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An Act to Add Section 6401.9 to the Labor Code, Relating to Employment. AB 1576 (2013-2014) HallOpposeNo
The California Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1973 establishes certain safety and other responsibilities of employers and employees. Violations of the act under certain circumstances are a… More
The California Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1973 establishes certain safety and other responsibilities of employers and employees. Violations of the act under certain circumstances are a crime. Existing law establishes the Department of Industrial Relations to, among other things, foster, promote, and develop the welfare of the wage earners, to improve their working conditions, and to advance their opportunities for profitable employment. Existing law requires every employer to establish, implement, and maintain an effective injury prevention program. Existing law requires the program to be written, except as specified, and to include certain elements, such as the employer’s system for identifying and evaluating workplace hazards and the employer’s system for communicating with employees on occupational health and safety matters. Existing regulations require each employer having an employee with occupational exposure, defined as reasonably anticipated specified contact with blood or other potentially infectious materials that may result from the performance of an employee’s duties, to establish, implement, and maintain an effective exposure control plan designed to eliminate or minimize employee exposure. Existing regulations require, under specified circumstances, the employer to provide, at no cost to the employee, appropriate personal protective equipment that does not permit blood or other potentially infectious materials to pass through to or to reach the employee, as specified. This bill would require an adult film employer’s exposure control plan to include information that each time an employee performing in an adult film engaged in vaginal or anal intercourse, personal protective equipment was used to protect the employee from exposure to bloodborne pathogens and each employee performing in an adult film was tested for sexually transmitted infections according to specified recommendations not more than 14 days prior to filming any scene in which the employee engaged in vaginal or anal intercourse, that the employee consented to disclosing to the Division of Occupational Safety and Health that the employee was the subject of an HIV test, and that the employer paid for the test. This bill also would require an adult film employer’s exposure control plan to include any additional information as required by the Division of Occupational Safety and Health. Because a violation of the act would be a crime under certain circumstances, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program by creating a new 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
An Act to Amend Sections 1798.81.5, 1798.82, and 1798.85 of the Civil Code, Relating to Personal Information Privacy. AB 1710 (2013-2014) DickinsonOpposeNo
Existing law requires a person or business conducting business in California that owns or licenses computerized data that includes personal information, as defined, to disclose, as specified, a… More
Existing law requires a person or business conducting business in California that owns or licenses computerized data that includes personal information, as defined, to disclose, as specified, a breach of the security of the system or data following discovery or notification of the security breach to any California resident whose unencrypted personal information was, or is reasonably believed to have been, acquired by an unauthorized person. Existing law also requires a person or business that maintains computerized data that includes personal information that the person or business does not own to notify the owner or licensee of the information of any breach of the security of the data immediately following discovery, as specified. Existing law requires a person or business required to issue a security breach notification pursuant to these provisions to meet various requirements, including that the security breach notification provide specified information. This bill would require, with respect to the information required to be included in the notification, if the person or business providing the notification was the source of the breach, that the person or business offer to provide appropriate identity theft prevention and mitigation services, if any, to the affected person at no cost for not less than 12 months if the breach exposed or may have exposed specified personal information. Existing law requires a business that owns or licenses personal information about a California resident to implement and maintain reasonable security procedures and practices appropriate to the nature of the information, to protect the personal information from unauthorized access, destruction, use, modification, or disclosure. This bill would expand these provisions to businesses that own, license, or maintain personal information about a California resident, as specified. Existing law prohibits a person or entity, with specified exceptions, from publicly posting or displaying an individual’s social security number or doing certain other acts that might compromise the security of an individual’s social security number, unless otherwise required by federal or state law. This bill would also, except as specified, prohibit the sale, advertisement for sale, or offer to sell of an individual’s social security number. Hide
An Act to Add Division 4.5 (Commencing with Section 4500) to the Elections Code, Relating to Elections. AB 19 (2013-2014) TingSupportNo
Existing law provides for voting at polling places, by vote by mail ballot, and in mail ballot elections. Existing law prohibits a voting system from being connected to the Internet, electronically… More
Existing law provides for voting at polling places, by vote by mail ballot, and in mail ballot elections. Existing law prohibits a voting system from being connected to the Internet, electronically receiving or transmitting election data, or receiving or transmitting wireless communications or wireless data transfers. This bill would establish an Internet Voting Pilot Program under which a county may offer Internet voting as an additional method of voting in a local election held within the county, provided that specified conditions apply. The pilot program would be required to test the viability, accuracy, security, integrity, efficacy, accessibility, and public acceptance of an Internet voting system. Before a county may conduct a pilot program, this bill would require the county to test the program, as specified. This bill would require the Secretary of State to certify an Internet voting system before it may be used by a county in conducting a pilot program. In order to certify the Internet voting system, this bill would require the Secretary of State to conduct a top-to-bottom review of the system and report on the system’s accuracy, security, integrity, efficacy, and accessibility. If a county conducts a pilot program, this bill would require the county to evaluate the program and the county’s experience with the Internet voting system and report thereon to the Legislature and the Secretary of State. Hide
An Act to Amend Sections 5360 and 5391 of the Public Utilities Code, Relating to Transportation. AB 2068 (2013-2014) NazarianOpposeNo
The Passenger Charter-party Carriers’ Act, with certain exceptions, prohibits a charter-party carrier of passengers from engaging in transportation services subject to regulation by the Public… More
