AB 44 (Reyes D)   Workers’ compensation: medical treatment: terrorist attacks: workplace violence.
  Summary: Would require employers to provide immediate support from a nurse case manager to employees injured in the course of employment by an act of domestic terrorism, as defined, would require employer-appointed nurse case managers to assist claimants to obtain medically necessary medical treatments, as specified, and would require an employer to provide a prescribed notice to claimants, as specified. The bill would make its provisions applicable only if the Governor declares a state of emergency, as defined, in connection with the act of domestic terrorism.
      Position    Assigned     
      Support    ND/ST     
 
  AB 90 (Weber D)   Criminal gangs.
  Summary: The California Street Terrorism Enforcement and Prevention Act defines a “shared gang database” as having various attributes, including, among others, that the database contains personal identifying information in which a person may be designated as a suspected gang member, associate, or affiliate, or for which entry of a person in the database reflects a designation of that person as a suspected gang member, associate, or affiliate. Current law establishes a review and appeal process for a person to challenge his or her inclusion in a gang database. This bill would revise the definition of “shared gang database” for its purposes to mean any gang database that is accessed by an agency or person outside of the agency that created the database.
      Position    Assigned     
      Support    Pev     
 
  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 641 (Harper R)   Water conservation and reclamation projects.
  Summary: Current law, the Water Conservation Projects Act of 1985, declares that the intent of the act is to encourage local agencies and private enterprise to implement potential water conservation and reclamation projects by establishing a state program to finance or assist in financing projects that meet state criteria and will result in an additional supply of water for use in areas of need.This bill would make nonsubstantive changes in that provision.
      Position    Assigned     
               
 
  SB 31 (Lara D)   California Religious Freedom Act: state agencies: disclosure of religious affiliation information.
  Summary: Would prohibit a state or local agency or a public employee acting under color of law from providing or disclosing to the federal government personal information regarding a person’s religious beliefs, practices, or affiliation, as specified, when the information is sought for compiling a database of individuals based on religious belief, practice, or affiliation, national origin, or ethnicity for law enforcement or immigration purposes.
      Position    Assigned     
      Support    JS     
 
  SB 49 (De León D)   California Environmental, Public Health, and Workers Defense Act of 2017.
  Summary: Would require specified agencies to take prescribed actions to maintain and enforce certain requirements and standards pertaining to air, water, and protected species. By imposing new duties on local agencies, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.
      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 punishable by imprisonment in a county jail for not more than 6 months 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)   Evidence: immigration status.
  Summary: Current law provides that all relevant evidence is admissible in an action before the court, including evidence relevant to the credibility of a witness or hearsay declaring, subject to specified exceptions. Current law also provides that, in civil actions for personal injury or wrongful death, evidence of a person’s immigration status is not admissible and discovery of a person’s immigration status is not permitted. In civil actions other than those specified above, this bill would prohibit the disclosure of a person’s immigration status in open court by a party unless the party seeking the disclosure first requests a confidential in camera hearing and the presiding judge determines that the evidence is relevant and admissible.
      Position    Assigned     
      Concern    JS/ST     


  Admin



 
  AB 2267 (Wood D)   Administrative proceedings: arbitrary or capricious action: attorney’s fees.
  Summary: Current law provides that, in any civil action to appeal or review the award, finding, or other determination of an administrative proceeding, if it is shown that the award, finding, or other determination was the result of arbitrary or capricious action or conduct by a public entity or officer, the complainant may collect reasonable attorney’s fees, not to exceed $7,500, from the public entity, except as specified. This bill would increase the maximum allowable amount of reasonable attorney’s fees the complainant may collect pursuant to those provisions to $8,000.
      Position    Assigned     
      Defer    ST     


  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)   Arbitration agreements.
  Summary: Current law requires a court, on petition of a party to an arbitration agreement alleging (1) the existence of a written agreement to arbitrate a controversy and (2) that a party to the agreement refuses to arbitrate the controversy, to order the petitioner and the respondent to arbitrate the controversy if the court determines that an agreement to arbitrate exists, unless the court makes other determinations. This bill would add to these determinations instances in which a state or federally chartered depository institution is seeking to apply a written agreement to arbitrate, contained in a contract consented to by a respondent consumer, to a purported contractual relationship with that consumer that was created by the petitioner fraudulently without the consumer’s consent and by unlawfully using the consumer’s personal identifying information, as defined.
      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     
 
  SB 538 (Monning D)   Hospital contracts.
  Summary: This bill, the Health Care Market Fairness Act of 2017, would prohibit contracts between hospitals and contracting agents, health care service plans, or health insurers from containing certain provisions, including, but not limited to, setting payment rates or other terms for nonparticipating affiliates of the hospital, requiring the contracting agent, plan, or insurer to keep the contract’s payment rates confidential from any payor, as defined, that is or may become financially responsible for the payment, and requiring the contracting agent, plan, or insurer to submit to arbitration, or any other alternative dispute resolution program, any claims or causes of action that arise under state or federal antitrust laws after those claims or causes of action arise, except as provided.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    ST     


  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 that results in mesothelioma, 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 suffers from mesothelioma, raising substantial medical doubt of the survival of the deponent beyond 6 months. A party would be authorized by this bill to seek up to 7 hours of additional deposition testimony for no more than 14 hours of total testimony.
      Position    Assigned     
      Sponsor    JS/LAT     


  Auto



 
  AB 87 (Ting D)   Autonomous vehicles.
  Summary: Would require the Department of Motor Vehicles to include in regulations it adopts relating to application requirements for the testing of autonomous vehicles on public roads without the presence of a driver inside the vehicle, a requirement that the manufacturer certify that the local authorities within the jurisdiction where the autonomous vehicle will be tested have been provided with a written notification, as specified, and a requirement that the manufacturer provide certain law enforcement agencies with a copy of a law enforcement interaction plan.
      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 vehicles: accident reporting.
  Summary: Would require the operator of an autonomous vehicle who is involved in an accident that results in damage to the property of any one person in excess of $1,000, or in bodily injury, or in the death of a person, to make that report. The bill would require a traffic collision report prepared by a member of the Department of the California Highway Patrol or any other peace officer to specify if an autonomous vehicle was involved in the traffic collision in any manner. Because a violation of the bill’s reporting requirement would be an infraction, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    JS/ND     
 
  AB 1141 (Berman D)   Autonomous vehicles: freight 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, a violation of the Vehicle Code is an infraction, unless otherwise specified. This bill would require the department, on or before September 30, 2018, to adopt regulations setting forth standards for the testing of autonomous vehicles used to transport freight and, in the development of those regulations, to consult with the Department of Transportation and the Department of the California Highway Patrol on related topics, including appropriate routes for autonomous vehicles used to transport freight and compliance with state and federal requirements for commercial drivers.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    JS, ND     
 
  AB 1152 (Dahle R)   Vehicles: motor carriers.
  Summary: Would change the definition of a pickup truck, for purposes of the Motor Carriers of Property Permit Act, to include a motor truck with a manufacturer's gross vehicle weight rating of less than 16,000 pounds that is equipped with an open box-type bed not exceeding 9 feet in length that may be equipped with a bed-mounted storage compartment unit commonly called a "utility body."
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    ST     
 
  AB 2276 (Burke D)   Motor vehicle insurance: auto body repair.
  Summary: Current law requires any insurer that conducts an auto body repair labor rate survey to determine and set a specified prevailing auto body repair labor rate in a specific geographic area to report the results of that survey to the Department of Insurance, which is required to make the information available upon request. This bill would delete the above-described provisions regarding an auto body repair labor rate survey and instead would require an insurer that conducts or uses a survey that establishes a prevailing auto body repair labor rate in a specific geographic area to report the results of the survey to the department at least every 12 months and would require an auto body repair shop participating in the survey to declare specified information.
      Position    Assigned     
      Defer    ND/ST     
 
  AB 2638 (Gray D)   Autonomous vehicles.
  Summary: Current law authorizes the Contra Costa Transportation Authority to conduct a pilot project for the testing of autonomous vehicles that are not equipped with a steering wheel, a brake pedal, an accelerator, or an operator inside the vehicle, if the testing is conducted only at specified locations and the autonomous vehicle operates at speeds of less than 35 miles per hour. Current law requires annual reports to the Department of Motor Vehicles regarding any incidents of unplanned disengagement of the autonomous technology during testing, as specified. This bill would make a technical, nonsubstantive change to those provisions.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    AS, ND/JS     
 
  AB 3106 (Nazarian D)   Autonomous vehicles.
  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 technical, nonsubstantive changes to those provisions.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    ND/JS     
 
  AB 3132 (Chau D)   Autonomous vehicles.
  Summary: Current law authorizes an autonomous vehicle to be operated 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, including that the autonomous vehicle is being operated on roads in the state solely by employees, contractors, or other persons designated by the manufacturer of the autonomous technology. Current law defines “autonomous technology” and “autonomous vehicle” for those purposes. This bill would make technical, nonsubstantive changes to those provisions
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    ND/JS     
 
  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. The bill would also repeal the requirement that the approval of such an application not be effective any sooner that 180 days after the date the application is submitted.
      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)   Emerging vehicle technology: advisory study group.
  Summary: Would direct the Office of Planning and Research to convene an Emerging Vehicle Advisory Study Group on or before April 1, 2018, to review policies regarding new types of motor vehicles, including, but not limited to, autonomous vehicles and shared-use vehicles, and provide recommendations to the Legislature. The bill would require the Emerging Vehicle Advisory Study Group to meet at least quarterly, consult with specified institutions, include at least one member each from 4 specified state agencies, who shall be appointed by the Governor, and include 3 members appointed by the Senate Committee on Rules and 3 members appointed by the Speaker of the Assembly, as specified.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    JS/ND     
 
  SB 1342 (Cannella R)   Autonomous vehicles.
  Summary: Current law authorizes an autonomous vehicle to be operated 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, including that the autonomous vehicle is being operated on roads in the state solely by employees, contractors, or other persons designated by the manufacturer of the autonomous technology. Current law defines “autonomous technology” and “autonomous vehicle” for those purposes. This bill would make technical, nonsubstantive changes to those provisions
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    ND/ST     


  Business Litigation



 
  AB 1123 (Dababneh D)   Virtual currency: regulation.
  Summary: Would enact the Virtual Currency Act. The bill would prohibit a person from engaging in any virtual currency business, as defined, in this state unless the person is licensed by the Commissioner of Business Oversight or is exempt from the licensure requirement, as provided. The bill would require applicants for licensure, including an applicant for licensure and approval to acquire control of a licensee, to pay the commissioner a specified nonrefundable application fee and complete an application form required to include, among other things, information about the applicant, prior virtual currency services provided by the applicant, a sample form of receipt for transactions involving the business of virtual currency, and specified financial statements.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    Pev     
 
  AB 1517 (Muratsuchi D)   Securities transactions: qualifications by permit: liability.
  Summary: The Corporate Securities Law of 1968 requires securities offered or sold in this state in an issuer or nonissuer transaction to be qualified through an application filed with the Commissioner of Business Oversight, unless exempt from the qualification requirements. This bill would 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 $2,000,000, 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 written agreement between 2 or more shareholders pertaining to the purchase of shares.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    Pev     
 
  AB 2211 (Limón D)   Capital Access Loan Program.
  Summary: Would state the intent of the Legislature to enact subsequent legislation that would expand the Capital Access Loan Program, including the Capital Access Loan Program for Small Business and the Collateral Support Program, in order to provide additional funding for businesses willing to embrace sustainable business practices and eco-friendly infrastructure changes. This bill contains other existing laws.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    Pev     
 
  AB 2527 (Muratsuchi D)   Securities transactions: qualification requirements, exemptions, and liability.
  Summary: The Corporate Securities Law of 1968 exempts, among other transactions, certain transactions not involving any public offering, as prescribed. That law also makes it unlawful, for a person in connection with the offer, sale, or purchase of a security, to engage in fraudulent or misleading acts or omissions. This bill would establish a new exemption from the qualification provisions for an offer or sale of any security for which the issuer is a California or foreign corporation that is not a “blind pool” company, as defined, not issuing fractional undivided interests in oil or gas rights or other similar mineral rights, is not an investment company subject to the federal Investment Company Act of 1940 and is not subject to certain reporting requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.
      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 739 (Galgiani D)   Reverse mortgages: lender notice requirements.
  Summary: Current federal law authorizes the nonborrowing spouse of a reverse mortgage borrower to exercise an option, sometimes referred to as a mortgagee optional election (MOE), to further defer the due and payable status of the reverse mortgage upon the death of the borrower, upon meeting specified conditions. This bill would prohibit a lender from making a reverse mortgage loan on a principle residence without informing the borrower, and nonborrowing spouse, as defined, of the opportunity for a nonborrowing spouse to exercise the option described above to permit that spouse to remain in the residence following the death of the borrowing spouse, upon the satisfaction of specified conditions.
      Position    Assigned     
      Support    Pev     
 
  SB 1431 (Morrell R)   Obligations: release.
  Summary: Under current law, an obligation is a legal duty to do or not to do a certain thing and an obligation may be extinguished in various ways. An obligation may be extinguished if a creditor releases a debtor from the obligation in certain circumstances, provided that a general release from an obligation does not apply to claims that the creditor does not know or suspect to exist in his or her favor, as specified, and that would have materially affected his or her settlement with the debtor. This bill would clarify that the terms “creditor” and “debtor” include “releasing party” and “released party,” respectively.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    Pev     


  Childhood Sex Abuse



 
  AB 2755 (Melendez R)   Crimes: sex offenders.
  Summary: Current law, the Sex Offender Registration Act, requires persons convicted of specified sex offenses, or attempts to commit those offenses, to register with local law enforcement agencies while residing in the state or while attending school or working in the state.This bill would state the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation relating to sex offenders.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    AS, Pev/ST     
 
  AB 2786 (Chau D)   Child sexual abuse prevention plans.
  Summary: Would, if a public entity or a private entity, as defined, provides goods or services to members of the public, and the entity provides those goods or services primarily to, or primarily for the enjoyment or benefit of, minors, require the entity to adopt and implement a child sexual abuse prevention plan and would make that entity ineligible to receive state funds until the entity has complied with that requirement. The bill would make a public or private entity that fails to comply with these requirements liable for a civil penalty of $500 for a first offense and $1,000 for each subsequent offense.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    Pev/ST     


  Civil Procedure



 
  AB 366 (Obernolte R)   Civil actions: fee recovery.
  Summary: Current law enumerates the costs that a prevailing party may recover in a civil action. Current law provides that costs for models and enlargements of exhibits and photocopies of exhibits may be recovered if the items were reasonably helpful to aid the trier of fact.This bill would authorize a prevailing party to recover fees for the costs associated with the electronic presentation of exhibits, including costs of rental equipment and electronic formatting.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    JS/Pev     
 
  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, until January 1, 2023, 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, or make any other appropriate discovery order. If an informal discovery conference is not held within 30 calendar days from the date the court granted the request, the bill would require that the request for an informal discovery conference be deemed denied, and that any tolling period previously ordered by the court would continue to apply.
      Position    Assigned     
      Defer    ND/ST     
 
  AB 644 (Berman D)   Civil procedure: pleadings.
  Summary: Current law, until January 1, 2021, authorizes a party to amend its pleading once without leave of the court at any time before the answer or demurrer is filed, or after a demurrer is filed but before it is heard if the amended complaint, cross-complaint, or answer is filed and served no later than the date for filing an opposition to the demurrer. Current law authorizes a party to amend the complaint, cross-complaint, or answer after the date for filing an opposition to the demurrer, upon stipulation by the parties. This bill, until January 1, 2021, would additionally authorize a party to amend its pleading without leave of the court any time before a motion to strike is filed, or after a motion to strike is heard, as specified.
      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, until January 1, 2020, 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 nonparty 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     
 
  AB 2359 (Maienschein R)   Hearings: continuances.
  Summary: Current law requires that a written notice be filed and served on all parties to a criminal proceeding at least 2 court days before a hearing, including a trial, is sought to be continued, together with affidavits or declarations detailing specific facts showing that a continuance is necessary. Current law specifies that a party is not deemed to have been with that notice until the party has actually received a copy of the documents to be served, or has waived the right to be served in a timely manner, as specified. This bill would make a technical, nonsubstantive change to those provisions.
      Position    Assigned     
      Defer    ST     
 
  AB 2651 (Kiley R)   Civil actions.
  Summary: Would require the moving party on a motion for summary judgment or summary adjudication to serve the motion at least 35 days before the hearing, unless the court for good cause orders otherwise, and require the motion to be heard no later than 45 days before the date of trial. The bill would authorize the moving party to arrange the separate statement of undisputed facts by cause of action or count, and would require the separate statement filed in support of any opposition to be arranged in the same order as the moving party’s separate statement with respect to facts contended to be undisputed.
      Position    Assigned     
      Oppose    ND/ST     
 
  AB 2793 (Kiley R)   Courts: motion for preference.
  Summary: Current law provides that a civil action to recover damages for wrongful death or personal injury shall be entitled to preference upon the motion of any party to the action who is under 14 years of age. Current law authorizes the court, in its discretion, to grant a motion for preference that is accompanied by clear and convincing medical documentation that concludes that one of the parties suffers from an illness or condition raising substantial medical doubt of survival of that party beyond 6 months or a motion for preference that is supported by a showing that satisfies the court that the interests of justice will be served by granting the preference. This bill would make technical, nonsubstantive changes to these provisions.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    ND/ST     
 
  AB 2802 (Friedman D)   Insurance payments: interception.
  Summary: Would create the Insurance Payment Intercept Program within the Department of Insurance and would require the department, in consultation with the Department of Child Support Services and representatives of the insurance industry in the state, to establish the program to improve the enforcement of child support, as specified. The bill would provide that an insurer who participates in the program may not incur an obligation or liability in specified circumstances.
      Position    Assigned     
      Defer    LAT     
 
  SB 218 (Dodd D)   The Qualified ABLE Program: tax-advantaged savings accounts.
  Summary: Would authorize, only to the extent permitted under federal law, the transfer of all amounts in a designated beneficiary’s ABLE account to an ABLE account for another eligible individual specified by either the designated beneficiary or the estate of the designated beneficiary upon the death of the designated beneficiary. The bill would require the California ABLE Act Board, upon establishing a CalABLE account and prior to any transfer of funds from one ABLE account to another, to notify all designated beneficiaries or the estates of the designated beneficiaries, as applicable, of the potential tax consequences of transferring funds from one ABLE account to another pursuant to these provisions.
      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. By expanding the scope of a crime, this bill would create a state-mandated local program.
      Position    Assigned     
      Defer    Pev/ST     
 
  SB 755 (Beall D)   Civil discovery: mental examination.
  Summary: Current law requires a party to obtain leave of court to conduct a mental examination of a party, and requires a court to grant a motion for a mental examination only for good cause shown. Current law also requires a mental examination to be performed by a licensed physician or licensed clinical psychologist with specified training. This bill would, in any action involving allegations of sexual abuse of a minor, further require that a mental examination of a child less than 15 years of age be conducted by a licensed physician or clinical psychologist with expertise in child abuse and trauma and limit the examination to no more than 3 hours, including any breaks, unless the court grants an extension for good cause.
      Position    Assigned     
      Sponsor    Pev/ST     
 
  SB 1120 (Moorlach R)   Civil actions: jurisdiction.
  Summary: Current law authorizes a court to exercise jurisdiction on any basis not inconsistent with the California or the United States Constitutions. Current law also requires a court to stay or dismiss an action in whole or in part on any conditions that may be just when the court finds that in the interest of substantial justice an action should be heard in a forum outside of the state.This bill would make technical, nonsubstantive changes to these provisions.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    ST     
 
