2013 - 2014

2013 - 2014

PRIVACY

Assembly Bill (AB) 242 - Internet Privacy Policies - This bill requires websites to drop the label “Privacy Policy” and replace it with “Using Your Information.” It would also require websites to include a link to the California Attorney General and the Federal Trade Commission website where consumers may file complaints.  Sponsor: Author. (Held in the Assembly Judiciary Committee)

AB 267 - Lawyer Referral Service Confidentiality - This bill closes the gap that exist in the chain of confidential information that flows between lawyers and their clients by providing lawyer referral services with the same privilege against discovery as attorneys. Sponsor: Conference of California Bar Associations. (Signed into law as Chapter 123, Statutes of 2013)

AB 2306 – Invasion of PrivacyUpdates California privacy laws to better encompass future advances in technology by making it a constructive invasion of privacy to capture an image or sound recording in a manner that is offensive to a reasonable person, under circumstance where the subject had a reasonable expectation of privacy, through the use of any device. Sponsor: Author. (Signed into law as Chapter 858, Statutes of 2014)

AB 2504 – Student PrivacySets standards to protect student information as school districts transition to cloud computing systems by requiring specified terms, related to data types and disclosure, to be included in a school district contract with a cloud service provider entered into on or after January 1, 2015. Sponsor: Author.  (Held in Assembly Education Committee; Contents were added to AB 1584 Buchanan which was Signed into Law as Chapter 800, Statutes of 2014)

House Resolution (HR) 27 – Data Privacy Day – Declared January 28, 2014, as California Data Privacy day, to increase awareness of privacy and data protection issues among consumers, organizations, and government officials. Sponsor: Author (Adopted by the Assembly).

API/CIVIL RIGHTS

Assembly Concurrent Resolution (ACR) 56 - API Heritage Month - This bill recognizes May 2013 as Asian and Pacific Islander American Heritage Month and commends Asian and Pacific Islander Americans for their notable accomplishments and contributions to California. Sponsor: Author. (Resolution Chapter 47, Statutes of 2013)

BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONS

AB 1890 – Athletic Trainers - Ensures that only people with the proper education, training, and certification, may call themselves an athletic trainer. Sponsor: California Athletic Trainers Association. (Vetoed by the Governor)

EDUCATION

AB 330 - Student Debt - This bill would require the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) and the Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE) to provide links to federal and state websites that provide information such as net cost, financial aid, and student loan debt. In turn, this information can be used by students and families to evaluate their college choices. Sponsor: Author. (Held on the Senate Inactive File, Implemented by the CSAC and BPPE without Legislation)

AB 913 -Charter Schools - This bill would require a governing board of a charter school to follow the same open meeting, public records disclosure, and conflict of interest laws that govern traditional school district boards. Sponsors: California School Board Association and the California Teachers Association. (Vetoed by the Governor)

AB 950 - Community College Faculty - This bill would place a reasonable limit on the amount of excess work a full-time faculty member can be assigned at a California community college to ensure a high quality of instruction. Sponsor: California Federation of Teachers. (Held in the Senate Appropriations Committee)

AB 1530 – Computer Science EducationDeclares the importance for all students to excel in and have a deeper understanding of the fundamentals of computer science and its connection to innovation and the development of technology.  It encourages the Superintendent of Public Instruction to develop a model curriculum on Computer Science for grades 1 through 6. Finally, the bill authorizes the Superintendent of Public Instruction to seek out additional funding to offset the General Fund costs. Sponsor: Author. (Held in Senate Appropriations Committee)

AB 1531–Charter School Elections Establishes charter schools as governmental entities, in order to ensure that charter school educators are provided the same access public pension programs that other public school educators are afforded, by requiring that all public schools, including charter schools, be governed by boards that are either elected by the public or appointed by public officials who are accountable to the electorate. Sponsors: California Teachers Association. (Held in Assembly Appropriations Committee)

ELDER ABUSE PROTECTIONS

AB 381 - Attorneys Costs and Fees for Elder Abuse Victims - This bill allows the Court to impose attorney fees and costs whenever a person in bad faith uses a power of attorney to commit elder or dependent adult financial abuse. Furthermore, the person who in bad faith used the power of attorney to commit elder or dependent adult abuse is liable for twice the value of the property recovered. Sponsor: Conference of California Bar Associations. (Signed into law as Chapter 99, Statutes of 2013)

