AB 239 (Ridley-Thomas D)   California Environmental Quality Act: urbanized areas.
  Summary: CEQA defines the terms “urban area” and “urbanized area” to mean, among other things, an unincorporated area that is completely surrounded by one or more incorporated cities and the population density of the unincorporated area at least equals the population density of the surrounding city or cities. This bill would instead specify that the population density of the unincorporated area be at least 1,000 persons per square mile.
      Position    Assigned     
      Support    JS     
 
  AB 758 (Eggman D)   Transportation: Tri-Valley-San Joaquin Valley Regional Rail Authority.
  Summary: Would establish the Tri-Valley-San Joaquin Valley Regional Rail Authority for purposes of planning and delivering a cost effective and responsive interregional rail connection between the San Joaquin Valley and the Bay Area Rapid Transit District’s rapid transit system and the Altamont Corridor Express in the Tri-Valley, that meets the goals and objectives of the community. The bill would require the authority’s governing board to be composed of 14 representatives and would authorize the authority to appoint an executive who may appoint staff or retain consultants. The bill would provide specified authorizations and duties to the authority.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch         
 
  SB 49 (De León D)   California Environmental, Public Health, and Workers Defense Act of 2017.
  Summary: The Porter-Cologne Water Quality Control Act regulates the discharge of pollutants into the waters of the state. The California Safe Drinking Water Act establishes standards for drinking water and regulates drinking water systems. The California Endangered Species Act requires the Fish and Game Commission to establish a list of endangered species and a list of threatened species and generally prohibits the taking of those species. The Protect California Air Act of 2003 prohibits air quality management districts and air pollution control districts from amending or revising their new source review rules or regulations to be less stringent than those rules or regulations that existed on December 30, 2002. This bill would prohibit state or local agencies from amending or revising their rules and regulations implementing the above state laws to be less stringent than the baseline federal standards, as defined, and would require specified agencies to take prescribed actions to maintain and enforce certain requirements and standards pertaining to air, water, and protected species.
      Position    Assigned     
      Support    JS, LAT     
 
  SB 239 (Wiener D)   Infectious and communicable diseases: HIV and AIDS: criminal penalties.
  Summary: Would make the intentional transmission of an infectious or communicable disease, as defined, a misdemeanor, if certain circumstances apply, including that the defendant knows he or she or a 3rd party is afflicted with the disease, that the defendant acts with the specific intent to transmit or cause an afflicted 3rd party to transmit the disease to another person, that the defendant or the afflicted 3rd party engages in conduct that poses a substantial risk of transmission, as defined, that the defendant or the afflicted 3rd party transmits the disease to the other person, and if the exposure occurs through interaction with the defendant and not a 3rd party, that the person exposed to the disease during voluntary interaction with the defendant did not know that the defendant was afflicted with the disease.
      Position    Assigned     
      Support    JS     
 
  SB 785 (Wiener D)   Consumer protection: firearms and ammunition.
  Summary: Current law, the Consumer Legal Remedies Act (act), prohibits certain enumerated unfair methods of competition and unfair or deceptive acts or practices undertaken by any person in a transaction intended to result, or which results in, the sale or lease of goods or services to any consumer. The act provides for relief through actions for damages, injunctive relief, and restitution, among other remedies.This bill would state that the act applies to firearms and ammunition, and provide that a violation of the act regarding firearms or ammunition is actionable under the act.
      Position    Assigned     
               


  Arbitration



 
  AB 1017 (Santiago D)   Collective bargaining agreements: arbitration: litigation.
  Summary: Current law, with regard to disputes concerning collective bargaining agreements for private employment, requires a court to award attorney’s fees to a prevailing party in an action to compel arbitration of the disputes unless the other party has raised substantial and credible issues involving complex or significant questions of law or fact regarding whether or not the dispute is arbitrable. Current law also creates, in this context, a right to attorney’s fees for a prevailing party in a court action to compel compliance with the decision or award of an arbitrator or grievance panel regarding the disputes, or for a prevailing appellee in the appeal of the decision of an arbitrator regarding the disputes, unless the other party or appellant, respectively, has raised substantial issues involving complex or significant questions of law. This bill would apply these provisions to public employment.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    JS     
 
  SB 33 (Dodd D)   Contracts for goods or services: waiver: fraud, identity theft, and wrongful use of personal identifying information.
  Summary: Would require that, in any contract between a person and a financial institution, a waiver of a legal right related to a claim of fraud arising out of the wrongful use of personal identifying information or identity theft committed by a party to a contract or its agents or employees be knowing and voluntary, express and in writing, and not a condition of entering into the contract or a condition of providing or receiving goods or services. The bill would assign any person seeking the enforcement of a waiver of these protections the burden of proving that the waiver was knowing and voluntary and not made as a condition of the contract or of providing or receiving goods or services.
      Position    Assigned     
      Sponsor    Pev/ST     
 
  SB 76 (Nielsen R)   Excluded employees: arbitration.
  Summary: The Bill of Rights for State Excluded Employees permits, among other things, excluded employee organizations to represent their excluded members in their employment relations, including grievances, with the state. That law defines excluded employees as all managerial employees, confidential employees, supervisory employees, as well as specified employees of the Department of Personnel Administration, the Department of Finance, the Controller’s office, the Legislative Counsel Bureau, the Bureau of State Audits, the Public Employment Relations Board, the Department of Industrial Relations, and the State Athletic Commission. This bill would enact the Excluded Employee Arbitration Act to permit an employee organization that represents an excluded employee who has filed certain grievances with the Department of Human Resources to request arbitration of the grievance if specified conditions are met.
      Position    Assigned     
      Neutral    JS     


  Asbestos



 
  AB 1056 (Kiley R)   Asbestos Tort Trust Transparency Act and trial preferences.
  Summary: Would enact the Asbestos Tort Claim Trust Transparency Act, which would establish additional procedures with respect to civil actions pertaining to asbestos tort claims, as defined. The bill would, among other things, require that a plaintiff disclose specified information with respect to any asbestos trusts, as defined, against which the plaintiff has or could pursue a claim, and entitle a defendant to discovery with respect to relevant information pertaining to the plaintiff held by other asbestos trusts and to pursue various motions.
      Position    Assigned     
      Oppose    JS/LAT     
 
  SB 632 (Monning D)   Civil discovery: depositions.
  Summary: Would require that, in any civil action for injury or illness based upon exposure to asbestos, a deposition examination of the witness by counsel other than the witness’ counsel of record be limited to 7 hours of total testimony if a licensed physician attests in a declaration that the deponent is either over 70 years of age and his or her health is such that a deposition of more than 7 hours will prejudice the deponent’s interest in the litigation, or that, without regard to age of the deponent, the deponent suffers from an illness or condition that raises substantial medical doubt of the survival of the deponent beyond 6 months.
      Position    Assigned     
      Sponsor    JS/LAT     


  Auto



 
  AB 87 (Ting D)   Autonomous vehicles.
  Summary: Current law requires the Department of Motor Vehicles to adopt regulations no later than January 1, 2015, setting forth requirements for the submission of evidence of insurance, surety bond, or self-insurance, and for the submission and approval of an application to operate an autonomous vehicle. Under current law, it is unlawful and constitutes an infraction for any person to violate, or fail to comply with any provision of the Vehicle Code, unless otherwise specified. This bill would provide that violation of this section is not an infraction and would instead, among other things, require the department to revoke the registration of a vehicle that is being operated in violation of those provisions.
      Position    Assigned     
      Support    JS/ND     
 
  AB 399 (Grayson D)   Autonomous vehicles: Contra Costa Transportation Authority: pilot project.
  Summary: Current law, until 180 days after the operative date of regulations promulgated by the Department of Motor Vehicles to allow testing of autonomous vehicles without a driver, authorizes the Contra Costa Transportation Authority to conduct a pilot project for the testing of autonomous vehicles that do not have a driver seated in the driver’s seat and are not equipped with a steering wheel, a brake pedal, or an accelerator if the testing is conducted only at specified locations and the autonomous vehicle operates at speeds of less than 35 miles per hour. This bill would extend the authorization for the pilot project to 12 months after the operative date of regulations promulgated by the department.
      Position    Assigned     
      Defer    JS/ND     
 
  AB 623 (Rodriguez D)   Autonomous vehicle testing: accident reporting.
  Summary: Would require an accident involving operation of an autonomous vehicle that results in catastrophic bodily injury or the death of a person to be reported to the Department of Motor Vehicles within 24 hours of occurrence. The bill would require the department to suspend the approval granted to the manufacturer of the autonomous vehicle for 5 business days following the reporting of the accident, during which time the department and other appropriate agencies would be required to review the accident to determine if it was caused by a failure of the autonomous vehicle technology.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    JS/ND     
 
  AB 1152 (Dahle R)   Vehicles: motor carriers.
  Summary: 
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    ST     
 
  SB 145 (Hill D)   Autonomous vehicles: testing on public roads.
  Summary: Current law requires the Department of Motor Vehicles to notify the Legislature if it receives an application from a manufacturer seeking approval to operate an autonomous vehicle capable of operating without the presence of a driver inside the vehicle. Current law prohibits such an application from becoming effective any sooner than 180 days after that application is submitted. This bill would repeal the requirement that the department notify the Legislature of receipt of an application seeking approval to operate an autonomous vehicle capable of operating without the presence of a driver inside the vehicle.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    JS/ND     
 
  SB 369 (Hertzberg D)   Autonomous vehicles.
  Summary: Current law authorizes the operation of an autonomous vehicle on public roads for testing purposes by a driver who possesses the proper class of license for the type of vehicle being operated if specified requirements are met. Current law defines an “autonomous vehicle: for this purpose as any vehicle equipped with autonomous technology that has been integrated into that vehicle. This bill would specify that a vehicle equipped with a collision avoidance system, as specified, that is not capable of driving the vehicle without a human driver remaining fully engaged in the driving task is not an autonomous vehicle.
      Position    Assigned     
      Defer    JS/ND     
 
  SB 802 (Skinner D)   Autonomous vehicles: registration.
  Summary: Current law establishes regulations for the operation of an autonomous vehicle on public roads for testing purposes by a driver who possesses the proper class of license for the type of vehicle being operated if the manufacturer meets prescribed requirements. This bill would make a level 4 or level 5 autonomous vehicle eligible for initial registration, or renewal or transfer of registration, by the department only if the vehicle is a zero-emission vehicle, as defined, that is programmed to optimize fuel efficiency, in order to meet California’s goals for zero-emission vehicle deployment and transportation electrification and to improve the stability and reliability of the state’s electricity grid.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    JS/ND     


  Business Litigation



 
  AB 1123 (Dababneh D)   Credit unions.
  Summary: Current law, the California Credit Union Law, defines and regulates the formation, management, and dissolution of credit unions to the extent not preempted by federal law. The law defines credit union for these purposes.This bill would make a nonsubstantive change in the definition of credit unions.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    Pev     
 
  AB 1517 (Muratsuchi D)   Securities transactions: qualifications by permit: liability.
  Summary: Would, under the Corporate Securities Law of 1968, authorize an applicant to file an application for qualification of the offer or sale of a security by crowdfunding permit if certain conditions are met, including that the total offering of securities by the applicant to be sold in a 12-month period, within or outside this state, is limited to $1,000,000, less a specified amount; the aggregate amount of securities sold to any investor, including any amount sold during the 12-month period preceding the date of the transaction, does not exceed the lesser of $5,000 or 10% of the net worth of that natural person; the transaction is conducted through an intermediary, the issuer will not, directly or indirectly, conduct any unsolicited telephone solicitation of the securities offered; and the issuer will not require specified dispute procedures.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    Pev     
 
  AB 1535 (Maienschein R)   Corporations: dissolutions: separate shareholder agreements.
  Summary: Current law governs suits concerning the dissolution of corporations. Under this law, subject to any contrary provision in the articles, in a suit for involuntary dissolution or a proceeding for voluntary dissolution initiated by a shareholder vote representing only 50% of the voting power, the corporation or, if it does not elect to purchase, the holders of 50% or more of the voting power, as purchasing shareholders, may avoid the corporation’s dissolution and appointment of a receiver by purchasing the plaintiff’s or shareholder’s shares at fair value. This bill would specify that those contrary provisions in the articles may include a reference to a separate shareholder agreement.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    Pev     
 
  SB 428 (Vidak R)   California Finance Lenders Law.
  Summary: The California Finance Lenders Law defines charges for its purposes to include aggregate interest, fees, bonuses, commissions, brokerage, discounts, expenses, and other forms of costs charged, contracted for, or received by a licensee or any other person in connection with the investigating, arranging, negotiating, procuring, guaranteeing, making, servicing, collecting, and enforcing of a loan or forbearance of money, credit, goods, or things in action, or any other service rendered. The CFLL also specifies that charges do not include, among other things, fees paid to a licensee for the privilege of participating in an open-end-credit program, as provided.This bill would make nonsubstantive changes to that provision specifying items that are not charges for purposes of the CFLL.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    Pev/ST     
 
  SB 522 (Glazer D)   Mortgages and deeds of trust.
  Summary: Current law requires a legal owner to maintain vacant residential property purchased by that owner at a foreclosure sale or acquired by that owner through foreclosure under a mortgage or deed of trust and authorizes a governmental entity to impose a civil fine of up to $1,000 per day for a violation of this provision. Current law prohibits a governmental entity from imposing fines on a legal owner under both this provision and a local ordinance.This bill would make nonsubstantive changes to these provisions.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    Pev     
 
  SB 739 (Galgiani D)   Reverse mortgages.
  Summary: Would declare the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that would require a lender offering reverse mortgage loans to provide disclosures to a borrower describing when a reverse mortgage agreement would become void.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    Pev     


  Civil Procedure



 
  AB 380 (Dababneh D)   Electronic transactions: motor vehicle finance.
  Summary: The Uniform Electronic Transactions Act (UETA) generally allows parties to contract to conduct transactions by electronic means, imposes specified requirements on electronic transactions in order to comply with the act, and provides specified protections for electronic transactions conducted pursuant to the act. Current law defines and regulates the form and content of conditional sale contracts and lease contracts for motor vehicles and excepts these contracts from the application of the UETA. This bill would delete the exemption from the UETA for conditional sale and lease contracts for motor vehicles.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    ND/ST     
 
  AB 383 (Chau D)   Civil actions: discovery status conference.
  Summary: Would authorize a court to conduct an informal discovery conference between the parties to a civil action upon request by a party or on the court’s own motion to discuss discovery matters in dispute between the parties, as specified. The bill would authorize a court that grants or orders an informal discovery conference to toll the deadline for filing a discovery motion.
      Position    Assigned     
      Defer    ND/ST     
 