  SB 1276 (Moorlach R)   Civil proceedings: expert testimony.
  Summary: Current law provides circumstances under which testimony in the form of an opinion based in whole or in significant part on matter that is not a proper basis for an opinion may be excluded. The California Supreme Court, in People v. Sanchez (2006) 63 Cal. 4th 665, held that statements made out of court are inadmissible hearsay even if an expert witness treats the content of those statements as true and accurate in support of the expert’s opinion. This bill would expressly abrogate the holding in that decision by providing, in civil proceedings, that evidence of a statement used to support the opinion of an expert is not inadmissible as hearsay if the court, in its discretion, determines that the statement is reliable, and would require the court to consider certain factors in making its determination.
      Position    Assigned     
      Defer    ND/ST     
 
  SB 1326 (Hueso D)   Indemnity.
  Summary: Current law specifies that one who indemnifies another against an act to be done by the latter, is liable jointly with the person indemnified, and separately, to every person injured by the act.This bill would make a nonsubstantive change to that provision.
      Position    Assigned     
      Defer    ST     
 
  SB 1453 (McGuire D)   Statutes of limitations.
  Summary: Current law provides that civil actions can only be commenced within prescribed periods, based on the nature of the action. Current law prescribes a limitations period of one year for, among other things, an action upon a statute for a forfeiture or penalty to the people of the state. Under existing law, this one-year period is applicable to an action to petition a court to impose a civil penalty for an intentional, knowing, or negligent violation of the Z’berg-Nejedly Forest Practice Act of 1973 or any rules or regulations of the State Board of Forestry and Fire Protection. This bill would instead provide that such an action is subject to a three-year limitations period.
      Position    Assigned     
      Defer    ND/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 rent or lease to persons operating, or intending to operate, a place of public accommodation, as specified, or a facility to which the general public is invited at those premises.
      Position    Assigned     
      Support    Pev     
 
  AB 1379 (Thurmond D)   Certified access specialist program: funding.
  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 (CASp), as provided. Current law, on and after January 1, 2013, and until December 31, 2017, inclusive, requires that any applicant for an original or renewal of a local business license or equivalent instrument or permit to pay an additional fee of $1 for that license, instrument, or permit, to be collected by the city, county, or city and county that issued the license, instrument, or permit. This bill would extend the operation of this fee indefinitely and, on and after January 1, 2018, and until December 31, 2023, increase the amount from $1 to $4.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    Pev     
 
  AB 1615 (Garcia, Eduardo D)   Gender discrimination: civil actions.
  Summary: Would enact the Small Business Gender Discrimination in Services Compliance Act, and would define a “gender discrimination in pricing services claim” as a civil claim in a civil action with respect to a business establishment, including, but not limited to, a claim brought under the Unruh Civil Rights Act or the Gender Tax Repeal Act of 1995, based on an alleged price difference charged for services of similar or like kind against a person because of the person’s gender.
      Position    Assigned     
      Neutral After Amendments    Pev/ST     
 
  AB 2950 (Chau D)   Civil rights.
  Summary: Current law, the Unruh Civil Rights Act, provides that all persons within the jurisdiction of California are free and equal no matter their national origin, citizenship, or immigration status and are entitled to full and equal accommodations, facilities, and privileges. This bill would make a nonsubstantive change to these provisions.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    Pev     
 
  AB 3002 (Grayson D)   Commercial property leases.
  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). This position requires certain knowledge and training on standards governing access to buildings for persons with disabilities. 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 make nonsubstantive changes to that provision.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    Pev/ST     
 
  AB 3158 (Mathis R)   Disability access: construction-related access barrier: civil actions.
  Summary: Would prohibit a cause of action on the basis of a construction-related access barrier in an existing public accommodation by an individual who alleges to have been aggrieved by the existence of an access barrier from accruing unless specified conditions are met, including that a written notice has been sent to the owner and operator, as specified. The bill would create a specified 90-day period and an additional 30-day period during which the owner or operator of the public accommodation shall be permitted to remove the barrier or to make substantial progress toward removing the barrier, or to made a good faith effort to remove the barrier, as defined, before a cause of action accrues.
      Position    Assigned     
      Defer    Pev/ST     
 
  SB 491 (Bradford D)   Civil rights: discrimination: enforcement.
  Summary: The California Fair Employment and Housing Act prohibits discrimination in housing and employment on specified bases and provides procedures for enforcement by the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (department). Current law specifies that while it is the intent of the Legislature that the California Fair Employment and Housing Act occupy the field of regulation of discrimination in employment and housing, nothing in the act shall be construed to limit or restrict the application of the Unruh Civil Rights Act. This bill would provide that a local government entity is permitted under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act to refer a person alleging discrimination to the department and to provide the person with relevant information and resources, as appropriate.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    JS/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     
 
  AB 2632 (Santiago D)   Packaging and labeling: containers: slack fill.
  Summary: The Sherman Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Law, establishes the same prohibition against nonfunctional slack fill as described above for commodities containers subject to that law and specifies 14 reasons that a container may contain slack fill without violating the prohibition. This bill would specify 3 additional reasons containers subject to any of these provisions may contain slack fill without violating the nonfunctional slack fill prohibition.
      Position    Assigned     
      Defer    AS, Pev/ST     
 
  AB 2709 (Cooper D)   Class actions: judgments: residual funds.
  Summary: Would add nonprofit organizations or advocacy programs providing legal services to victims of employment law violations to the enumerated programs described above.
      Position    Assigned     
      Defer    AS, ND     
 
  AB 2907 (Flora R)   Labor Code Private Attorneys General Act of 2004.
  Summary: The Labor Code Private Attorneys General Act of 2004 authorizes an aggrieved employee on behalf of themselves and other current or former employees to bring a civil action to recover specified civil penalties, that would otherwise be assessed and collected by the Labor and Workforce Development Agency, for the violation of certain provisions affecting employees. The act requires the employee to follow prescribed procedures before bringing an action and establishes specific procedures for categories of violations. This bill would make nonsubstantive changes to these provisions.
      Position    Assigned     
      Oppose    JS/LAT     
 
  SB 626 (Dodd D)   Tribal gaming: compact ratification.
  Summary: Would ratify the amendment to the tribal-state gaming compact entered into between the State of California and the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria, executed on August 18, 2017. The bill would provide that, in deference to tribal sovereignty, certain actions related to that amended compact are not projects for purposes of CEQA.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    Pev     


  Cons/San Bruno



 
  AB 818 (Burke D)   CalWORKs: welfare to work.
  Summary: Current law requires a recipient of CalWORKs to participate in certain welfare-to-work activities as a condition of eligibility for 24 cumulative months, as specified, and then to meet other federal requirements afterwards, as specified. Current law authorizes each county to provide an extension of the 24 months for recipients who are unlikely to meet the federal requirements, and authorizes a recipient to request the extension and present evidence to the county that he or she meets a specified circumstance. This bill would provide that for purposes of the educational or treatment program circumstance, a high school education or its equivalent is presumed to meaningfully increase the likelihood of the recipient’s employment.
      Position    Assigned     
      Support    Pev     


  Construction Defects



 
  AB 1278 (Low D)   Contractor licensing: judgment debtor prohibition.
  Summary: The Contractors’ State License Law requires a licensee to notify the registrar in writing of a specified unsatisfied final judgment imposed on the licensee within 90 days of the imposition, and to file or have on file with the board a bond sufficient to guarantee payment of an amount equal to specified unsatisfied judgments within 90 days from date of notification. That law requires the license of a licensee who does not comply with these requirements to be automatically suspended. That law prohibits the suspension from being removed until proof of satisfaction of the judgment, or in lieu thereof, a notarized copy of an accord, is submitted to the registrar. The bill would revise and recast the provisions relating to notice of an unsatisfied judgment, a sufficient bond for that judgment, and suspension for failure to comply.
      Position    Assigned     
      Neutral    ND     
 
  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     
 
  AB 1766 (Maienschein R)   Swimming pools: public safety.
  Summary: Would require public swimming pools, as defined, that are required to provide lifeguard services and that charge a direct fee to additionally provide an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) during pool operations, as specified. Because the failure to comply with these provisions would be a crime, the bill would create a state-mandated local program. The bill would also require the State Department of Education, in onsultation with the State Department of Public Health, to issue best practices guidelines related to pool safety at K–12 schools, as specified.
      Position    Assigned     
      Support    Pev     
 
  AB 2353 (Frazier D)   Construction defects: actions: statute of limitations.
  Summary: Current law specifies the requirements for actions for construction defects. Current law includes a statute of limitations that, except as specified, prohibits an action from being brought to recover under these provisions more than 10 years after substantial completion of the improvement but no later than the date the notice of completion is recorded.This bill would shorten the 10-year period to 5 years.
      Position    Assigned     
      Oppose    ND     
 
  AB 2429 (Caballero D)   Common interest developments.
  Summary: Current law, the Davis-Stirling Common Interest Development Act, defines and regulates common interest developments. Current law requires a common interest development to be managed by an association that may be incorporated or unincorporated. Current law limits the personal liability for tortious acts or omissions of a volunteer officer or director of an association that manages a common development that is residential or mixed use, if certain criteria are met.This bill would make a nonsubstantive change to that provision.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    ND     
 
  SB 292 (Bates R)   Counties: contract legal counsel: auditor-controller.
  Summary: Current law requires a county board of supervisors, upon request of the county assessor or sheriff, to contract with legal counsel to assist the assessor or sheriff with duties for which the district attorney or county counsel would have a conflict of interest in representing the assessor or sheriff. In the event the board of supervisors does not concur with the assessor or sheriff that a conflict of interests exists, current law authorizes the county assessor or sheriff to initiate an ex parte proceeding before the presiding judge of the superior court, as provided. This bill would extend these provisions to additionally require the board of supervisors to contract with legal counsel to assist the auditor-controller, as described above.
      Position    Assigned     
      Defer    ND     
 
  SB 496 (Cannella R)   Indemnity: design professionals.
  Summary: Current law provides, with respect to contracts and amendments to contracts entered into on or after January 1, 2011, with a public agency, as defined, for design professional services, that all provisions, clauses, covenants, and agreements contained in, collateral to, or affecting these contracts or amendments to contracts that purport to require the design professional to defend the public agency under an indemnity agreement, including the duty and the cost to defend, are unenforceable, except for claims that arise out of, pertain to, or relate to the negligence, recklessness, or willful misconduct of the design professional. This bill would instead make these provisions applicable to all contracts for design professional services entered into on or after January 1, 2018.
      Position    Assigned     
      Defer    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 an inspection of exterior elevated elements and associated waterproofing elements, as defined, including decks and balconies, for buildings with 3 or more multifamily dwelling units by a licensed architect, licensed civil or structural engineer, or an individual certified as a building inspector or building official, as specified.
      Position    Assigned     
      Support    ND     
 
  SB 1077 (Wilk R)   Construction contracts: wrap-up insurance and indemnification.
  Summary: Current law regulates the use of wrap-up insurance or other consolidated insurance programs in connection with specified construction projects. Current law distinguishes, in this regard, between residential construction projects, private residential works of improvement, as specified, and public works and other projects that are not residential, as specified. This bill would recast the wrap-up insurance or other consolidated insurance program requirements, as specified, into a single provision regulating all contracts for public and private works of improvement, entered into or amended on and after January 1, 2019, for which a wrap-up insurance policy or consolidated insurance program is applicable. The bill would provide that, notwithstanding any other law, any waiver of its provisions is contrary to public policy and void.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    ND     
 
  SB 1080 (Newman D)   Transportation network companies: driver identification.
  Summary: Would require a transportation network company driver to possess either a valid driver’s license issued by the State of California or, in the case of a nonresident active duty military member or a nonresident dependent of an active duty military member, a valid driver’s license issued by the other state or territory of the United States in which the member or dependent is a resident. By creating a new crime, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    Pev     
 
  SB 1097 (Hueso D)   Lead poisoning.
  Summary: Current law requires the State Department of Public Health to collect and analyze all information necessary to effectively monitor appropriate case management efforts related to lead poisoning in children. Current law authorizes the department to contract with a public or private entity, including local agencies, to conduct case management. Current law requires the department to prepare a biennial report describing the effectiveness of appropriate case management efforts, and to make that report available to local health departments and the general public. This bill would require the department, in that report, to aggregate the data provided to the department.
      Position    Assigned     
      Defer    LAT     


  Consumer



 
  AB 25 (Nazarian D)   Tour buses: modified tour buses.
  Summary: Current law defines “tour bus” for purposes of regulation under the Vehicle Code. Current 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 substantially structurally modified or removed. This bill contains other related provisions.
      Position    Assigned     
      Support    Pev     
 
  AB 295 (Eggman D)   Skydiving or sport parachuting operations.
  Summary: Would enact Tyler’s Law. The bill 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. Current law provides that these prohibitions do not prohibit a landlord from complying with any legal obligation under federal law. This bill would revise 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 314 (Mullin D)   Dating service contracts: online services.
  Summary: Current law requires that a dating service contract contain a conspicuous statement, placed as specified, regarding the right of the buyer to cancel the agreement. Current law establishes procedures for cancellation, including providing that cancellation occurs when the buyer gives written notice of cancellation by mail, telegram, or delivery to the seller at the address specified in the agreement or offer. This bill would establish specific alternate provisions for a dating service contract with an online dating service, as defined. The alternate provisions would include requirements regarding entering into a contract online, providing an electronic copy of the contract to the buyer, and including a version of the conspicuous statement in the online contract.
      Position    Assigned     
      Neutral After Amendments    Pev/ST     
 
  AB 315 (Wood D)   Pharmacy benefit management.
  Summary: Would require pharmacy benefit managers, as defined, to be registered with the Department of Managed Health Care, as prescribed. The bill would require the department to develop applications for the registration, and would specify certain information to be provided in those applications. The bill would authorize the department to charge a fee for registration, as specified. The bill would authorize the director of the department to suspend the registration of a pharmacy benefit manager under specified circumstances.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    Pev/LAT     
 
  AB 334 (Cooper D)   Sexual assault.
  Summary: Would set the time for commencement of any civil action for recovery of damages suffered as a result of sexual assault, as defined, where the assault occurred on or after the plaintiff’s 18th birthday, to the later of within 10 years from the date of the last act, attempted act, or assault with intent to commit an act, of sexual assault 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, attempted act, or assault with intent to commit an act, of sexual assault by the defendant against the plaintiff.
      Position    Assigned     
      Support    Pev/ST     
 
  AB 580 (Cunningham R)   Security services: limited liability companies.
  Summary: The Private Security Services Act authorizes an individual, a qualified manager, a partner of a partnership, or an officer of a corporation to apply for a license, as prescribed. Under the Private Security Services Act, an application is required to be verified and contain specific information, including an identification form signed under penalty of perjury, and is also required to be subscribed, verified, and signed by specific persons under penalty of perjury. This bill would additionally authorize a limited liability company to apply for licensure and make conforming changes to the provisions of the Private Security Services Act.
      Position    Assigned     
      Defer    ND/ST     
 
  AB 587 (Chiu D)   State government: pharmaceuticals: procurement: collaborative.
  Summary: Current law authorizes the Department of General Services to explore additional strategies for managing prescription drug costs and investigate and implement those strategies in consultation with other specified state agencies. This bill would revise these provisions and instead require the department to convene the California Pharmaceutical Collaborative cochaired by the Deputy Director of the Procurement Division of the department and the Assistant Secretary of California Health and Human Services to address the rising cost of pharmaceuticals.
      Position    Assigned     
      Support    ST     
 
  AB 638 (Caballero D)   Immigration consultants.
  Summary: Would, beginning on January 1, 2019, would make it unlawful for a person, for compensation, other than a person authorized to practice law in this state, or a person authorized to represent others under federal law in an immigration matter, or a paralegal acting under the active supervision of an attorney, to engage in the business or act in the capacity of an immigration consultant in this state.
      Position    Assigned     
      Support    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 would instead authorize a civil action for damages against a person who intentionally and knowingly commits, authorizes, solicits, aids, abets, or attempts, among other things, the diversion of utility services.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    ST     
 
  AB 692 (Chu D)   Schoolbuses: passenger restraint systems.
  Summary: Would require, on or before January 1, 2020, the State Department of Education, the Department of the California Highway Patrol, and any other appropriate or necessary entities to form a stakeholder workgroup to formulate and report to the Legislature a plan for school districts to have their entire schoolbus fleets equipped with passenger restraint systems on or before January 1, 2023. The bill would encourage a school district to comply with the January 1, 2023, passenger safety restraint plan either through retrofitting existing schoolbuses or purchasing new schoolbuses.
      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 784 (Dababneh D)   Pilot Program for Increased Access to Responsible Small Dollar Loans.
  Summary: Would apply the prescribed limits on charges and administrative fees that a licensee under the California Finance Lenders Law may contract for, and receive, described above, to loans of up to $5,000.This bill would delete the repeal of the Pilot Program for Increased Access to Responsible Small Dollar Loans, thereby extending the program indefinitely. The bill would increase the amount of a permissible loan under the program from $2,500 to $5,000, make conforming changes, and revise the statement of legislative findings for the program.
      Position    Assigned     
      Support    Pev/LAT     
 
  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.
  Summary: Current law generally permits the parties to a civil action to include, as a condition to a settlement, a provision requiring that information about the settlement or the underlying dispute be kept confidential; however, current law prohibits a confidential settlement agreement in a civil action with a factual foundation establishing a cause of action for civil damages for an act that may be prosecuted as a felony sex offense. Current law also establishes that flouting this prohibition is grounds for professional discipline for an attorney, and it requires the State Bar of California to investigate and take appropriate action in any case brought to its attention. This bill would instead authorize but not require the State Bar to investigate these cases of attorney misconduct.
      Position    Assigned     
      Support    Pev/ST     
 
  AB 954 (Chiu D)   Food labeling: quality and safety dates.
  Summary: Current law provides that all food labeling regulations and any amendments to those regulations adopted pursuant to the federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act shall be the food labeling regulations of this state, and authorizes the State Department of Public Health to adopt additional food labeling regulations. This bill would require the Department of Food and Agriculture, in consultation with the State Department of Public Health, on or before July 1, 2018, to publish information to encourage food manufacturers, processors, and retailers responsible for the labeling of food products to voluntarily use uniform terms on food product labels to communicate quality dates and safety dates, and would require the department to promote the consistent use of those terms.
      Position    Assigned     
      Defer    ND/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 a party filing a motion pursuant to those provisions to promptly transmit specified information to the California Research Bureau of the California State Library. This bill would extend indefinitely the authorization of the trial court to order the payment of those reasonable expenses, but would not extend, and instead delete, the requirements on the filing party and the bureau relating to transmitting and maintaining the specified information, respectively.
      Position    Assigned     
      Neutral    JS/LAT     
 
  AB 1103 (Obernolte R)   Bicycles: yielding: pilot program.
  Summary: Would authorize a city, by resolution, to implement a 5-year pilot program, commencing January 1, 2020, to allow a person who is operating a bicycle and 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 authorize implementation of the pilot program in at least 3 cities that elect to participate, as specified.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    Pev/ST     
 
  AB 1109 (Kalra D)   Consumer loans.
  Summary: Under the California Finance Lenders Law, a licensee is generally prohibited from taking a deed of trust, mortgage, or lien upon real property as security for a consumer loan unless the loan is for a bona fide principal amount of $5,000 or more. Current law provides that this provision, among others that contain a regulatory ceiling provision, only applies to a loan for a bona fide principal amount, as specified, if the amount and purpose of that loan is not used to evade regulation under the California Finance Lenders Law. This bill would remove the prohibition described above, and would thereby authorize payments for those types of credit insurance to be used to calculate whether a loan exceeds the bona fide principal amount under provisions of the California Finance Lenders Law that include a regulatory ceiling provision.
      Position    Assigned     
      Support    Pev     
 
