A Look Ahead: Week of April 22, 2019

Thursday, April 18, 2019

This report lists selected significant bills from the April 22nd Daily File that are scheduled to be heard in Senate policy committees next week.


Monday, April 22
10:30 a.m., Room 2040

SB 153 (Wilk)--Conforms California industrial hemp law with the 2018 Federal Farm bill, which legalized hemp production nationwide, but established strict guidelines for states that choose to regulate its production.

Banking and Financial Institutions

Wednesday, April 24
Upon Adjournment of Insurance Committee, Room 112

SB 528 (Hueso)--Establishes the Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank Commission and places the I-Bank under the supervision of the commission. The bill would require that the commission be comprised of the Governor, the Treasurer, the Attorney General, and the person who served as Governor immediately preceding the current Governor.

SB 540 (Jones)--Revises State law, in conformity to federal law, to allow the nonprofit public benefit corporations to pay life insurance premiums for directors or officers, if repayment is to be made from, or is secured by, either the policy’s death benefit proceeds or its cash surrender value, or both.

SB 619 (Hueso)--Establishes a pilot program to require the owner or operator of a rental housing development located within a Promise Zone, that either consists of 50 or more units or receives financial assistance from the state to, on a monthly basis, furnish to at least one major consumer credit reporting agency, as defined, information regarding the rental payment made by each tenant within the rental housing development who elects to participate in the pilot program, as provided. Requires the Department of Business Oversight (DBO) to notify the director of each Promise Zone of the implementation of the pilot program, and requires DBO to collect and analyze data on the pilot program and submit a report to the Legislature, as provided. Sunsets as of January 1, 2025.

SB 747 (Bradford)--Requires the Department of Business Oversight (DBO) to provide information on a Banking Development District Program to the Treasurer, and specifies that the Treasurer may utilize the Banking Development District Program when promoting the Treasurer’s Time Deposit Program. Requires the department to adopt rules and regulations for the establishment and maintenance of banking development districts, and to evaluate and approve applications for the designation of banking development districts in accordance with certain requirements. Requires DBO to develop and provide certain incentives to banks located in a banking development district, and would authorize the department to work with local agencies and economic development officials to develop additional local incentives for participating banks. Requires DBO to establish and post on its internet website a performance review process for the program.

Business, Professions & Economic Development

Monday, April 22
12 Noon and upon adjournment of Session, Room 3191

SB 569 (Stone)--Authorizes a pharmacist to fill a prescription for a controlled substance for a patient who cannot access medications as a result of a declared local, state, or federal emergency, regardless of whether it meets controlled substance prescription form requirements, if the California State Board of Pharmacy issues a notice that it is waiving provisions of the Pharmacy Law and other specified requirements are met.

SB 601 (Morrell)--Authorizes state agencies to waive, or reduce the fee for licensure, renewal of licensure, or the replacement of a physical license if a person or business has been displaced or affected by a declared federal emergency or proclaimed state emergency.

SB 617 (Glazer)--Allows an employer and a labor organization representing pharmacists and/or pharmacy technicians to enter into a collective bargaining agreement to increase the staffing ratio up to three pharmacy technicians per one pharmacist. Requires the California State Board of Pharmacy to approve an application from an employer to use this ratio if specified requirements are met.

SB 627 (Galgiani)--Authorizes a veterinarian who has completed specified training to recommend the use of medicinal cannabis on an animal patient for any condition for which cannabis provides relief. Expands the Medicinal and Adult Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act to regulate medicinal cannabis products for animal patients. Allows a person who is 18 years of age or older and is the owner of the animal patient to purchase medicinal cannabis for use on an animal if he or she has a valid veterinarian's recommendation.

SB 653 (Chang)--Improves access to dental hygiene preventative services by allowing registered dental hygienists (RDHs) to provide these services at specified sponsored events and nonprofit organizations. Authorizes a registered dental hygienist in alternative practice (RDHAP) to continue to practice in a designated dental health professional shortage area after this designation is removed if the RDHAP established the practice prior to the removal of the designation. Permits a RDHAP to practice in specified clinics or in a professional corporation without being an employee of that clinic or professional corporation. Makes other various changes to the statutes governing the practice of dental hygiene.

