A Look Ahead: Week of July 8, 2019

Friday, July 5, 2019

This report lists selected significant bills from the July 5th Daily File that are scheduled to be heard in Senate policy committees next week.

Banking and Financial Institutions

Wednesday, July 10
1:30 p.m. or upon adjournment of Rules Committee, Room 113

AB 642 (Limon) Provides new licensure requirements for consumer loan lead generators by classifying them as "brokers" under the California Financing Law (CFL), and protects a consumer's confidential data by prohibiting brokers from soliciting or collecting confidential data unless that information is reasonably necessary to connect a prospective borrower to a finance lender. Requires disclosures to the consumer regarding the compensation received by a lead generator and how that compensation is determined. Requires the Department of Business Oversight to examine the CFL licensees at least once every 48 months.

Business, Professions & Economic Development    

Monday, June 8
12:00 Noon, Room 3191

AB 241 (Kamlager-Dove) Requires, beginning on January 1, 2022, all continuing education courses for physicians, nurses, and physician assistants to contain curriculum that includes the understanding of implicit bias and the promotion of bias-reducing strategies to address how unintended biases in decision-making may contribute to health care disparities by shaping behavior and producing differences in treatment along the lines of race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, socioeconomic status, or other characteristic.

AB 1514 (Patterson) Authorizes a nurse practitioner to certify a subscriber's status as deaf, hard of hearing, or disabled for purposes of qualifying for the California Deaf and Disabled Telecommunications Program.

AB 1529 (Low) Amends the size requirement for the universal symbol, which indicates that a product contains cannabis, on a cartridge that is intended to be inserted into an electronic device that creates an aerosol or vapor to be no smaller than one-quarter inch wide by one-quarter inch tall.

AB 1696 (Chau) Requires the Director of the Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development to establish a process for accepting proposals from public and nonprofit organizations interested in partnering with the state to operate an international trade and investment office in a foreign country.

AB 1710 (Wood) Authorizes the Elk Valley Rancheria, a federally recognized Indian tribe, and the County of Del Norte to enter into an agreement regarding local authorization for, and tribal regulation of, commercial cannabis activity.  Requires that the licensee or applicant to be subject to all of the requirements of the Medical and Adult Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act for the applicable license types.  Exempts the agreement itself from the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), but specifies that the licensee would still be required to comply with all state laws, including CEQA.

Education

Wednesday, July 10
9:00 a.m., Room 4203

ACA 14 (Gonzalez) Amends the California Constitution, subject to voter approval during the 2020 general election, to prohibit the University of California (UC) from contracting for support services (including food, maintenance, security, hospital, and billing services), unless the service: 1) Is authorized by statute; 2) Is necessary to address an emergency, student housing development, unanticipated special events, or employee training, or requires a licensed clinically trained worker; 3) Does not cause university employees to be displaced, which includes being laid off, demoted, involuntarily transferred to a new job classification or location, or having their hours reduced; 4) Provides compensation equivalent to the hourly wage and the benefits provided to university employees who perform the same/similar work; and, 5) Is for a period of time less than 10 days per year if contracting for special events or clinical work.  Makes all UC contract workers subject to equal employment opportunity standards.

AB 2 (Santiago) Authorizes California Community Colleges participating in the California College Promise to waive the estimated cost of tuition for eligible first-time, full time students for two academic years (rather than one, per existing law).

AB 1505 (O’Donnell) 1) Limits appeal of district-denied charters to county boards of education only on grounds of a procedural violation and eliminates the county's option to authorize on appeal, instead only allowing the petition to be remanded back to the district. Eliminates appeals of district denials to the State Board of Education. 2) Reduces charter renewals from 5 years to 2-5 years at the discretion of the chartering district and requires renewals to take into consideration the fiscal impact on the chartering district. Eliminates academic improvement as the most important consideration when renewing a charter school. 3) Eliminates the ability of a charter school to appeal a revocation of its charter. 4) Limits county benefit charters, requires they be approved by districts in which the charter will be located, and eliminates appeal in the case of denial. 5) Does numerous other things to allow denial of petitions for new charter schools. Allows denial of new charters based upon "negative" financial impacts to the charter authority. (This measure is not listed in the Daily File but the committee indicates it will be heard.)

