Adopts Resolution to Support AB 362
Sacramento – Assemblymember Philip Y. Ting (D-San Francisco) praised the action taken last night by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, whose members voted unanimously to adopt Resolution 130591 in support of AB 362, Ting’s legislation to exempt from state taxation compensation provided by California employers to employees in same-sex partnerships.
“San Francisco has long supported its vibrant LGBTQ community with a strong history of advocacy for equal rights and this is no exception,” said Ting. “In fact, AB 362 is directly related to Supervisor Mark Farrell’s local measure addressing this issue passed in March. San Francisco stands for tax fairness for same-sex couples and so should the State of California and the Federal Government.”
Under existing law, employer sponsored health insurance provided to the partners and children of LGBTQ employees in same-sex partnerships does not qualify for federal tax exemptions. As a result, same-sex couples incur on average an extra $1,069 in taxes per year. In response to this excessive tax burden, California employers have started to adopt policies to compensate their LGBTQ employees for this federal tax expense. However, under existing law, these reimbursements are subject to state income taxes. AB 362 would exempt these compensations from state taxation.
“I am proud to support AB 362 at the State level which expands on my local legislation to counter discriminatory federal tax policy and provide a higher level of equality for same-sex spouses and same-sex domestic partners,” said Supervisor Mark Farrell. “Same-sex couples should not be required to pay more income taxes than others simply due to the nature of their intimate partner relationship.”
Under the provisions of the City and County of San Francisco’s new law, the city will reimburse city employees for the discriminatory federal tax incurred on benefits received for their partner and dependents.
AB 362, authored by Ting, would cover persons in a same-sex partner relationship who work for public entities or private sector companies that choose to reimburse their employees. Among private sector companies providing this type of reimbursement to employees are Google, Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants and Facebook.
“San Francisco’s backing of my measure is one more stamp of approval to a growing list of support on this issue,” said Ting.
AB 362 is sponsored by Equality California and supported by a number of organizations including, the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, Facebook, and several labor and health organizations.
The tax-fairness legislation passed out of the Assembly and moved to the Senate. There it will be heard in the Senate Governance and Finance committee within the next few weeks.
Assemblymember Ting is the Chair of Assembly Democratic Caucus and the Assembly Select Committee on Asia/California Trade and Investment Promotion, and he serves on the Budget, Business, Professions and Consumer Protection, Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials and the Revenue and Taxation committees.
Assemblymember Philip Y. Ting (D-San Francisco) released this statement regarding the State budget agreement announced today.
“The Legislative Conference Committee and Governor Brown came to terms on a balanced budget that reflects the priorities of the majority of Californians. Most notable is increased funding for education. All K-12, community colleges and career tech education will benefit under this budget, and schools with a large percentage of English learners and low-income students will receive even more help. Also, at the UC/CSU level, the implementation of unprecedented tuition relief through scholarships for the middle class will begin with this budget.
AB 1364 Increases Awards to Reflect Real Costs of Textbooks
Sacramento – Assemblymember Philip Y. Ting (D-San Francisco) successfully urged his Assembly colleagues to help all college students achieve their goals by passing AB 1364, his legislation that would raise Cal Grant B awards to more closely align with the real costs of textbooks and supplies.
“This year in California, there are nearly 180,000 students whose decision on whether they can afford to attend or stay in college will hinge on Cal Grant assistance,” Ting said. “The Assembly budget proposal shows our strong commitment to helping these students make the right choice to get a college degree.”
Ting Legislation to Make Findings Consistent with Public Trust Clears the Assembly
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Philip Y. Ting (D – San Francisco) presented the merits of AB 1273 on the Assembly Floor today, a bill that would help advance a restoration proposal for San Francisco’s Piers 30-32. The bill passed the Assembly on a vote of 51 to 9, and now moves to the California Senate for consideration.
Assemblymember Ting legislation would allow lower taxes
Sacramento – Assemblymember Philip Y. Ting (D-San Francisco) received overwhelming, bipartisan support in the Assembly for AB 551, legislation that would authorize cities and counties to create urban agriculture incentive zones, and allow for potentially reduced property assessments when a landowner allows small-scale food production on their land. The vote was 64 to 0.
Ting legislation would eliminate taxing of health care benefit reimbursements
Sacramento – AB 362, legislation by Assemblymember Philip Y. Ting (D-San Francisco), to provide tax relief for certain same-sex couples who receive employer-sponsored health insurance coverage, passed the Assembly yesterday. The legislation received bipartisan support with a vote of 56 to 19.
Goal of AB 231 is to limit a child’s access to guns
Sacramento – Legislation authored by Assemblymember Philip Y. Ting (D-San Francisco) and Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez (D – Los Angeles) to strengthen penalties for the preventable tragedy of gun injuries involving children passed the California Assembly yesterday. AB 231 would make the act of leaving or storing a loaded firearm in a location where a child is likely to gain access a misdemeanor.
California State Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) spoke on the Assembly Floor in strong support of AB 1266 – legislation that will enable transgender students to participate in sports and other activities at school based on their gender identities. This measure is an important strengthening of the rights of transgender students so that they may have the same opportunity to participate and succeed as others. Hear Assemblymember Ting's speech in this Assembly Access Video
Goal of AB 231 is to limit a child’s access to guns
Sacramento – Legislation authored by Assemblymember Philip Y. Ting (D-San Francisco) and Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez (D – Los Angeles) to strengthen remedies for the preventable tragedy of gun accidents among children passed the Assembly Committee on Appropriations. Their legislation, AB 231, would help ensure child safety and responsible ownership of guns by strengthening California’s existing firearm Child Access Prevention (CAP) laws AB 231 would make the act of leaving or storing a loaded firearm in a location where a child is likely to gain access a misdemeanor.
“California is one of the nation’s leaders in strict gun-law legislation. But those laws deal with after-the-tragedy consequences,” Ting said. “AB 231 focuses on preventing these tragedies by increasing the duty of care by gun owners, and imposing penalties when they do not do so.”
(Sacramento) -- Assemblymember Philip Y. Ting (D--San Francisco), joined by Assemblymembers Sharon Quirk-Silva (D-Fullerton), Paul Fong (D-Cupertino), Shirley Weber (D-San Diego), and students from the UC, CSU, and California Community Colleges, gathered on the steps of the Capitol to promote a package of legislation to improve California's Cal Grant financial aid program. Assemblymember Ting's legislation, Assembly Bill 1364, will help ensure fairness and allow California students to achieve their educational aspirations by bringing the amount of the Cal Grant access award to $5,900 - where it would be today if it had rightfully kept pace with inflation. Further AB 1364 ties the award to the Consumer Price Index (CPI) going forward. Here's more in this Assembly Access video.