2014 Legislation

2014 Legislation

AB 911- Telephone Systems: 911
This bill will help first responders save lives by helping them to locate callers in need faster.  AB 911 requires multi-line telephone services (MLTS) to transmit information about the location (ex: building and floor) of the call on 911 calls.  Note: this will only apply to areas where enhanced 911 is available and won’t go into effect until 2017.  Status: Died.

AB 1190- Hazardous Waste: Transportation

This bill would make transporting of hazardous waste water faster and more efficient by allowing utility tankers to transport up to 5,000 gallons.  Currently, tankers are only allowed to transport 1,600 gallons of hazardous waste water, even though they are capable of hauling bigger loads safely.  Status: Chaptered by the Secretary of State- Chapter 793, Statutes of 2014.

AB 1256- Civil Law: Privacy- Entry and Exit of Facilities
This bill addresses predatory paparazzi behavior by making it illegal to block or intimidate anyone trying to enter or exit a school, health facility or lodging.  The bill targets individuals who seek to invade the privacy of adults and children. Status: Chaptered by the Secretary of State- Chapter 852, Statutes of 2014.

AB 1276- Parole: Juvenile Offenders
This bill seeks to reintegrate offenders who have spent a substantial portion of their lives in prison by allowing individuals convicted of non-homicidal crimes  while a minor to be eligible for parole after serving 25 years in prison.  Status: Chaptered by the Secretary of State- Chapter 590, Statutes of 2014.

AB 1356- Stalking: Remedies
This bill broadens the legal definition of stalking to include individuals who go to the school, home, property etc., of another person specifically to monitor them.  For example, this bill would define paparazzi that wait outside homes of celebrities in order to record their activities as stalkers.  Status: Chaptered by the Secretary of State- Chapter 853, Statutes of 2014.

AB 1535- Pharmacists: Naloxone Hydrochloride

This bill addresses the overdose epidemic which takes the lives of approximately 3,000 Californians each year.  The bill gives pharmacists the ability to provide naloxone hydrochloride, an overdose-reversing medication.  This will give addicts, their families, friends and community members access to this life saving medicine. Status: Chaptered by the Secretary of State- Chapter 326, Statutes of 2014.

AB 1699- Waste Management: Microplastics
This bill addresses the issue of microplastic pollution in our waterways & ocean.  Specifically, this bill prohibits the use of microbeads and other microplastics in cleaning and personal care products.  Many companies are already switching to biodegradable alternatives to microbeads.  Status: Died.

AB 1720- Vehicles: Bus Gross Weight
This bill would extend the operation of those exceptions until January 1, 2016, and would also, until January 1, 2016, authorize a transit system to procure a transit bus that exceeds 20,500 pounds if it is incorporating a new fleet class expansion.  Status: Chaptered by the Secretary of State- Chapter 263, Statutes of 2014.

AB 1751- Continuing Care Retirement Communities
This bill will ensure fair representation for residents of Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRC) by requiring the governing boards to admit three voting resident members.  Governing boards make major decision for CCRC’s, yet current law only requires one non-voting resident member.  Seniors deserve full representation on these boards so that they can influence decision making processes that will directly affect their quality of life.  Status: Chaptered by the Secretary of State- Chapter 699, Statutes of 2014.

AB 1806- Pupil Services: Homeless Youth or Children
This bill gives homeless youth the same rights and privileges that foster youth receive in the education system. This includes exempting youth in their last 2-years of high school from district-specific requirements and allowing them to receive partial credit for work they completed at schools they had to leave. Homeless minors have unique and differing situations that make it hard for them to graduate, AB 1806 will help them get through school, get their diploma and move on to the next phase of their life. Status: Chaptered by the Secretary of State- Chapter 767, Statutes of 2014.

AB 2140- The Orca Welfare & Safety Act
This bill ends performance-based entertainment, captive breeding programs and the import and export of Orcas in California. Orcas are intelligent animals with strong maternal bonds, in captivity they are often separated from their families and held in tanks which stifle healthy growth.  Status: Died.

AB 2303- State Recognition & Awards Program in Linguistic Biliteracy
This bill establishes the State Recognition and Awards Program in Linguistic Biliteracy. The program will recognize school districts demonstrating excellence in providing and supporting opportunities for pupils to attain high achievement and linguistic biliteracy in grades 1-12.  Status: Died.