SB 738 (Hueso)--Requires the California Trade and Service Office Advisory Group to prioritize the establishment of an international trade and investment office in Mexico City, Mexico. Requires the costs associated with the operation of the trade office to be supported through private donations.


Wednesday, April 24
9:00 a.m., Room 4203 and upon adjournment of Labor, PE&R Committee in Room 2040

SB 24 (Leyva)--Requires, commencing January 1, 2023, each public university student health center to offer abortion by medication techniques.  Requires the Commission on the Status of Women and Girls to administer the College Student Health Center Sexual and Reproductive Health Preparation Fund, established by the bill; continuously appropriates moneys in the fund to the commission for allocation for grants for purposes of the bill.  Provides that the bill’s requirements would be implemented only if at least $10.3 million in private moneys are made available to the fund in a timely manner on or after January 1, 2020.

SB 328 (Portantino)--Prohibits the schoolday for middle schools and high schools, including those operated as charter schools, from beginning earlier than 8:30 a.m. (but exempts rural school districts from this prohibition).

SB 673 (Morrell)--Requires comprehensive sexual health education or HIV prevention education that a school district chooses to provide to pupils in a grade lower than grade 7 to be age appropriate and medically accurate.  Allows a school district to require, for a pupil in a grade lower than grade 7, active parental “opt-in” consent with a signature for sexual health education and HIV prevention education (current law requires a parent to actively opt-out).  Requires each school district to make sexual health education and HIV prevention instruction materials to be used in the upcoming school year available for inspection on the school district’s internet website prior to the date of instruction.

SB 756 (Durazo)--Prohibits the approval of a petition for the establishment of a new charter school unless certain restrictive statewide charter school policies (such as a statewide charter school cap and granting school boards virtual veto power over new charter schools) are enacted by January 1, 2020.  States intent to enact such restrictions (which are already proposed in pending legislation).

Elections and Constitutional Amendments

Tuesday, April 23
9:30 a.m., Room 113

SB 212 (Allen)--Authorizes a general law city, county, or local educational agency with voter approval to conduct an election using ranked choice voting,  in which voters rank the candidates for office in order of preference. Authorizes specified local jurisdictions to implement a traditional runoff election for candidates who would otherwise win with only a plurality of votes.

SB 300 (Umberg)--Prohibits, under state law, contributions, expenditures, and independent expenditures from foreign governments and foreign principals in connection with candidate elections. Makes a violation of this provision subject to a fine that is the greater of $10,000 or 3 times the amount contributed or expended.

SB 359 (Moorlach)--Allows proponents of a local referendum to circulate an impartial summary of a referendum as an alternative to circulating the text of the ordinance that is subject to the referendum.

SB 401 (Bates)--Seeks to close an existing campaign fundraising loophole by applying existing campaign contribution limits to candidate controlled ballot measure committees.

SB 423 (Umberg)--Requires non-candidate committees to establish one campaign contribution account at an office of a financial institution located in the state.

SB 636 (Stern)--Requires the ballot label for statewide measures to include a list of the names of those individuals signing the ballot arguments that are printed in the state voter information guide.

Energy, Utilities & Communications

Wednesday, April 24
9:00 a.m., Room 3191

SB 46 (Jackson)--Authorizes a local government to enter an agreement to access customer contact information from public utilities and their own social services department to enroll residents in a local government-operated public emergency warning system.  Authorizes the governing bodies of the California State University, the University of California, and the community college districts to access student and employee contact information for the purpose of enrolling those individuals in a college-operated public emergency warning system.  Requires the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to collect information from telecommunications service providers regarding outages and to report their findings to the Legislature.

