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SB 251 (2015-2016) - An Act to Amend Sections 55.32, 55.53, and 55.56, of the Civil Code, to Amend Sections 4459.7, 4459.8, and 8299.06 Of, to Add Section 65941.6 To, and to Add Article 4 (Commencing with Section 65946) to Chapter 4.5 of Division 1 of Title 7 Of, the Government Code, and to Add and Repeal Sections 17053.43 and 23643 of the Revenue and Taxation Code, Relating to Disability Access.

Disability access: civil rights: income tax credit

Richard D. Roth / The bill was voted on by an Assembly committee on July 16, 2015.

(1)Existing law prohibits discrimination on the basis of various specified personal characteristics, including disability. The Construction-Related Accessibility Standards Compliance Act establishes standards for making new construction and existing facilities accessible to persons with disabilities and provides for construction-related accessibility claims for violations of those standards.… More
(1)Existing law prohibits discrimination on the basis of various specified personal characteristics, including disability. The Construction-Related Accessibility Standards Compliance Act establishes standards for making new construction and existing facilities accessible to persons with disabilities and provides for construction-related accessibility claims for violations of those standards. Existing law requires that a demand letter alleging a violation of a construction-related accessibility standard or asserting a construction-related accessibility claim include specified information, and that copies of the demand letter be sent to the State Bar of California. Existing law repeals the requirement that a copy of a demand letter be sent to the State Bar of California on January 1, 2016. This bill would extend the above-described January 1, 2016, repeal date, to January 1, 2019. Existing law requires that a copy of the demand letter and the complaint be sent to the California Commission on Disability Access. This bill would, in addition, require that information about the demand letter and the complaint be submitted to the commission in a standard format specified by the commission. (2)Existing law specifies that a violation of construction-related accessability standards personally encountered by a plaintiff may be sufficient to cause a denial of full and equal access if the plaintiff experienced difficulty, discomfort, or embarrassment because of the violation. This bill would exclude certain technical violations from the scope of this provision, if specified conditions are met. (3)Under existing law, a defendant is liable for actual damages plus minimum statutory damages for each instance of discrimination relating to a construction-related accessibility standard. This bill would exempt a defendant from liability for minimum statutory damages with respect to a structure or area inspected by a certified access specialist for a period of 120 days if specified conditions are met. The bill would require a defendant who claims the benefit of this provision, to disclose the date and findings of any certified access specialist (CASp) inspection to the plaintiff. (4) Existing law requires the State Architect to establish and publicize a program for the voluntary certification by the state of any person who meets specified criteria as a CASp. Existing law requires the State Architect to annually publish a list of CASps. Existing law requires each applicant for CASp certification or renewal to pay certain fees, and requires the State Architect to periodically review those fees, as specified. Existing law provides for the deposit of those fees into the Certified Access Specialist Fund, which is continuously appropriated for use by the State Architect to implement the CASp program. This bill would additionally require the State Architect to publish, and regularly update, easily accessible lists of businesses that file prescribed notices of inspection, and businesses which have been inspected by a CASp on or after January 1, 2016, including the date of the inspection. The bill would require the State Architect to develop a process by which a small business may notify the State Architect that a structure or area has had a CASp inspection and to develop a form for businesses to notify the public that the business has obtained a CASp inspection. The bill would also require applicants for CASp certification or renewal to additionally provide to the State Architect the name of the city, county, or city and county in which the applicant intends to provide or has provided services, and would require the Division of the State Architect to post that information on its Internet Web site. (5)Existing law establishes the California Commission on Disability Access for purposes of developing recommendations to enable persons with disabilities to exercise their right to full and equal access to public facilities and facilitating business compliance with applicable state and federal laws and regulations. Existing law sets forth the powers and duties of the commission, including developing educational materials and information for businesses, building owners, tenants, and building officials, posting that information on the commission’s Internet Web site, and coordinating with other state agencies and local building departments to ensure that information provided to the public on disability access requirements is uniform and complete. This bill would additionally require the commission to provide a link on its Internet Web site to the Internet Web site of the Division of the State Architect’s CASp certification program, and make the commission’s educational materials and information available to other state agencies and local building departments. (6)The Planning and Zoning Law establishes procedures for the application, and review of an application, for a development project. Existing law requires a public agency to notify applicants for development permits of specified information, including the time limits established for the review and approval of development permits. This bill would additionally require local agencies to develop and provide to applicants materials relating to the requirements of the federal Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, or to instead provide similar materials developed by the California Commission on Disability Access. The bill would require a local agency to notify an applicant that approval of a permit does not signify that the applicant has complied with that act. The bill would also require local agencies to expedite review of projects for which the applicant provides a copy of a disability access certificate, demonstrates that the project is necessary to address an alleged violation of a construction-related access standard or a violation noted in a CASp report, and, if project plans are necessary for approval, has had a CASp review the project plans for compliance with all applicable construction-related accessibility standards. The bill would declare that these provisions constitute a matter of statewide concern and shall apply to charter cities and charter counties. By imposing additional duties on local agencies with respect to the receipt and review of applications for development projects, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program. (7)Existing federal law allows a credit against federal income taxes for eligible small businesses for eligible access expenditures, as those terms are defined, in an amount equal to 50% of eligible access expenditures for a taxable year that exceed $250 but do not exceed $10,250. The Personal Income Tax Law and the Corporation Tax Law allow a credit against the taxes imposed by those laws for the amount paid or incurred for eligible access expenditures in an amount equal to 50% of eligible access expenditures for a taxable year as do not exceed $250, as specified. This bill would, for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2016, and before January 1, 2021, allow a credit under both the Personal Income Tax Law and the Corporation Tax Law for eligible access expenditures in accordance with the above-described federal tax credit, except with a credit amount equal to 10% of eligible access expenditures for a taxable year, as specified. (8)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, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that the bill contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to these statutory provisions.(9)This bill would incorporate additional changes to Section 8299.06 of the Government Code proposed by AB 1342 that would become operative if this bill and AB 1342 are enacted and this bill is enacted last. Hide

