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).
S. 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Budget resolution that sets the stage for broad swaths of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to be repealed through a process known as budget reconciliation.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.
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. 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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