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AB 1034 (2015-2016) - An Act to Add Section 2777.3 to the Public Resources Code, Relating to Surface Mining.

Surface mining: reclamation plans: commercial renewable energy generation facility

Jay Obernolte / The bill was voted on by a Senate committee on July 14, 2015.

The Surface Mining and Reclamation Act of 1975 prohibits a person from conducting a surface mining operation unless, among other things, a reclamation plan has been submitted to and approved by the lead agency, as defined, for the operation of the mining operation. The act requires an amendment to an approved reclamation plan that is a substantial deviation from the approved plan to be filed… More
The Surface Mining and Reclamation Act of 1975 prohibits a person from conducting a surface mining operation unless, among other things, a reclamation plan has been submitted to and approved by the lead agency, as defined, for the operation of the mining operation. The act requires an amendment to an approved reclamation plan that is a substantial deviation from the approved plan to be filed with, and approved by, the lead agency and submitted to the Director of Conservation for review and comment.This bill would require a lead agency to consider the construction and operation of a commercial renewable energy generation facility on disturbed mined lands to be an interim use and would prohibit a lead agency from requiring an amendment to an approved reclamation plan if specified criteria are met. The bill would require a lead agency to submit to the director an application for an operating permit for such a commercial renewable energy generation facility prior to approving the operating permit, as specified. The bill would authorize the director to prepare written comments to the operating permit application and would require the lead agency, at least 30 days prior to approving the operating permit, to prepare a written response to the director’s comments. By adding to the duties of a local government acting as a lead agency, 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

AB 1060 (2015-2016) - An Act to Add Chapter 2 (Commencing with Section 101990) to Part 6 of Division 101 of the Health and Safety Code, Relating to Cancer, and Making an Appropriation Therefor.

Cancer clinical trials

Susan Bonilla / The bill was voted on by a Senate committee on July 15, 2015.

Existing law establishes the scope and function of the California Health and Human Services Agency, which includes departments charged with administering laws pertaining to public health and social services, among other things. Existing law also establishes the Inclusion of Women and Minorities in Clinical Research Act, which is designed to promote the inclusion of women and minority groups in… More
Existing law establishes the scope and function of the California Health and Human Services Agency, which includes departments charged with administering laws pertaining to public health and social services, among other things. Existing law also establishes the Inclusion of Women and Minorities in Clinical Research Act, which is designed to promote the inclusion of women and minority groups in clinical research, including clinical trials. This bill would create the Cancer Clinical Trials Foundation in the Health and Human Services Agency, to be governed by a board of trustees. Members of the board would be appointed as specified. The bill would also create the Cancer Clinical Trials Fund, and would continuously appropriate this fund to the board, thereby making an appropriation. The bill would authorize the board to solicit and receive money, as specified. The bill would require the board, upon contribution of an unspecified amount of money to the fund, to establish the Cancer Clinical Trials Grant Program, in order to increase patient access to cancer clinical trials in specified populations. The bill would require that grant money be used for designated purposes, and would also require grant recipients to report to the board. The bill would require the board to report to the Legislature, as specified. This bill would make related findings. Hide

AB 1064 (2015-2016) - An Act to Amend Section 33338 Of, and to Amend and Repeal Section 12000 Of, the Education Code, Relating to Education Finance.

Education finance: indirect cost rates

Roger Hernandez / The bill was voted on by a Senate committee on July 13, 2015.

Existing law requires, until January 1, 2016, the State Department of Education or any other state agency that administers a grant or allocation of federal or state funds to a school district to allow an indirect cost rate that is not less than the indirect cost rate established by the department, unless a lower rate is required by law. This bill would delete the January 1, 2016, repeal date for… More
Existing law requires, until January 1, 2016, the State Department of Education or any other state agency that administers a grant or allocation of federal or state funds to a school district to allow an indirect cost rate that is not less than the indirect cost rate established by the department, unless a lower rate is required by law. This bill would delete the January 1, 2016, repeal date for those provisions, thus extending their operation indefinitely. Hide

AB 1075 (2015-2016) - An Act to Amend Sections 25186, 25186.1, and 25186.2 Of, and to Add Sections 25186.05 and 25189.4 To, the Health and Safety Code, Relating to Hazardous Waste.

Hazardous waste: enforcement

Luis Alejo / The bill was voted on by a Senate committee on July 15, 2015.