SB 252 (2015-2016) - An Act to Amend Sections 48412 and 51421 Of, and to Add Section 51421.5 To, the Education Code, Relating to Pupils, and Making an Appropriation Therefor.

Pupils: diploma alternatives: fees

Mark Leno / The bill was voted on by an Assembly committee on July 15, 2015.

(1)Existing law authorizes certain persons, including, among others, any person 16 years of age or older, to have his or her proficiency in basic skills taught in public high schools verified according to criteria established by the State Department of Education. Existing law requires the State Board of Education to award a certificate of proficiency to persons who demonstrate that proficiency.… More
(1)Existing law authorizes certain persons, including, among others, any person 16 years of age or older, to have his or her proficiency in basic skills taught in public high schools verified according to criteria established by the State Department of Education. Existing law requires the State Board of Education to award a certificate of proficiency to persons who demonstrate that proficiency. Existing law requires the department to develop standards of competency in basic skills taught in public high schools and to provide for the administration of examinations prepared by, or with the approval of, the department to verify competency. Existing law authorizes the department to charge a fee for each examination application in an amount sufficient to recover the costs of administering the requirements of these provisions, but prohibits the fee from exceeding an amount equal to the cost of test renewal and administration per examination application. This bill would prohibit the department from charging the fee to a homeless child or youth who is under 25 years of age and can verify his or her status as a homeless youth. The bill would authorize a homeless services provider, as defined, that has knowledge of the examinee’s housing status to verify the examinee’s status for purposes of these provisions. The bill would provide that no additional state funds would be appropriated for purposes of implementing the above provisions. The bill would authorize the state board to adopt emergency regulations for purposes of these provisions. (2)Existing law separately requires the Superintendent of Public Instruction to issue a high school equivalency certificate and an official score report, or an official score report only, to a person who has not completed high school and who meets specified requirements, including, among others, having taken all or a portion of a general education development test that has been approved by the state board and administered by a testing center approved by the department, with a score determined by the state board to be equal to the standard of performance expected from high school graduates. Existing law authorizes the Superintendent to charge an examinee a one-time fee to pay costs related to administering these provisions and issuing a certificate, as specified. Existing law limits the amount of the fee to $20 per person and requires each scoring contractor to forward that fee to the Superintendent. This bill would, for purposes of those provisions, prohibit a contractor or testing center that charges its own separate fee from charging that separate fee to a homeless child or youth who is under 25 years of age and can verify his or her status as a homeless child or youth. The bill would authorize a homeless services provider, as defined, that has knowledge of the examinee’s housing status to verify the examinee’s status for purposes of these provisions. The bill would provide that no additional state funds shall be appropriated for purposes of implementing these provisions, and would authorize the Superintendent to adopt emergency regulations for purposes of these provisions.(3)Existing law establishes in the State Treasury a Special Deposit Fund Account, which consists of certain fees, and is continuously appropriated for the support of the department to be used for purposes of the provisions above relating to high school equivalency tests.This bill would authorize the Superintendent to use surplus funds, as defined, in the Special Deposit Fund Account to reimburse contractors for the loss of fees, if any, pursuant to provisions above relating to high school equivalency tests. By authorizing the expenditure of money in a continuously appropriated fund for a new purpose, this bill would make an appropriation. The bill would require a contract executed by the department for the provision of those tests to require a contracting party to accept all examinees, including those entitled to a fee waiver pursuant to those provisions. The bill also would require the department to include a provision in all memorandums of understanding with contractors for purposes of providing a high school equivalency test, that if the surplus funds in the Special Deposit Fund Account are depleted, the ongoing costs of a fee waiver for an examinee deemed eligible for a waiver shall be absorbed by the contractor. (4)This bill also would require the department, on or before December 1, 2018, to submit two reports to the appropriate policy and fiscal committees of the Legislature, one relating to high school proficiency tests, and one relating to high school equivalency tests, that each include, among other things, the number of homeless youth that took a high school proficiency or equivalency test in each of the 2016, 2017, and 2018 calendar years, and the impact of the opportunity to take a high school proficiency or equivalency test at no cost on the number and percentage of homeless youth taking a high school proficiency or equivalency test. Hide

SB 255 (2015-2016) - An Act to Amend Sections 8241 and 8244 of the Government Code, Relating to State Government.

State government: Commission on the Status of Women and Girls

Carol Liu / The bill was voted on by an Assembly committee on August 26, 2015.

Existing law creates within the state government the Commission on the Status of Women and Girls that consists of 17 members, and specifies that one member is the Chief of the Division of Industrial Welfare in the Department of Industrial Relations. Existing law abolished the Division of Industrial Welfare and transferred the duties, purposes, responsibilities, and jurisdiction of the Chief of… More
Existing law creates within the state government the Commission on the Status of Women and Girls that consists of 17 members, and specifies that one member is the Chief of the Division of Industrial Welfare in the Department of Industrial Relations. Existing law abolished the Division of Industrial Welfare and transferred the duties, purposes, responsibilities, and jurisdiction of the Chief of the Division of Industrial Welfare to the Labor Commissioner, who is the Chief of the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement. This bill would specify that the Labor Commissioner instead of the Chief of the Division of Industrial Welfare is a member of the Commission on the Status of Women and Girls. Existing law also provides the Commission on the Status of Women and Girls with the powers and authority necessary to carry out its duties imposed by law, including, but not limited to, to accept any gifts, donations, grants, or bequests for all or any of the purposes of that law. Existing law creates the Women and Girls Fund in the State Treasury to carry out the law in support of the commission upon appropriation by the Legislature. Existing law, the Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act (Bagley-Keene Act), generally requires, with specified exceptions for authorized closed sessions, that the meetings of state bodies be open and public and that all persons be permitted to attend. This bill would specify that the commission may also conduct fundraising activities that may require a payment or purchase to attend, and would exempt from the Bagley-Keene Act the commission at a fundraising event held or organized by the commission, provided that a majority of members do not discuss among themselves any item of business of a specific nature that is within the subject matter jurisdiction of the commission, and any meetings conducted solely for purposes of raising funds for the Women and Girls Fund, provided that no other item of business that is within the subject matter of the commission is discussed, deliberated, or acted upon. Hide

SB 286 (2015-2016) - An Act to Amend Section 365.1 Of, to Add Section 395.5 To, and to Add and Repeal Section 769.1 Of, the Public Utilities Code, Relating to Electricity.