The Passenger Charter-party Carriers’ Act, with certain exceptions, prohibits a charter-party carrier of passengers from engaging in transportation services subject to regulation by the Public Utilities Commission without obtaining a specified certificate or permit, as appropriate, from the commission, and imposes various other requirements. Existing law establishes various exclusions to the act. Pursuant to existing law, the commission rendered a decision relating to public safety risks in the operation of transportation network companies and defined a transportation network company as an organization that provides prearranged transportation services for compensation using an online-enabled platform to connect passengers with drivers using their personal vehicles. This bill would specifically include within the definition of charter-party carrier of passengers a person that uses an online-enabled application or platform to connect passengers with drivers. Existing law requires the commission to require charter-party carriers of passengers to procure and continue in effect adequate assurances of protection against liability, as specified. This bill would specify that the assurances against protection against liability shall be primary. The bill would require the commission to develop a standard disclosure agreement with specified insurance disclosures, and would require the agreement to be included in a written agreement between drivers and charter-party carriers of passengers that use an online-enabled application or platform to connect passengers with drivers, and to be signed by those drivers. The bill would provide that the disclosure agreement records of a charter-party carrier of passengers are subject to review and audit by the commission. Existing law provides that a violation of the provisions governing charter-party carriers of passengers and of associated regulations adopted by the commission is a crime. This bill would revise the definition of a crime, thereby imposing 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
An Act to Add Article 7 (Commencing with Section 5430) to Chapter 8 of Division 2 of the Public Utilities Code, Relating to Transportation. AB 2293 (2013-2014) BonillaOpposeYes
Existing law, the Passenger Charter-party Carriers’ Act, provides for the regulation of charter-party carriers of passengers by the Public Utilities Commission, and makes it unlawful for a… More
Existing law, the Passenger Charter-party Carriers’ Act, provides for the regulation of charter-party carriers of passengers by the Public Utilities Commission, and makes it unlawful for a charter-party carrier to operate without first obtaining a permit or certificate, from the commission, except as specified. The act requires a charter-party carrier to, among other things, comply with specified vehicle identification and accident liability protection requirements. A violation of the act is generally a misdemeanor, punishable by a specified fine or term of imprisonment, or both, depending on the violation. This bill would amend the Passenger Charter-party Carriers’ Act to enact specified requirements for liability insurance coverage for transportation network companies, as defined, and their participating drivers. These requirements would become operative on July 1, 2015. The bill would describe 2 distinct time periods and would specify the insurance requirements for each of those time periods and alternative methods of compliance with those requirements. The bill would require uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage to be provided for specified time periods. The bill would, in the event a driver’s insurance policy ceases to exist or has been canceled, or under certain other circumstances, require a transportation network company’s insurance policy to provide the required coverage. The bill, beginning July 1, 2015, would provide that a participating driver’s or vehicle owner’s personal automobile insurance policy does not provide coverage to the participating driver, vehicle owner, or any 3rd party unless the policy so provides. The bill, beginning July 1, 2015, would require certain written disclosures by transportation network companies to their participating drivers on the insurance coverage provided by the company and to advise that the driver’s personal automobile insurance policy will not provide coverage. The bill would authorize a personal automobile insurer to offer such coverage at its discretion to cover private vehicles, as specified. The bill would require participating drivers to carry proof of insurance coverage, as specified. The bill would require the commission and the Department of Insurance to collaborate on a study of transportation network company insurance, as specified, and would prohibit a transportation network company from disclosing the personally identifiable information of a passenger, except as specified. The bill would specify the Legislature’s intent relating to expediting the approval of transportation network company insurance products, and would set forth related legislative findings and declarations. Because a violation of the bill’s provisions would be a crime, the 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
An Act to Amend Section 22575 of the Business and Professions Code, Relating to Consumers. AB 370 (2013-2014) MuratsuchiOpposeYes
Existing law requires an operator of a commercial Internet Web site or online service that collects personally identifiable information through the Internet about consumers residing in California who… More
Existing law requires an operator of a commercial Internet Web site or online service that collects personally identifiable information through the Internet about consumers residing in California who use or visit its commercial Web site or online service to conspicuously post its privacy policy on its Web site or online service and to comply with that policy. Existing law, among other things, requires that the privacy policy identify the categories of personally identifiable information that the operator collects about individual consumers who use or visit its Web site or online service and 3rd parties with whom the operator shares the information. This bill would require an operator to disclose how it responds to “do not track” signals or other mechanisms that provide consumers a choice regarding the collection of personally identifiable information about an individual consumer’s online activities over time and across different Web sites or online services. The bill would require the operator to disclose whether other parties may collect personally identifiable information when a consumer uses the operator’s Web site or service. Hide
An Act to Amend Section 5374 of the Public Utilities Code, and to Amend Section 1808.1 of the Vehicle Code, Relating to Transportation. AB 612 (2013-2014) NazarianOpposeNo
(1)The Passenger Charter-party Carriers’ Act, with certain exceptions, prohibits a charter-party carrier of passengers from engaging in transportation services subject to regulation by the Public… More
(1)The Passenger Charter-party Carriers’ Act, with certain exceptions, prohibits a charter-party carrier of passengers from engaging in transportation services subject to regulation by the Public Utilities Commission without obtaining a specified certificate or permit, as appropriate, from the commission, subject to various requirements. The act defines a charter-party carrier of passengers as every person engaged in the transportation of persons by motor vehicle for compensation, whether in common or contract carriage, over any public highway in this state and includes any person, corporation, or other entity engaged in the provision of a hired driver service when a rented motor vehicle is being operated by a hired driver. This bill would prohibit the commission from issuing or renewing a permit or certificate to a charter-party carrier of passengers unless the applicant, in addition to existing requirements, participates in the Department of Motor Vehicles pull-notice system and provides for mandatory Department of Justice background checks of every driver, except as specified, who is either employed by or under contract to the applicant. The bill would require a driver of a charter-party carrier to submit to the Department of Justice fingerprint images and related information for the purpose of obtaining information as to the existence and content of state convictions and state arrests, as specified. The bill would require the department to charge a fee sufficient to cover the cost of processing the request described in these provisions. The bill would provide that its provisions apply to all charter-party carriers regardless of class or category created by the commission.The bill would require that drivers hired or initially retained on or after January 1, 2015, be subject to background checks and mandatory drug and alcohol testing prior to employment or retention and that drivers hired or initially retained before January 1, 2015, complete a background check and drug and alcohol test before January 1, 2016.(2)Because a violation of these provisions would be a crime, 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
