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An Act to Amend Sections 789.10 and 10127.7 of the Insurance Code, Relating to Life Insurance. SB 397 (2009-2010) CalderonSupportNo
(1)Existing law regulates the sale of life insurance to seniors, including annuities, as specified. Existing law requires a person who meets with a senior in the senior’s home regarding the sale of… More
(1)Existing law regulates the sale of life insurance to seniors, including annuities, as specified. Existing law requires a person who meets with a senior in the senior’s home regarding the sale of life insurance to deliver a notice in writing to the senior no less than 24 hours prior to that individual’s meeting, and to abide by other restrictions regarding contacting the senior in the senior’s home. This bill would specify that the above notice could be provided at the time of the meeting in the senior’s home and that the other provisions do not apply if the meeting concerns the sale of life insurance designated by the purchaser as payment for funeral and burial expenses, the life insurance policy has an initial face amount of $15,000 or less, the policy provides a “free look” period in which the purchaser has 60 days to cancel the policy and be refunded payments made, and the seller is licensed, as specified. The bill would require the issuer of one of these policies exempted from the provisions requiring 24-hour advance notice and related requirements to provide a written notice of the purchase and the 60-day right of cancellation with specified content to the senior and certain other persons, except as specified. (2)Existing law provides that life insurance policies with a face value of less than $10,000, issued after July 1, 1974, shall contain a notice permitting the return of the policy within a period of time designated in the notice, which may not be less than 10 or more than 30 days. Existing law requires that, if the policy is returned, all premiums paid and any policy fee paid for the policy be refunded to the owner. This bill would provide that a life insurance policy with a face value of $15,000 or less, issued after January 1, 2010, shall contain a notice permitting the return of the policy within not less than 10 days nor more than 30 days, provided that for a policy relating to funeral and burial expenses described in (1) above, if certain notice requirements are not met, the right of return shall last 60 days. The bill would require that a refund of premiums and any policy fee be made not later than 30 days after the date that the insurer is notified that the insured has canceled the policy. Hide
An Act to Amend Section 923 of the Insurance Code, Relating to Insurance. AB 2367 (2009-2010) CalderonSupportNo
Existing law requires the commissioner to require every insurer filing an annual or quarterly statement to use the statement blanks and applicable instructions for the appropriate year adopted by the… More
Existing law requires the commissioner to require every insurer filing an annual or quarterly statement to use the statement blanks and applicable instructions for the appropriate year adopted by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC). The commissioner is authorized to make changes from time to time in the form of the statements and the number and method of filing reports as seem to him or her best adapted to elicit from the insurers a true exhibit of their financial condition. The commissioner is required to notify each insurer of any changes from the NAIC’s statement blanks that the commissioner has determined to be appropriate. This bill would require that the notification to each insurer of any changes from the NAIC’s statement blanks that the commissioner has determined to be appropriate be made electronically. Hide
An Act to Amend Section 9855 of the Business and Professions Code, Relating to Service Contracts. AB 480 (2013-2014) CalderonSupportNo
Existing law, the Electronic and Appliance Repair Dealer Registration Law, regulates service contracts, as defined, relating to maintenance or repair of, among other things, specified sets and… More
Existing law, the Electronic and Appliance Repair Dealer Registration Law, regulates service contracts, as defined, relating to maintenance or repair of, among other things, specified sets and appliances, and makes it unlawful for any person to act as a service contract administrator or a service contract seller without first registering with the Bureau of Electronic and Appliance Repair, Home Furnishings, and Thermal Insulation. A violation of these provisions is deemed to be unlawfully transacting the business of insurance, and therefore subject to specified criminal penalties. This bill would include in the definition of service contract a written contract for the performance of services relating to the maintenance, replacement, or repair of optical products, thereby making administrators and sellers of those contracts subject to registration with the bureau and other requirements of the act. By expanding the definition of service contract, the bill would expand the scope of a crime and, thus, would impose a state-mandated local program. The bill would provide that a contract in which a consumer agrees to pay a provider of vision care services for a discount on optical products or contact lenses for a specified duration is not included in the definition of service contract. The bill would also define optical products for purposes of these provisions as prescription and nonprescription eyewear and not contact lenses of any kind. 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 38.5, 663, 678, 678.1, and 10086 of the Insurance Code, Relating to Insurance. SB 1212 (2011-2012) CalderonSupportNo
Existing law authorizes the electronic transmission of any written notice required to be given or mailed to any person by an insurer relating to any insurance on risks or on operations in this state,… More
Existing law authorizes the electronic transmission of any written notice required to be given or mailed to any person by an insurer relating to any insurance on risks or on operations in this state, as specified. This bill would authorize offers of renewal of automobile, property, or commercial insurance, as well as certain liability insurance, and any offer of coverage or renewal and any disclosure of earthquake coverage, to be provided electronically with the insured’s consent, as specified. Hide
An Act to Add Section 53159.5 to the Government Code, Relating to Local Government. SB 49 (2011-2012) StricklandSupportNo
Existing law authorizes public agencies, as defined, to hold liable any person who is under the influence of an alcoholic beverage, any drug, or the combination of an alcoholic beverage and any drug,… More
Existing law authorizes public agencies, as defined, to hold liable any person who is under the influence of an alcoholic beverage, any drug, or the combination of an alcoholic beverage and any drug, whose negligent operation of a motor vehicle, a boat or vessel, or a civil aircraft caused by that influence proximately causes any incident resulting in an appropriate emergency response, and any person whose intentionally wrongful conduct proximately causes an incident resulting in an appropriate emergency response, for the expense of that emergency response. This bill would prohibit a city, including a charter city, county, district, municipal corporation, or public authority from charging a fee to any person, regardless of residency, for the expense of an emergency response, as specified, except where a fee is otherwise authorized. This bill would provide that its provisions do not apply to a special district unless that special district receives revenue from transaction and use taxes, as specified. The bill would also express a legislative finding and declaration that the availability and use of emergency response resources throughout the state is an issue of statewide concern and not a municipal affair and that, therefore, all cities, including charter cities, would be subject to the provisions of the bill. Hide
An Act to Add and Repeal Section 149.2 of the Streets and Highways Code, Relating to Highways. AB 405 (2013-2014) GattoSupportNo
Existing law authorizes the Department of Transportation to designate certain lanes for the exclusive or preferential use of high-occupancy vehicles. When those exclusive or preferential use lanes… More
Existing law authorizes the Department of Transportation to designate certain lanes for the exclusive or preferential use of high-occupancy vehicles. When those exclusive or preferential use lanes are established and double parallel solid lines are in place to the right thereof, existing law prohibits any person driving a vehicle from crossing over those double lines to enter into or exit from the lanes, and entrance or exit from those lanes is authorized only in areas designated for these purposes or where a single broken line is in place to the right of the lanes, except as specified. This bill would prohibit, commencing July 1, 2014, any high-occupancy vehicle lane from being established on specified portions of state highway routes in the County of Los Angeles, unless that lane is established as a high-occupancy vehicle lane only during the hours of heavy commuter traffic, as determined by the department. This bill would require any existing high-occupancy vehicle lane established on the specified portions of these routes to be modified to conform with those requirements. This bill would authorize the department, on or after May 1, 2015, to reinstate 24-hour high-occupancy vehicle lanes on the specified portions of these routes if the department makes a specified determination. This bill would require the department to report to the Legislature on the impact on traffic of limiting the use of high-occupancy lanes only during the hours of heavy commuter traffic, as provided in the bill. Hide
An Act to Amend Sections 789.10 and 10127.7 of the Insurance Code, Relating to Life Insurance. SB 590 (2011-2012) CalderonSupportNo
(1)Existing law regulates the sale of life insurance to seniors, including annuities, as specified. Existing law requires a person who meets with a senior in the senior’s home regarding the sale of… More
(1)Existing law regulates the sale of life insurance to seniors, including annuities, as specified. Existing law requires a person who meets with a senior in the senior’s home regarding the sale of life insurance to deliver a notice in writing to the senior no less than 24 hours prior to that individual’s meeting, and to abide by other restrictions regarding contacting the senior in the senior’s home. The bill would specify that the above notice, including an additional statement regarding the senior’s rights, may be provided at the time of the meeting in the senior’s home when the meeting concerns the sale of life insurance designated by the purchaser as payment for funeral and burial expenses if the life insurance policy has an initial face value amount of $15,000 or less. The bill would also require, within 14 days of the purchase of that type of life insurance or annuity by a senior, that the issuer of the policy provide by first-class mail a written notice of the purchase and notice of a 60-day right of cancellation with specified content to the senior and certain other persons. The bill would prohibit the insurance salesperson who meets with a senior in the senior’s home to sell that type of life insurance or annuity to sell any other insurance policies or annuities without providing the required 24-hour advance notice. (2)Existing law provides that life insurance policies with a face value of less than $10,000, issued after July 1, 1974, shall contain a notice permitting the return of the policy within a period of time designated in the notice, which may not be less than 10 days nor more than 30 days. This bill would provide that a life insurance policy with an initial face value of $15,000 or less shall contain a notice permitting the return of the policy within not less than 10 days nor more than 30 days, provided that, for a policy relating to funeral and burial expenses described in (1) above, the right of return shall last 60 days when the 24-hour advance notice is not delivered. Hide
An Act to Add Section 396 to the Insurance Code, Relating to Insurance. AB 1804 (2013-2014) PereaOpposeNo
Existing law requires an insurance policy to specify certain information, including, but not limited to, the parties to the contract, the property or life insured, the risks insured against, premium,… More
Existing law requires an insurance policy to specify certain information, including, but not limited to, the parties to the contract, the property or life insured, the risks insured against, premium, and the coverage period. This bill, commencing January 1, 2016, and with regard to private passenger automobile insurance that provides coverage for 6 months or longer, specified residential property insurance, and policies of individual disability income insurance that are issued and take effect or that are renewed on or after January 1, 2016, would require an insurer to maintain a verifiable process or adopt a procedure that allows an applicant or policyholder to designate one additional person to receive notice of lapse, termination, expiration, nonrenewal, or cancellation of a policy for nonpayment of premium, as specified. The bill would prohibit an insurance policy from lapsing or being terminated for nonpayment of premium unless the insurer, at least 10 days prior to the effective date of the lapse, termination, expiration, nonrenewal, or cancellation, gives notice, as provided, to the individual designated, if any, at the address provided by the policyholder for these purposes. The bill would specify that an individual designated by a policyholder does not have any rights, whether as an additional insured or otherwise, to any benefits under the policy, other than the right to receive the notice of lapse, termination, expiration, nonrenewal, or cancellation for nonpayment of premium. Hide
An Act to Add Part 5.7 (Commencing with Section 11160) to Division 2 of the Revenue and Taxation Code, Relating to Local Government Finance. SB 223 (2011-2012) LenoOpposeNo
Existing law authorizes certain counties to impose a local vehicle license fee not exceeding $10 per vehicle, as provided, for the privilege of operating specified vehicles on public roads in the… More
Existing law authorizes certain counties to impose a local vehicle license fee not exceeding $10 per vehicle, as provided, for the privilege of operating specified vehicles on public roads in the county. Existing law requires a county imposing this fee to contract with the Department of Motor Vehicles to collect and administer the fee, as specified. This bill would authorize the City and County of San Francisco to impose a voter-approved local assessment for specified vehicles if certain conditions, including approval by local voters, are met. The bill would require the city and county to contract with the department to collect and administer the assessment, as provided. The Personal Income Tax Law and the Corporation Tax Law authorize various deductions against the income that is otherwise subject to tax under those laws, including a deduction for local taxes that were paid or incurred by a taxpayer. This bill would require the Franchise Tax Board to annually notify the department of estimated revenue losses to the state resulting from taxpayers deducting, for purposes of the Personal Income Tax Law and the Corporation Tax Law, the voter-approved local assessments authorized by this bill, as specified. This bill would require the department to transmit from the assessments collected an amount equal to these reported losses for deposit in the General Fund. 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 Add Article 9 (Commencing with Section 10509.910) to Chapter 5 of Part 2 of Division 2 of the Insurance Code, Relating to Annuity Transactions. SB 715 (2011-2012) CalderonSupportNo
Existing law requires agents and insurers to fulfill certain requirements with regard to the replacement of existing life insurance policies and annuities. This bill would require insurers and… More
Existing law requires agents and insurers to fulfill certain requirements with regard to the replacement of existing life insurance policies and annuities. This bill would require insurers and insurance producers, as defined, to comply with specified requirements regarding the purchase, exchange, or replacement of an annuity recommended to a consumer, including, but not limited to, having reasonable grounds for the insurance producer believing the annuity transaction would be suitable for the consumer, as provided. The bill would also prohibit an insurance producer from selling annuities unless he or she has received Insurance Commissioner-approved training, and would authorize the commissioner to require certain actions by, and impose sanctions and penalties on, insurers and their agents for a violation of the bill’s provisions. The bill would further provide that sales by a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) broker-dealer that comply with the suitability and supervision system requirements of FINRA shall be deemed to satisfy the suitability and supervision system requirements of this bill, as specified. Hide
SB 910 (2011-2012) LowenthalOpposeNo
An Act to Amend Sections 10113.2 and 10113.3 of the Insurance Code, Relating to Insurance. SB 1242 (2009-2010) CalderonSupportNo
Existing law prohibits a person from entering into, brokering, or soliciting life settlements, as defined, unless that person is licensed by the Insurance Commissioner. The applicant for a license is… More
