Legislation

Elections

SB 163:  Elections: residence: domicile
Provides a clear test for determining an elected official’s domicile. SB 163 would establish a clear standard to challenge the legitimacy of a voter. By simply adding the term “Legal Tenant”, there would be a clear unambiguous determination as to the eligibility of a voter.

Labor

SB 189:  Workers’ compensation: definition of employee
Decreases the ownership threshold for corporate officers and owners from 15% to 10%, reducing the number of small business that would be required to purchase workers comp insurance when the owners are employees of the business, while still ensuring that non-owner workers are being properly covered in case of an occupational injury.

SB 489:  Workers’ compensation: change of physician  
Makes necessary technical changes to last year’s SB 1160 that will allow for timely provision of emergency treatment for injured workers.

SB 490:  Wages: Barbering and Cosmetology Act: licensees
Clarifies the licensed salon professionals can be paid by commission as long as they are guaranteed at least twice the state minimum wage.

SB 617:  Workers’ compensation: provider  
Requires the Division of Workers’ Compensation to engage in outreach to high-volume medical providers with information on how they compare to their peers.  This bill would also create a study for alternatives to the current workers’ compensation fee service structure.

SB 491:  Civil rights: discrimination: enforcement  
Directs the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing to establish an advisory committee to explore and develop processes to allow county and city governments to enforce the employment provisions of the California Fair Employment and Housing Act which aim to prevent discrimination against certain protected groups.

Transportation and Housing:

SB 277:  Land use: zoning regulations
Allows local governments to adopt ordinances that would require as a condition of the development of residential rental units a certain percentage of affordable rental units.

Public Safety:

SB 345:  Law enforcement agencies: public records
Requires state and local law enforcement agencies to post their manuals and policies which are not exempt from disclosure online.

SB 620:  Firearms: crimes: enhancements
Allows a court, in the interest of justice and at the time of sentencing to strike a sentence enhancement for using or discharging a firearm when a person is convicted for committing a felony.

SB 513:  Assault and battery of a public utility worker
This bill would make assaulting or injuring at utility worker a crime punishable by a fine or imprisonment or both.

Insurance and Human Services:

SB 375:  Income taxation: timeliness penalty: abatement
Allows the Franchise Tax Board to forgive penalties for late filings or payment if a taxpayer has a history of paying their taxes on time.

SB 488:  Insurers: women, minority, disabled veteran, veteran, and LGBT business enterprises: procurement and board diversity
Codifies the successful supplier diversity and governing board diversity initiatives of the California Department of Insurance.  SB 488 adds LGBT-owned and veteran-owned businesses; extends the sunset through 2025.

SB 380:  CalWORKs: child support  
Changes existing law to allow for a family to apply for aid under CalWORKs without including the step-sibling of an aided child for the child support income received by a non-custodial parent.

Energy and Environment:

SB 376:  State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission: chair: report to the Legislature   
Will require the Chair of the California Energy Commission to appear annually before the appropriate legislative policy committees and report on the CEC’s pans to carry ou the CEC’s responsibilities

SB 514:  California Teleconnect Fund Administrative Committee Fund
This bill would update the definition of “high-speed broadband services” used in the CTF program administered by the CPUC to mean a system for the wireless and wireline digital transmission of information over the Internet at a speed of at least 6 megabits per second.

SB 549:   Public utilities: reports: moneys for maintenance and safety
Requires an electrical or gas corporation subject to ratemaking jurisdiction of the California Public Utilities Commission to report within 6 days when money authorized by the CPUC for maintenance or safety are reprioritized for other purposes and require the CPUC to include report in the docket of an appropriate proceeding and the report to the service list of that proceeding.

SB 618:  Load-serving entities: integrated resource plans
Clarifies current law with respect to California Public Utilities authority to approve Integrated Resource Plans. This bill further clarifies that IRPS are to ensure that there is no cost shifting among load-serving entities.

Education:

SB 344:  School attendance: interdistrict attendance
Repeals the sunset in Education Code Section 46601(b)(1): which increased the timeline for county boards of education in class 1 and class 2 counties to determine, on appeal, whether a pupil should be permitted to attend school in the district in which the pupil desires.

Business, Professions, and Economic Development:

SB 182:  Transportation network company: participating drivers: single business license 
Establishes a single business license for business owners that operate in multiple local jurisdictions, and require TNCs to notify drivers of local business license requirements.  This will protect drivers from restrictive financial barriers and provide the clarity needed on this patchwork of local requirements.

SB 619:  Lottery tickets: ticket messenger service  
Allows a business that is not a lottery game retailer to purchase lottery tickets from an authorized lottery retailer on behalf of individuals or groups of individuals who order those tickets through an Internet Website or mobile application operated by that business.

SB 621:  Overtime compensation: private school teachers  
Removes ambiguity in the law in order to ensure that part-time teachers in private schools receive fair compensation at the same proportional rate as full-time teachers.

SB 636:  Addiction treatment: advertising: payment
This bill prohibits compensation or inducement for referring patients, clients, or customers to any person or certified or licensed program.