  AB 644 (Berman D)   Civil procedure: motion to strike and motion for judgment on the pleadings: meet and confer requirement.
  Summary: Would, until January 1, 2021, require a party, before filing a motion to strike or a motion for judgment on the pleadings, to meet and confer with the party who filed the pleading so that the parties can try to reach an agreement that resolves the objections or claims that would be raised in the motion to strike or motion for judgment on the pleadings. The bill would establish certain requirements and limits on the meet and confer process.
      Position    Assigned     
      Sponsor    ND/ST     
 
  AB 1692 (Committee on Judiciary)   Judiciary omnibus.
  Summary: Current law requires a court to set the contested issues for mediation when it appears on the face of a petition, application, or other pleading to obtain or modify a temporary or permanent custody or visitation order that custody, visitation, or both are contested. This bill would authorize a party, prior to filing the petition, application, or other pleading to obtain or modify a temporary or permanent custody or visitation order, to request that the court set a custody or visitation issue for mediation and would authorize the court to do so.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    ST     
 
  AB 1693 (Committee on Judiciary)   Civil actions: intervention.
  Summary: Current law provides that a third person may become a party to an action or proceeding between other persons, either by joining the plaintiff in claiming what is sought by the complaint, uniting with the defendant in resisting the claims of the plaintiff, or demanding anything adversely to both the plaintiff and the defendant, by filing a complaint setting forth the grounds upon which the intervention rests, as specified. This bill would require that a person seeking to intervene in an action or proceeding, deemed the intervenor, petition the court for leave to intervene by noticed motion or ex parte application setting forth the grounds upon which the intervention rests, and would require the intervenor to include a copy of the proposed complaint in intervention or answer in intervention with the petition.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    ST     
 
  SB 218 (Dodd D)   The Qualified ABLE Program: tax-advantaged savings accounts.
  Summary: Would authorize the transfer of all amounts in the designated beneficiary’s ABLE account to an ABLE account for another individual specified by either the designated beneficiary or the estate of the designated beneficiary upon the death of the designated beneficiary. The bill would prohibit the state from seeking distribution of any amount remaining in the designated beneficiary’s ABLE account for any amount of medical assistance paid under the state’s Medicaid plan and would prohibit the state from filing a claim for the payment, as specified.
      Position    Assigned     
      Defer    LAT/ST     
 
  SB 241 (Monning D)   Medical records: access.
  Summary: Would change the basis of the fee that a health care provider is authorized to charge from clerical costs to specified costs for labor, supplies, postage, and preparing an explanation or summary of the patient record. The bill would require the health care provider to provide the patient or patient’s personal representative with a copy of the records in a paper or electronic copy, in the form or format requested if the records are readily producible in that form or format. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.
      Position    Assigned     
      Defer    Pev/ST     
 
  SB 755 (Beall D)   Civil discovery: mental examination.
  Summary: Current law authorizes any party to obtain discovery by means of a physical or mental examination of a party to the action, an agent of any party, or a natural person in the custody of or under the legal control of a party, in any action in which the mental of physical condition of that party or other person is in controversy. This bill would, in any action in which there is credible evidence that a child less than 15 years of age has been sexually abused, limit a mental examination of that child to psychological testing of no more than 3 hours, including any breaks.
      Position    Assigned     
      Sponsor    Pev/ST     


  Civil Rights



 
  AB 150 (Mathis R)   Disabled persons: rights: liability.
  Summary: Would establish notice requirements for a plaintiff to follow before bringing an action against a small business, as defined, for an alleged violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). The bill would require the plaintiff to provide notice to a business at least 6 months before filing the complaint. The bill would also preclude commencement of an action against a small business for an alleged ADA violation if the small business has made a good faith effort to correct the alleged violation.
      Position    Assigned     
      Oppose    Pev/ST     
 
  AB 913 (Gray D)   Construction-related accessibility claims: extremely high-frequency litigants.
  Summary: Would authorize a court to enter a prefiling order prohibiting an extremely high-frequency litigant, as defined, from filing any new litigation in the courts of this state without first obtaining leave of the presiding justice or presiding judge of the court where the litigation is proposed to be filed. The bill would require the clerk of the court to provide the Judicial Council with a copy of all prefiling orders, and would require the Judicial Council to maintain and annually disseminate a record of extremely high-frequency litigants subject to those prefiling orders, as specified.
      Position    Assigned     
      Oppose    Pev/ST     
 
  AB 1148 (Steinorth R)   Commercial property: disclosures: disability access.
  Summary: Current law requires the State Architect to establish a program for the voluntary certification by the state of any person who meets criteria as a Certified Access Specialist (CASp). Current law also requires a commercial property owner or lessor to state on every lease form or rental agreement executed on or after January 1, 2017, whether or not the premises have undergone inspection by a CASp. This bill would define commercial property for the purposes of that provision as property that is offered for sale or lease to persons operating, or intending to operate, a place of public accommodation or facility to which the general public is invited at those premises.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    Pev     
 
  AB 1379 (Thurmond D)   Certified access specialist program.
  Summary: Current law requires the State Architect to establish and publicize a program for voluntary certification by the state of any person who meets specified criteria as a certified access specialist, as provided.This bill would make nonsubstantive changes to this provision.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    Pev     
 
  AB 1615 (Garcia, Eduardo D)   Gender discrimination: civil actions.
  Summary: Would enact the Small Business Gender Discrimination Compliance Act, which would apply to any gender discrimination claim, including, but not limited to, an alleged price difference charged based on gender. Generally, the bill would define a small business as one that has employed 25 or fewer employees on average over the past three years and has averaged annual gross receipts of less than $3,500,000 over those years. The bill would require an attorney who causes service of a summons and complaint in an action that includes a gender discrimination claim to serve a separate copy of a specified application form and a specified notice to the defendant with the summons and complaint.
      Position    Assigned     
      Oppose    Pev/ST     


  Class Action



 
  AB 945 (Melendez R)   Private Attorneys General Act of 2004.
  Summary: The Labor Code Private Attorneys General Act of 2004 authorizes an aggrieved employee who complies with certain notice and filing requirements, to bring a civil action to recover specified civil penalties. Current law provides that the court and the Labor and Workforce Development Agency review and approve any penalties sought as part of a proposed settlement of a claim. Current law until January 1, 2021, authorizes the agency to extend the time to complete its investigation by 60 days when the agency determines an extension is necessary and issues a notice, as specified. This bill would make nonsubstantive changes to these provisions
      Position    Assigned     
      Oppose    JS/LAT     
 
  AB 1045 (Flora R)   Private Attorneys General Act of 2004.
  Summary: The Private Attorneys General Act of 2004 authorizes an aggrieved employee on behalf of himself or herself and other current or former employees to bring a civil action, under specified circumstances, to enforce provisions of the Labor Code that provide for a penalty to be assessed and collected by the Labor and Workforce Development Agency. Current law provides that civil penalties assessed against an employer as the result of the civil action are allocated 75% to the Labor and Workforce Development Agency and 25% to the aggrieved employee. This bill would make nonsubstantive changes to these provisions.
      Position    Assigned     
      Oppose    JS/LAT     
 
  AB 1429 (Fong R)   Labor Code Private Attorneys General Act of 2004.
  Summary: This bill would limit the violations for which an aggrieved employee is authorized to bring a civil action under the Private Attorneys General Act of 2004 and would require the employee to follow specified procedures before bringing an action. The bill would cap the civil penalties recoverable under these provisions at $10,000 per claimant and would exclude the recovery of filing fees by a successful claimant. The bill would require the superior court to review any penalties sought as part of a settlement agreement under these provisions.
      Position    Assigned     
      Oppose    JS/LAT     
 
  AB 1430 (Fong R)   Labor Code Private Attorneys General Act of 2004.
  Summary: Under the Labor Code Private Attorneys General Act of 2004, an employee is authorized to bring an action for an alleged violation after the agency notifies the employer and the aggrieved employee or representative that it does not intend to investigate the alleged violation, if the agency proceeds with an investigation and no citation is issued, or the agency fails to provide notification as prescribed. This bill would revise those procedural provisions to require the agency, after receiving notification of an alleged violation, to investigate the alleged violation and either issue a citation or determine if there is a reasonable basis for a civil action.
      Position    Assigned     
      Oppose    JS/LAT     
 
  SB 626 (Newman D)   Unfair competition.
  Summary: Current law authorizes the Attorney General and other public prosecutors to bring an action for relief from an act of unfair competition, as defined. Under current law, a civil penalty may be assessed in the action that is designated for the exclusive use of a public prosecutor, including the Attorney General, for enforcing consumer protection laws. Under current law, if a person violates these unfair competition provisions and the act or acts are perpetrated against one or more senior citizens or disabled persons, the person is authorized to be liable for a specified civil penalty. Current law defines various terms for purposes of carrying out that provision. This bill would make a nonsubstantive change to that definition provision.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    Pev     


  Construction Defects



 
  AB 1489 (Brough R)   Architects Practice Act.
  Summary: Under current law, a licensed architect who signs and stamps plans, specifications, reports, or documents is not responsible for damage caused by subsequent changes to or uses of those plans, specifications, reports, or documents, where the subsequent changes or uses are not authorized or approved in writing by the licensed architect who originally signed the plans, specifications, reports, or documents, as provided. This bill would additionally provide that a licensed architect is not responsible for damage caused by construction deviating from a permitted set of plans, specifications, reports, or documents.
      Position    Assigned     
      Oppose    Pev/ND     
 
  SB 721 (Hill D)   Contractors: decks and balconies: inspection.
  Summary: Current law provides authority for an enforcement agency to enter and inspect any buildings or premises whenever necessary to secure compliance with or prevent a violation of the building standards published in the California Building Standards Code and other rules and regulations that the enforcement agency has the power to enforce. This bill would require the the property owner to conduct an inspection of decks, balconies, and elevated walkways more than 6 feet above ground level in a building containing 3 or more multifamily units by utilizing a person licensed to perform these inspections by the Department of Consumer Affairs.
      Position    Assigned     
      Support    ND     


  Consumer



 
  AB 25 (Nazarian D)   Tour buses: modified tour buses.
  Summary: Current law defines “tour bus” for purposes of regulation under the Vehicle Code. Existing law requires an operator of a tour bus to use a safety belt and to report any accidents involving the tour bus to the Department of the California Highway Patrol. This bill would provide that the definition includes a tour bus that has had its roof modified or removed, or has had other major structural modifications.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    Pev     
 
  AB 295 (Eggman D)   Skydiving or sport parachuting operations.
  Summary: Would, to the extent allowed by federal law, provide that owners and operators of a skydiving or sport parachuting operation have a duty to ensure that the parachutist in command of a tandem jump and the parachute rigger responsible for packing a parachute are in compliance with all federal laws relating to parachute safety and certification.
      Position    Assigned     
      Support    Pev     
 
  AB 299 (Calderon D)   Hiring of real property: immigration or citizenship status.
  Summary: Current law prohibits any city, county, or city and county from compelling a landlord or any agent of the landlord to take any action, as specified, based on the immigration or citizenship status of a tenant, prospective tenant, occupant, or prospective occupant of residential rental property.This bill would expand this prohibition to include a “public entity,” which the bill would define to include the state, as defined, a city, county, city and county, district, public authority, public agency, and any other political subdivision or public corporation in the state.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    JS/ST     
 
  AB 334 (Cooper D)   Sexual assault.
  Summary: Current law provides that in a civil action for recovery of damages suffered as a result of domestic violence, the time for commencement of the action shall be the later of within 3 years from the date of the last act of domestic violence by the defendant against the plaintiff or within 3 years from the date the plaintiff discovers or reasonably should have discovered that an injury or illness resulted from an act of domestic violence by the defendant against the plaintiff. This bill would additionally make these provisions applicable to a civil action for damages suffered as a result of sexual assault, as defined.
      Position    Assigned     
      Support    Pev/ST     
 
  AB 415 (Chiu D)   CalWORKs: CalFresh: employment social enterprises.
  Summary: Current law authorizes a county to provide welfare-to-work services to former participants who became ineligible for CalWORKs benefits because they became employed through subsidized employment services. This bill would authorize a county to partner with an employment social enterprise to offer subsidized employment opportunities. The bill would also authorize a county to provide welfare-to-work services to former participants who became ineligible for CalWORKs benefits because they became employed by an employment social enterprise.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    ND, ST     
 
  AB 580 (Cunningham R)   Accountants.
  Summary: Current law provides for the licensure and regulation of the practice of accountancy by the California Board of Accountancy, which is within the Department of Consumer Affairs. Current law provides that the officers of the board are a president, vice president, and a secretary-treasurer.This bill would make nonsubstantive changes to these provisions.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    ST     
 
  AB 587 (Chiu D)   State government: prescription drugs.
  Summary: Current law authorizes the Department of General Services to enter into exclusive or nonexclusive contracts on a bid or negotiated basis with manufacturers and suppliers of single-source or multisource drugs and to obtain from those manufacturers and suppliers, discounts, rebates, or refunds based on quantities purchased insofar as permissible under federal law. Current law authorizes the Department of General Services to explore additional strategies for managing prescription drug costs.This bill would make a nonsubstantive change to this provision.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    ST     
 
  AB 638 (Caballero D)   Immigration consultants.
  Summary: Current law prohibits any person, for compensation, from engaging in the business or acting in the capacity of an immigration consultant in this state, unless that person complies with the regulations in state law governing the practice of immigration consultants, is an attorney, or is authorized by federal law to represent persons before the Board of Immigration Appeals or the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. This bill would repeal those provisions, and, instead, by March 1, 2018, prohibit any person, for compensation, from engaging in the business or acting in the capacity of an immigration consultant in this state, as provided.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    JS/ST     
 
  AB 672 (Jones-Sawyer D)   Utility services.
  Summary: Current law authorizes an electrical, gas, or water corporation, or any electrical, gas, or water system operated by a public agency, to bring a civil action for damages against any person who commits, authorizes, solicits, aids, abets, or attempts, among other things, the diversion of utility services by any means whatsoever. Current law authorizes the utility to recover as damages 3 times the amount of actual damages, plus the cost of the suit and reasonable attorney’s fees, in any civil action brought pursuant to these provisions. This bill, instead, would authorize the prevailing party to recover actual damages, plus the costs of the suit and reasonable attorney’s fees.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    ST     
 
  AB 692 (Chu D)   Schoolbuses: passenger restraint systems.
  Summary: Would require all schoolbuses purchased or leased for use in California to be equipped with a passenger restraint system at all designated seating positions on or before January 1, 2020. The bill would require the State Department of Education, the Department of the California Highway Patrol, and any other appropriate entities to form a task force to develop a plan to oversee and ensure compliance with the January 1, 2020, target date for the passenger safety restraint requirement.
      Position    Assigned     
      Support    Pev     
 
  AB 694 (Ting D)   Bicycles.
  Summary: Current law requires any person operating a bicycle under specified conditions to ride as close as practicable to the right-hand curb or edge of the roadway, except under specified conditions. This bill would recast those provisions to instead require a person operating a bicycle to ride in the right-hand lane or bicycle lane, if one is present, and would additionally require a person operating a bicycle in a lane that is wide enough for a vehicle and bicycle to travel safely side by side within the lane to ride far enough to the right in order to allow vehicles to pass, except when it is reasonably necessary to avoid conditions that make it hazardous to continue along the right-hand edge of the lane, and when approaching a place where a right turn is authorized.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    Pev/ST     
 
