2015-2016

Assembly Bill (AB) 41 – Health Care Discrimination – This bill would codify the federal law protection that prohibits health plans from discriminating against any health care provider who is acting within their scope of practice. (Held in the Assembly Appropriations Committee)

AB 90 – Federal Housing Trust Fund (FHTF) – This bill would designate the Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) as the state agency responsible for administering the FHTF and requires HCD to develop an allocation plan to demonstrate how the funds will be spent and submit the plan to the Legislature thirty days prior to receiving the funds. (Chaptered by Secretary of State - Chapter 686, Statutes of 2015)

AB 161– Athletic Trainers – This bill would ensure that only people with the proper education, training, and certification may call themselves an athletic trainer. (Vetoed by the Governor)

AB 195 – Hackers for Hire – This bill would protect individual privacy by making it a crime to assist in the solicitation of a hacker to illegally access a computer network or smartphone. (Chaptered by Secretary of State - Chapter 552, Statutes of 2015)

AB 318 – Lost and Unclaimed Property – This bill would alleviate financial burden and save space and other resources for public transit agencies (PTAs). The bill establishes a five-year pilot program to authorize PTAs to shorten the time they are required to store lost or unclaimed bicycles, from 90 days to 45 days, and to donate directly to charity bicycles that go unclaimed after 45 days. (Held in the Senate Judiciary Committee)

AB 389 – Hospital Language Access – This bill would require hospitals to post their language assistance policies on their websites and require the Department of Public Health to post these policies online. (Chaptered by Secretary of State - Chapter 327, Statutes of 2015)

AB 502 –Dental Hygiene – This bill would authorize Registered Dental Hygienists in Alternative Practice (RDHAPs) to incorporate and provide the Dental Hygiene Committee of California with greater regulatory powers to ensure consumer protection. (Chaptered by Secretary of State - Chapter 516, Statutes of 2015)

AB 587 – Mobilehomes – This bill will establish a tax abatement program for mobile homeowners who are unable to transfer title of their homes into their names due to tax delinquencies that may have been incurred by prior owners.  The abatement program would run for three years, beginning on January 1, 2017.  (Chaptered by Secretary of State - Chapter 396, Statutes of 2016.)

AB 744 – Density Bonus Law –  This bill would allow developers who request a density bonus from a city to also request that the city reduce minimum parking requirements for an affordable housing development if it is within ½ mile of transit, a senior-only project close to transit, or serves special needs individuals close to transit. (Chaptered by Secretary of State - Chapter 699, Statutes of 2015)

AB 745 – Mental Health Services Act – This bill would promote supportive housing by adding an additional member to the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission who has experience providing supportive housing to persons with a severe mental illness. (Vetoed by the Governor)

AB 758 – Acupuncture – This bill would strengthen California Acupuncture standards by requiring schools for acupuncture and Chinese medicine to receive accreditation by any United States Department of Education (USDOE) approved agency.  To ensure compliance with state education and training standards, it also requires the California Acupuncture Board (CAB) to conduct site visits. (Held in the Assembly Business and Professions Committee)

AB 826 – EB-5 Foreign Investor Program – This bill would include attracting foreign and domestic investors within the duties and responsibilities of the Governor’s Office of Business Development (Go Biz); defines an EB-5 Regional Center for the purpose of pooling EB-5 capital from multiple foreign investors in economic development projects in a defined geographic region; and requires Go Biz to post a link on their website to every regional centers’ website. (Held in the Senate Business, Professions, and Economic Development Committee)

AB 886 – Transportation Network Companies – This bill would enhance consumer privacy protections by limiting the use of personal information and travel data that is collected and retained by transportation network companies. (Held in the Assembly Utilities and Commerce Committee)

AB 929 – PEN Registry – This bill would authorize state and local law enforcement officers to use pen register and trap and trace devices, which allow law enforcement to record all incoming and outgoing numbers from a particular telephone line, in emergency situations, so long as the officers obtain a court order showing that there is probable cause to believe that the device will lead to obtaining evidence of a crime. (Chaptered by Secretary of State - Chapter 204, Statutes of 2015)