Existing law prohibits a person from entering into, brokering, or soliciting life settlements, as defined, unless that person is licensed by the Insurance Commissioner. The applicant for a license is required to provide any information the commissioner may require. This bill would delete the requirement that an applicant provide any information the commissioner may require, and provide that all application information be received in confidence, as provided, and not be subject to the Public Records Act. Existing law requires that a life settlement broker provide the owner of a life insurance policy and the insured with at least all of specified disclosures in writing, prior to the signing of the life settlement contract by all parties. The disclosures include, but are not limited to, all estimates of the life expectancy of the insured which are obtained by the licensee in connection with the life settlement, unless such disclosure would violate California or federal privacy laws. This bill would provide that the broker shall be required to provide the owner and the insured with only the specified disclosures, and would delete from the list of required disclosures the estimate of the life expectancy of the insured. Existing law authorizes the commissioner to adopt rules and regulations reasonably necessary to govern life settlement transactions. This bill would recast this provision to authorize the commissioner to adopt rules and regulations reasonably necessary to implement and enforce the express provisions of the act. Existing law prohibits these provisions relating to life settlements from doing certain things, including, but not limited to, limiting the powers granted elsewhere by the laws of this state to the commissioner or an insurance fraud unit to investigate and examine possible violations of law and to take appropriate action against the wrongdoer. This bill would clarify that the above-described prohibition is applicable to insurance law, and would prohibit these provisions, except as expressly provided, from establishing any authority for the commissioner to enforce any provision of any state securities law or any rule, order, or notice issued thereunder, or grant the authority for the commissioner to regulate the assignment, transfer, sale of a settled policy, or any other transaction involving a settled policy. Hide
AB 158 (2011-2012) HaldermanSupportNo
AB 1062 (2011-2012) DickinsonOpposeNo
An Act to Amend Section 4656 of the Labor Code, Relating to Workers’ Compensation. AB 947 (2011-2012) SolorioOpposeNo
Existing law generally requires employers to secure the payment of workers’ compensation, including medical treatment, for injuries incurred by their employees that arise out of, or in the course… More
Existing law generally requires employers to secure the payment of workers’ compensation, including medical treatment, for injuries incurred by their employees that arise out of, or in the course of, employment. Existing law generally prohibits aggregate disability payments for a single injury occurring on or after January 1, 2008, causing temporary disability from extending for more than 104 compensable weeks within a period of 5 years from the date of injury. Under existing law, if an employee suffers from specified injuries or conditions, aggregate disability payments for a single injury occurring on or after April 19, 2004, causing temporary disability are prohibited from extending for more than 240 compensable weeks within a period of 5 years from the date of injury. This bill would add an injury or condition occurring on or after January 1, 2012, where surgery or recovery from surgery occurs after 104 weeks of temporary disability benefits have been paid, provided that specified conditions are met, to the injuries or conditions for which aggregate disability payments for a single injury causing temporary disability are prohibited from extending for more than 240 compensable weeks within a period of 5 years. Hide
SB 558 (2011-2012) SimitianOpposeNo
An Act to Add Section 1798.825 to the Civil Code, Relating to Internet Transactions. AB 1080 (2011-2012) CalderonOpposeNo
Existing law sets forth comprehensive provisions governing funds transfers, as defined, including provisions related to the issuance and acceptance of payment orders, requirements for verification,… More
Existing law sets forth comprehensive provisions governing funds transfers, as defined, including provisions related to the issuance and acceptance of payment orders, requirements for verification, the effect of errors, the effect of acceptance of a payment order, and related provisions. This bill would require a business that provides banking or other financial services and that allows for the movement of specified funds over the Internet to collect, report, and update, on a quarterly basis, information relating to unauthorized transfers of funds over the Internet. This bill would also require these banks or financial institutions to post this report at each of their locations within the state, or on its Internet Web site, as specified. Hide
An Act to Add Section 3702.11 to the Labor Code, Relating to Workers’ Compensation. SB 683 (2009-2010) CalderonOpposeNo
Existing law establishes a workers’ compensation system, administered by the Administrative Director of the Division of Workers’ Compensation, to compensate an employee for injuries sustained in… More
Existing law establishes a workers’ compensation system, administered by the Administrative Director of the Division of Workers’ Compensation, to compensate an employee for injuries sustained in the course of his or her employment. Existing law requires the administrative director to conduct audits of insurers, self-insured employers, and 3rd-party administrators to ensure that injured workers are promptly and accurately receiving the full measure of compensation they are entitled to receive. This bill would require a group self-insurer to annually file with the director an annual audit by an independent, certified public accountant of the financial accounts and records of the group self-insurer. The bill would prohibit audited financial or claim information of individual members of the group self-insurer from being made public. 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 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) NazarianSupportNo
(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 Add Sections 390 and 11713.27 to the Vehicle Code, Relating to Vehicles. SB 686 (2013-2014) JacksonSupportNo
Existing law prohibits a licensed dealer from engaging in certain practices, including, among others, making an untrue or misleading statement indicating that a vehicle is equipped with all the… More
Existing law prohibits a licensed dealer from engaging in certain practices, including, among others, making an untrue or misleading statement indicating that a vehicle is equipped with all the factory-installed optional equipment the manufacturer offers. Under existing law, a violation of these provisions is a crime. This bill would, subject to exceptions, additionally prohibit a dealer from selling or otherwise transferring ownership at retail of a used vehicle, as specified, if the dealer knows or should have known that the vehicle is subject to a manufacturer’s safety recall, unless the repairs required to correct the defect have been performed on the vehicle. The bill would define the term “manufacturer’s safety recall.” Because a violation of these provisions would be a crime under other provisions of existing law, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program. The bill would also make a violation of these provisions actionable under the Consumers Legal Remedies Act and the Unfair Competition Law, and as false advertising. 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) BonillaSupportNo
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
SB 761 (2011-2012) LowenthalOpposeNo
An Act to Amend Sections 84305.5, 84504, and 84505 Of, to Add Sections 84506.1, 84506.2, and 84506.3 To, to Repeal Sections 84502, 84503, and 84506.5 Of, and to Repeal and Add Sections 84501, 84506, 84507, and 84508 Of, the Government Code, Relating to the Political Reform Act of 1974, and Calling a Special Election to Be Consolidated with the November 4, 2014, Statewide General Election, to Take Effect Immediately As an Act Calling an Election. AB 1648 (2011-2012) BrownleyOpposeNo
The Political Reform Act of 1974 regulates mass mailings, known as slate mailers, that support or oppose multiple candidates or ballot measures for an election. The act requires that each slate… More
The Political Reform Act of 1974 regulates mass mailings, known as slate mailers, that support or oppose multiple candidates or ballot measures for an election. The act requires that each slate mailer identify the slate mailer organization or committee primarily formed to support or oppose one or more ballot measures that is sending the slate mailer, and to contain other specified information in specified formatting. The act requires that each candidate and each ballot measure that has paid to appear in the slate mailer be designated by an asterisk. This bill would instead require that a candidate or ballot measure appearing in the slate mailer be designated by an asterisk if the slate mailer organization or committee primarily formed to support or oppose one or more ballot measures that is sending the slate mailer has received payment to include the candidate or ballot measure in the slate mailer. The bill would also recast the language of the prescribed notice to voters that must be included on a slate mailer. The act also regulates advertisements, which are defined as any general or public advertisement that is authorized and paid for by a person or committee for the purpose supporting or opposing a candidate for elective office or a ballot measure or ballot measures. The act places certain disclosure requirements on advertisements for or against any ballot measure, including that the advertisement disclose any person who has made cumulative contributions of $50,000 or more, as prescribed. The act places more specific disclosure requirements on broadcast or mass mailing advertisements that are paid for by independent expenditures that support or oppose a candidate or ballot measure. This bill would repeal provisions relating to disclosures for advertisements paid for by an independent expenditure and required disclosures of persons who have made cumulative contributions of $50,000 or more. This bill would, instead, impose specified disclosure requirements on radio, television, and video advertisements, and certain mass mailing and print advertisements that support or oppose a candidate or ballot measure or solicit contributions in support of those purposes. The bill would require radio, television, and video advertisements that are authorized by a candidate or agent of the candidate to include a statement in which the candidate identifies himself or herself and states that he or she approves the message, as specified. The bill would require radio, television, video, and certain mass mailings and print advertisements that are not authorized by a candidate or an agent of the candidate to disclose, in a prescribed format, the 3 largest identifiable contributors, as defined, of the committee that paid for the advertisement. The bill would require mass mailings or print advertisements that are paid for by certain persons who are not committees to disclose the name of that person as the funder of the mass mailing or print advertisement. The bill would also require that certain committees establish and maintain a committee disclosure Internet Web site, as defined, which discloses the top 10 identifiable contributors and provides a link to either the Internet Web site maintained by the Secretary of State for campaign finance disclosures of the committee, or a page on the committee disclosure Internet Web site that discloses all identifiable contributors to that committee, as specified. The bill would require these advertisements to identify the address for the committee disclosure Internet Web site. Existing law makes a knowing or willful violation of the Political Reform Act of 1974 a misdemeanor and subjects offenders to criminal penalties. This bill would impose a state-mandated local program by creating additional crimes. The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement. This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.The Political Reform Act of 1974, an initiative measure, provides that the act may be amended by a statute that becomes effective upon approval of the voters.This measure would call a special statewide election to be consolidated with the statewide general election scheduled for November 4, 2014. It would provide for the submission to the voters of the provisions of this bill amending the Political Reform Act of 1974, as summarized above, at that election.This bill would declare that it is to take effect immediately as an act calling an election. Hide
An Act to Add Title 18 (Commencing with Section 3273) to Part 4 of Division 3 of the Civil Code, Relating to Civil Law. SB 556 (2013-2014) PadillaOpposeNo
Existing law specifies the authority of agents in dealing with 3rd persons. The Consumers Legal Remedies Act prohibits unfair methods of competition and unfair or deceptive acts or practices… More
Existing law specifies the authority of agents in dealing with 3rd persons. The Consumers Legal Remedies Act prohibits unfair methods of competition and unfair or deceptive acts or practices undertaken by a person in a transaction intended to result or which results in the sale or lease of goods to any consumer, as defined, and authorizes specified remedies for a consumer who suffers damages as a result of the use of these methods, acts, or practices. This bill would prohibit a person, firm, corporation, or association that is a nongovernmental entity and contracts to perform, on or after January 1, 2015, public health and safety labor or services for a public agency from displaying on a vehicle or uniform a logo, as defined, that reasonably could be interpreted as implying that the labor or services are being provided by employees of the public agency, unless the vehicle or uniform conspicuously displays specific disclosures. The bill would prohibit a public agency from requiring a person or employee of a nongovernmental entity providing public health and safety labor or services under contract with the public agency to wear a badge containing the logo of the public agency. The bill would also prohibit a nongovernmental entity providing public health and safety labor or services under contract with a public agency from requiring a person or its employee to wear a badge containing the logo of the public agency. This bill would define the term “public health and safety labor or services” to mean fire protection services, rescue services, emergency medical services, hazardous material emergency response services, and ambulance services. This bill would authorize that these provisions may be enforced by the Consumers Legal Remedies Act. 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 Amend Sections 51.7, 52, and 52.1 of the Civil Code, Relating to Civil Rights. AB 2617 (2013-2014) WeberOpposeNo
Existing civil rights provisions provide that all persons within the jurisdiction of this state have the right to be free from any violence, or intimidation by threat of violence, committed against… More
Existing civil rights provisions provide that all persons within the jurisdiction of this state have the right to be free from any violence, or intimidation by threat of violence, committed against their persons or property because of political affiliation, or on account of position in a labor dispute, or sex, race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, disability, or medical condition, or because another person perceives them to have one or more of those characteristics. Those civil rights provisions provide civil remedies for violations of their provisions. This bill would prohibit a person from requiring a waiver of the protections afforded under those provisions as a condition of entering into a contract for the provision of goods or services, including the right to file and pursue a civil action or complaint with, or otherwise notify, the Attorney General or any other public prosecutor, or law enforcement agency, the Department of Fair Employment and Housing, or any court or other governmental entity. This bill would require any waiver of the protections afforded under those provisions to be knowing and voluntary, and in writing, and expressly not made as a condition of entering into the contract or as a condition of providing or receiving goods or services. This bill would provide that any person seeking the enforcement of a waiver of the protections afforded under those civil rights provisions shall have the burden of proving that the waiver was knowing and voluntary and not made as a condition of the contract or of providing or receiving the goods or services. The bill’s provisions would apply to contracts entered into, altered, modified, renewed, or extended on and after January 1, 2015. This bill would provide that its provisions shall not be construed to negate other specified provisions. This bill would include legislative findings and declarations with respect to the public policy underlying its provisions. This bill would incorporate additional changes to Section 52.1 of the Civil Code proposed by AB 2634 that would become operative only if this bill and AB 2634 are both chaptered and this bill is chaptered last. 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 1762 to the Civil Code, Relating to Consumer Affairs. SB 1188 (2013-2014) JacksonOpposeNo
Existing law, the Consumers Legal Remedies Act, makes unlawful certain acts identified as unfair methods of competition and unfair or deceptive acts or practices undertaken by any person in a… More
