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CLA Bill Watch

Updated 3/12/2013

To learn more about each bill, click on the bill header. For more information on the legislator who has introduced the measure, click on the author’s name. For more information regarding CLA position on the California legislation CLA is watching, please contact Jan Sanders, CLA Advocacy and Legislation Committee Chair.

 

 
AB5  
(Ammiano D)   Homelessness.
 
Introduced: 12/3/2012
 
Status: 1/24/2013-Referred to Com. on JUD.
 
Location: 1/24/2013-A. JUD.
 
Summary: Would enact the Homeless Person's Bill of Rights and Fairness Act, which would provide that no person's rights, privileges, or access to public services may be denied or abridged because he or she is homeless, has a low income, or suffers from a mental illness or physical disability. The bill would provide that every person in the state, regardless of actual or perceived housing status, income level, mental illness, or physical disability, shall be free from specified forms of discrimination and shall be entitled to certain basic human rights, including the right to be free from discrimination by law enforcement, in the workplace, while seeking or maintaining housing or shelter, and while seeking services. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

 
 
 
Position 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Watch 
 
 
 
 

 
 
AB20  
(Waldron R)   Obscene matter: minors.
 
Introduced: 12/3/2012
 
Last Amend: 2/25/2013
 
Status: 2/26/2013-Re-referred to Com. on PUB. S.
 
Location: 2/26/2013-A. PUB. S.
 
Summary: Would provide that every person who is convicted of a violation of specified offenses relating to obscene matter involving minors, as specified, in which the violation is committed on, or via, a government-owned computer or via a government-owned computer network, or in which the production, transportation, or distribution of which involves the use, possession, or control of government-owned property shall, in addition to any imprisonment of fine imposed for the commission of the underlying offense, be punished by a fine not exceeding $2,000, unless the court determines that the defendant does not have the ability to pay. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

 
 
 
Position 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Watch 
 
 
 
 

 
 
AB185   
(Hernández, Roger D)   Open and public meetings: televised meetings.
 
Introduced: 1/28/2013
 
Status: 2/7/2013-Referred to Com. on L. GOV.
 
Location: 2/7/2013-A. L. GOV.
 
Summary: Would provide that an audio or video recording of an open and public meeting made at the direction of a local agency may be erased or destroyed 2 years after the recording. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

 
 
 
Position 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Seek Info 
 
 
 
 

 
 
AB319  
(Campos D)   Internet Web sites and online services: minors.
 
Introduced: 2/12/2013
 
Status: 2/13/2013-From printer. May be heard in committee March 15.
 
Location: 2/12/2013-A. PRINT
 
Summary: Would require an operator of an Internet Web site or online service directed to minors and the operator of an Internet Web site or online service that has actual knowledge that it is collecting personal information from a minor to provide notice on the Internet Web site of what information is collected from minors by the operator and how the operator uses the information. The bill would require the operator of an Internet Web site or online service directed to minors to establish and maintain reasonable procedures to protect the confidentiality, security, and integrity of personal information collected from minors. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

   
   
   
Position 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Disapprove/seek add'l info 
 
 
 
 

 
 
(Atkins D)   California Cultural and Historical Endowment.
 
Introduced: 2/19/2013
 
Status: 2/20/2013-From printer. May be heard in committee March 22.
 
Location: 2/19/2013-A. PRINT
 
Summary: Would transfer the California Cultural and Historical Endowment to the Natural Resources Agency and would provide that the endowment be chaired by the Secretary of the Natural Resources Agency and that the State Librarian remain as a member. The bill would also make a conforming change. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

 
 
 
Position 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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(Gomez D)   County free public libraries: withdrawal: use of private contractors.
 
Introduced: 2/20/2013
 
Status: 3/4/2013-Referred to Com. on L. GOV.
 
Location: 3/4/2013-A. L. GOV.
 
Summary: Would provide, until January 1, 2019, that a board of trustees, common council, or other legislative body of a city or the board of trustees of a library district in which a withdrawal from the county free library system becomes effective on or after January 1, 2012, shall comply with certain requirements before entering into a contract to operate the city's or library district's library or libraries with a private contractor that will employ library staff to achieve cost savings. The bill would make conforming and nonsubstantive changes. This bill contains other existing laws.

 
  
 
Position 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Watch Close 
 
 
 
 

 
 
ACA8   
(Blumenfield D)   Local government financing: voter approval.
 
Introduced: 2/13/2013
 
Status: 2/14/2013-From printer. May be heard in committee March 16.
 
