Saturday, March 5, 2011

Newly Introduced Assembly Bills 2011 – 2012 Session

AB 218(Wieckowski) Taxation: estate taxes and sales and use taxes.
Introduced: 02/01/2011
Status: 02/28/2011-From committee chair, with author’s amendments: Amend, and re-refer to Com. on REV. & TAX. Read second time and amended.
Location: 02/28/2011-A REV. & TAX
Calendar: 03/07/11 1:30 p.m. – State Capitol, Room 126 ASM REVENUE AND TAXATION Summary: Would declare the Legislature’s intent to propose an amendment to the initiative measure to provide a state sales and use tax exemption for purchases of manufacturing equipment used in the manufacturing process and to use the revenue generated from imposing a California estate tax to supplant the reduction of General Fund revenue resulting from the exemption for purchases of manufacturing equipment. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.


AB 219(Portantino) California Recidivism Goals Development and Achievement Act.
Introduced: 02/01/2011
Status: 02/10/2011-Referred to Com. on PUB. S.
Location: 02/10/2011-A PUB. S. Summary: Would declare the Legislature’s intent regarding the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s role in reducing criminal recidivism. The bill would require the department achieve a reduction in the statewide criminal recidivism rate from 2010 of 20% by 2015 and 40% by 2020. The bill would require the department to adopt regulations to require the reporting and verification of the statewide recidivism rate, as specified.


AB 220(Solorio) Gang and youth violence: prevention.
Introduced: 02/01/2011
Status: 02/18/2011-Referred to Com. on PUB. S.
Location: 02/18/2011-A PUB. S. Summary: Would require the director, subject to statutory limits and directives, to make recommendations to streamline existing state agency gang and youth violence grant programs with a goal toward giving priority to grant programs that employ evidence-based practices. It would require the director to create a working group consisting of representatives of state offices and representatives of other specified stakeholders to assist in this effort, with the director serving as the chairperson. The bill would require the working group to advise the office on the task of streamlining grant programs that address gang and youth violence, in accordance with certain procedures. This bill contains other related provisions.


AB 221(Carter) The Housing and Emergency Shelter Trust Fund Acts of 2002 and 2006: supportive housing.
Introduced: 02/01/2011
Status: 02/10/2011-Referred to Com. on H. & C.D.
Location: 02/10/2011-A H. & C.D. Summary: Would require that the funds transferred to the Emergency Housing and Assistance Fund pursuant to both acts also be made available for supportive housing purposes, as specified.


AB 222(Committee on Agriculture) Food and Agriculture Fund: Food Biotechnology Task Force: reporting.
Introduced: 02/01/2011
Status: 02/10/2011-Referred to Com. on AGRI.
Location: 02/10/2011-A AGRI. Summary: Would delete the obsolete reporting requirements from these provisions. This bill contains other existing laws.


AB 223(Ammiano) Controlled substances.
Introduced: 02/02/2011
Status: 02/03/2011-From printer. May be heard in committee March 5.
Location: 02/02/2011-A PRINT Summary: Existing law provides that, except as otherwise provided, every person who possesses any of certain controlled substances, or any of other specified controlled substances which is a narcotic drug, unless upon written prescription, as specified, shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison. This bill would make a technical, nonsubstantive change to these provisions.


AB 224(Bonilla) School accountability: Academic Performance Index.
Introduced: 02/02/2011
Status: 02/10/2011-Referred to Com. on ED.
Location: 02/10/2011-A ED. Summary: Would require that between July 1, 2013, and June 30, 2016, the results of those tests constitute at least 50% of the value of the API. Commencing with the 2012-13 fiscal year, the Superintendent, in consultation with the State Board of Education, would be required to incorporate various indicators into the API, including high school graduation rates, rates by which pupils complete a course of study at an achievement level that fulfills the requirements and prerequisites for admission to California public institutions of postsecondary education, and rates by which pupils complete a course of study that provides the skills and knowledge necessary to attain entry-level employment in business or industry when they graduate from high school. The indicators incorporated by the Superintendent would constitute the other 50% of the API. The Superintendent would be required to implement the percentage adjustments to the API on or before June 30, 2016. The Superintendent would be authorized to convene an advisory committee of recognized experts to provide recommendations for implementing the requirements imposed by this bill. The advisory committee, once convened, also would be required to develop recommendations for the inclusion of multiple measures in the API of middle and junior high schools.


AB 225(Nielsen) Child custody: ex parte orders.
Introduced: 02/02/2011
Status: 02/10/2011-Referred to Com. on JUD.
Location: 02/10/2011-A JUD. Summary: Would instead authorize the court to make an order granting or modifying a custody order on an ex parte basis only if there has been a showing of immediate risk that the child will be removed from the state.


AB 226(Solorio) Unemployment insurance: reporting requirements: status of funds.
Introduced: 02/02/2011
Status: 02/10/2011-Referred to Com. on INS.
Location: 02/10/2011-A INS. Summary: Would additionally require the department, whenever the Unemployment Fund contains a negative balance, to include in the status report on the Unemployment Fund an estimate of the change in the taxable wage ceiling or tax rates necessary to return this fund to solvency within 5 years.


AB 227(Hall) Education technology planning.
Introduced: 02/02/2011
Status: 02/10/2011-Referred to Com. on ED.
Location: 02/10/2011-A ED. Summary: Would expand that list of topics to include the prevention of, and legal consequences for, cyberbullying, the active use of parental content control software, and the responsible use by pupils of mobile communication technology. The bill would exempt from compliance with this requirement a school district that, on July 1, 2011, has a 3- to 5-year education technology plan until that plan expires or is voluntarily replaced, at which time the school district would be subject to the requirement. The bill would make other conforming changes.


AB 228(Fuentes) State Compensation Insurance Fund: employee exemptions.
Introduced: 02/02/2011
Status: 02/10/2011-Referred to Com. on INS.
Location: 02/10/2011-A INS. Summary: Would add furloughs to those employee exemptions.