  AB 1138 (Maienschein R)   Sale of cats or dogs.
  Summary: 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 make it unlawful for specified people and entities, in specified mediums, to advertise, call attention to, or give publicity to the sale or transfer of a dog or cat for which the statements about or pictures of the dog or cat are made or presented without the actual intent to sell or offer the exact dog or cat advertised or the statements about the dog or cat being advertised or offered for sale are known to be untrue or misleading.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    Pev/ST     
 
  AB 1185 (O'Donnell D)   Rental passenger vehicles.
  Summary: Current law requires a rental car agent, if it sells insurance, or its endorsee, to make specified disclosures to the renter relating to that insurance, that may be displayed by clear and conspicuous signs posted where rental agreements are executed. Existing law also requires a car rental agency to inform each customer of a state law regarding child restraint systems by posting in a conspicuous place a notice not smaller than 15 by 20 inches with a specific statement. This bill would authorize a rental company to comply with these sign posting requirements or the above-described child restraint systems notice requirement by using an electronic sign.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    Pev     
 
  AB 1201 (Chiu D)   Motorized bicycles.
  Summary: Current law defines a “motorized bicycle” or “moped” as a 2-wheeled or 3-wheeled device having fully operative pedals for propulsion by human power, or having no pedals if powered solely by electrical energy, with an automatic transmission and motor that produces less than 4 gross brake horsepower and is capable of propelling the device at a maximum speed of not more than 30 miles per hour on level ground. This bill would increase the allowable gross brake horsepower of motorized bicycles or mopeds from less than 4 to less than 5 in that definition. By changing the scope of an existing crime, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
      Position    Assigned     
      Defer    AS, Pev/ST     
 
  AB 1236 (Gonzalez Fletcher D)   Surnames before first marriage.
  Summary: Current law, for the purpose of prohibiting false personation, among other things, defines the terms "person" and "personal identifying information." 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 "surname before first marriage" and, in the case of some provisions, requiring that an individual's parents surnames before first marriage, rather than only the mother's maiden name, either be recorded, disclosed, or withheld, as specified. Because the bill would require local officials to perform additional duties relating to vital records and reports, it would impose a state-mandated local program.
      Position    Assigned     
      Support    ST     
 
  AB 1316 (Quirk D)   Public health: childhood lead poisoning: prevention.
  Summary: The Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Act of 1991 required the State Department of Public Health (formerly the State Department of Health Services) between July 1, 1992, and July 1, 1993, to adopt regulations establishing a standard of care at least as stringent as the most recent United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention screening guidelines, whereby all children are evaluated for risk of lead poisoning by health care providers during each child’s periodic health assessment. This bill, among other things, would change the definition of “lead poisoning” to include concentrations of lead in arterial or cord blood.
      Position    Assigned     
      Support    Pev     
 
  AB 1435 (Gonzalez Fletcher D)   The College Athlete Protection Act.
  Summary: Would establish the College Athlete Protection Act, until January 1, 2023, under the administration of the College Athlete Protection Commission, which would be established 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 penalties or a temporary or permanent prohibition from employment at institutions of higher education, pursuant to regulations to be adopted by the commission.
      Position    Assigned     
      Support    Pev/ST     
 
  AB 1491 (Caballero D)   Sales of dogs and cats: contracts.
  Summary: 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: Would impose civil liability and specific penalties upon a person over the age of majority who, in exchange for property or money, commits an act that would violate certain criminal provisions pertaining to sexual acts upon a child, solicitation of a child, or aiding or abetting in one of these acts. The bill would authorize a victim of the unlawful act, his or her parent or guardian, or guardian ad litem to bring an action for civil penalties, damages, injunctive relief, equitable remedies, and for the cost of the suit and reasonable attorney’s fees, as specified.
      Position    Assigned     
      Support    Pev/ST     
 
  AB 1576 (Levine D)   Modeling agencies: licensure: models: employees.
  Summary: Would require a person engaging in the occupation of a modeling agency, as defined, to be licensed by the Labor Commissioner under the licensing provisions that apply to talent agencies.The bill would require all employees of a licensee who work with artists, within 30 days of being hired, and all artists represented by a licensee, within 30 days of engaging a talent service, to receive sexual harassment prevention and health standards training in a manner approved by the Labor Commissioner, and once per calendar year thereafter.
      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 instead would find and declare that for the purposes of enforcing state labor, employment, civil rights, consumer protection, and housing 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, unless it is necessary in order to comply with federal immigration law.
      Position    Assigned     
      Sponsor    JS/ST     
 
  AB 1798 (Chu D)   Schoolbuses: passenger restraint systems.
  Summary: Would require, no later than January 1, 2028, any schoolbus used for the transportation of any pupil attending a public or private primary or secondary school to be equipped with passenger restraint systems. The bill would authorize the person or entity owning or operating a schoolbus to comply with the passenger safety restraint requirement either through retrofitting existing schoolbuses or purchasing new schoolbuses. Because a violation of the bill’s requirements would be a crime, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
      Position    Assigned     
      Defer    Pev     
 
  AB 1906 (Irwin D)   Business regulations: information privacy: connected devices: security features.
  Summary: Would require a manufacturer that sells or offers to sell a connected device in California to equip the connected device, as defined, with reasonable security features appropriate to the nature of the device and the information that it may collect, contain, or transmit, to protect the device and any information contained within it from unauthorized access or use. The bill would require the equipped security features for any connected device to include either a security feature that requires a preprogrammed password for access that is unique to each device manufactured or sold, or a security feature that requires the user to create a new password before access is granted for the first time.
      Position    Assigned     
      Defer    ND/ST     
 
  AB 1919 (Wood D)   Price gouging: state of emergency.
  Summary: Would, upon the proclamation or declaration of an emergency as specified, make it a misdemeanor for a person, business, or other entity to increase the monthly rental price advertised, offered or charged for residential housing to an existing or prospective tenant by more than 10% greater than the rental price advertised, offered, or charged by that person, business, or entity within 30 days immediately prior to the date of the proclamation or disaster. The bill would extend the prohibition with regards to housing for any period that the proclamation or declaration is extended.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    ST     
 
  AB 2105 (Maienschein R)   Punitive damages: minors.
  Summary: Current law provides that in specified civil actions brought by, on behalf of, or for the benefit of, senior citizens or disabled persons, as defined, the trier of fact must consider certain factors in determining the fine or penalty to be imposed. If the trier of fact makes an affirmative finding of any of these factors, existing law permits the imposition of a fine or penalty up to 3 times greater than authorized by statute, or, if the statute does not authorize a specific amount, up to 3 times greater than the amount the trier of fact would have imposed in the absence of that affirmative finding. This bill would add similar provisions applicable to actions brought by, on behalf of, or for the benefit of, minors permitting imposition of a fine or penalty of up to 3 times greater than authorized by statute if specified findings are made by the trier of fact.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    ST     
 
  AB 2138 (Chiu D)   Licensing boards: denial of application: criminal conviction.
  Summary: Current law provides for the licensure and regulation of various professions and vocations by boards within the Department of Consumer Affairs and authorizes a board to deny a license on the grounds that the applicant has, among other things, been convicted of a crime, as specified. This bill would prohibit a person from being denied a license solely on the basis that he or she has been convicted of a nonviolent crime and would make conforming changes.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    Pev     
 
  AB 2220 (Bonta D)   Student Athlete Bill of Rights.
  Summary: Would require all intercollegiate athletic programs at private postsecondary educational institutions, independent institutions of higher education, or campuses of the University of California or the California State University that provide athletic scholarships for student athletes to comply with these requirements. The bill would provide a private right of action, as specified, to student athletes who claim to have had any rights established under the Student Athlete Bill of Rights violated by an institution of higher education, including any of its personnel, as defined.
      Position    Assigned     
      Support    Pev     
 
  AB 2302 (Baker R)   Child abuse.
  Summary: Would state the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation relating to child abuse.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    Pev/ST     
 
  AB 2370 (Holden D)   Lead exposure: child day care facilities: family day care homes.
  Summary: The California Child Day Care Facilities Act requires that, as a condition of licensure and in addition to any other required training, at least one director or teacher at each day care center, and each family day care home licensee who provides care, have at least 15 hours of health and safety training, covering specified components. This bill would require, as a condition of licensure, the health and safety training include instruction in the prevention of lead exposure. The bill, for a license issued before January 1, 2019, would give the licensee 90 days to comply with these provisions.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    LAT     
 
  AB 2409 (Kiley R)   Professions and vocations.
  Summary: Current law provides for the licensure and regulation of various professions and vocations by boards, bureaus, and commissions within the Department of Consumer Affairs and provides that those boards, bureaus, and commissions are established for the purpose of ensuring that those private businesses and professions deemed to engage in activities that have potential impact upon the public health, safety, and welfare are adequately regulated in order to protect the people of California.This bill would make a nonsubstantive change to that provision.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    Pev     
 
  AB 2435 (Chen R)   Consumer credit reports: security freezes.
  Summary: Would require a consumer credit reporting agency to place or remove a security freeze on a consumer’s credit report no later than or within one business day after having received a request from the consumer, as provided.
      Position    Assigned     
      Defer    ND/ST     
 
  AB 2440 (Acosta R)   Tort liability: joint and several liability.
  Summary: The Fair Responsibility Act of 1986, enacted by the voters on June 3, 1986, as Proposition 51, an initiative measure, specifies that in any action for personal injury, property damage, or wrongful death, based upon the principles of comparative fault, the liability of each defendant for noneconomic damages shall be several only and shall not be joint. The act defines terms for that purpose. The act provides that the Legislature may amend the act to further the act’s purposes with a 2/3 vote of each house and compliance with specified procedural requirements. This bill would make nonsubstantive changes to that several liability provision.
      Position    Assigned     
      Oppose    Pev/ST     
 
  AB 2500 (Kalra D)   Consumer loans: charges.
  Summary: The California Financing Law prohibits anyone from engaging in the business of a finance lender or broker without obtaining a license. Under current law, a licensee who lends any sum of money is authorized to contract for and receive charges at a maximum rate that does not exceed specified sums on the unpaid principal balance per month, ranging from 2 1/2% to 1%, based on the loan amount, as specified. This provision, however, does not apply to any loan of a bona fide principal amount of $2,500 or more, as determined in accordance with a provision governing regulatory ceilings and evasion of the CFL. This bill would increase the threshold amount for loans that are exempt from this provision to $10,000 or more.
      Position    Assigned     
      Sponsor    LAT     
 
  AB 2546 (Chau D)   Commercial email advertisements.
  Summary: Existing law prohibits a person or entity from initiating or advertising in unsolicited commercial email advertisements and places other restrictions related to that activity. This bill would expand the definition of “commercial email advertisement” to include an electronic mail message initiated for the purpose of advertising or promoting the lease, sale, rental, gift offer, promotion, or other disposition of stocks, bonds, sweepstakes, insurance, employment opportunities, or any other solicitation.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    Pev/ST     
 
  AB 2585 (Patterson R)   Prescribed burns: burn managers: liability.
  Summary: Would provide that a property owner and his or her agent conducting a prescribed burn, as defined, shall not be liable for damage or injury caused by fire or smoke, unless negligence is proven, when the prescribed burn meets specified conditions, including that the prescribed burn in conducted under the supervision of a certified prescribed burn manager, as defined, and proper burn permits have been obtained from all appropriate state and local agencies.
      Position    Assigned     
      Defer    AS, Pev/ST     
 
  AB 2773 (Acosta R)   Civil actions: fee recovery.
  Summary: Current law enumerates the costs that a prevailing party may recover in a civil action.This bill would make nonsubstantive changes to that provision.
      Position    Assigned     
      Oppose    Pev/ST     
 
  AB 2825 (Jones-Sawyer D)   Debt collection.
  Summary: Current law, the Rosenthal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, is intended to prohibit debt collectors from engaging in unfair or deceptive acts or practices in the collection of consumer debts and to require debtors to act fairly in entering into and honoring those debts.This bill would make nonsubstantive changes to the provision that states the name of the act.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    LAT     
 
  AB 2943 (Low D)   Unlawful business practices: sexual orientation change efforts.
  Summary: Would include, as an unlawful practice prohibited under the Consumer Legal Remedies Act, advertising, offering to engage in, or engaging in sexual orientation change efforts with an individual. The bill would also declare the intent of the Legislature in this regard. This bill contains other existing laws.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    Pev/ST     
 
  AB 2953 (Limón D)   California Financing Law: consumer loans: title loans.
  Summary: The California Financing Law requires a licensee, with respect to loans secured by a lien on a motor vehicle, to comply with specified notice requirements related to the disposition of a repossessed or surrendered motor vehicle. The CFL requires that any person who is liable on a consumer loan secured by a lien on a motor vehicle has the right to reinstate the loan in the event of a default by the borrower, subject to certain conditions and exceptions. This bill would prohibit a licensee from providing a title loan unless the interest rate on that loan does not exceed 36% per calendar year on the unpaid principal amount of that loan and the licensee provides certain disclosures to the borrower.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    Pev/ST     
 
  AB 2970 (Cooper D)   Personal rights.
  Summary: Current law provides that, subject to specified restrictions, every person has the right of protection from bodily restraint or harm, personal insult, defamation, and injury to that person’s personal relations.This bill would make nonsubstantive changes to this provision.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    Pev/ST     
 
  AB 2982 (Gloria D)   Vehicles: required equipment.
  Summary: Current law prohibits a person from parking, using, or operating a motorcycle manufactured on and after January 1, 2013, or modified with an aftermarket exhaust system manufactured after that date, if that motorcycle or exhaust system does not have a specified label affixed indicating that the motorcycle or exhaust emission system meets federal noise emissions standards.This bill would make a technical, nonsubstantive change to these provisions.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    Pev     
 
  AB 2995 (Carrillo D)   Contracts.
  Summary: Current law prescribes the manner in which contracts may be created. Under current law, certain contracts are invalid unless the contract, or some note or memorandum of the contract, is in writing and subscribed by the party to be charged.This bill would make nonsubstantive changes to those provisions.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    Pev/ST     
 
  AB 2998 (Bloom D)   Juvenile products: flame retardant materials.
  Summary: Would prohibit an establishment from selling juvenile products, mattresses, or upholstered or reupholstered furniture containing more than 0.1% of a flame retardant chemical or more than 0.1% of a mixture containing a flame retardant chemical. The bill would authorize the Director of Consumer Affairs to adopt regulations and rules to implement and enforce the Home Furnishings and Thermal Insulation Act’s provisions. The bill would make various findings and declarations in this regard.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    Pev     
 
  AB 3102 (Gray D)   Heavy-duty motor vehicles.
  Summary: Current law requires the State Air Resources Board, in consultation with the Bureau of Automotive Repair and a specified review committee, to adopt regulations requiring owners or operators of heavy-duty diesel motor vehicles to perform regular inspections of their vehicles for excessive emissions of smoke. Current law requires the state board, in consultation with the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission, to adopt regulations requiring heavy-duty diesel motor vehicles to use emission control equipment and alternative fuels. This bill would make technical, nonsubstantive changes to those provisions.
      Position    Assigned     
      Sponsor    Pev/ST     
 
  AB 3123 (Limón D)   Utilities owned by municipal corporations.
  Summary: Current law authorizes a municipal corporation to acquire, construct, own, operate, or lease any public utility and authorizes a municipal corporation to operate a public utility within or without the corporate limits when necessary to supply the municipality, or its inhabitants or any portion thereof, with the service desired. Current law defines “public utility” for these purposes.This bill would make a nonsubstantive change to the provision defining “public utility.”
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    Pev/ST     
 
  AB 3183 (Carrillo D)   Consumers.
  Summary: Current law states that it is the intent of the Legislature to promote and protect the interests of the people as consumers, and that the government advances the interests of consumers by, among other things, protecting consumers from the sale of goods and services through the use of deceptive methods, acts, or practices that are inimical to the general welfare of consumers.This bill would make nonsubstantive changes to this provision.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    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.
      Position    Assigned     
      Support    LAT/ST     
 
  SB 158 (Monning D)   Commercial driver’s license: education.
  Summary: Would require the Department of Motor Vehicles, no later than June 5, 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.
      Position    Assigned     
      Support    Pev     
 
  SB 178 (Wieckowski D)   Parklands: Centerville Park.
  Summary: Would authorize the City of Fremont to transfer to the Fremont Unified School District up to 4.6 acres of parkland in Centerville Park if certain conditions are met, including that the transferred property only be used for a public school facility. The bill would require the city to sign an agreement with the department relating to the transfer that includes a requirement that the city spend no less that $5,000,000 to develop a replacement neighborhood park by June 30, 2023.
      Position    Assigned     
      Defer    ST     
 
  SB 258 (Lara D)   Cleaning Product Right to Know Act of 2017.
  Summary: Current law regulates the existence of, and disclosure of, specified chemicals and components in consumer products, including phthalates and bisphenol A. This bill would require a manufacturer of a designated product, as defined, that is sold in the state to disclose on the product label and on the product’s Internet Web site information related to chemicals contained in the designated product, as specified.
      Position    Assigned     
      Support    Pev/ST     
 
  SB 266 (Dodd D)   Armed service members: consumer loans.
  Summary: Current federal law, 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, commencing on July 1, 2018, require a business that makes an automatic renewal offer or continuous service offer that includes a free gift or trial, to include in the offer a clear and conspicuous explanation of the price that will be charged after the trial ends or the manner in which the subscription or purchasing agreement pricing will change upon conclusion of the 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.
      Position    Assigned     
      Support    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     
 
  SB 760 (Wiener D)   Bikeways: design guides.
  Summary: Would authorize a city, county, regional, or other local agency, when using the alternative minimum safety design criteria, to consider additional design guides, including the Urban Street Design Guide of the National Association of City Transportation Officials. The bill would authorize a state entity that is responsible for the planning and construction of roadways to consider additional design guides, including the Urban Street Design Guide of the National Association of City Transportation Officials.
      Position    Assigned     
      Defer    JS/Pev     
 
  SB 993 (Hertzberg D)   Sales tax: services.
  Summary: Would, on and after January 1, 2019, expand the Sales and Use Tax Law to impose a tax on the purchase of services by businesses in California at a specified percentage of the sales price of the service. The bill would require the tax to be collected and remitted by the seller of the purchased services. The bill would exempt certain types of services, including health care services, from the tax and would exempt from the tax a business with gross receipts of less than $100,000 in the previous 4 quarters.
      Position    Assigned     
      Defer    JS/ND     
 
  SB 1007 (Hertzberg D)   Banking and related services.
  Summary: The Banking Law and the California Credit Union Law provide for the regulation of banks and credit unions by the Commissioner of Business Oversight. This bill would state the Legislature’s intent to enact legislation that would enable individuals who are unbanked or underbanked to gain better access to banking and related financial services.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    Pev     
 
  SB 1041 (Leyva D)   Childhood lead poisoning prevention.
  Summary: Would make it a goal of the state that all children at risk of lead exposure receive blood lead screening tests, and would require the Department of Public Health to take action, and to require local agencies to take action, necessary to ensure these goals are met. By requiring local agencies to take action to meet these goals, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    LAT     
 
