Political Conduct, Ethics and Public Trust Acts of 2014
A package of political reform measures have been introduced to increase accountability and promote transparency in state and local government. The Political Conduct, Ethics and Public Trust Acts are wide ranging proposals aimed at eliminating loopholes, and reforming our political system to continue efforts to restore the public’s trust in their government.
AB 1673 - Eliminating Influence Peddling
Prevent lobbyists from hosting unreported political fundraisers at their homes and offices. Status: Signed by the Governor
AB 1666 - Penalties - Bribes
Doubles the existing restitution amounts and prohibits the use of campaign funds to pay a restitution fine under this section. Status: Signed by the Governor.
AB 1692 - Personal Use of Campaign Funds
Prevents campaign funds from being used to pay for fines as a result of an abuse of the personal use of campaign funds laws. Status: Signed by the Governor.
AB 1716 - Permanent Ban on Switching Sides
Amends existing law to also ban local administrative officials from switching sides where their former agency was a party to the proceeding in which the official was involved. Status: Vetoed by the Governor.
AB 2040 - Detailed Disclosure of Government Compensation
Expand the details of what a state or local government agency must publicly disclose concerning governmental salaries, benefits and per diem. Status: Signed by the Governor.
AB 1728 - Conflicts Stemming from Contributions
Prevents appointed members of water boards who are running as candidates from making decisions that affect contributors or potential contributors who appear before them in a proceeding involving a license, permit or entitlement for use. Status: Signed by the Governor.
AB 1596 - Vote by Mail
Requires all vote-by-mail applications, when completed, to be mailed directly to the county registrar’s office and not to middlemen or political campaign organizations. Status: Signed by the Governor.
AB 2065 –CA Whistleblower Protection Act: Legislative Employees
Would provide the same protection other state workers receive under the California Whistleblower Protection Act to employees of the Legislature. Status: Held in Senate Appropriations Committee.
Other measures Assemblymember Garcia has authored:
AB 1450 - Cyber Bullying Clean Up
AB 1450 will make a technical change to AB 256 (A bill by Assemblymember Garcia that became effective January 1, 2014) by clarifying that an “electronic act” means the creation or transmission of any communication. Status: Vetoed by the Governor.
AB 1505 Mandated Reporting
Creates a uniform standard for mandated reporters to follow when reporting instances of consensual sexual acts amongst people 16 to 21 years of age. Status: Held in Assembly Appropriations Committee.
AB 1653 - CalWorks: Domestic Violence Victims
Requires the State Department of Social Services to establish a standard, statewide notice and process to ensure that applicants or recipients of CalWORKs aid who are past or present victims of domestic violence are not placed at further risk or unfairly penalized by program requirements, rules, or procedures. Status: Held in Senate Appropriations Committee.
AB 1944 - Child Care: Bureaucracy Reduction
Continues to support the placement of subsidized 11 and 12 year old children in before and after school programs but eliminates burdensome certified documentation required of parents and annual reports required from child care agencies. Status: Signed by the Governor.
AB 2189 - Water Replenishment
Conforms the Replenishment Assessment statutory process to the constitutional requirements of Proposition 218. It ensures accountability and transparency of the Replenishment Assessment. Water service providers and other pumpers will now have meaningful review of WRD’s proposed expenses and the ability to adequately represent ratepayers in that process. Status: Held in Assembly Appropriations Committee.
AB 2256 - Process Serving/Fee Increase
Will make various changes to processing servings laws and raise the current process serving fees to recover costs. Status: Signed by the Governor.
AB 2340 Health Equity
Allows the Deputy Director of the Office of Health Equity to include on the advisory committee, representatives from women’s health organizations that focus on health disparities faced by women and girls. This will encourage the inclusion of a gender lens in both the representation on the advisory committee and the work of the Office of Health Equity. Status: Held in Senate Health Committee.
AB 2419 - Agency Shop
Allow agency shop arrangements to apply to recognized public employee organizations that represent managerial employees in the City and County of Los Angeles. Status: Vetoed by the Governor.
AB 2621 - Child Care: Inspection Transparency
Requires the Department of Social Services to post online, child care inspector and complaint reports. Status: Signed by the Governor.