2010 Priority Legislation List
Updated 6/15/10 – The following list was adopted by the Los Angeles County Democratic Party.
SB 810: Healthcare: Universal Healthcare Act – Sen. Mark Leno
The California Universal Health Care Act creates a private-public partnership to provide every California resident medical, dental, vision, hospitalization and prescription drug benefits and allows patients to choose their own doctors and hospitals. This “Medicare for All” type of program works by pooling together the money that government, employers and individuals already spend on health care and putting it to better use by cutting out the for-profit middle man.
SB 918: Environment: Water Recycling – Sen. Fran Pavley
SB 918 would require the Department of Public Health (DPH) to develop and adopt uniform water recycling criteria for indirect potable water reuse, and investigate the feasibility of developing uniform water recycling criteria for direct potable reuse. The bill’s costs would be covered by funds generated by penalties imposed on violations of water quality requirements. DPH would also be authorized to accept funds from others to help cover the costs of implementing this bill.
AB59: Umbilical Cord Blood – Asm. Anthony Portantino
Provides for an organizational structure and a funding mechanism for the Umbilical Cord Blood Collection Program.
AB 1588: Social Justice: Mortgage Mediation – Asm. Pedro Nava
This bill would provide that, if a borrower elects to participate in the Monitored Mortgage Workout Program, no further action to foreclose upon the property may be instituted until the completion of the borrower’s participation in the MMW Program.
(2) This bill would declare that it is to take effect immediately as an urgency statute.
AB1602: Health Insurance – Asm. Speaker John A. Perez
Paves the way for implementation of the new federal health insurance reform legislation.
AB1999: Emergency Medical Assistance – Asm. Anthony Portantino
Provides limited immunity to underage drinkers who call for emergency medical assistance in certain circumstances.
AB2492: Tax Policy – Asm. Tom Ammiano
Provides for property tax reassessment of commercial property that has undergone a 100% change of ownership, regardless of numbers of owners.
AB 2578: Healthcare: Rate Regulation – Asm. Dave Jones
Requires approval from the Department of Managed Health Care or the California Department of Insurance before health insurance premiums, co-payments or deductibles may be raised.
AB 2038: Taxation: Delinquent Licenses – Asm. Mike Eng
This measure would authorize the Franchise Tax Board to notify occupational and professional licensing agencies regarding its member’s failure of paying tax liabilities, for license suspension purposes. These tax cheats are habitual debtors with large delinquent amounts, received numerous notices of its delinquent account and still result in no payment. It is estimated that California loses approximately $1.4 billion annually as a result of uncollected tax liabilities that apply to professional and occupational licensees. Sponsor: Franchise Tax Board (FTB).
AB 2199: Civil Rights: Antiquated Mental Health Code Repeal – Asm. Bonnie Lowenthal
This bill would repeal Section 8050 of the Welfare and Institutions Code, which declares that “the State Department of Mental Health … shall plan, conduct and cause to be conducted scientific research into the causes and cures of sexual deviation, including deviations conducive to sex crimes against children, and the causes and cures of homosexuality …”
SB 906: Civil Rights: Reaffirmation of Religious Freedom – Sen. Mark Leno
The bill reaffirms the separation of church and state and codifies in California law that no member of clergy will be required to solemnize a civil marriage that is contrary to his or her faith. The legislation also reaffirms that churches will not lose their tax-exempt status if they refuse to solemnize civil marriages that do not align with their religious beliefs.
SB 1076: Arts: Income Taxes. Voluntary Contributions. Arts Council – Sen. Curren Price
The Personal Income Tax Law authorizes taxpayers to contribute amounts in excess of their tax liability for the support of specified funds. This bill would authorize taxpayers to contribute amounts in excess of their tax liability for the support of the Arts Council, as prescribed.
SB 970: Voting Rights: College Campus Early Voting Pilot Program – Sen. Ellen Corbett
SB 970 creates a pilot program aimed at increasing voter participation at California public colleges and universities. This bill allows for early voting at four campuses, to be determined by the Secretary of State.