  SB 1053 (Beall D)   Presentation of claims: local public entities: childhood sexual abuse.
  Summary: The Government Claims Act exempts certain claims against local public entities from the presentation procedures of the act, including, but not limited to, claims made pursuant to a specific provision of the Code of Civil Procedure for the recovery of damages suffered as a result of childhood sexual abuse and arising out of conduct occurring on or after January 1, 2009. Under the act, claims against a local public entity for money or damages which are exempted and which are not governed by any other statutes or regulations expressly relating thereto, are authorized to be governed by the procedure prescribed in an enactment adopted by the local public entity. This bill would specifically exempt from that authorization procedures prescribed by local enactment claims against a local public entity made pursuant to the above-described existing law for the recovery of damages suffered as a result of childhood sexual abuse.
      Position    Assigned     
      Sponsor    Pev/ST     
 
  SB 1075 (Wieckowski D)   Civil actions: enforcement of judgments.
  Summary: Current law provides that if a judgment creditor has failed to timely oppose a claim of exemption, or if that property has been determined by a court to be exempt, and the judgment creditor then levies upon or seeks to apply the property toward satisfaction of the money judgment, the creditor is not entitled to recover the subsequent costs of collection unless the property is applied to satisfaction of the judgment. This bill would instead prohibit the judgment creditor from recovering any costs of collection under these circumstances.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    ST     
 
  SB 1097 (Hueso D)   Lead poisoning.
  Summary: Current law requires the State Department of Public Health to collect and analyze all information necessary to effectively monitor appropriate case management efforts related to lead poisoning in children. Current law authorizes the department to contract with a public or private entity, including local agencies, to conduct case management. Current law requires the department to prepare a biennial report describing the effectiveness of appropriate case management efforts, and to make that report available to local health departments and the general public. This bill would require the department, in that report, to aggregate the data provided to the department.
      Position    Assigned     
      Defer    LAT     
 
  SB 1205 (Hill D)   Public utilities: gas and electrical corporations: safety violations: reporting.
  Summary: Would require gas and electrical corporations to expeditiously report to the commission, upon discovery, any potential violation of an applicable law, or order or rule of the commission, that poses a significant safety threat, causes a systemwide impact, affects a large geographic region, or involves fraud, sabotage, falsification of records, or any other instance of deception by a gas or electrical corporation’s agent, employee, contractor, or subcontractor, as specified. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.
      Position    Assigned     
      Defer    AS, Pev/ST     
 
  SB 1303 (Pan D)   Coroner: county office of the medical examiner.
  Summary: Would, for counties with a population of 500,000 or greater, require that the office of the coroner or the sheriff’s coroner’s office, as applicable, be replaced with an office of the medical examiner without a public vote or election. By requiring that counties comply with these requirements, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
      Position    Assigned     
      Support    Pev/ST     


  Courts



 
  AB 296 (Cervantes D)   Task force: health of women veterans.
  Summary: Would, until July 1, 2023, require the Department of Veterans Affairs to create a task force to study the health of California women veterans comprised of members with specified qualifications. The bill would prohibit task force members from receiving compensation or reimbursement of expenses for their service. The bill would require the task force to study the health care needs of women veterans in the state, as specified. The bill would also require the task force to submit 2 reports to the Governor and the appropriate policy committees of the Legislature that includes the task force’s findings and recommendations.
      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 the Court Reporters Board of California, no later than January 1, 2019, to adopt rules and identify standards to certify operators of computer-aided transcription systems, as defined, and, on or before July 1, 2019, would require operators of those systems to be certified pursuant to those rules and standards. The bill would prohibit the official reporter or pro tem reporter assigned by the court to produce the official transcript of the proceeding from acting as the operator of the computer-aided transcription system.
      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     
      Support    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 current law, if a copy of a summons and complaint cannot with reasonable diligence be personally delivered to the person to be served, as specified, a summons and complaint may be served by leaving a copy with certain people at the person’s dwelling house, usual place of abode, usual place of business, or usual mailing address, other than a United States Postal Service box, and mailing a copy of the summons and complaint by first-class mail to the place where a copy was left. This bill would, if the only address reasonably known for the person to be served is a private mailbox obtained through a commercial mail receiving agency, allow service of process to be effected on the first delivery attempt by leaving a copy of the summons and complaint with the commercial mail receiving agency, as specified.
      Position    Assigned     
      Neutral    ND     
 
  AB 1159 (Chiu D)   Cannabis: legal services.
  Summary: Under current law a contract that is contrary to an express provision of law, contrary to the policy of express law, or that is otherwise contrary to good morals is not lawful. This bill would provide that commercial activity relating to medicinal cannabis or adult-use cannabis activity conducted in compliance with state law and any applicable local standards and regulations is a lawful object of a contract, is not contrary to an express policy or provision of law or to good morals, and is not against public policy.
      Position    Assigned     
      Defer    ST     
 
  AB 1450 (Obernolte R)   Court reporters: electronic transcripts.
  Summary: 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 an official reporter or official reporter pro tempore to deliver a transcript in electronic form, in compliance with the California Rules of Court, to any court, party, or person entitled to the transcript, as specified, unless, among other things, the party or person requests the transcript in paper form.
      Position    Assigned     
      Defer    ND     
 
  AB 1463 (Levine D)   Election of judges: working group.
  Summary: Would establish, until January 1, 2021, a working group with a membership appointed by the Judicial Council, as specified, to improve voter education of candidates for judicial election. The bill would require the working group to meet to consider what information would be useful to voters in a judicial election and how to make this information accessible to voters. The bill would require the Judicial Council to report the working group’s findings to the Legislature on or before January 1, 2020.
      Position    Assigned     
      Neutral    ND     
 
  AB 1541 (Kalra D)   Examination of prospective jurors.
  Summary: Current law requires the court, in a criminal case, to conduct an initial examination of prospective jurors. Upon completion of this initial examination, existing law grants counsel for each party the right to examine any of the prospective jurors, as specified. Current law authorizes the court to limit the oral and direct questioning of prospective jurors, as specified. This bill would require a trial judge to permit counsel for each party to conduct a jury examination that is calculated to discover bias or prejudice with regard to the circumstances of a particular case or the parties before the court.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    ND/ST     
 
  AB 1631 (Salas D)   Shorthand reporters: shorthand reporting service corporation.
  Summary: Would prohibit a shorthand reporting service corporation or its owners, managers, or employees person or entity employing shorthand reporters, or contracting with shorthand reporters for services, 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. This bill would require its provisions to be enforced by the Attorney General.
      Position    Assigned     
      Defer    ND     
 
  AB 1660 (Kalra D)   Court reporter providers.
  Summary: This bill, on and after January 1, 2019, would authorize an individual or entity to engage in the business of providing or arranging for certified shorthand reporters for the transcription of court proceedings if specified conditions are met, including that an individual be a certified shorthand reporter, that an entity be a shorthand reporting corporation, or that the individual or entity be registered as a court reporter provider, as defined.
      Position    Assigned     
      Defer    ND     
 
  AB 2084 (Kalra D)   Court reporter providers.
  Summary: Would require an individual or entity that registers with the board as a court reporter provider to adhere to the same statutes and regulations that are applicable to the conduct of certified shorthand reporters, and to pay a fee, as specified, that would be deposited into the Court Reporters’ Fund. By requiring a court reporter provider to pay a fee that is deposited into a continuously appropriated fund, the bill would make an appropriation. The bill would require the Court Reporters Board of California to adopt regulations prescribing the process and procedure for registration as a court reporter provider.
      Position    Assigned     
      Defer    ND     
 
  AB 2201 (Mayes R)   Court fees: name changes: exemption.
  Summary: When a proceeding for a change of name is commenced by the filing of a petition, current law requires the court to issue an order reciting the filing of the petition, the name of the person by whom it is filed, and the name proposed. Existing law provides that if a petition for a change of name alleges a specified reason or circumstance and the petitioner is an active participant in an address confidentiality program, as specified, the action for a change of name is exempt from this publication requirement. This bill would exempt from court fees proceedings for name changes filed on behalf of minors who meet the requirements for the exemption from publication described above. The bill would name this exemption “Sydney’s Law.”
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    ND     
 
  AB 2230 (Berman D)   Disqualification of judge, court commissioner, or referee.
  Summary: Current law authorizes a party or attorney in an action or proceeding to move to disqualify a judge, court commissioner, or referee for prejudice against a party or attorney or the interest of a party or attorney, as specified. Prejudice may be established by an oral or written motion without notice supported by affidavit or declaration under penalty of perjury, or an oral statement under oath, that the judge, court commissioner, or referee is prejudiced against a party or attorney, or the interest of the party or attorney, so that the party or attorney cannot, or believes that he or she cannot, have a fair and impartial trial or hearing. This bill would instead require the motion be made at least 10 days before the date set for trial or hearing if the judge, court commissioner, or referee assigned to the cause or to hear the matter is known at least 20 days before the date set for the proceeding.
      Position    Assigned     
      Sponsor    ND/ST     
 
  AB 2240 (Grayson D)   Trial Jury Selection and Management Act
  Summary: Current law generally requires the jury commissioner to randomly select jurors to participate in voir dire. Current law prohibits the selection of designated peace officers for voir dire in either criminal or both criminal and civil matters, as specified.This bill would additionally prohibit the selection of designated parole and correctional officers for voir dire in both criminal and civil matters.
      Position    Assigned     
      Defer    ND     
 
  AB 2286 (Chen R)   Civil actions: service of notice or other paper.
  Summary: Current law authorizes service of a notice or other paper in a civil action by personally, by delivery to the party or attorney on whom service is required to be made, or, for service upon a party, by leaving the notice or other papers with a person 18 years of age or older at the party’s residence between the hours of 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.This bill would extend the hours for leaving a notice or other paper at a party’s residence to between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m.
      Position    Assigned     
      Defer    ND     
 
  AB 2309 (Bloom D)   Sale of the West Los Angeles Courthouse.
  Summary: Would, notwithstanding any other law, specifically authorize the Judicial Council to sell the West Los Angeles Courthouse, as specified, if the sale complies with certain requirements applicable to the disposal of court facilities and if the Judicial Council consults with, and first offers the right to purchase the property to, the County of Los Angeles. The bill would require the net proceeds from the sale of the courthouse to be deposited into the Court Facilities Trust Fund. The bill would state that the disposition of this property is not a sale or other disposition of surplus state property within the meaning of the California Constitution.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    ND     
 
  AB 2446 (Obernolte R)   Courts: judgeships.
  Summary: Would increase the number of judges in the division of the Court of Appeal for the 4th Appellate District 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     
 
  AB 2664 (Holden D)   Court reporters: official reporter pro tempore.
  Summary: Existing law authorizes the court to appoint an official reporter pro tempore when needed for the judicial business of the superior court of the county to be diligently carried on and so a particular matter may proceed to trial or hearing without delay. This bill would require the court to appoint an official reporter pro tempore from among the qualified candidates proposed by the parties if the parties are unable to arrive at a stipulation. The bill would also make technical, nonsubstantive changes to these provisions.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    ND     
 
  AB 2757 (Reyes D)   Court reporters.
  Summary: Current law provides that, except as specified, the fee for original transcripts prepared by an official court reporter or by a court reporter pro tempore is $0.85 for each 100 words, and for each copy purchased at the same time, $0.15 for each 100 words. Current law provides that the fee for a first copy of a transcript by a person who does not simultaneously purchase the original transcript is $0.20 for each 100 words, and for each additional copy purchased at the same time, $0.15 for each 100 words. Current law authorizes a court reporter, in civil cases, to charge an additional 50% for special daily copy service. This bill would increase the fee charged for original transcripts and copies purchased at the same time, and copies purchased thereafter without the original transcript, incrementally commencing January 1, 2019, except as specified.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    ND     
 
  AB 2868 (Santiago D)   County of Los Angeles: limited-term law clerk.
  Summary: Would prohibit, in the Superior Court for the County of Los Angeles, the employment of a limited-term law clerk in the trial court for a period exceeding 180 calendar days. The bill would provide that the law clerk is a trial court employee if he or she is employed for more than 180 calendar days.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    ND     
 
  AB 2947 (Cervantes D)   Judicial Council: county clerks.
  Summary: Current law requires county clerks of all courts of record to cooperate with the Judicial Council and to keep records and make reports to the council as specified.This bill would make technical, nonsubstantive changes to these provisions.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    ND     
 
  AB 3019 (Reyes D)   Attorneys: voluntary donation: substance abuse recovery.
  Summary: Current law, until January 1, 2019, requires the board of trustees of the State Bar of California to charge an annual membership fee for active members in a specified amount for 2018 and provides that the annual membership fee for active members is payable on or before the first day of February. This bill would require the mandatory membership fees billing statement to include a voluntary checkoff box for members to make an optional donation to the Other Bar, which is an existing specified program designed for attorneys in substance abuse recovery, and would require the State Bar to transfer any funds collected to the Other Bar.
      Position    Assigned     
      Support    ND/ST     
 
  AB 3047 (Daly D)   Court fees: waiver: Indian Child Welfare Act.
  Summary: Current law establishes fees for various court filings, including a $500 fee for filing in superior court an application to appear as counsel pro hac vice and a fee for the annual renewal of that application.This bill would waive the fee and renewal fee for filing pro hac vice when the applicant is an attorney representing a tribe in a child welfare matter under the federal Indian Child Welfare Act.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    ND     
 
  AB 3204 (Gray D)   Attorneys: mandatory pro bono legal service.
  Summary: Would require each member of the State Bar to annually complete a minimum of 25 hours of pro bono legal service, as defined. The bill would create an exception to that requirement for acting judges, inactive members, members currently working for a legal aid organization, members who earned less than a certain amount the previous year, and members who are newly admitted to the State Bar, as specified. The bill would also permit a member, as an alternative to providing the 25 hours of pro bono legal service, to contribute $500 per year to the State Bar to support legal services to indigent persons, as specified.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    ND     
 
  AB 3237 (Kiley R)   Court funding.
  Summary: Current law requires a county that has a local courthouse construction fund to annually submit a report to the Administrative Director of the Courts and the Director of Finance accounting for all receipts and expenditures from the fund. Current law requires the Judicial Council, on and before January 1, of each year, to submit a report to the budget and fiscal committees of the Legislature based on the information received from the counties.This bill would require the Judicial Council to submit the required report on or before January 31 of each year.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    ND     
 
  SB 10 (Hertzberg D)   Bail: pretrial release.
  Summary: Would declare the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that would safely reduce the number of people detained pretrial, while addressing racial and economic disparities in the pretrial system, and to ensure that people are not held in pretrial detention simply because of their inability to afford money bail. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.
      Position    Assigned     
      Defer    ND     
 
  SB 36 (Jackson D)   Attorneys: State Bar: Sections of the State Bar.
  Summary: The State Bar Act requires 6 members of the 19-member board to be attorneys elected from State Bar Districts. The act requires the board of trustees to elect or select the president, vice president, and treasurer of the State Bar, as specified. This bill would state that it is the intent of the Legislature that the board transition to a 13-member board, as specified. The bill would require that a maximum of 6 members of the board be public members, appointed as specified, and would require members of the board to serve a term of 4 years. The bill would require the California Supreme Court to appoint a chair and vice chair, as specified, instead of the board electing a president and vice president.
      Position    Assigned     
      Defer    ND     
 
  SB 38 (Roth D)   Courts: judgeships.
  Summary: Current law specifies the number of judges for the superior court of each county and for each division of each district of the court of appeal. Current law provides that the Court of Appeal for the 4th Appellate District consists of 3 divisions. Current law requires that one of these divisions hold its regular sessions in the San Bernardino/Riverside area and further requires this division to have 7 judges.This bill would increase the number of judges in the division of the Court of Appeal for the 4th Appellate District located in the San Bernardino/Riverside area to 8 judges.
      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: pro bono legal aid services.
  Summary: The State Bar Act, with specified exceptions, 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, as defined, 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 would revise references to “pro bono legal services” in those provisions to instead refer to “pro bono legal aid services” and would define pro bono legal aid services for those purposes.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    ND     
 
  SB 339 (Roth D)   Veterans treatment courts: Judicial Council assessment and survey.
  Summary: Would require the Judicial Council, if certain funding is provided, to report to the Legislature, on or before June 1, 2020, 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. The bill would repeal these provisions on January 1, 2021.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    ND     
 
  SB 467 (Wilk R)   Civil actions: appearance by electronic means.
  Summary: Current law regulates the procedure of civil actions and permits a party who has provided notice to appear by telephone at specified conferences, hearings, and proceedings, in a general civil case, defined as all civil cases except probate, guardianship, conservatorship, juvenile, and family law proceedings. This bill 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, as specified.
      Position    Assigned     
      Defer    ND     
 
  SB 484 (Roth D)   Deposition reporting services: unlawful business practices.
  Summary: Would provide that it is unlawful for a person who is employed by or who independently contracts with an entity that arranges for deposition officers to report or transcribe deposition testimony to offer, pursuant to any agreement or understanding, oral or otherwise, any gift, incentive, reward, or anything of value to any person or entity, as defined, associated with a proceeding being reported or transcribed. The bill would also provide that a violation of this provision is punishable by a civil fine not to exceed $5,000 for each violation, and would authorize the Attorney General, a district attorney, or a city attorney to bring a civil action for a violation of this provision.
      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 develop a form for the purpose of determining if the pool of prospective jurors who appear for jury service accurately represents a cross section of the population of the area served by the court. This bill would require the jury commissioner to use the form solely to collect specified demographic information, and would prohibit using the form to collect personal identifying information or disclosing the form to any person, organization, or agency. The bill would require the jury commissioner to biannually produce a report that aggregates the data collected from the forms, and would require each county court to make these reports public.
      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 a court order 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.
  Summary: The Trial Jury Selection and Management Act prohibits a court from arbitrarily or unreasonably refusing to submit a reasonable written questionnaire to the jury if requested by counsel and states that the parties should be provided reasonable time to evaluate the responses to the questionnaire, if utilized, before oral questioning commences. The act 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 that the parties be provided reasonable time to evaluate the responses to a questionnaire, if utilized, before oral questioning commences.
      Position    Assigned     
      Sponsor    ND, 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     
 
  SB 1012 (Hertzberg D)   Jurisdiction: limited civil case.
  Summary: Current law requires an action or special proceeding to be treated as a limited civil case if certain conditions exist, including, among others, that the amount in controversy does not exceed $25,000.This bill would increase the amount in controversy for an action or special proceeding to be treated as a limited civil case to not exceed $50,000. The bill would also make technical, nonsubstantive changes to these provisions.
      Position    Assigned     
      Sponsor    ND/ST     
 
  SB 1155 (Hueso D)   Court interpreters: small claims proceedings.
  Summary: Current law authorizes a small claims court to permit another individual, other than an attorney, to assist a party if the court determines that the party does not speak or understand English sufficiently to comprehend the proceedings or give testimony and needs assistance. Current law requires each small claims court to make a reasonable effort to maintain and make available to the parties a list of interpreters who are able and willing to aid parties in small claims actions, as specified. This bill would delete the requirement that each small claims court make a reasonable effort to maintain and make available to the parties a list of interpreters and would instead authorize the court to appoint an interpreter for that party if the court makes the above-described determination.
      Position    Assigned     
      Defer    ND     
 
  SB 1208 (Committee on Judiciary)   Courts, judicial emergencies.
  Summary: Would grant the judge that authority if war, an act of terrorism, public unrest or calamity, epidemic, natural disaster, or other substantial risk to the health and welfare of court personnel or the public, or the danger thereof, threatens the orderly operation of a superior court location or locations within a county or renders presence in, or access to, an affected court facility or facilities unsafe. The bill would also extend this authorization when a condition leads to a state of emergency being proclaimed by the President of the United States or by the Governor. The bill would allow for the transfer of cases to be made to a superior court in any county. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    ND     
 