Electricity: direct transactions

Robert M. Hertzberg / The bill was voted on by an Assembly committee on July 13, 2015.

The Public Utilities Act requires the Public Utilities Commission, pursuant to electrical restructuring, to authorize and facilitate direct transactions between electricity suppliers and retail end-use customers. Existing law, enacted during the energy crisis of 2000–01, authorized the Department of Water Resources, until January 1, 2003, to enter into contracts for the purchase of electricity,… More
The Public Utilities Act requires the Public Utilities Commission, pursuant to electrical restructuring, to authorize and facilitate direct transactions between electricity suppliers and retail end-use customers. Existing law, enacted during the energy crisis of 2000–01, authorized the Department of Water Resources, until January 1, 2003, to enter into contracts for the purchase of electricity, and to sell electricity to retail end-use customers at not more than the department’s acquisition costs and to recover those costs through the issuance of bonds to be repaid by ratepayers. That law suspended the right of retail end-use customers, other than community choice aggregators and a qualifying direct transaction customer, as defined, to acquire service through a direct transaction until the Department of Water Resources no longer supplies electricity under that law. Existing law continues the suspension of direct transactions except as expressly authorized, until the Legislature, by statute, repeals the suspension or otherwise authorizes direct transactions. Existing law requires the commission to authorize direct transactions for nonresidential end-use customers subject to a reopening schedule that will phase in over a period of not less than 3 years and not more than 5 years, and is subject to an annual maximum allowable total kilowatthour limit established, as specified, for each electrical corporation. The California Renewables Portfolio Standard Program requires a retail seller, as defined, and local publicly owned electric utilities to purchase specified minimum quantities of electricity products from eligible renewable energy resources, as defined, for specified compliance periods. The program, consistent with the goals of procuring the least-cost and best-fit eligible renewable energy resources that meet project viability principles, requires that all retail sellers procure a balanced portfolio of electricity products from eligible renewable energy resources, meeting specified portfolio content categories. This bill would require the commission to adopt and implement a schedule that implements a 2nd phase-in period for expanding direct transactions for individual retail nonresidential end-use customers over a period of not more than 3 years, raising the allowable limit of kilowatthours that can be supplied by other providers in each electrical corporation’s distribution service territory by that electrical corporation’s share of an aggregate of 8,000 gigawatthours, apportioned as specified. The bill would require that all of an electric service provider’s retail sales associated with each 2nd phase direct transaction be procured from eligible renewable energy resources and would require the commission to enforce the bill’s renewables procurement requirements as part of the California Renewables Portfolio Standard Program. The bill would require nonresidential retail end-use customers engaging in direct transactions to be responsible for their proportionate share of the costs of specified programs. The bill would require that an electrical corporation continue to construct, own, and operate distribution system equipment, as specified, and continue to provide support functions, as specified, through its own employees, except that construction of distribution system equipment and line clearance tree trimming may be performed under contract. The bill would prohibit an electric service provider from offering consolidated billing beginning January 1, 2016. Under existing law, a violation of the Public Utilities Act or any order, decision, rule, direction, demand, or requirement of the commission is a crime. Because the provisions of this bill would be a part of the act and because a violation of an order or decision of the commission implementing its requirements would be a crime, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program by expanding the operation of a crime. 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 295 (2015-2016) - An Act to Add Section 51015.1 to the Government Code, Relating to Pipeline Safety.

Pipeline safety: inspections

Hannah-Beth Jackson / The bill was voted on by an Assembly committee on July 15, 2015.

