BillWatch: Recent bills from your local legislators

BillWatch: Recent bills from your local legislators

Michele Ellson

Here’s a list of bills introduced by your state representatives since January, with a brief description of each and their status.

STATE SENATOR LONI HANCOCK

Scheduled for hearing

SB379, Would make it easier for charter early college high schools to allow students to spend more time attending community and state colleges; was scheduled for a hearing before the education committee on April 3. SB730, which would grant students at middle college high schools better access to community colleges and allow community colleges to strike partnerships deals with the schools; the bill is scheduled for a hearing before the education committee on April 10.

SB691, Would increase the penalties for those responsible for certain types of air pollution; was scheduled for a hearing before the environmental quality committee on April 3.

SB260, Would require review in most cases where juveniles were tried as an adult after 10 years of the sentence is served and would allow a judge to suspend or stay the remainder of the sentence; amended and scheduled for a hearing at the public safety committee on April 9.

SB283, Would make people convicted of felony drug charges eligible for welfare and food stamps; scheduled for a hearing before the human services committee on April 9.

SB659, Would allow the State Historical Resources Commission to develop standards for assessing the qualifications of archaeologists; scheduled for a hearing before the natural resources and water commission on April 9.

SB54, Would grant Alameda County an exception from the state’s pension reform law that would let county supervisors adopt a pension formula of 2 percent of a workers’ salary for each year worked at 65, for new workers; scheduled for a hearing before the public employees, retirement and Social Security committee on April 10.

SB300, Would permit the state board of education to consider a new curriculum framework and instructional materials sooner than now allowed; scheduled for a hearing before the education committee on April 10.

SB660, Would change the way funding for career technical education and regional occupation programs is distributed; scheduled for a hearing before the education committee on April 10.

SB396, Would bar larger gun magazines altered to accept no more than 10 rounds of ammunition; scheduled for a hearing before the public safety committee on April 16.

SB692, Would expand local governments’ ability to raise money in community facilities districts; scheduled for a hearing before the governance and finance committee on April 17.

SCA11, Would lower the required vote for passage of special taxes from two-thirds to 55 percent; scheduled for a hearing before the governance and finance committee on may 8.

Introduced

SB210, Would allow judges to decide whether people facing certain felony charges could be released from jail pre-trial without bail; awaiting a hearing at the public safety committee.

SB438, Would state the intent of the Legislature to recognize the importance of the Division of Occupational Safety and Health of the Department of Industrial Relations’ enforcement inspections; referred to the rules committee.

SB513, Would halve the amount of affordable housing required to be built as part of projects in cities and counties participating in the Transit Priority Project Program; referred to the transportation and housing committee.

SB254, Would require mattress manufacturers to create a recycling program for used mattresses; referred to the committee on environmental quality.

SB257, Would declare the intent of the Legislature to “address the issue of coastal physical adaptations to climate change.” Referred to rules committee.

SB259, Would increase protections for graduate student employees; referred to public employment and retirement committee.

SB279, Would set rules making it easier for the San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority to hold regional elections; re-referred to rules committee.

ASSEMBLYMAN ROB BONTA

Passed committee

AB123, Would require public school instruction on the contributions of Filipino Americans to the farm labor movement; passed education committee 6-0; headed to appropriations committee.

AJR7, Expresses state Legislature’s opposition to Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid cuts and asks President Obama not to include such cuts in legislation to reduce the federal deficit; passed aging and long-term care committee 5-2.

Scheduled for hearing

AB689, Would require acute care hospitals to offer flu vaccines to most patients at discharge between October 1 and April 1 except in cases of national shortage; amended and re-referred to the health committee, where a hearing was scheduled for April 2.

AB999, Would require the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to develop a five-year plan to make condoms available in prisons; amended and re-referred to the public safety committee, where a hearing is scheduled for April 9.

AB1271, Would establish a loan repayment program for business school students who create businesses that employ residents of economically impacted areas; amended and re-referred to higher education committee, where a hearing is scheduled for April 9.

AB600, Would change the circumstances under which intermodal marine equipment providers or marine terminal operators
could charge fees or sanction truckers; amended and re-referred to the committee on transportation, where a hearing is scheduled for April 15.

AB408, Would allow for the appointment of candidates for municipal utility district boards if one or fewer people plan to run for the seats; a hearing at the local government committee is set for April 17.

AB1282, Would increase the value of gifts or donations credit unions are permitted to give by $5,000; amended and re-referred to the banking and finance committee, where a hearing is scheduled for April 22.

AB537, Would allow local agencies, school districts and public employee unions to unilaterally seek mediation during contract negotiations and could provide state funding to pay for mediation; a hearing at the public employees, retirement and Social Security committee is scheduled for April 24.

Introduced

AB59, Would allow school districts to charge classes of taxpayers uniformly and would specifically allow Alameda Unified’s former Measure H tax to stand as written; sent to committee on revenue and taxation.

AB174, Would create and fund a grant program to address mental health and other needs of students impacted by trauma; amended, re-referred to committee on health.

AB180, Would allow the City of Oakland to create and enforce regulations on the licensing of firearms that is stricter than the state’s; amended and re-referred to public safety committee. AB187, Would tax retailers who sell ammunition and place the proceeds in a new fund to support public safety programs in high-crime areas; amended and re-referred to committee on public safety. AB1020 would require the state attorney general send a letter to gun purchasers informing them of laws related to safe storage and trafficking; referred to public safety committee.

AB514, Would expand the list of support resources to be posted on school district websites to include gangs, gun violence and psychological trauma; amended, re-referred to committee on education.

AB817, Would allow green card holders to register voters and serve as precinct board members; referred to elections and redistricting committee.

AB876, Would restructure an existing telecommunications fund for schools, community colleges, libraries, hospitals, health clinics, and community organizations to prioritize high-quality communications services over legacy services; referred to committee on utilities and commerce.

AB966, States “the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that would amend the Government Code.” Introduced.

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