2014 Legislative Summary

2014 Legislation

I was proud that Governor Brown signed a dozen of my bills into law last year. A number of the new laws had a direct and specific impact on our district, including AB 514, which was the winning result of my "There Ought to be a Law" contest in which I asked students from the 18th Assembly District what would make them feel safer at school.

Oakland High School students submitted the winning idea, AB 514, which expands resources to students affected by gangs, gun violence, and psychological trauma. Some of the other new laws had broader statewide application, including AB 123, which will ensure that our state curriculum includes the significant contributions of Filipino Americans to the California farm labor movement.

This year's legislation similarly represents many of my core legislative priorities:

In education, my bill to make it easier for all children to attend preschool by eliminating the family fee for part-day state preschool was codified in this year’s budget. In addition, As Chair of the Committee on Public Employees, Retirement and Social Security, I am honored that Governor Brown signed my AB 1469 last month to make permanent fixes to the teachers retirement system (CalSTRS). AB 1469 establishes a plan to address the long-term CalSTRS funding shortfall to ensure our hard-working teachers receive the retirement security they deserve and have been promised.

In jobs and economic development, I've introduced a bill to establish incentive zones to encourage healthy and fresh food vendors to do business in food deserts (AB 1661). I've also introduced AB 2525 (Worker Cooperatives), and AB 2719 (Standard Pop-Up Regulation Zones) - both to assist small business owners, who otherwise would not be able to enter the market successfully, or thrive in the existing market, build wealth and grow a healthy business. And I introduced AB 2717 (Small Business Development Centers), to strengthen our SBDCs across the state as they provide access to capital and technical assistance to small businesses and create jobs in California.

In public safety, AB 1610 preserves the testimony of witnesses in human trafficking cases, ensuring that the perpetrator does not get away with abuse if the witness is unavailable to testify at trial. AB 1629 extends peer counseling services and reimbursement to victims of violent crimes, including gun violence. And AB 2411 is a key bill to preserve the intent of California's landmark sex offender law -- Chelsea's Law of 2010.

With respect to recidivism reduction and re-entry, I am carrying AB 2396, a bill designed to reduce employment barriers for people with criminal records who have been rehabilitated. AB 2396 prohibits any licensing entity within the DCA from denying a license solely on the basis of a dismissed criminal conviction. Importantly, this will ensure that prior dismissed convictions are not a barrier to future employment and productive lives.

In health, I have reintroduced a bill to require the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to distribute condoms in state prison in order to reduce the transmission of HIV/AIDS and other STDs. I'm also proud to coauthor SB 1005 with Senator Lara, which expands access to health care coverage to all Californians, regardless of immigration status.

Below is a summary of each of my bills, along with the name and contact information of the assigned staff person. Please feel free to email the assigned staff person if you have any questions or need more information about one or more of the bills. My staff is happy to assist you.

2014 Legislation

EDUCATION

2014 Legislation

SB 837 - Kindergarten Readiness Act (Coauthor with Steinberg)
SB 837 makes one year of voluntary, high-quality transitional kindergarten available to every four year old in California.
Contact: Max.Mikalonis@asm.ca.gov

AB 876 –Advancing Education Technology in Preschools and Transitional Kindergartens
AB 876 clarifies the eligibility of preschools and transitional kindergartens for discounts through the California Teleconnect Fund, requires the Public Utilities Commission to develop and implement an outreach plan to increase awareness of the available discounts, and requires the commission to give priority for advanced communication services.
Contact: Max.Mikalonis@asm.ca.gov

AB 1444– Mandatory Kindergarten (Principal Coauthor with Weber)
AB 1444 requires kindergarten to be mandatory for the state’s school children.
Contact: Max.Mikalonis@asm.ca.gov

AB 1469 – Addressing the CalSTRS Funding Shortfall
AB 1469 establishes a plan to address the long-term CalSTRS funding shortfall to ensure hard-working teachers receive the retirement security they have been promised.
Contact: Karon.Green@asm.ca.gov