AB 229(Lara) The Controller: audits.
Introduced: 02/02/2011
Status: 02/10/2011-Referred to Com. on B., P. & C.P.
Location: 02/02/2011-A PRINT Summary: Would require the Controller to receive every annual financial audit report prepared by any local government within 9 months of the audit period or within a longer timeframe authorized by the Controller. This bill would require an audit conducted pursuant to this provision to fully comply with the Government Auditing Standards issued by the Comptroller General of the United States. This bill would require the audits to be made by a certified public accountant that is licensed by the California Board of Accountancy and selected by a local government. The Controller would be required to use specified criteria to determine those certified public accountants that are to be included in the directory. This bill contains other related provisions.


AB 230(Carter) Joint educational programs: middle college high schools.
Introduced: 02/02/2011
Status: 02/03/2011-From printer. May be heard in committee March 5.
Location: 02/02/2011-A PRINT Summary: Existing law authorizes the establishment of middle college high schools, which are alternative high schools located on community college campuses, and structured as broad-based, comprehensive instructional programs focusing on college preparatory and school-to-work curricula, career education, work experience, community service, and support and motivational activities. Existing law provides for the California Community Colleges and the State Department of Education to collaborate with each other and with their respective local community colleges and local school districts to ensure the continued success of existing middle college high schools and to promote the establishment of new middle college high schools. This bill would make technical, nonsubstantive changes in a provision related to the establishment and maintenance of middle college high schools.


AB 231(V. Manuel Pérez) Economic development: enterprise zones: targeted employment areas.
Introduced: 02/02/2011
Status: 02/10/2011-Referred to Coms. on J., E.D. & E. and REV. & TAX.
Location: 02/10/2011-A J., E.D. & E. Summary: Would modify the definition of a targeted employment area, as specified. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.


AB 232(V. Manuel Pérez) Economic development: Enterprise Zones.
Introduced: 02/02/2011
Status: 02/10/2011-Referred to Com. on J., E.D. & E.
Location: 02/10/2011-A J., E.D. & E. Summary: Would delete that purpose and instead provide that the purpose of the act is to help stabilize local communities, alleviate poverty, and enhance the state’s economic prosperity through the implementation of public and privately funded programs and services that stimulate business and industrial growth in the depressed areas of the state. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.


AB 233(Hall) Personal income taxes: voluntary contributions: California YMCA Youth and Government Fund.
Introduced: 02/02/2011
Status: 02/10/2011-Referred to Com. on REV. & TAX.
Location: 02/10/2011-A REV. & TAX
Calendar: 03/07/11 1:30 p.m. – State Capitol, Room 126 ASM REVENUE AND TAXATION Summary: Would additionally allow individuals to designate on their tax returns that a specified amount in excess of their tax liability be transferred to the California YMCA Youth and Government Fund, which would be created by this bill. The bill would require the Franchise Tax Board, when another voluntary contribution designation is removed, to revise the form of tax returns to provide for the designation created by this bill. This bill contains other related provisions.


AB 234(Wieckowski) Healthy food options.
Introduced: 02/03/2011
Status: 02/04/2011-From printer. May be heard in committee March 6.
Location: 02/03/2011-A PRINT Summary: Would declare the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation to ensure that all Californians have access to fresh produce and healthy food options.


AB 235(Halderman) Public records: clemency records.
Introduced: 02/03/2011
Status: 02/18/2011-Referred to Com. on G.O.
Location: 02/18/2011-A G.O. Summary: Would prohibit the Governor from imposing any restriction whatsoever on public access to writings relating to applications for clemency or extradition.


AB 236(Swanson) Income taxes: credits: qualified employees.
Introduced: 02/03/2011
Status: 02/18/2011-Referred to Com. on REV. & TAX.
Location: 02/18/2011-A REV. & TAX Summary: Would under both laws, for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2011, authorize a credit in the amount of $5,000 for each full-time employee who is either an ex-offender, or a person who has been unemployed for 12 or more consecutive months, as specified. This bill contains other related provisions.


AB 237(Galgiani) Cosmetics: misbranding.
Introduced: 02/03/2011
Status: 02/18/2011-Referred to Com. on HEALTH.
Location: 02/18/2011-A HEALTH Summary: Would authorize the department, within existing resources, to require any manufacturer of cosmetics that does not currently comply with specified parts of the federal Food and Drug Administration Voluntary Cosmetic Reporting Program to provide to the department information of the same kind disclosed under that program.


AB 238(Huber) Civil procedure: discovery: objections.
Introduced: 02/03/2011
Status: 02/18/2011-Referred to Com. on JUD.
Location: 02/18/2011-A JUD. Summary: Would authorize the party making the demand to move for an order to require the responding party to produce a privilege log when that party objects to a demand on the basis of privilege or work product, as specified. If the court, in its discretion, determines that a privilege log is necessary in order to determine the validity of the claim, the court shall order the party claiming the privilege to prepare and serve a privilege log upon the terms and conditions deemed appropriate by the court. This bill contains other related provisions.


AB 239(Ammiano) Crime laboratories: oversight.
Introduced: 02/03/2011
Status: 02/18/2011-Referred to Com. on PUB. S.
Location: 02/18/2011-A PUB. S. Summary: Would require the task force to submit to the Legislature a supplemental report, by July 1, 2013, that includes a proposal to establish a statewide body to oversee crime laboratories, as specified.


AB 240(Bonilla) Compensation recovery actions: liquidated damages.
Introduced: 02/03/2011
Status: 02/18/2011-Referred to Com. on L. & E.
Location: 02/18/2011-A L. & E. Summary: Would permit an employee to recover liquidated damages pursuant to a complaint brought before the Labor Commissioner alleging payment of less than the state minimum wage. This bill contains other existing laws.


AB 241(Hall) Gambling: moratorium.
Introduced: 02/03/2011
Status: 02/18/2011-Referred to Com. on G.O.
Location: 02/18/2011-A G.O. Summary: Would extend the operation of these provisions to January 1, 2020.


