Priority Legislation List – 2017
CON. RES. 3 (Sen. Michael Enzi (R) [WY]): Concurrent resolution setting forth the congressional budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2017 and setting forth the appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2018 through 2026: OPPOSE
Budget resolution that sets the stage for broad swaths of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to be repealed through a process known as budget reconciliation. Repealing parts of the ACA will happen when committees from both chambers will meet to create instructions telling budget committee what repeal should look like.
H.R. 10 (Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R) [TX-05]): Financial CHOICE Act of 2017: OPPOSE
This bill eliminates major consumer safeguards created in the wake of the disastrous financial crisis of 2008. The bill would weaken regulatory powers that pre-date the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act, and eliminate long-standing rights of shareholders to hold companies accountable for corporate misbehavior. In addition, it would destroy the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and obliterate consumer protections as we currently know them.
H.R. 1229 (Rep. Barbara Lee (D) [CA-13]: Repeal of the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF): SUPPORT
This bill declares that Congress finds that the Authorization for Use of Military Force (P.L. 107-40) has been used to justify an open-ended authorization for the use of military force and such an interpretation is inconsistent with the authority of Congress to declare war and make all laws for executing powers vested by the Constitution in the U.S. government. The bill repeals the Authorization for Use of Military Force, effective 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act.
H.R. 610 (Rep. Steve King (R) [IA-04]: To Distribute Federal Funds for Elementary & Secondary Education In The Form Of Vouchers For Eligible Students & To Repeal A Certain Rule Relating To Nutrition Standards In Schools: OPPOSE
This bill establishes an education voucher program, through which each state shall distribute block grant funds among local educational agencies (LEAs) based on the number of eligible children within each LEA’s geographical area. Additionally, it repeals a specified rule that established certain nutrition standards for the national school lunch and breakfast programs. (In general, the rule requires schools to increase the availability of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and low-fat or fat free milk in school meals; reduce the levels of sodium, saturated fat and trans fat in school meals; and meet children’s nutritional needs within their caloric requirements).
H.R. 899 (Rep. Massie Thomas (R) [KY-04]): To Abolish Federal Department of Education: OPPOSE
This bill seeks to terminate The Department of Education on December 31, 2018.
H.R. 861 (Rep. Matt Gaetz (R) [FL-01]): To Terminate the Environmental Protection Agency: OPPOSE
This bill seeks to transition in oversight and regulations from the federal government to individual states.
H.R. 1111 (Rep. Barbara Lee (D) [CA-13]): Department of Peacebuilding Act of 2017: REAFFIRM SUPPORT
This bill establishes a Department of Peacebuilding in the executive branch, to be headed by a Secretary of Peacebuilding, dedicated to peacebuilding, peacemaking, and the study and promotion of conditions conducive to both domestic and international peace and a culture of peace.
H.R. 7 (Rep. Christopher Smith (R) [NJ-04]) / S. 184 (Sen. Roger Wicker (R) [MS]): No Taxpayer Funding For Abortion & Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2017: OPPOSE
This bill would make permanent the existing Hyde amendment (a legislative provision that bars the use of federal money to pay for abortion) & would also affect women’s ability to use private health insurance purchased through the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) to cover abortion. Furthermore, it prohibits abortions at facilities owned or operated by the federal government, and prevents federal employees from performing abortions within the scope of their employment. Lastly, it prohibits premium tax credits and cost-sharing subsidies authorized under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) from being granted for health plans that include elective abortion coverage, and also prohibits small business tax credits authorized under PPACA for health plans offered by an employer that include elective abortion coverage.
H.R. 1628 (Rep. Diane Black (R) [TN-06]): American Health Care Act of 2017: OPPOSE
This bill, the American Health Care Act (AHCA), would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (commonly known as Obamacare) through the reconciliation process. In general, the bill repeals Obamacare’s individual and employer mandates, in addition to taxes on health insurance premiums, medical devices, and over-the-counter drugs. It makes reforms to premium assistance tax credits before repealing and replacing them with refundable tax credits, gives states the ability to take their Medicaid funding in the form of block grants rather than open-ended federal support, and makes health savings accounts more accessible to consumers. It would, however, retain two notable provisions of Obamacare: people with pre-existing conditions would not be excluded from coverage and children up to age 26 could remain covered by their parents’ health insurance plans.