(1)The Hazardous Waste Control Law regulates the use and disposal of hazardous waste and authorizes the Department of Toxic Substances Control to deny, suspend, or revoke any permit, registration, or certificate applied for, or issued to, a person or entity if that person or entity engaged in specified activities in violation of the Hazardous Waste Control Law or other laws. This bill would… More
(1)The Hazardous Waste Control Law regulates the use and disposal of hazardous waste and authorizes the Department of Toxic Substances Control to deny, suspend, or revoke any permit, registration, or certificate applied for, or issued to, a person or entity if that person or entity engaged in specified activities in violation of the Hazardous Waste Control Law or other laws. This bill would require the department to consider, except under specified circumstances, 3 or more violations of, or noncompliance with, specified provisions for which a person or entity has been found liable or has been convicted, with respect to a single hazardous waste facility within a 5-year period, as compelling cause to deny, suspend, or revoke a permit, registration, or certificate applied for by, or issued to, that person or entity. (2)Existing law authorizes the department to temporarily suspend any permit, registration, or certificate prior to a hearing if the department determines that action is necessary to prevent or mitigate an imminent and substantial danger to the public health or safety or the environment. Existing law requires the department, upon receipt of a notice of defense to the accusation from the holder of the permit, registration, or certificate, to set the matter for hearing within 15 days and to hold the hearing as soon as possible, but not later than 30 days after receipt of the notice. Existing law requires the hearing to be held without delay and completed as soon as possible. This bill would instead authorize the department to temporarily suspend any permit, registration, or certificate prior to a hearing if the department determines that conditions may present an imminent and substantial endangerment to the public health or safety or the environment. The bill would repeal the requirement that the hearing be held without delay and completed as soon as possible.(3)Existing law requires a petition for judicial review of a final decision of the department to grant, issue, modify, or deny a permit, registration, or certificate be filed no later than 90 days after the date that the notice of final decision is served. This bill would authorize a person who filed comments on a draft permit or participated in the public hearing on the draft permit to appeal the department’s decision to the Secretary for Environmental Protection within 30 days, and would authorize the secretary to sustain, reverse, or modify the decision of the department if it was based on a finding of fact or conclusion of law that was clearly erroneous, or if it was based on an important policy consideration that the secretary determines he or she should review. The bill would require that a petition for judicial review be filed within 90 days of the secretary’s final decision.(4)Existing law provides for the imposition of civil and criminal penalties upon persons who violate the requirements of the hazardous waste control law or take other actions with regard to the handling of hazardous waste. This bill would impose, upon a person who is subject to the imposition of those civil or criminal penalties, an additional civil penalty of not less than $5,000 or more than $50,000 for each day of each violation, if the person has been found liable for, or been convicted of, 2 or more previous violations of certain of these hazardous waste-related provisions within any consecutive 60 months. Hide

AB 1097 (2015-2016) - An Act to Add Section 7599.56 to the Business and Professions Code, and to Amend Section 1633.3 of the Civil Code, Relating to Alarm Companies.

Alarm companies: electronic transactions

Chris Holden / The bill was voted on by a Senate committee on July 7, 2015.

The Alarm Company Act provides for the licensure and regulation of alarm company operators and the certification and registration of employees of alarm companies, including alarm agents, by the Bureau of Security and Investigative Services within the Department of Consumer Affairs. That act requires that specified agreements entered into by an alarm company pertaining to alarm systems, including,… More
The Alarm Company Act provides for the licensure and regulation of alarm company operators and the certification and registration of employees of alarm companies, including alarm agents, by the Bureau of Security and Investigative Services within the Department of Consumer Affairs. That act requires that specified agreements entered into by an alarm company pertaining to alarm systems, including, among others, lease agreements, monitoring agreements, service agreements, and installation agreements, be in writing. The Uniform Electronic Transactions Act (UETA) generally allows parties to contract to conduct transactions by electronic means, imposes specified requirements on electronic transactions in order to comply with the act, and provides specified protections for electronic transactions conducted pursuant to the act. UETA does not apply to certain transactions, including, among others, “home solicitation contracts,” as defined. Existing law provides specified time periods for consumers to cancel a home solicitation contract, and requires specified disclosures and statements, and separately executed cancellation documents in connection with the execution of those contracts. This bill would provide that, notwithstanding certain provisions in UETA excluding home solicitation contracts, contracts for services or other activities authorized by the Alarm Company Act may be conducted by electronic means. The bill would provide that the provisions of UETA would apply to transactions conducted by persons licensed, certified, or registered pursuant to the Alarm Company Act, for purposes authorized by the Alarm Company Act, as specified. The bill would require those electronic contracts for services or other activities authorized by the Alarm Company Act to comply with specified cancellation periods, statements, and disclosures that apply to home solicitation contracts, and would authorize signatures, disclosures, and documents required by those provisions to be provided and transmitted electronically. Hide

AB 1102 (2015-2016) - An Act to Add Section 15849 to the Welfare and Institutions Code, Relating to Health Care Coverage.