AB 964 – Data Breaches – This bill  would strengthen California privacy laws by defining “encrypted” to mean any data at issue that was rendered unusable, unreadable, or indecipherable to an unauthorized person through a security technology or methodology generally accepted in the field of information security. (Chaptered by Secretary of State - Chapter 522, Statutes of 2015)

AB 1113 – Check Sellers, Bill Payers and Proraters Law – This bill would clarify that a person subject to a Desist and Refrain Order for violations of the Check Sellers, Bill Payers and Proraters Law must file a request for a hearing to contest the order within 30 days of receiving the order from the Department of Business Oversight. (Chaptered by Secretary of State - Chapter 110, Statutes of 2015)

AB 1141 – Civil Actions – This bill would improve court efficiency by reenacting and making permanent summary adjudication statutes that inadvertently sunsetted and correcting an inadvertent disparity in current law by equalizing the ability of plaintiffs and defendants to recover expert witness costs. (Chaptered by Secretary of State - Chapter 345, Statutes of 2015)

AB 1172 – Cybersecurity Task Force – This bill would establish the Cybersecurity Task force under the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services in statute and creates a State Director of Cyber Security to oversee the taskforce. The taskforce will develop a comprehensive cybersecurity strategy to asses and enhance the state’s preparedness and response capabilities to cyber-attacks. (Held on the Senate Floor)

AB 1204 – Instructional Quality Commission – This bill would give students input on the curriculum they are taught in schools by encouraging the State Board of Education to add a student to the Instructional Quality Commission. (Chaptered by Secretary of State - Chapter 441, Statutes of 2015)

AB 1258 – Computer Science – This bill would create a public-private computer science grant program to assist eligible school district in establishing computer science courses and providing professional development for educators to teach computer science, either as a stand-alone course or integrated into other courses. (Held in the Senate Appropriations Committee)

AB 1340 – Montebello Water System – This bill would ensure that transit agencies statewide can use bicycle racks on the front of their 40 foot buses that can safely accommodate up to three bicycles. (Held in the Assembly Transportation Committee)

AB 1443 – Election Language Access  – This bill would establish in the Office of the Secretary of State a Language Accessibility Advisory Committee of appointed specialists to advise state and local elections officials on best practices to address language accessibility needs of voters. (Chaptered by Secretary of State - Chapter 347, Statutes of 2015)

AB 1516 – Housing Omnibus Bill – This bill makes technical, non-substantive changes to multiple areas of the law relating to housing. (Chaptered by Secretary of State - Chapter 349, Statutes of 2015)

AB 1662 – Hit and Run Drones – This bill would have protected people from “hit and run” drone accidents by requiring hobbyist drone operators to provide their name, address, and valid identification to the victim and the police in the event of an accident. (Vetoed by the Governor)

AB 1920 – Tax Credit Allocation Committee (TCAC) – This bill will provide TCAC the legislative authority to levy fines for non-compliance with the terms and conditions, the regulatory agreement, or program regulations of the Low Income Housing Tax Credit program.  (Chaptered by Secretary of State - Chapter 611, Statutes of 2016.)

AB 1972 – Distinguished Veteran Pass – This bill would have allowed veterans with a service connected disability, and who were honorably discharged, to receive a lifetime Distinguished Veteran Pass, which allows free entry into the state park system, regardless of whether or not they served during a war or conflict recognized by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. (Held in the Senate Committee on Appropriations.)

AB 2720 – State of California Bug Bounty Program – This bill would have established a “bug bounty” program for the State of California to encourage security researchers to report vulnerabilities in state agency networks, websites, and online services. (Held in the Assembly Committee on Appropriations.)

AB 2307 – Card Skimmers – This bill will protect consumers from credit card fraud and identity theft at the gas pump by requiring service agents, within 24 hours, to report to their county sealer or law enforcement any credit card skimming devices found in the course of their work. (Chaptered by Secretary of State - Chapter 329, Statutes of 2016.)

