- Associated Press - Saturday, August 30, 2014

Some of the more high-profile bills passed by the California Legislature in the final days of this year’s session, which ended early Saturday:

- SB270 by Sen. Alex Padilla, D-Los Angeles, would make California the first state to impose a ban on single-use plastic bags. It includes $2 million in loans to help manufacturers shift to producing reusable bags and lets grocers charge 10-cent fees for paper and reusable bags.

- SB1168, SB1319 and AB1739 by Assemblyman Roger Dickinson, D-Sacramento, and Sen. Fran Pavley, D-Agoura Hills, would overhaul California’s “pump-as-you-please” policy for managing unregulated groundwater supplies. It would require local governments in areas where basins are depleting quickly to develop plans for managing groundwater basins and authorizes the state to step in if necessary.

- AB1522 by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego, would require most employers to provide temporary and part-time workers with paid sick leave of up to three days each year. Gov. Jerry Brown has expressed support for the bill, which would take effect after July 2015. It upset labor officials by exempting home aides for the elderly and people with disabilities.

- SB967 by Sen. Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, would make California the first state to define consent while investigating sexual assaults on college campuses. It would require investigators at all campuses receiving state aid to determine whether an “affirmative, unambiguous and conscious decision” for sexual activity was granted.

- AB1476 by Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, would give an extra $50 million each to the University of California and California State University systems after the state didn’t collect enough property tax revenue to provide the funding. It also includes $3 million for legal services for unaccompanied minors detained at the border, in response to the influx of children fleeing violence and gangs in Central America.

- AB1014, also by Skinner, would make California the first state to let family members and law enforcement officers petition a judge for a temporary restraining order to prevent someone from possessing a firearm when they pose a threat. It was introduced in response to the deadly May rampage in Isla Vista, along with SB505, which requires local law enforcement agencies to adopt policies that encourage officers to check gun databases when performing welfare checks.

- SB1210 by Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, would establish the California Dream Loan Program in the University of California and California State University systems to provide loans to student who are in the country illegally and cannot access federal or private student loans.

- AB1476 by Democratic Assemblymen Mike Gatto and Raul Bocanegra of Los Angeles will offer $330 million a year in film tax credits through a competitive bidding process and last for five years. It was a bipartisan deal with Gov. Jerry Brown to overhaul an existing $100 million-a-year lottery system and was in response to efforts from other states to lure film and TV production from California.

- AB13 by Assembly Minority Leader Connie Conway, R-Tulare, requires community colleges and California State University campuses to update their policies to provide in-state college tuition for veterans who were stationed in California immediately before being discharged. Supporters say the bill is to comply with a federal requirement and would affect more than 78,000 veterans.

- AB2293 by Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla, D-Concord, would require drivers for ride-sharing companies such as Lyft and Uber to carry a minimum level of insurance. The companies supported the legislation after Bonilla agreed to scale back some requirements.

- SB831 by Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, would ban elected officials from requesting payments on their behalf to nonprofit organizations run by family members. It also places limits on spending campaign cash for personal purposes, such as vacations, gym memberships, utility bills and gifts to family members.

- SB1441 through SB1443 by Senate Democrats would implement a variety of ethics reforms, including banning lobbyists from giving gifts to lawmakers and hosting fundraisers for them, as well as eliminating extravagant gifts such as sports and concert tickets for elected officials and certain staff.

- AB2306 and AB1327 address privacy rules as more drones hit the skies. The first bill by Assemblyman Ed Chau, D-Monterey Park, would expand invasion-of-privacy statutes to include paparazzi drones trying to photograph celebrities in their homes and other private areas. The other, by Assemblyman Jeff Gorell, R-Camarillo, would establish restrictions on the government’s use of drones for surveillance.


Other notable bills that failed to advance:

- SB1309 by Sens. Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, and Ted Gaines, R-Roseville, was supposed to provide a legislative incentive package to lure a Tesla Motors Inc. battery plant. It never developed language or came up for a vote as lawmakers said that no legislative action would be taken before an agreement with Tesla is reached.

- SB52 by Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, would have required broadcast and print advertisements for ballot initiatives to identify the top donors to a campaign instead of providing vague committee names. Leno said he could not get enough support in the Assembly after opposition from labor groups, but Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, said she is committed to pursuing similar legislation next year.

- AB69 by Assemblyman Henry Perea, D-Fresno, and SB1079 by Sen. Andy Vidak, R-Hanford, pushed to halt an increase in the price of gasoline and other fuels expected to hit consumers in January under California’s 2006 greenhouse gas emissions law. Both bills stalled in the Senate Rules Committee, with Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg saying the cost of doing nothing to stop carbon emissions is too high.

- AB2304 by Assemblyman Mike Gatto, D-Los Angeles, would have allowed adult children to petition for visitation rights of their parents, even over objections of future spouses. It was inspired by the dispute between Casey Kasem’s children and their stepmother, but it stalled in the Senate amid opposition from some legal groups.

- AB2416 by Assemblyman Mark Stone, D-Scotts Valley, would have allow workers to place liens for unpaid wages on their employer’s property, as well as property where they performed work, such as office buildings protected by private security guards. It failed in the Senate on a 13-15 vote.

- SB53 by Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, would have extended restrictions on buying firearms to ammunition, including background checks and licensing vendors. It failed in the Assembly on a 35-35 vote early Saturday.


Associated Press writers Judy Lin, Fenit Nirappil, Don Thompson and Juliet Williams contributed to this report.

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