SB 70 (Nielsen)--Requires an electrical corporation to underground electrical distribution infrastructure, in a very high fire hazard severity zone, after it has been destroyed by fire and where the overhead infrastructure has been removed due to an accident.  Creates the Electrical Infrastructure Undergrounding Working Group to promote the undergrounding of electrical infrastructure and the implementation of a statewide joint trenching policy.

SB 603 (Borgeas)--Revises the process for rate cases involving small independent telephone corporations, including setting a timeline for the proceedings and authorizing the corporation to recover reasonable expenses incurred in participating in the rate case.

SB 772 (Bradford)--Requires the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) to procure up to 4,000 MW of long duration energy storage projects and to recover costs from load-serving entities within the CAISO-controlled electrical grid. 

Environmental Quality

Wednesday, April 24
9:00 a.m, Room 113

SB 4 (McGuire)--Grants streamlined ministerial review to eligible projects within one half mile of transit terminals in cities of 50,000 residents or more in smaller counties and in all urban areas in counties with over a million residents. Allows ministerial permitting of duplexes and fourplexes in residential areas in cities and urban areas over 50,000 people on any vacant infill parcels zoned residential. (Pending passage in the Governance & Finance Committee. Note that SB 4 is also listed to be heard by EQ on April 25 at 8:00 am.)

SB 48 (Wiener)--Makes the location of a homeless shelter a "use by right," and thus exempt from CEQA, in all cities and counties in California.

SB 226 (Nielsen)--Appropriates $75 million from the General Fund for purposes of a watershed restoration grant program for eligible counties and provides that projects funded under the program are not subject to CEQA review.

SB 424 (Jackson)--Bans the sale of filtered cigarettes.

SB 458 (Durazo)--Prohibits the use of a pesticide that contains the active ingredient chlorpyrifos.

SB 535 (Moorlach)--Requires the Air Resources Board to include greenhouse gas emissions from wildfires in the Scoping Plan prepared pursuant to the California Global Warming Solutions Act.

SB 574 (Leyva)--Requires cosmetic manufacturers, commencing July 1, 2020, to disclose to the state Department of Public Health's (CDPH, or DPH) Division of Environmental and Occupational Disease Control (DEODC) information related to cosmetic products that contain a fragrance ingredient or flavor ingredient that is included on a "designated list," as defined to include 23 lists, and a list of each fragrance ingredient and flavor ingredient in the cosmetic product.

SB 659 (Borgeas)--Requires a court for infill housing projects to grant attorney’s fees to a respondent who prevails against any challenge to the project brought under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

SB 724 (Stern)--Makes a number of changes to the Beverage Container Recycling Program to: a) Provide regulatory relief to retailers from the obligation to take containers back from consumers or pay a $100/day in lieu fee to the state, and b) Financially sustain existing recycling centers and incentivize the establishment of new recycling centers.

SB 744 (Caballero)--Makes supportive housing projects using funds from the No Place Like Home Program a "use by right," and thus exempt from CEQA, in all cities and counties in California.

Governance & Finance

Wednesday, April 24
9:00 a.m., Room 112 and upon adjournment of EUC Committee in Room 3191

SB 4 (McGuire)--Creates a streamlined approval process for eligible projects within one half mile of fixed rail or ferry terminals in cities of 50,000 residents or more in smaller counties and in all urban areas in counties with over a million residents. It also creates a streamlined approval process for duplexes and fourplexes, as specified, in residential areas on vacant, infill parcels.

SB 43 (Allen)--Requires the Air Resources Board and the Department of Tax and Fee Administration to study the feasibility of replacing the state income and sales tax with a carbon intensity tax.

SB 45 (Allen)--Proposes the Wildfire, Drought, and Flood Protection Bond Act of 2020, which would authorize $4.3 billion in general obligation bonds to finance a variety of resource projects that are focused on increasing adaptation to climate change or increasing the resilience of various categories of resources projects to climate change.

