A Look Ahead: Week of June 3, 2019

Friday, May 31, 2019

This report lists selected significant bills from the June 3rd Daily File that are scheduled to be heard in Senate policy committees next week.

Banking and Financial Institutions

Wednesday, June 5
1:30 p.m., Room 112

AB 412 (Quirk-Silva)--Deletes the tangible net worth schedule for escrow agents licensed before January 1, 1986, and eliminates distinctions based on when an agent was licensed in this context. Provides that “current liabilities” for purposes of establishing tangible net worth do not include liabilities derived from lease obligations that are due within one year after the date that they are incurred.

AB 913 (Limón)--Changes the timing of the supplemental filing required of broker-dealers by requiring the renewal statement to be filed on or before December 31 following the anniversary of the initial filing by a broker-dealer.  Also authorizes the commissioner to, by rule or order, require additional information to be included in the supplemental renewal filing.

AB 1186 (Medina)--Increases the maximum rates and fees that may be charged by California pawnbrokers, to the greater of $7.50 or 3.5% of the loan amount, not to exceed $90.

AB 1384 (O'Donnell)--Increases from $2.5 million to $4.5 million the limit on the loan amount for purposes of establishing the current market value on construction or rehabilitation loans for which the amount withheld for construction or rehabilitation at the start of the project exceeds $100,000.

Business, Professions & Economic Development

Monday, June 3
12:00 Noon, Room 3191

AB 420 (Lackey)--Authorizes the University of California's California Cannabis Research Program (Program) to cultivate cannabis for research purposes. Expands the focus of the Program's studies to include the health and safety effects of both naturally occurring and synthetic cannabinoids as well as an examination of testing methods for detecting harmful contaminants in cannabis. Changes the Program's legislative reporting requirement detailing the progress of the studies from every six months to every 24 months. Makes other clarifying changes, including changes related to the funding of the Program.

AB 845 (Maienschein)--Requires the Medical Board of California to consider including a course in maternal mental health when determining its continuing education requirements for physicians and surgeons. Requires the course to address specified topics, including best practices in screening for maternal mental health disorders and a range of evidence-based treatment options.

AB 1518 (Chu)--Allows student athletes to enter into an agent contract, endorsement contract, or a professional sports services contract without losing their student athlete status if the contract complies with the policy of the student athlete's educational institution and the bylaws of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and includes a provision that the contract terminates if the student chooses to not seek employment with a professional sports team or organization as a professional athlete and instead returns to school. Authorizes an athlete agent to offer or provide money or any other thing of benefit or value to a student athlete if it is authorized and complies with the policy of the student athlete’s educational institution and the bylaws of the NCAA.

Education

Wednesday, June 5
9:00 a.m., Room 2040

AB 413 (Jones-Sawyer)--Changes the terms "at-risk" youth to "at-promise" youth throughout the Education Code and Penal Code. While the term changes, the underlying definition remains unchanged.

AB 624 (Gabriel)--Requires public and nonsectarian private postsecondary institutions of higher education (IHEs) that issue student identification (ID) cards to have printed on the ID card the numbers for the National Sexual Assault Hotline, the National Domestic Violence Hotline, and a sexual or reproductive health hotline. Allows them to also include the numbers for a local sexual assault hotline and/or a local domestic assault hotline. Requires religious IHEs to include the National Sexual Assault Hotline on their student ID card.

AB 1504 (Medina)--Eliminates the requirement for the Student Senate for California Community Colleges at a campus to hold an election in order to establish a "student representation fee" (SRF).  Instead, makes this fee mandatory statewide and requires officials at California Community College campuses to collect the $2 SRF each semester. Deletes the right of students at a campus to vote to terminate the fee. Requires part of the SRF to be used to support "student participation and engagement in statewide higher education policy and advocacy activities."

Elections and Constitutional Amendments

Tuesday, June 4
9:30 a.m., Room 112

AB 17 (Salas)--Prohibits employers from requiring employees to bring their vote by mail (VBM) ballots to work, or to vote their VBM ballots at work. Specifies that employers who violate this rule shall be subject to fines of up to $10,000 per election.

AB 504 (Bermman)--Requires county election officials to send a forwardable postcard to voters who were previously placed on the inactive list due to their failure to vote and to respond to a residency confirmation postcard. Requires county election officials to cancel the registration of inactive voters who fail to respond to the second postcard, and who do not offer to vote in either of the next two federal elections. Allows voters to confirm their continued residency on the Secretary of State's website instead of by returning a postcard.

AB 679 (Gonzalez)--Specifies that a person’s domicile for voting purposes may be the same place at which the person does business if the requirements for claiming domicile are met.

AB 693 (Berman)--Allows persons who simultaneously register and vote during the 14 days up to and including Election Day (same-day-registration) vote a live ballot -- rather than a provisional ballot -- if there is no indication, using the statewide VoteCal database that the person has already voted in that election or is registered to vote in another county.

AB 698 (Obernolte)--Provides that a voter's signature on an initiative or referenda petition shall not be invalidated because the voter substituted his or her initials for their first or middle name, or both.

AB 909 (Gallagher)--Requires political committee treasurers and assistant treasurers to file a statement with the Secretary of State acknowledging that they must comply with all applicable duties stated in the Political Reform Act and in the Fair Political Practices Commission's regulations, and that a violation of such duties could result in criminal, civil, or administrative penalties.

Energy, Utilities & Communications

Tuesday, June 5
9:00 a.m., Room 3191

AB 7 (Chu)--Provides California shall observe year-round daylight saving time, upon federal authorization, starting on the second Sunday of the March following the effective date of the federal authorization.

