Summary of New California Criminal Laws for 2010
AB 14 A motor vehicle can be declared be a public nuisance and impounded for up to 30 days when the motor vehicle is used in the commission of specified crimes related to prostitution.
AB 58 Now an Infraction to participate in a betting pool with less than $2,500 at stake.
AB 91 New "Ignition Interlock Device" Law requires first-time DUI offenders to install a device in their vehicles in a test program in Alameda, Los Angeles, Sacramento and Tulare counties.
AB 532 will allow police to obtain a search warrant to seize guns or other deadly weapons from within a house after a report of domestic violence or mental health incident.
SB598 will give a repeat DUI offender the opportunity to apply for a restricted driver license with an ignition interlock device placed on their vehicle.
SB 748 would provide that no person, state or local public agency, or private entity shall post the home address, the telephone number, or personal identifying information that discloses the location of any witness or witness family member participating in the Witness Relocation and Assistance Program (WRAP) with the intent that another person imminently use that information to commit a crime involving violence or a threat of violence against that witness or witness' family member.
AB 750 gives courts the ability to offer a deferred entry of judgment "DEJ" instead of jail time for minor offenses.
AB 962 requires gun sellers to record sales of ammunition, and requires the fingerprinting and identification of the purchaser.
New California Laws for 2010 CALIFORNIA LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGESTS:
AB 14 - a motor vehicle can be decalred be a public nuisance and impounded for up to 30 days when the motor vehicle is used in the commission of specified crimes related to prostitution. (Click Here to see the full text of the law). According to the CALIFORNIA LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST: AB 14, Fuentes. Vehicles: nuisance abatement: impoundment. Existing law authorizes a city, county, or city and county to establish a 5-year pilot program that implements a procedure to declare a motor vehicle to be a public nuisance when the motor vehicle is used in the commission of specified crimes related to prostitution. This bill would repeal the provisions authorizing the pilot program and would instead authorize a city, county, or city and county to adopt an ordinance declaring a motor vehicle to be a nuisance subject to an impoundment period of up to 30 days when the motor vehicle is involved in the commission of any one or more of specified crimes related to prostitution or illegal dumping of commercial quantities of waste matter upon a public or private highway or road, if the owner or operator of the vehicle has had a prior conviction for the same offense within the past 3 years. The bill would require the ordinance to include specified provisions related to notice, the payment of towing, storage, and administrative fees, the provision of a poststorage hearing, and the release of the impounded vehicle.
AB 58 - Now an Infraction to participate in a betting pool with less than $2,500 at stake.
(Click Here to see the full text of the law). According to the CALIFORNIA LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST: AB 58, Jeffries. Sports betting pools. Existing law makes it either a misdemeanor or a felony, punishable by imprisonment in either a county jail or in the state prison, for a person, whether or not for gain, hire, or reward, to make a betting pool or place a bet or wager on the result of any contest or event, including a sporting event, as specified. This bill would create an exception to that provision, making it an infraction, punishable by a fine not to exceed $250, for a person, not for gain, hire, or reward, other than that at stake under conditions available to every participant, to participate in a bet, wager, or betting pool with another person or group of persons who are not acting for gain, hire, or reward other than that at stake under conditions available to every participant, on the result of any contest or event, including a sporting event, as specified. This exception would not apply to any bet, bets, wager, wagers, or betting pool or pools made online or to betting pools with more than $2,500 at stake.
AB 91 - a new "Ignition Interlock Device" Law requires first-time DUI offenders to install a device in their vehicles in a test program in Alameda, Los Angeles, Sacramento and Tulare counties.
(Click Here to see the full text of the law) According to the CALIFORNIA LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST:Vehicles: driving under the influence (DUI): - Ignition Interlock Device.
