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The Leadership Group’s Bill Positions as of 10/17/2019

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.

Education & Workforce Development Policy

AB 20 – Berman (District 24) California Computer Science Coordinator: SUPPORT
AB 20 would create the California Computer Science Coordinator role within the California Department of Education.
Status: 5/17/2019-Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(a)(5). (Last location was APPR. SUSPENSE FILE on 4/3/2019)(May be acted upon Jan 2020)

AB 52 – Berman (District 24) Computer Science Strategic Implementation Plan: SUPPORT
AB 52 would require that the computer science strategic implementation plan be updated every seven years and be extended indefinitely beyond its current July 31, 2020 sunset.
Status: 5/17/2019-Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(a)(5). (Last location was APPR. SUSPENSE FILE on 4/3/2019)(May be acted upon Jan 2020)

AB 182 – Rivas (District 39) Teacher Credentialing Computer Science Working Group: SUPPORT
AB 182 would require the Commission on Teacher Credentialing to convene a working group to determine if the development of a single-subject computer science credential is warranted and, if so, what the requirements of that credential would be.
Status: 5/17/2019-Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(a)(5). (Last location was APPR. SUSPENSE FILE on 4/10/2019)(May be acted upon Jan 2020)

AB 578 – Mullin (District 22) California STEM Teaching Pathway Act of 2019: SUPPORT
AB 578 would create a pathway for prospective STEM teachers, including veterans and STEM industry professionals, recruiting, preparing, and supporting candidates as they enter the profession.
Status: 5/17/2019-Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(a)(5). (Last location was APPR. SUSPENSE FILE on 5/8/2019)(May be acted upon Jan 2020)

SB 291 – Leyva (District 20) California Community College Student Financial Aid Program: SUPPORT
(Coauthors: Senators Allen, Bradford, Jackson, Portantino, and Wiener; and Assemblymembers Bloom, Chiu, Mullin, Reyes, and Wicks)
SB 291 would establish the California Community College Student Financial Aid Program to provide need-based grant awards to help eligible community college students cover access costs.
Status: 7/10/2019-Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(a)(10). (Last location was HIGHER ED. on 6/6/2019)(May be acted upon Jan 2020)

Trailer Bill – Statewide Longitudinal Student Data System: SUPPORT
The Silicon Valley Leadership Group supports the proposed $10 million in the May Revise budget to build a P-20 longitudinal data system, which will increase alignment between education and the state’s workforce needs.

Energy Policy

AB 40 – Ting (District 19) Clean Cars 2040 Strategy: SUPPORT IF AMENDED
AB 40 benefits Californians by providing a planning framework to reach California’s goal (E.O. B-48-2018) of placing five million Zero Emission Vehicles on California roads by 2030. The Silicon Valley Leadership Group supports, if amended, to include investments, incentives and other policies as part of a comprehensive strategy needed to transition all new passenger vehicle sales to Zero Emission Vehicles by 2040.
Status: 4/26/2019-Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(a)(2). (Last location was TRANS. on 1/24/2019) (Will be acted upon Jan 2020)

AB 56 – E. Garcia (District 56) California Clean Electricity Authority: OPPOSE
This bill would not benefit Californians because it would reduce or eliminate: (1) energy service providers’ ability to buy clean energy and (2) energy purchasing competition that customers highly value.
Status: 8/28/2019-Action From E. U., & C.: Reconsideration granted. (May be acted upon Jan 2020)

AB 383 – Mayes (District 42), Friedman (District 43) Clean Energy Financing Clearinghouse: SPONSOR
AB 383 would create a Clean Energy Financing Clearinghouse in state government to coordinate all government programs that invest capital in clean energy technologies, of which there are currently dozens housed in several California agencies. The goal of the bill is twofold: 1) to increase effectiveness of these programs; and 2) to increase private investment in clean energy technology deployment.
Status: 5/17/2019-Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(a)(5). (Last location was APPR. SUSPENSE FILE on 4/24/2019)(May be acted upon Jan 2020)

AB 1100 – Kamlager-Dove (District 54) Electric Vehicle Charging Stations and Local Parking Minimums: SUPPORT
AB 1100 benefits Californians by reducing barriers to electric vehicle infrastructure installation by clarifying that parking stalls served by Electric Vehicle charging stations qualify as “parking stalls” under local minimum parking requirements.
Status: 10/12/19: Signed into law by the Governor.

