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AB 2729 (2015-2016) - An Act to Amend Sections 3008, 3208.1, and 3238 Of, to Amend, Repeal, and Add Sections 3202, 3204, 3205, 3206, 3207, and 3208 Of, and to Add Sections 3016, 3206.1, and 3206.3 To, the Public Resources Code, Relating to Oil and Gas, and Making an Appropriation Therefor.

Oil and gas: operations

Das Williams, Rudy Salas, Tony Thurmond / The bill was voted on by the Senate on August 18, 2016.

(1)Under existing law, the Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources in the Department of Conservation regulates the drilling, operation, maintenance, and abandonment of oil and gas wells in the state. Existing law requires the State Oil and Gas Supervisor to supervise the drilling, operation, maintenance, and abandonment of wells and the operation, maintenance, and removal or abandonment of… More
(1)Under existing law, the Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources in the Department of Conservation regulates the drilling, operation, maintenance, and abandonment of oil and gas wells in the state. Existing law requires the State Oil and Gas Supervisor to supervise the drilling, operation, maintenance, and abandonment of wells and the operation, maintenance, and removal or abandonment of tanks and facilities related to oil and gas production within an oil and gas field, so as to prevent damage to life, health, property, and natural resources, as provided; to permit owners and operators of wells to utilize all known methods and practices to increase the ultimate recovery of hydrocarbons; and to perform the supervisor’s duties in a manner that encourages the wise development of oil and gas resources to best meet oil and gas needs in this state. Existing law defines, among other things, “active observation well,” “idle well,” and “long-term idle well” for the purposes of these provisions. Existing law provides that an active observation well is not an idle well. This bill would limit the definition of “active observation well,” and would expand the definitions of “idle well” and “long-term idle well” by no longer excluding active observation wells from their definitions. The bill would provide that the abandoned underground personal property, including a well, of an operator becomes the property of the mineral interest owner when the operator loses the right to remove the personal property under common law or under a lease or any other agreement that initially gave the operator the right to drill, operate, maintain, or control the well. (2)Existing law establishes the Hazardous and Idle-Deserted Well Abatement Fund in the State Treasury. Existing law directs fee moneys collected from operators of idle wells to be deposited in the fund. The moneys in the fund are continuously appropriated to the department for expenditure without regard to fiscal year, to mitigate a hazardous or potentially hazardous condition by well plugging and abandonment. This bill would instead provide that the moneys in the fund are continuously appropriated to the department for expenditure without regard to fiscal year to mitigate a hazardous or potentially hazardous condition, by well plugging and abandonment, decommissioning attendant production facilities, or both, at a well of a feepaying operator. Because the bill would provide for the deposit of additional moneys in a continuously appropriated fund by expanding the definition of an “idle well,” described above, and would change the purposes for which moneys in a continuously appropriated fund may be used, it would make an appropriation. (3)Existing law requires the operator of any idle well not covered by an individual or blanket indemnity bond, as specified to either file with the supervisor a specified annual fee for each idle well, provide an escrow account for each idle well, provide an indemnity bond in a specified amount for each idle well, or, on or before July 1, 1999, file a plan with the supervisor to provide for the management and elimination of all long-term idle wells not covered by a fee, escrow account, or indemnity bond. Existing law requires that these plans cover a time period of no more than 10 years and may be renewed annually thereafter, subject to approval by the supervisor. Existing law exempts an operator who complies with the plan from any increased idle well bond or fee requirements. This bill instead would, until January 1, 2018, remove the requirement that the plans be filed on or before July 1, 1999, require that the plan cover a time period of no more than one year, revise the requirements of the plan, and remove the exemption for operators who comply with the plan from any increased idle well bond or fee requirements. (4)Existing law provides that a well is properly abandoned when it has been shown, to the satisfaction of the supervisor, that all proper steps have been taken to isolate all oil-bearing or gas-bearing strata encountered in the well, and to protect underground or surface water suitable for irrigation or farm or domestic purposes from the infiltration or addition of any detrimental substance and to prevent subsequent damage to life, health, property, and