(1) Existing law requires all manufacturers of ignition interlock devices that meet specified requirements and are certified in a manner approved by the Department of Motor Vehicles, that intend to market the devices in this state, to first apply to the department on forms provided by the department and to pay an accompanying fee in an amount not to exceed the amount necessary to cover the costs incurred by the department in carrying out those provisions. This bill would require a manufacturer and a manufacturer's agent, certified by the department to provide ignition interlock devices, to provide each year to the department information on the number of false positives and the time to reset the device. The bill would also require the department to use this information in evaluating the continued certification of an ignition interlock device. (2) Existing law requires a person's privilege to operate a motor vehicle to be suspended or revoked for a specified period of time if the person has been convicted of violating specified provisions prohibiting driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of an alcoholic beverage or drug or the combined influence of an alcoholic beverage and drug, or with 0.08% or more, by weight, of alcohol in his or her blood or while addicted to the use of any drug, with or without bodily injury to another. Existing law also authorizes a person whose privilege is suspended or revoked in that manner to receive a restricted driver's license if specified requirements are met, including, in some instances, the installation of an ignition interlock device on the person's vehicle. This bill would require the department to establish a pilot program from July 1, 2010, to January 1, 2016, in the Counties of Alameda, Los Angeles, Sacramento, and Tulare that requires, as a condition of being issued a restricted driver's license, being reissued a driver's license, or having the privilege to operate a motor vehicle reinstated subsequent to a conviction for a violation of the above offenses, a person to install for a specified period of time an ignition interlock device on all vehicles he or she owns or operates, except as provided. The amount of time the ignition interlock device would be required to be installed would be based upon the number of convictions, as prescribed. The bill would prohibit the implementation of the pilot program if the department fails to obtain, by January 31, 2010, nonstate funds for the programming costs of the pilot program.
AB 532 - will allow police to obtain a search warrant warrant to seize guns or other deadly weapons from within a house after a report of domestic violence or mental health incident. (Click Here to see the full text of the law). According to the CALIFORNIA LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST:
Existing law establishes various grounds for the issuance of a search warrant. This bill would additionally authorize issuance of a search warrant when the property or things to be seized include a firearm or any other deadly weapon that is owned by, or in the possession of, or in the custody or control of, a person who has been detained or apprehended for examination of his or her mental condition, as specified. The bill would also authorize issuance of a search warrant when the property or things to be seized include a firearm or any other deadly weapon at the scene of, or at the premises occupied or under the control of the person arrested in connection with, a domestic violence incident involving a threat to human life or a physical assault, as specified. The bill would also state that it is not the intent of the Legislature in enacting the measure to authorize the seizure of firearms in specified circumstances.
SB 598 - will give a repeat DUI offender the opportunity to apply for a restricted driver license with an ignition interlock device placed on their vehicle. (Click Here to see the full text of the law). According to the CALIFORNIA LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST:
(1) Existing law requires a person's privilege to operate a motor vehicle to be suspended or revoked for a specified period of time if the person has been convicted of violating specified provisions prohibiting driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of an alcoholic beverage or drug, or the combined influence of an alcoholic beverage and drug, or with 0.08% or more, by weight, of alcohol in his or her blood, or who is addicted to the use of any drug. Existing law authorizes a person whose privilege is suspended or revoked in that manner to receive a restricted driver's license if specified requirements are met, including, in some instances, the installation of a certified ignition interlock device on the person's vehicle. Existing law requires that a person, convicted of driving under the influence, without bodily injury to another, within 10 years of being convicted of a separate violation of one of specified driving-under-the-influence offenses, be punished by his or her driving privilege being suspended for 2 years. The Department of Motor Vehicles is required to advise the person that he or she may apply for a restricted driver's license after completion of 12 months of the suspension period, which may include credit for a specified concurrent suspension, subject to certain conditions, including, among other things, submitting proof of installation of a certified ignition interlock device, agreeing to maintain the ignition interlock device, and paying certain fees, including, but not limited to, all administrative fees or reissue fees. This bill would instead require the department to advise a person, who was only under the influence of an alcoholic beverage at the time of the violation, that he or she may apply for a restricted driver's license after completion of 90 days of the suspension period, under certain circumstances. (2) Existing law requires