Under the Elder California Pipeline Safety Act of 1981, the State Fire Marshal exercises safety regulatory jurisdiction over intrastate pipelines used for the transportation of hazardous or highly volatile liquid substances. The act authorizes the State Fire Marshal to exercise safety regulatory jurisdiction over portions of interstate pipelines located within the state and subject to an… More
Under the Elder California Pipeline Safety Act of 1981, the State Fire Marshal exercises safety regulatory jurisdiction over intrastate pipelines used for the transportation of hazardous or highly volatile liquid substances. The act authorizes the State Fire Marshal to exercise safety regulatory jurisdiction over portions of interstate pipelines located within the state and subject to an agreement between the United States Secretary of Transportation and the State Fire Marshal. The act authorizes the State Fire Marshal to enter, inspect, and examine, at reasonable times and in a reasonable manner, the records and properties of any pipeline operators that are required to be inspected and examined to determine whether the pipeline operator is in compliance with the act. This bill would require, commencing January 1, 2017, the State Fire Marshal, or an officer or employee authorized by the State Fire Marshal, to annually inspect all intrastate pipelines and operators of intrastate pipelines under the jurisdiction of the State Fire Marshal, and would require the State Fire Marshal to adopt regulations implementing this provision by that date. The bill would prohibit the State Fire Marshal from becoming an inspection agent for specified interstate pipelines unless all regulatory and enforcement authority over those pipelines is transferred to the State Fire Marshal from the federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. The bill would require the State Fire Marshal to revise specified fees assessed to cover the costs associated with this measure. Hide

SB 304 (2015-2016) - An Act Relating to State Claims, Making an Appropriation Therefor, and Declaring the Urgency Thereof, to Take Effect Immediately.

State claims

Ricardo Lara / The bill was voted on by an Assembly committee on August 26, 2015.

Existing law requires the California Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board to ensure that all claims that have been approved by the board and for which there exists no legally available appropriation are submitted for legislative approval at least twice each calendar year. This bill would appropriate $3,277,141.90 from various funds for the payment of claims accepted by the board, as… More
Existing law requires the California Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board to ensure that all claims that have been approved by the board and for which there exists no legally available appropriation are submitted for legislative approval at least twice each calendar year. This bill would appropriate $3,277,141.90 from various funds for the payment of claims accepted by the board, as specified. The bill would require the Controller, upon the request of the board and in a form prescribed by the Controller, to transfer surcharges and fees from the specified Budget Act items of appropriation identified in the bill to Item 7870-001-0001 of Section 2.00 of the Budget Act of 2015. This bill would require the board to provide a report of the amounts recovered pursuant to this authority to the Department of Finance within 90 days of the enactment of this bill. This bill would declare that it is to take effect immediately as an urgency statute. Hide

SB 308 (2015-2016) - An Act to Amend Section 2983.3 of the Civil Code, and to Amend Sections 703.140, 704.010, 704.113, 704.115, 704.720, 704.730, and 704.960 Of, to Add Sections 704.085, 704.111, and 704.165 To, the Code of Civil Procedure, and to Amend Section 22329 of the Financial Code, Relating to Bankruptcy.

Debtor exemptions

Bob Wieckowski / The bill was voted on by an Assembly committee on August 26, 2015.

