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AB 1431 (2013-2014) - An Act to Add Section 85705 to the Government Code, Relating to the Political Reform Act of 1974.

Campaign contributions: school district and community college district administrators

Lorena Gonzalez / This bill was passed by both houses and vetoed by the Governor. It did not become law.

The Political Reform Act of 1974 establishes certain limits on the amount of contributions that a person or group can make to a candidate for elective state office, or to a committee. This bill would prohibit an administrator of a school district or community college district, as defined, from knowingly soliciting, accepting, or receiving a contribution for the campaign of an elected official of… More
The Political Reform Act of 1974 establishes certain limits on the amount of contributions that a person or group can make to a candidate for elective state office, or to a committee. This bill would prohibit an administrator of a school district or community college district, as defined, from knowingly soliciting, accepting, or receiving a contribution for the campaign of an elected official of the district employing the administrator, or any candidate for an office of the school district or community college district employing the administrator. The bill would clarify that this prohibition does not apply to an administrator who is soliciting, accepting, or receiving a contribution for his or her own campaign for an office of a school district or community college district. The bill would also prohibit an elected official of a school district or community college district, or a candidate for an office of a school district or community college district, from requesting an administrator of the school district or community college district to solicit, accept, or receive a contribution for the campaign of that elected official or candidate. Existing law makes a knowing or willful violation of the Political Reform Act of 1974 a misdemeanor and subjects offenders to criminal penalties. By expanding the scope of an existing 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. The Political Reform Act of 1974, an initiative measure, provides that the Legislature may amend the act to further the act’s purposes upon a 23 vote of each house and compliance with specified procedural requirements. This bill would declare that it furthers the purposes of the act. Hide

AB 1532 (2013-2014) - An Act to Add Section 20005 to the Vehicle Code, Relating to Accidents.

Vehicle: accidents

Mike Gatto / This bill was passed by both houses and vetoed by the Governor. It did not become law.

Existing law requires a driver involved in an accident resulting only in damage to property to, among other things, immediately stop the vehicle at the nearest location that will not impede traffic or otherwise jeopardize the safety of other motorists. A violation of these provisions is a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment in the county jail not exceeding 6 months, or by a fine not exceeding… More
Existing law requires a driver involved in an accident resulting only in damage to property to, among other things, immediately stop the vehicle at the nearest location that will not impede traffic or otherwise jeopardize the safety of other motorists. A violation of these provisions is a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment in the county jail not exceeding 6 months, or by a fine not exceeding $1,000, or both. This bill would provide that a driver of a vehicle involved in an accident where a person is struck shall immediately stop the vehicle at the scene of the accident and provide specified information including, but not limited to, his or her name and current residence address. A violation of these provisions would be either an infraction, punishable by a fine not exceeding $250, or a misdemeanor, punishable by imprisonment in the county jail for 6 months, or by a fine not exceeding $1,000, or by both, and the Department of Motor Vehicles would be required to immediately suspend the driver’s license of a convicted driver for 6 months. Because these changes would have the effect of expanding the scope of an existing 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 1574 (2013-2014) - An Act to Add Section 19138 to the Government Code, Relating to Personal Services Contracts.

Personal services contracts: prohibitions

Richard Pan / This bill was passed by both houses and vetoed by the Governor. It did not become law.

The California Constitution establishes that the civil service includes every officer and employee of the state, except as otherwise provided in the California Constitution, and requires civil service appointment to be made under a general system based on merit ascertained by competitive examination. The State Civil Service Act establishes standards for the use of personal services contracts by… More
The California Constitution establishes that the civil service includes every officer and employee of the state, except as otherwise provided in the California Constitution, and requires civil service appointment to be made under a general system based on merit ascertained by competitive examination. The State Civil Service Act establishes standards for the use of personal services contracts by state agencies and authorizes personal services contracts when prescribed conditions are met. Existing law imposes various requirements with respect to contracts, including amendments, entered into by any state agency for services to be rendered to the state, whether or not the services involve the furnishing or use of equipment, materials, or supplies, or are performed by an independent contractor. This bill would prohibit a state agency from entering into a personal services contract with specified provisions, including a contract that guarantees payment for services not provided. Hide

AB 1575 (2013-2014) - An Act to Add Section 19139 to the Government Code, Relating to Personal Services Contracts.