AB 1507 (Smith) 1) Deletes the authorization for a charter school that is unable to locate within the geographic boundaries of the chartering school district to establish one site outside the boundaries of the school district, but within the county. 2) Limits the authority of a charter school that established one site outside the boundaries of the school district, but within the county, before January 1, 2020, by allowing it to continue to operate the site only until the charter school obtains a renewal of its charter petition and approval from the school district where the site is operating. 3) Deletes the authorization for a nonclassroom based charter school to establish a resource center, meeting space, or other satellite facility located in a county adjacent to that in which the charter school is authorized; instead allows only one resource center, meeting space, or other satellite facility within the jurisdiction of the school district where the charter school is physically located. 4) Allows a charter school to relocate for up to five years a site located within an area subject to a Presidential declaration of a major disaster or emergency to an area outside the area subject to the disaster declaration. (This measure is not listed in the Daily File but the committee indicates it will be heard.)

Energy, Utilities & Communications

Note: There are two hearings scheduled for next week.  The July 10 hearing has been properly noticed in the Daily File. However, an alleged hearing to be held on Monday, July 8 to hear AB 1054 is not yet in the Daily File.  Here is the summary of that measure:

AB 1054 (Holden, Burke, Mayes) This is the Governor’s proposal to implement a Wildfire Fund to pay eligible claims arising from a covered wildfire.   This bill allows the electrical corporations to receive cost recovery related to a covered wildfire if their conduct was reasonable, makes changes to the wildfire mitigation plans, and requires the continuation of a “charge” on ratepayers (approximately $10.5 billion).  Depending on the chosen option, ratepayers may be fully funding the Wildfire Fund or the costs may be divided between the ratepayers ($10.5 billion) and the electrical corporations ($10.5 billion).

Wednesday, July 10
9:00 a.m., Room 3191

AB 56 (E. Garcia) Subject to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) making specified findings, this bill would empower the California Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Financing Authority to undertake backstop procurement of electricity to meet state resource planning and reliability goals not satisfied by load-serving entities.

AB 1366 (Gonzalez) Extends the prohibition on the state regulating Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) and Internet Protocol enabled service until January 1, 2030.

AB 1699 (Levine) Prohibits a mobile internet service provider from impairing or degrading, for a specified timeframe, the lawful internet traffic of first response agencies that have been identified by the Director of Emergency Services as an agency that would respond to a situation likely to lead to an emergency.

ACR 78 (Holden) States the will of the Legislature that the CPUC, in the PG&E bankruptcy proceeding, promote certain environmental policy goals, ensure wildfire victims are promptly and equitably compensated, ensure compliance with safety and reliability laws, and communicate the proceeding’s profound and direct impact on the people of California.

Governance & Finance

Wednesday, July 10
9:30 a.m., Room 112

AB 142 (C. Garcia) Repeals the existing sunset date on the tax paid by manufacturers of vehicle batteries, and increases the tax from $1 to $2 per battery as of April 1, 2022. Tax money would be used to help cleanup sites that were contained by lead-acid batteries, specifically Excide in Vernon.

AB 296 (Cooley) Adds a new voluntary contribution fund, the Climate Innovation Fund, to the personal income tax form to provide funding for grants to develop and research new innovations and technologies that will reduce emissions of greenhouse gases, or address the impacts of climate change.

AB 430 (Gallagher) Establishes a ministerial approval process for residential and mixed-use developments within or near the cities of Biggs, Corning, Gridley, Live Oak, Willows and Oroville, as well as Orland in Glenn County, so that these projects are not subject to review under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

AB 723 (Quirk) Authorizes the City of Fremont to impose a transactions and use tax in conformity with the Transactions and Use Tax Law for general or specific purposes at a rate of no more than 1% that, in combination with other transactions and use taxes, would exceed the above-described combined rate limit of 2% if certain requirements are met, including a requirement that the ordinance proposing the transactions and use tax be submitted to, and approved by, the voters.

