2017 Legislative Package
AB 151 - strengthens California's fight against climate change that is having devastating effects across the globe. California is a leader in climate change policy and AB 151 ensures that California continues to reduce emissions in a cost effective manner. In addition, AB 151 provides the parameters to have California accomplish its goal of emitting greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) to 40% of 1990 level(s). Furthermore, AB 151 provides incentives to have GHG reduction projects occur locally in disadvantaged communities and creates a comprehensive approach to support working families as the state transitions from the "dirty economy" to the "clean and green economy."
AB 1081 - provides a tax incentive for the purchase of zero emission vehicles or “clean cars” by eliminating the sales tax on the value of a trade in vehicle when purchasing a clean car. AB 1081 will reduce the sticker price cost when trading in a vehicle for a clean car.
AB 1082 - would encourage installation of electric vehicle charging stations at public schools. California will need 125,000-220,000 stations, more than a 1000% increase from the 10,000 stations we have today. By providing charging stations at public schools, we can encourage teachers, administrators, employees, and parents to purchase electric vehicles while creating new jobs in the clean energy sector and reducing the state’s greenhouse gas emissions.
AB 1083 - would promote installation of electric vehicle charging stations at state parks and beaches. California will need 125,000-220,000 stations, more than a 1000% increase from the 10,000 stations we have today. By providing charging stations at state parks and beaches, we can encourage more people to visit our state parks and beaches and create more 21st century jobs for Californians.
AB 1683 - builds off of the successes of the Transformative Climate Communities Program (AB 2722 Burke) by requiring a report to the Legislature and the public on the projects and investments that have resulted from this program. The Transformative Climate Communities Program is a comprehensive approach to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by investing $140 million in disadvantaged communities that are most burdened by, and vulnerable to, high levels of pollution. The information provided by this bill will serve as a valuable tool for cities, counties, and local communities to replicate projects done through this program and will help California meet its ambitious climate goals.
Supporting Working Families
AB 1520 - California is the sixth largest economy in the world while having the highest poverty rate in the nation. AB 1520 would create the Lifting Children and Families out of Poverty Act, which would commit California to reduce child poverty by 50% over the next twenty years, thereby lifting 1 million children out of poverty. AB 1520 does not propose any new taxes or fees. Rather, AB 1520 would create the Lifting Children and Families Out of Poverty Taskforce to work with the Legislative Analyst Office to implement the analytic framework, as proposed in the legislation, and provide recommendations to the Legislature to accomplish the 50% reduction of child poverty.
AB 1520 requires the Legislature to hold hearings, every two years, to evaluate and determine the State of California's progress of lifting 1 million children out of poverty over the next twenty years. Furthermore, AB 1520 would require the Legislature to attach a statement, to every budget passed, on how that particular year's budget is working towards the set goal. The requirement of the annual budget statement will ensure that our state budget is not merely a numbers or a data document but rather a values statement on how California is using its resources to lift 1,000,000 children out of poverty over the course of the next 20 years.
AB 1060 - provides the City of Inglewood and LA Metro with a tool to offer additional transit options from the Crenshaw connection to the new NFL stadium for the Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers. These transit options will help mitigate traffic congestion that is a result of increased economic activity in the City of Inglewood.
AB 1166 - provides support to hard working families and academically deserving students more choices when selecting a college. This bill creates a Cal Grant award formula for student attending private, nonprofit colleges and universities in order to create fairness and predictability for students as they plan for college.
AB 818 - allows CalWORKs participants who are in the process of obtaining, or who have recently obtained, their high school equivalency, to continue participating in welfare-to-work activities designed to move them to self-sufficiency. The bill extends the 24-month clock for those who are making satisfactory progress but need additional time to complete a high school equivalency as well as for those who have recently done so but need additional time to complete a subsequent activity.
Ensuring Health Care Access & Safety
AB 1612 – will increase access to healthcare for thousands of women in both urban and rural areas by untethering Certified Nurse Midwives from unnecessary supervision requirements in current law. AB 1612 creates a level of parity in the law between Licensed Midwives (LM) and Certified Nurse Midwives (CNM) by removing the physician supervision requirements for CNMs, allowing them to practice independently within their scope of practice. However, CNMs would only be able to furnish or order drugs or devices under standardized procedures and protocols designed by physicians. Most pregnancies and births are completely normal physiologic events. When permitted to work to the full extent of their education and experience, CNMs can expertly manage more births in California.