  AB 814 (Bloom D)   Consumer protection: enforcement powers: investigatory subpoena.
  Summary: Current law authorizes a district attorney, upon reasonable belief there has been a violation of the Unfair Competition (UCL) or various other laws related to unfair business practices, to exercise all the powers granted to the Attorney General as a head of department to investigate the potential violation, including the authority to issue subpoenas. This bill would specify that this investigatory power granted to the Attorney General as a head of a department applies to a city attorney of a city having a population in excess of 750,000 or to a city attorney of a city and county when those city attorneys reasonably believe that there may have been a violation of the UCL.
      Position    Assigned     
      Support    Pev     
 
  AB 889 (Stone, Mark D)   Secrecy agreements: public dangers.
  Summary: Current law generally permits the parties to a civil action to include, as a condition to a settlement, a prevision requiring that information about the settlement or the underlying dispute be kept confidential. This bill would provide that in an action based upon the existence of a danger to the public health or safety, as defined, information relating to the danger that was discovered during the course of litigation shall not be kept secret pursuant to an agreement of the parties or a court order, except pursuant to a court order based upon independent findings, as specified.
      Position    Assigned     
      Support    Pev/ST     
 
  AB 984 (Calderon D)   Courts: frivolous actions or tactics.
  Summary: Current law, until January 1, 2018, authorizes a trial court to order a party, the party’s attorney, or both, to pay the reasonable expenses, including attorney’s fees, incurred by another party as a result of bad-faith actions or tactics, as defined, that are frivolous or solely intended to cause unnecessary delay. Current law requires that any sanctions imposed pursuant to those provisions be imposed consistently with the standards, conditions, and procedures set forth in specified provisions relating to sanctions. This bill would extend the authorization of the trial court to order the payment of those reasonable expenses until January 1, 2019.
      Position    Assigned     
      Neutral    JS/LAT     
 
  AB 1103 (Obernolte R)   Bicycles: yielding.
  Summary: Would, notwithstanding specified provisions, authorize a person operating a bicycle approaching a stop sign, after slowing to a reasonable speed and yielding the right-of-way, to cautiously make a turn or proceed through the intersection without stopping, unless safety considerations require otherwise. The bill would require a person operating a bicycle to continuously signal an intention to turn right or left during the last 100 feet traveled before the turn, except as specified. Because this bill would impose a new requirement on bicycle operators, the violation of which would be a crime, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    Pev/ST     
 
  AB 1109 (Kalra D)   Consumer loans.
  Summary: Would eliminate fees paid to participate in an open-end credit program and specified forms of credit insurance from the exceptions provided for the definition of charges, as described above, thereby bringing these fees within the definition of charges. Current law prescribes limits on the rate of charges that may be received for consumer loans with a bona fide principal amount of less than $2,500. This bill would prescribe a limit on the rate of charges that may be received for consumer loans with a bona fide principal amount of $2,500 or more, but not exceeding $10,000, of 2% per month of the unpaid principal balance.
      Position    Assigned     
      Support    Pev     
 
  AB 1138 (Maienschein R)   Sale of cats or dogs.
  Summary: 
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    Pev/ST     
 
  AB 1185 (O'Donnell D)   Rental passenger vehicles.
  Summary: Current law, as part of the restrictions on the use of electronic surveillance as specified, prohibits a rental car company from using, accessing, or obtaining any information relating to the renter’s use of the rental vehicle that was obtained using electronic surveillance technology unless certain conditions are met, including that the rental vehicle has not been returned following one week after the contracted return date, or by one week following the end of an extension of that return date. This bill would instead authorize a rental car company to use, access, or obtain that information if the rental vehicle has not been returned following 24 hours after the contracted return date, or by 24 hours following the end of an extension of that return date.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    Pev     
 
  AB 1236 (Gonzalez Fletcher D)   Birth names.
  Summary: Current law defines terms for the purpose of authorizing a county, the district attorney, and the courts, in consultation with a local law enforcement agency, to establish a mutually agreeable procedure to protect confidential personal information regarding any witness or victim contained in a police report, arrest report, or investigative report, as specified. This bill would make changes to these provisions by, among other things, replacing the term “maiden name” with the term “birth name” and, in the case of some provisions, requiring that an individual’s parents’ birth names, rather than only the mother’s maiden name, either be recorded, disclosed, or withheld, as specified.
      Position    Assigned     
      Support    ST     
 
  AB 1316 (Quirk D)   Public health: childhood lead poisoning: prevention.
  Summary: Would require the standard of care to be that all children be screened for blood lead levels and would clarify that the lead screening would not be paid for by funds from the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Fund. The bill would also make conforming changes and delete obsolete provisions.
      Position    Assigned     
      Support    Pev     
 
  AB 1356 (Eggman D)   Immigration: enforcement actions.
  Summary: Current law makes a legislative finding that all protections, rights, and remedies available under state law, except as prohibited by federal law, are available to all individuals, regardless of immigration status, who have applied for employment or who are or who have been employed in this state. Current law further makes a legislative finding that, for purposes of enforcing state labor, employment, civil rights, and employee housing laws, a person’s immigration status is irrelevant on the issue of liability and shall not be the subject of inquiry except as necessary to comply with federal law. This bill would make nonsubstantive changes to those legislative findings.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    JS/ST     
 
  AB 1491 (Caballero D)   Sales of dogs and cats: contracts and advertising.
  Summary: The Unruh Act, provides for the regulation of retail installment contracts, as defined. The Karnette Rental-Purchase Act, provides for the regulation of rental-purchase agreements, as defined. Current law regulates the sale of dogs and cats in this state, including provisions governing the retail sale of dogs and cats. This bill would declare a contract entered into on or after January 1, 2018, to transfer ownership of a dog or cat in which ownership is contingent upon the making of payments over a period of time subsequent to the transfer of possession of the dog or cat void as against public policy unless those payments are on an unsecured loan for the purchase of that animal.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    Pev/ST     
 
  AB 1495 (Maienschein R)   Civil liability: sexual abuse: children.
  Summary: Current civil law requires every person to abstain from injuring another and makes a person who commits a sexual battery, as defined, upon another liable to that person for specified damages. This bill would impose civil liability and specific penalties upon a person who commits an act that would violate certain criminal provisions pertaining to sexual acts upon a child. The bill would specifically establish liability provisions for injunctive and other equitable relief, based on a petition brought by any victim, or his or her parent or guardian or guardian ad litem, or the Attorney General, a district attorney, or a city attorney, as specified.
      Position    Assigned     
      Support    Pev/ST     
 
  AB 1576 (Levine D)   Gender discrimination: pricing: goods.
  Summary: Would enact the Gender Price Discrimination Act. The bill would prohibit a business from discriminating with respect to the price charged for the same, or substantially similar, goods because of the gender of the targeted user of the good, as specified. The bill would authorize the Attorney General, a district attorney, or a city attorney to prosecute a civil action for preventive relief for a violation of this prohibition.
      Position    Assigned     
      Defer    JS/ST     
 
  AB 1600 (Chen R)   Consumer credit reporting agencies.
  Summary: The Consumer Credit Reporting Agencies Act requires every consumer credit reporting agency, upon request and proper identification of any consumer, to allow the consumer to visually inspect all files maintained regarding that consumer at the time of the request. The act requires every consumer reporting agency, upon contact by a consumer regarding information which may be contained in the agency files regarding that consumer, to inform the consumer of specified rights and agency obligations. This bill would make nonsubstantive changes to those provisions.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    ST     
 
  AB 1690 (Committee on Judiciary)   Personal rights: compensatory relief.
  Summary: Current law finds and declares that for the purposes of enforcing state labor, employment, civil rights, and employee housing laws, a person’s immigration status is irrelevant to the issue of liability, and no inquiry shall be permitted into a person’s immigration status, except when necessary to comply with federal immigration law. This bill also would find and declare that for the purposes of enforcing consumer protection laws, a person’s immigration status is irrelevant to the issue of liability, and that no inquiry shall be permitted into a person’s immigration status, except when necessary to comply with federal immigration law.
      Position    Assigned     
      Sponsor    JS/ST     
 
  SB 17 (Hernandez D)   Health care: prescription drug costs.
  Summary: Current law requires health care service plans and health insurers to file specified rate information with DMHC or DOI, as applicable, for health care service plan contracts or health insurance policies in the individual or small group markets and for health care service plan contracts and health insurance policies in the large group market. This bill would require health care service plans or health insurers that file the above-described rate information to report to DMHC or DOI, on a date no later than the reporting of the rate information, specified cost information regarding covered prescription drugs, including generic drugs, brand name drugs, and specialty drugs, dispensed as provided. DMHC and DOI would be required to compile the reported information into a report for the public and legislators that demonstrates the overall impact of drug costs on health care premiums and publish the reports on their Internet Web sites by January 1 of each year.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    LAT/ST     
 
  SB 158 (Monning D)   Commercial driver’s license: education.
  Summary: Would require the Department of Motor Vehicles, no later than February 7, 2020, to adopt regulations related to entry-level driver training requirements for drivers of commercial motor vehicles including specified minimum hours of behind-the-wheel training and in compliance with the requirements of specified federal regulations. The bill would also require, for issuance of an original commercial driver’s license, upon adoption of these regulations, a person to provide proof of successful completion of a course of instruction from a commercial motor vehicle driver training institution, or a program offered by an employer, that is listed on the Training Provider Registry of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    Pev     
 
  SB 178 (Wieckowski D)   Civil law: nuisance.
  Summary: Current law defines, among other things, anything that is an obstruction to the free use of property, so as to interfere with the comfortable enjoyment of life or property, as a nuisance.This bill would also define anything that is an obstruction to the free use of property, so as to interfere with the quiet enjoyment of life or property, as a nuisance.
      Position    Assigned     
      Defer    ST     
 
  SB 258 (Lara D)   Cleaning Product Right to Know Act of 2017.
  Summary: Would require a manufacturer of a cleaning product, as defined, that is manufactured or sold in the state on or after January 1, 2018, to disclose ingredients or contaminants of concern contained in and health impact information related to the cleaning product on the product label, post the cleaning product ingredient information on the manufacturer’s Internet Web site, and include specified information on the cleaning product’s label concerning ingredients or contaminants of concern contained in the cleaning product, including Internet Web sites where more information may be found.
      Position    Assigned     
      Support    Pev/ST     
 
  SB 266 (Dodd D)   Armed service members: consumer loans.
  Summary: The Military Lending Act prohibits a creditor who extends consumer credit to a covered member of the armed forces or a dependent of such a member from requiring that member or dependent to pay interest with respect to the extension of such credit, unless an exception to that rule applies. Current law makes it unlawful under the California Finance Lenders Law and the California Deferred Deposit Transaction Law to violate the provision of the John Warner National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2007 that added the Military Lending Act. This bill would amend the laws described above to update the references to the Military Lending Act in order to incorporate amendments to that act, and its applicable regulations.
      Position    Assigned     
      Support    Pev/ST     
 
  SB 313 (Hertzberg D)   Advertising: automatic renewal and continuous service offers.
  Summary: Would require a business that makes an automatic renewal offer or continuous service offer that includes an introductory or new customer offer, or a free gift or trial, to receive a consumer’s explicit opt-in authorization for the automatic renewal or continuous service separate from the consumer’s agreement to accept the introductory or new customer offer, or the free gift or trial. The bill would prohibit a business from charging a consumer’s credit or debit card, or the consumer’s account with a 3rd party, for an automatic renewal or continuous service that is made at a promotional or discounted price for a limited period of time without first obtaining the consumer’s consent to the agreement.
      Position    Assigned     
      Support    Pev/ST     
 
  SB 442 (Newman D)   Public health: pools: drownings.
  Summary: Would require, when a building permit is issued, that the pool or spa be equipped with at least 2 of 7 specified drowning prevention safety features. The bill would revise the characteristics of some of those safety features. The bill would also delete the exemption from the act of political subdivisions that adopt ordinances for swimming pools. By imposing additional duties on local officials, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    Pev     
 
  SB 613 (De León D)   Immigration status.
  Summary: Current law requires the Division of Juvenile Justice to cooperate with the United States Bureau of Immigration in arranging for the deportation of all aliens who are committed to it. This bill would repeal that provision. This bill contains other related provisions and other current laws.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    JS/ST     


  Courts



 
  AB 296 (Cervantes D)   Task Force on California Women Veterans Health.
  Summary: Would, until July 1, 2023, establish the Task Force on California Women Veterans Health Care, within the Department of Veterans Affairs, comprised of 9 voting members appointed by the Secretary of Veteran Affairs. The bill would prohibit task force members from receiving compensation or reimbursement of expenses for their service. The bill would require the secretary to designate an employee of the department to serve as a nonvoting representative of the department to the task force and would require the department to provide staff support to the task force.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    ND     
 
  AB 414 (Medina D)   Suspension and allocation of vacant judgeships.
  Summary: Would require the suspension of 4 vacant judgeships, as defined, from superior courts with more authorized judgeships than their assessed judicial need and would require the allocation of 4 judgeships to superior courts with fewer authorized judgeships than their assessed judicial need. The bill would require the suspension and allocation of judgeships to be based on a superior court’s assessed judicial need in accordance with the uniform standards as specified.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    ND     
 
  AB 452 (Bloom D)   Courts.
  Summary: Current law creates the position of Clerk of the Supreme Court, and Clerk/Administrator of the Court of Appeal.This bill would change references to the Clerk of the Supreme Court to the Clerk/Executive Officer of the Supreme Court, and would change references to the Clerk/Administrator of the Court of Appeal to the Clerk/Executive Officer of the Court of Appeal. This bill contains other related provisions and other current laws.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    ND     
 
  AB 535 (Jones-Sawyer D)   Trial jurors: eligibility.
  Summary: Current law excludes from jury service a person who has been convicted of malfeasance in office. Current law also excludes from jury service a felon whose civil rights have not been restored. This bill would instead exclude a felon who has not completed probation, parole, post-release community supervision, or mandatory supervision. This bill would also categorically exclude a person who has been convicted of bribery, perjury, forgery, or other high crimes.
      Position    Assigned     
      Defer    ND     
 
  AB 701 (Gallagher R)   Access to judicial and nonjudicial proceedings: hearing impaired.
  Summary: Would require an operator of a computer-aided transcription system to be certified by a state or national association approved by the Court Reporters Board of California.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    ND     
 
  AB 976 (Berman D)   Electronic filing and service.
  Summary: Under current law, the Orange County Superior Court is authorized until July 1, 2014, to establish a pilot project to require parties to specified civil actions to file and serve documents electronically, subject to certain requirements. This bill would remove the authorization of the Orange County Superior Court to establish the aforementioned pilot project, and would instead authorize all trial courts in the State of California to, by local rule, require the electronic filing and service of documents in civil actions, as specified, in accordance with certain requirements.
      Position    Assigned     
      Defer    ND/ST     
 