Existing law, the Consumers Legal Remedies Act, makes unlawful certain acts identified as unfair methods of competition and unfair or deceptive acts or practices undertaken by any person in a transaction intended to result or which results in the sale or lease of goods to any consumer. Existing case law had held that act to encompass omissions, including the omission of a material fact a person was obliged to disclose. This bill, for the purposes of the Consumers Legal Remedies Act, would provide that fraud or deceit may consist of the suppression or omission of a material fact by one who is bound to disclose it or who gives information of other facts that are likely to mislead for want of communication of that fact, and would provide that a fact is material if a reasonable person would attach importance to its existence or nonexistence in determining a choice of action in the transaction in question. This bill would also provide, for the purposes of the act, that materiality is not limited to circumstances in which a product poses a threat to health or safety. Hide
SB 1455 (2011-2012) KehoeOpposeNo
An Act to Add Section 9957 to the Vehicle Code, Relating to Vehicles. SB 994 (2013-2014) MonningSupportNo
Existing law imposes various requirements upon manufacturers of motor vehicles sold or leased in this state with regard to disclosing information and providing equipment. A violation of these… More
Existing law imposes various requirements upon manufacturers of motor vehicles sold or leased in this state with regard to disclosing information and providing equipment. A violation of these provisions is a crime. This bill would enact the Consumer Car Information and Choice Act. The bill would require a manufacturer of any new motor vehicle sold or leased in this state that is manufactured on or after January 1, 2016, that records, generates, stores, or collects vehicle information, as defined, to make certain disclosures to the registered owner regarding the recordation, generation, storage, and collection of that information. The bill would require the manufacturer to provide the registered owner of the vehicle with access to the vehicle information, as specified. The bill would require the manufacturer to provide the registered owner with the ability to opt out of the recording, generation, storage, or collection of vehicle information, except as specified. The bill would prohibit a manufacturer from limiting, impairing, or otherwise restricting the ability of the registered owner to access his or her vehicle information, and would further prohibit the manufacturer from taking any adverse action against the registered owner for accessing his or her vehicle information, as specified. The bill would prohibit vehicle information from being downloaded or otherwise retrieved from the motor vehicle without the consent of the registered owner, except as specified. The bill would prohibit a manufacturer from conditioning the sale or lease of a vehicle upon receiving consent from the registered owner to allow the manufacturer to sell, release, or otherwise disclose vehicle information to persons other than the registered owner. The bill would provide immunity from liability for manufacturers providing registered owners access to vehicle information, as specified. Because a violation of these provisions would be a crime, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program. The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement. This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason. Hide
SB 982 (2011-2012) EvansOpposeNo
An Act to Amend Sections 912 and 917 Of, and to Add Article 9.5 (Commencing with Section 1048) to Chapter 4 of Division 8 Of, the Evidence Code, Relating to Evidentiary Privileges. AB 729 (2013-2014) HernandezOpposeNo
Existing law governs the admissibility of evidence in court proceedings and generally provides a privilege as to communications made in the course of certain relations, including the attorney-client,… More
Existing law governs the admissibility of evidence in court proceedings and generally provides a privilege as to communications made in the course of certain relations, including the attorney-client, physician-patient, and psychotherapist-patient relationship, as specified. Under existing law, the right of any person to claim those evidentiary privileges is waived with respect to a communication protected by the privilege if any holder of the privilege, without coercion, has disclosed a significant part of the communication or has consented to a disclosure made by anyone. This bill would provide that a union agent, as defined, and a represented employee or represented former employee have a privilege to refuse to disclose any confidential communication between the employee or former employee and the union agent while the union agent was acting in his or her representative capacity, except as specified. The bill would provide that a represented employee or represented former employee also has a privilege to prevent another person from disclosing a privileged communication, except as specified. The bill would further provide that this privilege may be waived in accordance with existing law and does not apply in criminal proceedings. This bill would incorporate additional changes to Section 912 of the Evidence Code made by this bill and AB 267, to take effect if both bills are chaptered and this bill is chaptered last. Hide
An Act to Add Chapter 7.5 (Commencing with Section 750) to Division 1 of Title 1 of the Corporations Code, Relating to Corporations. SB 121 (2013-2014) EvansOpposeNo
Existing law, the General Corporation Law, provides for the regulation of corporations. Under existing law, the board of directors of a corporation is required, except as specified, to send an annual… More
Existing law, the General Corporation Law, provides for the regulation of corporations. Under existing law, the board of directors of a corporation is required, except as specified, to send an annual report to shareholders containing, among other things, a balance sheet as of the end of that fiscal year and an income statement and a statement of cashflows for that fiscal year. The Political Reform Act of 1974 provides for the regulation of political campaign financing, including the reporting and disclosure of campaign contributions and expenditures. Under the act, elected officers, candidates for elective office, and campaign committees are required to file periodic campaign statements that disclose specified information for specified reporting periods, including the amount of contributions received and the identities of donors. This bill would require a corporation, as defined, that reasonably believes it has one or more shareholders located in this state and that makes a contribution or expenditure, as defined, to, or in support of or in opposition to, a candidate, ballot measure campaign, or a signature-gathering effort on behalf of a ballot measure, political party, or political action committee to issue a report on the political expenditures of the corporation in the previous fiscal year, and to notify shareholders not less than 24 hours prior to each political contribution during the fiscal year, by specified means, including posting the report and notification on the corporation’s Internet Web site, if any. This bill would provide for a civil cause of action for damages by specified shareholders against a corporation for willful or reckless violations of the bill’s provisions and would specify a prevailing shareholder’s remedies. The bill would require a corporation to maintain records that include copies of the reports on its political activities for 5 years, and to make copies of these reports available to the Secretary of State upon request. The bill would also state findings and declarations of the Legislature. Hide
An Act to Add and Repeal Section 17053 of the Revenue and Taxation Code, Relating to Taxation, to Take Effect Immediately, Tax Levy. AB 1956 (2013-2014) BonillaSupportNo
The Personal Income Tax Law and the Corporation Tax Law allow various credits against the taxes imposed by those laws. This bill would, for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2015, and… More
The Personal Income Tax Law and the Corporation Tax Law allow various credits against the taxes imposed by those laws. This bill would, for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2015, and before January 1, 2020, allow a credit in the amount of 20% of the monetary contributions made to a qualified tuition program, as defined, by a qualified taxpayer, as defined, not to exceed $500. This bill would provide for the payment of a credit amount in excess of tax liability upon an appropriation by the Legislature for that purpose. This bill would take effect immediately as a tax levy. Hide
An Act to Add Section 1279.4 to the Health and Safety Code, to Add Sections 12693.56, 12699.06, and 12713.5 to the Insurance Code, and to Add Article 5.5 (Commencing with Section 14183) to Chapter 7 of Part 3 of Division 9 of the Welfare and Institutions Code, Relating to Public Health. AB 542 (2009-2010) FeuerOpposeNo
Existing law establishes various programs for the prevention of disease and the promotion of health, including, but not limited to, the licensing and regulation of health facilities to be… More
Existing law establishes various programs for the prevention of disease and the promotion of health, including, but not limited to, the licensing and regulation of health facilities to be administered by the State Department of Public Health. Existing law requires specified health facilities to report patient adverse events to the department within 5 days. A violation of these provisions is a misdemeanor. This bill would require the medical director and the director of nursing of a hospital to annually report adverse events and hospital acquired conditions to its governing board. By changing the definition of an existing crime, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program. Existing law provides for the Medi-Cal program, administered by the State Department of Health Care Services, under which health care services are provided to qualified low-income persons. This bill would require the State Department of Health Care Services to convene a technical working group to evaluate options for implementing nonpayment policies and practices for hospital acquired conditions for the Medi-Cal program, as specified. This bill would require the technical working group to provide the best options to the Director of Health Care Services, the Secretary of California Health and Human Services, and the Legislature by February 1, 2011. This bill would also require the department to implement nonpayment policies and procedures for hospital acquired conditions for the Medi-Cal program, as specified. Existing law imposes various functions and duties on the Managed Risk Medical Insurance Board with respect to the regulation and administration of various insurance programs, including the Healthy Families Program. This bill would require certain managed care plans contracting with the board to implement nonpayment policies and practices for hospital acquired conditions that are consistent with those adopted by the Medi-Cal program through their contracts with health care facilities, as defined. 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 4663 Of, and to Add Section 3212.13 To, the Labor Code, Relating to Workers’ Compensation. AB 2616 (2013-2014) SkinnerOpposeNo
Existing law provides that an injury of an employee arising out of and in the course of employment is generally compensable through the workers’ compensation system. Existing law provides that, in… More
Existing law provides that an injury of an employee arising out of and in the course of employment is generally compensable through the workers’ compensation system. Existing law provides that, in the case of certain public employees, the term “injury” includes heart trouble, hernia, pneumonia, meningitis, lower back impairment, and other injuries and diseases. This bill would provide, with respect to hospital employees who provide direct patient care in an acute care hospital, that the term “injury” includes a methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus skin infection (MRSA skin infection) that develops or manifests itself during the period of the person’s employment with the hospital. This bill would create a presumption that a MRSA skin infection arises out of and in the course of the person’s employment if the MRSA skin infection develops or manifests, as specified. This bill would prohibit attributing a MRSA skin infection that develops or manifests in those cases to any disease or skin infection existing prior to that development or manifestation. Existing law requires any physician who prepares a report addressing the issue of permanent disability due to a claimed industrial injury to address the issue of causation of the permanent disability, subject to exemptions for specified injuries or illnesses. This bill would also exempt a MRSA skin infection that develops or manifests, as specified, for hospital employees who provide direct patient care in an acute care hospital from the application of this requirement. Hide
An Act to Amend Section 4656 of the Labor Code, Relating to Workers’ Compensation. AB 2378 (2013-2014) PereaOpposeNo
Existing law establishes a workers’ compensation system, administered by the Administrative Director of the Division of Workers’ Compensation, to compensate an employee for injuries arising out… More
Existing law establishes a workers’ compensation system, administered by the Administrative Director of the Division of Workers’ Compensation, to compensate an employee for injuries arising out of and in the course of his or her employment. Existing law requires that aggregate disability payments for a single injury occurring on or after certain dates be limited, as provided. Existing law provides that whenever any member of the Department of Justice falling within the state peace officer/firefighter class is disabled by injury arising out of and in the course of his or her duties, he or she shall become entitled, regardless of his or her period of service with the Department of Justice to a leave of absence while so disabled without loss of salary, in lieu of disability payments under this chapter, for a period not exceeding one year. Existing law also provides that certain peace officers, firefighters, and other specified state and local public employees are entitled to a leave of absence without loss of salary while disabled by injury or illness arising out of and in the course of employment. This bill would provide that the above-specified leaves of absence without loss of salary are payable in addition to the maximum aggregate disability payments for a single injury that is applicable to all workers. The bill would make these provisions applicable to all claims, regardless of the date of injury. The bill would also make related findings and declarations. Hide
An Act to Add Section 2810.3 to the Labor Code, Relating to Private Employment. AB 1897 (2013-2014) HernandezOpposeNo
Existing law regulates the terms and conditions of employment and establishes specified obligations of employers to employees. Existing law prohibits a person or entity from entering into a contract… More
Existing law regulates the terms and conditions of employment and establishes specified obligations of employers to employees. Existing law prohibits a person or entity from entering into a contract for labor or services with a construction, farm labor, garment, janitorial, security guard, or warehouse contractor, if the person or entity knows or should know that the contract or agreement does not include sufficient funds for the contractor to comply with laws or regulations governing the labor or services to be provided. This bill would require a client employer to share with a labor contractor all civil legal responsibility and civil liability for all workers supplied by that labor contractor for the payment of wages and the failure to obtain valid workers’ compensation coverage. The bill would prohibit a client employer from shifting to the labor contractor legal duties or liabilities under workplace safety provisions with respect to workers provided by the labor contractor. The bill would define a client employer as a business entity that obtains or is provided workers to perform labor within the usual course of business from a labor contractor, except as specified. The bill would define a labor contractor as an individual or entity that supplies workers, either with or without a contract, to a client employer to perform labor within the client employer’s usual course of business. The bill would except from the definition of labor contractor specified nonprofit, labor, and motion picture payroll services organizations and 3rd parties engaged in an employee leasing arrangement, as specified. The bill would specify that it does not prohibit client employers and labor contractors from mutually contracting for otherwise lawful remedies for violations of its provisions by the other party. The bill would require a client employer or labor contractor to provide to a requesting enforcement agency or department, and make available for copying, information within its possession, custody, or control required to verify compliance with applicable state laws. The bill would authorize the Labor Commissioner, the Division of Occupational Safety and Health, and the Employment Development Department to adopt necessary regulations and rules to administer and enforce the bill’s provisions. The bill would provide that waiver of its provisions is contrary to public policy, void, and unenforceable. The bill would prohibit its provisions from being interpreted to impose liability in specified circumstances. Hide
An Act to Add Chapter 3.6 (Commencing with Section 1024.5) to Part 3 of Division 2 of the Labor Code, Relating to Employment. AB 482 (2009-2010) MendozaOpposeNo
The federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and the state Consumer Credit Reporting Agencies Act define and regulate consumer credit reports and authorize the use of consumer credit reports for… More
The federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and the state Consumer Credit Reporting Agencies Act define and regulate consumer credit reports and authorize the use of consumer credit reports for employment purposes, pursuant to specified requirements. The FCRA provides that it does not preempt state law, except as specifically provided or to the extent that state laws are inconsistent with its provisions. Existing federal and state law specify the procedures that an employer is required to follow before requesting a report and if adverse action is taken based on the report. Under existing law, an employer may request a credit report for employment purposes so long as he or she provides written notice of the request to the person for whom the report is sought. Existing law requires that the written notice inform the person for whom the consumer credit report was sought of the source of the report and contain space for the person to request a copy of the report. Existing law further requires an employer, whenever he or she bases an adverse employment decision on information contained in a consumer credit report, to advise the person for whom the report was sought that an adverse action was taken based upon information contained in the report and provide the person with the name and address of the consumer credit agency making the report. This bill would prohibit an employer, with the exception of certain financial institutions, from obtaining a consumer credit report for employment purposes unless the information is (1) substantially job-related, meaning that the position of the person for whom the report is sought has access to money, other assets, or trade secrets or other confidential information, and (2) the position of the person for whom the report is sought is a position in the state Department of Justice, a managerial position, that of a sworn peace officer or other law enforcement position, or a position for which the information contained in the report is required to be disclosed by law or to be obtained by the employer. Hide
An Act to Add Section 3212.13 to the Labor Code, Relating to Workers’ Compensation. AB 375 (2011-2012) SkinnerOpposeNo
Existing law provides that an injury of an employee arising out of and in the course of employment is generally compensable through the workers’ compensation system. Existing law provides that, in… More
Existing law provides that an injury of an employee arising out of and in the course of employment is generally compensable through the workers’ compensation system. Existing law provides that, in the case of certain public employees, the term “injury” includes heart trouble, hernia, pneumonia, human immunodeficiency virus, lower back impairment, and other injuries and diseases. This bill would provide, with respect to hospital employees who provide direct patient care in an acute care hospital, as defined, that the term “injury” includes a bloodborne infectious disease, as defined, or methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) that develops or manifests itself during the period of the person’s employment with the hospital. This bill would further create a disputable presumption that the above injury arises out of and in the course of the person’s employment if it develops or manifests as specified. Hide
An Act to Amend Section 4663 of the Labor Code, Relating to Workers’ Compensation. AB 1155 (2011-2012) AlejoOpposeNo
(1)Existing law establishes a workers’ compensation system, administered by the Administrative Director of the Division of Workers’ Compensation, to compensate an employee for injuries sustained… More
(1)Existing law establishes a workers’ compensation system, administered by the Administrative Director of the Division of Workers’ Compensation, to compensate an employee for injuries sustained in the course of his or her employment. This bill would state the intent of the Legislature to prohibit the use of risk factors and specified characteristics to deny an injured worker his or her rightful benefit when disabled in the workplace. The bill would also state the intent of the Legislature to prohibit the apportionment of risk factors and characteristics without prohibiting the apportionment of documentable preexisting nonindustrial causes of disability or holding an employer liable for any percentage of permanent disability not directly caused by an injury arising out of and occurring in the course of employment. (2)Existing law requires any physician who prepares a report addressing the issue of permanent disability due to a claimed industrial injury to address the issue of causation of the permanent disability, and requires that the report include an apportionment determination in order to be considered complete on the issue of permanent disability. Existing law requires a physician to make an apportionment determination by finding what approximate percentage of the permanent disability is caused by the direct result of injury arising out of and occurring in the course of employment and what approximate percentage is caused by other factors. This bill would prohibit the approximate percentage of the permanent disability caused by other factors from including consideration of race, religious creed, color, national origin, age, gender, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, or genetic characteristics. Hide
An Act to Amend Sections 75, 4600, 4604.5, 4610, 4610.6, 4616, and 4660.1 of the Labor Code, Relating to Workers’ Compensation. SB 626 (2013-2014) BeallOpposeNo
Existing law establishes a worker’s compensation system, administered by the Administrative Director of the Division of Workers’ Compensation, to compensate an employee for injuries sustained in… More
Existing law establishes a worker’s compensation system, administered by the Administrative Director of the Division of Workers’ Compensation, to compensate an employee for injuries sustained in the course of his or her employment. Existing law creates the Commission on Health and Safety and Workers’ Compensation consisting of 8 voting members, that includes 4 voting members representing organized labor and 4 voting members representing employers. This bill would increase the number of commission voting members to 10 by adding one voting member representing injured workers and one additional voting member representing employers, appointed by the Governor.Existing law generally provides for the reimbursement of medical providers for services rendered in connection with the treatment of a worker’s injury. Existing law authorizes, with some exceptions, the employee to be treated by a physician of his or her own choice or at a facility of his or her own choice after 30 days from the date the injury is reported. Existing law prohibits a chiropractor from being the treating physician after the employee has received the maximum number of chiropractic visits. This bill would delete that prohibition.Existing law requires that the recommended guidelines set forth in the medical treatment utilization schedule adopted by the administrative director be presumptively correct on the issue of extent and scope of medical treatment. Notwithstanding the medical treatment utilization schedule, for injuries occurring on and after January 1, 2004, an employee is entitled to no more than 24 chiropractic, 24 occupational therapy, and 24 physical therapy visits per industrial injury.This bill would delete the limitation on chiropractic, occupational therapy, and physical therapy visits per industrial injury.Existing law requires an employer to establish a medical treatment utilization review process and, in this regard, prohibits any person other than a licensed physician from modifying, delaying, or denying requests for authorization of medical treatment for reasons of medical necessity to cure and relieve. Existing law also provides for an independent medical review process to resolve disputes over a utilization review decision for injuries occurring on or after January 1, 2013, and for any decision that is communicated to the requesting physician on or after July 1, 2013, regardless of the date of injury. This bill would revise these provisions to require that medical treatment utilization reviews and independent medical reviews be conducted by physicians or medical professionals, as applicable, who hold the same California license as the requesting physician. The bill would delete the requirement that an independent medical review organization keep the names of the reviewers confidential in all communications with entities or individuals outside the independent medical review organization. Existing law prohibits a workers’ compensation administrative law judge, the appeals board, or any higher court from making a determination of medical necessity contrary to the determination of the independent medical review organization. This bill would delete that provision. Existing law provides certain methods for determining workers’ compensation benefits payable to a worker or his or her dependents for purposes of permanent partial disability and permanent total disability for injuries occurring on or after January 1, 2013. Existing law requires that the nature of the physical injury or disfigurement, the occupation of the injured employee, and his or her age at the time of injury be taken into account in determining the percentages of permanent partial disability or permanent total disability. Existing law, with some exceptions, prohibits increases in impairment ratings for sleep dysfunction, sexual dysfunction, or psychiatric disorder, or any combination thereof, as specified. This bill would delete the prohibition on increases in impairment ratings for psychiatric disorder and would make related changes. Hide
SB 653 (2011-2012) SteinbergOpposeNo
SBX1 23 (2011-2012) OpposeNo
An Act to Amend Sections 44060.5, 44125, 44271, 44275, 44280, 44281, 44282, 44283, 44287, 44299.1, and 44299.2 Of, and to Repeal Section 44299 Of, the Health and Safety Code, and to Amend Sections 9250.1, 9261.1, and 9853.6 of the Vehicle Code, Relating to Vehicular Air Pollution, and Declaring the Urgency Thereof, to Take Effect Immediately. SB 11 (2013-2014) PavleyOpposeNo
(1)Existing law creates the enhanced fleet modernization program, administered by the Bureau of Automotive Repair in the Department of Consumer Affairs, to provide compensation for the retirement of… More
(1)Existing law creates the enhanced fleet modernization program, administered by the Bureau of Automotive Repair in the Department of Consumer Affairs, to provide compensation for the retirement of passenger vehicles, and light-duty and medium-duty trucks that are high polluters. Existing law provides that under this program compensation for retired vehicles for a low-income motor vehicle owner, as defined, is $1,500, and for all other motor vehicle owners, it is $1,000. Existing law authorizes this compensation to be increased by the department based on various factors, including the emissions benefits of the vehicle’s retirement. This bill would require the state board, in consultation with the bureau and no later than June 30, 2015, to update the guidelines for the enhanced fleet modernization program to include specified elements and to study and consider specified elements. The bill, in addition, would establish compensation for replacement vehicles for low-income vehicle owners at not less than $2,500 and would make this compensation available to an owner in addition to the compensation for a retired vehicle. The bill also would instead authorize an increase in the compensation under these programs for either retired or replacement vehicles only for low-income motor vehicle owners as necessary to balance maximizing air quality benefits of the program while ensuring participation by low-income motor vehicle owners, as specified.(2)Existing law, until January 1, 2016, increases vehicle registration fees, vessel registration fees, and specified service fees for identification plates by a specified amount. Existing law requires the revenue generated by the increase in those fees to be deposited in the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Fund, and either the Air Quality Improvement Fund or the Enhanced Fleet Modernization Subaccount, as provided. Existing law, until January 1, 2016, imposes on certain vehicles a smog abatement fee of $20, and requires a specified amount of this fee to be deposited in the Air Quality Improvement Fund and in the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Fund. This bill would extend those fees in the amounts required to make these deposits into the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Fund, the Air Quality Improvement Fund, and the Enhanced Fleet Modernization Subaccount until January 1, 2024, at which time the fees would be reduced by those amounts. (3)Existing law establishes the Carl Moyer Memorial Air Quality Standards Attainment Program, which is administered by the state board, to provide grants to offset the incremental cost of eligible projects that reduce emissions of air pollutants from sources in the state and for funding a fueling infrastructure demonstration program and technology development efforts. Existing law, beginning January 1, 2015, limits the Carl Moyer program to funding projects that reduce emissions of oxides of nitrogen (NOx). This bill would extend the current authorization for the Carl Moyer program to fund a broader range of projects that reduce emissions until January 1, 2024, and would make other conforming changes in that regard. The bill also would delete obsolete references and make conforming changes to the Carl Moyer program.(4)Section 3 of Article XIX of the California Constitution restricts the expenditure of revenues from fees and taxes imposed by the state on vehicles to specified purposes, subject to certain exceptions. This bill would require the commission and the state board to ensure that revenues from specified fees imposed on vehicles that are used for purposes of the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program and the Air Quality Improvement Program are expended in compliance with Section 3 of Article XIX of the California Constitution.(5)This bill would make its provisions contingent on the enactment of AB 8 of the 2013–14 Regular Session.(6)This bill would declare that it is to take effect immediately as an urgency statute. Hide
An Act to Amend Sections 226, 233, and 234 Of, and to Add Article 1.5 (Commencing with Section 245) to Chapter 1 of Part 1 of Division 2 Of, the Labor Code, Relating to Employment. AB 1000 (2009-2010) MaOpposeNo
Existing law authorizes employers to provide their employees paid sick leave. This bill would provide that an employee who works in California for 7 or more days in a calendar year is entitled to… More
Existing law authorizes employers to provide their employees paid sick leave. This bill would provide that an employee who works in California for 7 or more days in a calendar year is entitled to paid sick days, as defined, which shall be accrued at a rate of no less than one hour for every 30 hours worked. An employee would be entitled to use accrued sick days beginning on the 90th calendar day of employment. The bill would require employers to provide paid sick days, upon the request of the employee, for diagnosis, care, or treatment of health conditions of the employee or an employee’s family member, or for leave related to domestic violence or sexual assault. An employer would be prohibited from discriminating or retaliating against an employee who requests paid sick days. The bill would require employers to satisfy specified posting and notice and recordkeeping requirements. The bill would also make conforming changes. This bill would require the Labor Commissioner to administer and enforce these requirements, including the promulgation of regulations, investigation, mitigation, and relief of violations of these requirements. This bill would authorize the Labor Commissioner to impose specified administrative fines for violations and would authorize an aggrieved person, the commissioner, the Attorney General, or an entity a member of which is aggrieved to bring an action to recover specified civil penalties against an offender, as well as attorney’s fees, costs, and interest. The bill would specify that it does not apply to employees covered by a collective bargaining agreement that provides for paid sick days, nor does it lessen any other obligations of the employer to employees. This bill would further specify that it does not apply to employees in the construction industry covered by a collective bargaining agreement if the agreement expressly waives the requirements of this article in clear and unambiguous terms. However, the bill would specify that it applies to certain public authorities, established to deliver in-home supportive services, except where a collective bargaining agreement provides for an incremental wage increase sufficient to satisfy the bill’s requirements for accrual of sick days. Hide
An Act to Amend Section 1633.3 of the Civil Code, and to Amend Sections 560, 570, 658, 662, 666, 771.02, 779.19, and 1759.7 Of, to Add Sections 38.5 and 38.8 To, and to Add Article 6 (Commencing with Section 580) to Chapter 6 of Part 1 of Division 1 Of, the Insurance Code, Relating to Electronic Transactions. AB 328 (2009-2010) CalderonSupportYes
Existing law generally permits parties to contract to conduct transactions by electronic means. Existing law excepts specific transactions from this permission, including various provisions regarding… More
