Bills introduced 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Prevents unreasonable and arbitrary restrictions during voir dire by requiring judges to consider specific factors when setting time limits and types of questions.
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.
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.
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.
Requires that the State Water Resources Control Board adopt regulations for a comprehensive framework to assist local jurisdictions interested in developing water reuse programs.
Prioritizes the creation of ‘complete streets,’ including safer sidewalks, bikeways, and crosswalks, on roads owned and managed by Caltrans in cities, towns, and neighborhoods. \
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Increases affordable housing by allowing for the development of efficiency units, aka micro-units. Principal co-author with Assemblymember Miguel Santiago
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.
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.