BILLS! BILLS! BILLS!

 

Up to this point in the year we have been tracking/working on, more than 350 bills.  Here is an update on many of the bills that have generated the most interest from our member companies.

Please note, these are very short and quick summaries.  If you want more detail click on the bill number to read the actual language – or please give us a call/email!

 AB 1934 (Santiago D)   Planning and zoning: density bonuses: mixed-use projects.

Summary: Would, when an applicant for approval for commercial development agrees to partner with an affordable housing developer to construct a mixed-used project for which the housing will be located onsite at the proposed commercial development, require a city, county, or city and county to grant to the commercial developer a density bonus, as specified.

POSITION/STATUS: Support.  Assembly Appropriations.

AB 1978 (Gonzalez D)   Employment: property service workers.

Summary: Would establish specific standards and protections for property service workers, to be known as the Property Service Workers Protection Act, and define terms for its purposes.

POSITION/STATUS: Oppose. Assembly Appropriations.

AB 2002 (Stone, Mark D)   Political Reform Act of 1974: California Coastal Commission: communications.

Summary: Would require a California Coastal Commission member to fully disclose in writing 24 hours before a commission hearing any ex parte communication conducted within 7 days of the commission hearing relating to a matter that will be discussed at the hearing, and would prohibit a commission member or an interested person from conducting such an ex parte communication within 24 hours before the commission hearing.

POSITION/STATUS:  Oppose.  Assembly Appropriations.

AB 2093 (Steinorth R)   Disability access.

Summary: Would require applicants for Certified Access Specialist certification or renewal to additionally provide to the State Architect the name of the city, county, or city and county in which the applicant intends to provide or has provided services, and would require the State Architect to post that information on his or her Internet Web site.

POSITION/STATUS:  Support.  Passed Assembly, awaiting committee assignment in Senate.

AB 2538 (Nazarian D)   Business regulation: radius restrictions.

Summary:  Bans “radius restrictions” as a lease deal point in commercial leasing.  Make it unlawful under the act to, include in any outlet center lease for a retail establishment between a lessor and lessee, a radius restriction prohibiting the lessee from opening or operating the same retail establishment in a separate outlet center located 10 miles or more in distance from the leased retail establishment.

POSITION/STATUS:  OPPOSE.  The bill has been dropped by the author.

AB 2557 (Santiago D)   Zoning regulations: interim ordinances.

Summary: Current law prohibits the extension of an interim ordinance that would have the effect of denying approvals needed for the development of projects with a significant component of multifamily housing, except upon specified findings supported by substantial evidence on the record. This bill would instead prohibit an interim ordinance from having the effect of denying approvals needed for the development of projects with a significant component of multifamily housing.

POSITION/STATUS: Support.  Assembly Local Government.

AB 2602 (Gatto D)   Disabled parking placards.

Summary: This bill would reform the authority of an individual with a disabled parking placard to park for an unlimited period in restricted zones and to park in metered spaces without parking meter fees.

POSITION/STATUS: Support. Assembly Appropriations.

AB 2667 (Thurmond D)   Unruh Civil Rights Act: waivers.

Summary: Every commercial lease in the state includes some type of waiver for certain State laws and this bill potentially would nullify those provisions.  Would require a waiver of a legal right, penalty, remedy, forum, or procedure for a violation of the Unruh Act, including the right to file and pursue a civil action or complaint with, or otherwise notify, the Attorney General or any other public prosecutor, or law enforcement agency, the Department of Fair Employment and Housing, or any other governmental entity, to be knowing and voluntary, in writing, and expressly not made as a condition of entering into a contract for goods or services or as a condition of providing or receiving goods and services.

POSITION/STATUS: Oppose.  Assembly Judiciary.

AB 2895 (Hernández, Roger D)   Employee safety: injury prevention programs.

Summary: The California Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1973 requires every employer to establish, implement, and maintain an effective injury prevention program. This bill would, commencing July 1, 2017, require an employer to keep a complete, updated copy of the written injury prevention program at each worksite and to make it available to any employee upon oral request. The bill would also require an employer to provide a copy of the written injury prevention program, or a summary thereof, to each employee and each new hire.

POSITION/STATUS:  Oppose. Assembly Appropriations.

SB 269 (Roth D)   Disability access.

Summary: Current law specifies that a violation of construction-related accessibility standards personally encountered by a plaintiff may be sufficient to cause a denial of full and equal access if the plaintiff experienced difficulty, discomfort, or embarrassment because of the violation. This bill would, for claims filed on and after its effective date, establish a rebuttable presumption, for the purpose of an award of minimum statutory damages, that certain technical violations do not cause a plaintiff to experience difficulty, discomfort, or embarrassment, if specified conditions are met.

POSITION/STATUS:  Support.  Senate Floor (Concurrence).

SB 876 (Liu D)   Homelessness.

Summary: Would afford persons experiencing homelessness the right to use public spaces without discrimination based on their housing status and describe basic human and civil rights that may be exercised without being subject to criminal or civil sanctions, including the right to use and to move freely in public spaces, the right to rest in public spaces and to protect oneself from the elements, the right to eat in any public space in which having food is not prohibited, and the right to perform religious observances in public spaces, as specified.