AB 477 - Mandated Reporting of Elder Abuse - This bill would include notaries public into the definition of mandated reporters of suspected financial abuse of an elder or dependent adult. Sponsor: California Senior Legislature. (Vetoed by the Governor)

ENVIRONMENT AND WATER

AB 1043 - Proposition 84 Water Cost Recovery - This bill would authorize a Proposition 84 grantee who recovers funds from a polluter to use those recovered funds for ongoing treatment and remediation for projects within the grantee’s jurisdiction. Sponsor: San Gabriel Basin Water Quality Authority. (Signed into law as Chapter 349, Statutes of 2014)

AB 1375 - Clean Technology Investment - This bill would establish the Clean Technology Investment Account to ensure that a portion of cap & trade revenues will be used to develop, demonstrate, and deploy the innovative technologies needed to help meet the state’s greenhouse gas emission reduction goals. Sponsor: Clean Technology Advocates. (Held in the Assembly Appropriations Committee)

HEALTH

AB 2015 – Health Care Discrimination - Expressly codifies the federal law protection that prohibits health plans from discriminating against any health care provider who is acting within the scope of that provider's license. Sponsor: California Chiropractic Association. (Held in Assembly Appropriations Committee)

HOUSING

AB 225 –Mobilehome Park Resident Ownership Program (MPROP) This bill would make reforms and improvements to the MPROP to improve access to $30 million in funding available to resident organizations and qualified non-profit organizations to purchase parks to either convert them to resident ownership or to maintain the affordability for the residents.  Sponsor: Golden State Mobilehome Owners League (GSMOL) (Signed into law as Chapter 493, Statutes of 2014)

AB 569 - Cooperative Housing - This bill changes the law to reduce barriers and assist in the development and financing of cooperative housing and therefore create an important vehicle for the creation and preservation of affordable housing. Sponsor: California Center for Cooperative Development. (Signed into law as Chapter 661, Statutes of 2014)

AB 873 - Emergency Housing and Assistance Program (EHAP) - This bill would make a number of changes to the EHAP, which provides grants for the construction and operation of emergency shelters and transitional housing facilities, aimed at spending the program’s remaining $8 million in the most effective way and making California more competitive for federal dollars. (Signed into law as Chapter 488, Statutes of 2013)

AB 984 - California Housing Finance Agency (CalHFA) - This bill revises the board membership of the CalHFA to include members with specific financial expertise, makes statutory changes necessary for CalHFA to continue to provide downpayment assistance loans through the California Homebuyer’s Downpayment Assistance Program, and authorizes CalHFA to offer Energy Efficient Mortgage Grants to first time homebuyers. Sponsor: Author. (Signed into law as Chapter 82, Statutes of 2013)

AB 1738 – Internal Dispute Resolution (IDR) Ensures that all California homeowners are given an equal playing field and chance to resolve any dispute with a Homeowners Association (HOA) at an early stage, by allowing both the homeowner and the HOA to have someone assist them, including an attorney, at their own cost, during any IDR proceedings. Sponsors: Conference of California Bar Associations; California Alliance of Retired Americans; Center for California Homeowner Association Law. (Signed into law as Chapter 411, Statutes of 2014)

AB 1760 – Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOTS)This bill would preserve the welfare exemption of affordable housing developers that are subject to a PILOT agreement and prohibit PILOT agreements going forward. Sponsor: LeadingAge California. (Signed into law as Chapter 671, Statutes of 2014)

AB 1793 –Housing Successors This bill requires a housing successor to include in its annual report a summary of the status of their below market rate homeownership units assisted by the former Redevelopment Agency (RDA), or the housing successor, that are subject to covenants or restrictions or to an adopted program that protects the former RDA's investment of moneys from the Low- and Moderate- Income Housing Fund.  Sponsor: Housing California. (Signed into law as Chapter 672, Statutes of 2014)

AB 1929 – Mental Health Housing - Provides a mechanism for the California Housing Finance Agency, with the concurrence of the Department of Health Care Services, to release unencumbered Mental Health Services Act funds back to their respective counties, upon the request of those counties.  Counties that request these funds are required to use them to provide "housing assistance" to clients suffering from mental illness.  Sponsor: Author. (Signed into law as Chapter 674, Statutes of 2014)

AB 2061 – Foster Care Housing - This bill would encourage the Department of Social Services to work with the county welfare departments to develop strategies to house families that are unable to reunite with a child that is in the foster cares system due to homelessness. Sponsor: Corporation for Supportive Housing. (Held on the Senate Inactive File)

