use of an intergovernmental transfer.
HOT SB 69 (Roth): Local government finance: property tax revenue allocation: vehicle license fee adjustments.
Summary: Restores fiscal stability and funding via property tax to four recently incorporated cities that were severely affected by state sweep of remaining city VLF in 2011.
SB 614 (Wolk): Local government: jurisdictional changes: infrastructure financing.
Summary: Authorizes a tax increment 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 628 (Beall): Enhanced infrastructure financing districts.
Summary: Creates an alternative to existing Infrastructure Finance District (IFD) law called “Enhanced Infrastructure Finance District Law (EIFD)” that can be used by specified local agencies to develop infrastructure funded by tax increment revenue subject to conditions that are less cumbersome than the requirements of existing IFD law, which has been little used.
SB 1064 (Hill): Public Utilities Commission: railroads: natural gas pipelines: safety.
Summary: Enacts provisions relating to how the California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) handles safety recommendations/advisories from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) for PUC-regulated rail facilities.
SB 1077 (DeSaulnier): Vehicles: road usage charge pilot program.
Summary: Requires the California Transportation Commission (CTC), in consultation with the California State Transportation Agency to study the feasibility of implementing a road usage charge as an alternative to the current gas tax.
HOT SB 1129 (Steinberg): Redevelopment: successor agencies to redevelopment agencies.
Summary: Cleans-up and clarifies 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 1251 (Huff): California Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act of 2013: joint powers authority: employees.
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.
SB 1274 (Hancock): Recycling: used mattresses.
Summary: Ensures that urban and rural local governments, among others, recover costs associated with illegally disposed of used mattresses.
AB 1522 (Gonzalez): Employment: paid sick days.
Summary: Requires employers, including cities, to provide one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked.
HOT AB 1705 (Williams): Public contracts: payment.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
SB 388 (Lieu): Public safety officers and firefighters: investigations and interrogations.
Summary: Permits officers and firefighters who are not under investigation – mere witnesses – to have a union representative present when being interviewed about another employee that is being formally investigated.
HOT SB 556 (Padilla): Providers of health and safety labor or services: identification.  .
Summary: Creates costly uniform, vehicle, and badge requirements for local agencies providing health and public safety services through contracted employees.  

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