2016 Legislative Summary
- Assembly Bill (AB) 2536 – Sexting - Includes engaging in an act of “sexting” as an act for which a pupil may be suspended or expelled from school. Additionally, the bill requires school districts to educate students about “sexting,” and its legal consequences, as a part of comprehensive sexual health education. Sponsor: Author.
- AB 2864 – Chinese Exclusion Act Curriculum – Requires the Instructional Quality Commission, in its next history-social science curriculum framework adoption cycle, to include curriculum on the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, the Geary Act of 1892, and the other laws that discriminated against, and showed unequal treatment of, Chinese and other minority groups. Sponsor: Author.
- AB 1920 – Tax Credit Allocation Committee (TCAC) – Provides TCAC the state authority to levy fines on rental housing developments that fail to comply with program requirements of the state’s Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program, in order to conserve the supply of low-and-moderate-income housing in the state. Sponsor: California State Treasurer John Chiang.
PRIVACY AND CONSUMER PROTECTION
- AB 1662 – Drone Hit and Run - Protects people from 'hit and run' drone accidents by requiring drone operators to remain at the scene of an accident and provide their name and address along with valid identification to the victim and police. Sponsor: Author.
- AB 2307 – Credit Card Skimmers - Helps cut down on credit card fraud and identity theft by requiring service agents to report to their county sealer and law enforcement within 24 hours any credit card skimming devices found in the course of their work. Sponsor: California Agricultural Commissioners and Sealers Association.
- AB 2609 – Advertising of Educational Conferences – Protects school-aged children from directly receiving potentially misleading solicitations from for-profit companies to attend "prestige conferences". Sponsor: Author.
- AB 2720 – Bug Bounty - Authorizes the Office of Information Security within the California Department of Technology (CDT) to establish a Cybersecurity Vulnerability Reporting Reward Program, commonly known as a “bug bounty” program, for the purpose of encouraging security researchers around the world to identify and report previously unknown vulnerabilities in state computer networks. The bill authorizes CDT, pending appropriate funding, to offer monetary awards for eligible vulnerability reports. Sponsor: Author.
- AB 2799 – Early Learning Privacy Information Protection Act - Extends the protections offered by Student Online Personal Information Protection Act, such as prohibiting websites, online services, and mobile apps from disclosing or selling children’s information and prohibiting the use of a child’s information for profiling or for targeted advertising, to preschools and pre-kindergartens. Sponsor: Common Sense Media.
- AB 2828 – Data Breach Encryption Keys – Expands the Data Breach Notification law to include the requirement that a business must notify customers of a data breach, even in the event consumer information exposed in the breach is encrypted, if in addition to the encrypted information, there is a reasonable belief that the security credentials or encryption keys required to decrypt the information have also been exposed at any time prior to or subsequent to the data breach. Sponsor: Author.
- AB 2843 – California Public Records Act (CPRA) – Would simply modernize the CPRA by adding personal email address and personal cellular telephone numbers to the list of information that is currently protected for state and school district employees. Sponsor: Author.
- AB 1972 – Distinguished Veteran Park Pass – Provides a lifetime state parks pass to qualified disabled veterans for the service to their country during wartime and peacetime. Sponsor: Author.
- ACR 125 – Asian and Pacific Islander American Heritage Month – This resolution declares May 2016 as “Asian and Pacific Islander American Heritage Month” to recognize the achievements, contributions and history of Asian and Pacific Islander Americans. Sponsor: Auhtor.
- ACR 148 – California Law Revision Commission (CLRC) – Would re-authorize CLRC’s existing study authority and would add one new topic, a nonsubstantive clean-up and reorganization of the California Public Records Act.Sponsor: Author.
SIGNED INTO LAW
- Assembly Bill (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 after receiving the funds. Sponsor: Author. (Signed into Law as Chapter 686, Statutes of 2015)
- 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. Sponsor: Author.(Signed into Law as Chapter 552, Statutes of 2015)
- 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 hospital language assistance policies online. Sponsor: California Pan Ethnic Health Network. (Signed into Law as 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. Sponsor: California Dental Hygienists’ Association. (Signed into Law as Chapter 516, Statutes of 2015)
- 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. Sponsor: Author. (Signed into Law as Chapter 699, Statutes of 2015)
- 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. Sponsors: Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. (Signed into Law as 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. Sponsor: Author. (Signed into Law as 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. Sponsor: Author. (Signed into Law as 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. Sponsors: California Defense Counsel and Consumer Attorneys of California. (Signed into Law as Chapter 345, Statutes of 2015)
- 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. Sponsors: Association of California School Administrators and California Association of Student Councils. (Signed into Law as Chapter 441, Statutes of 2015)
- 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. Sponsors: Secretary of State Alex Padilla; Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles; and the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials-Educational Fund. (Signed into Law as 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. Sponsor: Author. (Signed into Law as Chapter 349, Statutes of 2015)
- 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. Sponsor: State Treasurer John Chiang. (Chaptered as Resolution Chapter 51, 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. Sponsor: California Athletic Trainers’ Association. (Vetoed by the Governor)
- 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. Sponsor: Author. (Vetoed by the Governor)
HELD IN THE LEGISLATURE
- 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. Sponsor: California Chiropractic Association.(Held in Assembly Appropriations Committee)
- 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. Sponsor: Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. (Pending in Senate Judiciary Committee)
- AB 587 – Mobilehome Titling – This bill would promote accurate titling of mobilehomes and manufactured homes by establishing a tax amnesty program and streamlining the procedure for transferring title. Sponsors: California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation, Golden State Manufactured-Home Owners League and Western Center on Law and Poverty. (Pending in Senate Transportation and Housing Committee)
- 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. Sponsor: Council of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Associations. (Pending in 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. Sponsor: Author. (Pending in 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. Sponsor: Consumer Federation of California. (Held in Assembly Utilities and Commerce Committee)
- 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. Sponsor: Author. (Pending on the Senate Floor)
- AB 1258 – Computer Science – This bill would create a public-private computer science grant program to assist eligible school districts 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. Sponsor: Author. (Held in Senate Appropriations Committee)
- AB 1340 – Montebello Water System – This bill would allow Montebello to sell its aging water system and relieve the city of the growing financial burden that comes from maintaining a system of facilities and equipment in service over 50 years and which are approaching or beyond their useful operating lives. Sponsor: City of Montebello. (Pending in Assembly Local Government Committee)