News and Legislation

  • Thu, May 27, 2021 12:57 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    HOMELESSNESS
    SB 678 – Unaccompanied Women Experiencing Homelessness Act of 2021-Roughly one in four women experiencing homelessness in the United States live in California.  Additionally, unaccompanied women experience longer spells of homelessness.  This bill would require the Homeless Coordinating and Financing Council to formally recognize the unique needs of unaccompanied women experiencing homelessness and, to the extent funding is made available, improve research, early intervention support services, and lower barriers to housing, and health resources for these women.

  • Thu, May 20, 2021 1:13 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    ELECTIONS

    SB 35– PROHIBITED ACTIVITIES: -This bill extends the distance from 100 feet to 200 for “electioneering” at the polls and adds drop-off sites for ballots and ballot boxes (in general) to the locations to which this applies.  It specifically provides for fines and/or imprisonment for attempting to place unofficial or unauthorized ballot boxes or soliciting or deceiving people into using a ballot box not approved by election officials.
  • Thu, May 20, 2021 1:12 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    CONSUMER PROTECTION

    AB 12-Personal information: Social Security numbers: the Employment Development Department.  This bill would require state agencies, as soon as is feasible, but no later than January 1, 2023, to stop sending any outgoing United States mail to an individual that contains the individual’s social security number unless the number is truncated to its last four digits, except in specified circumstances.
  • Thu, May 20, 2021 1:12 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    EDUCATION

    SB  693- Pupil instruction: GENOCIDE EDUCATION: THE HOLOCAUST-This bill would establish the Governor’s Council on Genocide and Holocaust Education and would strongly encourage school districts and charter schools with grades 4 to 12, to integrate best practices into instruction on genocide, including the Holocaust, that meets existing academic content standards and the history-social science curriculum framework.  The bill would require a study on the way the instruction is offered to assess the impact of the instruction. 
  • Thu, May 20, 2021 1:11 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    HOUSING

    AB 1075 – Planning & Zoning-Residential Developments- This bill would requirelocal government to deem a residential development compliant with its local zoning requirements if the proposed development is located on a site that meets specified requirements, including that the development is not located within a wetland or within a very high fire hazard severity zone and the proposed development is zoned for residential.  The bill would require that the development meet objective design review standards and if required by local ordinance, have inclusionary zoning.  This bill, as proposed, eliminates much municipal zoning control by “addressing a matter of statewide concern”. So, it applies to all cities including charter cities. So, if there is a single-family property zoned for two units per acre, this bill would override local zoning and allow 10 units per acre.
  • Thu, May 20, 2021 1:10 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    BUDGET

    The Governor released his May revised budget outlining his priorities.  The budget must be approved by 7/1/21 or the Legislature will not be paid. This is an incentive and with a Democrat supermajority, the budget will be approved.  The budget is $267.8 billion.  Of that, $75 billion is an unanticipated surplus caused by high-income receipts from taxpayers.  There is also a one-time $26 billion from the Federal stimulus plan.  Using surplus money to create new programs should be of concern. For example, $ 14.5 billion to create a universal pre-school program by 2024, an additional $5.1 billion for new mental health programs, 6,000 new housing units for 8,200 homeless, totaling $12 billion, and an additional $7 billion for Project Homekey.  And, of course, there is $4.2 billion for the high-speed rail, necessary funding because the voter-approved bond measure money is already allocated.  Most importantly, be aware that once started, many of these programs cannot be ended. How will they be funded in the future since future state revenues cannot be guaranteed?
  • Thu, May 13, 2021 1:16 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    HEALTHCARE:

    AB 369 – Medi-Cal “street medicine”.  This bill would allow an enrolled Medicaid provider to determine a self-identified homeless person as presumptively eligible to receive full-scope Medicaid services, known as Medi-Cal.  The bill specifically does not require an I.D. or a prior application to determine eligibility and specifically provides for billing for out-of-office services known as street medicine. With the nation’s highest percentage of homeless, the opportunities for fraud with “street medicine”, which bypasses eligibility verification and required managed care safeguards, is incalculable. 
    Status:  Currently in Appropriations Committee.
  • Thu, May 13, 2021 1:16 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    BUSINESS:

    AB 1089–Credit services organizations- This bill would prohibit a person from engaging in credit services in this state without a license and would require the person applying for a license to submit to a criminal background check.  This bill would revise information that must be provided to a consumer before a credit service contract is executed, including notice,  regarding the filing of complaints with the department. The bill would prescribe statutory penalties that may be imposed on a credit services organization that willfully and knowingly violates these provisions.
    Status: Referred to Appropriations Committee on April 28, 2021.
  • Thu, May 13, 2021 1:15 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    INFRASTRUCTURE:

    SB 662- Energy:  transportation sector: hydrogen. The existing law requires the Public Utilities Commission (PUC), in cooperation with the Energy Commission, the state board, air quality management districts and air pollution control districts, electrical and gas corporations, and the motor vehicle industry, to evaluate and implement policies to promote the development of equipment and infrastructure needed to facilitate the use of electric power and natural gas to fuel low-emission vehicles, as provided.  This bill would require the PUC to additionally evaluate and implement policies to promote the development of equipment and infrastructure needed to facilitate the use of HYDROGEN to fuel low-emission vehicles.  
    Status: Amended in Senate April 19, 2021.
  • Thu, May 13, 2021 1:15 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    BUSINESS:
    AB 1026- TITLE: Business licenses: veterans. Existing law requires applicants of various professions and vocations seeking a license from a board to meet specified requirements and to pay certain licensing fees.   This bill would require every board within the CA Department of Consumer Affairs to grant a 50% fee reduction to an applicant who has served in the Armed Forces and was honorably discharged.  
    Status: April 20, 2021 - Passed through committee unanimously and moves to be re-referred to the Committee on (Appropriations).

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