2013 Priority Legislation


Resolution: (Council Members Bonin, Koretz): Fracking Moratorium
Asks the city attorney and planning officials to craft an ordinance to “change the zoning code to prohibit all activity associated with well stimulation, including, but not limited to, hydraulic fracturing, gravel packing, and acidizing, or any combination thereof, and the use of waste disposal injection wells” in the City of Los Angeles and along the City’s water supply route.


AB 10 (Asm. Alejo): Minimum Wage: Annual Adjustment
Would increase the state’s minimum wage from its current rate of $8.00 per hour to $10.00 per hour over a five-year period (as follows): $8.25 per hour, beginning January 1, 2014; $8.75 per hour, beginning January 1, 2015; $9.25 per hour, beginning January 1, 2016; $9.50 per hour, beginning January 1, 2017; $10.00 per hour, beginning January 1, 2018.

AB 241 (Asm. Ammiano): Domestic Work Employees: Labor Standards
The bill defines what constitutes a “domestic work employee” and “domestic work employer,” among others. It specifies that a domestic work employee who is a personal attendant shall not be employed more than nine hours in any workday or more than 45 hours in any workweek, unless the employee receives one and one-half times the employee’s regular rate of pay for all hours worked beyond the nine in one workday or 45 in the workweek. It requires the Governor to convene a committee composed of personal and the employers of personal attendants, and/or their representatives, to study and report to the Governor on the effects that these provisions have on personal attendants and their employers. It establishes a January 1, 2017 sunset date for these provisions, and as of that date are repealed unless a later enacted statute deletes or extends this sunset date.

AB 639: (Asm. Speaker Pérez): Veterans Housing and Homeless Prevention Act
This bill would amend the Veterans’ Bond Act of 2008 to reduce the amount of bonds that are authorized to be issued under the act from $900,000,000 to $300,000,000. The bill would instead authorized the issuance of bonds in the amount of $600,000,000, as specified, for expenditure by the Department of Housing and Community Development for purposes of the construction, rehabilitation, and preservation of multifamily housing for veterans, in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs. The bill would authorize the legislature to amend the provisions of this act, by majority vote, under specified criteria. The bill would impose a specified reporting requirement on the California Housing Finance Agency.

AB 123: (Asm. Bonta): Pupil instruction: Social Sciences: Farm Labor Movement: Filipinos
Requires the State Board of Education (SBE) to ensure that state curriculum and framework, where appropriate, include information on the role of immigrants, including Filipino Americans, in the history of the farm labor movement, as specified.

AB 149: (Asm. Weber): Voting Rights: Inmates and Persons Formerly Incarcerated
Requires provision of voting rights guides and voter registration affidavits to state parolees, county jail inmates, and probationers, as specified. Specifically, this bill,
1) Requires the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) to provide the most recent version of the Secretary of State’s (SOS) voting rights guide for incarcerated persons and a voter registration affidavit to every parolee upon completion of parole.
2) Requires each county jail to provide the most recent version of the SOS’s voting rights guide for incarcerated person to each inmate, and, at the request of an inmate who is an eligible voter, a voter registration affidavit.
3) Requires each county probation department to provide the most recent version of the SOS’s voting rights guide for incarcerated persons to every person under the department’s supervision, and, at the request of a probationer who is an eligible voter, a voter registration affidavit.
4) Requires state prisons, county jails, and probation departments to obtain voter registration affidavits from county election officials and the voting rights guide from the SOS.

AB 156: (Asm.Holden): Human Trafficking: Interception of Electronic Communications
Expands the provisions authorizing interception of wire or electronic communications to apply if a judge determines that, among other things, there is probable cause to believe that an individual is committing, has committed, or is about to commit a violation of human trafficking.

AB 214: (Asm. Skinner): Voting: State Of Emergency
Requires the Secretary of State (SOS), by December 31, 2014, to establish procedures and publish guidelines for voting in the event of a natural disaster or other state of emergency. Requires the SOS to submit a report to the Legislature on the readiness of the state to hold elections during or following a natural disaster or other state of emergency. Requires the report to be submitted in accordance with current law, and makes this requirement inoperative on December 31, 2018, as specified by current law.

AB 641: (Asm. Rendon): Child Care: Family Child Care Providers: Bargaining Rep
This bill establishes the Quality Family Child Care Act, which authorizes family childcare providers to form, join, and participate in “provider organizations” for the purpose of negotiating with state agencies on reimbursements and other matters.