Existing law generally permits parties to contract to conduct transactions by electronic means. Existing law excepts specific transactions from this permission, including various provisions regarding insurance. This bill would remove specified insurance provisions from the exception to the general authorization that parties may contract to conduct transactions by electronic means. This bill would also provide that with regard to certain transactions relating to automobile insurance, the insurer may not deliver specified documents electronically unless the insured or applicant for insurance began the transaction electronically. Existing law generally requires, unless otherwise provided, that any required notice related to insurance transactions be made by mail, as specified. This bill would authorize any required notice related to certain types of insurance on risks or operations in California to be made electronically with the consent of the parties, as specified. This bill would require an insurer to maintain a system for electronically confirming a policyholder’s decision to opt in to an agreement to conduct transactions electronically and a system that will allow the policyholder to electronically opt out of the agreement to conduct business electronically, as specified. This bill would require the insurer to maintain the electronic records for the same amount of time the insurer would be required to maintain those records if the records were in written form. Existing law requires insurers to pay certain covered claims by check or draft, as specified. This bill would generally allow an insurer, with the consent of the insured, to pay covered claims by an electronic funds transfer, as specified. This bill would prohibit an insurer from requiring an insured to consent to payment by an electronic funds transfer, as specified. Hide
An Act to Amend, Repeal, and Add Section 1633.3 of the Civil Code, and to Amend, Repeal, and Add Sections 38.5, 663, 678, 678.1, 10083, 10086, and 10087 of the Insurance Code, Relating to Insurance. SB 251 (2013-2014) CalderonSupportYes
Existing law authorizes any written notice required to be given or mailed to any person by an insurer relating to any insurance on risks or on operations in this state, with exceptions, to be… More
Existing law authorizes any written notice required to be given or mailed to any person by an insurer relating to any insurance on risks or on operations in this state, with exceptions, to be provided by electronic transmission if each party has agreed to conduct the transaction by electronic means, as provided. This bill would, until January 1, 2019, authorize certain notices pertaining to workers’ compensation to be provided by electronic transmission. The bill would authorize certain notices and disclosures relating to renewal and conditional renewal of an offer of coverage for automobile and specified property insurance to be provided by electronic transmission if an insurer complies with certain requirements. The bill would require the Insurance Commissioner to submit a report, on or before January 1, 2018, to the Governor and to the committees of the Senate and Assembly having jurisdiction over insurance and the judiciary, regarding the impact and implementation of the authorization of the electronic transmission of certain insurance renewal offers, notices, or disclosures, as specified. Existing law prohibits residential property insurers from issuing or delivering property insurance without offering earthquake coverage. The offer of coverage is authorized to be made prior to, concurrent with, or within 60 days following the issuance or renewal of a residential property insurance policy. If the offer of coverage is mailed to the named insured or applicant, it is required to be mailed to the mailing address shown on the policy of residential property insurance or on the application. This bill would, until January 1, 2019, authorize the offer of earthquake coverage to be made electronically, as provided. Existing law authorizes an earthquake insurer, at any renewal, to modify the terms and conditions of an existing policy, rider, or endorsement, and that if the insurer modifies the terms and conditions of an existing policy, rider, or endorsement, the insurer is required to provide the insured with the renewal notice in a stand-alone disclosure document stating the changes in the terms and conditions of the insured’s existing policy, rider, or endorsement. Existing law also provides that, if an offer of earthquake coverage is not accepted, the insurer or any affiliated insurer is required to offer earthquake coverage every other year in connection with any continuation, renewal, or reinstatement of the policy following any lapse, or with respect to any other policy that extends, changes, supersedes, or replaces the policy of residential property insurance. This bill would, until January 1, 2019, authorize the renewal notice for earthquake coverage and the offer of earthquake coverage required to be made every other year to be made electronically, as provided. This bill would also delete obsolete cross-references and make conforming changes. This bill would incorporate additional changes to Section 1633.3 of the Civil Code proposed by SB 752 that would become operative if this bill and SB 752 are both chaptered and this bill is chaptered last. Hide
An Act to Amend the Budget Act of 2012 by Amending Items 0890-001-0001 and 0890-001-0228 of Section 2.00 of That Act, Relating to the State Budget, and Making an Appropriation Therefor, to Take Effect Immediately, Budget Bill. AB 113 (2013-2014) SupportYes
The Budget Act of 2012 appropriated $53,526,000 to the Secretary of State for purposes of filings and registrations during the 2012–13 fiscal year. This bill would increase this appropriation by… More
The Budget Act of 2012 appropriated $53,526,000 to the Secretary of State for purposes of filings and registrations during the 2012–13 fiscal year. This bill would increase this appropriation by $1,600,000 to $55,126,000. The bill would require that this increase be used for costs associated with reducing the processing time for business filings and require the Secretary of State to report on the 30th day of each month to the Joint Legislative Budget Committee on the Secretary of State’s progress in achieving those reductions. This bill would declare that it is to take effect immediately as a Budget Bill. Hide
An Act to Amend Sections 1353.9 and 1363.07 of the Civil Code, Relating to Common Interest Developments, and Declaring the Urgency Thereof, to Take Effect Immediately. SB 880 (2011-2012) CorbettSupportYes
The Davis-Stirling Common Interest Development Act defines and regulates common interest developments, which include community apartment projects, condominium projects, planned developments, and… More
The Davis-Stirling Common Interest Development Act defines and regulates common interest developments, which include community apartment projects, condominium projects, planned developments, and stock cooperatives. Beginning January 1, 2012, any covenant, restriction, or condition in a deed or other instrument affecting the transfer or sale of an interest in a common interest development, or any provision of the governing documents of a common interest development, that prohibits or restricts the installation or use of an electric vehicle charging station is void and unenforceable. On and after January 1, 2012, if an electric vehicle charging station is to be placed in a common area, the homeowner and common interest development association shall be subject to certain requirements. This bill would make those provisions applicable only to the installation or use of an electric vehicle charging station in an owner’s designated parking space, as described. The bill would also provide that any provision in those documents that is in conflict with those requirements is void and unenforceable. The bill would authorize the installation of a charging station for the exclusive use of an owner in a common area that is not an exclusive use common area only if installation in the owner’s designated parking space is impossible or unreasonably expensive. However, the bill would authorize an association or owners to install a charging station in the common area for the use of all members, and would require the association to develop appropriate terms of use for the charging station. The bill would authorize the board of directors of an association to grant exclusive use of a portion of the common area without the affirmative vote of the members of the association for the purpose of installing and using an electric vehicle charging station in an owner’s garage or designated parking space, under specified circumstances, such as when the installation or use of the charging station requires reasonable access through the common area for utility lines or meters. This bill would declare that it is to take effect immediately as an urgency statute. Hide
An Act to Amend Section 34620 of the Vehicle Code, Relating to Vehicles. AB 306 (2013-2014) LowenthalSupportYes
Existing law prohibits a motor carrier of property from operating a commercial motor vehicle on any public highway unless the carrier holds a valid motor carrier permit, as specified. Existing law… More
Existing law prohibits a motor carrier of property from operating a commercial motor vehicle on any public highway unless the carrier holds a valid motor carrier permit, as specified. Existing law also prohibits a person from contracting with, or otherwise engaging the services of, a motor carrier of property unless that motor carrier holds a valid motor carrier permit. A violation of these provisions is a crime. This bill would additionally prohibit the retrieval of a vehicle by, or the release of a vehicle to, a motor carrier of property using a tow truck, as defined, until the retrieving motor carrier provides a copy of its motor carrier permit to the releasing motor carrier. The bill would also require the motor carrier releasing the vehicle to maintain a copy of the motor carrier permit for a period of 2 years, as specified. The bill would exempt from these provisions a person licensed under the Collateral Recovery Act. By expanding the scope of a crime, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program. The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement. This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason. Hide
An Act to Amend Section 515 of the Insurance Code, and to Amend Section 16028 of the Vehicle Code, Relating to Vehicles. AB 1708 (2011-2012) GattoSupportYes
(1)Existing law requires every driver and every owner of a motor vehicle to be able to establish financial responsibility, and, at all times, carry in the vehicle evidence of a form of financial… More
(1)Existing law requires every driver and every owner of a motor vehicle to be able to establish financial responsibility, and, at all times, carry in the vehicle evidence of a form of financial responsibility, which may be obtained by a law enforcement officer from the electronic reporting system established by the Department of Motor Vehicles. Existing law requires, upon the demand of a peace officer, that evidence of registration and proof of financial responsibility be provided by a person driving a motor vehicle. Existing law requires a driver who is issued a notice to appear for any alleged violation of the Vehicle Code or the driver of a motor vehicle involved in an accident to furnish written evidence of financial responsibility. Existing law requires an insurer issuing policies of automobile liability insurance or motor vehicle liability insurance, upon the request of its insured or the Department of Motor Vehicles, to promptly issue written verification as to the existence of that coverage. This bill would authorize an insurer issuing policies of automobile liability insurance or motor vehicle insurance to issue, upon the request of the insured and to the extent available, electronic verification as to the existence of the coverage to a mobile electronic device, as defined, and would allow a person to provide evidence of financial responsibility, under the circumstances described above, through the use of a mobile electronic device. The bill would require, when a person provides evidence of financial responsibility, using a mobile electronic device, to a peace officer, the peace officer to only view the evidence of financial responsibility and would prohibit him or her from viewing any other content on the mobile electronic device. The bill would also require, whenever a person presents a mobile electronic device pursuant to the above-described provisions, the person to assume all liability for any damage to the mobile electronic device. By expanding the duties of local public officials and expanding the scope of existing crimes, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program. (2)The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement. This bill would provide that with regard to certain mandates no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason. With regard to any other mandates, this bill would provide that, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that the bill contains costs so mandated by the state, reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to the statutory provisions noted above. Hide
An Act to Amend, Repeal, and Add Section 21750 Of, and to Add Section 21760 To, the Vehicle Code, Relating to Vehicles. AB 1371 (2013-2014) BradfordSupportYes
Under existing law, a driver of a vehicle overtaking another vehicle or a bicycle proceeding in the same direction is required to pass to the left at a safe distance without interfering with the safe… More
Under existing law, a driver of a vehicle overtaking another vehicle or a bicycle proceeding in the same direction is required to pass to the left at a safe distance without interfering with the safe operation of the overtaken vehicle or bicycle, subject to certain limitations and exceptions. A violation of this provision is an infraction punishable by a fine not exceeding $100 for a first conviction, and up to a $250 fine for a 3rd and subsequent conviction occurring within one year of 2 or more prior infractions. This bill would enact the Three Feet for Safety Act, which would require the driver of a motor vehicle overtaking and passing a bicycle that is proceeding in the same direction on a highway to pass in compliance with specified requirements applicable to overtaking and passing a vehicle, and to do so at a safe distance that does not interfere with the safe operation of the overtaken bicycle, having due regard for the size and speed of the motor vehicle and the bicycle, traffic conditions, weather, and the surface and width of the highway. The bill would prohibit, with specified exceptions, the driver of the motor vehicle that is overtaking or passing a bicycle proceeding in the same direction on a highway from passing at a distance of less than 3 feet between any part of the motor vehicle and any part of the bicycle or its operator. The bill would make a violation of these provisions an infraction punishable by a $35 fine. The bill would also require the imposition of a $220 fine on a driver if a collision occurs between a motor vehicle and a bicyclist causing bodily harm to the bicyclist, and the driver is found to be in violation of the above provisions. This bill would make these provisions operative on September 16, 2014. Because this bill would create a new crime, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program. The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement. This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason. Hide
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
SB 1449 (2011-2012) CalderonSupportYes
An Act to Add Article 11 (Commencing with Section 10509.930) to Chapter 5 of Part 2 of Division 2 of the Insurance Code, Relating to Insurance. SB 713 (2011-2012) CalderonSupportYes
Existing law requires insurers to fulfill certain requirements with regard to life insurance policies. This bill, the Life Insurance Proceeds Disclosure Act of 2011, would require insurers to provide… More
Existing law requires insurers to fulfill certain requirements with regard to life insurance policies. This bill, the Life Insurance Proceeds Disclosure Act of 2011, would require insurers to provide written disclosures to life insurance beneficiaries, as specified, at the time a claim is made and before a retained asset account, as defined, is selected or established as the benefit payment. The bill would require an insurer that settles life insurance benefits through a retained asset account to provide the beneficiary with a supplemental contract that clearly discloses the rights of the beneficiary and the obligations of the insurer under the supplemental contract. The bill would also require, if the life insurance benefits are placed in a retained asset account, the insurer to send the beneficiary at least one statement per quarter, and a statement for any month in which there has been any account activity other than the crediting of interest. The bill would provide that an insurer that fails to conform to the requirements of the above provisions would be subject to provisions of existing law that provide for the imposition of a civil penalty against any person who engages in any unfair method of competition or any unfair or deceptive act or practice in the business of insurance, as provided. The bill would become operative only if SB 599 of the 2011–12 Regular Session is enacted and becomes effective. Hide
AB 125 (2011-2012) SupportYes
An Act to Amend Section 5406 Of, and to Add and Repeal Section 5406.7 Of, the Labor Code, Relating to Workers’ Compensation. AB 1035 (2013-2014) PerezOpposeYes
Existing law specifies the time period within which various proceedings may be commenced under provisions of law relating to workers’ compensation. With certain exceptions, a proceeding to collect… More