POSITION/STATUS:  Oppose.  Bill defeated in committee 2-7 and is DEAD for the year.

SB 1093 (Hancock D)   SPLIT ROLL Property taxes: assessment: commercial and industrial property.

Summary: Senate Constitutional Amendment 5 of the 2015-16 Regular Session, if approved by the voters, commencing on the lien date for the 2018-19 fiscal year, would require the full cash value of commercial and industrial property to be the fair market value of that property as of the lien date, and would require the Legislature to enact legislation to phase in the reassessment of commercial and industrial property as so described in order to ensure a reasonable workload and implementation period for county assessors and taxpayers. This bill, pursuant to that constitutional requirement, for the 2018-19 fiscal year, would require only 50% of those properties that have not been reassessed at fair market value, as specified, to be assessed at fair market value, and by the 2019-20 fiscal year, would require all other properties that have not been brought to fair market value to be assessed at fair market value.

POSITION/STATUS: Oppose. Awaiting hearing in Senate Government and Finance.

SB 1138 (Hueso D)   Space Day.

Summary: Would require the Governor to proclaim the first Friday in May of each year to be Space Day, and designate that date as having special significance in public schools and educational institutions. The bill would require the Governor to encourage public schools and educational institutions to conduct suitable commemorative exercises on that date. The bill would additionally require the Governor to encourage every resident, business, and public entity to dim or turn off their lights between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Space Day.

POSITION/STATUS:  Fixed.  Bill has been amended to address concerns and our industry is now “neutral.”  Awaiting assignment in Senate.

SB 1150 (Leno D)   Mortgages and deeds of trust: mortgage servicers and lenders: successors in interest.

Summary: Would prohibit a mortgage servicer or lender, as defined, upon notification that a borrower has died, from recording a notice of default until the mortgage servicer or lender does certain things, including requesting reasonable documentation of the death of the borrower from a claimant, which is someone claiming to be a successor in interest, that is not a party to the loan or promissory note and providing a reasonable period of time for the claimant to present the requested documentation.

POSITION/STATUS:  Oppose.  Senate Judiciary Committee.

SB 1166 (Jackson D)   Unlawful employment practice: parental leave.

Summary: Would prohibit an employer, as defined, from refusing, as specified, to allow an employee with more than 12 months of service with the employer, and who has at least 1,250 hours of service with the employer during the previous 12-month period, 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.
POSITION/STATUS:  Oppose.  Senate Appropriations.

SB 1173 (Hertzberg D)   Water-conserving plumbing fixtures: CalConserve Water Use Efficiency Revolving Fund.
Summary: 
Existing law includes specified requirements to replace plumbing fixtures that are not water conserving, defined as “noncompliant plumbing fixtures,” to residential and commercial real property built and available for use on or before January 1, 1994, as specified. Existing law defines “commercial real property,” “multifamily residential real property,” and “water-conserving plumbing fixture” for purposes of these provisions. This bill would apply these requirements, as specified, to commercial real property regardless of when it was built.
POSITION/STATUS:  Oppose.  Bill has been dropped by the author.

SB 1318 (Wolk D)   Local government: drinking water infrastructure or services: wastewater infrastructure or services.
Summary: 
Current law, except as otherwise provided, prohibits a local agency formation commission from approving an annexation to a city of any territory greater than 10 acres, or as determined by commission policy, where there exists a disadvantaged unincorporated community, as specified, unless an application to annex the disadvantaged unincorporated community to the subject city has been filed with the executive officer. This bill would extend that prohibition to an annexation to a qualified special district.
POSITION/STATUS:  Oppose. Senate Appropriations.

SB 1387 (De León D)   Nonvehicular air pollution: market-based incentive programs: South Coast Air Quality Management District board.

Summary: Would require a district board to submit to the State Air Resources Board for review and approval the district’s plan for attainment or a revision to that plan, as specified. The bill also would require a district board to submit to the state board for review and approval the district’s market-based incentive program and any revisions to that program, as specified. The bill would prescribe specified actions for the state board to take if the state board determines that a plan for attainment, a revision of a plan for attainment, a market-based incentive program, or a revision to a market-based incentive program do not comply with law.

POSITION/STATUS:  Oppose.  Senate Appropriations.

SB 1414 (Wolk D)   Energy. HVAC tracking.

Summary: Would require the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission to develop a system to track central heating and air cooling equipment sales and installations in the state to verify compliance with permitting, inspection, and equipment testing requirements.

POSITION/STATUS:  Support.  Senate Appropriations.

SCA 5 (Hancock D)  SPLIT ROLL PROPERTY TAX

Summary: Would exempt from taxation for each taxpayer an amount up to $500,000 of tangible personal property used for business purposes. This measure would prohibit the Legislature from lowering this exemption amount or from changing its application, but would authorize it to be increased consistent with the authority described above. This measure would provide that this provision shall become operative on January 1, 2019.

POSITION/STATUS:  Oppose. Bill is still in house of origin and NOT moving.

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