Legislation 2014

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AB 883 – Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Programs:  Creates a pilot program in up to 3 counties for multi-year plans to address child sexual abuse prevention; plans will emphasize community collaboration and education, training on identifiable risks and warning signs, local prevention plans and data collection.
 
AB 1053-Tax Refund Authority to Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District: Provides authority to the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District to refund fire tax assessments which were erroneously collected from homeowners due to an unintentional clerical error.

AB 1711 - Economic Impact Assessments for Non-Major Regulations: Requires state agencies that propose non-major regulations under the Administrative Procedures Act to provide an Economic Impact Assessment at the beginning of the process, when it can be most useful for public input, instead of at the end.

AB 1877 - The California Vision Care Access Council: Establishes the California Vision Care Access Council to create a website for vision care insurance products so that consumers may compare and purchase plans after visiting the Covered California exchange.

AB 1882-Equitable Access to CalWORKS for Relative Foster Caregivers: Ensures that relatives caring for a foster child are given information on the financial support and services for which the child may qualify. The bill also makes those children eligible for CalWORKS funding, and other financial and educational support programs.

AB 2029-Sudden Unexpected/Unexplained Death in Childhood: Defines Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood (SUDC) in statute and requires coroners to notify parents or guardians of a child whose death is classified as such of the importance of taking tissue samples from their child for further investigation.

AB 2064-Mandatory Earthquake Insurance Offer: Updates notice requirements relating to earthquake insurance and clarifies existing statutory limits on spending by the California Earthquake Authority.

AB 2127-Reducing Head Injuries and Concussions in California Interscholastic Football: AB 2127 limits the amount of full-contact practices middle school and high school football teams may hold in order to reduce concussions and head injuries among California adolescents. It also increases supervision and accountability before a student athlete who has suffered a concussion or brain injury returns to the playing field.

AB 2169-Clarifying the Real Estate Licensing Model: Affirms the current real estate license business model by clarifying that real estate brokers and real estate salespersons may enter into a contract either as an “independent contractor” or as an “employer-employee” relationship.

AB 2187-Birth Certificate Fees County of Residence: Currently, if a mother gives birth in a delivery facility that is outside of the county where she lives, and the county where she lives has a delivery facility, the fee charged for the copies remains with the county where she delivered. This bill clarifies that the fee collected should remain in the county where the mother lives, not where the child was delivered.

AB 2228 – Statutory Provisions for Crisis Nurseries: Crisis nurseries provide parents with a safe space to take their children in an emergency. Unfortunately, the restrictive and outdated laws that govern crisis nurseries in California have significantly driven up their cost of operation and hindered the ability of crisis nurseries to operate. This bill streamlines and updates the regulations governing crisis nurseries. It expands their day respite capacity, permits them to operate under a single crisis nursery license and modifies the qualifications for lead caregivers.

AB 2230-California Insurance Guarantee Fund: Modifies the governing statutes of the California Insurance Guarantee Association to provide for a higher assessment cap, premium assessment true-ups, and clarifying language.

AB 2257-County Assessors Tax Reform:  Occasionally, when tax-defaulted real property is sold and the proceeds are distributed to creditors, there are small dollar amounts left over which must be put through the distribution process a second time, costing valuable staff time. This bill clarifies that any excess proceeds from these sales should be deposited into the County General Fund.

AB 2447-Streamlining Sacramento Regional Transit’s Small Construction Projects:  AB 2447 would authorize the Sacramento Regional Transit District (RT) to award contracts for the construction of transit works or transit facilities that exceed $25,000 to the lowest responsible bidder after competitive bidding. This threshold has not been raised since 1982.

AB 2494 - Reducing Bad-Faith Tactics in Litigation: Allows a court to make an award of costs and attorney's fees for bad-faith tactics in litigation and requires the courts to report back to the Legislature on how often bad-faith sanctions have been awarded.

AB 2523- Strengthening Technology Projects in State Government: This bill strengthens top level management decision-making in state agencies with complex and high risk technology projects by requiring the Director of Technology to report recommendations to the legislature on how a team of senior technology experts could be developed to support state agencies on technology projects. This bill then requires the Director to establish such a unit in the Department of Technology.

AB 2577-Medi-Cal Reimbursement for Emergency Medical Transport: Establishes a mechanism through which providers can access federal funds to offset the uncompensated costs of transporting Medi-Cal Managed Care beneficiaries.

AB 2590 - Realignment Reform: States legislative intent to recast realignment provisions.

AB 2683-Clarifying Misdemeanor Contempt of Court via Juror Communication:  Facilitates the ability of judges to supervise the conduct of judicial proceedings and restores Fifth Amendment protections against self-incrimination by deleting “willfully disobeying a court instruction against any communication or research about a pending trial, including electronic communications” as a category of juror misconduct.

AB 2685 – Crime Victim Restitution: Closes gaps in California’s victim restitution law and facilitates faster victim restitution recovery by allowing representatives from the Victims Compensation and Government Claims Board to submit restitution information directly to the court and clarifying that inmates must pay restitution from estates or life insurance disbursements they may receive.

AJR 34 – Terrorism Risk Insurance Program Reauthorization Act: Urges the President and Congress of the United States to extend the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2007 (TRIPRA) to ensure California’s businesses and economy are financially protected in case of a terrorist attack.

Legislation 2013

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AB 12 – Regulatory Reform and Government Accountability

When state agencies create regulations that have a $50 million or more impact, they are required to submit to the Department of Finance an economic impact report. AB 12 requires the Department of Finance to review those reports annually to ensure the agencies are correctly completing the analysis and also requires the Office of Administrative Law to post on its website if an agency fails to properly complete the report.

