Bills to Watch

Supported Bills

AB 12 (Cooley)

Requires all agencies to do a full review of their regulations to see if they are outdated, too costly, or overlap with other rules. Such a full-scale review has not happened in decades.

AB 496 (Fong)

Provides for transportation funding by requiring reforms and ensuring transportation dollars are actually spent on transportation.

AB 816 (Kiley)

Requires public California Environmental Protection Agency meetings, including subordinate departments like CARB and OEHHA, to be broadcast online and interactive to the public. It also requires them to be recorded for future access.

AB 912 (Obernolte)

Requires agencies to assist small businesses in complying with regulations. It requires agencies to develop frameworks for reducing fines and penalties based on mitigating factors.

Opposable Bills

AB 5 (Gonzalez-Fletcher)

Requires employers with 10 or more total employees to offer more hours to their part-time employees before they can hire new workers, including temporary or seasonal staff. It creates a new right to sue your employer if you don’t get more hours.

AB 20 (Kalra)

Requires public employee pensions to liquidate their investments in a company that is constructing, or funding the construction of, the Dakota Access Pipeline. With $500 billion in pension liability, now is not the time for the Legislature to meddle in the investment decisions of the nation’s premier public pension funds.

AB 43 (Thurmond)

Imposes a 10% tax on businesses that contract with CDCR for the “privilege” of having a state contract in order to fund education programs designed to discourage future criminals. It sets a bad precedent by taxing businesses just for having a state contract.

AB 151 (Burke)

Statutorily authorizes cap-and-trade beyond 2020.

AB 199 (Chu)

Requires private residential projects built on private property pursuant to a government agreement to be considered “public works.” This means that prevailing wage must be paid on private projects, which will only increase the price of homes at a time when affordable housing is in short supply.

AB 1008 (McCarty, et.al.)

Prohibits employers from asking applicants about convictions until they make a conditional offer of employment. It creates new obligations and liabilities for employers and allows for new lawsuits. It will hamstring a small business owner’s ability to quickly fill a position.

SB 3 (Beall)

Authorizes $3 billion in new bonds to fund affordable housing projects. While the lack of affordable housing is a real crisis, we need real steps to lower the cost of building homes if we want people to be able to afford them. Additionally, California has over $73 billion in outstanding bond debt and cannot afford to incur more debt – it is unfair to future generations.

SB 4 (Mendoza)

Authorizes $600 million in new bond debt, $400 million of which goes to the state Air Resources Board for environmental programs. This agency has proven itself to be unaccountable to anyone time and again. California has over $73 billion in outstanding bond debt and cannot afford to incur more debt – it is unfair to future generations.

SB 5 (De Leon)

Authorizes $3 billion in new bonds to ostensibly fund parks. However, a large portion of the money will go to fund conservation efforts, and most of the rest will go to major urban areas and environmental programs. California has over $73 billion in outstanding bond debt and cannot afford to incur more debt – it is unfair to future generations.

SB 418 (Hernandez)

Redefines “de minimus” public subsidies of private development projects, ensuring that more private projects will be required to pay prevailing wage. This will dramatically increase the cost of projects, including housing.

SR 16 (De Leon, 2017)

A resolution condemning President Trump’s executive order to temporarily suspend travel to the United States from certain countries. The California State Senate leadership continues to attack the President of the United States, instead of finding a way to work with him. With the State’s massive debt and an absurd pension system, it is vital that the State Senate does not put another funding source at risk. It is time for leadership and not showmanship. Read Senator Moorlach’s response to Senate Resolution 16 here.

SR 23 (Wiener, 2017)

Calls upon the Congress of the United States to conduct a full, independent, and public investigation of any and all connections between the Trump administration, the Trump campaign organization, and the Trump business empire and the Russian government, as well as Russian government-owned enterprises and related business interests.

Of Interest

AB 14 (Gomez, 2016)

AB 14 expands the restrictions and disclosures for political telephone calls and television advertisements. Additionally, the bill places more restrictions on the ability to earmark a political contribution.

AB 912 (Obernolte)

Recognizes challenges small businesses face in implementing state rules by allowing adjustment of civil penalties under certain circumstances.

SB 6 (Hueso, as amended 3/1/17)

SB 6 requires the State Department of Social Services to contract with nonprofit agencies to provide legal representation to individuals going through immigration-related removal proceedings. The bill allocates $12 million dollars from the General Fund to pay for the contracted services.

SB 18 (Pan, 2016)

The bill would declare the intent of the Legislature, by January 1, 2022, to enact legislation for the purpose of ensuring that the Bill of Rights for Children and Youth of California, in its totality, is applied evenly, equitably, and appropriately to all children and youth across the state.

SB 31 (Lara, as amended 2/27/17)

SB 31 prohibits state or local agencies and employees from collecting, disclosing or providing personal information regarding a person’s religious beliefs, practices, or affiliation when the information is sought for compiling a database of individuals based on religious belief, practice or affiliation, national origin, or ethnicity for law enforcement or immigration purposes.

SB 54 (De León, as amended 3/6/17)

SB 54 prohibits state and local law enforcement agencies, including school police and security departments, from using resources to investigate, interrogate, detain, detect, or arrest persons for immigration enforcement purposes. The bill is being advertised as an effort to make California a “sanctuary state.”

SB 63 (Jackson, 2016)

This bill would prohibit an employer from refusing to allow an employee who meets certain criteria to take up to 12 weeks of parental leave to bond with a new child within one year of the child’s birth, adoption, or foster care placement. The bill would also prohibit an employer from refusing to maintain and pay for coverage under a group health plan for an employee who takes this leave. The bill would authorize an employer, when 2 employees of this employer are entitled to leave pursuant to this bill for the same birth, adoption, or foster care placement, to grant simultaneous leave to both of these employees.

SB 300 (Monning)

Establishes the Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Health Warning Act, which would prohibit a person from selling a sugar-sweetened beverage in California unless the beverage container bears a health warning.

SR 7 (De Leon, 2016)

A resolution condemning possible increased deportation by the President-Elect after he takes office. The California State Senate ought to try to work with the Federal Administration and be collaborative instead of defiant. Watch Senator Moorlach’s floor speech on Senate Resolution 7 here.