An Act to Amend Sections 2003, 2010, 2011, 2040, 2082, 2084, 2101, and 2102 Of, and to Add Sections 2174 and 2175 To, the Financial Code, Relating to Money Transmissions. AB 786 (2013-2014) DickinsonSupportYes
Existing law, the Money Transmission Act, provides for the regulation of money transmissions by the Department of Financial Institutions and the Commissioner of Financial Institutions. The… More
Existing law, the Money Transmission Act, provides for the regulation of money transmissions by the Department of Financial Institutions and the Commissioner of Financial Institutions. The Governor’s Reorganization Plan No. 2, as of July 1, 2013, abolished the Department of Financial Institutions and transferred its responsibilities to the Department of Business Oversight and the Commissioner of Business Oversight. Existing law requires a person who engages in the business of money transmission in this state to be licensed and provides that only a corporation or limited liability company may be issued a license. Existing law exempts certain persons or entities from the application of the act, as specified. Existing law authorizes the commissioner, by regulation or order, to exempt from the act any person or transaction or class of persons or transactions, if the commissioner finds such action to be in the public interest and not necessary. This bill would further exempt from the act a person that delivers wages or salaries on behalf of employers to employees or facilitates the payment of payroll taxes to state and federal agencies, makes payments relating to employee benefit plans, makes distribution of other authorized deductions from employees’ wages or salaries, or transmits other funds on behalf of an employer in connection with transactions related to employees. The bill would authorize the commissioner, by regulation or order, to exempt from all or part of the act any person or transaction or class of persons or transactions based on that finding. The bill would require the commissioner to adopt regulations to carry out and implement this section. The bill would require the commissioner to make these exemptions public on the commissioner’s Internet Web site, as specified. Existing law requires a licensee to maintain tangible shareholders’ equity, as defined, in an amount to be determined from time to time by the commissioner, but not less than $500,000. This bill would require an applicant to possess, and a licensee to maintain at all times, tangible shareholder’s equity of $250,000 to $500,000, depending on estimated or actual transaction volume, as determined by the commissioner based on specified factors. The bill would authorize the commissioner to increase that net worth required if the commissioner determines that a higher net worth is necessary based on the aforementioned factors. The bill would require the commissioner to adopt regulations to carry out and implement those factors. Existing law requires a licensee to at all times own eligible securities, meaning any United States currency eligible security or foreign currency eligible security, having an aggregate market value computed in accordance with United States generally accepted accounting principles, as specified. This bill would specify that any receivable owed by a bank and resulting from an automated clearinghouse or credit-funded transmission is a United States currency eligible security. Existing law provides that a licensee shall be deemed to own an eligible security if certain requirements are met. Existing law provides that no licensee shall be deemed not to own an eligible security solely on account of certain facts, provided that, but for that fact, the licensee would be deemed to own the eligible security. This bill would provide that no licensee shall be deemed not to own an eligible security solely on account of the fact that the licensee holds the eligible security in a custodial capacity as an agent of its customers in a pooled account in the name of the licensee, as determined by the commissioner based on specified factors. Existing law requires a licensee or its agent to forward all money received for transmission or give instructions committing equivalent money to the person designated by the customer within 10 days after receiving that money, unless otherwise ordered by the customer. In the case of money received for transmission, existing law requires a receipt to be provided by a licensee or its agent to all customers and requires the receipt to include a specified statement in this regard. This bill would provide an exception to these requirements when the money transmission is for the payment of goods or services. Existing law provides the commissioner with certain powers for the purposes of enforcing and administering the act. This bill would authorize the commissioner to prepare written decisions, opinion letters, and other formal written guidance and would require the commissioner to make these documents public on the commissioner’s Internet Web site subject to certain limitations. The bill would also authorize the commissioner to offer guidance to a prospective licensee regarding the conditions of licensure and would require the commissioner offering such guidance to provide a prospective applicant with the minimum net worth required. Hide
An Act to Add Chapter 22.3 (Commencing with Section 22590) to Division 8 of the Business and Professions Code, Relating to Personal Information. SB 1348 (2013-2014) DeSaulnierOpposeNo
Existing law protects the privacy of personal information, including customer records, and requires a business that owns or licenses personal information about a California resident to implement and… More
Existing law protects the privacy of personal information, including customer records, and requires a business that owns or licenses personal information about a California resident to implement and maintain reasonable security procedures and practices appropriate to the nature of the information, in order to protect the personal information from unauthorized access, destruction, use, modification, or disclosure. Existing law requires an operator of a commercial Internet Web site or online service that collects personally identifiable information through the Internet about consumers residing in California who use or visit its commercial Internet Web site or online service to conspicuously post its privacy policy on its Internet Web site or online service and to comply with that policy. Unless required or authorized by federal or state law to share the personal information with a 3rd party or prohibited by federal or state law from providing access to the personal information, this bill would require a data broker, as defined, that sells or offers for sale to a 3rd party the personal information of any resident of California, to (1) permit a subject individual, as defined, to review his or her personal information and (2) conspicuously post an opt-out notice on its Internet Web site that would include specific and easily understood instructions for the subject individual to make a demand on the data broker’s Internet Web site that his or her personal information not be shared with or sold to a 3rd party. The bill would require a data broker that receives a demand from a subject individual pursuant to these provisions to cease sharing or selling that information with a 3rd party as soon as is reasonably possible, and thereafter to only retain as much personal information as is reasonably necessary to comply with the subject individual’s demand. This bill would also make it unlawful for a data broker to solicit or accept the payment of a fee or other consideration to review or permanently remove personal information from the data broker’s database. The bill would authorize a subject individual to bring a civil action against any person in violation of these provisions for specified damages. Hide
