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The League’s Priority Bills in the Final Weeks of Legislative Session

August 5, 2019
August 12 marks the Legislature’s return from summer recess, giving them until September 13 to pass bills before session concludes for the year.
 
Following the end of session, the Governor will have until October 13 to either sign or veto legislation. The League has compiled a list of the top eleven bills that severely impact local control and calls on cities to take action on these measures. Each of these measures are listed in bill number order and by the League’s position.
 
Cities are encouraged to send in position letters for each of these bills.
 
Bills to Support
HOT AB 213 (Reyes) Annexation Financing.
Restores funding to 140 cities that lost funds following the annexation of inhabited territory; reestablishes previous fiscal incentives for cities that annex inhabited territory.
Position: Support
Status: Senate Appropriations Committee           
 
HOT SB 5 (Beall/McGuire/Portantino) Affordable Housing and Community Development Investment Program.
Creates a local-state partnership to provide up to $2 billion annually to fund state-approved affordable housing, infrastructure, and economic development projects that also support state policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, expand transit oriented development (TOD), address poverty, and revitalize neighborhoods.  This measure restores RDA-type ongoing financing for these important projects.
Position: Support
Status: Assembly Appropriations Committee
 
HOT SB 54 (Allen) and AB 1080 (Gonzalez) California Circular Economy and Plastic Pollution Reduction Act.
Directs CalRecycle to adopt regulations by 2024 that require covered entities, which include people or companies that manufacture single-use packaging and products, to achieve a 75 percent reduction of waste generated from single-use packaging and priority single-use plastic products in the California market by 2030. SB 54 requires these covered entities to source reduce these single-use plastics through a combination of source reduction, recycling, or composting by 2030. This bill also requires all of these single-use plastic products be recyclable or compostable by 2030.
Position: Support
Status: Both in their respective Appropriations Committees
 
HOT SB 344 (McGuire) UUT Prepaid Mobile Telephony Collection.
Grants a one-year extension of a sunset date to the Local Prepaid Mobile Telephony Services Collection Act (Local Prepaid MTS) until January 1, 2021.  104 cities and counties benefit from this program, which has generated approximately $24 million since its inception.
Position: Support
Status: Assembly Appropriations Committee
 
HOT ACA 1 (Aguiar-Curry) Local Government Financing: Affordable Housing and Public Infrastructure. Voter Approval.
Reduces the local vote threshold for local bonds and taxes to invest in infrastructure and affordable housing from 2/3rds to 55 percent.
Position: Support
Status: Assembly Floor
 
Bills to Oppose
HOT AB 516 (Chiu) Authority to Remove Vehicles.
Eliminates the ability for cities and law enforcement to adequately enforce state and local vehicle violations. Specifically, the bill would eliminate the ability for cities and law enforcement to 1) “immobilize,” or place a boot on a vehicle, for motorists who ignore paying five or more parking tickets, 2) remove vehicles with expired registration that are operating illegally; and 3) remove vehicles in violation of parking time restrictions.
Position: Oppose
Status: Senate Appropriations Committee
 
HOT SB 330 (Skinner) Housing Crisis Act of 2019.
Declares a statewide housing crisis and for a five-year period, freezing nearly all development related fees once a developer submits a “preliminary” application, including essential project specific fees. Developers would have up to 2 1/2 years to begin construction and not be subject to any new fee. 
Position: Oppose
Status: Assembly Appropriations Committee
 
HOT SB 592 (Wiener) Housing Accountability Act.
Expands the Housing Accountability Act (HAA) to include ministerial projects and ministerial permits, and Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs).
Position: Oppose Unless Amended
Status: Assembly Appropriations Committee
 
HOT AB 1763 (Chiu) Density Bonus.  Affordable Housing.
Greatly expands existing Density Bonus Law by requiring, at the request of a developer, for 100 percent affordable housing projects, a city or county must award an 80 percent density bonus and four incentives and concessions.  For 100 percent affordable housing projects within one-half mile of a major transit stop or high quality bus corridor, a city or county would be required to allow unlimited density, four incentives and concessions, and up to three additional stories.
Position: Oppose Unless Amended
Status: Senate Appropriations Committee
 
HOT SB 266 (Leyva) Public Employees’ Retirement System. Disallowed Compensation. Benefit Adjustments.
Requires a public agency to pay directly from its General Fund any shortfall of a benefit should CalPERS determine that a retiree or their beneficiary has received disallowed compensation.  Additionally, the measure would permit the retiree to determine if they would like to receive one lump sum of the projected amortized amount of the benefit or force the agency to pay a monthly annuity from its general fund.
Position: Oppose
Status: Assembly Appropriations Committee
 
HOT SB 542 (Stern) Workers’ Compensation. Presumption.
Creates a new presumption for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) within the workers’ compensation system for police and fire personnel.
Position: Oppose
Status: Assembly Appropriations Committee
 
Stay Tuned: Following the end of the legislative session on September 13, the League plans to host a “Sign-Veto Webinar” wherein League staff will discuss bills pending the Governor’s signature or veto that affect local control.
 
Visit the League’s Action Center for the list of current action alerts, which will be updated regularly. If you have questions or would like to receive a copy of an action alert, please contact your Regional Public Affairs Manager. For a complete list of the League’s Bills of Interest, click here.


 
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