2017-2018

PUBLIC SAFETY

AB 7 (Firearms: Open Carry) Closes an existing loophole that allows for the open-carry of long guns in unincorporated areas of a county.

AB 585 (Port Police Authority) To explicitly allow for the Chief of the Los Angeles Port to have authority to allow security officers to carry batons while on patrol. Current law only allows for city chiefs and county sheriffs to be recognized with this specific authority.

AB 736 (Firearms: Dealer Licensing) AB 736 will allow for a framework of fines that the Department of Justice can impose on a gun dealer instead of the current choice of doing nothing or license revocation and prosecution.

AB 878 (Juveniles: Restraints) Seeks to prohibit the use of shackles and belly chains for youth during transportation to a court appearance except for where it is believed the youth is a threat to the safety of him/herself or others. Currently, adults testifying in court are not required to swear shackles when appearing before a judge.

AB 2382 (Ghost Guns) This bill creates a new license structure for firearm parts dealers and requires anyone who purchases a firearm part to undergo a background check before purchase. Existing firearms dealers and licensed ammunition vendors will be exempt from the new license requirement.

AB 3115 (Voter Education for Jail Inmates) AB 3115 seeks to educate those who are currently incarcerated in county jails on voter registration and voting rights.

ENVIRONMENT

AB 302 (Vehicular Air Pollution: Incentives) Would require air districts to notify in writing the operators of public and commercial motor vehicle fleets of incentive programs available for motor vehicle fleets and to post on the districts’ Internet Web sites information on incentive programs available for motor vehicle fleets. Additionally, AB 302 seeks to establish an incentive to improve air quality while remaining competitive by waiving the vehicle registration fees for medium and heavy-duty trucks that meet a .02 or below NOx emissions standards.

AB 476 (Vehicular Air Pollution) Seeks to update a 41-year old truck weight classification system, moving from a two tiered system that is too broad, that only distinguishes between light and heavy-duty, and adding a third tier that is more consistent with current practice, and sets light, medium, and heavy-duty weight classes. AB 476 will ensure that as we continue to appropriate money and establish programs to support the medium and heavy-duty sector, we can be clearer about what weight classes we are targeting.

SENIOR CARE

AB 286 (Home Upkeep Allowance) Seeks to update the home upkeep allowance.

HOUSING

AB 294 (Mobile Home Parks: Disclosure) Requires mobile home park owners to disclose their name, address and contact at the request of the mobile home owner within 10 business days.

AB 2922 (Housing Tax Credit) Establishes a tax credit that supports home ownership for low income families. Current tax credits only focus on renting and leasing for low-income families.

GOVERNMENT REFORM

AB 397 (Public Utilities: Facility Modernization) Ensures that the utilities grid of a disadvantaged community receives preference when a utility company wants to modernize its infrastructure. For too long, disadvantaged communities have had inadequate utilities infrastructure which, providing basic services like water and electricity, is at the core of living a normal, decent life.

AB 795 (Low Income Tax Assistance) Seeks to require coordination of taxing entities for purposes of outreach and redirects funds to focus more on training of low income tax assistance professionals.

AB 949 (School Employees: Criminal Background Checks) Requires sole proprietors that have specified types of contracts with school districts to be subject to criminal background checks.

AB 1183 (Student Safety: Crime Reporting) Establishes an alternative formula for students attending a continuation school and for late arrival English Language Learners (ELL) within the school district.

AB 1285 (Alcoholic Beverage Control Act) Requires administrative hearings to be recorded and for the appeals hearings to include relevant documentation as well as audio recordings of hearings.

AB 1299 (Compton Community College Restoration) Seeks to provide for the budgetary and policy needs of Compton Community College as it transitions into an accredited institution.

IMMIGRATION

AB 440 (Sanctuary Cities) Seeks to raise revenues through a portfolio of taxes to support the funding needs of California's sanctuary cities that are targeted by the federal government for budget cuts.

HUMAN SERVICES

AB 604 (Extended Foster Care Benefits Allows a youth that was subject to a foster care order on his/her 18th birthday to be able to access extended foster care.