AB 849 (Bonta) Revises and standardizes the criteria and process to be used by cities and counties when they draw district lines for their governing bodies. Establishes substantial new public hearing requirements and outreach, language assistance, and public notice requirements for districts transitioning from at-large to district-based elections, or when adjusting district boundaries following the federal decennial census.

AB 1413 (Gloria) Authorizes all local transportation authorities that have existing transactions and use tax authority to levy a transactions and use tax in any portion of their jurisdiction, with the approval of 2/3 of the voters that would be affected. Provides that the portion of the county to which the tax would apply shall be determined by the authority prior to its adoption of the tax ordinance.

AB 1736 (Daly) Requires a local agency, under the Local Agency Public Construction Act, to create a policy for notifying bidders (contractors and subcontractors) of the selection and approval of a bid within a reasonable timeframe.

Governmental Organization

Tuesday, July 9
9:30 a.m., Room 4203

AB 38 (Wood) This is s a rather complex measure establishing the Fire Hardened Homes Revolving Loan and Rebate Fund to provide no- and low- interest loans or rebates to assist building owners to pay for certain costs involved in the "fire hardening" of structure(s). Beginning July 1, 2021, a seller of property located in a very high fire hazard severity zone must certify that the property complies with the state's defensible-space statutes. After July 1, 2025, the certification shall include a list of low-cost home-hardening retrofits developed by the State Fire Marshall as well as a disclosure to the buyer as to which were completed during the seller's ownership of the property.

AB 572 (Kalra) Requires a contractor bidding a state contract for the procurement of "forest-risk commodities" to certify that they did not originate on land where tropical deforestation occurred. It requires contractors to have a "No Deforestation, No Peat, No Exploitation" policy which is available to the public and imposes penalties on contractors who supply products to the state comprised a forest-risk commodity. It specifies that any person to do so knowingly is guilty of a misdemeanor.

AB 840 (Dahle) Authorizes the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to issue a special on-sale general license to a facility that straddles the border of Placer County Washoe County, Nevada. In other words, the Cal-Neva Lodge in Crystal Bay, Lake Tahoe. There is no other license that ABC is authorized to issue that fits the unique circumstances of the Cal-Neva Lodge.

AB 1111 (Friedman) Establishes a new Office of Outdoor Recreation (OREC) within the Governor's Office to promote economic development and job growth within the outdoor recreation economy in California. Furthermore, it creates an advisory committee to OREC consisting of government, private, and nonprofit representatives to provide it with advice and expertise.

AB 1308 (Cunningham) Provides that students between the ages of 18-21, enrolled in bona fide hotel management or culinary arts educational programs, are exempt from current state drinking-age restrictions in order to fully participate in in the classes and programs where tasting of alcoholic beverages is a necessary aspect of the class or program.

Health

Wednesday, July 10
1:30 p.m., Room 4203

AB 8 (Chu) Imposes a mandate on school districts, county offices of education, and charter schools (LEAs) to have at least one mental health professional for every 600 students generally accessible to students on campus during school hours, and requires specified optional levels of coverage if there are fewer than 600 pupils.

AB 767 (Wicks) Requires Covered California to develop options to include in vitro fertilization coverage as part of, or as supplementary to, coverage currently offered through Covered California, in consultation with stakeholders and by considering specified options. Require Covered California, on or before July 1, 2020, to report the options to the Legislature and make the report publicly available on its internet website.

