The Leadership Group’s Bill Positions as of 08/11/2020
Our Valley reigns as the nation’s innovation juggernaut representing 14 percent of our entire state’s gross domestic product and 43 percent of all venture capital investment in the United States. More than half of business leaders surveyed in the 2019 Silicon Valley Competitiveness and Innovation Project are planning to increase jobs through 2025.
This economic growth means opportunities for all who live and work here as well as a serious legislative and community responsibility to ensure Silicon Valley remains a great place to live, work and do business for everyone. To that end we provide lawmakers with a unique Valley perspective on issues that matter to our residents by highlighting legislation currently under consideration.
AB 2019 — (Holden) Pupil instruction: College and Career Access Pathways partnerships: county offices of education. SUPPORT
This bill authorizes community college districts to enter into a College and Career Access Pathways (CCAP) partnership with county offices of education to develop seamless pathways from high school to community college for career technical education or preparation for transfer, improving high school graduation rates, or helping high school pupils achieve college and career readiness. County offices of education often serve underrepresented and under-resourced students through continuation, court or juvenile schools; this bill aligns with the Leadership Group Education and Workforce portfolio priority to diversify the STEM pipeline.
Status: 05/14/20-Passed Assembly Higher Education, re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 10. Noes 0.)
SB 860 — (Beall) Foster Youth Services Coordinating Program: postsecondary education financial aid applications. SUPPORT
Due to low financial-aid-application-completion rates, just 49 percent of foster youth at community colleges receive a Pell grant in their first year and just 12 percent receive a Cal Grant. This bill requires the Foster Youth Services Coordinating Program, under the Superintendent of Public Instruction, to describe how it will coordinate efforts to ensure completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid or the California Dream Act Application for foster youth pupils who are in grade 12. As this legislation improves the chances of college and career success for foster youth, it aligns with the Leadership Group Education and Workforce portfolio priority to diversify the STEM pipeline.
Status: 05/12/20- Passed Senate Education, re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 6. Noes 0.)
AB 1835 — (Weber, Quirk-Silva) Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF): Supplemental & Concentration Grants: SUPPORT AB 1835 would require school districts and other local educational agencies (LOAs) to annually identify and report any unspent supplemental and concentration grant funds. This would require LOAs to reconcile the estimated amounts of funds used with the actual amounts of funds apportioned to them by the CDE. Such funds are disbursed to schools in order to provide support to vulnerable students (English language learners, low income, and foster youth). This bill would also specify that any unspent supplemental or concentration funds at year end must retain their designation to increase and improve services for the intended student groups. The first priority of our Education and Workforce portfolio is to diversify and strengthen the STEM talent pipeline and improve K-12 education quality. To this end, we must ensure that all California students have equitable access to the tools and support they need for success.
Status: Passed Assembly floor on 6/8/2020 (Ayes 75. Noes 0.); ordered to the Senate. Senate Education Committee passed, referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee on 7/29/2020.
SB 1215 — (Stern) Community Microgrids. SUPPORT IF AMENDED
This legislation would help facilitate the development of community microgrids that serve critical facilities and infrastructure and provide backup power during outages. The
requested amendments are consistent with SVLG’s Microgrid Principles and “support” position on AB 3251 (Bauer-Kahan).
Status: Assembly Desk.
AB 2621 — (Mullin) Office of Planning and Research: regional climate networks: climate adaptation action plans: SUPPORT
Bill would encourage local government entities to establish and participate in regional climate networks, and to prepare regional climate adaptation action plans.
Status: Passed Assembly on June 11 and on to Senate for consideration.
AB 3256 — (E. Garcia) Economic Recovery, Wildfire Prevention, Safe Drinking Water, Drought Preparation, and Flood Protection Bond Act of 2020: SUPPORT
If approved by the voters, the bill would authorize the issuance of bonds in the amount of $6,980,000,000 pursuant to the State General Obligation Bond Law to finance projects for economic recovery, wildfire prevention, safe drinking water, drought preparation, and flood protection.
Status: Failed House of Origin Deadline on 6/30.