  AB 1078 (Cunningham R)   Superior courts.
  Summary: Under the Superior Court Security Act of 2012, a sheriff’s department is responsible for providing the necessary level of court security services in all counties, except as specified. Current law requires the sheriff to attend all superior court sessions held within his or her county except for a noncriminal, nondelinquency action if the presiding judge or his or her designee determines that the sheriff’s attendance is not necessary for reasons of public safety. Existing law authorizes the court to use court attendants, as defined, in courtrooms hearing noncriminal, nondelinquency actions. This bill would make technical, nonsubstantive changes to those provisions.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    ND     
 
  AB 1093 (Chen R)   Service of process.
  Summary: Under cirremt law a certificate of registration is effective for two years or until the date the bond expires, whichever occurs first, and a certificate can be renewed up to 60 days before its expiration. Current law requires a person renewing a lapsed certificate of registration to resubmit the form to verify that he or she has not been convicted of a felony. This bill would instead require a person renewing a certificate of registration to only submit the form to verify that he or she has not been convicted of a felony if there is a lapse of less than 3 years since his or her certificate expired.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    ND     
 
  AB 1450 (Obernolte R)   Court reporters: electronic transcripts.
  Summary: Current law requires an official reporter or official reporter pro tempore of the superior court to take down in shorthand specified information regarding the testimony and proceedings before the court in civil cases, felony cases, and misdemeanor or infraction cases on order of the court, and in only civil cases or felony cases, at the request of a party or counsel. Current law authorizes a court, party, or other person entitled to a transcript to request that it be delivered in computer-readable form, except as specified. This bill would instead require that all transcripts be delivered in electronic format to any court, party, or person entitled to the transcript, as specified, unless the transcript is requested to be delivered in paper form.
      Position    Assigned     
      Defer    ND     
 
  AB 1463 (Levine D)   Court Case Management System: expenditures.
  Summary: Current law establishes the Trial Court Trust Fund, the proceeds of which are apportioned to fund trial court operations, as well as providing for the direct payment or reimbursement of the actual costs of operating one or more trial courts upon the authorization of the participating courts. Current law prohibits the Judicial Council from expending funds on the Court Case Management System without consent from the Legislature, except as specified. This bill would repeal the language prohibiting the Judicial Council from expending funds on the Court Case Management System without consent from the Legislature.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    ND     
 
  AB 1541 (Kalra D)   Examination of prospective jurors.
  Summary: Would require the court to utilize, as part of voir dire in a criminal case, a written questionnaire that is to be completed by all prospective jurors who are not excused for hardship. The bill would also authorize the court, in the exercise of its discretion, to limit the oral and direct questioning of the initial panel of prospective jurors by counsel to one hour by each party.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    ND/ST     
 
  AB 1631 (Salas D)   Shorthand reporters: shorthand reporting service corporation.
  Summary: Would define a shorthand reporting service corporation as a corporation that renders back office support services to shorthand reporting corporations and certified shorthand reporters, as specified. This bill would prohibit a shorthand reporting service corporation or its owners, managers, or employees from giving or otherwise providing cash or cash equivalents, including gift cards, for marketing purposes. This bill would prohibit its provisions from being construed to limit a shorthand reporting service corporation from entering into long-term or multi-case contracts with attorneys, law firms, or 3rd parties, as specified.
      Position    Assigned     
      Defer    ND     
 
  SB 36 (Jackson D)   Attorneys: annual membership fee.
  Summary: The State Bar Act provides for the licensure and regulation of attorneys by the State Bar of California, a public corporation governed by a board of trustees. Current law, until January 1, 2017, requires the board to charge an annual membership fee for active members of up to $315 for 2016.This bill would, until January 1, 2019, require the board to charge an annual membership fee in the same amount for 2018.
      Position    Assigned     
      Defer    ND     
 
  SB 38 (Roth D)   Courts: judgeships.
  Summary: Would increase the number of judges in the division of the 4th Appellate District of the Court of Appeal located in the San Bernardino/Riverside area to 8 judges. The bill would appropriate $1,202,000 from the General Fund to the judicial branch for the purpose of funding the cost of that new appellate court justice and accompanying staff. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    ND     
 
  SB 39 (Roth D)   Suspension and allocation of judgeships.
  Summary: Would require the suspension of 4 vacant judgeships, as defined, in superior courts with more authorized judgeships than their assessed judicial need. The bill would require the allocation of 4 judgeships to superior courts with fewer authorized judgeships than their assessed judicial need and would require the judgeships to be funded using existing appropriations for the compensation of superior court judges.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    ND     
 
  SB 316 (Wieckowski D)   Attorneys: state contracts for legal services.
  Summary: The State Bar Act requires a law firm that contracts with the state for legal services exceeding $50,000 to certify that it agrees to make a good faith effort to provide a minimum number of hours of pro bono legal services during each year of the contract. The act provides that failure of a firm to make a good faith effort to provide those hours may be cause for nonrenewal of a state contract and may be taken into account when determining the award of future contracts with the state. This bill, in order to assist the awarding department in determining whether the firm provided or made a good faith effort to provide those hours, would require the firm to provide information regarding the specified factors to the State Bar of California on a form to be provided by the State Bar.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    ND     
 
  SB 339 (Roth D)   Veterans treatment courts: Judicial Council assessment and survey.
  Summary: Would require the Judicial Council to report to the Legislature on a study of veterans and veterans treatment courts that includes a statewide assessment, as specified, of veterans treatment courts currently in operation and a survey of counties that do not operate veterans treatment courts that identifies barriers to program implementation and assesses the need for veterans treatment courts in those counties, if funds are received for that purpose. The bill would require the Judicial Council to report to the Legislature on the results of the study, as specified, on or before June 1, 2020.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    ND     
 
  SB 467 (Wilk R)   Civil actions: appearance by electronic means.
  Summary: Would permit a party who has provided notice to appear by electronic means that provide remote access to a conference, hearing, or proceeding in all civil cases, including probate, guardianship, conservatorship, juvenile, and family law proceedings. The bill would require the Judicial Council to adopt rules and establish fees effectuating the policies and provisions made by this act no later than July 1, 2019, and would also make conforming changes to other provisions of law.
      Position    Assigned     
      Defer    ND     
 
  SB 468 (Leyva D)   School districts: governing boards: pupil members.
  Summary: Current law requires the governing board of a school district maintaining one or more high schools to appoint to its membership one or more pupil members if pupils submit a petition to the governing board to make those appointments, as provided. Current law requires a pupil member to be recognized as a full member of the governing board of the school district at meetings, including receiving all materials presented to the board members and participating in the questioning of witnesses and the discussion of issues. This bill would specify that a pupil member shall receive all materials presented to the board members at the same time the materials are presented to the board members and would additionally require a pupil member to be invited to staff briefings of board members.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    ND     
 
  SB 484 (Roth D)   Deposition reporting services: unlawful business practices.
  Summary: Would provide that it is unlawful for a person or entity that employs one or more deposition officers for the purpose of transcribing deposition testimony to give, pursuant to any agreement or understanding, oral or otherwise, any referral fee, kickback, bribe, rebate, or thing of value to an attorney or law firm, or to an employee or independent contractor of an attorney or law firm, as compensation or inducement in connection with the services to be provided by the deposition officer, as specified.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    ND     
 
  SB 543 (Morrell R)   Civil actions: service of documents.
  Summary: Current law provides that a party to an action in which it is alleged that 2 or more parties are joint tortfeasors or co-obligors on a contract debt is entitled to a hearing on the issue of the good faith of a settlement entered into by the plaintiff or other claimant and one or more alleged tortfeasors or co-obligors, upon giving a specified notice. In the alternative, a settling party may give notice of settlement to all parties and to the court, together with an application for a determination of good faith settlement and a proposed order. Current law requires that the notice, application, and proposed order be given by certified mail, return receipt requested. This bill would provide that the notice, application, and proposed order may additionally be given by personal service.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    ND     
 
  SB 576 (Wiener D)   Jury commissioners: juror data collections and maintenance.
  Summary: Would require a jury commissioner to collect and maintain certain demographic data for all prospective jurors who appear for jury service pursuant to a jury summons. The bill would also require a jury commissioner to collect and maintain the names of prospective jurors who fail to appear after being sent a jury summons and the action, if any, taken by the jury commissioner in response to a prospective juror’s failure to appear.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    ND     
 
  SB 642 (Wieckowski D)   Civil actions: renewal of judgments.
  Summary: Current law provides that the period of enforceability of a money judgment or a judgment for possession or sale of property may be extended by renewal of the judgment. Current law provides a mechanism for a judgment debtor to apply by noticed motion for an order of the court vacating the renewal of the judgment. Current law requires the judgment debtor to serve notice of the motion on the judgment creditor personally or by mail.This bill would specify that mail service of the notice must be made by first-class mail and within three days of the application for the order.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    ND     
 
  SB 658 (Wiener D)   Jury selection: questionnaire.
  Summary: Current law states that the trial judge should consider, among other criteria, any unique or complex elements in the case when exercising his or her discretion as to the form and subject matter of voir dire questions. This bill would require the parties to be provided reasonable time to evaluate the responses to a questionnaire, if utilized, before oral questioning commences. This bill would state that the trial judge should also consider the amount of time requested by trial counsel when exercising his or her discretion as to the form and subject matter of voir dire questions.
      Position    Assigned     
      Sponsor    ND, Pev, ST     
 
  SB 811 (Committee on Public Safety)   Public safety: omnibus.
  Summary: Current law provides that, in a criminal action, expert testimony is admissible by either the prosecution or the defense regarding the effects of human trafficking on human trafficking victims. Current law defines the term “human trafficking” pursuant to a specified provision of the Penal Code.This bill would clarify that the term “human trafficking victim” is defined as a victim of an offense as described in that provision of the Penal Code. This bill contains other related provisions and other current laws.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    ND     


  CURES



 
  AB 1048 (Arambula D)   Health care: pain management and Schedule II drug prescriptions.
  Summary: Would authorize a pharmacist to dispense a Schedule II controlled substance as a partial fill if requested by the patient or the prescribing physician. The bill would require the pharmacy to retain the original prescription, with a notation of how much of the prescription has been filled, until the prescription has been fully dispensed, and would impose notification requirements on the pharmacy. The bill would require the pharmacy to collect the copayment, if any, for the entire prescription at the time of the first partial fill and would prohibit a pharmacy from charging an additional fee, service fee, or a higher rate or copayment for prescriptions that are dispensed as partial fills.
      Position    Assigned     
      Defer    JS/LAT     
 
  SB 176 (Bates R)   Controlled substances: fentanyl and carfentanil.
  Summary: Current law classifies controlled substances into 5 schedules and places the greatest restrictions and penalties on the use of those substances placed in Schedule I. The drug fentanyl, an opiate, is classified in Schedule II. Current law prohibits a person from possessing for sale or purchasing for purposes of sale specified controlled substances, including fentanyl, and provides for imprisonment in a county jail for 2, 3, or 4 years for a violation of this provision. This bill would classify carfentanil, an opiate, in Schedule II.
      Position    Assigned     
      Defer    JS/LAT     
 
  SB 419 (Portantino D)   Oxycodone: prescriptions.
  Summary: Would prohibit a person from prescribing oxycodone, by whatever official, common, usual, chemical, or trade name designated, to a patient under 21 years of age, except as specified. The bill would make a violation of this prohibition subject to a civil penalty, as specified. The bill would also authorize a patient who was prescribed oxycodone in violation of the prohibition, and who sustained economic loss or personal injury as a result of that violation, to bring a civil action to recover compensatory damages, reasonable attorney’s fees, and litigation.
      Position    Assigned     
      Support    JS/LAT     


  Elder Abuse



 
  AB 275 (Wood D)   Long-term care facilities: requirements for changes resulting in the inability of the facility to care for its residents.
  Summary: Current law imposes various notice and planning requirements upon a long-term health care facility before allowing a change in the status of the license or operation of the facility that results in the inability of the facility to care for its patients or residents, including a requirement for written notification to the affected patients or their guardians at least 30 days prior to the change. Under existing law, these requirements also include taking reasonable steps to medically, socially, and physically assess each affected patient or resident prior to a transfer due to the change, and, when 10 or more residents are likely to be transferred due to a change, the preparation and submission of a proposed relocation plan to the department for approval. This bill would expand the notice and planning requirements that a long-term health care facility provides before any change in the status of the license or in the operation of the facility that results in its inability to care for its residents.
      Position    Assigned     
      Support    JS/Pev     
 
  AB 611 (Dababneh D)   Mandated reporters of suspected financial abuse of an elder or dependent adult: powers of attorney.
  Summary: Would authorize a mandated reporter of suspected financial abuse of an elder or dependent adult to not honor any power of attorney if he or she makes, or has actual knowledge that any other person has made, a report to an adult protective services agency or a local law enforcement agency of any state that the natural person who executed the power of attorney may be an elder or dependent adult subject to financial abuse.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    Pev     
 
  AB 859 (Eggman D)   Elder and dependent adults: abuse or neglect.
  Summary: The Elder Abuse and Dependent Adult Civil Protection Act provides for the award of attorney’s fees and costs to, and the recovery of damages by, a plaintiff when it is proven by clear and convincing evidence that the defendant is liable for physical abuse or neglect, and the defendant has also been found guilty of recklessness, oppression, fraud, or malice in the commission of that abuse. The bill would apply a preponderance of the evidence standard to any case brought under this act that alleges physical abuse or neglect upon circumstances in which spoliation of evidence has been committed by the defendant, as specified.
      Position    Assigned     
      Sponsor    JS/Pev     
 
  AB 940 (Weber D)   Long-term health care facilities: notice.
  Summary: Would require a long-term health care facility to notify the local long-term care ombudsman any time a resident is notified in writing of a transfer or discharge from the facility, as specified. The bill would provide that a failure to provide that notice would constitute a class B violation for purposes of a department-issued citation. The bill would authorize the department to impose additional penalties under those provisions if the failure to send the notice is intentional.
      Position    Assigned     
      Support    Pev     
 
  AB 941 (Voepel R)   Residential care facilities for the elderly.
  Summary: Current law, the California Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly Act, provides for the licensure and regulation of residential care facilities for the elderly by the State Department of Social Services. A violation of these provisions is a misdemeanor. Current law establishes specified rights for residents of residential care facilities for the elderly.This bill would make technical, nonsubstantive changes to a provision of the act.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    Pev     
 
  AB 1335 (Kalra D)   Long-term health facilities.
  Summary: Current law provides for the licensure and regulation of long-term health facilities and establishes an inspection and reporting system to ensure that long-term health care facilities are in compliance with state statutes and regulations pertaining to patient care and a system for the imposition of prompt and effective civil sanctions against long-term health care facilities in violation of the laws and regulations of this state. This bill would make technical, nonsubstantive changes to those provisions.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    Pev     
 