An Act to Add Section 7060.8 to the Government Code, Relating to Residential Real Property. SB 1439 (2013-2014) LenoSupportNo
Existing law, commonly known as the Ellis Act, generally prohibits public entities from adopting any statute, ordinance, or regulation, or taking any administrative action, to compel the owner of… More
Existing law, commonly known as the Ellis Act, generally prohibits public entities from adopting any statute, ordinance, or regulation, or taking any administrative action, to compel the owner of residential real property to offer or to continue to offer accommodations, as defined, in the property for rent or lease. This bill would authorize the City and County of San Francisco to prohibit an owner of accommodations from filing a notice with a public entity of an intent to withdraw accommodations or prosecuting an action to recover possession of accommodations, or threatening to do so, unless all the owners of the accommodations have been owners of record for 5 continuous years or more, except as specified, or with respect to property that the owner acquired within 10 years after providing notice of an intent to withdraw accommodations at a different property. Among other things, the bill would also permit the city and county to require an owner of accommodations notifying the city and county of an intention to withdraw accommodations from rent or lease to identify each person or entity with an ownership interest in the accommodations and to identify all persons or entities with an ownership interest in an entity, which information would be available for public inspection. The bill would provide specified, nonexclusive remedies that the city and county would be authorized to provide for a violation of these provisions. This bill would make legislative findings and declarations as to the necessity of a special statute for the City and County of San Francisco. Hide
An Act to Amend Sections 1747.02 and 1747.08 of the Civil Code, Relating to Credit Cards. SB 383 (2013-2014) JacksonOpposeNo
Existing state and federal law regulates the provision of credit and the use of credit cards. The Song-Beverly Credit Card Act of 1971 generally regulates credit card transactions and prohibits a… More
Existing state and federal law regulates the provision of credit and the use of credit cards. The Song-Beverly Credit Card Act of 1971 generally regulates credit card transactions and prohibits a person or entity that accepts credit cards for the transaction of business from requesting, or requiring as a condition to accepting the credit card, that the cardholder write any personal identification information, as defined, upon the credit card transaction form or otherwise. Existing law prohibits a person or entity that accepts credit cards for the transaction of business from requesting, or requiring as a condition to accepting the credit card, that the cardholder provide his or her personal identification information to the person or entity to be written or caused to be written upon the credit card transaction form or otherwise. Notwithstanding those provisions, existing law authorizes a person or entity that accepts credit cards for the transaction of business to require the cardholder, as a condition to accepting the credit card, to provide reasonable forms of positive identification, which may include a driver’s license or a California state identification card, provided that the information is not written or recorded on the credit card transaction form or otherwise. Existing law authorizes the use of ZIP Code information in a sales transaction at a retail motor fuel dispenser or retail motor fuel payment island with an automated cashier that uses the ZIP Code information solely for prevention of fraud, theft, or identity theft. This bill would authorize a person or entity that accepts credit cards in an online transaction involving an electronic downloadable product, as defined, to require a cardholder, as a condition to accepting a credit card as payment in full or in part, in an online transaction involving an electronic downloadable product, to provide personal identification information, as defined, if it requires that information for the detection, investigation, or prevention of fraud, theft, identity theft, or criminal activity, or for enforcement of terms of sale, and the personal identification information is used solely for those purposes. The bill would require that person or entity to destroy or dispose of the personal identification information it requires in a secure manner after it is no longer needed for those purposes. The bill would prohibit that person or entity from aggregating personal identification information and from sharing personal identification information it requires with any other person or entity, as specified. The bill, notwithstanding the foregoing provisions, would also authorize a person or entity accepting a credit card in an online transaction involving an electronic downloadable product to require a consumer to establish an account as a condition for purchase of the product and to provide personally identifiable information in connection with that account, as specified. The bill would also authorize a consumer, concurrent with completing a transaction for an electronically downloadable product, to elect to opt in to the collection and use of personally identifiable information provided certain disclosures are made and he or she is permitted to opt out prior to completing the transaction. Hide
An Act to Add Section 22761 to the Business and Professions Code, Relating to Mobile Communications Devices. SB 962 (2013-2014) LenoOpposeYes
Existing law regulates various business activities and practices, including the sale of telephones. This bill would require that any smartphone, as defined, that is manufactured on or after July 1,… More
Existing law regulates various business activities and practices, including the sale of telephones. This bill would require that any smartphone, as defined, that is manufactured on or after July 1, 2015, and sold in California after that date, include a technological solution at the time of sale, which may consist of software, hardware, or both software and hardware, that, once initiated and successfully communicated to the smartphone, can render inoperable the essential features, as defined, of the smartphone to an unauthorized user when the smartphone is not in the possession of an authorized user. The bill would require that the technological solution, when enabled, be able to withstand a hard reset, as defined, and prevent reactivation of the smartphone on a wireless network except by an authorized user. The bill would make these requirements inapplicable when the smartphone is resold in California on the secondhand market or is consigned and held as collateral on a loan. The bill would additionally except from these requirements a smartphone model that was first introduced prior to January 1, 2015, that cannot reasonably be reengineered to support the manufacturer’s or operating system provider’s technological solution, including if the hardware or software cannot support a retroactive update. The bill would authorize an authorized user to affirmatively elect to disable or opt-out of the technological solution at any time. The bill would make the knowing retail sale in violation of the bill’s requirements subject to a civil penalty of not less than $500, nor more than $2,500, for each violation. The bill would limit an enforcement action to collect the civil penalty to being brought by the Attorney General, a district attorney, or city attorney, and would prohibit any private right of action to collect the civil penalty. The bill would prohibit any city, county, or city and county from imposing requirements on manufacturers, operating system providers, wireless carriers, or retailers relating to technological solutions for smartphones. Hide
