Legislation is off and running in the California Legislature

by Cate Moore on January 16, 2014

It’s January, and the California legislation merry-go-round is back in operation.

First, so that everyone knows the legislative schedule for this year, here is the calendar.  Keep these dates in mind when commenting on legislation.

Jan. 6 Legislature Reconvenes.

Jan. 10 Budget must be submitted by Governor.

Jan. 17 Last day for policy committees to hear and report to Fiscal committees fiscal bills introduced in their house in 2013.

Jan. 24 Last day for any committee to hear and report to the Floor bills introduced in their house in 2013. Last day to submit bill requests to the Office of Legislative Counsel.

Jan. 31 Last day for each house to pass bills introduced in 2013 in their House.

Feb. 21 Last day for bills to be introduced.

May 2 Last day for policy committees to hear and report to Fiscal Committees fiscal bills introduced in their house.

May 9 Last day for policy committees to hear and report to the floor non-fiscal bills introduced in their house.

May 16 Last day for policy committees to meet prior to June 2.

May 23 Last day for fiscal committees to hear and report to the floor bills introduced in their house. Last day for fiscal committees to meet prior to June 2.

May 27 – 30 Floor Session Only. No committee may meet for any purpose.

May 30 Last day for bills to be passed out of the house of origin.

June 2 Committee meetings may resume.

June 15 Budget must be passed by midnight.

June 26 Last day for a legislative measure to qualify for the November 4 general election ballot.

June 27 Last day for policy committees to meet and report bill.

Aug. 15 Last day for fiscal committees to meet and report bills to the Floor.

Aug. 18 – 31 Floor Session only. No committees, other than conference committees and rules committee, may meet for any purpose.

Aug. 22 Last day to amend bills on the Floor

Aug. 31 Last day for each house to pass bills. Final recess begins at the end of this day’s session (J.R. 51(b) (3)).

 IMPORTANT DATES OCCURRING DURING FINAL RECESS: 2014

Sept. 30 Last day for Governor to sign or veto bills passed by the Legislature before Sept. 1 and in the Governor’s possession on or after Sept. 1.

Nov. 30 Adjournment at midnight.

Dec. 1 12 m. convening of 2015-16 Regular Session.

 

Now that we have the calendar recorded, we will examine the actions on those bills left dangling at the end of the last legislative session while we wait for the deadline for new legislation to to be proposed.  We will have the legislation table with links into the legislature for status and text of the bills uploaded on the website.

Here are the currently active bills:

AB-37 Unemployment insurance: reporting requirements: status of funds. – this started as a bill about water resources and went through 2 gut-and-amend procedures in 2013.  In its current state, it no longer concerns forest landowners.

AB-468 Nonindustrial timber management plans: forest landowners. – Chesbro came out of the gate running on this one.  passed Natural Resources 1/13/14, sent to Appropriations.  This bill has all the earmarks of a spot bill.

AB-504 Commercial fishing: sea cucumbers. – this originally had to do with the Fish and Game Commission and salmon and groundfish rules.  Was gutted and amended to a placeholder on 1/6/14

AB-515 Environmental quality: California Environmental Quality Act: writ of mandate. – amended and passed Judiciary on 1/13/14, sent to Appropriations

AB-769 Property taxation: valuing property: comparable sales. – gutted to a placeholder, passed Revenue and Taxation, on Assembly floor

AB-866 Regulations. – surfaced just long enough to have a hearing scheduled then canceled

AB-896 Wildlife management areas: mosquito abatement. – active again, in Appropriations

AB-976 Coastal resources: California Coastal Act of 1976: enforcement: penalties. – in Assembly conference

AB-1331 Clean and Safe Drinking Water Act of 2014. – completely gutted and amended, in Senate Natural Resources and Water – unsure if it needs to return to the Assembly before passage.

SB-674 California Environmental Quality Act: exemption: residential infill projects. – bill greatly amended, hearing set for Environmental Quality on 1/15/14

SB-798 Income taxes: credits: contributions to education funds. – completely gutted and amended 1/6/14 from a bill about a California Green Infrastructure Bank, passed Governance and Finance, sent to Appropriations

These bills are officially in an Inactive file:

AB-953 California Environmental Quality Act. – in Assembly inactive file

AB-1330 Environmental justice. – Senate inactive file

SB-1 Sustainable Communities Investment Authority. – Senate inactive file

SB-617 California Environmental Quality Act. – Senate inactive file

The following have probably died in committee, but we are suspicious enough to continue watching them.

AB-1 Water quality: integrated plan: Salinas Valley. – no action so far

AB-8 Alternative fuel and vehicle technologies: funding programs. – no action so far

AB-23 State responsibility areas: fire prevention fees. – no action so far

AB-124 State responsibility areas: fire prevention fees. – no action so far

AB-153 California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006: offsets. – no action so far

AB-203 Coastal resources: coastal development permits: penalties. – no action so far

AB-245 California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006: public meetings. – no action so far

AB-278 California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006: Low Carbon Fuel Standard. – no action so far

AB-284 Energy: Road to 2050 Board: reporting. – no action so far

AB-350 Timber harvesting plans: exempt activities. – no action so far

AB-374 Eminent domain: compensation: loss of goodwill. – vetoed by Governor, filed in Assembly veto file after consideration by Assembly

AB-416 State Air Resources Board: Local Emission Reduction Program. – no action so far

AB-756 California Environmental Quality Act: judicial review: public works projects. – no action so far

AB-794 Environmental quality: California Environmental Quality Act: exemption: use of landfill and organic waste. – no action so far

AB-818 Air pollution control: penalties. – no action so far

AB-823 Environment: California Farmland Protection Act. – no action so far

AB-875 Forest management. – no action so far

AB-929 State responsibility areas: structures: fees. – no action so far

AB-1051 Housing. – no action so far

AB-1188 Fire protection: general obligation bonds. – no action so far

AB-1230 Mammals: use of dogs to pursue bears and bobcats. – no action so far

AB-1251 Water quality: stormwater. – no action so far

AB-1295 Public utilities: renewable energy: community renewables option. – no action so far

AB-1375 California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006: market-based compliance mechanisms: Clean Technology Investment Fund – no action so far

ACA-3 Local government financing: public safety services: voter approval. – no action so far

ACA-8 Local government financing: voter approval. – no action so far

SB-11 Alternative fuel and vehicle technologies: funding programs. – no action so far

SB-17 State responsibility areas: fire prevention fees. – no action so far

SB-34 Greenhouse gas: carbon capture and storage. – no action so far

SB-123 Environmental and land use court. – no action so far

SB-125 State responsibility areas: fire prevention fees. – no action so far

SB-147 State responsibility areas: fire prevention fees. – no action so far

SB-167 Environmental quality: California Environmental Quality Act. – no action so far

SB-273 Farm vehicles: registration exemptions. – no action so far

SB-621 Vehicular air pollution: in-use, diesel-fueled vehicles. – no action so far

SB-633 CEQA. – no action so far

SB-731 Environment: California Environmental Quality Act. – no action so far

SB-754 California Environmental Quality Act. – no action so far

SB-787 Environmental quality: the Sustainable Environmental Protection Act. – no action so far

SCA-4 Local government transportation projects: special taxes: voter approval – no action so far

SCA-7 Local government financing: public libraries: voter approval. – no action so far

SCA-8 Transportation projects: special taxes: voter approval. – no action so far

SCA-11 Local government: special taxes: voter approval. – no action so far

 

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