AB 242(Committee on Revenue and Taxation) Income taxes: conformity: federal health care.
Introduced: 02/03/2011
Status: 02/18/2011-Referred to Com. on REV. & TAX.
Location: 02/18/2011-A REV. & TAX
Calendar: 03/07/11 1:30 p.m. – State Capitol, Room 126 ASM REVENUE AND TAXATION Summary: Would provide additional modified conformity to specified provisions of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 relating to simple cafeteria plans for small businesses, health care benefits of indian tribe members, free choice vouchers, therapeutic discovery project grants, student loan repayment programs, and deduction for self-employment taxes. This bill contains other related provisions.


AB 243(Alejo) Labor contractors.
Introduced: 02/03/2011
Status: 02/18/2011-Referred to Com. on L. & E.
Location: 02/18/2011-A L. & E. Summary: Would require an employer who is a farm labor contractor, as defined, to disclose in the itemized statement the name and address of the legal entity that secured the employer’s services. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.


AB 244(Perea) Property taxation.
Introduced: 02/03/2011
Status: 02/04/2011-From printer. May be heard in committee March 6.
Location: 02/03/2011-A PRINT Summary: Existing law requires the Franchise Tax Board to include specified questions on the income tax returns of specified entities regarding changes in ownership of the real property owned by the entity and requires the Franchise Tax Board to notify the State Board of Equalization if an entity responds affirmatively to these questions. This bill would make technical, nonsubstantive changes to that provision.


AB 245(Portantino) Child care: contractors: electronic payment.
Introduced: 02/03/2011
Status: 02/18/2011-Referred to Com. on ED.
Location: 02/18/2011-A ED. Summary: Would require the State Department of Education, on and after January 1, 2013, to pay those contracts via direct deposit by electronic fund transfer into the contractor’s account at the financial institution of the contractor’s choice. The bill would require the Superintendent to make an agreement with one or more financial institutions participating in the Automated Clearing House to establish a program for direct deposit by electronic fund transfer, as specified.


AB 246(Wieckowski) Water quality: enforcement.
Introduced: 02/03/2011
Status: 02/04/2011-From printer. May be heard in committee March 6.
Location: 02/03/2011-A PRINT Summary: Would delete that exclusion, and, instead, specifically authorize a regional board, commencing January 1, 2012, to delegate to its executive officer the authority to apply for judicial enforcement to the Attorney General, a district attorney, a city attorney of a city with a population that exceeds 750,000, or a city attorney for a city and county. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.


AB 247(Perea) Property taxation: refunds.
Introduced: 02/03/2011
Status: 02/04/2011-From printer. May be heard in committee March 6.
Location: 02/03/2011-A PRINT Summary: Existing law requires property taxes to be refunded if, among other circumstances, the taxes were paid more than once, the taxes were illegally assessed or levied, or the taxes were paid on an assessment that was in excess of the value of the property, as specified. This bill would make a technical, nonsubstantive change to that provision.


AB 248(Perea) University of California: research facilities.
Introduced: 02/03/2011
Status: 02/18/2011-Referred to Com. on HIGHER ED.
Location: 02/18/2011-A HIGHER ED. Summary: Would request the Regents of the University of California to manage high-tech research facilities for use by the University of California and private companies for research projects.


AB 249(Berryhill, Bill) Contractors.
Introduced: 02/03/2011
Status: 02/18/2011-Referred to Coms. on B., P. & C.P. and JUD.
Location: 02/03/2011-A PRINT Summary: Would authorize a person who utilizes the services of an unlicensed contractor for the construction or improvement of residential property, as specified, to bring an action in any court of competent jurisdiction in this state to recover all compensation paid to the contractor for performance of any act or contract during the time the contractor was not properly licensed.


AB 250(Brownley) Instructional materials.
Introduced: 02/03/2011
Status: 02/18/2011-Referred to Com. on ED.
Location: 02/18/2011-A ED. Summary: Would delete the schedule for submission of instructional materials for foreign languages and health and the exception to the requirement that criteria for the evaluation of instruction be approved when curriculum frameworks are approved or at least 30 months before the date that the materials are to be approved for adoption. The bill would require that materials for mathematics be submitted for adoption in 2014, and for English language arts in 2016. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.


AB 251(Fuentes) High schools: career technical education.
Introduced: 02/03/2011
Status: 02/18/2011-Referred to Com. on ED.
Location: 02/18/2011-A ED. Summary: Would prohibit a school district and a high school from using minimum weekly attendance to reduce the number of days instruction is offered or that a pupil is required to be in attendance at school or a work-based learning opportunity. The bill would require the school district to report annually to the State Department of Education the academic and workforce preparation progress of pupils enrolled in its work-based learning or multiple pathway programs, or both. The bill would require the Superintendent to determine the minimum number of instructional hours per week that constitute weekly attendance and to calculate a revenue limit for each school district using a minimum weekly attendance. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.


AB 252(Calderon, Charles) Alcoholic beverage control: licensees.
Introduced: 02/03/2011
Status: 02/18/2011-Referred to Com. on G.O.
Location: 02/18/2011-A G.O. Summary: Would additionally permit a distilled spirits manufacturer’s agent to provide entertainment, food, and distilled spirits, wine, and nonalcoholic beverages at an event described above, as specified. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.


AB 253(Smyth) Local agencies: audit guidelines prescribed by the Controller and appointment of the Committee on City Accounting Procedures by the Controller.
Introduced: 02/03/2011
Status: 02/18/2011-Referred to Com. on L. GOV.
Location: 02/18/2011-A L. GOV. Summary: Would require the Controller to prescribe specified audit guidelines that would be applicable to all local agencies and conform to generally accepted auditing standards. This bill would require the Controller to prescribe these procedures and guidelines for counties, and uniform accounting and reporting procedures for cities, as specified. This bill contains other related provisions.


AB 254(Beall) Developmental services: Employment First Policy.
Introduced: 02/03/2011
Status: 02/18/2011-Referred to Com. on HUM. S.
Location: 02/18/2011-A HUM. S. Summary: Would require the regional center, when developing an individual program plan for a transition age youth or working age adult, to be guided by the Employment First Policy. The bill also, beginning when a consumer is 14 years of age, would require the planning team to discuss school-to-work opportunities during individual program plan meetings and to inform the consumer, parent, legal guardian, or conservator that the regional center is available, upon request, to participate in the consumer’s individualized education plan meetings to discuss transition planning. The bill would require the planning team, as part of the individual program plan process for working age adults, to address integrated employment opportunities, while respecting the consumer’s right to choose. This bill contains other existing laws.


