2014 Legislative Summary

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EDUCATION

SB 837 - Kindergarten Readiness Act (Coauthor with Steinberg)
SB 837 makes one year of voluntary, high-quality transitional kindergarten available to every four year old in California.
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AB 611 – Addressing the CalSTRS Funding Shortfall
AB 611 establishes a plan to address the long-term CalSTRS funding shortfall to ensure hard-working teachers receive the retirement security they’ve been promised.
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AB 876 –Advancing Education Technology in Preschools and Transitional Kindergartens
AB 876 clarifies the eligibility of preschools and transitional kindergartens for discounts through the California Teleconnect Fund, requires the Public Utilities Commission to develop and implement an outreach plan to increase awareness of the available discounts, and requires the commission to give priority for advanced communication services.
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AB 1444– Mandatory Kindergarten (Principal Coauthor with Weber)
AB 1444 requires kindergarten to be mandatory for the state’s school children.
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AB 1902 – Eliminating Preschool Fees
AB 1902 eliminates family fees for children who attend a part-day state preschool program.
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AB 1942 – Fair Accreditation for Community Colleges
AB 1942 restores fair accreditation practices to California’s Community Colleges, the largest system of higher education in the United States, serving 2.4 million students annually.
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AB 2141– Truancy Prevention and Intervention (Joint Author with Hall)
AB 2141 enhances communication regarding truancy cases referred for mediation and prosecution so that various stakeholders can develop effective prevention and intervention strategies.
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PUBLIC SAFETY, JUSTICE, AND RE-ENTRY

AB 1271 – Prisoner Rehabilitation through Education
AB 1271 provides incentives for community colleges to provide credit and non-credit courses, career development, and college preparatory courses in correctional institutions.
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AB 1439– Eliminating Illegal Sweepstakes Operations (Joint Author with Salas)
AB 1439 would prohibit a person from operating a gambling themed or simulated gambling electronic video monitor in a business establishment that gives cash or other prizes of value.
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AB 1517– Expediting Rape Kit Testing (Coauthor with Skinner)
AB 1517 amends the Sexual Assault Victim’s Bill of Rights to specify guidelines for timely testing rape kits and entering DNA profile information into the FBI’s national DNA database.
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AB 1610 – Preserving Witness Testimony in Human Trafficking Cases
AB 1610 allows for a conditional examination of a victim of, or witness to, a case of human trafficking in order to properly preserve testimony.
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AB 1629 – Counseling Services for Crime Victims
AB 1629 extends peer counseling services and reimbursement under the Victims Compensation Fund to victims of all violent crimes.
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AB 2396 – Job Opportunities for the Formerly Incarcerated
AB 2396 prohibits any licensing entity within the Department of Consumer Affairs from denying a license solely on the basis of a dismissed criminal conviction.
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AB 2411 – Witness Identification Accuracy Enhancement Act
AB 2411 requires the Attorney General to develop a set of guidelines governing the collection of eyewitness evidence in showups, photo arrays, and live lineups based upon current best practices, specifically taking into account “double-blind” practices that require a neutral and independent administrator to conduct the lineup.
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VETERANS

ACR 127- Recognition of the Bataan Death March
ACR 127 establishes a Day of Appreciation for surviving and deceased veterans of the Bataan Death March.
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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND JOB CREATION

AB 600 – Increasing Advertising Opportunities
AB 600 would create a narrow legal exemption from tied-house provisions for Levi’s Stadium.
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AB 1661 – Hope Zones Act of 2014
AB 1661 authorizes a city or a county to create Healthy OPtions for Everyone (HOPE) incentive zones to encourage healthy and fresh food vendors to conduct business in food deserts.
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AB 1839 (Principal Coauthor with Bocanegra and Gatto)– Competitive Film Tax Credits
AB 1839 will keep film productions in California by amending the current film tax credit program and creating better incentives for filmmakers.
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AB 2292 – Economic Development in Oakland
AB 2292 will provide Oakland with the tools necessary to create jobs and spur economic development by allowing freight rail projects and facilities to be developed under infrastructure financing districts (IFDs) at the Oakland Army Base, Howard Terminal, and Coliseum City.
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AB 2525 – Worker-Owned Job Creation: Limited Liability Cooperative Act
AB 2525 creates a special purpose LLC - a new business entity in California - which is narrowly tailored to the needs of worker-owned, democratically-run businesses and helps grow wealth for previously underrepresented communities.
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AB 2717 – Small Business Development Center Matching Funds
AB 2717 provides funding for the state to match federal funds for small business development centers (SBDCs), which improve the economic vitality of the state through no-cost consulting and training to California employers and entrepreneurs.
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AB 2719 – Standard Pop-Up Regulation Zones (SPURZ) Act
AB 2719 requires GoBiz to develop model ordinances for mobile retail operations to spur their development throughout the state and making it easier for business owners who otherwise could not enter the market successfully start and maintain a small business.
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HEALTH AND SAFETY NET

AB 503 (Joint Author with Wieckowski) – Charity Care
AB 503 creates a standard definition of charity care, and updates community benefit requirements for nonprofit hospitals and nonprofit multi-specialty clinics.
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AB 966 – Prisoner Protections for Family and Community Health Act
AB 966 requires CDCR to develop a five-year plan to offer condoms in all California prisons, based on the guidelines from the successful Solano Prison pilot project.
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AB 1822 – Streamlining Tissue Bank Licenses
AB 1822 modifies the state’s tissue bank licensure requirements to better align with current practices, provide certainty to health care professionals and eliminate unnecessary costs in the health care system.
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SB 1005 (Coauthor with Lara) – Healthcare for All
SB 1005 expands access to health care coverage for all Californians, regardless of immigration status.
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AB 604 (Coauthor with Ammiano) – Medical Cannabis
AB 604 creates the Division of Medical Cannabis Regulation and Enforcement within the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC), to oversee and run a strict and comprehensive system of regulation of the medical cannabis industry in California.
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SB 1029 (Coauthor with Hancock) – CalWorks/CalFresh Eligibility for Former Felons
SB 1029 allows individuals, previously convicted of a nonviolent drug felony, who meet all other eligibility rules, to receive basic needs services, employment training and work supports through the California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) and CalFresh programs.
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WORKER RIGHTS AND EMPLOYMENT

AB 1522 (Coauthor with Gonzalez) – Paid Sick Leave
AB 1522 provides that workers in California would accrue one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked and employers would have the option of capping an employee’s paid sick leave at 24 hours, or 3 days.
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AB 1611 – CSEA: Prior Notice Act
AB 1611 ensures that public school employees receive adequate notice of changes to their working conditions made by their employer.
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AB 2032 – Restoring Fairness to Civil Service Employee Hearings
AB 2032 provides that the burden of proof falls on the employing agency when a writ of mandate is brought by an employee and if the State Personnel Board fails to act during administrative proceedings within the time period prescribed under law.
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AB 2126 – Alternative Dispute Resolution: Collective Bargaining
AB 2126 conforms the mediation provisions of the MMBA to those provisions of the EERA, the Dills Act and the HEERA, thereby requiring mediation when requested by either party.
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AB 2582 – BART Retiree Healthcare Vesting
AB 2582 provides for a BART contribution of 50% of retiree health costs for management after 10 years of service, rising by 10% each year for a BART contribution of 100% after 15 years of service---conforming the management benefit to the workers’ benefits.
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WILLS AND TRUSTS

AB 2166 – Safeguarding of Wills
AB 2166 is a good government bill designed to encourage the custodian of the will of someone who passes to lodge that will with the superior court.
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