SB 50 (Wiener)--Requires local governments to provide a housing developer with an "equitable communities incentive" for either a job-rich housing project or transit-rich housing project located on land zoned for housing or for mixed use. Transit rich housing projects are additionally exempt from: height limits less than 45 feet (for projects within one-half mile of a transit stop), or 55 feet (for projects located within one-quarter mile of a transit stop).

SB 51 (Hertzberg)--Creates a state banking system to deal with cannabis.

SB 139 (Allen)--Requires counties with more than 250,000 residents to establish an “independent” redistricting commission.

SB 475 (Skinner)--Exempts cannabis trade samples from taxation.

SB 732 (Allen)--Authorizes the Southern California Air Quality District to impose up to a 1-percent sales tax within its jurisdiction.

SCA 3 (Hill)--Makes changes to property tax law regarding the transfer of real property from parent/child & grandparent/grandchild inheritance provisions.

SCA 5 (Hill)--Reduces the vote threshold to pass local school parcel taxes to 55%.

Governmental Organization

Tuesday, April 23
9:30 a.m., Room 4203

SB 3 (Allen)--Creates the Office of Higher Education Coordination, Accountability, and Performance for purposes of statewide postsecondary education planning, oversight, data collection, and coordination. Directs that the office, among other things, shall advise the Legislature and the Governor regarding the need and optimal locations for a new segment of public postsecondary education or for new campuses.

SB 465 (Bates)--Ensures that local offsite emergency response organizations are not left with a gap in funds and will ensure the ability to plan for a response to an emergency at the closed San Onofre Nuclear Generation Station.

SB 469 (Dodd)--Provides the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) with authority to immediately suspend horse racing at a track if the health and safety of the horses or riders is deemed at risk. Allows the CHRB to call an emergency meeting to enact a suspension of racing without regard to the 10-day notification required by the Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act.

SB 598 (Moorlach)--Creates the Open Financial Statements Commission and requires public agencies to prepare financial statements in a machine-readable format by 2021-22.

SB 669 (Caballero)--Creates the Safe Drinking Water Fund, which would provide grants or loans to assist community water systems in disadvantaged communities that are noncompliant with drinking water standards. Creates the Safe Drinking Water Trust, which would generate net income from the trust's assets which would be transferred to the Safe Drinking Water Fund.

SB 730 (Stern)--Establishes the Commission on the Future of Work, which would research the impact of technology on workers, employers, and the economy.

SB 752 (Stern)--Creates, until January 1, 2025, the Commission on Tech Equity.  Creates, until January 1, 2025, the Joint Legislative Committee on the California Master Plan on Tech Equity.

SB 767 (Glazer)--Authorizes the Department of Parks and Recreation to sell 3,000 acres of the Carnegie State Vehicular Recreation Area known as the "Alameda-Tesla Expansion" area in Alameda County at a price no less than the original purchase price ($9 million).

SCR 31 (Bradford)--Designates the public street, circle, and plaza at 914 and 915 Capitol Mall in the City of Sacramento as the “Willie L. Brown, Jr. Circle and Plaza.”


Wednesday, April 24
1:30 p.m., Room 4203

SB 156 (Nielsen)--Requires the state Department of Public Health to issue a special permit to an applicant, defined as a general acute care hospital or acute psychiatric hospital, to offer emergency medical services and care within a facility that is located outside of the general acute care hospital or acute psychiatric hospital, if the emergency medical services and care that are provided pursuant to this provision are delivered to individuals who are located in a city, county, or city and county that is in an area affected by a proclaimed state of emergency or local emergency, and the applicant otherwise satisfies specified requirements.

SB 276 (Pan)--Adds to the existing process to obtain a medical exemption from the pupil vaccination requirement by additionally requiring: 1) the state Department of Public Health to develop and make available for use by licensed physicians and surgeons a statewide standardized medical exemption request form; 2) the form, once it has been made available, to be the only medical exemption documentation that a governing authority (e.g., school board, principal, etc.) may accept, as specified; and 3) the State Public Health Officer or designee to review the completed request form and provide the physician and surgeon with notification approving or denying the medical exemption request, as specified.