AB 2493- Redevelopment Dissolution: Housing Projects, Bond Proceeds
This bill extends, from January 1, 2011 to June 28, 2011, the date by which an entity that has assumed the housing functions in the winding down of redevelopment can designate the use of, and commit, indebtedness obligation proceeds that were issued for affordable housing purposes. This bill also allows, upon the issuance of a finding of completion by the Department of Finance (DOF), a successor agency to use redevelopment bond proceeds issued between January 1, 2011 and June 28, 2011. Status: Vetoed by the Governor.

AB 2568- Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority
This bill adjusts current restrictions on the employment of an LA Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LA MTA) CEO-applicant. Presently, individuals who have been employed by businesses that have worked with LA MTA in the last 3 years cannot be considered for the CEO position. This bill adjusts that limitation to one year to ensure that this position is filled by the most qualified individual. Status: Died.

AB 2586- Family Law Proceedings
This bill would require any party to a post judgment motion in specified family law proceedings to be entitled as a matter of right and without leave of the court to complete discovery proceedings on or before the 30th day, and to have motions concerning discovery heard on or before the 15th day, before the date the post judgment proceeding is set for hearing or evidentiary trial, which is later.  The bill would limit the scope of discovery to only those issues raised in the post judgment pleadings.  Status: Chaptered by the Secretary of State- Chapter 169, Statutes of 2014.

AB 2589- Weights and Measures: County Sealers, County Ordinance, Annual Registration Fee 
This bill helps counties and local governments fund consumer protection inspections of warehouse and distribution facilities. These inspections will ensure that the scales and other measuring devices in these facilities are working accurately so that consumers get what they paid for.  Status: Died.

AB 2657- Environmentally Sensitive Areas: Use of Anticoagulants
This bill prohibits the use of any product that contains Gen2 anticoagulants (commonly found in rodenticides) in environmentally sensitive areas, such as state parks. These anticoagulants can have very negative effects on local animals and plants that encounter them. It is essential that our wildlife and ecosystems are protected from these harmful substances. Status: Chaptered by the Secretary of State- Chapter 475, Statutes of 2014.

AB 2667- Rental- Purchase Agreements: Electronic Devices, Monitoring Technology
This bill protects the privacy of users of rent-to-own laptops and computers. This bill prohibits the use of monitoring software on rent-to-own laptops and limits that ability of the company renting the product from tracking its location, except in instances of fraud.  Status: Chaptered by the Secretary of State- Chapter 426, Statutes of 2014.

AB 2718- Oil and Gas: Well Stimulation Treatment, Notification
This bill would require the division to develop a form to be used when providing the notification. The bill would require the independent entity or person to provide to the division a copy of the notification. Because a failure of the independent entity or person to provide to the division a copy of the notification would be a crime, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program. Status: Died.

ACR 107- Year of the Family Physician
This measure would designate 2014 as the “Year of the Family Physician” in recognition of the critically important role family physicians will play for patients and communities during the implementation of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 and beyond.  Status: Chaptered by the Secretary of State- Res. Chapter 82, Statutes of 2014.

ACR 146- Senior Fraud Awareness Day
This measure would proclaim May 15, 2014, as “Senior Fraud Awareness Day.”  Status: Chaptered by the Secretary of State- Res. Chapter 60, Statutes of 2014.

AJR 44- Veterans’ Benefits
This measure would urge the Department of Defense, Congress, and the President to create a more efficient process of upgrading the status of those who were “dishonorably” or other than honorably discharged from the Armed Forces of the United States, and to provide benefits, including applicable spousal benefits, to those veterans discriminated against solely on the basis of their sexual orientation.  Status: Chaptered by the Secretary of State- Res. Chapter 164, Statutes of 2014.

AJR 50- Blood Donation
This measure would request that the President of the United States encourage, and that the Secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services adopt, policies that repeal the current donor suitability policies of the federal Food and Drug Administration regarding the donation of blood by men who have had sex with another man.  Status: Chaptered by the Secretary of State- Res. Chapter 170, Statutes of 2014.