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The Leadership Group’s Bill Positions as of 7/1/2019

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 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: Assembly Appropriations – Held in Suspense File

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: Assembly Appropriations – Held in Suspense File

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: Assembly Appropriations – Held in Suspense File

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: Held in Assembly Committee – Held in Suspense File

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
Status: Passed in Sen. Committee on Appropriations on 5/16/19

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 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: Held in Assembly Appropriations Committee, 5/16/19

SB 288 – Wiener (District 11), Nielsen (District 4) Solar Bill of Rights: SUPPORT
SB 288 creates a “Solar Bill of Rights,” enabling greater deployment of customer-sited solar and storage by recognizing that all Californians have the right to generate and store their own renewable electricity without undue interference from their local utility.
Status: In Sen. Appropriations Committee, awaiting a hearing on May 13

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: Referred to the Sen. Governance and Finance Committee and Transportation Committee

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: Passed by Assembly and referred to the Sen.

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: Passed by the Assembly Appropriations Committee

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: AB 40 is now a two-year bill

Environmental Policy

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: Passed 65-8-7 and ordered to the Sen.

Health Policy

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: Awaiting referral in Assembly 5/24/19

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: Ordered inactive by Sen. Hill on 5/23/19 (two-year bill)

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: Awaiting hearing date in Assembly Committee on Governmental Organization as of 5/16/19

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: Awaiting referral in Assembly 5/24/19

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: Referred to Senate Health Committee 6/6/19

Housing Policy

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: Held in Sen. Appropriations Committee – designated two-year bill 5/16/19

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: Passed unanimously in Assembly Committee on Appropriations 5/16/19

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. We support AB 1485 because our communities are not building enough moderate-income housing and this is a category of housing that does not get public funding subsidies.
Status: In Senate- Amended and re-referred to Committee on Governance and Finance.

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). We support AB 1763 because nearly 6 million low & moderate income households in California cannot afford housing costs (45% of our population).
Status: In Senate- Amended and re-referred to Committee on Governance and Finance.

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.

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: Passed the Senate on 5/28/19

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: Passed Assembly on 5/29/19 and sent to Senate Rules Committee on 5/30/19

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: Held in Suspense File on 5/16/19

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: First hearing in the Privacy and Consumer Protection Committee cancelled at the request of the author on 4/23/19 – designated as a two-year bill

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: Passed by the Assembly Referred to the Sen.

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: Passed Assembly 5/30/19. Referred to Senate Committee on Banking and Financial Institutions and Senate Committee on Governance and Finance on 6/12/19.

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