Existing law prohibits the seller or holder of a conditional sale contract for a motor vehicle from accelerating the maturity of any part or all of the amount due under the contract or repossessing the vehicle in the absence of default in the performance of any of the buyer’s obligations under the contract. This bill would provide that neither the act of filing a bankruptcy petition by the… More
Existing law prohibits the seller or holder of a conditional sale contract for a motor vehicle from accelerating the maturity of any part or all of the amount due under the contract or repossessing the vehicle in the absence of default in the performance of any of the buyer’s obligations under the contract. This bill would provide that neither the act of filing a bankruptcy petition by the buyer or other person liable on the contract nor the status of either of those persons as a debtor in bankruptcy constitutes a default in the performance of any of the buyer’s obligations under the contract and neither may be used as a basis for accelerating the maturity of any part or all of the amount due under the contract or for repossessing the motor vehicle. Existing law identifies various types of property of a judgment debtor that are exempt from the enforcement of a money judgment. Existing law provides that property described in statute as exempt may be claimed within the time and in the manner prescribed in the applicable enforcement procedure, and property described in statute as exempt without making a claim is not subject to any procedure for enforcement of a money judgment. These general exemptions are available to a debtor in a federal bankruptcy case, whether a money judgment is being enforced by execution sale or other procedure, unless the debtor elects certain alternative exemptions. Existing law requires the Judicial Council to, every 3 years, adjust the amount of the exemptions applicable to exempt property based on the change in the annual California Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers, and to prepare conforming forms for those adjustments. This bill would increase the statutory amounts of various exemptions to reflect the amounts of the exemptions as adjusted by the Judicial Council effective April 1, 2013. Existing law authorizes a husband and wife who jointly file a bankruptcy petition to jointly elect to utilize the general exemptions or the alternative exemptions, but not both. The general exemptions are applicable if a bankruptcy petition is filed individually, and not jointly, for a husband or a wife, except that the husband and wife may jointly waive in writing their right to claim, during the period the case commenced by filing the petition is pending, the general exemptions and instead elect to utilize the alternative exemptions. This bill would provide that a joint waiver is not required from a debtor who is separated from his or her spouse as of the date the bankruptcy petition is filed, unless, on the petition date, the debtor and the debtor’s spouse shared an ownership interest in property that could be exempted as a homestead, as specified. Existing law includes an alternative exemption for the debtor’s right to receive a payment under a stock bonus, pension, profit-sharing, annuity, or similar plan or contract on account of illness, disability, death, age, or length of service to the extent reasonably necessary for the support of the debtor and any dependent of the debtor, unless all of several specified conditions apply, including that the plan or contract does not qualify under specified provisions of the federal Internal Revenue Code of 1986. This bill would provide that a plan or contract covered by this alternative exemption would be exempt even if it did not qualify under the specified provisions of the federal Internal Revenue Code of 1986 so long as the sole basis for the failure to qualify is a technical defect. Existing law includes alternative exemptions for the debtor’s right to receive, or property that is traceable to, a payment on account of the wrongful death of an individual of whom the debtor was a dependent and a payment under a life insurance contract that insured the life of an individual of whom the debtor was a dependent on the date of that individual’s death. This bill would make these exemptions applicable, as well, to payments regarding an individual of whom the debtor was a spouse. Existing law includes an alternative exemption for the debtor’s right to receive, or property that is traceable to, a payment on account of personal bodily injury of the debtor or an individual of whom the debtor is a dependent. Existing law sets this amount as $25,575, as adjusted by the Judicial Council. This bill would make this exemption applicable, as well, to a payment on account of personal bodily injury of the spouse of the debtor. Existing law includes an alternative exemption for the debtor’s right to receive, or property that is traceable to, a payment in compensation of loss of future earnings of the debtor or an individual of whom the debtor is or was a dependent to the extent reasonably necessary for the support of the debtor and a dependent of the debtor. This bill would make this exemption applicable, as