AB-3005 — (R. Rivas) Leroy Anderson Dam and Reservoir: permitting, and public contracting: SUPPORT
This bill provides necessary and appropriate measures to ensure an expedited completion of the Anderson Dam Seismic Retrofit Project, which is crucial to maintaining Silicon Valley’s local water supply and protecting our communities from the dam’s failure and subsequent flooding, in the event of a major local earthquake.
Status: Referred to Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee.
SB 54 — (Allen) / AB 1080 — (Gonzalez) California Circular Economy and Pollution Reduction Act: OPPOSE UNLESS AMENDED
These bills are two identical pieces of legislation, both seeking to introduce new regulations for the reduction of solid waste and increased use of more sustainable packaging that is, by 2030, recyclable or compostable. The Leadership adopted an “Opposed unless Amended” position on SB 54 and AB 1080 because the bills contain overly broad mandates that do not account for differences between products and packaging across different industries. The legislation also lacks a viable funding mechanism to ensure the provisions of the bill are effectively implemented by regulators.
Status: SB 54 on Assembly floor Inactive File. AB 1080 on Senate floor Inactive File.
SB 66 — (Atkins) Medi-Cal: federally qualified health center and rural health clinic services: SUPPORT
SB 66 would allow for Medi-Cal reimbursement if a patient is receiving care at a federally qualified health center (FQHC) or rural health clinic (RHC) with a primary care provider and mental health care provider within the same day. Silicon Valley Leadership Group supports SB 66 because we support increasing access to care for all Californians at any income level.
Status: 6/11/20 – Asm Inactive File.; Not moving forward
AB 890 — (Wood) Nurse practitioners: scope of practice: unsupervised practice: SUPPORT
Assembly Bill 890 would allow a nationally certified nurse practitioner to order and interpret diagnostic procedures, certify disability, and prescribe, dispense, and administer controlled substances without the supervision of a physician as long as that the nurse practitioner meets specified education requirements and upon completion of a three-year transition to practice program. The Silicon Valley Leadership Group advocates for policies that ensure accessible healthcare and recognizes the crucial health care needs for the region’s most vulnerable populations.
Status:7/23/2020 – From committee chair, with author’s amendments: Amend, and re-refer to committee. Read second time, amended, and re-referred to Com. on B., P. & E.D.
AB 2164 — (Rivas, Robert) Telehealth: SUPPORT
Assembly Bill 2164 seeks to remove barriers for FQHCs and RHCs to administer telehealth services by allowing synchronous real time or asynchronous store and forward methods, clarifying that telehealth can be provided in community settings like schools and nursing homes, and by removing language that requires FQHCs/RHCs to “establish” an individual as a patient through an in-person visit before they can bill for telehealth services. The Silicon Valley Leadership Group advocates for policies that expand health care access as well as support advancements, such as telehealth.
Status: 8/5/2020 – Set FOR Hearing ON 13-AUG-20 Upon adjournment of Banking and Financial Institutions Committee
SB 977 — (Monning) Health care system consolidation: Attorney General approval and enforcement: OPPOSE
Senate Bill 977 would require a non-profit hospital or health facility to obtain consent of the Attorney General prior to the sale or acquisition of a hospital or health care facility and gives the Attorney General more power to deny a sale or acquisition. The Silicon Valley Leadership Group advocates for policies that expand access to high quality and affordable health care. However, members of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group are concerned that this bill gives the Attorney General excess oversight that is unnecessary at this time.
Status: 8/5/2020 – From committee: Do pass as amended and re-refer to Com. on APPR.
SB 50 — (Wiener District 11) More HOMES Act: SUPPORT
SB 50 is a zoning reform bill that would allow for more housing near public transit and job centers, while protecting against displacement of renters and vulnerable communities. SB 50, the More HOMES Act (Housing, Opportunity, Mobility, Equity, Stability), would activate the housing potential near high-quality transit and leverage the billions of dollars in public and private investment in our transit system.
Status: (01/30/20) Read third time. Refused passage. (Ayes 18. Noes 15. Page 3176.)
