2015 Legislation

Access & Accountability

AB 522 California spends tens of millions of dollars on information technology (IT) contracts without adequate safeguards to protect our investments. AB 522 establishes a standard report card for IT contractors to grade past performance and guide future project awards.
Currently in the Senate Governmental Organization Committee

AB 763 Low income seniors and adults with disabilities shouldn’t have to choose between putting food on the table and going to the doctor. AB 763 equalizes the eligibility process for all Medi-Cal enrollees so that our poorest residents can access the health care that they need.
Held in the Assembly Appropriations Committee

AB 805 The development of IT projects big and small can be complex, and without clear contracts, the state is at risk for delays and amendments that not only increase state costs, but also leave us with a product that is outdated from the start. AB 805 ensures that the state officials responsible for drafting contracts for IT projects have the training they need.
Held in the Assembly Appropriations Committee

AB 852 California has some of the strictest building codes in the nation, particularly for our hospitals and clinics. AB 852 requires private contractors using public financing to build health facilities to pay the prevailing wage – ensuring that we’re getting highly trained and highly skilled workers for some of our most important projects.
Currently in the Senate Labor & Industrial Relations Committee

AB 879 In Los Angeles County alone, there are approximately 30 dependency court hearings each day – each hearing with notification requirements that typically depend upon first class or certified mail. AB 879 allows counties to use e-mail notifications in dependency cases, but only if all parties agree. With e-mail notifications, individuals without a permanent address have a better chance of receiving the information that can help them participate in the court proceedings and hopefully get back on track.
Currently on the Senate Floor

AB 907 Regional occupation centers are a key resource in helping people of all ages get the skills they need to compete in a 21st Century workforce. AB 907 paves the way for centers and their students to receive federal financial aid and get on their way to the jobs they want.
Currently in the Senate Education Committee

AB 1054 Home care services help thousands of Californians live independent lives every day. AB 1054 extends the consumer protections available to consumers of private home care and In-Home Supportive Services to those that receive care through regional center providers. With the bill, all home care agencies will be licensed, and the caregivers they employ must pass criminal background checks and complete basic training.
Currently in the Assembly Human Services Committee

AB 1129 As California’s emergency medical services (EMS) network transitions to electronic records, consistent data collection requirements can give us an accurate picture of EMS programs across the state, and improve our coordination with national efforts. AB 1129 ensures that all EMS providers are collecting data using systems that are compliant with state and federal standards, but gives them the flexibility to purchase the systems and software that meets their needs.
Currently in the Senate Health Committee

AB 1261 Thousands of frail Californians and their family caregivers depend on the adult day health care services provided through the Community-Based Adult Services program. AB 1261 preserves access to care and services in state law and gives providers a reliable rate structure that will help them sustain programs over the long run.
Currently in the Senate Appropriations Committee

AB 1306 Certified nurse-midwives (CNM) provide care to childbearing women during pregnancy, labor and birth, and during the postpartum period; and in communities where obstetricians and gynecologists are not available, they can be a critical part of the primary care team for women’s health. AB 1306 updates the practice requirements for CNMs to better reflect their training and capacity to manage normal pregnancies and births.
Currently in the Senate Business and Professions Committee

AB 1361 When our veterans are leaving active duty, we have a responsibility to help them transition into civilian life. For years, we’ve offered veterans access to Cal Grants and financial aid for higher education, but the Cal Grants have only been available for veterans until their 28th birthday. AB 1361 gives all veterans, regardless of their age, an opportunity to pursue a college degree.
Currently in the Senate Education Committee

AB 1393 California has ambitious goals to reduce our carbon emissions over the next few decades – goals that require all of us to make changes. We all want to do the right thing, but for many small businesses and families, the biggest obstacle in transitioning to cleaner fuels and green technology is the price tag. AB 1393 will help small businesses and individuals afford cleaner vehicles and various green energy investments by providing financial assistance through the Treasurer’s California Pollution Control Financing Authority.
Currently in the Senate Governance & Finance Committee

AB 1436 The In-Home Supportive Services program has a long history of providing care to seniors and people with disabilities. While many consumers direct their own care, others prefer to have an authorized representative manage the details of the care, whether it’s assisting with the program application or scheduling caregiver hours and services.
Currently in the Senate Human Services Committee

 AJR 11  AJR 11 calls upon President Obama and Congress to recognize the unique value of California’s defense installations and the disproportionate sacrifices the state has made in previous base realignment and closure rounds.  The defense industry is a major economic force in California.  Statewide, there’s more than $71 billion in direct spending in the industry, and more than 350,000 jobs.
Passed the Legislature