Bad Bills List

Also See: Top 20 Bills Worthy Of The Governor's Veto
As compiled and described by State Senator John Moorlach and Assemblyman Matthew Harper

AB 186: Effectively legalizes the use of illegal, injectable narcotics under specified conditions by authorizing, until January 1, 2022, sanctuaries for “safer drug consumption programs” within the Counties, or cities within the Counties, of Alameda, Fresno, Humboldt, Los Angeles, Mendocino, San Francisco, San Joaquin, and Santa Cruz, to permit the operation of supervised injection services (SIS) programs for adults that, among other things, take place within a space supervised by healthcare professionals or other trained staff where people who use drugs can consume pre-obtained drugs, sterile consumption supplies, and access to referrals to addiction treatment.

AB 199: Would clarify that the requirements of prevailing wage extend to successor agencies of redevelopment agencies

  • Existing law exempts private residential projects built on private property from certain requirements for projects that are defined as “public works,” including, among other requirements, the payment of prevailing wages, unless the project is built pursuant to an agreement with a state agency, redevelopment agency, or local public housing authority.

  • This bill would make the above-referenced exemption for private residential projects additionally inapplicable to a project built pursuant to an agreement with a successor agency to a redevelopment agency, as specified. By expanding the scope of a crime to include, among other things, additional officers, agents, or representatives of the state or a political subdivision, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program

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 450: This bill prohibits public and private employers from cooperating with federal immigration enforcement efforts, unless required to by a judicial warrant or subpoena, with civil penalties of up to $10,000. Imposes written notice requirements on the employer when an inspection of employment records is to be conducted. Requires employers to notify the state Labor Commissioner of any federal immigration enforcement action. Requires an employer to notify the Labor Commissioner if it intends to self-audit its I-9 files.

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

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.

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 1209: Requires employers of 500 or more employees in California to collect, organize and report specified data on any gender wage differentials of their administrative, executive or professional California employees as well as their board members. Requires that the reports be submitted to the Secretary of State (SOS) for posting on the Internet.

AB 1250: Establishes specific standards for the use of outsourced personal services contracts by counties and general law cities. Specifically, AB 1250 is a ‘one size fits all’ law that effectively bans counties to contract out for services by placing limitations on the counties’ ability to contract with nonprofits, licensed experts and community businesses for vital services. This public union sponsored basically institutes a de facto ban on public/private partnerships  and will be a devastating block to local governments’ ability to conserve taxpayer’s resources. 


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 1461: Requires an employee of a food facility that is a business organized for profit that offers meal subscription plans, as defined, who is a food handler to obtain a food handler card.

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.

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 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 49: This bill attempts to codify environmental baseline standards set by the federal Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, Safe Drinking Water Act, the Endangered Species Act (ESA), several federal labor laws, and any other laws that relate to environmental protection, natural resources, or public health, in California law in order to prevent any future changes to those laws from having any effect in California.

SB 54: This bill provides that no state or local law enforcement agencies or school police and security departments shall use any funds, facilities, property, equipment, or personnel to investigate, interrogate, detain, detect, or arrest persons for immigration enforcement purposes with some exceptions; essentially making California a "sanctuary state" with some exceptions.

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

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.

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 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.

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 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 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 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 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.