AB 2427 – Coroner Photos and Expert Witnesses –  This bill will add two procedural efficiencies to the Code of Civil Procedure to make litigation more productive for the litigants, lawyers and courts. The first section of the bill allows legal heirs to access coroner’s photos of their deceased relative upon providing written authorization. The second section of the bill will require materials, reports, writings and passwords to any electronically stored information that is password protected or otherwise inaccessible,  of experts demanded to be produced in deposition notices, to be produced not less than three business days prior to the deposition of the expert. (Chaptered by Secretary of State - Chapter 467, Statutes of 2016.)

AB 2536 – Cyber Sexual Bullying – This bill will add “cyber sexual bullying” to the definition of bullying via an electronic act, and requires the California Department of Education (CDE) to include information on cyber sexual bullying on the California Healthy Kids Resource Center internet website and other appropriate CDE internet website where information about discrimination, harassment, intimidation and bullying is posted. Finally, school districts would be encouraged to inform pupils regarding the available information on the dangers and consequences of cyber sexual bullying to help reduce the instances of it.  (Chaptered by Secretary of State - Chapter 419, Statutes of 2016.)

AB 2609 – Educational Conference Advertising – This bill will protect school-aged children from directly receiving potentially misleading solicitations from for-profit companies to attend "prestige conferences" by requiring these companies to address and deliver all marketing materials directly to the parents instead of the student and to disclose that it is a solicitation, the criteria used for selection, an itemized list of program costs. (Chaptered by Secretary of State - Chapter 185, Statutes of 2016.)

AB 2799 – Early Learning Personal Information Protection Act (ELPIPA) – This bill, commencing on July 1, 2017, will impose privacy protections on internet web sites, online services, online applications, or mobile applications that are designed, marketed and used primarily by pupils enrolled in preschool and pre-kindergarten. (Chaptered by Secretary of State - Chapter 620, Statutes of 2016.)

AB 2828 – Personal Information Privacy Breach – This bill will require businesses and government agencies to provide a notice to affected consumers in the event of a data breach where encrypted Personally Identifiable Information (PII) is disclosed, if there is a reasonable belief that encryption keys or security credentials were also compromised and could render the PII readable or useable. (Chaptered by Secretary of State - Chapter 337, Statutes of 2016.)

AB 2843 – Modernizing the California Public Records Act (CPRA) – This bill will extend the privacy protections, currently afforded to state and school district employees, to all public employees.  It also extends the limitation on disclosure of personal information to personal cellular telephone numbers and birth dates, and makes a corresponding change to the portion of CPRA concerning provision of contact information for In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) workers to exclusive bargaining agents and labor organizations seeking representation rights. (Chaptered by Secretary of State - Chapter 830, Statutes of 2016.)

AB 2864 – School Curriculum: Chinese Exclusion Act / Establishment of Transcontinental Railroad – This bill will require the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 and the contributions of Chinese Americans to the establishment of the Transcontinental Railroad to be considered for inclusion in curriculum when the State Board of Education revises and adopts the History-Social Science curriculum framework on or after January 1, 2017. It also encourages all state and local professional development activities to provide teachers with content background and resources to assist them in teaching about these topics. (Chaptered by Secretary of State - Chapter 648, Statutes of 2016.)

ACR 47 – 529 College Savings Day – This resolution designates May 29, 2015, as 529 College Savings Day, to raise awareness about the importance of saving for college with the help of 529 college savings plans. (Chaptered by Secretary of State - Res. Chapter 51, Statutes of 2015)

ACR 125 – Asian and Pacific Islander American Heritage Month – This resolution declared May 2016 as “Asian and Pacific Islander American Heritage Month” to recognize the achievements, contributions and history of Asian and Pacific Islander Americans. (Chaptered by Secretary of State - Res. Chapter 62, Statutes of 2016.)

ACR 148 – California Law Revisions Commission (CLRC) – This resolution renewed the CLRC’s existing authority to study specified topics and authorized a new topic for study; a non-substantive clean-up and reorganization of the California Public Records Act. (Chaptered by Secretary of State - Res. Chapter 150, Statutes of 2016.)

ACR 203 – Digital Citizenship Week – This resolution recognizes the week of October 16, 2016 to October 22, 2016, as Digital Citizenship Week to raise awareness about the importance of Digital Citizenship as a set of defined, teachable skills for children in the 21st century. (Chaptered by Secretary of State - Res. Chapter 194, Statutes of 2016.)