AB 178 (Dahle)--Exempts residential buildings damaged or destroyed as a result of a disaster in an area in which the Governor has declared a state of emergency, prior to January 1, 2020, from complying with the new requirement for photovoltaic systems, subject to specified conditions.

AB 956 (Diep)--Authorizes public agencies, such as law enforcement, public health, and fire, to use automatic dialing-announcing devices to test the enhanced 911 emergency telephone system.

AB 1144 (Friedman)--Requires the allocation of 10% of the 2020 funds from the Self Generation Incentive Program for the installation of energy storage and other eligible distributed energy resources at facilities that provide critical infrastructure to communities in high fire threat districts.

Environmental Quality

Wednesday, June 5
9:00 a.m., Room 3191

AB 394 (Obernolte)--Exempts egress routes near a residential subdivision from the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

AB 782 (Berman)--Codifies a current regulatory exception from CEQA for the transfer of land in order to preserve open space, habitat, or historical resources.

AB 827 (McCarty)--Requires restaurants to provide separate bins for recyclable and organic waste.

AB 1429 (Chen)--Allows facilities that handle hazardous materials to submit their Hazardous Materials Business Plan once every three years instead of annually.

AB 1824 (Committee on Natural Resources)--Reenacts a CEQA exemption for closure of railroad grade crossings by the Public Utilities Commission.

Governance & Finance

Wednesday, June 5
9:30 a.m., Room 112

AB 747 (Levine)--Requires cities and counties to address evacuation routes in the safety element of the general plan.

AB 1515 (Friedman)--Prohibits a court from invalidating a development project when specified legal actions are taken pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) against an updated community plan in which the project is located.

AB 1732 (Flora)-- Authorizes the successor agency to Manteca’s former redevelopment agency (RDA) to sell property at less than market value to a nonprofit organization provided that the agency requires that the property be used to provide resources to homeless and low-income individuals.

Health

Wednesday, June 5
1:30 p.m., Room 3191

AB 453 (Chau)--Requires Emergency Medical Technician-I (EMT-I), EMT-II, and EMT-P standards established pursuant to the Emergency Medical Services System and the Prehospital Emergency Medical Care Personnel Act to include a training component on how to interact effectively with persons with dementia and their caregivers.

AB 619 (Chiu)--Allows clean consumer-owned containers provided or returned to the food facility for filling to be filled by either the employee or the owner of the container, and requires the food facility to isolate the consumer-owned containers from the serving surface or sanitize the serving surface after each filling. Requires consumer-owned containers to be designed and constructed for reuse, as specified.

AB 781 (Maienschein)--Allows Medi-Cal pediatric day health care services to be provided at any time of the day and on any day of the week, so long as the total number of authorized hours is not exceeded.

AB 851 (Cooper)--Prohibits a person from distributing, delivering, or selling, or possessing with intent to distribute, deliver, or sell, a drug masking product. Defines a “drug masking product” to mean synthetic urine, as defined, or any other substance designed to be added to human urine or hair for the purpose of defrauding an alcohol or drug screening test.

AB 993 (Nazarian)--Requires a health care service plan contract or health insurance policy that is issued, amended, or renewed on or after January 1, 2020, to permit an HIV specialist, as defined, to be an eligible primary care provider, as defined, if the provider requests primary care provider status and meets the plan’s or the health insurer’s eligibility criteria for all specialists seeking primary care provider status.

AB 1014 (O’Donnell)--Requires a hospital that provides emergency medical services or a health facility to provide notice, as specified, at least 180 days before a planned reduction or elimination of the level of emergency medical services (current requirement is 90 days prior).

AB 1063 (Petrie-Norris)--Requires the California Health Benefit Exchange (aka Covered California) to obtain statutory authority before seeking a state innovation waiver from the United States Department of Health and Human Services.

Housing

Tuesday, June 4
1:30 p.m., Room 3191

SCA 1 (Allen)--Repeals Article XXXIV (34) of the Constitution of California, that requires a vote of the people of a city or county before the development, construction, or acquisition of a low-rent housing project can occur in the city or county.

AB 143 (Quirk-Silva)--Authorizes, upon the declaration of a homeless shelter crisis, Alameda County, cities within Alameda County, Orange County, cities within Orange County, and the City of San Jose to expand shelter housing for the homeless until January 1, 2022.

Judiciary

Tuesday, June 4
1:30 p.m., Room 112

AB 218 (Gonzalez)--Extends the statute of limitations to bring a civil action against an employer, including school districts, public agencies, and others, where there has been a claim against an employee for child sexual abuse.

AB 418 (Kalra)--Establishes an evidentiary privilege between a union agent and a represented employee that would prohibit the disclosure of communications between the employee and agent.

AB 1361 (Obernolte)--Provides that a payment in satisfaction of a money judgment or a severable there portion thereof; does not constitute a waiver of the right to appeal.

Public Safety

Tuesday, June 4
8:30 a.m., Room 2040

AB 1390 (Mark Stone)--Expands up to age 25, at the discretion of a county multidisciplinary team, an existing pilot program which authorizes adults age 18 to 21 years of age at the time of their felony offense to be housed in juvenile hall for up to one year in lieu of jail, and upon completion of the program charges, would be dropped. The pilot is currently authorized in Alameda, Butte, Napa, Nevada, Santa Clara, and Ventura counties and applies only to "realigned" felonies. The pilot would sunset on January 1, 2022.

AB 1794 (Jones-Sawyer)—Allows sworn employees of specified government agencies or the specified government agency itself to acquire and possess firearms that are designated as "unsafe" handguns by the Department of Justice.

AJR 4 (Aguiar-Curry)--Urges Congress to swiftly enact House Resolution 8, the "Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019," in order to "help reduce the tragedy of gun violence by bringing effective, common sense firearm policy to the whole country."