SB 795 — (Beall District 15) Affordable Housing and Community Development Investment: SUPPORT
With the elimination of redevelopment agencies (RDAs) in 2012, local jurisdictions lost a dedicated source of affordable housing and community infrastructure funding that was more than $1 billion statewide annually. SB 795 would dedicate at most $2 billion over nine years (2021-2030) for local affordable housing and community infrastructure development. The funding vehicle is the county-level Educational Revenue Augmentation Fund (ERAF), which would be backfilled by the General Fund – education funding would be made whole and held harmless.
Status: SB 5 was vetoed by the governor in 2019, reintroduced as SB 795 and last amended on 5/6/20. June 9 hearing: Placed on APPR. suspense file.
SB 902 — (Wiener District 11) planning and zoning: neighborhood multifamily project: use by right: density: SUPPORT
SB 902 allows local governments a streamlined path to zone neighborhoods for gentle, missing middle density — up to ten units per parcel (tenplex) — if they choose. The bill also allows two, three, or four unit buildings in low density residential neighborhoods, with by-right ministerial approval, depending on the size of the city.
Status: SB 902 was last amended on 03/09/20 to the Senate and will be heard in the Committee on Housing on May 26, 2020. June 9 hearing: Placed on APPR. suspense file.
AB 2323 — (Friedman District 43) Modernizing CEQA Review for Housing Projects: SUPPORT
This bill expands the “climate-friendly” CEQA exemption for transit-oriented housing and jobs projects established in 2013 by SB 743 (Steinberg) to include projects where the local government has adopted a community plan. The bill also repeals the outdated “sprawl-friendly” CEQA exemption for any residential project consistent with an adopted specific plan, regardless of the site’s proximity to jobs or transit, which was established in 1984.
Status: 06/9/2020 – In Senate. Read first time. To Com. on RLS. for assignment.
AB 3279 — (Friedman District 43) CEQA Litigation Streamlining for All: SUPPORT
AB 3279 would require courts to hear CEQA appeals sooner, reduce the time parties take to file petitions, expedite the preparation of the administrative record, and authorize courts to issue interlocutory remand orders instead of setting aside project approvals and forcing applicants to start the process all over again.
Status: 6/9/2020 – In Senate. Read first time. To Com. on RLS. for assignment.
AB 2501 — (Limón) COVID-19: homeowner, tenant, and consumer relief: OPPOSE
This bill provides temporary loan forbearance and other types of consumer and borrower relief during the COVID-19 emergency and for an additional 180 days thereafter (emergency period). This bill affects mortgages, vehicle-secured credit obligations, PACE assessments and deferred deposit transactions. This bill has concerns from banks, credit unions, pace lenders, and auto-lenders in that it could freeze credit markets for their products and services, harming housing production and other industries.
Status: 6/10/2020 – Read third time and amended. Ordered to third reading.
AB 398 — (Chu) COVID-19 Local Government and School Recovery and Relief Act ($275 Headcount tax): OPPOSE
AB 398 would impose a tax of $275 per employee for any business with more than 500 employees. The Leadership Group has opposed taxes based on headcount because they are essentially a tax on jobs and employment.
Status: Referred to Committee on Rules
AB 1860 — (Santiago) Local Government Finance: OPPOSE
AB 1860 would authorize a local government to impose a sales and use tax or a parcel tax for the purposes of funding homeless housing and services subject to a majority vote of the electorate of the local government instead of by a 2/3 vote. It would also authorize Imposition of a sales and use tax for the support of homeless housing and services that, in combination with other transactions and use taxes, would exceed the current limit of 2%. It would require a constitutional amendment in order to become law. The Leadership Group has opposed reducing the vote requirement to pass tax legislation except for transportation.
Status: Referred to Committee on Revenue and Taxation.
AB 2570 — (Mark Stone) False Claims Act: OPPOSE
The California False Claims Act (“FCA”) allows the Attorney General public entities or individual plaintiffs to prosecute companies that commit some form of fraud with respect to a government contract and recover considerable penalties. A.B. 2570 would expand the FCA to cover tax-related claims, but would make changes that would affect all FCA lawsuits. This bill will create uncertainty for taxpayers due to different standards applied to the tax laws and FCA. This bill would allow and encourage nuisance lawsuits. A.B. 2570 will create double jeopardy for taxpayers because even after an audit by a tax agency has been completed, a taxpayer could still face a lawsuit under the FCA. California tax statutes have strong penalties that encourage compliance and deter fraud. Adding to uncertainty for taxpayers will be detrimental to members of the Leadership Group and the California economy as well.
