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Update: 2015 League Hot and Priority Bill Status; Transportation, Housing Bills Move to Floor

May 29, 2015
Three League of California Cities-supported bills that together could provide billions of dollars for much-needed maintenance of city streets and millions more for affordable housing programs passed out of Appropriations on Thursday during suspense hearings upon adjournment of session.
 
All three bills now move to the floor of their respective houses:
  • SB 16 (Beall), which would create a five-year funding program to address deferred maintenance on the local streets and roads system and state highway system. The bill would raise an estimated $2.8 to $3.6 billion annually through a 10-cent increase in the gas tax, a 12-cent increase in the diesel tax, a $35 vehicle registration fee increase and a new $100 surcharge for zero-emission vehicles. The bill also includes a vehicle license fee increase of 0.35 percent to backfill the general fund for the shift in weight fees. Five percent of revenues would be set aside to incentivize counties without a local transportation funding measure to approve such a measure. 
  • AB 1335 (Atkins), which would generate up to $700 million per year for affordable rental or ownership housing, supportive housing, emergency shelters, transitional housing and other housing needs via a $75 recordation fee on real estate transactions. This fee would not apply to home sales. 
  • AB 35 (Chiu and Atkins), which would increase the state’s Low Income Housing Tax Credit by $300 million to build and rehabilitate affordable housing. 
Another bill from the League’s Hot and Priority Bills List, AB 266 (Cooley) — which provides a framework for medical marijuana distribution — passed out of committee. A merger of that bill and AB 34 (Bonta), which was held, is planned. Discussions between the authors are ongoing.

The League and California Police Chiefs Association are co-authors of AB 266.
 
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
AB 22
 
Rodriguez Office of Emergency Services: oil-by-rail spills: firefighters
 
Support Passed out of Appropriations  
AB 34 Bonta Medical cannabis regulation and enforcement Oppose unless amended Held Hot
AB 35
 
Chiu and Atkins Income taxes: low-income housing: allocation increase Support Passed out of Appropriations Hot
AB 45 Mullin Household hazardous waste Oppose Held Hot
AB 74
 
Calderon Care facilities: regulatory visits. Support Passed out of Appropriations  
AB 90 Chau Federal Housing Trust Fund Support Passed out of Appropriations  
AB 150 Melendez Theft: firearms Support Held  
AB 184
 
E. Garcia Small Business Technical Assistance Act of 2015 Support Held  
AB 254 R. Hernández Election dates Oppose unless amended Passed out of Appropriations  
 
AB 266 Cooley Medical marijuana Support Passed out of Appropriations Hot
AB 278 R. Hernández District-based municipal elections Oppose Passed out of Appropriations Hot
AB 428 Nazarian Income taxes credit: seismic retrofits Support Held  
AB 448 Brown Local government finance: property tax revenue allocations: vehicle fee adjustments Support Passed out of Appropriations Hot
AB 511 Gipson Workers’ compensation Oppose Held  
AB 702 Maienschein CalWorks: temporary shelter assistance Support Passed out of Appropriations  
AB 771 Atkins Personal income and corporation taxes: credits: rehabilitation Support Held  
AB 870 Cooley Homelessness: rapid rehousing Support Passed out of Appropriations  
AB 988 M. Stone Outdoor Environmental Education and Recreation Grants Program Support Passed out of Appropriations  
AB 1159 Gordon Product stewardship: pilot program: household batteries and home-generated sharps waste Support Held Hot
AB 1239 Gordon Tire recycling: California tire regulatory fee and waste tire program Support Passed out of Appropriations  
AB 1315 Alejo Public contracts: water pollution prevention plans: delegation Oppose Held  
AB 1335 Atkins Building Homes and Jobs Act Support Passed out of Appropriations Hot
AB 1347 Chiu Public contracts: claims Oppose Passed out of Appropriations  
Senate Appropriations Suspense File
SB 16 Beall Transportation funding Support Passed out of Appropriations Hot
SB 25 Roth Local government finance: property tax revenue allocation: vehicle license fee adjustments Support Passed out of Appropriations Hot
SB 122 Jackson California Environmental Quality Act: record of proceedings Watch Passed out of Appropriations  
SB 239 Hertzberg Local services: contracts: fire protection services Oppose Passed out of Appropriations Hot
SB 254 Allen State highways: relinquishment Support Passed out of Appropriations  
SB 643 McGuire SB 643 (McGuire) Medical marijuana Support if amended Passed out of Appropriations Hot
 
 


 
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