AB 1424 – Berman (District 24) EV Charging Stations Open Access Act: SUPPORT
AB 1424 benefits Californians by providing the flexibility needed to reach California’s goal (Executive Order B-48-2018) of placing five million Zero Emission Vehicles on California roads by 2030 to improve local air quality and mobility.
Status: 8/30/2019-Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(a)(12). (Last location was APPR. SUSPENSE
FILE on 8/19/2019)(May be acted upon Jan 2020)

AB 1046 — Ting (District 19) The California Vehicle Rebate Project: SUPPORT IN CONCEPT
AB 1046 would authorize the Treasurer to securitize revenues for which the California Air Resources  Board has existing authority to establish a continuous funding source for the CA EV Initiative to achieve a statewide deployment of five million zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) by 2030. Unfortunately, California is currently falling short on where it needs to be to electrify the transportation industry, and overall transportation emissions are still on the rise. As such, California must invest in emerging technologies that will modernize transportation systems, support local manufacturing job growth, and improve local air quality. Multi-year funding is essential to develop and deploy new, cost-effective ZEV technologies.
Status: Senate Appropriations Suspense file. Not a two-year bill.

Opportunity Zones Trailer Bill –  AB and SB 117 – Tax preferential treatment for investments in affordable housing  and clean energy: SUPPORT
The 2017 federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act created the possibility of capital gains tax relief for investments in “Opportunity Zones.”  Earlier this year, Gov. Newsom announced he wants to drive investment in affordable housing and clean energy into these zones, which are spread throughout the state.  This proposal, which can be found on the Department of Finance website here, would allow low and moderate housing developments in an Opportunity Zones to qualify for tax benefits, as well as investments in utility scale renewable generation, rooftop solar, storage, distributed energy resources, demand response, energy efficiency, electric vehicle charging infrastructure and electric vehicle service equipment.
Status: The language proposed by the Administration did not make it into print though it had been signaled that AB/SB 117 would be the vehicle if it does.

Environmental Policy

SB 45 –  Allen, Portantino, and Stern (Sen. Districts 26 and 27) Wildfire, Drought, and Flood Protection Bond Act of 2020 and RLF-sponsored Climate Resilience Bond: SUPPORT IN CONCEPT
Senate Bill 45, and another measure listed as the “Wildfire Prevention, Safe Drinking Water, Drought Preparation, and Flood Protection Bond Act of 2020”, would place a bond measure on the 2020 ballot to a) restore lands and communities impacted by fires, sea-level rise, and other environmental problems made worse by climate change, and b) mitigate future climate risks and impacts, if voters approve the measure. SB 45 is approximately $4B, while the other potential initiative is $8B in size. Both bonds would help California by providing a broad-based source of resources for programs and projects that can support and protect the state’s communities and residents against the substantial and growing costs of climate change.
Status:  SB 45 amended and re-referred to Senate Appropriations Committee on 9/10. Ballot initiative submitted to State Attorney General.

SB 200 – Monning, E. Garcia, Bloom (Sen. District 17; Asm. Dists. 56 and 50) Drinking Water: SUPPORT
As a follow-up to the legislature’s approval of a state budget, Senate Bill 200 provides details as a trailer bill on the creation and financing of a Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund. SB 200 helps California by providing a dedicated source of money for programs and projects that can ensure universal access to safe clean drinking water for all of the state’s residents.
Status: Approved by Governor on 7/24.

AB 839 – Mullin (District 22) Climate adaptation strategy: strategic resiliency framework: SUPPORT
AB 839 helps California by enhancing coordination among state agencies and local agencies and communities, in order to implement a strategic resiliency framework, while promoting coordinated regional solutions to address the many impacts of a changing climate.
Status: 8/30/2019-Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(a)(12). (Last location was APPR. SUSPENSE
FILE on 8/12/2019)(May be acted upon Jan 2020)

Health Policy

SB 38 – Hill (District 13) and AB 739 – McCarty (District 7) Flavored tobacco product ban: SUPPORT
SB 38 would ban the sale of flavored tobacco products in California. Silicon Valley Leadership Group supports SB 38 and AB 739 because we support public health policies that promote health equity for all.
Status: 6/4/2019-Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(a)(8). (Last location was INACTIVE FILE on 5/23/2019)

SB 39 – Hill (District 13) Tobacco product labeling and shipment receipt: SUPPORT
SB 39 would require packages containing tobacco products to be labelled and signed for by a person 21 years of age or older, aligning tobacco packages with alcohol packages
Status: Chaptered by Secretary of State. Chapter 295, Statutes of 2019.

