2019-2020 Legislation

Chaptered Legislation

AB 91 - Small Business Development Center Program: Loophole Closure and Small Business and Working Families Tax Relief Act of 2019.  Conformed state tax to federal tax policies, bringing in an estimated $1B+ to the state general fund.  AB 91 also expanded the Earned Income Tax Credit, providing a major tax relief for working families.

AB 147 - The Wayfair Implementation andSmall Business Relief Act of 2019: Codified a Supreme Court decision that would require states to collect online sales taxes from out-of-state retailers.  AB 147 made minor changes that protected small in-state and out-of-state businesses, while making sure that in-state brick and mortar businesses had a level playing field and were not at a competitive disadvantage.  Estimated revenue increase to the state of $1.2 billion annually.

 

2019 Legislation

AB 22 - Right to Clean and Safe Shelter for Children: Would create a right to clean and safe shelter for all children in the state.  Establishing this right for children ensures the Legislature, Administration and agencies prioritize children when developing programs and services, as children are arguably the most vulnerable population in California.  Statistics show that 62 percent of foster children were once homeless.  By making sure children have a place to lay their head at night, the state can prevent children from entering the foster system, which can cost up to $80,000 annually to provide for a foster child.

AB 740 - Expanded Write-Out Credit Areas in High Fire Severity Zones: Significantly expands the areas of the state in which insurers that voluntarily write basic property insurance may receive a credit against participation in the FAIR Plan by including areas that are designated high and very high hazard severity zones, as determined by Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire). The current ISO brush hazard areas are very limited and focused on more urban areas in Southern California.Broadening the eligible areas to include those at greater risk for wildfire can increase the accessibility for homeowners to obtain insurance policies.The goal of AB 740 is to incentivize insurers to write policies in more high risk fire zones in an effort to increase availability of homeowners insurance in these areas.

AB 870 - One Stop Application: Directs various agencies that are responsible for administering the state’s social safety net programs, like CalFresh, Medi-Cal, CalWORKs and CalEITC, to collaborate and develop a streamlined application process for these programs.Together, the social safety net prevents 1 million children from entering poverty and, without these programs, overall poverty rates would increase by approximately 12.5% in the state.Creating a streamlined application would increase participation in these programs and help even more struggling Californians meet their basic needs.

AB 891 - Safe Parking Programs: Requires specified cities and counties with populations greater than 330,000 to establish a safe parking program that provides safe parking locations for individuals and families living in their vehicles. The goal of this bill is to ensure that those who are living in their vehicles have a safe place to stay overnight while they work to transition to more permanent housing. This bill is complimentary to California’s ongoing efforts to address our housing crisis, and not intended to supplant planning or facilitating long-term solutions to prevent and end homelessness.

AB 962 - Hospital Supplier Diversity Act: Is designed to increase transparency among California hospitals by requiring that they report their contracts with diverse businesses in addition to their efforts to communicate and provide outreach to diverse businesses. This bill is modeled after the successful supplier diversity reporting requirements in the Utilities industry and Insurance industry which have shown, since the initial reports, significant increases in the amount spent on diverse businesses.

AB 1083 - The California Procurement Review Program: Authorizes the Legislature to request that the California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) complete a published analysis on legislation proposing to mandate procurement of electricity products, gas products, energy storage resources, or electrical or gas infrastructure. It would provide an additional tool for the legislature to determine potential impacts to ratepayers as bills move through the legislative process.