2017 - 2018 Legislation

Safety

AB 220, The California Emergency Services Act.

Existing law defines various terms for purposes of the California Emergency Services Act, which confers upon the Governor and upon the chief executives and governing bodies of political subdivisions of the state emergency powers to mitigate the effects of natural, manmade, or war-caused emergencies that result in conditions of disaster or extreme peril to life, property, and the resources of the state, and generally to protect the health and safety and preserve the lives and property of the people of the state.

This bill would state the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation clarifying that the definition of “state of emergency” includes emergencies related to homelessness.

Education

AB 23 Educational programs: single gender academies and instructional programs.

Existing law authorizes the governing board of a school district to initiate and carry on any program or activity, or to otherwise act in any manner, which is not in conflict or inconsistent with, or preempted by, any law and which is not in conflict with the purposes for which school districts are established.

Existing law prohibits discrimination against a person on the basis of, among other things, gender in any program or activity conducted by an educational institution that receives, or benefits from, state financial assistance or enrolls pupils who receive state student financial aid.

This bill would authorize a local educational agency to implement single gender academies and instructional programs if certain requirements are met. The bill would require a local educational agency that implements a single gender academy or instructional program to conduct an evaluation at least once every 2 years, as specified.

This bill would declare that it is to take effect immediately as an urgency statute.

Health & Human Services

AB 232 Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development: facility plan review.

Existing law establishes the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development in the California Health and Human Services Agency. Existing law vests in the office powers and duties relating to the construction of various health facilities, including publishing building standards for those facilities.

This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that would require the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development to revise the facility plan review service provided by the office, known as Over-The-Counter review, and to enact legislation that would authorize an increased fee for that service.

Economic Development

AB 239 California Environmental Quality Act: Urbanized Areas

The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) requires a lead agency, as defined, to prepare, or cause to be prepared, and certify the completion of, an environmental impact report on a project that it proposes to carry out or approve that may have a significant effect on the environment or to adopt a negative declaration if it finds that the project will not have that effect. CEQA also requires a lead agency to prepare a mitigated negative declaration for a project that may have a significant effect on the environment if revisions in the project would avoid or mitigate that effect and there is no substantial evidence that the project, as revised, would have a significant effect on the environment. 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.

Revenue and Taxation

AB 252 Local government: taxation: prohibition: video streaming services.

Existing law authorizes counties, cities, and other local agencies to impose various taxes and fees in connection with activity or property within those jurisdictions. The California Constitution also authorizes a charter city to levy local taxes to raise revenues for local purposes, subject to restrictions imposed by that city’s charter or preemption in matters of statewide concern.

This bill, until January 1, 2023, would prohibit the imposition by a city, city and county, or county, including a chartered city, city and county, or county, of a tax on video streaming services, including, but not limited to, any tax on the sale or use of video streaming services or utility user taxes.

This bill would make a legislative finding and declaration regarding the statewide concern of the promotion of uniformity in access throughout the state to video streaming services