Assembly Bill 267 (Torlakson)
Allows neighboring educational districts to band together into so-called Educational Finance Districts (EFDs) to create a new kind of taxing entity. This bill is part of a Democrat effort to both widen the area in which taxes may be collected and to lower the 2/3 threshold to raise taxes.
Assembly Bill 286 (Salas)
Extends the sunset date from January 1, 2010 to January 1, 2018 allowing some counties to impose a $1 annual vehicle registration fee (additional $2 on commercial vehicles) -- without a vote of the people per Proposition 218 -- for the purpose of funding programs that enhance the deterrence, investigation, and prosecution of vehicle theft crimes in local communities.
Assembly Bill 1087 (Ma)
Makes it easier for retailers to charge sales tax on shipping costs.
Senate Bill 83 (Hancock)
Authorizes a countywide transportation planning agency to place a majority vote ballot measure before the voters authorizing the imposition of an annual fee of up to $10 for every vehicle registered in the county for the purpose of funding congestion management and pollution mitigation programs. Another example of Democrat efforts to make it easier to tax Californians.
Senate Bill 406 (DeSaulnier)
Authorizes regions to increase vehicle registration fees by $1 or $2 to pay for regional land use planning activities. Depending how many jurisdictions impose this cost upon vehicle owners, Californian’s could pay nearly $62 million more in fees each year.
Assembly Bill 2 (De La Torre)
Requires a health care service plan or health insurer to prove that an applicant "intentionally" (rather than "willfully") misrepresented or omitted key information on the health coverage application before canceling or rescinding an individual plan contract or insurance policy. This makes it practically impossible for a health plan or insurer to lawfully cancel or rescind contracts or policies even when the applicant lied about their health history. This will make insurance premiums to rise and force honest applicants to subsidize the premiums paid by dishonest applicants in the already expensive individual health insurance market.
Assembly Bill 3 (V. M. Perez)
Requires that the California Workforce Investment Board establish a Renewable Energy Workforce Readiness Initiative by January 1, 2011, to boost so-called green collar jobs. This bill is predicated on the belief that the jobs destroyed by California’s AB 32 will be replaced by so-called “green jobs” in industries that do not yet exist.
Assembly Bill 513 (De León)
This bill requires health insurance plans to cover “lactation consultants” for new mothers, which raises the question of whether such consultants exist or fill a significant need. In any case, this bill is another example of legislative micro-management of private health care and will cause an increase in health care premiums in California.
Assembly Bill 527 (Fuentes)
Provides that if the Labor Commissioner in an unpaid wage dispute finds there are any falsified payroll records submitted for any pay period relating to any claim or complaint brought pursuant to the commissioner’s authority, all payroll records relating to that claim or complaint must be presumed false. If some records are erroneous, all assumed to be falsified. Another reason for business to feel unwelcome in California.
Assembly Bill 943 (Mendoza)
Forbids an employer from obtaining a consumer credit report for "employment purposes" with narrow exceptions. Consumer credit reports can be a useful tool for prospective employers to screen employees for their reliability.
Assembly Bill 1366 (Feuer)
Attempts to solve water quality salinity problems on the backs of residential users of water softeners in selected areas of the State. Gives local agencies the right to ban residential self-generating water softeners and to allow the removal of existing residential water softeners if a regional water quality control board makes a finding that the control of residential salinity will improve water quality objectives. This measure ignores the fact that California’s increasingly stringent water use restrictions undoubtedly increase salinity level in waste water by reducing the overall amount of water while keeping waste levels constant.
Senate Bill 242 (Yee)
Makes it a violation of the Unruh Civil Rights Act to limit or prohibit the use of any language in a business establishment, unless there is a business necessity for the restriction. This bill will result in unreasonable and significant new liability exposure and unnecessary lawsuits against businesses with a minimum penalty of $4,000, even if the violation was unintentional.
Assembly Bill 1404 (De León)
Establishes burdensome restrictions and conditions upon the use of greenhouse gas emissions offsets that may be used by entities for compliance with the California Global Warming Solutions Act. This bill restricts the ability of businesses to choose the most economically prudent offsets and prevents competition from providing lower costs by creating incentives for California offsets, but making it more difficult to use offsets originating elsewhere.
Senate Bill 14 (Simitian)
Increases the existing Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) purchasing mandate for electricity suppliers from 20% by 2010, to 33% by 2020. Severely restricts the ability of utilities to purchase out-of-state renewable energy in order to satisfy their RPS mandate. Will increase electricity costs by 30% in a state where electricity costs for manufacturer are already 45% above the national average.
SB 279 (Hancock)
Expands the use of Mello-Roos taxes for the purpose of financing renewable energy and energy efficiency improvements on private property. SB 279 continues the recent trend of efforts to expand Mello-Roos taxes to pay for projects (in this case solar) outside the original intent of the Act.
Senate Bill 572 (Leno)
Requires the Governor to annually declare May 22nd as Harvey Milk Day, and encourages schools to set apart that day as a day of special significance and conduct commemorative exercises remembering the life of Harvey Milk. Incidentally, Milk’s murder had no relation to anything but a workplace disagreement. This legislation, if itpasses, would be tantamount to declaring a special holiday for people based on their sexual orientation -- which is not a proper role for state government.
Senate Bill 3X 18 (Ducheny)