Bills signed into law during 2017 session:
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.
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. Passed as part of Budget Trailer Bill.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Increases access to prepared food for low income homeless, elderly or disabled Californians and also creates employment opportunities for childless homeless adults.
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.
Directs CalRecycle to create five mobile recycling pilot programs throughout the state, which will allow cities like San Francisco to pursue a mobile recycling redemption program. Under SB 458, these mobile recycling programs will qualify as full recycling centers under California law, thus relieving surrounding small grocery stores of the onerous obligation of having to accept recycling for redemption.
Prevents unreasonable and arbitrary restrictions during voir dire by requiring judges to consider specific factors when setting time limits and types of questions.
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.
Increases affordable housing by allowing for the development of efficiency units, aka micro-units. Principal co-author with Assemblymember Miguel Santiago
Two Year Bills that will be taken up in 2018
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.
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.
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.
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.
Prioritizes the creation of ‘complete streets,’ including safer sidewalks, bikeways, and crosswalks, on roads owned and managed by Caltrans in cities, towns, and neighborhoods.
Protects immigrants from irrelevant disclosures of their immigration status in open court by requiring that any discussion or questioning about the immigration status of any witness, victim, or defendant first be deemed by a judge to be relevant and admissible.
Creates a legal framework for local governments in 8 counties to pilot and evaluate Safe Consumption Services, if they so choose. This public health approach to address California's rising injection crisis would mean less drug use in public spaces, fewer needles on our streets and sidewalks, and better opportunities to get people into treatment.
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.