AB 711: (Asm. Rendon): Hunting: Nonlead Ammunition
This bill requires nonlead ammunition for shooting wildlife in California. Specifically, this bill:
1) Requires nonlead ammunition for the taking of all wildlife in California, including game mammals, game birds, nongame birds, and nongame mammals, with any firearm.
2) Requires the Fish and Game Commission (FGC), by July 1, 2014, to certify, by regulation, nonlead ammunition for these purposes. This bill also expands the FGC’s existing authority statewide to establish a process to provide hunters with nonlead ammunition at no or reduced charge.

AB 760: )Asm. Dickinson): Taxes: Ammunition Sales
This bill would impose a 5 cent ($0.05) tax on each munition sold at retail in the state, and upon each munition purchased out of state or on the Internet, but intended for use in California. Further, the bill would dedicate the revenue collected from this tax to the School-Based Early Mental Health Intervention and Prevention Services for Children grant program that has existed since 1991.

AB 880: (Asm. Gomez): Medi-Cal Program Costs: Large Employer Responsibility
Creates the Employer Responsibility for Medi-Cal Cost of Employees Act of 2013 (Act). Requires large employers, employing 500 or more employees, to pay a penalty, as specified if their employees, who work more than eight hours per week, are enrolled in Medi-Cal based on the Modified Adjusted Gross Income (MAGI) eligibility standard. Specifies a formula for calculating the penalty based on the average cost of health care coverage provided to employees of large employers. Requires the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) to determine the penalty, based on the calculation. Requires the Employment Development Department (EDD) to provide notice of the amount and to collect the penalty. Creates the Employer Responsibility for Medi-Cal Trust Fund (Fund) and requires monies collected from the penalties to be deposited in the Fund and used in the Medi-Cal program.

AB 978: (Asm. Blumenfield): Financial institutions: Iran sanctions
Requires the Commissioner of Financial Institutions (CFI) to prescribe regulations for licensees that maintain a correspondence account or a payable-through account with a foreign institution for the purpose of compliance, as specified, under the federal Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Divestment Act of 2010 (Iran Sanctions Act).

AB 1301: (Asm. Bloom): Oil and Gas: Hydraulic Fracturing
Prohibits hydraulic fracturing operations until the Legislature enacts subsequent legislation that determines whether and under what conditions hydraulic fracturing may be conducted while protecting the public health and safety and the natural resources of the state.

ABX 1-1: (Asm. Speaker Pérez): Medi-Cal Eligibility
Enacts statutory changes necessary to implement the coverage expansion, eligibility, simplified enrollment and retention provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 as amended by the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 (collectively referred to as the Affordable Care Act or ACA) related to the Medicaid Program (Medi-Cal in California) and the California Children’s Health Insurance Program.

LIFE ACT LEGISLATIVE PACKAGE (7 of 8 bills in the package, as listed below):

SB 47 (Sen. Yee): Firearms: Assault Weapons – Bullet Button
This bill clarifies existing law by defining “fixed magazine” in statute, closing the loophole that allows tools to rapidly detach and replace magazines from semi-automatic rifles (i.e. bullet buttons). It would also give the California Department of Justice (DOJ) the authority to update and bring into compliance existing regulations, and seeks to reestablish the original intent of the assault weapon ban by slowing down the process of easily reloading a firearm.

SB 53 (Sen. De Leon): Ammunition: Purchase Permits
Expanding on what various local jurisdictions are already doing, this bill requires anyone wishing to purchase ammunition in California to obtain a purchase permit first, by passing a complete background check.

SB 140 (Sen. Leno): Firearms: Prohibited Persons – Signed By Governor 5/1/13
This bill appropriates $24,000,000 from the Dealers’ Record of Sale Special Account to the Department of Justice to address the backlog in the Armed Prohibited Persons System (APPS), thereby making an appropriation. The bill requires the DOJ to report to the Joint Legislative Budget Committee regarding ways the backlog in APPS has been reduced or eliminated, as specified.

SB 374 (Sen. President Pro Tem Steinberg & Sens. Hancock, Yee): Firearms: Assault Weapons – Fixed Magazines
This bill prohibits the future sale, purchase, manufacture, importation, or transfer in California of semi-automatic rifles that can accept detachable magazines. The bill would require those who currently legally possess such a firearm to register the firearm by July 1, 2015.

SB 396 (Sen. Hancock & Sen. President Pro Tem Steinberg): Firearms: Magazine Capacity – High Capacity
This bill prohibits the possession of large capacity ammunition magazines over 10 rounds, regardless of when the magazine was acquired. The bill provides for any person who legally possessed a large capacity magazine to lawfully dispose of the magazine by selling it to a firearms dealer, removing it from the state, destroying it, or surrendering it to law enforcement by 7/1/2014.