SB 382 (Nielsen)--Requires a health care service plan contract or health insurance policy entered into, amended, or renewed on or after January 1, 2020, to provide reimbursement of at least the administrative day rate to enrollees and insureds who remain in acute care hospitals, but no longer meet medically necessary criteria, due to a lack of access to postacute care services during a state of emergency.

SB 446 (Stone)--Makes hypertension medication management services a covered pharmacist service under the Medi-Cal program, as specified.

SB 452 (Jones)--Requires the state Department of Public Health to send an informational brochure about the Ken Maddy California Cancer Registry to every patient when the patient is entered into the registry.

SB 486 (Bates)--Prohibits a commercially operated recovery residence from giving or receiving remuneration or anything of value for the referral of a person who is seeking alcoholism or drug abuse recovery and treatment services, and requires the state Department of Health Care Services to impose a fine of $50,000 for each violation.

SB 525 (Stone)--Requires the Medi-Cal reimbursement rate for blood factors to be the lower of the wholesale acquisition cost, 120% of the average sales price of the last quarter reported, or the actual acquisition cost for the drug plus a professional dispensing fee of $0.14 per unit.

SB 583 (Jackson)--Expands required coverage for clinical trials under a health plan contract or insurance policy to include a clinical trial relating to the prevention, detection, or treatment of a life-threatening disease or condition, as defined, and includes a trial funded by, among others, a qualified nongovernmental research entity.

SB 689 (Moorlach)--Allows the state Department of Public Health to authorize an entity wishing to provide hypodermic needle and syringe exchange services only if the city, county, or city and county in which the entity will be operating has adopted an ordinance or resolution approving that authorization or reauthorization.

SB 741 (Galgiani)--Authorizes a person, as part of a proceeding on a petition for a judgment recognizing the change of gender, to also seek an order to revise a marriage certificate of the petitioner or a birth certificate of the petitioner’s child to reflect the petitioner’s change of gender.

SB 746 (Bates)--Requires health care service plan contracts and health insurance policies issued, amended, or renewed on or after January 1, 2020, that cover chemotherapy or radiation therapy for the treatment of cancer to also cover anticancer medical devices, as defined.


Monday, April 22
3:00 p.m. or upon adjournment of Session, Room 112

SB 15 (Portantino)--Allows local agencies to reduce contributions of local property tax revenue to schools to build affordable housing, related infrastructure, and public safety facilities.

SB 330 (Skinner)--Enacts the “Housing Crisis Act of 2019,” which, until January 1, 2030: (1) makes changes to local approval processes, (2) modifies the Permit Streamlining Act, (3) imposes restrictions on certain types of development standards, and (4) creates separate building standards for occupied substandard buildings.

SB 754 (Moorlach)--Allows election by acclamation in cases where Common Interest Developments have a number of nominees equal to or less than the number of positions on the board, provided proper notice was provided.

Human Services

Monday, April 22
3:00 p.m., Room 2040

SB 172 (Portantino)--Enacts, within the existing California Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly Act, the Keep Our Seniors Safe Act and requires the state Department of Social Services to promulgate regulations prescribing the procedures for a firearm and ammunition to be centrally stored in a locked gun safe within a facility that permits residents to possess firearms on its premises.

SB 374 (Glazer)--Requires a CalWORKs eligible individual participating in an educational activity full time and making satisfactory progress, as specified, to receive a standard allowance of $500, which may be provided, in whole or in part, in the form of a book voucher.

SB 412 (Stone)--Repeals those provisions of the Family Cost Participation Program relating to regional center fees.

SB 433 (Monning)--Requires the state Department of Social Services, in consultation with the state Department of Public Health, to establish and oversee a 3-year pilot program known as the Office of Youth Development and Diversion Pilot Program.

SB 683 (Grove)--1) Provides protection against regional center (RC) retaliation to RC board members and family members. 2. Requires RCs to comply with the California Public Records Act. 3) Requires RC websites to conform to a standardized format developed by the state Department of Developmental Services with stakeholder input. 4) Requires RC to provide any quantitative data available to the public in a machine readable format.