well, to a payment regarding an individual of whom the debtor is or was a spouse, and would provide that the exemption applies to the extent reasonably necessary for the support of the debtor and a spouse or dependent of the debtor. Existing law provides that vacation credits, as defined, are exempt from enforcement of a money judgment without making a claim. This bill would delete the definition of “vacation credits” set forth in these provisions and expand this general exemption to also include accrued or unused vacation pay, sick leave, and family leave. The bill also would add an alternative exemption for the debtor’s right to receive these expanded assets. Existing law exempts any combination of aggregate equity in motor vehicles, the proceeds of an execution sale of a motor vehicle, and the proceeds of insurance or other indemnification for the loss, damage, or destruction of a motor vehicle. Existing law sets this amount of this exemption, as adjusted by the Judicial Council, at $2,900. Existing law includes an alternative exemption for up to $5,100, as adjusted by the Judicial Council, of the debtor’s interest in one or more motor vehicles. This bill would increase the amount of the general and alternative exemption for motor vehicle equity to $6,000, and make conforming changes. This bill would provide that the aggregate interest of a debtor who is engaged in business, not to exceed $5,000 in cash or deposit accounts, accounts receivable, and inventory of the business is exempt. Existing law includes an alternative exemption for the debtor’s right to receive alimony, support, or separate maintenance, to the extent reasonably necessary for the support of the debtor and any dependent of the debtor. This bill would provide that these assets are exempt, thereby adding a general exemption matching the existing alternative exemption. Existing law provides that all amounts held, controlled, or in process of distribution by a private retirement plan, for the payment of benefits as an annuity, pension, retirement allowance, disability payment, or death benefit from a private retirement plan are exempt. Existing law defines “private retirement plan” to include self-employed retirement plans and individual retirement annuities or accounts provided for in the federal Internal Revenue Code of 1986, including individual retirement accounts qualified under specified provisions of that code. This bill would expand this exemption to also include individual retirement accounts that do not qualify under those specified provisions on the basis of a technical defect alone. Existing law provides that various causes of action and awards of damages or settlements arising out of those actions are exempt to varying extent, as specified. This bill would provide that a cause of action arising out of or regarding the violation of any law relating to the judgment debtor’s employment is exempt without making a claim, except as provided in specified statutory provisions, and an award of damages or a settlement arising out of or regarding the violation of any law relating to the judgment debtor’s employment is exempt to the extent necessary for the support of the judgment debtor and the spouse and dependents of the judgment debtor. The bill also would add identical alternative exemptions in this regard. Existing law provides that the proceeds of sale or of insurance or other indemnification for damage or destruction of a homestead, the proceeds received as compensation for a homestead acquired for public use, or the proceeds from a voluntary sale of a declared homestead, are exempt in the amount of the homestead exemption provided in a specified statute for a period of 6 months after the time the proceeds are actually received by the judgment debtor, except as provided. This bill would specify that, in a case under Title 11 of the United States Code, regardless of whether the sale is voluntary or involuntary, the expiration of the six-month period at any time after the filing of the case does not terminate the exempt status of the homestead or its proceeds. Existing law provides that a specified portion of equity in a homestead, as defined, is exempt from execution to satisfy a judgment debt and prescribes that the amount of the homestead exemption is either $75,000, $100,000, or $175,000, depending on certain characteristics of the homestead’s residents. This bill would increase these exemptions to $100,000, $150,000 or $300,000, respectively.Existing law provides that, in the absence of default in the performance of a borrower’s obligations under a loan secured in whole or in part by a lien on a motor vehicle, as defined, a licensee may not accelerate the maturity of any or all of the amount due on the loan or repossess the motor vehicle.This bill would provide that neither the act of filing a bankruptcy petition by the borrower or other person liable on the loan nor the status of either of those persons as a debtor in bankruptcy constitutes a default in the performance of any of the borrower’s obligations under the loan and neither may be used as a basis for accelerating the maturity of any part or all of the amount due under the loan or for repossessing the motor vehicle. Hide

