SB 827 (Wiener), one of the highest priority bills this year, failed to pass out of the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee. The measure would have effectively rezoned all land within one-half mile radius of a “major transit stop” to accommodate buildings up to seven stories tall. Although the measure is not moving forward this year, the issue will remain part of ongoing discussions on how to create legislation that strikes a balance between community-based planning and state goals.
Another League hot bill, AB 1912 (Rodriguez) also had its first policy committee hearing. The Assembly Public Employees, Retirement and Social Security Committee passed the measure, which will be heard on April 24 in the Assembly Judiciary Committee. AB 1912 would apply retroactive and prospective joint and several liabilities to each originating agency of a JPA for all retirement-related liabilities. It would also mandate that a retirement agency sue each originating agency of a JPA for full liability damages, including attorney fees. Even with recent amendments, this bill remains very problematic for cities. The measures still conflicts with provisions in the California Constitution, creates funding and operational impairments, contributes to the downgrading of an agency’s credit rating and will likely limit cities’ ability to use JPAs as a tool to provide services.
Below is a list of additional League hot bills and an update on their progress through the Legislature.
HOT AB 1775 (Muratsuchi) State Lands: Leasing: Oil and Gas.
Prohibits the State Lands Commission (SLC) or local trustees from entering into new lease agreements, or renewing, expanding, or modifying existing agreements that would result in increased oil or natural gas from federal waters. Status: Passed out of Assembly Natural Resources and will next be heard in Assembly Appropriations.
HOT AB 2268 (Reyes) Local Government Finance: Property Tax Revenue Allocations: Vehicle License Fee Adjustments.
Restores funding to approximately 140 cities that had annexed inhabited territory in reliance on previous financial incentives, then suffered significant fiscal harm when those funds were swept away due to the passage of SB 89 (2011). Offers similar incentives to support future annexations of inhabited territory to improve services to affected residents consistent with the state Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) policies. Status: Passed out of Assembly Local Government and will next be heard in Assembly Appropriations.
HOT AB 2812 (Limón) Data Storage and Protection Standards: Local Agencies.
Incentivizes public-private partnerships by establishing the Office of Local Cloud Migration and Digital Innovation under the purview of the California Department of Technology (CDT). The Office of Local Cloud Migration and Digital Innovation will help guide cities and provide resources to modernize IT infrastructure. Status: Passed out of Assembly Privacy and Consumer Protection and will next be heard in Assembly Appropriations.
HOT AB 3162 (Friedman) Alcoholism or Drug Abuse Recovery Or Treatment Facilities.
Assists in maintaining residential neighborhoods as a therapeutic environment for the social integration of disabled persons, including recovering alcoholics and addicts. Reforms outdated regulations for the licensing of residential drug and alcohol treatment facilities to enable the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) to ensure compliance with existing licensing laws. Status: Passed out of Assembly Health and will next be on the Assembly Floor.
HOT SB 833 (McGuire) Emergency Alerts: Evacuation Orders: Operators.
Requires Cal Office of Emergency Services (OES) to ensure each city & county office of emergency management is a registered federal Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) operator and has all the software, hardware, and training to operate that system. Also requires “Red Alerts” for evacuations. Status: Passed out of Senate Governmental Organization and will next be heard in Senate Appropriations.
HOT SB 834 (Jackson) State Lands: Leasing: Oil and Gas.
Prohibits expanded offshore oil and natural gas production off the California coast. Would prohibit the State Lands Commission (SLC) or local trustees from entering into new lease agreements, or renewing, expanding, or modifying existing agreements that would result in increased oil or natural gas from federal waters. Status: Passed out of Senate Natural Resources and Water and will next be heard in Senate Appropriations.
HOT AB 3121 (Kalra) Evidentiary Privileges: Union Agent-Represented Worker Privilege.
Establishes union-agent represented worker privilege for a new standard of evidentiary privilege. Inhibits an agency’s ability to conduct thorough investigations into allegations of misconduct. Status: Passed out of Assembly Judiciary and will next be heard on the Assembly Floor.
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