AB 255(Wieckowski) Hazardous waste: latex paint: collection facility.
Introduced: 02/03/2011
Status: 02/18/2011-Referred to Com. on E.S. & T.M.
Location: 02/18/2011-A E.S. & T.M. Summary: Would allow a permanent household hazardous waste collection facility that is authorized to accept hazardous waste from a CESQG to accept recyclable latex paint from any generator, notwithstanding specified provisions and regulations, if the permanent household hazardous waste collection facility complies with certain requirements. Because a violation of these requirements would be a crime, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.


AB 256(Nestande) Vector control.
Introduced: 02/03/2011
Status: 02/18/2011-Referred to Com. on L. GOV.
Location: 02/18/2011-A L. GOV.
Calendar: 03/23/11 1:30 p.m. – State Capitol, Room 447 ASM LOCAL GOVERNMENT Summary: Would require the board of trustees to adopt a formal, written response to any irregularities or accounting issues raised in the audit and provide this response to the appointing authority of each member of the board of trustees. The bill would also require the district before it levies special benefit assessments to provide specified notice to the appointing authority. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.


AB 257(Galgiani) Inmate release: notification.
Introduced: 02/03/2011
Status: 02/04/2011-From printer. May be heard in committee March 6.
Location: 02/03/2011-A PRINT Summary: Would express the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that would require the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to streamline the notification process regarding inmate release in order to make that process more accessible.


AB 258(Hagman) Rabies: vaccinations.
Introduced: 02/07/2011
Status: 02/18/2011-Referred to Com. on AGRI.
Location: 02/18/2011-A AGRI. Summary: Would exempt from the vaccination requirement a dog whose life would be endangered due to disease or other considerations if the dog received the vaccine, as determined by a licensed veterinarian on an annual basis. The bill would also require a dog that is exempt from the vaccination requirement to be confined to the premises of the owner, keeper, or harborer and would require, if the dog is off the premises of the owner, keeper, or harborer, the dog to be on a leash not to exceed 6 feet in length and to be under the direct physical control of an adult. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.


AB 259(Smyth) County public defender.
Introduced: 02/07/2011
Status: 02/18/2011-Referred to Com. on JUD.
Location: 02/18/2011-A JUD. Summary: Would provide that, in addition to existing law, a person is eligible to the office of public defender if he or she is a sitting or retired judge, and as a judge meets specified qualifications, or if he or she was a judicial commissioner, magistrate, or referee, or elected public official, and meets specified qualifications.


AB 260(Cedillo) Vehicles: driver license compact.
Introduced: 02/07/2011
Status: 02/08/2011-From printer. May be heard in committee March 10.
Location: 02/07/2011-A PRINT Summary: Under existing law, the Driver License Compact requires the licensing authority of a party state to report each conviction of an offense related to the use or operation of a vehicle of a person from another party state occurring within its jurisdiction to the licensing authority of the home state of the licensee. This bill would make technical, nonsubstantive changes to the definition of licensing authority with regard to that compact.


AB 261(Dickinson) Property tax: tax-defaulted property.
Introduced: 02/07/2011
Status: 02/18/2011-Referred to Com. on REV. & TAX.
Location: 02/18/2011-A REV. & TAX Summary: Would provide that easements of any kind, including prescriptive easements, are included within those specified exceptions to the conveyance of title free of encumbrances. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.


AB 262(Harkey) California regional water quality control boards: boundaries.
Introduced: 02/07/2011
Status: 02/18/2011-Referred to Com. on E.S. & T.M.
Location: 02/18/2011-A E.S. & T.M. Summary: Would revise the description of the boundaries of the Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board and the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board.


AB 263(Buchanan) School facilities: construction.
Introduced: 02/07/2011
Status: 02/08/2011-From printer. May be heard in committee March 10.
Location: 02/07/2011-A PRINT Summary: Would state the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation relating to the construction of school facilities. This bill contains other existing laws.


AB 264(Hagman) Transitional housing.
Introduced: 02/07/2011
Status: 02/18/2011-Referred to Com. on H. & C.D.
Location: 02/18/2011-A H. & C.D. Summary: Would require operators of transitional housing to notify the city or county and residents within 300 feet of the property when a transitional housing facility will be established so that the city or county and residents have specified knowledge about the transitional housing facility.


AB 265(Ammiano) Tenancies: unlawful detainer.
Introduced: 02/07/2011
Status: 02/18/2011-Referred to Com. on JUD.
Location: 02/18/2011-A JUD. Summary: Would increase the time of the notice period from 3 to 14 days.


AB 266(Ammiano) State government: sports authority.
Introduced: 02/07/2011
Status: 02/08/2011-From printer. May be heard in committee March 10.
Location: 02/07/2011-A PRINT Summary: Would set forth the findings and declarations of the Legislature with respect to obtaining and retaining professional sports teams within the state, and state the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that will create a Statewide Sports Authority for the purposes of eliminating intrastate conflicts in the procurement of sports teams, coordinating efforts to procure and retain professional sports teams within the state, and helping to finance sports arenas within the state.


AB 267(Swanson) Employment contracts
Introduced: 02/07/2011
Status: 02/08/2011-From printer. May be heard in committee March 10.
Location: 02/07/2011-A PRINT Summary: Would make void and unenforceable as against public policy any provision in an employment contract that requires an employee, as a condition of obtaining or continuing employment, to use a forum other than California, or to agree to a choice of law other than California law, to resolve any dispute with an employer regarding employment-related issues that arise in California, and would make related changes.


AB 268(Smyth) Education.
Introduced: 02/07/2011
Status: 02/08/2011-From printer. May be heard in committee March 10.
Location: 02/07/2011-A PRINT Summary: Existing law states that each child is a unique person, with unique needs, and that the purpose of the educational system of this state is to enable each child to develop all of his or her own potential. This bill would make a technical, nonsubstantive change to this provision.


