Legislation

My Legislation

2015 : 2014 : 2013 : 2012 : 2011

2015

SCA 3 - Legislative Transparency
Would require legislation to be in print and posted online for 72 hours before any Senate or Assembly votes are taken on it. This bill is intended to produce more transparency in the budget process by not allowing last minute additions to be made without the public’s scrutiny.

SCR 22 - Christopher Lee Douglas Memorial Highway (Chaptered)
Would name a 5-mile section of the Interstate 10 freeway in Banning “The CAL FIRE Firefighter Christopher Lee Douglas Memorial Highway.” At the age of 41, firefighter Christopher Douglas passed away in the line of duty on July 5, 2013 while responding to a traffic accident in Riverside County. He is survived by his wife, Amy Douglas, and their children Samuel and Bridget. Douglas exemplified professionalism and work ethic for which CAL FIRE fighters are known. He was an 11-year veteran of the United States Air Force and earned numerous awards and accommodations. He worked with CAL FIRE beginning in 2004 and in 2013 was promoted to a Fire Apparatus Engineer/Paramedic.

SB 198 – Fire Tax Repeal
Would repeal the fire prevention fee assessed on property owners living in State Responsibility Areas. The fire prevention fee was enacted in 2011 by the Governor and legislative Democrats who claimed that the state needed additional money for fire prevention in State Responsibility Areas. It was approved by only a majority vote, despite the fact that voter-approved taxpayer protections require a two-thirds vote for enactment. The fee is unfair and likely an illegal tax.

SB 318 – Classroom Technology Pilot Program
Would allocate funding for a pilot program to train K-12 teachers to effectively use technology and digital resources as part of their classroom instruction with the goal of preparing students for 21st century online testing.

SB 338 – Elder Abuse
Would give more tools to district attorneys to prosecute individuals who inflict pain and mental suffering on elders.

SB 363 – Book Accounts (Chaptered)
Some contracts for certain lines of credit do not specify how much money can be sought in attorney’s fees if litigation occurs between a lender and a borrower. For these accounts, California law determines the maximum amount to be recovered. The amount in statute is outdated and no longer reflects the actual cost of attorney’s fees. This bill updates the law and increases the amount of recovery for the prevailing party.

SB 407 – Licensed Midwives; Medi-Cal (Chaptered)
Would add licensed midwives to the list of eligible comprehensive perinatal services providers that can seek reimbursement from Medi-Cal. Comprehensive perinatal services are health services which accompany a pregnant woman from the time of conception until 60 days after delivery. These services may include pre-natal nutrition assessments and support, childbirth and breastfeeding education, and psychosocial services. Currently, pregnant women on Medi-Cal do not have access to licensed midwives’ services. This bill would expand options for low-income households to access quality perinatal care.

SB 408 – Midwife Assistants (Chaptered)
Would create a set of guidelines for midwife assistants, similar to those set for medical assistants. Defining the duties of a midwife assistant will incentivize appropriate training and attract qualified individuals to the profession, therefore alleviating licensed and nurse midwives from having to assist other midwives during labor and delivery.

SB 418 – CSU Readmission Rights for Active Duty Students (Chaptered)
Would extend readmission rights for active duty military students from two to five years in the California State University System. Readmission guarantees a student can continue at the institution where he or she has already been studying after an approved absence.

SB 619 – Pharmacies
Would require the Board of Pharmacy to license outsourcing facilities and would direct the Board to conduct inspections of these facilities before issuing or renewing licenses. Outsourcing facilities are specialized businesses that compound prescription medication in large quantities, typically not pursuant to patient-specific prescriptions. Most of these products are sold to practitioners, hospitals and sometimes patients in multiple states.

SB 647 – Private Money Lending (Chaptered)
Clears up ambiguous sections of SB 978 (Vargas, 2012), consumer protection legislation that was passed to respond to problems in the area of mortgage securities that resulted in consumer losses. Since its passage, the application of SB 978 has been unnecessarily broad.