that a person convicted of driving under the influence, without bodily injury to another, within 10 years of being convicted of 2 separate violations of specified driving-under-the-influence offenses, be punished by his or her driving privilege being revoked for 3 years. The department is required to advise the person that he or she may apply for a restricted driver's license after completion of 12 months of the revocation period, which may include credit for a specified concurrent suspension, subject to certain conditions, including, among other things, satisfactory completion of 12 months of an 18-month or 30-month driving-under-the-influence program, submitting proof of installation of a certified ignition interlock device, agreeing to maintain the ignition interlock device, and paying certain fees. This bill would instead require the department to advise a person, who was found to be only under the influence of an alcoholic beverage at the time of the violation, of his or her ability to apply for a restricted driver's license after completion of 6 months of the revocation period, subject to certain conditions, including that if the person is convicted of a specified offense that person subsequently satisfactorily provides proof of enrollment in an 18-month or 30-month driving-under-the-influence program, as prescribed. The bill would require the person to pay a fee sufficient to cover the costs of administration, as determined by the department.(3) This bill would require that a person convicted of driving under the influence of any drug or the combined influence of any drug and an alcoholic beverage, without bodily injury to another, within 10 years of being convicted of a separate violation of one of the specified driving-under-the-influence offenses, be punished by his or her driving privilege being revoked for 2 years. This bill would authorize the department to reinstate the privilege provided certain conditions are met. This bill would require the department to advise the person that he or she may apply for a restricted driver's license after completion of 12 months of the suspended period, subject to certain conditions including, among other things, that the person provides proof of enrollment in an 18-month or 30-month driving-under-the-influence program, as prescribed. (4) This bill would also require a person convicted of driving under the influence of any drug or the combined influence of any drug and an alcoholic beverage, without bodily injury to another, within 10 years of being convicted of 2 separate violations of specified driving-under-the-influence offenses, be punished by his or her driving privilege being revoked for 3 years. This bill would authorize the department to reinstate the privilege provided certain conditions are met. This bill would require the department to advise the person that he or she may apply for a restricted driver's license after completion of 12 months of the suspended period, subject to certain conditions, including, among other things, that the person has satisfactorily completed the initial 12 months of an 18-month or 30-month driving-under-the-influence program as prescribed. (5) This bill would make other conforming changes. (6) This bill would become operative on July 1, 2010.
SB 748 - Witness Relocation and Assistance Program: address records. (Click Here to see the full text of the law). According to the CALIFORNIA LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST:
SB 748, Leno. Witness Relocation and Assistance Program: address records. Existing law establishes the Witness Relocation and Assistance Program.
This bill would provide that no person, state or local public agency, or private entity shall post the home address, the telephone number, or personal identifying information that discloses the location of any witness or witness family member participating in the Witness Relocation and Assistance Program (WRAP) with the intent that another person imminently use that information to commit a crime involving violence or a threat of violence against that witness or witness' family member, and that a violation of these provisions would be a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $2,500, or up to 6 months in a county jail, or by both that fine and imprisonment. The bill would also provide that a violation that leads to the bodily injury of the witness, or the witness' family members who are participating in the program, is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $5,000, or up to one year in a county jail, or by both that fine and imprisonment. The bill would authorize participants in the program to submit opt-out forms to Internet search engine providers to notify those providers of the participants, and to prevent inclusion of the participants' addresses and telephone numbers in public Internet search databases, as specified. The bill would require a business, state or local agency, private entity, or person to remove the home address or telephone number of a WRAP participant from its public Internet search databases within two business days of delivery of the opt-out form, and to ensure the information is not reposted on the same Internet Web site, a subsidiary site, or any other Internet Web site maintained by the recipient of the opt-out form, and would subject a violator of this provision to a $5,000 civil fine, as specified. The bill would authorize a witness whose home address or telephone number is made public as a result of a violation, as specified, to bring an action seeking injunctive or declaratory relief. The bill would further provide that no business, state or local agency, private entity, or person that has received an opt-out form from a WRAP participant shall solicit, sell, or trade on the Internet the home address or telephone number of that participant, and would authorize an action for damages, as specified, for a violation of this prohibition.