AB 269(Ma) Pupil health and safety.
Introduced: 02/07/2011
Status: 02/08/2011-From printer. May be heard in committee March 10.
Location: 02/07/2011-A PRINT Summary: Would express the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that would improve the health and safety of elementary and secondary school pupils in this state.


AB 270(Perea) Satellite wagering.
Introduced: 02/07/2011
Status: 02/18/2011-Referred to Com. on G.O.
Location: 02/18/2011-A G.O. Summary: Would create an exception from that provision by authorizing a satellite facility to elect not to be subject to the requirements related to a satellite facility supervisor if the board of directors of the satellite facility, after a public hearing, deems those requirements to be not economically feasible.


AB 271(Nestande) Appeals: class actions.
Introduced: 02/07/2011
Status: 02/18/2011-Referred to Com. on JUD.
Location: 02/18/2011-A JUD. Summary: Would add an order granting or denying class action certification, allowing appeal from the order at the discretion of the court of appeal. The bill would specify various factors the court would be required to consider in determining whether to allow the appeal.


AB 272(Monning) Health care coverage: agency: reports.
Introduced: 02/07/2011
Status: 02/18/2011-Referred to Com. on HEALTH.
Location: 02/18/2011-A HEALTH
Calendar: 03/22/11 1:30 p.m. – State Capitol, Room 4202 ASM HEALTH Summary: Would delete those obsolete provisions. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.


AB 273(Valadao) Regulations: economic impacts review.
Introduced: 02/07/2011
Status: 02/08/2011-From printer. May be heard in committee March 10.
Location: 02/07/2011-A PRINT Summary: Would additionally require the department to adopt and update instructions for inclusion in the State Administrative Manual that prescribe the methods that any agency shall use in making certain determinations, estimates, statements, and findings relating to the economic and cost impacts of a regulation on businesses and private individuals. The bill would require, instead of authorize, the department to review these determinations, estimates, statements, and findings for content. This bill would require the department, if it determines that an agency’s determinations, estimates, statements, or findings are erroneous or otherwise inconsistent with the prescribed guidelines, criteria, or formats, to submit its determinations to the agency in the form of public comment to be considered by the agency, as specified.


AB 274(Garrick) Unemployment insurance benefits: claims: right to respond.
Introduced: 02/07/2011
Status: 02/18/2011-Referred to Com. on INS.
Location: 02/18/2011-A INS. Summary: Would extend the time in which the employing unit is required to submit those facts to 30 days and would make conforming changes to other related provisions.


AB 275(Solorio) Rainwater Capture Act of 2011.
Introduced: 02/07/2011
Status: 02/18/2011-Referred to Coms. on B., P. & C.P. and W., P. & W.
Location: 02/07/2011-A PRINT Summary: Would enact the Rainwater Capture Act of 2011, which would authorize landowners to install, maintain, and operate rain barrel systems, as defined, and rainwater capture systems, as defined, for specified purposes, provided that the systems comply with specified requirements. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.


AB 276(Alejo) Local government: financial reports.
Introduced: 02/07/2011
Status: 02/18/2011-Referred to Com. on L. GOV.
Location: 02/18/2011-A L. GOV. Summary: Would also include within the definition of local agency any joint powers agency, formed pursuant to the Joint Exercise of Powers Act, that issues conduit revenue bonds, and would require these joint powers agencies to furnish the Controller with the required financial reports. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.


AB 277(Galgiani) Public Utilities Commission: high-speed rail: power supply.
Introduced: 02/07/2011
Status: 02/18/2011-Referred to Com. on U. & C.
Location: 02/18/2011-A U. & C. Summary: Would require the commission to coordinate with the High-Speed Rail Authority to determine the power supply system requirements for high-speed rail operations. This bill contains other existing laws.


AB 278(Hill) Department of Real Estate: administrative fines.
Introduced: 02/08/2011
Status: 02/24/2011-Referred to Com. on B., P. & C.P.
Location: 02/08/2011-A PRINT Summary: Would authorize the commissioner to adopt regulations that establish a system for the issuance of citations to licensees who are in violation of the Real Estate Law or any regulation adopted thereunder. The bill would require citations to be in writing, to indicate the provisions of law violated by a licensee, and to inform a licensee that the licensee may request a hearing to contest the citation. The bill would authorize citations to include an order of abatement or an order to pay an administrative fine of up to $1,000. The bill would authorize the commissioner to take disciplinary action against a licensee who fails to pay a fine within 30 days of assessment of the fine, as specified. The bill would also authorize the commissioner to adopt regulations to establish a similar system for the issuance of administrative citations to unlicensed persons acting in the capacity of a licensee. The bill would require any fines collected pursuant to these provisions to be credited to the Recovery Account and made available for specified purposes upon appropriation by the Legislature.


AB 279(Garrick) Sales and use taxes: wireless communication devices: bundled transactions.
Introduced: 02/08/2011
Status: 02/24/2011-Referred to Com. on REV. & TAX.
Location: 02/24/2011-A REV. & TAX Summary: Would limit the gross receipts from a retail sale of a wireless telecommunication device sold in a bundled transaction with wireless telecommunication service to the bundled sales price of the wireless telecommunication device. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.


AB 280(Silva) Parimutuel tickets: alterations and counterfeiting.
Introduced: 02/08/2011
Status: 02/09/2011-From printer. May be heard in committee March 11.
Location: 02/08/2011-A PRINT Summary: Under existing law, the California Horse Racing Board is responsible for adopting rules and regulations for the protection of the public and the control of horse racing and parimutuel wagering, as well as enforcing all laws, rules, and regulations dealing with horse racing and parimutuel wagering. Existing law prohibits any person from altering or counterfeiting, or attempting to alter or counterfeit, any parimutuel ticket. This bill would make a technical, nonsubstantive change to that provision.


AB 281(Gorell) Employment: compensation.
Introduced: 02/08/2011
Status: 02/09/2011-From printer. May be heard in committee March 11.
Location: 02/08/2011-A PRINT Summary: Would make a nonsubstantive change to this provision.


AB 282(Gorell) Public schools.
Introduced: 02/08/2011
Status: 02/09/2011-From printer. May be heard in committee March 11.
Location: 02/08/2011-A PRINT Summary: Existing law specifies that public schools, other than those supported exclusively by the state, are day and evening elementary and secondary schools. This bill would make technical, nonsubstantive changes to that provision.


