2015 Priority Legislation
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CITY OF LOS ANGELES
Minimum Wage Increase: SUPPORT
The Los Angeles County Democratic Party supports a living wage for everyone in Los Angeles. When low-income workers receive higher wages, those increased dollars are directly invested back into the communities they live in.
S. 1381 (Sen. Elizabeth Warren [MA]): Trade Transparency Act of 2015: SUPPORT
This bill requires the President of the United States to make the text of any trade agreements (such as the TPP) available to the public at least 60 days before Congress grants fast track authority to the those trade agreements.
H.R. 1314 (Rep. Patrick Meehan [PA-07]): Trade Promotion Authority for Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP): OPPOSE
Fast track negotiating authority (aka – Trade Promotion Authority) for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). This bill gives the President of the United States the authority to negotiate trade agreements for the TPP that Congress can only approve or disapprove. Limits Congress so that they cannot amend or filibuster the TPP (either in committee or from either floor of the House or Senate).
H.R. 1890 (Rep. Paul Ryan [WI-01]) / S. 995 (Sen. Orrin G. Hatch [UT]): Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP): OPPOSE
Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) (aka – Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015). This bill is a proposed regional regulatory and investment treaty. As of 2014, twelve countries throughout the Asia Pacific region have participated in negotiations on the TPP: Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States and Vietnam.
H.Res. 154 (Rep. Bob Dold [IL-10]): Armenian Genocide: SUPPORT
Calls on the President to work toward equitable, constructive, stable, and durable Armenian-Turkish relations based upon the Republic of Turkey’s full acknowledgement of the facts and ongoing consequences of the Armenian Genocide, and a fair, just, and comprehensive international resolution of this crime against humanity.
H.R. 1971 (Rep. Ted Lieu [CA-33]): Climate Solutions Act of 2015: SUPPORT
This bill takes California’s leadership on climate change nationwide, by expanding California’s landmark greenhouse-gas emissions law, which is already in effect (the former AB 32: The California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006), to a national scale. It tackles climate change by focusing on three areas: reducing carbon pollution, implementing renewable portfolio standards and setting energy efficiency standards. It empowers the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to set targets and implement policies for reducing carbon pollution: a 40 percent reduction in carbon pollution by 2035 and an 80 percent reduction by 2050. It sets renewable energy goals: 40 percent of all electric energy to come from renewable sources by 2035 and 80 percent by 2050. It empowers the Department of Energy to increase energy efficiency savings targets, starting in 2018 and increasing each year until 2028.
H.R. 2450 (Rep. Ted Lieu [CA-33]): Therapeutic Fraud Prevention Act: SUPPORT
This bill would prohibit any therapist from charging for conversion therapy (what are sometimes called “sexual orientation change efforts”), and would allow private citizens to file federal lawsuits against any practitioners engaging in the practice and charging money for their services.
Elections & Voting
AB 44 (Asm. Kevin Mullin [AD-22]): Elections: Statewide Recounts: SUPPORT
This bill, until Jan. 1, 2023, establishes a state-funded recount process for elections involving statewide elective offices, state ballot measures and President of the United States. Specifically, it permits any voter, within five days after the Secretary of State (SOS) files a statement of the vote, to request a state-funded manual recount of all votes cast for a statewide constitutional officer or state ballot measure or for the office of President of the United States, if the difference in votes received is less than or equal to the lesser of 1,000 votes or 0.015 of one percent of the number of all votes cast for a state ballot measure or: for the second and third place candidates for a statewide office in a statewide primary election, or for the two candidates receiving the greatest number of votes for a statewide office in a statewide general election. Stipulates the state shall expeditiously reimburse counties for costs and requires SOS to adopt regulations, by Jan. 1, 2018. Requires county elections officials, while conducting a recount, to also review ballots previously rejected during the initial canvas and to complete the recounts: following a primary election, by three days before the ballot-printing deadline; and following a general election, within 60 days of the voter’s request for a recount.
