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SB 28 (2015-2016) - An Act to Amend Section 4320 of the Family Code, Relating to Spousal Support.

Spousal support factors: domestic violence

Bob Wieckowski / The bill passed both chambers and has been presented to the governor (enrolled).

Existing law requires a court to order spousal support in an amount, and for a period of time, that the court determines is just and reasonable based on the standard of living established during the marriage. In making spousal support awards, the court is required to consider, among other factors, documented evidence of any history of domestic violence between the parties or against the child of… More
Existing law requires a court to order spousal support in an amount, and for a period of time, that the court determines is just and reasonable based on the standard of living established during the marriage. In making spousal support awards, the court is required to consider, among other factors, documented evidence of any history of domestic violence between the parties or against the child of either party. This bill would specify that a plea of nolo contendere is included within the documented evidence of domestic violence to be considered by the court. Hide

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SB 284 (2015-2016) - An Act to Amend Sections 6738 and 8729 of the Business and Professions Code, and to Amend Sections 16101, 16956, and 16959 of the Corporations Code, Relating to the Practice of Engineering and Land Surveying.

Engineering and land surveying: limited liability partnerships

Anthony Cannella / The bill passed both chambers and has been presented to the governor (enrolled).

The Professional Engineers Act provides for the licensure and regulation of engineers and the Professional Land Surveyors’ Act provides for the licensure and regulation of land surveyors by the Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists. The Uniform Partnership Act of 1994 authorizes the formation of registered limited liability partnerships and foreign limited liability… More
The Professional Engineers Act provides for the licensure and regulation of engineers and the Professional Land Surveyors’ Act provides for the licensure and regulation of land surveyors by the Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists. The Uniform Partnership Act of 1994 authorizes the formation of registered limited liability partnerships and foreign limited liability partnerships as specified. Existing law, until January 1, 2016, authorizes persons licensed to engage in the practice of engineering or land surveying to form registered limited liability partnerships and foreign limited liability partnerships and requires those partnerships to provide security of no less than $2,000,000 for claims arising out of the partnership’s professional practice. Existing law, until January 1, 2016, also provides that engineers or land surveyors are not prohibited from practicing or offering to practice, within the scope of their licensure, as a limited liability partnership if specified requirements are met, including, among others, that any offer, promotion, or advertisement by the business that contains the name of any individual in the business must clearly and specifically designate the license or registration discipline of the individual named. Existing law repeals these provisions on January 1, 2016. This bill would extend the operation of these provisions until January 1, 2019. Hide

SB 348 (2015-2016) - An Act to Amend Sections 21080.13 and 21080.14 of the Public Resources Code, Relating to Environmental Quality.

California Environmental Quality Act: exemption: railroad crossings

Cathleen Galgiani / The bill passed both chambers and has been presented to the governor (enrolled).

(1)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… More
(1)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 exempts from its requirements railroad grade separation projects that eliminate existing grade crossings or that reconstruct existing grade separations. CEQA authorizes a lead agency, if it determines that a project is exempt from the requirements of CEQA, to file a notice of exemption with specific public entities. This bill would require a lead agency, if it determines that the above exemption applies to a project that the agency approves or determines to carry out, to file a notice of exemption with the Office of Planning and Research and, in the case of a local agency, with the county clerk in each affected county. Because the bill would impose additional duties on local agencies with regards to the filing of a notice of exemption, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program. (2)Existing law grants to the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) the authority to regulate railroad crossings, as prescribed. CEQA, until January 1, 2016, exempts from its requirements the closure of a railroad grade crossing by order of the PUC under that authority if the PUC finds the crossing to present a threat to public safety. CEQA requires a state or local agency that determines that this exemption applies to a project that the agency approves or determines to carry out to file a notice of exemption with the Office of Planning and Research and, in the case of a local agency, with the county clerk in each affected county. This bill would postpone until January 1, 2019, the repeal date for those provisions. Because the bill would impose additional duties on local agencies with regard to the filing of a notice of exemption, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program. (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 354 (2015-2016) - An Act to Amend Section 7522.02 of the Government Code, Relating to Public Employees’ Retirement.

California Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act of 2013: joint powers authority: employees

Bob Huff / The bill passed both chambers and has been presented to the governor (enrolled).

