2017-2018 Legislation

AB 9 – No Tax on Tampons. AB 9 would eliminate the sales tax on menstrual products and take a step forward for gender equity. Status: Held in Assembly Approps.

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AB 10 - Tampon Access in Shelters and Schools. Requires a Title 1 public school maintaining grades 6-thru 12 , to stock 50% of the school’s restrooms with feminine hygiene products. The bill also prohibits a public school from charging for any menstrual products provided to pupils. Status: Signed by Governor.

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AB 247 – Lead Advisory Committee.  Creates a statewide taskforce to review and advise state agencies regarding policies and procedures to reduce lead poisoning. The task force was recommended by the IRP as a way to improve DTSC, it is imperative that state agencies work together to share information on lead due to the negative health issues caused by lead. Status: Vetoed by the Governor.

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AB 274 – Tax on Processed Snacks and Candy. A companion measure to ACA 2, defines what products can be taxed for purposes. Status: Held in Assembly Rev & Tax Committee. 

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AB 378 – Post 2020.  Requires the Air Resources Board (ARB) to account for the social costs of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions. Also authorizes the ARB to continue using a carbon-pricing market mechanism to the meet the statewide GHG reduction target established by SB 32. Addresses equity issues that still persist in disadvantaged communities by requiring the ARB to adopt an effective and equitable mix of measures, and ensure that these measures support achieving air quality and other public health goals. Status: Assembly Floor-Failed Passage.

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AB 582 – Defeat Device Detection.  Directs the Air Resources Board (ARB) to enhance their new motor vehicle emission testing program to include more real-world condition testing.  Also gives ARB the ability to secure additional funding to perform more independent testing, keeping the ARB at the forefront of protecting California’s air from deceitful polluters who install devices to circumventing emission regulations and testing. Status: Held in Senate Appropriations Committee.

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AB 617 – Air Quality.  AB 617 balances the global focus and flexibility of the cap and trade extension with real measures that will improve air quality in our communities. It addresses air pollution from the large facilities in cap and trade, other stationary sources, mobile sources and contains real targets, deadlines, and enforcement. Status: Signed by Governor.

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AB 804 – Auditing of Internal Controls. This bill allows State Controller to audit any local agency for purposes of determining whether the agency's internal controls are adequate to detect and prevent financial errors and fraud. Status: Signed by Governor.

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AB 1033 - Stealthing. Defines the nonconsensual intentional removal of a condom prior to, or during sexual intercourse as sexual battery. Status: Held in Senate Appropriations.

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AB 1132 – Air Quality Management Districts. Gives air pollution control districts authority similar to what other environmental agencies already have to address an imminent and substantial endangerment to public health or the environment.  It authorizes an air pollution control officer to issue a temporary order requiring a facility to cease whatever operations are causing the imminent and substantial endangerment, until a full hearing can be held before the district’s hearing board. Status: Signed by Governor.

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AB 1305 – Worthless Accounts. AB 1305 deletes certain provisions of the sales and use tax law so that in the case of worthless accounts, lenders would no longer be entitled to a deduction or refund of the sales and use tax previously reported and paid by a retailer, allowing the State to keep the approximately $74.8 million annually that the BOE collects from these “worthless” accounts. Status: Held in Assembly Rev & Tax Committee.

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AB 1411 – Rancho Los Amigos Rehabilitation Center. Designates Rancho Los Amigos as a rehabilitation innovation center. The Rehabilitation Innovation Center designation recognizes an inpatient rehabilitation research center that has particular expertise in treating patients with the most complex rehabilitation needs. AB 1411 was the winning submission in annual “There Ought to be a Law” contest. Status: Signed by Governor.

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AB 1558 – Los Angeles River Rangers. Requires development of a Los Angeles River Ranger Program, drawing together all the governments with jurisdiction over the River.  The River’s two state conservancies – Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy and the Rivers & Mountains Conservancy – would lead the program’s development with other state and local agencies.  The plan would be delivered by June 30, 2018. Status: Signed by Governor.

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AB 1663 – Technical fix of AB 2153. Since passage of AB 2153 (Lead Acid Battery Fee Bill) in 2016, the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA) (formerly Board of Equalization (BOE)) has been working on regulations to implement the fee collection. A number of technical problems were identified that this bill attempts to fix. Status: Held in Assembly Appropriations Committee.

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ACA 2 – Tax on Processed Snacks and Candy. Reinstitutes a tax on processed snack foods and candy to encourage reduced consumption of food that contributes to obesity and other health problems. The tax is projected to generate $900 million, yearly for the general and local funds and will help fund health services and programs to promote healthy eating & lifestyles, particularly for children and families living in poverty. Status: Held in Assembly Rev & Tax Committee.

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HR 9 – Women’s History Month. Proclaims the month of March 2016 as Women's History Month and joins the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls in honoring the contributions of women.

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ACR 74 – California Physical Education Week.  Proclaims of May 1-7, 2017 as California Physical Education Week. Status: Chaptered.

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ACR 129 – Civic Engagement. Recognize the importance of civic engagement across the State of California. Status: Chaptered.

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ACR 131 – Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day. Proclaims October 13, 2017, as Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day, and requests the citizens of California, on that day, to become informed and aware of metastatic breast cancer. Status: Chaptered.

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* Resolutions do not require signature from the governor, only approval from the legislature to become effective.