CA Bills 2016

California State bills in the works so far in 2016:

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State reps on the Senate Transportation and Housing Committees:

State Assembly Committee on Transportation

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Bill that may effect small businesses:

SB39 Senator Pavley, High-Occupancy Vehicle Lanes – Increases the number of vehicle identifiers that the DMV is authorized to issue for HOV lane usage to an unspecified amount. Sent to Appropriations with an urgent request to pass and to take effect immediately.

SB364 – Senator Leno – Amendments to State Law to Return Local Control Over the Ellis Act – to prevent real estate speculation and abuse of no-fault evictions. Sent to Transportation and Housing CommitteeLost by one vote in 2015. Send letters to Leno, Chiu and Ting, It is back for consideration. Died in Committee.

SB443 – Senator Mitchell- to help stop law enforcement officers from legally robbing innocent people through a practice called Civil Asset Forfeiture. Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 1:30 p.m.

SB681 – Senator Hill, Vehicle Right Turn Violations. amends fee violations for not coming to a complete stop when turning right at a stop sign to $35. Failure to stop when not turning is still $100. in the Transportation Committee. Passed out of Committee. Re-referred to Com. on APPR

SB734 – Senator Galgiani, Environmental quality: Jobs and Economic Improvement Through Environmental Leadership Act of 2011. Chaptered by Secretary of State. Chapter 210, Statutes of 2016.

SB810 – Senator Hill, state highway routes 1 and 187.

SB824 – Senator Beall, Low Carbon Transit Operations Program – use of funds. Assembly amendments concurred in. (Ayes 25. Noes 10.) Ordered to engrossing and enrolling

SB876 – Senator Liu, relating to homelessness. will ensure that all Californians have the right to sit, lie down, sleep, pray, and share food in public space without the threat of citation or arrest. In Sen Transportation and Housing Committee.

SB-881 – Senator Hertzberg, Vehicles: violations: payment of fines and bail, passed Senate, Ordered to engrossing and presented to the Governor.

SB1053 – Senator Leno, An act to amend Section 12955 of the Government Code, relating to housing discrimination. (Section 8 housing). Read 2/ 17/2016.

SB1069 – Senators Wieckowski and Atkins, Land use: authorizes a local agency to provide by ordinance for the creation of 2nd units in single-family and multifamily residential zones, as specified. Appropriations Comm.

SB1102 – Senator McGuire, Local Government Revenue and Taxation Code, relating to hosting platforms. Appropriations Comm.

SB1141 – Senator Moorlach, A 5-year pilot project to shift highway maintenance from Caltrans to 2 counties (1 north, 1 south). In Senate Transportation and Housing Comm.

SB1190 – Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson, (D-Santa Barbara) would ban private meetings between coastal commissioners and those who want to lobby for or against any given project. Passed in the Senate. Assembly Appropriations Comm.

SB1286 – Senator Leno, will allow greater public access to police records related to serious use of force and sustained charges of misconduct. Amended, Comm.on Appr.

SB1317 – Senator Wonk, Aquifer Protection Act, requires a city or county overlying a basin designated as a high- or medium-priority basin to establish a process by July 1, 2017 for the issuance of a conditional use permit for the development of a groundwater extraction facility. Sen Governance and Finance Comm.

SB1462 – Senator Huff, Principal coauthors: Assembly Members Gatto and Lackey, Driving under the influence: drug testing. This bill would authorize an officer to use a preliminary oral fluid screening test as an investigatory tool to establish reasonable cause to believe the person was driving under the influence of drugs. Public Safety Comm.

AB61 – Assembly Member Allen, Shuttle services: loading and unloading of passengers. would allow districts to decide when to allow non-pulbic transit services to park in public bus stops. In the Transportation Committee. From committee: Without further action pursuant to Joint Rule 62(a).” – MOVED TO: AB1641

AB 650 – Assembly Member Low, Public Utilities Commission: regulation of taxicabs,
This bill would enact the Taxicab Transportation Services Act and regulate taxicab transportation services through the state Public Utilities Commission (PUC), repealing provisions for cities and counties to regulate taxicabs, but authorizing airports to continue to regulate the provision of taxicab services to and from airports. Enrolled and presented to the Governor. GOVERNOR VETOED IT!

AB700 –  Assembly Members Gomez and Levine, Political Reform Act of 1974: campaign disclosures. “From committee: 2/3rd not met. Reconsidered.

AB1500 – Assembly Member Atkins,State highways: relinquishment: Route 75. Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 4:30 p.m.

AB1550Assembly Member Gomez, Greenhouse gases: investment plan: disadvantaged communities

AB1574 – Assembly Member Chiu, Authorizing DMV and PUC to oversee private passenger carriers. Ordered to inactive file at the request of Senator Hill

AB1591 – Assembly Member Frazier, Transportation funding bill

AB1592 – Assembly Member Bonilla, Autonomous vehicles: pilot project – Contra Costa Transportation Authority is authorized to conduct a pilot project for the testing of autonomous vehicles that are not equipped with a steering wheel, a brake pedal, an accelerator, or an operator inside the vehicle… Enrolled, presented to the Governor at 12 p.m.

AB1641 – Assembly Member Allen, Shuttle services: loading and unloading of passengers. An act to amend Section 22500.5 of the Vehicle Code, relating to shuttle services, and declaring the urgency thereof, to take effect immediately. (Committee on Transp.  2/3rd majority needed.)

AB1717 – Assembly Member Hadley, Greenhouse gas reduction fund appropriations. 25% must go to disadvantaged communities, (local transit programs). Transportation Committee.

AB1886McCarty. California Environmental Quality Act: transit priority projects. Provides for limited CEQA review or exempts from its requirements transit priority projects be within 1/2 mile of a major transit stop or high-quality transit corridor included in a regional transportation plan .In Senate environmental quality Committee.

AB 2299 – Assembly Member Bloom, Land use: authorizes a local agency to provide by ordinance for the creation of 2nd units in single-family and multifamily residential zones, as specified. Enrolled and presented to the Governor.

AB 2356 – Assembly Member Gomez, would change the CEQA law in a way that would allow a city to allow infill planning to avoid honest scrutiny and disclosure now required by CEQA reviews by exempting them. Natural Resources Comm.

AB2501 – Assembly Members Bloom and Low, Housing: density bonuses, speeds up process for developer, Amended and sent to the To Engrossing and Enrolling.”

AB2502 – Assembly Members Mullin and Chiu, and use: zoning regulations, would allow local governments to make inclusionary housing requirements in multi-family developments, Assembley Housing and Community Development Comm.

AB2602 Assemblymember Mike Gatto, bill that would require some people with disabled parking permits to pay. The theory is that if you make parking expensive enough everyone will quit driving. Killed in Appropriations Committee.

AB 2734 Assemblymer Atkins, Local Control Affordable Housing Act, bill would allocate left-over state redevelopment funds to local governments. Appropriations Committee.

ABX1-18 – Assembly Member Linder, would limit uses of Vehicle weight fees.

ABX1-25 – Assembly Member Allen, Shuttle services: loading and unloading of passengers. An act to amend Section 22500.5 of the Vehicle Code, relating to shuttle services, and declaring the urgency thereof, to take effect immediately. (Committee on Transp. May be heard in committee February 11.)