other resources. This bill would provide that proper steps include the plugging of the well, decommissioning the attendant production facilities of the well, or both, if determined necessary by the supervisor. (5)Existing law authorizes the supervisor or district deputy to order the reabandonment of any previously abandoned well if the supervisor or the district deputy has reason to question the integrity of the previous abandonment. Existing law prescribes the circumstances in which the operator responsible for plugging and abandoning a deserted well is not responsible for the reabandonment of the well. Under existing law, a person who fails to comply with an order issued under these provisions and other requirements relating to the regulation of oil or gas operations is guilty of a misdemeanor. This bill instead would authorize the supervisor or district deputy to order, or permit, the reabandonment of any previously abandoned well if the supervisor or the district deputy has reason to question the integrity of the previous abandonment, or if the well is not accessible or visible. The bill would revise the circumstances in which the operator responsible for plugging and abandoning a deserted well is not responsible for the reabandonment of the well, and would provide that being responsible for the reabandonment means that the responsible party or parties shall complete the reabandonment and be subject to certain requirements applicable to an operator of a well. Because a violation of an order issued under these provisions would be a crime, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program. (6)Existing law authorizes the supervisor to order certain operations to be carried out on any property in the vicinity of which, or on which, is located any well that the supervisor determines to be either a hazardous or idle-deserted well, as specified. This bill would authorize a party to plug and abandon a well that the supervisor has determined to be either a hazardous or idle-deserted well by obtaining all necessary rights to the well, and would require that party to be subject to certain requirements applicable to an operator of a well, file with the supervisor the appropriate bond or deposit, and complete the abandonment, as specified. Because a violation of an order issued under these provisions or of certain requirements related to the regulation of oil and gas would be a crime, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program. (7)Existing law prescribes requirements related to acquiring the right to operate a well or production facility, filing with the supervisor an individual indemnity bond for each well drilled, redrilled, deepened, or permanently altered, filing with the supervisor a blanket indemnity bond in lieu of individual indemnity bonds, operators of idle wells not covered under certain indemnity bonds, and the cancellation of an individual or blanket indemnity bond. Existing law directs fee moneys collected from operators of idle wells to be deposited in the Hazardous and Idle-Deserted Well Abatement Fund, a continuously appropriated fund. Commencing January 1, 2018, this bill would revise and recast these provisions to, among other things, increase the amounts of the required blanket indemnity bonds, require a person acquiring the right to operate a well or production facility to file a specified individual or blanket indemnity bond for each well, increase the fees required to be filed for each idle well if the operator does not file a plan with the supervisor to provide for the management and elimination of all its long-term idle wells, eliminate the authorization for an operator to provide an escrow account or indemnity bond for each idle well in lieu of paying a fee or filing a plan, and revise the conditions for the cancellation of an individual or blanket indemnity bond. Because the bill would provide for the deposit of additional moneys in a continuously appropriated fund by increasing the amount of fees required to be filed for each idle well, it would make an appropriation. Because a violation of an order issued under these provisions or of certain requirements related to the regulation of oil and gas would be a crime, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program. (8)This bill would require the division, by June 1, 2018, to review, evaluate, and update its regulations, including testing and management requirements, pertaining to idle wells, as specified.This bill would also require the supervisor, on or before July 1, 2019, and annually thereafter until July 1, 2026, to prepare and transmit to the Legislature a comprehensive report containing specified information on the status of idle and long-term idle wells for the preceding calendar year. The bill would require the report to be made publicly available and an electronic version to be available on the division’s Internet Web site. After July 1, 2026, the bill would require the division to continue to regularly provide updated information describing idle and long-term idle wells on the division’s Internet Web site.(9)The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason. Hide

