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Legislature returns from recess with critical bills impacting cities set for hearings

The Legislature is back in session after a one-week hiatus for spring recess, and face a fast-approaching deadline at the end of April for policy committees to send fiscal bills to the appropriations committees. There are dozens of hearings scheduled in the Senate and Assembly over the next few weeks, and many key bills that would impact cities will be heard.
 
Most notably, two Cal Cities-supported broadband measures that seek to close the digital divide, AB 14 (Aguiar-Curry) and SB 4 (Gonzalez), will be heard in committees next week. SB 556 (Dodd), a wireless broadband measure that will remove local authority to manage public rights-of-way, will also be heard next week, as well as SB 9 (Atkins), which seeks to increase density in single-family zoned neighborhoods without respect to locally adopted housing plans.
 
Cal Cities is strongest when joined by the voices of city leaders and partners, and we urge member cities to submit position letters on these important bills and their impacts to communities as soon as possible.
 
Sample letters on three proposed bills that would greatly affect cities can be accessed in the Cal Cities’ Action Center. For questions or to receive a copy of the Action Alert for these bills, please contact your Regional Public Affairs Manager.
 
All legislative policy committee hearings are televised. Audio and video links can be found on the Senate and Assembly websites where they publish weekly television schedules online.
 
Below is a list of upcoming bills in committee that impact cities.
 
April 8
 
Assembly Privacy and Consumer Protection, 10:30 a.m., State Capitol, Room 4202
  • AB 859 (Irwin) Mobility devices: personal information. Cal Cities position: Oppose.
Assembly Labor and Employment, 10:30 a.m., State Capitol, Room 437
  • AB 654 (Reyes) COVID-19: exposure: notification. Cal Cities position: Oppose.
Senate Governance and Finance, upon adjournment of session, State Capitol, Room 4203
  • HOT SB 617 (Wiener) Residential solar energy systems: permitting. Cal Cities position: Oppose.
April 12
 
Senate Environmental Quality, 9 a.m., State Capitol, Room 4203
  • SB 289 (Newman) Recycling: batteries and battery-embedded products. Cal Cities position: Support.
Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications, upon adjournment of session, State Capitol, Senate Chambers
  • HOT SB 4 (Gonzalez) Communications: California Advanced Services Fund. Cal Cities position: Support.
April 13
 
Senate Transportation, 9 a.m., State Capitol. Senate Chambers
  • SB 640 (Becker) Transportation financing: jointly proposed projects. Cal Cities position: Support.
Senate Judiciary, 1:30 p.m., State Capitol, Senate Chamber
  • SB 16 (Skinner) Peace officers: release of records. Cal Cities position: Oppose.
  • SB 270 (Durazo) Public employment: labor relations: employee information. Cal Cities position: Oppose.
April 14
 
Assembly Communications and Conveyance, 1:30 p.m., State Capitol, Assembly Chamber
  • HOT AB 14 (Aguiar-Curry) Communications: broadband services: California Advanced Services Fund. Cal Cities position: Support.
  • AB 34 (Muratsuchi) Broadband for All Act of 2022. Cal Cities position: Support in Concept.
April 15
 
Senate Housing, 10:30, State Capitol, Senate Chambers
  • HOT SB 9 (Atkins) Housing development: approvals. Cal Cities position: Oppose unless Amended.
April 19
 
Senate Appropriations, 9 a.m., State Capitol, Room 4203
  • SB 788 (Bradford) Workers’ compensation: risk factors. Cal Cities position: Support if Amended.
Senate Energy, Utilities, and Communication, upon adjournment of session, State Capitol, Senate Chamber
  • SB 556 (Dodd) Street light poles, traffic signal poles, utility poles, and support structures: attachments. Cal Cities position: Oppose.
April 20
 
Senate Judiciary, 1:30 p.m., State Capitol. Senate Chamber
  • SB 323 (Caballero) Local government: water or sewer service: legal actions. Cal Cities position: Support.
April 21
 
Assembly Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials, 9 a.m., State Capitol, Room 4202
  • HOT AB 377 (Rivas, Robert) Water quality: impaired waters. Cal Cities position: Oppose.
April 26
 
Assembly Transportation, 2:30 p.m. State Capitol, Assembly Chamber
  • AB 550 (Chiu) Vehicles: speed safety system pilot program. Cal Cities position: Support.
April 27
 
Assembly Jobs, Economic Development, and the Economy, 9 a.m., State Capitol, Room 437
  • Subject: Tools for rebuilding vibrant local and regional economies, tools for inclusive business recovery, and tools for upskilling workers
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