SB 321 (2015-2016) - An Act to Amend Section 7360 of the Revenue and Taxation Code, Relating to Taxation.

Motor vehicle fuel taxes: rates: adjustments

Jim Beall / The bill was voted on by an Assembly committee on August 26, 2015.

Existing law, as of July 1, 2010, exempts the sale of, and the storage, use, or other consumption of, motor vehicle fuel from specified sales and use taxes and increases the excise tax on motor vehicle fuel, as provided. Existing law requires the State Board of Equalization, for the 2011–12 fiscal year and each fiscal year thereafter, on or before March 1 of the fiscal year immediately… More
Existing law, as of July 1, 2010, exempts the sale of, and the storage, use, or other consumption of, motor vehicle fuel from specified sales and use taxes and increases the excise tax on motor vehicle fuel, as provided. Existing law requires the State Board of Equalization, for the 2011–12 fiscal year and each fiscal year thereafter, on or before March 1 of the fiscal year immediately preceding the applicable fiscal year, to adjust the motor vehicle fuel tax rate in a manner as to generate an amount of revenue equal to the amount of revenue loss attributable to the sales and use tax exemption on motor vehicle fuel, based on estimates made by the board. Existing law also requires, in order to maintain revenue for each year, the board to take into account actual net revenue gain or loss for the fiscal year ending prior to the rate adjustment date. Existing law requires this adjusted rate to be effective during the state’s next fiscal year. This bill for the 2016–17 fiscal year and each fiscal year thereafter would, instead require the board on March 1 of the fiscal year immediately preceding the applicable fiscal year, as specified, to adjust the rate in a manner as to generate an amount of revenue equal to the amount of revenue loss attributable to the exemption, based on estimates made by the board that reflect the combined average of the actual fuel price over the previous 4 fiscal years and the estimated fuel price for the current fiscal year, and continuing to take into account adjustments required by existing law to maintain revenue neutrality for each year. Hide