AB 962 (Burke) Requires hospitals with operating expenses of $25 million or more to annually submit a report to the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) on their minority, women, LGBT, and veteran-owned business enterprise procurement efforts. Requires each report to be submitted on July 1, 2020, and then annually thereafter. Imposes specified civil penalties for a failure to submit that report. Requires OSHPD to maintain a link on the office’s internet website that provides public access to the content of those reports

AB 1246 (Limon) Requires large group health insurance policies, except specialized health insurance policies that cover only dental or vision services, issued, amended, or renewed on or after July 1, 2020, to include coverage for medically necessary basic health care services and, to the extent the policy covers prescription drugs, coverage for medically necessary prescription drugs.

AB 1611 (Chiu) Attempts to resolve balance billing problems by requiring health care service plans or insurance policies issued, amended, or renewed on or after January 1, 2020, to provide that if an enrollee or insured receives covered emergency services from a non-contracting hospital, the enrollee or insured is prohibited from paying more than the same cost sharing that the enrollee or insured would pay for the same covered services received from a contracting hospital. Requires health care service plans or insurers to pay a non-contracting hospital for emergency services rendered to an enrollee or insured pursuant to a specified formula, and requires a non-contracting hospital to bill, collect, and make refunds in a specified manner, and provides a dispute resolution procedure if any party is dissatisfied with payment.

AB 1695 (Carrillo) Requires a prospective transferee or prospective licensee (i.e., buyer) of a free-standing skilled nursing facility, upon the sale, transfer of operation, or other change or transfer of ownership, to submit a notice of intent to the Department of Public Health (DPH) at least 90 days prior to the transfer or change of ownership. Requires DPH, within 90 days of submission of the completed notice of intent form, to determine whether the prospective transferee or prospective licensee is responsible and suitable for licensure, based on specified criteria. If DPH determines that the prospective transferee or prospective licensee is responsible and suitable for licensure, upon a transfer or change of ownership, the prospective transferee or prospective licensee would be authorized to file an application for a license, which would have the effect of a license until DPH takes final action on the application. If DPH determines that the prospective transferee or prospective licensee is not responsible and suitable for licensure, the prospective transferee or prospective licensee would be allowed to request an administrative hearing to appeal that determination.

Human Services

Monday, July 8
3:00 p.m., Room 2040

AB 163 (C. Garcia) Requires the State Department of Social Services to create a facilities liaison position within its immigration services unit to, among other duties, assist state-licensed group homes, short-term residential therapeutic programs, foster family agencies, and resource families that serve undocumented immigrant youth in connecting with appropriate supports and services, including, but not limited to, legal services, mental health assessments and services, and public benefits, as specified.

AB 283 (Chu) Eliminates the personal belief exception for immunizations required under the CalWORKs program and extends to 60 days all the related deadlines for providing immunization documentation.

AB 734 (Maienschein) Requires the State Department of Social Services (CDSS) to establish and facilitate a pilot program in up to 5 counties that voluntarily apply and are selected by CDSS to increase placement stability for foster youth and facilitate greater resource family retention through the provision of strengths-based, skills-based, trauma-informed coaching.

AB 819 (M. Stone) Further refines implementation of the Continuum of Care Reform effort in foster care.

AB 960 (Maienschein) Authorizes a county to approve additional days of temporary shelter assistance if additional days are necessary to prevent homelessness while the household is transitioning to receiving permanent homeless assistance, and would provide that a family may receive 16 days of temporary homeless assistance per instance of homelessness.

AB 1287 (Nazarian) Requires the California Department of Aging, in partnership with other specified departments and in consultation with stakeholders, to develop a plan and strategy for a phased statewide implementation of the No Wrong Door system, as described, on or before July 1, 2020.

AB 1403 (Carrillo) Removes the restriction on eligibility for aid or assistance from a county General Assistance program if the individual does not have a child who is under 18 years of age living in the home as the result of one or more specified conditions, including, among others, a court-ordered custody agreement.