  AB 1373 (Daly D)   Insurance: annuity.
  Summary: Current law requires insurance producers, who are otherwise entitled to engage in the sale of annuity products, to complete training approved by the Insurance Commissioner and provided by a commissioner-approved education provider consisting of specified topics, including, but not limited to, the types of annuities and various classifications of annuities and how fixed, variable, and indexed annuity contract provisions affect consumers. This bill would require an insurance producer soliciting the sale of an annuity product to provide the applicant with the appropriate deferred annuities buyer’s guide, as defined, adopted by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, and would add those buyer’s guides to the list of training topics.
      Position    Assigned     
      Defer    Pev     
 
  AB 1398 (Kalra D)   Annuities: cash surrender benefits.
  Summary: Current law requires, with exceptions, that no contract of annuity be delivered or issued for delivery in this state unless it contains, in substance, specified provisions, or corresponding provisions which in the opinion of the commissioner are at least as favorable to the contractholder, upon cessation of payment of considerations under the contract. This bill would require the insurer to return to the owner all moneys due for annuity contracts that are surrendered by the contract owner as expeditiously as possible after the request for surrender is received, as defined, but no later than 45 days from the date of surrender, as specified.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    Pev     
 
  AB 1437 (Patterson R)   California Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly Act: licensing.
  Summary: Would prohibit an individual who is employed at a residential care facility for the elderly operated by a licensee and who possesses a current criminal record clearance from being required to transfer his or her current criminal record clearance to another facility operated by the same licensee. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    Pev     
 
  AB 1513 (Kalra D)   Residential care facilities for the elderly: review.
  Summary: Would require the Legislative Analyst’s Office to review the enforcement framework for residential care facilities for the elderly and to submit recommendations for any updates to the relevant policy committees of the Legislature on or before October 1, 2018.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    Pev     
 
  SB 219 (Wiener D)   Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Long-Term Care Facility Resident’s Bill of Rights.
  Summary: Would make it unlawful, except as specified, for any long-term care facility to take specified actions wholly or partially on the basis of a person’s actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) status, including, among others, refusing to use a resident’s preferred name or pronoun and denying admission to a long-term care facility, transferring or refusing to transfer a resident within a facility or to another facility, or discharging or evicting a resident from a facility.
      Position    Assigned     
      Support    JS/Pev     
 
  SB 481 (Pan D)   Long-term health facilities: informed consent.
  Summary: Would, before implementing a medical intervention that requires informed consent for a resident that lacks capacity to make health care decisions and there is no person with legal authority able and willing to make those decisions, require the physician, skilled nursing facility, or intermediate care facility, to promptly notify the resident, orally and in writing, that it has been determined that the resident lacks capacity.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    Pev     
 
  SB 648 (Mendoza D)   Health and care facilities: referral agencies.
  Summary: Current law provides for the licensure and regulation, by the State Department of Public Health, of referral agencies that provide referrals to any extended care, skilled nursing home or intermediate care facility or a distinct part of a facility providing extended care, skilled nursing home care, or intermediate care. Current law exempts a local public agency performing referral services without cost from these provisions. Under current law, a violation of these provisions is subject to a civil penalty and suspension or revocation of the license. This bill would impose additional requirements and prohibitions on referral agencies that refer persons for remuneration to any residential care facility for the elderly, whether or not the agency is licensed pursuant to the above-described provisions.
      Position    Assigned     
      Support    Pev     


  Employment



 
  AB 5 (Gonzalez Fletcher D)   Employers: Opportunity to Work Act.
  Summary: Would create the Opportunity to Work Act. The bill would require an employer with 10 or more employees to offer additional hours of work to an existing nonexempt employee before hiring an additional employee or subcontractor, except as specified, would require an employer to post a notice of employee rights, as specified, and would require the employer to maintain certain documentation. The bill would authorize an employee to file a complaint for violation of these provisions with the division and to, in the alternative, bring a civil action for remedies under the act.
      Position    Assigned     
      Defer    JS     
 
  AB 46 (Cooper D)   Employers: wage discrimination.
  Summary: Under current law, an employer or other person who violates or causes a violation of that prohibition, or who reduces the wages of any employee in order to comply with that prohibition, is guilty of a misdemeanor. This bill would define “employer” for those purposes to include public and private employers. The bill would specify that a public employer is not subject to the misdemeanor provision.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    JS/Pev     
 
  AB 168 (Eggman D)   Employers: salary information.
  Summary: Would prohibit an employer, including state and local government employers, from seeking salary history information about an applicant for employment, except as otherwise provided. The bill would require an employer, except state and local government employers, upon reasonable request, to provide the pay scale for a position to an applicant for employment. The bill would specify that a violation of its provisions would not be subject to the misdemeanor provision.
      Position    Assigned     
      Defer    JS     
 
  AB 263 (Rodriguez D)   Emergency medical services workers: rights and working conditions.
  Summary: Would require an employer that provides emergency medical services as part of an emergency medical services system or plan to authorize and permit its employees engaged in prehospital emergency services to take prescribed rest periods. This bill also would require the employer to provide these employees with prescribed meal periods.This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    JS/Pev     
 
  AB 281 (Salas D)   Labor Code Private Attorneys General Act of 2004: penalties.
  Summary: The Labor Code Private Attorneys General Act of 2004 authorizes an aggrieved employee who complies with specified notice and filing requirements to bring a civil action to recover specified civil penalties that would otherwise be assessed and collected by the Labor and Workforce Development Agency (agency). Current law provides that an employee who prevails in an action under these provisions is entitled to recover his or her filing fees and reasonable attorney’s fees and costs. Current law provides that civil penalties may be assessed against the employer, as provided. The bill would provide that an aggrieved employee may be awarded civil penalties based only upon a violation by the employer actually suffered by that employee.
      Position    Assigned     
      Oppose    JS     
 
  AB 353 (Voepel R)   Veterans’ preferences: voluntary policy.
  Summary: Would enact the Voluntary Veterans’ Preference Employment Policy Act to authorize a private employer to establish and maintain a written veterans’ preference employment policy, to be applied uniformly to hiring decisions, to give a voluntary preference for hiring or retaining a veteran over another qualified applicant or employee. The bill would provide that the granting of a veterans’ preference pursuant to the bill, in and of itself, shall be deemed not to violate any local or state equal employment opportunity law or regulation, including, but not limited to, the antidiscrimination provisions of the California Fair Employment and Housing Act.
      Position    Assigned     
      Defer    JS/ST     
 
  AB 403 (Melendez R)   Legislature: Legislative Employee Whistleblower Protection Act.
  Summary: Would prohibit interference with the right of legislative employees, as defined, to make protected disclosures of ethics violations and would prohibit retaliation against legislative employees who have made protected disclosures. This bill would establish a procedure for legislative employees to report violations of the prohibitions to the Legislature. The bill would also impose civil and criminal liability on a person who interferes with a legislative employee’s right to make a protected disclosure or who engages in retaliatory acts, as specified. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.
      Position    Assigned     
      Defer    JS     
 
  AB 442 (Frazier D)   Employer liability: small business and microbusiness.
  Summary: Would prohibit the Division of Occupational Safety and Health from commencing any enforcement action for any nonserious violation, as defined, against any employer where the employer is a small business or microbusiness, as defined, without first giving the employer written notice and providing the employer 30 days to correct the violation. The bill would authorize the division to assess a reasonable fee to cover its costs not to exceed $50.
      Position    Assigned     
      Defer    JS/Pev     
 
  AB 450 (Chiu D)   Employment regulation: immigration worksite enforcement actions.
  Summary: This bill would impose various requirements on public and private employers with regard to federal immigration agency immigration worksite enforcement actions. Except as otherwise provided by federal law, the bill would prohibit an employer from providing a federal immigration enforcement agent access to a place of labor without a properly executed warrant and would prohibit an employer, or a person acting on behalf of the employer, from providing voluntary access to a federal government immigration enforcement agent to the employer’s employee records without a subpoena. The bill would require an employer to provide an employee, and the employee’s representative, a written notice containing specified information, in the language the employer normally uses to communicate employment information, of an immigration worksite enforcement action to be conducted by a federal immigration agency at the employer’s worksite, unless prohibited by federal law. This bill contains other related laws and provisions.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    JS/ST     
 
  AB 518 (Harper R)   Discrimination: state employees: travel.
  Summary: Current law prohibits a state agency and the Legislature from requiring any of its employees, officers, or members to travel to, or approving a request for state-funded or state-sponsored travel to, any state that has enacted a law that voids or repeals, or has the effect of voiding or repealing, existing state or local protections against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression or has enacted a law that authorizes or requires discrimination against same-sex couples or their families or on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression, as specified. Current law excepts from these provisions travel that is required for specified purposes. This bill also would exempt travel that is required to attend or to participate in an academic conference or competition, or an athletic event, and travel that is required to further recruitment of a prospective student athlete, from these provisions.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    JS     
 
  AB 569 (Gonzalez Fletcher D)   Discrimination: reproductive health.
  Summary: Would amend provisions of labor law relating to the obligations of an employer to prohibit an employer from taking any adverse employment action, as defined, against an employee based on the use of any drug, device, or medical service related to reproductive health by an employee or employee’s dependent or requiring an employee to sign a waiver or other document that purports to deny any employee the right to make his or her own reproductive health care decisions, including the use of a particular drug, device, or medical service.
      Position    Assigned     
      Support    JS/ST     
 
  AB 817 (Flora R)   Compensation: rest or recovery periods.
  Summary: Would permit an employer providing emergency medical services to the public to require employees to monitor and respond to pagers, radios, station alert boxes, intercoms, cell phones, or other communication methods during rest or recovery periods without penalty, to provide for the public health and welfare. The bill would require mandated rest or recovery periods interrupted for emergency response purposes to be rescheduled. The bill would state that it is declaratory of existing law.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    JS     
 
  AB 912 (Obernolte R)   Small business: California Small Business Regulatory Fairness Act.
  Summary: Would require a state agency to assist a small business, as defined, in complying with all statutes and regulations administered by the state agency and in any enforcement action by the state agency. The bill would require a state agency to establish a policy, by December 31, 2018, that provides for the reduction, and under certain circumstances waiver, of civil penalties for a small business based upon mitigating factors including, but not limited to, that the violation by the small business did not pose an imminent health, safety, or environmental threat.
      Position    Assigned     
      Defer    JS/ST     
 
  AB 1008 (McCarty D)   Employment discrimination: prior criminal history.
  Summary: Would provide it is an unlawful employment practice for an employer to include on any application for employment any question that seeks the disclosure of an applicant’s criminal history, to inquire into or consider the conviction history of an applicant until that applicant has received a conditional offer, and, when conducting a conviction history background check, to consider, distribute, or disseminate specified information related to prior criminal convictions, except as provided.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    JS     
 
  AB 1099 (Gonzalez Fletcher D)   Compensation: gratuities.
  Summary: Would also require an employer that permits a patron to pay for services performed by an employee by debit or credit card to also accept a debit or credit card for payment of gratuity. The bill would require payment of a gratuity made by a patron using a credit card to be made to the employee not later than the next regular payday following the date the patron authorized the credit card payment. Because a violation of these provisions would be a crime, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    JS     
 
  AB 1102 (Rodriguez D)   Health facilities: whistleblower protections.
  Summary: Current law prohibits a health facility from discriminating or retaliating against a patient, employee, member of the medical staff, or any other health care worker of the health facility because that person has presented a grievance, complaint, or report to the facility, as specified, or has initiated, participated, or cooperated in an investigation or administrative proceeding related to the quality of care, services, or conditions at the facility, as specified. This bill would additionally prohibit a health facility from discriminating or retaliating against any of the above-described persons because that person has refused an assignment or change in assignment on the basis that it would violate requirements set forth pursuant to regulations adopted under the provisions described above relating to nursing.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    JS     
 
  AB 1111 (Garcia, Eduardo D)   Removing Barriers to Employment Act: Breaking Barriers to Employment Initiative.
  Summary: Would enact the Removing Barriers to Employment Act, which would establish the Breaking Barriers to Employment Initiative within the Labor and Workforce Development Agency. The bill would require the initiative to be led by the Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development and authorizes the secretary to assign all or part of the administration of the initiative to one or more entities within the agency’s oversight, or to authorize another state agency, under specified conditions, to administer a portion of the initiative.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    ST     
 
  AB 1173 (Harper R)   Employment: work hours: holiday season: overtime.
  Summary: Would establish an overtime exemption for an employee-selected holiday season flexible work schedule. The exemption would allow during the holiday season, as defined, at the request of an individual nonexempt employee working in the retail industry, and upon employer approval, an employee-selected flexible work schedule providing for workdays up to 10 hours per day within a 40-hour workweek. The employer would be obligated to pay overtime based on the employee’s regular rate of pay, as prescribed, for all hours worked over 40 hours in a workweek or over 10 hours in a workday, whichever is greater.
      Position    Assigned     
      Oppose    ST     
 
  AB 1174 (Harper R)   Right to work: labor organizations.
  Summary: Would, commencing January 1, 2018, prohibit a person from requiring an employee, as a condition of obtaining or continuing employment, to contribute financial support to a labor organization or financially support a charity or other organization sponsored by, or at the behest of, a labor organization. This bill would permit an employee or potential employee to seek injunctive relief or monetary damages, or both, for violations or threatened violations of these provisions. This bill would exempt specified employers and employees covered by federal law and would exempt circumstances that would be preempted by federal law from these provisions.
      Position    Assigned     
      Oppose    ST     
 
  AB 1209 (Gonzalez Fletcher D)   Employers: gender pay differentials.
  Summary: Current law regulates the terms and conditions of employment, including the payment of wages. Current law generally prohibits an employer from paying any of its employees at rates less than the rates paid to employees of the opposite sex for substantially similar work, as specified. This bill would require an employer that is required to file a statement of information with the Secretary of State and that has 250 or more employees to collect specified information on gender pay differentials. The bill would require the employer to publish the information collected on an Internet Web site that is available to the public by July 1, 2020, and to submit it to the Secretary of State, subject to the occurrence of a specified contingency.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    Pev     
 
  AB 1241 (Flora R)   Employment: work hours.
  Summary: Current law, with certain exceptions, establishes 8 hours as a day’s work and a 40-hour workweek, and requires payment of prescribed overtime compensation for additional hours worked. This bill would make nonsubstantive changes to that provision.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    ST     
 
  AB 1388 (Chen R)   Employers: wage discrimination.
  Summary: Current law prohibits an employer from paying any of its employees at wage rates less than the rates paid to employees of the opposite sex for substantially similar work, when viewed as a composite of skill, effort, and responsibility, and performed under similar working conditions, unless the employer demonstrates that one or more specific factors, reasonably applied, account for the entire wage differential. Current law also similarly prohibits an employer from paying any of its employees at wage rates less than the rates paid to employees of another race or ethnicity for substantially similar work. This bill would make a nonsubstantive change to those provisions.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    ST     
 
