Priority Legislation

AB 1576 (Asm. Marc Levine (D)):
Modeling Agencies: Licensure: Models: Employees: SUPPORT

This was the Gender Discrimination: Pricing Goods Bill we supported in October 2017, that language was abandoned and removed from the bill, below is the new bill language.

This bill would require a person engaging in the occupation of a modeling agency to be licensed by the
Labor Commissioner under the licensing provisions that apply to talent agencies. It would also, require all employees who work with artists and all artists represented by a licensee, within 30 days of being hired, to receive sexual harassment prevention and health standards training in a manner approved by the Labor Commissioner, and once per calendar year thereafter. Further it would, require the Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board to, no later than June 30, 2019, and in consultation with accredited specialists in the prevention and treatment of eating disorders, adopt an occupational safety and health standard for models.

SB 827 (Sen. Scott Wiener (D)):
Planning And Zoning: Transit-Rich Housing Bonus: OPPOSE

This bill would require a local government to, if requested, grant the developer of a transit-rich housing project a transit-rich housing bonus if the development meets specified planning standards including complying with demolition permit requirements, local inclusionary housing ordinance requirements, preparing a relocation benefits and assistance plan, any locally adopted objective zoning standards, and any locally adopted minimum unit mix requirements. The bill would define a transit-rich housing project as a residential development project the parcels of which are all within a 1/2 mile radius of a major transit stop or a 1/4 mile radius of a stop on a high-quality transit corridor. The bill would exempt an eligible applicant who receives a transit-rich housing bonus from various requirements, including maximum controls on residential density, maximum controls on floor area ratio that are lower than a specified amount, minimum automobile parking requirements, maximum height limitations, and zoning or design controls that have the effect of limiting additions onto existing structures or lots that comply with those maximum floor area ratios and height limitations. The bill would require an eligible applicant who receives a transit-rich housing bonus to provide benefits to eligible displaced persons who are displaced by the development, including requiring the applicant to offer a right to remain guarantee to those tenants, and to make payments to eligible displaced persons for moving and related expenses as well as for relocation benefits. The bill would also require an eligible applicant to submit a relocation benefit and assistance plan for approval to the applicable local government to that effect, and to provide specified information and assistance to eligible displaced persons.

SB 968 (Sen. Richard Pan (D)):
Postsecondary Education: Mental Health Counselors: SUPPORT

This bill would require the Trustees of the California State University (CSU), and the governing board of each community college district, and request the Regents of the University of California, to have one full-time equivalent mental health counselor per 1,000 students enrolled at each of their respective campuses to the fullest extent consistent with state and federal law. The bill would define mental health counselor for purposes of this provision. The bill would require those institutions, on or before January 1, 2020, and every 3 years thereafter, to report to the Legislature how funding was spent and the number of mental health counselors employed on each of its campuses. The bill would require each campus of those institutions to, at least every 3 years, conduct a campus survey and focus groups to understand student needs and challenges regarding, among other things, their mental health, would require each campus of those institutions to collect data on attempted suicides, and would require that data, without any personally identifiable information, to be included in the report to the Legislature. To the extent that these provisions would impose new duties on community college districts, it would constitute a state-mandated local program.

H.R. 2119 / S. 928 (Rep. Ted Lieu (D) [CA-33] / Sen. Patty Murray (D) [WA]):
Therapeutic Fraud Prevention Act of 2017: SUPPORT 

This bill prohibits sexual orientation or gender identity conversion therapy from being provided in exchange for monetary compensation. It bars advertisements for such therapy that claim to: (1) change an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity, (2) eliminate or reduce sexual or romantic attractions or feelings toward individuals of the same gender, or (3) be harmless or without risk.  Individuals or entities shall not assist or facilitate a conversion therapy if they receive monetary compensation from any source in connection with providing such therapies.  These prohibitions are inapplicable to practices or treatments that do not seek to change sexual orientation or gender identity if they provide: (1) assistance to an individual undergoing a gender transition; or (2) acceptance, support, and understanding of clients or facilitation of clients’ coping, social support, and identity exploration and development, including sexual orientation-neutral interventions to prevent or address unlawful conduct or unsafe sexual practices.  The Federal Trade Commission and states are provided authority to enforce against violations.

H.R. 3775 / S. 1720 (Rep. Lamar Smith (R) [TX-21] / Sen. Tom Cotton (R) [AR]):Immigration in the National Interest Act of 2017 / RAISE Act: OPPOSE

These are identical companion bills to S. 354, which LACDP formally “Opposed” September 12, 2017. The efforts behind that bill have subsided and these bills are essentially identical to S. 354.  All three bills seek to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to establish a skills-based immigration points system, to focus family-sponsored immigration on spouses and minor children.  All three also eliminate the Diversity Visa Program, and set a limit on the number of refugees admitted annually to the United States.  There are a few negligible differences between them, in terms of point requirements, but essentially they are the same.

H.R. 4760 (Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R) [VA-06]):
Securing America’s Future Act of 2018: OPPOSE 

This bill amends the Immigration and Nationality Act to revise immigrant visa allocation provisions, including family-related visas. A nonimmigrant classification for parents of adult U.S. citizens is created.

The diversity visa program is eliminated.  Annual immigration levels are reduced by about 25%.  The limit on the worldwide level of employment-based immigrants is increased.  The H-2C visa temporary agricultural worker program is revised. A trust fund is established to provide incentives for such workers to return to their country of origin.  DNA testing to establish family relationships is authorized.  Employment eligibility verification provisions are revised. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) shall establish an employment verification system.  No federal, state, or local government entity or individual may prohibit or restrict a federal, state, or local government entity or official from complying with the immigration laws or assisting related federal law enforcement activities.  The bill revises provisions regarding: (1) detention of aliens in removal proceedings; (2) illegal entry and reentry; (3) inadmissibility and deportability of criminal aliens, gang members, drunk drivers, and sex offenders; (4) repatriation; (5) asylum and asylum fraud; (6) unaccompanied alien children; (7) foreign students; and (8) visa fraud.  The bill: (1) transfers authority for strengthening the southern border from the Department of Justice to DHS; (2) revises border security provisions; (3) provides for additional border security personnel; (4) authorizes new ports of entry along the northern border and southern borders; (5) authorizes National Guard border security activities; (6) provides contingent nonimmigrant status for certain aliens who entered the United States as minors; (7) authorizes appropriations for specified border barriers and infrastructure; and (8) establishes Operation Stonegarden to make border security grants to law enforcement agencies.  DHS shall: (1) submit a southern border threat analysis, (2) establish the Integrated Border Enforcement Team program, (3) implement the Border Security Deployment Program, (4) review social media activities of visa applicants, and (5) establish a biometric exit data system.

733 (Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R) [AK]):
Sportsmen’s Act: OPPOSE 

This bill requires the Bureau of Land Management [BLM] and the United States Forestry Service [USFS] lands to be open for recreational hunting, fishing, and shooting unless specifically closed; facilitating the construction and expansion of public target ranges; including ranges on Federal land managed by the USFS and BLM; authorizing the lawful transportation of bows and crossbows through National Parks; and allowing the Secretary of the Interior to use qualified volunteers from the hunting community to help cull wildlife on NPS land.

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