Status: In Senate Rules Committee
AB 2712 — (Low) California Universal Basic Income (CalUBI) Program: OPPOSE
This bill would impose a 10% value added tax (“VAT”) to finance a universal basic income program. A California VAT would be extremely expensive for the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration to administer and for taxpayers to comply with. A VAT would make California businesses less competitive in the national and global marketplace. A VAT would be regressive and could lead to unintended consequences, which might include taxpayers leaving the state to remain competitive. In addition, it would be advisable to wait until the experiment with a universal basic income pilot program in the City of Stockton is complete and the outcomes can be evaluated before implementing such a program statewide. Such a large tax increase could be very harmful to the competitiveness of Leadership Group members who are located in an area that already has very high tax and other costs.
Status: Referred to Committee on Human Services
SB 972 — (Skinner) Corporation taxes: disclosure: OPPOSE
This bill would require the Franchise Tax Board to publicly disclose the tax liability, gross receipts and tax credits of large corporations with gross receipts of $5 billion or more. S.B. 972 would violate the California Taxpayers Bill of Rights. This bill discriminates against large businesses and violates the fundamental principle of taxpayer confidentiality that is an underpinning of the self-reporting system of taxation in the United States and California. Companies that would have their confidential tax information publicly disclosed would have one more reason not to invest and grow their businesses in California. Member companies of the Leadership Group would be subject to the potential negative publicity that can accompany sensational press stories about complex tax situations.
Status: Re-referred to Committee on Appropriations
SB 956 — (Jackson) California Tax Expenditure Review Board: OPPOSE
This bill would establish a board composed of state officials and would create a costly, unnecessary new bureaucracy to examine “tax expenditures” based on inadequate criteria that could produce erroneous recommendations. Analysis of tax expenditures could be conducted by the Legislative Analyst’s Office, State Auditor, Franchise Tax Board, California Department of Tax and Fee Administration and other agencies. Numerous similar reports are produced every year by these state entities. SB 956 does not identify many criteria that would help to determine whether a tax incentive is working. It fails to identify “multiplier” effects on business activity that would generate additional state revenue. It also fails to indicate competitiveness with other states and countries in evaluating whether a tax incentive is appropriate. A focus on lost revenue could lead to a report that does not accurately assess the economic benefits of any particular tax incentive. Periodic evaluation of state tax incentives is a good practice. If SB 956 were to become law, however, it would create significant uncertainty about the future of the state’s business tax structure. Such uncertainty would reduce jobs, investment, and economic activity in California and weigh against more investment in California by members of the Leadership Group.
Status: On Committee on Appropriations Suspense File
AB 2196 — (González) Pilot Program for Increased Access to Responsible Small Dollar Loans: SUPPORT
AB 2196 would extend the sunset of the Pilot Program for Increased Access to Responsible Small Dollar Loans (‘Pilot Program’) to January 1, 2028. This extension affords the Department of Business Oversight more time to provide oversight to this program.
Status: Passed Assembly. Senate Banking and Financial Institutions Committee July 9 committee hearing was postponed.
AB 2792 — (Quirk) Mobile Fueling On-Demand Tank Vehicles: SUPPORT
AB 2792 will would provide for state-wide uniformity to allow the California Air
Resource Board (CARB) to regulate mobile fueling standards instead of the patchwork of
regulatory systems currently in place.
Status: Failed deadline, pursuant to Rule 61(b)(5).
SB 1322 — (Rubio) Remote Online Authorization Act: SUPPORT
Existing law authorizes the Secretary of State to appoint and commission notaries public
throughout California. SB 1322 would authorize a notary public to register as a remote
online notary public, allowing them to offer their services remotely. The bill provides that the act shall remain in effect only while there is a declaration of a state of emergency by the Governor related to the COVID-19 virus in effect.
Status: Inactive. Presently in the Senate Judiciary Committee.