AB 1461 (Asm. Lorena Gonzalez [AD-80]): Voter Registration: SUPPORT
This bill provides for every person who has a driver’s license or state identification card and who is eligible to register to vote to be automatically registered to vote by the California Secretary of State (SOS), unless that person opts out.
SB 163 (Sen. Robert Hertzberg [SD-18]): Elections: Vote-By-Mail Ballot: SUPPORT
This bill establishes a two-year pilot project in Los Angeles County that requires county elections officials to issue a vote by mail (VBM) ballot to every registered voter in the county for statewide primary, special, and general elections.
Health & Dignity
SB 128 (Sen. Lois Wolk [SD-03]): End of Life: SUPPORT
“End of Life Option Act” in California, modeled after Oregon’s “Death With Dignity Act,” which was enacted in 1997. This bill permits a qualified adult with capacity to make medical decisions, who has been diagnosed with a terminal disease to receive a prescription for an aid in dying drug if certain conditions are met: such as two oral requests (a minimum of 15 days apart) and a signed written request (witnessed by two individuals) is provided to his or her attending physician. The attending physician refers the patient to an independent, consulting physician to confirm diagnosis and capacity of the patient to make medical decisions, and the attending physician refers the patient for a mental health specialist assessment, if there are indications of a mental disorder. This bill protects a person from civil, criminal, administrative, employment, or contractual liability, or professional disciplinary action, for participating in good faith compliance with this bill. This bill permits a person or entity that elects, for reasons of conscience, morality, or ethics, not to engage in activities authorized pursuant to this bill. This bill makes it a felony to knowingly alter or forge a request for a drug to end an individual’s life without his or her authorization or concealing or destroying a withdrawal or a rescission of a request for an aid in dying drug if the act is done with the intent or effect of causing the individual’s death. This bill makes it a felony to knowingly coerce or exert undue influence on an individual to request an aid in dying drug for the purpose of ending his or her life.
SB 277 (Sen. Richard Pan [SD-06] / Sen. Ben Allen [ SD-26]): Public Health: Vaccinations: SUPPORT
This bill, eliminates the personal belief exemption from the requirement that children receive specified vaccines for certain infectious diseases prior to being admitted to any public or private elementary or secondary school, child care center, day nursery, nursery schools, family day care home, or developmental centers, and would make other conforming changes, leaving the option of medical exemption available. Does not apply to a home-based private school or a student enrolled in an independent study program.
SB 664 (Sen. Robert Hertzberg [SD-18]): Water: Urban Water Management Planning: SUPPORT
This bill would require Urban Water Management Plans (UWMPs) to include a seismic risk assessment and mitigation plan, which would assesses the vulnerability of each the various facilities of a water system and a capital improvement plan to mitigate those vulnerabilities. The bill would allow, but not require, an agency to comply with this requirement by submitting a copy of an adopted local hazard mitigation plan or multi-hazard mitigation plan as specified in the federal Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 (P. L. 106-390) provided the local hazard mitigation plan or multi-hazard mitigation plan addresses seismic risk. For the UWMP update due on July 1, 2016, the seismic risk assessment and mitigation plan would be due to Department of Water Resources’ (DWR) by July 1, 2017. The seismic risk assessment and mitigation plan would be a part of the UWMP for all subsequent updates of UWMPs.
SB 707 (Sen. Lois Wolk [SD-03]): Firearms: Gun-Free School Zone: SUPPORT
This bill prohibits individuals with a concealed weapons permit from bringing a firearm onto any public or private school (K-12), college, or university campus without permission of campus officials. It amends the Gun-Free School Zone Act of 1995, by narrowing the exemption that allows specified persons to carry a firearm in a “school zone” (as defined) without the written permission of the school district official; and also, deletes the exemption that allows specified persons to possess a firearm on the campus of a university or college without the written permission of the university or college president.
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