2013-14 Legislation

Senate Bill 21 The Inland-Southern California region is already greatly underserved by physicians, with the lowest supply of physicians per capita in the state. Where 60 to 80 primary care physicians per 100,000 people are recommended, the region only has 40 per 100,000 people.  In addition, while 48% of the population in the region is Latino, just 5% of physicians are Latino.  This bill proposes an on-going appropriation of $15 million from the General Fund to the Regents of the University of California (UC) for the University of California Riverside Medical School.

Senate Bill 56 California’s Vehicle License Fee has been a significant source of general purpose revenue to cities since 1935 when it was established in lieu of the taxation of motor vehicles in the local property tax system. Section 15 of Article XI of the California Constitution had required that these revenues be allocated among cities and counties. In 2011, the legislature eliminated Vehicle License Fee (VLF) revenue which especially impacted funding for Riverside County’s newly incorporated cities – Eastvale, Jurupa Valley, Menifee and Wildomar.  This bill proposes a new funding source critical to stabilize Riverside’s new cities and provide them with a funding source every other city in California has received. 

Senate Bill 120 This measure seeks to amend a unique provision in California statute governing the sale of alcohol beverages near the state’s public and private universities. This bill would reduce the distance to one-half mile in which alcohol can be sold in proximity to La Sierra University to allow for the sale of alcohol at a planned commercial/retail development in the City of Riverside.

Senate Bill 152 Currently there is no statutory requirement that professional geologists and geophysicists execute written contracts with their clients prior to performing services.  The Board for Geologists and Geophysicists believes written contracts are beneficial to both the consumer and the licensee. Geologists and Geophysicists are the only licensed profession that does not require written contracts for the performance of services. These contracts will protect all parties in complex transactions and ensure fair contracting and billing practices.  

Senate Bill 179 - This bill would exempt individuals who originate five or fewer residential mortgages that are secured by a manufactured or mobile home in any 12-consecutive month period. Changes at the state and federal level have restricted manufactured housing community owners’ ability to make seller carry back chattel loans on used mobile homes situated in mobile home parks in California. 

Senate Bill 180 This proposal would amend the Health and Safety Code to mandate the issuance of duplicate registration cards, by the state Department of Housing and Community Development, upon the sale (or resale) of a mobile or manufactured home.

Accurate tracking of the sale or transfer of a mobile and manufactured home is often compromised by the loss of the original – and only -- documents issued to the owners. 

Senate Bill 276 Proposes to increase California support of small businesses and Disabled Veteran Owned Business Enterprises (DVBEs) by ensuring they can compete for large state contracts. Raises the maximum state contract threshold from $250,000 to $500,000 that certified Small Businesses and DVBEs can enter into under a streamlined procurement process.

Senate Bill 297 California is home to over 2 million veterans, 15% of which have a service connected disability. As the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan wind down, it is projected 35,000 veterans will return home to California and it is estimated as many as 50% will have service connected disabilities. This bill would increase opportunities for Disabled Veteran Owned Business Enterprises (DVBEs) to contract with state agencies and create jobs for disabled veterans. Currently, state agencies have a goal to do 3% of its business with DVBEs. SB 297 raises the state’s procurement goal to 5%.

Senate Bill 354 Young veterans are facing immense challenges. Unemployment among veterans ages 18-24 is over 43% in California, far higher than the national average. This bill proposes to better serve veterans as their needs evolve and improve their access to services. California is lagging behind other states in securing support and services for its veterans. This proposed bill directs the California Department of Veterans Affairs to develop a strategy to gather information on the key challenges California’s veterans are facing, including employment, access to higher education, criminal justice involvement, and suicide and use that information to improve the design and delivery of services.

Senate Bill 382 - This bill would maximize California’s fair share of available federal monies for veterans’ employment and training. This bill would provide opportunities for veterans to continue their education. 

Senate Bill 548 This bill would modify California’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) to provide the smallest publicly-owned utilities (POUs) the same accommodation that currently exists for the smallest investor-owned utilities (IOUs). The bill proposes modifying RPS to carry forward the partial exemption that the California Air Resources Board (CARB) provided the smallest POUs in their Renewable Electricity Standard (RES). It also modifies RPS to allow the smallest POUs to rely on the purchase of Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) to satisfy their respective RPS obligations in the same way that the smallest IOUs are currently allowed.