SB 66 – Atkins (District 39) 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.
Status: Ordered to inactive file on request of Assembly Member Calderon.

SB 331 – Hurtado (District 14) Suicide-prevention Strategic Plans: SUPPORT
SB 331 would require all 58 CA counties to create suicide prevention strategic plans.
Silicon Valley Leadership Group supports SB 331 because we believe in health equity and protecting our most vulnerable populations from preventable diseases and health risks.
Status: 8/30/2019-Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(a)(12). (Last location was APPR. SUSPENSE FILE on 7/10/2019)(May be acted upon Jan 2020)

AB 744 – Aguiar-Curry (District 4) Health care coverage: telehealth: SUPPORT
AB 744 would require reimbursement parity between a telehealth service “on the same basis and to the same extent” as an in-person health care visit. Silicon Valley Leadership Group has a history of supporting telehealth legislation and supports AB 744 because we support increased access to health care across our State, particularly for our rural and underserved communities. We believe this bill helps to increase access to health care for our rural communities, but also engages our urban communities who may have a difficult time getting to doctor’s offices for appointments.
Status: Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 3:30 p.m. 9/25/19

Housing Policy

 SB 5 – Beall (District 15) Affordable Housing and Community Development Investment: SUPPORT
With the elimination of redevelopment agencies (RDAs) in 2012, local jurisdictions loss a dedicated source of affordable housing and community infrastructure funding that was more than $1 billion statewide annually. SB 5 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: In Assembly- referred to Appropriations Committee

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.
Status: 6/4/2019-Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(a)(5). (Last location was APPR. SUSPENSE FILE on 5/13/2019)(May be acted upon Jan 2020)

AB 10 – Chiu (District 17) Expansion of the Low Income Housing Tax Credit: SUPPORT
AB 10 would increase the annual allocation of the state LIHTC by $500 million. Governor Newsom also has a draft budget trailer bill that proposes expanding the state LIHTC by $500 million, of which we are supportive.
Status: 8/30/2019-In committee: Held under submission.

AB 1482 – Chiu (District 17) Rent Increase Cap:  SUPPORT
More than half of Californian renters, and 80% of low-income renters, are rent-burdened, meaning they pay more than 30% of their income on rent, forcing hard choices to forgo food, medicine, and necessary services because there is not enough after paying rent. AB 1482 prohibits a landlord increasing the rental rate on a property that has been in effect for the preceding 12 months in an amount that is greater than the Consumer Price Index (CPI) plus 5%, not to exceed 10%. Silicon Valley Leadership Group supports AB 1482 because the bill brings much needed stability to the rental market while the State suffers from a housing crisis. 
Status: Signed by Governor on 10/8/19

AB 1485 – Wicks (District 15) Streamlining for Moderate-Income Housing: SUPPORT
SB 35 (Wiener), Statues of 2017 that the Leadership Group supported provided entitlement streamlining for housing developments in jurisdictions that are not meeting their Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA) obligations. AB 1485 expands SB 35 streamlining to housing developments that include 20% moderate-income housing in jurisdictions that are not meeting their above-moderate RHNA obligation.
Status: Signed by Governor on 10/9/19

AB 1763 – Chiu (District 17) Enhanced Density Bonus for Affordable Developments: SUPPORT
The state currently has the Density Bonus Law (DBL) that allows for developers to increase density up to 35% for including specified percentages of affordable housing within their developments. AB 1763 allows 100% affordable housing developments to claim an 80% density bonus, four incentives, exemption from any maximum density controls, and additional height and floor area ratio density (if located within ½-mile of a transit stop or high-quality transit corridor).
Status: Signed by Governor on 10/9/19

Tax Policy

SB 37 – Skinner (District 9) Corporation Taxes: OPPOSE
SB 37 would apply to corporations with over $10 million of net income subject to California tax. For those businesses, SB 37 would increase the corporate tax rate from 8.84% to 10.84%, with further increases up to 14.84% (depending upon the ratio of CEO to median workforce compensation) and an additional 50% increase if a company’s U.S. workforce declines 10% while its foreign workforce does not decrease.
Status: 4/3/2019-From committee with author’s amendments. Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on RLS.

