Priority Legislation


2014 Priority Legislation

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Updated 3/19/2014


Hotel Workers Living Wage Resolution (Council Members Bonin / Martinez / Price)
Instructs the City of Los Angeles to secure a study and provide for public input of the Citywide economic impacts of imposing a living wage of $15.37 for hotel employees at hotels with more than 100 rooms. If supported by the study, the City Council request the City Attorney to work with the City of Los Angeles and City Attorney’s Office in preparing and presenting an ordinance that requires a living wage for hotel workers at hotels with more than 100 rooms.


AB 736 (Asm. Fox): California State University: Antelope Valley Campus
This bill would require the Chancellor of the California State University (CSU) to complete and submit to the trustees a study about the feasibility of a CSU satellite program, and ultimately, an independent CSU campus, in the Antelope Valley, as defined, within 18 months after the date that the trustees certify that sufficient funds are available to conduct the study. The bill would require funding for the study to be derived solely from nonstate sources. If the trustees decide that a new campus or off-campus center is needed in the Antelope Valley, the trustees would be required to conduct a formal study of the proposal, as provided.

AB 1628 (Asm. Fox): Visitation Rights: Grandparent Rights
Current law provides that a grandparent may petition the court for visitation rights. The court may grant visitation if the court finds that the grandparent and grandchild have a preexisting relationship that has engendered a bond such that granting the grandparent visitation is in the best interest of the child and the court balances the interest of the child in having visitation with the grandparent against the parents’ right to exercise their parental authority, subject to specified exceptions. Current law prohibits a grandparent from filing a petition for visitation while the natural or adoptive parents are married, unless one or more of several circumstances are present, including that the child is not residing with either parent. This bill would additionally permit a grandparent to file a petition for visitation while the natural or adoptive parents are married if one of the parents is incarcerated or involuntarily institutionalized.

AB 1839 (Asm. Gatto / Asm. Bocanegra): Film Tax Credits
This bill would establish credits similar to those that were introduced in the 2009 state incentive program. It expands California’s film and TV tax credit program in response to rising competition from other US states for Hollywood’s business. It would extend the program for five years and increase funding. Under the current program, California allocates $100 million annually to film and TV productions, which are eligible for a 20% to 25% tax credit toward qualified production expenses. Although the current incentive has slowed the outflow of production and boosted local activity, most of it has been used on smaller, lower-budget projects. Consequently, officials are pressing to substantially increase annual funding, closer to the $420 million a year that rival state New York provides. Other revisions include allowing large-budget films, films with budgets of up to $100 million, to also qualify; as well as TV pilots and new one-hour television series. Currently, only movies with budgets less than $75 million are eligible, as are basic cable programs and network shows returning from out of state. These exclusions have contributed to the historic falloff in the production of one-hour dramas and big-budget studio movies in CA. The bill would also provide an additional 5% credit for productions filmed in CA, but outside of Los Angeles.

AB 1993 (Asm. Fox): Pupils: Bullying: Counseling Services
This bill, the Nigel Hardy Act, would require a school to offer counseling services to every pupil who attends the school who has been the victim of an act of bullying or who has been found to have engaged in an act of bullying. The bill would also require a school district to provide training on the topic of bullying to every teacher employed by the school district and would require every teacher employed by the school district on or after July 1, 2015, to complete the training. By imposing additional requirements on schools and school districts, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program. The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement. This bill would provide that, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that the bill contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to these statutory provisions.

AB 2214 (Asm. Fox): Emergency Room Physicians: Continuing Education: Geriatric Care
Existing law requires the Division of Licensing of the Medical Board of California to establish continuing education requirements for physicians and surgeons. This bill, the Dolores H. Fox Act, would require the division, in determining continuing education requirements, to include a course in geriatric care for emergency room physicians.

SB 899 (Sen. Mitchell): CalWORKs Eligibility
Under existing law, for purposes of determining a family’s maximum aid payment under the CalWORKs program, the number of needy persons in the same family is not increased for any child born into a family that has received aid under the CalWORKs program continuously for the 10 months prior to the birth of the child, with specified exceptions. This bill would repeal that exclusion for purposes of determining the family’s maximum aid payment and would expressly prohibit the denial of aid or denial of an increase in the maximum aid payment if a child, on whose behalf aid or an increase in aid is being requested, was born into an applicant’s or recipient’s family while the applicant’s or recipient’s family was receiving aid under the CalWORKs program. The bill would specify that an applicant or recipient is not entitled to an increased benefit payment for any month prior to January 1, 2015, as a result of the repeal of that exclusion or the enactment of that express prohibition. The bill would also prohibit the department from conditioning an applicant’s or recipient’s eligibility for aid on the applicant’s or recipient’s disclosure of information regarding rape, incest, or contraception, as specified, or the applicant’s or recipient’s use of contraception.

SB 955 (Sen. Lieu / Sen. Mitchell): Interception Of Electronic Communications
This bill would add human trafficking to the list of offenses for which interception of electronic communications may be ordered pursuant to existing law, and would extend the operation of the provisions described until January 1, 2020.

SB 1132 (Sen. Leno / Sen. Mitchell): Moratorium On Hydraulic Fracturing
This bill would require the scientific study to consider additional elements, incl., among other things, evaluating various potential direct, indirect, and cumulative health and environmental effects of onshore and offshore well stimulation and well stimulation treatment-related activities, as specified. The bill would also prohibit all well stimulation treatments until the Secretary of the Natural Resources Agency convenes a committee to review the scientific study, as specified, the Governor issues findings that specific measures are in place to ensure that well stimulation treatments do not pose a risk to, or impairment of, the public health and welfare or to the environmental and economic sustainability of the state, and, if applicable, those findings are affirmed by judicial review, as specified. The bill would also require the division to adopt a formal process to resolve any claims with respect to vested rights, as specified. Because a violation of the bill’s requirements would be a crime, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.

Past Priority Legislation Lists

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