AB 1902 – Eliminating Preschool Fees
AB 1902 eliminates family fees for children who attend a part-day state preschool program.
Contact: Jacqueline.Orpilla@asm.ca.gov

AB 1942 – Fair Accreditation for Community Colleges
AB 1942 restores fair accreditation practices to California’s Community Colleges, the largest system of higher education in the United States, serving 2.4 million students annually.
Contact: An-Chi.Tsou@asm.ca.gov

AB 2141– Truancy Prevention and Intervention (Joint Author with Hall)
AB 2141 enhances communication regarding truancy cases referred for mediation and prosecution so that various stakeholders can develop effective prevention and intervention strategies.
Contact: Amy.Alley@asm.ca.gov

PUBLIC SAFETY, JUSTICE, AND RE-ENTRY

AB 1271 – School Safety Plans
AB 1271 requires school safety plans to include protocols to address the mental health care needs of students who have witnessed violent acts at school.
Contact: An-Chi.Tsou@asm.ca.gov

AB 1439– Eliminating Illegal Sweepstakes Operations (Joint Author with Salas)
AB 1439 would prohibit a person from operating a gambling themed or simulated gambling electronic video monitor in a business establishment that gives cash or other prizes of value.
Contact: Amy.Alley@asm.ca.gov

AB 1517– Expediting Rape Kit Testing (Coauthor with Skinner)
AB 1517 amends the Sexual Assault Victim’s Bill of Rights to specify guidelines for timely testing rape kits and entering DNA profile information into the FBI’s national DNA database.
Contact: Amy.Alley@asm.ca.gov

AB 1610 – Preserving Witness Testimony in Human Trafficking Cases
AB 1610 allows for a conditional examination of a victim of, or witness to, a case of human trafficking in order to properly preserve testimony.
Contact: Amy.Alley@asm.ca.gov

AB 1629 – Counseling Services for Crime Victims
AB 1629 extends peer counseling services and reimbursement under the Victims Compensation Fund to victims of all violent crimes.
Contact: Amy.Alley@asm.ca.gov

AB 2396 – Job Opportunities for the Formerly Incarcerated
AB 2396 prohibits any licensing entity within the Department of Consumer Affairs from denying a license solely on the basis of a dismissed criminal conviction.
Contact: Rylan.Gervase@asm.ca.gov

AB 2411 - Preserves Intent of California's Landmark Sex Offender Law, Chelsea's Law
AB 2411 would preserve the intent of California's landmark sex offender law, Chelsea's Law, in light of recent court challenges, by specifying that a registered sex offender on probation or parole must complete a sex offender management program, regardless of when the person's crime or crimes were committed.
Contact: Max.Mikalonis@asm.ca.gov

VETERANS

ACR 127- Recognition of the Bataan Death March
ACR 127 establishes a Day of Appreciation for surviving and deceased veterans of the Bataan Death March.
Contact: Rylan.Gervase@asm.ca.gov

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND JOB CREATION

AB 600 – Increasing Advertising Opportunities
AB 600 would create a narrow legal exemption from tied-house provisions for Levi’s Stadium.
Contact: An-Chi.Tsou@asm.ca.gov

AB 611- Defined Contribution Plans
AB 611 sets a defined date for the termination of the State Peace Officers’ and Firefighters’ Defined Contribution Plan.
Contact: Max.Mikalonis@asm.ca.gov

AB 1661 – Hope Zones Act of 2014
AB 1661 authorizes a city or a county to create Healthy OPtions for Everyone (HOPE) incentive zones to encourage healthy and fresh food vendors to conduct business in food deserts.
Contact: Diego.Gonzalez@asm.ca.gov

AB 1839 (Principal Coauthor with Bocanegra and Gatto)– Competitive Film Tax Credits
AB 1839 will keep film productions in California by amending the current film tax credit program and creating better incentives for filmmakers.
Contact: Rylan.Gervase@asm.ca.gov
Contact: Max.Mikalonis@asm.ca.gov

AB 2292 – Economic Development through Advanced Technology
AB 2292 provides cities and counties with new tools to expand broadband projects that would bring high-speed communications, jobs, and new businesses to local communities.
Contact: An-Chi.Tsou@asm.ca.gov

