2015 - 2016

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

2013 - 2014


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  

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

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


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  

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