Insurance

Wednesday, July 10
1:30 p.m., Room 112

AB 1602 (Low) Seeks to restrict insurers from paying the legal defense costs of homeowners and others using their firearms in self-defense by prohibiting, on and after January 1, 2020, an insurance policy from covering a loss related to the use of a firearm, except for loss of, or damage to, property related to the use of a firearm. Excludes an automobile insurance policy, a homeowners’ insurance policy, or a commercial insurance policy from that prohibition, under specified criteria. Authorizes insurers to issue or renew a commercial policy that insures a licensed firearms dealer against liability for, among other things, injury to or death of a person as a result of the theft, sale, lease, or transfer of a firearm or ammunition.

Judiciary

Tuesday, July 9
9:30 p.m., Room 2040 and 1:30 p.m., Room 112
(Please note time and room change)

AB 9 (Reyes) Extends the statute of limitations for any claim alleging an unlawful employment practice (such as discrimination on the basis of race, religious creed, sex, color, etc) from one year to three date from which the unlawful practice occurred.

AB 51 (Gonzalez) Prohibits an employer from requiring an applicant or employee to waive any right, forum, or procedure under the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) or the Labor Code as a condition of employment or receiving any “employment-related benefit,” thereby banning mandatory arbitration agreements entered into after Jan. 1, 2020, relating to alleged violations of FEHA or the Labor Code.

AB 673 (Carrillo) Authorizes an affected employee (in the place of the Labor Commissioner) to bring an action against the employer to recover statutory penalties for failure to pay wages in a timely manner as part of a hearing held to recover unpaid wages. Removes the authority for the Labor Commissioner to recover civil penalties for failure to pay wages in a timely manner in an independent civil action.

AB 800 (Chu) Provides participants in the Safe at Home Program, which permits victims of domestic violence, stalking, sexual assault, or human trafficking, to utilize confidential mailing addresses, the ability to file and proceed legal actions using a pseudonym.

AB 1162 (Kalra) Prohibits a lodging establishment from providing a small plastic bottle containing a personal care product and prohibits a local government from adopting regulations that govern personal care products in small plastic bottles.

AB 1482 (Chiu) Establishes a residential rent cap of 5% plus the percentage change in cost of living more than the lowest rental rate in effect for the immediately preceding 12 months, subject to specified conditions.

Labor, Public Employment & Retirement

Wednesday, July 10
9:30 a.m., Room 2040

AB 5 (Gonzalez) Codifies and applies retroactively the 2018 California Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Dynamex Operations W. v. Superior Court, which prohibits independent contracting unless very proscriptive and restrictive conditions are met (i.e. the “ABC” Test), including: A) that the worker is free from the control and direction of the hiring entity in connection with the performance of the work, both under the contract for the performance of the work and in fact; B) that the worker performs work that is outside the usual course of the hiring entity’s business; and C) that the worker is customarily engaged in an independently established trade, occupation, or business of the same nature as the work performed. Exempts from the new independent contractor test the following entities: 1) Insurance agents/brokers; 2) Physicians/surgeons; 3) Securities broker-dealers; 4) Investment advisers; 5) Direct sales salespeople; 6) Real estate licensees; 7) Hairstylists/barbers with their own rates, hours, clients, and a “booth rental permit,” subject to a biennial fee of up to $50 and which must be posted for customers (requires the Board of Barbering and Cosmetology to develop that permit.); and 8) Contracts for professional services—defined as the practice of law, dentistry, architecture, engineering, or accounting or requiring an advanced degree involving marketing or human resources—if certain factors are met (excludes health care and medicine).

AB 35 (Kalra) Requires the State Department of Public Health to consider a report from a laboratory of an employee’s blood lead level at or above 20 micrograms per deciliter to be injurious to the health of the employee and to report that case within five business days of receiving the report to the Division of Occupational Safety and Health. Requires, additionally, that this report constitute a serious violation and subjects the employer or place of employment to an investigation, as provided, by Cal/OSHA, and requires Cal/OSHA to make any citations or fines imposed as a result of the investigation publicly available on an annual basis.