AB 2525 – Worker-Owned Job Creation: Limited Liability Cooperative Act
AB 2525 creates a special purpose LLC - a new business entity in California - which is narrowly tailored to the needs of worker-owned, democratically-run businesses and helps grow wealth for previously underrepresented communities.
Contact: Amy.Alley@asm.ca.gov

AB 2717 – Small Business Development Center Matching Funds
AB 2717 provides funding for the state to match federal funds for small business development centers (SBDCs), which improve the economic vitality of the state through no-cost consulting and training to California employers and entrepreneurs.
Contact: Max.Mikalonis@asm.ca.gov

AB 2719 – Standard Pop-Up Regulation Zones (SPURZ) Act
AB 2719 requires GoBiz to develop model ordinances for mobile retail operations to spur their development throughout the state and making it easier for business owners who otherwise could not enter the market successfully start and maintain a small business.
Contact: Rylan.Gervase@asm.ca.gov

HEALTH AND SAFETY NET

AB 503 (Joint Author with Wieckowski) – Charity Care
AB 503 creates a standard definition of charity care, and updates community benefit requirements for nonprofit hospitals and nonprofit multi-specialty clinics.
Contact: An-Chi.Tsou@asm.ca.gov

AB 966 – Prisoner Protections for Family and Community Health Act
AB 966 requires CDCR to develop a five-year plan to offer condoms in all California prisons, based on the guidelines from the successful Solano Prison pilot project.
Contact: Amy.Alley@asm.ca.gov

SB 1005 (Coauthor with Lara) – Healthcare for All
SB 1005 expands access to health care coverage for all Californians, regardless of immigration status.
Contact: An-Chi.Tsou@asm.ca.gov

AB 1310 - Telehealth Services
AB 1310 would ensure that Medi-Cal beneficiaries have equivalent access to telehealth services as their privately insured counterparts.
Contact: An-Chi.Tsou@asm.ca.gov

AB 1822 - Streamlining Tissue Bank Licenses
AB 1822 modifies the state's tissue bank licensure requirements to better align with current practices, provide certainty to health care professionals and eliminate unnecessary costs in the health care system.
Contact: Rylan.Gervase@asm.ca.gov

AB 604 (Coauthor with Ammiano) – Medical Cannabis
AB 604 creates the Division of Medical Cannabis Regulation and Enforcement within the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC), to oversee and run a strict and comprehensive system of regulation of the medical cannabis industry in California.
Contact: Max.Mikalonis@asm.ca.gov

SB 1029 (Coauthor with Hancock) - CalFresh Eligibility for Former Felons
SB 1029 allows individuals, previously convicted of a nonviolent drug felony, who meet all other eligibility rules, to receive basic needs services, employment training and work supports through CalFresh program.
Contact: An-Chi.Tsou@asm.ca.gov

AB 1522 (Coauthor with Gonzalez) – Paid Sick Leave
AB 1522 provides that workers in California would accrue one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked and employers would have the option of capping an employee’s paid sick leave at 24 hours, or 3 days.
Contact: Max.Mikalonis@asm.ca.gov

AB 1611 – CSEA: Prior Notice Act
AB 1611 ensures that public school employees receive adequate notice of changes to their working conditions made by their employer.
Contact: Rylan.Gervase@asm.ca.gov

AB 2032 – Restoring Fairness to Civil Service Employee Hearings
AB 2032 provides that the burden of proof falls on the employing agency when a writ of mandate is brought by an employee and if the State Personnel Board fails to act during administrative proceedings within the time period prescribed under law.
Contact: An-Chi.Tsou@asm.ca.gov

AB 2126 – Alternative Dispute Resolution: Collective Bargaining
AB 2126 conforms the mediation provisions of the MMBA to those provisions of the EERA, the Dills Act and the HEERA, thereby requiring mediation when requested by either party.
Contact: Max.Mikalonis@asm.ca.gov

