2019-2020 Bills

AB 48 – Preschool, K-12 and Higher Education Facilities Bond
Places a $15 billion preschool through university school facilities bond on the March 3, 2020 statewide ballot.

AB 751 – Pathways to College Act
Provides local educational agencies the option to administer a nationally recognized high school assessment (e.g., SAT or ACT) in place of the state-required Smarter Balanced assessment to 11th grade students.

AB 821 – Port Efficiency Program
Establishes the California Port Efficiency Program to fund projects improving the velocity, throughput, and reliability of port operations.

AB 908 – Pupil interim and formative assessment tools
Requires the California Department of Education to make out-of-use summative assessment test items available to teachers so they can check their students’ progress during the school year.

AB 926 – Oil Trust Fund
Removes the $300 million cap on the Oil Trust Fund within the State Treasury. The Oil Trust Fund is the primary funding source to cover certain costs associated with the cleanup of oil wells within the Long Beach tidelands when they cease operation.

AB 1014 – Hospital Closure Notice Requirements
Requires hospitals and health facilities to provide a 180-day public notice before closing, reducing emergency services or eliminating emergency services and requires a 90-day notice for the elimination of supplementary services.  This will provide patients, residents, and community leaders with adequate notice to prepare for, and respond to, a closure or elimination of services.

AB 1098 – Prop 64 Funding Oversight and Accountability
Provides a framework for accountability and legislative oversight of funds allocated to the “Youth Education, Prevention, Early Intervention, and Treatment Account” created by the legalization of recreational cannabis in California.

AB 1126 – Mental Health Services for Students
Facilitates the delivery of mental health services, including to children and youth, through the support of innovative partnerships between local agencies.

AB 1173 – CSU Center to Close the Achievement Gap
Establishes the Center to Close the Achievement Gap at a California State University campus.  The Center will work with teacher preparation programs and provide resources to local educational agencies on evidenced-based strategies for closing the achievement gap.

AB 1195 – Low-Carbon Fuel Standard
Requires the California Air Resources Board to consider allowing oil and gas companies to generate an innovative production method credit under the Low-Carbon Fuel Standard for using renewable natural gas to displace their existing use of natural gas.

AB 1262 – California Sustainable Freight Action Plan
Requires the Department of Transportation, the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission, and the Governor’s office of Business and Economic Development to update the California Sustainable Freight Action Plan every 5 years starting January 1, 2021. These updates would consider air quality standards, greenhouse gas emission reduction goals, and freight system efficiency among other factors.

AB 1303 – Civic Center Act: Authorization Extension
Extends, from January 1, 2020, to January 1, 2025, the authorization for the governing board of a school district to charge a proportionate share of the maintenance and repair costs for use of school facilities.

AB 1362 – Electric Rate Transparency
Requires the California Public Utilities Commission to post on their website the electric rates and programs offered by California’s electric service providers in order to enable customers and local governments to compare their prices, services, and environmental impact.

AB 1384 – Covered Loan Law
Clarifies that the “Covered Loan Law” only applies to loans intended for personal use and not for business purposes.

AB 1406 – Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Technology Program
Requires the California Energy Commission, when allocating funds in the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program, to allocate no less 10 percent to alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles.

AB 1452 – CalSTRS Membership Eligibility
Specifies that the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS) membership start date for eligible part-time employees is their first day of employment and makes clarifying technical changes to the eligibility requirements of the Defined Benefit and Cash Balance Benefit programs.

AB 1495 – Community Hospital Seismic Standards
Clarifies existing planning requirements hospitals must meet in order to obtain a seismic compliance extension. This bill is intended to ensure the Community Hospital of Long Beach is eligible for a seismic compliance extension granted under current law.

AB 1505 – Charter School Authorization, Appeals and Renewal
Makes a number of reforms to the charter school authorization, appeals and renewal processes.  Ensures that charter schools are authorized and overseen by school districts and county offices of education.  Allows school districts to consider the community impact, including the fiscal impact, that a charter may have on neighborhood schools.

AB 1549 – Catalina Island Deer Management
Directs the Department of Fish and Wildlife to report to the Legislature, by January 1, 2022, on the status of the deer population on Santa Catalina Island and what methods the Department would recommend for managing that population at an appropriate level.