AB 1110 - Vision screenings at the school site are not detecting vision problems in 1 out of 3 children (33.3% of children). This is a huge issue because vision problems directly affect children’s learning. AB 1110 provides information to parents about the importance of giving children a comprehensive eye exam by a physician, optometrist or ophthalmologist in order to increase the probability of catching these vision problems early in life.
AB 1656 - There is a growing need for Certified Nurse Assistants (CNA) at Skilled Nursing Facilities. Due to the current aging baby boomer population, research studies project that by 2022 there will be a need for additional 23,000 CNAs in California. AB 1656 addresses this issue by establishing the Caregiver Training Initiative that will direct funds towards Certified Nurse Assistant training programs in order to recruit, train and retain more CNAs at Skilled Nursing Facilities.
AB 1396 - will clarify that the parent and child relationship cannot be established between a child and a surrogate by proof of having given birth. AB 1396 clarifies that upon signing a contract, the surrogate, her husband, or partner is not a parent of, and has no parental rights or duties with respect to, the child or children.
AB 844 - requires quality information be provided to the public regarding drug rehabilitation services though minimum standards: 24/7 availability, multi-lingual capabilities and experience in service. Proposition 64 legalized the use and taxation of recreational marijuana, which will help fund drug rehabilitation. To ensure this money is effectively spent, California must have the minimum standards set forth by AB 844 for these referral services.
AB 779 - modernizes the way California regulates gambling establishments by focusing on enforcement of the law and strengthens the licensing process. Currently, there is a significant backlog of licenses within the enforcement agency that approves or denies licensing applications. AB 779 addresses this by focusing resources on the individuals with decision-making authority within gambling establishments in the day to day operations of gambling and will ensure that California is using its resources more effectively.
AB 1546 - provides greater accountability for large scale IT projects in California. In recent years the state has wasted millions of tax payer dollars by delaying and failing to deliver on IT projects that would help the state run more efficiently. While there are many factors that have led to these failures, the state must ensure it is doing business with contractors that deliver projects on time and on budget. AB 1546 creates a comprehensive report card for contractors performance on IT projects and will ensure the State takes that into account in future business dealings and partnerships.
AB 1679 - protects Californians from the rising costs of auto repairs and ensures when a driver is in an accident that they receive all the necessary information about the benefits an insurance company has to offer them in the process of getting their car repaired.
AB 1680 - ensures the state is adequately training its employees to develop, sustain, and advance their skills and competency in order to work on complex IT projects. California has failed on many IT projects in recent years resulting in wasted tax payer dollars. This bill will ensure the State is doing everything it can to be successful in completing IT projects on time and on budget.
AB 1681 - is an accountability and transparency bill that requires the Department of Technology to report back to the Legislature on the contractor report card that it is supposed to be implementing but has been placed on hold as a result of changes in leadership. This bill came about as a result of the Governor's veto message on AB 522 (Burke) which stated "While holding technology contractors accountable for their performance is important, this bill is not necessary because it duplicates what the Department of Technology is already doing." AB 1681 will ensure the Legislature and the public have a clear view that the Department of Technology is accomplishing its requirements.
AB 1682 - supports the efforts of Attorney General Xavier Becerra with the Bureau of Children's Justice. This bill will ensure that victories won by the Attorney General on behalf of children's rights and welfare will continue to finance more work on the behalf of children.
SUPPORTING SMALL BUSINESSES
AB 999 - establishes an Angel Tax Credit program to give accreditation to investors nationwide to receive a 25% tax break for investing at least $10,000 to qualified small businesses. Emphasis and outreach will be focused on minority and women owned businesses and small businesses in economically disadvantaged areas. The program is capped at $5 million annually with a sunset date of December 2022.
AB 1230 - will leverage federal matching dollars to increase funding to California Small Business Development Centers in order to increase the number of business they provide free, confidential technical assistance to and help to fuel innovation and viable job growth.
AB 1266 - requests a $5 million extension in the line of credit given to SAFE-BIDCO, a state owned not-for-profit corporation, to conduct affordable direct lending to small businesses throughout the state.