SB 1010 (2015-2016) - An Act to Amend Section 1385.045 Of, to Add Section 1367.245 To, and to Add and Repeal Chapter 9 (Commencing with Section 127675) of Part 2 of Division 107 Of, the Health and Safety Code, and to Amend Section 10181.45 Of, and to Add Section 10123.204 To, the Insurance Code, Relating to Health Care.

Health care: prescription drug costs

Ed Hernandez / The bill was voted on by an Assembly committee on August 11, 2016.

Existing law, the Knox-Keene Health Care Service Plan Act of 1975 (Knox-Keene Act), provides for the licensure and regulation of health care service plans by the Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) and makes a willful violation of the act a crime. Existing law also provides for the regulation of health insurers by the Department of Insurance (DOI). Existing law requires health care service… More
Existing law, the Knox-Keene Health Care Service Plan Act of 1975 (Knox-Keene Act), provides for the licensure and regulation of health care service plans by the Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) and makes a willful violation of the act a crime. Existing law also provides for the regulation of health insurers by the Department of Insurance (DOI). Existing law requires health care service plans and health insurers to file specified rate information with DMHC or DOI, as applicable, for health care service plan contracts or health insurance policies in the individual or small group markets and for health care service plan contracts and health insurance policies in the large group market. This bill would require health care service plans or health insurers that file the above-described rate information to report to DMHC or DOI, on a date no later than the reporting of the rate information, specified cost information regarding covered prescription drugs, including generic drugs, brand name drugs, and specialty drugs dispensed as provided. The information reported would include, but not be limited to, the 25 most frequently prescribed drugs and the 25 most costly drugs by total plan or insurer spending. DMHC and DOI would be required to compile the reported information into a report for the public and legislators that demonstrates the overall impact of drug costs on health care premiums and publish the reports on their Internet Web sites by October 1 of each year. Except for the report, DMHC and DOI would be required to keep confidential all information provided pursuant to these provisions. Because a willful violation of the Knox-Keene Act is a crime, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program. This bill, effective January 1, 2018, except as provided, would require a manufacturer of a prescription drug to notify in writing state purchasers, health care service plans, health insurers, and pharmacy benefit managers if it is increasing the wholesale acquisition cost of the drug during any 12-month period by 25% or more based upon the wholesale acquisition cost of the drug and pursuant to a specified schedule, or by more than $10,000. The bill, effective January 1, 2018, would require a manufacturer of a prescription drug to notify in writing, 3 days before the commercial availability of the drug, state purchasers, health care service plans, health insurers, and pharmacy benefit managers if it is introducing a new prescription drug to market at a wholesale acquisition cost of $10,000 or more annually or per course of treatment. The bill would require a manufacturer, within 30 days of notification of a price increase, or notification of the introduction to market of a prescription drug that has a wholesale acquisition cost of $10,000 or more annually or per course of treatment, to report specified information regarding the drug price to the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development and would require a manufacturer who fails to provide the required information to be subject to an administrative penalty of $1,000 per day for every day after the 30-day notification period. The bill would also require a pharmacy benefit manager that receives notice of a price increase consistent with these provisions to provide notice of the price increase to its contracting public and private purchasers, as provided. The bill would define “pricing information,” as specified, would deem it to be confidential information, as specified, would provide that the information is exempt from disclosure under the California Public Records Act, and would require or authorize, as specified, other entities to disclose the information under a certain condition. The bill would make the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development the entity charged with implementing and enforcing these provisions and would require that office to publish specified information collected pursuant to these provisions on its Internet Website. The bill would repeal these provisions by January 1, 2022. Existing law requires, for large group health care service plan contracts and health insurance policies, each health care service plan or health insurer to file with DMHC or DOI the weighted average rate increase for all large group benefit designs during the 12-month period ending January 1 of the following calendar year, and to also disclose specified information for the aggregate rate information for the large group market. This bill would add to that disclosure of information for the aggregate rate information for the large group market, the requirement for health care service plans or health insurers to disclose specified information regarding the cost of covered prescription generic drugs but excluding generic specialty drugs, brand name drugs, excluding brand name specialty drugs, and brand name and generic specialty drugs dispensed at a pharmacy, network pharmacy, or mail order pharmacy for outpatient use and regarding the use of a pharmacy benefit manager, as prescribed. Existing constitutional provisions require that a statute that limits the right of access to the meetings of public bodies or the writings of public officials and agencies be adopted with findings demonstrating the interest protected by the limitation and the need for protecting that interest. This bill would make legislative findings to that effect. The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement. This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason. Hide

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SB 450 (2015-2016) - An Act to Amend Sections 3017 and 15320 Of, to Add Sections 4005, 4006, and 4007 To, and to Add and Repeal Section 4008 Of, the Elections Code, Relating to Elections.

Elections: vote by mail voting and mail ballot elections

Benjamin Allen, Robert M. Hertzberg / The bill was voted on by an Assembly committee on August 11, 2016.