The bill does three things:

  • Saves time and resources by clarifying that real estate brokers are not required to obtain annual questionnaires from investors in years when no investments are made.
  • Eliminates unnecessary reporting to the Department of Business Oversight.
  • Brings additional clarity by specifying what the maximum loan-to-value ratio is for income-producing agricultural land.

SB 728 – Public Accountability for Higher Energy Standards
Would require the Public Utilities Commission (PUC), before raising the Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS), to conduct an economic review of the proposed changes, specifically focusing on its impact on low and middle income families. The renewables portfolio standard mandates how much of a utility company’s sales must come from eligible renewable sources. For example, if the RPS is set at 33%, then 33% of a utility or energy provider’s portfolio must be from renewable sources such as wind and solar. This bill would increase transparency in the PUC by requiring that public workshops be held before any increase in the RPS can be made.

SB 785 – Probate Code (Chaptered)
Would clarify in the Probate Code where the terms “decedent’s estate” and “estate of the decedent” refer to the decedent’s probate estate and where they refer to a trust estate, in order to avoid confusion and unnecessary litigation.

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2014

SB 945 – Social Science Test
Would reinstate the requirement that history and social science be included in the high school standards test (California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP)) by the 2018-19 school year.

SB 960 – State Board of Pharmacy Letter of Reprimand (Chaptered)
Would allow the California State Board of Pharmacy (BOP) to issue a license concurrently with a Letter of Admonishment, which is issued to an applicant who has committed a violation that BOP deems worthy of caution, but does not merit a license denial or probationary status.

SB 997 – Senior Legislature (Chaptered)
Would allow the California Senior Legislature, an advocacy group for senior issues, to change the name of its voluntary contribution fund on California’s personal income tax form from the California Fund for Senior Citizens to the California Senior Legislature Fund.

SB 1001 – Civil Action for Human Trafficking
Would extend the statute of limitations for a victim of human trafficking seeking civil action against his or her assailant to within 10 years after a judgment has been pronounced.

SB 1216 – Homeowners Property Tax Exemption
Would increase the homeowners property tax exemption from $7,000 to $20,000 and tie subsequent annual adjustments in the exemption to the percentage change in the Housing Price Index. This exemption has not been increased since 1974. 

SB 1378 – Income Tax Credit for Charitable Contributions
Would provide a tax credit for charitable contributions made to charities that provide services to vulnerable groups such as at-risk children and seniors.

SR 41 – Anniversary of Proposition 13
Celebrates the 36th anniversary of the passage of Proposition 13.

SR 52 – 4th of July
Celebrates the 238th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

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2013

AB 2 - Sex Offenders: Parole Violations
Would address a problem arising out of California’s public safety realignment by providing that a sex offender out on parole or on post-release community supervision, and who violates his or her parole by failing to register as a sex offender, would be returned to state prison to serve any sentence ordered for that violation.

AB 51 - $10,000 College Degree Pilot Program (Co-author)
Would create a pilot program for certain college majors to earn Bachelor’s Degrees for $10,000 at certain California State University campuses, including the cost of textbooks.

AB 70 - Budget Transparency
Would require the State Budget to be posted online at least 3 days before the Legislature can vote on it.

AB 124 - Repeal of the SRA Fee (Fire Tax)
Would repeal the costly fire “fee” imposed on more than 800,000 property owners across the state.

AB 326 - Cal OSHA- Work Related Injury Reporting (Chaptered)
Would bring California’s Labor Code into the 21st century by recognizing the use of email by employers in reporting to the Department of Industrial Relation’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health. 

AB 368 - Higher Education- Military Personnel
Would allow active duty military service members and their dependents to pay in-state tuition regardless of their residency status.

AB 838 - Personal Representative Bonds
Would specify that the amount of a bond required of estate executors (personal representatives) include an allowance for the cost of recovery, for heirs to be made whole in cases of misappropriation or theft by the personal representative.