Personal services contracts: reports and termination of contracts

Richard Pan / This bill was passed by both houses and vetoed by the Governor. It did not become law.

The California Constitution establishes that the civil service includes every officer and employee of the state, except as otherwise provided in the California Constitution, and requires civil service appointment to be made under a general system based on merit ascertained by competitive examination. The State Civil Service Act establishes standards for the use of personal services contracts by… More
The California Constitution establishes that the civil service includes every officer and employee of the state, except as otherwise provided in the California Constitution, and requires civil service appointment to be made under a general system based on merit ascertained by competitive examination. The State Civil Service Act establishes standards for the use of personal services contracts by state agencies and authorizes personal services contracts when prescribed conditions are met. Existing law sets forth requirements for the acquisition of goods and services by state agencies and sets forth the various responsibilities of the Department of General Services and other state agencies in overseeing and implementing those state contracting procedures and policies. This bill would require personal services contracts to include specific performance criteria and cost parameters, require reports by the contractor, and provide for cancellation by the state contracting agency if the contractor fails to comply with contract requirements or the law, as specified. Hide

AB 1646 (2013-2014) - An Act to Amend, Repeal, and Add Section 12810.3 Of, and to Add Section 1666.7 To, the Vehicle Code, Relating to Vehicles.

Vehicles: electronic wireless communication devices: prohibitions

Jim Frazier / This bill was passed by both houses and vetoed by the Governor. It did not become law.

(1)Existing law requires the Department of Motor Vehicles to examine applicants for specific driver’s licenses and requires the department to administer a written test of those persons seeking driver’s licenses or certificates of renewal. This bill, commencing July 1, 2015, would require the department to include at least one question in each test of an applicant’s knowledge and… More
(1)Existing law requires the Department of Motor Vehicles to examine applicants for specific driver’s licenses and requires the department to administer a written test of those persons seeking driver’s licenses or certificates of renewal. This bill, commencing July 1, 2015, would require the department to include at least one question in each test of an applicant’s knowledge and understanding of the provisions of the Vehicle Code to verify that the applicant has read and understands the distractions and dangers associated with handheld cellular phone use and text messaging while operating a motor vehicle. (2)Existing law establishes that specified convictions and violations under the Vehicle Code and traffic-related incidents count as points against a driver’s record for purposes of suspension or revocation of the privilege to drive. Under existing law, it is an infraction for a person to drive a motor vehicle while using a wireless telephone, or an electronic wireless communications device to write, send, or read a text-based communication, unless the telephone or electronic wireless communications device is designed and configured to allow voice-operated and hands-free operation, and is used in that manner while driving, except as otherwise provided. A person under 18 years of age is prohibited from driving a motor vehicle while using a wireless telephone or an electronic wireless communications device, even if equipped with a hands-free device. A violation point is not given for a violation of these provisions. This bill, commencing July 1, 2015, would assess a violation point for a conviction of these violations. Hide

AB 1665 (2013-2014) - An Act to Amend Section 9880.1 Of, and to Add Section 9884.75 To, the Business and Professions Code, Relating to Automotive Repair.

Automotive repair

Brian Jones / This bill was passed by both houses and vetoed by the Governor. It did not become law.