AB 2161 – Affordable Housing - Allows the Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) to restructure or extend existing department loans that have matured using a streamlined process. Sponsor: Author. (Signed into law as Chapter 680, Statutes of 2014)

AB 2753 – Housing OmnibusMakes technical and non-controversial changes to various sections of the law dealing with housing and corrects a number of statutory cross-references and numbering errors in the code.  Sponsor: Author (Signed into law as Chapter 298, Statutes of 2014)

HUMAN SERVICES

AB 2556 – Home Care Worker Licensing - Delays the requirement that Home Care Service Providers be licensed by one year to give the Department of Social Services more time to implement the licensure provisions more effectively. It also makes technical changes dealing with background checks so the Department of Justice may comply with current law. Sponsors: Service Employees International Union – United Long Term Care Workers; Congress of California Seniors. (Held in Senate Human Services Committee)

JUDICIARY

AB 1275 - Unclaimed Property - This bill clearly defines the term “owner” for the purpose of filing an unclaimed property claim with the Controller and specifies that only an owner may file a claim for unclaimed property. Sponsors: State Controller John Chiang. (Signed into law as Chapter 128, Statutes of 2013)

AB 1659– Post-Trial Motions Makes scheduling more efficient for attorneys and the courts by simplifying and streamlining the deadlines for filing a motion for a new trial, a motion for judgment notwithstanding the verdict and a motion to vacate the judgment. Sponsors: Consumer Attorneys of California; California Defense Counsel. (Signed into law as Chapter 93, Statutes of 2014)

AB 2370 – Court Interpreter Identification – Increases accountability for the use of certified and registered court interpreters and prevents any misrepresentation of certification by requiring a judge to direct the certified and registered interpreter to state, for the record, their name and certification status, show photo identification, identify the language that will be interpreted and verify the filing of their oath with the court. Sponsor: California Federation of Interpreters. (Signed into law as Chapter 424, Statutes of 2014)

LABOR

AB 302 - Prevailing Wage - This bill would define when a public subsidy is de minimis for the purpose of determining when prevailing wage is applied to a private project. A public subsidy would be de minimis if it is both less than twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000) and less than 1 percent of the total project cost. Sponsor: State Building and Construction Trades Council. (Vetoed by the Governor)

AB 1138 - Employee Misclassification - This bill would crack down on workers’ compensation fraud and ensure that workers are properly classified by employers by requiring that a workers compensation policy list the names of the workers to be covered and by requiring that a list of covered workers be made available to state enforcement agencies upon request. Sponsor: California Labor Federation. (Held in the Assembly Insurance Committee)

LANGUAGE ACCESS

AB 1127 - Language Access to the Courts - This bill requires the Judicial Council to establish a working group to review, identify and develop best practices for providing interpreters in civil actions and proceedings.  The working group would include a diverse group of court executive officers, judges, interpreters and experts in the field of language access and will be charged with identifying inefficiencies and making recommendations for improving language access and court interpreter resources.  The working group will act as an advisory body to the Judicial Council for developing a comprehensive statewide Language Access Plan, for use by courts to address the needs of all limited-English-proficient individuals, and implement a three-year pilot program in three courts to provide interpreters in civil proceedings. Sponsor: California Federation of Interpreters. (Vetoed by the Governor)

REVENUE AND TAXATION

AB 2244 – Dormancy Period– Allows a “dormant business entity” and an “inactive business entity” to pay a reduced annual state tax, instead of the required $800, for a taxable year if it certifies that it did not do business in California for the taxable year to assist the state in collecting money from entities who are currently not paying the minimum franchise tax and who the Franchise Tax Board cannot collect money from since the corporations have no assets to go after. Sponsor: Author. (Held in Assembly Appropriations Committee)

TRANSPORTATION

AB 2445 – Community College Transit Fees This bill provides flexibility for community college districts to adopt transportation fees, with student voter approval, at a campus or district level by authorizing a community college district to enter into a contract for transportation services if a majority of the students of that district, or campus of that district, as appropriate, approve the payment of a transportation fee. Sponsor: California Transit Association (Signed into Law as Chapter 63, Statutes of 2014)

AB 2707 – Triple Bike Racks - Authorizes transit agencies throughout California to install triple bike racks on their 40 foot buses without being in violation of state vehicle length limit laws. Sponsor: Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. (Signed into law as Chapter 310, Statutes of 2014)