The California Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act of 2013 (PEPRA) requires a public retirement system, as defined, to modify its plan or plans to comply with the act and, among other provisions, establishes new retirement formulas that may not be exceeded by a public employer offering a defined benefit pension plan for employees first hired on or after January 1, 2013. Existing law, the Joint… More
The California Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act of 2013 (PEPRA) requires a public retirement system, as defined, to modify its plan or plans to comply with the act and, among other provisions, establishes new retirement formulas that may not be exceeded by a public employer offering a defined benefit pension plan for employees first hired on or after January 1, 2013. Existing law, the Joint Exercise of Powers Act, generally authorizes 2 or more public agencies, by agreement, to jointly exercise any common power, which may include hiring employees and establishing retirement systems. PEPRA authorizes a joint powers authority formed by the Cities of Brea and Fullerton on or after January 1, 2013, to provide employees who are not new members under PEPRA with the defined benefit plan or formula that was received by those employees from their respective employers on December 31, 2012, if they are employed by the joint powers authority without a break in service of more than 180 days. This bill would revise the period during which the authorization granted to a joint powers authority formed by the Cities of Brea and Fullerton to provide specified retirement benefits, as described above, may be applied. The bill would authorize the authority to provide its employees the defined benefit plan or formula that those employees received from their respective employers prior to the exercise of a common power, to which the employee is associated, by the joint powers authority to any employee of specified cities who is not a new member and subsequently is employed by the joint powers authority within 180 days of the city providing for the exercise of a common power, to which the employee was associated, by the joint powers authority. Hide

SB 366 (2015-2016) - An Act to Amend Sections 13307 and 14111 of the Elections Code, Relating to Elections.

Ballot materials: translations

Janet Nguyen / The bill passed both chambers and has been presented to the governor (enrolled).

Existing law requires each county elections official to prepare separate sample ballots for each political party and a separate sample nonpartisan ballot, as specified. Existing law requires the elections official to send to each voter, together with the sample ballot, a voter’s pamphlet that contains the written statements of each candidate. Existing law requires the elections officials to… More
Existing law requires each county elections official to prepare separate sample ballots for each political party and a separate sample nonpartisan ballot, as specified. Existing law requires the elections official to send to each voter, together with the sample ballot, a voter’s pamphlet that contains the written statements of each candidate. Existing law requires the elections officials to provide a Spanish translation to those candidates who wish to have one and requires that the person selected to provide that translation be from a list of approved Spanish-language translators and interpreters of the superior court of the county or from an institution accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Existing law requires the public posting of specified voting information at each polling place on the day of each election. Existing law requires the precinct board to post, in a conspicuous location at the polling place, at least one facsimile copy of the ballot with the ballot measures and ballot instructions printed in Spanish and facsimile ballots printed in other languages if a significant and substantial need is found by the elections official. Existing law requires that each translation of the ballot measures and ballot instructions posted at the polling place be provided by a person selected by the elections official from the list of approved translators and interpreters of the superior court of the county or from an institution accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. This bill would expand the group of acceptable translators for purposes of those provisions to include persons appearing on the Judicial Council Master List, persons qualified by the Administrative Office of the United States Courts, persons from an institution accredited by a regional or national accrediting agency recognized by the United States Secretary of Education, and members of certain professional organizations. Hide

SB 411 (2015-2016) - An Act to Amend Sections 69 and 148 of the Penal Code, Relating to Crimes.

Crimes

Ricardo Lara / The bill passed both chambers and has been presented to the governor (enrolled).

Under existing law, every person who deters or prevents an executive officer from performing any of his or her duties, or knowingly resists the officer, is punishable by a fine or imprisonment, or both, as specified. This bill would provide that the fact that a person takes a photograph or makes an audio or video recording of an executive officer, while the officer is in a public place or the… More
Under existing law, every person who deters or prevents an executive officer from performing any of his or her duties, or knowingly resists the officer, is punishable by a fine or imprisonment, or both, as specified. This bill would provide that the fact that a person takes a photograph or makes an audio or video recording of an executive officer, while the officer is in a public place or the person taking the photograph or making the recording is in a place he or she has the right to be, is not, in and of itself, a violation of the above-mentioned provision. Under existing law, every person who willfully resists, delays, or obstructs any public officer, peace officer, or emergency medical technician in the discharge or attempt to discharge any of his or her duties shall be punished by a fine or imprisonment, or both, as specified. This bill would provide that the fact that a person takes a photograph or makes an audio or video recording of a public officer or peace officer, while the officer is in a public place or the person taking the photograph or making the recording is in a place he or she has the right to be, is not, in and of itself, a violation of the above-mentioned provision, nor does it constitute reasonable suspicion to detain the person or probable cause to arrest the person. Hide

SB 418 (2015-2016) - An Act to Add Section 66610 to the Education Code, Relating to the California State University.

California State University: readmission

Mike Morrell / The bill passed both chambers and has been presented to the governor (enrolled).

The Donahoe Higher Education Act sets forth the missions and functions of the segments of the higher education system in the state, including, among other segments, the California State University, administered by the Trustees of the California State University. Existing federal law provides that a student whose absence from an institution of higher education is necessitated by service in the … More
The Donahoe Higher Education Act sets forth the missions and functions of the segments of the higher education system in the state, including, among other segments, the California State University, administered by the Trustees of the California State University. Existing federal law provides that a student whose absence from an institution of higher education is necessitated by service in the uniformed services shall be entitled to readmission to the institution if the cumulative length of the absence does not exceed 5 years. This bill would require the California State University to comply with that federal law, as specified, and would authorize the Trustees of the California State University to adopt regulations to implement that requirement. Hide

SB 424 (2015-2016) - An Act to Add Section 633.02 to the Penal Code, Relating to Law Enforcement.