SB 695 (Portantino)--Authorizes a city that has a housing element that has been approved by the state Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD), as specified, to meet 5% of its share of the regional housing need by adopting of a program that meets certain, listed requirements, including that the program actively promotes and assists in the placement of foster youth in existing family-based households, as specified, and be approved by the council of governments that assigns the city’s share of regional housing needs or, in the absence of a council, by HCD.


Wednesday, April 24
1:30 p.m., Room 112

SB 240 (Dodd)--In response to recent wildfire losses, requires an insurer to establish a single point of contact for each policyholder filing a claim, and to provide the policyholder with one or more direct means of communication with the single point of contact if, within a six month period, the insurer assigns a third or subsequent adjuster to be primarily responsible for a claim. Requires the single point of contact to remain assigned to the policyholder’s claim until the insurer determines that the claim is closed.

SB 254 (Hertzberg)--Requires the California Earthquake Authority (CEA) to identify operational savings and immediately invest them in proactive mitigation efforts - like residential retrofitting - that will improve California’s resilience against the next major earthquake. Repeals existing CEA assessment authorization and instead, if claims and claim expenses paid by the CEA due to earthquake events exhaust existing funding sources, requires the CEA to determine, and the commissioner to instruct all assessing insurers to collect, an assessment on assessable insurance policies, including specified insurance policies that cover a risk in a high seismic risk zone, but exclude, among other policies, life, health, earthquake, or automobile insurance policies.  

SB 508 (Leyva)--Requires an insurer, on and after July 1, 2020, prior to issuing or renewing policies for a tenant, mobilehome, renter, or condominium unit, to provide a copy of the California Residential Property Insurance Bill of Rights to the named policyholder. Expressly requires an insurer of a policy insuring an individually owned mobilehome that provides dwelling structure coverage to provide the named policyholder with a copy of the California Residential Property Insurance Disclosure and the California Residential Property Insurance Bill of Rights.


Tuesday, April 23
1:30 p.m., Room 112

SB 218 (Bradford)--Allows local governments to pass and enforce local antidiscrimination ordinances that relate to employment.

SB 310 (Skinner)--Allows a convicted felon, even one currently on parole or home monitoring, to serve on a civil or criminal jury.

SB 332 (Hertzberg)--Declares that the discharge of treated wastewater through ocean outfalls, except as specified, is a waste and unreasonable use of water within the meaning of Section 2 of Article X of the California Constitution.

Requires each wastewater treatment facility that discharges through an ocean outfall to significantly reduce their discharges by either treating the water to be beneficially reused or by reducing inflow through water conservation and efficiency measures:

  1. By at least 50 percent by January 1, 2030; and
  2. By at least 95 percent by January 1, 2040.

SB 493 (Jackson)--Requires California higher education institutions that receive state financial assistance or state funds for student aid to adopt specified policies and procedures related to sexual harassment (including a "preponderance of evidence" standard; a prohibition of direct, live cross examination; and excluding a right to appeal).

SB 683 (Grove)--Provides protection against regional center (RC) retaliation to RC board members and family members. 2. Requires RCs to comply with the California Public Records Act. 3) Requires RC websites to conform to a standardized format developed by the state Department of Developmental Services with stakeholder input. 4) Requires RC to provide any quantitative data available to the public in a machine readable format. (Pending passage by Human Services Committee.)

Labor, Public Employment & Retirement

Wednesday, April 24
9:30 a.m., Room 2040

SB 135 (Jackson)--Dramatically expands the number of employers required to provide up to 12 weeks of family care and medical leave. This bill expands this requirement by lowering the minimum number of employees from 50 to 5, and cuts in half the length of time an employee must work before they are eligible for this leave, moving it from 1 year to 6 months. Additionally, the bill allows an employee to care for an unrelated “designated person” and receive the 12 weeks of leave, and six weeks of wage replacement benefits from the paid family leave program.

