2013-2014 Legislation

Education

AB 2000 – Immigrants: Qualifying for In-state tuition (Signed by the Governor and chaptered into law 2014)
This bill will allow students to access in-state non-resident tuition when they complete at least 3 years' worth of high school credit. Right now the law requires these students, often referred to as "AB 540 students," to complete three full years of high school, along with other certain requirements.
This bill will allow an “AB 540 student” who is excelling quicker than the average high school student to qualify for AB 540 status as an "AB 540 student" if they complete three years' worth of credit or three full years of high school, middle school or elementary school along with obtaining a high school degree.  
STAFF: Christina Romero
FACTSHEET: AB2000
PRESS RELEASE: AB2000

AB 595 – Priority Enrollment for Underrepresented Students (Signed by the Governor and chaptered into law 2013)
This bill required a California Community College district to grant priority registration (after it was eliminated through legislation) for enrollment to students in the Extended Opportunity Programs and Services Program and to disabled students.
STAFF: Christina Romero
FACTSHEET: AB595
PRESS RELEASE: AB595

AB 700 – Voter Education (Signed by the Governor and chaptered into law 2013)
This bill required the Instructional Quality Commission to ensure that voter education information is included in the American Government and Civics curriculum in all California high schools. This bill aimed to increase civic participation and education among our youth in hopes that when able to vote, they will participate in our electoral process. 
STAFF: Christina Romero
FACTSHEET: AB700
PRESS RELEASE: AB700

Public Safety, Courts

AB 1547 – Domestic Violence Advisory Council (Signed by the Governor and chaptered into law 2014) 
Assembly Bill 1547 allows for the Office of Emergency Services Domestic Violence Advisory Council to continue its important work across California. The Council has successfully protected vital resources for domestic violence victims and survivors and their work must continue. This bill will make the Council a permanent part of California code instead of dissolving after five years as currently noted in the law.
STAFF: Nicole Curran Sanchez
FACTSHEET: AB1547
PRESS RELEASE: AB1547

AB 2321 – Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault License Plate (Signed by the Governor and chaptered into law 2014)
Assembly Bill 2321 will provide additional funding toward the prevention of domestic violence and sexual assault through the creation of a specialized domestic violence and sexual assault license plate program. Love should not hurt, and this program aims to increase public awareness about domestic violence and sexual assault in an effort to reduce the occurrence of these horrendous crimes and promote healthy, respectful relationships. 
STAFF: Christina Romero / Freddie Quintana
FACTSHEET: AB2321
PRESS RELEASE: AB2321

AB 1657 – Court Interpreters (Signed by the Governor and chaptered into law 2014)
Assembly Bill 1657 clarifies that California courts have the ability to provide foreign language interpreters in all cases. Currently, some read California code to mean that interpreters can only be provided, free of charge, in criminal cases and not in civil or family cases. This bill will allow Californian's who do not speak English or who are deaf to access justice in the court room, regardless of the type of case.
STAFF: Christina Romero
FACTSHEET: AB1657

AB 238 – Protective Orders and Restraining Orders (Signed by the Governor and chaptered into law 2013)
This bill updated archaic law by requiring public safety officials to enter protective orders and restraining orders into an electronic filing system instead of carrying the hard copies of the orders around with them.  This allows for police officers to more effectively serve victims of sexual assault and domestic violence when an order is violated before it has been distributed to all agencies.
STAFF: Nicole Curran Sanchez
FACTSHEET: AB238
PRESS RELEASE: AB238

Community and Consumer Protection

AB 1147 – Massage Parlor Reform: Returning the voice to communities (Signed by the Governor and chaptered into law 2014)
This bill fixes a prior law that took away the ability of local government and neighborhoods to say no to where and how many massage parlors can operate in their areas. A significant number of these new massage parlors served simply as fronts for prostitution, and often involving human trafficking.The legislation requires ongoing training in massage therapy in the remaining massage businesses creates better oversight on the businesses and returns the decision making back to the local level – where it belongs.
STAFF: John Scribner
FACTSHEET: AB1147
PRESS RELEASE: AB1147

AB 1951 – Modernizing the California Birth Certificate (Signed by the Governor and chaptered into law 2014)
This bill will require the California Department of Public Health to update California’s birth certificate to reflect our changing society. This bill will allow same-sex couples to clearly and accurately record their relationship to their child as Mother, Father or Parent.
STAFF: Nicole Curran Sanchez
FACTSHEET: AB1951
PRESS RELEASE: AB1951