H.R. 400 (Rep. Diane Black (R) [TN-06]) / S. 87 (Sen. Pat Toomey (R) [PA]): Stop Dangerous Sanctuary Cities Act: OPPOSE
This bill prohibits a sanctuary jurisdiction from receiving grants under certain Economic Development Assistance Programs and the Community Development Block Grant Program. A sanctuary jurisdiction is a state or political subdivision that has a statute, policy, or practice in effect that prohibits or restricts: (1) information sharing about an individual’s immigration status, or (2) compliance with a lawfully issued detainer request or notification of release request.
S. 274 (Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D) [CA]: A bill to nullify the effect of the recent executive order that temporarily restricted individuals from certain countries from entering the U.S.: SUPPORT
This bill rescinds the provisions of Executive Order 13769, entitled “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States,” effective as of January 27, 2017. Among the order’s major provisions are restrictions on the entry of immigrants and nonimmigrants from seven countries (Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen) and additional limitations on refugee admissions to the United States.
H.R. 354 (Rep. Tom Cotton (R) [AR]): Reforming American Immigration for Strong Employment (RAISE) Act: OPPOSE
This bill seeks to reduce the levels of legal immigration to the United States by 50% by halving the number of green cards issued. It amends the Immigration and Nationality Act to eliminate the Diversity Visa Program, it limits the President’s discretion in setting the number of refugees admitted annually to the United States, it reduces the number of family-sponsored immigrants, and it creates a new nonimmigrant classification for the parents of adult United States citizens.
H.R. 785 (Rep. Steve King (R) [IA-04]) / S. 545 (Sen. Rand Paul (R) [KY]): National “Right To Work” Act: OPPOSE
This bill would prohibit workers from being required to support a union, making “right-to-work” laws the national standard.
Oversight & Government Reform
H.R. 669 (Rep. Ted Lieu (D) [CA-33]) / S. 200 (Sen. Edward Markey (D) [MA]: Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act of 2017: SUPPORT
This bill prohibits the President from using the Armed Forces to conduct a first-use nuclear strike unless such strike is conducted pursuant to a congressional declaration of war expressly authorizing such strike. “First-use nuclear strike” means a nuclear weapons attack against an enemy that is conducted without the President determining that the enemy has first launched a nuclear strike against the United States or a U.S. ally
H.R. 1004 (Rep. Tim Walberg (R) [MI-07]: Regulatory Integrity Act of 2017: OPPOSE
This bill, the Federal Gag Rule, would bar federal agencies from making any “public communications” about a pending regulatory action that could be interpreted as propaganda, publicity-seeking material or direct advocacy. As written, “public communications” would include agency statements, blog posts, audio or video recordings and social media messages. The bill would require agencies to report to Congress every communication to the public – including every oral communication from an agency official – about the five most-communicated regulatory actions the agency issued in the previous year. Based on the expansive definition of “public communication” in the bill text, virtually any action an agency might take to communicate the benefits of a rule could be viewed as advocating for the rule, publicity, or propaganda. Consequently, it would likely restrict federal agency communications with the public in order to avoid the possibility of violating the ambiguous prohibitions in the bill. This poorly crafted legislation could result in less transparent government by leaving Americans in the dark about agency activities.
H.R. 1987 (Rep. Jamie Raskin (D) [MD-08]): Oversight Commission on Presidential Capacity Act: SUPPORT
This bill establishes the Oversight Commission on Presidential Capacity (referred to as the “Commission”). The Commission shall serve as the body provided by law by Congress to carry out section 4 of the 25th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.
H.Res 456 (Rep. Steve Cohen (D) [TN-09]): Objecting To The Conduct Of The President Of The United States: SUPPORT
House Resolution of “No Confidence” which formally expresses (in a 17 page list detailing President Trump’s “unacceptable behavior”) great concerns about President Trump’s cumulative actions and his ability to lead our country.