AB 171 (Gonzalez) Prohibits an employer—including the state and local governments—from discharging, discriminating, or retaliating against an employee because of their status as a victim of sexual harassment. Creates a rebuttable presumption of unlawful retaliation if an employer discharges, demotes, suspends or takes any other adverse action against an employee within 90 days of either learning the employee is a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, sexual harassment, or stalking, or receiving notice of the same from the employee. Expands existing prohibitions on discharging, discriminating, or retaliating against an employee because of their status as a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking to also apply to the state and local governments.

AB 1066 (Gonzalez) Allows employees on strike to be eligible for unemployment benefits.

Natural Resources & Water

Tuesday, July 9
9:30 a.m. until noon in Room 112 and at 1:30 pm in Room 113

AB 209 (Limon) Requires the Director of Parks and Recreation (DPR) to establish a new Outdoor Equity Grants Program to increase the ability of underserved and at-risk populations to participate in outdoor environmental educational experiences at state parks and other public lands where outdoor environmental education programs take place.

AB 278 (McCarty) Authorizes those on parole to serve in the California Conservation Corps or a local conservation corps.

AB 394 (Obernolte) Exempts egress routes near a residential subdivision from the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) for purposes of fire safety.

AB 454 (Kalra) Prohibits the taking or possession of any migratory nongame bird as designated in the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) before January 1, 2017, or any bird that may be added to the MBTA after that date.

AB 638 (Gray) Requires the Department of Water Resources (DWR) in conjunction with other local and federal agencies, to identify and report on water storage facilities vulnerable to impacts from climate change, and provide the mitigation strategies for anticipated adverse impacts.

AB 658 (Arambula) Authorizes groundwater sustainability agencies or local agencies to apply to the State Water Resources Control Board for a conditional temporary permit or change order for diversion of surface water to underground storage.

AB 719 (Blanca Rubio) Delays the commencement of the prohibition on importing into the state crocodile or alligator products until January 1, 2025.

AB 1057 (Limon) Authorizes the Division of Oil and Gas and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) to require an additional amount of indemnity bonding from oil and gas well operators not to exceed the division's estimation of the reasonable costs of plugging and abandoning all the operator's wells. Establishes new criteria for the division to consider when estimating the costs of plugging and abandoning of wells.

AB 1254 (Kamlager-Dove) Prohibits the hunting of bobcats except for limited, specified circumstances including depredation, for five years until January 1, 2025, at which point the Fish and Game Commission could open a bobcat hunting season in any areas determined by the Commission to be appropriate.

AB 1440 (Levine) Fundamentally alters the Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) statutorily declared mandate to encourage the wise development of oil and gas resources to best meet the needs of the state and deletes the legislature's existing findings that the people of the State of California have a direct and primary interest in assuring the production of the optimum quantities of oil and gas from lands owned by the state, and that a minimum of oil and gas be left wasted and unrecovered in such lands.

AB 1680 (Limon) Requires the California Coastal Commission to develop a new coastal access plan for Hollister Ranch in Santa Barbara County that will replace the existing Hollister Ranch coastal access program that the Commission adopted in 1982.

AB 1718 (Levine) Bans all smoking, including e-cigarettes and marijuana, on "state coastal beaches" and "state park units" and would require the California Department of Parks and Recreation to create signs and post them at entrances or strategic locations throughout state beaches and parks providing notice of the smoking prohibition. Exempts from the ban smoking for purposes of film production and for the "good faith practice of a religious belief or ceremony."

AB 1731 (Boerner Horvath) Until January 1, 2023 would prohibit a “hosting platform” from making a residential property available for short-term rental for more than 30 days per year within an urban area of San Diego County's coastal zone, unless the primary resident lives onsite full time (270 days per year). Prohibits a city, county, or other local public agency within this urban coastal zone from permitting a hosting platform to make available a residential property as a short-term rental for more than 30 days per calendar year, if the primary resident does not live onsite full time.

AB 1788 (Bloom) Bans, with limited exceptions, the use of second generation anticoagulant rodenticides  throughout the state with exemptions for agricultural use, and prohibits the use of first generation anticoagulant rodenticides on state-owned property.