An Act to Amend Sections 40002 and 40900.1 Of, and to Add Section 40059.3 To, the Public Resources Code, Relating to Solid Waste. AB 1178 (2011-2012) MaSupportNo
The existing California Integrated Waste Management Act of 1989 allows each county, city, or district to determine aspects of solid waste handling that are of local concern and the means by which the… More
The existing California Integrated Waste Management Act of 1989 allows each county, city, or district to determine aspects of solid waste handling that are of local concern and the means by which the services are to be provided. This bill would prohibit an ordinance enacted by a city or county, including an ordinance enacted by initiative by the voters of a city or county, from otherwise restricting or limiting the importation of solid waste into a privately owned solid waste facility in that city or county based on place of origin. The bill would provide that this prohibition does not require a privately owned or operated solid waste facility to accept certain waste, does not allow a privately owned solid waste facility to abrogate certain agreements, does not prohibit a city, county, or a regional agency from requiring a privately owned solid waste facility to guarantee permitted capacity to a host jurisdiction, and does not otherwise limit or affect the land use authority of a city or county. Hide
An Act to Amend Section 6203 of the Revenue and Taxation Code, Relating to Taxation. AB 153 (2011-2012) SkinnerOpposeNo
The Sales and Use Tax Law imposes a tax on retailers measured by the gross receipts from the sale of tangible personal property sold at retail in this state, or on the storage, use, or other… More
The Sales and Use Tax Law imposes a tax on retailers measured by the gross receipts from the sale of tangible personal property sold at retail in this state, or on the storage, use, or other consumption in this state of tangible personal property purchased from a retailer for storage, use, or other consumption in this state, measured by sales price. That law defines a “retailer engaged in business in this state” to include retailers that engage in specified activities in this state and requires every retailer engaged in business in this state and making sales of tangible personal property for storage, use, or other consumption in this state to register with the State Board of Equalization and to collect the tax from the purchaser and remit it to the board. This bill would include in the definition of a retailer engaged in business in this state any retailer entering into agreements under which a person or persons in this state, for a commission or other consideration, directly or indirectly refer potential purchasers, whether by an Internet-based link or an Internet Web site, or otherwise, to the retailer, provided the total cumulative sales price from all sales by the retailer to purchasers in this state that are referred pursuant to these agreements is in excess of $10,000, within the preceding 12 months, and provided further that the retailer has cumulative sales of tangible personal property to purchasers in this state of over $500,000, within the preceding 12 months, except as specified. This bill would further provide that a retailer entering specified agreements to purchase advertising is not a retailer engaged in business in this state and would define a retailer to include an entity affiliated with a retailer under federal income tax law, as specified. This bill would further provide that these provisions would not apply if the retailer can demonstrate that the referrals would not satisfy specified United States constitutional requirements, as provided.This bill would provide that the provisions of this bill are severable. Hide
An Act to Repeal and Add Section 6203 of the Revenue and Taxation Code, Relating to Taxation, and Declaring the Urgency Thereof, to Take Effect Immediately. AB 155 (2011-2012) SkinnerSplitYes
Existing law imposes a sales tax on retailers measured by the gross receipts from the sale of tangible personal property sold at retail in this state, and a use tax on the storage, use, or other… More
Existing law imposes a sales tax on retailers measured by the gross receipts from the sale of tangible personal property sold at retail in this state, and a use tax on the storage, use, or other consumption in this state of tangible personal property purchased from a retailer for storage, use, or other consumption in this state, measured by sales price. That law requires every retailer engaged in business in this state, as defined, and making sales of tangible personal property for storage, use, or other consumption in this state to collect the tax from the purchaser. Existing law defines a “retailer engaged in business in this state” to include a retailer that has substantial nexus with this state and a retailer upon whom federal law permits the state to impose a use tax collection duty; a retailer entering into an agreement or agreements under which a person or persons in this state, for a commission or other consideration, directly or indirectly refer potential purchasers of tangible personal property to the retailer, whether by an Internet-based link or an Internet Web site, or otherwise, provided that 2 specified conditions are met, including the condition that the retailer, within the preceding 12 months, has total cumulative sales of tangible personal property to purchasers in this state in excess of $500,000; and a retailer that is a member of a commonly controlled group, as defined under the Corporation Tax Law, and a member of a combined reporting group, as defined, that includes another member of the retailer’s commonly controlled group that, pursuant to an agreement with or in cooperation with the retailer, performs services in this state in connection with tangible personal property to be sold by the retailer. This bill would revise the definition of a “retailer engaged in business in this state” to temporarily eliminate the above-mentioned inclusions in that definition, and would condition the commencement of the operation of these inclusions upon the enactment of a certain federal law and the state’s election to implement that law. This bill, for purposes of one of those inclusions, would revise the cumulative sales condition to increase the amount of total cumulative sales of tangible personal property to purchasers in this state to an amount in excess of $1,000,000. This bill would provide that certain provisions of this bill are severable. This bill would declare that it is to take effect immediately as an urgency statute. Hide
AB 1581 (2011-2012) WieckowskiOpposeYes
SB 1002 (2011-2012) YeeSupportNo
SB 1161 (2011-2012) PadillaSupportYes
An Act to Add Division 16.6 (Commencing with Section 38750) to the Vehicle Code, Relating to Vehicles. SB 1298 (2011-2012) PadillaSupportYes
Existing law requires the Department of the California Highway Patrol to adopt rules and regulations that are designed to promote the safe operation of specific vehicles, including, among other… More