AB 750 - expands the courts ability to offer a deferred entry of judgment "DEJ" instead of jail time for drug offenses. (Click Here to see the full text of the law). According to the CALIFORNIA LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST:Existing law provides that entry of judgment may be deferred with respect to defendants who are charged with certain enumerated crimes and meet certain criteria including that they have no prior convictions for any offense involving controlled substances and have had no prior felony convictions within the 5 years prior, as specified. Existing law provides that if the prosecuting attorney determines that a defendant may qualify for a deferred entry of judgment, the prosecuting attorney must advise the defendant and his or her attorney in writing, as specified. Existing law provides that, upon successful completion of a deferred entry of judgment program, the arrest upon which the judgment was deferred shall be deemed to have never occurred and allows for the sealing of court and arrest records where the interests of justice would be served, as specified. Existing law similarly establishes a preguilty plea drug court program wherein criminal proceedings are suspended without a plea of guilty for designated defendants. This bill would authorize a superior court, with the concurrence of the prosecuting attorney of the county, to create a deferred entry of judgment reentry program aimed at preventing recidivism among first-time nonviolent felony drug offenders. The bill would specify the characteristics of that program and the process for eligibility for the program.
AB 962 - requires gun sellers to record sales of ammunition, and requires the fingerprinting and identification of the purchaser. (Click Here to see the full text of the law). According to the CALIFORNIA LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST:
Existing law generally regulates the sale of ammunition. The bill would provide that no handgun ammunition vendor, as defined, shall sell, offer for sale, or display for sale, any handgun ammunition in a manner that allows that ammunition to be accessible to a purchaser without the assistance of the vendor or employee thereof. Existing law generally regulates what information is required to be obtained in connection with the transfer of ammunition. This bill would, subject to exceptions, commencing February 1, 2011, require handgun ammunition vendors to obtain a thumbprint and other information from ammunition purchasers, as specified. A violation of these provisions would be a misdemeanor. This bill would provide that a person enjoined from engaging in activity associated with a criminal street gang, as specified, would be prohibited from having under his or her possession, custody, or control, any ammunition. Violation of these provisions would be a misdemeanor. The bill would prohibit supplying or delivering, as specified, handgun ammunition to prohibited persons, as described, by persons or others who know, or by using reasonable care should know, that the recipient is a person prohibited from possessing ammunition or a minor prohibited from possessing ammunition, as specified. Violation of these provisions is a misdemeanor with specified penalties. The bill would provide, subject to exceptions, that commencing February 1, 2011, the delivery or transfer of ownership of handgun ammunition may only occur in a face-to-face transaction, with the deliverer or transferor being provided bona fide evidence of identity of the purchaser or other transferee. A violation of these provisions would be a misdemeanor.
Below is a list of Assembly bills signed by the Governor this fall that will be enacted January 1, 2010.
All of the bills become law on January 1, except for AB 906 (Hill) and AB 1422 (Bass), which became law after the Governor signed them.
AB 9 (J. Pérez) - Political Reform Act: FPPC - this law clarifies what constitutes improper campaign activity by a local government or agency during an election for a candidate or initiative.
AB 144 (Ma) - Last year in San Francisco, law enforcement confiscated over 1,000 illegal disabled placards. The widespread abuse has not only taken away parking opportunities for people who really need them, but has also exacerbated the difficult parking environment in San Francisco. The current penalty is a $100 fine. AB 144 not only increases the fine for fraudulent use to $1,000, but also gives parking control officers the ability to cite violators. Currently, only police officers have the ability to cite violators in many instances.
