Priority Legislation


LACDP Priority Legislation 2019
as of March 2019

State Legislation

AB 164 (Asm. Sabrina Cervantes (D)):  Firearms: Prohibited Persons – SUPPORT 

Under existing law, a person who purchases or receives a firearm, attempts to purchase or receive a firearm, or owns or possesses a firearm knowing that the person is prohibited from doing so by a temporary restraining order, an injunction, or a protective order, as specified, is guilty of a crime.

This bill would expand the scope of this crime to a person who is prohibited from purchasing or possessing a firearm in any jurisdiction by a valid temporary restraining order, injunction, or protective order issued in another jurisdiction.

In short, it adds the words “from doing so in any other jurisdiction” to existing law; meaning orders or injunctions from jurisdictions outside the area would also make these actions a crime.

AB 392 (Asm. Shirley Weber (D) & Asm. Kevin McCarty (D)):
Peace Officers: Deadly Force – SUPPORT

This bill would redefine the circumstances under which a homicide by a peace officer is deemed justifiable to include when the killing is in self-defense or the defense of another, consistent with the existing legal standard for self-defense, or when the killing is necessary to prevent the escape of a fleeing felon whose immediate apprehension is necessary to prevent death or serious injury. The bill would additionally bar the use of this defense if the peace officer acted in a criminally negligent manner that caused the death, including if the officer’s criminally negligent actions created the necessity for the use of deadly force.  Lastly, the bill would also affirmatively prescribe the circumstances under which a peace officer is authorized to use deadly force to effect an arrest, to prevent escape or to overcome resistance.

AB 1507 (Asm. Christy Smith (D), Asm. Kevin McCarty (D) & Asm. Patrick O’Donnell (D)): Charter Schools: Location – SUPPORT

This bill would delete the authority of a charter school to locate outside the jurisdiction or geographic boundaries of the chartering school district because the charter school has attempted to locate a single site or facility to house the entire program, but a site or facility is unavailable in the area in which the charter school chooses to locate, or the site is needed for temporary use during a construction or expansion project.

SB 5 (Sen. Jim Beall (D) & Sen. Mike McGuire (D)):
Local-State Sustainable Investment Incentive Program – OPPOSE

This bill would establish in state government the Local-State Sustainable Investment Incentive Program (LSSIIP), which would be administered by the Sustainable Investment Incentive Committee (SIIC). The bill would authorize a city, county, city and county, joint powers agency, enhanced infrastructure financing district, affordable housing authority, community revitalization and investment authority or transit village development district to apply to the SIIC to participate in the program and would authorize the committee to approve or deny applications for projects meeting specific criteria. Additionally, the bill would require the SIIC to adopt guidelines for applications and approve no more than $200,000,000 per year from Jul. 1, 2020, to Jun. 30, 2025, and $250,000,000 per year from Jul. 1, 2025, to Jun. 30, 2029, in reductions in annual Educational Revenue Augmentation Fund (ERAF) contributions for applicants for projects approved pursuant to this program. This bill would provide that eligible projects include, among other things, construction of workforce and affordable housing, certain transit oriented development, and projects promoting strong neighborhoods. Lastly, the bill would require the SIIC, upon approval of a project application, to issue an order directing the county auditor to reduce the total amount of ad valorem property tax revenue otherwise required to be contributed to the county’s ERAF from the applicant by the annual reduction amount approved. The bill would require a county auditor, if the applicant is an enhanced infrastructure financing district, affordable housing authority, transit village development district, or community revitalization investment authority, to transfer to the district or authority an amount of property tax revenue equal to the reduction amount approved by the SIIC.

SB 24 (Sen. Connie Leyva (D)): Public Health: Public University Student Health Centers: Abortion By Medication Techniques – SUPPORT

This bill would express findings and declarations of the Legislature relating to the availability of abortion by medication techniques at on-campus student health centers at public postsecondary educational institutions in the state.  Additionally, the bill would require, on and after Jan. 1, 2023, each student health care services clinic on a California State University (CSU) or University of California (UC) campus to offer abortion by medication techniques, as specified. The bill would require the Commission on the Status of Women and Girls to administer the College Student Health Center Sexual and Reproductive Health Preparation Fund, which the bill would establish. The bill would continuously appropriate the moneys in that fund to the commission for grants to these student health care clinics for specified activities in preparation for providing abortion by medication techniques, thereby making an appropriation. The bill would provide that its requirements would be implemented only if, and to the extent that, a total of at least $10,290,000 in private moneys is made available to the fund in a timely manner on or after Jan. 1, 2020.  Lastly, the bill would require the commission to submit a report to the Legislature, on or before Dec. 31, 2021, and on or before Dec. 31 of every year thereafter, until Dec. 31, 2026, that includes, but is not necessarily limited to, specified information relating to abortion by medication techniques at these student health clinics.