Existing law specifies the time period within which various proceedings may be commenced under provisions of law relating to workers’ compensation. With certain exceptions, a proceeding to collect death benefits is required to be commenced within one year from several circumstances, including, but not limited to, from the date of death if it occurs within one year from the date of injury. However, no proceedings may be commenced more than one year after the date of death, nor more than 240 weeks from the date of injury. This bill would, only until January 1, 2019, extend the time period to commence proceedings to collect death benefits, if the proceedings are brought by, or on behalf of, a person who was a dependent on the date of death, from 240 weeks from the date of injury to no later than 420 weeks from the date of injury, not to exceed one year after the date of death. This provision would apply only to a specified injury causing death, including cancer, tuberculosis, or a bloodborne infectious disease or methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus skin infections, and would apply only to specified deceased members, including peace officers and active firefighting members. The bill would prohibit the payment of death benefits under these provisions under specified circumstances. Hide
An Act to Amend Sections 922.2, 922.4, 922.5, 922.8, and 12121 Of, to Add Sections 717.5, 922.31, 922.42, 922.43, and 922.85 To, to Add and Repeal Section 922.41 Of, and to Repeal and Add Section 922.6 Of, the Insurance Code, Relating to Reinsurance. SB 1216 (2011-2012) LowenthalSupportYes
(1)Existing law prohibits the transaction of any class of insurance in this state without first being admitted for that class of insurance, and admission is secured by procuring a certificate of… More
(1)Existing law prohibits the transaction of any class of insurance in this state without first being admitted for that class of insurance, and admission is secured by procuring a certificate of authority from the Insurance Commissioner. Before granting a certificate of authority to any applicant, the commissioner is required to consider the qualifications of the applicant, including, but not limited to, capital and surplus and lawfulness and quality of investments. This bill would authorize the commissioner to designate an insurer as a professional reinsurer when an insurer admitted and domiciled in this state, or an insurer applying to become admitted and domiciled in this state, is determined by the commissioner to be qualified, as specified, which includes, but is not limited to, the commissioner determining that the insurer is principally engaged in the business of reinsurance, that the insurer does not conduct significant amounts of direct insurance as a percentage of its net premiums, and is not engaged, on an ongoing basis, in the business of soliciting direct insurance. (2)Existing law requires insurers doing business in this state to annually make and file with the commissioner financial statements. Existing law requires that credit for reinsurance as an asset or deduction from liability be allowed a domestic ceding insurer only if the reinsurance contract includes certain provisions, including, in the event of insolvency and the appointment of a conservator, liquidator, or statutory successor of the ceding company, that the reinsurance will be payable, as specified, without diminution because of the insolvency. This bill would revise that requirement to additionally apply in the event of a change in status of the ceding company, as specified, including when the commissioner finds that the conditions for the appointment of a conservator, liquidator, or statutory successor has occurred with respect to the ceding company. The bill would also require a ceding insurer to take steps to manage its reinsurance recoverables proportionate to its own book of business and to diversify its reinsurance program. The bill would also require a domestic ceding insurer to notify the commissioner within 30 days after reinsurance recoverables from any single assuming insurer, or group of affiliated assuming insurers, exceed 50% of the domestic ceding insurer’s last reported surplus to policyholders, or after it is determined that the reinsurance recoverables are likely to exceed that limit, as specified. The bill would also require a domestic ceding insurer to notify the commissioner within 30 days after ceding to any single assuming insurer, or group of affiliated assuming insurers, more than 20% of the ceding insurer’s gross written premium in the prior calendar year, or after it has determined that the reinsurance ceded is likely to exceed this limit, as specified. (3)Existing law also allows credit for reinsurance when the reinsurance is ceded to an assuming insurer that is accredited as a reinsurer in this state, except as specified. Existing law describes an accredited reinsurer for purposes of this provision as one that, among other criteria, maintains a surplus as regards to policyholders in an amount that is either not less than $20,000,000, and whose accreditation has not been denied by the commissioner within the last 90 days, or maintains a surplus that is less than $20,000,000 and whose accreditation has been approved by the commissioner. This bill would instead require that the reinsurer demonstrate to the satisfaction of the commissioner that it has adequate financial capacity to meet its reinsurance obligations and is otherwise qualified to assume reinsurance from domestic insurers, and would delete the provision authorizing a reinsurer whose accreditation has been approved to maintain a surplus of less than $20,000,000. The bill would instead provide that an assuming insurer who maintains a surplus of not less than $20,000,000 and whose accreditation has not been denied by the commissioner within the last 90 days shall be deemed to meet that requirement and would require that an assuming insurer who is not deemed to meet this requirement obtain the affirmative approval of the commissioner. The bill would require that the approval of the commissioner be based upon a finding that the assuming insurer has adequate financial capacity to meet its reinsurance obligations and is otherwise qualified to assume reinsurance from domestic insurers. (4)Existing law also provides that credit is allowed when reinsurance is ceded to an assuming insurer that maintains a trust fund, as specified. This bill would authorize the commissioner to authorize a reduction in the required trustee surplus after an assuming insurer has permanently discontinued underwriting new business secured by the trust for at least 3 full years, as specified. The bill would also enact, only until January 1, 2016, provisions governing the certification and rating of assuming insurers by the commissioner and specify additional circumstances under which credit shall be allowed to a domestic insurer when the reinsurance is ceded to an assuming insurer that has been certified. The bill would require, among other things, that the assuming insurer be domiciled and licensed to transact insurance or reinsurance in a qualified jurisdiction and would require the commissioner to create and publish a list of qualified jurisdictions, as specified. The bill would also require the assuming insurer to maintain minimum capital and surplus, or its equivalent, in an amount determined by the commissioner, and to maintain financial strength ratings from 2 or more rating agencies, as specified. The bill would impose various filing requirements on certified reinsurers, including notification within 10 days of any regulatory actions taken against the certified reinsurer and annual audited financial statements. The bill would also require the commissioner to assign a rating to each certified reinsurer based on specified criteria, such as the certified insurer’s financial strength rating from an acceptable rating agency and the certified insurer’s reputation for prompt payment of claims. The bill would also authorize the commissioner to suspend or revoke an accredited or certified reinsurer’s accreditation or certification after notice and opportunity for hearing, as specified. The bill would make other related changes. (5)Existing law provides that credit for reinsurance as an asset or a deduction from liability is allowed a foreign ceding insurer, with exceptions, to the extent the credit has been allowed by the ceding insurer’s state of domicile if the state of domicile is accredited by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC), or the credit or deduction from liability would be allowed if the foreign ceding insurer were domiciled in this state. Credit for reinsurance as an asset or a deduction from liability may be disallowed if the commissioner finds that the financial condition of the reinsurer, or the collateral or other security provided by the reinsurer, does not satisfy the credit for reinsurance requirements applicable to a ceding insurer domiciled in this state. This bill would instead require that credit for reinsurance not be denied a foreign ceding insurer to the extent that credit is recognized by the ceding insurer’s domestic state regulator, provided that the domestic state is accredited by the NAIC, or the domestic state regulator has financial solvency requirements similar to the requirements necessary for NAIC accreditation. Hide
An Act to Amend, Repeal, and Add Sections 1653.5, 12800, 12801, and 12801.5 Of, and to Add Sections 12801.9, 12801.10, and 12801.11 To, the Vehicle Code, Relating to Driver’s Licenses. AB 60 (2013-2014) AlejoSupportYes
(1)Existing law requires the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to require an applicant for an original driver’s license or identification card to submit satisfactory proof that the applicant’s… More
(1)Existing law requires the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to require an applicant for an original driver’s license or identification card to submit satisfactory proof that the applicant’s presence in the United States is authorized under federal law. Existing law prohibits the department from issuing an original driver’s license or identification card to a person who does not submit satisfactory proof that his or her presence in the United States is authorized under federal law. This bill would require the department to issue an original driver’s license to a person who is unable to submit satisfactory proof that the applicant’s presence in the United States is authorized under federal law if he or she meets all other qualifications for licensure and provides satisfactory proof to the department of his or her identity and California residency. The bill would require the department to adopt emergency regulations, in consultation with appropriate interested parties, as prescribed, to implement those provisions, including identifying documents acceptable for the purposes of providing identity and California residency and procedures for verifying the authenticity of the documents. The bill would require the department to accept various types of documentation for this purpose. The bill would require a license issued pursuant to those provisions, including temporary licenses, to include on the front of the card a recognizable feature and a specified notice. The bill would authorize the department to modify these licenses if these licenses do not meet federal requirements. The bill would provide that information collected pursuant to those provisions is not a public record and shall not be disclosed by the department, except as required by law. This bill would make it a violation of law to discriminate against an individual because he or she holds or presents a license issued under these provisions. The bill would require, on or before January 1, 2018, the California Research Bureau to compile and submit to the Legislature and the Governor a report that, among other things, includes instances when these licenses are used to discriminate against an individual. The bill would provide that a person applying for a license pursuant to these provisions may be required to pay, only until June 30, 2017, an additional fee to offset the reasonable administrative costs of implementing these provisions. The bill would make other technical and conforming changes. (2)Existing law requires the department to require an application for a driver’s license to contain the applicant’s social security number and any other number or identifier determined to be appropriate by the department. Existing law authorizes an applicant who provides satisfactory proof that his or her presence in the United States is authorized under federal law, but who is not eligible for a social security number, to receive an original driver’s license if he or she meets all other requirements for licensure. This bill would authorize an applicant who is unable to provide satisfactory proof that his or her presence in the United States is authorized under federal law to sign an affidavit attesting that he or she is both ineligible for a social security number and unable to submit satisfactory proof that his or her presence in the United States is authorized under federal law in lieu of submitting a social security number. The bill would prohibit the use of this information to consider an individual’s citizenship or immigration status as a basis for a criminal investigation, arrest, or detention. This bill would make these changes operative on January 1, 2015, or on the date the director of the department executes a specified declaration, whichever is sooner. The bill would make these provisions inoperative on the effective date of a final judicial determination made by any court of appellate jurisdiction that any of these provisions, or their application, are enjoined, found unconstitutional, or held invalid for any reason. The bill would require the department to post this information on its Internet Web site. This bill would state that its provisions do not authorize an individual to apply for, or be issued, a commercial driver’s license without submitting his or her social security account number with his or her application. Hide
An Act to Amend Sections 10110.5, 10232.8, 10271.1, and 10292 Of, to Add Article 2.1 (Commencing with Section 10295) to Chapter 4 of Part 2 of Division 2 Of, and to Repeal and Add Section 10271 Of, the Insurance Code, Relating to Life Insurance. SB 281 (2013-2014) CalderonSupportYes
Existing law governs the business of insurance, and defines various types of insurance for these purposes, including life insurance and disability insurance. Existing law, except as provided, makes… More
Existing law governs the business of insurance, and defines various types of insurance for these purposes, including life insurance and disability insurance. Existing law, except as provided, makes the requirements imposed on disability insurance contracts inapplicable to life insurance, endowment, and annuity contracts, or supplemental contracts thereto, that provide additional benefits in case of death or dismemberment or loss of sight by accident, or that operate to safeguard contracts against lapse, or give a special surrender benefit, or a special benefit, as specified. Existing law also provides the language required as part of a provision or supplemental contract governed by these provisions. This bill would delete the term “special benefit” and replace it with the defined term “accelerated death benefit.” The bill would generally revise the phrase “provision or supplemental contract” and replace it with the term “supplemental benefit,” as defined. The bill would also revise and recast the required language of the provision or supplemental contract, as prescribed. Existing law requires a licensed health care practitioner, independent of the insurer, to certify that an insured meets the definition of a “chronically ill individual,” as specified by federal law, for purposes of establishing eligibility for benefits under a long-term care policy or certificate that provides home care benefits. This bill would prohibit an insurer, for purposes of long-term care insurance, from imposing a certification requirement of longer than 90 days. Existing law authorizes the Insurance Commissioner to adopt reasonable rules and regulations necessary to administer and carry out the purposes of certain provisions relating to the required language in a provision or supplemental contract. This bill would extend that authorization for the commissioner to adopt reasonable rules and regulations to those provisions relating to supplemental benefits that operate to safeguard life insurance contracts against lapse when the insured becomes totally disabled and those life insurance contracts with an accelerated death benefit. Existing law authorizes provisions or supplemental contracts that operate to safeguard life insurance contracts against lapse, in which the insurer waives the premium or monthly deduction for a life insurance contract when the insured becomes totally disabled, and where the waiver continues until the end of the insured’s disability, or until the attainment of an age established by the insurer. This bill would delete the provision regarding attainment of age and would instead authorize the waiver of premiums to continue for a period of time specified in the supplemental benefit. The bill would define “accelerated death benefit” as a policy provision, endorsement, or rider added to a life insurance policy that provides for the advance payment of any part of the death proceeds, payable upon the occurrence of a qualifying event, as defined. The bill would require a life insurance policy with an accelerated death benefit provision to comply with and, if applicable, explain specified requirements, including payment of benefits, commissioner approval of forms and disclosures, and a free look period, and would place limits on advertising and marketing. The bill would prohibit an insurer, broker, agent, or other person from causing a policyholder to unnecessarily replace a long-term care insurance policy with an accelerated death benefit policy, and provide certain notices when a life insurance policy or long-term care insurance policy would be replaced. The bill would prohibit accelerated death benefits from limiting or excluding coverage by type of illness, treatment, medical condition, or accident, except as specified. This bill would also provide that an insurer that fails to conform to the requirements of the above provisions would be subject to the provisions of existing law that provide for the imposition of a penalty against any person who engages in any unfair method of competition or any unfair or deceptive act or practice in the business of insurance, as provided, including civil penalties as well as a misdemeanor for an insurer intentionally advertising insurance that it will not sell. Because the bill would create a new crime, it would impose a state-mandated local program. This bill would authorize the commissioner to disapprove any advertising that does not meet the requirements of these provisions, as specified. The bill would also require a policy, certificate, rider, or endorsement to include a provision giving the policyholder or certificate holder the right to appeal to the insurer a decision regarding benefit eligibility. This bill would delete obsolete provisions and make conforming changes. 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 139.3, 139.31, and 5307.1 of the Labor Code, Relating to Workers’ Compensation. AB 378 (2011-2012) SolorioSupportYes