AB 811 (Internet For All Foster and Incarcerated Youth) Seeks to add provision of internet access to the foster youth bill of rights. Also requires juvenile detention facilities to allow access to the internet, both for purposes of education and family connection.

AB 2247 (Foster Youth Placement Stability) This bill seeks to establish a clear structure for when foster youth transition from one placement to another, which will include advanced notice to the youth when they are being asked to leave, and a requirement for a placement preservation plan that convenes a discussion of key stakeholders to identify a possible resolution to outstanding problems before the placement change is made.

AB 2337 (Foster Youth Benefits) This bill seeks to reduce barriers to extended foster care benefits for youth who were intended to be included but have been omitted due to technicalities in the law. Youth who are eligible to enter the foster care system can be turned away if they turn 18 before the court makes a determination.

AB 2448 (Internet for Disadvantaged Youth) This bill seeks to ensure that youth in foster care and youth in local juvenile detention facilities have access to computer technology and the internet for purposes of education and contact with supportive adults.

AB 2605 (Emergency Calls to Group Homes) AB 2605 seeks to limit non-mandated law enforcement calls by foster care facilities for behavioral management of youth in non-emergency situations. Each facility would be required to change its emergency intervention plan to provide specific guidance on when and when not to call law enforcement and must specify behavior management interventions.

EDUCATION

AB 1058 (Fee Waiver for Formerly Incarcerated Youth) Seeks to provide formerly incarcerated youth a with a fee waiver to attend a California Community College.

AB 1118 (Community College) Seeks to make the first year of community college free to all students as outlined by former President Barack Obama.

AB 1577 (Career Technical Education: Access Plan) Seeks to establish K-12 Career Technical Education programs be available to all school districts in California.

AB 2683 (Student Authors) Establishes the Author's Program, which is a two-year pilot project focused on low-income housing developments. It will bring in 500 students per year to take students through a literacy, editing, and writing course that leads to the development of a published book.

AB 2731 (Carried Interest Loophole) Within the investment industry, hedge funds and private equity firms take about 20% of the profits that are above the expected rate of return on the funds under their management and this income is taxed as "capital gains," rather than as regular income. Capital gains are taxed at a lower rate than regular income, whereby this creates a loophole that is unique to investment fund managers. This bill would add an additional tax on carried interest at a rate of 17%, to close this loophole and make it equal to the amount it would be taxed at the federal level if treated appropriately as regular income. Revenue estimates are between $500M to $1 billion. Specifically, the funds wil be used for career technical education, community schools, early childhood education, and trauma informed, health, student support and mental health services.

AB 2752 (ADA for Workforce Development) Currently, there is a federal pilot project that facilitates partnerships between local workforce development boards and school districts where districts share information on youth who have dropped out and the workforce board engages the youth in job training programs and also reconnects the youth back to the school district. This bill seeks to model the federal program and establish a number of administrative partnership grants to expand the amount of districts actively participating in California.

WATER

AB 272 (The Southeast Los Angeles Water Relief Act) AB 272 will create the Southeast Los Angeles County Water Relief Act, which will give the State Water Resources Control Board the power to require smaller water agencies that are not meeting Technical, Managerial and Financial (TMF) requirements to partner with larger public water agencies that are able to help them become TMF compliant.

AB 2179 (Sewer System Consolidation)  This bill seeks to improve water system efficiency by allowing a city council to adopt a resolution approving the sell of a municipal sewer system through a majority vote when it is deemed to be to the advantage of city and its residence. The bill also includes requirements to ensure public input and engagement.

AB 2339 (Water System Consolidation) Allows a city that owns and operates a small community water system public utility, to sell the public utility, without a majority vote of voters voting on the issue, for the purpose of consolidating its small community water system with another public water system under specified conditions.

HEALTHCARE

AB 1795 (Emergency Alternative Destinations) This bill seeks to give local agencies the authority to develop alternate destination programs that allow patients with mental health and alcohol intoxication needs to have more direct access to appropriate care and increase efficiency for local emergency response systems.

AB 2846 (Undocumented Organ Donors) This bill creates a working group to be led by the Department of Public Health that includes physican groups, immigration advocates and data collection requirements to identify a long-term solution to the challenges that undocumented and uninsured patients experience in seeking an organ transplant.