A Look Ahead: Week of April 29, 2019

Friday, April 26, 2019

This report lists selected significant bills from the April 29th Daily File that are scheduled to be heard in Senate policy committees next week.

Agriculture

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

SB 787 (Agriculture)--Replaces the terms “pound” and “poundmaster” with “animal shelter” and “sheltermaster or shelter director,” in various code sections. Makes other technical changes and updates to various statutes.

Energy, Utilities & Communications

Tuesday, April 30
9:00 a.m., Room 3191

SB 766 (Stern) -- Adds water conservation measures that result in energy savings to the list of measures specified as weatherization for the investor owned utilities’ home weatherization services for low-income customers and adds energy management technology and water conservation methods that result in energy savings to the weatherization measures for low-income households served by a local publicly owned utility. 

Governance & Finance

Wednesday, May 1
9:30 a.m., Room 112

SB 196 (Beall)--Extends the state property tax Welfare Exemption to property owned and operated by a Community Land Trust. Prohibits the exemption from being denied on the basis that affordable housing is not being constructed. Effective for lien dates occurring on and after January 1, 2019.

SB 248 (Glazer)--Increases the state Renter’s Tax Credit and makes it refundable.

SB 295 (McGuire)--Authorizes a city or county that has adopted a local hazard mitigation plan (or similar document) to use that plan to meet specified requirements of the General Plan Safety Element.

SB 349 (Portantino)--Modifies the minimum franchise tax for corporations having less than $15 million in gross receipts and would retain the $800 minimum annual tax for corporations that exceed $15 million in gross receipts.

SB 355 (Portantino)--Removes language from the Government Code that currently precludes a Joint Powers Authority (JPA) alternate representative from participating in closed session discussions of the JPA unless that alternate is a member of the member agency’s legislative body.

SB 468 (Jackson)--Repeals all state tax preferences as of December 31, 2023, except personal income tax and certain exemptions for specified nonprofit organizations, that do not have a repeal or inoperative date, does not include metrics of efficacy reported as a requirement, and for which the annual cost to the state has met or exceed $1 billion over the past 10 years.

SB 477 (Wieckowski)--Replaces the state existing tax deduction for student loan interest payments with a state tax credit, beginning on or after January 1, 2019.

SB 521 (Portantino)--Provides a state personal income or corporate income tax credit for taxpayers who own property rented to, or leased by, persons receiving assistance under Section 8 of the United States Housing Act of 1937. The size and the scope of the credit has not yet been determined.

SB 624 (Wilk)--Allows medical providers to seek a refund of the excess sales tax payments made to the state.

SB 635 (Hueso)--Conforms state tax law with federal tax law regarding the specified tax treatment for income derived from activities within a qualified opportunity zone, including the deferral of recognition of a capital gain, and would provide that the provisions are limited to designated opportunity zones located in the state.

SB 646 (Morrell)--Eliminates ambiguity in the Mitigation Fee Act of 1987 by codifying this statute to the constitutional provisions found in both Propositions 218 and 26.

SB 763 (Galgiani)--Excludes from state gross income taxes discharges of qualified principal residence indebtedness occurring on or after January 1, 2017, and before January 1, 2019, due to the loss of a principal residence within a federally declared disaster area. Also, discharges indebtedness for related penalties and interest

Health

Wednesday, May 1
1:30 p.m., Room 4203

SB 214 (Dodd)--Requires the state Department of Health Care Services to implement and administer the California Community Transitions program, as authorized under federal law and pursuant to the terms of the Money Follows the Person Rebalancing Demonstration, for the purpose of transitioning eligible Medi-Cal beneficiaries into qualified residences after residing in an institutional health facility for a period of 90 days or longer.

SB 373 (Hertzberg)--Authorizes a county to issue certified copies of birth, death, and marriage records by means of blockchain technology, as defined, and exempts those records from the required physical properties and features found in current law.

SB 438 (Hertzberg)--Prohibits a public agency from delegating, assigning, or contracting for “911” emergency call processing or notification duties regarding the dispatch of emergency response resources unless the delegation or assignment is to, or the contract is with, another public agency or made pursuant to a joint powers agreement or cooperative agreement.

SB 538 (Rubio)--Requires, commencing on April 1, 2020, a manufacturer of an electronic cigarette sold in the state to submit a written physical description and a photograph of each type of electronic cigarette sold by that manufacturer to the state Department of Public Health (CDPH). Requires, for each new electronic cigarette manufactured for sale in the state after April 1, 2020, the manufacturer to submit the written physical description and photograph of the electronic cigarette to CDPH within 30 days of making the electronic cigarette available for sale.

SB 784 (Health)--Conforms state law to federal law regarding Medicare products.

Housing

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

SB 252 (Leyva)--For both the Personal Income Tax and the Corporation Tax, excludes from income the gain from the sale of a qualified mobilehome park.

SB 323 (Wieckowski)--Tightly regulates homeowners association (“HOA”) elections by limiting an HOA’s ability to impose qualifications on candidates for an HOA board of directors, and adds more stringent requirements for notices, meetings, ballots and voter accessibility.

Judiciary

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

SB 299 (Jackson)--Requires a manufacturer of a connected device directed towards minors to prominently display on the packaging for the connected device a standardized and easy-to-understand privacy dashboard that details whether, what, and how personal information of a minor is collected, transmitted, retained, used, and protected, as specified.

SB 320 (Jackson)--Prohibits a business establishment from discriminating against a person because of a person’s gender with respect to the price charged for goods of a substantially similar or like kind.

SB 544 (Umberg)--Prohibits staff of the State Bar from reviewing a person’s medical records relating to mental health when determining whether the person

SB 564 (Leyva)--Provides that a depicted individual, who suffers harm resulting from the intentional disclosure of sexually explicit material without their consent, has a cause of action against a person who creates and discloses the sexually explicit material if the person knew or reasonably should have known the depicted individual did not consent.

SB 659 (Borgeas)--Authorizes the court to award attorney’s fees to a prevailing party that is a respondent or real party in interest, when the court finds the petitioner used actions, tactics, or claims, made unreasonably or in bad faith that are frivolous or intended to cause unnecessary delay in CEQA litigation involving infill housing projects.