Bills to Watch

Opposed Bills

SB 66: Disallows tax deductions for punitive damages paid or incurred in connection with any settlement of judgment when determining corporation or personal tax liability for taxable years beginning January 1, 2018.

SB 613: This bill repeals the requirement for the state departments of Developmental Services and State Hospitals and the Division of Juvenile Justice to cooperate with the United States Department of Homeland Security in arranging for the deportation of individuals who are confined in their institutions.

SB 242: Requires all Property assessed clean energy (PACE) programs administered by non-governmental third parties to meet the highest operating standards. SB 242 establishes uniform requirements for PACE programs including: underwriting standards, telephone confirmation for all homeowners, eligible measures standards, contractor standards, marketing standards, forbearance, and reporting requirements.

SB 567: Proposes three changes to California tax law which will increase taxes on the "rich" and take California tax law out of conformity with federal law: 1) eliminates the basis "step-up” option on inherited property for taxpayers with annual incomes above one-million-dollars for decedents who die on or after January 1, 2018; 2) prohibits corporations from deducting executive compensation above $1 million on or after January 1, 2018; 3) for charitable remainder annuity trusts formed on or after January 1, 2018, would require that the charitable remainder interest must be at least 40% (currently 10%) of the initial fair market value of all of the property placed in trust.

SB 3: The Affordable Housing Bond Act of 2018, to be placed on the November 2018 ballot, authorizes $3 billion in state General Obligation bonds. Bond proceeds would be allocated to existing state programs such as: Multifamily Housing ($1.5 billion); CalHome ($300 million); Joe Serna Farmworker Housing ($300 million); Transit-Oriented Development ($300 million); and Infill Infrastructure Financing ($300 million). Also provides that programs funded with bond proceeds must give preference when allocating financial support to projects that are “public work” under the labor code and other projects where all construction workers will be paid at least the general prevailing rate of per diem wages as determined by the Director of Industrial Relations.

SB 701: The Salton Sea Obligations Act of 2018, would authorize the issuance of $500 million in state General Obligation Bonds to finance state obligations relating to restoring the Salton Sea. Would be submitted to the voters at the November 6, 2018, statewide general election.

SB 4: Asks the voters to approve $500 million in general obligation bonds to pay for air quality programs associated with remediating the environmental impact of goods movement.

SB 562: Sixth re-introduction of a statewide "single-payer health care" system: SB 921 (Kuehl - 2003); SB 840 (Kuehl - 2005); SB 840 (Kuehl - 2007); SB 810 (Leno - 2009); and SB 810 (Leno - 2011).

SB 30: This bill prohibits the state from awarding or renewing a contract for goods or services with any person that, at the time of bid or proposal for a new contract or renewal of an existing contract, is providing or has provided, goods or services to the federal government for the construction of a federally funded wall, fence or other barrier along California’s southern border.

SB 356: "This is similar in concept to SB 1251 except rather than posting pricing data for electricity on a single website, the LAO would publish basic state fiscal data, including unfunded liabilities. If it's good enough for electricity prices that our ratepayers pay, what about the debts our taxpayers are paying?"

SB 302:  Specifies that all property tax revenues attributable to a rate imposed for fire protection purposes prior to June 6, 1978 must be allocated to the Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA) and expended on fire protection services.

AB 1455: Extends an existing Public Records Act exemption that applies to documents relating to collective bargaining between a state agency and its employees to documents relating to collective bargaining between a local public agency and its employees.

AB 1003: Imposes a $0.02 per fluid ounce tax on sugar sweetened beverages (SSB) and requires moneys collected to be deposited in the California Community Health Fund (CCHF) and to be used to diminish the human and economic costs of diabetes, obesity, heart disease, and dental disease and to reduce inequitable disparities in health between population groups in California. 

AB 626: This bill allows local jurisdictions to authorize, by ordinance or resolution, the operation of microenterprise home kitchens, through which home cooks would be allowed to sell a limited number of meals. 

SB 219: Enacts the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Long-Term Care Facility Resident’s Bill of Rights.

SB 807: For taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2017, and before January 1, 2027, would provide two tax benefits to California K-12 teachers: 1) provide a tax credit equal to 50% of the unreimbursed costs paid by a K-12 teacher to earn a clear teaching credential during the first five years of work. Also, would 2) exclude from state income taxes 50% of the pay of a credentialed public school K-12 teacher for four consecutive years who teaches at a Qualified high-poverty public school and has 6 years of experience.

AB 569:  This bill prohibits an employer from interfering with an employee's right to make reproductive health care decisions.

AB 199: Requires private residential projects built on private property, paid for in whole or in part out of public funds, and built pursuant to an agreement with a successor agency to a redevelopment agency when acting in that capacity to meet the requirements of public works, including the payment of prevailing wages.

SB 239: Deletes numerous provisions in existing law related to additional penalties for the "intentional" transmission of HIV and other communicable diseases. Establishes a new misdemeanor penalty for "intentionally" attempting to infect another with a contagious disease. Vacates prior convictions for engaging in prostitution while knowingly infected with HIV.

AB 349: This bill establishes minimum staffing requirements for chronic dialysis clinics and establishes a minimum transition time between patients receiving dialysis services at a treatment station. Supporters have argued this is for safety reasons, though it is worth noting that there have not been a large number of incidents this bill attempts to protect against. The concern is that dialysis clinics won’t be able to be as flexible with their scheduling, resulting in a negative impact on patients’ ability to schedule a session. When you’re dealing with dialysis, access to which likely means life or death, it is important to expand access, not restrict it.

AB 1505: This bill would authorize the legislative body of any city or county to adopt ordinances to require that all developments include a certain percentage of “affordable housing” units.

AB 890: This bill would prohibit several types of pro-growth voter initiatives.  It would exclusively delegate many land-use changes to city councils or boards of supervisors.