Existing law requires all vote by mail ballots to be voted on or before the day of the election. Existing law authorizes a vote by mail voter who is unable to return his or her vote by mail ballot to designate his or her spouse, child, parent, grandparent, grandchild, brother, sister, or a person residing in the same household as the voter to return the ballot, as specified. Existing law… More
Existing law requires all vote by mail ballots to be voted on or before the day of the election. Existing law authorizes a vote by mail voter who is unable to return his or her vote by mail ballot to designate his or her spouse, child, parent, grandparent, grandchild, brother, sister, or a person residing in the same household as the voter to return the ballot, as specified. Existing law prohibits a vote by mail voter’s ballot from being returned by specified persons, including, among others, a paid or volunteer worker of a political party. This bill would remove those restrictions and instead authorize a vote by mail voter who is unable to return his or her vote by mail ballot to designate any person to return the ballot. Existing law authorizes cities with a population of fewer than 100,000 persons, school districts, and special districts to conduct an all-mailed ballot special election to fill a vacancy on the legislative or governing body of those entities under specified conditions. This bill would, on or after January 1, 2018, authorize specified counties, and on or after January 1, 2020, authorize any county except the County of Los Angeles, to conduct any election as an all-mailed ballot election if certain conditions are satisfied, including conditions related to ballot dropoff locations, vote centers, and plans for the administration of all-mailed ballot elections. The bill would require the Secretary of State, within 6 months of each all-mailed ballot election conducted by a county pursuant to these provisions, to report certain information to the Legislature regarding that election. The bill would require the county that conducted the all-mailed ballot election to submit to the Secretary of State the information needed for the Secretary of State to prepare the report.This bill would, on or after January 1, 2020, authorize the County of Los Angeles to conduct any election as a vote center election if certain conditions are satisfied, including conditions related to ballot dropoff location and vote centers. The bill would, on or after January 1, 2020, authorize the County of Los Angeles to conduct a special election as an all-mailed ballot election pursuant to specified provisions that apply to every county that chooses to conduct a special election as an all-mailed ballot election.This bill would also require the Secretary of State to establish a taskforce that includes certain individuals to review all-mailed ballot elections conducted pursuant to these provisions and to provide comments and recommendations to the Legislature within 6 months of each all-mailed ballot election or vote center election. Hide

SB 1146 (2015-2016) - An Act to Add Sections 66290.1 and 66290.2 to the Education Code, and to Add Section 11135.5 to the Government Code, Relating to Discrimination.

Discrimination: postsecondary education

Ricardo Lara / The bill was voted on by an Assembly committee on August 11, 2016.

The Equity in Higher Education Act, among other things, prohibits a person from being subjected to discrimination on the basis of specified attributes, including sex, in any program or activity conducted by a postsecondary educational institution that receives, or benefits from, state financial assistance or enrolls students who receive state student financial aid. Existing federal law, known as… More
The Equity in Higher Education Act, among other things, prohibits a person from being subjected to discrimination on the basis of specified attributes, including sex, in any program or activity conducted by a postsecondary educational institution that receives, or benefits from, state financial assistance or enrolls students who receive state student financial aid. Existing federal law, known as Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, prohibits a person, on the basis of sex, from being excluded from participation in, being denied the benefits of, or being subject to discrimination under, any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance. Both the federal and state laws do not apply to an educational institution that is controlled by a religious organization if the application would not be consistent with the religious tenets of that organization. Title IX provides a private right of action for violation of its provisions by a public postsecondary educational institution. This bill would require an institution that claims an exemption from either the Equity in Higher Education Act or Title IX to make specified disclosures to the institution’s current and prospective students, faculty members, and employees, and to the Student Aid Commission, concerning the institution’s claim for the exemption. The bill would require the commission to collect the information it receives and post and maintain a list on the commission’s Internet Web site of all institutions claiming the exemption and their respective bases for claiming the exemption. Existing law provides that no person in the state shall, on the basis of race, national origin, ethnic group identification, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, color, genetic information, or disability, be unlawfully denied full and equal access to the benefits of, or be unlawfully subjected to discrimination under, any program or activity that is conducted, operated, administered, or funded by the state. This bill would, except as provided, specify that a postsecondary educational institution that is controlled by a religious organization and that receives financial assistance from the state or enrolls students who receive state financial assistance is subject to that prohibition and violation of that prohibition may be enforced by a private right of action. This bill would make its provisions severable. Hide

SB 813 (2015-2016) - An Act to Amend Sections 799, 801.1, and 803 of the Penal Code, Relating to Crimes.

Sex offenses: statute of limitations

Connie M. Leyva / The bill was voted on by an Assembly committee on June 21, 2016.

