Legislative Accomplishments

2017 Legislation
 

SB 37/ Budget Bill SB 130 – This bill restores previously available Vehicle License Fee (VLF) funding to California’s four newest cities – Jurupa Valley, Eastvale, Menifee, and Wildomar. The funding was taken away in 2011 to help close the state’s budget gap amid the Great Recession.

SB 39/ Budget Bill AB 103 – This bill reallocates four vacant judgeships from counties that are identified as having an excess number of judges to Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. It accomplishes this goal without affecting existing funding sources for support staff in the counties where the judges are reallocated.

SB 40 – This bill requires that strangulation and suffocation be included in existing domestic violence police reports filed when a call for assistance is made. It also expands California’s tracking of this type of violence and provides crucial information to victims. It will help to save lives by giving law enforcement a tool to track abusers in our communities. Signed by Governor Brown September, 2017.

SB 324 – This bill allows for a city or county custodial officer, who is not a fully sworn peace officer, to carry a firearm in county jail for the purpose of using less lethal rounds in specified situations. This legislation requires officers to receive specialized training for the use of firearms that are loaded with less lethal ammunition. Signed by Governor Brown July, 2017.

SB 339 – This bill commissioned a one-year statewide assessment of Veterans Treatment Courts (VTC) to identify and recommend best practices. In doing so, this bill will allow counties with VTCs to better utilize their resources while allowing counties without VTCs to identify and address barriers to providing services to veterans. Signed by Governor Brown October, 2017.

SB 351 – This bill allows hospitals to secure additional specialty licenses so that they can provide sterile compounding pharmaceutical services to patients, while operating at a location separate from the hospital’s physical plant. This measure also allows an acute care hospital to obtain a hospital pharmacy license to provide pharmaceutical services to patients separate from the hospital’s physical plant. Signed by Governor Brown October, 2017.

SB 438 – This bill allows a state or county welfare department to appoint a successor guardian for children, who are placed with a non-familial guardian, while in the child welfare system. By allowing a court to assess and appoint a prospective guardian, this bill will help children avoid the potential turmoil of the foster care system if their original guardian is incapacitated or dies. Signed by Governor Brown September, 2017.

SB 540 – This bill creates greater certainty in the housing development approval process by allowing cities to create Workforce Housing Opportunity Zones where a single CEQA environmental impact report will be completed in the zone. This will allow developers a five year window of certainty that all environmental considerations have been taken into account and fully litigated. Each zone will include a significant affordable housing component to help address the need for additional low to moderate income housing units throughout the state. Signed by Governor Brown September, 2017.


2015-16 Legislation
 

SB 269 - California and federal law attempt to strike a critical balance between protecting the rights of persons with disabilities and rewarding good-faith efforts to make businesses open and accessible to all customers. To further these goals, the Construction-Related Accessibility Standards Compliance Act (CRASCA) was enacted to lower the civil liability of businesses that have their locations inspected for compliance with disability access standards by a Certified Access Specialist (CASp) and make any changes necessary to ensure compliance with construction related accessibility standards.Signed by Governor Brown May, 2016.

SB 335 - This bill would establish that a homeowner who has purchased an earthquake insurance policy, has been charged an extra premium or deductible because the home does not meet specified building standards, and subsequently retrofits their home during the period of the policy to meet those standards, is entitled to a pro-rata refund of excess premium or deductible paid for the remaining term of the policy once they submit information to the insurer verifying that the retrofits have been performed. Signed by Governor Brown July, 2015.

SB 536 - The eight armories identified in this proposal have reached the end of their service life and are no longer practical or safe for the California National Guard (CNG) Soldiers to assemble and train in. The ongoing maintenance costs required by these armories deplete the Guard’s limited maintenance budget. Pursuant to Military and Veterans Code Section 435, the CMD would like to sell these armories and deposit any net proceeds into the Armory Fund to be used for the future renovation and repair of operational National Guard Armories. The sale of CMD properties that are no longer usable represents a critical source of income for the Armory Fund, and goes toward fulfilling the State’s responsibility of maintaining the aging inventory of operational armories. Signed by Governor Brown September, 2015.

SB 696 - Insurers must set aside funds, called “reserves,” to pay anticipated claims. Reserves are calculated according a 150-year-old formula designed for whole life insurance policies. SB 696 will update the method used to calculate needed reserves to reflect the complexity and risk of modern life insurance products. Signed by Governor Brown October, 2015.

SCR 38 - This resolution designates a portion of State Highway Route 91 in Riverside County as a memorial honoring 3 Medal of Honor recipients: Staff Sergeant Salvador J. Lara, Staff Sergeant Ysmael R. Villegas and Sergeant Jesus S. Duran.


2013-14 Legislation
 

SB 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. Signed by Governor Brown September, 2013.

SB 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. Signed by Governor Brown June, 2013.

SB 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. Signed by Governor Brown August, 2013.

SB 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. Signed by Governor Brown October, 2013.

SB 718 - This bill 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. Signed by Governor Brown August, 2014.

SB 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. Signed by Governor Brown October, 2013.

SB 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). Signed by Governor Brown September, 2013.

SB 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. Signed by Governor Brown August, 2014.

SB 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. Signed by Governor Brown July, 2014.

SB 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. Signed by Governor Brown August, 2014.

SCR 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.