AB 166 (Lieu) - Creates a cost-effective solution to deal with the growing number of abandoned boats in California's waterways. The bill will establish a vessel turn-in program that permits boat owners to transfer ownership of their dilapidated vessels before they become an environmental hazard.
AB 171 (Jones) - Establishes basic consumer protection standards governing credit cards and loan products that are arranged in dental offices. The law is designed to protect elderly, low-income or limited-English-speaking dental patients who unwittingly signed credit card applications. The new law prohibits arranging credit while patients are under anesthesia, requires notice in the patient's primary language, and requires refunds if dental services have not been provided within 15 days.
AB 232 (Hill) - Allows the California State Teachers Retirement System to implement technology improvements such as switching from paper transactions with customers to online and e-mail transactions. The changes will reduce environmental impacts and save the state about $1 million annually.
AB 242 (Nava) - Strengthens penalties for spectatorship at a dogfight in California.
AB 260 (Lieu) - Will bring trust and security back to the state's mortgage market, protect borrowers from the most abusive lending practices that caused the home foreclosure crisis, and reassure the secondary market that loans bought in California are sound.
AB 262 (Bass) - Makes the technical and administrative changes necessary to ensure that $113M in federal economic stimulus energy funding (i.e. local energy efficiency grants and state energy program monies) will be allocated in the most efficient and effective manner.
AB 303 (Beall) - Hospital Seismic Safety Financing; allows designated hospitals to meet state deadlines for earthquake safety improvements. The bill permits the hospitals to leverage local funds in order to draw down federal money to pay for seismic safety facility upgrades.
AB 305 (Nava) - Allows prosecutors to seek jail sentences for polluters who knowingly make a false or misleading report about an offshore oil spill. AB 305 also extends the statute of limitations for violations of Hazardous Material Release Response Plans and Inventory related violations from 1 to 5 years to bring it into accordance with other hazardous material and hazardous waste laws in the same Division of the Health and Safety Code.
AB 329 (Feuer) - Reverse Mortgage Elder Protection Act a bi-partisan measure that will protect the growing number of senior citizens who are considering a reverse mortgage. This bill would amend California reverse mortgage law to strengthen existing counseling and cross-selling provisions and would provide the borrower with a checklist prior to counseling that highlights the risks and alternatives to reverse mortgages.
AB 343 (Saldaña) - Allows California to enter into a compact with 26 other states to ease coordination of interstate school transfers and to remove some of the barriers to academic success military children face due to frequent relocation of active-duty parents. An interstate commission, in coordination with state education officials, will monitor implementation of the compact, address emerging issues, and reconcile disputes between states.
AB 359 (Nava) - Requires digital mammography screening to be covered under the "Every Woman Counts" (EWC) Cancer Detection Program administered by the California Department of Public Health when analog mammography is not available.
AB 370 (Eng) - Would ensure that a victim of contractor fraud is eligible to obtain restitution for economic loss caused by that contractor. Further, this bill increases the maximum potential fine for a first offense from $1,000 to $5,000. For a second and subsequent offense, this measure increases the current mandatory fine from $4,500 up to $5,000. Third offenders will also be required to serve a mandatory jail sentence (as is currently required of second offenders.). Finally, this measure would apply the mandatory minimum fine to repeat offenders who enter into a contract with the victim, or take money from the victim, but do not perform any of the contracting work.
AB 457 (Monning) - Requires claimants intending to file mechanic's liens to notify homeowners that a mechanic's lien is being recorded against their property. Specifically, the bill amends the 20-Day Preliminary Notice to make it more prominent and easier to read ,and enacts a requirement that property owners be served with a Notice of Mechanic's Lien that provides information on how to deal with a mechanic's lien, along with a copy of the actual lien that will be filed.
