2019 Legislation

AB 214 – Reinstates funding for spinal cord injury (SCI) research in California that historically has leveraged over 5 times the amount in non-state funds for research grants at California research institutions.   AB 214 appropriates one-time funding of $5m to the Roman Reed Program pursuant to the Roman Reed Spinal Cord Injury Research Act of 1999.

AB 452 – In California just 12% of infants and toddlers attend a licensed early childhood education program and just 3% are in a licensed facility. AB 452 addresses the shortage of child care facilities in California by establishing the California Childcare Facilities Grant Program. 

AB 571 – Would establish a limit on campaign contributions to candidates for local elected city and county offices. The default limit would be $4,700, the same contribution limit that applies to candidates for the state legislature. This reform would protect ethical, honest, transparent and accountable government for local elections. 

AB 578 – Introduces the California STEM Professional Teaching Pathway Act of 2019. The great program will provide funding to promote the transition of science, technology, engineering and math industry professionals and retirees into the teaching profession.

AB 617 – Establishes an Advisory Group to evaluate California’s ability to ensure consumer protections for patients of stem cell therapies in clinics, particularly those that have not adhered to established federal review processes.

 AB 659 – Establishes the California Smart City Challenge Grant Program to enable municipalities to compete for grant funding for emerging transportation technologies to serve their transportation system needs.  

AB 713 – Facilitates the implementation of the Early Psychosis Detection and Intervention Fund that was established through AB 1315 (Mullin) from 2017. This bill will remove the original requirement for the inclusion of non-state funding for the program to be implemented in counties across the state to deliver necessary resources for early psychosis detection services.

AB 738 – Allows funds that are set aside for construction of affordable housing, to be allocated more effectively within San Mateo County jurisdictions thereby expediting the construction of more affordable housing. AB 738 is a pilot for San Mateo County and its cities only.

AB 784 – Exempts zero-emission transit buses from the state portion of the sales tax until January 1, 2024, saving California transit agencies approximately $17.4M over this four-year time span and reducing the upfront capital costs and incremental costs between technologies. This will help agencies overcome an important upfront funding shortfall that currently impedes procurement of zero-emission transit buses and is a critically needed credit to help public transit agencies ramp up to the Innovative Clean Transit initiative.

AB 825 – Creates an agency in San Mateo County with the specific mission of addressing sea level rise, flooding, coastal erosion, and large-scale stormwater infrastructure improvements through integrated regional planning, design, permitting, project implementation, and long-term operations and maintenance. 

AB 839 – Requires the Secretary of the Natural Resources Agency to develop, adopt, and implement a coordinated and proactive strategy for the state to adapt to climate change impacts by July 1, 2021.

AB 864 – Makes modest clarifications following the passage and enactment of the California DISCLOSE Act, AB 249 (Mullin), and the Social Media DISCLOSE Act, AB 2188 (Mullin), to make it easier to comply with disclosure requirements and the original intent. 

AB 992 – Clarifies that members of a local legislative body may participate in an internet-based social media platform, provided that a majority of the members do not discuss among themselves, business of a specific nature that is within the subject matter jurisdiction of the legislative body of the local agency. 

AB 1168 – Requires that emergency call centers in California have a text to 9-1-1 service so the deaf and hard of hearing have equal access to emergency services. Currently, some counties have a text to 9-1-1 function and others don’t. 

AB 1217 – Seeks to extend the California DISCLOSE Act, AB 249 (Mullin), to cover issue ads that are intended to influence legislative and administrative actions, and also close the loophole for electioneering communications that attack or support candidates during election season without expressly advocating for their election or defeat.

AB 1392 – Fulfills a requirement in a 2018 land exchange and title settlement agreement between the State Lands Commission and the City of Redwood City.

AB 1509 – Would create a recycling program for both loose Li-ion batteries and those embedded in products to prevent them from being improperly disposed of in the waste stream. Segregating them from our waste stream will significantly reduce the fire and safety risks these batteries impose.

AB 1574 – Would increase transparency of expenditure disclosures for lobbying entities that seek to influence policy in the State Legislature. By increasing the frequency in which lobbying entities are required to report expenditures to the Secretary of State, this bill will improve the public’s ability to review this information in a timelier manner.

ACA 4 – Would authorize a United States citizen who is 17 years of age, is a resident of this State, and will be at least 18 years of age at the time of the next general election to register to vote and to vote in any intervening primary or special election that occurs after the person registers to vote.