Existing law generally requires that the prosecution of a felony sex offense be commenced within 10 years after the commission of the offense. Under existing law, prosecution for the crimes of rape, sodomy, lewd or lascivious acts, continuous sexual abuse of a child, oral copulation, and sexual penetration, if committed against a victim who was under 18 years of age, may be commenced at any time… More
Existing law generally requires that the prosecution of a felony sex offense be commenced within 10 years after the commission of the offense. Under existing law, prosecution for the crimes of rape, sodomy, lewd or lascivious acts, continuous sexual abuse of a child, oral copulation, and sexual penetration, if committed against a victim who was under 18 years of age, may be commenced at any time prior to the victim’s 40th birthday. Existing law allows prosecution of an offense punishable by death or by imprisonment for life or for life without the possibility of parole, or for the embezzlement of public money, to be commenced at any time. This bill would allow the prosecution of rape, sodomy, lewd or lascivious acts, continuous sexual abuse of a child, oral copulation, and sexual penetration, that are committed under certain circumstances, as specified, to be commenced at any time. The bill would apply to these crimes committed after January 1, 2017, and to crimes for which the statute of limitations that was in effect prior to January 1, 2017, has not run as of January 1, 2017. This bill would incorporate changes to Section 803 of the Penal Code proposed by both this bill and SB 1088, which would become operative only if both bills are enacted and become effective on or before January 1, 2017, and this bill is chaptered last. Hide

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SB 869 (2015-2016) - An Act to Amend Section 25645 Of, and to Add Section 25140, 25452, and 25612 To, the Penal Code, Relating to Firearms.

Firearms: securing handguns in vehicles

Jerry Hill / The bill was voted on by an Assembly committee on June 29, 2016.

Existing law prohibits a person who is 18 years of age or older, and who is the owner, lessee, renter, or other legal occupant of a residence, who owns a firearm and who knows or has reason to know that another person also residing there is prohibited by state or federal law from possessing, receiving, owning, or purchasing a firearm from keeping a firearm in that residence, unless the firearm is… More
Existing law prohibits a person who is 18 years of age or older, and who is the owner, lessee, renter, or other legal occupant of a residence, who owns a firearm and who knows or has reason to know that another person also residing there is prohibited by state or federal law from possessing, receiving, owning, or purchasing a firearm from keeping a firearm in that residence, unless the firearm is secured, as specified. A violation of this prohibition is a misdemeanor. This bill would require a person, when leaving a handgun in an unattended vehicle, to secure the handgun by locking it in the trunk of the vehicle, locking it in a locked container and placing the container out of plain view, or locking the handgun in a locked container that is permanently affixed to the vehicle’s interior and not in plain view. The bill would make a violation of these requirements an infraction punishable by a fine not exceeding $1,000. The bill would expressly make those requirements inapplicable to the transportation of unloaded firearms by a licensed common carrier in conformance with applicable federal law. The bill would also provide that these provisions do not supersede any local ordinance that regulates the storage of handguns in unattended vehicles if the ordinance was in effect before the date of enactment of this bill. By creating a new crime, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program. The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement. This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason. Hide

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AB 1671 (2015-2016) - An Act to Amend Sections 632 and 633.5 Of, and to Add Section 632.01 To, the Penal Code, Relating to Confidential Communications.

Confidential communications: disclosure

Jimmy Gomez / The bill was voted on by a Senate committee on August 11, 2016.

(1)Existing law makes it a crime, subject to specified exemptions, for a person to intentionally eavesdrop upon or record a confidential communication by means of an electronic amplifying or recording device without the consent of all parties to the confidential communication. Existing law defines a confidential communication as any communication carried on in circumstances that reasonably… More
(1)Existing law makes it a crime, subject to specified exemptions, for a person to intentionally eavesdrop upon or record a confidential communication by means of an electronic amplifying or recording device without the consent of all parties to the confidential communication. Existing law defines a confidential communication as any communication carried on in circumstances that reasonably indicate that any party to the communication desires it to be confined to the parties thereto. Existing law exempts from the prohibition the recording of a confidential communication made for the purpose of obtaining evidence reasonably believed to relate to the commission by another party to the communication of certain crimes, including any felony involving violence against the person making the recording. This bill additionally would make it a crime for a person who unlawfully eavesdrops upon or records a confidential communication as described above with a health care provider, as defined, to intentionally disclose or distribute the contents of the confidential communication without the consent of all parties to the confidential communication unless specified conditions are met. The bill would make this prohibition subject to the same exemptions as are applicable to the prohibition on eavesdropping upon or recording a confidential communication as described above. The bill would also make it a crime for any person to aid and abet any person in the commission of those offenses. The bill would specify, with respect to the exemption for recording communications believed to relate to the commission of a crime by a party to the communication, that a felony involving violence includes human trafficking, as defined. By creating new crimes, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program. (2)Existing law makes the above-specified crime of eavesdropping punishable by a fine not to exceed $2,500 or imprisonment in a county jail not exceeding one year, or in the state prison for 16 months or 2 or 3 years. If the person has previously been convicted of eavesdropping, or has previously been convicted of specified invasion of privacy crimes, existing law requires the person to be punished by a fine not exceeding $10,000, by imprisonment in a county jail not exceeding one year, or in the state prison for 16 months or 2 or 3 years. This bill would require the above-specified fines to be imposed on a per-violation basis and would impose the same penalties prescribed for the unlawful eavesdropping upon or recording of a confidential communication to the disclosure crimes created by the bill. The bill also would make various technical, nonsubstantive changes to existing law. The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement. This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason. Hide