  SB 1425 (Hueso D)   Attorneys.
  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. The act provides that protection of the public is the highest priority of the State Bar of California and the board of trustees in exercising their licensing, regulatory, and disciplinary functions.This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that would diversify the legal profession.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    ND     


  CURES



 
  AB 1048 (Arambula D)   Health care: pain management and Schedule II drug prescriptions.
  Summary: Would, beginning July 1, 2018, authorize a pharmacist to dispense a Schedule II controlled substance as a partial fill if requested by the patient or the prescriber. The bill would require the pharmacy to retain the original prescription, with a notation of how much of the prescription has been filled, the date and amount of each partial fill, and the initials of the pharmacist dispensing each partial fill, until the prescription has been fully dispensed. The bill would authorize a pharmacist to charge a professional dispensing fee to cover the actual supply and labor costs associated with dispensing each partial fill associated with the original prescription.
      Position    Assigned     
      Support    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)   Legislature: Legislative Sexual Harassment Retaliation Prevention Act.
  Summary: Current law establishes a cause of action for violations of the Unruh Civil Rights Act. Current law also separately establishes liability for sexual harassment if a plaintiff proves specified elements, including, among other things, that there is a business, service, or professional relationship between the plaintiff and defendant. This bill would declare that neither house of the Legislature may retaliate against a legislative advocate or employee, as defined, because that person has opposed any practices forbidden under the above provisions, or filed a complaint, testified, or assisted in any proceeding relating to a complaint of harassment under those provisions.
      Position    Assigned     
      Defer    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 current 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 329 (Cervantes D)   Elder and dependent adult abuse.
  Summary: Current law makes it a misdemeanor for a person who knows or reasonably should know that a person is an elder or dependent adult and who, under circumstances or conditions other than those likely to produce great bodily harm or death, willfully causes or permits any elder or dependent adult to suffer or inflict thereon unjustifiable physical pain or mental suffering. This bill Would make it a felony for a person to commit those acts against a resident of an unlicensed residential care facility for the elderly or an adult resident of an unlicensed community care facility, while owning, managing, or helping to operate that facility.
      Position    Assigned     
      Support    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 a power of attorney as to an attorney-in-fact about whom he or she 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 by that attorney-in-fact.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    Pev     
 
  AB 853 (Choi R)   Continuing care retirement communities.
  Summary: Current law provides for different types of continuing care contracts, including, among the others, a repayable contract. A repayable contract is a continuing care contract that includes a promise to repay all or a portion of an entrance fee that is conditioned upon reoccupancy or resale of the unit previously occupied by the resident. This bill would expand the definition of a “repayable contract” to include a promise to repay all or a portion of an entrance fee that is based on the sequential order of termination of all repayable contracts at the facility previously occupied by the resident. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.
      Position    Assigned     
      Defer    Pev     
 
  AB 859 (Eggman D)   Elders 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. This bill would instead apply a preponderance of the evidence standard to any claim brought against a residential care facility for the elderly or a skilled nursing facility, except as specified, for remedies sought pursuant to the above provisions, 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 if a resident is notified in writing of a facility-initiated transfer or discharge from the facility, as specified. The bill would provide that a failure to timely provide a copy of that notice would constitute a class B violation for purposes of a department-issued citation.
      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 by the State Department of Public Health 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 redefine a class “AA” violation as a class “A” violation that the department determines to have been a substantial factor, as described, in the death of a patient or resident of a long-term health care facility.
      Position    Assigned     
      Support    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 governs annuities and, for those insurance contracts that provide cash surrender benefits, prescribes the cash surrender benefit available prior to maturity. 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 that 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, among other things, would require the insurer, for an individual annuity contract issued on or after January 1, 2019, 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/ST     
 
  AB 1513 (Kalra D)   Registered home care aides: disclosure of contact information.
  Summary: Would require, beginning September 1, 2018, an electronic copy of a registered home care aide’s name, telephone number, and cellular telephone number, if available, on file with the State Department of Social Services to be made available, upon request, to a labor organization, as specified. The bill would prohibit a labor organization from using or disclosing this information, as specified. The bill would also require the department to establish a simple opt-out procedure by which a registered home care aide may request that his or her contact information on file with the department not be disclosed in response to a request by a labor organization.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    Pev     
 
  AB 1949 (Santiago D)   Residential care facilities for the elderly: building standards.
  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. Current law requires the department to adopt regulations for residential care facilities for the elderly that care for people with a major neurocognitive disorder to authorize a facility to utilize secured perimeter fences or locked exit doors according to the regulations.This bill would make technical, nonsubstantive changes to that provision.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    Pev     
 
  AB 1953 (Wood D)   Skilled nursing facilities: disclosure of interests in business providing services.
  Summary: Current law requires each applicant for a license to operate a skilled nursing facility or intermediate care facility to disclose to the State Department of Public Health, among other things, the names and addresses of any person or organization, or both, having an ownership or control interest of 5% or more in a management company that operates, or is proposed to operate, the facility. This bill would require similar disclosures by an applicant for a license to operate a skilled nursing facility or by a skilled nursing facility licensee relating to an ownership or control interest of 5% or more in a corporation, sole proprietorship, or partnership, that provides, or is proposed to provide, any service to the skilled nursing facility.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    Pev     
 
  AB 2025 (Maienschein R)   Facilities for the elderly.
  Summary: Current state and federal law provides for various programs to provide services to elderly persons, as specified.This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation to invest in public-private partnerships to promote the creation or expansion of person-centered, community-based day programs that serve the needs of a broad range of senior citizens.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    JS     
 
  AB 2033 (Choi R)   Continuing care contracts: repayable contracts.
  Summary: Current law regulates different types of continuing care contracts, including, among others, a repayable contract. A repayable contract is a continuing care contract that includes a promise to repay all or a portion of an entrance fee that is conditioned upon reoccupancy or resale of the unit previously occupied by the resident. This bill would, for contracts entered into or amended on or after January 1, 2019, revise the definition of a “repayable contract” to also include a contract that includes a promise to repay all or a portion of an entrance fee that is based on the sequential order of termination of all repayable contracts at the facility previously occupied by the resident, and would declare that these contracts are subject to the same legal requirements as other repayable contracts.
      Position    Assigned     
      Defer    Pev/ST     
 
  AB 2108 (McCarty D)   Residential care facilities for the elderly.
  Summary: Current law sets forth a bill of rights for residents of privately operated residential care facilities for the elderly, including, among other things, to be accorded dignity in their personal relationships with staff, to be granted a reasonable level of personal privacy of accommodations, medical treatment, personal care and assistance, and to confidential treatment of their records and personal information, as specified. Current law provides that the rights and liberties set forth in the bill of rights does not diminish a resident’s constitutional rights, as specified. This bill would make technical, nonsubstantive changes to those provisions.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    Pev     
 
  AB 2159 (Chu D)   Elder Abuse and Dependent Adult Civil Protection Act.
  Summary: Current law, the Elder Abuse and Dependent Adult Civil Protection Act, establishes procedures for the reporting, investigation, and prosecution of elder and dependent adult abuse. These procedures require persons, defined as mandated reporters, to report known or suspected instances of elder or dependent adult abuse, as prescribed.This bill would express the intent to the Legislature to enact legislation that would expand the definition of mandatory reporters for purposes of reporting suspected financial abuse of an elder or dependent adult.
      Position    Assigned     
      Defer    Pev     
 
  AB 2744 (Reyes D)   Residential care facilities for the elderly: referral agencies.
  Summary: Current law provides for licensure and regulation of residential care facilities for the elderly by the State Department of Social Services. This bill would require an agency that refers a person to a residential care facility for the elderly to register with the department, as specified, and to pay a fee. The bill would require a prescribed disclosure to be given to a client before providing a referral and would specify information that is required to be included on the referral agency’s Internet Web site and other marketing materials.
      Position    Assigned     
      Defer    AS, Pev/ST     
 
  AB 3088 (Chu D)   Seniors: assisted living facilities: advance notice of closure.
  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, including a requirement for written notification to the affected patients or their guardians at least 60 days prior to the change.This bill would state the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation to require that a senior living in an assisted living facility be provided with timely advanced notice of the facility’s closure.
      Position    Assigned     
      Defer    Pev     
 
  AB 3098 (Friedman D)   Residential care facilities for the elderly: emergency plans.
  Summary: Current law provides for the licensure and regulation of residential care facilities for the elderly by the State Department of Social Services. Current law requires a facility to have an emergency plan that includes specified provisions and is available, upon request, to residents onsite and available to local emergency responders. A violation of these provisions is punishable as a misdemeanor. This bill would require a licensee to provide training on the emergency plan to each staff member upon hire and annually thereafter.
      Position    Assigned     
      Defer    Pev/ST     
 
  SB 219 (Wiener D)   Long-term care facilities: rights of residents.
  Summary: Would enact the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Long-Term Care Facility Residents’ Bill of Rights. Among other things, the bill 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, willfully and repeatedly failing to use a resident’s preferred name or pronouns after being clearly informed of the preferred name or pronouns, or 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: Current law requires the attending physician of a resident in a skilled nursing facility or intermediate care facility who prescribes or orders a medical intervention of a resident that requires the informed consent of a patient who lacks the capacity to provide that consent, as specified, to inform the skilled nursing facility or intermediate care facility. Current law requires the facility to conduct an interdisciplinary team review of the prescribed medical intervention prior to the administration of the medical intervention. This bill would, before implementing a medical intervention that requires informed consent for a resident who 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, and other information, as specified.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    Pev     
 
  SB 648 (Mendoza D)   Health and care facilities: private referral agencies.
  Summary: Current law requires an employee of a placement agency who knows, or reasonably suspects, that a facility that is not exempt from licensing requirements is operating without a license to report the name and address of the facility to the State Department of Social Services. Failure to report the facility is punishable as a misdemeanor. This bill would expand the definition of placement agencies to include private referral agencies that refer persons for remuneration to an adult residential facility, a residential care facility for persons with chronic life-threatening illness, or a residential care facility for the elderly.
      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     
      Support    JS     
 
  AB 46 (Cooper D)   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. 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.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    JS/Pev     
 
  AB 168 (Eggman D)   Employers: salary information.
  Summary: Would prohibit an employer from relying on the salary history information of an applicant for employment as a factor in determining whether to offer an applicant employment or what salary to offer an applicant. The bill also would prohibit an employer from seeking salary history information about an applicant for employment and would require an employer, upon reasonable request, to provide the pay scale for a position to an applicant for employment. The bill would not prohibit an applicant from voluntarily and without prompting disclosing salary history information and would not prohibit an employer from considering or relying on that voluntarily disclosed salary history information in determining salary, as specified.
      Position    Assigned     
      Support    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, including specifying grounds for interruption of a rest period and compensation for an interrupted rest period. The bill also would require the employer to provide these employees with prescribed meal periods, including specifying grounds for interruption of a meal period and compensation for an interrupted meal period.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    JS/Pev     
 
  AB 281 (Salas D)   Labor Code Private Attorneys General Act of 2004: right to cure.
  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). The act provides an employer a right to cure violations under the act, except for certain specified violations, including health and safety violations, before the aggrieved employee may bring a civil action. This bill would extend the period of time in which the employer may cure the violation from 33 to 65 calendar days.
      Position    Assigned     
      Oppose    JS     
 
  AB 353 (Voepel R)   Employment policy: voluntary veterans’ preference.
  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 FEHA.
      Position    Assigned     
      Defer    JS/ST     
 
  AB 403 (Melendez R)   Legislature: Legislative Employee Whistleblower Protection Act.
  Summary: Would impose criminal and civil liability on a Member of the Legislature or legislative employee, as defined, who interferes with, or retaliates against, a legislative employee’s exercise of the right to make a protected disclosure, which is defined as a good faith allegation made by a legislative employee to specified entities that a Member of the Legislature or a legislative employee has engaged in, or will engage in, activity that may constitute a violation of law, including sexual harassment, or a violation of a legislative standard of conduct.
      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     
      Oppose    JS/Pev     
 
  AB 450 (Chiu D)   Employment regulation: immigration worksite enforcement actions.
  Summary: Would impose various requirements on public and private employers with regard to federal immigration agency immigration worksite enforcement actions. Except as otherwise required by federal law, the bill would prohibit an employer or other person acting on the employer’s behalf from providing voluntary consent to an immigration enforcement agent to enter nonpublic areas of a place of labor unless the agent provides a judicial warrant, except as specified. Except as required by federal law, the bill would prohibit an employer or other person acting on the employer’s behalf from providing voluntary consent to an immigration enforcement agent to access, review, or obtain the employer’s employee records without a subpoena or court order, subject to a specified exception.
      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 543 (Chen R)   Employment: resident apartment manager wages.
  Summary: Current law provides that an employer is not in violation of specified orders of the Industrial Welfare Commission if he or she charges, pursuant to a voluntary written agreement, a resident apartment manager up to 2/3 of the fair market rental value of the apartment supplied to the manager, if the rental value is not applied to satisfy the employer’s minimum wage obligation to the manager. This bill would extend the exemption from those orders of the Industrial Welfare Commission to an employer who does not charge the resident apartment manager any rent and, pursuant to a voluntary written agreement, applies up ½ of the fair market rental value of the apartment to meet his or her minimum wage obligations to the manager.
      Position    Assigned     
      Defer    Pev/ST     
 
  AB 569 (Gonzalez Fletcher D)   Discrimination: reproductive health.
  Summary: Would make legislative findings and declarations relating to the right to privacy. The bill would amend provisions of labor law relating to the obligations of an employer to prohibit an employer from taking any adverse action against an employee or their dependent or family member for their reproductive health decisions, including, but not limited to, the timing thereof, or the use of any drug, device, or medical service. The bill would also specify that any contract or agreement, express or implied, made by an employee to waive this benefit is null and void.
      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    Pev/ST     
 
  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 of civil penalties for violations of regulatory or statutory requirements by a small business under appropriate circumstances. The bill would authorize the state agency to update the policy to reflect current issues and conditions affecting small businesses and the state agency.
      Position    Assigned     
      Oppose    JS/ST     
 
  AB 1008 (McCarty D)   Employment discrimination: conviction history.
  Summary: Would repeal the prohibition on a state or local agency from asking an applicant for employment to disclose information regarding a criminal conviction, as specified. The bill would, instead, provide it is an unlawful employment practice under FEHA for an employer with 5 or more employees to include on any application for employment any question that seeks the disclosure of an applicant’s conviction 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 information related to specified prior arrests, diversions, and convictions.
      Position    Assigned     
      Support    JS     
 
  AB 1099 (Gonzalez Fletcher D)   Compensation: gratuities.
  Summary: Would also require an entity, as defined, that permits a patron to pay for services performed by a worker 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 debit or credit card to be made to the worker not later than the next regular payday following the date the patron authorized the debit or 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. Existing law makes a person who willfully violates those provisions guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not more than $20,000 and makes a violation of those provisions subject to a civil penalty. This bill would increase the maximum fine for a misdemeanor violation of these provisions to $75,000.
      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 administered by the California Workforce Development Board. The bill would specify that the purpose of the initiative is to create a grant program to provide individuals with barriers to employment the services they need to enter, participate in, and complete broader workforce preparation, training, and education programs aligned with regional labor market needs. The bill would specify that people completing these programs should have the skills and competencies to successfully enter the labor market, retain employment, and earn wages that lead to self-sufficiency and economic security.
      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: Would require, on and after July 1, 2019, and biennially thereafter, that an employer that is required to file a statement of information with the Secretary of State and that has 500 or more employees in California to collect specified information on gender wage differentials. The bill would require the employer to submit the information to the Secretary of State as specified, by July 1, 2020, and biennially thereafter. The bill would require the Secretary of State to publish the information described above on an Internet Web site available to the public upon receiving necessary funding and establishing adequate mechanisms and procedures.
      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 1556 (Stone, Mark D)   Employment discrimination: unlawful employment practices.
  Summary: The Moore-Brown-Roberti Family Rights Act makes it an unlawful employment practice for an employer, as defined, to refuse to grant a request by an eligible employee to take up to 12 workweeks of unpaid protected leave during any 12-month period (1) to bond with a child who was born to, adopted by, or placed for foster care with, the employee, (2) to care for the employee’s parent, spouse, or child who has a serious health condition, as defined, or (3) because the employee is suffering from a serious health condition rendering him or her unable to perform the functions of the job. This bill would revise these provisions by deleting gender-specific personal pronouns and by making other conforming changes.
      Position    Assigned     
      Support    Pev/ST     
 
  AB 1565 (Thurmond D)   Labor-related liabilities: original contractor.
  Summary: Current law requires, for all contracts entered into on or after January 1, 2018, 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. This bill would repeal specified provisions that state that the obligations and remedies are in addition to existing obligations and remedies provided by law, except that the provisions are not to be construed to impose liability on a direct contractor for anything other than unpaid wages and fringe or other benefit payments or contributions including interest owed.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    ST     
 
  AB 1701 (Thurmond D)   Labor-related liabilities: original contractor.
  Summary: This bill would, for all contracts entered into on or after January 1, 2018, 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.
      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     
 
  AB 1750 (McCarty D)   Elected officials: sexual harassment settlement agreements: liability.
  Summary: Would express the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that would require an elected official to reimburse a public entity that pays any compromise or settlement of a claim or action involving conduct that constitutes sexual harassment, if an investigation reveals evidence supporting the claim of sexual harassment against the elected official.
      Position    Assigned     
      Defer    JS/Pev     
 
  AB 1761 (Muratsuchi D)   Employee safety: hotel workers.
  Summary: Would require, among other things, that a hotel employer, as defined, provide its employees with a panic button, as specified, in order to summon assistance when working alone in the guestroom. The bill would require a hotel employer to compile and maintain a list of guests who have been alleged to have committed an act of violence or harassment against employees at that hotel, as specified, and to decline service to any person on that list for a period of 3 years.
      Position    Assigned     
      Support    JS/Pev     
 
  AB 1867 (Reyes D)   Employment discrimination: sexual harassment: records.
  Summary: Would require an employer with 50 or more employees to maintain records of employee complaints of sexual harassment for 10 years from the date of filing. The bill would authorize the department to seek an order requiring an employer that violates the recordkeeping requirement to comply. This bill contains other existing laws.
      Position    Assigned     
      Support    JS/Pev     
 
  AB 1870 (Reyes D)   Employment discrimination: unlawful employment practices.
  Summary: Current law, the California Fair Employment and Housing Act, makes specified employment and housing practices unlawful, including discrimination against or harassment of employees and tenants, among others. Current law authorizes a person claiming to be aggrieved by an alleged unlawful practice to file a complaint with the Department of Fair Employment and Housing within one year from the date upon which the unlawful practice occurred, unless otherwise specified. This bill would extend the period to 3 years for which complaints alleging unlawful employment or housing practices may be filed with the department, as specified.
      Position    Assigned     
      Sponsor    JS/Pev     
 
  AB 1896 (Cervantes D)   Sexual assault counselor-victim privilege.
  Summary: Current law establishes a privilege for a victim of a sexual assault to refuse to disclose, and to prevent another from disclosing, a confidential communication between the victim and a sexual assault counselor, if the privilege is claimed by the holder of the privilege, a person who is authorized to claim the privilege by the holder of the privilege, or the person who was the sexual assault counselor at the time of the confidential communication, except as specified. This bill would specifically include within the definition of “sexual assault counselor” for these purposes a person who is engaged in a program on the campus of a public institution of higher education, with the same primary purpose of rendering advice or assistance to victims of sexual assault and the same qualifications.
      Position    Assigned     
      Defer    JS     
 