SB 468 – Jackson (District 19) Taxation: California Tax Expenditure Review Board: OPPOSE UNLESS AMENDED
SB 468 initially would have repealed a number of the largest corporate tax expenditures, including the R&D credit. It was amended to remove the language repealing any tax expenditures and instead would create a board to oversee the evaluation of tax expenditures. We oppose because it would duplicate work already done by different parts of the state government.
Status: 9/11/2019-Assembly amendments concurred in. (Ayes 28. Noes 10.) Ordered to engrossing and enrolling.

Tech & Innovation Policy

AB 1366 – Lorena González (District 80) Voice over Internet Protocol and Internet Protocol enabled communication services: SUPPORT
AB 1366 would permanently prohibit the California Public Utilities Commission from regulating Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) and other Internet Protocol (IP) services. This bill helps California by removing potential regulation fostering greater investment in online services and job creation.
Status: 9/11/2019-In committee: That the measure be held in committee pursuant to Senate Rule 29.10.

AB 1760 – Wicks (District 15) California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018: OPPOSE
AB 1760 would expand the scope of the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) by requiring that companies not use personal data unless consumers opt-in to allow such use. This bill would harm consumers and businesses because it extends the scope of the CCPA beyond its original intent.
Status: 4/26/2019-Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(a)(2). (Last location was JUD. on 4/22/2019) (May be acted upon Jan 2020)

SB 561 – Jackson (District 19) California Consumer Privacy Act: Consumer Remedies: OPPOSE
SB 561 would extend the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) by: (1) expanding a consumer’s right of action against companies; (2) removing a company’s option to receive individualized compliance advice from the AG; and (3) eliminating the 30-day grace period for corrections.
Status: 5/17/2019-Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(a)(5). (Last location was APPR. SUSPENSE FILE on 4/29/2019)(May be acted upon Jan 2020)

Transportation Policy

AB 784 – Mullin (District 22) Zero Emission Electric Transit Buses: SUPPORT
AB 784 benefits Californians by strengthening in-state manufacturing job opportunities,
innovation, clean transit options, sustainable community development and environmental benefits in
our communities, including disadvantaged communities.
Status: Signed by Governor on 10/8/19

AB 1286 – Muratsuchi (District ) Shared Mobility Devices – Agreements: OPPOSE UNLESS AMENDED
The legislation, passed by the Assembly last month, would prohibit scooter and bike share companies from including waiver or release provisions in their user agreements. These waivers are standard contractual clauses designed to protect companies from liability for accidents caused through no fault of their own. These protections make it possible for many industries to exist, protecting them from frivolous lawsuits for behavior or conditions that are out of their control. California law already protects consumers by addressing the scope of such waivers. Ignoring this, AB 1286 would rewrite state law for these companies alone by making them responsible for risks taken by riders. 
Status: Senate Judiciary Committee and is now a 2-year bill

SB 127 – Wiener (District 11) Complete Streets Bill: SUPPORT
In California, Highways sometimes act as central roads through cities and towns. These Highways carry more than automobile and truck traffic, they also carry our neighbors who choose to walk, use a bicycle, or hop on different modes of micromobility. With so many of our neighbors choosing more and more to commute using alternative modes of transportation, California needs to ensure these Highways are maintained to allow and protect these healthier and more environmentally friendly alternatives. SB 127 will do this by making Complete Streets a priority in all future planning, guaranteeing that State Highway Operation and Protection Program (SHOPP) funding will be used to protect all commuters (regardless of the mode of transportation), and will establish the Office of Active Transportation within Caltrans to oversee the adherence to complete streets policies and goals.
Status: 10/12/19 Vetoed by the Governor.

Other Policies Affecting Jobs and the Economy

AB 857 – Chiu (District 17) Public Banks: OPPOSE
AB 857 would allow local governments to create public banks using taxpayer funds. The Leadership Group opposes because the financial risks to taxpayers outweigh any benefits of public banks. The argument that commercial banks are not making some loans that proponents desire is most likely an indication that such loans are not viable rather than an indication of any market failure.
Status: 9/13/2019-Senate amendments concurred in. To Engrossing and Enrolling.

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