Legislative Update

2017

AB 188 – Expanding the State's Vehicle Retirement Program
This bill expands the eligibility for the state's vehicle retirement and replacement program to allow pickup truck owners to replace their old, high-polluting trucks for a more fuel-efficient pickup truck. Replacing dirty vehicles with fuel-efficient models makes good sense for our environment and benefits hardworking families who rely on their pickup trucks for work.

AB 326 – Preventing Domestic Abuse
This bill directs the Board of Barbering and Cosmetology to provide recommendations on ensuring that salon professionals have abuse prevention and awareness training including: domestic violence, sexual abuse, human trafficking, and elder abuse. These professionals can serve a helpful role in spotting signs of abuse and helping their clients connect with the appropriate resources and services.

AB 560 – Prioritizing Funding for Water Projects in Disadvantaged Communities
This bill allows the State Water Board to give funding priority to projects for public water systems who serve severely disadvantaged communities on a discretionary, case-by-case basis regardless of the community's population size. Cities and communities, such as Arvin, are not currently eligible for principal forgiveness and grant funding due to the existing 10,000 population cap.

AB 763 - Ensuring Disability Services Funding
This bill restores much-needed funding to 28 Independent Living Centers including the Kern Independent Living Center in Kern County. This funding will enable these centers to adequately provide the services needed to people with disabilities and their families.

AB 1279 – Valley Fever Tracking and Reporting
This bill requires that counties and the Department of Public Health work together to improve timely and accurate reporting of valley fever cases. It also requires that they develop an annual public outreach program to inform the public about the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment for the disease.

 

 

2016

More Water to the Valley
AB 935 will provide funding for an inter-connector canal expansion project to deliver water to and from the CA Aqueduct.

Bringing Clean Energy & Jobs to the Valley
AB 2630 seeks to unlock renewable energy development and bring needed jobs to the Central and San Joaquin Valley.

Updating California’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS)
AB 2700 requires the Public Utilities Commission to update the criteria it uses to rank RPS projects to include job creation and the value of maintaining existing baseload resources, like biomass.

Safe School Crossings on Rural Highways
AB 1115 will designate the portion of SR 184, adjacent to Sunset Middle School, as a school zone, making it safe for families to travel to and from school.  This is in direct response to several fatal accidents that have occurred at the intersection.

Funding Veterans Service Organizations (VSO’s) and Protecting Veteran Benefits
AB 1596 will help VSO’s in their mission of assisting veterans by making $3 million in one-time funding   available to a competitive grant program to be administered by the California Department of Veterans Affairs. The implementation of competitive grants will ensure California veterans receive the benefits they have earned by virtue of their military service.

Surface Storage to Protect Against Future Droughts
AB 1649 will increase surface storage development by requiring the Department of Water Resources, when awarding chapter 8 water bond funds, to give priority to JPAs formed to increase water surface storage projects.

Funding for Disability Services
AB 2565 corrects a long-standing funding inequity for Independent Living Centers (ILCs), allowing them to receive the minimum state base funding. ILCs provide people with various disabilities with the services they need to live self-determined lives.

Streamlining Transportation Projects
AB 2034 will allow Caltrans to continue to participate in the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Assignment Program. This federal program allows states to streamline environmental review for transportation projects that use federal funding. This will save the state time and money while fast tracking the delivery of needed transportation improvement projects.

Tougher Laws for Animal Abuse
AB 1951 was introduced after the FBI released a report that showed a direct link between acts of animal cruelty and violence toward others. This bill aligns California’s law with well-established data and federal actions to reduce the number of violent crimes going forward.