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Past Legislative Successes

Leg Year - 2017-2018

Requires the Division of Apprenticeship Standards (Division), in collaboration with the California Firefighter Joint Apprenticeship Committee (CAL-JAC), to develop a statewide firefighter pre-apprenticeship program designed to recruit candidates from underrepresented groups. Requires the pre-apprenticeship program to meet specified objectives and requires CAL-JAC to deliver the pilot classes established by the pre-apprenticeship program using existing facilities and training models.

AB 671: Veterans: Services

Authorizes veterans memorial districts to provide funding to veteran service providers for services to veterans and their families.

AB 822: Institutional Purchasers: Sale Of California Produce

Encourages all California state-owned or state-run institutions (except public universities and school districts) to purchase agricultural products grown in California to the extent possible. Expresses support for the state’s agricultural industry by promoting the purchase of California-grown products when price and quality are comparable.

AB 866: State Highways: Gateway Monuments

Authorizes a city or county to display the American Flag and the California State Flag as part of a gateway monument if the flags are maintained by the city or county.

AB 933: Food And Agriculture Omnibus Bill

Clarifies the authority of the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) to distribute funding directly to the California Agricultural Commissioners and Sealers Association for specified agricultural programs rather than solely with individual counties. Clarifies labeling requirements for milk and milk products to ensure consumer quality and makes other technical changes to existing law. Expands the powers and duties of the Olive Oil Commission of California to include public education and communication. 

AB 993: Examination Of Victims Of Sex Crimes

Adds two serious child sexual abuse crimes (Penal Code § 269 and Penal Code § 288.7) to the list of offenses under which if a defendant has been charged with certain sex or child abuse-related crimes, and the victim is a person 15 years of age or less or is developmentally disabled as a result of an intellectual disability, the prosecution may apply for an order that the victim’s testimony at the preliminary hearing be video recorded.  These two offenses involve serious sexual assaults involving sexual penetration committed on children and carry life terms.

AB 1021: In-Home Supportive Services: Application

Requires each county to accept applications for In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) by telephone, through facsimile, or in person or applications via email for benefits under the program, by email if the county is capable of accepting online applications for benefits under the IHSS program.

AB 1074: Health Care Coverage: Pervasive Developmental Disorder Or Autism

Revises definitions of and requirements for the three tiers of individuals (providers, professionals, and paraprofessionals) that are qualified to provide autism service, with respect to health care service plan and health insurance policy coverage for behavioral health treatment for pervasive developmental disorder or autism, and clarifies supervision relationships between these tiers.

AB 1219: Food Donations

Grants limited immunity from civil liability to entities that donate food to a food bank or nonprofit charitable organization.  Allows individuals and entities to donate food fit for human consumption in good faith without fear of being sued.

AB 1270: Dams And Reservoirs: Inspections And Reporting

Requires the Department of Water Resources, Division of Safety of Dams to inspect dams, reservoirs, and other critical structures within its jurisdiction once per fiscal year (except for low hazard dams which shall be inspected every two years).  Provides that dam inspection reports are public records, but facilitates keeping some information confidential if it highlights a dam’s vulnerability or poses a security threat.  Requires the state to propose amendments to its existing dam safety protocols to incorporate updated best practices and to review those standards at least every ten years.

AB 1340: Continuing Medical Education: Mental And Physical Health Care Integration

Requires the Medical Board of California, in determining its continuing education requirements for licensees, to consider including a course in integrating mental and physical health care in primary care settings, especially as it pertains to early identification of mental health issues and exposure to trauma in children and young adults and their appropriate care and treatment.

AB 1348: Farmer Equity Act Of 2017

Defines “Socially disadvantaged farmer or rancher” and designates the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) as the coordinating agency for research and outreach efforts to socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers.

AB 1410: Penalty Assessments: Emergency Services And Children’s Health Care Coverage Funding

Extends for 4 years the existing $4 penalty assessment on all Vehicle Code violations for the support of emergency air medical transportation services providers, administered by the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS), adds “children’s health care coverage” as a use of the funding, renames the Emergency Medical Air Transportation Act (EMATA) Fund as the Emergency Medical Air Transportation and Children’s Coverage Fund (Fund), and authorizes the DHCS to use money from the Fund, upon appropriation by the legislature.

AB 1665: Telecommunications: California Advanced Services Fund

Increases the current spending cap on the California Advanced Services Fund (CASF) program that subsidizes broadband infrastructure deployment and internet use by low-income persons from $315 million to $645 million.  Authorizes the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to provide CASF funding for up to 100% of the costs of broadband deployment projects.  Provides $20 million for new programs to increase broadband adoption by consumers in low-income and disadvantaged communities.  Authorizes the PUC to collect an additional $330 million from telephone users through 2022 to continue to fund the program.

AB 1762: State Parks: Visitors: Animals: Dogs

Requires the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) to maintain a list on its website of park-specific information regarding dog access by July 1, 2020.