2017 Priority Legislation
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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. 1111 (Rep. Barbara Lee (D) [CA-13]): Department of Peacebuilding Act of 2015: 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, with at least 85 percent to be used for domestic peace programs. Domestic peace priorities include: development of policies that increase awareness about intervention; community-based strategies for celebrating diversity; community policing strategies and peaceful settlement skills for police and other public safety officers; assisting in the re-entry into the community by individuals who have been incarcerated; promoting tolerance; and assisting in creating strong and healthy families, including supporting mental health services, domestic violence prevention, gang prevention, anti-bullying programs, substance abuse prevention, and parenting skills. International peace priorities include: developing new programs and promoting existing proven programs to provide for the training and deployment of graduates of the Peace Academy; supporting country and regional conflict prevention and dispute resolution initiatives in countries experiencing social, political, or economic strife; providing training for the administration of post-conflict reconstruction and demobilization in war-torn societies; eradicating extreme hunger and poverty; achieving universal primary education; and empowering women and girls around the globe.
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. 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.
S. 1709 (Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D) [MA]: 21st Century Glass-Steagall Act of 2015: SUPPORT
This bill rebuilds the wall between commercial banks and investment banks; separating traditional banks that offer savings and checking accounts and that are insured by the FDIC from their riskier counterparts on Wall Street. It also fills in the holes the regulators punched in the original Glass-Steagall, and it recognizes that the financial markets have become more complicated since the 1930’s so it covers products that did not exist when Glass-Steagall was originally passed
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. 2393 (Rep. Michael Conaway (R) [TX-11]): Country Of Origin Labeling Amendments Act Of 2015: OPPOSE
This bill amends the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946 to repeal country of origin labeling requirements for beef, pork, and chicken. Country of origin labeling requirements are administered by the Department of Agriculture and require the retailer to inform consumers of the country of origin of a covered commodity.
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 United States: 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. 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.
H.R. 785 (Rep. Steve King (R) [IA-04]): 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.
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. 2867 (Rep. Terri Sewell (D) [AL-07]) / S. 1659 (Sen. Patrick Leahy (D) [VT]): Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2015 (VRAA): SUPPORT
This bill is an important first step toward restoring the Voting Rights Act protections the US Supreme Court struck down in 2013 in Shelby County, Alabama vs. Holder. The VRAA contains several components which respond directly to the Court’s directive that preclearance be linked to recent acts of discrimination while seeking to provide victims of voting discrimination, and the courts that hear their claims, the tools to detect and prevent voting discrimination before it takes effect.
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.”
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.
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 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 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 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 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 32 (Sen. Pavley (D)):California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006: Emissions Limit: SUPPORT
This bill is to ensure that the state accomplishes our 2050 target through the most cost-effective pathway; SB 32 incorporates the Governor’s midterm target of reducing climate pollution to 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030. By simply amending the existing AB 32 framework without any major mechanical changes to the regulatory implementation process, SB 32 ensures that the policy tools currently being utilized to achieve the existing 2020 greenhouse gas target remain available for the achievement of targets beyond 2020 – including, but not limited to, energy efficiency requirements for buildings and appliances, tailpipe emissions standards for mobile sources, power sector renewable portfolio and emissions performance standards, sustainable land use policies, fuel-related emissions standards, and market based mechanisms – to maximize the effectiveness of our climate policies overall.
SB 350 (Sen. DeLeon (D):Clean Energy And Pollution Reduction Act of 2015: SUPPORT
This bill would implement new Golden State Standards “50-50-50” benchmarks by raising California’s renewable portfolio standard from 33% to 50%, striving for a 50% reduction in petroleum use, and increasing energy efficiency in buildings by 50% by the year 2030. SB 350 makes these standards permanent, trackable, and enforceable by enacting them into law and building on the accountability mechanisms already in existence to ensure they are fully implemented. Each of these standards is added to existing clean air, clean energy, and climate related statutes that have been implemented for years. The 50% renewable energy standard will be implemented by the CA Public Utilities Commission for the private utilities and by the CA Energy Commission for municipal utilities, as per current law. The 50% reduction in petroleum use also will be implemented using existing laws and financial resources. Under current law, the state air board must reduce pollution in order to achieve state and federal ambient air standards. Current law (Health and Safety Code Section 42013) requires the board to adopt standards for vehicles and fuels to achieve clean air. This measure simply ensures those actions will achieve a 50% reduction in petroleum by 2030. The 50% increase in energy efficiency in buildings will be done through the use of existing energy efficiency retrofit funding and regulatory tools already available to state energy agencies under existing law. The addition made by this measure requires state energy agencies to plan for, and implement those programs in a manner that achieves the energy efficiency target.
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 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.
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.
AB 1352 (Asm. Eggman (D)):Deferred Entry of Judgment (DEJ): Withdrawal Of Plea: SUPPORT
This bill provides that in any case in which a defendant was granted deferred entry of judgment (DEJ), on or after January 1, 1997, after pleading guilty or nolo contendere to the charged offense, the defendant shall be permitted by the court to withdraw the plea of guilty or nolo contendere and enter a plea of not guilty if the defendant attests to and both of the following occur: 1) The charges were dismissed after the defendant performed satisfactorily during the DEJ period; and 2) The plea may result in the denial or loss to the defendant of any employment, benefit, license, or certificate, including, but not limited to, causing a noncitizen defendant to potentially be found inadmissible, deportable, or subject to any other kind of adverse immigration consequence. The proposed expungement does not retroactively change DEJ’s effect under California law. Under Penal Code Section 1000.4, a person who successfully completes DEJ already has no conviction or arrest record. Withdrawing the guilty plea will provide no more and no less protection under California law than what already exists. Instead, this is a technical plea withdrawal specifically made to meet federal requirements.
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