AB 474 (Blumenfield) - California is in its third straight year of drought. This creative bill will harness market forces by increasing water conservation by residential, commercial, agricultural and industrial property owners by authorizing cities, counties, water districts and municipal utilities to offer up-front financing to property owners who wish to install water conservation systems. It is a rare bill supported by the Sierra Club and the Chamber of Commerce.
AB 494 (Caballero) - Allows farmers who wish to build housing for farm workers on land zoned for agriculture, to change the zoning, and be able to build housing while retaining the agricultural integrity of the property.
AB 524 (Bass) - To curtail the potentially harmful situations and other problems created by out of control paparazzi, AB 524 extends the "invasion of privacy" laws to persons that purchase, publish, and print images or recordings of individuals, if these persons knew that the images or recordings were obtained illegally.
AB 530 (Krekorian) - This measure continues to provide local law enforcement an important tool in freeing our neighborhoods of violent drug and gang activity. AB 530 reauthorizes two pilot programs allowing city attorneys and prosecutors in participating cities (Long Beach, Los Angeles, Oakland, Palmdale, Sacramento, and San Diego) to bring eviction proceedings in the name of the people against a tenant for unlawful activities regarding controlled substances, firearms, and ammunition. This statute assists landlords who are intimidated from bringing eviction proceedings against tenants engaged in drug-related crimes and illegal possession of weapons or ammunition on the premises. This measure also protects other tenants living in the same apartment complex or the neighborhood who have been forced to tolerate criminal behavior or move away from their homes.
AB 532 (Lieu) - Will protect victims of domestic violence, their families and our communities from potential gun-related danger. The bill will allow law enforcement officers to obtain a warrant to seize firearms or deadly weapons that remain inside a house after a domestic violence or mental health incident.
AB 626 (Eng) - Required that no less than 10% of the $139 million appropriated from prop 84 for IRWMP to fund projects that provide direct benefits to disadvantaged communities. However, there was some confusion in the Department of Water Resources on whether they can award the entire 10 percent for disadvantaged communities across every hydrological region. Disadvantaged communities around the state struggle to meet basic water related public health functions including supplying safe drinking water to their communities and maintaining basic wastewater infrastructure. AB 626 makes it clear that disadvantaged communities in each region of the state receive this minimum investment.
AB 636 (Jones) - Increases penalties for charter bus companies and drivers for failure to comply with safety and licensing regulations. Introduced after last year's tragic Colusa bus crash that took the lives of several residents of Jones' Sacramento district, the new law permanently rescinds the operating permit of a bus company if it is found operating without a permit or on a suspended license, knowingly hires an unlicensed bus driver, or fails to register its buses with the Department of Motor Vehicles. The law also suspends unlicensed bus drivers for a period of 5 years.
AB 637 (Hill) - Requires the California Public Employees' Retirement System contracting agencies to use Electronic Funds Transfer for payments which will reduce paper transactions and lead to cost savings worth hundreds of thousands of dollars per year.
AB 647 (Yamada) - Requires California's Department of Motor Vehicles to comply with federal law and allow consumer access to the National Motor Vehicle Title Information System (NMVTIS). Established under the Anti-Car Theft Act of 1992, NMVTIS is an electronic vehicle-history database maintained by the Department of Justice that enables states, law enforcement agencies, and consumers to verify and exchange auto titling, theft and brand data.
AB 669 (Fong) - Removes barriers for foster youth to attend California community colleges. Specifically, the bill gives current and former foster your residency status, in order to avoid paying higher tuition fees.
AB 671 (Krekorian) - The California Golden Shield Act, establishes an official California State honorific that pays tribute to our peace officers, firefighters and other public safety officers who sacrifice their lives for the safety of Californians. This statute requires that the Governor present the California Golden Shield, on behalf of the State of California, to the families of the fallen public safety officers killed in the line of duty.
AB 672 (Bass) - Allows local transportation agencies with approved Prop 1B projects to expend their own funds to move the projects along and be eligible to be reimbursed from Prop 1B bond funds.