Public Health & Safety
H.R. 26 (Rep. Doug Collins (R) [GA-09] / S. 21 (Sen. Rand Paul (R) [KY]): Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act of 2017: OPPOSE
This bill, sponsored by Koch Industries, would require Congressional approval of any agency rule that would impose compliance costs of more than $100 million a year. Also requires Congress to pass a joint resolution of approval within 70 days after the agency proposing the major rule submitted such rule to Congress in order for the rule to take effect. A major rule may take effect for 90 days without such approval if the President determines it is necessary because of an imminent threat to health or safety or other emergency, for the enforcement of criminal laws, for national security, or to implement an international trade agreement.
H.R. 998 (Rep. Jason Smith (R) [MO-08]): Searching for & Cutting Regulations that are Unnecessarily Burdensome (SCRUB) Act: OPPOSE
This bill would establish a bipartisan commission to retroactively review existing major federal regulations that have been around for at least 15 years and determine which are no longer necessary or useful, or are disproportionately costly.
Campaign Finance & Disclosure
AB 14 (Asm. Jimmy Gomez (D) & Asm. Marc Levine (D)): Political Reform Act of 1974: Campaign Disclosures: SUPPORT
This bill, the CA Disclose Act, Modifies the Political Reform Act of 1974 to include the following changes: Requires ads to show the three largest funders of $50,000 or more in large clear type on a solid background. No more fine print. Applies to all ballot measure ads and to ads about candidates paid for by outside groups. On television and video ads disclosures must be shown on a solid black background on the bottom 1/3 of the screen for a full 5 seconds. Each funder must be clearly listed on a separate line in a large Arial font, and in easy to read mixed case (not all capital letters). Also applies to ads, print ads, mass mailers, robocalls, and online ads. Radio ads and robocalls must clearly name the two largest funders. Applies whether ads are paid for by corporations, unions, or millionaires. Identifies original funders using earmarking and tracing rules so ads must show true funders instead of misleading names, even when funders try to hide behind multiple layers.
AB 249 (Asm. Kevin Mullin (D) & Marc Levine (D)): Political Reform Act Of 1974: Campaign Disclosures: SUPPORT
NEW version of the CA Disclose Act. This bill modifies the Political Reform Act of 1974 to include the following changes in regards to ballot measure ads: Requires that state and local ballot measure ads and independent expenditure ads about candidates (including TV ads, Print Ads, Mass Mailings and Electronic Media Ads) clearly and prominently list their top three contributors of $50,000 or more (top two for Radio Ads & Robocalls). Ballot measure ads use new earmarking rules to ensure that contributions are meant for specific ballot measures or committees must be disclosed if they’re among the top three even if the contributions were passed through multiple layers of committees.
SB 651 (Sen. Ben Allen (D)): Initiative, Referendum, and Recall Petitions: Circulators: SUPPORT
This bill would require a statewide initiative, referendum, or recall petition to include a disclosure, as specified, notifying the public that the petition circulator is receiving money or other valuable consideration for the specific purpose of soliciting signatures of electors, or is a volunteer or employee of a nonprofit organization. Additionally, it would require that a state or local initiative, referendum, or recall petition circulated by a paid circulator, as defined, who is paid by a committee, as specified, to include a disclosure statement identifying the persons from whom the committee received the 3 largest cumulative contributions of $50,000 or more in support of the measure and the name of their employer if 2 or more of these contributors have the same employer. It would also require that this disclosure statement be updated within 14 days of any change in the 3 largest cumulative contributors. Lastly, it would require a committee that employs one or more paid circulators for the purpose of circulating the petition to submit the disclosure statement and any updates to the Secretary of State for posting on his or her Internet Web site.
AB 380 (Asm. Matt Debabneh (D)): Electronic Transactions: Motor Vehicle Finance: OPPOSE
This bill would delete the exemption from the Uniform Electronic Transactions Act (UETA) for conditional sale and lease contracts for motor vehicles. The bill would authorize sellers and lessors to choose to offer buyers and lessees the option of signing their respective contracts and agreements electronically. The bill would require certain disclosures to be made in this regard and to be in a document separate from a conditional sale contract or lease contract. The bill would prohibit a seller or lessor from charging a buyer or lessee for a decision not to sign electronically and would prohibit charging more or less for vehicles based on the decision to sign electronically. The bill would require that the disclosures described here be signed at the seller’s or lessor’s place of business. This bill would require an exact copy of the executed contract to be furnished to the buyer or provided to the lessee at the time the contract is electronically signed.