Existing law requires the Department of the California Highway Patrol to adopt rules and regulations that are designed to promote the safe operation of specific vehicles, including, among other things, schoolbuses and commercial motor vehicles. Existing law also requires the Department of Motor Vehicles to register vehicles that are being operated in this state and to issue a license plate to an applicant for the operation and identification of that person’s vehicle. This bill would authorize the operation of an autonomous vehicle, as defined, on public roads for testing purposes, by a driver who possesses the proper class of license for the type of vehicle being operated if specified requirements are met, including that the driver be seated in the driver’s seat, monitoring the safe operation of the autonomous vehicle, and capable of taking over immediate manual control of the autonomous vehicle in the event of an autonomous technology failure or other emergency. The bill would prohibit, except as provided for testing purposes, the operation of such a vehicle on public roads until the manufacturer submits an application to the department that includes various certifications, including a certification that the autonomous technology satisfies certain requirements, and the application is approved by the department pursuant to the regulations that the department would be required to adopt. The bill would require one of the certifications to specify that the autonomous vehicle’s technology meets Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards for the vehicle’s model year and all other applicable safety standards and performance requirements set forth in state and federal law and the regulations promulgated pursuant to those laws. The bill would require that the Department of Motor Vehicles adopt regulations as soon as practicable, but no later than January 1, 2015, setting forth requirements for the submission of evidence of insurance, surety bond, or self-insurance required by the bill and requirements for the submission or approval of an application to operate an autonomous vehicle, including any testing, equipment, or performance standards, as specified, and to hold public hearings on the adoption of any regulation applicable to the operation of an autonomous vehicle without the presence of a driver inside the vehicle. The bill would provide that federal regulations promulgated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration supersede state law or regulation when found to be in conflict. The bill would require the department to approve an application submitted by a manufacturer upon making specified findings and would authorize the department to impose additional requirements if the application seeks approval for autonomous vehicles where there is no person in the driver’s seat. The bill would also require the department to notify the Legislature of the receipt of an application from a manufacturer seeking approval to operate an autonomous vehicle capable of operating without the presence of a driver inside the vehicle and the approval of the application. The bill would provide that approval of the application is effective no sooner than 180 days after the date the application is submitted. The department would be authorized to charge a fee for the application in an amount necessary to recover all costs reasonably incurred by the department. Hide
An Act to Add Part 2.7 (Commencing with Section 60) to Division 1 of the Civil Code, Relating to Privacy. SB 242 (2011-2012) CorbettOpposeNo
Existing law requires an operator of a commercial Internet Web site or online service that collects personally identifiable information through the Internet about individual consumers residing in… More
Existing law requires an operator of a commercial Internet Web site or online service that collects personally identifiable information through the Internet about individual consumers residing in California who use or visit its site or online service to conspicuously post its privacy policy on its Internet Web site. Existing law also prescribes various prohibitions with regard to disclosures of personal information related to, among other things, driver’s licenses, social security numbers, and direct marketing. This bill would prohibit a social networking Internet Web site, as defined, from displaying to the public or other registered users any information about a registered user of that Internet Web site, other than the user’s name and city of residence, without the express agreement of the user. The bill would require a social networking Internet Web site to establish a process for new users to set their privacy settings as part of the registration process that explains privacy options in plain language, and to make privacy settings available in an easy-to-use format. The bill would require a social networking Internet Web site to remove the personal identifying information, as defined, of any registered user, and would require removal of that information regarding a user under 18 years of age upon request by the user’s parent, within 96 hours upon his or her request. This bill would impose a civil penalty, not to exceed $10,000, for each willful and knowing violation of these provisions. Hide
An Act to Add and Repeal Section 21168.6.5 of the Public Resources Code, Relating to Environmental Quality. SB 292 (2011-2012) PadillaSupportYes
(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 (EIR) on a… 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 (EIR) 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 establishes administrative procedures for the review and certification of the EIR for a project and judicial review procedures for any action or proceeding brought to challenge the lead agency’s decision to certify the EIR or to grant project approvals. This bill would establish specified administrative and judicial review procedures for the administrative and judicial review of the EIR and approvals granted for a project related to the development of a specified stadium in the City of Los Angeles. Because the lead agency would be required to use these alternative procedures for administrative review of the EIR if the project applicant so chooses, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program. The bill would require the lead agency and applicant to implement specified measures, as a condition of approval of the project, to minimize traffic congestion and air quality impacts that may result from spectators driving to the stadium. (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. (3)This bill would make legislative findings and declarations as to the necessity of a special statute for the development of a stadium in the City of Los Angeles. Hide
SB 364 (2011-2012) YeeOpposeNo
SB 40 (2011-2012) CorreaSupportNo
An Act to Add and Repeal Section 65081 of the Government Code, Relating to Transportation. SB 582 (2011-2012) YeeSupportNo
Existing law requires transportation planning agencies to undertake various transportation planning activities, including preparation of a regional transportation plan. Existing law requires… More
Existing law requires transportation planning agencies to undertake various transportation planning activities, including preparation of a regional transportation plan. Existing law requires transportation planning agencies that are designated under federal law as metropolitan planning organizations to include a sustainable communities strategy as part of the regional transportation plan for their region. Existing law creates air quality management districts and air pollution control districts with various responsibilities relative to reduction of air pollution. This bill, beginning on January 1, 2013, subject to certain exceptions, would authorize a metropolitan planning organization jointly with the local air quality management district or air pollution control district to adopt a commute benefit ordinance that requires covered employers operating within the common area of the organization and district with a specified number of covered employees to offer those employees certain commute benefits. The bill would require that the ordinance specify certain matters, including any consequences for noncompliance, and would impose a specified reporting requirement. The bill would provide for the 8 metropolitan planning organizations within the region served by a specified air district to adopt the ordinance only after the district first acts to adopt the ordinance. The bill would exclude from its provisions an air district with a trip reduction regulation initially adopted prior to the federal Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 as long as it continues to have a regulation that allows trip reduction as a method of compliance. The bill would make its provisions inoperative on January 1, 2017. Hide
SB 761 (2011-2012) LowenthalOpposeNo
An Act to Add Division 115.5 (Commencing with Section 140000) to the Health and Safety Code, Relating to Health Care Coverage. SB 810 (2011-2012) LenoSupportNo
Existing law provides for the creation of various programs to provide health care services to persons who have limited incomes and meet various eligibility requirements. These programs include the… More