Public Safety

Tuesday, July 9
8:30 a.m., Room 3191

AB 32 (Bonta) Commencing January 1, 2020, prohibits the operation of a privately operated "detention facility" within the state, as specified. Some limited exceptions apply (generally when the facility is contracted to/ operated by a governmental agency or provides services). Existing contracts would be allowed to continue past the date but could not be renewed. Provides that the state shall not enter into or renew a contract with a private, for-profit prison facility located in or outside of the state. Provides that after January 1, 2028, a state prison inmate shall not be incarcerated in a private, for-profit prison facility. Provides that, for these purposes, a private, for-profit prison facility does not include a facility that is privately owned, but is leased and operated by the department.

AB 521 (Berman) Requires the University of California Firearm Violence Research Center to develop an educational and training program for medical providers on the prevention of firearm-related injury and death. Requires the educational and training program to address -- the epidemiology of firearm-related injury; role of healthcare providers in preventing firearm-related harm; best practices for conversations regarding gun ownership, access, and storage; appropriate tools for practitioners to intervene with patients regarding the storage, gun violence restraining order, and mental health interventions; and relevant laws and policies related to prevention and providers’ role.

AB 1563 (Santiago) Makes it a misdemeanor for any person to interfere with the collection of information for the census or falsely hold oneself up to be a census taker.

AB 1669 (Bonta) Reduces the existing $14 (adjusted to $19 for inflation) DROS fee to $1 and instead imposes a new "fee" of $31.19 on purchases of firearms to pay for the Department of Justice's expenditures relating to "the reasonable costs of firearms-related regulatory and enforcement activities related to the sale, purchase, manufacturing, lawful or unlawful possession, loan, or transfer of firearms" and permits this amount to increase with inflation, as specified.

Transportation

Tuesday, July 9
1:30 p.m., Room 4203

AB 29 (Holden) Prohibits the Department of Transportation (Caltrans) from ever constructing a tunnel or surface freeway to close the 4.5-mile gap in State Route 710 between the El Sereno/Alhambra border and Pasadena. By so doing, the measure will permanently eliminate the state's ability to complete a freeway in one of the most congested corridors in the nation.

AB 833 (Lackey) Over the past several years, there have been efforts to curtail the costs of parking tickets and moving violations on working class and indigent Californians. This measure cleans up to AB 503 (Lackey, 2017), which provided for the development of a payment plan option for people, provided they didn't owe in excess of $300. This bill simply provides that the $300 cap is only for actual tickets and not additional late fees and penalty assessments.

AB 1025 (Grayson) Relinquishes the state’s right to recover $10.6 million in state public transportation money that was granted to Contra Costa County for the development of a transit facility along an abandoned piece of rail right-of-way that has been subsequently converted into a popular trail system, known as Iron Horse Regional Trail. 

AB 1046 (Ting) Creates the California Electric Vehicle Initiative (CVEI) to provide financial incentives to consumers to achieve a statewide deployment of 5 million electric vehicles by December 2030. Requires the ARB to create a plan to finance the CVEI, which may include allowing the ARB to securitize existing funding sources to pay for the program.

AB 1195 (O’Donnell) Requires that the Air Resources Board consider allowing renewable natural gas, or biogas, delivered through a pipeline to a oil production or transport facility to be eligible to generate a state credit under the Low-Carbon Fuel Standard.

AB 1226 (Holden) Requires the Department of Transportation (Caltrans) to study the feasibility of using the airspace above freeways in urban areas to build emergency shelters, transitional housing, affordable housing, food programs and other wraparound services to help resolve California's homelessness crisis. 

Veterans Affairs

Tuesday, July 9
1:30 p.m., Room 2040

AB 230 (Brough) Implements recommendations from both the 2014 and the recently released 2019 State Auditor's reports on the Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise Program.

AB 558 (Petrie-Norris) Expands the State Bar’s existing program to coordinate legal service organizations to provide pro bono legal assistance to veterans and their families so that it would also apply to active duty service members and their families.