AB 1576 (Asm. Marc Levine (D)): Gender Discrimination: Pricing: Goods: SUPPORT
This bill would amend the Gender Tax Repeal Act of 1995 to additionally prohibit a business from discriminating with respect to the price charged for the same, or substantially similar, goods because of the gender of the targeted user of the good, as specified. The bill would authorize specifically the Attorney General, a district attorney, or a city attorney to prosecute a civil action for preventive relief for a violation of the Gender Tax Repeal Act of 1995.
AB 23 (Asm. Sebastian Ridley-Thomas (D)): Educational Programs: Single Gender Academies and Instructional Programs: OPPOSE
This bill would authorize a local educational agency (LEA) to establish single gender schools and instructional programs if certain requirements are met: 1) The single gender aspect of the academy or instructional program serves an important LEA objective; 2) The LEA implements its objective in an evenhanded manner; 3) Pupil enrollment in a single gender academy or instructional program is voluntary; and 4) The LEA provides to pupils of both genders a substantially equal coeducational class, extracurricular activity, or program in the same subject. The bill would require an LEA that establishes a single gender school or instructional program to conduct an evaluation at least once every 2 years, as specified.
AB 155 (Asm. Jimmy Gomez (D)): Pupil Instruction: Civic Online Reasoning: SUPPORT
This bill would require the Instructional Quality Commission to develop, and the state board to adopt, revised curriculum standards and frameworks for English language arts, mathematics, history-social science, and science that incorporate civic online reasoning
AB 393 (Asm. Sharon Quirk-Silva (D)): Public Postsecondary Education: Mandatory Systemwide Fees And Tuition: SUPPORT
This bill would express legislative findings and declarations relating to the costs of public postsecondary education. It would require that the amounts of tuition and mandatory systemwide fees that are charged to eligible students of the California State University, and the amount of the enrollment fee charged to eligible students of the California Community Colleges, not be increased from the amounts that were charged as of December 31, 2016, until the completion of the 2019–20 academic year. The bill would define “eligible students” as students exempt from payment of nonresident tuition either because they are CA residents, as defined, or are exempted from payment of nonresident tuition pursuant to any of several specified provisions of existing law. The bill would also urge the regents to adopt policies that are consistent with this provision.
AB 1217 (Asm. Raul Bocanegra (D)): Pupil Instruction: State School: STEM Instruction: OPPOSE
This bill would establish a state school located in a county with a population of more than 3,500,000. It would require the state school to be governed by a nonprofit public benefit corporation for the purpose of providing outstanding and innovative instruction in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to historically underrepresented pupils in grades 6 to 12, inclusive. Also required: the state school must complete a plan that governs the education of its pupils and the operation of the school in accordance with a specified timeline and prescribed criteria; the Superintendent of Public Instruction would oversee, monitor, and report on the operation of the state school; the state school would annually prepare and submit several reports to the Superintendent.
The bill would also, provide that, except as provided in this bill, the state school would be exempt from the statutes that govern school districts. Additionally, it would express the finding and declaration of the Legislature that the state school would be part of the Public School System, as defined in the California Constitution. Lastly, the bill would make these provisions inoperative on the first July 1 occurring after the state school has operated for 5 full school years.
SB 135 (Sen. Bill Dodd (D)): Pupil instruction: media literacy: SUPPORT
This bill would require the State Board of Education, in the next revision of instructional materials or curriculum frameworks in social sciences for grades 1-12 to include media literacy. It would also require the State Department of Education to make available on its Internet Web site a list of resources and materials on media literacy and to ensure that media literacy training opportunities are made available for use in professional development programs for teachers.
