This Year’s Legislative Victories
AB 700 (2015-16) and AB 14 (2017-18) The California Disclose Act - Campaign Disclosure Reform
The California Disclose Act would increase campaign finance transparency by making it easier for voters to understand when powerful corporate interests are backing a ballot measure or Political Action Committee. Specifically, the Disclose Act requires the plain language disclosure of the top three funders of any PAC or ballot measure committee, regardless of how many layers of front committees they try to hide behind.
The measure was designed to shine light on Dark Money and require the true funders of political ads to be disclosed on the ads themselves. AB 700 failed passage on the last night of the 2015-16 session, despite overwhelming support from the public, including petition signatures from more than 106,000 Californians. AB 14 has been introduced in the new legislative session.
AB 2000 (2013-14) - Immigrants: Qualifying for In-State Tuition
This measure increases access to higher education for students who are new to California. Specifically, AB 2000 eliminates bureaucratic hurdles for students who are new to California to access in-state (but non-resident) tuition after completing 3 years’ worth of high school credit.
AB 1147 (2013-14) - Empowering Neighborhoods: Massage Parlor Reform
This bill allows local governments and neighborhoods to spell out how massage parlors can operate in their areas. A significant number of massage parlors serve 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 decision-making back to the local level – where it belongs.
AB 908 (2015-16) – Paid Family Leave
AB 908 significantly expands California’s Paid Family Leave Program (PFL). This bill increases wage replacement payments to ensure that every individual who pays into this vital program can afford it.
California’s current PFL program provides workers with up to 6 weeks of support to bond with a new child or care for an ill family member. Although the program has benefited millions of Californians, the poorest Californian’s cannot afford to sustain the temporary income reduction associated with using program.
Effective January 1, 2018 AB 908 assures that California will once again lead the nation in Paid Family Leave and ensure that the program works for all.
AB 1671 (2015-16) – Planned Parenthood/ Confidential Communications
AB 1671 protects the privacy and safety of doctors and other health care providers from unscrupulous anti-choice activists. Specifically, this bill makes it illegal to distribute secretly recorded conversations with health care providers without written permission. This bill balances the rights of privacy and the rights of free speech and is narrowly tailored to address the growing threat to healthcare providers.
FACT SHEET: AB 1671
AB 1550 (2015-16) – GGRF/ Disadvantaged and Low-Income Communities
This bill increases investment in disadvantaged and low income communities. Assembly Bill 1550 specifically requires that 25 percent of the state’s cap-and-trade revenues be invested directly within disadvantaged and low-income communities. Investing cap-and-trade revenues in low income communities helps us achieve our goal of clean air and clean water for everyone. AB 1550 will enable more Californians to power their homes with clean energy, obtain a clean vehicle rebate, green their neighborhoods, and participate in the green economy.
FACT SHEET: AB 1550
AB 1685 (2015-16) – Volkswagen/ Increased Penalties for Violations
This important public health measure increases the maximum penalties against the most serious environmental violations such as the recent Volkswagen emissions cheating scandal. These penalties have actually weakened since their establishment in the 1970’s because they do not track inflation. AB 1685 will deter bad actors and prevent unfair competition for car manufacturers by increasing the maximum allowable penalties.
FACT SHEET: AB 1685
AB 1937 (2015-16) – Environmental Justice in Energy Procurement
California’s disadvantaged communities bear a disproportionate amount of environmental hazards. It is the unfortunate consequence of lacking the community resources to organize against potentially hazardous projects. AB 1937 requires protects our most sensitive communities by requiring utilities to give preference to new power plant projects that are not located within disadvantaged communities.
FACT SHEET: AB 1937
AB 1230 (2015-16) – ADA Compliance Financing for Small Businesses
This measure creates the California Americans with Disabilities Small Business Capital Access Loan Program. This loan program will assist small businesses in retrofitting existing facilities to comply with the federal American with Disabilities Act.
From chairing the Assembly Appropriations Committee to working with all of you to help pass our legislative package, it’s been an exciting year in the legislature!
I’d like to thank my hardworking staff and all of you for helping ensure the success of my bills this legislative session.
Please read below to find out more about my bills Governor Jerry Brown signed into law and as always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact my office at 213.483.5151.
Assembly Bill 560 – Protects Rights of Undocumented Minors
AB 560 prohibits the consideration of a child’s immigration status when that child is seeking recovery from intentional or negligent acts that harm.