  AB 1938 (Burke D)   Employment discrimination: familial status.
  Summary: Current law prohibits, among other things, an employer to make any nonjob-related inquiry, either verbally or on an application form, that expresses any limitation, specification, or limitation based upon, among other things, a person’s race, religion, national origin, or gender. This bill would, in addition, prohibit an employer or other covered entity from making a nonjob-related injury to, or expressing any limitation, specification, or limitation based upon a person’s familial status, as defined. The bill would make related findings and declarations.
      Position    Assigned     
      Support    JS     
 
  AB 1976 (Limón D)   Employment: lactation accommodation.
  Summary: Current law requires every employer to provide a reasonable amount of break time to accommodate an employee desiring to express breast milk for the employee’s infant child and requires an employer to make reasonable efforts to provide the employee with the use of a room or other location, other than a toilet stall, in close proximity to the employee’s work area for the employee to express milk in private. This bill would instead require an employer to make reasonable efforts to provide an employee with use of a room or other location, other than a bathroom, for these purposes.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    ST     
 
  AB 2032 (Committee on Judiciary)   Legislature: misconduct records.
  Summary: Would make available under the Legislative Open Records Act certain records regarding harassment, discrimination, or other misconduct complaints made against a Member of the Legislature or a high-level employee, as defined, if the complaint is found to be true, discipline is imposed as a result of the complaint, or there is reasonable cause to believe that the complaint is well-founded. The bill would authorize redaction of certain information of the accuser, the person who made the complaint, if different than the accuser, and witnesses.
      Position    Assigned     
      Defer    JS/LAT     
 
  AB 2055 (Levine D)   Political Reform Act of 1974: lobbyists: sexual harassment.
  Summary: Would prohibit a lobbyist from engaging in sexual harassment, as defined, and would authorize the Fair Political Practices Commission to order a lobbyist who violates this prohibition to cease all lobbying activity for a period of up to 4 years. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.
      Position    Assigned     
      Defer    JS/LAT     
 
  AB 2069 (Bonta D)   Medicinal cannabis: employment discrimination.
  Summary: Would prohibit an employer from engaging in employment discrimination against a person on the basis of his or her status as, or positive drug test for cannabis by, a qualified patient or person with an identification card. The bill would provide that it does not prohibit an employer from refusing to hire an individual or discharging an employee who is a qualified or person with an identification card, if hiring or failing to discharge an employee would cause the employer to lose a monetary or licensing-related benefit under federal law.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    JS     
 
  AB 2073 (Chiu D)   Statutes of limitations.
  Summary: Current law specifies various causes of action that are subject to a 3-year statute of limitation, including an action for trespass upon, or injury to, real property, and an action for taking, detaining, or injuring goods or chattels. This bill would make a technical and nonsubstantive change to the above provision of law.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    JS/Pev     
 
  AB 2079 (Gonzalez Fletcher D)   Janitorial workers: sexual violence and harassment prevention training.
  Summary: Current law establishes the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement within the Department of Industrial Relations. Current law establishes certain protections for janitorial workers, including a requirement that the division, by January 1, 2019, establish a biennial in-person sexual violence and harassment prevention training requirement for certain employees and employers with the assistance of a prescribed advisory committee to be convened by the Director of Industrial Relations.This bill would make a nonsubstantive change to those training requirement provisions.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    ST     
 
  AB 2223 (Flora R)   Wages: written statements.
  Summary: Current law requires an employer, semimonthly or at the time of payment of wages, to furnish an employee, an accurate, itemized, written statement containing specified information regarding the amounts earned, hours worked, and the employee’s identity, among other things, subject to certain variations. This bill would authorize the required written statement, as described above, to be provided monthly.
      Position    Assigned     
      Defer    JS/AS     
 
  AB 2282 (Eggman D)   Salary history information.
  Summary: Current law prohibits an employer from relying on the salary history information of an applicant for employment as a factor in determining whether to offer an applicant employment or what salary to offer an applicant, except in specified circumstances.This bill would make a nonsubstantive change to this provision.
      Position    Assigned     
      Defer    JS/Pev     
 
  AB 2317 (Eggman D)   Whistleblower protection: state and local independent contractors.
  Summary: Current law prohibits an employer, as defined, or any person acting on behalf of the employer, as defined, from, among other things, preventing an employee from, or retaliating against an employee for, providing information to, or testifying before, any public body conducting an investigation, hearing, or inquiry, if the employee has reasonable cause to believe that the information discloses a violation of a law, regardless of whether disclosing the information is part of the employee’s job duties. This bill would extend the protections afforded to employees under these provisions to independent contractors working for state and local government who are tasked with monitoring, and receiving complaints from, facilities, services, and programs operated by state and local government.
      Position    Assigned     
      Defer    JS/LAT     
 
  AB 2366 (Bonta D)   Employment: victims of sexual harassment: protections.
  Summary: CUrrent law prohibits an employer from discharging, or discriminating or retaliating against, an employee who is a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking and who takes time off from work to obtain, or attempt to obtain, any relief to help ensure the health, safety, or welfare of the victim or his or her child. Current law additionally prohibits an employer with 25 or more employees from discharging, or discriminating or retaliating against an employee who is a victim, in this regard, who takes time off to obtain specified services or counseling. Existing law makes it a misdemeanor for an employer to refuse to rehire, promote, or restore an employee who has been determined to be so eligible by a grievance procedure or legal hearing. This bill would extend these employment protections to victims of sexual harassment, as defined.
      Position    Assigned     
      Sponsor    JS     
 
  AB 2482 (Voepel R)   Employment: flexible work schedules.
  Summary: Would permit an individual nonexempt employee to request an employee-selected flexible work schedule providing for workdays up to 10 hours per day within a 40-hour workweek, and would allow an employer to implement this schedule without the obligation to pay overtime compensation for those additional hours in a workday, except as specified. The bill would require that the flexible work schedule contain specified information and the employer’s and the employee’s original signature. The bill would also require the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement in the Department of Industrial Relations to enforce this provision and adopt regulations.
      Position    Assigned     
      Oppose    JS     
 
  AB 2484 (Voepel R)   Private employment: compensating time off: exceptions.
  Summary: Current law authorizes an employee to receive compensating time off in lieu of overtime pay under specified conditions, including that the compensating time off is provided pursuant to a collective bargaining agreement, or other written agreement. Current law excepts from this authorization employees who are subject to specified wage orders of the Industrial Welfare Commission, including those applicable to certain agricultural occupations and manufacturing industry employees. This bill would delete the exception to receiving compensating time off that is applicable to employees who are subject to specified wage orders, as described above.
      Position    Assigned     
      Oppose    JS     
 
  AB 2496 (Gonzalez Fletcher D)   Janitorial employees: employment status: burden of proof.
  Summary: Current law creates a rebuttable presumption that a worker performing services for which a license is required under specified statutes, is an employee rather than an independent contractor. Current law provides specified criteria to determine whether the worker is an employee or an independent contractor.This bill would provide that a property service employer would be subject to the rebuttable presumption provisions that its workers are employees rather than independent contractors.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    JS     
 
  AB 2587 (Levine D)   Disability compensation: paid family leave.
  Summary: Current law establishes, within the state disability insurance program, a family temporary disability insurance program, also known as the paid family leave program, for the provision of wage replacement benefits to workers who take time off work to care for a seriously ill family member or to bond with a minor child within one year of birth or placement, as specified. Current law authorizes an employer to require an employee to take up to 2 weeks of earned but unused vacation before, and as a condition of, the employee’s initial receipt of these benefits during any 12-month period in which the employee is eligible for these benefits. This bill would eliminate that authorization and related provisions.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    ST     
 
  AB 2610 (Aguiar-Curry D)   Piece-rate compensation.
  Summary: Current law, until January 1, 2021, establishes an affirmative defense to a claim or cause of action for recovery of wages, damages, liquidated damages, statutory penalties, or civil penalties based solely on the employer’s failure to timely pay the employee the compensation due for rest and recovery periods and other nonproductive time for time periods prior to and including December 31, 2015, if the employer complied with prescribed requirements by no later than December 15, 2016, subject to certain exceptions. This bill would make nonsubstantive changes to these provisions.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    AS, LAT/ST     
 
  AB 2613 (Reyes D)   Failure to pay wages: semimonthly payments: penalties.
  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. Existing law makes a violation of these provisions a misdemeanor and subject to civil penalties recovered by the Labor Commissioner. This bill would additionally impose specified penalties, payable to the affected employees, on employers who violate these provisions.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    ST     
 
  AB 2616 (Caballero D)   Legislature: sexual harassment.
  Summary: Would state the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation ensuring the independent nature of an investigation into a sexual harassment complaint made by a legislative employee.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    AS, JS/ST     
 
  AB 2647 (Rubio D)   Evidence: criminal history information.
  Summary: Under current law, evidence of a person’s criminal history may be admissible in a civil action for various purposes.This bill would prohibit evidence of the criminal history of an employee or former employee from being admitted, under specified circumstances, in a civil action that is based on the conduct of the employee or former employee against an employer, an employer’s agents, or an employer’s employees.
      Position    Assigned     
      Defer    AS, ST     
 
  AB 2680 (Jones-Sawyer D)   Employment: applicants: criminal conviction history consent form.
  Summary: The Fair Employment and Housing Act, prohibits an employer, as defined, to include on any application for employment any question that seeks the disclosure of an applicant’s conviction 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 information related to specified prior arrests, diversions, and convictions. This bill would, under those laws relating to contract and applications for employment, require the Department of Justice to adopt a standard form for use by an employer, whether public or private, seeking the consent of an applicant for employment to conduct a conviction history background check on that applicant by the department, as specified.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    ST     
 
  AB 2708 (Reyes D)   Contracts: translation.
  Summary: Would require a person engaged in a trade or business, or a supervised financial organization, that negotiates with a person who negotiates primarily in one of specified languages other than English to deliver to the other party a translation of the contract or agreement into the language other than English. The bill would make related conforming changes.
      Position    Assigned     
      Sponsor    ST     
 
  AB 2713 (Rodriguez D)   Public employment: sexual harassment tracking.
  Summary: Would require the equal employment officer of each state agency to, by July 1, 2019, and annually on that date thereafter, submit a report to the Department of Human Resources that contains specified information relating to sexual harassment complaints received by, or filed with, that agency within a specified time period, and information related to any judgment or settlement paid or received by the agency relating to sexual harassment. The bill would require the Department of Human Resources to, by January 1, 2020, and annually on that date thereafter, submit a report to the Legislature, and post the report on its Internet Web site.
      Position    Assigned     
      Sponsor    JS/LAT     
 
  AB 2732 (Gonzalez Fletcher D)   Employment: unfair immigration-related practices.
  Summary: Would make it unlawful for an employer to knowingly destroy, conceal, remove, confiscate, or possess any actual or purported passport or other immigration document, or any other actual or purported government identification document of another person in the course of committing, or with the intent to commit, trafficking, peonage, slavery, involuntary servitude, a coercive labor practice, or to otherwise avoid any obligation imposed on the employer with regard to laws governing employment. The bill would impose specified civil and criminal penalties for a violation.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    ST     
 
  AB 2770 (Irwin D)   Privileged communications: communications by former employer: sexual harassment.
  Summary: Current law makes certain publications and communications privileged and therefore protected from civil action, including certain communications concerning the job performance or qualifications of an applicant for employment that are made without malice by a current or former employer to a prospective employer. This bill would include among those privileged communications complaints of sexual harassment by an employee to an employer based on credible evidence and communications by the employer to interested persons and witnesses regarding a complaint of sexual harassment during an investigation and would authorize an employer to answer whether or not a decision to not rehire a person is based on the employer’s determination that the former employee engaged in sexual harassment.
      Position    Assigned     
      Oppose    JS/Pev     
 
  AB 2819 (Holden D)   Employment.
  Summary: Would state the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that would, among other things, increase diversity and inclusion efforts of the technology sector in Silicon Valley through the recruitment and retention of diverse talent in technical roles and corporate boards, and address ethnic pay gap.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    ST     
 
  AB 2827 (Allen, Travis R)   Employment regulation: immigration enforcement.
  Summary: Current law, except as required by federal law, requires an employer to provide a current employee notice containing specified information, by posting in the language the employer normally uses to communicate employment information, of an inspection of I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification forms or other employment records conducted by an immigration agency within 72 hours of receiving the federal notice of inspection. Current law, except as required by federal law, prohibits an employer from reverifying the employment eligibility of a current employee at a time or in a manner not required by specified federal law. This bill would state the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that would protect a private citizen who chooses to uphold federal statute within the context of these provisions of existing law and would make a finding and declaration about the importance of protecting California citizens and businesses from prosecution for following federal law.
      Position    Assigned     
      Defer    JS     
 
  AB 2841 (Gonzalez Fletcher D)   Sick leave: accrual and use.
  Summary: Would change the requirements of the employer’s alternate sick leave accrual method to require no less than 40 hours of accrued sick leave or paid time off by the 200th calendar day of employment, as specified. The bill would also provide an employer is under no obligation to allow an employee’s total accrual of paid of sick leave to exceed 80 hours or 10 days, as specified. The bill would raise the limitation on sick leave carried over to the following year of employment to 40 hours or 5 days.
      Position    Assigned     
      Sponsor    JS/ST     
 
  AB 2946 (Kalra D)   Division of Labor Standards Enforcement: complaint.
  Summary: Current law authorizes a person who believes he or she has been discharged or otherwise discriminated against in violation of any law under the jurisdiction of the Labor Commissioner to file a complaint with the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement within 6 months after the occurrence of the violation.This bill would extend the period to file a complaint to within 3 years after the occurrence of the violation.
      Position    Assigned     
      Defer    JS/ST     
 
  AB 2959 (Nazarian D)   Legislature: independent ombudsperson: sexual harassment.
  Summary: The California Whistleblower Protection Act additionally authorizes the State Auditor to conduct an investigative audit upon receiving specific information that an employee or state agency has engaged in an improper governmental activity, as defined. The act does not apply to the Legislature or employees of the Legislature. The act requires the auditor to establish a means of submitting allegations of improper governmental activity, and generally requires the State Auditor to keep confidential every investigation, including all investigative files and work product. This bill would state the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation establishing an independent ombudsperson, under the jurisdiction of the State Auditor, to investigate allegations of sexual harassment in the Legislature, as specified.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    JS/LAT     
 
  AB 3057 (Quirk-Silva D)   Settlement agreements: confidentiality.
  Summary: Current law prohibits a provision in a settlement agreement that prevents the disclosure of factual information related to the action in a civil action with a factual foundation establishing a cause of action for civil damages for certain enumerated sexual offenses. Current law prohibits a court from entering an order in any of these types of civil actions that restricts disclosure of this information and it makes a provision in a settlement agreement that prevents the disclosure of factual information related to the action, entered into on or after January 1, 2017, void as a matter of law and against public policy. This bill would expand this prohibition to cover a settlement agreement in an action with a factual foundation establishing a cause of action for sexual abuse or harassment.
      Position    Assigned     
      Defer    JS/Pev     
 
  AB 3081 (Gonzalez Fletcher D)   Employment.
  Summary: Current law, the California Fair Employment and Housing Act, makes specified employment practices unlawful, including discrimination against or harassment of employees, among others.This bill would state the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that would, among other things, ensure there is adequate time for an employee to report claims of retaliation should an employee’s rights to lodge complaints regarding sexual harassment and assault be violated or met with an adverse action.
      Position    Assigned     
      Sponsor    JS/LAT     
 
  AB 3145 (Salas D)   Wages.
  Summary: Current law defines the terms “wages” and “labor” for purposes of provisions regarding the payment of wages to employees in various occupations.This bill would make nonsubstantive changes to those definitions.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    JS     
 
  AB 3234 (Carrillo D)   Overtime compensation.
  Summary: Current law provides that 8 hours of labor is a day’s work. Current law prescribes general rules for compensation for work in excess of 8 hours in a day or work in excess of 40 hours in a workweek. Current law provides that these requirements, among others, do not require an employer to combine more than one rate of overtime compensation in order to calculate the amount to be paid to an employee for any hour of overtime work.This bill would make nonsubstantive changes to these provisions.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    JS     
 
  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 the jurisdiction of the Department of Housing and Community Development. 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 and supportive care campuses within this state and would require the director of the department to undertake various actions in implementing this program, including establishing and implementing a process for identifying and convening public and private stakeholders, assisting program participants in identifying suitable locations and potential sources of public and private funding for the development of affordable senior housing.
      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, who has at least 1,250 hours of service with the employer during the previous 12-month period, and who works at a worksite in which the employer employs at least 20 employees within 75 miles, 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 224 (Jackson D)   Personal rights: sexual harassment.
  Summary: Would include an investor, elected official, lobbyist, director, and producer among those listed persons who may be liable to a plaintiff for sexual harassment.
      Position    Assigned     
      Support    JS/Pev     
 
  SB 306 (Hertzberg D)   Retaliation actions: complaints: administrative review.
  Summary: Would authorize the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement to commence an investigation of an employer, with or without a complaint being filed, when specified retaliation or discrimination is suspected during the course of a wage claim or other specified investigation being conducted by the Labor Commissioner. The bill would also authorize the commissioner, upon finding reasonable cause to believe that any person has engaged in or is engaging in a violation, to petition a superior court for prescribed injunctive relief.
      Position    Assigned     
      Support    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 396 (Lara D)   Employment: gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation.
  Summary: Would require employers with 50 or more employees to include, as a component of specified prescribed training and education for supervisors, training inclusive of harassment based on gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation.
      Position    Assigned     
      Support    JS/ST     
 
  SB 419 (Portantino D)   Legislature: Legislative Sexual Harassment Retaliation Prevention Act.
  Summary: Current law establishes a cause of action for violations of the Unruh Civil Rights Act. Current law also separately establishes liability for sexual harassment if a plaintiff proves specified elements, including, among other things, that there is a business, service, or professional relationship between the plaintiff and defendant. This bill would declare that neither house of the Legislature may retaliate against a legislative advocate or employee, as defined, because that person has opposed any practices forbidden under the above provisions, or filed a complaint, testified, or assisted in any proceeding relating to a complaint of harassment under those provisions.
      Position    Assigned     
      Defer    JS/LAT     
 
  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 would authorize the employee and employer to agree to a commission in addition to the base hourly rate.
      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 550 (Pan D)   Public school employment: meeting and negotiating: legal actions: settlement offer: attorney’s fees.
  Summary: Would authorize an employee organization to make an offer to settle a dispute alleging an employer’s failure to provide wages, benefits, or working conditions required by state law in accordance with specified procedural requirements and would require the employer, if the employer does not accept the offer and fails to obtain a more favorable judgment or award, to pay the employee organization’s attorney’s fees and expenses incurred after the offer was made, subject to specified exceptions.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    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     
 
  SB 820 (Leyva D)   Settlement agreements: confidentiality.
  Summary: Current law prohibits a provision in a settlement agreement that prevents the disclosure of factual information related to the action in a civil action with a factual foundation establishing a cause of action for civil damages for certain enumerated sexual offenses. This bill would similarly provide that, a provision in a settlement agreement that prevents the disclosure of factual information relating to the action is prohibited, unless a claimant requests the inclusion of such a provision, if the pleadings state a cause of action relating to specified claims of sexual assault, sexual harassment, or harassment or discrimination based on sex. The bill would make a provision in a settlement agreement that prevents the disclosure of factual information related to the action, as described in the bill, entered into on or after January 1, 2019, void as a matter of law and against public policy
      Position    Assigned     
      Sponsor    JS/Pev     
 
