CalTravel Advocacy Report: End of Session

CalTravel Avocacy Update

Active Legislation with Position

  1. AB 18 (E. Garcia) – Clean Water, Climate Coastal Protection and Outdoor Access Act of 2018 – Support

This bill enacts the California Clean Water, Climate, Coastal Protection, and Outdoor Access for All Act of 2018, which places a $3.470 billion bond before voters at the June 5, 2018, statewide primary election.

Status: This bond and SB 5were two competing parks bonds. Through negotiations SB 5 was the bond bill that moved forward, with the Governor expressing his support for SB 5

  1. AB 25 (Nazarian) – Tour Buses – Support

This bill allows local authorities to, by ordinance or resolution, both restrict the routes that an open top tour bus may operate on and prohibit their use of loudspeakers.

Status: On the Governor’s desk 

  1. AB 168 (Eggman) – Employers – Salary information – Oppose

This bill prohibits all employers, including the Legislature, the state, and local governments, from seeking salary history information about an applicant for employment and requires an employer to provide the pay scale for a position to an applicant upon reasonable request. Business community opposition lead by CalChamber.

Status: On the Governor’s desk

  1. AB 250 (Gonzalez Fletcher) – Low Coast Coastal Accommodations – Concerns

This bill requires the State Coastal Conservancy to develop and implement a Lower Cost Coastal Accommodations Program to improve the availability of lower cost accommodations in the coastal zone (1.5 miles from the coast).  Additionally, this bill requires the SCC to prepare an assessment to determine the availability of lower cost coastal accommodations and authorizes the SCC to develop and implement a pilot program.

                   Status: On the Governor’s desk

  1. AB 297 (Levine) – Alcoholic beverages: licenses: wine and food cultural museum and educational center – Support

This bill authorizes an on-sale general license for a wine and food cultural museum and educational center, located in the County of Sonoma.  The license would allow the center to sell, furnish, or give alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises and to have various off-sale privileges.

Status: Signed into law by Governor Brown 

  1. AB 978 (Limón) – Employment safety: injury/illness prevention program – Oppose

This bill requires an employer who receives a written request for a complete paper copy, or an electronic copy, of the written Injury and Illness Prevention Plan (IIPP) from a current employee, or his or her authorized representative, to comply with the request within 10 business days from the date a request is received. Business community opposition lead by CalChamber.

Status: On the Governor’s desk

  1. AB 1031 (Waldron) – Personal income taxes: voluntary contributions: Native California Wildlife Rehabilitation Voluntary Tax Contribution Fund – Support

This bill establishes the Native California Wildlife Rehabilitation Voluntary Tax Contribution Fund as an income tax checkoff on the personal income tax return to benefit nonprofit wildlife rehabilitation organizations, and extends the sunset data on an existing income tax checkoff that supports the Rare and Endangered Species Preservation Program administered by the Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Status: On the Governor’s desk   

  1. ACA 4 (Aguiar-Curry) – Local government financing: affordable housing and public infrastructure: voter approval – Oppose

This measure lowers the necessary voter threshold to approve local general obligation bonds and special taxes from a two-thirds supermajority to 55%.

Status: Awaiting a hearing in the Assembly Local Government Committee 

  1. ACR 50 (Chu) – 2016 U.S.-China Tourism Year – Support

This measure recognizes the importance of promoting the leadership of California’s tourism industry in continuing to welcome Chinese travelers and would commemorate the mission and success of the 2016 U.S.-China Tourism Year by encouraging continued travel and tourism between California and China, as well as between California and California’s other domestic and international markets and partners.

                   Status: Adopted by the Senate 

  1. AJR 15 (Aguiar-Curry) – Federal public lands – Support

This measure expresses the support of the California State Assembly and State Senate for the protection our federal public lands and their status as legally-protected public lands; for the enactment and use of the Antiquities Act of 1906; and, for the designation of all National Monuments in the California.

Status: Chaptered by the Secretary of State

  1. SB 5 (de León) – Drought, Water, Parks, Climate, Coastal Protection, Outdoor Access Act of 2018 – Support

This bill proposes the Drought, Water, Parks, Climate, Coastal Protection, and Outdoor Access for All Act of 2018, which will place a $4 billion bond before voters at the June 5, 2018 election.

                   Status: on the Governor’s desk 

  1. SB 63 (Jackson) – Family and Medical Leave – Oppose

This bill requires an employer with 20 or more employees to allow an eligible employee to take up to 12 weeks of job-protected parental leave to bond with a new child within one year of the child’s birth, adoption or foster care placement. CalChamber has labeled this bill as a “Job Killer”.

                   Status: On the Governor’s desk

  1. SB 384 (Wiener) – Alcoholic beverages: hours of sale – Support

This bill would require the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, on or before April 1, 2018, to convene and appoint members to an Extended Hours for Alcohol Sales Task Force that would be required to provide a report to the Legislature regarding the potential community, fiscal, health or safety impact of extending the hours of alcohol sales to 4 a.m., as provided.

Status: Bill was gutted and turned into a bill regarding the sex offender registry. CalTravel GRC is voting to remove support and no longer engage

 

  1. SB 466 (Bates) – Amber alert – rental cars – Support

This bill authorizes rental car companies to use electronic surveillance technology to locate a rental vehicle to assist law enforcement with finding missing or abducted children.

Status: Signed into law by Governor Brown 

  1. SB 772 (Leyva) – Occupational safety and health: regulations – Oppose

This bill exempts the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) from the mandate to perform a Standardized Regulatory Impact Assessment on a proposed major regulation that costs over $50 million. Business community opposition led by CalChamber.

                    Status: failed the September 15th deadline and is now a two year bill 

 

Two-year Bills

  1. AB 5 (Gonzalez Fletcher) – Opportunity to Work Act – Oppose
  2. AB 281 (Salas) – Labor Code Private Attorneys General Act of 2004: right to cure – Support
  3. AB 442 (Frazier) – Employer liability – Support
  4. AB 478 (Waldron) – Sport Fishing Licenses: age requirement – Support
  5. AB 479 (Gonzalez Fletcher) – Sales and use taxes: alcoholic beverage taxes: distilled spirits: additional surtax – Oppose
  6. AB 629 (Harper) – Alcoholic beverages: licenses: art galleries – Support
  7. AB 889 (Stone) – Secrecy agreements – Oppose
  8. AB 907 (E. Garcia) – Office of Outdoor Recreation and Public Lands Enhancement – Concerns
  9. AB 958 (Ting) – Hazardous materials: perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances – Concerns
  10. AB 986 (Gallagher) – Sport Fishing Licenses: Veterans – Support
  11. AB 1099 (Gonzalez Fletcher) – Compensation: gratuities – Oppose
  12. AB 1185 (O’Donnell) – Rental passenger Vehicle – 3 day – GPS – Support
  13. SB 270 (Atkins) – Human trafficking reporting: training: hotels/motels – Support
  14. SB 300 (Monning) – Sugar-sweetened beverages: health warnings – Oppose
    1. AB 1003 (Bloom) – California Community Health Fund – Concerns
  15. SB 187 (Berryhill) – Sport fishing Licenses – Support
  16. SB 347 (Jackson) – State Remote Piloted Aircraft Act
  17. SB 504 (Wieckowski) – Synthetic food dyes – Oppose
  18. SB 562 (Lara) – The Healthy California Act – Concerns
  19. SB 640 (Hertzberg) – Expansion of sales tax to services – Oppose
  20. SB 705 (Allen) – Solid waste: expanded polystyrene food service containers – Oppose

 

            Important Dates 

Sunday, October 15 – Last Day for the Governor to Sign or Veto Bills