Senate Bill 667 - Under existing law, a shelled egg could not be sold to consumers if the hen that laid the egg was confined on a farm or place not in compliance with animal care standards.  Given the ambiguity of this law with respect to manufacturers’ liability, SB 667 clarified that the sale of a shelled egg was prohibited if the seller knows or should have known the egg was the product of an egg-laying hen that was confined on a farm or place that is not in compliance with animal care standards.

Senate Bil718 - SB 718 adds “prime contractor” to the list of those who are eligible to utilize the aerospace tax credits that were created in the recent economic incentive package (AB 2389, Fox) that will support the aerospace industry, specifically an “advanced strategic aircraft program.”

This bill authorizes a “prime contractor” to participate in a tax credit program for the aerospace industry which would total on average $25 million to $31 million per year for 15 years. 

There is full accountability and no tax giveaways.  

The credits sunset, are subject to annual caps and are only provided based on jobs that will be created to work on the advanced strategic aircraft program. 

Specifically, these credits sunset after 15 years and the credits are capped at $25 million for five years; $28 million for the next five years; and $31 million for the next five years.  The credits are provided only on a qualified employee basis where that employee is spending 80% of their time working in California on the advanced strategic aircraft program.

Senate Bill 752 The Davis-Stirling Common Interest Development Act, enacted in 1985, governs all common interest developments (CIDs), including residential as well as business CIDs. Since its enactment, the act has more than tripled in size. However, most of its new provisions were added to address problems faced by homeowners, without separate analysis of whether the new provisions should also apply to businesses. This has resulted in the unnecessary regulation of business CIDs. This bill would enact the recommendation made by The California Law Revision Commission, to govern only business CIDs.

Senate Bill 801 Last year it was discovered that the California Department of Parks and Recreation amassed a secret surplus of more than $20 million over 12 years.  Recently, it was also revealed that the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection misreported $3.6 million. This money was hidden and misreported at a time when the economic recession forced billions in budget cuts to state programs affecting families and Californians in need. This proposal holds state officials and employees civilly and criminally liable if they knowingly misrepresent the balance of an account containing state funds to the California Department of Finance (DOF).

Senate Bill 953 - SB 953 would provide the Riverside County Transportation Commission with the authority to enforce parking rules at commuter rail stations that the agency owns, operates, and maintains. This bill will place Riverside County rail stations on par with all other stations in the Metrolink system.

Senate Bill 1048 - Air quality requirements for truck engines require more and more equipment be added to vehicles.  This added equipment means that trucks reach the road weight limit sooner and by carrying less concrete.  SB 1048 would allow concrete mixer trucks an additional 1,000 lbs. road weight to accommodate the concrete lost from adding equipment to meet air quality requirements. 

Senate Bill 1130 – For decades, the County Water Company of Riverside (CWC) failed to deliver safe and reliable water to its residents. County health officials asked two adjacent local water agencies for assistance in providing clean water to the area to address the health and safety risks residents faced as a result of this failing water system.  This bill allows the Eastern Municipal Water District and Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District to provide that assistance without being held liable for past administrative or operational deficiencies of the existing water system, including litigation costs. This bill provides clean water to former CWC residents, allows the water districts to proceed, and in turn protects ratepayers.

Senate Bill 1326 - The 1979 Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act allows for a 30 day warranty period in which the consumer is entitled to a complete refund if unsatisfied. For hearing aids, this warranty period begins upon the “completion of fitting,” a term within Song-Beverly which has been interpreted several different ways. Due to this lack of clarity and the complex needs of a proper fitting, Song-Beverly does not adequately address the needs of hearing aid consumers, and places the burden on providers to determine when the 30 days begins.  This bill requires all new and used hearing aids sold in California to be accompanied by the retail seller’s written warranty specifying that the device may be returned within 45 days of the initial date of delivery to the buyer. If the hearing aid must be taken from the buyer for service or repairs, the 45 day period pauses for the period the hearing aid is not in the buyer’s possession.

Senate Concurrent Resolution 64 - This resolution named a portion of State Highway Route 15 in Riverside County as the Sergeant Gilbert Cortez and K-9 Mattie Memorial Highway.  Sergeant Cortez and K-9 Mattie were both killed on March 25, 2013, on the way to conduct a contraband inspection in San Diego County.