(1)Existing law, the Automotive Repair Act, establishes the Bureau of Automotive Repair under the supervision and control of the Director of Consumer Affairs. A violation of the act is a crime. Existing law provides for the registration and regulation of automotive repair dealers and makes it unlawful for any person to be an automotive repair dealer unless registered with the bureau. Existing law… More
(1)Existing law, the Automotive Repair Act, establishes the Bureau of Automotive Repair under the supervision and control of the Director of Consumer Affairs. A violation of the act is a crime. Existing law provides for the registration and regulation of automotive repair dealers and makes it unlawful for any person to be an automotive repair dealer unless registered with the bureau. Existing law defines an automotive repair dealer and an automotive technician as persons who, among other things, repair motor vehicles. Existing law defines the repair of motor vehicles to mean all maintenance of, and repairs to, motor vehicles, as specified, and excludes from the definition, among other things, repairing tires, changing tires, and lubricating vehicles. Existing law defines an automotive technician as an employee of an automotive repair dealer or that dealer, if the employer or dealer repairs motor vehicles, and who for salary or wage performs specified work on a motor vehicle, but excludes, among other things, repairing tires, changing tires, and lubricating vehicles. This bill would delete repairing and changing tires from those exclusion lists. The bill would additionally exclude tire services provided by or on behalf of a motor club holding a specified certificate of authority or an operator of a tow truck owned or operated by a person or entity possessing a valid motor carrier permit from the definitions of “repair of motor vehicles” and “automotive technician.” This bill would define the term tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) to mean the automotive safety device that warns the driver by using a lighted icon on the onboard diagnostic system that one or more of the tires are underinflated. The bill would require an automotive repair dealer that repairs tires or changes tires to be capable of diagnosing and servicing the TPMS in accordance with industry standards if the vehicle is manufactured with the device. Because the failure of a person repairing or changing tires to register as an automotive repair dealer with the bureau and the failure of a tire dealer or tire service provider to diagnose and service a TPMS in accordance with industry standards would constitute a crime, the bill would impose a state-mandated 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

AB 1672 (2013-2014) - An Act to Amend, Repeal, and Add Section 48273 of the Education Code, Relating to Pupil Attendance.

Pupil attendance: truancy

Chris Holden / This bill was passed by both houses and vetoed by the Governor. It did not become law.

Existing law authorizes the establishment of county and local school attendance review boards, and authorizes a school district to refer a pupil to a school attendance review board or the probation department for, among other things, truancy. Existing law, under specified circumstances, authorizes a school attendance review board or probation officer to direct the county superintendent of schools… More
Existing law authorizes the establishment of county and local school attendance review boards, and authorizes a school district to refer a pupil to a school attendance review board or the probation department for, among other things, truancy. Existing law, under specified circumstances, authorizes a school attendance review board or probation officer to direct the county superintendent of schools to request a petition on behalf of the pupil in the juvenile court of the county. Existing law requires the governing board of a school district to adopt rules and regulations to require appropriate officers and employees of the school district to gather and transmit to the county superintendent of schools the number and types of referrals to school attendance review boards and of requests for petitions to the juvenile court. This bill would instead require the governing board of each school district that has established a local school attendance review board to adopt rules and regulations to require appropriate officers and employees of the school district to gather that information for the prior school year, and would expand the information required to be gathered to include, among other things, the number of pupils referred to a school attendance review board who improved their attendance and the number of pupils and parents or guardians referred to community services, as specified. The bill would require the information to be disaggregated by specified subgroups, including gender, ethnicity, and foster youth status. The bill would require the governing board of each school district to make available on its Internet Web site, if one is available, the contents of those school attendance review board reports no later than September 15 of every year. The bill would require the State Department of Education to maintain current Internet Web site links to the Internet Web sites of school attendance review board reports, and would require the governing board of each school district that posts school attendance review board reports to provide to the department current uniform resource locators for those Internet Web sites. The bill would make these provisions operative beginning June 1, 2015. Hide

AB 1716 (2013-2014) - An Act to Amend Section 87400 Of, and to Add Section 87406.5 To, the Government Code, Relating to the Political Reform Act of 1974.

Political Reform Act of 1974: Postemployment activity restrictions

Cristina Garcia / This bill was passed by both houses and vetoed by the Governor. It did not become law.