  AB 1435 (Gonzalez Fletcher D)   The Athlete Protection Act.
  Summary: Would establish the Athlete Protection Act under the administration of the Athlete Protection Commission, which would be establish by the bill, for the protection of college or university athletes participating in intercollegiate athletic programs offered by institutions of higher education located in California. The act would charge the commission with specified duties related to the protection of these athletes and would subject individuals who commit violations of the act to penalties, which may include civil liability or a temporary or permanent prohibition from employment at institutions of higher education, pursuant to regulations to be adopted by the commission.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    ST     
 
  AB 1556 (Stone, Mark D)   Employment discrimination: unlawful employment practices.
  Summary: 
      Position    Assigned     
      Support    Pev/ST     
 
  AB 1565 (Thurmond D)   Work hours: overtime compensation: executive, administrative, or professional employees.
  Summary: Current law, with certain exceptions, establishes 8 hours as a day's work and a 40-hour workweek, and requires payment of prescribed overtime compensation for additional hours worked. Current law authorizes the Industrial Welfare Commission to establish exemptions from overtime pay requirements for certain executive, administrative, and professional employees, as prescribed. This bill would exempt from overtime compensation an executive, administrative, or professional employee, as defined, if the employee earns a monthly salary equivalent to either $3,956 or an amount no less than twice the state minimum wage for full-time employment, as defined, whichever amount is higher.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    ST     
 
  AB 1700 (Thurmond D)   Car washes.
  Summary: Existing law regulates the employment practices of car washes, including providing specific recordkeeping requirements that employers of car washers must implement with regard to car washer wages, hours, and working conditions, under the enforcement authority of the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement. Existing law requires employers of car washers to register with the Labor Commissioner and pay a specified registration fee, or be subject to a specified civil fine. Existing law also requires employers of car washers to post a $150,000 bond for the benefit of the state to compensate employees damaged by the employer’s nonpayment of wages, except as specified. Existing law also provides that a successor to a car wash employer that owed wages and penalties to the predecessor’s employees is liable for those wages and penalties under specified circumstances. This bill would require a car wash employer to provide written notice to a successor employer regarding the above provisions prior to the sale or other transfer of the business.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    ST     
 
  AB 1701 (Thurmond D)   Labor-related liabilities: original contractor.
  Summary: This bill would require a direct contractor, as defined, making or taking a contract in the state for the erection, construction, alteration, or repair of a building, structure, or other work, to assume, and be liable for, specified debt owed to a wage claimant that is incurred by a subcontractor, at any tier, acting under, by, or for the direct contractor for the wage claimant’s performance of labor included in the subject of the original contract. The bill would authorize civil actions to enforce this liability, as provided. The bill would provide that this remedy is in addition to any other remedy provided by law.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    ST     
 
  AB 1702 (Committee on Labor and Employment)   Employment.
  Summary: Current law, the California Fair Employment and Housing Act, protects and safeguards the right and opportunity of all persons to seek, obtain, and hold employment without discrimination, abridgment, or harassment on account of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, sexual orientation, or military and veteran status.This bill would make a nonsubstantive change to these provisions.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    ST     
 
  AB 1703 (Committee on Labor and Employment)   Employee wages.
  Summary: Current law requires that employers pay wages to their employees, twice per calendar month, on days designated in advance as regular paydays. However, employees defined as executive, administrative, or professional may be paid once per month.This bill would make nonsubstantive changes to this provision.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    ST     
 
  AB 1704 (Committee on Labor and Employment)   Employment: Labor Standards Enforcement.
  Summary: Current law requires the Labor Commissioner, defined as the Chief of the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement, to establish and maintain a field enforcement unit in order to ensure that minimum labor standards are met. Current law requires the Labor Commissioner to report annually to the Legislature, not later than March 1, concerning the effectiveness of the field enforcement unit, as specified. This bill would make nonsubstantive changes to those reporting requirements.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    ST     
 
  AB 1710 (Committee on Veterans Affairs)   Prohibited discrimination against service members.
  Summary: Current law prohibits various types of discrimination against an officer, warrant officer, or enlisted member of the military or naval forces of the state or of the United States because of his or her membership or service, including, among others, discrimination with respect to his or her employment. Current law provides criminal penalties and civil remedies for violations of these prohibitions. This bill would include, within these prohibitions, discrimination in terms, conditions, or privileges of employment, as specified.
      Position    Assigned     
      Support    Pev/ST     
 
  SB 62 (Jackson D)   Affordable Senior Housing Act of 2017.
  Summary: Would enact the Affordable Senior Housing Act of 2017, which would establish the Affordable Senior Housing Program within GO-Biz, as part of the Economic Revitalization Act. The bill would declare that the purpose of this program is to guide and serve as a catalyst for the development of affordable senior housing dwelling units within this state and would require the director of GO-Biz to undertake various actions in implementing this program.
      Position    Assigned     
      Support    JS/ST     
 
  SB 63 (Jackson D)   Unlawful employment practice: parental leave.
  Summary: Would prohibit an employer, as defined, from refusing to allow an employee with more than 12 months of service with the employer, and who has at least 1,250 hours of service with the employer during the previous 12-month period, to take up to 12 weeks of parental leave to bond with a new child within one year of the child’s birth, adoption, or foster care placement. The bill would also prohibit an employer from refusing to maintain and pay for coverage under a group health plan for an employee who takes this leave.
      Position    Assigned     
      Support    JS/ST     
 
  SB 306 (Hertzberg D)   Employee protected conduct.
  Summary: Current law provides that an employee who made a bona fide complaint, and was consequently discharged or otherwise suffered an adverse action, is entitled to reinstatement and reimbursement for lost wages. Current law makes it a misdemeanor for an employer to willfully refuse to reinstate or otherwise restore an employee who is determined by a specified procedure to be eligible for reinstatement. Current law subjects a person who violates these provisions to a civil penalty of up to $10,000 per violation. This bill would make technical, nonsubstantive changes to these provisions.
      Position    Assigned     
      Defer    JS/Pev     
 
  SB 387 (Jackson D)   The False Claims Act.
  Summary: Would specify that the fines imposed for violation of the False Claims Act shall be imposed as adjusted by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990.
      Position    Assigned     
      Defer    JS/Pev     
 
  SB 391 (Vidak R)   Employment: workers’ compensation and piece-rate compensation.
  Summary: Would require the Labor Commissioner to post each month on the commissioner’s Internet Web site information regarding payments made to the commissioner described above, the total number of employees located for whom the Labor Commissioner has collected payments and the total amount remitted to those employees, and the balance remaining from the amounts paid to the commissioner after remitting payments to employees. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.
      Position    Assigned     
      Neutral    LAT/ST     
 
  SB 490 (Bradford D)   Wages: Barbering and Cosmetology Act: licensees.
  Summary: Would require commission wages paid to any employee who is licensed under the Barbering and Cosmetology Act to be due and payable at least twice during each calendar month on a day designated in advance by the employer as the regular payday and authorizes the employee and employer to agree to a commission in addition to the base hourly rate. This bill contains other existing laws.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    LAT/ST     
 
  SB 524 (Vidak R)   Employment: violations: good faith defense.
  Summary: Under current law, an employer may face administrative sanctions, civil fines and penalties, and criminal penalties for violations of employment statutes or regulations. This bill would permit a person to raise as an affirmative defense that, at the time of an alleged violation of statute or regulation in a judicial or administrative proceeding, the person was acting in good faith, had sought, relied upon, and conformed with a published opinion letter or enforcement policy of the division, and had provided true and correct information to the division in seeking the opinion letter or enforcement policy.
      Position    Assigned     
      Oppose    JS/ST     
 
  SB 556 (Nguyen R)   Employees: regulation and supervision.
  Summary: Current law regulates the wages, hours, and working conditions of employees with specified exceptions. Under current law, these provisions apply to and include men, women, and minors employed in any occupation, trade, or industry, except as provided.This bill would make nonsubstantive changes to these provisions.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    JS/Pev     
 
  SB 662 (Berryhill R)   Employment: work hours.
  Summary: Current law, with certain exceptions, establishes 8 hours as a day’s work and a 40-hour workweek, and requires payment of prescribed overtime compensation for additional hours worked. This bill would make nonsubstantive changes to that provision.
      Position    Assigned     
      Oppose    JS/Pev     


  Evidence



 
  SB 217 (Wieckowski D)   Evidence: admissibility.
  Summary: Current law requires that in marital nullity, dissolution, and legal separation matters, each party serve on the other party a declaration of disclosure that includes a characterization of all assets and liabilities, as specified. This bill would provide that the above-described declarations of disclosure are admissible as evidence even if they are prepared for the purpose of, in the course of, or pursuant to, a mediation or a mediation consultation. The bill would also declare the intent of the Legislature that the bill codify the holding of a specified court case.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    JS/Pev     
 
  SB 575 (Leyva D)   Patient access to health records.
  Summary: Current law requires a health care provider to provide any patient, former patient, or the representative of a patient or former patient a copy, at no charge, of the relevant portion of the patient’s health records upon presenting to the health care provider a written request and proof that the health records are needed to support an appeal regarding eligibility for specified public benefit programs. Existing law makes a violation of these provisions by certain health care providers an infraction. This bill would make those health care providers provide those patients with a copy of those health records at no charge to support a claim for certain other public benefit programs.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    ST     


  Health



 
  AB 251 (Bonta D)   Health and care facilities.
  Summary: Current law, until the State Department of Public Health adopts regulations relating to the provision of services by a chronic dialysis clinic, a surgical clinic, or a rehabilitation clinic, requires those clinics to comply with prescribed federal certification standards in effect immediately preceding January 1, 2013. These provisions become inoperative on January 1, 2018. This bill would instead make those provisions inoperative on January 1, 2019. By extending the duration of a crime, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    JS     
 
  AB 1107 (Nazarian D)   Oncology Clinical Pathway Act of 2017.
  Summary: Would enact the Oncology Clinical Pathway Act of 2017, requiring a health care service plan or health insurer that develops and implements a clinical pathway, as defined, to comply with certain requirements for cancer treatment. The bill would prohibit a plan or health insurer from, among other things, developing and implementing a clinical pathway that discourages patient access to clinical trials. Because a willful violation of the act by a health care service plan would be a crime, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    ST     
 
  AB 1667 (Friedman D)   Urban water suppliers: landscape water meters.
  Summary: Would require an urban water supplier to install dedicated landscape water meters on commercial, institutional, industrial, and multifamily service connections that are located in its service area on or before January 1, 2020, if the property has greater than 1,000 square feet of irrigated landscape, and on or before January 1, 2025, if the property has greater than 500, but less than 1,001, square feet of irrigated landscape.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    ST     
 
  SB 647 (Pan D)   Health care coverage: consumer complaints: reporting.
  Summary: This bill would require the Department of Managed Health Care and the Department of Insurance, no later than July 1, 2018, and annually on July 1 thereafter, to submit to the Legislature, and post on each department’s Internet Web site, a record of all complaints received by each department regarding employee welfare benefit plans as defined under the federal Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974.
      Position    Assigned     
      Defer    JS/LAT     
 
  SB 743 (Hernandez D)   Medi-Cal: family planning providers.
  Summary: This bill would prohibit a Medi-Cal managed care plan from restricting the choice of the qualified provider, as defined, from whom a Medi-Cal beneficiary enrolled in the plan may receive family planning services. The bill would require a Medi-Cal managed care plan to reimburse an out-of-plan or out-of-network qualified provider at the applicable fee-for-service rate. The bill would make related legislative findings and declarations.
      Position    Assigned     
      Support    JS/ST     


  Immunity



 
  AB 326 (Salas D)   State Board of Barbering and Cosmetology: physical and sexual abuse awareness training.
  Summary: Would require the State Board of Barbering and Cosmetology to require an applicant to take a one-hour training on physical and sexual abuse awareness, as specified, as part of an approved course. The bill would require the board to prescribe by regulation the requirements of the training. The bill would authorize the board to promote physical and sexual abuse awareness, as specified, by means of mail, television, radio, motion picture, newspaper, book, Internet, or other electronic communication. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.
      Position    Assigned     
      Defer    ND     
 
  AB 1219 (Eggman D)   Food donations.
  Summary: Current law specifies that a food facility that donates any food that is fit for human consumption at the time it was donated to a nonprofit charitable organization or a food bank is not liable for any damage or injury resulting from the consumption of the donated food, unless the injury resulted from negligence or a willful act in the preparation or handling of the donated food. This bill, the California Good Samaritan Food Donation Act, would expand these provisions to persons and gleaners who donate food, as defined.
      Position    Assigned     
      Defer    Pev/ST     
 
  AB 1412 (Choi R)   Common interest developments: notices: volunteer officers: liability.
  Summary: Current law requires the owner of a separate interest in a common interest development to annually provide the association with specified written information, including an address for the purpose of receiving notices from the association. Current law authorizes the association to use the property address when the owner fails to provide an address. Current law also limits the personal liability of a volunteer officer or director of an association that manages a common development that is exclusively residential for tortious acts or omissions, if certain criteria are met, including that the act or omission be made in good faith and within the scope of duty. This bill would authorize the association, when an owner fails to provide the required notice, to use the last address provided in writing by the owner, except as specified.
      Position    Assigned     
      Defer    Pev/ST     


  Insurance



 
  AB 374 (Melendez R)   Insurance.
  Summary: Current law defines surety insurance to include, among other things, guaranteeing of behavior of persons and the guaranteeing of performance of contracts other than insurance policies and other than for payments secured by a mortgage, deed of trust, or other instrument constituting a lien or charge on real estate.This bill would make technical, nonsubstantive changes to those provisions.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    ST     
 
  AB 380 (Dababneh D)   Electronic transactions: motor vehicle finance.
  Summary: The Uniform Electronic Transactions Act (UETA) generally allows parties to contract to conduct transactions by electronic means, imposes specified requirements on electronic transactions in order to comply with the act, and provides specified protections for electronic transactions conducted pursuant to the act. Current law defines and regulates the form and content of conditional sale contracts and lease contracts for motor vehicles and excepts these contracts from the application of the UETA. This bill would delete the exemption from the UETA for conditional sale and lease contracts for motor vehicles.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    ND/ST     
 
  AB 506 (Voepel R)   Insurance: long-term care insurance.
  Summary: Current law provides for the regulation of long-term care insurance, as defined, and requires the Insurance Commissioner to review and approve individual and group policies, certificates, riders, and outlines of coverage.This bill would make technical, nonsubstantive changes to that provision.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    ST     
 