SB 463 (Sen. Ricardo Lara (D)): English Learners: Reclassification: SUPPORT
This bill seeks to establish statewide criteria for reclassifying English learners to ensure students are appropriately reclassified, that they receive adequate support and that are prepared to participate in mainstream instructional programs. Criteria for the reclassification of a student from English learner to English proficient vary widely among school districts across the state. According to the author, disparate reclassification policies often create confusion and conflict between districts, teachers, and parents. When a student moves to a new school district, they may have been reclassified as English proficient in their prior school, but do not meet the standards in their new school. With the passage of Local Control Funding Formula, school districts are required to meet eight state priorities for all students, with particular emphasis on English learner and low-income students. The author asserts, that with greater priority and emphasis on English learner reclassification and achievement, the existing system does not allow for a comparison of the district.
Environment & Energy
SB 49 (Sen. Kevin DeLeon (D) & Sen. Henry Stern (D)): Law California Environmental, Public Health & Workers Defense Act of 2017: SUPPORT
This bill proposes to designate as “baseline federal standards” the current federal clean air, climate, clean water, worker safety, and endangered species standards enforceable under state law, and the implementing regulations to those laws as they exist as of Jan. 1, 2016 or Jan. 1, 2017, whichever is more stringent. Generally, this bill requires state agencies to adhere to these baseline federal standards even if the federal government rolls back and weakens those standards.
SB 57 (Sen. Henry Stern (D)): Natural Gas Storage: Moratorium: SUPPORT
This bill requires the State Oil & Gas Supervisor to continue the prohibition against Southern California Gas Company injecting any natural gas into the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility until a specified root cause analysis of the natural gas leak from the facility that started approximately October 23, 2015, has been completed and released in its entirety to the public. Additionally would require that the proceedings to determine the feasibility of minimizing or eliminating use of the facility, while still maintaining energy and electric reliability for the region, be completed by Dec. 31, 2017.
SB 100 (Sen. Kevin DeLeon (D)): CA Renewables Portfolio Standard Program: Emissions of Greenhouse Gases: SUPPORT
This bill puts the state on the path to 100% clean, renewable energy by 2045. It directs the CA Public Utilities Commission, CA Energy Commission, and Air Resources Board to adopt policies and requirements to achieve total reliance on renewable energy and zero carbon resources by that date. It also, accelerates SB 350’s 50% mandate for clean renewable energy from 2030 to 2026. It establishes a new Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS) benchmark of 60% by 2030 to ensure more clean energy in the California grid sooner. It establishes new policies for energy companies to capture uncontrolled methane emissions from dairies, landfills and waste water treatment plants and use these clean renewable fuels to replace natural gas. It authorizes investor owned utilities to invest in cleaner transportation fuels such as hydrogen or waste methane gas from dairies for heavy duty trucks to replace dirty diesel fuels, provided there are no other cleaner options such as zero emission vehicles available.
AB 20 (Asm. Ash Kalra (D)): Public Employee Retirement Systems: Divestment: Dakota Access Pipeline: SUPPORT
This bill would prohibit the boards of administration of the Public Employees’ Retirement System and the State Teachers’ Retirement System, on and after January 1, 2018, from making additional investments or renewing investments in a company constructing, or funding the construction of, the Dakota Access Pipeline.
AB 315 (Asm. Jim Wood (D)): Pharmacy Benefit Management: SUPPORT
This bill requires pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) to obtain register with the Department of Managed Health Care before conducting business in California. Requires PBMs, on a quarterly basis, to disclose, upon a purchaser’s request, information with respect to prescription product benefits specific to the purchaser for all retail, mail order, specialty, and compounded prescription products.
SB 17 (Sen. Ed Hernandez (D)): Healthcare: Prescription Drug Costs: SUPPORT
This bill, the Drug Pricing Transparency bill, requires drug makers to give prior notice to purchasers before raising prices and requires health plans to report the proportion of the premiums that are spent on prescription drugs.