  SB 826 (Jackson D)   Corporations: boards of directors.
  Summary: Would, commencing December 31, 2019, require a domestic general corporation or foreign corporation that is a publicly held corporation, as defined, with its principal place of business located in California to have a minimum of one woman on its board of directors. Commencing July 1, 2021, the bill would increase that required minimum number to 2 women directors if the corporation has 5 authorized directors or to 3 women directors if the corporation has 6 or more authorized directors.
      Position    Assigned     
      Support    JS     
 
  SB 908 (Nguyen R)   Legislature: sexual harassment records and tracking.
  Summary: The Legislative Open Records Act authorizes any person to inspect legislative records, as defined, subject to specified exemptions. This bill would make available under the act complaint, investigation, and settlement records created on or after January 1, 2009, that reasonably relate to allegations of conduct by a Member of the Legislature that violates the sexual harassment policy of the house of the Legislature in which the Member serves. The bill would require that personally-identifying information of victims and witnesses be redacted from the records.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    JS/LAT     
 
  SB 937 (Wiener D)   Lactation accommodation.
  Summary: Would require a lactation room or location to include prescribed features and would require an employer to provide access to a sink and refrigerator in close proximity to the employee’s work space. The bill would establish a procedure for an employer with fewer than 5 employees to apply to the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement for an undue hardship exemption from the lactation room or location requirement. The bill would require an employer to develop and implement a policy regarding lactation accommodation and make it available to employees, as specified.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    ST     
 
  SB 970 (Atkins D)   Employment: human trafficking awareness.
  Summary: Would amend FEHA to require specified employers to provide at least 20 minutes of prescribed training and education regarding human trafficking awareness to employees who are likely to interact or come into contact with victims of human trafficking, as defined. The bill would establish a schedule for compliance commencing January 1, 2020. The bill would require the Department of Fair Employment and Housing, in the case of an employer violation of the bill’s requirements, to issue an order requiring compliance.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    JS     
 
  SB 1038 (Leyva D)   California Fair Employment and Housing Act: violations: personal liability.
  Summary: Current law prohibits discrimination and harassment in employment based on certain factors, including race, religious creed, gender, or sex. Current aw prohibits discharging or discriminating against a person who has opposed any practices prohibited by these provisions or has filed a complaint, testified, or assisted in any proceeding for a violation of these provisions. This bill would impose personal liability on an employee of an entity subject to these provisions for violating the prohibition against discharging or discriminating against a person who has opposed any practices prohibited by these provisions or has filed a complaint, testified, or assisted in any proceeding for a violation, regardless of whether the employer or covered entity knew or should have known of the conduct.
      Position    Assigned     
      Support    JS/Pev     
 
  SB 1150 (Jackson D)   Gender discrimination.
  Summary: Would require all state agencies, in consultation with the Commission on the Status of Women and Girls, to conduct an evaluation of their own departments to ensure that the state does not discriminate against women through the allocation of funding and the delivery of services. The bill, on or before January 1, 2020, and on or before January 1 every 2 years thereafter, would require state agencies to report their findings and recommendations, as specified, to the commission.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    JS     
 
  SB 1188 (Stone R)   Domestic workers: overtime: sleep hours.
  Summary: Would authorize that a domestic work employee who is a live-in employee or is required to be on duty for 24 or more consecutive hours, to enter into a written agreement with his or her employer to exclude a sleeping period, as described, of not more than 8 hours from the employee’s working hours, provided that certain conditions are met. In the absence of an agreement, the bill would require the regularly scheduled sleeping period to count as hours worked. The bill would prohibit an employer from terminating a domestic work employee for failing to enter into such an agreement and would provide that these provisions do not apply to a domestic work employee who works fewer than 24 consecutive hours. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.
      Position    Assigned     
      Oppose    AS, JS     
 
  SB 1252 (Bradford D)   Wages: records: inspection and copying.
  Summary: Current law requires an employer, semimonthly or at the time of payment of wages, to furnish an employee, an accurate, itemized, written statement containing specified information. Current law grants current and former employees of employers who are required to keep this information the right to inspect or copy records pertaining to their employment, upon reasonable request. This bill provide that employees have the right to receive a copy of the employment records described above and apply the associated time requirements and penalty provisions in this context. The bill would state that it is declaratory of existing law.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    ST     
 
  SB 1343 (Mitchell D)   Employers: sexual harassment training: requirements.
  Summary: Would require an employer who employs 5 or more employees to provide at least 2 hours of sexual harassment training to all employees by January 1, 2020, and once every 2 years after that, as specified. The bill would require the Department of Fair Employment and Housing to develop a 2-hour video training course on the prevention of sexual harassment in the workplace and to post it on the department’s Internet Web site.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    JS     
 
  SB 1443 (Stone R)   Labor Code Private Attorneys General Act of 2004.
  Summary:  Current law, the Labor Code Private Attorneys General Act of 2004, authorizes an aggrieved employee to bring a civil action to recover specified civil penalties that would otherwise be assessed and collected by the Labor and Workforce Development Agency on behalf of the employee and other current or former employees for the violation of certain provisions affecting employees. This bill would make nonsubstantive changes to those provisions.
      Position    Assigned     
      Oppose    JS/LAT     
 
  SCR 102 (Anderson R)   Joint rules: settlement agreements.
  Summary: This measure would prohibit a Member of the Legislature, or an employee of either house of the Legislature, from negotiating or signing an agreement, on behalf of the Rules Committee of either house, settling a claim for sexual harassment or abuse that contains a confidentiality provision. This measure would also prohibit the use of legislative funds or resources to enforce this type of confidentiality provision contained within a previously-executed settlement agreement.
      Position    Assigned     
      Defer    JS/Pev     


  Environment



 
  AB 2648 (Friedman D)   Civil actions: limitations: real property.
  Summary: Currentlaw prohibits an action from being brought to recover damages from any person, or the person’s surety, who develops real property or performs or furnishes the design, specifications, surveying, planning, supervision, testing, or observation of construction or construction of an improvement to real property more than 10 years after the substantial completion of the development or improvement, as specified. Current law provides that the 10-year statute of limitation does not apply to actions based on willful misconduct or fraudulent concealment. This bill would similarly provide that the 10-year statute of limitation does not apply to an action for an injury resulting from water contamination, and would make technical, nonsubstantive changes to the provisions.
      Position    Assigned     
      Defer    JS/LAT     
 
  AB 3021 (Levine D)   Farm animals: egg-laying hens: confinement.
  Summary: Would prohibit a farm owner or operator in California from confining an egg-laying hen in an enclosure that is not in compliance with specified standards, except as provided. The bill would prohibit a person from selling or contracting to sell shell eggs or liquid eggs in California from an egg-laying hen that was in an enclosure not in compliance with the specified standards. The bill would make a violation of the bill’s provisions a misdemeanor, thereby imposing a state-mandated local program.
      Position    Assigned     
      Defer    LAT/ST     
 
  AB 3069 (Cooper D)   Employment.
  Summary: Current law prohibits an employer from using property put up by any employee or applicant as a bond for any purpose other than liquidating accounts between the employer and employee or for return to the employee or applicant and requires the property to be held in trust for this purpose and not mingled with the property of the employer. Current law provides that an employer or prospective employer, or agent or officer thereof, who misappropriates that property, mingles it with his or own, or uses it for any other purpose than those described is guilty of theft, as provided. This bill would make nonsubstantive changes to this provision.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    JS/ST     


  Evidence



 
  AB 1736 (Cunningham R)   Evidence: hearsay: prior inconsistent statements.
  Summary: Current law, known as the “hearsay rule,” provides that, at a hearing, evidence of a statement that was made other than by a witness while testifying at the hearing and that is offered to prove the truth of the matter stated is inadmissible. Current law provides exceptions to the hearsay rule to permit the admission of specified kinds of evidence. Among other exceptions, certain evidence of prior inconsistent statements of a witness in the form of a video recorded statement or transcript that is properly admitted in a preliminary hearing or trial of the same criminal matter is admissible if certain conditions are met. This bill would expand this exception to the hearsay rule to include audio recorded statements if the same conditions are met.
      Position    Assigned     
      Defer    ST     
 
  AB 3121 (Kalra D)   Evidentiary privilege.
  Summary: Current law specifies that the right of a person to claim certain evidentiary privileges is waived if the holder of a privilege discloses a significant part of the privileged communication or has consented to that disclosure, as specified.This bill would make technical, nonsubstantive changes to that provision.
      Position    Assigned     
      Defer    ND/ST     
 
  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. Current 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 eligibility for a public benefit program. The bill would specify additional public benefit programs to which these requirements would apply.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    ST     
 
  SB 1238 (Roth D)   Patient records: maintenance and storage.
  Summary: Would require certain health care providers at the time of creation of a patient record to provide a statement to the patient, or the patient’s representative, that sets forth the patient’s rights and the intended retention period for the records. The bill would require certain health care providers that plan to destroy patient records to notify the patient at least 60 days before a patient’s records are to be destroyed, as provided. The bill would require a health care provider to provide a patient with his or her original medical records that the provider plans to destroy if the patient makes a request for the records to the provider before the date of the proposed destruction of the records. The bill would authorize a health care provider to charge a patient for the actual costs of copying, archiving, mailing, or shipping the patient’s records under that provision. The bill would authorize the issuance of citations and the assessment of administrative penalties for violations.
      Position    Assigned     
      Defer    AS, Pev/ST     


  Health



 
  AB 186 (Eggman D)   Controlled substances: safer drug consumption program.
  Summary: Would, until January 1, 2022, authorize specified counties or cities within those counties to authorize the operation of supervised injection services programs for adults that satisfies specified requirements, including, among other things, a hygienic space supervised by health care professionals, as defined, where people who use drugs can consume preobtained drugs, sterile consumption supplies, and access to referrals to substance use disorder treatment. The bill would require any entity operating a program under its provisions to provide an annual report to the city, county, or city and county, as specified.
      Position    Assigned     
      Support    JS/ST     
 
  AB 251 (Bonta D)   Health and care facilities: dialysis clinics.
  Summary: Would, for each fiscal year starting on or after January 1, 2019, require a chronic dialysis clinic to submit a report to the State Department of Public Health detailing the total treatment revenue of the clinic, and the percentages of that total treatment revenue the clinic has expended on direct patient care services costs, health care quality improvements costs, federal and state taxes, facility license fees, and all other costs.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    JS     
 
  SB 538 (Monning D)   Hospital contracts.
  Summary: This bill, the Health Care Market Fairness Act of 2017, would prohibit contracts between hospitals and contracting agents, health care service plans, or health insurers from containing certain provisions, including, but not limited to, setting payment rates or other terms for nonparticipating affiliates of the hospital, requiring the contracting agent, plan, or insurer to keep the contract’s payment rates confidential from any payor, as defined, that is or may become financially responsible for the payment, and requiring the contracting agent, plan, or insurer to submit to arbitration, or any other alternative dispute resolution program, any claims or causes of action that arise under state or federal antitrust laws after those claims or causes of action arise, except as provided.
      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: Would prohibit a Medi-Cal managed care plan, as defined, 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. If federal approval is required to implement these provisions, the bill would be implemented only to the extent that federal approval is obtained. The bill would make related legislative findings and declarations.
      Position    Assigned     
      Support    JS/ST     
 
  SB 799 (Hill D)   Nursing.
  Summary: The Nursing Practice Act establishes the Board of Registered Nursing within the Department of Consumer Affairs and sets forth its powers and duties regarding the licensure and regulation of registered nurses. The act requires the board to appoint an executive officer to perform duties delegated by the board. The act on January 1, 2018, repeals the provisions establishing the board and the executive officer position. This bill would extend the repeal date of those provisions to January 1, 2022.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    ST     


  Higher Education



 
  AB 1468 (Chiu D)   Community colleges: student equity plans.
  Summary: The Seymour-Campbell Student Success Act of 2012 specifies the responsibilities of students and institutions in entering into the matriculation process, and requires the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges to develop a formula for allocating funding for the Student Success and Support Program that would be implemented under the act. This bill would authorize the use of funding from the Student Equity Program not to exceed 7.5% of a district’s total allocation for that program, up to $25,000 of apportionment funds per campus, or both, for the provision of emergency student financial assistance, as defined, to eligible students, as defined, to overcome unforeseen financial challenges, as specified, that would directly impact a student’s ability to persist in his or her course of study, if emergency student financial assistance is included in an institution’s plan for interventions to students.
      Position    Assigned     
      Support    Pev     
 
  AB 1619 (Berman D)   Private postsecondary education.
  Summary: The California Private Postsecondary Education Act of 2009 provides, among other things, for student protections and regulatory oversight of private postsecondary institutions in the state. This bill would require the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education to prohibit institutions that are subject to the act’s provisions from enrolling new students in an educational program that receives a fail rating for 2 out of 3 consecutive years, or receives a combination of zone or fail ratings for 4 consecutive years, based on the federal debt-to-earnings rates.
      Position    Assigned     
          Pev     
 
  SB 16 (Wieckowski D)   Wage garnishment restrictions: exempt earnings: student loans.
  Summary: Would establish a reduced maximum amount of disposable earnings of an individual judgment debtor subject to levy under an earnings withholding order for a judgment based in whole or in part on a claim for debt on a student loan that is not made, insured, or guaranteed by the United States Government pursuant to the Federal Family Education Loan Program or the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program. This bill contains other existing laws.
      Position    Assigned     
      Support    Pev     


  Immunity



 
  AB 326 (Salas D)   State Board of Barbering and Cosmetology: physical and sexual abuse awareness training.
  Summary: Current law requires the State Board of Barbering and Cosmetology to develop or adopt a health and safety course on hazardous substances which is required to be taught in schools approved by the board. Current law, commencing July 1, 2017, requires the health and safety course to additionally cover basic labor laws. This bill, commencing July 1, 2019, would require the health and safety course to additionally cover physical and sexual abuse awareness.
      Position    Assigned     
      Defer    ND     
 
  AB 909 (Steinorth R)   Emergency response: trauma kits.
  Summary: Current law exempts from civil liability any person who, in good faith and not for compensation, renders emergency medical or nonmedical care or assistance at the scene of an emergency other than an act or omission constituting gross negligence or willful or wanton misconduct. This bill would define “trauma kit” to mean a first aid response kit that contains specified items, including, among other things, at least 2 tourniquets. The bill would require a person or entity that supplies a trauma kit to provide the person or entity that acquires the trauma kit with all information governing the use, installation, operation, training, and maintenance of the trauma kit.
      Position    Assigned     
      Defer    JS/ST     
 
  AB 1116 (Grayson D)   Peer Support and Crisis Referral Services Act.
  Summary: Would create the Peer Support and Crisis Referral Services Act. The bill would, for purposes of the act, define a “peer support team” as a local critical incident response team composed of individuals from emergency services professions, emergency medical services, hospital staff, clergy, and educators who have completed a peer support training course developed by the Office of Emergency Services, the California Firefighter Joint Apprenticeship Committee, or the Commission on Correctional Peace Officer Standards and Training, as specified.
      Position    Assigned     
      Neutral    JS/ST     
 
  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. The bill would narrow the exception to protection from liability to injury resulting from gross negligence or intentional misconduct.
      Position    Assigned     
      Defer    Pev/ST     
 
  AB 1389 (Bigelow R)   Employment safety: boiler and tank inspections.
  Summary: Current law authorizes a permit to be issued by or on behalf of the division for the operation of a tank or boiler if it is found to be in a safe condition. Current law requires the inspection required by these provisions to be made either by qualified safety engineers employed by the division or by certified inspectors. This bill would, in the same manner as provided by law for a public entity, exempt an insurer, its agents, employees, or service contractors from liability for injury caused by failure to make an inspection, or by reason of making an inadequate or negligent inspection, of a tank or boiler, for the purpose of determining whether it is in a safe condition for operation.
      Position    Assigned     
      Oppose    Pev/ST     
 
  AB 1412 (Choi R)   Common interest developments: notices: volunteer officers: liability.
  Summary: Current law requires a common interest development to be managed by an association, which is incorporated or unincorporated. 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 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     
 
  AB 1776 (Steinorth R)   Emergency medical transportation: transport of police dogs.
  Summary: Would authorize an EMT-I, EMT-II, or EMT-P to transport a police dog, as defined, injured in the line of duty to a facility that is capable of providing veterinary medical services to the injured police dog if there is not a person requiring medical attention or medical transportation at the time the decision is made to transport the police dog. The bill would also exempt an EMT-I, EMT-II, EMT-P who provides emergency medical transportation for a police dog, or the EMT’s employer, from liability for civil damages resulting from an act or omission relating to the transport of the police dog, unless the act or omission constitutes gross negligence or is performed in bad faith.
      Position    Assigned     
      Defer    JS     
 
  AB 2091 (Grayson D)   Prescribed burns.
  Summary: Would establish the Prescribed Burning Board in the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. The bill would require the board to establish, on or before January 1, 2022, standards for prescribed burning, and establish standards for certification, recertification, and training for certified and insured prescribed burn managers, among other things. The bill would require the board to establish a schedule of fees for purposes of certifying a prescribed burn manager and would establish the Prescribed Burn Fund for deposit of those fees.
      Position    Assigned     
      Oppose    Pev/ST     
 
  SB 242 (Skinner D)   Property Assessed Clean Energy program: program administrator.
  Summary: Current law authorizes a public agency, or an entity that administers a PACE financing program on behalf of and with the written consent of a public agency, to issue PACE bonds that are secured by voluntary contractual assessments, voluntary special taxes, or special taxes on property to assist property owners in financing the installation of distributed generation renewable energy sources, electric vehicle charging infrastructure, or energy or water efficiency improvements. The bill would require a program administrator, before a property owner executes an assessment contract, as defined, to make an oral confirmation that at least one owner of the property has a copy of specified documents and forms related to the contract, and to provide an oral confirmation of the key terms of an assessment contract with the property owner on the call or an authorized representative of the owner on the call that contains specified information.
      Position    Assigned     
      Defer    JS/ST     
 
  SB 502 (Portantino D)   Public rail systems: availability of automated external defibrillators.
  Summary: Would require a public entity that operates a rail transit system or a commuter train system to ensure that each train has an automated external defibrillator (AED) as part of its safety equipment subject to specified requirements. The bill would exempt a public entity that acquires an AED for emergency care from liability for any civil damages resulting from any acts or omissions in the rendering of the emergency care by use of the AED if the public entity has complied with certain requirements.(2)By imposing new duties on local public officials, the bill would create a state-mandated local program.
      Position    Assigned     
      Defer    JS/ST     
 
  SB 1305 (Glazer D)   Emergency preveterinary services: immunity.
  Summary: Would authorize an emergency medical services provider, as defined, to provide preveterinary emergency care, as defined, to a dog or cat, to the extent the provider has received commensurate training and is authorized by the employer to provide that care. The bill would exempt that provider and his or her employer from liability for civil damages, and would exempt the provider from other disciplinary action, for providing that care, except as specified. The definition of “preveterinary emergency care” for purposes of these provisions would specifically include, among other acts, administering oxygen, immobilizing fractures, and bandaging.
      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 566 (Ridley-Thomas D)   Insurance.
  Summary: Current law requires each admitted insurer with annual premiums written in California equal to or in excess of $100,000,000 for any reporting year to provide information to the Insurance Commissioner by July 1, 2016, on all of its community development investments, community development infrastructure investments, and green investments, as defined, in California. This bill would require each admitted insurer described above to report that information between June 1, 2018, and July 1, 2018, for the reporting years of 2016 and 2017. The bill would require the information to be reported only through a data call.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    ND/ST     
 