AB 1146 - Concurrent Enrollment
Would allow the principal of a high school to continue making recommendations for students who meet certain qualifications to enroll in summer courses at a community college.

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2012

AB 1432 - Caylee's Law (Co-author) (Chaptered)
Would create a misdemeanor violation, punishable by up to a year in county jail and/or a fine of up to $1000, for any parent or guardian who does not report the death or disappearance of a child aged 14 years or younger, to law enforcement authorities within 24 hours.

AB 1437 - Budget Transparency
Would require the State Budget to be posted online for 72 hours before the Legislature votes on it.

AB 1504 - Improving our Regulatory Process
Would require state agencies, before implementing new regulations, to actively seek the input of affected parties in order to craft solutions that are the least burdensome. 

AB 1788 - Property Tax Exemption for Religious and Charitable Organizations
Would allow the property tax exemption provided to properties used exclusively for religious, hospital, scientific, or charitable purposes to begin when a building permit is completed and filed to enable these organizations to benefit from the exemption during the construction process. 

AB 1789 - Review of Wage Orders
Would prevent any private right of action under the Labor Code Private Attorney General Act (PAGA) until all Wage Orders provided by the Industrial Welfare Commission (IWC) under the Department of Industrial Relations are reviewed and potentially revised by the IWC to ensure the orders are consistent with current working conditions.

AB 2310 - Unemployment Double Dipping
Would eliminate the ability of a retired annuitant to file for unemployment for the loss of his or her part-time state work as a retiree. 

AB 2654 - Mining Liens  (Chaptered)
Would clarify the definition of a “mine” in California’s mining lien statute to include any quarry where rock, gravel or other minerals are removed from the earth, to ensure that contractors have a right to a mining lien when working at rock quarries.

ACR 14 - Honoring the Constitution
Would require an excerpt from the United States Constitution to be read prior to every legislative session.  A full reading of the Declaration of Independence would also occur each 4th of July.

ACR 94 - Honoring the Boy Scouts of America
Would recognize the Boys Scouts of America for 102 years of dedicated work in our communities. 

HR 32 - In Celebration of our Nation’s Birth
Recognizes the 236th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

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2011

AB 368 - Small Business Start-Up Tax Break
Would change the minimum franchise tax (California’s tax for “the privilege of operating a business” within the state) by exempting a small business from this tax for its first year of operation, and reduce it from $800 to $400 for each of the following five years.

AB 398 - Military Service Members- Fire Service Certification (Chaptered)
Would allow service members to quickly become firefighters by giving the State Fire Marshal the authority to accept certification by the Department of Defense as equivalent training to Firefighter-1, which is the basic certification required for a firefighter in California.

AB 535 - Review of CA Regulations to Protect Small Businesses
Would require a state agency that adopts a new regulation to review that regulation five years after its adoption, to ensure an accurate review of the actions and regulations imposed by government entities.

AB 541 - California Small Business Board
Would require the California Small Business Board, under the Transportation and Housing Agency, to review the state’s licensing and permitting regulations as they impact small businesses.

AB 552 - Define Community Entertainment
Would expand the definition of "community entertainment" to give minors the ability to perform in non-profit community performing arts groups.

AB 663 - Stop Voter Fraud
Would fight voter fraud by requiring a voter to show government issued identification to confirm his or her identity before casting a ballot.

AB 726 - Health Savings Accounts Tax Credit
Would allow an individual to take money from his or her 401K plan and deposit it directly into a health savings account without any state tax penalty.

AB 1091 - Contractors State License Board (CSLB) (Chaptered)
Would clarify Business and Professions Code requirements for a licensed contractor to notify the CSLB if a responsible managing officer, employee, member, or manager disassociates from a license. Previously, there was inequity between the treatment of licensees who comply with and those who do not comply with the 90-day notification requirement, inadvertently providing more time for those who do not comply.

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