Location: 2/13/2013-A. PRINT
 
Summary: Would create an additional exception to the 1% limit for a rate imposed by a city, county, city and county, or special district, as defined, to service bonded indebtedness incurred to fund specified public improvements and facilities, or buildings used primarily to provide sheriff, police, or fire protection services, that is approved by 55% of the voters of the city, county, city and county, or special district, as applicable. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

 
 
 
Position 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Support 
 
 
 
 

 
 
(Buchanan D)   Read Across America Day.
 
Introduced: 1/30/2013
 
Last Amend: 2/28/2013
 
Status: 3/4/2013-In Senate. To Com. on RLS.
 
Location: 3/4/2013-S. RLS.
 
Summary: The Legislature joins the California Teachers Association in recognizing March 1, 2013, as "Read Across America Day".

 
 
 
Position 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Support 
 
 
 
 

 
 
SB33 
(Wolk D)   Infrastructure financing districts: voter approval: repeal.
 
Introduced: 12/3/2012
 
Last Amend: 3/6/2013
 
Status: 3/6/2013-From committee with author's amendments. Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on GOV. & F.
 
Location: 3/6/2013-S. G. & F.
 
Summary: Would revise and recast the provisions governing infrastructure financing districts. The bill would eliminate the requirement of voter approval for creation of the district and for bond issuance, and would authorize the legislative body to create the district subject to specified procedures. The bill would instead authorize a newly created public financing authority, consisting of 5 members, 3 of whom are members of the city council or board of supervisors that established the district, and 2 of whom are members of the public, to adopt the infrastructure financing plan, subject to approval by the legislative body, and issue bonds by majority vote of the authority by resolution. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

 
 
 
Position 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Watch 
 
 
 
 

 
 
(Liu D)   California Library Services Act: statewide communications and delivery intranet.
 
Introduced: 2/19/2013
 
Status: 2/28/2013-Referred to Com. on ED.
 
Location: 2/28/2013-S. ED.
 
Summary: Would require the California Library Services Board to establish and maintain a statewide communications and delivery intranet, rather than network, which may also be accessed by public elementary, secondary, and postsecondary schools. This bill contains other existing laws.

   
   
  
Position 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Support CLA-sponsored 
 
 
 
 

 
 
(Padilla D)   Telecommunications: universal service programs: California Advanced Services Fund.
 
Introduced: 2/22/2013
 
Status: 2/25/2013-Read first time.
 
Location: 2/22/2013-S. PRINT
 
Summary: The federal Telecommunications Act of 1996 authorizes each state to adopt regulations to provide for additional definitions and standards to preserve and advance universal service within the state, only to the extent that they adopt additional specific, predictable, and sufficient mechanisms that do not rely on or burden federal universal service support mechanisms. This bill would instead require that $200,000,000 be deposited into the Broadband Infrastructure account. The bill would increase the amount of additional money the commission is authorized to collect to $225,000,000, with a sum total not to exceed $325,000,000. The bill would authorize the commission to collect the additional money until 2020. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

  
  
 
Position 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Watch Close 
 
 
 
 

 
 (Wolk D)   Local government financing: public libraries: voter approval.
             
Introduced: 12/3/2012
 
Last Amend: 2/26/2013
 
Status: 2/26/2013-From committee with author's amendments. Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on GOV. & F.
 
Location: 2/26/2013-S. G. & F.
 
Summary: Would create an additional exception to the 1% limit for a rate imposed by a city, county, city and county, or special district to service bonded indebtedness incurred to fund public library facilities, that is approved by 55% of the voters of the city, county, city and county, or special district, as applicable, if the proposition meets specified requirements. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

 
 
 
                   Position 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
                   Support CLA-sponsored 
 
 
 
 

 
 
(Hancock D)   Local government: special taxes: voter approval.
 
Introduced: 1/25/2013
 
Status: 2/7/2013-Referred to Coms. on GOV. & F. and E. & C.A.
 
Location: 2/7/2013-S. G. & F.
 
Summary: The California Constitution conditions the imposition of a special tax by a local government upon the approval of 2/3 of the voters of the local government voting on that tax, and prohibits a local government from imposing an ad valorem tax on real property or a transactions tax or sales tax on the sale of real property. This measure would instead condition the imposition, extension, or increase of a special tax by a local government upon the approval of 55% of the voters voting on the proposition. The measure would also make conforming and technical, nonsubstantive changes.

 
 
 
Position 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Watch 
 
 
 
 

 
 
(Wolk D)   California Library Week.
 
Introduced: 2/22/2013
 
Status: 2/22/2013-Introduced. Referred to Com. on RLS.
 
Location: 2/22/2013-S. RLS.
 
Summary: This measure would declare April 14 to April 20, 2013, inclusive, as California Library Week.

   
    
  
Position 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Support CLA-sponsored 

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