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2017 Legislation

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HB10/SB72 PUBLIC ACCOUNTABILITY ACT

This bill would have provided the details for the implementation of a state ethics commission. An ethics commission as a constitutional amendment will be on the November 2018 ballot, and following that, the Legislature will revisit implementation language such as this bill.



HB40 MUNICIPALITY OFFICER RECALL ELECTIONS

This bill – the language of which was added to HB 174 – would have set the same standard to recall municipal officers as is already provided to recall county officers and school board members.



HB58 RULEMAKING REQUIREMENTS

This bill – which was signed into law – reforms the administrative rule making process when state agencies create law. Versions of this bill have been introduced over the last nine years, but did not become law until HB 58 in 2017.



HB81 & HB261 GENERAL FUND SUPPORT FOR JUDICIARY

This bill – which was signed into law as HB 261 – provided emergency funding to the Judicial Branch of government for FY 2017.



HB98 PAPER BALLOT ACCESS FOR BLIND VOTERS

This bill – which was signed into law – requires the Secretary of State to provide technologies to make it easier for blind people to vote using paper ballots. Additional language from HB 455 and other sources was added to this bill to clean up various sections of the Election Code.



HB113 STATEWIDE BROADBAND NETWORK

This bill – which was signed into law – incorporates into the Department of Information Technology’s three year plan, a statewide broadband network using educational institutions as aggregation points, leveraging Federal E-Rate dollars to extend internet access to all parts of the state.



HB137 COUNTY SUBDIVISION RECORDS FILING

This bill – which was pocket vetoed – would have removed the requirement to file county subdivision records at the state records center in addition to the County Clerk’s Office, where all other county records are filed.



HB138 LACTATION CONSULTANT PRACTICE ACT

This bill – which was signed into law – allows optional licensure for Lactation Care Providers, which facilitates reimbursement for services. This is estimated to save up to $85 Million dollars per year due to increased health of infants and toddlers.



*HB141 PUBLICATION OF CAPITAL OUTLAY FUNDING

This bill would have required individual Legislator capital outlay funding designations to be made public after each Legislative Session.



HB174 LOCAL ELECTION ACT

This bill – which was pocket vetoed – would have aligned the Election Day for all local, non-partisan public bodies with taxation authority to November of the odd numbered year.



HB264 ACCESS TO DENTAL CARE ACT

This bill would have created a new mid-level dental provider called a Dental Therapist, required a dental exam for students attending public schools, and would have required the state dental officer at the Department of Health to be a licensed dental provider.



HB273 CHARTER SCHOOL CHANGES

This bill would have made significant technical changes to the funding, evaluation and reauthorization of Charter Schools.



HB278 NOTICE & REVIEW OF EXEMPT PROCUREMENTS

This bill would have provided for a study and disclosure of tax payer funded purchases that are exempt from the procurement code.



HB279 PUBLISH SCHOOL DISTRICT REPORT CARDS ONLINE

This bill would have provided for all school district report cards to be published on each school district’s website.



HB474 DWI ELECTRONIC SAFETY MONITORS

This bill would have required all repeat DWI offenders to wear an ankle bracelet monitoring alcohol intake while their case is pending if they were arrested in a County providing this program.



HJR4 REGISTER ALL QUALIFIED ELECTORS TO VOTE, CA

This proposed Constitutional Amendment would have ensured that all eligible qualified electors would be registered to vote before each election.



HJR5 NO NEW SCHOOL ACTIVITY WITHOUT FUNDING, CA

This proposed Constitutional Amendment would have required funding to attach to any new administrative requirements placed on our schools.



HJR7 INDEPENDENT LEGISLATIVE CONDUCT ENTITY, CA

This proposed Constitutional Amendment would have authorized an independent body to investigate members of the Legislature, the concept of which was adopted by the Legislature and will be on the 2018 General Election ballot.



SB45 TERMINATION OF CERTAIN PARENTAL RIGHTS

This bill – which was signed into law – allows for termination of parental rights when a child is conceived from forced sexual conduct.



*SB202 FORFEITURE CHANGES

This bill would have revised the state Forfeiture Act to permit local law enforcement to collaborate with the Feds and would have required a conviction before local governments could seize property as a result of criminal activity.



SB223 ESSENTIAL HEALTH & DISEASE FUNCTIONS

This bill – which was signed into law – revises the state Health Code based upon recommendations from a national accreditation process with input from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.



SB245 CONFIDENTIAL SUBSTITUTE ADDRESS ACT

This bill – which was pocket vetoed – would have refined and expanded the existing Confidential Address Program designed to protect victims of domestic violence whose lives are at risk.



SB328 FAMILY VIOLENCE CONCEALED CARRY LICENSES

This bill would have provided an expedited process for victims of domestic violence to obtain a Concealed Handgun License.



SB337 FIREARMS IN THE STATE CAPITOL

This bill would have restricted firearms in the State Capitol to law enforcement and those with a valid Concealed Handgun License.



SB393 LOBBYIST REPORTING REQUIREMENTS

This bill – which was vetoed – would have closed a loophole and required the aggregate amount of all money spent on lobbying to be disclosed.