AB 1575 – Intermodal Chassis Inspection and Repair
Requires, instead of authorizes, ocean marine terminals to conduct an intermodal roadability inspection program for intermodal chassis and makes various changes to existing program requirements. This bill seeks to ensure all chassis on California marine terminals are inspected, maintained, and repaired on a consistent and frequent basis.

AB 1613 – Public Works: Prevailing Wages
Clarifies that a charter school construction project funded by conduit revenue bonds is a “public works” project and subject to prevailing wage requirements. 

AB 1694 – San Gabriel and Lower Los Angeles Rivers and Mountains Conservancy Territory Expansion
Expands the territory of the San Gabriel and Lower Los Angeles Rivers and Mountains Conservancy to include the Dominguez Channel Watershed and Santa Catalina Island.

AB 1914 – Inclusive special education
Promotes the inclusion of students with disabilities in general education classrooms through technical assistance and appropriate instructional materials.

AB 2088 – Proposition 13
Prohibits the use of the number “13” in future statewide ballot measures.

AB 2103 – San Gabriel and Lower Los Angeles Rivers and Mountains Conservancy territory expansion
Expands the territory of the San Gabriel and Lower Los Angeles Rivers and Mountains Conservancy to include the Dominguez Channel Watershed and Santa Catalina Island.

AB 2117 – Pet stores
Requires pet store operators offering dogs, cats, or rabbits for sale in California pet stores to obtain these animals only from public shelters or animal control agencies and increases the penalty for selling non-rescue animals.

AB 2126 – School emergency closure tracking app
Requires the California Department of Education to develop an app to collect temporary school closure information in order to facilitate coordination between local educational agencies and emergency response personnel during crisis situations.

AB 2127 – School facility information and emergency response
Requires school districts, county offices of education, and charter schools to report to the California Department of Education about each school facility they own or lease so that basic facility information may be reported to other local, state and federal agencies to assist with emergency response.

AB 2162 – School air quality standards
Requires school districts to ensure that facilities meet state air quality standards and requires use of contractors that are certified by a national organization for the inspection, maintenance, and repair of heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems.

AB 2184 – School design-build contracting
Authorizes school districts using design-build contracting to negotiate construction costs after design plans are completed.

AB 2219 – CalSTRS individual retirement accounts
Authorizes the California State Teachers’ Retirement System to offer traditional (tax-deferred) Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) in addition to Roth IRAs.  It also allows participants and their spouses to contribute to those IRAs and rollover funds from other eligible retirement plans.

AB 2396 – Training for school board members
Requires members of the governing bodies of school districts, county offices of education, and charter schools to receive training in K-12 public education governance laws. Training topics include, but are not limited to: ethics, school finance, personnel requirements, public school accountability, and open meeting laws.

AB 2687 – Oil Trust Fund
Removes the $300 million cap on the Oil Trust Fund within the State Treasury. The Oil Trust Fund is the primary funding source to cover certain costs associated with the cleanup of oil wells within the Long Beach tidelands when they cease operation.

AB 2765 – Public works: prevailing wages
Clarifies that a charter school construction project funded by conduit revenue bonds is a “public works” project and subject to prevailing wage requirements.

AB 2860 – Zero- and Near-Zero-Emissions Heavy Duty Vehicles
Extends, until December 31, 2025, the sunset date for the California Clean Truck, Bus, and Off-Road Vehicle and Equipment Technology Program’s twenty percent funding set aside for the early commercial deployment of existing zero- and near-zero emissions heavy-duty truck technologies.

AB 2932 – Design-build contracting: Long Beach sidewalks
Authorizes the City of Long Beach to use the design-build contracting process for upgrading curb ramps and sidewalks to ensure compliance with the American with Disabilities Act.

AB 3324 – Teacher housing
Clarifies that school district construction projects specifically for teacher and district employee residential housing do not require review by the Division of State Architect. 

HR 24 – School Bus Driver Day
Recognizes April 23rd as School Bus Driver Day and commends schoolbus drivers for their continued and excellent services to the youth of the State of California.

HR 28 – Cambodian Genocide Memorial Week
Recognizes the week of April 15 through April 19, 2019 as Cambodian Genocide Memorial Week, and calls upon all Californians to remember those who lost their lives in Cambodia and in genocides around the world as well as honor the survivors and their descendants for their courage and contributions to our state and country.

HR 84 – Read Across America Day
Recognizes March 2, 2020, as Read Across America Day