Legislative Briefings

Weekly Legislative Briefing May 11 - May 15

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AB 182 by Assemblymember Luis Alejo (D-Salinas) passed the Assembly Floor on a 53-25 vote. This bill would expand the California Voting Rights Act of 2001 to allow challenges to district-based elections that are being imposed or applied in a manner that impairs the ability of a protected class of voters to elect candidates of their choice. Contact: Michelle Reyes, (916) 319-2030. Press release here.

AB 349 by Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) passed the Housing Committee on a 7-0 vote. AB 349 would give homeowners governed by homeowner associations (HOAs) the option to modify their landscape using synthetic turf to lower their water use. Contact: Evan McLaughlin, (916) 319-2080. Press release here.

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Weekly Legislative Briefing - May 15 - May 21

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This Week:

AB 35 by Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco) and Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) passed the Revenue and Taxation Committee on Monday, May 18. This legislation would increase California’s Low Income Housing Tax Credit by $300 million for the construction and rehabilitation of affordable housing units across the state. Contact: Judson True, (916) 319-2017. Press release here

AB 159 by Assemblymember Ian Calderon (D-Whittier) passed the Assembly Floor on Monday, May 18 with bipartisan support. The “Right to Try” Act would allow eligible patients with a serious or immediately life-threatening disease to seek investigational drugs under the supervision of a physician. Contact: Lerna Shirinian, (562) 692-5858. Press release here.

AB 970 by Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian (D-Sherman Oaks) passed the Assembly Floor on Monday, May 18. This bill would broaden the authority of the Labor Commissioner to enforce wage-theft laws at the local level. Contact: Brian Stedge, (818) 376-4246.

Coming up:

AB 359 by Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) will be up for an Assembly Floor vote on Tuesday, May 26. This legislation would require that grocery workers keep their jobs for 90 days following a merger of large grocery stores. Contact: Evan McLaughlin, (916) 319-2080. Press release here.

AB 603 by Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) will be heard in the Appropriations Committee on Thursday, May 28. The “Every Drop Counts” bill establishes a state tax credit for California taxpayers who replace their lawns with more drought-resistant landscaping or synthetic turf. Contact: Jillian Rice, (661) 335-0302. Press release here.

AB 816 by Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) will be up for an Assembly Floor vote tomorrow. This bill would advance the creation of new small businesses, create jobs and empower California communities by creating an election for worker cooperatives under existing law. Contact: Amy Alley, (916) 319-2018.

Website of the Assembly Democratic Caucus: www.asmdc.org

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Weekly Legislative Briefing

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This Week:

AJR 14 by Assemblymember Kansen Chu (D-San Jose) passed the Assembly Floor on a 63-1 vote. AJR 14 urges Congress to support legislation that reauthorizes the Export-Import Bank of the United States. Contact: Reichel Everhart, (916) 319-2025. More information here

AB 44 by Speaker pro Tempore Kevin Mullin (D-South San Francisco) passed the Appropriations Committee. This legislation would provide a state-funded, full manual recount option for any statewide office or ballot measure where the margin of victory is 0.015% or 1,000 votes, whichever is lower. Contact: Susan Kennedy, (916) 319-2022. Press release here.

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Daily Legislative Briefing

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Education Bills

Today:

AB 288 by Assembly Majority Leader Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) passed out of the Assembly on a unanimous vote. This bill would create a partnership between high schools and community colleges to allow students to take college-level courses at their high schools or on college campuses. Contact: Wendy Gordon, (626) 351-1917. Press release here

AB 706 by Assemblymember Susan Bonilla (D-Concord) passed out of the Assembly on a 77-0 vote. This legislation establishes the California STEM AmeriCorps (CalSTEM) program, which is designed to improve the academic performance of K-12 students in STEM subject areas, increase the number of college graduates in STEM disciplines, and forge pathways for students to pursue careers in STEM fields. Contact: Ryan Morimune, (916) 319-2014. Press release here.

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Daily Legislative Briefing for June 2, 2015

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SACRAMENTO – Today, the Assembly passed a series of bills aimed at strengthening the democratic process in California.

Elections:

AB 44 by Assemblymember Kevin Mullin (D-South San Francisco) passed out of the Assembly on a 74-4 vote. This bill would provide a state-funded, full manual recount option for any statewide office or ballot measure where the margin of victory is 0.015% or 1,000 votes, whichever is lower. This reform addresses the serious flaws exposed in the existing recount system during the June 2014 State Controller’s primary race. Contact: Susan Kennedy, (916) 319-2022. Press release here. Video here.

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Daily Legislative Briefing - June 3, 2015

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SACRAMENTO – Today, the Assembly passed a number of bills aimed at helping families, employees, homeless youth and communities.

AB 47 by Assemblymember Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento) passed out of the Assembly on a 54-21 vote. The Preschool for All Act requires the state to include funding to provide all children who are eligible for the state preschool program, and whose parents wish to enroll them, the opportunity to enroll in the program. Contact: Bryan Singh, (916) 319-2007. Press release here. Video here.

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Daily Legislative Briefing - June 4, 2015

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SACRAMENTO – Today, the Assembly passed a series of bills aimed at alleviating California’s housing crisis.

Housing:

AB 35 by Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco) passed out of the Assembly on a 78-0 vote. AB 35 expands California’s very-low and extremely low-income housing credit. Contact: Judson True, (916) 319-2017. Press release here

AB 90 by Assemblymember Ed Chau (D-Monterey Park) passed out of the Assembly on a unanimous vote. This bill designates a state agency to administer the Federal Housing Trust Fund. Contact: Edmundo Cuevas, (916) 319-2049. More information here.

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Weekly Legislative Briefing

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This week:

AB 47 by Assemblymember Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento) passed out of the Senate Education Committee and has been re-referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee. The Preschool for All Act requires the state to provide funding for all children who are eligible for the state preschool program, who do not have access to Transitional Kindergarten or Head Start, with the opportunity to enroll in the program. Contact: Bryan Singh, (916) 319-2007. Press release here.

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Weekly Legislative Briefing July 16, 2015

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Bills signed:

AB 162 by Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez (D-Pomona) was signed into law by Governor Brown on Wednesday, July 15, 2015. This bill instructs that the California Department of Transportation to study wrong-way driving accidents-which has not been done in California since 1989-and look at safety measures pursued by other states that could prevent wrong way driving accidents. Contact: Shanna Ezzell, (916) 319-2052. Press release here. Audio PSA available here.

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