California has made it clear that our laws protecting children do so without regard to immigration status. My bill, AB 560, ensures that all children are protected and treated equally under the law, especially when they are victimized. I want to thank Governor Brown for signing AB 560 into law and his continued leadership in protecting the rights of Californian’s children.
Assembly Bill 627 – Increases Prescription Drug Transparency & Accessibility for Patients
AB 627 provides thousands of pharmacies with fair and transparent standards for reimbursements of prescription drugs.
My bill, AB 627, will enable pharmacies to spend more time assisting their patients and providing them with the drugs they need and less time filing and following up on appeals. I want to thank Governor Brown for signing AB 627 into law and giving millions of Californians the transparency and accessibility they deserve.
Assembly Bill 668 – Ensures Affordable Housing Remains Affordable After Purchase
AB 668 ensures California families - who qualify for and purchase affordable housing through non-profits like Habitat for Humanity - pay property taxes based on the assessed affordable value of their home rather than the “fair market price.”
Under AB 668, we ensure affordable housing remains affordable for Californians after they become homeowners. Without consistency in the law, affordable homebuilders have difficulty finding eligible low-income families to afford the increased monthly payments – it is our responsibility to fix this discrepancy and I want to thank Governor Jerry Brown for providing California’s low-income families with the protections they deserve.
Assembly Bill 1177 – Protects Patient Access to Planned Parenthood Services
AB 1177 updates state law to remove an obsolete regulation requiring community care clinics, such as Planned Parenthood, to establish a Hospital Transfer Agreement (HTA) with a local hospital to be able to operate.
Patients deserve access to quality healthcare in the community they live in. AB 1177 expands access to women’s healthcare services, while ensuring patient safety and quality care. I want to thank Governor Brown for signing this measure to put access and healthcare decisions back in the hands of patients.
AB 1230 (Gomez) – Expands Access for Disabled Californians & Protects Small Businesses
AB 1230 creates the California Americans with Disabilities Small Business Capital Access Loan Program to assist small businesses in qualifying for loans to retrofit existing facilities to comply with the Federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
More than 40 percent of the nation’s ADA lawsuits are filed in California, often by predatory litigators looking for statutory penalties rather than an actual correction to the problem. By helping small businesses meet ADA regulations, we protect them from predatory lawsuits, while expanding accessibility for disabled Californians.
Assembly Bill 1251 – Accelerates Revitalization of the LA River Through Greenway Creation
AB 1251 defines greenways and authorizes non-profits, whose primary purpose is the preservation or development of greenways, to acquire and revitalize these protected lands for public enjoyment.
Imagine the L.A. River with a network of connected bike trails, walkways and parks stretching from the valley through the heart of the city. AB 1251 will make that possible by providing local governments and neighborhoods with the opportunity to develop greenways. Through public-private partnerships, the expansion of greenways will foster job creation, community revitalization and sustainable public lands for the enjoyment of all Californians.
Assembly Bill 1338 – Creates the California Domestic Violence Prevention and Sexual Assault Prevention Fund
AB 1338 creates the California Domestic Violence Prevention and Sexual Assault Prevention Fund.
The California Domestic Violence Prevention and Sexual Assault Prevention Fund will receive its funding through purchases of the California Says NO MORE License Plate. The program will help fund centers throughout the state that are fighting every day to end domestic violence and sexual assault.
Visit www.NOMOREplate.org to order yours today!
Assembly Bill 1391 – Keeps Critical Education Dollars in the Classroom
Over three-dozen school districts throughout California have been targeted with unnecessary lawsuits over the amount of minutes students spend in physical education (P.E.). AB 1391 provides school districts with protection from these predatory lawsuits by utilizing existing Uniform Complaint Procedures to provide a straightforward, administrative process to resolve allegations of non-compliance with the P.E. instructional minutes requirements.
Our schools need to spend critical education dollars in the classroom, not on litigation. AB 1391 will help ensure schools are providing the required amount of minutes by law for P.E., while also protecting school districts from unnecessary lawsuits that take money away from students.
Assembly Bill 1431 – Improves Learning Conditions for CA Students
AB 1431 extends the opportunity to utilize job order contracting (JOC) to all school districts in California. Through the JOCs school districts can perform more cost-effective and efficient renovations, reducing costs by 9.2% and cutting total procurement time by more than 50%.
Improved learning conditions result in improved student outcomes. By helping school districts perform projects more cost-effectively and efficiently, we allow them to focus more time on the needs of their schools and students. I want to thank Governor Jerry Brown for signing AB 1431 into law to provide our students with improved learning facilities.