  AB 601 (Ridley-Thomas D)   Insurers: data reporting.
  Summary: Current law requires each admitted insurer with premiums written equal to or in excess of $100,000,000 to periodically submit to the Insurance Commissioner a report on its minority, women, and disabled veteran-owned business procurement efforts, as specified, and subjects an insurer to a civil penalty if the insurer fails to file the report. Existing law requires the commissioner to maintain a link on the Internet Web site of the Department of Insurance that provides public access to the contents of each report. Existing law provides that these provisions shall remain in effect until January 1, 2019. This bill would add veteran and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) business enterprises to the entities for which the reporting described above is required.
      Position    Assigned     
      Defer    ND/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 778 (Caballero D)   Community development investment tax credits.
  Summary: Current law imposes an annual tax on the gross premiums of an insurer, as defined, doing business in this state at specified rates. Current law, until January 1, 2017, allows a credit under the Personal Income Tax Law, the Corporation Tax Law, and a credit against the tax imposed on an insurer in an amount equal to 20% of a qualified investment, as defined, made in a community development financial institution, as defined, but not to exceed, in the aggregate amount under all those laws, $50,000,000 per year and authorizes the California Organized Investment Network to certify investments for the credit until January 1, 2017. This bill would establish similar credits under the Personal Income Tax Law, the Corporation Tax Law, and the tax imposed on an insurer for taxable years or years, as specified, beginning on or after January 1, 2017, and before January 1, 2022.
      Position    Assigned     
      Defer    ND/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 an assuming insurer not meeting certain requirements, to adopt by regulation, pursuant to specified provisions, specific additional requirements relating to or setting forth the valuation of assets or reserve credits, the amount and forms of security supporting reinsurance arrangements for certain life insurance policies, long-term care insurance policies, and annuities, and the circumstances pursuant to which a credit as specified 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)   Motor vehicle insurance: auto body repair.
  Summary: Current law requires any insurer that conducts an auto body repair labor rate survey to determine and set a specified prevailing auto body repair labor rate in a specific geographic area to report the results of that survey to the Department of Insurance, which is required to make the information available upon request. This bill would delete the above-described provisions regarding an auto body repair labor rate survey and instead would require an insurer that conducts or uses a survey that establishes a prevailing auto body repair labor rate in a specific geographic area to report the results of the survey to the department at least every 24 months and would require the survey results to contain specified information, including, among other things, the name and physical address of each auto body repair shop surveyed, the total number of auto body repair shops surveyed, and a description of the geographic area covered.
      Position    Assigned     
      Oppose    ND/ST     
 
  AB 1740 (Daly D)   Fire insurance: valuation of loss.
  Summary: Current provides that under an open policy that requires payment of actual cash value, the measure of the actual cash value recovery, in whole or partial settlement of the claim, is, in the case of a total loss to the structure, the policy limit or the fair market value of the structure, whichever is less, and, in the case of a partial loss to the structure or loss to its contents, the amount it would cost the insured to repair, rebuild, or replace the thing lost or injured less a fair and reasonable deduction for physical depreciation based upon its condition at the time of the injury or the policy limit, whichever is less. This bill would delete the provisions regarding the actual cash value of the claim of total loss to the structure and would instead require that the actual cash value of the claim, for either a total or partial loss to the structure or its contents, be the amount it would cost the insured to repair, rebuild, or replace the thing lost or injured less a fair and reasonable deduction for physical depreciation based upon its condition at the time of the injury or the policy limit, whichever is less.
      Position    Assigned     
      Defer    Pev/ST     
 
  AB 1772 (Aguiar-Curry 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. In the event of a loss relating to a state of emergency, as defined, existing law establishes a minimum time limit of not less than 24 months from the date that the first payment toward the actual cash value is made during which the insured may collect the full replacement cost of the loss, subject to the policy limit, as specified. This bill would extend the minimum time limit during which an insured may collect the full replacement cost of a loss relating to a state of emergency to 36 months.
      Position    Assigned     
      Defer    ST     
 
  AB 1797 (Levine D)   Residential property insurance.
  Summary: Would require an insurer to provide an estimate of replacement value, as specified, for the insured property for every policy of residential property insurance that is newly issued or renewed in this state on and after January 1, 2019, and would impose liability on an insured that fails to do so in the amount of the actual cost to replace the insured property, minus the amount of the policy coverage. The bill would prohibit an insurer that provided an estimate of replacement value from being liable to the insured if the policy limit is not sufficient to replace the insured property.
      Position    Assigned     
      Defer    ND/ST     
 
  AB 1799 (Levine D)   Insurance: policy documents.
  Summary: Current law requires an insurer, after a covered loss under a fire insurance policy, to provide the insured with a free copy of his or her policy within 30 calendar days of receiving a request from the insured, but allows the Insurance Commissioner to extend this period. Current law also provides that an insured who does not experience a covered loss shall, upon request, be entitled to one free copy of his or her policy annually. This bill would specify that the copy of the policy provided shall include the full policy, any endorsements to the policy, and the policy declarations page, and would authorize the insurer to provide these documents in electronic form if agreed to by the insured.
      Position    Assigned     
      Defer    ND/ST     
 
  AB 1800 (Levine 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 qualify that prohibition by making it applicable in addition to any extended replacement cost coverage purchased by the insured and in addition to any increase in policy limits.
      Position    Assigned     
      Defer    ND/ST     
 
  AB 1875 (Wood D)   Residential property insurance.
  Summary: Current law requires specified disclosures to be made with the issuance or renewal of a policy of residential property insurance.This bill would require an insurer to offer extended replacement cost coverage, as specified, when issuing or renewing, on or after January 1, 2019, a policy of residential property insurance, and would require the insurer to disclose the premium costs for extended replacement cost coverage.
      Position    Assigned     
      Defer    ND/ST     
 
  AB 2045 (Committee on Insurance)   Insurance: annuities.
  Summary: Current law governs annuities and, for those insurance contracts that provide cash surrender benefits, prescribes the cash surrender benefit available prior to maturity. Current law authorizes an insurer to require a contract owner to complete an administrative form as part of the surrender process and requires the insurer to provide the administrative form to the contract owner within two business days of the request.This bill would instead require the insurer to send or mail the administrative form to the contract owner within two business days of the request.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    ST     
 
  AB 2142 (Bigelow R)   Insurance: home protection companies.
  Summary: Would prohibit the Insurance Commissioner from conducting a financial examination of a home protection company if the company’s most recent annual statement of financial condition shows the company maintains more than twice the reserves required by law and if the company president and treasurer provide, upon prior written request, an affidavit under penalty of perjury attesting to the company’s reserves and accounts, as specified. The bill would provide that the accounts are subject to verification by the Department of Insurance.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    ST     
 
  AB 2180 (Kalra D)   Long-term care and disability insurance.
  Summary: Current law generally provides for the regulation of the business of long-term care insurance by the Department of Insurance pursuant to laws set forth in the Insurance Code. Current law specifically requires certain long-term care policies to state the threshold for establishing eligibility for home care benefits and provide specific information relating to the provision of an alternative plan of care. This bill would expand the required information to be included in those long-term care policies regarding the threshold for establishing eligibility for home care benefits and the provision of an alternate plan of care.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    ST     
 
  AB 2182 (Levine D)   Privacy.
  Summary: Current law requires a business that owns, licenses, or maintains personal information about a California resident to implement and maintain reasonable security procedures and practices appropriate to the nature of the information, to protect the personal information from unauthorized access, destruction, use, modification, or disclosure.This bill would state the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that would create a new state agency or officer that would be charged with, among other things, protecting the personal information of California residents.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    ST     
 
  AB 2229 (Wood D)   Fire insurance: standard form.
  Summary: Current law requires certain fire policies on subject matter in California to be executed using the standard form of fire insurance policy that contains required and optional provisions. Under existing law, it is a misdemeanor to issue a fire policy that varies from the standard form. This bill would require the standard form of fire insurance policy to include the features of the property being insured that contribute to increased or decreased risk as compared to similar properties in the region, and would further require, to the extent possible, the policy to inform the insured how these risk factors are affecting the costs of the insured’s insurance policy.
      Position    Assigned     
      Defer    ND     
 
  AB 2520 (Cooper D)   Insurance: inducements.
  Summary: Current law prohibits an insurer from participating in a plan to offer or effect any kind of insurance or annuities in this state as an inducement to the purchase or rental by the public of any property or services, without a separate charge to the insured for the insurance, with specified exceptions. Current law prohibits an agent, broker, or solicitor from arranging the sale of that insurance. A willful violation of these provisions by an insurer, agent, broker, or solicitor is subject to suspension or revocation of his or her certificate, license, or other authority to do business or engage in his or her occupation for a period not exceeding one year. This bill would make technical, nonsubstantive changes to these provisions.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    ST     
 
  AB 2594 (Friedman D)   Fire insurance.
  Summary: Current law prescribes the standard form for a fire insurance policy or county fire insurance policy. Current law imposes a 12-month statute of limitations in which to bring suit under a fire insurance policy or a county fire insurance policy after a loss. Current law makes it a misdemeanor for an insurer or agent to countersign or issue a fire policy that varies from the California standard form of policy. This bill would revise the standard forms of policy and extend the period in which to bring suit to 24 months after the inception of the loss if the loss is related to a state of emergency, as specified.
      Position    Assigned     
      Defer    AS, ND/ST     
 
  AB 2634 (Chau D)   Life insurance.
  Summary: Would require an insurer to provide notice to a policyholder of a flexible premium life insurance policy whenever the policy is subject to an increase in the cost of insurance charge or administrative expense charge. The bill would require the notice to include specified information about the increase.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    ST     
 
  AB 2844 (Cooley D)   Insurer reserves.
  Summary: Current law creates the Department of Insurance, headed by the Insurance Commissioner, and prescribes the department’s powers and duties. Current law requires the Insurance Commissioner to require an insurer to maintain additional reserves for outstanding liability or compensation losses and loss expenses when the insurer’s reserves seem inadequate to the commissioner.This bill would make technical, nonsubstantive changes to that provision.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    ST     
 
  AB 3166 (Burke D)   Insurance: residential property insurance: requirements upon nonrenewal.
  Summary: Current law creates the Fair Access to Insurance Requirements or FAIR Plan Association to formulate and administer a program that equitably apportions among insurers, basic plans of insurance for property owners who, after diligent effort, are unable to procure such insurance through normal channels from an admitted insurer or a surplus line broker. Current law requires a broker or agent to provide assistance, as specified, to a person seeking help in obtaining coverage. This bill would require specified insurers who fail to renew or offer renewal of a policy of residential property insurance to make certain notifications to a policyholder regarding other options he or she may have, including information about the FAIR plan.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    ND/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: identification of insurer.
  Summary: Would require the Insurance Commissioner, in the case of a declaration of a disaster and at the request of a property owner, or the owner’s legal representative, that is unable to identify the insurer for property located in the disaster area, to electronically provide the owner’s name, any contact information provided to the commissioner, and property location information to insurers who issue homeowners’ fire insurance policies. The bill would deem that information to be provided with the voluntary written consent of the owner or his or her legal representative, as specified.
      Position    Assigned     
      Support    ST     
 
  SB 819 (Hill D)   Electrical corporations: rates.
  Summary: The Public Utilities Commission has regulatory authority over public utilities, including electrical corporations and gas corporations. Current law authorizes the commission to establish rules for all public utilities, subject to control by the Legislature. Current law authorizes the commission to fix the rates and charges for every public utility and requires that those rates and charges be just and reasonable. Current law prohibits a gas corporation from recovering any fine or penalty in any rate approved by the commission. This bill would prohibit an electrical corporation from recovering a fine or penalty through a rate approved by the commission.
      Position    Assigned     
      Defer    Pev/ST     
 
  SB 824 (Lara D)   Insurance: nonrenewal.
  Summary: Current law requires an insurer to comply with certain procedures relating to the cancellation of insurance policies, except as specified, in the case of a total loss to the primary insured structure under a residential policy. Among other requirements, an insurer may not cancel coverage while the primary insured structure is being rebuilt, as specified, nor use the fact that the primary insured structure is in damaged condition as a result of the total loss as the sole basis for a decision to cancel the policy, and must offer, at least once, to renew the policy, as specified, if the total loss to the primary insured structure was caused by a disaster. This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to clarify that the provision described above is applicable to all insured properties located within a county for which a state of emergency has been declared, as specified.
      Position    Assigned     
      Support    ND/ST     
 
  SB 894 (Dodd D)   Property insurance.
  Summary: Current law requires an insurer, in the case of a total loss to the primary insured structure under a policy of residential property insurance, to offer to renew the policy at least once if the loss to the primary insured structure was caused by a disaster, as defined, and was not also due to the negligence of the insured, except as specified. This bill would instead require the insurer to offer to renew the policy for at least the next 2 annual renewal periods or 24 months, whichever is greater. The bill would require an insurer who decides not to offer to renew a policy after the expiration of that period to report the decision to not offer to renew the policy to the Insurance Commissioner.
      Position    Assigned     
      Defer    ND/ST     
 
  SB 897 (McGuire D)   Residential property insurance: wildfires.
  Summary: Current law requires an insurer, in the event of a loss under a residential insurance policy for which the insured has made a claim for additional living expenses, to provide the insured with a list of items that the insurer believes may be covered under the policy as additional living expenses. Additionally, current law provides that, in the case of a loss related to a declared state of emergency, an insurer provide coverage for living expenses for a period of 24 months, subject to the limitations of the policy. This bill would specify that additional living expense coverage shall include all reasonable expenses incurred by the insured in order to maintain a comparable standard of living and would provide a list of expenses that shall be covered.
      Position    Assigned     
      Defer    ND/ST     
 
  SB 901 (Dodd D)   Electrical corporations: local publicly owned electric utilities: electrical cooperatives: wildfire mitigation plans and measures.
  Summary: Would require a wildfire mitigation plan prepared by an electrical corporation, and wildfire mitigation measures prepared by a local publicly owned electric utility or electrical cooperative, to include policies and procedures by which the preparing entity may assess when it may be necessary to deenergize its electrical lines and, if so, which electrical lines should be deenergized. The bill would require those policies and procedures to include relevant meteorological conditions, maps of relevant fire hazard severity zones and high fire risk areas, observations made by individuals and cameras, as applicable, of vegetation conditions near electrical lines, and communication protocols for notifying customers who may be impacted by the deenergizing of electrical lines.
      Position    Assigned     
      Defer    Pev/ST     
 
  SB 915 (Gaines R)   Life insurance: policy loans.
  Summary: Current law provides for the regulation of life insurance policy loans and provides for a maximum interest rate, as specified.This bill would make technical, nonsubstantive changes to those provisions.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    ST     
 
  SB 917 (Jackson D)   Insurance policies.
  Summary: Under current law, an insurer is liable for a loss of which a peril insured against was the proximate cause, although a peril not contemplated by the contract may have been a remote cause of the loss. Under existing law, an insurer is not liable for a loss of which the peril insured was only the remote cause. This bill would provide that a policy that does not cover the peril of landslide shall not exclude coverage for any loss or damage attributable to a landslide if the landslide resulting in loss or damage was proximately caused by another covered peril, as provided. The bill would state that it does not constitute a change in, but is declaratory of, existing law.
      Position    Assigned     
      Defer    ND/ST     
 
  SB 986 (Berryhill R)   Insurance Commissioner: data reporting.
  Summary: Current law provides for the powers and duties of the Insurance Commissioner, including the duty to submit an annual report to the Governor and the Legislature analyzing specified data collected from insurers. Current law requires an insurer transacting insurance covering liability for a public entity, as specified, to report specified data to the commissioner by type of claim, upon request of the commissioner.This bill would make technical, nonsubstantive changes to that provision.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    ND/ST     
 
  SB 1046 (Roth D)   Independent insurance adjusters.
  Summary: Current law generally regulates the business of insurance in the state, including the licensing of surplus line brokers, persons who solicit, negotiate, and effect the undertaking of bail or bail bonds, life and disability insurance analysts, motor clubs, insurance adjusters, and public insurance adjusters. Current law provides that the license fees required for an application to be licensed as a surplus line broker, a person who solicits, negotiates, and effects the undertaking of bail or bail bonds, a life and disability insurance analyst, or a public insurance adjuster are filing fees which shall not be refunded whether or not the application is acted upon or a license examination is taken. This bill would add insurance adjusters to the list of licensees to which these provisions apply.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    ST     
 
  SB 1263 (Portantino D)   Residential property insurance.
  Summary: Would require an insurer to increase the policy limits, as specified, of a residential property insurance policy by an amount equal to 50% of the policy limits if an insured has suffered a loss relating to a declared state of emergency. The bill would specify that the 50% increase is in addition to applicable guaranteed replacement cost coverage.
      Position    Assigned     
      Defer    AS, ND/ST     
 
  SB 1291 (Dodd D)   Independent insurance adjusters.
  Summary: Would revise and recast the specified provisions by, among other things, changing the name of the Insurance Adjuster Act to the Independent Insurance Adjuster Act and redefining an “independent insurance adjuster” to mean an individual, a business entity, an independent contractor, or an employee of a contractor who contracts for compensation with insurers, a person whose tax treatment by the insurers is consistent with that of an independent contractor rather than as an employee, and a person who investigates, negotiates, or settles property and casualty claims for insurers. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    ND/ST     


  Labor



 
  AB 1885 (Garcia, Eduardo D)   Undocumented workers: California Agricultural and Service Worker Act.
  Summary: Would require the Employment Development Department and the Department of Food and Agriculture to convene a working group to address the issues relating to a work permit program for undocumented persons who are agricultural or service industry employees to work and live in the state and to serve as liaison to the United States Department of Homeland Security and the United States Department of Justice to ensure that state departments are not taking on responsibilities in matters dealing with immigration policy that are the jurisdiction of the federal government.
      Position    Assigned     
      Defer    ST     
 
  AB 2016 (Fong R)   Labor Code Private Attorneys General Act of 2004: civil actions.
  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. The act requires that the aggrieved employee or representative give written notice, as provided, to the agency and the employer of the specific provisions of the Labor Code alleged to have been violated, including the facts and theories to support the alleged violation. This bill would instead require the notice to include a statement setting forth the relevant facts, legal contentions, and authorities supporting each alleged violation and an estimate of the number of current and former employees against whom the alleged violation or violations were committed and on whose behalf relief is sought.
      Position    Assigned     
      Oppose    JS/LAT     
 
  AB 2751 (Stone, Mark D)   Agricultural labor relations.
  Summary: Current law, the Alatorre-Zenovich-Dunlap-Berman Agricultural Labor Relations Act of 1975, affords agricultural employees the right to self-organization and to form, join, or assist labor organizations.This bill would state the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation to amend that act to protect the rights of agricultural employees.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    ST     


  Lemon Law



 
  SB 1141 (Wilk R)   Consumer protection.
  Summary: Current law, the Tanner Consumer Protection Act, establishes a presumption 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 delivery or 18,000 miles on the odometer, whichever occurs first, one or more specified conditions occur.This bill would make nonsubstantive changes to these provisions.
      Position    Assigned     
      Watch    Pev     


  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, no later than October 1, 2018, require the Department of Justice to make the electronic history of controlled substances dispensed to an individual under a health care practitioner’s or pharmacist’s care, based on data contained in the CURES database, available to the practitioner or pharmacist, as specified. The bill would authorize a health care practitioner or pharmacist to submit a query to the CURES database through the department’s online portal or through a health information technology system if the entity operating the system has entered into a memorandum of understanding with the department addressing the technical specifications of the system and can certify, among other requirements, that the system meets applicable patient privacy and information security requirements of state and federal law.
      Position    Assigned     
      Support    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, on or before January 1, 2019, would require the board to contract with a nonprofit research organization for the purpose of obtaining high-quality pediatric sedation and anesthesia-related data.
      Position    Assigned     
      Support    Pev/ST     
 
  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 re