Existing law establishes a workers’ compensation system, administered by the Administrative Director of the Division of Workers’ Compensation, to compensate an employee for injuries sustained in… More
Existing law establishes a workers’ compensation system, administered by the Administrative Director of the Division of Workers’ Compensation, to compensate an employee for injuries sustained in the course of employment. Existing law provides that it is unlawful for a physician to refer a person for specified medical goods or services, whether for treatment or medical-legal purposes, if the physician or his or her immediate family has a financial interest with the person or in the entity that receives the referral. A violation of this provision is a misdemeanor. This bill would add pharmacy goods, as defined, to the list of medical goods or services for which it is unlawful for a physician to refer a person under this provision, except in prescribed circumstances. By creating a new crime, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program. Existing law requires the administrative director, after public hearings, to adopt and revise periodically an official medical fee schedule that establishes reasonable maximum fees paid for medical services, other than physician services, and for other prescribed goods and services, in accordance with specified requirements. Under existing law, prior to the adoption by the administrative director of a medical fee schedule for any treatment, facility use, product, or service not covered by a Medicare payment system, the maximum reasonable fee paid cannot exceed the fee specified in the official medical fee schedule in effect on December 31, 2003. Existing law also provides that for pharmacy services and drugs not otherwise covered by a Medicare fee schedule payment for facility services, the maximum reasonable fees are 100% of fees prescribed in the relevant Medi-Cal payment system. This bill would prohibit the maximum reasonable fees paid for pharmacy services and drugs from including specified reductions in the relevant Medi-Cal payment system. This bill would require any compounded drug product, as defined, to be billed by the compounding pharmacy or dispensing physician at the ingredient level, as prescribed, and in accordance with regulations adopted by the California State Board of Pharmacy. This bill would set specified maximum reimbursement for a dangerous drug, dangerous device, or other pharmacy goods, dispensed by a physician, and would define related terms. This bill would prohibit a provision concerning physician-dispensed pharmacy goods from being superseded by any provision of the official medical fee schedule adopted by the administrative director unless the official medical fee schedule provision is expressly applicable. This bill would also require the provision adopted by the administrative director to govern if a provision concerning physician-dispensed pharmacy goods is inconsistent with the prescribed official medical fee schedule. This bill would also delete obsolete provisions relating to the adoption of a medical fee schedule for patient facility fees for burn cases. This bill would incorporate additional changes in Section 5307.1 of the Labor Code proposed by Senate Bill 923, that would become operative only if Senate Bill 923 and this bill are both chaptered and become effective on or before January 1, 2012, and this bill is chaptered last. 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 Section 1241.2 to the Insurance Code, Relating to Insurance. AB 2160 (2011-2012) BlumenfieldOpposeYes
Existing law prohibits domestic insurers from acquiring foreign investments from or located in foreign jurisdictions designated as state sponsors of terrorism by the United States Secretary of… More
Existing law prohibits domestic insurers from acquiring foreign investments from or located in foreign jurisdictions designated as state sponsors of terrorism by the United States Secretary of State. Existing law, the Iran Contracting Act of 2010, provides that a person whose name appears on a list developed or contracted for development by the Department of General Services as a person determined by the department to be engaged in investment activities in Iran is ineligible to bid on, submit a proposal for, enter into, or renew a contract with a public entity. This bill would require that above-referenced investments by a domestic insurer in companies that are included on the list maintained by the Department of General Services be treated as nonadmitted assets on the financial statements of the domestic insurer. The bill would deem use of the list developed for purposes of the Iran Contracting Act of 2010 as automatic compliance with these requirements. The bill would require the insurer to provide the Department of Insurance, on an annual basis, with a list of the investments the insurer has in companies included on the Department of General Services list. Hide
An Act to Amend Sections 391.1, 391.2, 391.3, and 391.6 of the Code of Civil Procedure, Relating to Civil Procedure. AB 2274 (2011-2012) LaraSupportYes
Existing law provides that a defendant in any litigation pending in any court in the state may move the court, upon notice and hearing, for an order requiring the plaintiff to furnish security, based… More
Existing law provides that a defendant in any litigation pending in any court in the state may move the court, upon notice and hearing, for an order requiring the plaintiff to furnish security, based upon the ground that the plaintiff is a vexatious litigant, as defined, and has no reasonable probability of prevailing. Upon motion, existing law requires the court to consider specified evidence as may be material to the ground of the motion, but prohibits any determination made by the court to be or be deemed a determination of any issue in the litigation. Existing law requires the court to order the plaintiff to furnish security if, after hearing the evidence upon the motion, the court determines that the plaintiff is a vexatious litigant and that there is no reasonable probability that the plaintiff will prevail. Existing law provides that when a motion to require security is filed prior to trial, the litigation is stayed and the moving defendant is not required to plead until 10 days after the motion is denied or, if granted, 10 days after the required security has been furnished and the moving defendant has been given notice. Existing law provides that if a motion is filed any time after trial begins, the litigation is required to be stayed for such period after the denial of the motion or the furnishing of the required security, as determined by the court. This bill would additionally authorize a defendant to move for an order to dismiss litigation or to seek relief in the alternative, as specified. The bill would require the defendant to combine all grounds for relief in one motion. This bill would require the court to order the litigation dismissed if, after hearing evidence on the motion, the court determines the litigation has no merit. The bill would specify that these provisions would only apply to litigation filed in a court of this state by a vexatious litigant subject to a prefiling order, as specified, who was represented by counsel at the time the litigation was filed and who became in propria persona after the withdrawal of his or her attorney. Hide
An Act to Amend Section 3600.5 of the Labor Code, Relating to Workers’ Compensation. AB 1309 (2013-2014) PereaSupportYes
Existing workers’ compensation law requires employers to secure the payment of workers’ compensation, including medical treatment, for injuries incurred by their employees that arise out of, or… More
Existing workers’ compensation law requires employers to secure the payment of workers’ compensation, including medical treatment, for injuries incurred by their employees that arise out of, or in the course of, employment. Existing law provides that an injury may be either “specific,” occurring as the result of one incident or exposure that causes disability or need for medical treatment, or “cumulative,” occurring as repetitive mentally or physically traumatic activities extending over a period of time, the combined effect of which causes any disability or need for medical treatment. Existing law provides that an employee who has been hired outside of this state and his or her employer are exempt from these provisions while the employee is temporarily within this state doing work for his or her employer if the employer has furnished workers’ compensation insurance coverage under the workers’ compensation insurance or similar laws of a state other than California, as specified. This bill would exempt an employee hired outside of this state and his or her employer from the occupational disease and cumulative injury provisions of this state’s workers’ compensation laws if (1) the employee is a professional athlete, defined, for purposes of these provisions, to include an athlete who is employed at the minor or major league level in the sport of baseball, basketball, football, ice hockey, or soccer, (2) that professional athlete is temporarily within this state doing work for his or her employer, and (3) the employer has furnished workers’ compensation insurance under the laws of the state other than California that covers the professional athlete’s employment while in this state, except as specified. This bill would deem a professional athlete to be temporarily within the state doing work for his or her employer if, during the 365 consecutive days immediately preceding the professional athlete’s last day of work for the employer within the state, the professional athlete performs less than 20% of his or her duty days, as defined, in the state. The bill would also exempt a professional athlete and his or her employer from the occupational disease or cumulative injury provisions of this state’s workers’ compensation laws when all of the professional athlete’s employers in his or her last year of work as a professional athlete are exempt from these provisions unless the professional athlete has, over the course of his or her professional athletic career, (1) worked for 2 or more seasons for a California-based team or teams, as defined, or worked 20% or more of his or her duty days in California or for a California-based team, and, (2) worked for fewer than 7 seasons for any team other than a California-based team. The bill would also state that it is the intent of the Legislature that the decision of the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board in Wesley Carroll v. Cincinnati Bengals, et al. (2013) 78 Cal.Comp.Cases ____ (ADJ2295331) (WCAB En Banc) be limited to professional athletes, and would include other specified statements of legislative intent. The bill would provide that these changes apply to all pending claims for benefits filed on or after September 15, 2013, as specified. Hide
An Act to Amend Sections 12209, 17053.57, and 23657 of the Revenue and Taxation Code, Relating to Taxation, to Take Effect Immediately, Tax Levy. AB 32 (2013-2014) PerezSupportYes
Existing laws governing the taxation of insurers, the Personal Income Tax Law, and the Corporation Tax Law, authorize, until January 1, 2017, a credit in an amount equal to 20% of a qualified… More
Existing laws governing the taxation of insurers, the Personal Income Tax Law, and the Corporation Tax Law, authorize, until January 1, 2017, a credit in an amount equal to 20% of a qualified investment, as defined, made into a community development financial institution, as defined, but not to exceed, in the aggregate amount under all those laws, $10,000,000 per year. Existing law provides that a credit shall not be allowed under those laws unless the California Organized Investment Network certifies that the investment made by the taxpayer is a qualified investment, as defined. Existing law requires a community development financial institution to apply to the California Organized Investment Network on behalf of the taxpayer for certification of the amount of the investment and the credit amount allocated to the taxpayer. The bill would increase the $10,000,000 limitation on the aggregate amount of qualified investments to $50,000,000. This bill would require a community development financial institution to provide in the application a detailed description of the intended use of the investment funds, as described, and to provide specified information about the taxpayer. This bill would require the California Organized Investment Network, when accepting and evaluating applications for certification from any community development financial institution on behalf of the taxpayer and issuing certificates, to grant highest priority to those applications where the intended use of the investments has the greatest aggregate benefit for low-to-moderate income areas or households or rural areas or households. This bill would require the Insurance Commissioner to establish tax credit issuance cycles throughout the year as necessary in order to issue tax credit certificates to those applications granted the highest priority. This bill would prohibit the total amount of investments certified by the California Organized Investment Network in any calendar year to any one community development financial institution from exceeding 30% of the annual aggregate amount of qualified investments, except as specified. This bill would require that each year 10% of the annual aggregate amount of qualified investments be reserved for investment amounts of less than or equal to $200,000, as specified. This bill would also allow the California Organized Investment Network to certify investments for the credit until January 1, 2017. This bill would require, on or before June 30, 2016, the Legislative Analyst’s Office to submit a report to the Legislature on the effects of the tax credits allowed, with a focus on employment in low-to-moderate income and rural areas, and on the benefits of these tax credits to low-to-moderate income and rural persons. Existing law authorizes the Insurance Commissioner to issue regulations to implement the credit. This bill would instead authorize the Insurance Commissioner to adopt, amend, or repeal regulations to implement the credit, and would deem the initial adoption of the regulations to be emergency regulations, as specified. Existing law authorizes the California Organized Investment Network, in allocating qualified investment credits, when certain conditions are met, to prioritize applications for those credits, as specified. This bill would revise those conditions. This bill would include a change in state statute that would result in a taxpayer paying a higher tax within the meaning of Section 3 of Article XIIIA of the California Constitution, and thus would require for passage the approval of 23 of the membership of each house of the Legislature. This bill would take effect immediately as a tax levy. Hide
An Act to Add Section 25536.7 to the Health and Safety Code, Relating to Hazardous Materials. SB 54 (2013-2014) HancockOpposeYes
Existing law establishes an accidental release prevention program implemented by the Office of Emergency Services and the appropriate administering agency, as defined, in each city or county. Under… More
Existing law establishes an accidental release prevention program implemented by the Office of Emergency Services and the appropriate administering agency, as defined, in each city or county. Under existing law, stationary sources subject to this accidental release prevention program are required to prepare a risk management plan (RMP) when required under certain federal regulations or if the administering agency determines there is a significant likelihood that the use of regulated substances by a stationary source may pose a regulated substances accident risk. Under existing law, the RMP is required to be submitted to the California Environmental Protection Agency and to the administering agency. Existing law imposes criminal penalties upon a stationary source that knowingly violates requirements of the accidental release prevention program. This bill would require an owner or operator of a stationary source that is engaged in certain activities with regard to petroleum and with one or more covered processes that is required to prepare and submit an RMP, when contracting for the performance of construction, alteration, demolition, installation, repair, or maintenance work at the stationary source, to require that its contractors and any subcontractors use a skilled and trained workforce to perform all onsite work within an apprenticeable occupation in the building and construction trades, including skilled journeypersons paid at least a rate equivalent to the applicable prevailing hourly wage rate. The bill would not apply to oil and gas extraction operations. Because the bill would make a knowing violation of these requirements a crime, and would otherwise impose new duties upon local agencies administering the program, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program. This bill would require the Chief of the Division of Apprenticeship Standards of the Department of Industrial Relations to approve a curriculum of in-person classroom and laboratory instruction for approved advanced safety training for workers at high hazard facilities by January 1, 2016. The bill would define terms for purposes of the bill. 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 specified reasons. Hide