AB 688 (Eng) - Seeks to protect victims of domestic violence from re-victimization by clarifying that a person charged with a misdemeanor domestic violence may not be released on their own recognizance until they first appear before a judge or commissioner. Currently, there are discrepancies in state law that potentially allow for the release of a person charged without ever appearing before a judge or commissioner. If this bill is vetoed, the existing inconsistencies in state law will continue to endanger people's lives by potentially permitting some perpetrators to go back into the community without the proper screening of a judge or commissioner.
AB 708 (Huffman) - The illegal poaching of fish and wildlife poses a serious threat to California's wildlife species and biodiversity. Poaching cases are on the rise and California is particularly impacted because the current fines and penalties have proved insufficient to serve as an effective deterrent. AB 708 will establish minimum mandatory fines and increased revenue to local prosecutors to prosecute the egregious poaching of fish and wildlife in order to provide a serious deterrent to this illegal activity.
AB 719 (Lowenthal) - Provides one year of federally-funded food stamps to foster children who "age-out" of the system at 18. In addition to providing needed benefits to these at-risk youth, the program will also bring federal funds to give needed economic stimulus effect at the local and state level: Every $10 in new Food Stamp benefits generates $18.40 in economic activity, which results in more funds to the state General Fund.
AB 750 (Bass) - Provides Superior Courts the ability to operate deferred entry of judgment (DEJ) reentry programs in lieu of jail time for low-level, non-violent offenders. AB 750 is modeled after a program Back on Track developed by the City of San Francisco. The year-long program requires participation in workforce training, educational training, drug counseling, and has a proven track record of reducing recidivism among its participation.
AB 758 (Bass/Skinner) - Establishes a comprehensive statewide program to improve the energy efficiency of the state's existing residential and commercial building stock. Such a program will include energy audits, financing options, public outreach efforts, and workforce training. AB 758 will produce a significant return on investment -- reducing greenhouse gas emissions and decreasing energy consumption.
AB 856 (Caballero) - Protects consumers who buy organic produce from California, and protects the integrity of California's organic farmers by increasing the authority of the California Department of Agriculture to regulate manufactures of organic fertilizers.
AB 890 (J. Pérez) - City of Maywood Safe Drinking Water Act this law directs the water providers within the City of Maywood to develop an action plan to improve the water delivery infrastructure and reduce contaminant levels in the water, and includes several provisions to force the water providers to operate with more transparency and responsiveness to community concerns about the water quality.
AB 906 (Hill) - Helps local governments take advantage of existing energy efficiency programs without violating state laws that prohibit economic conflicts of interest. (Effective upon signature by Governor)
AB 951 (Lieu) - Increases penalties on negligent and unscrupulous charter bus companies that jeopardize passengers' lives by violating safety standards. This bill was introduced in response to a tragic bus crash that occurred last year in Colusa which killed 11 and injured 40 passengers.
AB 952 (Krekorian) - This new statute allows Taft-Hartley trusts (health plans governed by the federal Department of Labor) to administer benefits for their enrollees in an efficient manner. AB 952 seeks to provide a remedy for Taft-Hartley plan administrators and allow them to work better in California. A new provision will be made in the Confidentiality of Medical Information Act to allow protected health information necessary for the administration of health benefits for Taft-Hartley enrollees, while maintaining the more rigorous privacy benefits provided by California law.
AB 975 (Fong) - Encourages water conservation by requiring private water corporations to install water meters.
AB 992 (Lieu) - Addresses a spike in property tax reassessment scams resulting from the rapid decline of housing prices over the past few years. The bill prohibits the collection of advance or late fees for property tax reduction services and requires written authorization from the property owner before any reassessment requests are filed.
AB 1031 (Blumenfield) - California colleges have suffered severe budget cuts and must reduce their costs. Yet they cannot get credit on their utility bills for renewable energy they generate, unless the electricity is used in the same structure where it is generated. This bill requires utility companies to give credit to state colleges and universities for all power they generate on campus.