  AB 762 (Waldron R)   Title insurers: finances and investments.
  Summary: Current law requires every title insurer to annually set apart a sum equal to 10% of its premiums collected during the year. Those sums are required to be allowed to accumulate until a fund is created equal to 25% of the aggregate of the subscribed capital stock of the insurer, or $1,000,000, whichever is the lower amount. The fund is known as the “title surplus fund.” This bill would increase the annual sum required to be set apart by the title insurer to 12% of its premiums collected during the year and would provide that the monetary amount required to be allowed to accumulate in the title surplus fund, as provided, be increased to $1,250,000.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    ST     
 
  AB 938 (Cooley D)   Reinsurance.
  Summary: Would authorize the Insurance Commissioner to adopt regulations applicable to reinsurance arrangements for certain life insurance policies, long-term care insurance policies, and annuities, as specified. The bill would authorize the commissioner, with regard to credit for reinsurance ceded by a domestic insurer, to adopt by regulation specific additional requirements relating to or setting forth the valuation of assets or reserve credits, the amount and forms of security supporting those reinsurance arrangements, and the circumstances pursuant to which a credit described above would be reduced or eliminated.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    ST     
 
  AB 1557 (Garcia, Cristina D)   Fire insurance: indemnity.
  Summary: Current law defines the measure of indemnity for a loss under an open fire insurance policy and specifies time limits under which an insured must collect the full replacement cost of the loss. Current law prohibits a fire insurance policy issued or delivered in the state from limiting or denying payment of the replacement cost of property in the event the insured decides to rebuild or replace the property at a location other than the insured premises.This bill would make technical, nonsubstantive changes to those provisions.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    ST     
 
  AB 1657 (Gomez D)   Insurance adjusters.
  Summary: Current law, the Insurance Adjuster Act, sets forth various requirements with respect to operation as an insurance adjuster in this state, among others, licensing, emergency licenses, and discipline. Current law authorizes the Insurance Commissioner to appoint inspectors, investigators, and other personnel as necessary to enforce the provisions of the act.This bill would make a technical, nonsubstantive change to that provision.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    ST     
 
  AB 1672 (Limón D)   Insurance: fraud.
  Summary: Under current law, certain governmental agencies are authorized to request that an insurer or other specified person release to the agency any relevant information deemed important relating to a workers’ compensation fraud investigation. Current law also authorizes insurers to notify any of those governmental agencies of suspected fraud. Those governmental agencies are precluded from releasing this information to any person not authorized to receive the information, and a violation of this prohibition is a crime.This bill would make technical, nonsubstantive changes to those provisions.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    ST     
 
  AB 1679 (Burke D)   Insurance Commissioner: complaint investigation.
  Summary: Would require the Insurance Commissioner, on or before January 1, 2019, to submit a report to the Governor and to the committees of the Senate and the Assembly having jurisdiction over insurance regarding the impact and implementation of the Internet-accessible complaints response system.
      Position    Assigned     
      Defer    ST     
 
  SB 74 (Gaines R)   Insurance brokers and agents: notice of appointment.
  Summary: Current law, among other things, prohibits a person acting as a licensee from acting as an agent of an insurer, unless the insurer has filed a notice of appointment with the Insurance Commissioner, as specified. Current law also requires that specified agents acting in the capacity of an insurance solicitor have filed with the commissioner on his or her behalf a notice of appointment, as specified. Current law requires that each appointment, by its terms, continue in force until the occurrence of a specified event. This bill would make technical, nonsubstantive changes to those provisions.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    ND/ST     
 
  SB 301 (Berryhill R)   Insurance: licensing.
  Summary: Current law generally governs the business of insurance in the state, and sets forth provisions, including licensing requirements, that govern production agents, administrators, surplus line brokers, bail licensees, life and disability insurance analysts, insurance adjusters, and public insurance adjusters. Current law provides that a license for any of those persons shall be applied for and renewed by filing a written application on a form prescribed by the Insurance Commissioner, as specified.This bill would make nonsubstantive, technical changes to that provision.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    ST     
 
  SB 444 (Gaines R)   Property insurance: insurable interest.
  Summary: Current law regulates insurance and the business of insurance in the state. Current law provides that an insurable interest in property may consist in an current interest, an inchoate interest founded on an current interest, or an expectancy, coupled with an current interest in that out of which the expectancy arises.This bill would make nonsubstantive, technical changes to these provisions.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    ST     
 
  SB 569 (Monning D)   Insurance: disasters: notice to insureds.
  Summary: Would require an insurer, within 90 calendar days of the declaration of a disaster by the President of the United States or the Governor, to send a letter containing specified policy and contact information to an insured who is insured under a policy that covers property located in the declared disaster area and who has not filed a claim within 30 calendar days of the date of the disaster declaration.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    ST     


  Liability



 
  AB 695 (Bocanegra D)   Avoidance of on-track equipment.
  Summary: Current law requires the driver of a vehicle or pedestrian to cross a railroad, a rail transit grade crossing, or a railroad grade crossing in a specified manner to safely avoid a train or car. A violation of these requirements is a crime. This bill would make this requirement applicable to avoid on-track equipment, as defined. By expanding the scope of a crime, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    Pev/ST     


  Medical Malpractice



 
  AB 40 (Santiago D)   CURES database: health information technology system.
  Summary: Would require the Department of Justice to make the electronic history of controlled substances dispensed to an individual under a health care practitioner’s care, based on data contained in the CURES database, available to the practitioner through either an online Internet Web portal or an authorized health information technology system, as defined. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    JS/LAT     
 
  AB 224 (Thurmond D)   Dentistry: anesthesia and sedation.
  Summary: The Dental Practice Act governs the use of general anesthesia, conscious sedation, and oral conscious sedation for pediatric and adult patients. The act makes it unprofessional conduct for a dentist to engage in certain conduct, including failing to obtain written consent prior to administering general anesthesia or conscious sedation. This bill would redefine general anesthesia for these purposes and additionally would define “deep sedation” to mean a drug-induced depression of consciousness during which patients cannot be easily aroused but respond purposefully following repeated or painful stimulation, as specified.
      Position    Assigned     
      Defer    Pev/ST     
 
  AB 259 (Gipson D)   Medical cannabis and nonmedical marijuana: California residency requirement for licensing.
  Summary: Until December 31, 2019, AUMA requires a person to demonstrate continuous California residency from or before January 1, 2015, in order to be issued a license for commercial nonmedical marijuana activity. Current law, the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MCRSA), authorizes a person who obtains both a state license under the MCRSA and the relevant local license to engage in commercial medical cannabis activity pursuant to those licenses, as specified. Existing law prescribes requirements for a licensing authority to issue a license, including submission of an application and payment of a fee. This bill would require a person to demonstrate 3 years of continuous California residency prior to the date of application before being issued a license under either AUMA or MCRSA.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    Pev     
 
  AB 505 (Caballero D)   Physicians and surgeons: probation.
  Summary: Under current law, a physician and surgeon whose matter has been heard by an administrative law judge, or whose default has been entered, and who is found guilty, or who has entered into a stipulation for disciplinary action with the Medical Board of California, is authorized to be subject to, among other things, license revocation, suspension, or probation, as specified. Current law authorizes the board to discipline a licensee by placing him or her on probation subject to specified conditions. This bill would prohibit the board from entering into any stipulation for disciplinary action if the stipulation places a licensee on probation and the operative accusation includes specified acts.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    JS/LAT     
 
  AB 715 (Wood D)   Workgroup review of opioid pain reliever use and abuse.
  Summary: Current law creates the State Department of Public Health and vests it with duties, powers, functions, jurisdiction, and responsibilities with regard to the advancement of public health. This bill would require the department to convene a workgroup, comprised of members selected by the department, to review existing prescription guidelines and develop a recommended statewide guideline addressing best practices for prescribing opioid pain relievers.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    JS/LAT     
 
  AB 1446 (Cooley D)   Dependent children: periodic review hearing.
  Summary: Would require, in any case in which a dependent child or nonminor dependent is residing, for more than 15 calendar days, in emergency shelter care, a temporary shelter care facility, or a transitional shelter care facility, as defined, or due to the lack of placement is temporarily residing in a homeless shelter, hotel, or other similar facility, the court to periodically review the action taken by the social worker to locate a placement consistent with the case plan for the dependent child or nonminor dependent.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    Pev/ST     
 
  AB 1612 (Burke D)   Nursing: nurse-midwives.
  Summary: The Nursing Practice Act requires each applicant for a certificate to show evidence satisfactory to the Board of Registered Nursing that the applicant has met educational standards established by the board or has at least the equivalent thereof and authorizes the board to appoint a committee of qualified physicians and nurses to develop the necessary standards relating to educational requirements, ratios of nurse-midwives to supervising physicians, and associated matters. This bill would specify that evidence satisfactory to the board includes evidence of current advanced level national certification by a certifying body that meets standards established and approved by the board and would remove from the authority of the committee the development of standards relating to ratios of nurse-midwives to supervising physicians.
      Position    Assigned     
      Defer    Pev     
 
  SB 43 (Hill D)   Antimicrobial-resistant infection: reporting.
  Summary: Current law designates the persons responsible for completing a certificate of death and the required contents of the certificate, including, but not limited to, the decedent’s name, sex, and birthplace, as well as the disease or conditions leading directly to death and antecedent causes. This bill would require the statement of the disease or conditions leading directly to death and antecedent causes on the certificate of death to include any occurrence of antimicrobial-resistant infection that was a factor in the death, in the professional judgment of the physician and surgeon last in attendance.
      Position    Assigned     
      Support    JS/LAT     
 
  SB 70 (Bates R)   Health care professionals.
  Summary: Current law, the Health Care Professional Disaster Response Act, states findings of the Legislature regarding the shortage of qualified health care practitioners during times of national or state disasters, and authorizes a physician and surgeon, whose license has been expired for less than 5 years and who meets specified criteria, to obtain a license without paying fees.This bill would make nonsubstantive changes to those findings.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    JS/LAT     
 
  SB 349 (Lara D)   Chronic dialysis clinics: staffing requirements.
  Summary: Would establish minimum staffing requirements for chronic dialysis clinics and establish a minimum transition time between patients receiving dialysis services at a treatment station. The bill would require chronic dialysis clinics to maintain certain information relating to the minimum staffing and minimum transition time requirements and provide that information, certified by the medical director and the chief executive officer or administrator under penalty of perjury, to the State Department of Public Health on a schedule and in a format specified by the department, but no less frequently than 4 times per year.
      Position    Assigned     
      Defer    Pev/ST     
 
  SB 392 (Bates R)   Dentistry.
  Summary: The Dental Practice Act provides for the licensure and regulation of dentists by the Dental Board of California within the Department of Consumer Affairs. The act, among other things, prescribes requirements for dentists who administer or order the administration of general anesthesia and defines general anesthesia in this regard.This bill would make a nonsubstantive change to the provision that defines general anesthesia.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    Pev     
 
  SB 572 (Stone R)   Healing arts licensees: violations: grace period.
  Summary: Current law provides for the licensure and regulation of various healing arts professions by various boards, as defined, within the Department of Consumer Affairs. Currentlaw imposes certain fines and other penalties for, and authorizes these boards to take disciplinary action against licensees for, violations of the provisions governing those professions. This bill would prohibit the boards from taking disciplinary action against, or otherwise penalizing, healing arts licensees who violate those provisions but correct the violations within 15 days and who are not currently on probation at the time of the violations, if the violations did not cause irreparable harm and will not result in irreparable harm if left uncorrected for 15 days.
      Position    Assigned     
      Oppose    JS/LAT     
 
  SB 641 (Lara D)   Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System: privacy.
  Summary: Under current law, data obtained from CURES may only be provided to appropriate state, local, and federal public agencies for disciplinary, civil, or criminal purposes and to other agencies or entities, as determined by the Department of Justice, for the purpose of educating practitioners and others in lieu of disciplinary, civil, or criminal actions. Current law allows data obtained from CURES to be provided to public or private entities for statistical or research purposes, as approved by the department. This bill would prohibit the release of data obtained from CURES to a law enforcement agency except pursuant to a valid court order, as specified.
      Position    Assigned     
      Oppose    JS/LAT     
 
  SB 752 (Stone R)   Pharmacy: designated representative-reverse distributors.
  Summary: The Pharmacy Law requires a person acting as a reverse distributor to be licensed by the board as a wholesaler and supervised or managed by a designated representative or pharmacist, as specified. This bill would authorize a wholesaler that only acts as a reverse distributor to operate under the supervision of a designated representative-reverse distributor, as an alternative to operating under the supervision of a designated representative or pharmacist, and would provide for the separate licensure of individuals as designated representative-reverse distributors upon application, payment of an application fee, and completion of certain requirements.
      Position    Assigned     
          JS/LAT     


  Patient Safety



 
  SB 419 (Portantino D)   Oxycodone: prescriptions.
  Summary: Would prohibit a person from prescribing oxycodone, by whatever official, common, usual, chemical, or trade name designated, to a patient under 21 years of age, except as specified. The bill would make a violation of this prohibition subject to a civil penalty, as specified. The bill would also authorize a patient who was prescribed oxycodone in violation of the prohibition, and who sustained economic loss or personal injury as a result of that violation, to bring a civil action to recover compensatory damages, reasonable attorney’s fees, and litigation.
      Position    Assigned     
      Support    JS/LAT     


  Privacy



 
  AB 608 (Irwin D)   Electronic Communications Privacy Act.
  Summary: Current law requires a warrant issued pursuant to the Electronic Communications Privacy Act to require that any information obtained through the execution of the warrant, that is unrelated to the objective of the warrant, be sealed and not be subject to further review, use, or disclosure. Current law also provides that the warrant may require that the information be destroyed as soon as feasible after the termination of the investigation and any related investigations or proceedings. This bill would specify the manner in which unrelated information obtained pursuant to a warrant is to be sealed.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    ND/ST     
 
  AB 1297 (Chau D)   Identity theft.
  Summary: Current law makes it a crime for a person, with the intent to defraud, to acquire or retain possession of the personal identifying information, as defined, of more than 10 persons. Existing law makes that crime punishable by a fine, by imprisonment in a county jail not to exceed one year, or by both a fine and imprisonment, or by imprisonment in a county jail for 16 months, or 2 or 3 years. This bill would instead make that punishment applicable to a person who acquires or retains possession of the personal identifying information of more than 9 but not more than 50 persons.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    ST     
 
  AB 1634 (Kiley R)   Privacy.
  Summary: Under current law, it is a misdemeanor for a person or entity to intentionally remotely read or attempt to remotely read a person’s identification document using radio frequency information without that person’s knowledge or prior consent, subject to certain exceptions. For a violation of these provisions, current law prescribes imprisonment in county jail for up to one year, a fine of not more than $1,500, or both fine and imprisonment. This bill would make a nonsubstantive change to these provisions.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    ST     
 
  AB 1638 (Chau D)   Privacy.
  Summary: Current law, the Information Practices Act of 1977, declares that the right to privacy is a personal and fundamental right protected by the California Constitution and by the United States Constitution and that all individuals have a right of privacy in information pertaining to them.This bill would make a nonsubstantive change to that provision.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    ST     
 
