Assembly Speaker pro Tem Kevin Mullin (D-San Mateo) had several important measures signed into law this year by Governor Brown.
In January 2018, laws on transparency in election ads, expanding services for young people suffering from serious mental illness
and affordable housing for teachers in the community where they work will become effective.
"In a shocking year where the Trump Administration is moving our country backwards and attacking
the most vulnerable members of our community, California has shown that it can make progress
on the most pressing challenges of our time,” said Assemblymember Mullin, “We took historic steps
to create more affordable housing and expanding services for the mentally ill, while also
bringing some transparency to campaign finance reform.”
AB 1315 - Mental Health Funding: establishes a grant program, overseen by the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission, to provide funding to counties for programs to provide services to individuals experiencing early psychotic symptoms and to respond with evidence based intervention and treatment.
AB 88 (Nazarian) – Nowruz Day: Requires the Governor to annually to proclaim the day of the astronomical Northward equinox, which usually occurs on March 20 or the following day, as “Nowrūz Day”.
Housing/ Local Government
AB 1157 – Teacher Housing: Eases the path to building teacher housing by removing the advisory committee requirement, establishes that financing proceeds expended for capital outlay purposes can be used for school district employee housing and clarifies that property belonging to the State, a city, a county, a school district, or a community college district is also exempted from possessory interest tax when it is used to provide rental housing to employees of a school district or community college district.
AB 1598 - Affordable Housing Authorities: AB 1598 authorizes cities and counties statewide to create Affordable Housing Authorities to fund activities related to the promotion and development of affordable housing through local tax increment financing without raising taxes. This bill provides local governments with a critical tool needed to address the housing affordability crisis across our state.
AB 72 (Santiago and Chiu) – Housing Element Compliance: Gives HCD authority to find a city's, county's, or city's and county's housing element out of substantial compliance if it determines that the city, county, or city and county acts or fails to act in compliance with its housing element.
AB 73 (Chiu) – Planning and zoning: housing sustainability districts: Allows a city or county to create a housing sustainability district to complete upfront zoning and environmental review in order to receive incentive payments for development projects that are consistent with district’s ordinance.
AB 74 (Chiu) – Housing for a Healthy California Program: Establishes the Housing for a Healthy California Program (program) under the Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) to fund competitive grants to pay for rental assistance. Contains an urgency clause to ensure that the provisions of this bill go into immediate effect upon enactment.
AB 291 (Chiu, Bonta, et al.) – Housing immigration: Enacts the Immigrant Tenant Protection Act of 2017, to establish various protections and safeguards against the unauthorized disclosure of tenants' immigration or citizenship status to federal immigration authorities or other parties, as well as potential harassment, retaliation, or discrimination against tenants based on their immigration or citizenship status, or perceived immigration or citizenship status.
AB 1505 (Bloom) – Affordable Rental Units: Authorizes the legislative body of a city or county to establish inclusionary housing requirements as a condition of the development of residential rental units, and allows the Department of Housing and Community Development to review inclusion ordinances in specified circumstances.
SB 2 (Atkins) – Building Homes and Jobs Act: Establishes the Building Homes and Jobs Act and imposes a $75 fee on real estate transaction documents, excluding commercial and residential real estate sales, to provide funding for affordable housing.
SB 3 (Beall) Veterans and Affordable Housing Bond Act of 2018: Bill enacts the Veterans and Affordable Housing Bond Act of 2018 and authorizes the issuance of $4 billion in general obligation (GO) bonds for affordable housing programs and a veteran’s home ownership program, subject to approval by the voters in the November 2018 election.
Elections and Voter Access/Civic Engagement
ACA 17 - Initiative/Referenda Enactment Date: delays the enactment of initiatives and referenda until five days after the Secretary of State certifies the vote. By delaying the enactment until after the vote has been certified, this measure ensures that the true and correct implementation of ballot measures occurs.
AB 249 – The DISCLOSE ACT: This bill would make information on true funders of ballot measure and independent expenditure ads more accessible by improving the required format of disclosures. This bill would also establish new earmarking rules to identify original donors to committees and ballot measures so that the ads are required to display true funders rather than misleading names used by funders to hide behind multiple layers of organizations.
AB 467 - Simplified Sample Ballot Language for Transportation Tax Proposals: increases electronic access to transportation tax expenditure plans and preserves local resources by allowing transportation authorities to post these plans online in lieu of printing them in a county voter information handbook. This bill requires that information regarding online access to these plans and details on how to obtain free printed copies be included in the voter information guide and sample ballot.
AB 24 (Eggman) - Instructional programs: State Seal of Civic Engagement: Establishes a State Seal of Civic Engagement, to be affixed to the diploma of qualifying high school graduates, based on a demonstration of excellence in civics education and participation.
SB 511 (Stern) – SOS Increasing Voter Access: Requires the Secretary of State to make reasonable efforts to promote voter registration and voting. The SOS would be required to promote registration to eligible voters and promote civic learning and engagement. Additionally, the SOS would be required to prioritize communities that have been historically underrepresented in voter registration and voting when undertaking these duties.
SB 568 (Lara) – Primetime Primary: This bill would move California’s primary election date to the first Tuesday after the first Monday in March and provides that California’s primary election will continue to be consolidated.