AB 283(Gorell) Property taxation: refunds.
Introduced: 02/08/2011
Status: 02/09/2011-From printer. May be heard in committee March 11.
Location: 02/08/2011-A PRINT Summary: Existing law requires property taxes to be refunded if, among other circumstances, the taxes were paid more than once, the taxes were illegally assessed or levied, or the taxes were paid on an assessment that was in excess of the value of the property, as specified. This bill would make a technical, nonsubstantive change to that provision.


AB 284(Nestande) Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan: Coachella Valley: exclusion.
Introduced: 02/08/2011
Status: 02/09/2011-From printer. May be heard in committee March 11.
Location: 02/08/2011-A PRINT Summary: Would exclude any area covered by the Coachella Valley Multiple Species Habitat Conservation Plan from the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan.


AB 285(Furutani) Community colleges: property tax revenues.
Introduced: 02/08/2011
Status: 02/24/2011-Referred to Com. on HIGHER ED.
Location: 02/24/2011-A HIGHER ED. Summary: Would require the annual Budget Act to specify the total local property tax revenue, as defined, for community college districts upon which the General Fund appropriation for community college districts is based. This bill contains other related provisions.


AB 286(Berryhill, Bill) Streets and highways.
Introduced: 02/08/2011
Status: 02/09/2011-From printer. May be heard in committee March 11.
Location: 02/08/2011-A PRINT Summary: Existing law permits a city to lay out, acquire, and construct any section or portion of any street or highway within its jurisdiction as a freeway and to make any existing street or highway a freeway. Existing law permits a city to close and work on any street or highway within its jurisdiction for specified purposes, subject to approval of the Department of Transportation with regard to any action affecting a state highway. This bill would make a technical, nonsubstantive change to those provisions.


AB 287(Buchanan) Public officers: minors.
Introduced: 02/08/2011
Status: 02/09/2011-From printer. May be heard in committee March 11.
Location: 02/08/2011-A PRINT Summary: Existing law provides that a public officer who is a minor shall have the rights and liabilities of an adult, both civil and criminal, with regard to that public officer’s official duties, and a candidate for nomination or election to public office who is a minor shall have the rights and liabilities of an adult, both civil and criminal, with regard to that candidate’s activities as a candidate. This bill would make a technical, nonsubstantive change to these provisions.


AB 288(Fong) Public postsecondary education: community colleges: expulsion hearing.
Introduced: 02/08/2011
Status: 02/24/2011-Referred to Com. on HIGHER ED.
Location: 02/24/2011-A HIGHER ED. Summary: Would authorize the governing board of a district to either deny enrollment, permit enrollment, or permit conditional enrollment to any individual who has been expelled from a community college within the preceding 10 years, or who is, at the time of the application, undergoing expulsion procedures, for certain offenses, as provided, if the board determines that the person continues to pose a risk to the safety of others. This bill would authorize the board to hold a hearing before making the determination as to whether the person continues to pose a risk. The bill would authorize a governing board of a district to delegate its authority under these provisions to the superintendent or president of the district, or to his or her designee. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.


AB 289(Cedillo) Sales and use tax exemption: charitable thrift stores.
Introduced: 02/08/2011
Status: 02/24/2011-Referred to Com. on REV. & TAX.
Location: 02/24/2011-A REV. & TAX Summary: Would repeal that repeal date, thereby extending the operation of the exemption indefinitely. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.


AB 290(Buchanan) Target Area Contract Preference Act.
Introduced: 02/08/2011
Status: 02/09/2011-From printer. May be heard in committee March 11.
Location: 02/08/2011-A PRINT Summary: Existing law, the State Contract Act, generally governs contracting by state agencies. The Target Area Contract Preference Act requires a state agency to award a bidding preference to companies meeting specified requirements, and makes certain declarations in this regard. This bill would make technical, nonsubstantive changes to the Legislature’s declarations.


AB 291(Wieckowski) Hazardous materials: business plans.
Introduced: 02/08/2011
Status: 02/24/2011-Referred to Com. on E.S. & T.M.
Location: 02/24/2011-A E.S. & T.M. Summary: Would additionally require a business to adopt the plan or inventory for specified lesser or greater amounts of various classes of hazardous materials if the hazardous materials meets certain requirements. The administering agency would be required to make findings regarding the regulation of certain of these hazardous materials in consultation with the local fire chief. The bill would impose a state-mandated local program by imposing new duties upon administering agencies with regard to business plans. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.


AB 292(Galgiani) Apiaries.
Introduced: 02/08/2011
Status: 02/09/2011-From printer. May be heard in committee March 11.
Location: 02/08/2011-A PRINT Summary: Existing law requires every person who moves bees into the state or otherwise comes into possession of an apiary that is located within the state after the 1st day of January to register the number of colonies moved into the state or so acquired within 30 days after coming into possession of the apiary. Registration of an apiary is filed with the county agricultural commissioner of the county in which the apiary is located, or with the Secretary of Food and Agriculture if there is no commissioner in the county. The secretary also adopts a form of registration to be used statewide. This bill would make technical, nonsubstantive changes to the latter provisions.


AB 293(Hill) Vote by mail ballots.
Introduced: 02/09/2011
Status: 02/24/2011-Referred to Com. on E. & R.
Location: 02/24/2011-A E. & R. Summary: Would require the local elections official to establish a free access system by which a vote by mail voter may find out whether his or her ballot was counted and, if not, the reason why it was not counted, thereby imposing a state-mandated local program. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.


AB 294(Portantino) Design-sequencing contracts.
Introduced: 02/09/2011
Status: 02/24/2011-Referred to Com. on TRANS.
Location: 02/24/2011-A TRANS. Summary: Would reenact similar provisions, authorizing the department to let design-sequencing contracts for the design and construction of not more than 5 transportation projects, to be effective until January 1, 2015. The bill would require the department to compile data on the transportation projects pursuant to the design-sequencing contracts awarded under these provisions and to include that material in a report to the Legislature each year during which the projects are underway, as specified.