SB 567 (Sen. Jackson): Firearms: Shotguns – Shotgun Definition
Current law prohibits the possession of a shotgun with a revolving ammunition cylinder, but because newer firearms have rifled bores, they do not fall within the definition of “shotgun.” By updating this definition, SB 567 would bring these firearms within the scope of the current assault weapons ban.

SB 683 (Sen. Block): Firearms: Firearm Safety Certificate
This bill expands the current requirement for a firearms safety certificate from handguns to all new gun purchases. This requirement would not apply to long guns owned by persons with valid hunting licenses

SB 2: (Sens. Lieu & Yee): Campaign Finance
Repeal the reporting requirements from the Political Reform Act of 1974. This bill would establish quarterly statements, monthly statements, pre-election statements, post-election statements, and cumulative statements for filing, as specified. This bill would increase the fines for improperly reporting laundered or earmarked contributions to include a fine to be deposited into the Political Disclosure, Accountability, Transparency, and Access Fund, as specified. The bill would also increase the fines and penalties imposed on campaign statements and reports that are filed late. The act also regulates advertisements and mass mailing (slate mailers). The act requires a ballot measure committee, within 30 days of designating the numerical order of propositions appearing on the ballot, to identify itself as committee for or against that numbered proposition in all required references. The act is administered and enforced by the Fair Political Practices Commission. The act authorizes the Commission to perform discretionary investigations and audits with respect to campaign and lobbying reports and statements that are filed with the Secretary of State. This bill would also authorize the Fair Political Practices Commission to regulate the use of automatic dialing-announcing devices if the device is used to disseminate prerecorded messages that advocate support of, or opposition to, a candidate, a ballot measure, or both. The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement. This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.

SB 4: (Sen. Pavley): Hydraulic Fracturing
This bill establishes a comprehensive regulatory program for oil and gas well stimulation treatments (e.g., hydraulic fracturing, acid well stimulation), which includes, among other things, a study, the development of regulations, a permitting process, and public notification and disclosure.

SB 49: (Sen. Lieu & Sen. President Pro Tem Steinberg): School Safety Plans
This bill provides an enforcement mechanism to ensure that principals and school districts are complying with existing law regarding the school safety plan, and extends from annually to March 1 of every third year the frequency of review of safety plans. It also requires charter school petitions to include a description of a school safety plan. SB 49 authorizes the Superintendent of Public Instruction to withhold the next principle apportionment to schools that have submitted an annual fiscal audit indicating noncompliance with the school safety plan or failure to report noncompliance. SB 49 will shield our students and faculty against the potential danger that can result from having an un-established and poorly maintained school safety plan.

SB 52: (Sen. Leno & Hill): The California Disclose Act
This bill would repeal and recast several definitions. Repeal a committee identification requirement and the disclosure statement requirements relating to advertisements for or against any ballot measure paid for by any person whose cumulative contributions are $50,000 and advertisements paid for by an independent expenditure. The bill would impose new disclosure statement requirements for radio advertisements, prerecorded telephonic messages, television or video advertisements, and mass mailing or print advertisements that would require the identification of identifiable contributors, ballot measures, and other funding details, as specified. The bill would also require a committee, in prescribed circumstances, to establish and maintain a campaign disclosure Internet Web site for each of its campaigns for the purpose of making a contribution disclosure statement. The bill would require covered organizations, as defined, that make campaign-related disbursements or expenditures exceeding a certain amount to comply with disclosure and accounting requirements. Covered organizations would be required to keep an accounting of all original contributors of political purpose funds and to make this accounting available for audit by the Fair Political Practices Commission. The bill would provide that, in addition to other remedies, a person who makes a covered transfer of political purpose funds in violation of specified requirements is liable in a civil or administrative action brought by the Fair Political Practices Commission or any person for a fine up to 3 times the amount of the covered transfer. By introducing new disclosure requirements, the violation of which would be a misdemeanor, the bill would create a new crime, thereby imposing a state-mandated local program.

SB 360: (Sen. Padilla): Certification of Voting Systems – Pilot Program
Amends the California Elections Code in order to allow jurisdictions to pilot new and innovative voting systems with the approval of the Secretary of State; requires the Secretary of State to adopt and publish regulations governing the pilot program and authorizes the Secretary of State to certify, conditionally approve, or withhold approval of a voting system. According to an analysis by the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s Office, this bill will not impact the integrity, security, and accuracy of voting systems. By allowing jurisdictions to pilot new and innovative voting systems, California will be able to replace aging voting systems that have not kept up with population changes.

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