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2017 Legislative Highlights

ACR 1 – Day of Remembrance: Marks the 75th anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066 and declares February 19, 2017, as a Day of Remembrance in order to increase public awareness of the events surrounding the incarceration of people of Japanese ancestry during World War II.

ACR 10 – Fred Korematsu Day: Declares January 30, 2017, as Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution, and encourages all public schools and educational institutions to conduct exercises remembering the life of Fred Korematsu.

AB 360 – Veterans Legal Aid: Requires the California State Bar to administer a program providing free civil legal assistance to veterans and their families who otherwise cannot afford legal services.

AB 365 – Education for Military Families:  Creates an exemption for certain, district-specific high school graduation requirements for students who have completed their second year of high school and are children of active military personnel.  Under current law, this exemption is afforded to students who are in foster care, homeless, or juvenile detention.

AB 368 – Sex Abuse Jurisdiction: Include sex crimes involving a child under the age of 10 as one of a number of sex crimes which, when occur across multiple jurisdictions, may be heard in any one of the jurisdictions where an offense has occurred.

AB 427 – Aerospace Commission: Establish the California Aerospace Commission to foster the development of activities in California related to aerospace, including, but not limited to, aviation, commercial and governmental space travel, unmanned aerial vehicles, aerospace education and job training, infrastructure and research launches, manufacturing, academic research, applied research, economic diversification, business development, tourism, and education.

AB 461 – Student Loan Tax Relief:  Excludes student loans, forgiven by the United States Department of Education, from State tax liability.

AB 491 – Civil Liberties Program:  Designates an annual appropriation of $1,000,000 in General Funds to the State Library, which will administer allocation of the funds to public schools and programs for the implementation of civil liberties education, activities and curriculum.  The appropriation is recurring over three, consecutive fiscal years and includes a reporting requirement upon conclusion.

AB 651 – Culturally Competent Care Facilities:  Require notice to the Attorney General of a nonprofit health facility transfer to include a list of the languages widely spoken in that county, authorize the A.G. to require written notice in one of those languages, require the A.G. to consider if the transfer may have an adverse impact on significant cultural interests of the community, and extends the time period the A.G. has to issue a decision from 60 days to 90.

AB 994 – Beach Cities Health District Design-Build: Will allow for the Beach Cities Health District to enter into a design-build contract for a planned construction project on their 10-acre campus in Redondo Beach, potentially saving BCHD $20 million.

AB 1449 – Special Ed Funding:  Creates a special education add-on grant under LCFF for students with exceptional needs, in addition to the existing base, supplemental, and concentration grants.  The special education add-on would function similar to existing supplemental grants for ESL, foster, and school lunch program students who are designated as high-needs under LCFF.

AB 1452 – Electric Vehicle Parking Ordinances: Permits a local authority to designate certain spaces or stalls exclusively for the charging and parking of electric vehicles.  Requires local authority to post signs clearly marking the space or stall as an electric vehicle space.  Authorizes a local authority to remove vehicles from EV spaces or stalls, if the vehicle is not connected for charging purposes.

AB 1517 – Crowdfunding for Small Businesses: Creates a new “crowdfunding” permit allowing for the offer and sale of relatively inexpensive equity-based securities under the state’s corporate securities law.

AB 1645 – HFA Prohibition: Ban the use of Hydrofluoric Acid at refineries in California.

AB 1646 – Community Notifications: Require notification to residents for flares (reverse 911, text, email, PSAs, etc…) and emergencies (alarms, sirens, etc).

AB 1647 – Air Quality Monitoring: Requires that the refinery install and maintain air quality monitors at both fence-line and in the community; require that the AQMD report the readings from the monitors in real-time.

AB 1648 – Refinery Inspectors: increases the number of inspectors at Cal-OSHA dedicated to inspecting refineries.  (Additionally: Budget request being submitted to increase the number of inspectors at refineries – current number (5) is too low and the time frame to turn around an inspection (6 months) is too high.)

AB 1649 – Refinery Safety Task Force: codify the existing Refinery Safety Task Force which Governor Brown established in 2013.  Members of the Task Force include: Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, California EPA, State Air Resources Board, Department of Toxic Substances Control, State Water Resources control Board, Department of Industrial Relations, CalOSHA, Department of Public Health, Emergency Medical Services Authority, Office of the State Fire Marshal, CUPAs, Local Air Districts, US EPA (Region 9).