Prior notice of rate increases for prescription drugs:
Specifically, it requires drug manufacturers to notify purchasers, at least 90 days prior to the planned effective date, if it will be increasing the wholesale acquisition cost of a prescription drug by 10% for drugs priced above Medicare’s specialty drug threshold ($600/month) and 25% for drugs priced below that threshold. Additionally, it requires manufacturers to provide specified information related to the price increase to the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD), such as a description of factors that led to the decision to increase the drug’s price, information on the marketing budget for the drug and patient assistance programs, and documentation of increased clinical efficacy of the drug, if any. It also, requires drug manufacturers to report, within 3 days of commercial availability, to OSHPD if it is introducing a prescription drug to market priced above Medicare’s specialty drug threshold. Further, it requires manufacturers to provide specified information related to the new drug’s price to OSHPD within 30 days of that notification, such as the marketing and pricing plans used in the launch of the new drug, the estimated volume of patients that may be prescribed the drug, and any documentation showing increased efficacy of the drug compared to existing treatments.
Greater understanding of the costs of prescription drugs for health plans/insurers:
Specifically, it requires health plans and insurers to annually report specified information to regulators related to the proportion of the premium dollar spent on prescription drugs, the year over year increase in net costs and member costs, the 25 most frequently prescribed medications, most costly drugs by total plan spending, and drugs with the highest year over year increase in net cost. Additionally, it requires regulators to compile this information into a consumer-friendly report that demonstrates the overall impact of drug costs on health care premiums.
SB 562 (Sen. Ricardo Lara (D) & Sen. Toni Atkins (D)): The Healthy California Act: SUPPORT
This bill, the Healthy California Act, would create the Healthy California program to provide comprehensive universal single-payer health care coverage and a health care cost control system for the benefit of all residents of the state. The bill, among other things, would provide that the program cover a wide range of medical benefits and other services and would incorporate the health care benefits and standards of other existing federal and state provisions, including, but not limited to, the state’s Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), Medi-Cal, ancillary health care or social services covered by regional centers for persons with developmental disabilities, Knox-Keene, and the federal Medicare program. The bill would require the board to seek all necessary waivers, approvals, and agreements to allow various existing federal health care payments to be paid to the Healthy California program, which would then assume responsibility for all benefits and services previously paid for with those funds.
This bill would also provide for the participation of health care providers in the program, require care coordination for members, provide for payment for health care services and care coordination, and specify program standards. The bill would state the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that would develop a revenue plan, taking into consideration anticipated federal revenue available for the Healthy California program. The bill would create the Healthy California Trust Fund in the State Treasury, as a continuously appropriated fund, consisting of any federal and state moneys received for the purposes of the act. Because the bill would create a continuously appropriated fund, it would make an appropriation.
This bill would create the Healthy California Board to govern the program, made up of 9 members with demonstrated and acknowledged expertise in health care, and appointed as provided. The bill would provide the board with all the powers and duties necessary to establish the Healthy California program, including, but not limited to, determining when individuals may start enrolling into the program, employing necessary staff, and negotiating and entering into any necessary contracts. The bill would also require the Secretary of California Health and Human Services to establish a public advisory committee to advise the board on all matters of policy for the Healthy California program.
This bill would prohibit health care service plans and health insurers from offering health benefits or covering any service for which coverage is offered to individuals under the program, except as provided. The bill would authorize health care providers, as defined, to collectively negotiate rates of payment for health care services, rates of payment for prescription and nonprescription drugs, and payment methodologies using a 3rd-party representative, as provided.
AB 982 (Asm. David Chiu (D) & Richard Bloom (D)): Residential Real Property: Rent Control: Withdrawal Of Accommodations: SUPPORT
Existing law, commonly known as the Ellis Act only applies when an owner seeks to remove all the units within a building, or all units on a property with a building containing three or fewer units, from the market and only has real effect in cities or counties with rent control and just cause evictions. The Act authorizes local governments to place restrictions on how property owners can “Ellis” a property and exit the rental property market. An owner is required to give tenants 120 days’ notice that the property is being withdrawn from the rental market. Tenants who are over 62 or disabled must receive one year’s notice, provided they have lived in the accommodations for at least one year. This bill would require all tenants to be given a minimum of one year’s notice, regardless of whether the tenant is over 62 or disabled.
AB 1506 (Asm. Rob Bonta (D), Asm. David Chiu (D) & Asm. Richard Bloom (D)): Residential Rent Control: Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act: SUPPORT
This bill would repeal the (1995) Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act.