AB 295(Lowenthal, Bonnie) California Case Management System.
Introduced: 02/09/2011
Status: 02/10/2011-From printer. May be heard in committee March 12.
Location: 02/09/2011-A PRINT Summary: Existing law requires the Judicial Council to provide an annual status report to the chairpersons of the budget committee in each house of the Legislature and the Joint Legislative Budget Committee regarding the California Case Management System and Court Accounting and Reporting System, as specified. Existing law requires the Administrative Office of the Courts to annually provide to those chairpersons copies of any independent project oversight report for the California Case Management System. This bill would make technical, nonsubstantive changes to these provisions.


AB 296(Skinner) Global warming: urban heat island effects pavement.
Introduced: 02/09/2011
Status: 02/10/2011-From printer. May be heard in committee March 12.
Location: 02/09/2011-A PRINT Summary: Would state the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that would regulate the reflectivity (albedo) of pavement to reduce the urban heat island effect.


AB 297(Galgiani) Public contracts: participation goals.
Introduced: 02/09/2011
Status: 02/10/2011-From printer. May be heard in committee March 12.
Location: 02/09/2011-A PRINT Summary: Existing law sets forth the policy of the state to aid the interests of specified business enterprises and establishes statewide participation goals with respect to state-awarded contracts for business enterprises meeting certain criteria. This bill would make technical, nonsubstantive changes to those provisions.


AB 298(Brownley) Recycling: reusable bags.
Introduced: 02/09/2011
Status: 02/24/2011-Referred to Com. on NAT. RES.
Location: 02/24/2011-A NAT. RES. Summary: Would until January 1, 2013, prohibit a manufacturer, as defined, from selling or distributing a reusable bag in this state, if the bag is designed or intended to be sold or distributed to a store’s customers, unless the reusable bag meets certain conditions regarding the cleaning and disinfection of the bag and the material of which the bag is composed.


AB 299(Eng) Finance lenders: consumer loans.
Introduced: 02/09/2011
Status: 02/10/2011-From printer. May be heard in committee March 12.
Location: 02/09/2011-A PRINT Summary: Existing law, the California Finance Lenders Law, provides for the licensure and regulation of finance lenders and brokers by the Department of Financial Institutions. Existing law provides for the regulation of consumer loans, as defined. Existing law provides for the regulation of precomputed charges with regard to loan contracts payable in monthly installments, as specified. This bill would make a technical, nonsubstantive change to that provision.


AB 300(Ma) Safe Body Art Act.
Introduced: 02/09/2011
Status: 02/24/2011-Referred to Com. on HEALTH.
Location: 02/24/2011-A HEALTH
Calendar: 03/22/11 1:30 p.m. – State Capitol, Room 4202 ASM HEALTH Summary: Would as of July 1, 2012, repeal these provisions and, instead, enact the Safe Body Art Act. The act would prohibit a person from performing body art, as defined, without registering annually with the local enforcement agency. The bill would require practitioners to comply with specified requirements, including, among other things, client information and questionnaires, vaccination, bloodborne pathogen training, and sanitation. The bill would also require the owner of a body art facility, as defined, to obtain and annually renew a health permit from the local enforcement agency, as specified, and to maintain the body art facility in a specified manner. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.


AB 301(Pan) Medi-Cal: managed care.
Introduced: 02/09/2011
Status: 02/24/2011-Referred to Com. on HEALTH.
Location: 02/24/2011-A HEALTH Summary: Would extend to January 1, 2018, the termination of the prohibition against CCS covered services being incorporated into a Medi-Cal managed care contract entered into after August 1, 1994.


AB 302(Garrick) Garment manufacturing: embroidering.
Introduced: 02/09/2011
Status: 02/24/2011-Referred to Com. on L. & E.
Location: 02/24/2011-A L. & E. Summary: Would specify that embroidering done by a small business, as defined, is not included within the definition of garment manufacturing.


AB 303(Knight) Sales and use taxes: exemption: business equipment.
Introduced: 02/09/2011
Status: 02/24/2011-Referred to Com. on REV. & TAX.
Location: 02/24/2011-A REV. & TAX Summary: Would until January 1, 2017, exempt from a specified portion of those taxes the gross receipts from the sale of, and the storage, use, or other consumption in this state, of tangible personal property, purchased for use by a qualified person, primarily in manufacturing or other processes, as specified or in research and development and for use by a contractor purchasing that property for use in a construction contract, as specified. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.


AB 304(Knight) Income taxes: credits: hiring credit.
Introduced: 02/09/2011
Status: 02/24/2011-Referred to Com. on REV. & TAX.
Location: 02/24/2011-A REV. & TAX Summary: Would under both laws, for taxable years beginning on and after January 1, 2011, and before January 1, 2015, allow a credit to a qualified employer, as defined, which includes an employer of 30 or more employees, of either $3,000 or $5,000, as specified, for each qualified employee, as defined, employed by the qualified employer during the taxable year. This bill contains other related provisions.


AB 305(Furutani) States agencies: use of a foreign language.
Introduced: 02/09/2011
Status: 02/24/2011-Referred to Com. on B., P. & C.P.
Location: 02/09/2011-A PRINT Summary: Would require the State Personnel Board to review the results of surveys and implementation plans to better inform the public about the language needs of California residents and the available resources of state agencies to meet those needs. This bill would require the report to identify state agencies that are not complying with specified existing laws, list state agencies and their respective field office or offices that have staffing deficiencies, list state agencies that have deficiencies in translated materials, and present key survey results and implementation plans by state agency and field office.


AB 306(Gatto) Energy: piezoelectric transducers: study.
Introduced: 02/09/2011
Status: 02/10/2011-From printer. May be heard in committee March 12.
Location: 02/09/2011-A PRINT Summary: Would require the Energy Commission to conduct research on the feasibility of generating electricity using piezoelectric transducers under major roadways as a renewable resource, by collaborating with the Department of Transportation to establish a pilot project that would employ piezo-based energy harvesting technology. The bill would allow the Energy Commission to expend the moneys in the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Fund, upon appropriation by the Legislature, to implement this research as part of the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program. The Energy Commission would be required to report its findings in the integrated energy policy report adopted in 2013. These provisions would be repealed on January 1, 2015.


