2016 Priority Legislation



Stewardship Program for Collection and Disposal of Unwanted Covered Drugs and Unwanted Sharps: SUPPORT
This ordinance would establish a Parmaceutical and Sharps Stewardship Program that: (1) allows for the safe, convenient, and sustainable collection and disposal of unwanted drugs and sharps by county residents, and (2) protects, maintains, restores and/or enhances the environment and its natural resources.



H.R. 2694 (Rep. David Cicilline [RI-01]): Automatic Voter Registration Act: SUPPORT
To amend the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 to require each State to ensure that each individual who provides identifying information to the State motor vehicle authority is automatically registered to vote in elections for Federal office held in the State unless the individual does not meet the eligibility requirements for registering to vote in such elections or declines to be registered to vote in such elections, and for other purposes.

H.R. 3910 (Rep. Steven Israel [NY-03]): Weekend Voting Act: SUPPORT
This bill would change the date of Federal elections and establish polling place hours.  The first Saturday and Sunday of the month of November would be the new established day of the election.  Polling places would be open from Saturday at 10:00 a.m. EST and end on Sunday at 6:00 p.m. EST.  Polling places may close per state law between Saturday 10:00 p.m. local time and Sunday, 6:00 a.m. local time.



AB 1561 (Asm. Garcia): Sales & Use Taxes: Exemption: Tampons: SUPPORT
Establishes a sales and use tax (SUT) exemption for sanitary napkins and tampons. Existing law Imposes a sales tax on retailers for the privilege of selling tangible personal property (TPP), absent a specific exemption. AB 1561 removes this tax on sanitary napkins and tampons.

AB 2650 (Asm. Nazarian): Divestment from Turkey: SUPPORT
This bill would amend Section 16642 of, and add Section 7513.76 to the Government Code. This bill would prohibit the boards of administration of the Public Employees’ Retirement System and State Teachers’ Retirement System from making new or additional investments—or renewing existing investments—in investment vehicles owned, controlled, or managed by the government of Turkey. The bill would also require that these boards liquidate existing investments in these investment vehicles on or before July 1, 2018. These boards would also have to make a specified report of these actions to the Legislature and the Governor on or before January 1, 2019. The bill would not require, however, that a board take any actions that it in good faith determines are inconsistent with their constitutional financial duties.

SB 1150 (Sen. Leno): Mortgages & Deeds of Trust: Mortgage Servicers & Lenders: Successors in Interest: SUPPORT
This bill would prohibit a mortgage servicer or lender, as defined, upon notification that a borrower has died, from recording a notice of default for at least 30 days after requesting reasonable documentation of the death of the borrower from the successor in interest. The bill would require the mortgage servicer or lender to contact the successor in interest in person or by telephone in order to assess the successor’s financial situation and explore options for the successor to avoid foreclosure, provide the successor in interest with information about loan assumption options and foreclosure avoidance programs, and allow a successor in interest to simultaneously apply to assume the deceased borrower’s loan and to apply to receive a loan modification. It will provide surviving family members with the opportunity to receive basic information about the loan, request an assumption and loan modification, and be given a fair consideration as to whether they will be able to keep their home.

SB 308 (Sen. Wieckowski): Ensuring Fairness in Bankruptcy: SUPPORT
This would provide tools for debtors to retain money and homes in cases of bankruptcy. This law would allow persons who have employment law claims to retain their claim regardless of financial situation. The homestead reinvestment requirement would be removed. The homestead exemption would be raised to $100,000 for individuals, $150,000 to families, and $300,000 to the elderly or disabled.


SB 887 (Sen. Pavley): Natural Gas Storage Wells: SUPPORT
Requires the Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources to inspect all natural gas storage wells serving or located in a natural gas storage facility before January 1, 2018, and prescribe standards for such storage wells. Additionally, all natural gas storage wells in existence on or before December 31, 2016 to be subject to the standards of this bill, and all natural gas storage wells older than a certain age be phased out. This bill would prohibit the Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) from issuing permits to new natural gas storage wells that are within a certain distance of sensitive receptors. In the event of a gas leak, this bill requires that preparations for the drilling of a relief well be made within 24 hours, as well as require the operator during such a leak inform DOGGR immediately, who are in turn required to post information regarding the leak on their website. The bill requires the State Air Resources Board creates guidelines for the monitoring of ambient concentrations of natural gas in these storage facilities, and these facilities must develop and submit a monitoring plan that meets these requirements.

SB 380 (Sen. Pavley): Natural Gas – Aliso Canyon: SUPPORT
This bill will continue the moratorium already in effect through the Governor’s State of Emergency order and require an immediate moratorium on natural gas injection into the Aliso Canyon Reservoir. The bill will also restrict production of gas through vintage wells at Aliso Canyon unless needed for leak response or to ensure regional energy reliability.


AB 1563 (Asm. Rodriguez): Victim’s Compensation – Claims/Appeal: SUPPORT
This bill would require the Victim’s Compensation Board to make a decision on an appeals application within six months of receiving the application unless there is insufficient information to make a decision. Further, this bill requires the Board to inform an applicant in writing if any information is missing from the application within six months of receiving the application.

AB 1675 (Asm. Stone): Juveniles – Prostitution: SUPPORT
This bill would ensure that minors who participate in acts of prostitution are treated as victims of sexual exploitation instead of as criminals. The measure would prohibit a juvenile court from exercising delinquency jurisdiction over a minor who participates in an act of prostitution.


SB 1465 (Sen. De Leon): 2024 Olympic Games & Paralympic Games: SUPPORT
This bill allows the Governor to sign agreements with the International Olympic and Paralympic Committee with the purpose of selecting Los Angeles as the host of the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The bill would hold the Governor and the endorsed municipality accountable for a self-sufficient bid for financing the games. Additionally, those two entities would be held jointly accountable by an Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games (OCOG) for any financial deficit as a result of the games.

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