SB 36 (Sens. Robert Hertzberg (D) & Holly Mitchell (D)): Pretrial Release: Risk Assessment Tools – SUPPORT

 Existing law, beginning Oct. 1, 2019, requires Pretrial Assessment Services, as defined, to assess a person arrested or detained, as specified, according to a risk assessment instrument, as defined. Existing law requires Pretrial Assessment Services to release from confinement specified individuals based on that risk assessment, and, if the person is not released, to submit that assessment to the court for use in its pretrial release or detention decision.

This bill would require each county to maintain specified data for each individual that undergoes an assessment using the risk assessment tool.

In short, this bill provides standards to minimize bias where risk assessment tools are being used.

SB 41 (Sen. Robert Hertzberg (D)):  Civil Actions: Damages: SUPPORT

Existing law authorizes a person who suffers a loss or harm to himself or herself, or his or her property, from an unlawful act or omission of another to recover monetary compensation, known as damages, from the person in fault. Existing law specifies the measure of damages as the amount which will compensate for the loss or harm, whether anticipated or not, and requires the damages awarded be reasonable.

This bill would prohibit the estimation, measure, or calculation of civil damages from being based on, or considering, race, ethnicity, gender, religion, or sexual orientation.

SB 47 (Sen. Ben Allen (D)): Initiative, Referendum, And Recall Petitions: Disclosures – SUPPORT

This bill would require, for a state or local initiative, referendum, or recall petition that requires voter signatures and for which the circulation is paid for by a committee, that an Official Top Funders disclosure be made, either on the petition or on a separate sheet, that identifies the name of the committee, any top contributors, and the month and year during which the Official Top Funders disclosure is valid. The bill would require the committee to create an Official Top Funders sheet meeting certain requirements and would authorize the committee to create a page on an Internet Web site that includes a link to the most recent Official Top Funders sheet and a link to the full text of the measure. The bill would require the committee to submit the Official Top Funders sheet and any updates to the Secretary of State, who would be required to post that statement on the Secretary of State’s Internet Web site along with the previous versions the committee submitted.

The bill would amend existing provisions to make certain misrepresentations with regard to the Official Top Funders disclosures a crime. By expanding the scope of an existing crime, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program. The bill would require the circulator to certify under the penalty of perjury that the circulator showed each signer a valid and unfalsified “Official Top Funders” sheet if the petition does not include a specified disclosure statement. The bill would authorize the pages of a petition to be bound together by any reasonable method, including the use of staples.

SB 50 (Sen. Scott Wiener (D)):
Planning And Zoning: Housing Development: Equitable Communities Incentive – OPPOSE

This bill would require a city, county, or city and county to grant upon request an equitable communities incentive when a development proponent seeks and agrees to construct a residential development, as defined, that satisfies specified criteria, including, among other things, that the residential development is either a job-rich housing project or a transit-rich housing project, as those terms are defined; the site does not contain, or has not contained, housing occupied by tenants or accommodations withdrawn from rent or lease in accordance with specified law within specified time periods; and the residential development complies with specified additional requirements under existing law. The bill would require that a residential development eligible for an equitable communities incentive receive waivers from maximum controls on density and automobile parking requirements greater than 0.5 parking spots per unit, up to 3 additional incentives or concessions under the Density Bonus Law, and specified additional waivers if the residential development is located within a 1/2-mile or 1/4-mile radius of a major transit stop, as defined. The bill would authorize a local government to modify or expand the terms of an equitable communities incentive, provided that the equitable communities incentive is consistent with these provisions.  Additionally, the bill would include findings that the changes proposed by this bill address a matter of statewide concern rather than a municipal affair and, therefore, apply to all cities, including charter cities. The bill would also declare the intent of the Legislature to delay implementation of this bill in sensitive communities, as defined, until Jul. 1, 2020, as provided.

Federal Legislation:

HR 7 / S 270 (Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D) [CT-03] / Sen. Patty Murray (D) [WA]): Paycheck Fairness Act – SUPPORT

This bill would strengthen and close loopholes in the Equal Pay Act of 1963 by holding employers accountable for discriminatory practices, ending the practice of pay secrecy, easing workers’ ability to individually or jointly challenge pay discrimination, and strengthening the available remedies for wronged employees.

HR 1111 (Rep. Barbara Lee (D) [CA-13]):
Department Of Peacebuilding Act Of 2019 – REAFFIRM SUPPORT

This bill establishes a Department of Peacebuilding in the executive branch, dedicated to peacebuilding, peacemaking, and the study and promotion of conditions conducive to both domestic and international peace and a culture of peace.

HJ RES 46 (Rep. Joaquin Castro (D) [TX-20]):
Relating To A National Emergency Declared By The President on Feb. 15, 2019 – SUPPORT

This joint resolution terminates the national emergency related to the U.S.-Mexico border, declared by the President on February 15, 2019.

Previously Endorsed Legislation

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