AB 1520 (Asm. Autumn Burke (D)): Lifting Children & Families Out of Poverty Act of 2017: SUPPORT
This bill commits the Legislature to a goal of reducing child poverty by 50% over 20 years, and provides a framework of research-backed solutions to achieve it. Specifically, it would establish the Lifting Children & Families Out of Poverty Task Force (LCFOPTF), consisting of specified stakeholders, for purposes of researching, analyzing, and providing guidance to the Legislature in making appropriations pursuant to the framework and in supporting California’s efforts on lifetime wellness, self-sufficiency, and economic strength in families and communities throughout the state. The bill would require the Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) & the LCFOPTF, on an annual basis, to report to the Legislature on their projections of how the Governor’s budget proposal will impact the child poverty rate in California. The bill would also require the LAO & the LCFOPTF, commencing in 2019, and every 2 years thereafter, to prepare, and report to the Legislature, an analysis regarding child poverty that includes certain information relating to programs, services, and expenditures and an estimate of the impact that the framework described above has, had, or will have, on current or projected future child poverty rates, respectively, in California, to the extent the framework has been used by the Legislature. Additionally, it would recommend that the joint hearing and analysis be used to assess the impact that the framework has had on the child poverty rate in California and would recommend the committees involved consider the reports submitted by the LAO & the LCFOPTF.
Parks & Public Lands
SB 50 (Sen. Ben Allen (D)): Federal Public Lands: Conveyances: SUPPORT
This bill would establish, except as provided, a policy of the state to discourage conveyances of federal public lands in California from the federal government. The bill would specify that these conveyances are void ab initio unless the commission is provided with the right of first refusal or the right to arrange the transfer to a 3rd party. The bill would require the commission, the Wildlife Conservation Board, and the Department of Fish and Wildlife to enter into a memorandum of understanding establishing a state policy that they will undertake all feasible efforts to protect against future unauthorized conveyances of federal public lands or any change in federal public land designation. The bill would authorize the commission to seek declaratory and injunctive relief in a court of competent jurisdiction to contest these conveyances. The bill would, except as provided, prohibit the commission and a recorder of a county in which the federal public land to be transferred is situated from recording a deed, instrument, or other document related to the conveyance that is void ab initio and would subject a person who violates this prohibition to a civil penalty not to exceed $5,000. By increasing the duties of the county recorder’s office, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program. The bill would prohibit a person from filing a deed, instrument, or other document related to the conveyance of federal public land that is void ab initio and would subject a person who violates this prohibition to a civil penalty not to exceed $5,000. The bill would require the commission to ensure that transferees of federal public lands in the state are solely responsible for all the costs associated with managing those lands as well as developing infrastructure necessary for all future uses of those lands.
SB 249 (Sen. Ben Allen (D)): Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation: SUPPORT
This bill extends the sunset on the Off-Highway Vehicle Program (OHVP) until January 1, 2023, and makes other changes to the Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Act of 2003 intended to align the Division of Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation’s (division) work with the California Department of Parks and Recreation’s (DPR’s) mission to protect resources and cultural sites.
AB 1393 (Asm. Laura Friedman (D)): Reckless Driving: Speed Contests: Vehicle Impoundment: SUPPORT
This bill would, with respect to a conviction for reckless driving, or a conviction for engaging in a speed contest, when the person convicted is the registered owner of the vehicle, provide that if it is the first offense the vehicle may be impounded for 30 days, and if it is the 2nd or subsequent offense the vehicle shall be impounded for 30 days, at the registered owner’s expense. The bill would allow the impoundment period to be reduced by the number of days, if any, that the vehicle was previously impounded, and would authorize the court to decline to impound the vehicle if it would cause undue hardship for the defendant’s family, as specified. The bill would authorize the release of the vehicle to the legal owner before the 30th day of impoundment, if specified conditions are met.
SB 10 (Sen. Bob Hertzberg (D)): Bail: Pretrial Release: SUPPORT
This bill would declare the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that would safely reduce the number of people detained pretrial, while addressing racial and economic disparities in the pretrial system, and to ensure that people are not held in pretrial detention simply because of their inability to afford money bail.