AB 2434 – Government Rebates (Signed by the Governor and chaptered into law 2014)
This bill would amend the Personal Income Tax law and the Corporation Tax law of California. AB 2434 will provide an exclusion from gross income, any amount received as a rebate, voucher, or other financial incentive issued by a local water agency or supplier for participation in a turf removal water conservation program.
STAFF: John Scribner / Freddie Quintana
FACTSHEET: AB2434
PRESS RELEASE: AB2434

AB 1712 – Unclaimed Property (Signed by the Governor and chaptered into law 2014)
Assembly Bill 1712 allows for certain nonprofit organizations to claim funds that may have been left with the State Controller’s office from an old sister organization from the same nonprofit.  This bill will allow organizations such as the Girl scouts to claim leftover funds from groups that they chartered or approved that no longer exist.
STAFF: John Scribner / Freddie Quintana
FACTSHEET: AB1712

AB 1627 – Consumer Disclosure (Signed by the Governor and chaptered into law 2014)
Assembly Bill 1627 is a bill that protects consumers.  This bill will make it illegal for a group or business to charge a fee for performing a service that the state offers for free, unless the group or business clearly reveals that the state already offers the service at no cost.
STAFF: John Scribner/ Freddie Quintana
FACTSHEET: AB1627
PRESS RELEASE: AB1627

AB 1755 – Consumer Privacy (Signed by the Governor and chaptered into law 2014)
Assembly Bill 1755 will remove unnecessary costs to the health care system and state administration by improving notice requirements when patients have breaches of medical information.
STAFF: Christina Romero
FACTSHEET: AB1755

AB 1817 – Voter Registration (Signed by the Governor and chaptered into law 2014)
This bill was introduced to encourage voter participation among high school students. The bill allows students to register or pre-register qualified classmates to vote in upcoming elections. This will be key for student councils holding voter registration drives on a high school campus!
STAFF: Christina Romero / Nicole Curran Sanchez  
FACTSHEET: AB1817

AB 272 – Rabies Vaccinations for Puppies (Signed by the Governor and chaptered into law 2013)
This bill required dog owners, after a dog reaches the age of three months, rather than after the age of four months, to have their dog vaccinated against rabies at one year intervals.  This bill simply aligned California with most other states in their rabies vaccination laws. 
STAFF: Roberto Gama
FACTSHEET: AB272

AB 663 – LGBT Training in Residential Facilities (Signed by the Governor and chaptered into law 2013)
This bill required the administrator of a Residential care facility to have an additional five hours of training in cultural competency and sensitivity in aging lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender minority issues.
STAFF: John Scribner
FACTSHEET: AB663
PRESS RELEASE: AB663

Resolutions

ACR 95 – California Community Colleges: part-time faculty (Passed the Legislature and chaptered into law 2014)
This resolution states that the position of the California State Legislature is that California Community Colleges should not lower the working hours of part-time faculty and employees in an attempt to avoid the requirements of the Affordable Care Act.
STAFF: Christina Romero  
FACTSHEET: ACR95

ACR 173 - Joe Gatto Memorial Highway (Passed the Legislature and chaptered into law 2014)
This resolution designates the portion of Interstate 10 between Interstate 710 and Interstate 5 in Los Angeles County as the Joe Gatto Memorial Highway. The resolution also requests the Department of Transportation (Caltrans) to determine the cost for appropriate signs showing the special designation and, upon receiving donations from non-state sources covering that cost, to erect those signs. 
STAFF: John Scribner   

AJR 5 – National Multicultural Cancer Awareness Week (Passed the Legislature and chaptered into law 2014)
This resolution will declare the week of April 20 to 26, 2014, as “National Multicultural Cancer Awareness Week”. NMCAW encourages the promotion of policies and programs that seek to reduce cancer disparities known to exist more frequently in racially/ethnically diverse underserved populations and improve cancer prevention, detection, treatment, and follow-up care for all Californians.
STAFF: Nicole Curran Sanchez

HR 29 – Public Contracts (Passed the Assembly and chaptered into law 2014)
This House Resolution will state the California State Assembly’s opposition to outsourcing public services. Taxpayers have a right to transparency, accountability, shared prosperity and competition.
STAFF: Christina Romero
FACTSHEET: HR29