AB 2414 — (Chau) Mobile Applications: Recordable Information: Privacy: OPPOSE
Presently, certain companies and organizations are subject to the rules of the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), which outlines a series of consumer rights with regard to their personal data that is owned, used, controlled, or shared by certain companies and organizations. This bill would expand the CCPA to require subject mobile application operators to obtain two levels of consumer consent before using or sharing recordable data from the mobile application.
Status: Failed deadline, pursuant to Rule 61(b)(6).
AB 3116 — (Irwin) Mobility Devices: Personal Information: SUPPORT
This bill would authorize a public agency to require an operator to periodically submit to the public agency anonymized trip data and provide specified notice of that requirement to the operator. The bill would authorize a public agency to share anonymized trip data with a contractor, agent, or other public agency only if specified conditions are met, including that the purpose of the sharing is to assist the public agency in the promotion and protection of transportation planning, integration of mobility options, and road safety. The bill would prohibit a public agency from sharing trip data with a contractor or agent.
Status: Held in Assembly Appropriations Committee.
SB 1206 — (González) Microtrenching Standards to Accelerate Broadband Fiber Installation
This bill would require the Department of Transportation to adopt a model ordinance that can be adopted by cities and counties for the use of microtrenching technology to expedite the installation of broadband fiber. Building infrastructure through microtrenching is less expensive, less time-consuming and less intrusive than traditional broadband buildout. Moreover, smaller roadway incisions minimize interference to existing public utility infrastructure, reducing the potential for delays or denials of construction permits.
Status: Inactive. Presently in the Senate Rules Committee.
SB 995 — (Atkins) Expedited CEQA Review for Environmental Leadership Projects: SUPPORT
SB 995 extends AB 900 until 2025. The original legislation was enacted to expedite—but not weaken—environmental reviews for “Environmental Leadership Projects.” These are large, low or zero-polluting projects that generate jobs, affordable housing and clean energy. Already, in less than a decade, AB 900 has enabled the construction of nearly 20 major clean energy and infill housing projects.
Status: Asm Committee on Natural Resources hearing 8/6 10:00 am
SB 288 — (Wiener) Jumpstarting Sustainable Transportation Projects to Accelerate Economic Recovery: SUPPORT/Co-Sponsor
SB 288 Offers Statutory Exemption from CEQA for Bike/Ped projects and certain limited infill transit infrastructure projects. Extends existing exemption to BRT, Light Rail and HOV lanes in public right of way. Adds new exemptions for Complete Streets, bike lanes, ped safety, transit priority, Maintenance and storage, bridge repair and rehab. and Zev Fueling infrastructure. Public projects only, No additional auto capacity.
Status: Asm Committee on Natural Resources hearing 8/6 10:00 am
AB 3153 — (Rivas) Parking and Zoning: Bicycle and Car-sharing parking credits: SUPPORT
AB 3153 allows developers to provide bicycle and car-sharing parking to substitute for up to 30% of vehicle parking for new residential housing in areas close to transit and/or in developments that provide affordable housing. Current state law allows non-residential development to substitute bicycle and car-share parking – this bill would extend the same flexibility to housing. This bill does not supersede jurisdictions that may have stricter requirements for bicycle or car-share parking. Allowing the flexibility to right-size vehicle parking amounts can support bicycling and potentially reduce housing costs.
Status: Referred to Senate Cmte on Gov and Finance 6/23
SB 278 — (Beall) FASTER Bay Area: SUPPORT
SB 278 is legislation to enable a ballot measure for a Bay Area wide sales tax for transformative transportation efforts.
Status: As of March 2020 the FASTER coalition will not be moving forward for November 2020
AB 2057 — (Chiu) San Francisco Bay area: public transportation/SEAMLESS Bay Area:
Current law creates the Metropolitan Transportation Commission as a local area planning agency for the 9-county San Francisco Bay area with comprehensive regional transportation planning and other related responsibilities. Current law creates various transit districts located in the San Francisco Bay area, with specified powers and duties relative to providing public transit services. This bill would state the intent of the Legislature to later enact legislation relating to public transportation in the 9-county San Francisco Bay area.
Status: AB 2057 has been pulled and is not moving forward this year as of 4/29