Health care coverage: Medi-Cal Access Program: disclosures

Miguel Santiago / The bill was voted on by a Senate committee on July 15, 2015.

Existing federal law, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), enacts various health care coverage market reforms as of January 1, 2014. Among other things, PPACA requires each state to establish an American Health Benefits Exchange and allows qualified individuals to obtain premium assistance for coverage purchased through the Exchange. PPACA specifies that this premium assistance… More
Existing federal law, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), enacts various health care coverage market reforms as of January 1, 2014. Among other things, PPACA requires each state to establish an American Health Benefits Exchange and allows qualified individuals to obtain premium assistance for coverage purchased through the Exchange. PPACA specifies that this premium assistance is not available if the individual is eligible for affordable employer-sponsored coverage that provides minimum value, as specified. Existing law establishes the Medi-Cal Access Program, administered by the State Department of Health Care Services. Existing law creates the California Major Risk Medical Insurance Program (MRMIP), which is administered by the Managed Risk Medical Insurance Board, to arrange for major risk medical coverage for eligible residents of the state who are unable to secure adequate private health care coverage. This bill would require the State Department of Health Care Services to inform applicants who are rejected for Medi-Cal Access Program coverage of other coverage options through MRMIP and Covered California, and direct applicants how to receive more information on Covered California and MRMIP, as specified. Hide

AB 1116 (2015-2016) - An Act to Add Chapter 35 (Commencing with Section 22948.20) to Division 8 of the Business and Professions Code, Relating to Business.

Connected televisions

/ The bill was voted on by a Senate committee on July 14, 2015.

Existing law makes it a crime for a person who owns, controls, operates, or manages a satellite or cable television corporation to use an electronic device to record, transmit, or observe any events or listen to, record, or monitor any conversations that take place inside a subscriber’s residence, workplace, or place of business, without obtaining the express written consent of the subscriber.… More
Existing law makes it a crime for a person who owns, controls, operates, or manages a satellite or cable television corporation to use an electronic device to record, transmit, or observe any events or listen to, record, or monitor any conversations that take place inside a subscriber’s residence, workplace, or place of business, without obtaining the express written consent of the subscriber. Existing law requires a device that includes an integrated and enabled wireless access point that is sold as new in the state for use in a small office, home office, or residential setting to be manufactured to possess certain features and advisories, including, among others, protection on the device that requires an affirmative action by the consumer prior to allowing use of the product and an advisory for the consumer regarding how to protect his or her wireless network connection from unauthorized access. This bill would prohibit a person or entity from using the features in a connected television that allow the collection, recording, storage, analysis, transmission, interpretation, or other use of the spoken word of a person within this state without prominently informing the user or a person designated by the user to perform the initial setup or installation of the connected television, except as specified. This bill would further prohibit a manufacturer of a connected television or a third party that contracts with a manufacturer of a connected television, as specified, from using or selling for any advertising purpose any spoken word or other sound that was collected by a connected television, including for the purpose of improving the function, operation, or features of the connected television. This bill would prohibit a person or entity from compelling a manufacturer or entity offering features that allow the collection, recording, storage, analysis, transmission, interpretation, or other use of spoken words, to build specific features for the purpose of allowing an investigative or law enforcement officer to monitor communications through that feature. This bill would limit the liability of a manufacturer to functionality provided at the time of the original sale of a connected television and specifically exclude liability for functionality provided by applications downloaded and installed by a user. This bill would define terms for its purposes. This bill would prohibit a waiver of these prohibitions and authorize their enforcement by injunction or civil penalty in a court of competent jurisdiction by the Attorney General or a district attorney. This bill specifies that its provisions shall not be deemed to create a private right of action or limit any existing private right of action. This bill would provide that these provisions are severable. Hide

AB 1119 (2015-2016) - An Act to Amend Sections 10103 and 10104 Of, and to Repeal Section 10105 Of, the Public Utilities Code, Relating to Public Utilities.

Public utilities: municipal corporations: rights of way

Anthony Rendon / The bill was voted on by a Senate committee on July 8, 2015.