(1)The Political Reform Act of 1974 prohibits a former state administrative official, as defined, from participating in judicial, quasi-judicial, or other proceedings before a court or state administrative agency in which the state is a party or has a direct and substantial interest and in which the former state administrative official participated, subject to limited exceptions, as… More
(1)The Political Reform Act of 1974 prohibits a former state administrative official, as defined, from participating in judicial, quasi-judicial, or other proceedings before a court or state administrative agency in which the state is a party or has a direct and substantial interest and in which the former state administrative official participated, subject to limited exceptions, as specified. This bill would impose these restrictions, subject to the same exemptions, on local administrative officials, as defined, with respect to judicial, quasi-judicial, or other proceedings before a court, local government agency, or state administrative agency, as specified. (2)Violations of the act are punishable as a misdemeanor. By expanding the scope of an existing 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. (3)The Political Reform Act of 1974, an initiative measure, provides that the Legislature may amend the act to further the act’s purposes upon a 23 vote of each house and compliance with specified procedural requirements. This bill would declare that it furthers the purposes of the act. Hide

AB 1728 (2013-2014) - An Act to Amend Section 84308 of the Government Code, Relating to the Political Reform Act of 1974.

Political Reform Act of 1974

Cristina Garcia / This bill was passed by both houses and vetoed by the Governor. It did not become law.

(1)The Political Reform Act of 1974 prohibits an officer of an agency from accepting, soliciting, or directing a contribution of more than $250 from any party, or his or her agent, or from any participant, or his or her agent, while a proceeding involving a license, permit, or other entitlement for use is pending before the agency and for 3 months following the date a final decision is rendered… More
(1)The Political Reform Act of 1974 prohibits an officer of an agency from accepting, soliciting, or directing a contribution of more than $250 from any party, or his or her agent, or from any participant, or his or her agent, while a proceeding involving a license, permit, or other entitlement for use is pending before the agency and for 3 months following the date a final decision is rendered in the proceeding, if the officer knows or has reason to know that the participant has a financial interest, as defined. The act also requires an officer to disclose on the record a contribution of more than $250 from a party or participant received within the 12 months preceding a decision in a proceeding and would prohibit the official from making, participating in making, or otherwise using his or her official position to influence a decision in a proceeding in which the official knows or has reason to know that the party or participant has a financial interest in the decision. The act defines an “agency,” for these purposes, to mean any state or local government agency, except certain entities, including local governmental agencies whose members are directly elected by the voters. The act defines a “license, permit, or other entitlement for use,” for these purposes, to include, among other things, all contracts except competitively bid, labor, or personal employment contracts. This bill would revise the definition of “agency” to include a local government agency formed pursuant to provisions of the Water Code. The bill would revise the definition of “license, permit, or other entitlement for use” with respect to proceedings before a local government agency formed pursuant to the Water Code to apply to all contracts that are not competitively bid. (2)Violations of the act are punishable as a misdemeanor. By expanding the scope of an existing crime, this bill imposes 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. (3)The Political Reform Act of 1974, an initiative measure, provides that the Legislature may amend the act to further the act’s purposes upon a 23 vote of each house and compliance with specified procedural requirements. This bill would declare that it furthers the purposes of the act. Hide

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AB 1744 (2013-2014) - An Act to Add and Repeal Section 9104 to the Welfare and Institutions Code, Relating to Aging.

California Department of Aging

Cheryl Brown / This bill was passed by both houses and vetoed by the Governor. It did not become law.

The Mello-Granlund Older Californians Act creates the California Department of Aging to provide leadership to the area agencies on aging in developing systems of home- and community-based services that maintain individuals in their own homes or least restrictive homelike environments. Existing law requires the department, in accomplishing its mission, to consider available data and population… More
The Mello-Granlund Older Californians Act creates the California Department of Aging to provide leadership to the area agencies on aging in developing systems of home- and community-based services that maintain individuals in their own homes or least restrictive homelike environments. Existing law requires the department, in accomplishing its mission, to consider available data and population trends in developing programs and policies, collaborate with area agencies on aging, the California Commission on Aging, and other state and local agencies. This bill, until January 1, 2018, would require the department to establish a blue-ribbon task force comprised of at least 13 members, as specified, to make legislative recommendations regarding supportive services for family caregivers in California, if the department receives sufficient nonstate funds from private sources to implement the bill. The bill would require the task force to prepare a report of its findings and recommendations and provide it to the Legislature on or before July 1, 2017. The bill would make related findings and declarations. Hide