  SB 327 (Jackson D)   Information privacy: connected devices.
  Summary: Would require a manufacturer that sells or offers to sell a connected device, defined as any device, sensor, or other physical object that is capable of connecting to the Internet, directly or indirectly, or to another connected device, to equip the device with reasonable security features appropriate to the nature of the device and the information it may collect, contain, or transmit, that protect it from unauthorized access, destruction, use, modification, or disclosure, and to design the device to indicate when it is collecting information and to obtain consumer consent before it collects or transmits information, as specified.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    ST     
 
  SB 357 (Hueso D)   International trade and investment office: Mexico.
  Summary: Would, notwithstanding provisions authorizing the director of GO-Biz to establish and terminate international trade and investment offices outside of the United States if specified conditions are satisfied, and to the extent private moneys are available, require the director of GO-Biz, on or before July 1, 2018, to establish and operate, or to create a public-private partnership to establish and operate, an international trade and investment office in Mexico City, Mexico. This bill would require the director of GO-Biz to include information regarding the Mexico City trade and investment office in existing reporting requirements relating to an International Trade and Investment Program, as specified.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    ND/ST     
 
  SB 744 (Hueso D)   Outdoor advertising: exemption.
  Summary: The Outdoor Advertising Act provides for the regulation by the Department of Transportation of advertising displays, as defined, within view of public highways. The act exempts from certain of its provisions advertising displays that advertise the business conducted or services rendered or goods produced or sold on the property upon which the display is placed, as specified. This bill would exempt from those provisions of the act 3 advertising displays located within 1,800 feet of the intersection of Interstate 8 and State Highway Route 111 in the County of Imperial if certain conditions are met.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    ND/ST     


  Probate



 
  AB 308 (Maienschein R)   Procedures for litigation.
  Summary: Current law governs the procedures for litigation to resolve certain disputes relating to property that is subject to an estate, conservatorship, guardianship, or trust. These procedures include, among others, a requirement to serve the petition for relief and a notice of hearing on specific persons. This bill would require the notice of hearing to include a description of the property at issue, whether the petition seeks specified damages or attorney’s fees and costs, and a statement that any person interested in the property may file a response to the petition.
      Position    Assigned     
      Defer    ST     


  Product Liability



 
  SB 713 (Anderson R)   Tanner Consumer Protection Act.
  Summary: The Tanner Consumer Protection Act provides that it is presumed that a reasonable number of attempts have been made to conform a new motor vehicle to the applicable express warranties if, within 18 months from the delivery to the buyer, or 18,000 miles on the odometer of the vehicle, whichever comes first, specified conditions relating to the nonconformity have been met. This bill would declare the intent of the Legislature would expand the definition of “new motor vehicle” for these purposes to mean a vehicle with a gross vehicle weight of 10,000 pounds or greater that is bought or used exclusively for business purposes, by a person, including a partnership, limited liability company, corporation, association, or any other legal entity.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    Pev     


  Public Entity



 
  AB 771 (Quirk D)   Burning of forest lands: forest land owners.
  Summary: Would require the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, by July 1, 2018, in consultation with the State Air Resources Board, local air districts, and other relevant organizations and individuals, to develop an Internet Web site that provides the public certain information relating to prescribed burns, including information on the regulations that govern prescribed burns for forest fuel treatment, and to develop a uniform prescribed burn template for forest landowners that provides standardized procedures associated with planning and implementation of a prescribed burn and meets specified objectives.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    Pev/ST     
 
  AB 965 (Kiley R)   Department of Transportation: civil liability.
  Summary: Current law governs the tort liability and immunity of, and claims and actions against, public entities and their officers and employees. A public entity, as defined, is not liable for an injury, except as otherwise provided by statute, whether the injury arises out of an act or omission of the public entity or a public employee or any other person. This bill would provide that, in an action for injury against the department, the amount of damages for noneconomic losses shall not exceed $250,000 per individual or $500,000 per occurrence.
      Position    Assigned     
      Oppose    Pev/ST     
 
  AB 1146 (Flora R)   Cities and counties: legal services: contingency fee contracts.
  Summary: Would require a city council or the board of supervisors of a county to, prior to entering into a contingency fee contract for legal services relating to civil litigation initiated by the city or county, make a determination that use of a contingency fee contract would be cost-effective and in the public interest. The bill would require this determination to be supported by specified findings and would require the city council or the board of supervisors to post on the city or county’s Internet Web site a written request for proposals to represent the city or county on a contingency basis.
      Position    Assigned     
      Oppose    LAT/ST     
 
  SB 720 (Allen D)   Government tort liability: immunity: beach fire pits.
  Summary: Would immunize a public entity and its employees for any damage or injury to a person or property as a result of a fire or the remnants of a fire that arises from the use of a fire pit, fire ring, fire circle, or barbecue grill, located in an area designated for that use, at a park, beach, or recreational area, owned or controlled by the entity.
      Position    Assigned     
      Oppose    Pev/ST     


  Punitive Damages



 
  SB 66 (Wieckowski D)   Income taxes: deductions: punitive damages.
  Summary: The Personal Income Tax Law and the Corporation Tax Law allow various deductions in computing the income that is subject to the taxes imposed by those laws. Both laws allow a deduction for ordinary and necessary business expenses, including a deduction for amounts paid or incurred for specified types of punitive damages. This bill, for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2018, would disallow, under both laws, a deduction for amounts paid or incurred for punitive damages, as provided.
      Position    Assigned     
      Defer    Pev/ST     


  Real Estate



 
  AB 293 (Mullin D)   Real estate.
  Summary: The Real Estate Law requires the commissioner to ascertain by written examination that the applicant for a license has specific knowledge and understanding relating to real estate and business opportunity practices. That law authorizes an applicant who fails the qualifying examination, upon application and payment of a fee, to apply for reexamination within 2 years of filing the first application for examination. This bill would change references to reexamination to refer, instead, to the retaking of a qualifying examination.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    Pev     
 
  AB 749 (Irwin D)   Real Estate.
  Summary: Under current law, a real estate broker is a person who, for a compensation or in expectation of a compensation, regardless of the form or time of payment, does or negotiates to do specified acts for another or others. This bill would recast and redefine the term “salesperson” as a person who is retained by a licensed real estate broker. For purposes of these relationships, the bill would define the term “retained” to mean the relationship between a broker and a real estate licencee who is an independent contractor affiliated with, or an employee of, a broker to perform certain real estate activities subject to a broker’s supervision.
      Position    Assigned     
      Defer    Pev/ST     
 
  AB 1059 (Gonzalez Fletcher D)   Healing arts.
  Summary: Current law provides for the licensure and regulation of various healing arts practitioners by various boards, as defined, within the Department of Consumer Affairs, and prohibits a person, company, or association from selling, bartering, or offering to sell or barter any degree that is required for licensure under the law.This bill would make a nonsubstantive change to that provision.
      Position    Assigned     
      Defer    Pev/ST     
 
  AB 1289 (Arambula D)   Real property disclosure requirements.
  Summary: Current law authorizes an open listing to contain an agreement by the owner to pay the listing agent compensation in any amount, at any time, and for any services, other than for selling the property or procuring or finding a buyer, as the agreement may specify. This bill would delete those provisions relating to an open listing and would revise and recast those provisions to make definitions in the Real Estate Law applicable to these provisions.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    Pev/ST     
 
  AB 1626 (Irwin D)   Real property disclosures.
  Summary: Current law requires the transferor of residential property to provide the prospective transferee with certain natural hazard disclosures if the transferor, or his or her agent, is required to disclose the property’s location within a hazard zone for certain reasons, which include, among others, that the real property is located within an area in which the financial responsibility of preventing and suppressing fires is primarily the responsibility of the state, as specified. This bill would make a nonsubstantive clarifying change to those provisions.
      Position    Assigned     
      Oppose    Pev/ST     
 
  SB 173 (Dodd D)   Real estate: Bureau of Real Estate.
  Summary: Would remove the Bureau of Real Estate from the Department of Consumer Affairs and instead make it a department within the Business, Consumer Services, and Housing Agency and rename the bureau to the Department of Real Estate. The bill would also make other conforming changes.
      Position    Assigned     
      Defer    Pev/ST     


  Toxics



 
  AB 166 (Salas D)   Safe drinking water: household filtration systems: rebate program.
  Summary: Would require the State Water Resources Control Board, in collaboration with specified entities, to conduct a study on the feasibility and financial stability of a rebate program that would provide a household that is served by a water system that does not meet primary drinking water standards with a rebate for the purchase of a household water filtration system. The bill would also require the study to include any recommendations for the Legislature to implement the rebate program. The bill would require the state board to conclude the study no later than January 1, 2019, and to submit a report on the study to the Legislature no later than March 1, 2019.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    JS/LAT     
 
  AB 421 (Santiago D)   Hazardous substances: liability: responsible parties.
  Summary: Current law, the Carpenter-Presley-Tanner Hazardous Substance Account Act, imposes liability for hazardous substance removal or remedial actions. The act defines “responsible party” and “liable person” for its purposes to mean those persons described in a specified provision of the federal Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980, which includes persons who are, in specified ways, responsible for the disposal of hazardous substances. This bill would require that, for purposes of that definition, for a cause of action that accrued on or after January 1, 1982, “disposal,” as it is used in that federal provision, includes emissions into the air.
      Position    Assigned     
      Defer    LAT/ST     
 
  AB 1583 (Chau D)   Proposition 65: enforcement: certificate of merit: factual basis.
  Summary: The Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 provides for enforcement by an action brought by any person in the public interest, if that private action is commenced more than 60 days after the person has given notice of the violation that is the subject of the action to the Attorney General and the district attorney, the city attorney, or the prosecutor in whose jurisdiction the violation is alleged to have occurred, and to the alleged violator. Current law requires factual information sufficient to establish the basis of the certificate of merit to be attached to the certificate of merit that is served on the Attorney General. This bill would require the same factual information sufficient to establish the basis of the certificate of merit to be attached to the certificate of merit that is served on the alleged violator
      Position    Assigned     
      Defer    Pev/ST     
 
  AB 1605 (Caballero D)   Maximum contaminant level: nitrate: replacement water.
  Summary: 
      Position    Assigned     
      Defer    JS, LAT, Pev     
 
  SB 623 (Monning D)   Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund.
  Summary: Current law, the California Safe Drinking Water Act, requires the State Water Resources Control Board to administer provisions relating to the regulation of drinking water to protect public health.This bill would establish the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund in the State Treasury and would provide that moneys in the fund are continuously appropriated to the board. By creating a new continuously appropriated fund, this bill would make an appropriation.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    JS/LAT     
 
  SB 778 (Hertzberg D)   Safe Drinking Water Fund.
  Summary: Would create the Safe Drinking Water Fund, and would continuously appropriate moneys in the fund for the purposes of contracting with an administrator to provide administrative and managerial services to designated public water systems and ordering the designated public water system to accept the administrative and managerial services.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    JS/LAT     


  Workers Compensation



 
  AB 61 (Holden D)   State Compensation Insurance Fund: board.
  Summary: Current law establishes the State Compensation Insurance Fund to be administered by a board of directors for the purpose of transacting workers’ compensation insurance and other public employment-related insurances, as specified. This bill would require one of the board members that the Governor appoints to be a current or former small business owner who is or has been a small business owner for more than 5 years. The bill would require the exemption from specified qualifications that currently applies to the labor member to also apply to the small business owner member.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    JS     
 
  AB 206 (Gonzalez Fletcher D)   Workers’ compensation: employees.
  Summary: Current law defines an employee, for purposes of the laws governing workers’ compensation, to include, among other persons, any person employed by the owner or occupant of a residential dwelling whose duties are incidental to the ownership, maintenance, or use of the dwelling, including the care and supervision of children, or whose duties are personal and not in the course of the trade, business, profession, or occupation of the owner or occupant, except as specified. This bill would specify that the above definition of employee applies without regard to immigration status.
      Position    Assigned     
      Support    JS     
 
  AB 221 (Gray D)   Workers’ compensation: liability for payment.
  Summary: Current law requires an employer to provide all medical services reasonably required to cure or relieve the injured worker from the effects of the injury. This bill would provide that for claims of occupational disease or cumulative injury filed on or after January 1, 2018, the employee and the employer would have no liability for payment for medical treatment unless one or more of certain conditions are satisfied, including, among others, that the treatment was authorized by the employer.
      Position    Assigned     
      Defer    JS     
 
  AB 373 (Melendez R)   Workers’ compensation.
  Summary: Current law prohibits any person, firm, or corporation, other than an insurer admitted to transact workers’ compensation insurance, from contracting to administer claims of self-insured employers as third-party administrators unless they are in possession of a certificate of consent to administer self-insured employers’ workers’ compensation claims.This bill would make technical, nonsubstantive changes to the those provisions.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    JS     
 
  AB 553 (Daly D)   Workers’ compensation: return-to-work program.
  Summary: Current law funds the return-to-work program with $120,000,000 per year derived from the Workers’ Compensation Administration Revolving Fund. Current law requires the Director of the Division of Workers’ Compensation to determine eligibility for payments and the amount of payments, as specified. This bill would require the director to have the program distribute the $120,000,000 annually to eligible workers, as specified, and would require, commencing with the end of the 2017 calendar year, that any remaining program funds available after the above-described supplemental payments are made be distributed pro rata to those eligible workers, subject to a $25,000 limit per calendar year.
      Position    Assigned     
      Defer    JS     
 
  AB 570 (Gonzalez Fletcher D)   Workers’ compensation: permanent disability apportionment.
  Summary: Current law requires apportionment of permanent disability to be based on causation, and a physician who prepares a report addressing the issue of permanent disability due to a claimed industrial injury is required to address the issue of causation of the permanent disability. Current law requires the physician to make an apportionment determination by finding the approximate percentage of the permanent disability that was caused by the direct result of injury arising out of and occurring in the course of employment, and the approximate percentage of the permanent disability that was caused by other factors both before and subsequent to the industrial injury, including prior industrial injuries. This bill would prohibit apportionment, in the case of a physical injury occurring on or after January 1, 2018, from being based on pregnancy, childbirth, or other medical conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    JS     
 
  SB 189 (Bradford D)   Workers’ compensation: definition of employee.
  Summary: Current law defines an employee, for purposes of the laws governing workers’ compensation, to include, among other persons, officers and members of boards of directors of quasi-public or private corporations while rendering actual service for the corporations for pay. Current law excludes from that definition an officer or member of the board of directors of a quasi-public or private corporation, as specified, who owns at least 15% of the issued and outstanding stock and executes a written waiver of his or her rights under the laws governing workers’ compensation, stating under penalty of perjury that he or she is a qualifying officer or director. This bill would expand the scope of the exception described above to apply to an officer or member of the board of directors of a quasi-public or private corporation who owns at least 10% of the issued and outstanding stock and executes a written waiver, as above.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    JS     

Total Measures: 230

Total Tracking Forms: 230



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