2017 Legislative Summary

SB 41 - The bill recognizes the state Air Resources Board’s intent to reduce vehicular pollution. This bill recognizes the investment of companies to comply with the rules set forth by CARB including through early actions. The bill is limited to only that specific piece of equipment which had been verified and approved by CARB and that failed.”

SB 198 - Patients who are often elderly with limited mobility and purchase hearing aids from licensed dispensers are disadvantaged when the professional serving them is limited in their capabilities. Hearing aid dispensers need to remove excess wax in order to properly prepare the ear, and tympanometry can indicate other hearing problems that can then be more accurately addressed when fitting and calibration of a device. However, existing law is not explicit in granting a hearing aid dispenser the authority to perform cerumen management or tympanometry, resulting in decreased access to care and adding additional cost for the patient.

SB 243 - This bill would appropriate $9,616,000 from the Citrus Disease Management Account (CDMA) to the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) for operating expenses necessary for the prevention and management of citrus diseases.California is a top producer of citrus fruit and is ranked second only to Florida in citrus production but first in citrus products sold fresh to market.  According to the most recent census, in 2012, the $2.1 billion California citrus industry grew nearly four million tons of citrus on 270,000 acres and provided more than 14,000 jobs.

SB 350 - Currently, both state and county correctional facilities at times receive medically and mentally unstable patients where the patient’s medical and/or mental health history at the time of transfer is not included.  Not only does this impact offender safety, but it is costly as well since many times it may result in duplicate treatment/diagnostic testing by the receiving facility. This bill would ensure the continuity of care for inmates sentenced to and released from state prison by requiring electronic medical records to follow them to a new facility where there is electronic communication.  This bill would authorize and require the disclosure of information between a county correctional facility, county medical facility, state correctional facility, or state hospital to ensure continuity of health care. 

SB 359 - This bill would create a program through community colleges that would streamline process for returning veteran medics to get certified on a state level

SB 362 - This bill will extend the option for a Code Enforcement Officer, Parking Control Officers and Non-Sworn Investigators at the Department of Insurance to enroll in the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) confidentiality protections - to protect their home addresses. Code enforcement officers are on the front line of code compliance, and sometimes drug trafficking and gang-related enforcement efforts in local governments and are frequently required to deal with hostile, non-compliant persons. In cases of code enforcement, it is not uncommon for citizens to become angry when a Code Enforcement Officer takes action to enforce regulations as they see it as an unnecessary intrusion of their private property.

SB 434 - SB 434 would allow the state to exempt homeowners from paying state income taxes on the loan amount written down on their principal residence through a principal reduction or short-sale.  The bill would limit the amount excludable to $250,000 or to $125,000 if the taxpayer is a married individual filing a separate return.  Homeowners in these situations already find themselves in a terrible financial situation.  Allowing this exemption on income the homeowners never realize, is sound public policy and will allow struggling homeowners to get back on their feet and continue generating economic activity.

SB 474 - Enables RD 17 to utilize state funding to complete development of a comprehensive Central Valley Flood Protection Plan, which will protect our local communities, and facilities. In 1997 there were damaging floods in San Joaquin County, when more than 40 inches of rain fell within a five day period in the Sierra Nevada watershed, flooding thirty-two square miles of land.  Flood waters put pressure on a Southern Pacific Transportation Company line that cut through Stewart Tract, causing it to buckle. Flood waters carried everything from gas tanks full of propane, to containers of windshield washer fluid, leaving toxic materials and hazardous waste behind as waters subsided.  This legislation seeks a commitment of $110M from state Prop 1E Bond funds for this critical system upgrade which will include system wide improvements for disaster preparedness and flood prevention projects.

SB 475 - Citrus disease prevention: Citrus Disease Management Account. 

SB 527 - The bill would provide for an annual cost-of-living adjustment for home-to-school transportation in the California budget. Since the implementation of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) in the 2012-2013 fiscal year, home-to-school transportation has been funded as a separate, add-on budget item. Since 2012, however, there has been no cost-of-living increase to the base amount. This is despite the obvious increase in personnel, insurance, fuel and other cost-of-living related expenses over the last five years. Geography, neighborhood safety, and access to after-school programs are factors that highlight the importance of dependable, consistent and safe school bus programs. The California Department of Education (CDE) estimates an increase of $10.7 million in year one with increasing costs each year thereafter.

SB 531 - The bill simply clarifies that local cities and counties can declare a local emergency in certain types of district that are within their territorial limits.  These districts include harbor improvement districts, harbor districts, port districts, river port districts, and small craft harbor districts. This bill gives local governments the necessary tools to appropriately respond to solve these challenges. 