SB 1076 (2015-2016) - An Act to Amend Section 128765 Of, and to Add Section 1253.7 To, the Health and Safety Code, Relating to Health Care.

General acute care hospitals: observation services

Ed Hernandez / The bill was voted on by an Assembly committee on August 3, 2016.

(1)Existing law establishes the State Department of Public Health and sets forth its powers and duties, including, but not limited to, the licensing and regulation of health facilities, including, but not limited to, general acute care hospitals. A violation of these provisions is a crime. Existing law authorizes the department to issue a special permit authorizing a health facility to offer one… More
(1)Existing law establishes the State Department of Public Health and sets forth its powers and duties, including, but not limited to, the licensing and regulation of health facilities, including, but not limited to, general acute care hospitals. A violation of these provisions is a crime. Existing law authorizes the department to issue a special permit authorizing a health facility to offer one or more special services when specified requirements are met. Existing law requires general acute care hospitals to apply for supplemental services approval and requires the department, upon issuance and renewal of a license for certain health facilities, to separately identify on the license each supplemental service. This bill would require a general acute care hospital that provides observation services, as defined, to comply with the same licensed nurse-to-patient ratios as supplemental emergency services, as specified. The bill would require that a patient receiving observation services receive written notice, as prescribed, that his or her care is being provided on an outpatient basis, which may affect the patient’s health coverage reimbursement. The bill would require observation units to be identified with specified signage, and would clarify that a general acute care hospital providing services described in the bill would not be exempt from these requirements because the hospital identifies those services by a name or term other than that used in the bill. Because a violation of these provisions by a health facility would be a crime, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.(2)Existing law, the Health Data and Advisory Council Consolidation Act, requires every organization that operates, conducts, or maintains a health facility to make and file with the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) specified reports containing various financial and patient data. Existing law requires OSHPD to maintain a file of those reports in its Sacramento office and to compile and publish summaries of individual facility and aggregate data that do not contain patient-specific information for the purpose of public disclosure.This bill would require OSHPD to include summaries of observation services data, upon request, in the data summaries maintained by OSHPD under the act.(3)The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement. This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason. Hide

SB 1234 (2015-2016) - An Act to Amend Sections 100000, 100002, 100004, 100008, 100010, 100012, 100014, 100032, 100034, 100036, and 100043, Of, to Add Sections 100046, 100048, 100049, and 100050 To, and to Repeal Sections 100013, 100040, 100042, and 100043.5 Of, the Government Code, and to Amend Section 12302.2 of the Welfare and Institutions Code, Relating to Retirement Savings Plans, and Making an Appropriation Therefor.

Retirement savings plans

Kevin De Leon / The bill was voted on by an Assembly committee on June 22, 2016.