SB 238 (Grove)--Sets aside the Dynamex decision by conforming California’s test for determining employment status (i.e. whether a person is an employee or independent contractor) to the “economic realities” test established by the federal Fair Labor Standards Act, which is predicated on 6 factors that are considered when determining the extent to which an employee is economically dependent upon the employer.

SB 533 (Monning)--Expands the state's prevailing wage law to private construction projects by deeming a public works project any work performed within the territory of Fort Ord if the contractor or subcontractor is required to pay prevailing wages pursuant to a resolution of the Fort Ord board, deed restriction, or covenant. Applies this expansion and all penalties associated with failure to pay prevailing wage retroactively.

SB 567 (Caballero)--Defines “injury,” for a hospital employee who provides direct patient care in an acute care hospital, to include infectious diseases, cancer, musculoskeletal injuries, post-traumatic stress disorder, and respiratory diseases. Creates rebuttable presumptions that these injuries that develop or manifest in a hospital employee who provides direct patient care in an acute care hospital arose out of and in the course of the employment.

SB 698 (Leyva)--Applies existing rules ralated to private sector employee wages to University of California employees.

SB 731 (Bradford)--Specifies that apportionment of permanent disability in the workers’ compensation system cannot be based on race, religious creed, color, national origin, age, gender, marital status, sex, sexual identity, sexual orientation, or genetic characteristics.

SJR 3 (Wilk)--Requests that the President, and the Congress of the United States, approve legislation repealing the Government Pension Offset and the Windfall Elimination Provisions from the Social Security Act.

SJR 6 (Chang)--Asks that the President, and the Congress of the United States, develop a comprehensive Artificial Intelligence Advisory Committee and to adopt a comprehensive artificial intelligence policy.

Natural Resources & Water

Tuesday, April 23
9:00 a.m., Room 112

SB 130 (Galgiani)--Requires the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CalFire) to establish a grant program for cities in very high fire hazard severity zones to be used for the installation and implementation of an emergency fire siren warning system. Provides up to $10 million, upon appropriation by the legislature, for the grant program.

SB 200 (Monning)--Establishes the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund in the State Treasury. Specifies that all moneys in the fund shall be continuously appropriated to the State Water Board without regard to fiscal year, and that any remaining money shall not revert back to the General Fund.

SB 247 (Dodd)--Requires the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CalFire) to provide a "trim list" to each electrical corporation identifying all trees and other vegetation near electrical lines or equipment that require removal or trimming. Requires the work to be performed by qualified line clearance tree trimmers or trainees and provides they shall be paid prevailing wage for a first period apprentice electrical utility lineman.

SB 454 (Caballero)--Authorizes the Administrative Hearings Office created within the State Water Resources Control Board to adjudicate water rights issues to assess fees against parties that participate in hearings conducted by the office.

SB 462 (Stern)--Requires the California Community Colleges (CCC) chancellor's office, working in collaboration with the CCC Academic Senate, to establish a model curriculum for a forestland restoration workforce program that could be offered at CCC campuses.

SB 515 (Caballero)--Expands the fuel and feedstocks that are eligible to meet the requirements of the biomass procurement program that is intended to reduce wildfire risk by utilizing forest fuels from high hazard zones.

SB 584 (Moorlach)--Appropriates $400 million annually from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund to the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CalFire) to provide grants to local jurisdictions to underground electrical infrastructure. Authorizes the CA Public Utilities Committee (CPUC) to require the replacement of overhead electrical infrastructure that has been destroyed by a fire caused by the overhead infrastructure with underground electrical infrastructure.

SB 668 (Rubio)--Requires the State Water Resources Control Board to develop and adopt regulations for reporting and inspections regarding public water suppliers. The bill would require that the regulations adopted by the board ensure water suppliers’ compliance with local standards for fire safety.