AB 117 – Independent Monitoring of State Agencies

SB 617 passed in 2011 requires state agencies to have internal fiscal monitors, a practice already in place under federal law for private sector corporations. AB 117 requires the Dept. of Finance, the State Controller, and the State Auditor to work together and create best practices and guidelines for how these internal monitors should function and report their findings.

AB 222 – State Prison Terms for Serious Drug Traffickers

This bill ensures drug traffickers convicted of possessing over 1 kilogram of cocaine, heroin or methamphetamines are sentenced to state prison for appropriate housing and penalty. Currently these offenders are being sentenced to decades-long incarcerations in county jails under realignment.

AB 355 – Mobile Field Hospitals and Statewide Disaster Preparedness

In 2006, California established its Mobile Field Hospital (MFH) Program, giving the state the ability to rapidly deploy three, 200-bed MFHs anywhere in the state within 72 hours after a catastrophic disaster. Recent budget constraints have put the program on the verge of decommission and AB 355 restores funding to the 2013-14 budget to maintain the MFH Program, protecting the $18.3 million dollar investment in California's safety.

AB 393 – Small Business Resources

The Governor's Office of Business and Development ("Go-BIZ") website is a tool for California businesses to get answers to questions, find licensing and permit information, and is a general resource in accessing state government programs. AB 393 requires the "Go-BIZ" website to house information on the fees state agencies charge businesses and when they are due throughout the year so that start-ups, as well as small businesses, can budget accordingly throughout the year for the expenses.

AB 558 – Class Size Reduction Incentives

California's class size reduction program standards were significantly relaxed in 2008 because of the budget crisis but these standards expire in 2014. AB 558 restores the class size reduction standards to pre-2008 levels over the course of 4 years to give local school districts more certainty in funding.

AB 603 – Joint Power Authority for Highway 5/Highway 50 Connector

In order to facilitate the building of a Highway 5/Highway 50 connecter in Sacramento County to ease traffic congestion, the Joint Power Authority (JPA) in charge of the project needs additional authority for the construction and design of the connector. AB 603 gives the JPA this necessary 'design-build' contracting authority to begin financing and construction of the roadway.

AB 646 – Regional Education Councils to Facilitate Streamlined Funding

Authorizes schools (pre-K through college) to form regional councils in order to streamline applications for private and federal funding. This bill helps make applying for funding a collaborative process so all the schools have a better shot at acquiring funding.

AB 724 – Stronger Provisional License Standards for Teen Drivers

The state's current provisional license program, which restricts the hours teens may drive and requires driver's training and education, has been a successful tool in reducing traffic accidents and fatalities for 16 and 17 year olds. AB 724 extends the program to include 18 and 19 year olds, and will significantly reduce accidents among this age range by requiring them to go through the same training and restrictions as 16 and 17 year old novice drivers.

AB 845 – Shaken Baby Syndrome Education and Prevention

Expands the previously successful Shaken Baby Syndrome pilot program by providing educational materials to hospitals statewide to teach parents and adults about the dangers of shaking infants. The program is funded through the Children's Trust Fund Account which receives monies from the purchase of specialized license plates.

AB 883 – Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Programs

Creates an optional pilot program in each county to create a multi-year plan to address child sexual abuse prevention that emphasizes community collaboration and education, training on identifiable risks and warning signs, local prevention plans and data collection. According to the center for disease control, 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men are sexually abused before the age of 18.

AB 918 – Senior Evacuation Plans for Natural Disasters

Sponsored by the Senior Legislature, this bill authorizes the Department of Emergency Services to create a plan on how they will evacuate seniors and disabled persons in the event of a disaster.

AB 934 – Victim Restitution

Requires that an agency that collects restitution on behalf of crime victims make a reasonable effort to locate the victim, so that the funds can be distributed to the victim, before the agency distributes the money to itself, another victim's services agency, or the Victim's Restitution Fund.

AB 985 – Expanded Kin-Gap Funding for Foster Youth

Under current California law, relatives who either adopt or take guardianship over a foster youth may receive fewer benefits than non-relative guardians, depending on the age of the foster youth. AB 985 creates equity by providing relative guardians and adoptive parents equal access to benefits when adopting or establishing guardianship of a youth.

AB 1030 – Streamlined Community College Elections

Community College district governing boards have a student body-elected student representative that sits on the board but has no voting privileges. When a student vacates their position on the board before the end of their term, it is unclear what process must be followed to replace them. AB 1030 clarifies that if a student vacates the position, the student association may appoint someone as a replacement for the remainder of the term without having to hold an election.

AB 1248 – Financial Auditing Guidelines for Local Governments

Authorizes the State Controller to work with local governments and interested stakeholder groups to develop a set of "best practices" for internal controls designed to prevent and detect financial errors and fraud in local government agencies.

AB 1289 – Vietnam Veterans War Memorial in Capitol Park

Sponsored by the Vietnam Veterans of America, this bill designates the California Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Capitol Park, the official state Vietnam Veterans War Memorial.

ACR 34 – Proclaims April 2013 as Child Abuse Prevention Month

Sponsored by the Child Abuse Prevention Center, this resolution acknowledges April 2013 as Child Abuse Prevention Month in the State of California provides a tool for child abuse prevention centers to help raise awareness in our communities.

ACR 38 – Proclaims March 2013 as American Red Cross Month

This measure recognizes the month of March 2013 as American Red Cross Month in California in order to raise awareness of the importance of the organization's help to those in need.

ACR 43 – Proclaims May 2013 as State Capitol History Month

This measure proclaim May 2013 as State Capitol History Month, in order to recognize and celebrate the history of our State Capitol- a destination of over 1 million visitors each year.

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