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League Legislative Update Webinar Highlights Top Bills Affecting Local Control

The League urges cities to take action on top ten bills of concern

May 28, 2019
As the legislative cycle progresses, the League is closely monitoring a number of bills that would greatly impact cities, and are working hand-in-hand with members to stand up for city interests.
 
Last week, the League of California Cities hosted a briefing on the status of budget discussions and major bills that continue to threaten local control or are beneficial to cities.
 
While action by the policy and appropriations committees have reduced some of the threats this legislative season, city officials need to remain focused as bills pass out of their house of origin and budget negotiations accelerate. 
 
The webinar highlighted the top ten bills that severely impact local control, and called on cities to take action on these measures.
 
These bills are arranged by issue area and include: 
  1. SB 330 (Skinner) Housing Crisis Act of 2019.
  2. AB 1763 (Chiu) Density Bonus.  Affordable Housing.
  3. SB 13 (Wieckowski) Accessory Dwelling Units.
  4. AB 1356 (Ting) Cannabis. Local Jurisdictions. Retail Commercial Cannabis Use.
  5. AB 516 (Chiu) Authority to Remove Vehicles.
  6. AB 392 (Weber) Peace Officers. Deadly Force.
  7. AB 1400 (Kamlager Dove) Workers’ Compensation. Fire Service Personnel.
  8. SB 542 (Stern) Workers’ Compensation. Presumption.
  9. AB 849 (Bonta) Elections. Local Redistricting.
  10. SB 162 (Galgiani) Extension of California Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Financing Authority. Sales and Use Taxes.
View slides for the webinar and a recorded version of the briefing online. The webinar includes an update on legislation affecting: 
  • Items of interest to cities in the budget;
  • Local land use authority and affordable housing;
  • Homelessness issues and funding opportunities;
  • Employee relations and workers’ compensation;
  • Disaster response funding and policy;
  • Economic development and tax increment tool restoration;
  • Public safety, cannabis regulation and drones; and
  • Other legislation of critical importance.
In addition to the bills highlighted in the mid-legislative session webinar, the League issued a number of action alerts in both opposition and support of the most high priority bills, and needs help in ensuring the Legislature hears the voices of California cities.

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. Please also see the article published on May 6 in CA Cities Advocate titled “League Issues Action Alerts on Multiple Bills Affecting Cities” for details on recent action alerts.


 
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