Law enforcement: communications

Richard Pan / The bill passed both chambers and has been presented to the governor (enrolled).

Existing law establishes various prohibitions against eavesdropping and recording or intercepting certain communications. A violation of these prohibitions is a crime. Existing law provides that specified law enforcement officers are not prohibited by those provisions from overhearing or recording any communication that they could lawfully overhear or record prior to the January 1, 1968,… More
Existing law establishes various prohibitions against eavesdropping and recording or intercepting certain communications. A violation of these prohibitions is a crime. Existing law provides that specified law enforcement officers are not prohibited by those provisions from overhearing or recording any communication that they could lawfully overhear or record prior to the January 1, 1968, effective date of those prohibitions. This bill would similarly provide that the provisions prohibiting eavesdropping and recording or intercepting certain communications do not prohibit any chief of police, assistant chief of police, or police officer of a university or college campus, as specified, acting within the scope of his or her authority, from overhearing or recording any communication that he or she could lawfully overhear or record prior to January 1, 1968, in any criminal investigation related to sexual assault or other sexual offense. The bill would also provide that those provisions also shall not prohibit those officers from using or operating body-worn cameras. The bill would also state that these provisions shall not be used to impinge upon the lawful exercise of constitutionally protected rights of freedom of speech or assembly, or the constitutionally protected right of personal privacy. Hide

SB 432 (2015-2016) - An Act to Repeal Sections 1725 and 2015 of the Labor Code, Relating to Public Works.

Public works: aliens

Tony Mendoza / The bill passed both chambers and has been presented to the governor (enrolled).

Existing law, with certain exceptions, requires the payment of not less than the general prevailing rate of per diem wages, for work of a similar character in the locality in which a public works project is performed, to all workers employed on a public works project. With respect to the extension of public works, existing law extends preference for employment first to California citizens, next… More
Existing law, with certain exceptions, requires the payment of not less than the general prevailing rate of per diem wages, for work of a similar character in the locality in which a public works project is performed, to all workers employed on a public works project. With respect to the extension of public works, existing law extends preference for employment first to California citizens, next to citizens of other states who are in California at the time of application, and next to aliens who are in California at the time of application. Existing law defines “alien” as any person who is not a born or fully naturalized citizen of the United States. Under existing law, the Department of Finance is required to ascertain and secure from state agencies tentative plans for the extension of public works that are best adapted to supply increased opportunities for advantageous public labor during periods of temporary unemployment in the state. These employment opportunities are available according to the hiring preferences described above. This bill would repeal this definition of “alien” and the provision requiring those preferences to be applied to the extension of public works employment during periods of unemployment in the state. Hide

SB 470 (2015-2016) - An Act to Amend Section 437c of the Code of Civil Procedure, Relating to Civil Actions.

Civil actions: summary judgment and summary adjudication

Hannah-Beth Jackson / The bill passed both chambers and has been presented to the governor (enrolled).

Existing law authorizes a party, pursuant to a specified procedure, to move for summary judgment in any action or proceeding if it is contended that the action has no merit or that there is no defense to it and to move for summary adjudication as to certain issues in the action or proceeding. Existing law requires the court to grant a motion for summary judgment if all the papers submitted show… More
Existing law authorizes a party, pursuant to a specified procedure, to move for summary judgment in any action or proceeding if it is contended that the action has no merit or that there is no defense to it and to move for summary adjudication as to certain issues in the action or proceeding. Existing law requires the court to grant a motion for summary judgment if all the papers submitted show that there is no triable issue as to any material fact and that the moving party is entitled to a judgment as a matter of law, and to grant a motion for summary adjudication if the papers submitted show that there is no triable issue as to one or more material facts the adjudication of which will completely dispose of a cause of action, an affirmative defense, a claim for damages, or an issue of duty. In determining whether the papers show that there is no triable issue as to a material fact, existing law requires the court to consider all of the evidence set forth in the papers, except evidence to which objections have been made and sustained by the court. This bill would provide that, in granting or denying a motion for summary judgment or summary adjudication, the court need rule only on objections made to evidence that the court deems material to the disposition of the motion. The bill would also provide that objections to evidence not ruled on for purposes of the motion would be preserved for appellate review. The bill would also make nonsubstantive changes to the provisions. This bill would incorporate additional changes to Section 437c of the Code of Civil Procedure proposed by AB 1141 that would become operative only if AB 1141 and this bill are both chaptered and become effective on or before January 1, 2016, and this bill is chaptered last. Hide