Existing law grants to every municipal corporation the right to construct, operate, and maintain electric light and power lines across, along, in, under, over, or upon any road, street, alley, avenue, or highway, and across, under, or over any railway, canal, ditch, or flume which the route of the works intersects, crosses, or runs along. Under existing law, before any municipal corporation uses… More
Existing law grants to every municipal corporation the right to construct, operate, and maintain electric light and power lines across, along, in, under, over, or upon any road, street, alley, avenue, or highway, and across, under, or over any railway, canal, ditch, or flume which the route of the works intersects, crosses, or runs along. Under existing law, before any municipal corporation uses any street, alley, avenue, or highway within any other municipal corporation, it is required to request the other municipal corporation in which the street, alley, avenue, or highway is situated to agree with it upon the location of the use and the terms and conditions to which the use shall be subject. Under existing law, if the 2 municipal corporations are unable to agree on the terms and conditions and location of a use within 3 months after a proposal to do so, the municipal corporation proposing to use a street, alley, avenue, or highway is authorized to bring an action in the superior court against the other municipal corporation to have the terms and conditions and location determined, as prescribed. This bill would require a municipal corporation, before using any street, alley, avenue, or highway within any other municipal corporation or county, to request of the municipal corporation or county that has control over the street, alley, avenue, or highway to agree with it upon the location of the use and the terms and conditions to which the use shall be subject. This bill would authorize the municipal corporation proposing to use the street, alley, avenue, or highway within a county to bring an action in the superior court against the county if the municipal corporation and the county are unable to agree on the terms and conditions and location of the use within 3 months after a proposal. Existing law provides that a grant of authority from or agreement with another municipality is not necessary if the street, alley, avenue, or highway proposed to be used is a necessary or convenient part of the route of the proposed works and at the time construction was commenced or the plans adopted was located in unincorporated territory. This bill would repeal these provisions. Hide

AB 1164 (2015-2016) - An Act to Add Section 53087.7 to the Government Code, Relating to Water Conservation, Making an Appropriation Therefor, and Declaring the Urgency Thereof, to Take Effect Immediately.

Water conservation: drought tolerant landscaping

Mike Gatto / The bill was voted on by a Senate committee on July 14, 2015.

Existing law generally authorizes every city and county, including a charter city, in this state to make and enforce within its limits all local, police, sanitary, and other ordinances and regulations that are not in conflict with general laws. This bill would prohibit a city, including a charter city, county, and city and county, from enacting or enforcing any ordinance or regulation that… More
Existing law generally authorizes every city and county, including a charter city, in this state to make and enforce within its limits all local, police, sanitary, and other ordinances and regulations that are not in conflict with general laws. This bill would prohibit a city, including a charter city, county, and city and county, from enacting or enforcing any ordinance or regulation that prohibits the installation of synthetic grass or artificial turf on residential property, as specified. The bill would additionally state that this is an issue of statewide concern. The bill would continuously appropriate $300,000,000 from the General Fund to the Department of Water Resources in equal amounts of $100,000,000 for each of the 2015–16, 2016–17, and 2017–18 fiscal years, to provide matching funds to specified local agencies to provide incentives to residents to replace water inefficient landscaping with drought tolerant landscaping. This bill would declare that it is to take effect immediately as an urgency statute. Hide

AB 1177 (2015-2016) - An Act to Add and Repeal Section 1204.2 of the Health and Safety Code, Relating to Primary Care Clinics.

Primary care clinics: written transfer agreements

Jimmy Gomez, Autumn R. Burke, Evan Low / The bill was voted on by a Senate committee on July 15, 2015.

Existing regulations require primary care clinics to maintain a written transfer agreement with one or more nearby hospitals and other facilities as appropriate to meet medical emergencies. Existing law authorizes certain clinics to request that the State Department of Public Health waive this requirement. This bill would provide that a licensed primary care clinic is not required to enter into a… More
Existing regulations require primary care clinics to maintain a written transfer agreement with one or more nearby hospitals and other facilities as appropriate to meet medical emergencies. Existing law authorizes certain clinics to request that the State Department of Public Health waive this requirement. This bill would provide that a licensed primary care clinic is not required to enter into a written transfer agreement pursuant to those provisions as a condition of licensure, except as provided for a primary care clinic where anesthesia is used in compliance with the community standard of practice, in doses that, when administered, have the probability of placing a patient at risk for loss of the patient’s life-preserving protective reflexes. The bill would exempt a primary care clinic from the above-referenced hospital transfer agreement requirement if the clinic submits to the State Department of Public Health competent evidence, as defined, that documents its attempt to obtain a written transfer agreement from at least 2 local hospitals, except as provided. The bill would impose similar requirements upon an alternative birth center licensed as a primary care clinic, as specified. The bill would require the department to amend its regulations to conform to these changes. Hide