The bill would require each county to establish a pretrial services agency that would be responsible for gathering information about newly arrested persons, conducting pretrial risk assessments, preparing individually tailored recommendations to the court regarding release options and conditions, and providing pretrial services and supervision to persons on pretrial release.
SB 54 (Sen. Kevin DeLeon (D)): Law Enforcement: Sharing Data: SUPPORT
This bill would ensure that public officials such as police, sheriffs, and school security officers are not involved in reporting, arresting, detaining, or turning community members over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for deportation. It would also keep schools, hospitals, and courts safe and accessible, with each developing a clear policy to limit deportation activities on their premises to the fullest extent possible.
It does this by prohibiting state and local law enforcement agencies and school police and security departments from using agency or department money, facility, property, equipment or personnel to investigate, interrogate, detain, detect or arrest persons for immigration enforcement purposes.
This bill also, prohibits any state local law enforcement agencies and school police and security departments from making agency or department databases, regarding an individual’s citizenship or immigration status, available to anyone or any entity for the purpose of immigration enforcement.
It also provides that within three months after this bill goes into effect, that the Attorney General shall publish model provisions complying with the confidentiality policies contained in this bill, along with model policies limiting immigration enforcement to the fullest extent possible consistent with federal and state law.
Additionally this bill prohibits state and local law enforcement agencies and school police and security departments from placing peace officers under the supervision of federal agencies.
Lastly, it provides that nothing shall prevent the department or any state or local law enforcement agency, including school police or security departments, from responding to a request from federal immigration authorities for information about a specific person’s previous criminal arrests or convictions where otherwise permitted by state law.
Voting & Elections
AB 840 (Asm. Bill Quirk (D)): Elections: Vote By Mail And Provisional Ballots: OPPOSE
This bill would require the unsigned ballot statement to be signed under penalty of perjury, and it would also include in that statement a representation that the voter is a resident of the precinct in which he or she voted and is the person whose name appears on the vote by mail ballot envelope. This bill would authorize a voter to submit his or her completed unsigned ballot statement to the local elections official by email by requiring that the instructions accompanying unsigned ballot statements inform a voter that a completed unsigned ballot statement can be submitted by email. The bill would also require the local elections official to include his or her email address on the Internet Web page containing the unsigned ballot statement and instructions. By requiring local election officials to take additional actions related to unsigned ballot statements, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program. By requiring the unsigned ballot statement to be signed under penalty of perjury, this bill would also create a new crime. Additionally, this bill would specify that the 1% manual tally is a tally of the ballots canvassed in the “semifinal official canvass” and does not include provisional ballots.
SB 149 (Sen. Mike McGuire (D) & Sen. Scott Wiener (D)): Elections: Ballot Access: Presidential Candidates: SUPPORT
(Presidential Tax Transparency and Accountability Act) This bill would require a candidate for President (including write-in candidates), in order to have his or her name placed upon a general election ballot, to file his or her income tax returns for the 5 most recent taxable years with the Secretary of State at least 70 days before that election.
SB 634 (Sen. Scott Wilk (R)): Santa Clarita Valley Water District: OPPOSE
An act to repeal the Castaic Lake Water Agency Law (Chapter 28 of the First Extraordinary Session of the Statutes of 1962), and to create the Santa Clarita Valley Water District, and prescribing its boundaries, organization, operation, management, financing, and other powers and duties, relating to water districts in order to assist the Newhall Land & Farming Co. to secure the water resources needed to build it’s Newhall Ranch development.
SCR 78 (Sen. Hanna-Beth Jackson, (D)): Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women: SUPPORT
This measure would acknowledge that there is a continued need for the state of California to protect the human rights of women and girls and to analyze the operations of state departments, policies, and programs to identify discrimination and, if identified, to remedy that discrimination. The measure would support the implementation of the principles underlying the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).
SR 19 (Sen. Connie Leyva (D)): Senate Resolution: Relative To Women’s History Month: SUPPORT
This bill resolved by the Senate of the State of California, states, “That the Senate of the State of California takes pleasure in joining the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls in honoring the contributions of women, and proclaims the month of March 2017 as Women’s History Month.”