SB 324 (2015-2016) - An Act to Add Sections 17140.4 and 23711.4 to the Revenue and Taxation Code, and to Add Chapter 15 (Commencing with Section 4875) to Division 4.5 of the Welfare and Institutions Code, Relating to Taxation, and Making an Appropriation Therefor.

Income taxation: savings plans: Qualified ABLE Program

Fran Pavley / The bill was voted on by an Assembly committee on July 13, 2015.

The Personal Income Tax Law and the Corporation Tax Law, in specified conformity with federal income tax laws regarding qualified tuition programs, provide that distributions from a qualified tuition program are generally not included in the income of the donor or the beneficiary, as specified. Existing federal law, the Stephen Beck Jr., Achieving a Better Life Experience Act of 2014 (ABLE Act),… More
The Personal Income Tax Law and the Corporation Tax Law, in specified conformity with federal income tax laws regarding qualified tuition programs, provide that distributions from a qualified tuition program are generally not included in the income of the donor or the beneficiary, as specified. Existing federal law, the Stephen Beck Jr., Achieving a Better Life Experience Act of 2014 (ABLE Act), for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2015, encourages and assists individuals and families to save private funds for the purpose of supporting persons with disabilities to maintain their health, independence, and quality of life by excluding from gross income distributions used for qualified disability expenses by a beneficiary of a Qualified ABLE Program established and maintained by a state, as specified. This bill would conform to these federal income tax law provisions relating to the ABLE Act under the Personal Income Tax Law and the Corporation Tax Law, as provided. The bill would also establish in state government the ABLE program trust for purposes of implementing the federal ABLE Act. The bill would create the ABLE Act Board and would authorize the board to adopt regulations to implement the program. The bill would create the program fund and the administrative fund, both continuously appropriated funds, thereby making an appropriation. The bill would require the Treasurer to administer the program in compliance with the requirements of the federal ABLE Act. Hide

SB 330 (2015-2016) - An Act to Amend, Repeal, and Add Section 1091 of the Government Code, Relating to Public Officers.

Public officers: contracts: financial interest

Tony Mendoza / The bill was voted on by an Assembly committee on July 15, 2015.

(1)Existing law prohibits Members of the Legislature, and state, county, district, judicial district, and city officers or employees from being financially interested in a contract, as specified, made by them in their official capacity or by any body or board of which they are members, subject to specified exceptions. Existing law identifies certain remote interests that are not subject to this… More
(1)Existing law prohibits Members of the Legislature, and state, county, district, judicial district, and city officers or employees from being financially interested in a contract, as specified, made by them in their official capacity or by any body or board of which they are members, subject to specified exceptions. Existing law identifies certain remote interests that are not subject to this prohibition and other situations in which an official is not deemed to be financially interested in a contract, including, among others, that of a parent in the earnings of his or her minor child for personal services. Existing law makes a willful violation of this prohibition a crime. This bill would, on and after January 1, 2017, instead include within the definition of remote interests that of a public officer who is an elected member of any state or local body, board, or commission, if that public officer’s spouse, child, parent, sibling, or the spouse of the child, parent, or sibling, has a financial interest in any contract made by that public officer in his or her official capacity, or by any body, board, or commission of which that public officer is a member. (2)Existing law imposes a criminal penalty for every officer or person who willfully violates the prohibitions against making or being financially interested in contracts, as specified. This bill would additionally provide that a member who knows and fails to disclose his or her remote interest in a contract, as defined, or knows and willfully fails to disclose the fact of his or her remote interest in a contract, as defined, is subject to criminal penalty. By expanding these prohibitions, this bill would create a new crime, and thus, 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