AB 307(Nestande) Joint powers agreements: public agency: federally recognized Indian tribe.
Introduced: 02/09/2011
Status: 02/24/2011-Referred to Com. on L. GOV.
Location: 02/24/2011-A L. GOV. Summary: Would include a federally recognized Indian tribe as a public agency that may enter into a joint powers agreement. This bill would also make conforming changes by repealing now redundant code sections. This bill contains other related provisions.


AB 308(Ammiano) Criminal investigations: eyewitness identification: lineups.
Introduced: 02/09/2011
Status: 02/24/2011-Referred to Coms. on JUD. and PUB. S.
Location: 02/24/2011-A JUD. Summary: Would declare the legislative intent that law enforcement officials adopt and implement the policies and procedures regulating eyewitness lineup identifications that are recommended by the California Commission on the Fair Administration of Justice in order to ensure that eyewitness identification procedures in California minimize the chance of misidentification of a suspect. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.


AB 309(Cook) Public officers: removal from office.
Introduced: 02/09/2011
Status: 02/10/2011-From printer. May be heard in committee March 12.
Location: 02/09/2011-A PRINT Summary: Would provide that an appointed or ex officio individual also vacates an office where the individual has been debarred, suspended, disqualified, or otherwise excluded from participating in federal “covered transactions,” as prescribed under federal law.


AB 310(Ma) Prescription drugs.
Introduced: 02/09/2011
Status: 02/24/2011-Referred to Com. on HEALTH.
Location: 02/24/2011-A HEALTH Summary: Would prohibit health care service plans and health insurers that offer prescription drug coverage from creating specialty tiers for prescription drugs that require payment by an enrollee or insured of a percentage cost of the drugs. The bill would also impose certain limitations on copayments and out-of-pocket expenses. The bill would make these provisions inoperative upon a determination by the department and commissioner that these provisions would result in additional costs to the state as a result of laws governing federal health care reform. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.


AB 311(Cook) Employment: labor standards: consultation unit.
Introduced: 02/09/2011
Status: 02/24/2011-Referred to Com. on L. & E.
Location: 02/24/2011-A L. & E. Summary: Would establish in the division the Labor Standards Consultation Unit for the purpose of providing consulting services to an employer or employee regarding compliance with labor standards. The bill would authorize the unit to charge a requester a fee for consulting services provided, not to exceed the actual cost to the unit, and to fund its operation from grants obtained from for-profit or not-for-profit nongovernmental entities. The bill would prohibit the division from citing an employer for a violation of any labor standard, order, or regulation discovered as a result of an employer requesting or accepting services from the unit pursuant to the bill if the employer remedies the violation within 30 days.


AB 312(Lowenthal, Bonnie) Civil rights: homeless persons.
Introduced: 02/09/2011
Status: 02/24/2011-Referred to Com. on JUD.
Location: 02/24/2011-A JUD. Summary: Would specify that homeless persons, as defined, are entitled to the personal rights set forth under existing law, and would provide that a homeless person has the right to be free from violence or intimidation by threat of violence directed against that person on the basis of that person’s status as a homeless person. The bill would also provide that these provisions shall not be construed to enlarge or diminish an existing duty, if any, by an owner of residential rental or commercial property to protect a homeless person who is present on the property from violence or intimidation by threats of violence.


AB 313(Monning) Residential care facilities for the elderly.
Introduced: 02/09/2011
Status: 02/24/2011-Referred to Com. on HUM. S.
Location: 02/24/2011-A HUM. S. Summary: Would require a licensed residential care facility for the elderly to provide a written notice to a resident, emergency contact person, and the office under specified conditions. By creating a new crime, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.


AB 314(Gorell) Court facilities.
Introduced: 02/09/2011
Status: 02/24/2011-Referred to Com. on B., P. & C.P.
Location: 02/09/2011-A PRINT Summary: Would instead require that contracts pertaining to the acquisition and construction of the court facilities to be subject to the provisions of the Public Contract Code, as provided. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.


AB 315(Solorio) Surplus line brokers.
Introduced: 02/09/2011
Status: 02/24/2011-Referred to Com. on INS.
Location: 02/24/2011-A INS. Summary: Would revise and recast the provisions governing surplus line brokers and nonadmitted insurers to make them consistent with the federal Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010, including, but not limited to, the duties, responsibilities, and licensure of surplus line brokers, taxation of surplus line insurance, and the eligibility of nonadmitted insurers to do business in this state. Certain provisions of the act would become operative on July 21, 2011. This bill contains other related provisions.


AB 316(Carter) Vehicles: theft inspection.
Introduced: 02/09/2011
Status: 02/10/2011-From printer. May be heard in committee March 12.
Location: 02/09/2011-A PRINT Summary: Would additionally authorize the above-designated law enforcement officers to conduct agricultural or construction vehicle theft investigations. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.


AB 317(Calderon, Charles) Energy: master-meter customers.
Introduced: 02/09/2011
Status: 02/24/2011-Referred to Com. on U. & C.
Location: 02/24/2011-A U. & C. Summary: Would provide that rebates do not include ratepayer funded incentives received by the master-meter customer as a result of investments in energy generation or efficiency, including the self-generation incentive program, the California Solar Initiative, and the Solar Water Heating and Efficiency Act of 2007.


AB 318(Skinner) Corporation taxes: Franchise Tax Board: tax expenditures: Reporting Transparency in Government Internet Web site.
Introduced: 02/09/2011
Status: 02/24/2011-Referred to Com. on REV. & TAX.
Location: 02/24/2011-A REV. & TAX Summary: Would for each taxable year on or after January 1, 2011, require the board to compile information on any tax expenditure claimed and reported by a taxpayer that is a publicly traded company, and would require, beginning on June 30, 2013, and by June 30 of each year thereafter, the board to submit the information to the California Technology Agency for publication on the Reporting Transparency in Government Internet Web site. This bill would require the California Technology Agency to develop on the Reporting Transparency in Government Internet Web site a searchable database of that information, as specified.

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