Existing federal law provides for tax-qualified retirement plans and individual retirement accounts or individual retirement annuities by which private citizens may save money for retirement. Existing law, the California Secure Choice Retirement Savings Trust Act, establishes the California Secure Choice Retirement Savings Program, administered by the California Secure Choice Retirement Savings… More
Existing federal law provides for tax-qualified retirement plans and individual retirement accounts or individual retirement annuities by which private citizens may save money for retirement. Existing law, the California Secure Choice Retirement Savings Trust Act, establishes the California Secure Choice Retirement Savings Program, administered by the California Secure Choice Retirement Savings Investment Board, contingent on specified funding and interest criteria being met. Existing law prescribes the composition of the board and its duties and provides that it acts as trustee in entering contracts and accepting moneys, among other things. Existing law prohibits the board from permitting enrollment in the program until enactment of a statute expressing legislative approval of program implementation. The program requires specified eligible employers, as defined, to offer a payroll deposit retirement savings arrangement and requires eligible employees, as defined, who do not opt out of the program, to contribute a portion of their salary or wages to a retirement savings account in the program, as specified. Existing law requires contributions from the wages of employees participating in the program to be deposited in the California Secure Choice Retirement Savings Trust, which is continuously appropriated and administered by the board. Existing law authorizes the board to adjust the employee contribution amount between 2% and 4%, inclusive, of the employee’s annual salary or wages, as specified. This bill would express legislative approval of the program and its implementation on January 1, 2017. The bill would require the board, prior to opening the program for enrollment, to make a report to the Governor and Legislature affirming that certain requirements have been met, including that the program is structured to meet a United States Department of Labor regulation, as specified. The bill would require the board to design and implement the program and would prescribe certain parameters that the board is to consider and utilize in establishing the design. The bill would specify that funding and first year administrative costs may be appropriated in the annual budget from the General Fund and would require the board to repay the amount appropriated, plus interest, as specified. The bill would provide that investment policy decisions, including asset allocation and investment options, are entrusted to the board as a fiduciary, and would revise certain principles that the board is to consider in connection with investment policy. The bill would exempt the California Secure Choice Retirement Savings Trust from specified provisions regarding the qualification of securities for sale. The bill would make various changes to existing duties of the board, including those regarding dissemination of information and the entities with which the board is to collaborate and cooperate. The bill would require the Treasurer to appoint an executive director of the board, to serve at its pleasure, and to determine the duties of the office and its compensation. The bill would eliminate the duty of the board to ensure that insurance or some other mechanism is in place to protect the value of individual accounts. The bill would repeal the duty of the board to conduct an initial market analysis to determine if the condition for the implementation of the program can be met and associated provisions. This bill would require eligible employers that do not offer specified retirement plans or accounts to have a payroll deposit retirement savings arrangement so that employees may participate in the program within specified time periods based on the number of eligible employees that the employer has, and the bill would authorize the board to extend these time periods. The bill would define a provider of in-home supportive services as an employer if a specified determination is made and would require the state or a county that makes a direct payment to a provider to assume obligations regarding retirement savings accounts, including payroll deposit IRA arrangements offered under the program. The bill would authorize the board to adjust the employee contribution amount described above up to 5% and would prescribe other limits on increasing employee contributions. The bill would authorize the board to make annual, automatic escalations of employee contributions subject to certain limitations, including that the employee may opt out, as specified. By authorizing the board to increase moneys that are deposited into the California Secure Choice Retirement Savings Trust, which is continuously appropriated, the bill would make an appropriation. The bill would authorize the board to adopt regulations to implement the program and would provide that the adoption, amendment, repeal, or readoption of a regulation authorized by this section is deemed to address an emergency. The bill would make various conforming changes. Hide

SB 726 (2015-2016) - An Act to Add Section 25401.1 to the Corporations Code, Relating to Corporate Securities.

Corporate securities: unlawful conduct: regulations

Ben Hueso / The bill was voted on by an Assembly committee on June 27, 2016.

The Corporate Securities Law of 1968 generally regulates the offer and sale of corporate securities within the state, and specifically makes specified conduct with regard to the offer and sale of corporate securities unlawful. That law requires the Commissioner of Business Oversight to perform specific oversight duties regarding the offer and sale of securities and provides that any willful… More
The Corporate Securities Law of 1968 generally regulates the offer and sale of corporate securities within the state, and specifically makes specified conduct with regard to the offer and sale of corporate securities unlawful. That law requires the Commissioner of Business Oversight to perform specific oversight duties regarding the offer and sale of securities and provides that any willful violation of that law is a crime.Existing law prohibits any person from selling a security in this state by means of a communication that includes an untrue statement of material fact or that omits a material fact necessary in order to make the statements made, in light of the circumstances under which the statements are made, not misleading.This bill would require the commissioner to adopt regulations to prohibit fraudulent and manipulative practices by persons undertaking short sales in the securities market.By expanding the scope of a crime, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.(2)The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason. Hide