Legislation

Bills introduced during 2017 session:

SB 35 – The Housing Accountability and Affordability Act 

Creates a streamlined approval process for housing when cities are not meeting the housing creation goals required by the Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA), which will expedite the construction of affordable housing. 

SB 71 – Solar Roofs 

Requires installation of solar panels on any new residential or commercial construction subject to the “solar ready” requirements of Title 24 of the California Code of Regulations, generally single family homes, low-rise multi-family buildings and commercial buildings of 10 stories or less.

SB 148 – Cannabis Safe Payment Bill 

Makes it safer and simpler for cannabis business owners to pay state fees and taxes, which will encourage compliance with state laws and provide support for business owners. The lack of banking access for cannabis businesses results in a growing industry that is cash-based, lacks transparency, and is susceptible to public safety challenges, including violent crime.

SB- 149 Presidential Tax Return Transparency Act  

Requiring presidential candidates to file their income tax returns for the 5 most recent taxable years with the Secretary of State if they wish to appear on California primary ballot. Joint author with Senator Mike McGuire. 

SB- 179 Gender Identity

Creates a non-binary option for citizens while eliminating obstacles for trans and non-binary individuals who are trying to obtain state identification. Joint authoring with Senator Toni Atkins. 

SB 219 – LGBT Senior Long-Term Care Bill of Rights 

Strengthens protections for LGBT seniors living in long-term care facilities against discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or HIV status. The bill would protect all seniors living in skilled nursing facilities, immediate care facilities, and residential care facilities.

SB 221 – HEAL (Help End Antiretroviral-related Lipodystrophy) Act 

Requires insurance companies, as well as government programs, to cover medical treatment for lipodystrophy, a fat-redistribution condition impacting many HIV-positive people who took life-saving early HIV medication that were highly toxic in this regard.

SB 239 – Modernizing HIV Criminalization Laws

Updates California criminal law to approach transmission of HIV in the same way as transmission of other serious communicable diseases. It also brings California statutes up to date with the current understanding of HIV prevention, treatment and transmission to reduce stigma around HIV and improve public health outcomes. 

SB 278 -- CalFresh Overissuance Protections

Provides enhanced protections for CalFresh recipients when, through no fault of their own, they receive more benefit then they are supposed to receive through overissuances, and improves the cost-effectiveness of the CalFresh program. 

SB 282 -- The Reducing Hunger Among Vulnerable Californians Act of 2017 

Increases access to prepared food for low income homeless, elderly or disabled Californians and also creates employment opportunities for childless homeless adults.

SB- 300 Sugar-sweetened Beverages: Health Warnings

Requires that all sugary beverages that contain 75 calories or more per 12 ounces be labeled with a warning informing consumers about the risks of obesity, type 2 diabetes, and tooth decay upon consumption of sugary drinks. Principal co-author with lead author Senator Bill Monning. 

SB 384 -- The LOCAL Act (Let Our Communities Adjust Late-night)

Allows, but does not require, local governments to extend alcohol service hours to a specified time between 2 a.m. and 4 a.m for bars and restaurants. The decision for how and where to implement any extension of alcohol service hours would be up to the local jurisdiction, with approval by the Department of Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC). 

SB 421 -- Reforming Sex Offender Registry

Creates a tiered system that will make the sex offender registry a more effective tool for law enforcement to investigate sex crimes. Supported by law enforcement officials, criminal justice organizations, and sexual assaults victims right groups. 

SB 458 -- San Francisco Mobile Recycling Program

Grants San Francisco the authority to allow mobile recycling centers to qualify as full recycling centers under California law and thus to relieve surrounding small businesses of the onerous obligation of having to accept recycling for redemption.

SB 562 -- Healthy California Act

Creates a single payer, universal healthcare system in California to provide comprehensive, affordable healthcare for all residents of California. Principal co-author with Senator Ricardo Lara. 

SB 576 -- Data Collection to Ensure Diversity in Jury Pools

Requires that demographic data be gathered from all who report for jury duty to ensure that California’s juries are being selected from a representative cross-section of the community. Without this data, there is no way to evaluate the racial and ethnic diversity of jury selection pools. 

SB 658 -- Strengthening Voir Dire

Prevents unreasonable and arbitrary restrictions during voir dire by requiring judges to consider specific factors when setting time limits and types of questions. 

SB 700 -- Solar Energy Storage Initiative

Creates the Energy Storage Initiative to provide rebates to electricity customers for the installation of home and business energy storage systems, which allow solar energy to be stored and used throughout the day and night. 

SB 709 -- Protecting California Waterways from Tar Sands Oils

Requires that any operator wishing to transport tar sands oil or other non-floating oil in or near a California waterway must have a contingency plan specifically outlining how it will clean up non-floating oils and identifying an organization that can and will engagement in that clean up. If the operator cannot provide such a contingency plan or identify such an organization, the transport permit will be denied. 

SB 726 -- Establishing a California Estate Tax 

Enacts a ballot measure to create a California estate tax if Congressional Republicans and President Trump follow through on their threat to repeal the federal estate tax. The California Estate Tax would mirror the repealed federal tax. 

SB 740 -- Expanding Water Recycling in California

Requires that the State Water Resources Control Board adopt regulations for a comprehensive framework to assist local jurisdictions interested in developing water reuse programs. 

SB 760 -- Complete Streets Designed for People

Prioritizes the creation of ‘complete streets,’ including safer sidewalks, bikeways, and crosswalks, on roads owned and managed by Caltrans in cities, towns, and neighborhoods. \

SB 780 -- Supporting Water-Efficient and Sustainable Landscaping and Lawns

Sets statewide standards for design and installation of landscapes based on a watershed approach, with water-efficiency a key factor. Also promotes workforce benefits and education and training in these watershed practices so that California residents, and particularly young people, can access work opportunities.

SCA 6 -- Setting Voter Threshold for Transportation Funding at 55%

Senate Constituional Amendment would set the voter approval threshold for transportation funding measures at 55%, down from the current threshold of 2/3, or 66.6%. This would have to be approved by the voters at the ballot. 

AB- 186 Controlled Substances: Safe Injection Sites

Allows local jurisdiction to provide facilities for drug users to inject in a safe and supervised setting, aiming to reduce the number of overdoses as well as boost likelihood to seek rehabilitation. Principal co-author with Assemblymember Susan Eggman. 

AB- 291 Immigrant Tenant Protection

Provides greater protection of tenants against discrimination based on immigration status; Landlords may no longer use reporting tenants as leverage for eviction.  Principal co-author with Assemblymember David Chiu. 

AB- 342 Safe Streets Act of 2017

Requires the installment of Automated Speed Enforcement (ASE) in San Francisco and San Jose on streets that have been documented as having high collision rates due to speed, in order to protect pedestrians and cyclists. Principal co-author with Assemblymember David Chiu. 

AB 352 Affordable Housing: Efficiency Units

Increases affordable housing by allowing for the development of efficiency units, aka micro-units. Principal co-author with Assemblymember Miguel Santiago

AB- 1103 Bicycle Yielding

Allows a person operating a bicycle or pedicab to treat stop signs as a yield: this legislation calls for cyclists to slow down to reasonable speed and proceed with caution rather than come to a complete stop. Principal co-author with Assemblymember Jay Obernolte and Phil Ting.

AB- 1437 California Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly Act

Prohibits the requirement of an employee of a residential care facility to transfer a cleared criminal record to facilities operated by the same licensee. Principal co-author with Assemblymember Jim Patterson.