SB 682 (Allen)--Requires the Air Resources Board to adopt a climate accounting protocol by January 1, 2021, to evaluate the potential of proposed climate mitigation and restoration actions to reduce radiative forcing and excess heat in the atmosphere to reduce global and regional mean temperatures benefitting all Californians.

Public Safety

Tuesday, April 23
8:30 a.m., Room 3191

SB 40 (Wiener)--Makes technical changes to conservatorship program created under SB 1045 (Wiener, 2018) which add more safeguards for conservatees. Adds a requirement that a petition for conservatorship be filed within 28 days of the person’s eighth detention within a twelve month period. Creates a process for establishing a temporary conservatorship which shall automatically expire after 28 days, unless a court conducts a hearing or trial on the matter, in which case it may be extended up to six months.

SB 120 (Stern)--Adds concealed and open carry to the list of misdemeanors that would impose aa ten-year prohibition for possession or ownership upon conviction.

SB 230 (Caballero)--Makes a number of changes to statute regarding use of force by police.  More specifically it would: 1) Require each law enforcement agency to maintain a publically-available policy that provides a minimum standard on the use of force. Each agency’s policy must contain specific information such as de-escalation techniques, requirements that use of force must be proportional to the seriousness of the offenses, requirements for reporting, procedures for citizen complaints, guidelines for use of force, etc.; 2) updates statutes regarding for “justifiable homicide” to reflect existing caselaw; and 3) requires the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) to create a specific course on use of force and uniform, minimum guidelines for California law enforcement agencies for use of force.

SB 411 (Jones)--Excludes “one-strike” sex offenders (i.e. commits a specified sexual offense with special circumstances resulting in a 25-life sentence) from the existing statutory Elderly Parole which reviews the parole suitability of any inmate who is 60 years of age or older and has served a minimum of 25-years of continuous incarceration on his or her current sentence.

SB 678 (Glazer)--Creates a new pretrial diversion program that allows an individual who is accused of committing a misdemeanor or felony (with very limited exceptions) to participate in a restorative-justice program where the offender is provided with an opportunity to address the impact of the crime on the victim’s life and make “amends” to the victim of the crime. Eligible individuals must demonstrate the ability to benefit from services, including, but not limited to, counseling, educational, vocational, and supervision services. A defendant may not be denied participation in the program based on the accusation that the defendant has committed a serious or violent felony or the defendant’s past criminal record.


Tuesday, April 23
1:30 p.m., Room 4203

SB 400 (Umberg)--Expands existing voucher programs for purchases of clean vehicles under the Clean Cars 4 All and the Enhanced Fleet Modernization Program, to include vouchers for bike sharing, and electric bikes.

SB 511 (Moorlach)--Requires the establishment of a committee made up of representatives from the Secretary of State’s office, the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), and counties, for the purpose of facilitating the sharing of information necessary to implement the California New Motor Voter Program (CNMVP). Requires the DMV to train its employees on the voter registration practices established to implement CNMVP.

SB 662 (Archuleta)--Revises the definition of "transportation electrification" to include green electrolytic hydrogen when it is used as a transportation fuel; restates the requirement the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), California Air Resources Board, and the California Energy Commission consider the potential uses of green electrolytic hydrogen; and requires the CPUC to approve a ratepayer-funded program and investments in the production of green electrolytic hydrogen as a transportation fuel and hydrogen fueling infrastructure.

Veterans Affairs

Tuesday, April 23
1:30 p.m., Room 2040

SB 364 (Stone)--Eliminates the property tax inflation factor on the principal residence of an honorably discharged veteran over the age of 65 for any assessment year on or after either January 1, 2020, or the taxpayer’s 65th birthday, whichever is later.

SB 562 (Morrell)--Increases the disabled veterans’ exemption from property tax to $250,000 for taxpayers with income of less than $62,614, and $200,000 for taxpayers with income above that amount.

SB 663 (Jones)--Extends the state's Welfare Property Tax Exemption to property owned by a veteran’s organizations and is used for the exempt nonprofit activities of the organization.