SB 863 (2011-2012) De LeonSupportYes
SB 1234 (2011-2012) De LeonOpposeYes
An Act to Amend Sections 41081, 44060.5, 44125, 44225, 44229, 44270.3, 44271, 44272, 44273, 44274, 44275, 44280, 44281, 44282, 44283, 44287, 44299.1, and 44299.2 Of, to Add and Repeal Section 43018.9 Of, and to Repeal Section 44299 Of, the Health and Safety Code, to Amend Sections 42885 and 42889 of the Public Resources Code, and to Amend Sections 9250.1, 9250.2, 9261.1, and 9853.6 of the Vehicle Code, Relating to Vehicular Air Pollution, and Declaring the Urgency Thereof, to Take Effect Immediately. AB 8 (2013-2014) PereaOpposeYes
(1)Existing law establishes the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program, administered by the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission, to provide to… More
(1)Existing law establishes the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program, administered by the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission, to provide to specified entities, upon appropriation by the Legislature, grants, loans, loan guarantees, revolving loans, or other appropriate measures, for the development and deployment of innovative technologies that would transform California’s fuel and vehicle types to help attain the state’s climate change goals. Existing law specifies that only certain projects or programs are eligible for funding, including block grants administered by public entities or not-for-profit technology entities for multiple projects, education and program promotion within California, and development of alternative and renewable fuel and vehicle technology centers. Existing law requires the commission to develop and adopt an investment plan to determine priorities and opportunities for the program. Existing law also creates the Air Quality Improvement Program, administered by the State Air Resources Board, to fund air quality improvement projects related to fuel and vehicle technologies. This bill would provide that the state board has no authority to enforce any element of its existing clean fuels outlet regulation or other regulation that requires or has the effect of requiring any supplier, as defined, to construct, operate, or provide funding for the construction or operation of any publicly available hydrogen-fueling station. The bill would require the state board to aggregate and make available to the public, no later than June 30, 2014, and every year thereafter, the number of hydrogen-fueled vehicles that motor vehicle manufacturers project to be sold or leased over the next 3 years, as reported to the state board, and the number of hydrogen-fueled vehicles registered with the Department of Motor Vehicles through April 30. The bill would require the commission to allocate $20 million annually, as specified, until there are at least 100 publicly available hydrogen-fueling stations in California. The bill, on or before December 31, 2015, and annually thereafter, would require the commission and the state board to jointly review and report on the progress toward establishing a hydrogen-fueling network that provides the coverage and capacity to fuel vehicles requiring hydrogen fuel that are being placed into operation in the state, as specified. The bill would authorize the commission to design grants, loan incentive programs, revolving loan programs, and other forms of financial assistance, as specified, for purposes of assisting in the implementation of these provisions. The bill would repeal the above provisions on January 1, 2024. The bill, no later than July 1, 2014, would require the state board, in consultation with air pollution control and air quality management districts, to convene working groups to evaluate the specified policies and goals of specified programs. The bill would add intelligent transportation systems as a category of projects eligible for funding under the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program. The bill would require the commission and the state board, in making awards under both the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program and the Air Quality Improvement Program, to provide a preference to projects with higher benefit-cost scores, as defined. (2)Existing law creates the enhanced fleet modernization program to provide compensation for the retirement of passenger vehicles, and light-duty and medium-duty trucks that are high polluters. Existing law provides that under this program compensation for retired vehicles for a low-income motor vehicle owner, as defined, is $1,500, and for all other motor vehicle owners, it is $1,000. Existing law authorizes this compensation to be increased by the department based on various factors, including the emissions benefits of the vehicle’s retirement. This bill would establish compensation for replacement vehicles for low-income vehicle owners at not less than $2,500, would make this compensation available to an owner in addition to the compensation for a retired vehicle, and would prohibit compensation for all other motor vehicle owners from exceeding the compensation for low-income motor vehicle owners. The bill would instead authorize an increase in the compensation under these programs for either retired or replacement vehicles only for low-income motor vehicle owners as necessary to balance maximizing air quality benefits of the program while ensuring participation by low-income motor vehicle owners, as specified. (3)Existing law, until January 1, 2016, increases vehicle registration fees, vessel registration fees, and specified service fees for identification plates by a specified amount. Existing law requires the revenue generated by the increase in those fees to be deposited in the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Fund and either the Air Quality Improvement Fund or the Enhanced Fleet Modernization Subaccount, as provided. Existing law, until January 1, 2016, imposes on certain vehicles a smog abatement fee of $20, and requires a specified amount of this fee to be deposited in the Air Quality Improvement Fund and in the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Fund. This bill would extend those fees in the amounts required to make these deposits into the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Fund, the Air Quality Improvement Fund, and the Enhanced Fleet Modernization Subaccount until January 1, 2024, at which time the fees would be reduced by those amounts. (4)Existing law establishes the Carl Moyer Memorial Air Quality Standards Attainment Program, which is administered by the state board, to provide grants to offset the incremental cost of eligible projects that reduce emissions of air pollutants from sources in the state and for funding a fueling infrastructure demonstration program and technology development efforts. Existing law, beginning January 1, 2015, limits the Carl Moyer program to funding projects that reduce emissions of oxides of nitrogen (NOx). This bill would extend the current authorization for the Carl Moyer program to fund a broader range of projects that reduce emissions until January 1, 2024, and would make other conforming changes in that regard. The bill also would delete obsolete references and make conforming changes to the Carl Moyer program. (5)Existing law authorizes the district board of the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District to adopt a surcharge on motor vehicle registration fees applicable to all motor vehicles registered in the counties within that district. Existing law, until January 1, 2015, raises the limit on the amount of that surcharge from $4 to $6 for a motor vehicle whose registration expires on or after December 31, 1990, and requires that $2 of the surcharge be used to implement the Carl Moyer program, as specified. Beginning January 1, 2015, existing law returns the surcharge limit to its previous amount of $4. This bill would extend the $6 limitation on the surcharge until January 1, 2024, with the limit returning to $4 beginning on that date. (6)Existing law authorizes each air district that has been designated a state nonattainment area by the state board for any motor vehicle air pollutant, except the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District, to levy a surcharge on the registration fees for every motor vehicle registered in that air district, as specified by the governing body of the air district. Existing law requires the Department of Motor Vehicles to collect that surcharge if requested by an air district, and requires the department, after deducting its administrative costs, to distribute the revenues to the air districts. Existing law, until January 1, 2015, raises the limit on the amount of that surcharge from $4 to $6 and requires that $2 of the surcharge be used to implement the Carl Moyer program, as specified. Beginning January 1, 2015, existing law returns the surcharge limit to its previous amount of $4. This bill would extend the $6 limitation on the surcharge until January 1, 2024, with the limit returning to $4 beginning on that date. (7)Existing law imposes, until January 1, 2015, a California tire fee of $1.75 per tire on every person who purchases a new tire, with the revenues generated to be allocated for prescribed purposes related to disposal and use of used tires. Existing law requires that $0.75 per tire on which the fee is imposed be deposited in the Air Pollution Control Fund with these moneys to be available upon appropriation by the Legislature for use by the state board and air districts for specified purposes. Existing law reduces the tire fee to $0.75 per tire on and after January 1, 2015. This bill would instead set the tire fee at $1.75 per tire until January 1, 2024, and reduce the tire fee to $0.75 per tire on and after January 1, 2024. (8)Section 3 of Article XIX of the California Constitution restricts the expenditure of revenues from fees and taxes imposed by the state on vehicles to specified purposes, subject to certain exceptions. This bill would require the commission and the state board to ensure that revenues from specified fees imposed on vehicles that are used for purposes of the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program and the Air Quality Improvement Program are expended in compliance with Section 3 of Article XIX of the California Constitution. (9)This bill would declare that it is to take effect immediately as an urgency statute. Hide
An Act to Amend Sections 84303, 89519, 90002, 90003, 90004, and 90005 Of, and to Add Sections 90008 and 90009 To, the Government Code, Relating to the Political Reform Act of 1974, and Declaring the Urgency Thereof, to Take Effect Immediately. AB 800 (2013-2014) GordonOpposeYes
(1)The Political Reform Act of 1974 prohibits an agent or independent contractor from making an expenditure of $500 or more, other than overhead or normal operating expenses, on behalf of or for the… More
(1)The Political Reform Act of 1974 prohibits an agent or independent contractor from making an expenditure of $500 or more, other than overhead or normal operating expenses, on behalf of or for the benefit of any candidate or committee unless it is reported by the candidate or committee as if the expenditure were made directly by the candidate or committee. The act requires an agent or independent contractor to make known to the candidate or committee all information subject to this reporting requirement. This bill, in addition, would require a subagent or subcontractor who provides goods or services to or for the benefit of a candidate or committee to make known to the agent or independent contractor all of the information subject to the reporting requirement described above, and would require that disclosure of this information by a subagent or subcontractor to the agent or independent contractor or by the agent or independent contractor to the candidate or committee occur no later than three working days prior to the time the campaign statement reporting the expenditure is required to be filed, except that an expenditure that is required to be reported as a late contribution or late independent expenditure must be reported to the candidate or committee within 24 hours of the time that it is made. (2)The act defines as “surplus campaign funds” campaign funds that are under the control of a former candidate or former elected officer as of the date of leaving elective office or the end of the postelection reporting period following the defeat of the candidate for elective office, whichever occurs last. The act restricts the purposes for which surplus campaign funds may be expended. This bill would increase the time at which campaign funds become surplus campaign funds by 90 days following either the officer leaving elective office or the end of the postelection reporting period following the defeat of a candidate, whichever occurs last. (3)The act requires the Franchise Tax Board to conduct audits and field investigations of various financial statements required to be submitted by lobbying firms, lobbyist employers, candidates, and specified committees. The act prohibits the commencement of an audit or investigation of a candidate, controlled committee, or committee primarily supporting or opposing a candidate or a measure in connection with a report or statement required by specified provisions of the act until after the last date for filing the first report or statement following the general, runoff, or special election for the office for which the candidate ran, or following the election at which the measure was adopted or defeated, except as provided. The act prescribes the scope of campaign statements and reports to be included in audits and investigations of candidates, controlled committees, or committees primarily supporting or opposing a candidate or a measure. This bill would delete these provisions that delay the commencement of an audit or investigation and prescribe the scope of audits and investigations. In addition to the general auditing requirements imposed on the Franchise Tax Board as described above, the act authorizes the Franchise Tax Board and the Fair Political Practices Commission to make investigations and audits with respect to any reports or statements required by specified provisions of the act regarding campaign disclosure, limitations on contributions, and lobbyists. This bill would expand this authority to allow the Franchise Tax Board and the Fair Political Practices Commission to make investigations and audits with respect to any reports or statements required under the act. The act requires the Franchise Tax Board periodically to prepare reports regarding its audit and investigations under the act and send them to the Commission, the Secretary of State, and the Attorney General. The act requires the board to complete its report of any audit conducted on a random basis pursuant to a specified statute within one year after the person or entity subject to the audit is selected by the Commission to be audited. This bill would extend the deadline for the Franchise Tax Board to complete its report of an audit conducted on a random basis from one to two years after the person or entity to be audited is selected by the Fair Political Practices Commission. The act prohibits a member, employee, or agent of the Franchise Tax Board from divulging or making known in any manner any particulars of any record, documents, or information which he or she receives by virtue of conducting audits and investigations, except as provided. This bill, in addition, would make this prohibition applicable to a member, employee, or agent of the Fair Political Practices Commission. This bill would authorize the Fair Political Practices Commission, and the Franchise Tax Board at the direction of the Commission, to audit any record required to be maintained under the act in order to ensure compliance with the act prior to an election, even if the record is a report or statement that has not yet been filed. The bill would authorize the Commission to seek injunctive relief in a superior court to compel disclosure consistent with the act, and would require a court to grant expedited review of an action filed pursuant to this provision, as specified. (4)Existing law makes a knowing or willful violation of the Political Reform Act of 1974 a misdemeanor and subjects offenders to criminal penalties. This bill would impose a state-mandated local program by creating additional crimes. 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. (5)The Political Reform Act of 1974, an initiative measure, provides that the Legislature may amend the act to further the act’s purposes upon a 23 vote of each house and compliance with specified procedural requirements. This bill would declare that it furthers the purposes of the act. (6)This bill would declare that it is to take effect immediately as an urgency statute. The bill would delay the operative date of its provisions until July 1, 2014. Hide