AB 1282 - Transportation Permitting Task Force: Establishes a Transportation Permitting Task Force, led by the Secretary of Transportation and consisting of representatives from state agencies that have a role in permitting state transportation projects. The task force will: 1) develop a process for early engagement between Caltrans and the relevant permitting agencies in the development of transportation projects; 2) establish reasonable deadlines for permit approvals, and; 3) provide for greater certainty of permit approval requirements. These outcomes should contribute to the SB 1 goal of $100 million in annual efficiency measures at Caltrans.
AB 1613 – San Mateo County Transit District: Retail Transactions and Use Tax: AB 1613 allows the San Mateo County Transit District (SamTrans) to pursue a sales tax measure within the County. This measure will be subject to voter approval and will not exceed the 2 percent cap on all local taxes by more than one-half of one percent.
SB 1 (Beall) – Statewide Transportation Funding Increases several taxes and fees to raise the equivalent of roughly $52.4 billion over ten years in new transportation revenues and makes adjustments for inflation every year; directs the funding to be used towards deferred maintenance on the state highways and local streets and roads, and to improve the state's trade corridors, transit, and active transportation facilities.
SB 595 (Beall) – RM3 Directs a third regional measure (RM3) to be placed on the ballot in the San Francisco Bay Area that, if approved by a majority of the voters, would increase tolls on the seven state-owned toll bridges by up to $3.
SB 797 (Hill) – Caltrain 1/8 cent T&U tax: Allows the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, in specified conditions, to impose a retail transactions and use tax at a rate not to exceed 0.125%, subject to voter approval.
Workforce Development/Higher Ed
AB 1176 - High school equivalency certificates: confined persons: lifts the one hour limit allowed for GED preparation and instruction during the regular school day for youth inside detention and/or mental health facilities who are 17 years of age and not on track to graduate high school by the age of 18 due to insufficient credits. It offers these students an alternative pathway to obtaining a high school equivalency certificate by granting them more time to work on GED test preparation as part of their regular course of study.
AB 1336 - Workforce Investment Metrics Dashboard: makes changes to AB 2148 (Mullin, Chapter 385, Statutes of 2014) to clarify language related to the development of an internet-based workforce metrics dashboard. This bill requires that partners identified in state and federal statute use, to the extent feasible, reliable statistical methods as determined by the California Workforce Development Board to measure the impacts of the state’s investments in workforce and education programs on the labor market.
Clean Tech/Innovation Economy
AJR 7 urges the President and Members of Congress to protect Net Neutrality, the federal Lifeline program’s discounted telephone service for qualifying low-income consumers, and the E-rate program’s discounted telecommunication and Internet access services for schools and libraries.
AB 314 - Updates the Matchmaking Code: amends and updates provisions of law applying to online dating services contracts, providing consumers with substantial rights that do not exist for contracts for other services purchased over the Internet, while also providing clarity for consumers and businesses alike.
AB 1665 (E. Garcia, et al.) – Internet for All Act: Makes various changes to the California Advanced Services Fund (CASF). For example, this bill authorizes the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to collect an unspecified amount, beginning on January 1, 2018, and continuing through the 2027 calendar year, not to exceed an unspecified amount each year, unless the CPUC determines that collecting a higher amount in any year will not result in an increase in the total amount of all surcharges collected from telephone customers that year.
SB 338 (Skinner) – Clean Peak Energy: This bill requires the consideration of distributed energy resources (DERs), including energy efficiency, existing renewable generation, and grid operational efficiencies as part of the integrated resource planning (IRP) process for load-serving entities and publicly owned utilities.
AB 184 (Berman) – Seal Level Rise Planning Eliminates the sunset of January 1, 2018 for the Planning for Sea Level Rise Database managed by Natural Resources Agency.
SB 5 (De León) – California Drought, Water, Parks, Climate, Coastal Protection, and Outdoor Access For All Act of 2018. This bill proposes the issuance of $3.5 billion in general obligation bonds to implement its provisions, subject to voter approval in the November, 2018 election.
AB 262 (Bonta) – Buy Clean CA Act: Requires the Department of General Services (DGS) to establish standards used in the bid process related to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions when certain eligible materials are used in state public works projects.
AB 398 (E. Garcia) – Cap and Trade 2030 Extension: Extends the cap and trade regulation to address declining greenhouse gases to December 31, 2030.
SB 339 (Roth) – Veteran’s Treatment Courts: Requires the Judicial Council, contingent upon funding, to conduct a statewide study of veterans and veterans treatment courts, as specified, and to report its findings to the Legislature.
SB 492 (Beall) - Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District: San Jose Water Company: Authorizes the sale of lands owned by the San Jose Water Company in the Upper Guadalupe watershed to Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District without Public Utilities Commission oversight.
SB 730 (Pan) - “Buy California” Produce in School Districts: Requires the California Department of Education (CDE) to take specified actions in order to monitor compliance with the federal Buy American provisions for the National School Lunch program, including posting resources and best practices on their Web site.
SB 793 (Hill) - Design-build; special districts: Allows the Peninsula Health Care District (Peninsula HCD), the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District (Midpen) and Santa Clara Valley Open-Space Authority (Santa Clara Valley OSA) to use design-build contracting for construction of buildings or other facilities in those districts.