SB 579 - Revises existing consumer protections for purchasers of autographed collectibles by narrowing their application to certain types of sports and entertainment collectibles, revising the definition of a dealer, and limiting remedies for violations of the statute to specified civil penalties and costs.  

SB 600 - Senate Bill 600 is an integral component of California’s plan for attracting and retaining middle class jobs in the state.  In 2013, I authored Senate Bill 90 which created a partial sales tax exemption for manufacturing and R&D companies who want to expand in California.  Since taking effect, employers have invested $9.4 billion in equipment and infrastructure in California, and for every $1 of incentive claimed, there has been $23 in new investments – a solid return for the state, with a meaningful impact on job creation.  However, vagueness in the 2013 legislation makes it problematic for companies to utilize the exemption, resulting in a considerable amount of the intended benefits being left on the table.  SB 600 will clear up this vagueness and improve the tax exemption in order to bring more jobs and more investment to California.

SB 605 - This bill revises, beginning January 1, 2019, the definition of “small business” and “microbusiness” for purposes of the Small Business Procurement and Contract Act (Act) by increasing the dollar amount threshold for a small business to $15 million and for a microbusiness to $5 million and requires those dollar amounts to be adjusted to reflect changes in the California Consumer Price Index (CPI) biennially

SB 624 - Authorizes a county board of supervisors to provide by ordinance or resolution that a tax on real or personal property is not a lien against the property assessed or the assessee, thereby precluding the county tax collector from recording a lien for delinquent taxes, if the amount of tax assessed is $200 or less. 

SB 646 - Prohibits an adverse action based on a cause for discipline discovered on or after January 1, 2018, from being valid against any state employee for any cause for discipline based on any civil service law of California, unless the employer served notice of the adverse action within one year after the cause for discipline, and specifies that this subdivision shall not apply to an adverse action based on fraud, embezzlement, or falsification of records.

SB 655 - The purpose of this legislation to extend Peace Officer Bill of Rights (“POBOR” or “POBAR”) protections to coroners and deputy coroners

SB 704 - This bill requires the Division of Boating and Waterways, to the extent feasible, to collaborate with the California Conservation Corps (CCC) in implementing its control programs for invasive aquatic plants in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, its tributaries, and Suisun Marsh.  

SB 723 - This bill would instead define “qualified instructor” for purposes of these provisions to mean one who has a valid California driver’s license and holds a designated subjects credential, a clear or preliminary single subject credential, or a valid prior credential authorizing instruction in automobile driver education and driver training.

SB 727 - This bill authorizes a public postsecondary educational institution to adopt policies that allow for the use of innovative pricing techniques and payment options for textbooks and other instructional materials.  

SB 739 - This bill would prohibit a lender from making a reverse mortgage loan on a principle residence without informing the borrower, and nonborrowing spouse, as defined, of the opportunity for a nonborrowing spouse to exercise the option described above to permit that spouse to remain in the residence following the death of the borrowing spouse, upon the satisfaction of specified conditions. The bill would, for a reverse mortgage entered into on or after January 1, 2018, prohibit a lender from initiating a foreclosure on a principle residence after the death of the borrowing spouse unless the notice requirements regarding the option were met and the nonborrowing spouse was given the opportunity to exercise the option.

SB 784 - Authorizes an additional fine of up to $1,000 where a defendant has been convicted of invading another person's privacy by secretly taking photographs or recording images of that person, as specified, and intentionally distributes that image. Requires the court to include in its restitution order economic loss suffered by the victim for costs incurred to delete, remove, and eliminate the images.

SCA 13 - This measure, during any year in which the university provides more than 600 managerial employees with annual salaries higher than the Governor’s, would prohibit the university from increasing systemwide student tuition and fees or from entering into a new, or renewing an existing, services contract with a for-profit company paying substandard wages, as defined, to its nonprofessional workers.

SCR 45 - Designates May 8, 2017, as California Peace Officers' Memorial Day and urges all Californians to use that day to honor California peace officers, and recognize specified California peace officers who were killed in defense of their communities. 

SCR 64 - This resolution declares the month of September 2017 as Silver Alert Community Education Month, and urges state and local agencies to promote greater awareness of the Silver Alert system. 

SR 25 - This resolution recognizes “Women Warriors” by proclaiming the week of March 13, 2017, to March 19, 2017, inclusive, as Women’s Military History Week in California.

*For more information or additional details of any of the legislation I have worked on in my years in the legislature, please visit: www.Leginfo.ca.gov