2017-2018

EDUCATION

  • Assembly Bill (AB) 418 – Computer Science Grant Program – Requires the Superintendent of Public Instruction to establish a computer science education grant pilot program to increase participation in computer science courses, particularly for students historically underrepresented in the field of computer science, and to provide professional development for teachers in computer science.  Sponsor: Project Lead the Way.
  • AB 681 – Foreign Teacher Evaluations – Allows the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) to determine that a country has academic and credentialing standards equivalent to those of regionally accredited institutions in the United States, to allow applicants from those countries to forego a foreign transcript evaluation by the CTC or an approved evaluator. Sponsor: California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.
  • AB 872 – School Employment: Sex Offenses – Updates the Education Code to reflect sexual offenses, involving a minor, that are listed in the Penal Code, so the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing can automatically suspend an employee’s teaching credential who has been charged with a sex offense, in order to keep them from being around minors until their case is resolved. Sponsor: California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.  

ENVIRONMENT

  • AB 739 - Heavy-Duty Zero-Emission Vehicles – Requires at least 15% of specified heavy-duty vehicles purchased by state agencies to be zero-emission (ZEV) by 2025 and at least 30% of those vehicles to be ZEV by 2030. Sponsor: Author.  

GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATION

  • AB 1508 - Horse Racing Advance Deposit Wagering – Directs the California Horse Racing Board to determine that bets made on the race track property using Advance Deposit Wagering are included as part of the total payments made to cities from the betting handle. Sponsor: City of Arcadia.

HEALTH

  • AB 850 – Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission – Expands the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission (MHSOAC), by requiring the Governor to appoint an additional member with knowledge and experience in reducing mental health disparities, especially for racial and ethnic communities. Sponsor: Racial and Ethnic Mental Health Disparities Coalition.

JUDICIARY

  • AB 383 – Informal Discovery Conferences – Authorizes local courts to establish a process whereby a party to litigation may request an informal discovery conference with the court to assist the parties in mediating and working through a discovery dispute, after the meet and confer process.  Sponsor: Conference of California Bar Associations.
  • AB 1583 – Proposition 65 Lawsuits – Assists the growing number of small businesses facing lawsuits under Proposition 65 by requiring the Attorney General to provide a letter, to both the private enforcer and alleged violator, when it concludes that a lawsuit is meritless, by clarifying that the factual basis for the lawsuit is discoverable, and by educating businesses on compliance with the law. Sponsor: Author.   

PRIVACY AND CONSUMER PROTECTION

  • AB 347 – County Sealer Fees – Extends the sunset date, until January 1, 2022, for the Commercial Weighing and Measuring Device Registration Program, which allows local governments to impose registration fees on weights and measure devices to offset the cost of inspection and testing. Sponsor: California Agricultural Commissioners and Sealers Association.
  • AB 364 – Cybersecurity Industry Economic Impact Study – Requires the Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development (GOBiz) to commission a study of the economic impact of California's cybersecurity industry.  Once completed, this data will give the State a comprehensive view of this new industry's size, growth, and economic contributions.  It will also form the basis for further efforts by the State to drive workforce and economic development and spur job growth in this critical new sector. Sponsor: Author.
  • AB 375 – California Broadband Privacy Act (CalBIPA) – Ensures that consumers enjoy choice, transparency and security in the treatment of their personal information when accessing the Internet through an Internet Service Provider (ISP) by requiring opt-in consent from consumers in order to use, disclose or permit access to customer personal information. It also prohibits ISPs from charging a consumer a penalty, offering a discount, or refusing to provide service, based on the consumer’s opt-in decision, and requires that ISPs implement reasonable security measures to protect customer data and to notify affected customers of a security breach. Sponsor: Author. 
  • AB 459 – Public Records and Victim Privacy – Requires public agencies to consider the constitutional right to privacy of any victim of sexual violence, domestic violence, or child abuse when receiving requests to disclose audio and video files documenting those crimes, and to further consider redaction as means to protect privacy even in cases where disclosure would serve an important public purpose. This bill also makes it clear that the victim depicted has a right to view and obtain a copy of the recording without putting the record into the public domain. Sponsor: Author.
  • AB 475 – Department of Technology - Allows the California Department of Technology to continue its authority to procure information technology solutions for the State of California by removing the current sunset date of January 1, 2018. Sponsor: Author.
  • AB 1034 – Government Interruption of Communication Services – Implements several recommendations of the California Law Revision related to government interruption of communication service. Specifically, this bill eliminates the sunset date in current statute that allows for this practice; allows for post-interruption judicial review when a government entity interrupts a communication service; provides clarity between state law and the federal Emergency wireless protocol; and clarifies exceptions to the current procedures that a government entity must comply with before interrupting  a communication service. Sponsor: Author.
  • AB 1104 – Political Cyberfraud – Helps eliminate political cyberfraud in candidate campaigns and elections by applying California’s existing anti-cyberfraud protections that exist only for ballot measures to candidates as well. Sponsor: Author.
  • AB 1359 – Critical Infrastructure Breach Reporting – Requires critical infrastructure businesses in California that have a pre-existing requirement to report breaches of their computer systems to federal authorities to also report that breach to the state's Office of Emergency Services. Sponsor: Author.

PUBLIC SAFETY

  • AB 76 –Marijuana Marketing – Prohibits the operator of an Internet Web site or online service, online application, or mobile application from marketing marijuana products or services to a minor, or to a person under 21 years of age, in certain circumstances. Sponsor: Author.
  • AB 175 – Marijuana Labeling – Requires manufacturers of adult use marijuana, prior to releasing marijuana-infused edible products into California’s market, to receive approval for the labeling and packaging from the Bureau of Marijuana Control. This would ensure that the products are in compliance with the child safety and marketing provisions of the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA) (Proposition 64). Sponsors: Union of American Physicians and Dentist and The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), AFL-CIO.
  • AB 823 – Marijuana Seal – Requires each single serving of marijuana infused edible products to be stamped, marked, or otherwise imprinted with a universal symbol that makes it clear the product contains marijuana. Sponsor: Author.

RESOLUTIONS

  • HR 10 – California Data Privacy Day – Declares January 28, 2017, as California Data Privacy Day, to increase awareness of privacy and data protection issues among consumers, organizations, and government officials. Sponsor: Author.
  • ACR 86 – Asian and Pacific Islander American Mental Health Day - Recognizes May 10, 2017, and each May 10 thereafter, as “Asian and Pacific Islander American Mental Health Day,” and acknowledges the importance of raising awareness about mental health in the Asian and Pacific Islander American community. Sponsor: Author.