BillWatch: Bills from your local legislators

BillWatch: Bills from your local legislators

Michele Ellson

Here’s the latest news on bills by your local legislators.

STATE SENATOR LONI HANCOCK

Passed committee

SB279, Would set rules making it easier for the San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority to hold regional elections; approved by the governance and finance committee on April 17, 7-0, and referred to rules committee.

SB396, approved by public safety committee on April 16, 5-2, and referred to the appropriations committee.

SB438, Would state the intent of the Legislature to recognize the importance of the Division of Occupational Safety and Health of the Department of Industrial Relations’ enforcement inspections; approved by the rules committee on April 24, 3-1 and referred to appropriations committee.

SB691, Would increase the penalties for those responsible for certain types of air pollution; approved by the environmental quality committee on April 3, 6-2; referred to judiciary committee.

SB692, Would expand local governments’ ability to raise money in community facilities districts; approved by the governance and finance committee on April 17, 7-0, and ordered to special consent calendar.

Scheduled for hearing

SB254, Would require mattress manufacturers to create a recycling program for used mattresses; approved by the environmental quality committee on April 17, 6-0, and scheduled for a hearing before the appropriations committee on April 29.

SB283, Would make people convicted of felony drug charges eligible for welfare and food stamps; approved by human services committee on April 9, 4-1, and scheduled for a hearing before the appropriations committee on April 29.

SB379, Would make it easier for charter early college high schools to allow students to spend more time attending community and state colleges; approved by the education committee, 9-0, on April 24 and scheduled for a hearing before the appropriations committee on May 6. SB730, which would grant students at middle college high schools better access to community colleges and allow community colleges to strike partnerships deals with the schools; the bill was scheduled for a hearing before the education committee on May 1.

SB659, Would allow the State Historical Resources Commission to develop standards for assessing the qualifications of archaeologists; set for hearing at the environmental quality committee on May 1.

SB660, Would change the way funding for career technical education and regional occupation programs is distributed; scheduled for a hearing before the education committee on May 1.

Placed in appropriations suspense file

SB259, Would increase protections for graduate student employees.

SB260, Would require review in most cases where juveniles were tried as an adult after 10 years of the sentence is served and would allow a judge to suspend or stay the remainder of the sentence.

SB300, Would permit the state board of education to consider a new curriculum framework and instructional materials sooner than now allowed.

STATE ASSEMBLYMAN ROB BONTA

In the Senate

AJR7, Expresses state Legislature’s opposition to Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid cuts and asks President Obama not to include such cuts in legislation to reduce the federal deficit; approved by the Assembly, 42-17, on April 1 and is slated for a third reading at the Senate human services committee.

Passed committee

AB174, Would create and fund a grant program to address mental health and other needs of students impacted by trauma; passed committee on health, 13-5, on April 9, amended and sent to appropriations committee.

AB408, Would allow for the appointment of candidates for municipal utility district boards if one or fewer people plan to run for the seats; approved by elections and redistricting committee on April 23, 7-0, and is headed to the appropriations committee.

AB537, Would allow local agencies, school districts and public employee unions to unilaterally seek mediation during contract negotiations and could provide state funding to pay for mediation; passed public employees, retirement and Social Security committee on April 24, 5-2, and was forwarded to the appropriations committee.

AB611, Would require funding to be set aside in a fund that seeks to enhance the financial security of teacher pensions; approved by the public employees, retirement and Social Security committee on April 24, 7-0, and was referred to the appropriations committee.

AB689, Would require acute care hospitals to offer flu vaccines to most patients at discharge between October 1 and April 1 except in cases of national shortage; passed health committee on April 2, 17-0, and was referred to the appropriations committee.

Scheduled for hearing

AB 187, Would tax retailers who sell ammunition and place the proceeds in a new fund to support public safety programs in high-crime areas; scheduled for a hearing before the revenue and taxation committee on May 6.

AB514, Would expand the list of support resources to be posted on school district websites to include gangs, gun violence and psychological trauma; scheduled for hearing before education committee on May 1.

AB600, Would change the circumstances under which intermodal marine equipment providers or marine terminal operators
could charge fees or sanction truckers; hearing at the transportation committee canceled at request of author and rescheduled for April 29.

AB817, Would allow green card holders to register voters and serve as precinct board members; scheduled for hearing at the elections and redistricting committee on May 7.

AB964, Would prohibit vehicles subject to an open recall from being advertised and sold as “certified” and would require car dealers to disclose the history of used cars; passed the committee on the judiciary on April 23, 7-3, and was re-referred to the business, professions and consumer protection committee.

AB1020, Would require the state attorney general send a letter to gun purchasers informing them of laws related to safe storage and trafficking; approved by the public safety committee on April 16, 7-0 and referred to the appropriations committee.

AB1282, Would increase the value of gifts or donations credit unions are permitted to give by $5,000; approved by the banking and finance committee on April 22, 11-0, and referred to the appropriations committee.

Placed in appropriations suspense file

AB123, Would require public school instruction on the contributions of Filipino Americans to the farm labor movement.

AB999, Would require the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to develop a five-year plan to make condoms available in prisons.

Bills with a fiscal impact of $150,000 or more are placed in the appropriations suspense file to be considered after a budget bill is passed.