AB 1070 (Hill) - Increases the Medical Board of California's ability to protect health care consumers by clarifying their ability to enforce proper reporting, licensing and regulation of physicians and surgeons.
AB 1083 (J. Pérez) - Health Facilities: Security Plans this law requires hospitals to annually review and update the security and safety plans to help ensure patients and workers do not become victims of violence.
AB 1093 (Yamada) - "Taneka's Law" clarifies that a workers' comp claim can not be denied based solely on a personal characteristic of the victim and a third party's hatred of that characteristic such as race, religion, or gender.
AB 1130 (Solorio) - This bill revises the school accountability system to include a growth measurement of the academic performance index (API) that increases the validity and accuracy of academic progress of the same students over time, an important step toward comprehensive academic achievement measures.
AB 1160 (Fong) - Protects non-English speaking consumers from mortgage fraud by requiring mortgage lenders to provide a written translated summary of the mortgage contract.
AB 1196 (Blumenfield) - California is expected to receive more than $50 billion in federal stimulus funds in the next 2 years, 7% of which is predicted to be lost to fraud by government contractors. This legislation will strengthen and expand the false claims' law, which enables private citizens to report intentional fraud by a contractor, and if the claim is true, reap a significant portion of the damages awarded by a court. Without Bob's bill, billions of state dollars would not be protected by against fraud, including CalPERS, CalSTRS, UC funds and government subcontractors.
AB 1217 (Monning) - Requires the Ocean Protection Council to develop and implement a voluntary sustainable seafood promotion program.
AB 1319 (Krekorian) - A comprehensive consumer protection bill to stop abusive and deceptive practices in the entertainment, talent, and modeling industries that sets guidelines under which legitimate businesses can operate, alerting consumers to dishonest business practices and by providing law enforcement with the tools necessary for investigation and prosecution. AB 1319 does not affect legitimate talent agents or talent managers who earn money strictly through commissions and do not charge their clients advance fees. This new law ensures that talent listing services are providing accurate information to clients, requires that talent services maintain records and supporting proof and documentation and updates and revises consumer protection statutes created a decade ago. This law is strongly supported by a broad coalition of law enforcement, labor, industry leaders, and consumer protection organizations.
AB 1390 (Blumenfield) - Keeping children safe at school must be a top priority. Nationwide, 357,000 students are expelled or suspended for gun and other incidents annually. Many of these events are not reported to local law enforcement, depriving police of information that helps them track gang violence and take preventive action. This bill will close this loophole by requiring school personnel to report serious campus crimes to local police.
AB 1398 (Blumenfield) - California is the birthplace of the high tech industry, yet current law still contains a prohibition on school districts' spending funds to purchase digital textbooks. This bill will remove this prohibition. This prohibition has meant that students have unnecessary back strain and health issues, that many students have access to only old and out of date textbooks and almost all students are missing out on the learning potential of interactive learning made possible in today's information age.
AB 1422 (Bass) - Due to the state's fiscal crisis, and the resulting General Fund reductions, the Managed Risk Medical Insurance Board (MRMIB) requires approximately $196M to support the Healthy Families program. AB 1422 extends the 2.35% gross premiums tax to Medi-Cal managed care plans until January 1, 2011. Extension of this tax will generate approximately $157M, which in turn will generate approximately $97M in additional federal matching funds for the Healthy Families Program. AB 1422 ensures the solvency of the Healthy Families program and that it will not have to disenroll almost 600,000 children. (Effective upon signature by Governor)
AB 1465 (Hill) - Helps California meet its drought and water shortage challenges by ensuring that urban water suppliers that are members of the California Urban Water Conservation Council are in compliance with the Urban Water Management Planning Act.
AB 1494 (Eng) - This bill strengthens the state's open government meeting laws by preventing a member of a state board or agency from holding individual meetings with a majority of members behind close doors to work out an agreement on an agenda issue before that board or agency.