Existing law provides for the creation of various programs to provide health care services to persons who have limited incomes and meet various eligibility requirements. These programs include the Healthy Families Program administered by the Managed Risk Medical Insurance Board, and the Medi‑Cal program administered by the State Department of Health Care Services. Existing law provides for the regulation of health care service plans by the Department of Managed Health Care and health insurers by the Department of Insurance. Commencing January 1, 2014, the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act requires every individual to be covered under minimum essential coverage, as specified, and requires every health insurance issuer issuing individual or group health insurance coverage to accept every employer and individual who applies for coverage. Existing law establishes the California Health Benefit Exchange to facilitate the purchase of qualified health plans through the Exchange by qualified individuals and small employers by January 1, 2014. This bill would establish the California Healthcare System to be administered by the newly created California Healthcare Agency under the control of a Healthcare Commissioner appointed by the Governor and subject to confirmation by the Senate. The bill would make all California residents eligible for specified health care benefits under the California Healthcare System, which would, on a single-payer basis, negotiate for or set fees for health care services provided through the system and pay claims for those services. The bill would require the commissioner to seek all necessary waivers, exemptions, agreements, or legislation to allow various existing federal, state, and local health care payments to be paid to the California Healthcare System, which would then assume responsibility for all benefits and services previously paid for with those funds. The bill would create the Healthcare Policy Board to establish policy on medical issues and various other matters relating to the system. The bill would create the Office of Patient Advocacy within the agency to represent the interests of health care consumers relative to the system. The bill would create within the agency the Office of Health Planning to plan for the health care needs of the population, and the Office of Health Care Quality, headed by a chief medical officer, to support the delivery of high-quality care and promote provider and patient satisfaction. The bill would create the Office of Inspector General for the California Healthcare System within the Attorney General’s office, which would have various oversight powers. The bill would prohibit health care service plan contracts or health insurance policies from being issued for services covered by the California Healthcare System, subject to appropriation by the Legislature, and would authorize the collection of penalty moneys for deposit into the Healthcare Fund, which the bill would create. The bill would create the Payments Board to administer the finances of the California Healthcare System. The bill would create the California Healthcare Premium Commission (Premium Commission) to determine the cost of the California Healthcare System and to develop a premium structure for the system that complies with specified standards. The bill would require the Premium Commission to recommend a premium structure to the Governor and the Legislature on or before January 1, 2014, and to make a draft recommendation to the Governor, the Legislature, and the public 90 days before submitting its final premium structure recommendation. The bill would specify that only its provisions relating to the Premium Commission would become operative on January 1, 2013, with its remaining provisions becoming operative on the earlier of the date the Secretary of California Health and Human Services notifies the Legislature, as specified, that sufficient funding exists to implement the California Healthcare System and the date the secretary receives the necessary federal waiver under the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The bill would extend the application of certain insurance fraud laws to providers of services and products under the system, thereby imposing a state-mandated local program by revising the definition of a crime. The bill would enact other related provisions relative to budgeting, regional entities, federal preemption, subrogation, collective bargaining agreements, compensation of health care providers, conflict of interest, patient grievances, and independent medical review. 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
An Act to Amend Section 6203 of the Revenue and Taxation Code, Relating to Taxation. AB 178 (2009-2010) SkinnerOpposeNo
The Sales and Use Tax Law imposes a tax on the gross receipts from the sale in this state of, or the storage, use, or other consumption in this state of, tangible personal property. That law imposes… More
The Sales and Use Tax Law imposes a tax on the gross receipts from the sale in this state of, or the storage, use, or other consumption in this state of, tangible personal property. That law imposes the sales tax upon “retailers,” and defines a “retailer engaged in business in this state” to include specified entities. Existing law also provides that every retailer engaged in business in this state and making sales of tangible personal property for storage, use, or other consumption in this state, that engages in specified activities in this state shall, at the time of sale or at the time the storage, use, or other consumption becomes taxable, collect the tax from the purchaser. This bill would include in the definition of a “retailer engaging in business in this state” a retailer entering into an agreement with a resident of this state under which the resident, for a commission or other consideration, directly or indirectly refers potential customers, whether by a link or an Internet Web site or otherwise, to the retailer, if the cumulative gross receipts or sales price from sales by the retailer to customers in this state who are referred pursuant to these agreements is in excess of $10,000 during the preceding 4 calendar quarterly periods, except as specified. Hide
An Act to Amend Section 19605.73 Of, to Add Sections 19601.02, 19605.74, and 19642.1 To, and to Add Article 9.1 (Commencing with Section 19604.5) to Chapter 4 of Division 8 Of, the Business and Professions Code, Relating to Horse Racing. SB 1072 (2009-2010) CalderonSupportYes
(1)Existing law authorizes a thoroughbred association or fair, subject to approval by the California Horse Racing Board, to deduct from the parimutuel pool for any type of wager, a specified… More
(1)Existing law authorizes a thoroughbred association or fair, subject to approval by the California Horse Racing Board, to deduct from the parimutuel pool for any type of wager, a specified percentage for the meeting of the thoroughbred association or fair that accepts the wager. This bill would require every thoroughbred association or fair that conducts a live race meeting to deduct an additional 2% of the total amount handled on exotic wagers requiring the selection of 2 wagering interests, and 3% on exotic wagers requiring the selection of 3 or more wagering interests. The bill would require that these funds be distributed into the purse account of the meet conducting racing in the zones in which the wager was placed, to be used to augment overnight purses. This bill would require any thoroughbred racing association or fair that authorizes betting systems located outside of this state to accept wagers on a race to retain from the total amount received from the out-of-state betting system, less certain specified deductions made pursuant to existing law, the incremental amount received as a result of the 2% or 3% takeout on exotic wagers required by this bill, for distribution as overnight purses. This bill would require that the method utilized to determine the incremental amount received as a result of the takeout increase be established by agreement between the various affected thoroughbred racing associations and fairs, and horsemen’s organizations. If these groups are unable to agree as to the method of determining the incremental amount received, this bill would require the board to determine the