AB 2582 – BART Retiree Healthcare Vesting
AB 2582 provides for a BART contribution of 50% of retiree health costs for management after 10 years of service, rising by 10% each year for a BART contribution of 100% after 15 years of service---conforming the management benefit to the workers’ benefits.
Contact: Max.Mikalonis@asm.ca.gov

WORKERS’ RIGHTS AND CONSTITUTIONAL PROTECTIONS

AB 1522 Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act (Coauthor with Assemblymember Gonzalez)
AB 1522 requires, effective July 1, 2015, most public and all private employers to provide at least three days of paid sick leave to employees each year to care for themselves or a family member. Pursuant to the new law, more than 6.5 million more workers in the state will be able to take sick leave without fear of losing income, hours, or their job. The Legislature will be moving forward next year to ensure that IHSS workers are included under the law’s provisions.

AB 1611 Work Protections for School Employees
AB 1611 ensures that public school employees receive adequate written notice of changes to their working conditions. This written notice gives the employees’ representative a reasonable amount of time to negotiate proposed changes with their public school employer. Some of the issues that school employers have tried to change without notice have included start time, hours of work, and the workweek.  It is absolutely critical that employees are able to bargain for these changes which have a direct impact on their lives. 

AB 611 Defined Contribution Plans for Peace Officers and Firefighters
AB 611 sets a defined date for the termination of the State Peace Officers’ and Firefighters’ Defined Contribution Plan, in compliance with the 2011 collective bargaining agreement entered into by the respective parties. Following passage, the IRS approved dissolution of the plan, and members should be able to access their funds soon.

AB 2582 BART Retiree Healthcare Benefits and Vesting
AB 2582 provides for a BART contribution of 50% of retiree health costs for management after 10 years of service, rising by 10% each year for a BART contribution of 100% after 15 years of service---conforming the management benefit to the workers’ benefits.

SB 396 Erasing Proposition 187 from California Law (Coauthor with Sen. de Leon)
Twenty years ago, one of the most controversial and mean-spirited propositions in California history passed to prohibit undocumented immigrants and their children from accessing basic services, including going to the doctor and getting an education. Proposition 187 was eventually struck down by federal courts as it violated the U.S. Constitution. SB 396 cleans up our state codes by deleting these unconstitutional provisions and turning the page, literally and figuratively, on this unfortunate period in our state’s history.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND JOB CREATION

Boosting Economic Development with Infrastructure Financing Districts
AB 229 (Coauthor with Speaker Emeritus Perez)
SB 628 (Principal Coauthor with Sen. Beall)
AB 229 authorizes a city or county to form an infrastructure financing district to finance projects on a former military base and dedicate any portion of its funds from the RDA Property Tax Trust Fund to the district. The new law also allows districts to finance projects in former RDA areas.  SB 628 allows local agencies to create enhanced infrastructure financing districts to finance specified infrastructure projects and facilities.

AB 1839 Competitive Film Tax Credits (Principal Coauthor with Bocanegra and Gatto)
AB 1839 will keep film productions in California by amending the current film tax credit program and creating better incentives for filmmakers. AB 1839 is a smart and prudent investment in California’s communities that will grow jobs and the economy of our entire state.

AB 2292 Economic Development through Advanced Technology
AB 2292 provides cities and counties with new tools to expand broadband projects that will bring high-speed communications, jobs, and new businesses to local communities. Local communities will now be able to use infrastructure financing districts, a funding mechanism that requires voter approval, for use in community-wide infrastructure and financing projects. Broadband has been federally and internationally recognized as a key driver of economic growth and national competitiveness, in addition to contributing to social and cultural development.

AB 2717 Small Business Development Center Matching Funds
AB 2717 provided $6 million in state funding for Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs), which improve the economic vitality of the state through no-cost consulting and training to California employers and entrepreneurs, improving access to much needed capital and spurring job creation. The state allocation would have enabled SBDCs to pull down $6 million in federal matching funds. After much advocacy, $2 million in funding for SBDCs was incorporated into the state budget.

AB 600 Increasing Advertising Opportunities
AB 600 creates a narrow legal exemption from tied-house provisions for Levi’s Stadium.