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Past Legislative Successes

Leg Year - 2015-2016

Appropriates $287 million (for a federal/state total of $495 million) for the developmentally disabled (DD) community, their provider network, and services they need to become independent and functioning members of the community. Allocates funding to the State Department of Developmental Services (DDS) to, among other things, increase rates and wages for certain developmental services providers and fund incentive payments for competitive integrated employment opportunities and internships for individuals with DD. Prohibits the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) from collecting the retroactive 10% cut, colloquially known as the clawback, to Medi-Cal reimbursement rates made to Distinct-Part Skilled Nursing Facilities (DP-SNFs) as part of the AB 97 cuts in the 2011 Budget.

AB 59: Mental Health Services: Assisted Outpatient Treatment

Extends until January 1, 2022, the repeal date of Laura’s Law, which provides a formal process for court-ordered assisted outpatient treatment for individuals with specified mental health conditions. Ensures this effective, cost-saving program remains available to participating counties.

AB 60: Immigration Services: Attorneys

Makes it unlawful for an attorney or immigration consultant to collect advance payment of any funds for services in connection with any pending or future act of Congress related to immigration before it is enacted, or in connection with President Obama s unilateral executive actions that expand Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and create Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA), or any future executive actions or executive orders relating to immigration, before they are implemented.

AB 413: California Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise Program

Allows a surviving spouse or child to maintain a Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (DVBE) certification for three years following the death of the disabled veteran business owner in order to complete existing contracts or to make arrangement for the disposition of the business.

AB 661: Counties: Recording: Real Estate Instruments

Clarifies that a recording fee does not apply to any real estate instrument, paper, or notice, related to and accompanied by a declaration stating that the transfer is subject to a documentary transfer tax, recorded concurrently with a transfer subject to a documentary transfer tax, or presented for recording within the same business day as, and is related to the recording of, a transfer subject to a documentary transfer tax.

AB 1390: Groundwater: Adjudication

Simplifies and streamlines the process by which groundwater rights in a given basin may be adjudicated by a court.

AB 1557: School Facilities: Use By Nonprofit Youth Organizations

Adds a recreational youth sports league that charges participants an average of no more than a nominal fee of $60 per month to the list of organizations subject to the Civic Center Act.

AB 1558: Alcoholic Beverages: Licenses

Permits the Department of Alcohol Beverage Control to issue 5 new original on-sale general alcoholic beverage licenses for a bona fide public eating place with a seating capacity of 50 or more diners within Inyo County from January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2019.

AB 1577: CalFood Program: CalFood Account

Renames the Emergency Food Assistance Program as the CalFood Program.

AB 1660: Interscholastic Athletics: California Interscholastic

Makes the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) a permanent organization by eliminating any sunset of the statute that creates it, and requires CIF to report on its activities every seven years.

AB 1709: Deaf Or Hard Of Hearing

Changes the term hearing impaired to hard of hearing in numerous code sections.

AB 1719: Pupil Instruction: Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation

Requires, if the governing board of a school district or charter school requires a course in health education for graduation from high school, that the course include instruction in compression-only cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

AB 1734: Mining Claims: Recording

Conforms the data that must be included on state mining claim forms to that included on federal forms by deleting the requirement for the claimant to list his or her residential address (so that listing a mailing address will be sufficient for state purposes).

AB 1751: Secondhand Goods

Eliminates requirements that the Department of Justice develop descriptive categories for reporting requirements of tangible personal property from secondhand dealers for its statewide electronic reporting database. Requires the Department to accept the plain text property descriptions commonly recognized and utilized by the pawn and secondhand dealer industries when collecting this information from them.

AB 1810: California Seed Law: Exclusions: Noncommercial Seed

Exempts noncommercial seed sharing from California Seed Law. Makes other clarifying changes to existing law.

AB 2001: Fully Protected Fish: Owens Pupfish: California State Safe Harbor Agreement Program Act

Authorizes the Department of Fish and Wildlife to allow the taking of a fully protected species for necessary scientific research or efforts to recover the protected species if the take is authorized under a safe harbor agreement.

AB 2384: Terrorist Activity

Requires the Office of Emergency Services, prior to January 1, 2018, to adopt a public education program to enhance the public s knowledge about how to identify and report suspected terrorist activity. Requires the office to post information about the program on its Internet Web site and to incorporate the program into relevant programs and trainings.

AB 2483: LivestockIdentification Advisory Board

Modifies the number of meetings required for the Livestock Identification Advisory Board from once quarterly to at least twice a year.