allocation method after holding a hearing. For a thoroughbred association hosting the Breeders’ Cup Championship series, this bill would require the amounts collected pursuant to the above provisions requiring that 2% or 3% be deducted from the amount handled on exotic wagers be set aside for the purpose of promoting and sponsoring the Breeders’ Cup. The bill would require the thoroughbred racing association hosting the Breeders’ Cup to enter into an agreement with the organization that operates the Breeders’ Cup regarding the expenditure of the funds, as provided, and would require a written report be made to the board regarding how the funds were utilized. (2)Existing law provides that the California Horse Racing Board shall have all powers necessary to carry out the purposes of the Horse Racing Law, such as adopting rules and regulations to protect the public, allocating dates for and controlling horse racing and parimutuel wagering, and enforcing all rules and regulations. This bill would authorize exchange wagering, defined by the bill as a form of parimutuel wagering in which 2 or more persons place identically opposing wagers in a given market, provided that the entity offering exchange wagering is licensed by the board and has entered into an exchange wagering agreement between the licensee, the applicable racing association or fair conducting live racing, and the horsemen’s organization responsible for negotiated purse agreements for the breed on which exchange wagers are accepted, as provided. The bill would invest the board with the full power to prescribe rules, regulations, and conditions under which exchange wagering may be conducted in California, except that the bill would require the board to develop rules that prohibit certain persons associated with an entrant in a particular race from placing an exchange wager on a race involving that entrant, that prohibit the placing of exchange wagers on previously run races, that require the exchange wagering licensee to provide information to the person placing the wager, that prohibit the use of automatic or quick picks to place an exchange wager, and that prohibit the displaying of the results of a wager using casino themes, as provided. The bill would allow the board to recover any costs associated with the licensing and regulation of exchange wagering by imposing an assessment on the licensee. The bill would require that these funds be deposited in the Horse Racing Fund, to be available upon appropriation by the Legislature for the sole purpose of regulating exchange wagering. The bill would prohibit the taking of exchange wagers by an exchange wagering licensee prior to May 1, 2012. (3)Existing law provides that unclaimed refunds from horse racing are to be distributed to an organization that is responsible for negotiating business agreements on behalf of horsemen, to be held in trust for the purpose of negotiating an agreement with a jockeys’ organization to provide health and welfare benefits to California licensed jockeys. Existing law requires that the funds held in trust shall not exceed $450,000. Pursuant to the above provision, this bill would require each exchange wagering licensee to annually distribute the greater of $100,000, or an amount equal to 0.001 multiplied by the total amount of exchange revenue collected by the licensee in that year, to be used for the purposes specified above. (4)Existing law permits racing associations, fairs, and the organization responsible for contracting with racing associations and fairs with respect to the conduct of racing meetings, to form a private, statewide marketing organization to market and promote thoroughbred and fair horse racing, and to obtain, provide, or defray the cost of workers’ compensation coverage for stable employees and jockeys of thoroughbred trainers. Existing law requires the marketing organization to annually submit to the California Horse Racing Board a statewide marketing and promotion plan and a thoroughbred trainers’ workers’ compensation defrayal plan for thoroughbred and fair horse racing. Existing law requires 0.4% of the amount handled by each satellite wagering facility to be distributed to the marketing organization for the promotion of thoroughbred and fair horse racing, and to defray the cost of workers’ compensation insurance, as specified. Existing law repeals these provisions on January 1, 2011. This bill would extend the operation of these provisions until January 1, 2014, when they would be repealed. The bill would specify that its provisions allowing for the formation of a private statewide marketing association apply to thoroughbred racing associations, fairs, and the organization responsible for contracting with thoroughbred racing associations and fairs with respect to the conduct of racing meetings. The bill would specify that the marketing and promotion activities that the marketing organization may engage in include, but are not limited to, the establishment and maintenance of an Internet Web site, players incentive programs, and the funding of promotional activities at satellite wagering facilities. This bill would change the amount to be distributed to the marketing organization for the promotion of thoroughbred and fair racing from an amount equal to 0.4% of the amount handled at each satellite wagering facility to an amount not to exceed 0.25%, and would delete the provision allowing for the funds to be used to defray the cost of workers’ compensation coverage for stable employees and jockeys of thoroughbred trainers. The bill would require that the initial distribution be 0.2% of the total amount handled by satellite wagering facilities for thoroughbred and fair meetings only and would allow the board to adjust this amount to an aggregate of 0.25% of the total amount handled by satellite wagering facilities for thoroughbred and fair meetings only. The bill would, with respect to the statewide marketing and promotion plan, instead require the marketing organization, by November 1 of each year, to submit a written report to the board on the statewide marketing and promotion plan for the upcoming calendar year, and would additionally require the marketing organization to annually present to the board at the board’s November meeting a verbal report on the statewide marketing and promotion plan for the upcoming calendar year. The bill would delete the requirement that the marketing organization submit to the board a thoroughbred trainers’ workers’ compensation defrayal plan. The bill would also require the marketing organization to quarterly submit to the board a written report that accounts for all receipts and expenditures of the promotion funds for the previous 3 months. (5)Existing law authorizes the board, in performing its responsibilities, to participate in the affairs of associations having as their purpose the interchange of information relating to racing law enforcement, the licensing of horse racing participants, the registration of race horses, the tabulation, analysis, and publication of statistical information based on parimutuel handles and the distribution of proceeds, and to conduct research regarding horse racing accidents, and the detection of drugs on race horses, among other things. This bill would provide that, in addition to certain specified distributions, an amount not to exceed 0.05% of the total amount handled by each satellite wagering facility shall be distributed to a nonprofit organization designated by the board for the purposes of maintaining a database of horse racing information to further the purposes of the above provision. The bill would state that the amount distributable to the nonprofit organization shall initially be 0.05% of the total amount handled by each satellite wagering facility and may be adjusted by the board, in its discretion. The bill would require the nonprofit organization to submit an annual budget and file quarterly financial statements with the board. (6)By imposing new requirements under the Horse Racing Law, the violation of which would be a crime, this bill would create new crimes and would thereby impose a state-mandated local program. (7)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