2016 - 2017 Legislation
AB 508 – Maternal Morbidity: AB 508 Requires the California Department of Public Health (DPH) to prepare and publish an annual report regarding the frequencies of maternal mortality and severe maternal morbidity. Status: Held in Senate Judiciary Committee.
AB 1180 – Removal of Credit/Debit Fees for Utilities: AB 1180 would allow specific water corporations to establish pilot programs, that evaluate customer interest in using credit cards, debit cards and prepaid cards to pay utility bills, without requiring an individual payment transaction fee. Status: Signed by the Governor.
AB 903 – Card Clubs: AB 903 Would permit a person between 18 and 21 years of age to work in a gambling establishment in a classification that is not involved in play of any controlled game. Status: Held in Senate.
AB 701 – Updated Definition of Rape: Currently, rape is defined as “an act of sexual intercourse” or penile penetration. Other types of sexual assault—including forcible acts of sexual penetration by a foreign object and sodomy—are defined and categorized as different crimes. AB 701 expands the definition of rape by including such acts. Status: Signed by the Governor.
AB 779 – Local government: Financial disclosures. AB 779 requires local agencies to post the names and total compensation of elected officials and the ten highest-paid employees on their websites. Status: Vetoed by the Governor.
AB 1561 – No Tax on Tampons: AB 1561 establishes a sales and use tax exemption for tampons, sanitary napkins, menstrual cups, and menstrual sponges. Currently, California women pay over $20 million annually in taxes for feminine health products, which are not considered by the tax code to be a necessity. Status: Vetoed by the Governor.
AB 1794 – Central Basin Reform: AB 1794 adds appointed directors to the Central Basin Municipal Water District’s governing board and creates a technical oversight committee to perform specified functions for the District. Status: Signed by the Governor.
AB 1942 – Human Trafficking and Hotel Workers: AB 1942 requires that a hotel or motel providing lodging services in the state to train its employees in recognizing the signs of human trafficking and how to report those signs to the appropriate law enforcement agency. Status: Held in Assembly Appropriations Committee.
AB 2076 – Water and Energy Use Efficiency Certification - breweries: AB 2076 This bill would require the Department of Water Resources, in consultation with the California brewing industry, to develop water and energy use efficiency certification guidelines for the production of beer. Status: Held in Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee.
AB 2153 – Battery Recycling Fee/Exide Clean Up: AB 2153 reallocates a fee already imposed on all car batteries to fund the cleanup of contamination caused by lead acid batteries throughout the state. This measure will bring relief to these affected communities and ensure solutions to a major long-term problem. Status: Signed by the Governor.
AB 2197 – UI Classified Workers: AB 2197 is the winner of “There Ought to be a Law” Contest. This bill allows classified school employees to collect unemployment insurance (UI) benefits between school years. Status: Vetoed by the Governor.
AB 2221 – Human Trafficking: AB 2221 provides victims of human trafficking with assistance from the local county Victim Witness Assistance Center. Status: Signed by the Governor.
AB 2293 – Cap & Trade Technical Assistance: AB 2293 Creates the Green Assistance Program (GAP) to assist small businesses and nonprofits including the development of grant proposals to apply for Greenhouse Gas Revenue Funds. It also establishes the Green Business Program within CAL- EPA, to assist small businesses and coordinate with the GAP. Status: Held in Assembly Appropriations Committee.
AB 2343 – Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund Study: AB 2343 requires the Department of Finance (DOF) to include additional information relating to the economic impacts of Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GGRF) expenditures in its annual report. AB 2343 requires the report to include: The levels of investment funded on a geographic, GHG emissions reductions resulting from investments and the economic benefits associated with the investments including, but not limited to, the jobs created and salaries and wages associated with those jobs Status: Held in Assembly Appropriations Committee.
AB 2904 – Surplus Property (Accountability Committee Bill): AB 2904 authorizes the Director of the Department of General Services (DGS) to dispose of a specified surplus property, known as the California Highway Patrol field office in Stockton, California, and rescinds the prior surplus authorization of a specified parcel, known as the Employment Development Department’s (EDD) Vallejo Building in Vallejo, California. Status: Signed by the Governor.
ACR 176 – Girl Scouts Gold Award: ACR 176 commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Gold Award, the highest recognition within the Girl Scouts organization for a girl scout. Status: Chaptered.*
HR 35 – Women’s History Month: HR 35 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. Status: Chaptered.*
* Resolutions do not require signature from the governor, only approval from the legislature to become effective.